Friday, October 13, 2017

Purrfect Halloween Wishes

Halloween is coming!  I love the costumes, decorations, whimsy and fun that this holiday brings.  My project this week is a cute Halloween card to get us into the spirit.

I recently got three new stencils from The Crafters Workshop and one of them is a pattern that reminded me of both flames and animal print.  Both of those things say Halloween to me so I decided to make a card with this great pattern by Carmen Medlin as the base design.

I used a piece of orange card stock with a shape cut out like a window.  If you don't have panels with windows already cut out, just grab your favorite basic shape die and cut one.  I sponged black dye ink onto the card stock. 

That's a great start.  I wanted to add a richer color to it so I added touches of red, green and yellow here and there.  Use your favorite blending tool, sponge or spouncer and just keep adding layers until you're happy.  I added green around all of the cut edges and then filled in.

Now for a focal point.  Altered Pages has many Halloween collages ranging from cute enough for toddlers to scary and macabre.  I chose one on the cuter side.  It's from the Halloween Memories sheet.  A Wink of Stella adds just the right touch of sparkle to the pumpkin's glowing face.

Since the image also has a black cat, I thought it was a wonderful chance to use my cat chipboard cutouts.  They are natural chipboard color so I sponged on black ink.  And every tasteful feline needs a collar!  This sheet of border stickers was purrfect.  One strip of the dotted pattern was all I needed to highlight the cat and the stripe on the card front.

A little black bling to balance out the top corner and this card is done and ready to be mailed.  A mail art treat for a friend!

Supplies Used:
Inks in your favorite colors
Blender tool (or spouncer)
Cat chipboard shapes
Border Design 2 stickers
Black bling
The Crafters Workshop stencil
Halloween collage sheet
Card making supplies: scissors, adhesive
A basic shape cutting die

Also posted at Altered Pages Artsociates art blog.  Click here to see the blog post.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Witch's Boot

Fall is quickly approaching and Halloween will be here before you know it.  My project today is a wooden boot place-card holder by Foundations Decor.  Altered Pages sells several different wooden pieces you can decorate and they are all so much fun!

This little boot could also easily have been an elf-boot for Christmas, but thanks to the beautiful temperatures here in Michigan right now I'm really in an autumn mood.  

I chose to make an orange boot for the holiday and selected Dixie Bell's terra cotta chalk paint.  The matte finish of the chalk paint is exactly what I was looking for.

The paint went over the untreated wood beautifully.  Just let it dry completely and you're ready to go on with the decorations.

Altered Pages has a lot of really great Halloween collages.  I looked for collage images that had smaller pictures that would fit on this 3"x 3" boot.

I used the same witch on both the left and right sides of the boot, but made slight changes on each side.  The front and back were decorated, too.  Each of the pictures was cut out and glued in place. The steam coming out of the witches cauldrons was enhanced with Stickles glitter glue.

A slightly smaller witch and black cat were added to the front of the boot, with a little cut out broom laying across the curled toes.

This saying was part of the same picture as the witch on the side of the boot, I just cut it up to allow it to fit.

I also used a collage image with a cat sitting on a pumpkin because there was enough room to write a name for the place-card holder. The image is backed on black paper to help keep it from bending.  A rick-rack patterned Bazzill border was glued to the top of the boot just for more decoration.

Supplies Used:
Foundations Decor witches boot
Dixie Belle Terra Cotta chalk paint
Vintage Halloween collage sheet
Pumpkin It's What's For Dinner collage sheet
Mystery collage sheet
Bazzill edges - black
Scissors & Glue

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scraps of Love

Hello!  I have a tag art project to share with you today.  I think this would be a perfect gift tag for a wedding or anniversary present.

Last week I made a greeting card with two beautiful Prima background papers and a page of mini sentiments.  If you missed the card, you can see it below.  

To make the card background, I tore the sheets of 6x6 paper into strips.  I had several of these paper strips leftover when the card was done, as well as several other little pieces of paper cut from the paper pad.

What do you do with scraps?  Throw them out?  No, that doesn't work for me with large pieces.  Keep them?  Sure, but where? Better just to use them!  The small squares were trimmed off the greeting card background and were only lightly glued together so I pulled most of them apart.  I started with the largest pieces and used a glue stick to adhere them to a Prima Watercolor Tag.

Then I filled in some of the white space with the little square scraps.

I like texture on my mixed media pieces so I used some punchinella as a stencil and sponged some pearly Prima paint onto the tag in three places.

I really like the green Prima paint.  It's a gorgeous deep, rich color and can be very striking.  I stirred the little pot with a toothpick and thought, "Why not?!"  So I added stripes of paint to the background with the toothpick instead of a paintbrush.  Because the paint was pretty thick in a couple of spots, I let it dry overnight just to be sure it wouldn't smudge.

I know Prima is known for their beautiful flowers, but I think the flowers in this design from their paper pad are just as pretty!  I cut out the white "daisies" and shaped them with a stylus and an old mouse pad to give them a little curve.

Some of these flowers were printed on the edge of the paper so they have flat petals.  I inked these flat edges the same color as the inked edges on the paper scraps and tag itself so that they would be part of the framing effect.

All of the Young Lovers collage sheets at Altered Pages feature historical romance, and I chose one that is just a couple sharing a moment.  But the image wasn't large enough when I printed out the entire collage.  That's okay, these are digital images!  I saved this image as a file and printed it 3x5 and it is perfect.

More of the cut out flowers and sentiments were added to the tag and I glued mini Dew Drops into the center of each flower.

A few fibers tied to the top and the tag is complete.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  You'll also be entered into a drawing for a prize!


Prima Life Time Collection 6x6 Paper Pad
Young Lovers III Collage Sheet

Prima Watercolor Tags
Dew DropsPrima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints
Basic Cardmaking Supplies: ScissorsGlue Stick
Ink for edges

Friday, August 25, 2017

Prima Greetings

Hello again, friends!  Today I have a note card made with Prima papers to share with you.  

I bought this beautiful 6x6 paper pad by Prima at the Altered Pages web store.  I love the muted colors and choice of designs.  One of the pages has this great collection of embellishment images.  I cut them all out and chose two backgrounds to coordinate with them.

Rather than using the pages whole, I tore them into wide strips and inked the edges with a light brown ink.  

Then I used a glue stick to glue them to a 4.25 x 6 piece of cardstock.  I left the ragged eges barely hanging over the sides and trimmed down the top and bottom.  I inked the straight edges to frame the background.

I sponged two colors of Prima paint onto the panel using a 6x6 brick stencil.  I did the green first and then went over it with the copper.  I wasn't careful about coverage.  I wanted the light and dark areas to match the overall look of the background papers.

To go along with the Prima papers, I cut out one of the women on the Cinco de Mayo collage sheet.  

There was still more background showing than I wanted to I chose another sheet from this paper pad with a nice selection of words and cut out a few.

The result is a lovely collage note card perfect for many occasions...or simply to say hello.

Prima Life Time Collection 6x6 Paper Pad
Cinco de Mayo Collage Sheet
6x6 Brick Stencil
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints
Basic Cardmaking Supplies: Scissors, Glue Stick
Ink for edges