Thursday, September 12, 2019

art and soul

Hi everyone, September means back to school; 
the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is embracing this event with the theme
 "Be True to your School"
 I realize that many different types of students all have varying opinions on what will be their "best class" this year. I was always partial to math class; however, one of my other favorites tended to be art. Using this as inspiration for my September project, I have created a panel titled "art and soul."
I begin with four square panels of Bristol board.
I then select different pieces of vintage papers from my stash that represent different educational subjects. I tear these papers into strips and pieces, then layer them onto the four panels using collage medium.
When the collage medium has dried, I add a layer of color with Paper Artsy fresco paint (butter). I also add layers of distress ink (fossilized amber and wild honey). When the inks are dry I stamp additional images onto the panels with black soot Archival ink and set aside to dry completely. 
Next, I coat each panel with a layer of embossing ink then cover with a layer of Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. This layer is heat set and then allowed to cool. When cool, an additional layer of embossing ink is added, then once again, covered with Vintage Beeswax embossing powder and heated. I add an additional layer of stamped images with Archival ink between coats of beeswax embossing to create added depth. 
I continue adding the layers of embossing until I am satisfied with the appearance. One of my favorite aspects of the Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax is the rich warm colors that emerge as the layers are built, these layers and colors are further enhanced by the colors that you have added beneath.
Using Staz-On pigment ink (black) I stamp my final images onto the topmost layer of embossing. The incredible color wheel image fit perfectly with my theme and then I added the words "Art" and "soul" onto separate panels. The four panels were then attached to a square base panel that was painted with flat black paint.
I really love the way that this piece turned out, looking at all the different layers and color gradients within each panel is truly satisfying.
The vintage beeswax is an amazing embossing powder. It is now available in a larger jar, which I am thrilled about. I truly believe this powder is best when applied in multiple layers and the larger jar ensures you won't run out in the middle of a project. It is a really great value as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and learn about my piece.
Maybe it even inspired you to join the Emerald Creek challenge this month.
 Here is a link to enter if you dare!

Distress collage medium:matte
Impression Obsession / Seth Apter stamps:
color chart (H18088), primitives (3193-LG)
Paper Artsy fresco paints: butter
Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: black soot
Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz stamps:
brush collection (P2-2111), mini worn text (CMS156) 
Staz-On Pigment Ink: black
VersaMark Embossing Ink

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

a creepy collective

In our house, the arrival of September means that Halloween planning is fully underway. To get into the spirit, as well as create a fun place to tuck mementos and pictures from the many spooky celebrations, I have created an extra large tag book I am calling "a creepy collective".
Today I am on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, sharing the first of a two -part post.
In this first post I explain how I assemble the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tag book, and in part two, I will be sharing all of the decorated interior pages, loaded with fun Halloween ephemera, die cuts, embellishments and chipboard pieces from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
There are many different ways that this GSLC tag book can be assembled. It arrives flat in nineteen pieces, providing copious, varied surfaces for you to finish in your own style. Although I believe the traditional assembly would be to hinge along the short flat side of the cover tags and pages, I decided to hinge my book at the angled side. This leaves me added space for embellishments. Because the tag book is not pre-cut for any particular binding method, it allows you, the end user, the option to bind in any method of your choosing. As you can see, I have used a ring binding method.
So let's begin...
Here you can see all the wonderful pieces that are included in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tag Book set: covers, 6 pages, 6 inserts, 3 accent tags, and 3 belly bands. The covers are heavier weight chipboard to accommodate many mediums.
Each of the interior "pages" are pre-scored and have a small flap along one side. To assemble these pages, fold along the crease line and then use a bone folder across the fold for a crisp edge. Add a line of adhesive (double-sided tape or quick dry glue along the edge of the flap that folds in, and secure. All of the pages are assembled in this manner, allowing for them to be used as "sleeves" to tuck tags or papers inside. This will make it super easy if you want to include any brads or fasteners that may need to go through the page, later on.
I often tend to have elements on my pages that overhang the edges, with this in mind, I decide that it would be fun to stagger the lengths of my interior pages. Once I have secured all of my pages, I determine the differing lengths for staggering. I cut down each page as necessary.  Knowing that I want a halloween theme for my tag book, I pull out all of my halloween papers to find the perfect pieces.
When selecting the papers for each page, it is important that you determine how you will be hinging the book, as well as the direction that you intend for the book to be "read." Since "a creepy collective" is going to be a flip book, I adhere the pages with any patterns/graphic with the appropriate orientation. To reinforce the folded edge, I add washi tape to each side, prior to adding any decorative papers. This is not a required step; however, if you intend to create a more interactive book, it is always a good idea to reinforce.
Using the staggered pages as guides, I trace the outlines and cut the shapes from my decorative papers. The edges of the page, as well as the decorative paper, are inked, and then using double sided adhesive tape, I attach the papers.
Now it is time to work on the front and back covers. Since I anticipate this book being handled a lot, I use distress collage medium to adhere the papers to the covers. The collage medium adds a protective coating that will withstand much use. Once the first layer of paper is attached, I add torn pieces of worn wallpaper.
I hope to achieve the look of a gallery wall in an old haunted mansion. The wall paper peeling and a collection of family portraits hanging. When the collage medium has dried completely, I add crackle finish to random areas, concentrating on the wall area. the resulting crackle is accentuated with a rubbing of walnut stain distress crayon.

