TBT to February 2, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  We’re in full blown Valentine’s inspiration mode at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday.  Here’s a little hint of today’s Throwback project from February 2, 2015–

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I sure was a busy little crafting bee two years ago and I remember how fun making this tag was!

Come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the details-Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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Dare To Be

HELLO, HELLO!!  Welcome to my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!  I had a play with Kudzu Kafe this week and created this little bi-fold ATC….

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I was experimenting with the backgrounds on these ATCs, too.  I didn’t take any pictures while I was experimenting (I forget to do that sometimes) but I can show you what they looked like before I started stamping and layering.

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I experimented with using rubber cement as a resist.  I got this idea from my fellow AO Design Teammie, Tracy (Thanks, Tracy!), because she uses something called ‘drawing gum’ in the creations of her wonderful backgrounds.  I don’t have ‘drawing gum’ (yet) but I wondered if rubber cement would work the same?

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Yes, it worked, but it’s kind of goopy and thick, so it didn’t brush out all that smoothly.  So, after brushing rubber cement randomly over the surfaces, I let air dry, then I sprinkled Lemon Yellow & Pthalo Green Color Bursts over the surface, spritzed with water and watched the CBs do their thing.  I heat set the CBs, then rubbed the rubber cement off with my finger.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape then gave the tape a rubbing of white wash using Picket Fence DP and my finger.

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I stamped the Kudzu People onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.

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 I water colored each image with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat set.  I then rubbed the surfaces with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut with my finger knife.

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I stamped the tree image from the AO Home set onto the backgrounds with Jet Black Archival–it’s a second generation stamping because I wanted the trees to be a little shadowy.  I gave the surface a splattering of Bamboo Heaven Twinkling H2Os and heat set.  Then I adhered Kudzu Lady to the surface and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set that outline and outlined again with white gel pen.

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Each panel, just like this Kudzu Kid’s, received an altered Numbered Brad.  I rubbed Picket Fence DP over the brads, let air dry a bit, then rubbed my finger over the surface to remove the extra paint.

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I stamped all of the Kudzu quotes onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, coated with matte Decou-page and when dry, fussy cut into word bands.  I edged each band with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto each ATC panel.

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When the word bands were secure, I outlined them with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.

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I wanted to give these ATCs a stitched border, but they were too thick to run through my sewing machine, so to finish the panels, I gave them an edging of Black Soot DI and heat set.  That’ll do just fine!

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Home (Artistic Outpost)
  • 2 ATCs (made w/Manila Stock & Chipboard); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash of Color)
  • Tissue Tape & Numbered Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Rubber Cement (Elmer’s); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Enjoy Simple Beauty

Happy Sunday!!  Thanks for joining me for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–Today, I’ve got a trio of rustic postcards I created using our Old Grist Mill set along with the help of an image from the Ephemera Background set, too!

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I ended my crafty week with practicing water coloring using my Distress Markers and water brushes.  I managed to take a few in-process shots, so let me show you what I had going on 🙂

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I also wanted to see what the water coloring would look like with the image stamped in three different colored inks.  I used Cobalt, Sepia and Jet Black Archival inks to stamp the covered bridge image onto mixed-media paper.

I started water coloring the background and immediate foreground using lighter Distress Marker colors first.  Throughout my water coloring, I accessed  ink from markers that I scribbled onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.

When adding the greens of the trees and underbrush, I dotted color onto the image directly, blended with my water brush and heat set.  Then I added additional color with my water brush.

Working on the bridge, I used the fine tip of my Distress Markers and went over the finer lines of the image and blended with my water brush.  I heat set then brought in more color with my water brush until I was happy, then heat set again.

 I wish the outline of the roof line wasn’t so severe, but, it is what it is (embracing imperfection here!).  I aged all three with a rubbing of Vintage Photo DI over the surfaces, heat set then trimmed to size.  These postcards measure just a tad under 3″ x 5″.

I wanted the backsides of the postcards to be rustic too, so I added a few pieces of ODBD Rustic Beauty paper that I had lightly sanded and dry brushed with Gathered Twigs DP.  I masked off the ‘PostCard’ image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set, inked with Jet Black Archival, then stamped onto each postcard.

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Going back to the front sides of the postcards, I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the surface to seal it and provide tooth for the next step.

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I brushed a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface of each postcard and let air dry.

While waiting for the crackle glaze to dry, I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and gently fussy ripped.  Once the glaze was dry, I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto each postcard with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I rubbed the entire surfaces with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI.  I heat set the postcards then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DP using my finger and I let them air dry.

I didn’t add any additional embellies to these postcards, as much as I may have wanted to, because I really do want to use these as postcards.  They are sturdy, there’s space for writing a note and for a special recipient’s address, slap a stamp on it, and it’s off!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Stamps:  Old Grist Mill & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media)
  • Surfaces:  Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Rustic Beauty Collection (ODBD)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Flat Paint Brushes; Detail Water Brush; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger)