IMAGINE - The Crafter's Workshop October LO

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hi everyone!  I am excited to share this layout I created for The Crafter's Workshop, with a photo from our recent beach trip.  I took this photo from a sunset picnic and it inspired the use of this tiny stencil ‘Remnant’ called Sun Flare.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I started by brushing an even layer of the Black Gesso onto a piece of plain white textured cardstock.  This Gesso is really great because it dries so quickly and doesn’t warp the paper very much.

The Black Gesso is a nice Matte finish and almost looks like chalkboard paint.  It also really highlights the Gold so well.

I mixed the Gold Gesso with the plain Modeling Paste and used it with the small ‘Sun Flare Remnant’ stencil by Rebekah Meier.

After the gold dried, I used the 12×12 ‘Inspired Words’ to stencil the word IMAGINE vertically down the page, using the ‘Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste.’

This Light & Fluffy paste is the most awesome medium to work with!

I added lots of painted wood veneers over and around the photo and stenciled areas.

I loved using the Sun Flare stencil along with this photo of the sun setting behind my daughter…love using the inspiration and the literal symbolism together.

I wanted to keep the layout simple with just a few colors.  I thought the Black Gesso would make a wonderfully dramatic background for the Gold Gesso and the colors from the photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW2115 – Doodling Template Sun Flare Remnant
TCW585 – 12×12 Doodling Template Inspiring Words

TIME CHANGES - The Crafter's Workshop Art Journal September 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hello!  I have been so behind in posting my current projects to my Blog.  This time of year starts getting crazy busy and doesn't seem to stop until after the New Year...SO, trying to get better about that and I am sharing my latest art journal spread with you today using lots of new The Crafter’s Workshop Mediums that are divine…as well as several stencils!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
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 I started my spread by using the new Clear Gesso Medium as a base for my pages.  It is a lovely texture and was a nice change to the normal white gesso I use that can sometimes be splotchy.

After the gesso had dried, I used several colors of blues and rose gold acrylics to lay the foundation.

I continued to add layers with darker blues, allowing drying time in between.

I used the piece of this 12×12 stencil that had a grid/receipt and some dark dye ink.

I added several layers of tissue paper and random cards with text on them over the base.  Then I used the TCW White Gesso in a thin layer over most of the background.  Letting some of the text read through.

After letting the Gesso dry again, I used this new Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and I cannot say enough good things about it!!

From the super cute graphics on the label to the texture and finally the way it feels in on a palette knife.  True to its’name, it is light and fluffy, and more than that, it holds it shape beautifully.

It is like a perfect meringue frosting holding its height and dimension on this stencil I thought of as a stem or vine for flowers.

I added some of the Gold Gesso to the thick Modeling Paste to use on a few of the flowers.  Unfortunately, the gold didn’t transfer as well with the paste, it was more of a pale peach.

I did use the Gold in adding color around the other stenciled designs.

I continued to add layers of mist and markers, defining edges and adding shadowed lines to make the modeling paste areas pronounced.

Using the 6×6 Corncob Etching stencil and black archival ink, I stenciled small areas to add more interest around the spread.

Finally, I finished up with some white marker and a quote from Thomas Hardy that is one of my favorites.  I love adding doodles around the stenciled areas, and continued to do so until I almost ran out of ink!

Here are a couple detail pictures:

Here is the final spread below.  I am pleased with how it evolved after so many layers.  The new TCW Mediums are amazing and all very good quality. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW619s – 6×6 Mini Corncob Etching

favorite - Tech. Tip Scrapbook Circle September 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hello friends!  I am sharing a creation from Scrapbook Circle last month, giving a few ideas of how to get more out of your digital cut files.  The September cut file is a lovely background of repeating hexagons.
I began by enlarging the scale of the cut file by about 1-1/2 times the size of the 12" file in the Silhouette software.  I cut the file out of plain white cardstock and trimmed it down to about 9"x9."
I misted it with two different colors of Color Shine, Peach & Blush, blending them slightly.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-3
I placed the misted piece where I planned to adhere it and used the piece that was cut off to trace the hexagon shapes onto the background cardstock.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-5
I used the punch tool from an Amy Tangerine stitching kit to punch the outline of all the hexagons I traced.
I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread, from light to dark, to stitch the hexagons I traced.
I used the negative pieces punched out of the Cut File,  to add dimension to the background.  Using Distress Ink I added some color to a few of the hexagon pieces.
I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the photo to the misted cut file background.  I also used dimensional adhesive to add the inked pieces to the background, corresponding to the pattern.
A few pieces of the Pinkfresh Studio 6x6 patterned paper were added behind a couple of the hexagonal openings.favorite_sbc_septmeber-2016-border
I love the way this layout developed, using one piece as a tool and inspiring the pattern it became.  I hope this inspires you to take a different look at your die cut backgrounds.  They can be used in so many ways, only limited to your imagination!
Thanks or stopping by the Blog and I hope you have an amazing day!
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