Thursday, October 16, 2014

"In Disguise" Halloween Album

Have you checked out the October challenge at the Inspiration Journal? The theme is "In Disguise!" and we want to see you use something in a way that is different from its usual intent. You have all month to join in by linking up your project to the challenge post. You may just win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium! My first project is HERE and I had so much fun altering the old mailer I had in my stash that I did another one. Here is the original (very ancient) packaging:


I had to use several coats of gesso to cover up the printing and prime the surface. Here's the end result though:

Cover

Inside
I used a ton of my Sizzix dies from my stash (see the list below) as well as using some new fun things like the Distress Stain SPRAYS!! Oh my goodness I really love them! I was a bit on the fence because I could see their inherent convenience factor but the thrifty side of me said, "Just keep decanting the stains you have into the mini mister bottles. Why do you have to buy more when you already have that color?" The spray pattern is different though and they really are easier to use! I shall expand my color collection of them. I also made good use of stencils and the Ranger Texture Paste. I do like how well the Texture Paste absorbs color, whether ink or paint.

Here are some closeups of the inside parts:



I hope you head on over to Inspiration Journal and check out the In Disguise! challenge.

I am also entering this in the Sizzix Halloween Challenge and The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Happy Fall Y'all challenge.

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




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #12

Hello! I created this project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge over at the Studio L3 blog. This time the challenge is to use the Photo Tinting technique as found on page 41 of the Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. I altered an old direct mail package I had in my stash (more on that later) to make a fall decor piece. The front and inside graphics I downloaded from the Graphics Fairy website. That is a great place to find images to use for all your projects!

Cover

Inside
Be sure to hop on over to the Studio L3 blog to see the awesome Curiosity Crew inspiration. Thanks too to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring the prize for challenge #12.

ALSO, the latest challenge for Inspiration Journal is up and running! The theme this month is In Disguise. Use something in a way different from its original intention. I mentioned earlier that I used an old mailer package for mine. I've had this hanging around for ages!


I gave it several coats all over of regular gesso and used a stencil and super heavy gesso to give the inside some texture:


On the cover, I glued down diecut and embossed leaves and also gave those a coat of gesso to help seal them. Then I used various colors of Distress Paint on them with plenty of misted water to get everything to blend. I used some of the new Tarnished Brass spray Distress Stain as a final embellishment. It gives it such a wonderful shimmery spatter texture.



I used mists and paint on the inside. The "wood" panel behind the leaves is paper and ink! For a tutorial on the faux wood technique see this post for instructions. The new Layered Leaf die is colored with a variety of Distress Inks, Stains (love the new Spray Stains!!) and a bit of Distress Embossing powder to give it texture.


I also found the perfect quote to go with this:


The banner image is from the Graphics Fairy too and I also tinted it using the technique on page 41. I am also going to enter this into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog challenge Happy Fall Y'all! Everything except the Layered Leaf die has been in my hoard stash for a while (some things for a loooong while ;-) ) Whew, that was a long post! Thanks for sticking with me on it. 

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