Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seahorse card + Stencil Card

Hi everyone I'm still waiting for images for my Design Team so decided I would play with metallic pan watercolors. As well as experiment to see if a stencil could be used as a stamp and heat embossed before painting. It was a learning experience and next time I'll use a brayer to apply the ink to the stencil so I get better coverage of ink and embossing powder. The copper water color came to the rescue covering the white areas.

I will be entering this for the Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge. Details can be found here:
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/06/hls-june-watercolour-challenge.html

I love how this turned out but wish I was not out of waterproof ink so I ended up having to use color pencils for my Seahorse. (Lol! My spending moratorium does not cover such things as buying waterproof ink pads so I can do that. Otherwise this year other than replacing my embossing machine which died I've not been buying crafts things unless I've found them at a thrift store or Dollar Tree and knew I would use them.)

I took my VersaMark embossing ink pad and stamped it all over the stencil. Then I took the stencil and turned it over to the ink side and laid it down on my card stock. I took a rubber brayer and rubbed the stencil down being careful to not move it. Then lifted my stencil up and heat embossed like usual. I have no idea who makes this copper embossing powder. I've had it now for several decades.

Since I had my metallic water colors out after touching up my embossing I went ahead and used the colors for my panes of glass.  I decided using one of my water brushes to not go for a complete coverage of  color in each open area.  Instead I wanted it to look like glass I used to have back in the days when I was making stain glass articles.

I adhered my panel to my base using black electrical tape on both long edges.  Remember you don't always had to use a tape runner or other adhesive. Different types of tape will work just as well. 😄

The Seahorse is a Just For Fun stamp. I used Stazon Timber Brown ink on Patty paper.. Using color pencils I colored some of the areas on the reverse side only and other areas on both the front and back.. Coloring on the back side only gives you a lighter more pastel look. Coloring on the front and back gives you not only darker but more vibrant while still allowing patterns to show through.

Since I didn't want this to be transparent and had not used a waterproof ink I ran my Seahorse after cutting out through Xyron Creative Station.  Tip: If you use waterproof ink and a glue which dries clear your image will be transparent.  Most tape runner adhesives will show through. I have not tried yet adhesive for vellum.

What do you think? Are you going to see about using a stencil as a stamp and heat embossing?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Think Pink Challnge

Hi everyone I did another Think Pink challenge piece for the Shopping Our Stash challenge for this week. You still have until Monday night to enter if you would like to challenge yourself. Details can be found here Think Pink Challenge.


I don't usually use pink so when I buy a pack of assorted card stock I usually have the pink gathering dust. Especially if it is not a soft pastel.

The border piece was created by cutting squares out of pink tissue wrapping paper and then after applying acrylic floor wax on a piece of plastic randomly placing assorted sizes of square and overlapping so that there is at least two layers of tissue paper. While still wet I sprinkled pink glitter. I did discover that the pattern shows more on the side which was against the plastic instead of the side I used for my border. Also the wrinkles are more subtle. It depends which side you use on what effect you are after. If you decide to ever try this technique make sure the paper is embedded in the floor wax. Also make sure the wax is totally dry before peeling your custom paper off the plastic.

I wasn't sure how my play was going to work with the oval for a previous project so I had printed out two of them. I airbrushed the background with a pink marker. Then colored my image with metallic color pencils which I found at Dollar Tree. I figured for a dollar I had nothing to lose and I could always donate them to my granddaughters.

That is all for now but do come back as I may be entering more challenges while waiting for images for the design team I'm on.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Any Holiday

Hi everyone where did June go. I can't believe it is the fourth Saturday. Which means it is time for the Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being brought to you by Digital Delights. The prize is a $5 gift certificate.

Without further ado here is my card.

For the background I was playing with tissue paper and acrylic floor wax. For those who have been following me for awhile you know I would rather be crafting than doing housework. After embedding my pieces of white tissue wrapping paper into the wet floor wax I sprinkled hot pink fine glitter. A happy accident was that whatever was used to die the glitter reacted with the glitter bleeding pink color.  I then decided to see what Brusho powder pigments would do with the wet wax. I love the results.

I printed and cut out my tree. Then I brushed green glitter glue over my tree and of course the ink bled since I had not coated the tree with paste floor wax on both sides. To finish off the tree I glued a star sequin on top.

In Silhouette Studio I opened up a cutting file with the sentiment un-grouping and using just the sentiment.  I filled in the letters turning them into a print and cut. I also added my digital stamp from Digital Delights. For my Christmas bird I used Martha Stewart flocking on the rim of the hat and his boots as well as the mouth.. The pink I used for inside his mouth had never been opened. The rest of the image was colored using pencils. Alas my silver pencil ended up looking more gray than silver in the photo.

Because my custom tissue paper ripped when I was trimming it to size I ended up using foil holographic tape. For some reason my camera photographed the tape weird.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!