Friday, January 24, 2014

foxy **Flamingo Scraps & Off the Rails** with splatter stain tutorial

  I used some fun pictures of myself that I took for a new head shot for postings, these were my favorite.

Sadly this is our last F4 as the Flamingo Scraps store is closing, so with that in mind I had a bit of fun with my items.  We got vintage buttons in mint, purple, and black, a chipboard wheelbarrow, a little range bird, and a wooden heart.  I used the little bird on a nest of burlap fibers, ribbons, and flowers and anchored it in the paint splatters from Ranger Distress stain applicators and the title (tutorial below) - because I am such a fox, hehe.

In my cluster next to the picture I used many of the buttons from the pack (one of each), the wooden heart, and the chipboard wheelbarrow tucked in under the flower and ribbons.

Paint Splatter Tutorial with Distress Stains by Ranger

1) Supplies Paper and Distress stains by Ranger - I am sure this works for other dauber type products I have just not tried them yet.  I figure this out by happy accident on this layout.

2) When you press the dauber bottle stain comes up to the top of the bottle, if you stop pressing an just turn the dauber over and touch the paper you get a circle as seen below.

3) If you ink up the top of the dauber just as in step 2, but this time tap the paper with the dauber you get splatter as seen below.  The harder the tap the more splatter effect.

4) If you hold the dauber tip to the paper and press the container to release the ink you get a puddle of ink on your paper - this could be good for drip effects if you lift your paper up vertically to let the puddle drip down.

5) If you press the bottle and tap you paper at the same time you are releasing ink and causing the splatter effect for a even more intense splatter effect.  Below are various intensities and pressure applied to the bottle of splatters I achieved.  

These splatters are super easy and super fun - I would just suggest to practice on scratch paper before doing it to your projects until you get the hang of it.

Supplies Used:
Papers - BoBunny and American Crafts
Ribbon -Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers - Prima and Petaloo
Buttons - Prima
Chipboard - Fabscraps and Other
Stickers - Momenta
Paint/Ink/Glitter - Ranger
Punch - EK
Found Items - Flamingo Scraps


Thursday, January 23, 2014

my sweet girl **Susan K. Weckesser**

 For Catherine's first birthday we had a few pictures taken by a friend, and they turned out wonderfully.  This is one of the beauties that came out of that shoot.

I love the look of mixed media, playing with your embellishments, creating texture, looking around the page at all the fun different items, but never taking away from the picture itself.  That is part of the art, not letting the page "eat" the picture, but letting the page enhance the picture. 

You can also view my tutorial on how to create the paint splatters as seen in the left corner of the picture in white paint.

Below is my methodology of how I build a page - a peak into my head so to speak.  Sorry for the lighting on some of the pictures, I did not always have the best light available as I was building my page.

How to Build a Mixed Media Page

 1) I start with the papers.  I look for papers that correspond to my picture, I want to complement it, not fight with it.  I used my daughter's hair bow (since the rest of the picture is brown, flesh, or white I used those colors (pink, teal, white, etc).  The papers from Susan K. Weckesser were a perfect match, they just begged to go with this picture.
 The "color burst" paper was perfect for the background, and then I added in the "bouquet" and "beautiful days" as layers.

2) I this point I have a sketch in my head of the design of the layout, I know I wanted the picture in the middle right, with elements going above and to the left of the picture.  I start pulling items that I think will work on my page, not caring about color, just the shapes.  Not all the items will make the cut and be used, but this gives my an idea if I like where I am headed.  Nothing is glued down, it is just my rough idea at this point.

3) I apply gesso to all the embellishments that need a change of color (except for the top lace it was white so it took color no problem).  The spray them with spray mist.  I used Tattered Angels mist in a couple of different shades of light pink. I mist them each 2-3 times to give them a good coat.  I also let them dry before each coat so they absorb the mist better.  I do this off the page so I do not apply to much mist to the background papers.

4) Now I add texture to the page.  I used stencils by Prima with gesso, added in my papers (distressing each layer of paper with scissors and edging them with ink) and trims, and for fun I added in layers of Snowtex.  I gives this wonderful bumpy texture.  I even took a couple of Susan K. Weckesser stamps and stamped in gesso below the picture and in the top left corner below the lace and stencil area.  I used two small phrases found on the stamps sets below "Celebrate the simple things" and "Don't go through life, grow through life"

5) Now I start to add my embellishments back on.  I do not have the picture glued down yet, as I might still spray and I don't want to damage my picture.

