Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Looking Back


My father would have turned 101 this month, so this photo must be from 100 years ago.


 I decided to scrap it using the Mood Board that was included with the May kit from Très Jolie.


I liked the clock theme – so appropriate for my subject, so I decided to create layers using a variety of materials.

After coating my paper with clear gesso, I used a Stamperia stencil and Rust Paste to create my first layer, adding some script here and there around the page.

 While that was drying, I took out a very old (and beloved) die and created a clock from chipboard which I colored with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The May kit came with two sheets of images: one full of clocks and one full of butterflies. I selected the ones I wanted for my layout and after fussy cutting them, inked them around the edges.

I backed my photo with a piece of packaging to give it depth and stability, then measured and cut my matting layers. These were lightly distressed and inked around the edges and then adhered behind my photo. I glued one more piece of packing in the back and attached it all to my paper.




I halved my die cut clock and placed the left side along the photo, putting the remainder aside for another time. Next, I started layering the fussy cut clocks on top, using more packaging underneath to allow them to pop up away from the base.
I played around with the flowers that came with the kit until I was satisfied with their placement, and then glued them down.

I added a bit of the beautiful vintage lace that was included in the March kit.

I repeated these steps along the right side of the photo.

I added a piece of flair (or button, as described by Lemon Craft), a word sticker from my stash, and my fussy cut butterflies.




To finish my page, I took a bit of the Halo paint from the Mixed Media kit, watered it down, and proceeded to color the left side of the photo and the bottom of the stenciled clock, misting the latter part to allow it to run down the page.

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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 05 #LP-GROW05
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 02 #LP-GROW02

***Embellishments***
Prima – Lifetime Collection – Flower Embellishments – Brown #564476
Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Flower Embellishments – Meadows #637682
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Vintage Time Ephemera 035 #LZP-GROW01
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Vintage Time Ephemera 037 #LP-VT035
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Buttons/Badge #LD-GROW01
Tres Jolie – March 2013 – Vintage Lace

***Mediums***
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Rust Effect Paste – Brown Rust # 964696
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Walnut Stain # 40279
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Vintage Photo #40262

***Tools***
Stamperia – Stencil – Steampunk Man #KSD281
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations Collection – Bigz Die – Weathered Clock #657190

***Other***
Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Golden Girl


The May Mixed Media package from the Tres Jolie Kit Club, containing an artist’s palette and plenty of embellishments and mediums (including three jars of Lumiere Halo paint) gave me the perfect opportunity to create a project featuring this photo of my granddaughter, taken by my daughter-in-law.


I started by covering the entire palette with black gesso from Liquitex, taking care to brush side to side. (Because this is much thinner than most brands, I prefer to use it as a primer.) Once it was completely dry, I sprayed the front of the palette with Nuvo mist from Tres Jolie’s April kit.

After determining my final photo placement, I used the texture paste and stencil that were included in the kit to create a brocade-like flourish that would show above and below the image. This dried to an almost transparent surface, so I applied chalk ink (again from the April kit) with a thin paint brush to make it stand out a bit more.

The corrugate squares are backed with a very thin wooden layer, so I used my heavy duty scissors to cut and tear them into pieces to go along the sides of my photo. I covered large sections of each piece with black gesso, and then painted them here and there with Nuvo mist.

I selected several of the plaster flowers and coated them with the same black gesso. Next, I took out the Halo paints and started to paint the surfaces, using all three of the colors, and then lightly misting them with water. I used my heat tool to dry the surfaces before applying more layers of color, repeating these steps until I got the results I wanted.

Meanwhile, I created my title with my Cameo, using the Cotton Candy font. Because the machine requires very thin chipboard, I duplicated the design so I could cut two layers. Using a blending tool, I covered the surfaces with Archival ink and then glued the layers together. I gave the surfaces a heavy coating of matte medium, and then poured on the glitter.

