Thursday, May 05, 2022

Modern Floristry and Artsy Stems Gardenia In A Crackled Bottle Mothers Day Cards

Hello Everyone! I just figured out that Mother's Day is this Sunday...I thought I had another week, so it was time to get cracking!  Every year I give my Mother and Mother-In-Law a gardenia (mine and their favorite flower) corsage if we are going to be together, but this year we are not, so I decided to put their gardenia on a card. I've said so many times that the new Modern Floristry and Artsy Stems Thinlits from Tim Holtz and Sizzix can make almost any flower, so I thought I'd try with the gardenia, and presto...I think the dies did pretty good. These gardenias look wildly gorgeous, and I can almost smell them. Actually, I can smell them. I have an old perfume that is an overly gardenia scent that I rarely use, but it was the perfect accent on the flowers, so when the Moms open them they will get the sweet sweet scent of the flower! With the help of Sizzix Bigz Bottled Up Die (and Distress Crackle Paint) and the new Quilted 3D Texture Fade, and lots of new Idea-ology, I think the Moms will love their gardenia cards.  Enjoy!

Using Distress Watercolor Cardstock and the Artsy Stems Thinlits, I die cut one of the stems with the open leaves and sunflower looking center. Since I made two cards, I actually die cut two. The stems were inked over with Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink from Ranger. Using the Modern Floristry Thinlits and Watercolor Cardstock, I die cut the fern looking pieces and inked those with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I die cut one large flower (you don't need the center part), three leaves, three bulb looking leaves, one medium flower and all the parts, and both small flowers with all the parts. I inked only the edges of all flower parts with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Since I made two flowers I arranged them first in singular die cut pieces in three groups (big flower and leaves, medium flowers, and tiny center flowers) that are in the center of the picture above, so you can see which pieces you will need for each part if you want to make a gardenia. The bottom portion of the picture has the three parts layered up and adhered using Collage Medium. The leaves go around the large flower in the first group. The two smaller flowers on the larger flower in the second group. The four tiny parts layered up smallest to biggest in the last group. Once all are adhered, then you can adhere the tiny center part to the medium flowers, and that to the large flower base to create your gardenia. 

I wanted to join the two fern looking pieces together on one long stem to go in the bottle better, so I used scrap Watercolor Cardstock, inked it up in Twisted Citron, and cut a long thin stem. I adhered the pieces on the stem and cut off the excess piece I didn't need at the top. It's up to you if you want to have those on one long stem. I also cut the second leaf off of the Artsy Stem so it wouldn't be in the way of the bottle top to look more natural. Do not adhere the gardenia to the stem yet. It's easier to adhere the stems first and add the flower top last, which you will do in the last step. 

I die cut the bottle from acetate using the Bottled Up Bigz Die. I used the smallest bottle on the right side of the die. I flipped the acetate over, and on the back I pounced on Cloudy Blue Alcohol Ink (or a light color blue) making a definitive line at the top of the bottle so it looks like water in the bottle. I turned the bottle over to the front side and used my finger to add a thin layer of Collage Medium. The Collage Medium will give the acetate some tooth to hold on to the crackle so it won't flake off later. When dry, I used my finger to add Translucent Distress Crackle Paint onto the bottle, and I let it dry naturally. 

 For the table cloth under the bottle, I decided to use the new Quilted 3D Texture Fade. I added Antique Linen Distress Ink directly from the pad to the inside of the folder (the top part) and really pushed it into the debossed areas, then I wiped the ink off that was not in the cracks. I lightly misted more Watercolor Cardstock, and placed it into the folder and ran it through the die machine three times. It was so gorgeous. I decided to give the quilted a plaid look, so I used an Ink Blending Tool and Antique Linen Distress Ink and rubbed it over the diagonal columns, skipping one, and continuing the pattern, then turning the paper and repeating the pattern. It's very light but noticeable. Then I thought it would be cool to have the table cloth at an angle and cut the paper down the middle diagonally, but when I went to see how it looked, it was a bad design. So if you do this, you can just cut the paper in half (either vertically or horizontally depending on how much you want to be seen). After cutting I inked the edges in Vintage Photo Distress Archival and thought I'd try inking over the tiny embossed sewing threads on the paper, so I used a Detail Inking Tool to lightly rub over the threads using the Vintage Photo and it worked really well, so you can see the threads much better in the design. I set this aside.

