Saturday, August 29, 2020

What A Friend


Happy Saturday!!!  I hope you're weekend is going well.  We have a quiet day today and tomorrow we will be watching our granddaughter 💓

This was a fun card to make!!  I love how the background came out!!  I put the inks shown onto the non-stick sheet of my Media Mat, sprayed them with water and dipped in a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock - going back and forth between drying the paper, spraying the paper, and dipping more until I liked it. Before putting the paper into the 3D embossing folder I misted the back of the paper and then put the folder with paper through my Vagabond 3 times for a great emboss.

Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool I inked the embossing using a light touch to keep the ink just on the high spots.  Doesn't it look wonderful!!!

I recently got some stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps and chose this one for the card stamping it with Black Soot Achival Ink using the Stamp Platform.  This is a great hymn!!!  After stamping I die cut it with a Stitched Squares die (Sizzix, Tim Holtz) and inked the edges.

I made another dipped in ink paper using both regular and oxide Speckled Egg and Distress Watercolor Paper.  The flower is from the Wildflowers #2 set of dies.

The Distress Marker was used to add green to the stems.  I inked the pieces using the Distress Embossing Dabber and embossed them with Distress Embossing Glaze Speckled Egg.

I cut a square from the left over speckled egg watercolor paper, distressed the edges and layered it under the word panel.  The edges of the background panel were machine stitched.  The Idea-ology metal bow was painted with Distress Paint Picket Fence rubbing the paint around with my fingers, dried it, then added some Archival Ink using my finger.

I love how the card came out!!  I hope you do to.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Monday Challenge - Beautiful Botanicals

Hugs, Wanda

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Guest Designer - It's A Wrap - Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

 Hello and Happy Thursday!!!  I'm so excited to be the guest designer for the current challenge on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, It's A Wrap.  Sara Emily is the hostess for this challenge and she made a gorgeous wrap card.  The other designers also have wonderful projects so be sure to check them all out if you haven't yet!!

I chose to create a complete ensemble to use for wrapping a Christmas gift.  If you remember my winning entry (found Here), it also had poinsettias on it.  Nope, that's not why I have poinsettias here, I just like them :-)

I have packing paper that I've saved over time when receiving orders that include this off-white paper.  The pieces I have are rather large so I tore one in half by creasing the paper very well, getting the crease damp and tearing. I also tore a little bit off the other 3 edges to match.

I began by lightly spraying the paper with Gloss Spray (Olive).  If you press quickly you get a nice mist but if you press slower you get nice splatters so I also did some of that.

Once dry I went to stenciling on the poinsettias using Distress Paint.  I used the Tim Holtz stencil, THS049.  The stencil design includes 3 complete poinsettias and then also partials.  I only wanted to use the whole poinsettias and so to make stenciling easier and quicker I taped off around them.  Using Tim Holtz blending brushes I first added either worn lipstick or victorian velvet or a combination coloring the whole poinsettia. 

Next I used barn door brushing from the point of the leaves toward the center, not coloring the whole flower.  After those 3 flowers were done then I'd move the stencil and do the next 3.  The victorian velvet would eventually take over the first blending brush no longer really showing the worn lipstick.  At that point I'd wipe the brush well on a paper towel and then continue with the worn lipstick.

The paper all stenciled.  Once I was finished with the paper I cleaned the brushes by wiping them on a damp paper towel and then a dry paper towel.  The bristles remain stained but they are clean of paint.

Using a stylus, dots of mustard seed were added to the centers of the flowers.

I also added little spots of tarnished brash to the centers using a little paint brush.  Finally I splattered both tarnished brass and picket fence across the paper using the Tim Holtz splatter brush.

A close-up.  I love how the light catches the metallic spots as the package moves.

Next I created a trio of tags to hang on the package.  The tags look wonderful on the package and I also allowed extra room for putting the name and/or a note to the recipient.

The largest tag is a #8 Distress Heavystock tag.  I sprayed it with the olive Gloss Spray and dried it.

Using the Merry Christmas background image I stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with Rose Gold powder.  If you place the stamp rubber side up, ink it, and take your tag to the stamp, you can get the words lined up straight across the tag.

Finally I inked over the tag with Distress Ink Evergreen bough to add a bit more color. After inking I wiped the tag with a dry paper towel to remove any excess ink.  Later (not shown in this picture) I sponged pine needles Distress Paint onto the edges of the tag. 

The middle tag is a #5 size.  I didn't have one so I used the Sizzix Stacked Tag die set to cut one from Mixed Media Heavystock.

I turned the plaid background stamp face up, used a sponge to "ink" the stamp with Distress Paint mustard seed, laid the tag onto the stamp (this allowed me to line up the image with the tag for straight lines), covered the tag with a scrap piece of paper, pressed well and carefully removed the paper and the tag. I then stenciled 3 poinsettias onto the tag in the same way I did the wrapping paper, added gold paint dots to the centers of the poinsettias and sponged the edge of the tag with gold. 

For the smallest tag I used a mini brayer to add worn lipstick paint to the tag, splattered with Gloss Spray olive, inked the edges with crushed olive Distress Ink, and sponged the very edge with pine needles paint.  

A Christmas clippings sticker was added to the smallest tag.  All 3 tags were splattered with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then tied together with jute.

