Jun 25 2015

Waste Not, Want Not Tutorial by Anne Redfern

Hello everyone, I am sure we have all been there, you spend time creating something and it just does not work out the way you had in your mind.  I was following a tutorial, on line, for a weathered paint background but several coats of paint and Vaseline later, it just was not happening.  It went away in a cupboard and I only found it again after a clear out.  Here’s what I made.

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I will take you through some of the steps that show how I reached this end result.
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I started with a 5″ x 7″ thin, hard back canvas and covered it in strips of book pages and some of Tim Holtz’s Correspondence papers.
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Many layers of paint and Vaseline later – it just wasn’t working.  I know people say, oh it’s only a piece of card / canvas, just throw it away and start again….  As a ‘thrifty’ crafter I couldn’t throw it away…… and now I am glad I didn’t….
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A couple of coats of Gesso and a little stencilling using Tim’s Flourish Stencil and Ranger Embossing Paste and it is starting to look a little better.
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I gave the base a coat of Bundled Sage Distress Paint and left it to dry naturally.   I dry brushed some Vintage Photo Distress Paint around the edges and across the raised areas of the flourish stencilling.
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I cut some Tattered Florals from the Bigz Tattered die using some white (fairly thick) card and soaked these by giving them a heavy spray of water and letting them sit for a few minutes.  I scrunched them up tight whilst wet.  Again, whilst wet, I gently unravelled them.  While still wet (and working carefully so as not to rip the card) I layered the flower up, shaped the petal until I was happy with them and left it to dry naturally.  Once dry I carefully dis-assembled the flower and glued each layer together and once the glue was dry I sprayed the flower with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain.  You could colour the flower at the point where you initially wet it, by using a mix of water and Distress Stain, but apart from staining your hands, the colour does not seem as vibrant once dry.  It is just a matter of personal choice – either way works.
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I cut some of Tim’s Garden Green leaves from white card and sprayed them with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain to go behind the flower.
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The butterfly was die cut from Tim’s Butterfly Duo set, embossed and coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and Edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added an Idea-ology pin which says Memento on it.  The ‘this is life’ is one of Tim’s Framed Alpha Parts which has been lightly dabbed with Vintage Photo Distress Paint to tone in with the background.
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So there we have it, one rescued canvas, I hope you like it and thanks for looking!

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Jun 10 2015

ATB Tutorial by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, Lisa here with an ATB tutorial for you! ATB stands for Artist Trading Block and these are like three dimensional ATCs and so much fun to make. The possibilities are really endless! Mine is called Button Love, and as you can see I really do love buttons and have quite a stash.

Let’s get started (or in other words, Step 1!) I knew I wanted a crackled heart for a topper and crackle paste take a while to dry so I started with that. Cut a heart out of matboard and basecoat both sides with dark brown paint. When it is dry I cover a side (you have to do one side at a time of course) with Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Paste and let it dry. A medium think layer gives you some nice crackle – thicker paste equals bigger cracks. When both sides are dry and crackled I paint it with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany Distress Paint. While the paint is wet, lightly mist it with water to get it to marble together.

Step 2 – Cut two panels out of matboard using the Sizzix ATB Block Die. Working one panel at a time, cover it with a coat of Multi Medium and lightly lay torn pieces of sewing pattern tissue over it. Tap down onto the surface and scrunch it to get the wrinkles into it for texture. Press it down firmly then to get it all to adhere to the matboard surface. Cover it with another layer of Multi Medium to seal it and let everything dry, then trim the excess tissue off.

 

Step 3 – Paint over the surfaces with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, making sure to get it into the nooks and crannies. Wipe off the paint with a baby wipe before it dries, leaving it in the textured parts. You can remove paint to your taste – leave a little or a lot! When the paint is dry, you will need to lightly score through the tissue with a craft knife at the block fold lines. Otherwise the tissue will tear and look messy when you fold the box up.

Step 4 – Cut four 2.5 inch squares out of quilt batting and fabric. I used Tim Holtz fabric for mine. I love the vintage look of the patterns. Sew around the edges, leaving about 1/8 inch border. Use a craft pick or distressing tool to fray the edges.

