Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers Day Cards

Happy Father's Day! 
I feel particularly blessed on this day. I not only have a wonderful father still in my life, but I'm also happily married to the awesome father of our daughter. In both situations, I experienced firsthand the power of a great father. 

I made this card for my 91-yr old Dad. Technique Junkies Tropics Background stamp and 
Avery Elle's The Man stamp set (retired). 

I began by stamping the Tropics background stamp on my stamping platform in black pigment ink so I could heat emboss. But I couldn't get enough coverage with that ink so I switched to Versafine, which was better. But after I'd heat-embossed, I still saw white spots where the ink had never made contact. What to do? Well, I got out my Mars black acrylic paint and filled them in! It has a bit of a glossy finish so even better. I will remember this in the future, because sometimes, not even these stamping platforms can perform miracles. I used a brush to paint on Distress Inks.

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #136 is Seaside, so I am joining in with the above card.

My second card was for my Honey. I had an extra background I'd made using the Herringbone weave technique. And I wanted to use the caffeine couple from I Brake For Stamp's Halfsheet 046 Seniors . I used the man on the outside and his wife on the inside of the card. I need to warn you, the inside is a bit X-rated racey, so swallow your coffee first. heehee

Here's the inside. Now, Honey made me censure one word. It's a compound word. Use your context clues if you have to know what it is. I went with raunchy and Honey being a guy absolutely loved it. He and I are still pretty frisky in our old age and we both cherish it. My new motto is "If Not Now, When?" Haha, my second childhood may be upon me!

Try It On Tuesday 's theme is For the Boys, so I am participating with this card. 

And the theme at Country View Challenges is The Written Word (Add Text in Some Form), so I am participating here, too, inside and out on this card, heehee.

Well, that's all I've got for now. Hope everyone has a great day and week! Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit and checking out what I share. xoxo

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hope is the thing with Feathers

Hello, blog friends!!

It's been a month since my last post and I don't have that much to show for it in finished art pieces, but I wanted to share this ScriptureDex Rolo. I'm slowly working to catch up with the challenge themes I have missed on Think Monday, Think ATC. This one is for the Feather theme from the week of May 14.

You know how the Rolodex cards are pretty flimsy? I like them that way sometimes, but other times I crave a more textured thick surface, so I collaged a few with papers and then layered on some acrylic paint.

Always been wary of stamping in ink on paint, but I Googled for it and apparently, Ranger Archival Inks work nicely on paint. So I used 3 stamps from Artistic Outpost's Birds of a Feather set for the front side of this Rolo, stamped with Archival Potting Soil and Majestic Violet. I used a text stamp from the AO Bluebird stamp set for the background, in Archival Sky Blue ink.

On the back I repeated the text stamp background and stamped a window from the AO Windows and Doors set in Potting Soil ink. 

Then I used my wax colored pencils to color in the robin and stamped this Emily Dickinson quote to add. I searched my stamp files and cannot remember who makes it, sorry. This always bothers me this happens, as my carefully-thought-out stamp system proves not to be perfect. 

Colored the back side, too. The soul quote is an AO stamp from the Windows set, and the Sandburg quote is a stamp that was gifted to me out of the package and I never knew who made it.

I got out my bits and bobs from other projects box and rooted out some leftover stems and leaves to add to the sides. Outlined with my epic Carbon fountain pen. These Rolos are such a small workspace and when I try to decorate in any detail just to have a good bit of it covered up by text, it's a little sad for me. I wanted to share what is underneath, so I thank you for bearing with me.

Well, like I said before, I don't have much else finished. I have project piles that I've been planning and gathering to. And I've spent a lot of the last month working on pieces, so I should have more stuff to share soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and finds time to get arty!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fun with NeoColor IIs

Hello, blog friends! Today I have a ScriptureDex Rolo and a Mother's Day card to share.

First, the Rolo. This is the front and the back of the Rolo illustrating 1Corinthians 13:13 in the New Testament. I get a lot of my Bible verse texts from a little calendar a realtor sends us. The challenge last week at Think Monday, Think ATC was AQUA, and this text had that pretty blue-green color. 

I used a technique I'd seen on YouTube to color the card by heavy-coverage scribbling NeoColor II crayons and then blending them out with matte medium. That way, the color is permanent when dry. Well, you are supposed to use your fingers, but I tried using a brush which left stroke marks. After I adhered the verse, I realized that some of the marks looked like they were extending the tree trunks down and that gave me the idea to get my "Epic" fountain pen and draw out those tree silhouettes.
Funny how ideas are born, huh?