I used the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz die, Festivities, to die cut the pieces for the embellishment on the package.  I cut the die twice from Mixed Media Heavystock paper.  One flower was painted with worn lipstick and the other with victorian velvet.  Barn door was added to the centers of the petals using a sponge.  Details (vein lines) were added using flower tools and mats.  A stylus and piece of chipboard would also work.  The greens were sprayed with Distress Spray Stain mowed lawn and Gloss Spray olive and allowed to air dry.  Both the flowers and the greens were splattered with Picket Fence.

The center pieces were painted with mustard seed and once dry the edges inked with evergreen bough.

After attaching all the pieces together they were sprayed with Distress Resist Spray and dusted with Rock Candy Dry Glitter using the Glitter Duster.

I dyed some vintage ribbon with a combination of Distress Spray Stain and Gloss Spray.  I put the ribbon in a plastic bag, sprayed in the colors along with just a little water, and worked it around.

Once colored I put the ribbon on a paper towel, squeezed it just a bit and then left it to dry.

I wrapped both jute and the ribbon around the gift, added the tags and the embellishment.  A beautifully wrapped gift for someone special in your life.

Just in case you're wondering, no, I don't actually have a Christmas gift ready and wrapped.  I used removable tape for this project so I can take it all apart and really use it once I'm ready for that.

I do hope you like this project and that you picked up some ideas even if you don't want to create a whole ensemble.  If you have time, I'd love to hear what you think in a comment.

Many thanks to Linda and the team for allowing me to be your guest designer!!!

Hugs,  Wanda

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Butterfly Bliss Tag


Hello!!!!  I have a tag to share with you today.  It was inspired by 2 challenges...

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Grunge It Up
A Vintage Journey - Tag You're It!

I began with a #8 Mixed Media Tag and gave it some light grunge with Distress Ink and Oxide, putting the ink on my craft sheet, spraying with water, dipping the tag into it, drying, and then picking up more spots of ink until I like it.

Using the brick stencil I first added Texture Paste Matte not putting it everywhere and spreading it thin. Leaving the stencil in place I first put the excess matte paste back into it's jar and then picked up some of the crackle paste using it to fill in any openings, spreading it thin.  I did not put the excess crackle paste back into the jar because it had some of the matte paste mixed in. I removed the stencil from the tag, covered the paste with Distress Embossing Glaze Fired Brick, tapped off the excess powder, and set it aside to air dry.  Once it was dry I again tapped off excess powder and then heated it to melt. Walnut stain Distress Ink was blended around the edges.

The Layered Butterfly was die cut from Mixed Media Heavystock, inked, splattered with water and dried.

I lightly misted the back of the butterfly, placed it in the matching texture fade and embossed it.  After embossing I lightly blended Black Soot over the high spots.

The ephemera piece is from the Field Notes pack.  I tore the left and right edge off to make it narrower, inked the edges with Walnut Stain, sprayed the ink that was on my media mat from inking the edges with water, dipped the ephemera piece in it and dried it.  The body of the butterfly is stitched to the ephemera piece and then they were glued to the tag.  Bliss is a Adage Ticket (old Idea-ology item).  It was dipped in a bit of watery Hickory Smoke Distress ink, dried, and the edges inked with Walnut Stain.  To finish, a piece of dyed ribbon at the top.

I know that piece of ephemera covered up a lot of the cracked bricks but I like that as you look around the tag you see some cracked bricks and others that aren't, just like an old brick wall.

I hope you like the tag!!  Have a great week.  If not before, I'll be back on Thursday with a special post :-)

Hugs, Wanda

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Art Journal Spread - Live Simply

Hello!!!  I hope this post finds you well!!!

Today I'm sharing an art journal spread in the large Dylusions Journal.  I often use up excess paint and/or ink on a page in a journal.  The right side of this spread had some small spots of ink (mostly green & blue) probably from a stencil being pressed on it to remove left over ink.  On top of that ink is stenciling done with excess white paint while working on another project recently.  You can see that design because the paint resisted the Distress Spray Stain and Oxide Spray used over it.  To help the spots of ink that were already on the left side become part of the whole I used the splatter stamp from the Grunged stamp set inking it with Mermaid Lagoon Oxide Ink and spraying the stamp with water before stamping it onto the pages.  I love how that worked!!!!!!!!

The pictures below shows most of the supplies used in this spread.  All the die cuts and parts of die cuts I used were from my scrap/left over bits pile.  I also used an Idea-ology Paper Doll and Remnant Rubs (Botanical).

That strip with the stars the pocket is sitting on is part of a Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3D Impresslit that was cut from Purple Metallic Kraft Stock.  I sprayed the piece with Cheddar Gloss Spray.

The paper doll's dress was colored with Distress Crayon and then dots added with Distress Marker.  The flowers were colored with Distress Marker.  The large flower die cut was inked with Distress Ink and the flower embossed with Distress Embossing Glaze

That film strip piece was black.  I sprayed it with both Oxide Spray and Gloss Spray.  Once dry I stamped it with the crackle background.

This was fun to create.  I really tried not to overthink (a bad habit of mine).

Hugs, Wanda

I'm entering this in...
Art Journal Journey August Challenge - Pockets and Tags

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Memories  (some of my favorite things/memories about summer are flowers and butterflies)