Inky Goodness

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and indulging my random thoughts on crafting and all things inky and messy. Nothing makes me happier than inky fingers and paint under my fingernails at the end of the day. A little glitter never hurts either. ;) Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

From Trash to Treasure

Hi there!  Things have been mighty busy in Scrappergirlie land over the last couple of weeks!  I've been trying to pull items together for Blue Moon Scrapbooking's fabulous July contests, submitting work for Prima and Marion Smith's Artsy Addicts challenges, and going through my old scrapbooking supplies for Scrapbook Island's annual flea market sale.  Whew!  That's a lot for one month!!  I just have one more layout on my to do list for the Best Layout category for the Blue Moon contest and then I can wrap up what has been an incredibly fun and creative month!

Of all of the projects I've worked on for challenges and contests this month, so far my favorite has to be Marion's Eco Challenge for her Artsy Addict's group: create a project from entirely recycled materials.  It was so much fun thinking of ways to use essentially what amounts to trash and hand make ALLLLLL of my embellishments!  I got more use out of my Cuttlebug die cut machine than I have in a very long time!

I dug through the recycle bin in the garage and pulled out some fun items to use on this layout:
  • Cardboard box
  • Newspaper
  • Coors Light beer can (who knew they were this pretty pale teal color inside?!?!?)
  • Tissue paper
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Denim from an old skirt I was planning to donate
  • Plastic from a package of Prima flowers
  • Paper backing from a Prima package
  • Cork from a wine bottle
  • Beer bottle cap (yes we have a lot of beer container remnants in our recycle bin)
Here's what I came up with:
With the exception of the photos and coloring elements, everything on this project is hand made from recycled materials.
Step by step:
  1. I cut a 12x12 piece of cardboard from a box.
  2. I peeled back some of the top paper layers of the bottom right hand corner to reveal the corrugated part underneath.
  3. I tore out 2 pages from a local newspaper that had text on it that I liked.
  4. I glimmer misted the pages in Patina to give them some shimmer.
  5. Once dry, I adhered the painted newspaper to the cardboard.
  6. I then painted the edges of the paper and cardboard with Tattered Rose crackle paint and rubbed around the edges with brown StazOn ink to give it a nice distressed look and to bring out the crackles in the paint.
  7. I selected the placement of my photos and created a border to anchor them.  I used a strip of the cardboard and peeled off the paper to expose the corrugation.
  8. I rubbed the cardboard border with brown StazOn ink.
  9. I then cut a strip from a piece of tissue paper and glimmer misted it in Rose Tea.'
  10. Once dry, I created a ruffle from the tissue and adhered it to the cardboard strip.
  11. After gluing down the strip, I felt that it needed an anchor point of it's own so I took a bottle cap and asked my hubby to give it a few good smacks with a hammer to flatten it out a bit.
  12. I painted the inside of the bottle cap with alcohol inks and added some brown StazOn ink in the ridges with a paint brush.
  13. Then the fun began - making the flowers!!  I die cut flower layers from the newspaper, plastic packaging, and denim from an old skirt.
  14. I glimmer misted the paper layers with Rose Tea glimmer mist.
  15. I colored the plastic layers with alcohol ink and heated the edges with my heat gun to make them curl.
  16. I then cut individual bubbles out of bubble wrap (keeping the air inside intact so they would stay puffy) and covered them with glue and crystal course glitter.  These were my favorite parts I think!  Once dry, I layered the flower and grouped the bubbles into the centers.
  17. For the larger flower I also added a layer of scallops cut from packing peanuts.  I cut the peanuts into very thin slivers and then cut them in half so they looked liked scallops.  I then took four of these scallops and glued them onto a round piece of Prima packaging so they looked like a rounded square. 
  18. I used this scalloped square as the base layer for the bigger flower.
  19. Flowers need their leaves so I hand cut leaves from the tin can and then painted them with alcohol inks and brown StazOn ink.
  20. The brown flourishes are die cut from the newspaper and then colored with the brown StazOn ink.
  21. The while flourishes are die cut from the tissue paper and then pained with white liquid pearls using a paint brush.
  22. Hubby carved the wine cork and then sliced it into flower like shapes.  I added brown StazOn ink and they were the perfect little additions to my accent clusters!
  23. The background for the title is a piece of Prima packaging and I die cut the letters from the tin can.
  24. I ran the letters through my cuttlebug to emboss them and then rubbed brown StazOn ink to give them some depth.
  25. I wrote the date onto a piece of the Prima packaging and voila, done!
I have to say, once I got going it was hard to stop!  The ideas just kept coming and it was so fun to hand make everything not to mention turn what was in the trash into little treasures on this page.  This is one of my favorite layouts yet!

I now pass the torch and challenge you to see how many ways you can use things in your recycle bins.  I'd love to see what you come up with!   Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Love Image Transfers!

