Wednesday, May 23, 2018

life observed

Hi everyone, I am here today to share a masculine card I created, that was inspired by Elton John's "Your Song." There are a number of challenges this month that are based on music; as I was working on an idea I had for manipulating the Tim Holtz vintage globe die, to use on a birthday card for a very special man, this Elton John song kept repeating in my head. I have to admit, I am a music lover, any and all types can grab my attention. It's as common to find me listening to BB King or Patsy Cline as it would be Skrillex, Martin Garrix, U2 or Pearl Jam. I don't; however, often listen to Elton - the fact that this song was constantly on my mind, was how I knew the direction this piece was going to take.
My initial intent was to create a three-dimensional surface on the globe, that would be held by a "metal" axis and armillary. To create this, I die cut the globe multiple times out of a heavy weight multi media paper. On one of the globes, I used texture paste to create "topography" on the areas representing land  within the globe. Once dry this paste was colored with various distress inks to accentuate the highs and lows. These pieces were carefully cut out to be adhered to the final globe construction. On a different globe, I inked the areas, designated as water, lightly with iced spruce distress ink and coated them with fractured ice embossing powder. This was melted with a heat gun and set aside to cool. Using an exact-o knife, I carefully cut out the "water" areas and "inlaid" these onto the globe that had the land masses. I removed the axis and base from another die cut and heat embossed it with Emerald Creek charred gold embossing powder (a long time favorite of mine.)
These pieces were then adhered to a full die cut. This globe is the focal point of my card cover.
I coated one of the new paper dolls, with embossing ink and sprinkled it with vintage beeswax Baked Texture. This step was repeated 3 times to give it a rich, vintage look.  The vintage boy rests seemingly on the armillary.
Next, I set out to create the perfect background for my centerpiece. I was fortunate recently to be the lucky winner of a Frilly and Funkie challenge hosted by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. I was able to use my "winnings" to acquire some of the newest release of distress oxide inks. What a wonderful addition of colors to my palette! I am so grateful for this prize. I layered aged mahogany, forest moss, tattered rose and bundled sage distress oxides onto a large sheet of bristol. When I was happy with the results, I flicked distress resist spray onto the background and coated it with more of the charred gold powder. Once the resist spray had dried, I heat set the embossing powder. This piece was cut to an 8" square. Using the lattice pattern from mixed media dies, I cut the bottom corner.  In the upper right corner, I used a coordinating stencil to layer the lattice pattern onto the background with forest moss distress oxide. Using a brayer I coated a script stamp with antique linen distress paint and randomly stamped the background. I inked all the edges with forest moss distress ink.
The inked panel was layered over a piece of heavyweight dark green card, which was then layered over a piece of card embossed all around the edges with charred gold. All three of of these layers sit above a piece of chipboard covered with burlap. 
The wording on the panel was selected from my stash of bits and pieces. The "how" industrious stickers were colored with botanical alcohol ink; "wonderful" was die cut from alphanumeric dies; "life is" was created with alpha tiles; "that" uses label letters;  "you're" are vintage scrabble pieces; "in my" is a portion of a quote chip, and the "world" letters are typography pieces that were painted with antique linen distress paint and inked with forest moss distress ink.  
I realize that the wording of my card does not exactly match with the song lyrics:" how wonderful life is while you're in the world" but I feel that my version works perfectly for the purpose of the card.
 Once the panel was complete I adhered it to a square, heavyweight card base I cut from bristol board. I hope that the recipient realizes how much it means to me that they're in my life. 
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by the blog. 
I wish you a day filled with creativity!