 Once all of the pages have been covered and the front and back cover finishes are dry, I determine the best location for my binding holes.The first step is to determine the onset of the interior pages, be sure that wherever you decide to place your binding will incorporate the pages. I decide to use 3/16" eyelets to accommodate the binding rings. The holes are set an appropriate distance in to allow for a border around the eyelet. Using a crop-a-dial I punch my holes and set the eyelets. The next page is aligned, and the hole locations are marked then punched and eyelets set.
This ensures that all of the holes will be lined up and the pages will be easily flipped.  
Spooktacular alphabet die cut letters spelling "a creepy collective" give title to my tag book. Framed found relatives, some wearing die cut masks or a Gypsy Soul Laser Cut little crown, hung on the decaying "wall" complete the front cover.
The rear cover is finished in a similar way to the front; lacking the relatives, this cover is stamped and die cut letters read "and then there were none." A rodent from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts creepy critters set is inked, covered with collage medium, and attached to the bottom corner, trying to take a peek inside. I have hand drawn some cracks in the exposed plaster to add to the decayed wall appearance.

I hope you are inspired to create your own tag book.
I can envision this book being made in many different themes, for any holiday or special occasion.
I look forward to sharing the completed interior pages in my next blog post.
I have really enjoyed working on this project
 and appreciate you taking the time to stop by the blog.

Distress Archival Ink: black soot
Distress Collage Medium: matte, vintage
Distress Crayon: black soot, ground expresso
Distress Marker: carved pumpkin
Distress Oxide Ink:black soot
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
tag book (coming soon), creepy critters, little crowns
Tim Holtz Ideaology:
adornments art deco fames, adornments halloween, halloween paper stash, foundry frames, halloween story sticks, hinge clips large, remnant rubs, worn wallpaper
Tim Holtz / Sizzix Alterations:
masquerade, spooktacular alphabet (retired), stitched ovals, stitched rectangles
Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous: Mr. Bones


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

madonna enshrined

Hi everyone, today I am on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog sharing "madonna enshrined." A small shrine I created to showcase a hand painted madonna. I love creating religious pieces and recently acquired a mold to make these small Mary statues. I was so excited when I realized that she fit perfectly in the GSLC ATC Shrine with Feet.  
I begin with a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts ATC Shrine with Feet. I always like to lay out the pieces and see how they all fit together prior to adding any finishes. This helps me to understand what areas are visible, as well as lets me envision how I want the final piece to look.
I cover all of the chipboard pieces with a light coat of grey chalk paint. This piece is made from medium weight chipboard, so it's not really a problem, but it's always a good idea to stick to light coats of paint that dry quickly, adding more coats as needed instead of one heavy wet layer, it helps avoid warping. Once the base color has dried, I dry-brush some pickling finish onto all of the exterior surfaces, including the exposed edges. I want to give the shrine the look of weathered wood. 
When the finish is completely dry, I cut some marbled Momi paper, from my special paper stash, to cover the the interior surfaces. Since I will be attaching the statue to the bottom, I cover it with a piece of heavyweight charcoal gray paper. The papers are cut to fit just inside the assembled piece, this way they do not interfere with the interlocking tabs that hold the shrine together. 
 I use a quick drink adhesive along the edges of the chipboard pieces and assemble the shrine. If necessary, I clamp the pieces together until the glue has dried. Once the shrine is assembled, I attach the cut papers to the inside by running a slight glue line around the edges and laying the paper onto the surface.
The next step is adding an edge of Dresden trim along the top and bottom edges of the interior. I use one long piece and trim off the extra length to ensure the strip extends the full distance. I use a small rope Dresden to frame the opening of the shrine where the madonna will be located.
Next, I paint the resin figure to be included, and add silver detailing. I add a die cut 3D radiant piece to her head to create a halo. I also add silver die cut stars onto the back panel. The madonna statue is attached to the base with collage medium and set aside to dry overnight. 
Such a beautiful but simple shrine to display my madonna. This ATC shrine with feet would be a perfect way to display any of your special items. I hope that you create one of your own, I'd love to see how you would use this piece.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I truly appreciate it.
Hope your day is a creative one.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
ATC Shrine with Feet

