Monday, July 25, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Adding Texture with Dies and Fun Foam

"Adding Texture" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Oh the possibilities!  After much musing, I decided to experiment with some dies and fun foam (that thin craft foam that you can buy by the boatloads for kids' crafts).  Here is what resulted:
To start this project, I whipped out a piece a white fun foam that had an adhesive back.  I peeled off the adhesive backing cover and stuck white card stock to the foam.  Then I made a quick collage on the paper with paint and ink/stamping.

Next, I trimmed down my collage to fit on top of Neat and Tangled's Punchinella die.  Then I ran the foam-backed collage through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Punchinella die.  Since this was foam and cardstock, I ran it back and forth about four times.

Here's how it looked when it came out of the Sizzix:

Next I got to working on my background.  I used a sheet of 6x6 paper from Elizabeth Craft called Through the Lens: Wood.  I smeared white and turquoise paint onto it so that my collage would blend in better.

When this dried, I flipped over my foam collage and punched out random dots and started arranging them on my background.

After I got the dots and the main part of the punched collage how I liked it, I had to go back and glue everything down.  Monotony Factor to glue all those individual dots down? About a 6.  Here's  how it was looking after I glued everything in place:

I thought I'd be done at this point (and maybe I should've been?), but being the layer addict that I am, I thought it needed another layer.  So I cut a circle out of corrugated cardboard, painted it white and pink, outlined it with black Sharpie pen and laid it on the center.  I ended up flipping the background card upside down before I glued the circle on top.  I also added some Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiment and wa-lah!  Done!

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

So how will you add texture this week?  I have so much fun going through your entries and can't wait to see what you come up with.  Be sure to upload your goodies to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Other Creations: Mermaid Art Kit with Distressed Bottles

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is Nautical / By the Sea.  I got to wondering what a mermaid's art kit might look like, so that's what I tried create here:
 This project started as a 6" x 5" shiny metal tin, which I sanded down and painted with acrylic paint in shades of teal and brown.  I set is aside to dry and went to work on its contents.  I'd never done much bottle-distressing before, so it was a fun new thing to try.  I started by painting Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue on the bottles, then when that dried, I painted them with a thick layer of Tim Holtz's Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  I was grateful for online research which told me that you have to put a clear layer of something else  on the glass first in order for the crackle paint to stick.  Here's a pic of how the bottle started, then how it looked with the dried crackle paint on it:

Once the crackle finish was dry, I wanted to experiment with different coloring techniques.  Here I used paint on top of the crackle for a more milky / opaque look:

On this bottle, I used alcohol inks, which gave the bottle vibrant and bold colors:

On the bottle below, I used Distress Stain.  I like how it kept the bottle more clear, but still colored it beautifully.

In the end, I decided the opaque look worked best for this project, so I added paint to all of the bottles.  In addition to acrylic paint, I added some Prima Metallique paints which have a metal sheen.

I added some Tim Holtz mini numerals to the bottles, which I first sanded and painted to match the bottles they went with.  I also distressed the paintbrushes.

I wanted this to have an underwater vibe, so I hung yarn and ribbon from the back of my painted box to replicate seaweed, then glued iridescent beads here and there to give it a feeling of bubbles.  I also clipped on an "ocean" card from Tim Holtz's Elementary Flashcards set.

For the other side of the tin, the lid, I wove a basket out of wire, painted it with shades of brown and teal to match the rest, then I added more distressed paintbrushes.  I buy cheapy paintbrushes that I can cut down and use for projects without feeling guilty for destroying them.

I punched out some mini tags made from Simon Says Stamp Vintage Dictionary paper and adhered them to the brushes.

Not sure how many mermaids are out there doing art, but I hope I've done justice to what one of their art kits might look like!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I know you must have some sort of brilliant vision to go along with this theme and I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your turn to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!