Thursday, April 23, 2015

Collage Canvas

So by popular demand my DT (Design Team) project today will be a Collage canvas.  This is one of my favorite styles to do on a canvas.
For this project I decided to use the Chain Link backgroundstamp and Steampunk’d Rubber Stamps set that both can be purchased from  I hope you enjoy this project, below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own. 

Supplies List:
  • facade (surface): 8in X 10in Artist Loft Canvas (20.3cm x 25.4cm)
  • paper: idea-ology (Tim Holtz) WallFlower paper stash, manila card stock, brown card stock.
  • distress ink: gathered twig, pumice stone
  • archival ink: coffee, potting soil and black
  • embellishments: word band, jump ring, metal corners, flowers and big chitchat
  • adhesives: glossy accents, double sided tape, beacon quickgrip glue and pop dots
  • tools: craft sheet, mister, heat tool, scissors, ink blending tool, ripper, vagabond and sewing machine
  • stamps used: Chain Link background stamp and Steampunk’d Rubber stampset

Step 1: We will start by gathering up our supplies for this project and then let the fun begin.
Step 2: First start off this project by taking the canvas and using distress inks (gathered twigs and pumice stone) and cover the canvas with the distress inks using a blending tool. 
Take gathered twig distress ink (you will come to learn this is one of my favorite colors- I use it in most of my projects) and cover the canvas and also apply the distress ink color of pumice stone as well.
Step 3: Now that you have the background of the canvas started lets then create the water drop effect onto the surface of that.  Take a water mister and squirt water into the palm of your hand.  Then flick the water onto the canvas.
Then using your heat gun start drying the canvas and then blot up the remaining water with a cloth or paper towel.
Step 4:  Now we need to seal the canvas and this is because distress ink is reactive with water we need to seal the canvas.  So I used Matte Finish spray and sprayed the entire canvas and set it aside to let it fully dry.
Step 5:  Our next step is take some of the wallflower paper stash paper to determine our background.  In this process I am trying to figure out our pallet lay out.
 Step 6: Now that we have determined our paper.  We will begin to cut this down to the sizes we want to use on the canvas.  We will be making block back ground squares that will then show case our stamped images and embellishments we use.
Step 7: We are now going to start placing the blocks we cut out onto the canvas and determine our layout. 
Step 8:  Now that we have the blocks determined we are going to use the sewing machine around the boarders to add a simple stitch.  However before we do that…
Step 9: Take the blocks now and using the paper distresser rough up the edges.  Then dirty up the edges with gathered twig distress ink and add a simple stitch to block the image.   This adds that additional element of detail.
Step 10: Then we are going to start stamping images and adding them to the canvas onto the blocked images.  I started off taking the Chain Link background and using potting soil archival ink I stamped the image on manila card stock.
I then applied some gathered twig distress ink to dirty up the edges and across the face of the stamped image. 
I finished it off by adhering it to the canvas with idea-ology long fasteners.
Step 11: We will continue this process of adding embellishments and stamped images to the blocks. 
Step 12: I then took the two pocket watch stamps from the Steampunk’d stampset and using coffee archival ink stamped those on manila card stock.  I then cut each of those images out.

Step 13: I then adhered the blocked images to the canvas using Beacon quick grip glue.

Step 14:  Final step was to add more embellishments.  An I added a word saying to the canvas as a final touch.
Thanks for checking out this fun canvas project and if you don’t have the Art Journaling stamp set in your stash be sure to add them.  This is a must have and will be a great addition to for your craft stash.
Check out the store today there are such great stamps, stencils and products that you can chose from that will be great additions to your home.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A bit of Wonderland

Hello All Lanette Here!

