The Dr is In

Happy Saturday!!  I’m here today with the tag that I made for the Frilly & Funkie challenge-A Haunting Halloween.  It’s week two of the challenge, which closes on Oct 7th–Hey, I’m way ahead with getting this challenge make in, with several days to spare, even!

I’ve got all kinds of haunting elements to share, so–Step into the office, the Dr. will be right with you…

DSC04578

I’ll make your visit as painless as possible–Now sit back, relax and let’s take a look at what we have here.  🙂

DSC04509

I’m using 2 #8 kraft tags that I had previously paint marbled using left over Distress Paints in Black Soot, Mustard Seed and I think Pumice Stone.  I don’t remember which project I had this leftover DP from, but I never let it go to waste and I was able to sop up two tags worth of color (with the help of some spritz of water)…

DSC04511

…this is the second tag, which I plan on using for the backside of this project.  You know how I am about my backsides!! 😉

DSC04512

I started off with treating the back tag–I’m going to do a little bit of mono-print stenciling using the Halloween LS and mini DI set #3.

I tapped each mini DI over the reverse side of the stencil and then spritzed with water.

I pressed the stencil onto my kraft tag and lightly blotted off any excess ink with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and dried with my heat tool.  I love how the words are so ghostly.

DSC04588

I also put down another stenciled layer using the Gothic LS and Walnut Stain DI and I sewed the two tags together before I started layering all of my embellishments onto the front side.

 I used the Shattered LS with Dylusions White Linen IS and sprayed the stencil, laid it over my tag and pressed down with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and heat set and the base of this tag is ready for major haunting!

DSC04527

Oh, yeah–When I was spraying the stencil, I had that black piece of cardstock underneath–I didn’t want all of that wonderful spray ink to go to waste, and now I have another piece of stenciled stock ready for a new project!

From here on out, I was kind of all over the place when creating the stamped embellishments for this tag.  I had a couple of “failures”, which were easily remedied, but not all recorded with pictures…it was just one of those days 😉

DSC04543

Take these bottles for instance….OH–I’m using images from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate from Oxford Impressions for my tag.  These bottles got stamped with Sepia & Jet Black Archival inks onto WV’s modeling film.  The sepia ink rubbed right off–Failure one fixed with re-stamping the image with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut these out, carefully shaped with my embossing heat gun, then colored with Bottle & Sand Adirondack alcohol inks and layered with Clear Rock Candy DCP–all of which did not get photographed-sorry 😦

Failure 2 coming up, but only because I didn’t realize how concentrated the alcohol ink colors would become, once the shrink plastic images shrunk down to size.  But, not too much of a boo-boo…(I’ll still use this darker mushroom on something else in the future)…

DSC04549

…and fixed with stamping the mushroom image again, but with Cotton White Staz-On ink and I colored the plastic with one color of Adirondack alcohol ink in Sand.

Here’s a trick that I learned from Marjie Kemper–put your shrink plastic piece inside of a circle of tape, apply heat, and there’s your little shrink plastic piece nicely contained!

DSC04548

Here are a few more stamped images for my tag–I stamped Dr. Coffin and the cat with Jet Black Archival ink and the labels are a watercolor technique where I used Distress Markers-in Barn Door, Black Soot & Chipped Sapphire, to color the label stamp with, spritzed the stamp with water, then stamped 3 times.  All of these got fussy cut for assembly…

DSC04552

I added a couple of more stamped and stenciled layers onto my tag and strategically applied some Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons here and there.

DSC04554

Look at this itty-bitty little poppy.  I just had to get a shot of this little goodie–it’s the contents of one of the bottles!

DSC04583

I added rub-ons to the bottle & gave it a Vintage Photo Distress Powder cork.  I glued the brown bottle in place with glossy multi-medium and there’s one of the Doc’s mysterious bottles.

DSC04553

Just had to get a close up of my label.  I completely balled it up, gave it a tiny spritz of water and let sit for a spell.  When I un-wadded it, I did give it a little bit of heat drying, then I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  OH–see that cute little mushroom?  That’s its placement for the second bottle.

