Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mojo Monday Card Sketch/Challenge 365

I hope you're all having a fine day this final day of September....  Can you believe the 9th month of the year is just about over?   Hard to fathom but it is.  I don't know where the time has gone.

I was taken with the card sketch for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch #365....

So I decided to give it a try....  Since I had my gelli prints out I decided to use those.  I pulled out several pieces that I thought looked good together.

Started off with the initial anchor piece across the top.

Then trimmed up a few "streamers".

added them to the top, stamped the sentiment and added a few details with a lavender Sharpie.

and here you go.....

This was really fun and I love mixing the Gelli Prints.
Makes for a fun and easy card for anyone and by switching out the sentiment you could use it for just about any occasion!  Doesn't get much better than that huh?

Gelli Plate - Every Artist Needs One!

I got such a lovely surprise in my inbox this morning....  

THAT'S MY CARD!!!!  Wooo Hooo!!!!

How fun is that :)

Seriously, if you haven't tried the Gelli Plate you really should.  It is so much fun and there are no mistakes!  I love mine an I know you'd love it too!

Dear Veronica, 

Gelli Arts® printing plates  ----    if you don't have one, you should! 

Gelli printing plates, look at the creative possibilties! 

by Ronda Palazzari
Art Journaling
by Joanna Grant
by Ink Stained Roni
by Hilary Beattie
Zen Doodling
by Joan Bess
by Wanda Edwards
by Sadelle Wiltshire
Mixed Media
by Joan Bess
by Elizabeth Allan

Monday, September 29, 2014

Altered Playing Cards - Week 4

I finished up my week 4 Altered (not) Playing Cards today....

Claudine's first card had a Home Sweet Home theme using acrylic paint for the background and Gelli Plate prints for the houses & clouds.

So I did the same...I started off with one of the long 3x9 flash cards

I then stamped it with a Home definition stamp.

After the ink was dry I spritzed the card with water and added a couple dollops of acrylic paint.

I swished the paint around the water on the card.  I also added a touch of green to the bottom...

I had some paint left on my brush and you know me...I didn't want to waste it so I spritzed a tag with water and painted it as well.

I pulled out some gelli plate print scraps and stamped these wicked houses on the various bits.

I wanted to do something a bit different for my clouds.  Since the card is so tall I needed some dimension to help break up all the space above the houses so I decided to make some gesso clouds.  I hand cut a cloud stencil...

and then applied the gesso with a palette knife.

And scraped off the excess onto that tag I painted.

And here is my finished Home Sweet Home card....

Claudine's second card was about shopping (oh yeah!!) that was also made using acrylic paints...

I again used acrylics as well...  a bit of yellow for the background

 with some magenta and orange over top.

a bit of washi tape, a couple fun shopping women...

and I'm all set!

And here they are together....

Week 4

Now I'm caught up and can work on this weeks cards :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

APC - Week 3 - 2nd card

Back with my second card from Week 3's (last week) challenge.  The second card was a Fall card which I was so excited about.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year...it's crisp and cool and the trees are lovely...just spectacular.

So, I set about making this card.  I used gesso as in the example and I made some fun frosting texture just for fun.  

After it was dry I used some PanPastels to color the entire card blending with each new color I added.

Here's what it looked like after I added the first layer of color.

I wanted to highlight the texture in the gesso so I applied a layer of Copper Metallic PanPastel which really made it pop (irl).  It's a bit hard to see in the photo but the metallic copper has a lovely shimmer to it.  You know I love my sparkle ;)

I stamped my oak leaf on both the card and scrap paper.  I trimmed the one stamped on the scrap as it will be my mask in the next step.

I stamped this great "trees" background stamp over the entire card with a light brown ink.  I LOVE how it turned out against the PP background.

To finish it off I stamped the word Autumn and added chocolate brown to the edges!  

Stamps: Leaf & Tree Background - Just For Fun Rubber Stamps; Letters - Unknown

Here are both of my week 3 cards together...

I'll be working on Week 4 cards over the weekend and share them Monday...
Then I'll be caught up again :)

Hope you have a weekend filled with art...
and if not, maybe you can sneak in a bit of ink or paint somewhere!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Altered Playing Cards - Week 3 - first half

Hi All!

As you know last week was a mad house here so I'm already behind on the Altered Playing cards and it's only week #4- LOL!!  

Sooo, this afternoon after work I started on the first half of week #3.  Claudine's playing card was made using Alcohol inks with a Steampunk theme.  (whoo hooo!!)

So I started off with Alcohol Inks too!  I used a couple different colors of blue on an old flash card (remember, I'm not using playing cards...I'm using flash cards & bingo cards).

Once it was covered I added a layer of Gold then a layer of Copper. 

Finally I took a felt soaked with Blending Solution and pounced over the entire card.  It ends up looking like a hammered metal.  (looks even better in person!)

Next I glued down a gear die-cut (Memory Box) on the card and pounced the felt I had soaked with Blending Solution over the entire die-cut.  This had picked up just enough of the AI to color the die-cut.

I then applied a layer of Crystal Lacquer over the entire card.  This will both seal the gears to the card and it will really accentuate the metal look of the AI's.

You'll need to let this layer dry completely but it looks awesome already huh?  Don't try to speed drying with a heat tool...the CL will bubble and that's not the look we're going for with this card.  I want to keep the sleek, smooth look of metal.

Once the CL had dried I applied Black StazOn to the edges.

and stamped a few Steampunk images/words...

Now for some extras ~ I stamped my sentiment (Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.)  and my Steampunk Guy Eyes.  All of the stamps used are from the Steampunk sheet from Artistic Outpost.

I colored the eyes with a variety of inks and added silver pen work for the glasses frame.  He was then cut out and matted as was the sentiment.

I decided the card needed something so I used my Bronze irRESISTible Texture Spray and flicked dots onto the card.  It was just what I was looking for.

And after it dried...I mounted my image & sentiment....

I love it! 
It's so very me :)

Tomorrow I'll be back with the second half of week 3...hopefully I'll have time to work on Week 4 over the weekend so I can get caught up with Week #5 next week!