Friday, February 27, 2015

Dream Tag Banner

Somehow this little project for Graphic 45 got lost in the mix!

I made this right before the new year and I incorporated some secret journaling about my dreams and goals for the year.

One thing I wanted to symbolize in this project, was being free to use my "good" art supplies.  I tend to hang on to the really special for this project I used a few coveted scraps of the retired Steampunk Debutante collection. 

This is my absolute favorite from Graphic 45 and I dream of them releasing it again in one of their collectors editions. 

The hinges on this project really help to add heft and weight to the project.  I just love metal embellishments.  The filigrees on the top also frame things out nicely. 

Another item I used that I had on hand were old embossed and gessoed gears that I had die cut.  I am always so happy when something I have been hanging onto finds it's proper home!

The project is double sided.  On the "back" of the tag banner I started off by journaling.

In order to keep my thoughts and dreams private, I decided to add some elements.  This way the meaning that I established is still present, but they are secret.

I used lots of spray inks and layers to achieve interest and texture.

And here are photos of the whole front and back!

I hope you enjoyed this unique way to journal!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Small Steampunk Canvas

For our introduction on the Canvas Corp design team, they asked us to create a tiny 4x4 canvas that represented us.  Of course, I knew I would go with an industrial themed piece.  

I tried to incorporate some of my favorite products while making this fun steampunk niche.  The back of the canvas was used so that I would have a small space to tuck things inside.  I used this project to utilize some completed elements that had not been used like the resin encased tin type and resin filled bezel.

Paper tape from 7 Gypsies was added behind these ladies to add some interest to this background. I also used a lot of gears from 7 Gypsies as well.

The layers of metal embellishments were built up with matte medium.  Lots of copper mica flakes were tucked in as I built up the canvas as well.  This adds a lot of glimmer and glitz.  There are so many little bits tucked inside! To keep the element of movement present in this piece I attached a bird charm that has the ability to swing on the tiny pin.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a project that hopefully represents me as a designer.  Thank you as always for your readership!



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Timeless Valentine

This lovely card was made with lots of great stuff from Canvas Corp.  The base of the card was misted with red, pink and bronze Glimmer Mist and I also added lots of paper and embellishments from 7 Gypsies.

The challenge was to send a card to someone you usually would not send a Valentine to.  I had just had a nice long chat with my sister, so it was she that inspired this fun card that actually made it in the mail.

I crafted a layered heart with burlap, paper as well as some 7 Gypsies tissue paper that had been covered in Ice Resin.  I love the translucent look of this element.

I stumbled across an old clock die cut that was coated in gesso, embossed and later distressed and sanded that added nice compliment to the heart focal.  Sometimes having a messy work space helps my process unfortunately.

I added some 7 Gypsies paper tape to bring in more of the vintage colors and add more texture to the background.

Finally, I used my favorite pins, also from 7 Gypsies to attach my sentiment.  In order to add more fun to the recieving of this card, I enclosed it in a quickly made handmade envelope as well.

I am excited to surprise my sister with an old fashioned snail mail hello!