Showing posts with label modeling paste. Show all posts
Showing posts with label modeling paste. Show all posts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bubble and Gelli Print Album

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a tutorial on the Sizzix blog, for a summery mixed-media album.

For the base I used Eileen Hull's Mini Album die and for the cover and the inside pages I used some new dies by Tim Holtz and a lot of his embossing folders. The inside pages are all gelli printed and stamped, which makes for a fun and quick album. For the cover, I'll be showing you three ways in which you can add bubbles and dots. I used Dina Wakley's new paints by Ranger, it is such a great paint, vibrant and fun to work with.

To see the full tutorial, head over to the Sizzix blog.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy summer crafting!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Seaside Canvas Mixed-Media Tutorial

Hi all! This week we have a super fun theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - make something from scratch. As you might know, I love to make things from scratch: flowers, embellishments, backgrounds, 3-D projects and more. So many possibilities.
I made a mixed-media canvas board with a tutorial.
One of my favourite things is to take a die and use it to make something it wasn't originally meant for and ever since I first saw Tim Holtz Matchbox die, I knew I wanted to use it to make little houses. These little red houses are a common sight on the Swedish coast, and are historically used to store fishermen's tools etc. There is a photo of one on this layout of mine. I worked on a 6 x 8 in canvas panel.
Start by covering the panel with a layer of gesso.

Next I smeared on a layer of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous Crackled Texture Paste, where I wanted the sky to be. Leave it to dry and cracks will appear, they will be larger where the paste is thicker. For the cliff, I used White Embossing Paste, in a pretty thick layer.
When the pastes are dry, paint the sky with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Spun Sugar, making it darker towards the top. I mixed a little water into the paint first. Paint the cliff grey, with touches of green. Leave to dry.
Darken some of the colours and add some dry-brushing, especially on the stone textures. Water down a little Frayed Burlap and paint here and there, especially around the edges. Stamp the birds with Salty Ocean paint.
Stamp the main sentiment on tissue paper and glue it down with multi medium, the tissue paper disappears. The rest of the stamping was done straight on the canvas, but I didn't want to mess up with the main sentiment. There are some words here and there, another sentiment, and cracks on the cliff.
Die cut three outer box parts from chipboard - that is the lower part of the die, which you can see here.
Measure the mid point on both sides of the house, and cut with a craft knife as shown. I made one house shorter than the others.
Emboss in a woodgrain folder for texture.

I used the Matchbox die to make the roofs too. Die cut the central piece of the inner box and cut as shown. Cut in two, and you have two roofs. Score and fold in the middle and cut the little front part in the middle.

Paint the roofs with Rusty Hinge and white for the front part. Use the Burlap stencil and White Embossing paste, applying the paste with a palette knife. Leave to dry. You can also do all the painting after applying the paste.
Paint again with Rusty Hinge and dry-brush with Walnut Stain and Black Soot. 

To make the houses stronger, I die cut an inner box - which is the part you can pull out in a normal matchbox. Cut it smaller so that it fits into the houses. I die cut it from red cardstock. Assemble it and if you want to you can place something inside, so that if someone touches the houses, there is more stability. I used the foam that comes with Sizzix embossing folders.
Assemble the houses, and paint them red. When dry, sand the paint to reveal some of the chipboard and make the woodgrain more visible. Paint the corners white. Of course, you don't need to make the houses red.

I cut doors from a piece of white cardstock, also embossed in a woodgrain folder.

Glue the roofs to the houses. Dry-brush a little brown paint on the houses.

Glue the houses to the canvas board with multi medium, placing them on the cliff. I was happy with how close to the real thing these matchbox houses ended up looking.
I placed the smaller house some distance away from the others.

The crackle sky has a really cool texture, especially with the mix of smaller and larger cracks.

I glued a few Idea-ology pieces to the canvas. Love these arrows.  

Under the houses, I glued some shells, adding a bit more Glossy Accents than I needed. Antique Linen Distress Glitter was sprinkled over the Glossy Accents, giving the look of some sparkly sand.

