Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring Joy Mixed Media Reverse Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for a mixed media reverse canvas created with Southern Ridge's Pussy Willows, Berry Branch, Bare Branches and Elegant Vintage Flourishes chipboard.


I had this reverse canvas lurking in my stash from a previous project that hadn't gone quite as planned and the butterfly background when combined with Southern Ridge's Pussy Willow chipboard immediately had me thinking of Spring (despite the feet of snow and frigid temperatures here in B.C.!).


For me the very best part of Spring is the return of the songbirds so I stamped up a wee robin coloured with alcohol inks on one of Tim Holtz's Fragments.


I've a step by step tutorial over on Southern Ridge's blog, hope you can pop by for me how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Monday, February 12, 2018

My Heart Accordion Fold Keepsake Book For Therm O Web

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I've got a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for a Valentine themed keepsake book that I made with a bunch of Therm O Web products, a couple of square artists canvases and some watercolour paper.

I had fun with this one, the heart on the front was created from Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Tape stenciled through Southern Ridge Trading Company's Heart stencil with Deco Foils and embossing powders.  The background was stenciled through StencilGirl Products Remembrandt Words stencil with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and then foiled with Rebekah Meier Designs Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil.


The heart on the back cover was created from PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with the new Wild Cherry Deco Foil which was then covered with multiple coats of UTEE.  The heart was then stamped with Tim Holtz's Ledger Script stamp while the UTEE was still warm (a thank you to my Creative Guide sisters at A Vintage Journey for reminding me about this technique!).


The inside 'pages' were formed from some accordion folded Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper dipped into Worn Lipstick Distress ink.  They were then embellished with a selection of Valentine themed stamps, die cuts and tags from my stash, including Gina K. Designs soon to be released StampnFoil line from Therm O Web.




On the opposite side of the pages I added stamping (multiple stamps from my stash used here including some Fiskars, Stampers Anonymous, Tattered Angels and TPC Studios) along with letters die cut with Tim Holtz's Broadway Alphabet die from PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with the new Plum Deco Foil.



I had a strip of the foiled Art Tape left over from the heart I'd made for the front cover so I added it here along with more stenciling through Southern Ridge's Heart stencil.


There's a step out tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog on how I created the covers of my keepsake book, hope to see you there and happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Deb xo

Friday, February 9, 2018

Adore Valentine's Day Card For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a quick and easy tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for my Adore Valentine's Day card created with Southern Ridge's Heart stencil, Taneesha Heart and Love and Hearts Banner chipboard and Wood Adore Tags.



I was inspired by Julia Chupik of Paradise Lost, she made a beautiful card with some water colour pigments, utilizing the white space on her background wonderfully (click here to see her process video).  I always struggle with leaving ANY white space so decided to give it a go myself.  While no where near as expert as Julia, have to admit I do like the way it turned out, thanks for the inspiration Julia!

Hope that you have a minute to pop by for my how to, this one makes up quick so even though Vday is coming soon, you could easily make this one in time for your own sweetie!  See you there,

Deb xo

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Journey Faux Encaustic Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, the month of February is upon us (already!) and it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey blog. This month our host Julia has proposed the theme of 'Melt It!' and here is her brief:

This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts and they are offering a £20 voucher for their online store to our lucky randomly chosen winner, thank you Country View Crafts!

I was super excited to see this month's challenge as I was hoping to have some of Seth Apter's brand new Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Unfortunately they haven't arrived yet so instead I decided to try and create a faux encaustic canvas with lots and lots of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and here is the result.


It's so hard to get a good picture to give you an idea of the depth and layers but I have to say I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  It would have been even more lovely with some of Seth's Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture, watch his demo at Creativation 2018 below, it's magic!


I did take some in process pics as I created my canvas so read on for the how to.

I started with a 5" x 7" flat artists canvas and did a little asemic writing/journaling with a black gel roll pen.


Next I glued down some torn bit and bobs of ephemera and papers, as you can see the gel pen smeared but I decided to just go with it.

The first 'Melt It!' layer came next, Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder added here and there through Tim Holtz's Tracks stencil.


I then added some shading around the ephemera papers with a black Faber-Castell Pitt pen and a water brush, taking the excess off of the top of the ephemera pieces with a damp baby wipe.

