Thursday, October 31, 2019

Winter Wonderland Tunnel Book For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's the start of a new month and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  I am hosting our challenge this month and have chosen the theme of:

This month we would like to see some kind of window or tunneled element in your creations. Think hollowed out books, multiple layers with openings to see what has gone before, hidden flaps or windows that when opened reveal a secret element. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I made a winter themed tunnel book for our challenge, building on all the fun I've been having making tunnel cards lately.

Here's the outside of the book, I just dyed a piece of Crinkle Ribbon to keep it closed.  Tim Holtz's Mini Paper Snowflakes and Tree Line dies were used on the outside.

I'll have a step by step tutorial over at A Vintage Journey on November 15th with all the details and my how to so until then here are a few closeups.

Tree Line and Woodlands dies with Tim's Starry layering stencil.

Mini Swirly Snowflakes, Mini Holiday Greens and that wonderful buck from the Winter Wonderland die set.

More Tree Line die cuts in the background and the wreath around the buck's neck is from the Village Christmastime die set.

Hope you can pop by to see what the other Creative Guides made for the challenge and also hope that you'll be inspired to join in our Window On Your World challenge, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo

Monday, October 28, 2019

Happy Fall Banner For Therm O Web

Hi everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's  blog today for my Happy Fall banner created with Therm O Web's Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets and Clear Designer Toner Sheets.

Therm O Web has just released some new Flock Transfer Sheet colours so I used the new Tuscan Gold and Teal Waters Flock Transfer Sheets on my banner along with Orange Glow and Green Envy.

Tim Holtz's Jack-o-Lanterns, Layered Leaf, Blueprint Leaf and Handmade Alphabet dies came out to play along with Sizzix's Arbor die.

I've been sadly neglecting these wonderful Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets, love how you can layer them!

And I had one Display Hangar left (hoping you can still get them!) so I inked it up with Alcohol inks and added some Remnant Rubs and charms from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies to finish the banner off.

Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Sunday, October 27, 2019

StencilGirl One Stencil Three Ways Collaboration

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I'm participating in the StencilGirl One Stencil, Three Ways collaboration hosted by Tina Walker (A Dogs Life).  The challenge was to use one StencilGirlProducts stencil in three different projects: an art journal page, a home decor piece and in one other project of our own choosing.  Make sure to pop by StencilGirl Talk to see what everyone made, amazing creations one and all!

I decided to use Tina's Cathedral Arch stencil from StencilGirl Products as the predominant stencil on all of my projects; an art  journal page, a pop art style home decor plaque and a junk journal cover.

Secret Art Journal Page

I don't have any step outs on this page as I was winging it and didn't really have a clue where it was going when I started!  Background was stenciled with multiple StencilGirl Products stencils (Circular Patterns For Play, Union Small and Doodle It Bigger) in blue and green acrylics.

I then stenciled the word secret from the Inside Out stencil in white overlaid with DecoArt Media Interference Gold and stenciled the Cathedral Arch stencil in black on top, wiping back the paint when it was partly dry over the secret word.

Rays were drawn in over top the Cathedral Arch with a white paint pen and coloured with yellow and orange translucent acrylic paints, then masked off and stamped with a fine script stamp. The edge of the page was inked with black permanent ink and then foiled with Bronze Deco Foil and some ascemic writing in white finished it off.

Pop Art Home Decor Plaque

This plaque started off as a much larger piece that was going to use both stenciled images and mono-prints of the Cathedral Arch stencil.

But as I played with the prints I wondered what it would look like if I combined both the stenciled image and the monoprint together to form one image?  So I cut one of the stenciled pieces and one of the monoprinted pieces into four equal parts and pieced them back together, alternating the stencil and the monoprint.  A background was made from some unloved scrapbook paper that I gessoed, inked and then randomly stenciled with multiple StencilGirl Products stencils (Union Small,Rembrandt's Words Small, Doodle It Bigger, Carved Moon Phases and Vintage Script).

The background was mounted onto a piece of sanded Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock and the Cathedral Arch segments popped up on foam squares on the background with a slight reveal between them.

Art Awaits Junk Journal Cover

For my third project I made a junk journal cover that incorporated gel plate prints with the Cathedral Arch stencil on both the front and the back covers.

I made a gel plate print with homemade mark making tools (lids, texture making tools and scrapers) and then embossed the Cathedral Arch stencil on top with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Charred Gold embossing powder.  Another gel plate print was then overlaid with a piece of tissue paper that I'd been using to lift off colour from my gel plate through the Cathedral Arch stencil.

The prints were then adhered onto piece of corrugated cardstock for the covers of my junk journal.

And more gel plate prints from the same session were adhered onto the backs of the covers (I spy the Circular Patterns For Play stencil on these prints!).