DSC04580

It’s barely visible (the darker mushroom completely disappeared under the bottle), but you can kind of see that there’s a little something something in Doc’s bottle of Magic Potion!

DSC04581

What a dapper doctor, Dr. Coffin is.  I added label letters, outlined with Picket Fence DM and stitched with my sewing machine.

DSC04582

Ohhh, Mr. Spooky Kitty got some yellow eyes (Mustard Seed DM) that shine (w/diamond glaze) and he was secured in place with foam squares.

DSC04579

To add a little more spookiness to this Dr.’s visit is this shrink plastic raven (left-over from a project last month) nested securely in the ripped strip of black tulle that I topped the tag with.

DSC04578

And with that, time is up–The Dr. has another appointment presently–he’s due over at Frilly & Funkie, but you can come, too!  Join in on the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Sounds like just what the Dr. ordered! 🙂

Thanks for taking this time out of your Saturday to visit with me and the Dr.!  Have a healthy & haunting rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

DSC04507

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Stamps: Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary (Oxford Impressions) & Raven image from Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Surfaces: #8 Kraft Tags (Ranger); Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)
  • Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons & Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Paper Towels; Foam Squares

Prescription of Love

Happy Thursday!!  I’m so glad that you’re stopping in for a visit!  Today, I’m sharing a special tag that I made for my Great Aunt who recently suffered a fall and broke her hip.  She’s a healthy & strong woman (from being an avid golfer) and after having a hip replacement, she’s expected to recover very well-WHEW!  So, I made her a tag to let her know that I’m wishing her a healthy & full recovery and writing up a ‘prescription of love’ just for her!

DSC04865

And as it just so happens…This tag is also going into a couple of my favorite challenges:

Compendium of Curiosities 3-Challege #11

DSC04852

 At Studio L3, where Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 is the name of the game, we’re at challenge #11-creating with Tim’s Effect Powders technique.  This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate-WOW!-and then there’s the chance to be awarded the Curiosities Crew’s Choice and receive the prize package that Tim & Mario put together especially for the CC3 challenge-AWESOME!!

Over at Artistic Outpost–

untitledArtistic Outpost is asking us to create anything using AO stamps and show our stuff!  If chosen the random winner for the month, you’ll receive a $15 gift certificate to use towards AO stamps!  COOL!!

DSC04833

I’ve pulled together my Apothecary set from AO with some WV Modeling Film and some surfaces to get started with.

DSC04834

My base is a #8 manila tag and I’ve got this ‘saved for later’ Harlequin embossed piece of white stock.  I can’t let any scrap of foil tape go and all of these strips were left-overs from previous projects.  I’m so glad that I kept this!!  I knew it would get used 🙂

DSC04837

I want this to be really vintagey so I brought out some of my brown tones of Distress Stains & Inks and earthy Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.

DSC04838

My first layer of color down is Pumice Stone & Frayed Burlap DS on both surfaces.

DSC04841

I then added a few layers of Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain with my ink blending tools.

DSC04842

The embossed panel is now going to have some finger painting added to it!  I haven’t forgotten about those foil strips 😉

DSC04844

This is fun!!  I love how this panel finished with that last layer of Gathered Twigs DP.  This looks pretty vintagey to me 🙂

DSC04845

I can’t resist the lure of the water spots!!  I spritzed and flicked water over both pieces.

DSC04847

I layered the Harlequin panel onto my manila tag with double-back tape (lots of DBT)!

DSC04854

Here’s my tag with Tim’s Effect Powder technique at work.  I used Vintage Photo Distress EP to create this rust-like effect around the perimeter of my tag then inked over it with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.

DSC04848

So, yeah–Here’s the part where I tell you I didn’t take pictures!! LOL!!  I just started stamping and coloring away and did not take pictures of any of the stamped elements I prepared for my tag…except for…

DSC04855

…my WV Modeling Film medicine bottle!!  I had stamped the image of the bottle from the Apothecary set with Sepia Archival Ink onto the Modeling Film, and as I was fussy cutting the bottle, all of the ink rubbed off.  Which is OK–I really only wanted the bottle shape anyway, because I’m going to turn this clear piece of plastic into a mercury glass medicine bottle!