For the back, I just decided to put the 3 words from the verse, and used some old scrapbooking stickers that I have way too many of and are all the time trying to use up. I am now at the point where I am always missing certain letters now, so I had to use a different color sticker for the H in Faith. After that, I decided it needed a little something at the top.

I looked through my border stamps and thought this butterfly border from Hero Arts would work. I colored it with Inktense pencils, which layer nicely over other media. I am once again late in participating in the TMTA challenge, but late is better than never.

My second project to share is our Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law. She L-O-V-E loves any card I make her, so I decided to play with some die cuts that have been in my binder for ages. They are ancient, from maybe 2004. As you can tell from the design of that flower, they are so old that look is "in" again, relabeled as "mod" or "retro".  I have several, bought at Hobby Lobby during my scrapbooking days. Here are some of my others:

You will probably one day see them again once I figure out how to use them.

Okay, the die cut I used for my card was originally pink card stock. I thought, let's gesso and then use the NeoColor II technique using my finger to blend in the matte medium. Here are all the parts laid out ready for a couple of coats.
Okay, flower coated. On to the technique!
I had some little punched circles in my bits and bobs, so I glued some down on my flower and then began scribbling and blending the parts.
And ended up with them looking like this. I decided to leave the tiny flowers gessoed and did not use the tiny tag. The thing I love about this technique is if you scribble a LOT of color on, the wax in the water-soluble crayon sets up with matte medium and hardens just enough to create cool texture that you can feel. And a lovely painterly look to boot!
Okay, I adhered a small piece of white card stock to the back of the bloom and then collaged the parts onto a piece of patterned DCWV card stock lightly brushed with gesso and matted onto my card base. I've had several vials of Martha Stewart micro beads for a while and never used them, so hey, why not now, right? I needed something to fill the center of the bloom. I also have Flower Soft, but I wasn't feeling like dealing with it.
I adhered the beads with my trusty old KI Memories Gloo (which is basically the same as Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze), by squeezing the glue into the space, spooning them onto the space and then burnishing them in a bit after letting them set up a few minutes. After letting them dry for a few hours, I went around and added a few different shades of gold Stickles. Then I smudged more Stickles on the bloom's circles.
I pricked holes thru my C-Thru ruler around the edge and took a purple Sakura gel pen and drew the faux stitching.
Because there was gold in the flower and yellow in the paper, I chose these gold stickers and it really set it off better. I love how repeating touches of color on a piece can make it look better. (On that bow, I quickly and sloppily - on purpose, not like me - outlined with a blue Posca because when I finger-blended the bow, more color came off on my finger than on the bow...a light touch is required when blending.)
I used the little flowers on the back of the card.

Lastly, I wrote a poem and printed it out in PSE. I write poems sometimes for my cards. Writing was my first love in school. At some point it hit me, I might could do just as well as those Hallmark guys, lol, at least on the card inside. 

My mother-in-law did indeed love it. That's the best part, plus I got to use up stuff, try new techniques, take some arty risks and just PLAY.

I am joining the following challenges with my Mother's Day card:

That's all for now! Thank you so much for coming by to see me. Let me hear from you. TTYL, xoxo

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Friend From Back In The Day

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday. Hope your week goes good and thanks for stopping by.

I am sharing this Rolo today that I made for the Think Monday, Think ATC challenge theme "1900". It features the Bible verse from Proverbs 17:17 - "A friend loveth at all times." I decorated the front and back and combined them in this photo. This is a stamping-preferred challenge, and my Rolo uses several stamps.

On the front: Stamps used from Technique Junkies, Cornish Heritage Farms, Starving Artistamps and Impression Obsession. I used Distress Markers to color the focal image and sentiment, then I went back over the lines with my Platinum Carbon Epic Fountain Pen.

On the back: Stamps used from Leave Memories, Impression Obsession, Artistic Outpost and Fiskars. I added little collage elements from my bits and bobs left over from prior projects, and I used a shimmery gel pen to highlight the butterflies and the focal sentiment.