Step 5 – Now comes the really fun part! Arranging the buttons! (I fussed around with them until I got them laid out in pleasing arrangements on each fabric panel.) Then lightly glue the buttons down with a strong, quick grabbing glue. Just a few dots (and not blocking the holes!) will do the job. You just need to hold them in place while sewing them on.

Step 6 – After sewing the buttons, which admittedly does take a while but I think the effect is worth it, glue the fabric panels in place on the matboard side panels. Sometimes I assemble the ATB before decorating it, other times I do everything while it is flat and assembling is the last step. It just depends on what you are doing. Fold on all the score lines.

Assembly tips: Use a strong tape like Wonder Tape or a super strong fast tacky glue. (My favorite is Api’s Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! glue.) Once it’s all together you can add feet, the topper and other embellishments. Whew, that was a long tutorial but I hope you are inspired to try some of these techniques or make your own ATB. You can search for ATB on my blog and see others that I’ve done or search in Pinterest and you’ll get an eyeful. =) Be sure to stop back soon to check out the new Inspiration Journal challenge for June. We’d love to see your projects.

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May 20 2015

Precious Things Textured Canvas Tutorial by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here!  Today I’m sharing a textured canvas panel tutorial that’s perfect for gift giving or a home decor piece.  We are right in the middle of our “Pasted” Challenge with all things  textured/embossing pasted, so I thought we would work with that medium.

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The base is an 8×8 flat back canvas, but you could just as easily adapt to a heavy cardstock.  Apply Antique Linen Distress Paint over entire surface of canvas spreading with paint brush.  Now apply a little Pumice Stone Distress Paint sporadically over canvas and move color around with baby wipe, making sure not to cover the first color completely.  We’re looking for streaks of color from the Antique Linen and Pumice Stone.  Then dry with heat tool to make the Distress Paint permanent before going onto the next color.  Now we’re really going to add some depth to the canvas with a little Black Soot Distress Paint.   Apply very sparingly to each corner (a little goes a long way) then move around the color with a baby wipe until you’re happy with the level of depth.  Then dry with a heat tool.  I marked about an 1 1/4 line all the way around the square canvas with a black fine line sharpie.  This is going to serve as a guide for my texture paste because there’s no need to put the paste in the center because it won’t be seen.  Lay the Bricked Stencil on canvas and tack down with tissue tape or low tack tape.  Apply texture paste with a palette knife sporadically here and there over the canvas surface, then let bricks air dry.  Make sure to wash the stencil immediately when done.  After the paste was completely dry, I colored bricks with Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Paint.  To insure the pattern stayed crisp, I laid the stencil back over the dried bricks and applied the paint very dry.  I started with Gathered Twigs  applying with a blending tool, then added a little Rusty Hinge, then Walnut Stain.  Wipe up any excess paint with a baby wipe while wet.  When you’re happy with your brick color, remove stencil and dry with a heat tool.  To finish, apply a little Black Soot with finger just skimming across the top here and there sparingly to the bricks, then dry with heat tool.

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Cut a piece of corrugated cardstock 6 1/4 squared.  Apply and even coat of Ranger Multi Medium with a paintbrush making sure to get into the groves and dry with a heat tool.  This is going to make the paint glide across the surface and blend beautifully.  Apply Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Paint  to the corrugated card stock.  Move the color around with a baby wipe until your happy with the shading.  Dry with a heat tool.  Distress edges with a bone folder.  Apply foam squares to back (making sure to leave space for Ornate Plate we will add later) and attach to canvas base.

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Using the Wildflower Stencil, apply texture paste with a palette knife to a #8 Manila tag.  Lift stencil and let tag air dry.  Make sure to wash stencil immediately.  Apply and even coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint to tag and flowers, making sure to get in groves and cracks.  Dry with tool. You want the initial color to become permanent and waterproof before going to the next color.  Apply and even coat of Pumice Stone Distress Paint to entire tag surface making sure to get into the groove thing cracks.  While the paint is still wet, start removing excess paint with baby wipe trying to leave some color up next to the flowers and stems.  You want streaks with a hint of first color (there are no mistakes as long as the paint is still wet, you can always remove excess color with a baby wipe). Dry with heat tool.  For the final color on tag apply Gathered Twig Distress Paint to surface making sure to get into the groove and cracks next to the flowers and stems.  Wipe away excess color with baby wipe until you achieve the shading you desire.  Dry with heat tool.

