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04 October 2013

Do You See What I See?

Here's a sneak peek at my card for our Annual Christmas Card Swap.
I finished all 28 of them last night!

No in process pictures for this post either but I can give a written tutorial on the process.

Start out with a Kraft A2 card base. Ink sides and sky area with Faded Jeans Distress Ink and a blending tool.

Stamp background stamp on card to create a horizon. I used one I've had for years. Think it is by Stampendous. It was not big enough to cover the width of the card, so I stamped it twice lining up the horizon. If you try this and don't get it lined up exactly, no problem. The big tree die cut in the front will take care of that for you. I used the new Wendy Vecchi Fern Archival Ink for my background stamping.

I added a hand drawn Eastern Star using my Clear Stardust Gelly Pen.
Then to make the snowflakes, pour some Dylusions White Linen ink spray into a small cup, and dip an old toothbrush in, tap off, then use your thumb to stroke the brush to create a mist of flakes to fall onto the card front. Do this until you have as much or as little snow as you desire.

For the trees I used the Tim Holtz Pine tree die and I cut it out of Core'dinations Distress cardstock. I think it was Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I put both pieces of paper together, texture side out and cut them at the same time. Then I flipped the lighter one the opposite direction to give added dimension to the piece.

I used the Picket Fence Distress Paint to add snowy edges to the trees. Then I used dimensional foam tape to adhere them together layered as shown with the top and trunks aligned.

For the Deer I used some Lily Bee paper and the L Base Plate with the Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Deer die. I cut the deer and then inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an Ink Blending tool.

For the Deer's scarf, I used the L Base Plate with the Bow die from the Tim Holtz Mini Bunny & Bow die set. I cut off the bow parts and kept the center and tails to create the scarf. I used Bazzill Card Shoppe paper. Not really sure which red it was as it was in the scrap bin...and I got 30 of these little scarves out of a small scrap and still had an ATC sized piece left over. Thank you to whoever threw that one in the scrap bin! :-) It added the perfect pop of bright color to my little deer. I popped the deer up with a dimensional foam square adhesive.

The snow at the bottom of the card is quilt batting. Adhered with my favorite adhesive of choice...Ranger's Glossy Accents!

I didn't photograph the inside, but it was stamped with a stamp colored with Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss and Barn door. It reads: May the joy of Christmas fill your heart and home. Everything was colored Forest Moss green except for the Christ in Christmas...I thought it deserved to be in Barn Door Red.

That's what I've been working on lately. I know it's been a long time since I blogged...I hadn't realized that it had been since May though. Hopefully that will change soon, and I can get back to creating more projects to share. Since we have a retreat coming up next weekend, I will not be posting anything further until after that!

Hope you enjoyed the written tutorial. Please leave a comment and let us know you've been here.

Happy Crafting!

Sugar Maple Gelli Print Dream

I had a dream once, and in it I was napping in a park under a gorgeous grove of colorful Maple trees.
What does this have to do with my Gelli Print? Well Everything of course!
The dream was my inspiration for this creation!

I didn't take any in process pictures, because once I get in the groove, I don't take time to stop and photograph every step. But, I can tell you it was created using two pieces of paper, and four layers of paint.

Here is the process I used:
  • Layer 1 - I used about 3 different yellow paints. A matte, A pearl & an extra fine glitter paint.
  • I used a brayer to distribute the paint evenly on the Gelli Plate. 
  • Then I added real leaves vein side down all over the plate...leaving some areas uncovered.
  • Then I pulled two separate prints...
  • First Print was pulled with the leaves in place, leaving lots of white space behind in the leaf shapes.
  • Second print was pulled after I removed only the leaves from the Gelli Plate. 
  • I used separate pieces of paper for the two prints.
  • Layer 2 - I followed the exact same process as Layer 1, except I used Greens for my second color layer. 
  • I used the same two prints in the same sequence as above...thus building multiple layers and adding interest. 
  • Oh, one change I made to each layer...I changed the placement of the leaves on the plate!
  • Layer 3 -  Again the same process as Layer 1 except I used the same variety of paints only in Orange.
  • Layer 4 - This is the last layer of my prints, and thus the top layer of paint, so I used the same process as the other layers, using a bit of Copper Metallic paint and a Red Pearl paint.

