Sunday, August 30, 2020

Suntastic Beach Hut Tags

      Hi everyone! I'm back again to feature the "Suntastic" collection from Mintay Papers (just part of my winnings for playing the June Main Challenge  at More Than Words), with these beach hut tags!

      Most of the tags were cut with my Cricut Expression, using the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge at 7", and the others were hand-cut to showcase some of the beautiful papers. 

     The edges and holes were embossed with Ranger (Verdigris) Antiquities Embossing Powder. 

     I did lots of fussy-cutting, and inked the edges with (Black Soot) Distress Ink. Then I popped some up and left the others flat. 

     The roofs were made from rafia and sheer ribbons, to give it that hut look, with real sand under the eaves, adhered with Prima 3D Matte Gel. 

     The netting was stamped with the Finnabair (Net & Wire) Stamp. 

     After adding more sand, I finished them up with some shells!

     Thanks for your visit, and take care! 

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Suntastic Card

      Hi everyone, and happy weekend! I was so excited to win some Mintay Papers for playing the June Main Challenge at More Than Words! With eight GORGEOUS collections to choose from, the new "Suntastic" was perfect for this birthday card I made!

     I created lots of texture with the netting and FIVE different embossing powders, starting with Lindy's Gang (Angel Wings Peacock) used over the water, for a beautiful sparkle. The sentiment was embossed with Emerald Creek (Kettle Copper) EP, and the card edges with Ranger (Hammered) Mixed Media Powder.

     I popped up the fussy-cut house, and embossed the edges with more Ranger Mixed Media Powder (Bone and Sea). 

     I wish you could see all of the shimmer on the sand castle, shells, flower, and cardboard from a couple of coats of Lindy's Gang (Aged Copper) Magical Shaker mixed with water! Not to mention the real copper flakes applied with Ranger Multi Medium Gloss, that I got at an art show MANY years ago, and the copper, aqua, and silver metallic thread that I hand-stitched.  

     Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sun, Sand, Sea Tag

      Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a fun, mixed media tag made with real shells and sand. 

     The colors were inspired by the August Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang

     The first step was adhering torn strips from an old dictionary onto my tag. Then I applied white gesso through some zigzag stencils, and used a palette knife to create the sea. The larger zigzags, done with the Tim Holtz (Zigzag) Stencil, were embossed with Lindy's Gang (Purely White) Embossing Powder, and the smaller ones, done with the Distressed Patterns Stencil from Creative Embellishments, were embossed with Lindy's (Silver Moon Turquoise) EP. 

     After applying a torn piece of textured paper onto the bottom for the sand, I colored the whole background, with Lindy's Gang Sprays (Ocean Breeze Blue and Treasure Island Aqua) and Magicals (Bling-y Blonde and Guten Tag Teal). The rope was adhered with Prima 3D Matte Gel, and sprinkled with sand. Perfect spot for the cheesecloth, shells, and stars! The chipboard "S" was colored with Lindy's Magicals (Bling-y Blonde and Guten Tag Teal), and embossed with (Starbright Gold Green and Sassy Sapphire) Embossing Powders. 

     All of the stars were made from paper clay using the Finnabair (Star and Moons) Mould. Then I painted them directly, without any primer or gesso, with Lindy's (Bling-y Blonde) Magical mixed with water, and (Treasure Island Aqua) Spray. After drying, I did it again with another coat. Lindy's Gang (Sassy Sapphire) Embossing Powder was added along the raised areas of the stars, and the rest were embossed with LG (Starbright Gold Green) EP. All of the texture I created with the white gesso was embossed with LG (Purely White) EP, using a clear Versamark Embossing Pen. As you can see, I also added sand over the textured paper, and around the stars and shells with Prima 3D Matte Gel. 

     The black netting on the back was recycled from some fruit (I ALWAYS save those), and carefully embossed with LG (Sassy Sapphire) EP. If you use your heat gun too closely it will melt the netting, so keep that in mind if you try this out. 

