Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 30 Stampfest with Lynette

Lynette and I decided to start some art journal pages with my new Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints. I grabbed my previously gesso-ed papers and my new journal. It's a Canson 5.5 x 8.5 inch size with 138 lb paper. I don't know the details on the loose papers which were from my stash.
Before getting started we watched some YouTubes:
Then we had a ball playing with paint, stencils, stabilio pencil, the fine tip applicator to write with Dina's paints

Made by Lynette
Made by Lynette

This and the next photo show my attempts. You can always click on an image to enlarge.

It has been very fun and relaxing to try to draw lady faces like Dina Wakely and Jane Davenport.
Inspired by page 77 of Jane's book, Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop, I cut out an oval and tried to draw a face with my India Ink Pitt 0.1mm extra fine pen. I used Golden gel medium-Soft Gel (Semi-Gloss) to adhere it to the page and also added the gel over the oval. It dried quickly and ended up with a nice semi-gloss finish that was not too shiny. On the left panel, I drew the face with a stabilio pencil. Noticed that the pencil bled when I tried to add some watered down Lapiz blue paint. So I added some white from a white out pen to "fix" the eye. I'm not sure I liked how the stabilio pencil got bled, so will have to experiment with it. I really like Dina's attitude...about just making art and not worrying! Just love her words, "Oops, oh well". She gives everyone permission to have fun with art!

Here is a photo of Lynette and me--
a nice remembrance our our fun exercise in art journaling with paints!

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
Fine Tip Applicator for writing words in black paint
Stabilio pencil
Faber-Castell India Ink pen
Dina Wakley Word Stencil-"Hey You"
Sequin waste stencil
Flat paint brushes

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Cards 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my friends, near and far!
Made a few Holmade Christmas cards this year...and at the last minute.
Though busy, it sure was relaxing going into a zone
while playing with papers, inks and stamps!

My friend, Lynette, found this SU set, City of David at a garage sale for me!
Thanks so much for being my personal shopper, Lynette!
In addition, she found this card on pinterest for inspiration
which directs to Peggy Murwin's card on her Stamp with Peggy blog.
The dry embossed background was made from the embossing folder
in the Tim Holtz Bird Talk 2 clear stamp set by Sizzix.

Combined a dry embossed snowflake by Sizzix, Tim Holtz with Michael Strong's Cloisonne Christmas tree, a Penny Black sentiment and some twine on these.

Used Michael Strong's Cloisonne Cameo-snowflake, a SU sentiment, printed papers, ribbon and a cuttlebug snowflake dry embossing here.

Variations on a theme...adding eyelets to the Michael Strong Cameo

A closer view

Inks used
Stampin' Up! ballet blue
Versamark black onyx
distress festive berries, crushed olive & peeled paint

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dry Embossed Card Set with Case

I made a set of note cards as a hostess gift for our neighbor last week.
The fronts of the card are dry embossed using Cuttlebug snowflakes
and a Sizzix embossing folder (which Sizzix calls "texture fades").
I wish there was a name on the Sizzix folder.
It came as part of a Tim Holtz Bird Talk 2 clear stamp set.
The card case is made with a simple paper folder.
A few more details for making the case are HERE.

I added a JustRite monogram to some of the cards.
Used scallop punches and layered with black paper.

Decided to keep some cards plain and simple--just the embossed front.
Hope my friend likes them.

My case is made with a paper school folder
with the 2 embossed layers and the monogram attached to the front.
Cards and envelopes go inside the pockets.
Fold down and trim.
For the ties, punch a hole on the side, insert ribbon and knot on the inside.
Tie a bow to close the case.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bird Talk Tag and Card

Just love these little birdies from Tim Holtz' Bird Talk clear stamp set.
My friend, Lynette, let me stamp up some on old book paper when I was at her house awhile ago.
Used her colored pencils to color them. Then they sat on my stamping table for a long time.

I found a partially made tag in my stash and used this birdie on it.
Using a recycled a coffee cup liner/wrapper, I cut my own little branch.
For the sky, I cut a my own cloud template, then sponged with distress broken china.

Here is a light purple card using another one of  Tim Holtz' Bird Talk Birds.
On each side of a white layer, I dry embossed a zig zag design
using Patterns & Stitches, a long narrow embossing folder by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.
Sponged with distress seedless preserves.
Created the same type of branch as in tag, added twine fibers and another Bird Talk birdie.
The sentiment is by Wendy Vecchi, A Form of Art-LCS048.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Island Wedding Card

Made this wedding card for a couple who were married in the US Virgin Islands a few weeks ago.
We will be going to a reception here on the mainland. We didn't attend the wedding.

My wrinkle free distress background, reminded me of the ocean.
So I dry embossed it with the Tide embossing folder to add some "waves".
I wrote the bride and groom's names in black marker on a scalloped heart
and stamped the sentiment on an oval layer.
Cut a strip of tulle and made a bow.

Here is the inside of the card

PSX F2278
Hero Arts Clear Design Treasure the Moments

Distress salty ocean, scattered straw
Stampin' Up bliss blue
Versafine black onyx

Tide Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder-Waves EF0020
Fiskars border punch

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