Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tags are very popular right now, with Tim Holtz doing his 12 Tags of Christmas, and I have seen other websites that are doing the same, so I thought it would be fun to do a tag.For those of you who know me personally, you know I should be the Grunge Queen, because I don't shy away from getting my hands dirty.
For this tag, I spritzed on brown and pink inks, using a paper towel to smoosh them around. Then I used some drywall tape and gesso to add some texture. It still needed a little something for texture, so I used gold acrylic paint with the drywall tape. Then I spritzed the whole thing with gold.
I stamped the Christmas tree onto watercolor paper, then used markers diluted with water to paint it. When it was dry, I carefully cut it out and adhered it to the card. I used stickles to add glitter to the tree and star.
I stamped "Noel" onto the tag, then went over it with a black copic marker, to give it more definition. I also used green stickles to go over the letters to give it more oomph!
I punched out some pink snowflakes, adhered to the tag and then colored with stickles, and added some faux stitching around the edge of the card. I tied a gold ribbon and viola, I was done. The tag is grungy, but also feminine with the pink colors.
I challenge you to use a tag in your art. When you do, please leave a link in the comment section so we can see your artwork.
With the Christmas holiday I may not have a post for next week. Have a blessed Christmas.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I did get some Christmas shopping done. We are only buying for the granddaughters this year, as their dad has been out of work for over 6 months, and money is tight. We try to help them out all we can, so money is tight for us, too. But the girls will be taken care of.
I had the opportunity to work on another Herringbone card (I shared an ATC previously), and wanted to share it with you. I love the look of these cards, each one has a different look, depending on the patterned papers you use. And it's surprisingly easy to achieve.
This week I wanted to work with the Layered Star stamp from My Paper Moon. This is a very versatile stamp, as you can see below.
I stamped the image onto the green, pink and red patterned paper and adhered to cardstock. I stamped the image also onto green solid paper and red solid paper. I cut out the triangles from the green cardstock and adhered to the patterned paper. Then I cut the red triangles out and used pop dots to adhere them over the green triangles. I then cut out the red star medallion from the inside of the image, and adhered it with pop dots to the center. I cut out the small green star and the small red star from the very center, and adhered them with adhesive.
I can make another and adhere it to the back, punch a hole, thread some pretty ribbon and use as an ornament for my tree, or I can adhere to a card and send to a friend. Wouldn't these look beautiful with different Christmas patterned paper and used as Christmas ornaments?
Here are some of the ways you can use this stamp:
I hope you have a wonderful week.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. I spent it with my two granddaughters, which was great. We were keeping them overnight so Mom and Dad could go to her company Christmas Party, but decided to get them early and make a day of it. We picked them up, then went to the Flea Market, followed by a late lunch/early dinner at CiCi's Pizza. We did our nails and did card tricks and was silly. On Sunday we watched movies all day. It was great! For today's card, I chose a technique from the current Technique Junkie's newsletter called Rachel's Coat.
It's basically a Joseph's Coat technique, except you use designer paper for the background. I chose a candy cane striped paper for my background, stamped and clear embossed the snowflakes and saying, then covered it with black ink, removing the ink from the embossed areas. I matted it on a pink cardstock, and used my scalloped edge punch. The whole thing was then adhered to the black cardstock. I think I will make another, but after matting it on the pink cardstock, I will then adhere it to the same candy-cane striped background paper. Anyway, the possibilities are endless. I hope you get to try this technique and post a link to it in the comment section. Happy Crafting!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009