As usual with the TMTA challenge, I rack my brain to figure out how to mash up the theme with a Bible verse. For this 1900 theme, my mind went immediately to my CHF and AO stamps, as they are primarily vintage images. This CHF stamp, Pastoral Woman, was one I'd seen before in an old magazine, so I Googled and found the original illustration the stamp was made from:

And check it out: September of 1901! Pretty darn close, enough for government work and blog challenge themes for sure! I took some artistic license and did not use the same colors as I thought them a bit too drab for my tastes. The illustration artist was Guernsey Moore. 

My Rolo turned out pretty much as I'd envisioned, except for one near-fatal boo-boo (which is standard operating procedure for me - ha!). I colored in her eyes, then grabbed my white gel pen to add a dot to each. It wasn't until I'd made the first dot that I realized the ball point was way to big for the image and made her be looking to the side. Now, my first instinct is to get in there and try to fix it, but I've learned the hard way that I will most likely just make it worse, so I did the other eye the same way, said a little prayer that I didn't make her cross-eyed and accepted that my Pastoral Woman was just going to have to be looking askance. Sometimes you need to be happy with what you have to be happy with. ;-) 

Well, that's it for me this time. Thanks for visiting and comments are always appreciated!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Glue Book Cover Recover

Hello, there! Thanks for dropping by and I hope your week is already a good one.

A while back, I know I mentioned having had to re-do the covers of my Puns & Roses Glue Book that has a colorful word play theme. You can see the pages I've done in it HERE. I finally took the time this past week to make and attach the cover plate, give it its final sealer coats and edit the many photos I took of the process, so it's time to share. I will give only a brief summary of my process, as I'm sure you don't want to see 50 photos hahaha.
The photo above on left is what my glue book looked like originally, a discarded lined blank diary with a stitched binding that had a soft plastic-y embossed cover. 
Eventually a few areas began peeling off, which I didn't mind except that it began to be messy and I soon lost my patience. So I first sealed it with Royal Coat Decoupage Medium and for a while that worked.  
When it began to peel and mess again, it became worse. So I had to finish peeling it all off and re-do both the front and back, and the spine.
After viewing some YouTube videos and reading some online project tutes (none of which really addressed my specific challenges), I decided to recover with tissue paper that I was recycling from previously received gift bags. (I save everything, lol). I chose a French print tissue for the bottom layer, followed by a pink tissue and then a roses pattern on the pink for the spine and the front label. This was the first time I'd ever done anything like this, so my process was quite organic, with me just trying to logic out next what I should do.

Since I could not get 100% of the messy flaky plastic-y stuff off, I first wrapped the text block in wax paper taping it securely and then I gessoed the entire cover first. I am so glad I did because it made the surface more even and blocked the black color of the book boards.  
Here's the first French text layer of tissue paper. This paper was thicker than normal tissue and was very easy to decoupage on in one piece, using matte medium. I let it dry thoroughly, over night. 
Then, the more transparent pink tissue, which tore easily so instead of fighting it, I tore it into triangular pieces and layered it on. This gave it an interesting texture that I liked.
I used my yellow paint pyramids to help it all air dry at every step. (The BB's are there if I need a weight.) I didn't get a pic of when I glued the strip of roses tissue to the spine, but I basically cut a strip sized to wrap the spine and glued it on.
And that's where it sat until this week, when I took some card stock from a James Avery junk mail catalog cover and die cut this Spellbinders frame and QuicKutz alpha fonts from it.
I covered the frame mat in the pink and roses tissues, and muted the pink a bit with beige and pink Versamagic. I used black to grunge it up some.
The blacks of the recycled card stocks didn't match but oh well. I decided that some black satin ribbon to edge the roses tissue on the spine would help it look more finished.
The inside is not so pretty yet, as I haven't really decided if I want to tissue it or adhere some heavier paper, add a pocket, or what. 
So, the inside covers can stay this way for a while, or until the pink tissue needs to be covered. 
I do think the ribbon was a nice touch.
I am ecstatic over how this project turned out. My glue book pages inside are saved and remain non-traumatized by the recover, and that was my main objective.
Plus, I wanted it to look nice and I think it looks much better than before.
I learned a simple way to recover or cover a book or journal with tissue paper. The glue book itself is a recycle since it was originally my daughter's diary she discarded. I was able to use recycled tissue papers and junk mail ad card stock (James Avery magazine covers are not too shabby!)
And I love how the spine looks on the shelf, so easily label needed!

Thank you for suffering through all of these photos! I am participating in the following challenges with this project:

Have an artylicious week!