Saturday, April 30, 2011

Postcard Tag Sample

I'm going to be hosting a postcard tag at Collage Stuff pretty soon. I like to have a sample to show the prospective participants, so that's what I did tonight. Several styles of the postcard tags are available at Collage Stuff.

I've been wanting to try out the new Distress Stains (20% off at Collage Stuff), so I used Peeled Paint on this tag. It was way darker than I wanted, so I took the tag and held it under running tap water in the sink. I blotted it and dried it with my heat gun. I like the end result. It's sort of batik or watercolor looking. The woman is from the Collage Stuff Imogen Baldwin Collage Sheet. The flowers were cut out of scrapbook paper. I used vintage sheet music. The little butterfly is torn from a vintage dictionary page. I used Tim Holtz tissue tape available at Collage Stuff. After I got everything glued down, I covered with entire tag with Instant Age Varnish - two coats. It gave the tag a very nice uneven aged look. After the varnish was dry, I sprayed a Krylon Matte Clear Coat. The varnish is kind of glossy and I wanted a nice matte finish. I did like the Distress Stain, but it seemed really dark to me. I found it handy to edge the torn edges of paper and I used it to edge the entire tag. Collage Stuff Yahoo Group Members, stay tuned for this swap!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Vintage Glue Book

Earlier in the week, I was trolling the art blogs late at night and came across an online class that looked interesting, so I bought the class. I thought I would share what I've been creating with the class. The class is "Your Vintage Gluebook." After I downloaded the class, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Collage Stuff was listed as one of the resources for vintage ephemera. If you'd like more information about this class, go to Green Paper Packages.

I haven't done any art just for me in I can't remember when. This is a good thing - for me to just play! One of the things I like about this online course is that it comes with many images and vintage ephemera reproductions. The recommended page size for the journal is about 3.5 x 5". I decided I'd try to stick with the course materials for the most part, and I have so far. I did use UK bus tickets, vintage dictionary pages and an Italian vocabulary card from Collage Stuff in the first page. The first page, I just kind of didn't pay attention to the course and just sat down and collaged! The second page is an exercise, a challenge to create a collage using only 3 elements. The third page was to take a photo and spread it across both pages. For the second and third pages, I only used items provided in the course materials (except for the dictionary background in the third page). I realized tonight that I haven't worked in a bound book for a long time and I'm enjoying this. Have any of you taken this class? At some point, I'd like to get a group together to do a glue book round robin.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This is a new postcard that will start shipping with Collage Stuff orders in a few weeks. This was created digitally. I used my all time favorite woman image from the Fabulous Faces Collage Sheet. The dragonfly image is from the French Dictionary Card Collage Sheet. The postcard is a scan of the new postcard tags at Collage Stuff. The pink ribbon is a from a photo of the Pink Ruler Ribbon available at Collage Stuff. The background is vintage sheet music and a scan from the inside of a vintage book cover. I altered the color to make it pink to match the collage. Thanks for stopping by!njoy it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Variations on the Venice ATC

Here are a couple of variations on the Venice ATC from an earlier post. The images are the same, but I used an additional paper and different embellishments. The pink leaves, jewel flowers and pink dot German scrap border are all available at Collage Stuff.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Venice ATC

The theme of March ATC swap at Collage Stuff is "European Vacation." The woman image and background image with text are from collage sheets that I bought at Etsy. The image of Venice is from the Collage Stuff "Pastel Venice" collage sheet. The Pink Scrolls German Scrap and Pink Leaf and Flowers Border German Scrap are available at Collage Stuff. I used a bronze Copic marker around the edges of the ATC. The words were printed off and colored with a Copic marker. I feel like this design needs something else, but I'm not sure what! Thanks for stopping by!