Saturday, September 20, 2014

Graphic 45 Halloween Decor

This year for Autumn my new neighbor bought an adorable wreath to hang on their front door! Of course being the crafty goddess that I am, I thought to myself...I should make something for my front door!

I immediately started digging for inspiration, but when my new G45 paper showed up from the eP store...I KNEW that's what I was using.

First I started with a 12x12 sheet. Use your favorite punch or deco scissors for the top 2 edges. Crease the bottom corner so it rolls and use score tape along the edge that will be on the outside.

Roll your paper using the inside edge as your working side and slowly roll it into the exposed score tape. Make the roll as tight or as loose as you want. Cut 2 squares of 8x8 from a coordinating paper for the 2 smaller cones along each side and repeat the process. NOTE: I would punch holes and insert my hanging ribbon NOW. I did mine after it was embellished and it was a pain.

Use an Archival ink to add color to resin pieces. Resin is non porous so distress ink and pigment ink will wash right off. Wendy Vecchi archival ink is perfect for this but since I don't have orange I used my StazOn.

I used Archival ink in Potting Soil to accent the piece and highlight. 

Fussy cut a pice for frame and a few pieces for the cones themselves. Add some dollar store raffia, some pheasant feathers from your hubby's last hunting trip, and embellish with loads of Petaloo!!!

I also used some glossy accents to add rusty hinge distress glitter randomly along the flowers and the paper pieces.

Here's a close up of the completed frame.

So get crafty this Halloween ePeers and make something spooky for your home!!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Boo to You

Good morning all, Steph Ackerman here with a quick and easy spooky canvas that the kids (both young and old) can create as they get ready for the spookiest day of the year. 

If you are having a Halloween party, why not have the kids create a project.  All you need is a small canvas, some Art Anthology paints, assorted stencils and die cuts or stickers.

On the canvas I placed The Crafter's Workshop Mini North Star Stencil, then spritzed some  Art Anthology Timeless Colorations across the stencil.  I wasn't careful because I did not want a "clean" look.  After all, this is Halloween right?

Using the same stencil, I added a touch of Art Anthology's Mayan Gold Velvet Dimensional Paint  and a few spritzes of Waimea Bay Colorations.  The black webbing effect was created with an Art Anthology stencil and Ash Velvet Dimensional Paint.

The ghost and letters were die cut using my Cricut Expression.  I added some dazzle to the ghost by painting him with Art Anthology's Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Dazzle.  A Crafter's Workshop Stencil - Beaded Curtain - was used on the letters with Art Anthology's Velvet Paint in Ash.   Once dry, I inked the letters and ghost with Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink using the Ranger Mini Blending Tool.   When matted, I used Art Anthology's Dimensional Crystal Glaze in Red Corvette for the dripping blood.
I wanted a nice shadow for the ghost so I die cut the shadow layer larger and placed the ghost on top with foam adhesives for dimension.  Isn't the ghost dazzling????
Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grunge Paper Wallet

Hi everybody, it's Toni here and I'm ready to share a wallet I've made from Grunge Paper, covered with gold embossed black tissue paper. This is my current favourite technique as it's so quick and easy with the advantage that embossed tissue can be applied to all sorts of 3d surfaces. Here's how I got started on my wallet....
I  firstly cut a piece of Grunge paper measuring 12"x 7". I shaped one end using an On the Edge die called Plaque and Postage. I then folded the Grunge paper into three sections as shown.
I covered one side with a piece of the new Postale Tissue Paper, using Studio Gloss Multi Medium, making sure that the edges were well sealed. I also painted the Multi Medium all over the surface of the tissue. Whilst this was drying, I turned my attention to decorating the black tissue paper.
I stamped over the tissue paper in sections, using Versa Mark ink. I used the simply gorgeous,Stampers Anonymous, Distress Damask stamp set. I love these stamps, they're definitely proving to be far more versatile than I ever thought they'd be!  I then applied gold embossing powder and heated to activate. The gold really shines out on the black background and gives a wonderfully opulent look. I then adhered the tissue to the other side of the Grunge Paper. Once again I used a generous amount of Gloss Multi Medium on the Grunge Paper and also coated the embossed tissue paper.
 Once this was dry, I created a fastening by punching two holes and adding a couple of eyelets. I then threaded one of Tim's Ideaology elastic bands through. These are great little fasteners with crimped metal ends.
I used something called a 'bachelor's button' to hook the elastic loop around. This is basically the sort of button you get on a pair of jeans. You just hammer the two parts together.  I added an Ideaology Type Writer sticker and dome to the centre in order to personalize it. I then stitched the sides together with my sewing machine. As a finishing touch I adhered a painted Alpha Parts Framed sentiment to the bottom corner. This was a fun and relatively quick project to make. I think it would make a great little gift as it's just the right size for a passport. So, maybe it's time to get started on a few, after all Christmas isn't that far away !!! x
If you fancy having a go at something like this, here's a list of the supplies I've used from the fabulous eclectic Paperie shop. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wallflower Worn book Cover


