Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vintage Ice Skates into Art

Today I have a really fun bit of art to share with you.  Sometime this past summer I bought an old pair of vintage ice skates at a garage sale.  I knew they had potential and for $2.00 I couldn't pass them up!  Yes, they started out a bit grungy... but hey, it's nothin' a little paint, ink and embellishments won't fix!

I used a combination of Craft Attitude Printable Film, Altered Pages Collage Images, IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Creative Medium, Luxe & Brilliance Inks and Deco Art Americana Acrylic Paint, Deco Art Media Crackle Paste & Antiquing Cream.  Throw in a feather boa and some holiday floral pieces and you get this.....

and here is a handy dandy little SnapGuide tutorial on how it was done...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gelli Plate Snowman Tags

Last week we played with the 5x7" Gelli Plate and Deco Arts Metallic Acrylic Paints to create some holiday prints for the upcoming Christmas/Winter season.  I promised to share some projects using these prints so I thought I'd start off with a couple tags featuring snowmen...since so many of us here in the northern part of the country have had early snow recently.

I started off with these two tags...one is the positive, the other the negative print.  You can see they are similar but very different.

I started off with the darker of the two tags by adding some highlights around the snowflakes in the print.  To do so I positioned the stencil just as it was on the Gelli Plate when I made the tag print, then used a sponge to add just a bit more ink to really make the snowflakes pop on the metallic paint.

I smoothed out the white ink and blended it into the center of the tag.

I stamped a few images - the snowflakes, snowman and sentiment with blues & black inks.  I then colored the snowman using Wedding Dress (white) irRESISTible Texture Spray.  I spritzed a bit on scrap paper and painted it on with a tiny brush and let it dry completely.

For the second tag I wanted to go blue instead of white so I placed the stencil back over the tag and added blue LUXE ink just as I did with the white ink and a sponge.

I then stamped my snowman image, added white just as I did with the other snowman and covered most of the tag with a layer of Shimmer Creative Medium to give the snowflakes and background a beautiful sparkle!

A few finishing details (glitter, Pico Embellisher over the first snowman, red stamped hearts) and they are done!  

All Stamps - Deep Red Stamps, Stencil - Memory Box; Inks & Embellishments - IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gelli Plate Printing - Holiday Style!

I cannot resist any longer...it's time to start making Christmas projects.  I wanted to start by playing with my 5x7 Gelli Plate and Deco Arts Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint.  This paint has a beautiful luster and shimmer that translates very well onto paper (or other surfaces).

Start off by gathering all your supplies...in addition to the Deco Arts Metallics & my Gelli Plate I am using some paper die-cuts, my speedball brayer, various stencils & embossing folders, white and blue acrylics.  The 5x7 Gelli Plate is a perfect size for smaller projects like cards and tags.  I think it goes quicker too because there's less space to fill up at least it feels like it.

A bit of paint...

roll it out and you're ready to start playing.

I placed one of the die cuts in the center then pounced the surface with the bumpy side of an embossing folder.

NOTE: if you do use an embossing folder be sure to clean the paint off.  I don't worry about cleaning stencils off.

And print....

This design was also made using an embossing folder...

here I have added multiple die-cuts.
Made a print pulling off some paint...

peeled them off and added more paint...

and here are those 2 prints side by side...positive & negative.

I was at it for less than an hour and made 19 prints, 

12 tags

 and numerous painted die-cuts!

I love playing with the Gelli Plate, it really makes you feel like you've accomplished something and in such a short amount of time.  In the coming days I will share some projects made using these fun prints!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Roses are Red Vase Transformation!

Happy Day Everyone!!

I hope you're all having a spectacular week so far...we got some good news yesterday so things are looking great here.

Today I have a really fun project for you...I took a plain old vase that was in one of my auction find boxes and transformed it into a beautiful piece using Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film....

For more info on how I altered this vase head on over to 

Be sure to stay tuned...I'll have another Craft Attitude project to share with you next week PLUS a fun give-away too!!!   You won't want to miss it :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Autumn - the lost season...

Gosh between the polar vortex and all of the craft companies having Christmas blog hops it seems like Autumn has become a forgotten season.  Well, I have a few cards I wanted to share with you today just in case you're still lovin' fall as much as I do...even though we have snow on the ground already.

This card was made with VersaMark ink and luckily I had some sequins that matched the cardstock colors I used!  Pure luck because these were leftovers from the last Club Scrap kit!

For this card I used a variety of inks to stamp and shade...the twine is green and orange but it looks more red in the photo...not sure why.

And finally my oak leaf card was colored with the Koi watercolors and a bit of spritzing with some makers.

Also, all of the cards are made using JFF Rubber stamps...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Digital Stamps + Alcohol Markers

If you recall last week I was talking about digital stamps and collage images.  Today I wanted to share a bit about using alcohol markers on your digital stamp images.  First let me say how much it honks me off when people show you their perfectly colored digital stamp images and all they do is list the color numbers from the pens they used but they don't explain to people HOW they got that great look.  It's very frustrating if you're not familiar with digital images because you can very easily screw them up.