 I used the new Mini Filing Folders for the base of the card (the largest size), but I liked the design inside the folder better, so I opened it up and folded it back so the inside design was now on the outside. Keep that in mind as you can pick which side to use with these cute folders. I choose patterned Pocket Cards that went with the design on the folders (the largest size) and inked the edges with the Vintage Photo, and adhered the Pocket Cards to the top right side of the card front with two sided tape. 

I added the Quilted table cloth to the bottom with two sided tape and cut around the over hang (wouldn't have been much if I cut the paper in half regular style). I cut the Patchwork Linen Tape in half lengthwise, and placed strips of the tape over the tape designs (they are faint but it looks like traces of tape are on the paper) on the Pocket Card pieces. I love this tape! I selected more patterned paper from the Pocket Cards (the smallest size) and added two side tape the back, and die cut only the portion 'Love With' from the 'love with all your heart' die from the Bold Text #2 Thinlits. I popped the letters out and reversed the words so it will be 'with love'. I added the words to the bottom left side of the card.

I flipped the bottle over and added two sided tape over the water area only, and stuck both stems down on the tape the way I wanted them to look when the bottle is right side up. I added a little Collage Medium to the back of the stems and adhered the bottle and stems down. I wanted the flower to have a bit more glitz, so I misted it with Pearl Mica Spray from Wendy Vecchi and Ranger. It was now perfect, and then I adhered it over the sunflower looking part of the stem. I used a Dymo Label Maker with brown tape to make the words 'Mom' and 'Mother' and stuck those down on the tabs of the cards. 

Supplies: 
(Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Ink Blending Tool, Scissors, Glass Mat, Alcohol Ink Tool, Water Mister, Detail Ink Blending Tool, Two Sided Tape) 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 2 2022): Modern Floristry, Artsy Stems, Bold Text #2 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Bottled Up 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Cloudy Blue 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Translucent Crackle Paint 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Vintage Photo 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade: Quilted 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini File Folders, Pocket Cards, Patchwork Linen Tape 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Pearl 
-Acetate, Dymo Label Maker with Brown Tape

Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there. I hope it's a love filled weekend for you! Until next time, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, April 29, 2022

Wendy Vecchi Make Art Doodle Stamps Note Card and Envelopes Set

Hi everyone!!! Wendy Vecchi has just come out with the three cutest sets of Doodle Stamps from Ranger. She has been drawing these cute little images for awhile now and even teaching people to do it, so she thought she would just come out with stamps of the images so people don't have to draw them. Perfect! I made a set of note cards and envelopes with all the stamps. Since I have a bunch of blank colored note cards and envelopes that I rarely use, I thought using Wendy's new Doodle Stamps on them would be perfect and fun too, plus I can't remember the last time that I didn't create a background on a card, so using the premade cards just freed me up to Doodle! These stamps are so stinking fun and take me back to the days of talking on the kitchen wall phone with the stretched out 10 foot cord while 'doodling' all over the back of the extra thick phone book. How I wish I would have saved the backs of all those phone books. Anyway, these stamps make it easy to just have fun and not over think anything or any set type of design...it's fun to just stamp and color in. And speaking of coloring in, I literally did just that, with markers, and I can't remember the last time I did that either. I got so lost in the coloring that I barely remember doing it. Even though these cards are super simple looking, maybe even too clean compared to what I usually do, it was so great to just go back to basics...stamp and color in. AND...these were super fast to make. Now I have a set to use or give away. Enjoy!

