Friday, July 24, 2015

Guest Post for AJVD

Hello, today I am happy to have a guest post up over at the A Jillian Vance Design blog. They are featuring "Christmas in July" projects this month. I know I always run out of time in December trying to get all the fun projects done that I want to accomplish. Start now and you'll be ahead of the game!



Cruise on over to the blog to find out the techniques I used to make this card. You can find out new ways to use your supplies!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Art With Heart Challenge – Make It 3-D!

http://www.eileenhull.com/2015/07/july-art-with-heart-challenge-make-it-3-d.html

Hello there! Our July Art With Heart challenge has been up and running and you won't want to miss out on this one! The design team is focusing on Eileen's Make It 3-D die. This die easily adds a whole new dimension (literally!) to all your regular flat dies. The possibilities are endless! One of my teammates said she just wants to run around making everything 3-D now. You'll see in my project that I used a Tim Holtz alarm clock die and made it into a little shadow box.

Note that you do not have to use this die in your challenge project. We just want to see your best 3-D projects. But if you enter, you will have a chance to win your own Make It 3-D die. Now that's a prize! So without further ado, here is my project with the newly dimensional Tick-Tock alarm clock:


Step 1 – I cut out all the shapes I needed from matboard. The Make It 3-D die has three different shapes you can use depending on your "flat" die shape and how you want to give it dimensionality. Since the clock shape is round I used the shape with the multiple close set scores to make a smooth curve. I cut two of them because one wasn't long enough. I needed about one and a half. It's easy to just piece them together to get the length you need.


The rim of the clock face was narrower than the tabs so I just trimmed one edge with my Tonic scissors (Best scissors ever! They easily cut heavy materials like matboard.)

Step 2 – I built the body of the clock. Fold on the score lines and bend into shape. I like to use a super strong, fast grabbing liquid glue – Api's Crafter's Pick The Ultimate! I just had to hold it in place for a moment with my hands and then I put a large stamp block on top with some weights to let it set up a bit. It only took about 10 minutes and then I was able to move on.


You can see I cut a circle to form the "back" of my clock and cover up the tabs. I covered it with a sheet of music, lightly gessoed over that, and then used a stencil with modeling paste to add some texture. I went ahead and glued that into position also.

Step 3 – I colored the inside of the clock before gluing on the clock face using various mists. I also misted the doily base while I was at it.


Step 4 – After the interior was dry, I glued the front of the clock on and then covered the whole exterior with a light coat of gesso. When that was dry I base coated the body of the clock with a mix of Dioxazine Purple and Quinacridone Magenta. I wanted a dark color to peek through the crackle paint I was planning on covering it with. Which I did next lol. I applied the DecoArt Media Crackle Paint more thickly on the body of the clock for larger crackles and more thinly on the bells and handles because I wanted a finer crackle look there.


After the Crackle Paint was dry I applied a wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over it all and highlighted the feet, bells and handle with Metallic Gold. Over everything I applied Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. A final coat of Ultra Matte Varnish sealed everything up.

Step 5 – "Decorating" my clock was fun! I made the bird nest by first taking a lightweight sheet of brown paper and using a pad of Distress Ink (Walnut Stain) to add dark brown (direct to paper). A light misting of water gave it a mottled appearance. When dry, I cut sections of skinny paper strips that I wound around into a nest shape. Tip: leave a little section uncut at the end so you can manage the strips better and they don't fly all around.


The bird, flowers and leaves I cut from cardstock and "watercolored" with various colors of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics.

Whew! That was a long tutorial. If you are still with me, thanks. Be sure to go check out the challenge post and Eileen's design team will be sharing their inspiring projects all month long. Join in the fun!

Many of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE at Inspiration Emporium to save 10% if you go shopping there. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10 at IE. ;-)

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics colors used: Metallic Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Magenta, Yellow Oxide, Primary Yellow, Vermilion, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Yellow Green Light, Green Gold




Friday, July 10, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #32 – Frosted Film

I can't believe I'm getting my challenge done so early this time! And I also can't believe we are nearing the end of the Compendium challenges! What a fun time it has been and chock full of artful inspiration. =) You can find the challenges over at the Studio L3 blog and this challenge is focusing on the Frosted Film technique as shown on page 59 of Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. Frosted film is pretty amazing stuff! I can't share exactly what to do with it as per the challenge rules but check out the card I made for a friend's birthday:


I love the translucent layering! And because I used Karen Burniston's Accordion Rectangle Die, it opens up to this:




Isn't it cool? I will admit it was a bit tricky joining the panels together since I was basically gluing plastic. Glossy Accents works pretty well for the main frame tabs but the little tabs joining the center panels have too much pressure on them and they kept popping apart. I had to use eyelets to hold them. It's a "don't fold me up and put me in an envelope" kind of card. It's okay though, we were able to just give it to him and he can display it on a shelf. I think it's worth it for the cool effect. ;-)

detail

Many thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring the prize for this challenge. Be sure to head on over to the Studio L3 blog to see the rest of the entries and the Curiosity Crew projects. They are sure to please!

Thanks for stopping by. Many of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE at Inspiration Emporium to save 10% if you go shopping there. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10 at IE. ;-)


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Window to the Sea Artist Trading Cards

Last month I shared some ocean-themed steampunk ATCs and my plans to incorporate one of them into a Configurations Book. It's coming together in bits and pieces and I want to share another little "ATC" section today:


I love covering cardstock with foil sheets and embossing them (this is what I did with the Riveted Metal background). The design is really crisp. I aged it by covering it with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress paints and then wiping away most of it with a baby wipe. The paint stays in the nooks and crannies.

I wanted the port hole glass to look crackled so I first covered a piece of scrap plastic with Multi Medium and let it dry, then added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. If you put the crackle paint on without the base layer of medium it just flakes off when it's dry. Not good! So these are pretty straightforward cards but I love the look of them. Stay tuned for more parts of my mega nautical steampunk Configurations Book project! I'll get it all done hopefully sooner rather than later. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by. Many of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE at Inspiration Emporium to save 10% if you go shopping there. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10 at IE. ;-)