Monday, July 28, 2014

Some more cards

using the newest Tim Holtz stamps from Stampers Anonymous. Check out all the stamp sets here.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A sketch and a layout

Here's a sketch I did for October Afternoon

and a layout based on the sketch

You can check out the details here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good old days

Recently, Megan Hoeppner shared a photo of the CK girls on Facebook. It brought back so many wonderful memories... time spent in creative brainstorming, laughing, eating candies, just being ourselves :) Thanks Megan!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A card celebrating friends

 Hi everyone, Mou here with a card celebrating the friends in our lives!

To make this card, you'll need:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Lemon, Green Tea, Pistachio
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black 199Scarlet Red 118, Pink Madder Lake 129, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Permanent Green Olive 167, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Orange Glaze 113, Warm Grey IV 273
Others: cardstock; corrugated & woven paper by Die Cuts with A View; muslin fabric, stamps, adhesive

Let me walk you through the steps.
1. Cut and fold cardstock to make a 5.5" x 4.25" card.
2. Trim corrugated paper to 5.25" x 4". Attach to card. With paint brush, apply Gesso to the corrugated surface.
3. Trim woven paper to 4.5" x 3.5". Color lightly with Gelatos. Blend with Gesso. When dry, ink up stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on woven paper. Attach to corrugated paper.
4. Apply Gesso to muslin fabric. Let dry. Ink up stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on muslin. Color the stamped image with other colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens. Cut a rectangle around the stamped and colored image. Attach to woven paper.
5. Stamp sentiment on cardstock using Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Add some color with Pink Madder Lake Stamper's Big Brush pen. Cut into a strip. Attach below the muslin piece to finish the card.

Here are some close-up shots of the card:

Hope you enjoyed the little tutorial and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The new thing

Around here, our interest in weaving started with Nini's school art project. She used a chipboard loom to make this:

We were fascinated by the simple process of her weaving and wanted to make some ourselves.

Then I got a loom from Amazon...

With whatever wool I could find right away, I made this in about 45 minutes... I've found something new to enjoy :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Vellum in my art journal

Here's a spread from one of my current art journals, using the newly released Vellum from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and Distress Paints from Ranger.

These are the pretties I'm talking about: the 12 x 12 sheet is from Wallflower vellum pad and the Nests & Eggs is a vellum diecut from the Thrift Shop pack.

I cut out the pieces I wanted to use on my page and saved the rest for later.

I'm working in an old book today. I primed my pages with gesso and then applied the following Distress paints: Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Tumbled Glass.

Next, I traced the leaf cut out on my page and painted the shape with Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Paints.

I did the same with the birds, coloring them in to match what was on the vellum, only brighter so those colors would peek from behind the vellum making them look more vibrant.

Using the Ranger Collage Glue Stick, I attached the vellum cutouts right on top of the painted shapes. Once they were down, I wanted to add a little texture to the leaf and so lifted it back up gently and lay it back down, pushing it around a bit to create some wrinkles. If that's not your favorite look, you can totally skip this step. You can also get rid of unwanted wrinkles by gently pushing with your fingers to get trapped air bubbles out.

I wanted to further accentuate the texture on the leaf, so I straight-stitched in and around it with needle and embroidery floss. I also painted around the birds with various shades of Distress Paint to make them stand out more.

I added another piece of vellum to the right side and painted around it.

I dipped a wet brush into Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and flicked the paint all around the page.

I painted some flowers and leaves around the birds with Chipped Sapphire, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints, and doodled here and there. 

Finally, I wrote my journaling to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would play with the lovely Vellum :)