other products:
Distress collage medium: matte
Dresden trims
Folk Art: chalk paint, pickling finish
Mullberry Paper: marbled Momi
Paper Artsy fresco paints
Retro Cafe Art silicone mold
Resin Madonna
Tim Holtz / Sizzix Alterations dies: 3D radiant, shape strips 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

high hopes journal

Hi everyone, this month the theme for the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is High Hopes.
It is based on the song by Panic! At The Disco, and this month anything goes.
I hope you will be able to join us!
 I really enjoyed listening to the song, it was one I was familiar with, and really left me feeling upbeat. I have created a journal for noting hopes and dreams.
Before I get into my high hopes journal project, I want to share a little backstory. I think it's important to understand that when we are creating, things don't always turn out the way we plan.
Where I live, August tends to be a month that most people are enjoying vacations and cooling off at the beach; therefore, I wanted to create something centered around the ocean. I set out to make a handful of ATC's using a few of the Emerald Creek Stamps, including one from the new Mermaid Tears collection, I really have "high hopes" for these incredible designs, they are funky and richly detailed. These are the Artist Trading Cards I started making...Steampunk Sea Adaline has high hopes to one day find a sunken treasure and move into the sandcastle of her dreams.
Once I began working on the artist trading cards, my creative muse took over and my project for the month completely changed direction. Whenever this happens (this is not the first time, nor will it be the last), I tend to allow my creativity take me wherever it wants to go; thus far I have never been disappointed with the outcome.

So now, on to my project.
I begin with plain mat board die cuts for an Eileen Hull XL Journal. Thinking about the ebb and flow of the oceans, I draw lines across the cover, simulating the currents. I then pull out a few of my favorite embossing powders to use on the cover. Since I am drawing inspiration from the ocean, I select the ones that best fit into that color scheme: deep sea and dirty sand baked textures, aegean sea baked velvet, and fractured ice allure powder. I also grab my all time favorite allure powder, charred gold. I think this combination will be visually appealing.
Next, I pour some of the embossing ink from my dauber into a welled palette. I use a paintbrush to "paint" the ink onto one section at a time. After the area is filled with a light coat of ink, I cover it with a layer of embossing powder and then heat set it. Some of the powders are best if you begin heating them from the underside, once the melting begins, it can be heated from above. This ensures that the powder will stay where you want it to be and reduce the "fly away."
Continue coating one area at a time, varying the colors that you use, so that the bordering sections are distinguishable from one another. On the areas where I use Aegean Sea Baked Velvet, I lightly coat the area initially, then added more powder randomly to give a varying depth of color. I love the way these sections turned out.
Once the cover is complete, I chose a coordinating color heavyweight paper for the inside. The paper is die cut and then put through my Xyron Creative Station Lite to add a layer of adhesive to one side. The papers are then attached to the inside covers. Using a paint marker, I color the edges of the journal. I love the way the spice gold edges accentuate the charred gold sections on the cover.
The two journal covers are attached at the spine and then a piece of leather is used to cover the outside back and spine. I find it easiest to use Distress collage medium to adhere the leather piece. I first coat the spine and attach the leather piece to the spine. I use clamps to hold it in place until the glue has dried completely. I then coat the back cover with collage medium and attach the leather to it. I clamp the leather into place along the edges and allow it to dry completely. Once dry, I trim the edges where the leather is overlapping. (Note: I do not use the die to cut my leather because I will not be utilizing the central hole in the spine. Cutting the leather myself, allows the hole to be concealed.)
I add eyelets to the holes in the spine that will be used for the binding. Sinew will hold the journal's signatures in place. Once strung, I tie the sinew off and slip the two signatures inside, completing the journal.
This will be a wonderful place to note all my hopes and dreams.
Do you have a special journal to jot down your inspirations? Perhaps I have inspired you to create one, or maybe just given you an idea to create something of you own. We would love to have you join the challenge, if you dare...
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the blog today,
I really appreciate it.
Hope your day is a creative one!

I am entering this High Hopes Journal in the following:
 Funkie JunkieBoutique Challenge: Marvellous Metallics 
(metallic embossing powders used on the cover)

Emerald Creek Products used:
Allure Powders: Charred Gold, Fractured Ice
Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powders: Deep Sea, Dirty Sand
Seth Apter Baked Velvet embossing powder: Aegean Sea
Emerald Creek Stamps used for ATCs: Dream Home, Steampunk Sea Adaline, See Chest, Take 2

other products used:
colored scrapbook paper
Eileen Hull / Sizzix Scoreboards XL Journal die
Ranger Embossing Ink dauber: Emboss It
Real Leather:
Sizzix Mat Board: white
Wagner Studio Precision Heat Gun
Xyron Creative Station Lite
Zig Painty oil based paint marker: gold spice