Monday, October 31, 2011

August Calendar Page #2

I finished the other 5 pages for the August, but changed them up a bit. The main changes were making the background more vibrant and using a cursive text stamp. I applied Washi tape around the edges to finish them off. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

August Calendar Page

At the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group, we're doing another handmade calendar swap. I always make the covers. This year we couldn't get enough people to take all of the months, so I'm splitting the month of August with another group member. I decided I wanted to try using the Ranger Sticky Back Canvas. I carry the 8.5 x 11 sheets at Collage Stuff, but for the 4 x 6" calendar pages, the 12" size is better. I got my 12 x 12" canvas in, got out the spray inks and mica sprays and ruined a 12 x 12 sheet of canvas. Ugh! Then I decided that it would be better to cut the canvas into 4 x 6 pieces and go from there.

I'm in love with The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template. I used gold paint and this template in three different places on the canvas. Then I sprayed pink and green Glimmer or Chalkboard Mists. I have a large letter stamp. I inked it up with Library Green Archival Ink and rolled just a little of the stamp on the canvas. I didn't use an acrylic block. I can get smaller impressions from a large stamp this way. I really liked my background and then I couldn't think what to put on it!

I found the bathing beauty image on the Collage Stuff "By the Shore" collage sheet. It's black and white, but I colored it pink in PSP X2 and added the little frame. I printed this out as a transparency. I looked through a vintage children's songbook and found this music. I scanned it in and sized it down. It was sprayed with the same green mist. I used Diamond Glaze to apply the transparency to the music. I printed out the little calendar in Excel and again, the green mist. I added the Gold Mini Sun and Gold Fish German Scrap (available at Collage Stuff). I used the new Ranger Glue n Seal to attach everything to the canvas. It comes in a little jar with a brush, so it's very easy to use (also available at Collage Stuff). To finish off the edges of the canvas, I used the Library Green ink pad around the edges.

I liked working on the canvas. It's very sticky and it really stuck to the 4 x 6" chipboard base. It's not going anywhere! I have 5 more of these to do and then it's time to design the calendar cover!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vintage Children 4 x 4 Page

This one is called "The Traveler"! It's a 4 x 4 page that I finished tonight. For the background I used one of the new The Crafter's Workshop templates (available at Collage Stuff), the Zinnia template. The background is a mish mash of a copy of a vintage ledger page, gold paint and blue ink spray on the template, part of a map over the completed template design, gesso over everything and more blue spray. The words "The Traveler" are from a vintage children's songbook. I used some Antique Linen Distress Stain to tone down the text just a tad. I colored an orange UK bus ticket red with a red Sharpie. The vintage pen nib, gear, and arrow spinner are from Collage Stuff. I found just a little bit of some Seven Gypsies text rub-ons in my stash and applied them. The "in the public eye" was from a Green Paper Packages collage sheet. The boy image and butterfly wings are from a Land of Nod Studios collage sheet. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Witchy Sisters ATC

I needed to make some more ATC's for the Collage Stuff September ATC swap, so here are the "Witchy Sisters"! The papers and little poison label are from the Teresa Collins Haunted Hollows 6 x 6" paper pack. I love the 6 x 6 paper packs with the coordinating papers. So easy to combine papers for great backgrounds! The girls are from the new "Simply Sisters" collage sheet. The witch hats on are several different Collage Stuff collage sheets. I used orange Baroque Border German Scrap at the bottom and used the new tiny buttons as fun accents for the border. The words were made at the Acme Labelmaker website. Everything but the German scraps/buttons on this ATC is edged with a black Copic marker. I hope the "Witchy Sisters" inspire you to create your own Halloween art! Thanks for stopping by!