Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Awesome" Mixed Media Heart CCB

Hi all,
I'm back to share this heart-shaped mixed media canvas with you. It's on the Canvas Corp Brands blog now, and has the step by step pics as well, in case you're interested. 

Recently my brother, I and our families had an afternoon planned to try and get a nice picture of the 6 of us. As a Father's Day gift.
As to be expected, things didn't go as planned. The remote for my camera didn't work, so some old-fashioned running into place after setting the self-timer was involved. Luckily, 10 seconds were enough, even with my twisted ankle, jumping through the prickly grass.
That prickly grass was another point that ruined things. For my son. And my nephew. Who didn't wanna walk through, or even stand in it. So the first few shots we had were displaying some moody faces. Grumpy Cat, move over!
Later on they alternated crying and cooperating. But when they were frolicking on a picknick table, I took a few shots and one really popped out. I edited it to black and white, except for the blues. (We all wore blue to get a nicer picture.) And then I tweeked it a little more and found myself inspired instantly. Does that happen to you too? That a new picture inspires you to scrapbook it right away?

So, that's the backstory. Just so you know these shots of happy boys don't happen all the time. And especially not when planned.

The current "Our Mixed Media Moods" challenge board inspired me enormously!

Below you can find most of the Canvas Corp Brands ingredients I used for my canvas. Finally used some more of the new 7gypsies Architextures, like the Parchment Rub-ons, Junque Pack, Tin Tiles and some of the paper.
I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System - Rusty Metal to make rust, but tried another way with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam as well. You can read about it on the CCB Blog.

I will leave you with some pictures of the finished result. Remember, the steps are on the CCB blog!

Comments and questions are always welcome!
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Words & Paintery June Challenge Mixed media Layout 'Icecream'

Hey all,
Time for the June challenge over at Words & Paintery! The mooboard is soft...
Give it a go, you have until July 15!

Upon seeing the colors and the text, the picture from our Summer Vacation (in the Netherlands) last year came to mind immediately. Connor was enjoying his Cornetto, at the waterside of a very picturesque spot. Can you believe this was actually near a bunker? To us it was an idyllic spot, but the hardship those soldiers must have endured is infathomable.

And in a few measly weeks, it will be time for Summer Holidays again,  already... Time flies!

Step 1.
Sometimes, starting out blank can be good.
Apply clear gesso on a white sheet of cardstock.

Step 2.
Use TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste through the TCW stencil 564S, 'Organic Matter'.
The goal is to sort of mimic the structure of icecream...

Step 3.
First spray water, then drop and tap various shades of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist onto your project. Allow them to drip down, just like a melting icecream would do. Spray or sprinkle more water or mists,  if the effect is not right.

Used Tattered Angels colors:
*Mint Julip
*Chalkboard - Splash
* Baseboard - Baby Girl Pink

Step 4.
Cut some pieces of board from a sheet of paper with board patterns, ink the edges and attach them to the desired position with staples and 3d foam. 
This paperpad is from Decotime (Action).

Step 5.
Die-cut leaves from metallic white and mint paper,
using Prima leaves dies and Aliexpress leaf die.
Create your composition using leaves, flowers and straws.
I added shells later on.

Step 6.
Color some wood icecream cones and a little square text block,
using white gesso and the Glimmer Mist colors mentioned above.
Die-cut the little heart-beat from white foam (die: Aliexpress).

Step 7.
When everything is in place, dab white gesso on the embellishments with a sponge first.
Allow to dry, then coat everything in a layer of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam 'Chandelier'.
Because I use white gesso mostly every time before I use this product, I'm not sure the result is a reaction of both. Either way, the Glimmer Glam gives it a bit of a frosty feel, a milky gleem.
With sparkle!

Well, that about sums it up. Any questions and/or comments are always welcome! I hope to have inspired you to play along! I will leave you with some close-ups of my layout.

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Happy scrapping!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Canvas Corp Brands May Challenge "7" mixed media Architextures card

Hi all,

This month Canvas Corp Brands has TWO challenges for you instead of ONE!
The card I have made, was done for the 'card only' challenge, where the theme is '7'.
This one ends June 5, just like the main challenge.
Here's the link to the CHALLENGE.
Use #ccbchallenge somewhere when linking up, to be considered.