DSC04856

I shaped the modeling film (carefully) with my embossing heat gun, then I painted the ‘inside’ of my bottle with Brushed Pewter DP and I applied a layer of multi-medium to the ‘outside’ of my bottle.  I heat set, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to the ‘outside’ of the bottle.

DSC04859

I rushed the drying of the Clear Rock Candy with my heat tool, then outlined the bottle with Black Soot DP and I painted the cork portion with Gathered Twigs DP.

DSC04860

You can kind-of see the crackles!

DSC04873

I finished my mercury bottle with a mixture of Tim’s Pumice Stone Distress EP and metallic silver EP that I have from my stash.  I also used Vintage Photo Distress EP to add texture to my cork!  Tim’s Effect Powder technique is really cool and it’s because of those release crystals in his embossing powders!

DSC04872

I stamped the coins, Dr. Forrest and the Rx slip on manila & Distress WC papers.  Dr. Forrest, up there in the corner, is water-colored with Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Aged Mahogany & Antique Linen Distress Markers and my water brush.

DSC04873

 I filled the bottle of Healing Tonic with Love–in this case, red glitter paper punched hearts, and sent this on it’s healing way!!  OH–I did treat the backside of my tag (not pictured) as I usually do, so that I could write a special message to my Great Aunt 🙂

DSC04877

The RX today is LOVE and I have to say, I’m loving how this tag came out!!  I’m taking this over to Artistic Outpost and Studio L3 now, almost right under the wire!  You have until September 30th to enter at Artistic Outpost and CC3 #11 ends tomorrow, September 26th.  Hope to see you there!!

I’ll be back next week with one or two projects that I’ve been working on–There are some new challenge themes out there that have just commenced and I’ve got to get these ideas down and stamped on paper!!

Until next time–THANK YOU–and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

DSC04507

SUPPLIES I USED:

In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints 🙂 and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween 🙂

DSC04715

 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.

DSC04712

I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way 🙂

DSC04591

I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.

DSC04592

I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.

DSC04613

This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!

DSC04620

I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there 😉 Sorry, back now!

DSC04622

I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).

DSC04616

I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!

DSC04628

Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!

DSC04647

OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…

DSC04648

…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink

DSC04652

…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.

DSC04653

I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.

DSC04607

A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…

DSC04610

…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….

DSC04661

I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.

DSC04675

I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.

DSC04678

Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven 😉

DSC04679

This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!

DSC04656

I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique 🙂

DSC04682

I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.

DSC04660

This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.

DSC04695

Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere 🙂

DSC04671

BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting 😉

DSC04683

OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.

DSC04687

OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.

DSC04689

Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) 😉

DSC04696

I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!

DSC04699

My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….

DSC04713

I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there 🙂

DSC04719

Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.

DSC04715

I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!

DSC04729

Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!

DSC04725

The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!

DSC04727

I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!

DSC04716

I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?

DSC04507

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

The World Calls a Butterfly

Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Today is a special day for me, as this is my posting as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent!!  I’m in their Spotlight today as the winner of their June Challenge–Flaming June, which was hosted by OCC DT member Julia.

When Laura contacted me to take part as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent, I instantaneously started freaking out panicking thinking about what I could possibly make?  Do I create something in keeping with the monthly challenge (which Laura is hosting for August)?  Do I make something similar to my winning entry?  I bombarded her with my questions and nervousness and she simply said “Do whatever you like and have some fun!”  Well, OK then!!

I am HONORED and ECSTATIC to be a part of Our Creative Corner for the day and I hope you enjoy my step-x-steps, with boo-boos and changes along the way!  I’m showing you (almost) everything, except the finished piece–Ha Ha–For that, you’ve got to go to Our Creative Corner directly-and while you’re there, you can learn a little bit about me in their Top Talent Q&A segment!  Ha Ha–sneaky, huh?!  It’s fun that way and I hope you enjoy today’s creative journey 🙂

DSC03970

I decided upon a 6×6 box canvas for my project, which is a pretty new surface-for me-to work on.  I’m going for it!!  I also gathered stamps from Darkroom Door and chipboard Mini-Butterflies from Tando Creative.

