Thursday, November 5, 2020

Winter Deer Triptych For A Vintage Journey

 Hello everyone, it's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our host Toni has proposed the theme of 'Pairs, Trios and Sets'.  Here is her brief:

For this month's challenge we would like to see you create a set that works together. It could be ATCs, tags, triptyches, or any other grouping. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I decided to create a winter themed triptych for our challenge using several die cut deer silhouettes.

Winter Deer Triptych

 It was very quick and easy to create, read on for the how to.

I started by cutting 3 panels measuring 3 1/2" x 5" from white cardstock and then pulled gel plate prints onto them with a combination of blue acrylic paints, using the same colours for the two outer panels and a lighter shade for the central panel.  Diluted white paint was then spattered onto all of the panels to simulate snow.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step One

I felt my panels needed a few more flakes so I stamped all of them with the Flurry background stamp and embossed the flakes with a combination of white sparkle embossing powders and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder.  A Tree Line die was cut from pale blue cardstock and spattered and embossed in the same manner a the background panels.

The Tree Line die cut was adhered to the middle panel.  A few 'snow drifts' were added with white acrylic paint and while the paint was wet the same combination of embossing powders that were used on the background were sprinkled over top.  After the paint had dried, the embossing powders were heat set.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Two

A variety of deer silhouettes were die cut from black cardstock.  I used Sizzix's Dashing Deer, Winter Wonderland and Prancing Deer dies.  The deer were adhered onto the prepared backgrounds.

The edges of each panel were foiled with a combination of Opal and Silver Deco Foil by running a Deco Foil Adhesive Pen around the edges and then burnishing the foil onto the edges with a soft cloth.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Three
 
I then covered white cardstock with iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive and foiled the cardstock with more Opal Deco Foil.  Several Mini Paper Snowflakes were die cut from the foiled cardstock and adhered to the panels.

To attach the panels together, pieces of a neutral coloured washi tape were stuck back to back and then sandwiched between the prepared panels and some snowflake scrapbook paper from my stash.
 
Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Four

And that was it, told you it was quick and easy!  Here are a few closeups of the individual panels.

Winter Deer Triptych Panel One

Winter Deer Triptych Panel Two

Winter Deer Triptych Panel Three

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my triptych came together and that you will join us at A Vintage Journey for our 'Pairs, Trios and Sets' challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create and make sure to pop by and see all of the amazing projects made by the rest of the Creative Guides to inspire you, you will not be disappointed!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Thursday, October 29, 2020

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag For A Vintage Journey

 Hello everyone, it's the 5th Friday of the month so that means it's time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  I decided to make a spooky Halloween tag for our last Tag Friday of 2020 and was happy to find my Halloween mojo again which sadly has been very lacking this year!

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag

 I started out by cutting a #10 sized tag from one of Tim Holtz's Halloween Paper Stashes (sorry, I have no idea which one!) and then stenciled it randomly with the Crossbones stencil and some crackle texture paste.  When the texture paste had dried and cracked I finger painted the Crossbones with diluted Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step One
The Skull die was cut from cardstock inked with Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  The Skull was spattered with water and then stenciled here and there with the Speckles stencil and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  The white around one of the Creepy Eyes was painted with a light brown acrylic paint and then I drew blood vessels with red acrylic on the end of a toothpick.

A piece of Mummy Cloth was inked with Ground Espresso and Iced Spruce Distress Stain.  The spider from the Candlelight Fright Bigz die was cut twice from black cardstock and then glued together and shaped while the glue was still wet.  It needed something more so I finger painted the spider with Black Ice Deco Foil Metallic Gel (soon to be discontinued so get it while the getting is good!).

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Two 
 
Some pieces of Idea-ology Halloween Ephermera were adhered here and there and the edges of the tag messily sewn with black thread.

The Skull die cut was popped up on black foam squares and the Creepy Eye adhered with pieces of foam as well.  A Halloween Quote Chip sentiment was attached below the Skull and the spider hung below it, popped up on more black foam squares.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Four

 Finally, the Mummy Cloth was threaded through the hole on the hang tag and my Halloween tag was complete.  Here are a few closeups of the finished tag.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides made, we all love creating for Tag Fridays!  Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone,

Deb xo

Monday, October 19, 2020

Peace Slimline Christmas Card For Therm O Web And Brutus Monroe

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for my Peace slimline Christmas card.  We are having a collaborative challenge with Brutus Monroe all this week and I made this slimline card with several products generously sent to me by Brutus Monroe, thank you so much!

Peace Slimline Christmas Card

 Now I have to admit that I had NO idea what a slimline card was but turns out it is a popular new card format designed to fit inside a standard business or legal sized envelope (while I say new, I should qualify that to say it was new to me LOL).

Peace Slimline Christmas Card Detail
 Brutus Monroe has a line of precut slimline card panels, slimline card blanks and slimline envelopes (soon to be released) that I used to create this card along with some of their Brutus Monroe Foil Transfer Sheets from Therm O Web and Therm O Web's own Opal Deco Foil.

Peace Slimline Christmas Card Detail

 I also used Brutus Monroe's Ornaments die and Slimline Ornament stencil (soon to be released).

Peace Slimline Christmas Card Detail

I have a step by step tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog, so hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Peace Slimline Christmas Card

Deb xo


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Plaque For Therm O Web And Sculpey

 Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for my autumnal mixed media plaque created with Deco Foil Foil and Flock Transfer Sheets and Sculpey Original Oven-bake clay.

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Plaque

We are doing a cross promotion with Sculpey this week and they very generously sent me a whole selection of their products to play with, I had so much fun!  I'd never worked with oven-bake clay before and had a bit of a stiff learning curve at the beginning but was blown away by what I discovered I could do with it.  And I know I've just scratched the tip of the iceberg in that regard so can't wait to play more.