I chose my colors to resemble real fall colors and the changing of the leaves in the Autumn!

Below are the resulting prints:

This one was the print pulled with the leaves ON the Gelli Plate. 4 Layers of Autumn Goodness!
I cut the first one into quarters and made a card out of it for a friend's birthday.
Sorry, I cut it before I took a picture, but I had a deadline to meet so I put them back together for the picture. The others will be used for other Autumn Birthday cards yet to come!
I had to wait until her birthday was over before I could post this! 

Side note: One the card, I used some burlap, an old button and one of the cute little Tim Holtz Idea-ology wishbones! I just love them! And I used Tim's Simple Sayings stamp set for the sentiment!

One extra thing that I did to the print after cutting it apart was add distress stain to the blank areas.
I used Crushed Olive on the one I used for the card shown. I also used Wild Honey in the top Left quadrant, Forest Moss in the lower Left quadrant and Gathered Twigs in the lower right quadrant.
You can't really see the glitter much in the photo, but the extra fine glitter paints really add a nice touch to the prints. Who doesn't love glitter?

This one was pulled after first print was pulled, and I removed the leaves from the Gelli Plate. There was plenty of paint still left on the plate to get a beautiful print. Again, 4 layers of colorful Autumn inspiration. Again, I added some Distress Stain to the final print to color in the open areas. This time I used Tumbled Glass, to resemble the clear blue sky in my dream. Can you see it? Doesn't it look just like the view you get when you stare up at the sky through the colorful Autumn trees?

Now, after I was finished with my two Maple leaf prints, there was entirely too much residual paint and texture left on the plate. To let all that go to waste would be a Gelli Crime! So, I decided to take advantage of the residue and texture and pull one more print. This time, I used Deli paper!
I added a light layer of creme colored matte paint to the plate, then I ran a texture brayer over the plate, to give just a little more interest. My hubby found this cool net tube and saved it for me. I guess he does listen when I talk about all the cool craft supplies I can find for free. Anyway, it fit tightly around one of my brayers, so I now have a cool net texture tool and I love it! I plan to collage with this one...maybe use it for a Journal cover.

OK...enough details talk...here is the final Clean-up Print that I pulled:

I gotta tell you...Once you get a Gelli Plate...your whole outlook on supplies changes!
Nothing is safe from being used to create your art!

I hope you enjoyed this little Gelli Tutorial.

Please feel free to try this at home!

WARNING: Gelli Printing has been proven to be very addictive...and I don't think there is a
Gelli Printers Anonymous forming anytime soon. Because no one who has tried it wants to quit!

Gotta love Gellin' at the Cr@ft L@b!

28 May 2013

Altered Burlap Wall Art - Class Sample & Details

Come to the Cr@ft L@b and learn how to make this 6x6 Burlap wall art.
Class will be Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Choose from two class times: 2 pm or 6 pm
Please RSVP by 5 pm, Tuesday, June 4th to sign up for this class.
Class size is limited, so please sign up early to reserve your spot.
Class fee: $15

In this class, you will learn the following:
  • Using Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create a patina effect.
  • Using Distress Paints on Burlap, chipboard and metal.
  • Using embossing folders to create texture.
  • Sanding embossed card stock to create additional visual texture.
  • Stamping on burlap and specialty stamping paper.
  • Using Archival and Distress Inks.
  • Using Flower Soft to add depth to your project.
  • Using perspective to create a scene.
  • Creating a scene using chipboard shapes, embossing folders and your imagination.

Class sample shown below (gears in class kits may vary slightly from those shown in the sample):

Class Supply List:
Students will need to bring scissors, a cutter, sanding block, Glossy Accents and a non-stick craft mat. 

All supplies needed to complete the project will be provided for shared use during the class. Students are welcome to bring any of their own additional supplies to customize their project to their own liking.

We hope to see you in our Altered Burlap Wall Art class! 

25 May 2013

A Quick Gelli Plate exercise...