DSC03971

I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso that I applied with a paint brush and my palette knife and pressed a few scrap pieces of ripped book pages into it.  I heat dried the surface just a little….

DSC03981

…while the gesso was still wet, I randomly pressed the DD Polka Dot background stamp into the surface and into the sides.

 Working with the DD Polka Dot background stamp again and the DD Patchwork Butterfly image, I used Archival Inks in Orange Blossom, Olive and Cobalt to stamp the images onto tissue paper.  I didn’t end up using the blue butterfly…it unfortunately got experimented with and ripped all to heck-you know how that can go (uh, that’s a boo-boo).

DSC03987

I colored my canvas in layers–I used Distress Stains and rubbed them onto my craft sheet and pressed and rubbed the canvas down into the colors.  Here, I’ve used Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Squeezed Lemonade DSs on the front surface and sides.

DSC03989

My direction with this canvas is already taking a turn at this point.  I’m adding ripped lengths of the stamped tissue paper with multi-medium so that I have a fun horizon line to work with (change #1 coming right up).

That floating piece of book page in the upper corner?  Gone!!  It didn’t work for me, once I started adding a horizon line.  I repaired the corner with gesso, stamping and staining.  I’m not too worried about that corner being a bit lighter in tone than the rest of the canvas…it’ll all work out 🙂

DSC04010

 This butterfly image is a second gen stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink onto tissue paper.  It’s going to end up serving as a shadow of sorts and here, I’m doing some positioning.

DSC04011

I’m going to add another layer of texture using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and WV White Embossing Paste, but I do a little pre-positioning to see where the dots will be hidden and exposed.

I taped the stencil down with painter’s tape and applied a light to medium layer of White Embossing Paste.  The stain will seep into the paste when it dries and I just love that effect.  I did a little heat drying, but I mostly let it air dry.

DSC04058

After my embossed dots are dry, I apply my shadow butterfly down with matte multi-medium and heat set.  Most of the front is done…well, the foundation is set, at least.  Since this is a box canvas, the back is basically available to create upon and within, as well.  Like Laura said “Have fun”!

I’m using Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste to coat the perimeter of the frame with.  The back side of the canvas is going to be the same, yet different–

DSC04062

I ran strips of TH Tissue tape to the inside edge of the frame and painted the surface of it with Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive & Broken China DPs.  I also painted the very inside of the frame (it slants inward) with Seedless Preserves DP.

DSC04063

I inked the inside of the canvas with Dusty Concord DI and my ink blending tool and applied these ripped pieces of  floral paper from the TH Menagerie paper stash with multi-medium.  I heat set and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the entire canvas-front & back-with my ink blending tool.  I stenciled more dots onto the frame with a mixture of Broken China & Scattered Straw DPs and heat set.

DSC04013

Not to give the finished piece away or anything, but, my main focal points for the front and back, are going to be a butterfly, and I want them to be different from one another.  For the butterfly that will be on the front, I’m making an alcohol ink background to stamp the Patchwork Butterfly image onto.

DSC04015

Isn’t this pretty?  This is a combination of Lettuce, Wild Plum & Aqua Adirondack Alcohol Inks, on glossy stock, with just a touch of blending solution dabbed over the entire surface.

DSC04016

I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the butterfly with and I heat set it, carefully.  Glossy paper, when too hot, will bubble.

I ran the stamped image through my Xyron adhesive machine, then placed a piece of WV Modeling Film onto the sticky surface.   I fussy cut this butterfly out and set aside for later assembly.

Now, a couple of the major boo-boo’s that happened, took place after assembly and during my photo shoot (the sprinklers came on, the canvas and I got wet, things tweaked and failed…boo-boo!) Then, I don’t have any pictures of the replacement butterfly that I recreated for the back of the canvas..boo-boo again! However, I can tell you, I used vellum, frosted film and WV White-Out modeling film for it.  You’re just going to have to go over to Our Creative Corner and see how it all turned out!! Sorry about that!! 🙂

 I’m using Tando Creative Mini-Butterflies as some of my embellishments to finish the canvas with.  I painted each butterfly with colors of DP that I’m already using in the canvas-Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive & Scattered Straw.  I dabbed each chipboard butterfly with paint and set with my heat tool.