More shells and glitter, and one of my favourite sentiments.

From the top, the canvas looks like this, with the dimension of the houses and embellishments.

I hope you will be inspired to make something from scratch this week and join us in our challenge. It might be you who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.
Thank you so much for visiting today!

Happy Crafting!


Surfaces: canvas board; chipboard
Dies: Sizzix: Matchbox
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Drapery & Woodgrain
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Stuff to Say, Odds & Ends, Cracks & Specks, Mini Ornates
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar, Iced Spruce, Pumice Stone, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence, Frayed Burlap
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonyous: Crackled Embossing Paste, White Embossing Paste; Dina Wakley Ranger White Gesso
Glitter: Distress Glitter: Antique Linen
Stencil: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Burlap
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Locket Keys, Arrows Adornments

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop

Welcome to the Art Journey and Darkroom Door blog hop! All 23 members of the Darkroom Door and Art Journey design teams have joined together to bring you a 5 day creative extravaganza! Each artist will inspire you with a project using stamps from both of these fabulous companies. There are also great prizes to be won.
Here's my project, a Nautical Artist Trading Block.
I got some wonderful stamps from Art Journey: Sea and Ripple and decided to make an Artist Trading Block (ATB), so that I could showcase them all at the same time. If you turn the block around, you'll have a different section displayed. For the base of the ATB, I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix 3-D Block, Cube, Bank die (3 x 3 in). This is a little tutorial.
Start by die cutting two strips for the block out of white mat board. Did you know that mat board handles ink very well and even works great with water techniques? I smeared some Distress Inks on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the die cut mat board into the ink. Leave to dry.

I thought these stamps would work great with a watercolour stamping technique, which also fit with the nautical theme. Ink the stamps up with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap for the shells, and Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean for the sea horse and circle. Mist with water about four times before stamping. My son was stamping next to me when I made this and distracted me a little bit, so I stamped the circle stamp on the wrong square - I was planning to have it at the top. Later I managed to fix it, by cutting off the one side, and die cutting a new base. Leave to dry.

I wanted more texture and partial script stamping is one of my favourite ways of adding texture. Here I used Darkroom Door's French Script Texture stamp together with Tree Branch ink. Most of the script is stamped with second and third generation stamping, holding the cling stamp in my hand.

For a water texture Wendy Vecchi's Clear Embossing Paste together with a bubble stencils worked great. Smear it with a palette knife through the stencil, here and there. It dries completely clear.

Splatter the sides with a Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, smear it on your craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush. Tap the brush to get splatters. Assemble the block with strong adhesive, I used Wonder Tape. Ink all the edges with Gathered Twigs. I also used an Antique Linen marker along the joints, removing the visible white areas.
To add even more of a nautical feeling, I applied some Glossy Accents along the edge, placed a few tiny shells here and there and sprinkled mica flakes to cover the rest of the Glossy Accents. I also glued down a few pieces of twine.
I love the look of this sea horse. The stamps have great detail, which is more visible if you stamp without misting with water.
There is also a sentiment stamp included in the Sea set, which I stamped with Salty Ocean ink. As you can see the paste dried clear and almost looks like water droplets. 

The circles from the Ripple stamp add movement to the piece. This is such a versatile stamp. I used a few Chit Chat stickers for more sentiments.

One of the other sides, with more shell stamps, script and the Ripple.

At the top of the block, the Ripple is the central focus, after I fixed my initial problem of stamping it in the wrong place. I wanted it to be on the top because I was planning to place a little collection of embellishments in the centre.

You might be able to see the paste dots better on this photo, they were a bit hard to photograph.
There is a giveaway too! Darkroom Door and Art Journey will be giving away a few prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, June 29th. Lots of chances to win some goodies, just leave a comment on this post to enter! Don't miss checking out all the wonderful inspiration.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Your next stop on the blog hop is the wonderful Anette van den Berg.