I used three orange and three pink colored note cards. I die cut six Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper with the largest of the Sized Ovals Movers and Shapers from Tim Holtz and Sizzix for the stamping, and saved one of the negatives to help me stamp in the next part. I die cut six of second largest oval from the Stitched Ovals Thinlits to mount behind the SSP, using black cardstock. 

I placed the negative from the die cutting to use in the platform to help hold my oval in place. I stamped the images from the Celebration set in the oval and made a few masks with Sticky Note for the images that will overlap. I used this set twice, stamping the balloons and cake vertically and presents horizontally, all using Black Soot Archival. I also stamped six of the hearts and cut those out to use later. 
 
 
I did the same here using the Doodle Town Set, except I didn't have to do any masks as all the images were spaced out. I also used Mulberry Archival for the hearts and English Ivy for the plants.  One goes vertically and one horizontally again, and the same with the next set.

No masks for this set (Floral Doodle) and no other inks besides Black Soot. 
 
I used a permanent fine black Pitt Pen from Faber-Castell to add more doodles, like the borders on all six ovals. I also added a few circles and stripes to some of the images. Doodling is fun! I didn't like the stark background (go figure) so I used the Mini Stay-tion and ruler it comes with to add lines of white and black pen, vertically for the vertical ovals and horizontal for the horizontal ovals. 

I colored in all the images with more Pitt Pens. They are permanent.  I had forgotten how much I love to color with markers. Super fun! I mounted the ovals to the black Stitched Ovals with two sided tape, and then mounted those to the card fronts. 

 
I colored in the hearts and cut them out. I used a black marker to color the white edging from the hearts as I didn't like the white showing. I added to the hearts to the lower right side of each card. I stamped matching Doodles to each envelope for it's card, and colored those in with the markers as well. I added a few white details on some of the images, like a shine mark on each heart and outlining some of the dots on the presents. 
 
Supplies: 
(Die Cut Machine, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note for Masking, Scissors, Stay-tion, Small Stamping Block, Two Sided Tape) 
-Ranger Surfaces: Specialty Stamping Paper, Black Cardstock 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers: Sized Ovals 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Stitched Ovals 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art Clear Stamp Set: Doodle Celebration, Floral Doodles, Doodle Town 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Black Soot 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Mulberry, English Ivy 
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White 
-Solid Color Notecards with Envelopes
 
Thank you all so much for stopping by. I'll be back soon. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 - Modern Floristry and Artsy Stems Van Gogh Inspired Poppies In A Vase 8x10 Inch Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everybody and welcome back to my last project for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release, but my second in this flower series I am doing. This painting, also made with the Modern Floristry and Artsy Stems Thinlits, is again inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, his Vase of Poppies, and I hope to do a few more in the series using these dies and the master as my inspiration. When I told you in my last post that these two sets could be used solely for a year of making flower canvases I really meant it. You can configure the dies so so many ways to create almost any bloom, and use so many substrates to do so. These poppies are made from tissue paper, as I didn't want to use a thicker substrate because poppies are so thin and fragile. The tissue paper worked great. Enjoy this tutorial!
This is Van Gogh's Vase of Poppies that I printed out and used for reference, but I also had several others on my phone that had different lighting for better details, so I used them all while creating mine. 

 
I planned my attack by numbering the flowers and figuring out which shapes I would need from the two die sets and jotted down the numbers I would need to die cut. I did the same with the stems, but I ended up not using the spider web looking stem as it was a bit too large for the flower I wanted it on. 
 
 
Take an 8x10 inch Canvas Panel and using your fingers or a palette knife, apply a thin layer of Opaque Distress Texture Paste from Ranger to the whole canvas up to where the table part will be (table is 2.5 inches wide) working in an oval shape. Let dry about 15 minutes. Paint over the paste part using Black Soot Distress Paint, making sure to cover all the white areas and the sides as well, and let dry completely.
 