DSC04099

I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to each painted butterfly then sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over each one.  I gently tapped off the excess and set aside to air dry.

DSC04103

To finish everything, I found a lovely quote about butterflies and made my own word bands with my computer & printer for the front, and I used the quote again in an image transfer onto tissue paper, for the back.

It’s really kind of fun being mysterious about the finished canvas and I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll want to go to Our Creative Corner now for the finished project!!

Thank you all soooo much for joining me today, in what’s to me, a momentous occasion and one that’s going into the creative resume!!  Thank You, Our Creative Corner, for this fantastic opportunity!  Laura, I did have fun!! 😉 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 6×6 Box Canvas; Tissue Paper; Book Pages; Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film & White Out Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Stains, Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stamps:  Patchwork Butterfly & Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door)
  • Mini Chipboard Butterflies (Tando Creative); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Palette Knife; Scissors; Ink Blending Tool; Air Tool (Inkworx); Foam Dots; Embossing Heat Tool; Xyron Machine

Coming Up Roses

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m so happy to be back and sharing this latest challenge project-FINALLY!! That means I’m done tiling the bathroom floor!!

I started this project, one day last week and wasn’t able to get back to it until a couple of days ago.  Which, was probably a good thing–As I was mortaring and tiling and grouting, I was also thinking about my project and how I was going to bring it all together with the challenge theme and the two additional inspirations that drove my design…

DSC03307

This is what I made for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3–Faux Tea Roses.  When this challenge was first posted and the subject was the Faux Tea Roses technique from Tim’s book, I started singing…”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” and Yes–I attempted to belt it out Ethel Mermon style!!  I do that sometimes 🙂

So, the song is a challenge I gave myself–incorporate it somehow, in a clever & crafty manner, in my project–like I don’t have enough challenges already?  And then, there’s Linda Ledbetter’s own creation she made for challenge inspiration.  Her darling painting did just that–Inspire me!!  BIG TIME!!

For the most part, I will be flying by the seat of my pants on this canvas.  I kind of know what I want to do when I begin, so, I gather some Distress Inks & Paints and some gesso and acrylics….I’m going for it!!

DSC03248

I prepped my 6×6 canvas with gesso and heat dried.  I squeezed some CH StudioYellow Pastel semi-gloss acrylic paint directly onto the canvas and spread with my paint brush.  I’m heat drying each layer as I go along.

DSC03249

I wanted a bright, happy background for this canvas to evoke a positive feeling–Everything’s Coming Up Roses, you know!?! 😉

I don’t have an extensive collection of acrylic paints (well, at least in the colors I wanted to use..) so, I’m bringing in the Distress Paints in Broken China, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive to layer on the middle and bottom portion of the canvas.

DSC03252

I’m very happy with the layering and graduation of color I achieved and I did wrap the paint around the sides of the canvas.

I’m using one of my favorite stencils ‘Rays’ from Tim’s Layering Stencil line.  I used a mini-ink blending tool with Picket Fence DP and pounced paint over the entire stencil and around the sides.

I’m going to use a splattering technique I recently learned (in the Watercolor for Card Makers OCC), to form a layered background.

First, I’ll use Peeled Paint DI, that I pressed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with my round paint brush…

DSC03262

….to splatter and give me my first layer of color.

Next is Broken China DI splattered on the top half and sides….

DSC03265

..to help give my sunshiny sky a little blue.

DSC03267

I’ve got a small set of different sized round stencil brushes that I’m going to use to pounce some flowers onto the scene….

I started with Picked Raspberry DI that I smooshed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with the stencil paint brush.  I lightly pounced the brush all over the surface and sides of the canvas…

…then I brought in Aged Mahogany DI using a larger stencil brush and filled in the spaces.

DSC03275

Using the stenciled Rays that I previously laid down as my guide, I placed the Rays stencil back down and applied a layer of white embossing paste over the painted surface.