I am entering this in: 
Emerald Creek Dares: Guy Style 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired By A Song
A Vintage Journey: Words and Music


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

steampunk shapes

Hello everyone, today I am sharing some steampunk inspired artist trading blocks on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog. Artist trading blocks have always drawn my attention. Each set is so unique to its creator and each block unique unto itself. The multitude of surfaces presents so many opportunities for creativity and artwork to be showcased; yet it remains a relatively small scale size, making it very manageable.
I started with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts artist trading blocks. Three blocks in graduated sizes arrived flat with score lines along  the areas intended for folding to make it easy to construct. 
 Before I begin, I fold each piece along the score lines and create the box. This allows me to visualize which side of the tabs will be glued into place. To make it easier to add embellishments later on, I do not glue the top flaps into place, leaving the boxes "open". Once the blocks have been formed, I paint the outsides with black acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
 Each artist trading block has six sides to be embellished. For each block, I created a full piece of art that was cut into squares to fit the sides. While creating the pieces of art, I tried to keep in mind the size increments that the paper would be cut into. The smallest size block is a 2" cube, and each ascending block size is 1/2" larger. Using Distress and Distress Oxide inks, Tim Holtz stamps and stencils by Stampers Anonymous, as well as Seth Apter stencils from Stencil Girl, I created the papers to adorn my trading blocks.
 Once I was satisfied with the overall design, I cut the sheet into squares. Each square was inked along the edge with black soot Distress Oxide ink to create a seamless transition when adhered to the painted block.  These squares were then adhered to the six sides of the block.

   While I attach the pieces of artwork, I constantly keep in mind ideas for the next layer of embellishments, this helps me decide the locations for the different pieces.
I found it easiest to work on one block at a time, meaning that I created a sheet of artwork, cut it to size and attached it to the corresponding block before starting the next piece of artwork.
Although I was using the same color inks, and similar themed stamps and stencils, I wanted each block to have its own unique quality. You might find it easiest to create all of the artwork at the same time. It's best to work in whatever way you are most comfortable.
I searched through my stash of bits and pieces and found elements I felt went well with my steampunk theme; then I  die cut gear pieces, which I coated with gunmetal alcohol ink, to complement the palette.
The embellishments were attached to the blocks, using eyelets, brads and adhesive. The possibilities for these artist trading blocks are endless, they could be done in any style you choose, each creating a very different display.

I hope that you have enjoyed my photo heavy post, and perhaps are inspired to create something of your own. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

I am entering this project in:
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges: May-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencil it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

spring discoveries

Hi everyone,
I am so excited this share my Pinworthy Guest post project for A Vintage Journey
I created this piece for their May Challenge: Words and Music,
 which is currently underway.
Coming off a winter season that has seemed to be never-ending this year, I knew in my heart that spring was on its way, the morning I awoke to the glorious sounds of birds singing. It brought joy to my heart and peace to my soul. This was the inspiration behind my "words and music" piece. I have created a panel covered with vintage sheet music that has been coated with vintage beeswax embossing powder to create a faux encaustic appearance. I am in love with the new Baked Textures Embossing Powders by Seth Apter/Emerald Creek. The Vintage Beeswax is the perfect translucency. After coating the paper with embossing ink, I sprinkled the powder and heated it. This process should be completed multiple times to create the faux encaustic look. Each time you add another layer, the depth and richness get better.
 In my excitement to start, I embossed the paper with two layers before I realized I should have adhered it to the panel first. Using collage medium, I adhered the paper to a canvas board that had been painted with black paint. I weighed it down to assure that it would lay flat and set aside to dry. While that is drying, I select my focal image from the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper stash. I fussy cut the image of birds on a branch. This piece is inked around the edges with distress ink in walnut stain.
 I select a scrap of burlap, then select some alpha chips and label letters to form the words that will be placed at the top of the panel. Using distress ink, I ink the Alpha Chips around the edges to give them a more vintage appearance. While trying different layouts, I decide to replace the printed branch with a clipping from a real pussy willow.
Envisioning the birds gathering bits and fibers to create their nests for spring, I embed the scrap of burlap along the left side of the panel using the embossing powder while I add the final layers of embossing on the sheet music. I attach the bird's claw to the pussy willow.

I then add the birds, letters and words to the panel. Another clipping of pussy willow that has catkins, is attached on top of the burlap using the embedding method.   
 An Idea-ology "DISCOVERIES" word band, that has black soot distress crayon rubbed into the crevices, is adhered to the bottom of the panel.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to be a Pinworthy Guest for A Vintage Journey.
 I hope that you are inspired to create something for this month's challenge. 
You have until the end of May to submit your project on their site.