 
Apply Prize Ribbon and Weathered Wood Distress Paints to the silicon mat. Pick up the Prize Ribbon with a medium sized paint brush, and using the photo as your guide paint the areas where the color will go working in an oval shape. Do the same with the Weathered Wood, and then lightly mist the canvas with water and blend the colored areas together slightly. If you cover up too much of the black like I did, add some in where it needs to go. Let this dry completely. 
 
 
Trim a piece of Woodgrain Cardstock (pattern going horizontally) to 2.5 x 8 inches. Add a bit of the Texture Paste here and there just slightly rubbing over the grain with your finger to make a few smooth spots here and there. Don't worry about any drying time with the paste as it's so thin. Paint over the whole piece with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint, and while wet lightly mist over it with water. Quickly pick up a bit of Aged Mahogany Distress Paint and paint it in the areas where flowers will be dropped blending in the two paint colors as the water allows. Mist more water and paint in a bit of Black Soot where the shadow areas from the vase will be and along the top and bottom borders. Let this dry a bit.
 
 
Ink the edges of the Woodgrain with Ground Espresso Archival Ink, and then adhere the Woodgrain to the bottom of the canvas using Crazing Collage Medium (or Matte) for even more added texture, and brush the medium over the table part and the top canvas part so that the texture will be all over the canvas. Let dry a few minutes. Using a small paintbrush, add a few highlight areas on the table using Picket Fence and rub it in with your finger after to soften and blend. Add any white line areas to the top wall portion especially the lines on the lower left of the wall part. Let dry and set aside for now. 
 
 
Using Watercolor Cardstock, cut a rectangle piece to 2 x 3.25 inches. Use a Corner Rounder and cut all four corners. Use scissors and at the top cut a slight downward arch shape. At the bottom, trim off some of the rounded corners so that the shape is more rounded. Also, cut a slight indention just above the bottom edge on each side so that is looks like the vase has a bottom lip.
 
 
Paint over the whole vase with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and let dry. Then paint over it with Picket Fence, use a paper towel to wipe off some white paint from the top right side, and a little on the bottom of the vase around the left, and let dry. Using the photo as your guide, paint what you see. I actually see a woman about to pick up a baby outside in the garden, so I used the paints in the pic to lightly paint that in. Once painted, let dry, and then use Collage Medium to add the vase to the canvas, in the center about an inch up from the bottom so it's now on the table. Don't add any Collage Medium around the inside top lip of the vase, so you can stick in stems later. 
 
 
Die cut several of the large rounded bulb looking flowers using the red tissue. I think I did about 12 but I lost count. Die cut the larger flower shape as well, several times, and cut a few in half. Then die cut several of the small and small half flowers, all using the red. Lay them out over the canvas in the shape from the picture, and figure out which shapes go where and trim any that you think need to be smaller. You might want to snap a picture of the layout before you start collaging them. Once it is all laid out and you have your plan, die cut the stems you think you'll need using green tissue, and die cut several of the stems with the long stamens on them using both green and black. Die cut several of the small looking bulb using green tissue, and a several of the leafs using red and pink. FYI...my green and pink tissue were layers of ombre so some portions of the tissue were lighter and almost white. 
 
 
(Don't do the long stamen parts yet as that part will be next.) Start collaging on the red flowers starting at the top of the canvas and add in any that are kind of off by themselves so that you get a better idea of where to put them, using the Collage Medium and brush. Add the bulbs in (the leaf and small bulb shapes) cutting and layering them if you need to, adding the green and then the color to the top of the bulb like the flower is about to open up. Add the stems as well to the flowers where you can see stems peeking through in the bouquet in the picture. Keep layering moving down the canvas. If the canvas starts to get too wet and sticky from the many layers of medium, let it dry a bit and then go again. It's going to look like a jumbled mess, but as long as you know where the main flowers are that is all that matters. and knowing where your flowers are will make the painting part so much easier.  Also, the canvas might look a little cloudy in the middle while the medium is drying, but it will dry clear. This part is going to take time, so don't rush it and instead enjoy the process.
 
