Friday, June 28, 2013

ATC based on Tim's June Tag of 2013

June is almost over and I finally have time to try the techniques Tim Holtz shows in his June tag in the 12 Tags of 2013 series. Check out Tim's blog for the fabulous step by step instructions with photos. I made an ATC with these techniques. Stamped a pear image on watercolor paper with black Archival Ink.
 Following the instructions on Tim's blog, I colored in the image with Distress Markers and blended the colors with a water pen, then heat set.
 Next colored behind words with yellow and created  shadowing pumice stone and created a wash with the water pen, then heat set.
 Tore bottom of watercolor paper and colored edges with brushed corduroy Distress Ink and used the water pen to make a wash. The picket fence Distress Marker is used to add light source highlights.
 Used water pen to pick up scribbled colors on a craft sheet and flick the colors over the image. I like how this turned out.
 For the main ATC, followed the instructions Tim gave for his tag. On a craft sheet press down a Distress Ink pad, on one side run some Distress paint and on the other some Distress Stain. Spritz all with water.
 Swipe card through the above, lift to allow colors to blend, spritz with water to blend colors more, heat set. Then dip card back into colors, heat set, repeat as desired. This is a fun technique.
 Stamped images on the parts that will show with sepia Archival ink and colored the edges with brushed corduroy Distress Ink.
 Used brads to attach the colored water paper on to the background.

Wax Paper Resist with Embossing Folder

I made these backgrounds with the Wax Paper Resist with Embossing Folder Technique at one of my stamp clubs a week ago. This is the same technique I used to make the tag/bookmarks for my other stamp club last night.

 I cut some of these backgrounds and used them to make birthday cards:

Thursday, June 27, 2013


For one of my stamp clubs, we are to make tag/bookmarks. For the background, I'm using the waxed paper resist with embossing folders technique, similar to the wrinkled wax paper resist with embossing folder technique. Place a piece of wax paper slightly larger than your embossing folder into an embossing folder and emboss (left picture). You should be able to see the design on the wax paper (center picture) if not, use a paper shim and emboss again. Then place the embossed wax paper between two sheets of card stock or tags (right picture) and heat with a hot dry iron. Hold onto one edge of the tags while ironing one half, the reverse. If you iron without holding the paper firmly, the wax paper will shift and the design will be blurry.
If you look close, you can see the wax design on the tags.
Use die ink straight from the pad and rub over the card stock/tag, until it is completely covered. You can use more than one color of ink as desired.
I like to use a baby wipe (or you can use a paper towel) to remove the ink from the wax resist.
For my tag/bookmark, I stamped words, a saying, a butterfly and a woman image with black India Ink. Colored in the images with Distress markers, and added some Distress glitter to the butterfly and flower in the woman's hair. Then I added lots of fibers.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Deb's Round Robin Journal Page

Today I created a page for Deb's Round Robin Journal on the Kindred Souls Art Group. Deb's theme is "Feminine Vintage". I started with a vintage handkerchief and wrapped it around the journal page.
 I wrapped an off white and a blue piece of lace around the page. Placed an image in a small round metal frame and adhered to the blue lace along with some metal lock charms and attached some white paper flowers with pink beads. Also added some old blue flower beads with white paper flowers and a pink bead to the outer edge corners.
 Hide a "faux" love letter behind the handkerchief flap.
 On the back, added the stamped collage image I'd used in an earlier swap, this time adding two metal pieces to the sides.

Monday, June 17, 2013

RED Perception ATC Swap

We've started a new swap on ArtVentures Group: Color Perceptions. Each month there will be a different color. We are to think how the color makes us feel, interpret that and have the atc be predominately that color.  This month the color is RED.  Red = Passion, not just romantic, but that feeling of intense desire.
I started by making a background of faux velvet. Sprayed two baby wipes with various red color sprays on plastic and let them dry overnight.
 Once the baby wipes have dried, I trimmed them and adhered them to card stock. I rubbed one side of an embossing folder with fired brick Distress Ink and embossed the baby wipe.  On the left is a piece before being embossed, you can see it has the manufactures imprint in the wipe. After running through the embossing folder, the manufactures imprint has disappeared and only the embossing from the folder shows.