Today I am going to share a page out of my Art Journal. I love my journal because there is no rhyme or reason for it, its only purpose is for me to get a bit of color on my hands. Which really is my happy place. :)

So first,  lets start by taking a look at my finished page, then I will show you how I made it! :)

Sin City Supplies Used:  Alice Art Rubber Stamps & Rosette Hearts

Other Supplies Used: Art Anthology Gesso, Dylusions Paint, Faber Castell Pitt markers, White Uni Ball Pen,

Now lets look at my process. Using a bit of foam I started painting squares and rectangles. I just kept picking colors and moving around the page, again no rhyme or reason.

 Here is a look after I finished making my squares and rectangles, not perfect but pretty!

Next I decided I wanted to add a image of Alice to my page. So I added some gesso to make the perfect spot for her.

I just love adding a bit of Wonderland to my Art Journal!

 A bit of doodling and a bit more stamping....

 Next it was time to color and a dd a few more stamps. I added a bit more color using my Pitt Markers and Rosette stamps.

  Lots of doodling and a bit of coloring and that's it a pretty page to share! Easy peasy no rhyme or reason just some colorful fun!

And just a few details for fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

I hope that I have inspired you to have some inky fun of your own!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Banner Card

Hi Chris here today, and I want to share this cool card I made.  I love that it looks so sweet, but didn't take hours to make.  I used mostly white papers and embellishments and inked them all to match -- which is a great way to stretch you supplies! Plus I got to play with lots of ink and markers *grin* Sometimes you need a card that whips up in short amount of time, but still lets you play!!!

For this project I used
Sin City Stamps Alice 2
My Minds Eye patterned paper
Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Abandoned Coral
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Old Paper, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, WIld Honey, Barn DOor, Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia
Pre-Made Banner - The Paper Studio
Sizzix Die #660220
Elmer Spray Adhesive
Colorbox Design Adhesives
Doodlebug Glitter
Card Base- The Paper Studio

I started by inking my background paper with my distress tool first with Broken China, and then with the Spice Marmalade.  I let the colors overlap slightly.  I left the center mostly free of ink to provide a bright area behind my stamped image.

I then die cut the "scroll" lattice using the Sizzix die and white paper, but decided the white didn't match the vintage-y style I was trying for so I gently inked the paper with distress ink.

I added the die cut to the lower right hand corner of my background piece, and then trimmed off any excess.  To adhere this delicate die cut I did break out the spray adhesive. 

I used the pre-made white banner and inked each banner to coordinate with my card.

I then attached the banner to the upper left hand corner of my card.

For the greeting I used Color Box Design Adhesives, which have adhesives on both sides of your design, making it super easy to add glitter.

I then used these wonderful Alice Stamps from Sin City Stamps and have been dying to play with them.

I stamped the rabbit on to white paper using the Sepia Archival Ink.

 I then used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color him in.  Since I was going for a more vintage-y look I tried to stick with more muted colors.  To tone down the brighter colors  I added a bit of Old Paper accents to the areas colored with Squeezed Lemonade and some Evergreen Bough to the Peacock Feather areas. I then Fussy cut out my image. ( The image below show how bright the Squeezed Lemonade and the Peacock Feathers were before I toned them down.)

I added the stamped image to my card to finish off my card.

 I hope you decide to try some of these techniques.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Life is..

Thank Goodness its FRIDAYYYY!!  You know I have heard this as early as Thursday morning??  I am going to share something with you that every artist should know.  Sometimes we have to hear someone else say it to remind ourselves.  LIFE is a GREAT BIG Canvas.. throw all the PAINT on it YOU CAN!!  I created a journal page to remind myself.!

