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Monday, May 02, 2016

Falling Leaves....

I made another set of pendents from game tiles and bamboo tiles, with another nature theme.  I love the Fall and wanted to make a falling leaves pendent.  Also, a group of us are having a Craftster meet up this summer and I wanted to make a Canada-esque keep sake for those interested, so I went with reddish maple leaves.

I think these came out OK.  I painted the base with various shades of blue, starting with a dark purple blue, then two layers of an iridescent blue-green acrylic.  Make sure each layer is dry to get the best effect.

I tried gesso vs no gesso for the base - using a clear gesso.  The no gesso took two layers of dark blue to cover the base with paint for a more solid look, but was smoother - but that ultimately made no difference when the layer got put on - the resin smooths everything over.  After the blue green layer dried, I added a bit of lighter pearl blue, pouncing it on to make some very subtle cloud smears and drifts.

While the bases dried between layers, I inked the Japanese book pages with Gathered Twigs brown ink and die cut the tree trunks and branches.

I then cut a piece of aluminum tape and inked it with shades of red, green, and yellow.  I felt it was not red enough, so I went over it again with a bit more red.

After the painted layers dried, I collaged on the trees with a couple of layers of Mod Podge and trimmed them to fit, then inked the cut edges with some Pumice Stone.  I then punched the little maple leaves out with a teeny punch.  Sometimes that may remove some of the alcohol ink, so I went over some again with a bit more ink.  I then adhered them over the surface, after the Mod Podge dried.

The magic really happens when the layer of resin is poured on and set - it really makes the blue sky sparkle, smoothing out any roughness, and making the iridescence pop, and pulls out the metallic sheen.  I love how the leaves shimmer under the resin.

This will be my final entry this week for the Simon Says Stamp Challenges - the Show Us Your Metal Challenge on the Monday blog and the Anything Goes Challenge on Wednesday.

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Thinking of You

This is another card, made from playing around with embossing on metal.  I also added a die cut flourish that was embossed in silver, to see how they would work together.

I used a piece of very textured hand made paper underneath to contrast with the metals more.

Just a simple little card, but am liking what I have found out about embossing on metal...

Another entry in this week's Challenges at Simon Says Stamp - wish me luck!

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Flutter and fly....

Another card I made.  I still am enjoying the embossing of the die cuts, and had this little flourish leftover so I embossed it in silver.  I cut an A2 base card, and a smaller background card.

I inked the background with blues and stenciled it with a wet cloth over the stencil to get the bleached effect, and inked the edges in Pumice Stone.  I then stamped the wild flowers and mounted the piece on the card.  I added the flourish with glue.

The butterflies are made with die cut pieces of aluminum tape, which I then inked with alcohol ink. It works beautifully on metal tape,  Stupid me, I should have put some dimensional glaze on after I added the charcoal gray upper sections... that would have made thinks super shiny and pop more.

Regardless, I am happy how it turned out.  I will also be entering this in this week's challenges at SSS, the Monday Show Me Your Metal challenge and the Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.

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Happy Wishes...

I learned something today... or at least confirmed something.  I always had it in the back of my head to try embossing on metal tape, but today I actually gave it a go and it works!  This is a simple birthday card I made with aluminum tape embossed in gold, with a flourish.

I just trimmed a piece of tape off the roll, ran a static bag over it, stamped with Versamark, and covered in embossing powder, and embossed.  Afterwards, I trimmed and removed the backing and taped it to my card stock.  The tape buckles a bit on the strip with the backing, but that does not affect the final finish!  Cool!!!

Anyways, this was a quick card I made.  I put the embossed tape on the gray card stock and then die cut the sentiment out and backed it with washi tape, then mounted it on a A2 card.

I will be entering this in this weeks Challenges at Simon Says Stamp, for the Monday Show Us Your Metal and the Wednesday Anything Goes Challenges... wish me luck!
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Creative Collective...

This was a fun and quick little project I came up with this morning.  I had a little hot cocoa tin that someone gave me (I am known for collecting tins at work to re-purpose and a few save good ones for me).

I have been saving money for a bit for this year's Creativ Festival (the Fall one) and how I have been doing it is to save $20/week and tuck it away.  Also, any money gifts too.  So far, I have saved enough for the platinum membership and a wee bit more.

Anyways, I had that tucked away in a little tea tin, but I wanted to make a more fitting home for it, since it is money to fund my creative journey.

I started by wrapping the tin with some Ikea kraft paper gift wrap that had a music print.  I went with the gift wrap because I liked the kraft paper background and the total circumference around the tin was 13 inches, including overlap, and I wanted to use a single piece of paper, versus cobbling several together.

I used Mod Podge to glue the paper on the top as well.  When it dried, I added some clear gesso.

I then painted the paper with a diluted acrylic wash in Titanium White.  Then I went over it with some ivory and a bit of pearl green blue acrylic.  While it was drying, I die cut out several wild flowers with one of the new Tim Holtz thinlits.  I embossed them in silver and copper, and when the paints dried, attached the flowers around the tin and to the top with semi gloss gel medium.

I added a little die cut butterfly I had leftover from last week.

I cut out a piece of copper and metal stamped it with some letter stamps I just picked up today at the Spring Bead Fair.  I then added a bit of dark colour and some ivory paint to the lettering.  I punched the holes and layered the metal on some jute, and an ivory ribbon, and connected them all with a couple of silver rivets, then tied the ribbon around the tin, securing the wrap with a bit of glue.

For the lid, I had Jim drill a couple of 5/32" holes on the lid, and I cut a little leather handle, and added it with a couple of rivets too.

The ribbon wraps all around and I placed the flowers all around.

I am happy how it turned out and think I may try this with a few more tins I have.

Now I have an idea of how to move ahead with some other tins and containers I have been hoarding!

I will be entering this in this week's Challenges at Simon Says Stamp, for the Show Us Your Metal Monday Challenge - I used metal stamping, but also synthesized a metal look with the embossed wild flowers, and for the Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge....

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