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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Valentine Fun!

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Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.  I am very happy this year as I have come to the conclusion this day is NOT about couples, sweethearts, spouses and more.  It is about a love of each other and doing all we can to make this world a warm and inviting place for everyone!  So let's get started with my special valentine for each of you!
My supply list is much larger this week than most as I am trying to get more adventurous and try the layering of texture and color.  I used two stencils from Dreamweaver. 
I started with the flourish stencil and used Champagne Ink to stencil on the design.

This is a very light image of the stencil.
Next I layered on some color. I love the Fireworks as they have a fun shimmer to them.  I actually applied it with a brush. 
Then I added a little Shimmer ink in Gold. 
I needed to get the tag dry so I used my heat tool.  I love the shimmer of all of these inks! 
Next I added some color by applying the ink directly to the paper.  I used more Champagne and some Bronze Encore.
I then also added some more of the stenciled image.
I decided after I picked my first stencils that I wanted the Valentine words on the tag as well so  I spritzed it with some Walnut Ink.  I wanted it a little blurry and new some of the ink would seep under the stencil.  I blotted off the excess and removed the stencil.
Of course it would not be done if I did not use some paste, so I taped off my stencil and off set it on the tag.  I then applied the Pearlescent Paste.
Once I removed the stencil I rinsed it off.  Please be careful as some of the points of the hearts are sharp and WILL cut you.  I know as I now have a bandage on my thumb! LOL  While the paste is still wet I added my first color of glitter...pink of course in transparent ultrafine. 
Then added more transparent ultrafine glitter in a soft green.  I am not giving exact colors as you can use any color of glitter.  I used transparent and spread it very then.  I also went over the entire image and the edges of the tag with Crystal glitter.  You could use any transparent clear glitter.
I love this photo as you can see where I went over the words with pen, the shimmer of the gold and the sparkle of the glitter!
This is the finished tag.  I am sorry I could not get all the shimmer of color in this final photo but you can see the entire tag.  As I am typing this a thought occurred to me.  "What if I used Translucent Embossing Paste?"  I think I will go play some more! 

Happy Creating!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ideas For Gift Giving!

I have decided I am forever addicted to Layers Of Color stamps and stencils! They are so cool I decided to try something new on my jewelry boxes and this is the result!

The above box is using a corner stencil with two different sizes! I love it. I also had to run to my local store Scrapbook Generation to get some bling and flowers!
Happy Creating!

Monday, October 12, 2015

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I am so excited to show you some more of my CREEPY creations using blank Smoothfoam tombstones. After making one for my post from last month, I realized one tombstone wasn’t enough…I just needed more. These are so great for Halloween party d├ęcor. Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween and Happy Haunting!
Smoothfoam tombstones
Smoothfoam letters
Smoothfoam ball
Heat tool with stylus
Acrylic paints and brayer
Connie Crystal black rhinestone sheet
smoothfoam letters BOO
I like the rounded top of this tombstone – perfect for carving in a spider web. Use a stencil for the basic web lines, then carve in the rest freehand. After carving, paint a blend of black and white paints over the top using a brayer. Paint the Smoothfoam letters – BOO – black and then distress with bits of white.
To make the spider body, paint a small Smoothfoam ball (cut in half) black.
Smoothfoam crystal spider
After gluing the spider body to the web, trim strips from the crystal sheet for the head and legs and glue in place. Add a little diamond of crystal on the spider’s back. Glue on the letters and let everything dry.
carved smoothfoam tombstone
As you get more comfortable carving Smoothfoam with a heat tool, try to make faux stone – it’s so fun! Carve out the individual stones and add texture to each stone. Paint a few recessed lines black, use the brayer over areas where you want white carving to show through, then paint the rest of the stone with a brush, blending several different earthy colors.
carved faux stone smoothfoamMy third tombstone is a fun one. My niece does not like chickens or roosters, so this is my tribute to a pet cemetery. I also wanted to add some color to the stone. I used my stencils to carve the face of the project, then used a small brush to paint all the colors inside the carved out areas. I made sure to blend fun, bright colors on the rooster and also the sun.
pet cemetery smoothfoam tombstoneOn all these tombstones, when I was done carving and adding paint to the recessed areas, then I used the brayer to cover the rest of the flat surface. The rooster really came out nice and very colorful – my niece even told me she thought it was cute!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Fun

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Smoothfoam TombstoneHeat tool
Stencil, painters tape
Acrylic paints
First I taped a large 12″ X 12″ Day of the Dead skull stencil on the Smoothfoam tombstone and used a heat tool with a pointed tip to carve out areas on the stencil. Be careful with the tool as it gets very hot and you barely have to touch the Smoothfoam for it to melt away! I like being able to control the depth of the melt. After finishing with the stencil, I went freehand with the heat tool to write RIP.
After I finished carving, I spread some paint on a flat surface and rolled the brayer in it to transfer the paint to the surface of the tombstone. By using a brayer instead of a brush, paint only went on the raised areas. The recessed areas stated white.
Day of the Dead Smoothfoam carving
When I was editiing the photos I thought it would be cool to make one black and white…gives it a creepy look. I am hoping to have several more done in time for Halloween to decorate my whole yard!

black smoothfoam headstone

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ann Butler Designs and ETI

I love working in multi-dimentional and ETI is perfect for this.  I created this serving tray with great stamps and embellishments and layered it all in ETI Lite!

Walnut Hallow Tray
Ann Butler Designs (Unity Stamps, Clearsnap Crafter's Ink)
Valspar Spray Paint
WorldWin Paper (Treasures)
Jumbo Java Tsukineko Ink
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultrafine Glitter (Martini)
Envirotex Lite Resin
Beacon Adhesive Decoupage
Misc. Buttons and Embellishments
I got all my supplies together and got started.  The tray was pretty and needed a little sanding to get a nice smooth surface.  Not a problem at all and then I spray painted the tray with the Valspar colors.  I was really pleased with the way the colors blended and I really liked the way the colors matched Ann Butler's Ink!

 I stamped the 2" squares in several designs and then used a punch to  make sure all my squares were nice and even.  I love these stamps!
 I edged each square with a little ink just to make them stand out a bit more. I then attached all the squares to a piece of cardstock I cut to size for the bottom of the tray. I wanted to make sure everything fit just right and I knew I could attach the large paper with adhesive inside the tray.

 I spread a nice layer of glue on the tray bottom.  I used this adhesive as it dries clear!

 I also brushed a little glue over the top of the design to make sure all the little corners were stuck down well.
 After all the glue dried I wanted to protect the surface for even drying with the resin.  I used this Decoupage finish and just covered the entire bottom of the tray.

 This is the tray dry and ready to add the fun resin layers.

 While the first layer was still slightly wet I layered more stamped images on the tray. I wanted them to be a little off set to give more depth to the project.
 I love how it gives the illusion that the paper is floating.  At this point I was very glad that I would be adding more layers as there were a few dark spots on the bottom layer.

 After the first layer is 100% dry I pour on another layer of resin and let dry almost completely but to tacky. While the surface is tacky you can go in and add more layers of paper and also add in your embellishments.  At this stage I don't have to use adhesive as the resin is tacky enough to hold everything in place. Then I pour the final coat of resin.

 Let Dry.  Here are some closer looks.  By doing multiple layers you hardly even notice the dark and light spots of the first layer.

 I love how things seem to be floating!
 They even cast shadows!  Love the way this project came out!
 The finished product ready to use for serving treats or just displayed!

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