Time to assemble: I glued down both sides of the corrugate in layers, and then attached the photo that I had backed with several layers of packaging to ensure that it would lay flat. I cut several of the straws into smaller lengths before gluing them down, leaving a few pieces for my corner cluster.
Once I had determined the final placement of my flowers, I adhered them, along with the metal keyholes, using Art Glitter glue. (The plaster flowers are very heavy and I needed an adhesive with strong bonding properties.)
I added some texture with cheesecloth and Art Stones from my stash.
The title was placed to the side of my photo.
I poured out a small amount of each of the Halo paints and diluted them with water to color my embellishments in layers, again using my heat tool between applications.




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*****Supplies*****

***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Darice – Studio 71 – Wooden Palette Set #30061945
Prima Marketing – Stencil – 6” x 6” – Flourish #564278
Prima – Sunrise Sunset Collection – Paper Roses – Gold #565169
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Stripe – Gold – 5 Pcs #373832
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Dot – Gold – 5 Pcs #368997
Darice – Glitter Tube – Gold – .75 oz #1146-36WAL
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Sand #963002
Darice – Corrugate Cut-Outs – Square – 3 Pcs #30011909
Graphic 45 – Staples Collection – Ornate Metal Key Holes – 2 Pcs #4500546
Prima – Archival Cast Collection – Relics and Artifacts – Plaster Embellishments – Flora #942663
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Pink Gold #555
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Blue Gold #556
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Violet Gold #557

***Embellishments***
Cheesecloth

***Mediums***
Liquitex – Professional – Black Colored Gesso
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Medium
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Gel Medium
Ranger Ink – Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black #31468
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Tin Can #891152
Nuvo – Mica Mist – Antique Gold #571N
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705

***Tools***
Prima – Stencil – 6 x 6 – Flourish #564278
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool #40965
Silhouette America – Cameo – Electronic Cutting System

***Other***
Art Glitter – Dries Clear Designer Adhesive

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

(Sittin' on a) Dinosaur Bone


My son and daughter-in-law took the children to New York last March to visit the Museum of Natural History. The boys weren’t too sure about the promise of “real dinosaurs” because they know that dinosaurs lived a long time ago. Imagine their delight to see that Daddy was telling the truth. And imagine their amazement at the actual size of the reconstructed fossils…

Most of this layout was created from the April 2019 Kit from Tres Jolie; a few bits and things are from my stash…

 Since I planned on stenciling my background, I started by coating both sides of my base paper with matte medium and when thoroughly dry, attaching it to a USPS box cut down to just under 12” x 12”.
Next, I carefully tore my next sheet side to side in several pieces, ensuring that the white core would be on top. These were glued to the base with a light application of Aleen’s glue. (I like to use liquid adhesive rather than tape whenever possible because it gives me a few seconds to make sure that everything is exactly how and where I want it before it permanently sets.)
I used a favorite stencil and crackle paste to create some background texture and set it aside to dry.

Meanwhile, I treated two chipboard columns with Nuvo mist and put it aside.
My photo was backed with a thin piece of packaging to give it depth and stability. I created a mat from a third sheet, backed that with another piece of packaging and glued the two pieces together. This was attached to the layout with a thin strip of glue applied side to side to leave room under the top and bottom.

I used a Tim Holtz die from Sizzix and more of that third sheet and some burlap string from my stash to create a few tags that I tucked under the photo.



I finished my page with a few flowers and gears and a piece that I cut out from one of the UPC strips. 




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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
49 and Market – Vintage Remnants Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Paper N° 09 #VRP-88060
49 and Market – Vintage Remnants Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Paper N° 02 #VRP-87995
49 and Market – Vintage Remnants Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Paper N° 06 #VRP-88039

***Embellishments***
49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Blossom Blends – Aloe #BB-86134
49 and Market – Garden Seeds – Sea Breeze #GS-86264
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Columns
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Mechanicals – Rustic Washers #963422
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Rusty Gears #963439
Tres Jolie – November 2018 – Patina Metal Gears

***Mediums***
Liquitex – Matte Medium
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Crackle #961503
Nuvo – Mica Mist – Antique Gold #571N
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Ground Espresso #47353

***Tools***
The Crafter’s Workshop – 12 x 12 Template – Tile Texture #TCW237
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations Collection – Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs and Tags #657188

***Other***
Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Art Glitter Glue – Designer Adhesive


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