May by Jan D.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
May by Jan D.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In the construction of this ATC, I used the following Collage Stuff products: Stylish Background Rubber Stamp, Samantha Collage Sheet, Nesting Collage Sheet, Cigar Trim Labels and a Brass Bird Nest Charm. I colored the Samantha image with my Copic markers.
Have you tried the Liquid Watercolors? You can buy them at any art supply store online - Dick Blick etc. I used the Gold Liquid Watercolor on this ATC. The Gold Liquid Watercolor is incredibly shiny.
Back to work on the ATC's!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I decided that I liked this postcard so much, that I am having it printed like a real postcard you can send through the mail. The back will look like a divided postcard back, with a set of lines for the mail to address and etc. I'm having it printed as a mailable postcard and as a free postcard included with Collage Stuff orders. If you like this and you'd like to send this as a Christmas postcard, I'll have them in stock soon!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I can't go into detail on how I made this. I could never make this exact same thing again. I've used images from the Collage Stuff Daisy, Catnip Designs Nesting and Collage Stuff Feathered Friends collage sheets. There's a brown bingo card blank in here. The word is torn from an English vocabulary card. I've used vintage text. Daisy is colored with Copic markers. I used weathered wood disress ink and archival coffee inks. Everything is dimmed down and distressed by using a Golden glaze and manilla paint. I used my crackle stamp and a new scroll type stamp that I just bought on sale at Hobby Lobby. Love those 50 off sales!
To sum up, it's all very weathered and distressed looking. I like doing this kind of art. It's not often that my muse cooperates! Now I just have to get the other side done.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I overstamped the scrapbook paper with the Collage Stuff Stylish Background stamp in black ink. The image is from the Crafty Secrets Halloween Journal Notes (available at Collage Stuff). I sized the image smaller and overstamped it with a crackle stamp and black ink. I glued it down diagonally on the scrapbook paper.
The little pumpkin in the corner is from the Collage Stuff Crone and Cat Victorian Scrap. I glued it down next and then added the two strips of ribbon at the bottom. Before I glued down the ribbon, I inked the edges of the scrapbook paper with a blank ink pad.
I added three of the Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners at the right side of the large image and spread Rock Candy Distress Stickles around the large image. I glued this completed piece on to the black illustration board base and glued the button on the ribbon down last.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I changed the color of the door in my digital imaging software, and did a QUICK cut and paste to see if I'd like the design better with a lighter door. Here it is:
Now, I think the door meshes better with the background and I like this. Problem solved!
I'm not sure if I'll keep the word "calendar" on here or not. I think I'll probably just go with the 2010 on the door. This is a handmade calendar swap, but the digital imaging certainly is helping me with the design.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The calendars are 4" x 6" and will be bound at the top. I like this size. It's not too big. I get intimidated by a large blank canvas.
The background is my usual. It starts out with a vintage book page. I used the Collage Stuff "Stylish Background" stamp with "Dusty Concord" Distress Ink. I stamped it around randomly covering the text. I dotted on some gold paint with a Ranger gold paint dabber and smooshed it around with my hands. Before the gold paint was totally dry, I added some "Fresco Cream' Golden Glaze and smooshed it all over with my hands. This diluted the gold and spread it around all over the text. I over stamped this when it was dry with the same stamp and the concord ink. I needed to bring some pink in, so I put some "Magenta" liquid watercolor on a paper towel and dabbed this around.
The black text and checks are Seven Gypsies Etchings Rub-ons. These are discontinued Seven Gypsies products, but I was able to order them at the Summer CHA show. I love them. I put them around randomly. They didn't want to stick to the paint very well. They would do better if the paint was drier, I think.
At the top and bottom of the page, I used one of my all time favorite art things, drywall tape. You can buy this at any home improvement store. I cut it in half lengthwise and painted it with the gold paint dabber. I also dabbed on a little of the magenta liquid watercolor.
The butterfly wings are from the Catnip Designs "Wings and Things" collage sheet (available ONLY at Collage Stuff). The woman's face (my favorite woman's face) is from the Collage Stuff "Fabulous Faces" collage sheet. I glued them down next and smooshed a little of the "Fresco Cream" glaze over them to dull them down just a bit. I added four 2mm Amethyst Swarovsky crystals to the wings. I glued down a large gold Paris clock button.
The bottom needed something and I thought of ribbon. I found this black and white ribbon in my stash. I like this as it is another graphic element that compliments the black rub-ons. I glued down the ribbon, tied a little ribbon bow and glued the bow on.
I generated the words at the Acme Labelmaker website and glued them down. I went around the edges of the page with a black ink pad.
This one, the prototype and model, will be my cover for my calendar. I have to make 12 more. When I have to make multiples of something, inevitably, they change a little as I go on. I need to finish the back. I'll glue down some vintage text and probably generate a digital image with my contact info and some butterflies to put on the text.
One more cover to design - next weekend!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I started out stamping the cat from the Tim Holtz "Spooky Stuff" stamp set on a white ATC blank. I made a mask of the stamped image. I masked the image. I used the splat stamp from the same set and stamped it with red ink all over the ATC. I used purple ink with a blending tool and filled in all of the white spaces.
I bought several of those little $1 clear stamp sets for Halloween at Michael's and JoAnn's. The words are from these stamp sets. I over-stamped the ATC with the October 31 stamp in blank ink.
Originally, this would have been the completed ATC, but it wasn't working. So continuing on. I tore the cat image out and inked the edges with blank ink. I covered another ATC blank with a vintage dictionary page and inked up the parts that would show with purple ink.
I stamped "fright night" on the Group 9 poison label and positioned the label at the top of the new ATC background. I glued on the prepared kitty and inked the edges of the ATC with black ink.
The finishing touch is the black spider brad. I have black bat and spider brads. Either will do nicely.
The Tim Holtz stamps, brads and poison labels are all available at Collage Stuff. Plenty of fun spooky stuff for your Halloween art at my store!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This page is done! I'm happy! I can get this in the mail. This page was created by gluing different scrapbook papers and vintage text on the house shape. I used my blending tool to add the Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain distress inks. I over stamped with my Acanthus stamp and embossed with gold detail embossing powder.
The Marie image is from the Catnip Designs "Let Them Eat Cake" collage sheet. I put the image in a gold oval frame German scrap. It is highlighted by gold ivy German scrap. The text is from the same collage sheet and I added a small gold crown to the text.
This page is pretty plain and honestly, it didn't turn out like I planned. My muse left me in the middle of creating this page. ACK!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I love these new religious icon beads that I just got in stock. I wanted to make something with them. Never mind that I don't know how to make jewelry. I can try and besides, this is just for me. I have a few beads and some Stretch Magic, so I went to work! It's a little big. I have these tiny stick-like wrists (and that's the only thing that's tiny about me). I like this! It's colorful and fun. Some plain silver beads would probably look better than the beads I used between the religious icon beads, but I didn't have any. These religious icon beads will be available for purchase at Collage Stuff this weekend. I'd love to see what someone that knows how to make jewelry can do with these beads.