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Distress tag edges with the bone folder.  Apply some Remant Rubs using the Remant Rub Tool to the tag.  I applied the butterfly and bee from the Botanicals collection.  Shade a piece of vintage sheet music with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool.

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Apply a little Antique Linen Distress Paint to the Heirloom Rose, Typed Token, Heart Charm, Mini Paper Clip, Ornate Plate and Loop Pin (some are not in the picture) and dry with heat tool.  Apply a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink with an alcohol ink blending applicator to the Heirloom Rose, Typed Token, Heart Charm, Mini Paper Clip, Ornate Plate and Loop Pin (some are not in the picture).  The small patterned paper is from the Correspondence Paper Stash the ATC size.  Shade edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and blending tool.  Flick a little water onto paper surface and dried with a heat tool.  Then distressed edges with a bone folder.  Flat glue the sheet music, the patterned paper and the Manila tag onto the corrugated cardstock.

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Die cut the word “friends” from the Thinlits Handwritten Love Collection out of black #24 Kraft Core and the Correspondence Paper Stash.  Sand the black Kraft Core word “friends” lightly while still in cut out.  Gently shade the wording with Walnut Stain Distress Ink in a blending tool.  Glue the two cut out “friends” wording together but slightly offset them, using a little Glossy Accents and some twezzers.  Darker color on bottom and lighter color on top.

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Using the outer part of the Heart Charm sticker, make a template and cut out a small heart from scrap of Correspondence Paper.  I can not tell you how happy, happy, happy I’m going to be when I get my hands on those new Tim Holtz Punches!!! :)  Shade heart with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and blending tool.  Then add a Remnant Rub, I choose a small set of numbers from the Special Delivery Remnant Rubs Collection.  Adhere heart cutout to Heart Charm with a dot of Glossy Accents.  Apply heart bauble to charm.  Now for the tattered bow.  I never throw my scrap pieces of ribbon away, I use them to make scrap bows.  I had several short pieces of a similar color ( I believe five).  I stacked them altogether and tied it off with a longer piece of scrap ribbon.  So there you have it, don’t throw your scraps away :)  I trimmed off any excess and used the scratcher tool to tatter the edges.  Attach Loop Pin and Heart Charm to bow then glue bow to top of the tag.

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Glue a layer of Manila cardstock and the blue patterned paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash together and cut out the bird using the Bird Silhouette die.  Apply an even layer of Ranger Multi Media in over the surface of the bird cut out.  Dry with heat tool.  Very sparingly with a dry brush, apply a very thin layer of Ranger Gesso to the surface of the bird not completely covering the pattern.  Dry with heat tool.   Protecting your nonstick craft mat with a scratch piece of paper, sand the surface of the bird with sanding grip to expose some of the underlaying white paper, being careful not to sand off too much of the pattern.  shade bird with walnut stain and vintage photo distress ink in a blending tool.  The ink is really going to adhere to the exposed sanded paper.

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Glue a layer of Manila cardstock and the blue diamond patterned paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash together and cut out the saucer from the Tea Time die.  Apply an even layer of Ranger Multi Medium to patterned paper of saucer and dry with heat tool.  Apply very sparingly with a dry brush very little Ranger Gesso to saucer, being careful not to cover too much of the patterned paper.  Dry with a heat tool. Protecting your nonstick craft mat with a scratch piece of paper, sand the surface of the saucer with sanding grip to expose some of the underlaying white paper, being careful not to sand off too much of the pattern.  Shade with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blending tool.  Adhere saucer to canvas using foam squares.