Colour came next with dilute washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue and Prussian Blue Hue.  I had decided that I wanted the script fragment with the touches of Frankly Scarlet Infusions scattered over it to be my focal point, so kept the acrylic paints off of that area and used more of the teal hued paint around it so that the green undertone would be a compliment to the red infusions and help to draw the eye to that area.


Time for lots and lots of UTEE!  I inked the entire canvas with embossing ink and then melted the UTEE over the surface, adding more UTEE where needed by heating the area and sprinkling the UTEE on with my fingers.  I over worked the Tracks embossed stenciling on the right side and it melted and moved with the UTEE overtop of it but such is life!  A metal token that I got from Jess Madaglia was coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and embedded into the hot UTEE in the top right corner.

I added a few grains of Oil Rubbed Bronze and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powders into the hot UTEE here and there on the canvas.  After the first layer of UTEE cooled, I added some stenciling with brown acrylic paint and the small Rembrandt Words stencil from StencilGirl Products.


I wanted to bring some of the amber colouring of real encaustic beeswax into my canvas so covered the whole surface with Vintage Distress Matte Collage medium.  To draw more attention to my focal point I also adhered some fibers to the canvas with the collage medium, encircling the underlying script fragment with them.

I then added the word Journey to the right upper edge of the canvas and was going to do some more journaling here and there when my white paint pen exploded!  I had to go with the flow so I just took the paint pen apart and added splatters of white paint here and there ... kind of like the way it looks!


And then it was time for the final 'Melt It!' layer, I inked the canvas with embossing ink to adhere another layer of UTEE and then sprinkled it on with my fingers as needed to cover everything and embed the fibers.  The UTEE is quite reflective and I wasn't getting the encaustic appearance I was going for but then remembered a tip Seth had shared in one of his Facebook Live demo's from Creativation.  I covered the entire canvas with a coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium to get rid of the shine and it worked perfectly, the canvas had that lovely matte encaustic appearance that I had hoped for.

A few more finishing touches were added, I rewrote the Journey word on top of the final UTEE coat and added some more droplets of white paint, layering a few of the droplets on top of the ones below to enhance the depth.


Love how the layered Journey word echoes the artistic journey that this piece took me on, you can catch a glimpse of the suspended UTEE layers in the picture below.


To enhance my focal point, I first added a layer of Wink Of Stella over top the script fragment but for some reason it wouldn't dry on top of the collage medium so I wiped it off and added a coat of gloss varnish.  It added just enough of a reflective difference to that area to capture your attention, perfect!


You can get a sense of the depth and the way that the fibers seem to be floating in the pic below, I think I have a new obsession!


And here are a couple of more close ups, you will note that there are bubbles within the UTEE which I am pretty sure I can attribute to my impatience in not letting everything dry completely before adding more and more layers but I actually like them.



So there you have it, hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Journey Faux Encaustic mixed media canvas, I had a blast making it and am pretty sure I have a new obsession, although as I've noted before my obsessions change on a weekly basis!


Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the rest of the Creative Guides have made to inspire you and hope that you will also join in our 'Melt It!' challenge this month.  Can't wait to see what you link up and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, January 29, 2018

Believe Shadow Box For Therm O Web

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I wanted to share a shadow box with you that I made for Therm O Web's booth at Creativation 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona with Gina K. Designs brand new StampnFoil line of products and her new Dazzling Orange Fancy Foil (releasing March 2018).


Here's a ScrapTime video of Gina demoing her StampnFoil line at Creativation:


For my Believe shadow box I used Eileen Hull's new Book Club Trinket Box die and cut it from Gina's Vibrant Vines Foil Mates covered with Sweet Mango Fancy Foil.  The foiled design was then inked with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters Distress inks.


The foiled and inked die cut was backed with Gina K. Designs Premium White Cardstock that I coloured with the same colours of Distress inks and stamped with a fine script stamp and Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.  I used an old bracelet for my closure, taking the floral design links apart, colouring them with alcohol inks and then adhering them to the front and back of the shadow box with a brad.  A length of chain and a lobster claw clasp were used to attach the two link closures.