One of the most exciting things that I discovered was that Therm O Web's Deco Foil Foil can be transferred directly to the Sculpey Original clay sheets and then manipulated to give this amazing crackle finish!

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Plaque Detail

Or you can bake and paint the clay first and then add foil accents to the clay with the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen.  This texture was created with Sculpey's Art Deco Leaf Nature Texture Sheet, love it!

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Plaque Detail

Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for the how to, I've got lots more to share with you (Sculpey's Silk Screens when combined with Deco Foil Duo Transfer Gel and Deco Foil Foil are to die for!)  Happy creating,

Deb xo

Monday, September 28, 2020

Halloween Folio

 Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well.  I've been slow to get into the Halloween crafting spirit this year and still am not quite there but got some wonderful inspiration from Terhi's Paper Art's 'Von Raven' digital paper that I just purchased.

Halloween Folio

Lots of other papers, stamps, stencils and digital images made their way into this Halloween folio as well and I made a flip through video which you can view on YouTube or I've also embedded it here on the blog at the bottom of the post if you prefer.  I've linked most of the elements used in the folio in the YouTube video description, so pop on by if you are interested in finding any of the links.

Here's the back cover, I love the Von Raven family photo!

Halloween Folio Back Cover

Inside of the folio cover, I used as many raven elements as I could find in my stash!  The scrapbook paper used for the folio cover is Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells (no longer available I'm afraid).

Halloween Folio Inside Front Cover

Here's the star of the show, the folio insert created from the Von Raven digital papers.  I made a pocket to house it from more of the Steampunk Spells scrapbook paper.

Halloween Folio Inside Pocket

And when you remove the folio insert, you'll find this very creepy little trick or treater from How To Haunt Your House.

Halloween Folio Pocket Page

 Here's the front of the folio insert, there are 8 pages in total in one signature.  I used the Von Raven Family Photos and Von Raven Halloween digital papers for the backgrounds of all pages, printing the paper on both sides.

Halloween Folio Insert Front

Anyone up for a game of Halloween bingo?!  Not sure what you will win, will it be a trick or will it be a treat? (bingo cards from Crafty Vintage Secrets which are no longer available).

Halloween Folio Trick Or Treat Bingo Cards

 And here are the rest of the pages, had lots of fun embellishing them!  Images are mostly from Terhi's Paper Arts, Laura Carson, Vectoria Designs, How To Haunt Your House and Crafty Vintage Girl, stamps and stencils from Stampers Anonymous and lots of Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera and Remnant Rubs from my stash.

Halloween Folio Insert Page 2

Halloween Folio Insert Page 3

Halloween Folio Insert Page 4

Halloween Folio Insert Page 5

Halloween Folio Insert Page 6

Halloween Folio Insert Page 7

Halloween Folio Insert Back Page

 And here is the flip through video, creepy music courtesy of TeknoAxe :O0

 

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Halloween folio, I did have fun making it and hope that it's ignited my Halloween crafting mojo!  Thanks to Terhi's Paper Art for the inspiration and happy creating,

 Deb xo

Thursday, September 24, 2020

ATCoin Swap At StencilClub

 Hi everyone, I just participated in an ATCoin swap for our StencilGirl Products StencilClub Facebook group.  My partner received the coins that I made yesterday so I can share them with you now.  We were to create 3 ATCoins with the themes of angst, reflection and serenity.  (ATCoins, if you are not familiar, are similar to ATCs - Artist Trading Cards - but are circular with a diameter of 2 1/2").  Here are the coins I created with StencilGirl Products stencils (some StencilClub stencils and some that I already had in my stash from StencilGirl Products).

ATCoins For StencilGirl Club

I also made a little origami fold booklet to keep them in from some gel print papers.

ATCoin Origami Fold Book
ATCoin Origami Fold Book Back
ATCoin Origami Fold Book Inside

 And since the booklet had 4 pockets, I made an extra ATCoin to fill it up.  It was on a slightly Halloweenish theme but since I didn't know my swap partners preferences I didn't go too overboard!

Quoth The Raven ATCoin

 Here are closeups of the three themed ATCoins, the first is angst which gave me angst because I couldn't figure out what to do for it!  Finally I decided to add numbers representing the things that are causing me angst these days, putting them in the crosshairs as it were.

Angst ATCoin

The Reflection ATCoin came easily as one of the August StencilClub stencils has this lovely profile on it and it seemed perfect for the theme.  I photocopied some dictionary paper, flipping one copy, and stenciled the profiles onto each side, trying to keep them even.  The word reflection was then flipped as well on the computer to finish it off.

Reflection ATCoin

 And finally, the Serenity ATCoin.  Nature is my place of refuge and serenity so that became the basis for my design.

Serenity ATCoin

After putting my parcel together I decided that I couldn't send it naked through the mail so I stenciled some kraft butcher's paper with more StencilGirl stencils to pretty it up.

Stenciled Wrapping Paper

 Hope you've enjoyed seeing my ATCoins, I haven't received mine from my swap partner yet but hope they will be here soon so I can share them with you.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


Monday, August 31, 2020

Always Be A Dreamer Mixed Media Plaque For Therm O Web

 Hi everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today, it's Glitz Week so we are all using Glitz Glitter Gels in our projects.

Always Be A Dreamer Mixed Media Plaque

I chose to us Gina K. Designs White Glitz Glitter Gel on my background and stenciled it through that wonderful Zen Dragonfly stencil from Southern Ridge Trading Company.

I also incorporated some of Therm O Web's newly released Fairytale irridescent foils on my Detailed Butterflies die cuts.

Pop on over to Therm O Web's blog for the how to, hope to see you there!

Deb xo