Saturday, November 26, 2011

4 x 4 with a flower theme

This month's 4 x 4 page was a flower theme. Here it is. It's too dark to take a photo so I had to scan this in. I'll take a photo tomorrow. The background is a vintage ledger page from the 1890's. I put a piece of May Arts 1.5" Crochet Trim down the right hand side. I used just little dots of Diamond Glaze to attach it. The flowers are from a collage sheet that was acquired online. The yellow parts are colored with a yellow Spica glitter pen. It doesn't show up in the scan. The woman is another one of those images that I don't have on a collage sheet yet. The frame is from the Gold Oval Frame Set (German scrap). I colored the woman a little with Copic markers. I added the Tiny Ivory Buttons and used Diamond Glaze to apply them. They are so tiny that it's difficult for me to glue them down without making a mess. I used a gold Copic marker around the edges of the page. I tore the definition of "rose" from a vintage dictionary and edged it with the same gold Copid marker. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 25, 2011

November ATC Swap

We have monthly ATC swaps at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group. This month's swap is to create an artist trading card that can used as an ornament. Here's my design along with some how-to directions.
I started with white cardstock. I made it red with Dylusions Pomegranate Ink Spray. I bought a set of Sizzix Christmas-themed embossing folders and I used the scrolly one on the red paper. After it was embossed I applied some gold paint to a Tim Holtz Foam Blending Tool Refill and applied the gold paint to the raised scrolls and also around the edges. That's it for the background. I have some Christmas sheet music scanned in, so I printed it out in a small size. I made a December calendar in Excel. I toned down the whiteness of these elements with Antique Linen Distress Stain. I still had a little of the red spray ink on my hands, so there's a little red that went on to these two images. I edged the calendar with gold paint. The boy is from the Collage Stuff Altered Christmas Collage Sheet. I sized him appropriately and printed him on white cardstock. After he was cut out, I used various Spica glitter pens on the Santa hat and the greenery wings, but it doesn't show up at all in this photo. The ribbon is on the sale page at Collage Stuff. It's made by May Arts. I added a Tim Holtz Seasonal Muse Token. Before I applied the muse token, I ran some May Arts Red Burlap String through the hole. It's available at Collage Stuff in 9 colors. I really like the burlap string. I used the burlap string for the hanger. As a finishing touch, I rounded the top corners of the ATC and went round the edges of the ATC with more gold paint. Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Here is a new Christmas postcard! It will begin shipping with orders in 2-3 weeks! This image is from the new Holiday Wishes Collage Sheet that will be available for purchase at Collage Stuff soon!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

October ATC

The theme for the October ATC swap at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group was a stone angel or cemetery theme. I used images from the Pastel Doors and Broken Collage Sheets. I used Spica Glitter Pens to highlight several things but it doesn't show up in the scan. The text has been sprayed with Sour Apple Perfect Pearls Mist and it doesn't show up either! Another very simple ATC. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Calendar Cover

This afternoon I decided that I had to get to work and start on the covers for the Collage Stuff 2012 hand-made calendar swap. I've been wanting to try out my Dylusions stamps and this was the perfect opportunity. The background is sticky back canvas on chipboard with vintage dictionary text at the top and bottom. I used different sprays - Dylusions (bought them from England!), Glimmer Mist and Perfect Pearls Mist. I used The Crafter's Workshop Circle Grid template for the circles. I really had no plan when I started out with this. The red on the circles was an afterthought as I was just playing with the background. The girl is from the Dependable Dotty Dylusions stamp set and the words are from the "Say What You Mean" Dylusions stamp set. I stamped them with embossing ink on white cardstock and used black embossing powder. I used a small paint brush and the various spray inks that I used for the background to color in the stamped images. I'm making 13 calendar covers and they will all be a little different. Thanks for stopping by!