A spine was added to join the covers (more gel plate prints);

And a signature created from gel plate prints and mixed media paper.

Some packing tape strips that I'd used to clean off my gel plate were foiled with Amber Watercolor Deco Foil (just stick it to the sticky side of the tape and burnish like crazy!) and then sealed with gloss varnish to cover any remaining sticky areas.

Wildflower Stems 2 die cuts were cut from the foiled packing tape and adhered on the inside of the journal covers.

The 'art awaits' sentiment was die cut from gold Metallic Kraft Stock with the Traveler Words, Thin dies and added to the front cover, eyelets were set in the front and back covers for a closure with a piece of gold fiber and another piece of gold fiber was used to tie the signature in place.

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how I used my one stencil in three different ways, I had a lot of fun with this challenge and want to thank Tina Walker and StencilGirl Products for including me.  Make sure to pop by the StencilGirl Talk blog to see what everyone else made and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Snowflake Tunnel Card At A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial for my Snowflake tunnel card over at A Vintage Journey today.

Every fourth Friday the Creative Guides design a Creative Card Making tutorial over at A Vintage Journey and this month it was my turn.  As you well know I've been obsessed with shadow box and tunnel cards lately so it was no surprise that I decided to make this card LOL!

I used Tim Holtz's Great Outdoors stamp and Mini Starry stencil on the front with a flurry of Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

This cabin from Tim's Holiday Drawings stamp set is one of my all time favourites xo

Lots of Mini Swirly Snowflakes scattered here and there on this card, all stamped in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

And it wouldn't be a crisp and clear winter night without some stars so I die cut them from sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock.

A simple sentiment from the Great Outdoors stamp set for the front of the tunnel assembly.

 I am totally enamoured by these tunnel cards, very late to the party I know but they are so much fun!

And I stamped a Doodle Greetings 1 sentiment onto the facing page on this card to finish it off.

Hope you can pop by for my how to, it was a challenge to describe how to assemble it in a step by step tutorial but hoping it's fairly clear (and if not I've given you links to Jennifer McGuire's 'Inside Tunnel Card' tutorial on YouTube which is where I learned to make them, thanks Jennifer!).  Hope to see you at A Vintage Journey,

Deb xo

Monday, October 14, 2019

Holiday Gift Tag Holder

Hi everyone, I whipped up a little gift tag holder from envelopes and some Christmas scrapbook paper scraps and wanted to share it with you.  I based the design on the vertical mini album I created for the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog back in April, just substituting cut down letter size envelopes for the toilet paper rolls.

The deer on the front were inspired by the momma mule deer and her twin fawns that were munching on windfall apples in our yard a couple of days ago, so adorable!

And since I had mom and the kids on the front on my gift tag holder, I decided to put dad on the back (all the deer die cuts are from the Winter Wonderland die set).

I cut down some letter sized envelopes to make six pockets on the inside and filled each one with two little gift tags.

The tags were just cut from some scraps of Christmas scrapbook paper.

And after the gift tags are used, I thought that the recipient of this little gift could then tuck some Christmas pictures or journaling tags into the empty pockets.

It was easy to make after I figured out the dimensions and a great way to use up scrapbook scraps and embellishments that I had from previous years.  One Christmas gift done and dusted LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great week, happy creating!

Deb xo

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Christmas Wishes Tunnel Card

Hello everyone, I'm back with another dimensional interactive Christmas card and this one is an inside tunnel card that I made after watching a video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire.

I love those wee deer from the Winter Wonderland die set, especially this little guy who is looking up xo  His bow is from the Village Christmastime die set and the stamped sentiment from the Christmas Classic stamp set, stamped with Wendy Vecchi's Geranium Archival ink.

The two tunnel layers were stenciled with Candied Apple Distress Ink through the Nordic and Peppermint Layering stencils.  Some stars were die cut from gold Metallic Kraft Stock with Simon Says Stamp's Large Holiday Shapes dies and attached to the inner tunnel layer so that they would pop forward when the card was opened.

Woodlands tree die cuts were adhered to the back of the tunnel and covered with a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  More of the gold stars were also scattered here and there along with a stamped sentiment from the Great Outdoors stamp set.

One of the garlands from the Village Christmastime die set was attached to the front tunnel element so it would pop forward when the card was opened and another of those adorable deer was added to the very front.

I'm totally smitten with the dimension on these cards!  Think I am going to try three tunnel layers now, wish me luck!

Winter is arriving early here in B.C., we awoke to snow on the mountains around our home and a few flakes are flying here at the house although not sticking to the ground quite yet!

I'm definitely in a Christmas frame of mind looking out the windows today so off to make more cards, I'll be back soon and until then happy creating!

Deb xo