September 2nd, 2014
I made this Art Journal page for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.
The theme was simply, “texture.” We were expected to create texture using any method we wanted.
I began by smearing gesso over watercolour paper and then raking through it with a fine comb. This created the second layer of texture.
Next, I added color by spraying various colors of inks onto the dried gesso.
On top of that, I used a star stencil to create stars with Liquidex Modeling Paste. The Modeling Paste takes on the color of the inks underneath, so I ended up with colored stars throughout the page.
I cut the two dancers using dies and the Big Shot Universal Embossing and Cutting Machine. I glued the dancers in place, then added the key and the leaf, which are both rub-ons.
At the bottom, I used a Sharpie pen to write the words Artfully Vague. I have no idea why those words came to mind, but they died. Maybe its because the dancers are silhouettes and the background has a misty quality.
April 8th, 2014
At Art for the Creative Mind, we are making and swapping a monthly pennant with a Vintage white theme. In December, we will have a dozen of them to string together to make a holiday or Christmas banner. This is the one I made for the month of March.
We had an optional theme, which was French royalty.
All of my pennants are made from off-white fabric which has iron-on interfacing for stiffness.
For this one, I used an image transfer of an image of a French queen. The image is courtesy of Graphics Fairy Blog. I centered it in a die cut fleur de lis and surrounded it with small rhinestones.I added some nice lace to the pennant, and trimmed with red ribbon and a couple of red rhinestones at the top.
t the bottom, I added two gold fleur de lis charms and some additional red ribbon.
The die cut fleur de lis is made from a Spellbinders die. Here is is at Amazon: Spellbinders S4-318 Nestabilities Fleur de Lis Squares Dies
February 7th, 2014
I made this non-traditional, black and white valentine for a challenge at Canadian Stamp Talk group.
I used cream colored card stock. I stamped the image onto white paper, using black pigment ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I stamped the heart shape — which is part of the original stamp — again, and heat embossed the same way. I cut this out and attached it with dimensional tape.
I glued the stamped shape onto the card stock as shown, and attached a strip of frilly white lace around the entire front of the card.
Finally, I used a gold sticker to attach a little heart and used platinum Stickles to add some glitter to the flower, which is lower right.
Finished, I think it has a vintage look, although I was not aiming for that.
February 5th, 2014
Here are two more cup-shaped Valentine cards similar to the one I showed yesterday. These two cards are Valentines gifts for kids, though.
The top one is for a little girl. It is pink card stock with large rose colored hearts. It has a picture of a Telus panda bear. Telus is my telcom company, and they use pictures of cute animals in their promotions. Thanks for the artwork, Telus!
Other than the panda, the cup has green ribbon and green rick rack, a small red heart and a couple of sparkly flowers. I wrote the little girl’s name on the handle of the mug, after I had uploaded the picture.
The bottom card is rose coloured with a big pink heart. It is for a little boy but he is too young to know he is not supposed to like pink and rose.
I decorated with some circus figures cut from Graphic 45 Circus paper, and trimmed with rose and white polka dot ribbon. I also stamped Happy Valentines Day, and added a little ribbon bow and a button.
I also wrote the little boy’s name on the cup handle.
Both cards contain a couple of heart shaped lollipops, which are definitely not hand made.
January 25th, 2014
This Black Perceptions ATC is made for a swap at Art Ventures Swap Group. We were told to design an ATC that reflected the way black made us feel. I chose “elegance“.
The ATC itself is black card stock. Over top of that, I placed a layer of clear acetate paper that had a black floral pattern in it. The pattern stands out clearly against the black background.
At the bottom, I placed a layer of double sided sticky tape and covered that with Tarnished Mica Chips. The chips appear black when placed over black card stock.
Lastly, I adhered a wide strip of doubled sided sticky tape to a scrap of black card stock, and then used a die to cut a bird shape. I covered the top of the bird with black glitter, and then glued the bird in place so as it appeared to be sitting on the strip of mica flakes.
This does not show up well in the photograph, but in real life, it is quite elegant.
January 4th, 2014
This is the second ATC (artist trading card) that I made with the theme of steampunk train, or Victorian train.
The train image is an actual picture of an old steam train that is currently being used at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The image is cut from a brochure. I have distressed it around the edges and darkened the edges using black Distress Ink.
The embellishment is made from a stamped image, using black die ink and brown card stock. I made two identical images, cut them out, and layered them onto the artist trading card as shown.
January 3rd, 2014
I made this pop-up box birthday card to send to a little girl on her 3rd birthday. The box folds flat for mailing, as you can see in the lower picture.
The instructions for scoring, cutting and folding this card are located here: Pop Up Box Card at Splitcoaststampers
Despite the apparent complexity, this pop up box is quite easy to make and the instructions given at splitcoaststampers are clear.
The box itself uses only one 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock, plus whatever papers and trims you want to use for embellishing.
I used a set of coordinating birthday papers and stickers that I won in a prize draw awhile back.
I added some ribbon that I found in my stash.
December 31st, 2013
This ATC (artist trading card) is themed Violet Perceptions. The goal for this particular swap is to make an ATC that represents how the colour violet makes us feel.
For some reason, violet makes me feel lucky.
I made the background using an embossing folder, and rubbed over it with some violet coloured ink.
I made vellum photo corners using a fold found on the Internet.
The shamrock is cut with a punch and heat embossed with some violet coloured embossing powder.
I used a purple pen to write the words “lucky” around the edges.
December 27th, 2013
This is the second tag I made with the theme “reindeer and holly.”
As in the first one I made, we were asked to use reinkers and spritzed water for the background. I used Distress Ink — I think it may have been Old Paper — and spritzed water generously. It gave a nice, subtle tag colour that I like quite a bit.
I cut scallops around the edges using a set of Martha Stewart corner and edging punches.
The reindeer is a die cut from velvet paper, using a Memories die.
The holly is a rubber stamp using green ink. I added red glitter glue for the holly.
I gave the reindeer a red rhinestone collar. It is not Rudolph, by the way. I am honouring one of the lesser known reindeer — possibly Donder LOL
I finished by tying some fibre at the top, for hanging.
December 21st, 2013
Here are three more Christmas cards that I made this year.
The top picture shows two cards made with glittery embossed backgrounds, reindeer die cuts made from velvet paper, ribbon and gold stickers spelling Merry Christmas. The reindeer have a red nose made from glitter glue.
In the middle card, I used blue Bazzil card stock and a paler shade of blue scrapbook paper with snowflakes. I stamped a pine cone from a rubber stamp and black die ink. The ornament is a Memories die cut using sparkly paper. I used a blue and winter-white string to “hang” the ornament. The words Christmas Joy are stamped with a stamp from Quietfire Design.
The bottom card was more or less an experiment. I used red card stock, and cut a large label shape from the middle of it. The inside of the card is lined with green card stock, which is showing through the hole. I cut a couple of holiday tree shapes using a die and patterned scrapbook paper.
The corner die cut was given to me in a swap, but it seemed to work well for this card. The words Merry Christmas are gold stickers.