My second submission to BlueMoon Scrapbooking's Best Altered Item contest was an altered canvas wall hanging I did with a couple of photos from our recent honeymoon trip to Alaska.  I'd been wanting to do some image transfers for a while and thought it would be a fun project to transfer an image onto a piece of canvas for the background.  I figured the texture of the canvas would show through the image and give a really neat effect.  I've gotten a few questions about how I did this so I'm listing the steps here.

Original image.  This is a shot of the view from Totem Bight Park in Ketchikan, AK.

Image transfer
  1.  I purchased an 8x10 pre-primed and stretched canvas from Michael's
  2. I sprayed the canvas with a couple of coats of Old Lace glimmer mist, letting each layer dry between sprayings
  3. I then printed my 8x10 photo onto an ink jet transparency (remember that when you transfer the image it will be in reverse so adjust as needed prior to printing)
  4. After the canvas dried, I coated it with a light/medium layer of gloss gel medium (Claudine Hellmuth).  The layer of gel medium was not too thick nor too thin.  Too much gel medium and your image will not retain detail, too little gel medium and your image will not transfer fully.  I wanted a partial transfer on this image to give it a vintage look so I kept my gel medium layer on the thinner side.
  5. I immediately laid the transparency onto the wet canvas printed side down and gently rubbed across the image with my finger.  Too much rubbing and the transparency will move and your image will blur.
  6. I let the transparency sit on the canvas for another minute or so, then burnished it again with my finger.
  7. I then carefully lifted off the transparency to reveal the image.  Some parts of the image transferred better than others so the glimmer misted color shows through and the whole background has a really nice sheen, which is what I was going for.
  8. I let the canvas finish drying and then embellished the rest.  I painted the edges in Peeled Paint crackle paint.

Finished project

For the frame around the photo, I took a slide mount and embossed it with my Cuttlebug.  I then sprayed it with glimmer mist, rubbed the raised parts with ink, and then added some of the crackle paint.  I also crackle painted the metal "love" tag at the top.  I am so addicted to crackle paint!  I love it!!

The blue "ribbon" is actually seam binding that I sprayed with glimmer mist (also an addiction) which I also used to spray the burlap flower leaves as well as the chipboard corner and the center of the flowers.  The corner also got a nice coat of course crystal glitter once it was dry.

The lacy border that goes over the blue ribbon is actually the paper backing from a Prima felt border. I loved the way it looked so I used it.  Haha!  This was my first foray into reusing packaging in my projects and there is a whole 'nuther blog post to come about the fun goodness there!

There are also tons of great videos on image transfers out there on YouTube.  I hope you try this technique.  It has so many possibilities and I'd love to see what you come up with!

Supplies used:
  • 8x10 pre-primed and stretched canvas (Michael's)
  • Glimmer mist in Old Lace, Blue Skies, Riptide, Cherry blossom (Tattered Angels)
  • Chalkboard glimmer mist in Peacock (Tattered Angels)
  • Ink jet transparency film
  • Gloss gel medium (Claudine Hellmuth)
  • Crackle paint in Peeled Paint (Ranger)
  • Seam binding (Jo Ann's)
  • Felt border paper backing (Prima)
  • Crochet flowers (Jolee)
  • Metal "love" tag (Michael's)
  • Burlap leaves (Prima)
  • Metallic leaves (Michael's)
  • Slide mount (Hot off the press)
  • Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
  • Timber Brown StazOn ink
  • Chipboard corner (Tattered Angels)
  • Course crystal glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Letter stickers and rub ons
  • Crystal bling

Not Too Pretty to Use

Marion Smith did a super cute Live with Prima class a  little while ago where she created a sketch book for storing layout sketchs.  It was during this class that she announced the layout sketch challenge, but that's another blog entry.  :)  I thought it was such a great idea that I decided to do one.

Marion bound hers herself, but I was too lazy so I just picked up a spiral bound sketch pad from Michael's.  I painted  and stamped it and gave it just enough decoration to be pretty but not so  much that I couldn't open the darn thing and use it.  I don't know why I was channeling so much pink on that day (I'm not that much of a pink girl) but the contrast was really workin for me.

Just pretty enough to inspire but not too pretty to use.  I painted the background with acrylic paints, one in a pink shimmer and another in a darker pink to give some contrast.  I stamped the border, tree, words, and butterfly with black StazOn ink and then added color with watercolors.

Of course none of my projects are complete with flowers and a little bit of sparkle somewhere.  I glitter glued the butterfly.
Supplies used:
  • Sketch pad (Michael's)
  • Pink shimmer acrylic paint (Making Memories)
  • Dark pink acrylic paint (FolkArt)
  • White acrylic paint (Craftsmart)
  • Watercolor paints (Michael's)
  • Border butterfly stamp (Hot Off the Press)
  • Butterfly stamp (Inkadinkadoo)
  • Word stamps (I've had these forever)
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Black marker (Micron)
  • Orange Stickles (Ranger)
  • Paper flowers (Prima)
  • Crystal bling (Michael's)
  • Ribbon

Now I Remember Why I Loved Stamping So Much!