Out on the Gelli Arts Blog today there is a contest to win some awesome prizes...and a great tutorial too on how to make decorative tapes using the Gelli Plate, Paints, Found Objects and Clear packing tape!
Check it out here: http://gelliarts.blogspot.com/2013/05/gelli-transfer-prints-and-giveaway.html?showComment=1369520676234#c2627148792494601964

Below are photos of my experimental play after watching their tutorial video:
I don't have time to go into details today, but will post some how to's later. It's a holiday weekend, and
we are ready to get out and do something. Two days off in a row...that is a rare happening for us! So enjoy the peek at just one thing you can do with the Gelli Plate! And...we have them for sale in our store at the Cr@ft L@b in Deepwater, MO! We will also ship anywhere in the US!

One quick note: I used parchment paper for my mask...and the paints I used are by Viva Decor...their awesome Stamp Paints. We just received our shipment yesterday! I am in love with these paints...and am happy to find that they also work great for Gelli Printing! :-)

06 April 2013

Raining Birthday Wishes Card - for Ranger's April Color Palette Contest

This little Stampendous House Mouse stamp was sitting there on our sale table, and well, it just begged to be inked. No one else seemed to want it...so I decided to give it a home in my collection. (Yes, I'm a stamp addict) Why should I deprive it of it's intended destiny?

I stamped the image onto La Blanche Specialty Stamping paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.
Then I colored the greenery and mouse and flowers with colored pencils and Gamsol.I have to admit...the colored pencil didn't really want to stick to the Specialty Stamping paper...so I went back over some of the lighter areas with my blending nibs and various Distress inks.

I used my Tim Holtz / Ranger Foam Blending tool to blend Stormy Sky Distress Ink over the sky area. I love the billowy look it gave the sky...just like rolling storm clouds! Then I blended Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over the ground. For the final touch...I had to add Ranger's Glossy Accents to the raindrops to give them a nice shine and add depth. It just makes them pop off the image! Love the 3-D effect!
As an afterthought, I added a quilt batting cloud. It just needed that little extra embellishment to balance out the card. I used the Stampin' Up honeycomb embossing folder on my Kraft card base which was also blended with the blending tool in Stormy Sky on the top and Brushed Corduroy on the bottom after it was embossed. I used some unbleached fringed muslin scraps to adorn the edges of my stamped image and also for the banner which I cut out using my Tim Holtz / Sizzix Tattered Banners die. I free-handed the greeting using a Black Sakura Glaze pen.

Close up details of the quilt batting Cloud and Glossy Accented raindrops and the fringed muslin trim.
I just love Ranger's Glossy Accents!
The cloud was adhered with...what else??? Glossy Accents of course!
Here's a look at most of the products I used on my card. 
Distress Paints were used on my backdrop pieces! Oh how I love them so!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to take a look.
I hope it brought a smile to your face and brightened your day!
Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment below!
Have a Blessed Day!

21 March 2013

My Tattered Florals Challenge Entry

I have been working on this banner for our store all week. I finished it a couple of days ago, but have just now found time to take some pics and get them uploaded.

This is not anything super fancy or distress, but I wasn't exactly going for that look this time either. I wanted something a little more Springy and girly. I know that seems strange coming from me huh? Anyway, It wasn't photographing very well with all the lights in the background, so we held up a large piece of cardboard behind a small section of the banner, just to give you a look. The banner actually runs 30 feet across the width of our store and looks quite pretty hanging up. You'll have to come into the store to see the whole thing. Here are a couple of pictures of just a portion of the banner. I knew I was running out of time...and wanted to get this posted so I can get my entry into the contest that ends tomorrow over here: http://timholtz.com/tattered-floral-challenge/ So, you've got until tomorrow to get your entry into the drawing too.

Happy Easter Banner for the Cr@ft L@b store
What sparked this banner idea you might wonder? Well, I had a huge stack of brightly colored felt piled up in my stash and I hadn't done anything with it since I bought it a while back. So, I thought I'd better put it to use before it got lost in the shuffle. So...I made 40 Felt Flowers! Say that 10 times without messing up! LOL.
I had no real rhyme or reason to what colors I put together, I just laid all my flowers out by size and color and then randomly pulled from the stacks until I had them all put together. I used a brad through a flower sequin washer to secure the layers, then a Tombow Power tab to attach the flowers to the paper doilies. Then I hung them from twine with mini clothes pins from Canvas Corp. Since Easter is right around the corner, I decided to add an Easter message to the banner. I made it using my Cricut and the Easter solutions cartridge. I cut out the word SPRING from the same cartridge, and put it on the other side, so it can be switched out after Easter.

