Saturday, April 12, 2014

By the Sea Book Box

I have been dying to make one of the new smaller Tim Holtz Configuration books since they came out, so when Leslie at Alpha Stamps asked me to create one, I jumped at the chance.  

Here is a rather juicy list of supplies from Alpha Stamps.   

For the theme I decided to go with By the Sea by Graphic 45.  I had so many trinkets to fit this theme, which lead me to my choice.

My favorite things about this substrate is that you can combine collage, bookmaking and assemblage all in one.

Inside I used sand mixed with matte medium to create a sandy scape.  In order to add a bit of flash and sparkle I also added some mica flakes when it was still wet.

The inside cover is collaged with lots of goodies. I used my Xyron to ensure that each bit is covered in adhesive.

I love the beads I just happend to find right before making this, I thougth they looked like little sea urchins.

I also used a few weird treasures that have been in my stash for ages, like that rubber seagull.  He is pretty beat up and I have no idea where he came from, probably a box of junk from my dad.

Here is a close up inside another box.  Lots of layers for interest gives the eyes places to wander!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Steampunk Mucha Arch

This project has been lying on my work table half finished for ages!  As I was trying to get some cleaning done in my crafty space, I was of course distracted by this little unfinished object.

The background paper is from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells.  I also used the tiny gears from the Steampunk Spells Flowers when I was adding all the fun embellishments.

In order to add a bit of mystery, I had to use some glitter.  I added some highlights with stickels glitter glue in two different colors.  Also used were some gear die cuts someone gave me as I still need to purchase this one.  To give the gears texture I misted them with Perfect Pearls.

The base of the project is from Gina's Designs. It was painted with black gesso and then dusted with a bit of copper gilders paste. Of course I had to add lots of metal do dads to give the piece some weight and interest. 

I just love how this one turned out! 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Typography Clipboard Tutorial

I decided to alter this tiny clipboard I had on hand with Typography by Graphic 45.  It was quite easy and I used a clever solution to cover this tricky item as you will see in the tutorial below.

Washi Tape Set
Distress Stain, Black Soot
Clip board blank
Xyron Glue Stick For Corners
Xyron 1/2" Double-Sided High Tack Tape
Petaloo Flowers
Embellishments and Charms

I used stain along the edges of the clip board so that there would be cohesiveness with the intended color palate.  Since I was planning to cover the rest of the board, I only did what I needed too.  

After tracing the backing for the board, I connected it with the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners.  Be sure to get all the edges, and especially burnish where the brads are. 

To keep things looking finished, I added more stain after adding the paper.  It is a tiny touch, but it really makes a difference. 

On the front of the board the metal clip is in the way of easily attaching paper.  I decided to use the new washi tape and it worked perfectly.  I did add another layer of glue.  Most washi tapes are very low tack (not all that sticky) so this extra layer of glue will ensure my edges stay down and my piece looks finished.  

I added strips of tape extending past the edges.  

Then I used small scissors to trim the edges.  I could not find my bone folder, so I used this Popsicle stick to burnish the edges.  This is important to really get everything stuck in place.  

Now I planned for my focal and chose a few layers of mattes.  I used the high tack tape to adhere them.  

Here you can see my base, all set for embellishing.  Now I had thought about keeping it simple and only adding a few bits at the top...but knowing that I just cannot stop shopping my stash, it ended up covered in all kinds of junk.  

Now I had thought about keeping it simple and only adding a few bits at the top...but knowing that I just cannot stop shopping my stash, it ended up covered in all kinds of junk!

I thought this was the perfect spot for my big feather embellishment.

I love the use of gilders paste to make the letters stand out on these embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed today's post!