Saturday, January 18, 2020

Let It Snow ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I've always wanted to make postcard art, and what better time than the new year for trying something new! So I created this winter scene featuring stamps from Red Rubber Designs, and lots of embossing. 

     The background was done with a layer of white gesso, and colored with Lindy's Gang Sprays (Cafe Au Lait and Tiffany Blue), along with Squirt (Banff Blue). Then I splattered it with LG Spray (Frozen Jack Frost). The Snowflakes and snow were embossed with my new Emerald Creek Embossing Powders (Marshmallow and Blizzard), along with one of my older ones (Mirror Platinum).

     The main image was stamped with a permanent blue ink, and embossed with LG (Clearly Clear) Embossing Powder using the Twinkle in the Eye Stamp.

     Finally, I finished it up with some strips of "Let it Snow" ribbon, adhered over the Postage strip, embossed with Emerald Creek (Blizzard) Baked Texture. 

     Thanks for looking!


Challenges Entered:

Moving Along With The Times ~ All Things New (2 new embossing powders and made postcard for first time)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

If the Crown Fits

     By mixing the old with the new, specifically the new Emerald Creek embossing powders that Santa brought me, I was able to create this art journal page!

     I started by adhering some torn strips from old sheet music, and stamping the script with an older Prima stamp. Then I applied a coat of clear gesso, followed by a light coat of white gesso, and some watered down Dylusions Paints (Vanilla Custard and Laidback Lilac). To mimic vintage wallpaper, I used the Tim Holtz (Gothic) Stencil with my new EC Rock Candy (Java Plum) Embossing Powder, which totally rocks! Lol! 

     I also tried a new technique with the doily! After applying white gesso onto black cardstock using a doily stencil, I immediately poured EC Rock Candy Embossing Powders (Java Plum and Butterscotch) and heat set it. Normally I would wait for the gesso to dry, and reapply the stencil with clear embossing ink before adding the powders. I really like the coverage I got by covering the wet gesso, but still had to wait for it to dry to properly emboss. But well worth the wait for the fabulous texture of the Rock Candy powders! 

     Other than the script in the background, the rest of the stamping was done with the Graphic 45 (Gilded Lily 1 & 2) Stamps. The queen and chandelier were embossed with my new Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Wrought Iron) EP, and the queen painted with Dylusions Paints (Vanilla Custard and Laidback Lilac). I finished her up with a small Prima Marketing rose, and some lace peeking out from her dress.

     The same Dylusions Paints were also used on the Petaloo DIY Burlap Flowers with a vintage button in the center.

     The Bo Bunny Lasercut Chipboard Tag and metal fleur de lis was covered with white gesso, and embossed with Emerald Creek Rock Candy (Java Plum and Butterscotch) Embossing Powders, in addition to Mirror Gold, which has been in my stash for awhile now.

     Mirror Gold EP was also used on the key, made from paper clay with the Finnabair Key Mould, and coated with black gesso. 

     And on the crown, with the phrase being embossed with EC Aroma (Black Cherry) EP.

      The teardrop rhinestones were perfect for the chandelier!

Thanks for your visit!


Challenges Entered:

Art Journal Journey ~ January Something New (embossing powders and new technique)

Tuesday Throwdown ~ TT448 Something New (embossing powders and new technique)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Punch ATC's

     Hey everyone! Trying to get my mojo back, and thought ATC's would be a great jump start. 

     This fun mood board at Double D Challenges with a requirement to use a punch, definitely sparked my creativity!

     As soon as I saw this image, I knew I wanted to try out the Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley (Tea in the Garden) Stamp Set that I had previously won, and embossed it with Lindy's Gang (Midnight Pewter) Embossing Powder.

     For the punch requirement, I used various Martha Stewart Border Punches (Doily Lace, String Lace, Double Loops) and Deep Edge (Embroidery) Punch cut into strips and adhered onto white cardstock measuring 2 1/2" X 3 1/2". Then I backed it with more white cardstock, that I punched and embossed with Lindy's Gang (Purely White) Embossing Powder.

     All of the stamping and background were colored with Lindy's Gang Magical Shakers (Oom Pah Pah Pink, Cuckoo Clock Cardinal, Yodeling Yellow, Lederhosen Laurel, Guten Tag Teal, and Polka Purple).

      Lots of fussy-cutting, but so much fun to make! Thanks for looking!

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Hello Baby Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Hello 2020! My first post of the year is this card featuring some stencil work and stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     I started by applying white gesso to the Tim Holtz (Plaid) Stencil. Then I painted it with Lindy's Gang Magical Shakers (Stormy Silver and Bavarian Blue) and Spray (Afternoon Delight Denim), giving it some highlights with Prima Marketing Metallique Wax (Old Silver). The stitched embossing was done with LG (Lapis Lazuli Blue Gold) Embossing Powder. 

     To the card base, I applied white gesso to the Tim Holtz (Holiday Knit) Stencil. 

     The sentiment was embossed with the Savvy Sayings Stamp onto a leftover tag that I had previously cut. 