Here is a little more of the banner. Sorry it looks a little blurry...like I said before it spans 30 feet, so I could not get it all in one picture and I had a hard time holding my iPad still since the banner is up above my head.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my entry for the Tattered Floral Challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Feel free to leave a comment to let us know you were here.
Have a blessed Easter!

10 March 2013

My Ranger Seasonal Color Palette - March Entry

So I had this idea in my head for a whimsical Easter Tag...then Ranger came out with their March Color Palette contest, so I decided to utilize their color palette to create my tag so I could enter their contest. Below is the tag that I dreamed up for my entry:

I did not take step by step pictures as I created it, because once I got started, I didn't want to ruin my creative momentum. So, all I have to show is the finished product and a couple of close ups to show the detail.

First: I started with a manilla tag and created my background using Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Broken China and Picket Fence; Mini mister filled with water. I applied some of each Distress Paint on my craft mat, misted the paint with water, then swiped my tag through the paints and dried the tag with my Heat It tool.

Next: I used my Distress Paints and the weeds from my Tim Holtz Spring Sprung stamp set. I used Forest Moss, Mowed Grass and Peeled Paint and stamped my image once in each color. Then I dried it with my Heat It tool. I inked the edges of the tag first with my Ink blending tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the top portion, then blended a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the bottom and then lightly around the entire tag. This just seemed to give it a warmer look.

Then I used Black Archival ink and stamped the rabbit from the Spring Sprung set onto a piece of white card stock. I also stamped the Easter egg from the Mini Blueprint 2 set three times onto white card stock.
See close up below:

I used Perfect Pearls Powders and a water brush to create Perfect Pearls paints to color the balloons.  Colors used: Berry Twist, Grape Fizz, Sunflower Sparkle, Turquoise & Sour Apple (eggs i.e. balloons). Look how shimmery those Perfect Pearl Powder paints look! So much pearly goodness!

The rabbit's jacket was painted with Forever Violet Perfect Pearls powder & a water brush. I used Berry Twist on the Rabbit's ears and bow and a tiny touch of Turquoise for his eye. Then I added glossy accents and Ultra Fine White Flower Soft to his tail! Isn't his fluffy little tail cute?

I used the large ball on end of my fabric petal roller tool to burnish the balloons from the backside to give them a curved appearance. I did the same on the rabbit. It really gives the edges a smooth finished look and makes the egg balloons more realistic looking. I love how the egg stamped design could be turned upside down to make a fun balloon for my Easter tag!

I used Diving Twine for the balloon strings: Purple/White, Lime/White & Pink/White. Adhered the twine to the back of the balloons with Glossy Accents and secured it to Mr. Rabbit by tying a knot and running the twine through a few slits I cut in the card stock where his hands are located. I adhered the balloons and Mr. Rabbit with dimensional foam adhesive to make them stand out from the background and give the tag some depth.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my entry in Ranger's Seasonal Palette-March contest. You may enter too!
Just hop on over to the Ranger blog here: http://rangerink.com/seasonal-palette-march/ for all the details! They're giving away some awesome prizes, and all you have to do to enter is post your project using some or all of the products shown in their March Color Palette photo. Good Luck!

I'd love to hear your feedback on my entry. No hoops to jump through, anyone may easily leave a comment below.

Happy Crafting! I hope my tag brings a smile to your day!

08 March 2013

My Take on the Tim Holtz March tag 2013

Here's my take on the Tim Holtz March Tag of 2013

I didn't have all the same supplies he used, so as he's always telling us...I improvised and used what I had on hand to create my tag. I even tried some new techniques and really was pleased with the results.
I started out by cutting my focal piece out of white kraft core using the mini bunny movers & shapers die and the Styled Labels die. I gently sanded the edges then inked using my blending tool and Walnut Stain distress ink. Then I decided to experiment a bit by lightly dabbing my cardstock with the Emboss-it Dabber and then lightly sprinkling on a bit of Seafoam White Embossing powder. Heated it with my Heat It tool to give it a creamy speckled look. I kinda like how it turned out. These pictures don't do it justice.

