Jun 28, 2012

Creating Texture with Mixed Media

I used fabric (Calico) for my substrate, and went through the process of painting the material, stamping the images, embossing and adding elements.

I have a little tutorial on how I went about making this so read on.......

I wanted to create as much texture as I could possible muster, using different mediums.....but keeping in mind the form and composition of my piece.
The flower and leaves are made from card-stock. Behind the flower is some material, netting, ribbon, twirly wire and organza rose and if you have a keen eye there is a paua shell surreptitiously placed within the leaves.

The edges I frayed, then I stitched, stamped a few images which are very subtle and then finally, embossed the cloth.

This is how I achieved the effect
This was my practise run, you will notice the different colours, I was not sure how it was going to turn out, or even work!
I used Acrylics and painted the Calico which I had washed in hot water to remove the sizing, I dried it a little using an iron and card-stock, thinking the colour would transfer, and it did!!!

I continued to iron my painted cloth, making a sandwich of paper-cloth-paper, until it was dry

Now the real messy part,
I painted my embossing folder with Gesso, and ran it through the machine and magic happened!!!! I loved this effect.

But oh my God I had Gesso everywhere, it had squeezed out of the folder onto my plates and desk. I applied too much!
Needless to say it was a fast track to the sink and a cloth to remove said mess as quickly as possible. 
Second time around I used some scrap paper. 
So take note if you try this, you do not need much Gesso.

Post script:
I have been thinking about this technique since finishing this card.
And I am wondering if it would be less messy to apply the Gesso directly onto my material,  dry it off then emboss.
May have to try it to see how different it looks.
Let me know if you give this a go, I would love to see your efforts.

Jun 25, 2012

Love is a beautiful thing..

Good Morning.

Today I have a Wedding card for your perusal.

My darling little flower, is some rolled lace with a pearl, and I have placed it on a cotton flower and some netting.

A start of a new week so I hope you all have a great one, thank you so much for popping in.

Jun 16, 2012

A burlap flower.

Hello Everyone. 

My Papers are Graphic45.

I used three different size buttons and tied a knot of twine in each.
Added my stitching, and a scalloped strip of cardstock.
I have the setting now the focus.

The Flower.
I painted the burlap with mod-podge; it seals and glues the fibres together so they do not fray, and fall apart once cut.
My Burlap(Jute) flower has been made using the TH 'tattered florals die'.
The buds are just one petal rolled tightly and glued, then the stamens pushed in the centre; these were made from the Hero Arts twine.

The organza trim behind the flower creates a soft effect, which juxtaposes the two fibres wonderfully, it adds a different texture.

I did seriously consider adding some element to the negative space on the striped strip, but I fought the urge to do so, the importance and placement of my flower  can hold it's own against the busy Bg perfectly, so I need not add any more..... I can't believe I have just said that!!!!

Enjoy your weekend, and many many thanks for all the wonderful kind comments you leave.

Jun 12, 2012

A Little Robin

Hello All
Hope you are having a great start to the week. I want to post up my little card I have made for the Frilly and Funky Challenge with the theme 'Kraft and Twine.' 

Obviously I am on the frilly side of the challenge, there is not much funkiness in me I am afraid, I have been endeavouring to participate each fortnight, but to date I have only managed one other entry, I was determined to enter this one though.
I bought this little bird image made by 'all night media' at stamp camp a few weeks ago, she is rather delightful, I have called the bird a she as I am so totally feministic but only to the point of thinking we females are worth our weight in gold in all aspects of society, I am not a radical in any form, in fact I love being at home and doing all the so called woman things that men so often purport is 'women's work'. But I also like to be respected for all my views on life in general, and I will be the first to concede that I have opinions!
You all probably didn't really want to hear all this about me, but there you have it and I don't think I will be deleting the paragraph....ha

The Bg is coloured up with liquid dye inks, then embossed with a sissix texture fade purchased from the Funkie Junkie zibbet shop   the trim at the bottom of the card is rosette ribbon.

The tag has been run through a paper crimper as have the leaves to create texture, I added the music strip  with the ric rac to give some semblance of movement.


I placed this onto Kraft, and finished off with a twine bow.
It has dimension, texture and tactility, all the attributes I love on a card.

I hope you like it as well, because I really enjoyed putting this one together. 
Remember if you want to see the card close-up, just click on it.


Jun 9, 2012

Paint Resist...TH technique.

Hello ALL.

I had quite a busy week with picking my winner for the 'Shabby Chic' Challenge, setting another Challenge, making the next inspirational piece for this Challenge and now I have to choose a winner for my 'Embellished Frame' Challenge... Confused yet?
Don't worry I have it all under control, one thing I am really good at and that is organising.

Anyway to the matter at hand and that is this weeks Challenge at' Our Creative Corner. 'The Hostess this week is none other than the honourable and illustrious, Linda Coughlin-The Funkie Junkie, and the theme  is 
 'Show us your favourite Tim Holtz Technique'.

I know many worship the ground this man walks on, unfortunately I am not one of them!
oops.... I had better remove myself from this subject before I offend.

My inspirational piece for you to drool over and pass comment on then is a set of tags that I placed on a board- to inspire me when I am uninspired.

I used the paint resist technique, which is dabbing white acrylic  paint directly onto your chosen stamp, then stamp onto your CS.
When the paint is dry, apply chosen distress ink over the top in a circular motion.
I misted water over the top of the image and wiped off to reveal the White painted flourish.

No1 Tag
I now had a substrate to work on, so it was time to have some fun, I placed a crafty individuals stamped image in the heart on top first, then added the burlap, a trinket, button and flower (bottom left) it is hardly noticeable in this photo. 
The word Inspire was cut on the cricut and glued in place.

No2 Tag
You can just see the White paint resist on this Tag, I have embellished with a cuttlebug butterfly die-cut, a few cut-out flowers which I covered in some fine net, and lace, although you cannot see in the photo but I sprayed biscotti perfect pearls all over.
No3 Tag
This one is my favourite, I love this tulip from the ODBD.
It is a corner stamp but I only used the one Tuilp. The White paint resist technique is more noticeable here.
The fence die-cut has been embossed with distress powders to make it look old and weathered.
If you look closely you will see some doodling at the side. it is the squiggly bits in Black and White pen.

 Hop over to Our Creative Corner and join in the fun,  and if you want to see some more techniques click onto any of the Dt cards that are up for your inspiration.

Have a great weekend

Jun 6, 2012

Little Victorian Girls.

I made these little cards last week from the Nicecrane digi images called
 'Little Victorian Girls'.

 They look adorable and I just had to make a couple of cards from them, I embellished this one up with a little lace, key and flower, and roughly tied a knot out of  a cut off from some lace to shabby it up a little.

The second one I softened up the colours, the Bg is Prima paper, my embellishments on this one is a Bling flourish and lace, flower and lock.
I cut out the butterfly from the Bg paper.

You will find these images on this collage sheet if you are interested.

Hope you are all having a good week.

Jun 2, 2012

How to make a Fancy Frame.

Hello Friends

Today I have a little written tutorial on how to embellish a Frame, not only for your cards but for any project. 

I added distress powders with thick embossing powder and heat set, waited a few minutes and rubbed over with my fingers to release the crystals.
Then I lightly swiped over with a sanding block, which gave me the effect of worn areas and shiny areas.
Happy, happy, happy...... so I stopped here, my base is finished.

The sentiment is a 'crafty secrets' from the 'vintage collection'.

And some close-ups

I added a bling flourish and made a flower by inking up watercolour paper in the same distress inks, and using the Tim Holtz 'tattered florals' die-cut.