Monday, July 06, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, July 2015 at the Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here with the seventh Take the Challenge of 2015.

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
In July, let's take a color challenge. Create anything you like using mainly the color GREEN. Here's my art journal page.
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel MediumWhipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 201 collection: Keys
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Buttercream (YELLOW set), Green Tea, Lime (GREEN set), Metallic Mint, Metallic Blueberry (METALLIC set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: WARM GREY IV (NEUTRAL set)
Others: Sizzix Die Globe; die-cutting system; art journal, old book paper, stickers
And here are the steps.
With Gel Medium, attach some old book paper, stickers and diecut to your journal page.
Apply a coat of Gesso. Ink up a script stamp with Warm Grey IV Stamper's Big Brush pen. Stamp randomly on the background to create a layer.
Use Gelatos colors to add some green color to the background.
Add shadows with more Gelatos colors as well as Stamper's Big Brush pens.
Lay the house key stencil from the Stencils 201 set and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Lift stencil and let the medium dry.
Cut out words from old book paper and attach with Gel Medium.
This time, you'll have an extra week to work on this challenge... that's right! It's summer and it's busy. So you get three weeks instead of two to work on this challenge.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 7/26 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stencils 101 Collection.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 7/27 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Toolbox Planter with Sizzix

Hi everyone, Mou here with a Sizzix tutorial for you using Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox and a few other favorite dies, also from Sizzix. Let me walk you through the steps of creating the little succulent planter pictured above.

To diecut the Toolbox, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Black Mat Board on the blade side of Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Toolbox. Place them between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pads. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. This will give you the bottom piece, 1 side piece and 1 handle piece. To diecut the second side and handle pieces, repeat the same procedure. I cut out big enough pieces from my Mat Board and placed and secured them with tape right where the die blades are for a particular shape. That way I saved some Mat Board for later use. 

Here are all the diecut parts of the Toolbox.

Follow the instructions on this PDF file to assemble your Toolbox.
Decorate your Toolbox at this point. I used paints and stamp on mine to make the Toolbox look like  rusty, old metal.

To create the succulents, I chose felt and Sizzix Bigz Die - Flowers, 3-D.

Cut the felt into blocks and place them over the blades. The steel rule Sizzix dies can easily cut through 3-4 pieces of felt at a time. Create a Sizzix sandwich by placing the die and felt layers between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pads. Pass the Sizzix sandwich throught the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut the flowers.

This is what the diecut flowers look like. To transform these spiral shapes into the 3-D flowers, or in this case succulents, roll each spiral starting at its outer edge and keep wrapping inward till you have reached the center. The soft felt will easily retain the shape. Add touches of paint to make the 3-D flowers look like succulents. 
Fold a small cardboard piece to fit inside the Toolbox. Arrange your succulents inside the Toolbox in clusters and secure with little bits of hot glue. 

Diecut the gift label in two easy steps. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad and the word dies 'Love' and 'You' from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - Celebration Words: Block by Tim Holtz, blade-side down as shown and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The powerful magnets of the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies will hold the dies in place so you can diecut the words/ phrases just the way you want.
To cut out the label, create a Sizzix sandwich: lay a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Place the larger frame die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Numbers and Frames by Brenda Walton around the diecut phrase on the cardstock, blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Cut another of the same sized label to back the phrase label layer.
Color the phrase layer. Glue it to the backing layer. Glue the finished label to a stick. Insert into the Toolbox.

Here's a close-up of the finished Toolbox planter.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will explore the many DIY possibilities of Sizzix dies!
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 4

Hi everyone, Mou here with the 4th and final week of Art Journaling month!


In the beginning, we picked an art journal and an inspiration piece. Week 2 was about creating foundations. Week 3, we started drawing, journaling, adding photos, etc. And in this 4th week, it comes all together... and here are all the pages from my art journal.
I have colored, stamped, added texture, illustrated, and added natural objects in my art journal. You could add anything you like, such as, photos, ephemera, fabric... anything you can imagine :)

Starting with the cover

Spread 1

Spread 2

Spread 3

Spread 4

and Spread 5.

I hope you enjoyed the process of our art journaling and that you found it inspiring enough to start your own art journals!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A sketch and a layout

Here's a sketch I created for October Afternoon

and a layout based on it.
You can find all the details here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015