     Finally, I popped up the Rocking Chair that I stamped using permanent blue ink, and embossed with LG (Clearly Clear) EP. 

Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Peace Hope Love Tag ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Hello and Happy Holidays! Unfortunately, due to chronic pain, and arthritis that's been in overdrive lately, I wasn't able to make Christmas cards this year like I usually do, but did manage to make this tag conveying Peace, Hope, and Love to all of my family, friends, and followers this 2020, and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 

     Most of my inspiration came from the beautiful December Mood Board at Art Daily Cafe

     I started by adhering a white napkin to a Dina Wakley Mixed Media tag using Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Then I stamped the Holiday Collages Stamp from Red Rubber Designs, to some torn pieces of white tissue using a permanent grey ink, and adhered those as well, along with some Finnabair Texture Paste (Platinum Crackle). Once dry, I painted it all using Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Paints (Butterfly Spells and Ginger Magic), mixed with Metalliques (White Pearl and Silver Spoon). 

     Embossing the Oh Christmas Trees came next, using Emerald Creek (Silver Sparkle) Embossing Powder, and giving them snow caps with Emerald Creek (Soft Fallen Snow) Embossing Powder, also used to emboss the falling snow with the Speckle Background Stamp. To bring out the reindeer from the Holiday Collages Stamp that I previously stamped onto tissue paper, I embossed one using Emerald Creek (Silver Sparkle) EP along with the angel on the top of the tag, which you can see in the second to next photo. 

     The white trees were done with the Tim Holtz (Mini Woodland) Stencil and Prima Marketing White Gesso, using a palette knife to create texture. Then I made them sparkle with Finnabair Unicorn Effect Paste, which I absolutely LOVE!! To top them off, I added some stars made from paper clay with the Finnabair (Stars and Moons) Mould, and embossed them using EC (Silver Sparkle) EP again. 

     The same mould was also used for the moon, made from paper clay, and given a coat of Finnabair Texture Paste (Platinum Crackle) before painting with Finnabair Art Alchemy Metalliques (Silver Spoon and White Pearl), and finishing with some touches of Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes (Old Silver and Brushed Iron). I cut the wing myself from heavy kraft stock, using the leftover Tim Holtz Grungeboard as a stencil. Then I coated it with Prima Marketing White Gesso, and waited for it to dry, before adding the magical Finnabair Unicorn Effect Paste. 

      The phrase was embossed with the Thankful For You Stamp from Red Rubber Designs

     Finally, I finished it up with a strand of clear beads along the bottom. Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Beach Shaker Window

     Hello again! When I think of what I want to see outside of my window, it's the beach. So I created a shaker window made from leftover clear packaging from some Petaloo flowers, framed with strips of heavy kraft board.

     The colors were inspired by the Lindy's Gang November Color Challenge, which is my favorite combo from the year so far!

     I wanted to make a faux distressed wood frame, so I applied white gesso to the Tim Holtz (Woodgrain) Stencil onto mitered strips of heavy kraft board, after coating them with clear gesso. Then I colored them with Squirts (Beaver Tail Brown) and Magical Shakers (Lederhosen Laurel, Yodeling Yellow, and Guten Tag Teal). If your mitered edges don't exactly line up, like mine, just add gesso to the back until it fills up any cracks you might have, and paint over it. 

     Leaving nothing to waste, I used the cardboard backing from the Petaloo packaging to create the background, made from torn dictionary pages, cheesecloth, and brown paper napkins, adhered with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. After coating it all with clear gesso, and touches of white gesso, I painted it with LG Magical Shaker (Guten Tag Teal) and Sprays (Treasure Island Aqua and Cafe au Lait). Then I applied white gesso to a TCW Stencil to make the waves, embossed with LG Embossing Powder (Purely White).

     The die cut palm trees also got a coat of clear gesso, along with some cheesecloth added to the trunks. Then I combined Magical Shakers (Lederhosen Laurel and Yodeling Yellow) to paint the palm fronds, and Squirts (Beaver Tail Brown) for the trunks. 

     To create more texture, I added a strip of burlap for the fence, and Prima Marketing Camouflage Paste (Dusty) for the sand. For the shaker element, I added some small shells and Prima Marketing Mica Flakes (Frosted).

Thanks for looking!

Squirts ~ (Beaver Tail Brown)
Embossing Powders ~ (Purely White)

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

3rd Birthday Card

     Happy weekend! My nephew just celebrated his 3rd birthday, so I whipped up this card for him at the last minute. Lol!

     I used the Stamperia Clock and Mechanisms Stencil to create the gears using Prima Marketing Black Gesso. Then I heat embossed Emerald Creek (Hammered Metal) Embossing Powder on top. 

     The 3 was also done with Black Gesso using the Tim Holtz (Numbered) Stencil, and heat embossed with Tim Holtz Mixed Media Powder (Scarlet). For the sentiment, I used Emerald Creek (Black Cherry) Embossing Powder. 

     I finished it up with some (Black Soot) Distress Ink, and the tractor Jollie's Sticker that's been in my stash forever. Thanks for looking!

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