Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Two Cards for Special Occasions


Talk about good timing! I needed to make a couple of cards to send out this week and the new Cards, Tags and More Kit from Très Jolie arrived on my doorstep last Thursday… It’s loaded with chippies and flowers and lace (oh my!) and best of all, Ciao Bella’s Romantic Times collection.


I needed to get the cards made and mailed by Saturday, so I kept them pretty much plain and simple.

I started by heat embossing two of the chipboard frames with Stampendous embossing powder and put them aside.

 Next, I selected the images that I wanted for my cards and cut them down to 4” x 5”. Two more pieces, at 4½” x 5½” were cut to serve as matting underneath. I inked all of the edges, adhered the layers together, then taped them to cardstock cut and scored to fit.

 The actual flower centers were made with bunched micro beads – a little too thick to mail in a regular envelope. I removed them (they should come in handy later on!) and replaced them with flat bottom pearls.

I was going to add a few chipboard leaves, but I didn’t like the look, so I snipped off a bit of the crochet lace, cut it in half lengthwise and tucked it underneath.

And that’s it: two cards made in under 30 minutes and on their way!

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*****Supplies*****

***Très Jolie August Cards, Tags and More Kit***
Ciao Bella – Romantic Time – Paper Pad – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 8 Sheets #CBP004
Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Flower Embellishments – Sweet Species #637590
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Mini Frames – 6 Pcs
Très Jolie – 7/8” Crochet Lace Trim – Simplicity – 1 Yd


***Mediums***
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Vintage Photo #TDP40262
Tsukineko – Versa Mark – Watermark Stamp Pad #VM-001
Stampendous – Frantage – Embossing Enamel – Aged Ivory #FREG030


***Other***
Kaisercraft – Self-Adhesive Pearls – China #SB789
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Art Journaling: Build Your Wings


I’ve decided to try to add to my Art Journal every month, using elements from the current Très Jolie Kit.
The July Cards, Tags and More Kit was all about cards, so why not use up my scraps this time?
As usual, I started out with a beginning idea and then let things just fall into place.
This is what I ended up with.


And here’s how it came together.

I began, as usual, by coating my pages with gel medium to give them strength and stability. (I tucked a sheet of parchment paper underneath the pages to protect the other layers.)
I took out all of the bits and pieces that were left over from my cards and tore them into smaller sizes.


Using matte gel medium, I began to collage the pieces onto my pretreated pages. No plan here, other than to scatter the colors and patterns around the area. When I was done, I used my heat tool to thoroughly dry the pages.

I next applied crackle texture paste, coating some areas thinly and others pretty thickly to create a variety of textures. I allowed this to set for about an hour, then applied my heat tool to ensure that the texture paste was completely set.

I sprayed the pages with Color Bloom mist, concentrating it in random spots…

…and then sprayed it with water.

I blotted this with a paper towel…

… and repeated the process. When I was satisfied with the results, I used my heat tool to set the ink.

***What you see from here on is a little more gold and less brown than the actual results; I couldn’t get an accurate image due to the light reacting to the mica sheen.***

I selected two Paper Dolls and glued them down. I love how the image on the right matches the sentiment of the adjoining scrap.

I had started with a vague idea of using these geese left from the Main Kit; they seem to fit in perfectly here.

I added some sentiment strips, using a wet brush to lightly cover them with the mist on the page to give them an aged look. The bottom of the right page looked empty, so I added a scrap of printed vellum to fill in the gap.
Lastly, I applied gel medium to the paper dolls and sentiments to seal them.

And that was it; my July journal page was done!


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*****Supplies*****

***Très Jolie May Cards, Tags and More Kit***
Prima – Finnabair – Art Daily Planner Collection – Booklet – Creation – 6 x 7.7 #964962
Prima – Finnabair – Art Daily Planner Collection – Sticker Pad – Sentiments #964849

***Paper***
Prima – Poetic Rose Collection – 6 x 6 Paper Pad #631680

***Embellishments***
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Paper Dolls #TH93555
Prima – Shabby Chic Collection – Metal Treasure Embellishments – Old Wagon Wheels #890889

***Mediums***
Golden – Matte Gel Medium
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – Clear Crackle #961541
Prima – Color Bloom Spray Mist – Vintage Metal – Worn Leather #573829

***Tools***
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Sprayer #TDA47414
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Mixed Media Silicone Brush – 1 Inch #963897


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

You Are a Star


I’ve scrapped this photo of my granddaughter before, but the dotted Swiss pattern on the “A” side of the “Tight Fit” paper from Maja Design’s Denim and Girls collection that came in the July kit from Très Jolie made a redo irresistible.


I needed a lightly patterned design to serve as my base and the “Amazing” paper was perfect, with just enough image and texture to provide interest while allowing me to keep the center as my focal point.
I tore two pieces of the “Tight Fit” sheet lengthwise, taking care that the white core shows all the way down. I fastened them down the center of the page, allowing the top sheet to overlap an inch or two from the bottom edge.
Next, I backed my photo with a piece of packaging to give it stability and dimension and glued it down just above the center.

As I was trimming the UPC strip from the bottom of the “Tight Fit” sheet, I had a moment of “Aha!”. Maja Designs backs these strips with patterns that coordinate with the papers and this one, in addition to the pattern of my base sheet gave me the here-to-for undecided title for my layout. I cut the strip to a length that fit the bottom of the photo and then a second piece that I fussy cut at the end. I backed them with packaging and placed them under the photo.

 
 
 
 I went into my stash for most of the flowers. The large navy bloom was centered with yellow stamens, not a good match. In the end, I removed and replaced them with a bit of bling.
That awesome wheel and one of the flowers were included in the July Très Jolie kit.


 


I took some more of the bling (a gift from scrappy friend Dawna) that I used as a flower center and placed a few pieces around the layout.
Next, I splattered the page with Color Bloom mist, not following any pattern, just a little here and there until the droplets appeared all over.
Digging further into my stash, I found these beautiful stars from ReneaBouquets; I placed several among the flowers and then scattered more around the page.


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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Maja Design – Denim & Girls Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Amazing #DEN-1032
Maja Design – Denim & Girls Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Tight Fit #DEN-1021

***Embellishments***
Prima – Poetic Rose Collection – Flower Embellishments – Elaborate Love #637484
Prima – Georgia Blues Collection – Flower Embellishments – Gwinett #636715
Prima – Georgia Blues Collection – Flower Embellishments – Mitchell #636678
Prima – Georgia Blues Collection – Flower Embellishments – Wilcox #636609
Prima – Shabby Chic Collection – Metal Treasure Embellishments – Old Wagon Wheels #890889
Bo Bunny – Double Dot Designs Collection – Bling – Jewels – Blue Hues #11707521
ReneaBouquets – Beautiful Board – Beautiful Bits - Star


***Mediums***
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Hickory Smoke #TDP47339
Prima – Color Bloom – Spray Mist – Sultry Shimmer – Cobalt #573898


***Other***
Art Institute – Dries Clear Designer Adhesive
Tombow – Mono Adhesive – Permanent Dispenser #62106


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