Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello World!

Wow it has been a long, long, long time.... School started back in August ('14) and I don't think I've stopped running since then!  But thankfully crafty/inky time has not been equally ignored :-D.  In the last several months I've begun to take my inks & paints off cardstock & onto canvas, glass & wood way outside my comfort zone but it's been fun to learn something new & gives me more gift options (yay!).

One of my favorite projects was making a shadowbox for my in-laws Christmas - unfortunately I have absolute no photographic evidence :-( - Another favorite project was cookie jars made based on Tammy Tutterow's Sugar Crackle Glazed Votives again I have no pictures (epic fail I know), my version are big Anchor glass jars in red/black (snowmen) & blue/grey (snowflakes).  The last big mixed-media project was a canvas for my sister & brother-in-laws' media room.  I found Tim Holtz's At the Movies set at our pseudo-local scrapbooking store and knew it would be perfect.

I started with adhering tissue wrap to the canvas corners with Glue-n-Seal (love that stuff) and applied Pumice Stone Stain to the entire canvas.  Then went over with Aged Mahogany Paint pounced through a honeycomb stencil (cut on Silhouette), the contrast between the corners & center was too stark so I went over the corners with Aged Mahogany Stain.  Mixed gold gelato into texture paste & applied it through a polka dot stencil (Heidi Swapp), made a star with Glossy Accents & covered it with Rusty Hinge Distress Glitter, in the opposite corner embossed with the film strip stamp & finally applied the "imagination destination" rub-on in the bottom corner.  After I made the base I created 3D film reels from chipboard, foil tape, dimensional foam & Idea-ology film strip ribbon - for some reason my Silhouette decided to have a tantrum while trying to cut the reels out so instead I hand cut the cuts & debossed the center holes which worked (I think) but makes it harder to see the ribbon.  The stamped ephemera are simply colored, stamped & fussy-cut out; the popcorn buckets are on specialty stamping material, the tickets on cardstock & the playbill on manila .  I liked the look of popcorn & tickets but the playbill looked to clean so I dirtied it up with Old Paper ink over the whole piece, then went around the edges with Gathered Twigs ink and finally sprayed it with water mixed with Perfect Pearl.  I crumpled & bent it a bit before drying it so it lifted off the canvas once applied.

This year (or rather last year) I set myself the challenge of making all of our Christmas Cards and while I didn't quite succeed, I did make about 20 or so ;-).  My favorite card is based off 3D Snowman Art Tag by Tammy Tutterow.  How cute is the snowman?!  I've been lusting after this stamp/ die set since it was released & finally decided to splurge a bit :-)

An angel card (from a Silhouette store file)

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