6) I start to glue down items as I like to way the looks in that location.  I sometimes take pictures and step away for the page to see how it looks a hour later (especially if I am waiting for something to dry).

7) If I feel there are dead or blank areas, I will either add in another embellishment (or two) or add in more texture.  I did this just above the picture, it felt it was missing something so I added another bit of stenciled gesso.  I also sometimes move things around or change the item completely.  I just let the page go with the flow.  I don't fight to make it work, because I find it never looks good if I do that.

 8) One of the last steps is to go over the gessoed embellishments one more time with paint or chalk ink, sometimes both.  This help them pop out of the page a bit.  I might even add a bit more gesso to the items so they don't look to pink. it adds contrast.  I also leave some items plain, or without gesso like bling and such.  On this page I also added on some glitter via Stickles from Ranger in Crystal for a bit of sparkle.

 9) You can see some of the texture and the Susan K. Weckesser Stamp

Supplies Used:
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - Susan K. Weckesser 
Flowers - Prima and Petaloo
Media - DecoArt, O'Leary paint, Liquitex,
Paint, Mist, Sprays, glitter - Ranger, Tattered Angels, Martha Stewart
Metals - Prima, Momenta,  and Other
Chipboard - Memory Maze
Stamps - Susan K. Weckesser
Mask - Prima
Trims and Lace - Other
Found Objects - Other


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

tickled pink card **Susan K. Weckesser**

When I saw the papers that Susan K. Weckesser designed I fell in love with them. Literately I saw the heart design on her papers and thought it would be perfect for a love/valentines day card.

I went for mostly pink in this card, it really helps tie everything together, plus with it being a Valentines Day/Love card pink was just perfect.  I added in patterned and corrugated papers from Fancy Pants, they worked perfectly.  Covered parts of the papers with Snow Tex to give it texture, waited until it dried and then sprayed it with some pink Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  Added in some bling, chipboard, flowers, and some twine from May Arts Ribbon and poof you have a pink card!

I cut out the top right section of the "Live in Color Tags" paper that says "Tickled Pink" by Susan K. Weckesser.

Around the heard on the tag I used ClearSnap Smooch paint in molasses, let it dry, then added little dots of Ranger Distress Stickles in Tattered Rose.  To the words "Tickled Pink" I added a couple of little dots of light pink puff paint to each letter at random.  Using your Stickles, puffy paints, and Smooch paints are an easy way to spice up tags and paper.

Supplies Used
Paints/Glitter/Mist - ClearSnap, Ranger, Tattered Angels, and DuncanCrafts
Flowers - Prima
Crystals - Recollections
SnowTex - DecoArt
Brad - Spare Parts
Chipboard - BoBunny


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Floral Hair Bow Holder **Flamingo Scraps**

Now that my daughter's hair is getting longer and she is collecting bows for her hair, I wanted to make something that would display her bows and also act as a decoration for her new room.  The room itself was already painted purple, so I took that idea and went with it.

Here you can see the holder without and bows hanging from it (picture below of it in her room hanging on the wall).  I added in tons of Prima flowers and Crystal flourishes to really make this stand out.  You can also see the Webser's ruffled bloomers trim at the top as the hanger.

I used heavy duty chipboard for the letters and the circle.  I glued the floral paper to the chipboard with crafters glue, then covered the everything with multi-medium matte by Claudine Hellmuth to seal everything in.  After it dried I took Prima chalk inks in similar colors and inked the edges of all the chipboard items.

Here you can see the holder and up on the wall in my daughter's room with the bows attached the to the hanging ribbon at the bottom.  I like this because I can see all the bows, plus it adds to the decor of the room.  The "C" stands for Catherine and the "R" is for Reed.

All around the edges of the circle I added in about 5 yards of various colors of tutu tulle by Maya Road.  I cut up the yards and layered them going around the circle giving it a dimensional effect.

You can find almost all of these supplies at Flamingo Scraps - so head on over and take a look!!

Supplies used:
Chipboard - Hobby Lobby
Paper - Fabscraps

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