Hi Everyone! Karen here with you again for another guest DT post. I cant believe I am up to number three already!
I am  having an absolute ball! I hope you are enjoying my inspiration as well!
This week, in keeping with my Tim Holtz Wallflower theme, I have a worn cover to share with you.
These covers are just so versatile and so much fun to use. I use mine mainly with the tag inserts in them, as a tag journal seeing that I am a little addicted to tags!
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Worn Cover - Diary
I used the Diary Worn Cover as my base.
I'll be honest this project actually started its life as a tag... but I sort of got a little side tracked.. I started with a tag cut from the Wallflower paper stash and added in a little ink and some stencilling. I used the Speckles layering stencil, and pumice stone and walnut ink distress ink.
the next step was of course a little machine stitching, I also added in a piece of ruler paper form the Labatorie paper stash at this point. It was a piece I had sitting on my desk left over form another project.

Next came some fussy cutting of a Found Relatives, and a butterfly,  some different sized squares and rectangles from the Wallflower Paper Stash. I added a little machine stitching to the edges of some of these as well.

Next came the fun part.. I always love this bit, arranging and re arranging my layers until I am happy with how they look. You will also notice some Thrift shop ephemera and older salvage stickers have made their way in there as well..  it was also at this stage that my tag lots its top and became a rectangle.. :)
Once I'm happy with my layer I then start lifting corners, adding in mounting foam and double
sided tape to stick everything down.

I always use some double-sided tape and multi medium to stick my
layered elements to the front cover of my Worn Cover, just to make sure it wont come unstuck! Lastly I added in a Word Band and Monocle with another  fussy cut butterfly.
For the binding inside I have used  the Tim Holtz Ring Binder and fastened it in place with some trusty old Hitch Fasteners!
I'm really happy with how it turned out, and cant wait to start filling it with tags,

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you a little, until next week,
 Happy Creating
Karen xx

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Inspired by.....

Hello, it's Sue Lelli here today to show you how I was inspired by none other than Donna Downey!  I took a class from her not knowing we would be working with faces ~ NOT my thing!  I spent most of the class frustrated because I couldn't even do the first step which was a new technique (for me) called image transferring.  So what did I do?  I followed all of the rest of her steps, learned as much about technique as I could, ended up with something I was sort of pleased with - but only honestly because Donna was kind enough to help me plus give me encouragement.  That might have been the end of the story but I was determined to try it again.  My artist friend, Maria, drew a face for me to keep and use and I tried the image transfer again.
Tah!  Dah!  Here is my canvas ~ inspired by Donna Downey!
Isn't she Pretty?!
I used words from the TCW mini Art is stencil to create my message.  Wendy Vecchi's black embossing paste did the trick.  "Art is just color and shape, feelings and experiences"
At the bottom I added "release and surrender" to remind myself to just let go and try new things with my art, even if it's uncomfortable!
Some process photos:
This shows the image transfer with the face my friend drew.  You will probably be seeing this face again!
Next I used gelatos in several colors and sprayed it with water from a mini Mister, and then mixed it around with my fingers.    I used gelatos to color her face, neck and hair.  I then added definition with Prisma watercolor pencils.  Thanks, Donna, for literally showing me how to on my class piece!  I colored the eyes and lips with the Prisma pencils as well.
Next I made a background using my FAV TCW confetti stencil and Tim Holtz Distress paints in shades of pink, orange and yellow.
Then I used the Dina Wakely plastic canvas stencil ~ LOVE ~ to add some more color to the background.  I pounced  Tim Holtz distress ink in mustard seed with the mini ink blending tool.
I rubbed golden paint around the outside edges, added a Prima resin butterfly, a little lace, and considered it done!
I hope you like her!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Find your Balance

Hello, it's Sue C here and today I'm sharing a journal page on which I've used the gorgeous Donna Downey stamp from the Colliope set. 

 I started by painting my journal page with Nougat Fresco Finish paint as this is a good base colour for faces. I then stamped the main image with black Archival ink on to the page.

I made a mask using the stamp and held it over the original image and started to build up colour on the rest of the page. I wanted a vintage feel to the page so worked with shades of brown Fresco Finish paint and a piece of cut 'n' dry foam. I added the darker colour close to the edge of the image to create depth.

I then started to stencil, still keeping the mask in place. I used the TCW Mini Specimens stencil with Plum Fresco Finish paint. Then used the TCW Mini Kaleidoscope and Mini Quatrefoil Reversed stencils. The numbers are created using the Wendy Vecchi Classic Words stencil with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint.  I've also done some stamping using the Tim Holtz Fabulous Flourishes stamp and Plum Fresco Finish paint and the scripty type stamp from the Tim Holtz Merchantile set.

At this point my camera died ! So apologies for the last couple of photos which I've had to take on my phone.

I used a black Fude Ball pen and drew around some of the Kaleidoscope stencilled shapes and then used a white Sharpie pen and added some dots to the centre.

I've painted the main image with Fresco Finish paints and the text is stamped onto card also painted with the same colours.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project.