Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Witchy Resist Tag

Happy Halloween everyone!!! I feel so honored!!! I have a tutorial over on the Ranger Ink Blog today, which shows my 'Trinity Resist Technique' for making this Halloween Witchy Tag.   I hope you'll go have a look and tell me what you think. 

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - October

Before I left on my trip to Italy, I wanted to complete my October tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2013, but I've had very little extra time on my hands lately. I thankfully managed to whip up a few postcard tags during my lunch and nightcap times while I was teaching last weekend at The Crafty Scrapper. I will use these for trading while on Tim's Tuscany Tour, and as you can see, I just can't help but have Italy on the brain with all the excitement I have bottled up. The second I saw the moon on Tim's tag, Dean Martin's tune started humming around in my mind, so it made sense to me to just go with that theme instead of Halloween. 
 I made the backgrounds the same way Tim did using Distress Paints. Then I added a little Distress Ink to highlight some areas. I stamped my images with Jet Black Archival, Distress Paint, and Distress Ink as well. I glittered the moon and eyes with Distress Glitter too.
I thought the David image was perfect for looking up at the moon, and having the Florence Santa Maria Duomo in the nighttime background really paints the scene.
It will be a while before I can post or comment, but I will be back in a few weeks to show and tell you about all the places, things, and people I saw while on my trip. Ciao!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Jessica Sporn Framed Me?!?

Well...she didn't frame me in the criminal sense. I just wanted to grab everyone's attention! Instead, Jessica Sporn asked me to be apart of her Stencil Test Drive Blog Hop using her "Frames" stencil from Stencil Girl Products. I am sure you can imagine my excitement just at the asking, but then I received her fabulous stencil and I was elated! There are so many uses for this smart design...just look at all the different frames to choose from! WOW! Thank you Jessica for asking me! I am truly honored.
Since I have so many photos of my children laying all around my crafting cave, I decided to use the stencil to frame some. 
I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste in Gold through three of the stencils.
I cut them out of this repurposed cardboard after they air dried.
I put the frames back under the stencil and reapplied another layer of the Embossing Paste. I have never done this before, and did not know if it would work, but it did. The height of the paste was impressive. It made for great depth.
I cut out the centers, and misted them with Ranger's Cappuccino Color Wash. It resisted the Embossing Paste wonderfully. Then I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
I had a wood plank that needed tending to, so Red Pepper Color Wash gave it some life. The water helped it coat evenly.
I thought it needed aging, so Snow Cap and Gold Paint Dabber helped. I used the Speckled Stamp as well.
I used lots of stamps with Archival Ink and Pitch Black Paint Dabber too.
I wanted to give this some sheen now, so I coated it with Glossy Glue N Seal. HOWEVER, my jar was a little old and clumpy, but I decided to use it anyway. Instead of the glossy sheen, I got muted color and milky streaks. It's not a bad look, and it provides for a great vintage look, BUT it wasn't the look I wanted. Live and learn.
I loved the 'corner frame outs' on this stencil, and used them with more Gold Embossing Paste for each corner. I love this design feature of the stencil.
Now go see what the other Artists did with the Frames stencil!  But before you do, be sure to leave a comment here because Jessica is giving away one of these stencils to one lucky winner, and EVERY comment in the test drive will be eligible to win.  The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!

Good luck, and I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

A Flying Paintbrush?!?

It's a very special day...Carolyn Ross's birthday, Mrs. Crafty Scrapper herself! And, in honor of this occasion and for all the wonderful things she has done for me, I've made her a little something something that she has been wanting for some time, made with lots of Wendy Vecchi goodness. I hope she likes this altered paintbrush!!!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!