Friday, August 11, 2017

An Art Tag with Prima

Hello artists and crafters.  Happy Friday!  Today I have a floral tag to share.  The rose pattern by Prima in their 6x6 Paintables paper pad reminds me very much of a tapestry.  





The flower background, tag and each of the smaller images which embellish the tag are by Prima and you can find them all at Altered Pages.  







If you'd like to see the project details, please visit my post over at Altered Pages.  The supplies are listed here for you.  Come back again tomorrow and see what else the Design Team has to share!

SUPPLIES:
Prima 6x6 Paintables pad
Prima Julie Nutting Tag Pad
Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paints
Art Anthology Imperial Purple Sorbet
Gel Pen & Permanent Markers
Punchinella
StazOn Emerald and Orange Zest inks
Double Sided Adhesive - tape and foam dimensional
Ink Dauber
Fibers & Threads





Friday, July 28, 2017

Bubble Your Troubles Away


Happy Friday everyone.  My project this week allowed me to get messy, happy, painty fingers!  How?  I made several monoprints with my gel plate for the under-the-sea theme of today's card project.  The prints are in a variety of beautiful blues, greens and purples.  Lost Coast Designs has the most awesome background stamp which gave great motion to the "water".  A couple stamps from the Mailbox Muse mermaid kit complete the scene.

The how-to info for these two cards is posted over at the Altered Pages blog, which you can see by clicking HERE.







I have a lot more mermaid cutting out to do to put the rest of the cards together but I really want you to see how pretty the rest of these backgrounds are.







Products used:
Lost Coast Designs stamp
Gel Press Plate
Brayer
Assorted Acrylic Paints
Texture Tools
Gelatos
Water Brushes
Pigment Inks
Embossing Powder
Dye Ink
Sponges & Baby Wipes
Mailbox Muse Mermaid Stamp Set
Stamp Placer or Acetate
Foam Adhesive Squares & Glue 



Friday, July 14, 2017

Ahoy Matey! Thar be treasure maps.

Happy Friday!  I made a fun pirate card using three mini map stamps from Lost Coast Designs and my favorite pirate collage from Altered Pages.  The set contains three Old World maps in a size that is perfect for artist trading cards.  I combined them all on one card to help my pirate find his way.  To see the full post for my card, please click here.



Supplies Used:
Lost Coast Designs stamps
Altered Pages Ahoy Matey Collage Sheet
Altered Pages Alphabet Tags
Gelatos
Water Brush Pen
Glue Stick




Friday, June 9, 2017

A little whimsical Patriotism

Hello again!  I had a lot of fun with this Foundations Decor project this month.  Or should I say we had fun...Uncle Sam and me!



Altered Pages and Foundations Decor are partnering this month to bring you some fun with their wonderful wooden projects.  We've already seen some really beautiful projects.  I hope you enjoy this one, too.  For the step by step photos, please visit my post over at Altered Pages Artsociates.

Supplies Used:
Foundations Decor Uncle Sam
Little Birdie paper roses
Bazzill 12" scrapbook border 
Glam Gold stickers
Dew Drops
Multi-surface Glue
Acrylic paints

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

R is for Robin


Want a fun way to personalize your space at home or work?  What's more personal than your initials?



Check out How to Personalize Your Initials by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.



Thanks for stopping by!  Come back again and see what else I've been up to.  Until then...Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mix and Match with your Gel Press plate

Stop by the Altered Pages blog and see my latest project using a Gel Press plate.  The end result reminds me of camouflage with the gears in the background, I really think it needs an image of a jeep or two to go on in.  See how they came together by clicking here.





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.