 
Cut the three green long stamens off of the stems, and collage them where they go, one on the upper left on that half looking flower, one on the middle right side on the half looking flower, and one on the half flower that is touching the vase. Cut up a few stems and red parts off of the bulb flowers and collage those on the bottom on the table so that it looks like they have fallen from the bouquet. Add any bulbs or stems that you think need to go on after studying the picture, and finish collaging any elements you want in the bouquet. 
 
 
You will paint in layers to define the flowers so there will no details yet. Use a small paintbrush and Aged Mahogany Distress Paint to outline each flower (the main poppies) as well as paint in the darker parts of the flower like the centers. Clean your brush and then use Peeled Paint to outline all the bulbs, stems, and leaves. Now you will be able to see your painting much clearer. To further define the main poppies, paint over the areas you didn't paint in with the Aged Mahogany (the light areas) with Crackling Campfire, and add it to the bulb parts that you want to show a little bit of petal showing through before the flower opens. Add Candied Apple Distress Paint to the silicon mat and mist a little water in it to thin down the paint so it is pretty watery. Paint over all the main poppies covering up the Aged Mahogany and Crackling Campfire. Since the paint is watered down it will only tiny the flowers while still leaving the darker and lighter areas, but now the flowers will be cohesive and much more defined. 
 
 
Now come the painting details. Paint in some Worn Lipstick to some of the bulb middles. Add some Candied Apple or Crackling Campfire there too if you want. If you see some details to add to the poppy petals add those with any of the reds. Use Twisted Citron to add details to the bulbs, stems, and leaves. Use it as well to paint over the stamen that were added. Use the Twisted Citron to also add to the middle of the poppies that are open just painting in a circular shape. Add dots of Black Soot to those middles as well. Use Rustic Wilderness to add any dark areas to the bulbs, stems, and leaves. Finish up any more details that you want. Remember, don't try to make it look like it's real and get frustrated. His painting doesn't have hardly any details. It's really sort of fuzzy, so as long you can tell there is a bouquet of poppies, you are finished.

   
To the open poppies that you just painted the centers on, adhere white and black tissue stamen to those centers so it looks like lots of stamen are growing. The sizing will be exaggerated but I think that adds to the artsy feel. If you don't like the larger stamen in the middle, you can just paint them in. Once all is dry, use a white pen to add tiny dots on all the stems and green parts on the bulbs. (Only on one of the close up photos of Van Gogh's Poppies did I see some faint white dots on the stems and bulbs, but real poppies are thorny like that so I decided to really add them in.) Then add lines and dots at the top of all the stamen just doodling in each stamen. Sign your painting. You can seal the painting if you want with Spray Fixative or some sort of acrylic sealer. 
 
 
Just like my Sunflower Painting, I did the same thing to the frame that I picked up from Hobby Lobby during a 50% off week. I painted over it using Black Soot Distress Paint and wiped off what was not in the recessed areas with a damp paper towel before it dried, because I did not like the chalking gray color that was on there. Once dried, I added a bit of Gilded Foundry Wax to the scrolly parts on the corners of the frames and heat set those. I added the canvas in and used Glazier Points with a hammer to hold the canvas in place. I also added the wire holder parts on the back for hanging.
 
 
 

Supplies: 
(Glass Mat, Medium Paint Brush, Water Mister, Ink Blending Tool, Paper Trimmer, Corner Rounder, Scissors, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Small Paint Brush, Detail Paint Brush) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Black Soot, Prize Ribbon, Weathered Wood, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio, Ground Espresso, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke, Candied Apple, Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Worn Lipstick 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Brush: Small 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 2 2022): Modern Floristry, Artsy Stems 
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Foundry Wax: Gilded 
-Red, Green, Pink, Black Tissue Paper, 8x10 Inch Canvas Panel, Frame, Glazier Points
 
Once again, I thank you so much for all the lovely comments on the projects I made for this release. My cup runneth over. I'll be back again soon, and I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!