Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring ATCs

This month Altered Pages is partnering with Gel Press to bring you projects featuring mono prints.  Today I've made several backgrounds perfect for the Spring or Easter season.  To see the how-tos for this project, please check out my post on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.






Products used are:
Acrylic Paint
Fairy Wings collage sheet

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas Board

Welcome to another March project being featured on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  Altered Pages and USArt Quest are partners this month and they are a perfect complement to each other.  Today I have a mixed media Steampunk canvas to share featuring products from both.  Please click here to see the full post. Here are some highlights.



















Scan of project is below the list of supplies.
Supplies Used:
Art Canvas Board - 8x10, but they come in other sizes
Gesso, if desired
Chipboard Gears
Pink Paint Palette
6x6 Brick Stencil
Goosebumps Texture Spray
StazOn Ink Pads - spiced chai and emerald
Gelatos - cinnamon, iced chai, chocolate and green tea
Tacky Glue or other strong adhesive
Foam Adhesive Squares
Metal tin to hold bits and pieces
Fly With Steam Collage
USArt Quest 101 Heavy Artist Cement
USArt Quest PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) - matte
USArt Quest Perfect Pigments - tomato pearl, yellow ocher, burnt umber, metallic copper, wheat,  permanent green medium
USArt Quest Perfect Glaze
USArt Quest Prills - any color will do for this project because you are painting over them
USArt Quest Mica Flakes - cinnabar, copper and copper patina
USArt Quest Gilding Kit - includes Gildenglitz leafing, texture sponge & fuzzy ball to buff the metal to a shine and remove the little bits

Scan of project



Friday, March 10, 2017

Love of horses

Today's project is a card for anyone who loves horses.  This card is full of textures and earth tones.  And it all begins with a sheet of leather texture paper from USArt Quest.  


I chose to use the Vintage Horses collage sheet.  Horses are such beautiful animals and appeal to almost everyone, which makes this card a great choice for either a man or a woman.


To decide which color of the leather paper I wanted to use, I laid a strip of the embroidered paper across strips of each side for comparison.


In the end, I chose the dark brown.  I used the blade of my craft knife to physically distress the edges of the leather paper.  This is not white core paper and the color is consistent even on the cut edges but I added a little ink to the edges to enhance the distressed look.  You could use the edge of your scissors or a distress tool to achieve the same look.


Mica is a layered stone that almost has the feel of plastic.  You can peel off very thin layers that look like cellophane to make the color darker or lighter.  In this case, I left the tile in it's normal thickness and ran it through my embossing machine to cut out this scalloped heart.  It came out perfectly!



I used the craft knife again to distress the edges of the horse image and applied ink to the edges, just like I had on the background.



I repeated the process again with the little flag of leather paper.  I used a good amount of double sided adhesive on each of the panels because the paper is not flat.  I wanted to be sure it adhered in enough places to stay together.



I punched a hold in the flag and added a brad from my craft stash before attaching it to the card.  After the panels were in place, I glued on a German Scrap horseshoe and mounted the entire panel onto black card stock.  In the end, it's a rustic but still delicate card.


I hope you enjoyed my project today and will come back again to see what the rest of the Altered Pages Artsociates Design Team has to share with you.  Thanks to our March partner, USArt Quest!

Products Used:
Vintage Horses collage image from Altered Pages
Handmade papers from USArt Quest
German Scrap - retired shape, but other cute designs are available





Friday, February 24, 2017

Dragonflies of spring

Hello and Happy Friday!  I know it's only February, but the weather here in Michigan has been warmer than usual and that has me thinking of spring.  The Altered Pages Artsociates are still celebrating greenery and that is the perfect color for spring! 


Products Used - you can find most of them at Altered Pages:
Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6x6 paper pad
Library pocket
Tag
Dragonfly Dreams rubber stamp set
Double-sided adhesive & glue stick
Ink (pigment, if you plan to emboss - I used both dye and pigment)
Clear embossing powder
Dauber
Scissors, paper cutter & Scor Buddy
Fibers - a few different types of yarn for this tag





The Graphic 45 Artisan Style paper pad has three different pages of green designs and each one is two-sided.  I used the paper as panels, strips and squares so that each element of my card blends seamlessly with the next.




I started by cutting 1" strips of each of the patterns.  Some of the strips got cut into 1" squares. 




I laid the squares out on the book pocket until I found a combination that I liked and then glued them down.  It wasn't until the pocket was finished that I realized I forgot to ink the edges!  Good thing I still had more squares.  Here you can see the difference between the two.  The tab at the top was trimmed off for a prettier card.



The edges of the card panels were inked to soften them.  The size of the green panel was determined by placing the tag inside the pocket and then measuring  to leave just an 1/8th of an inch over that size.  The words "DRAGONFLY dreams" were stamped behind the tag so that there won't be an empty space if the tag is removed.  Tags make wonderful bookmarks when they're flat so a book would be an awesome gift to go along with this card.  These library pockets are awesome.  You could easily convert this to a money or gift card holder.







For the tag, I glued down each of the dark pattern strips along the outside edges and then glued the light strip over the top and trimmed everything to fit.  Inking the edges of the tag helps frame them and makes it seem more like a sold piece.  When complete, just add some pretty yarn.



 Using my own pigment ink, I stamped and embossed two dragonflies of each size on a separate piece of paper.  This is the same paper I have used for my card base and it matches the book pocket.




Come back again to see another inspiring project from the Altered Pages design team.

Scanned card

Scanned Tag/Bookmark

Ready to give to my friend who loves to read!



Visit www.AlteredPages.com for a great selection of art supplies.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Enamorado

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I could not resist making a card for my first project this month at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  I know Valentines are usually red or pink but we are celebrating green this month and Sabor Papel has a beautiful green design in their Amor collection.  Because green is not a traditional Valentine color, this design would also make a terrific anniversary card.

Supplies:
Sabor Papel Amor Collection - paper and embellishment cut outs
Young Lovers II collage sheet
Gold Glam Sticker Corners
Gel Xtreme PEN gold
Adhesive
Memento Tear Drop ink pad
Sponge Dauber


If you would like to see more photos, please click here.


The finished panel was mounted on green card stock and I think it really makes the red roses pop!

Remember to share your own Altered Pages projects with the hastag #Altered Pages.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Paris ... the city of LOVE

I'm celebrating some of the things I love about Paris.  Here's a little sneak peek.  For a closer look at the project, please visit the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.