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Glue a layer of Manila cardstock and the cream/orange and the blue/white flower patterned paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash together and cut out the cup and tag from the Tea Time die.  Apply an even layer of Ranger Multi Medium to cup and tag then dry with heat tool.  Apply very sparingly with a dry brush very little Ranger Gesso to saucer, being careful not to cover too much of the patterned paper.  Dry with a heat tool. Protecting your nonstick craft mat with a scratch piece of paper, sand the surface of the cup and tag with sanding grip to expose some of the underlaying white paper, being careful not to sand off too much of the pattern.  Shade with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blending tool.  Attach a cotton string to tag using the Tiny Attacher, then tuck into slit in cup and tape down on back of cup.  Adhere cup to saucer using foam squares, but only on lower part of cup.  Secure top half of cup to tag, with liquid adhesive.

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Attach Ornate Plate, Typed Token and Heirloom Rose with Glossy Accents.  Attach Tiny Paper Clip to vintage sheet music.  I ended up adding a few more Remnant Rubs from the Special Delivery and Botanicals Collections to my Textured Canvas…it’s hard for me to quit with those little gems once I start!

Whew, are you still with me…I hope so!  This was a really fun piece to create and I hope you give texture/embossing paste a try!  Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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May 18 2015

Weekly Inspiration

We have some fabulous projects from the Inspiration Team to share with you today…we are so lucky to have such an incredible, diverse group of artists.  Let’s get started with a perfect for summer project from the amazing Anne Redfern.  There are so many fun details here and we love the background she created with embossing paste…just perfect for the monthly challenge for May.

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Next we have this adorable card from Karin Akesdotter…clean, simple, and lovely layers!

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We are in LOVE with the great layers of this project from Kath Stewart…she used the Fancy Pants Swagger line for this fabulous card!

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Another great piece from Anne Redfern is this lovely burlap tag…Anne pulled all the cool details together beautifully!

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Up next are a few fantastic projects from the incredible Lisa Hoel…she shows us a few ways to use embossing paste, she is rocking’ the May challenge.

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We hope you found some inspiration here, we appreciate you stopping in to see what our team is up to!!!

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May 4 2015

Monthly Challenge – May

Happy Monday to you all and I hope you all did something you loved this weekend.  The temperatures are certainly becoming more seasonal in our neck of the woods and they couldn’t come soon enough!  We had a fun weekend here on the Inspiration Journal sharing what our incredibly talented design team has been up to recently.  The Emporium family would like to thank you all of you who  are participating in our monthly challenges.  We are happy to see that people are having a great time creating and sharing so thank you!

Before we announce the new monthly challenge for May we should deal with one little something else…how about the winner for April?? One lucky winner has been randomly selected from the 90 submissions we received for April.  This individual will receive $50 to spend with us online at Inspiration Emporium…how fun is that?  Without delaying further our winner for April’s Anything Goes Monthly challenge is…

 

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 Congratulations to Pamellia!!

Please email heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim you prize

A new month only means a new challenge and I think we have a fun one coming your way.  May is a perfect month to get PASTED! Nope, not plastered but maybe you want to do some plastering with what we have up our sleeves.  For May all of the monthly submissions need to include embossing paste in some way so lets all put on our creative thinking caps on and maybe think outside the box with this one.  Like April, the randomly selected winner will be awarded $50 to spend we us at Inspiration Emporium on whatever your little heart desires.  The deadline for submissions is May 31st at midnight so be sure to get your artwork linked below because you can’t win if you don’t play along.  Have a great week!h


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May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Sue Kment

Spotlight alert…Spotlight alert…Spotlight alert!!!! Thank you for joining us on this weekend adventure of spotlights seeing what our incredible design team has been up to creatively.  As you can see they all have their very own unique styles and the reason we love them so much.  Next up is Sue Kment who loves the use of bold and bright colours and pieces we can’t help but smile at when seeing.  There is always a fun component to her projects which I just love.  Sue is all about adding dimension through pop ups, folds and diecuts so lets check out what she has been creating…

 

IMG_0061These Art Impressions just make me laugh every time I see them.  I love how Sue incorporated the memorable brown into her card.  Be sure to check out the flip side HERE!