The supplies I used for this art journal page are:
Sin City Stamps- Pattern 2 Stencil by Terri Sproul
Sin City Stamps- Circle Collage Stencil by Terri Sproul
Moleskine Sketch
Deco Art Americana Acrylics- Blue Bird, Flamingo, Iris and Cotton Ball
Deco Art Americana Neon Acrylics- Sizzling Pink
Deco Art Gesso
Deco Art Chalkboard paint
Deco Art Paint Marker- Black
Neocolor II
Design Memory Craft- Gelatos - Blueberry,Raspberry and Bubblegum
Stabilo All Pencil- Black
Baby Wipes

I prepped my page with a gesso.  I had already laid down some napkin, book paper and rub-ons.  All it did was strengthen the page.  I had a whole knew plan to create now. I dabbed on the 3 acrylic paints with a baby wipe and let dry.  Then I painted on the neon pink.  Before it dried I plopped Circle Collage stencil down and used a baby wipe to wipe away the neon.  I was digging how that came out and did both pages.  I am really loving the stencils from Sin City Stamps.  They aren't stiff or bulky so I keep them right in my journal.

Then I stared at the page for a while.. and while I was in love with the colors and pattern from the stencil, I was stuck!  Which way to go?  I read my quote again.. I needed a body!  I immediately thought of my stash of body doubles I had clipped from a magazine thanks to Terry Sproul!!  Yep I am blaming her!  I have a lot more stencils now than I did when I first saw her Tuesday night class, (Class starts promptly at 9est/8cst) It doesn't stop me from grabbing a few I like to play with.

this is what the image really looked like..

Here I flipped her over and stenciled  her with some chalkboard paint
Then I took the second stencil, pattern 2 and made a bit of a boarder around the rest of the journal layout. Decided I didn't want a silhouette of the body.  So I loosely sketched with my Stabilo All the image of a woman.

I used my Neocolor II to add even  more color to her skin and clothing. Then I added some gesso to the open space on the right; so my quote would be be more visible. used the gelatos on the edges and I was done.  ::smiles::

Well I hope the next time you buy stencils you check out Sin City Stamps' line.  While you are there check the hot new stamps by Terri Sproul and Daniella Hayes debuts her first set!! (woo hoo!!)  As always  I appreciate YOU for coming by and leaving comments and I wish you a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The sacrifices I make!

Hi everyone, need a card made real fast? I needed one today so I turned to my Plate of Rubber Stamp set, Anime Fairies.

First thing I did was to print off this sentiment on my computer using the font Petunia Bounce 16pt. Next I dug into my stash and found a birthday cake rub-on by DCWV, making sure to lay my stamp alongside it so I would have plenty of room to stamp her.

After she was stamped onto the card, I gathered some background papers using the color scheme from the cake rub-on as my focal point.

I love the way her hand is positioned here, it leaves you open to add something to it like the wand I wanted her to hold. That idea came to me because of the little stars that come with this set. I chose the largest one and a coordinating color from the cake to stamp it with some Quick Quotes Powder Puff Very Berry ink color.

Then the fun part! Coloring in the image. I used an Inktense pencil and my waterbrush for her skin, Paper Smooches in Kiwi for her dress, the same pink ink pad that I used for the pink stars was also used to color in her hair, I just used my waterbrush to pick up the color and transfer it to her hair. I used a Sakura Gelly roll to color in her wings and added a dot of it in her eyes to make them sparkle too. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Wizard and Dorothy 2 By Daniella Hayes

A couple of weeks ago I won a prize on Terri Sproul's Tuesday night live show.  She has a free art journal/canvas show every Tuesday.  Check out her Facebook Page All Things Terri Sproul to find out more. 

I won that prize for knowing some Wizard of Oz trivia.  So I thought I would make this card using the Wizard and Dorothy 2 stamp set from SinCity Stamps.


I gathered my supplies to start.  I picked a gold flecked paper and a pretty floral paper.  I found this piece of a glitter die cut paper in my "stash basket" (which is so full it will soon be a stash box because there is so much leftovers and papers and stuff in it).  I thought the red glitter die cut had to be used to represent Dorothy's Ruby Slippers.

Next, I cut the papers and stamped the images.

I colored the image in with my markers.  I love the highlight the stamp makes on the tablecloth.

To finish, I cut the die cut apart and added it behind the paper and on the card front.

I hope you make something awesome today!  Something that commemorates something that made you super happy, like winning a prize.

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