For the back of the shadow box, I inked a piece of Premium White cardstock with the same colours of Distress inks and then covered it with Deco Foil Transfer Gel.  Once the Transfer Gel had dried, I applied the negative design left over on the Sweet Mango Fancy Foil (from when I foiled the Vibrant Vines Foil Mate for the front and sides of the shadow box) and ran it through my laminator.


I used Gina's new Where Flowers Bloom and Butterfly Kisses StampnFoil sets, foiling the Detail Sheets with her new Dazzling Orange Fancy Foil and then stamping the foiled images with the Clear Stamps from the set using Distress inks.  The foiled and stamped images were then die cut with the coordinating dies from the StampnFoil system.


The small flower in the center was die cut from a scrap I had left over from the foiled paper I had used on the back of the shadow box, using one of the dies from the Where Flowers Bloom set.  Each of the die cuts was mounted onto some twisted wire and inserted into the top of the shadow box and the 'Believe' quote from Gina's Butterfly Kisses Clear Stamps was stamped onto inked cardstock, clear embossed and then edged with some Stickles Glitter glue.

The back panel on the inside of the shadow box was stamped with leaves and flowers from the Where Flowers Bloom Clear Stamp set.  One of Tim Holtz's Salvaged Dolls was coloured with alcohol inks and a set of wings from the Butterfly Kisses Detail Sheets was foiled with Dazzling Orange Fancy Foil and then inked.  I fussy cut these wings rather than die cutting them and adhered them to the back of the Salvaged Doll, curling the edges slightly to shape them.  More flowers and leaves from the Where Flowers Bloom StampnFoil system were foiled and/or stamped and die cut to place around the Salvaged Doll, along with some Bouquet Findings flowers that were coloured with alcohol inks.  The little butterfly fairy is standing on a bottle cap that was covered with some Design Tape.


Some buttons from my stash were added to the bottom so the shadow box would stand up straight, some Glitter glue was added around the inside and here and there on the die cut flowers and my Believe shadow box was complete.


A big thanks to Therm O Web for asking me to design some projects for their booth at Creativation this year (click here to see my notecard holder and cards that I also made for the booth), it was an honour to be asked and to have my creations on display, thank you so much for the opportunity.  I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I made and that you will give Gina's StampnFoil line a try when it's released in March, the possibilities are endless!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Friday, January 26, 2018

Journey Travel Diary For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for my Journey travel diary created with Southern Ridge's Vintage Car, Gear Clock, Journey Fun Word and Nuts and Bolts chipboard.


That wonderful Vintage Car and Journey Fun Word were the starting point for my travel diary and with thoughts of our summer travels in mind I created a folio for keepsakes, receipts, notes, maps, ephemera and anything else we might want to keep and record.

I initially wanted to use Eileen Hull's Journal die for my folio but the Vintage Car chipboard was just a smidge too wide to fit on it, so I used a recycled hanging file folder from my stash to make the diary instead.  Eileen's new Stamp and Photo Storage box and 7Gypsies 'Global' 8x8 paper pad were the other deciding factors on how I sized the diary.


Assorted papers from many of Tim Holtz's Paper Stash's were die cut with his Tag Collection die, Destination Adventure was die cut with his Adventure Words: Block dies and his 'The Journey' clear stamps and assorted images from his Emporium Ephemera were added to the front of the folio.


The Old Jalopy Bigz die and 'explore' word from Tim's Handwritten Journey dies were cut from Deco Foil Toner Sheet covered with Patina Mixed Media Transfer Foil.  Eileen Hull's Stamp and Photo Storage box was cut from some Tim Holtz 'Traveler' scrapbook paper for the back of the folio and I broke out my Shadow Press debossing folders (the Expedition and Documented sets) to add some sentiments to journaling cards.


Vintage map images courtesy of Far Far Hill were printed out onto copy paper (I made the images semi-transparent with a photo editing program) and then tied together with a pamphlet stitch for a simple Midori-style insert in the middle of the folio.


The back cover was feeling a bit unloved so I made an envelope for it with my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and added a tie closure to keep it closed for more bits and bobs that we collect on our travels.


I have a full step by step tutorial over on Southern Ridge's blog if you'd like the nitty-gritty details.


Hope you can pop by to see how it all came together and thanks for stopping by today, happy creating!

Deb xo