 

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IMG_0117These Taylored Expressions and dies go as well together as colds and tissues!  I am certain this card would make anyone receiving it feel better.

IMG_0132-001This adorable card by Sue would make anyone forget about their boo boo and put a smile on their face!  This card also uses the Souper Soon set by Taylored Expressions.

How fun are those projects?h

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May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Lisa Hoel

That’s right, the spotlights keep coming!  They give us an opportunity to see pieces by one artist…some create in one similar style but our wonderful Lisa Hoel is always trying different things and it is great to see her project because it is totally different from the last.

Lisa-Hoel_faux-enamel-rooster-ATC Lisa-Hoel_faux-granitware-ATCsThese fantastic artist trading cards using the faux graniteware technique are a real hoot! The captions are hilarious and the rooster is stunning!

Lisa-Hoel_Compendium-of-Curiosities-challenge-#25_frameworksThe dimension in this masculine card is over the top incredible using the frameworks dies.  Her father in law will sure love receiving this card I am certain.

 

Lisa-Hoel_Eileen-Hull-Vintage-Travel_bingo-boardsLisa changed things up with this colourful keepsake piece using vintage auto bingo cards and loads of ephemera and embellishments. Love, love love it!

I can’t wait to see what is next Lisa and thank you to all for what they share with us all every month.  The inspiration is endless and hopefully gets your creativity rolling!

See you soon!h

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May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Danielle Lounds

We are back!  Next up is our sweet Danielle Lounds who loves the use of crisp edges and brilliant pops of colour.  Let’s check out her recent inky adventures…

ThanksABunchMonkey_A_DanielleLounds_thumbI am sure the recipient of this card went bananas for it!  Adorable Danielle!

MeowyHi_A_DanielleLounds_thumbYou can’t help but have warm and fuzzy feelings when seeing this card.  The kitty is SO cute and the layers come together perfectly.

 

HelloParakeet_A_DanielleLounds_thumbPolly wants a cracker…oh no sorry, just wants to say hello!  Here is a great use of the memory frames from Ranger and Danielle

 

LittleBirdieToldMe_A_DanielleLounds_thumbWhat a great use of colour in this adorable card from Danielle who always knows just where to place the little added touches and embellishments. Make sure you check all of Danielle’s creations HERE and leave a little message letting her know you stopped by.

Thanks for joining us on our spotlight weekend with more to come!h

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May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Kath Stewart

We are back to spotlight our very own lovely Kath Stewart who has recently been doing her very own amazing spotlight with a favorite of so many.  We are so glad Kath is besotted with the Flower Garden because your pieces are absolutely STUNNING! Let’s check them out…

 

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Project 3and BEAUTIFUL!

The subtle colours through all of her pieces are calming and serene and I am sure you will agree…are breathtaking! Kath, I hope your love for this set from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz continues for a long time because I can’t wait to see the next masterpieces you create with it. Be sure to check out the endless inspiration from Kath HERE!

Be sure to come back soon for more!h

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May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Bobbi Smith

Happy Sunday everyone!  We hope you are enjoying your weekend and our spotlights of our very talented design team.  This morning we are going to kick the spotlights off with layering queen Bobbi Smith.  Whether it is just the stamps and ink or various elements added Bobbi is able to put together a dimensional masterpiece like no other.  Lets check out what she has been up to lately shall we…

 

IMG_4243April’s tag challenge was a very popular one and we can see why.  Simple elegance showcases Tim Holtz’s new stamp set – Flower Garden beautifully.  Gorgeous job Bobbi!

IMG_4386We love it when Bobbi just has to whip something up for a friend because this is the result.  Be sure to check out HERE to see how how she created it

IMG_4322_SnapseedSee what I mean about her layering…this beautiful masculine tag using the smudging technique  for the CC3  challenge which if you haven’t already checked out you need to do so!

IMG_4361_Snapseed2So much detail went into this stunning card, make certain you check out Bobbi’s tutorial to see for yourself.  Techniques galore!

What a great way to start off today’s spotlight, don’t you think?

More greatness to come!h

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