Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Discover - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - August

I can't believe it's only the middle of the month & our group was able to get together to make our tags!  The 2 techniques Tim used for his 12 tags of 2016 for August were brayered stain from July 2013 and frameworks from April 2014.  I've only used a brayer a few times so this was my favorite technique of the 2.  I made made 3 different backgrounds (which are below) & they all turned out different.

Following Tim's technique, I used mowed lawn stain, a small brayer#10 manila tagbrushed corduroy ink & walnut stain ink.

The middle tag was my 1st attempt & I didn't think I had enough color.  For the left tag, I think I was to heavy handed because I had a lot of "vertical lines".  The right tag was my final attempt & the one I used for my tag.  I could see some horizontal lines where the brayer ran out of ink but they weren't visible once I added the other elements.

Again following Tim's technique I used the lattice framework, grungepaper, antique linen paint, walnut stain ink, matte multi-mediumtextile surfaces, paper, mirrored sheets & burlap.  For the silhouette I used cut 2 pieces of ivy from garden greens thinlet set & black cardstock. For embellishments I used words from botanical remnant rub-ons, nailheads, an arrow wrapped in burlap thread, a mirrored starblack soot paint, & crinkle ribbon in mowed lawn & burlap thread.

This is the 1st time I've worked with grungepaper & it was so easy to cut & work with.  Also I've never been a fan of rub-ons but Tim's are the best I've ever used.  They don't come off until you rub them.  Some rub-ons I've used come off so easy & I usually have part of them on every surface except where I want them.

These new techniques were very easy...hardest part about this tag was deciding on what colors & elements to use.  I've probably said it before but I just LOVE making these tags.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

August Birthday Wishes

Instead of birthday cards I decided to make tags for the Giggler's birthday girls! Judy & Robin both like tags Tim Holtz style!  Each tag is a little different but I used almost everything on both of them.

I use #10 tags & applied gesso
which made the colors very muted.  I placed a torn piece of tissue wrap
using matte multi-medium towards the edge.  For the background I blended peeled paint, festive berries, worn lipstick, & fossilized amber.  I added modeling paste using Tim's flourish stencil then sponged festive berries over top.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's French Memories Set stamped in black archival ink.  The butterflies  are stamped in wild honey then heat embossed.  I also used peeled paint with Tim's splatter stencil & on the left tag stamped an image from Classic #3 at the bottom. The edges are distressed then inked with frayed burlap.  I spritzed the entire tag with picket fence spray stain then once it dried spritzed it again with Perfect Pearls Biscotti.

Tim's crinkle ribbon is stamped with "happy birthday" from SU's Party with Cake set in black archival ink.  I smooshed the same colors that are on the tag on my craft sheet then sprayed with water & dragged the ribbon through the ink.  It was crumpled up & once dry I placed part of it over the tag. The remainder of the ribbon was used at the top in a double bow. I cut apart Zva taupe flourish pearls & added some to each tag & the right tag has a line of taupe pearls under the sentiment.  I had the flowers in my stash which matched perfectly!  I made the leaves by sponging peeled paint on CS then the veins are stamped from SU Gently Falling in peeled paint & punched using an SU punch.  I crumpled them up before adhering with a glue dot.

I love the delicate feminine look of these tags...should have made one for myself!!  TFL!

Enjoy the Ride!

It was my turn to design the ATC for The Craft Shack's August ATC Club.  Of course August is the last hurrah of summer so I wanted to do something with a beach theme...what's better than an amusement park ride on the boardwalk?  I wanted to make a spinner card but nixed the idea when I realized I'd have to make the cars spin too!
The ferris wheel is from Taylored Expressions "Adventure Land" (retired). It's stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Elizabeth Crafts Design Soft Finish Card stock which is wonderful CS to work with. The image is colored with Copics (R27, R46, G17, B00, B06, Y35, C3).  I fussy cut it out so I could pop it up & added a star brad in the center.  I used the same CS for the background & blended tumbled glass for the sky & antique linen for the sand.  I used a black marker to ink the smallest "seaagull" on The Northwoods Birds stamp.  The boardwalk is a retired stamp from My Favorite Things "Western Backgrounds" stamped in vintage photo.  Once the ATC front was placed on the SU Brown Sugar distressed base I added the sentiment.  It's 1 line from a sentiment from the Taylored Expression set so I used a vintage photo marker to ink it & it's stamped on CS inked with tumbled glass then fussy cut it out.