Hello Topflight Stamps Fans, I am working on a Mixed Media planner page today. These techniques could also be used for a card, an art journal page or canvas. I will probably use this in my December Daily as a start to the New Year. *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration. **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!
Monday, January 18, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Hello Blogland, wow the 1st week in 2021. How ever did that happen? Hopefully you have made it to this year relatively unscathed and are ready to enjoy some art time. This month Eileen's teams are taking on all things card. I don't really make cards in the traditional way but I do enjoy making art cards. They come in different sizes like ATC of a size that will fit onto other art journal pages. I also love making cards that fit into Eileen's various boxes.
Today my tutorial will be making this wonderful vintage Post Box to store some of the cards I make. The cards that fit in the box perfectly are 3x4". Also * hot tip before you start plotting paper, ink & ephemera, figure out your closure. Some need to be added before the box is assembled.
Grab Your Die-cut!
Time For a Title
Figure Out The Closure!!
Pretty simple idea but I really like how it worked out. Just had to poke 2 holes and tie knots on the inside of the flap, creating a loop.
I added Red Line tape over the holes to create a really strong hold. Washi tape was put on top of this and then decoupage glue so the cards won't get stuck as they are put in and out of the box. All that was left was to adhere the side flaps together to finish up the box.
That is it for today, Eileen has this project or I would add in a side shot but for now I leave you to go get inky!!
- Eileen Hull: Post Box,
- Easy Cut Adhesive,
- Glistening Glass Emboss,
- Golden Rod Emboss *use karenbearse at Topflight Stamps to save 10% off your order.
- Tim Holtz- 8x8 Paper Stash Etcetera,
- Distress Paint in Candied Apple,
- Field Notes ephemera,
- Stamp set Mini Glitch.
- Sizzix die-cut Alphanumeric Classic Upper
- Therm*O*Web Easy Cut adhesive.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Hello Blogland, today I have 3 tag backgrounds for you using PaperArtsy Infusions. First I hope you managed to find joy your holiday season. I wish you & yours, peace, happiness & health in the New Year. As this pandemic rages on, I pray the vaccine brings miracles of healing to the world. All I can offer today is a bit of distraction with some crafting. Remember the coupon code karenbearse gets you 10% off at TFS *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration. **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!
I really wanted to play with no finished project, just some ideas to get a start. I think wading carefully into the New Year 2021 is a good idea. Here are my 3 different background techniques to get you going. You can find all these supplies at Topflight Stamps. I am thrilled to be continuing on with this wonderful group of creatives for another 6 months. I hope you check back often to see my shenanigans.
Background #1 & my favorite: Use a spray adhesive to stick your stencil down onto your surface. This tag uses a mixed media type paper which lets the product have some time before it dries.
With the stencil stuck down, add powder. Infusions are pigment color with walnut crystals. The powder can be activated with anything wet. Try experimenting with gesso, decoupage glue or other mists. I am using a water spritzer today. For this tag I chose to keep the colors separate. Spritz with mists of water activating the powder. Using a finger, gently move the color being careful not to move the stencil. If you want to take it one step further, you could use a paint pen to make the stencil lines more crisp.
#2: This is a 2 step background. First add a few colors of powder &
spritz with water, use your finger to move the color & blend it. I
only used 2 colors (Lemoncello & Royal Blood) but feel free to experiment. Dry & then move on to #3.
Background #3: The main reason for this background was to get the powder on the stencil for #2. Place stencil down & put a nice layer of powder, a little goes along way (Black Knight). Spritz with mists of water. I was surprised at how crisp the stencil image turned out. It makes sense though as I did not put too much water or move the product around. Blurry stencil images happen when the product goes underneath the stencil.
Next take background tag #2 (left side) and flip the stencil over from #3 (right side) while still wet & press down on the tag using a paper towel. If the powder has dried simply spritz the stencil with water to re-activate it. This will transfer the image onto the tag, basically using your stencil as a stamp. The paper towel helps the image from bleeding and makes it crisper.
Finished tag #2. That is it for today! Thanks so much for joining me. I hope you have the chance to try out these backgrounds. They are great for tags, cards or art journal. Have a wonderful week & stay healthy.
Infusions in Black Current, Royal Navy, Lemoncello & Emerald Isle
Stencil by Clarity- Arty Arrows
Pixie Spray by Therm*O*Web