July 31st, 2015

4 x 4 art card with gold embossing and a gold rosette This 4 x 4 art card is intended as an addition to a fat book or chunky book. I made it for a Swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “strong” and the color was to be gold.

I started with a 4 x 4 piece of gold scrapbook paper, and layered that with gold and white designed scrapbook paper.

I used a piece of thin gold metal and embossed it using the Big Shot and an embossing folder.

I then used the Big Shot to cut out the Tim Holtz rosette die and made the rosette that appears in the upper left side.

Since the theme was strong, I used a quote found on the Internet and applied it manually using a Micron Pen.

The text reads, “It is in herself that she will find the strength she needs…”

 

June 12th, 2015

copper colored art card with owl This is a four by four page for a fat book or a chunky book. In the swap group that I belong to, we are calling them art cards, and there is a monthly theme.

This month, the card was to be copper in color, and the theme was wisdom.

I used some copper metallic paper for the background, then layered some copper mesh over it as shown.

The owl is cut from an advertisement. Wisdom as a theme seems to call for a wise old owl.

I had some copper metallic tags in my stash. I dry embossed one by hand, using a brass stencil and a hand held embossing stylus.  I also had some copper star shaped brads, so I used them as well.

The words “social wisdom” appeared on a flyer of some sort, and it was talking about using wisdom in social media. I thought it apropos.

The swap group is Art for the Creative Mind.

 

February 13th, 2015

Artist trading card in silver colors This artist trading card (ATC) is called Silver Simplicity.

I made it for a monthly swap at Art Ventures. The challenge was to make a card using predominantly silver colours, and to depict how silver makes me feel.

I decided that Silver gives me a sense of simplicity, so I attempted to depict that feeling.

I have used two types of embossing on silver colored card stock.

The embossing to the left is dry embossing, done with an embossing folder and the Big Shot Universal Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.

The flower to the right is a stamped image heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

I added a little silver embossing powder around the edges of the card as well.

July 21st, 2013

grunge tag with distressed metal flowers This grunge tag with distressed metal flowers was for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

I used a standard shipping tag and coloured it green with one of the Rangers distress inks.

To give it the grunge look, I mixed together two or three colours of embossing powders and applied them using a background stamp, watermark ink and a heat gun.

I did the same thing on the metal flowers. The flowers were received as a RAK. I believe they are made from tin foil and a TH Tattered Floral die.

For embellishments, I added a metallic button with copper dangly wires and some ordinary paper clips that I had coated with the mixture of embossing powders that I used for the tag itself.

Some fibre and a metallic button finished the look.

July 12th, 2013

This tag has en embossed,  metal flower.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

For the tag itself, I used a standard shipping tag of the kind you purchase at an office supply store.  I stamped it with a Hero Arts stamp and heat embossed it using Tattered Rose distressed,  embossing powder by Ranger.

Someone gave me some die cut flowers cut from aluminum foil. I heat embossed them using the same stamp and embossing powder as I did for the tag.

I attached some corrugated card stock, ribbon and assorted brads as embellishment.

I stamped the word “Treasure” at the bottom with dye ink.

 

April 7th, 2013

green and gold tag with embossing This tag appears black in the scan, but it is actually bright gold. I  made it from a thin, gold metallic substance. It is not paper, but rather cut from a sheet of thin gold colored metal.

After cutting the tag shape, I ran the material through a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder, using the Big Shot Universal Embossing and Die Cutting Machine.

The embossing folder is the steampunk one. You can see the gears on the tag.

I decorated with green rick rack, a green rhinestone and a clip art embellishment reading “With Love.”

I punched a hole at the top of the tag and tied a gold ribbon through the hole.

This tag is entered in Playing in Paradise Challenge #111. The challenge theme is embossing.

March 23rd, 2013

artist trading card with yellowed lemon background This artist trading card uses a background technique that I call Yellowed Lemon.

Why? Because I used lemon juice to make it.

You will need a line stamp, lemon juice and a heat gun.

I used bottled lemon juice. I would imagine that freshly squeezed lemon juice would work as well.

Anyway, squeeze some juice into a container. Dip a bit of paper towel in the lemon juice and transfer this generously to a line stamp.

Stamp the lemon-covered stamp onto a heavier textured text paper. I suppose you could use card stock but it might take longer to heat.

Anyway, use your heat gun and apply heat to the stamped paper.

In time, the stamped part will turn yellow and then brown. The longer you heat, the browner it gets.

Since lemon is an acid, I am guessing that you are actually rotting the paper to get this effect.

You can get variations of color by heating for different periods of time.

Optionally, you can run the coloured background paper through an embossing folder. I put this one through the TH Steampunk embossing folder.

The butterfly is not colored with lemon. It is a die cut from scrapbook paper.


 

 

March 27th, 2012

tussie mussie with paper tulips for Easter I seldom make anything for myself, but I was inspired to make this Easter tussie mussie with paper tulips. I saw a wonderful set of instructions for makeing paper tulips at this link: Cheeky Tulips at Paper Magpie Blog.

Tussie mussies are also known as nosegays. As far as I know, they reach back to Victorian days when they were used for holding small bouquets of flowers.  They are usually cone shaped. I made this simple tussie mussie by cutting a semi circle out of cream colored card stock, and then embossing it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, using the Sizzix Big Shot.

I rolled it up into a cone shape and glued it shut.

As for the tulips, I modified Cheeky Magpie’s design somewhat.

Cheeky Magpie used rick rack for the stamens. I used yellow ribbon with a knot tied on the ends.  Also, Cheeky Magpie used pipe cleaners for stems. I used artists wire (or floral wire). It was harder to work with than pipe cleaners would have been. I used a small bead to help hold the tulip head in place.

The last step was to tie a strip of yellow ribbon around the tussie mussie, close to the bottom.

I affixed a strip of magnetic tape on the back of the tussie mussie, turning it into a fridge magnet.

I plan on making another set of tulips using vellum rather than card stock. They make attractive little Easter craft projects.

March 24th, 2012

Easter card featuring pressed crocuses I made this Easter card using crocuses that I had pressed and dried in the microwave oven. I used the Microwave Flower Press or Microfleur to dry the flowers.

For information and instructions for doing this, please refer to this blog post: How to Use the Microwave Flower Press.

The background is embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I cut the white and purple circles using the Scalloped Circle die cuts from Spellbinder.

The gold pin is a simple hatpin, and the lavender strip is Martha Stewart microbeads on card stock.

I made about a dozen of these cards this year.

February 4th, 2012

child's teddy bear valentine I made this child’s Valentine card for a little girl who is just one year old. It has a hand drawn and cut teddy bear. I think this is what they call paper piercing.

The small hearts are made with a punch. The large heart is hand drawn.

The cream colored background is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, done on the Big Shot.

“Be Mine” is stamped with an acrylic stamp and white ink.