Monday, March 20

Layer it Up!

Hello Monday, glad to see you again my friends! This week at Simon Says Stamp our challenge is to Layer it Up. Come join us in the fun!

I was thinking of layers both physically and mentally - layers of images and papers, and layers of a story. As I was working on my card, the story of The Littles, children's books by John Peterson, came to mind. So off I veered in a different direction than I had planned, to create this scene of the brownstone and people, and make it look tiny by adding in the flowers and birds.

I began by stamping this cool Tread stamp by Nathalie Kahlbach onto my card with the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, then spritzing it.

Next, I layered in both types of Distress ink.

I stamped my images using the MISTI to get crisp images, and colored them with the Distress Oxides and water. Cool beans! Cut everything out and started to lay out my scene.

I am loving the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls - no more fussy cutting!! It's great that they come in a variety of sizes. I am also using the Botanical layers and Quote Chips, then blinging it up a bit with 28 Lilac Lane's Tropical Twist and Diamond Glaze.

I couldn't resist adding this little cutie, with wings, to the post box! Touches of red bring out some detail, and then I went around the images with my water soluble pencil and water brush to add some shadow and depth.

My vision was to make this look like a tiny building with little people, hidden in a garden - what do you think? 

...layers of images, layers of stories....

I hope you've enjoyed my interpretation of Layer it Up, and are ready to create your own project to share, I am looking forward to it!

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Wednesday, March 15

Steam...or Iced?

Hello my steampunk friends! Welcome to our March challenge - Anything Goes Steampunk/Industrial! I was inspired recently to do some work with numbers, well, we are kind of deep into tax season in the USA, and mine are due in a month...since I haven't started working on them yet, these kinds of numbers are much more fun!! 

I was thinking of thermometers since our weather keeps changing here, and wanted to make "make" one to compare Celsius and Fahrenheit degrees. So, time to play in the big art journal!

I pushed myself out of my color zone to work in reds, oranges and yellows. I started the first layer with the Americana Acrylics as they are thicker and make a nice base layer. The yellow went on top, worked in with my fingers (my favorite tool), and then I laid the crackle stencil on it and took a baby wipe and scrubbed out some of the yellow.

Next layer up - fluid acrylics in similar colors, with some added magenta.

Thinking steampunk, I stamped in some gears and atoms with the Kaisercraft and Seth Apter stamps with the Watering Can ink (grey).

I wanted a semi opaque area in the center for my main images, so mixed the Hansa and Titan Buff together, then wiped it on with a palette knife.

From here, it was stamping, and stenciling and writing to create my "thermometer".
I used Birgit's mixed media strip, and Seth's borders and ink spots here. Thinking about the lower end of the scale I wrote the word shiver, then in a bit, a song popped into my head with the lyrics a shiver in my bones, and of course, I had to add that! 

At the higher end of the scale, I was thinking stuff. Can you imagine in Victorian times wearing all that get up in the heat, especially if you were female? Corsets, layers upon layers of clothes, from neck to ankle...yikes!

I feel like the pressure is on when it starts getting many ways. Melting glaciers, big storms, people getting cranky - I know I do when it gets hot.

And here you have it - my thermometer with a steampunk twist!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will join us this month for our challenge!

UPDATE: Thanks so much to Seth Apter for sharing my piece on his blog The Altered Page! You can check it out here and see some awesome work by other artists.



Americana Acrylics: Razzle Berry, Shrimp, Canary, Red Hot
Fluid Acrylics:  Pyrrole Red, Cadmium Orange Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium, Titan Buff
Misters: Turquoise Shimmer, White Shimmer
Stencil: Industrial Elements 

Other Materials

Stamps:  Birgit Koopsen Mixed Media Strip (Carabelle Studio); Impression Obsession- Seth Apter: Spot Lights, Ink Spots, Border Lines; KaiserCraft Time Machine; Paper Artsy EEA 05; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Worn Text
Stencil:  Stencil Girl - Nathalie Kahlbach Crackle
Inks: Ranger Archival Watering Can and Jet Black
Dylusians Art Journal, palette knife, sponge, brush, baby wipes, pens - black and white, heat tool

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Monday, March 13

Handmade Flowers!

Hello Monday! Our challenge this week is to make Handmade Flowers to use on your project. I made my flowers with the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals. There was a bit of a learning curve, but with the help of the tool that is included and making a few, I got the hang of it.

I made a card with the flowers I created out of dictionary paper and some of the paper I made in a previous project. 

First time, I laid all the die pieces onto a double sheet of the vintage paper and cut them. I learned that my patience factor is not very good working with the tiniest of the flowers, so in the end, I just focused on the bigger ones for this project. 

I had previously printed some papers using my gelli plate, and pulled this bright sheet out to play with. The color variation works really well with the flowers. 

I have just a few of the new Distress Oxides, but these two are perfect for the background. Look what happens when you spritz it with some water - love it!

I love the shape the flower makes when cut from the die, so I cut a few in the blue to add into the background, rather than leaves. I distressed the Chip Quote with Peacock Feathers, added in some bling from 28 Lilac Lane, and voila! My card with handmade flowers is done! 

Details and views....

I am really happy with the colors I chose for my card, and making the flowers with some different types of papers. Now, it's time for you to make some flowers and create your project to share with us! I am looking forward to seeing what you make this week! 

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Sunday, March 12

Some Bunny

Getting ready for Easter with this cute card I made using the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit, and the New Beginnings Oval of Flowers stencil. 

Stenciled the background paper with Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, and used the MISTI and Simon's Black Dye ink for the words and images. Layered it up and watercolored the bunny with Distress Markers. 

I'm teaching classes at my local school district for Wellness Day, and this is one of a trio of cards we will be making. I hope my students like it! 

You can see all three cards I made on my Classes page here.

Friday, March 10

Simon Says: New Beginnings!

Simon Says Stamp just released a wonderful new set of items in their New Beginnings line. Stamps, stencils, dies, oh my! I received this lovely Friends of Life set to play with. 

So, today I found time to create a Friends card with my new stamp set. I find myself reaching for the MISTI quite frequently to help me get the stamp in the perfect position and get a crisp image. 

I was aiming for a watercolor look for my flowers and after several experiments, here is what I found worked best - ink up the stamp with Peacock Feathers Distress ink, spritz with water, then stamp.

I had previously stamped the outline of the flowers with archival ink.

I have just a few Distress Oxides. I used Spiced Marmalade on watercolor paper, spritzed it with water, and let it do it's beautiful business! These inks are amazing!!

Next, I went back and stamped in the leaves with Simons Doll Pink ink and used the tiny dot stamp. I used Distress markers and colored in the flower centers too. (color is off a bit - another overcast day)

I cut down the petals of the small flowers so I could curl them up and make them 3D, and also added sequins in from 28 Lilac Lane's Tropical Twist kit. 

Here's the finished card, blocked with white and orange. I am liking this color combination! 

Be sure to head on over to Simon Says Stamp to check out all the New Beginnings!! Thanks for stopping by! 


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