Next, I decided to try an alternate method for my bunny background. Instead of using the tinsel twine like Tim used, I wondered to myself...What about using the Silver Diamond Range Flower Soft and Alcohol inks?
So, I cut a piece of cardstock big enough to fit the bunny and coated it with Glossy Accents, then covered it with the Flower Soft. I dried it with my Heat It tool because I am impatient. Then I used the foam that comes in Tim's embossing folders packs and applied Pool and Mushroom alcohol ink to the Flower Soft. It looks really cool!

Here is a close up of the Alcohol inked Flower Soft.

And here's what it looks like after I taped it behind the bunny label. WOW! Now the Bunny pops! And you can see the speckled embossing better here too.

Next I cut my tag base using the Tags and Labels die and a piece of cardstock from my Lily Bee Harvest Market pack. This design just looked like Easter paper to me.

I sanded the edges of the tag with my favorite Tim Holtz Sanding block. Hey...I remembered to put something between my project and my craft mat! This is important to remember, otherwise you will sand a hole through your craft mat. I know from experience, Do Not sand on your craft mat!

Next I used a piece of light green Kraft Core and lightly sanded it with my sanding block.

Then I used an EK Success Icicle punch to punch a row of Grass. I use this punch more for Grass than I do for icicles! Had to improvise, since I haven't received my Tim Holtz Tapered Fringe die yet.

I used some Glossy Accents to adhere three rows of grass to the bottom of my tag for grass. Then I used my fingers to ruffle up the grass for a more realistic effect.

Then I cut a banner using my Tim Holt Tattered Banners die. Again, I used some Lily Bee paper I had in my scrap bin. And I stamped it using the Hello Friend stamp from Tim's NEW Simple Saying
CMS155 set. Oh how I love this set of stamps! Thanks Tim!

Now the assembly part. I forgot to photograph how I did the ribbon, but I used some ribbon similar to Tim's Seam Binding ribbon and I distressed it using some Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Stain, crinkled it up and dried it with my Heat It tool and then tied it around the Styled Label as shown above. Then I used some Glossy Accents to adhere my stamped banner at the top above the bunny.

I used some dimensional foam squares to adhere the bunny label to the tag. It's coming together, but it still needed something else...then I remembered, Tim used Flowers on his! Yeah...that's what it needs!

I grabbed a couple of Prima mulberry flowers out of their Wildflower tube and painted them with Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Paints. Did I mention how much I love these paints? They are the best thing since...Tim Holtz Distress!
I also decided to use some plastic sequin flowers...wish I knew where I got them and where I could get more, because they are awesome too. And a couple of blingy corsage pins...they will be my flower centers.
I bent the pins using my pliers and then assembled the flowers...first the plastic sequin flower was threaded onto the pin, followed by the Prima mulberry flower. I trimmed the ends of the pins with bolt cutters...my wire cutters wouldn't touch the tough steel and my Tonic scissors couldn't cut it either...plus I really didn't want to risk ruining my Favorite Tim Holtz scissors.

This is just a close up of the flowers before I assembled them.

Ah Ha! I just had to add a blingy collar to the bunny. He was begging for some bling!

See how pretty the flower looks once assembled and attached. I covered up the pin stem using a scrap of green Kraft Core that matches the grass.

Now you can see both the flowers.

The pretty pink flower in all it's glory.

One more close up of the flowers with the bunny label.

Finally, one last look at the finished tag!
I really enjoyed this journey. It took me longer to write this blog post than it took me to create this tag!
Thanks so much for looking. Please post a comment if you like my take on Tim's tag.

Your turn...Hop on over to Tim's blog and try your own take on his March 2013 tag! It's fun!
I'm pretty sure he'll be giving away prizes, and you can't win unless you post your creation on his blog!
Have fun and Good Luck!