 I used aged mahogany Distress Ink to color the edges and some of the raised areas.
 Choose an image of a dancer, cut it out. I colored over most of the black areas with a metallic red Gelly Roll pen and a red Pigma pen.
Adhered the dancer image to the background with some bits of red feathers and a red rhinestone. Stamped the words " i live to dance" on old book paper with red StazOn ink and added to the top. Added 3 red brads to the lower right corner.
Here's a side view to show off the shine from the metallic pen on the dress.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Embellish It ATC

This month's theme for the 9ATC group is Embellish It. I think of lots of added elements when I hear embellish. Started with embellishing some tissue paper. Wrinkled up the tissue paper, opened it and spread it on card stock that had been run through the zyron. Sprayed on blueberry mist Memory Mist, the sprayed on shimmer Goosebumps and then blue Starburst and let dry.
 Used a paint brush to add watered down white glue to the surface, then generously sprinkled on mica flakes and prisma glitter.
 After it dried, I cut the sheet up into ATC sized pieces
 Next, adhered some wrinkled tissue paper to card stock, spritzed with shimmer Goosebumps then watered down wild plum Color Wash spray and let dry.
 Used a butterfly die to cut the purple tissue paper, placed in an embossing folder to emboss and inked the raised areas and edges with black Archival ink.
 To finish the ATC, added thin washi tape around the outer edges and a large strip of washi tape diagonally across the atc. Adhered the butterfly with metal beads and fibers. Further embellished with a large metal bead, some paper flowers and small purple beads.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I had fun coming up with quilts made out of a dark tropical bird print:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Round Four Step 7 on Bev's Background

I have Bev's background for the Sudoku swap on the Wisconsin Stamp Camp group. Here is how the Sudoku with the first six steps....
 I added a travel themed piece of Washi tape:
Now to send them off for the final step.

Round 4 Sudoku Step 5 on Margaret's background

I received Margaret's background for the Sudoku swap on the Wisconsin Stamp Camp group. Here is how the Sudoku with the first four steps...
 I stamped a saying with black India Ink.
 Now off for the next steps.

Honeycomb paper in BD Card

For stamp club, we were to make cards using movable parts or 3D. I had some red & white striped honeycomb paper, so I decided to make birthday cards.  I embossed cupcake images with an embossing folder on gold paper. Stamped on image on red card stock and colored the stripes and parts of the cake & candles with a white Gel pen, colored other bits with a gold metallic Sakura pen.
 On the inside, stamped some images and adhered the striped honeycomb paper.

With One Image Swap

I'm in a swap on Kindred Souls Art Group where we were sent an image to make six 5" x 7" cards, and we will get 5 different cards in return. It will be interesting to see what the others do with this image.
I enlarged the image and cropped it a bit to be a rectangular image. The image is on the left, I stamped several stamps in black India Ink on the window panes to give it a collage look.
Layered the image on black card stock. Added a decorative butterfly, and some metal bits with a blue brad.

Page for Stephen's Round Robin Journal

I have Stephen's round robin journal from the Kindred Souls Art Group Swap. His theme is Eclectic Vintage Gentlemen. His base pages are grungeboard. For the front of the page, I adhered a piece of travel hotel background paper. Adhered an old map to grunge paper and cut out with the film reel die. Colored the edges with vintage photo Distress Markers. Added an assortment of women's images and adhered with a decorative brad. Added an image of a young plump vintage man, a round travel sticker that I wrote on, and a metal tag with the words colored with red acrylic paint and attached with red metal rimmed brads. The edges are finished with postmarked washi tape.
 For the back, covered with a map background paper, added an image of an older vintage man, wrote some words in red and added a travel sticker with my details.