For the main challenge (same link), we would love for you to alter an object or whatever you want. Make something old NEW again. You still have until June 5 to do so!

My process:
Cut out a cardboard 7 in the desired size.
 Using various #7gypsies papers, I cut 7 pieces of paper to glue to my cardboard 7.
I used:
*7gypsies American Vintage Collection - State Plates
*7gypsies Ordre du Jour - Seize the Day - Pen & Tell Her
*7gypsies Wanderlust - Pack your bags

 I distressed the edges with my scissors, and inked them with black ink.

I used a paper from the new 7gypsies #Architextures Mix and Match Book Pink,
glued it to a piece of cardboard using gel medium and then sprayed some
#TatteredAngels Glimmer Mist - Stone, through a #TCW Stencil, 262S.
 Also from Architextures, I used the Short base - Doilies pack.
I cut off 3 doilies, adhered them to my paper and sprayed some Tattered Angels
Glimmer Mist - Red Tipped Roses, onto them and their surroundings.

From my brandnew 7gypsies Architextures Parchment Rub-Ons - Live,
I used the lady with the broom and bucket and rubbed her on my card. No fuss at all.
So different from traditional rub-ons! And the look? Like a stamp! WOW!

I used a sticker from the Architextures Stash Paque, 'Create', and colored it a little with brown ink to soften its black and white.
I added some paper from the 7gypsies 'Wanderlust' pad, underneath my 7gypsies truck. I colored that truck with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze - Bon Bon and Tailfin.
I cut out some paintings from a paper called 'Art Wall', from the Architextures 8 by 8 paper pad.

 From another Architextures Stash Paque, I took the soft green label, cut it in half and added it on top of my 7 and on the right side of the card.
The text 'live life throughyour art' is from the package of the Architextures rub-ons! I thought it was appropiate, because I am really one who lives through my art. I am not much of a traveler. I love being at home and creating my art. Through which I tell my story.

Using Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Bon Bon and Tailfin, I gave my rub-on lady a little color. Her face and body were done with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'Red Tipped Roses'.

I cut up some sections of my cardboard 7, and either stapled them together, or strung them together with leather cord. I added one step crackle medium on the 7 and the paintings.

 So, I hope this card has inspired you! Check out what some others of the crew have created for this challenge, as well as the main challenge. Join us, and win a guest designer spot WITH ample CCB goodies to use!
Hope you love the new 7gypsies Architextures as much as we do, too.
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Happy scrapping and don't forget to join one of our challenges!

"Words & Paintery" May Challenge, Shabby Steampunk Shack

Hi all,
Time for a new challenge over at Words & Paintery! You can find it HERE
Check out the nice 'n rusty moodboard, the designteam's interpretations and play along!
You have until June 15.

So, I started out with this cute, little, crooked house.

My assistant and I started rusting a bunch of things: some diecut pipes I made with my Bigshot, using my latest Tim Holtz pipes die and cardboard. A gear-clockwork thingy, loose gears. I wasn't sure what I wanted to use, so we just rusted some items, using mostly my Viva Decor Rust paste.

I gave the house a coat of greenish acrylic paint, then a coat of crackle medium,
then another coat of blue acrylic paint. I sanded it a bit, too.

 Once the Rust Paste was dry, I dropped some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Brass onto some parts and rubbed some Inka Gold - Turquoise onto other parts.

I added the pipes and gears where I liked them and glued everything in place. I sprinkled some Infusions - Sleight Blue on my project and sprayed water to activate it. The black soot gave it an even more realistic distressed feel.
Using gel medium, I added micro beads in gold an black on my project here and there.
I sprinkled and dropped some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Verdrigris onto my project too, for a finishing touch. It's a wonderful copper color with turquoise.

I wrapped some wire around the upper pipe and lower tap,
and strung some teardrop shaped beads in the wire.

The text 'Memory Lane' is from a 7Dots sheet.

To the backside of the window, I stapled some chicken wire and rusted it a bit.

 I hope my take will have inspired you to create something too!
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