     I finished it up with some cheesecloth dyed with Lindy's Magicals (Bling-y Blonde and Guten Tag Teal).

     Thanks so much for your visit, and take care! 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Golden Days Art Journal

      Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm back with an art journal page reflecting these Golden August Days, which have been pretty hot here in Reno, Nevada! 

     I took inspiration from the gorgeous August Mood Board at Art Daily Cafe.

     The brown background of a hill was transferred from a magazine using Prima Soft Matte Gel, and was the very first step. Then I stamped some script with the Script Background Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Wanting to use one of the new Finnabair Stencils, I chose the Oriental Wall, and applied Prima Heavy White Gesso to it. Once dry, I painted a light yellow wash over the whole page with Art Alchemy Paints, mixing (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, and White Pearl). The sun rays were then embossed with the Rays of Hope stamp, using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, before painting the rest of the page. But because I added that clear embossing powder, and also embossed the leafy flourish with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, it smudged the design where the two embossing powders met. Had I known, I would've just stamped it with black ink. Lesson learned. Lol!

     To paint the rest of the background, I used Art Alchemy Paints (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, Ginger Magic, and Fresh Orange). Then I went over the stenciling with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). 

     Some of the bundles of wheat were stamped with Ranger Archival (Potting Soil) Ink, and the rest were embossed with Emerald Creek (Ancient Amber) Baked Texture. The sunflowers were embossed with Ranger Distress Embossing Powder (Walnut Stain) using the My Sunshine Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Then I added Finnabair Mini Art Stones to the centers with Soft Matte Gel for some texture. Again I used Art Alchemy Paints to paint them (Pure Sunshine, Fresh Orange, Rustic Brown, Red Wine, Ginger Magic, Golden Moss, and Fairy Wings), and went over the centers with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). Wanting more sparkle, I added Stickles (Golden Rod).

     The tag is made from muslin, and had been in my stash for awhile now. It was colored with Distress Spray Stains (Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber). Then I embossed it with the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp using Ranger Distress Embossing Powders (Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany). The 8, for August, was done with the Tim Holtz (Numbered) Stencil, using Finnabair Rust Effect Pastes (Red and Brown) with a touch of Wax (Vintage Gold). The calendar page was stamped with a Prima Stamp from 2009, which just happens to align for 2020. I highlighted the 11th, for my 19th wedding anniversary, with Stickles (Golden Rod), also added to the butterflies and bees, embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, using the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp for the butterflies, and the Be Fabulous Unmounted Stamp from Red Rubber Designs for the bees. 

      Thanks for looking, and take care! 


Challenges Entered:

Art Daily Cafe ~ August Mood Board

Try it on Tuesday ~ Words or Numbers

Art Journal Journey ~ Pockets and Tags

The Artistic Stamper ~ August Anything Goes

Let's Craft and Create ~ #162 Lots of Layers

Mix It Up ~ #40 Anything Goes + Embossing

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sea Artist Trading Coins

     Hello and hope you're doing well! I've been playing with my newest and brightest Dylusions Paints on this set of Sea Artist Trading Coins from Creative Embellishments

      The background 2 1/2" circles were covered with white gesso, and before drying, embedded with wavy threads. Then I applied white gesso to the Creative Embellishments Seaweed Stencil, and painted the water with Dylusions (Blue Lagoon and Blue Hawaiian) Paints. To bring out the wavy threads, and the rest of the texture, I lightly went over it with white gesso. 

     After painting over the stenciling, I cut rings from cheesecloth, and adhered them to the backgrounds with Prima 3D Matte Gel. 

      I also painted the scalloped circles that were die cut from white cardstock. 

     The Sea Artist Trading Coins were covered with white gesso, and painted with Dylusions Paints.  Then I used Prima 3D Matte Gel to adhere them to the backgrounds, and to mimic sand with Finnabair Mini Art Stones. 

     So fun to make! Thanks for looking! 

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