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Happy stamping!


Stamps: Art Journey: Ripple, Sea, Handmade; Darkroom Door: French Script Texture stamp
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Block/Cube/Bank
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean; Archival Ink: Tree Branch
Marker: Distress Marker: Antique Linen
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Clear Embossing Paste
Stencil: Ranger Dyan Reaveley: Dylusions Bubbles 5 x 8
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers; Stampendous Pearlized Mica Fragments; twine

Monday, June 23, 2014

Live Beautifully Canvas Tutorial

Hello and welcome to another tutorial! This week we are using things we ought to use more at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, those supplies, colours or techniques that you might forget about, or simple don't reach for as often as they deserve.

I made a mixed-media canvas board this week, with a lot of layers. Two supplies that I sometimes don't use enough are the wonderful patterned paper pads that I own and 12 x 12 stencils. Even though I love stencils, and use smaller stencils all the time, the large stencils don't see as much action. The papers, stencils and stamps that I used here are also from Prima.

I used an 8 x 10 in canvas board and tore up papers from Vintage Vanity and Cartographer gluing them down with multi medium. I liked how this looked and almost didn't want to cover it up.

Next, a layer of gesso, but leaving some of the patterns to show through. At this stage you might not love how it looks, but don't worry, it gets better.
I painted the board with various Distress Paints, still making sure to let some of the patterns show through. Distress Paints are thin, which makes this easier.
Next, I tore out some images from the papers, wanting to do some transfers. After planning where I wanted them to be, I painted some multi medium on the background, one section at a time. The papers were torn because a torn edge disappears easier than a cut edge. Place the images face down and burnish well. Leave to dry.

Mist the back of the paper with water and rub away the paper with your fingers. This takes a little patience, and you will probably have to repeat it, because it can be hard to see if there is white left-over when the image is wet. Let it dry, and repeat until basically all the white paper is gone.

I continued with three hot-air balloons, more buildings and a man on his bike. I added more paint to make the images a part of the background, painting around the edges so that they blend in better. I also painted some shadows.

Next, I brought out some stencils, and sponged paint through them - a damask, dots and words. Leave to dry.

The background was stamped with three different stamps by Finnabair, and Stone Gray ink. I used grey ink for a slightly softer look than black. Hold the stamp in your hand and just let it touch the background here and there.

Next, those beautiful large flowers from the two stencils: Floral Rose #1 and Floral Rose #2. I smeared White Embossing Paste through the stencils with a palette knife, positioning the flowers so that they didn't cover up anything important. Leave to dry.

The stencils also contain great words and lots of little dots. I coloured paste pink and brown and smeared that through the stencils, adding a title, more words, and random dots.
I painted the flowers with Distress Paints, mainly Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs.
Use a small paint brush to paint the flowers. Alternatively you could colour the paste first, and then just add a little more paint when they are dry to get a nice variation.

I also added some Prima metallic embellishments, altering them with Distress Paint first.
You have to look carefully to discover all the layers of paper, paint, stencilling, transfers, stamping and paste.

Here are some more metallic embellishments, and a close up of the weathered look of the transfers.
The cyclist was one of my favourite parts, if you look carefully you can see a tiny stamped cyclist next to him. 

Finishing off with the Eiffel Tower, and another stamped image of the cyclist.
Take out your neglected supplies and join us this week in our challenge, and it might be you who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Prima: Cartographer A4 pad, Cartographer 4 x 6 pad, Finnabair Vintage Vanity A4 pad
Stamps: Prima Finnabair: Vintage VanityVintage Vanity #2Vintage Vanity #3
Ink: Tsukineko Stazon: Stone Gray
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs
Stencils: Prima: Floral Rose #1, Floral Rose #2, Damask
Medium: Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste; Ranger Dina Wakley: White Gesso; Ranger: Matte Multi Medium, Gloss Multi Medium
Embellishments: Prima: Plate and Label MechanicalsMini Numbers