NOTE: all digital stamps used today are from Susana's Custom Art and Card Designs.

Now I'll be the first to tell you I'm not a wizard at shading with these markers...my coloring is marginal at best but hey, I have fun so that's what counts.  I did learn something by trial and error that has had a major impact on how I color with alcohol markers (of any type).  

DO NOT under any circumstances color on the printed lines!!! 

Seriously, if you color on the lines you will screw the image up...sometimes just a little but other times a LOT.  This was the biggest reason why I originally disliked digital stamps.   So here are a couple photos of how I used to color with alcohol markers....  You'll notice that with my first pass of color there are already streaks by his hands and elbows...  

By the time I added the second color and tried to blend the black was really discoloring my image....this is usually where I quit and and gave up...multiple times!

 I actually figured out something by accident - alcohol markers wick into the paper...  if you watch when you draw a line you will notice that it spreads out a tiny bit - not a lot but just enough to make a huge difference when you color a printed image.

Now I never cross a printed line with my markers nor do I touch a printed line.  I let the wicking action of the markers help color the image.  I lay my marker tip along the edge of the line and let the ink wick towards the line.  You can see here that there is no smearing at all of the lines....

And I have added 2 additional colors plus blended them together (on the left side) and there is no smearing or smudging of the printed image lines at all.  None whatsoever!  You can see on the right side of the image how I just barely touched some areas with the marker tip and let it wick towards the edge.   Can you believe it....It is that simple! 

Here are the two images side by side (L = wicking action; R = old way of coloring)...you can see how much darker the 2nd image is because I was pulling the black ink from the printed digital image into the coloring.  You can also see how smeared the image got - especially near the hand and toes.   

The image on the left still looks crisp and clean because I didn't actually touch the ink lines with the marker.  

I went ahead and made a finished card using the wicking action coloring technique to color an image for the second APC for week #9.  I started off by adding some Distress Stain to my bingo card...

Added some PanPastels to the background...

Did a little stamping and added some washi tape embellishing to the flowers...

(flower stamp = Just For Fun Rubber Stamps)

And finished it off with my funky little alcohol marker colored digital stamp monster & sentiment.

And here are both of my week 9 cards together...
both digital stamps from Susana's Custom Art and Card Designs.

Friday, November 14, 2014

PanPastel Winner!!

The winner of the PanPastels "Tints" & Sofft Tools is....
(as drawn by Random.org)

Victoria H.!!!!

Oh what a beautiful clean up print and your card is lovely!

Congratulations Victoria!
Please e-mail me your snail mail addy.

Be sure to check back soon for my next give-away!

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko - I MADE IT!!!!


The 2015 team of Artists in Residence for IMAGINE Crafts - Tsukineko were just announced....


I am thrilled and excited to be joining such a talented group of artists.
I can't wait to share all of the goodness that is sure to come from this experience with you all!

(off to do my happy dance!!!)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Watercoloring Digi Stamps

As promised I have a project for you today that incorporates digital stamps with watercolor paints.  

The digital image is Poppie from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD for short).  The "stamp" set comes with Poppie the cute little fairy and a poppy stem with two flower heads.   Since you can manipulate digital images to fit your project it's very easy to get a different look every time.  For this project I knew I wanted to have a cluster of poppies behind the fairy so I started off by sizing one of the flowers facing it's normal direction but then I added a second mirror image a bit larger right beside it.  This left a space between for the fairy.   

I wanted a few extra flower heads to fill in behind the fairy so I cropped just the flower heads and re-sized them in two additional sizes (than what the full poppies were).  The reason there is such a space between the two full sized poppies and the head only images is because I wanted to use the full size poppies as my background so I left enough space for my diecut. 

The images were then printed on Strathmore 90lb cold press watercolor paper, (my printer is an HP Deskjet 3520) using the normal settings.  I also printed out the little fairy a bit smaller than the poppies - she was printed on Georgia Pacific cardstock. 

Since my image was a bit larger than the die, I used my exacto knife to cut around the outside poppy heads.  I then slipped the die behind the flowers and used a bit of washi tape to hold it in place.  I then ran it though my die-cutter.

I painted all of the digital images using Koi watercolors and a waterbrush.  

I painted "Poppie" the fairy with the same watercolor paints.

Since I'm using this for my Altered Playing Cards (week 9) I applied some gesso to my card over a piece of punchenella then painted it with a variety of Distress Paints.

Mounted the main image onto the card and then finished embellishing with the other flower heads and fairy.

And here's how she turned out....

As you can see none of the images were effected by the paints or water on either the watercolor paper or cardstock.  I applied at least 4 colors and several layers on the poppies so if the ink was going to run or smear it should have done so then.  I used the same colors on the fairy dress and again, the inks held up just find as did the paper.

It doesn't show up but I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella to her wings and shoes for a bit of sparkle.

So there you go....digital stamp images + watercolors = Fun Fun Fun!

I did want to mention that SCACD has several digital stamps that are also available in rubber as well plus they just released several new Steampunk stamps that are available in both rubber and digital forms.