Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ATC's For My New 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray

I saw this tray in the background when I watched a "How To" Video from Michael's Craft store.  The video was explaining a masking technique with rubber stamps. After the video was over it displayed other videos to watch and they had one showing this tray.  I watched it and the video explained that the tray was from 7 Gypsies.  Of course I had to have one because I thought it was a great way to display ATC's.  This also inspired me to make some new ATC's and try some new techniques with inking, layering, and collaging.  I managed to create eight ATC's and I have four more to do.

Even though the tray isn't complete, I am loving it.  I had so much fun and can't wait to finish it.

I collaged the background using various scrapbook papers.  The Marble Yard advertisement came from a bag that I had from an antique store.  I cut the  little girl from a vintage photo I found on Google.  I printed the saying from my computer and colored it with Butterscotch alcohol ink.  I used the Tim Holtz Distress tool to grunge up the edges of the card.  I then used distress inks over the edges of the card.  I added the ribbon, which was originally cream color and sprayed it with some walnut ink. I added the lace at the bottom to finish it off.

I used scrapbook paper and covered the whole card.  I stamped the background with a tea cup stamp using the masking technique that was in the Michael's video.  The stamp had three tea cups and it was too big to fit on the 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 card.  I inked one cup and covered two of the cups with scotch tape, then stamped it on the card.  I added Washi tape with music notes. Then I wrote the word "Tea" and filled it in with stripes using a fine point pen and colored it in with a Copic marker.  I found the Tea pot and the Tea cup through Google.  Again, I distressed the edges with "Tea Dye" Distress ink.

The idea for this came simply because I wanted to use one of the vintage keys in my stash.  I did a search on Google looking for antique doors and found this wonderful vintage lock.  I collaged the door lock and some scrapbook paper of old newspaper.  I stamped the top with a number stamp, distressed the edges with distress inks, added the key and the saying was printed from my computer that was inked with Alcohol ink.

This card just evolved.  I didn't have any idea what I wanted to make.  I started by using the resist technique with embossing.  First, I used a the flourish stamp with embossing ink. Then covered it with green embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool.  Then I repeated the process using blue embossing powder and heated it.  I added pictures of a bird nest, a bird and a butterfly from my stash and covered the card with walnut distress ink.  I added a the flower and leaf that was distressed  with Vintage Photo distress ink.

This card is very simple. I distressed the card with "Tea Dye" distress ink. I used a pumpkin stamp and a crow stamp.  The harvest moon is alcohol ink and outlined with a black marker.  I added the words from my computer and covered it with "Faded Blue Jean" ink.

I wanted to use one of my Marie Antoinette pictures and again kept it simple.  I added Washi Tape at the bottom, added some feathers and used a button after I cut the shank off.

The inspiration for this one came from a freebie sheet of dresses that was posted from Pinterest.  I searched Google images for a torquoise shoe.  I sprayed the card with dylusion ink sprays and added a strip of scrapbook paper of old newsprint and distressed the edges of the card.  I feel like this card needs more but I have no idea what.  Any ideas?

I love this one.  I collaged a paper background and was very messy with the glue (completely unintentional).  Then I distressed the card using "Tea Dye" distress ink.  The glue worked as a resist and added to the distressed look of the card.  It was a happy surprise.  You can really see it in the upper left corner.  The pictures were from my stash.  I added the quote and the bronze flower that was a necklace.

I can't wait to make more.  I wish I had more free time  to play.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good Day For Journaling

Here are the latest entries in my Art Journal.  I have been trying to work under the concept that "there are no mistakes" in Art Journaling.  This is very difficult for me as my "inner critique" is didn't mean to do that, what were you thinking. This leads me to the first entry below....

 I completed this page and was very happy with the way it turned out.  I love the bird with the extra long legs, singing out to the world. I love the colorful flowers and the borders that I was trying to incorporate.  This was my first attempt at this lettering method and I thought it came out very nice.  The page was beautiful.  Then.... The mail came and I received the Dylusion Ink Sprays that I had impatiently been waiting for and proceeded to try them immediately...on the next page in my journal...I didn't realize how much they would bleed through the page <sheepish grin>.  Thus the big ink blobs on this page and the green polka dots on the girls face.  The ink blobs I can live with but the polka dots make the girl look like she is ill.  Very, very hard for me to think..."there are no mistakes" and..."I didn't mean for it to turn out this way, but I like it" because, I' don't really like it.


This is the page that I did that ruined the previous page.  My sister was up for a visit and had just returned home.  I was missing her and wishing that she lived closer.  She has a thing for Owls and I was feeling a bit silly and came up with this page.   I love it!  I love the colors, I love the new  Dylusions "Further Around The Edge" leave stamp, I love the owls, the girl, the highlights on the leaves, everything.  I am so glad that I bought the Dylusion inks.  They are beautiful and I am so glad that I got them.

I used the Dylusion sprays on this background but I was a little trigger happy and sprayed a bit too much.  I didn't like the way the colors blended so I painted the page with Gesso, thinking that I would start over again.  Turns out that the water based ink sprays didn't cover as well once the Gesso was on the page.  I then switched to alcohol inks, which worked great.  I stamped the bottom of the page with a flower stamp using archival ink.  Then I used markers to color the flowers. I stenciled the tree, drew some bees and added a butterfly sticker that I found in my stash.  I added a bird from some pictures I found through Google and added the saying, which is a subtle reminder to myself.

I wanted to play with lettering and I also wanted to keep a list of supplies that I felt my sister needed to have.  I thought this would be a good way to have some ideas for Christmas presents this year. I started by cutting some scrapbook paper to cover the page because the ink from the previous page bled thru so badly.  Then I drew some lines with a pencil and drew the Title in pencil.  I traced over the pencil letters with a black marker and added the detail.  I will continue to add things to our wish list as I find things that we "need" and once the page is full, I will erase the pencil lines.  As a last thought, I used Perfect Pearls and stamped the little sparrow in the upper right corner.  I think he is very cute.