Blue Moon Scrapbooking is hosting a huge contest this month with several categories for submission.  I figured I'd enter in the Best Altered Item and Best Layout categories.  There are sooo many fantastic pieces already submitted, but no fear right?  ;)

I have been needing an apron and everyone has been doing some really fabulous things with Donna Downey's apron from Prima.  While adorable, it's only 1/2 and apron - the lower half.  I need something to cover the upper part, where I tend to get paint on me all the time!

I considered making one and then thought I'd check out Michael's to see what they had.  I found a super cheap full black canvas apron on sale so I snagged it while I could.  I had just gotten some great, perfect for fabric, huge foam stamps from Donna Downey so I put them to good use along with a couple of her canvas shapes and rub ons.

Because the apron was black, I wasn't sure if the acrylic paints I planned to use would show up well.  The foam stamps are clear so I decided to stamp everything in white gesso first, let it dry, and then stamped over it again with the acrylic paint.  The color really came out well and the surface area of the stamps really made it easy to shade and blend colors.  It was so fun to stamp on fabric again!!  I was pleased enough with the results that I entered it as one of my 3 possible entries in the Best Altered Item category.
Just enough embellisment to make it pretty but not so much that it's not functional.

You might recognize this image from by blog title. ;)

Supplies used:
  • Black canvas apron (Michael's)
  • Foam flower stamp (Donna Downey)
  • Foam circle stamps, small and large (Jo Ann's)
  • White Gesso (Liquitex)
  • Acrylic paint (Claudine Hellmuth, FolkArt, CraftSmart)
  • Canvas shapes (Donna Downey)
  • Iron on (Donna Downey)
  • Velvet flowers and leaves (Making Memories and Maya Road)
  • Crystal bling

Stepping Off the Edge

I've really been enjoying the weekly Live with Prima web shows on Ustream.  Everyone is such a hoot and the great designers (Marion SmithDonna Downey, Cari, Sharon, and the Prima gang) are so inspiring!  These online classes really spark my imagination and get my creative juices flowing.  A few weeks ago during one of Marion's classes, she threw out a sketch challenge based on a sketch she drew in class. The winner would receive a box of yummy Prima goodies.  I was feeling inspired so I decided to take the challenge and create a layout.  I've never submitted my artwork in any challenges or contests before and had always hesitated to do so.  An article in Somerset Studio magazine made me change my mind.

The artwork on the cover of the July/August 2010 issue was titled FEARLESS and the editor wrote about why this particular piece of art resonated with her so much.  She mentioned wanting to be less fearful in her own life and embrace risks more often.  It really made me think about the layout challenge and how my first instinct was to not submit my work.  I always figured that there were so many other fantastic artists out there that I couldn't possibly win.

As I thought more and more about it, I had to ask myself some serious questions.
  1. What did I have to lose?
  2. Why would I only submit if I thought I had a chance to win?
  3. Who am I really doing my art for anyway?
I finally decided to submit my layout regardless of the outcome.  At the very least I was participating in the community.  It felt GREAT!  I felt so empowered and connected to the community.  It reminded me of when I used to teach rubber stamp classes and I would encourage my students to not compare their work to anyone else but rather to embrace who they are how they choose to express themselves.  It was a good reminder.

The following week's Live with Prima class came around and I was shocked to learn that I had won!!  There were ~100 submissions and I'm sure it was a tough decision because there were so many wonderful layouts submitted.  While I'm looking forward to my box of Prima goodies, what I really won was my confidence back.  Since this challenge I've started to regularly submit work in several challenges.  No more sitting on the sidelines.  I'm feeling more creative than I have in a really long time and it feels wonderful to have taken that step off the edge, abandoned my fear, and embraced the unknown!

Here was my interpretation of Marion's sketch:

The layout featured a photo of one of the gorgeous camilia blooms from my mom's front yard. I love this photo so much I did an image transfer of it onto sticky back canvas - but that's for another project still in the works.  :)
It was a Prima challenge so I used nearly all Prima products including their gorgeous papers, flowers, and bling!  I crackle painted and inked the chipboard heart. I used the punched out butterfly bits to add to the corner collage.

I used one of the new Martha Stewart punches, this one being the pop up butterfly punch.  I love this punch!  I painted the edges of the popped up wings with white paint to help them stand out.  I then painted Marshmallow glimmer mist into the punched out butterfly spaces.  It's hard to see in this photo but they are shimmery. I think I might go back and paint them with some brown glimmer mist to help anchor the borders.  What do you think?

Inky Goodness Hits Blogland

Hi there!  This is my very first blog and first post so bear with me while I get the hang of it all.  :)  I decided to create this blog to share artwork and get input from all of the wonderful and creative crafters out there.  I had been posting to Facebook but decided this was a better venue. I welcome your comments and would love to see what you're doing as well!

Thanks for stopping by!