Archive for June, 2015

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.

I will take you through some of the steps that show how I reached this end result.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So there we have it, one rescued canvas, I hope you like it and thanks for looking!
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.