Friday, July 13, 2018

Fairy Dreams

It is no secret that one of the things I love best about Altered Pages is the large catalog of digital collage images.  They can be used as a single focal image on a project or combined in a seemingly infinite amount of ways.  This greeting card today uses images from several different collage sets to create a sweet floral fairy scene.

I picked out three of my favorite images and cut each one out in detail.  There was a lot of white in both the daisy and fairy images so I grabbed my craft knife and started by pruning the daisies.  When I was satisfied with my trimming I used glitter glue on the daisy centers.  I printed off a second image so that I could mount the center flower on foam dots.

I ended up leaving some of the white toward the bottom because there were other things going on.  I added a white flower border and pale yellow Dew Drops to the bottom.  I find that when you're making a scenery card, it helps your eye to rest when there is a bottom base.  Using a floral border helps create the image of the fairy dancing in the garden.

The words were also mounted with foam dots.  A few butterflies as playmates for the fairy and  I've got a fun little note card.  

Products Used:
Graphic 45 6x6 Home Sweet Home paper pad
Bazzill border
Dew Drops
Adhesive tapes and glues

Collages Used:
Fairy Dolls
Fairy Dreams
Pretty Purple

Friday, June 22, 2018

John Wayne...The Duke

All through the month of June Altered Pages is celebrating men.  The men in my family love to spend Sundays watching Westerns and there's no cowboy more manly than John Wayne, The Duke.  My card today on the Altered Pages Artsociates page is an homage to those rugged men in movie Westerns.  

I found a great black and white image of John Wayne (please don't ask me what movie it's from) in an old Mailbox Muse kit.  There were other Hollywood collages in that kit, which is where the words came from.  The other cowboy images were on the Old West and Vintage Cowboy sheets.  

The black bar border and white stars border gave me the old-time movie feel I was looking for.  I rounded out the design with two rubber stamps from the Muse Hollywood Movies stamp set.

Supplies Used:
Old West collage
Black ink (to edge the images)

And if you like cowboys, check out this kit!  There is only one left!!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fathers Day...Yeehaw!

We are celebrating men this month at Altered Pages and this rugged cowboy makes a perfect Fathers Day card for the outdoorsy type.  

These two collage images share a color palette.  Even though the sky and ground were different on each of the photos, I trimmed the tree line on each one so that it would flow across the card.  

To make it a "manly" card vs. just a landscape card, I needed to add at least a cowboy.  This fellow and his horse are both on the same collage called Old West.  Perfect!

I pulled a lot of different images out to combine for this card and opted to use just five of them. I cut the bottom barn away from the sky in the photo to add to my background.  Putting this barn in front gave it another layer of dimension front to back, putting the original barn image further to the back.

The ground on this second barn worked pretty well with the rocky ground of the mountain image.

The white edge where the trees came together was touched up with a dark orange Gelato and a water pen and quickly blotted.  The cowboy below has white between the loops of his rope so I used the same process to color them in with a dark green Gelato.  I also lightly colored the rocks in the bottom right corner with this color.

The image was squared up and trimmed to be a layer on a 5x7 card.  Before attaching my scene to the light sky I touched up the scene all the way around with a topaz ink, which matches the color of the next mat.

All of the matted layers were combined into the card below.

The Mini Tag Alphabet Collage comes in several colors.  I cut them into little rectangles and used the same topaz ink to distress the edges.

Each of the letters were mounted with a small square of dimensional foam adhesive.

I used the "D" in Day to camouflage the line where the two tree images come together.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to come back again real soon to see what the Altered Pages Artsociates Design Team has to share with you.

Old West collage
Vintage Barns collage
Colors In New England collage
Alphabet Tags collage - several colors available
Double-sided Adhesive - several widths are available
Foam Dimensional Adhesive - several sizes are available

Friday, May 25, 2018

On the move - tag art

Summer is the time that a lot of families take long vacations.  The weather is nice, kids are out of school and it's always great to get away.  You're going to take a lot of photos while you're away and there is a good chance that many of you will create scrapbooks.  This could be used in a pocket perhaps with your own photos on the flip side.  Some of you may even be bringing back souvenirs for friends and family and need a gift tag.  Either way, my project today is for you.

Altered Pages has many destination themed collages so no matter where you're headed, chances are you can find some great images to compliment your photos or gifts.  I chose several images from mostly non-U.S. cities for my tag.  I've never been anywhere so I may as well dream big.

I chose to use Memento Luxe in 4 colors and Donna Salazar Mixed Media in in Truffle brown.  The Memento colors were sponged on at random and the Mixed Media ink was sponged around the edges and also used for the clock faces.

The images on the 6x6 Time Travel stencil are close together so I surrounded the one I wanted to use with painters tape.  This allowed me to get ink into the entire image without edges or ghosts of the rest of the stencil images close by.

After the ink was dry enough to not smear, I started adding the travel images with a glue stick.  A little fancy yarn at the top and the tag was complete.  

Products used:

327D Glass Slides Travel
380D Travel Images XL
452D Eiffel Tower
2165 Train Travel Days
782D Yellow ATCs
246D Italia
2367 Pocket Quotes 2

Friday, May 11, 2018

Red - White - Blue two ways

With Memorial Day on the horizon this month I have started thinking about one of my favorite color, white and blue!  We all know that those colors are associated with patriotic events, but they can be fun for other projects, too.  This week I'm sharing one of each over on the Altered Pages blog called Altered Pages Artsociates.

Collage 3118 Greyhounds has a lovely vintage lady with her hounds and the colors are perfect to pair with the Authentique paper pad Heroic.  There is even a frilly brocade pattern that plays off the French words in the photo.  

Flip those patterns over and you'll find a more traditional patriotic design.  For this card I used the Uncle Sam image found on the collage called Patriotism.

Both cards were made with the same layout and embellishments so you can see how easy it is to create an entirely different look with a single paper pad.


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Friday, April 27, 2018

I've got a notion ... a sewing notion, that is!

This old-fashioned sewing stamp set reminds me of the pajamas my grandmother used to make us when I was little.  Unfortunately, the "sewing gene" didn't make it to me!  I think she would have liked my trio of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I'm sharing today over on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  I hope you can take a moment to hop over there and leave me a word or two and say hello!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mixed Media Greeting Card

Spring is finally here!  Although it has still been cool, the sky is blue and sunny and the plants are beginning to stir.  In their honor I chose to work with blues and greens this week.

I started with two gel prints which were made with the same paints.  One was more green and the other more blue.  In fact, one of the prints is even on blue paper.  I cut them both into 1" strips.  I wanted an uneven mosaic so I used one long piece and 6 shorted pieces of various lengths.  

Each of these pieces had the edges darkened with green ink so that they would all blend together.  It also hides the fact that the card stock of each print was a different color.

I tried to get an even distribution of green and blue.  Double sided adhesive holds all of the pieces in place on the black card stock.

I just bought to lovely stencils from Altered Pages and couldn't wait to use them!  I chose blue and green inks to compliment the paints.

I'm not sure what this shape is supposed to be, but it seemed plant-like so I started with it.  

To make the card feel like a complete piece rather than 7 panels, I made sure each of the stenciled images covered at least two pieces.  I used almost all of the shapes on both stencils.  

To make them stand out, the word GROW and the focal leaf are silver.  Ink for the leaf and gel pen for the word.

Products Used:
Silver Ink Pad