As the embossing paste dries, the paint will seep through the paste and give me some really cool color through the texture–Love That!!

I added more splatters of Peeled Paint DI and more pounces of Picked Raspberry & Aged Mahogany to the left side of the canvas–I had a change of mind with my layout and decided to fill in that area to even it out a bit.

DSC03282

I inked all of the edges with Sepia Archival Ink and my ink blending tool….

DSC03283

…then sealed the entire canvas with a spray of clear top coat.  Since I am using Distress Inks, I don’t want them to react from here on out.  With what I need to do with this canvas in a couple of upcoming steps, I want the color to stay put.

This is where I ended last week.  I had the background of my creation ready for a story to be told upon it, and with part of this challenge being secret, I can bump forward to the parts needed for assembly.  Plus, I didn’t take pictures-again-of a lot of the detail work…you know how it goes!! 🙂

In keeping with the challenge requirements, I can’t show you how I created the bunches of roses, but let me tell you–with my ‘man hands’, making those little roses, wasn’t easy!!  Paper rips–easily!! But, if Tim Holtz can create those dainty little flowers, by George–so can I, darn it!!  It wasn’t easy and probably took me too much time to make, but I did it!!  And I only lost one rose in the process 😉

Behind the scenes–I did a text transfer (a la image transfer) onto tissue paper for my background text pieces that say–Everything’s Coming Up Roses!  This is why I needed my colors to stay fast.  I used matte multi-medium to glue all of my tissue paper pieces down and that multi-medium would have reacted with the Distress Ink.

This is where I stopped taking pictures-sorry.  I glued all of my tissue pieces in place on the canvas and set it aside to air dry while I cut and assembled all of the roses out of TH Color Core stock.  I used three different colors of pink colorcore to match the pinks of DI I used on the canvas and to match my winged girl.

DSC03304

MAGIC–It’s done!!

The words between the embossed rays are tissue paper transfer and I am truly pleased at how it came out!  I wish I could say that was my script, but it’s not!  It’s a font called Ralph Walker that I found on fontspace.com and it matches just perfectly with the playful feel of the canvas.

DSC03302

The winged girl is from TH/SA Winged Things I set and she’s stamped onto 140# water color paper with Jet Black Staz-On ink and water colored with my water brush and DM’s in: Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Walnut Stain.  Her wings are modeling film layered with frosted film and her hat is a bit of scrap fabric that I stitched on with my sewing machine.  DSC03306

I have her adhered to the canvas with layered foam squares, so you can touch her and there’s a little bit of movement.

Everything else is adhered down with either matte multi-medium or hot glue!  Those roses aren’t going anywhere!!

Here are a couple of shots of the sides–Touchable and permanent because of that clear coat that I protected it with, WHEW!!

DSC03299

Don’t you just want to sing?!  I do!! Everything’s Coming Up Roses!!  I just can’t help myself!! 🙂

Join me over at Studio L3 for the chance to win a fab goodie gift package from Tim & Mario themselves or a wonderful $50 gift certificate from the sponsor of this Faux Tea Rose challenge, Inspiration Emporium! Totally awesome!!

Thanks for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed coming with me on this challenge creation–which, incidentally, is my 2nd canvas creation!! Cool!!

I’ve got a whole list of cards and tags to make for celebrations and challenges, so I may be laying low for another week, but I’ll have all kinds of goodness to share in upcoming weeks and that makes me happy!!  So, until next time–

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 6×6 Canvas; Tissue Paper; 140# Water Color Paper; Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology); ColorCore Cardstock (Core’dinations); Acetate-for text transfer (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamp: Winged Thing I (TH/SA)
  • Stencil; Rays (TH/SA); Tattered Pinecone Die (TH/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Gesso & Yellow Pastel Acrylic (Claudine Hellmuth Studio); Distress Paints, Inks, Markers (TH/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko);Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Spray Clear Top Coat; Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things)
  • Paint Brushes-Round & Stencil; Palette Knife; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (CH Studio/Ranger);
  • Self-Adhesive Mini Pearls; Self-Adhesive Gemstone; Natural Leaves

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/10139243/?claim=6kwumvunh2k”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>