Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It is all about Wendy!!  Hope you find some inspiration from this (photo-heavy) post!  Please get your favorite beverage in hand and enjoy :-)

I remain amazed I won the "Autumn Colours challenge" at  Frillie & Funkie!  I am humbled and honored - every member of the design team is so talented, and I follow each of them online in my quest to learn more about working with paper and all the various supplies.

As the winner of this challenge, I have been asked to be a guest designer for the next challenge.  Ok, then!  The theme is "It is all about Wendy" referring of course to the one and only Wendy Vecchi!          

I was fortunate to take a class from Wendy this past August at a local paper crafting store within an hour's drive from my home.  During the day-long class, we learned many techniques, and came home with a fantastic tag collection demonstrating each technique (and with a great label for each describing the technique!).  If you ever get a chance to take this or any class with Wendy - do so!!

In thinking about what to do for the Frillie & Funkie post, I revisited Wendy's blog for inspiration and guidance.  After  mulling over her many incredible projects, I realized Wendy's work evokes for me a sense of Americana.  Wendy is a very modern designer, and yet she works with Vintage Lace,  graniteware, and other classic American images and designs which reference early settlement of the midwest areas by Pennsylvania Dutch, German and other peoples with a love of symmetry and flourish (and stenciling!)

I quickly realized I needed multiple surfaces to showcase the many technique opportunities Wendy offers in her own designs.  So, in the spirit of Americana, and my own beginner's status, I decided to make a sampler similar to what earlier crafters would have produced in their learning process, usually for young girls learning embroidery or cross-stitch.  I aspire to much more masterful samples demonstrating the artist's skill.  That analog would be found at Wendy's blog!

My sampler is a double-sided triptych, based on a technique by Shelly Hickox found here.  Once I had the basic shape cut, I put a protective frisket layer on one side.  This let me put a lot of wet media on the other side without coloring or otherwise compromising the first side.  

With the back protected, I followed a technique Wendy demonstrated at my class.  I put a generous amount of two Distress Stains (Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold ) on my craft sheet, misted with Perfect Pearls Bronze spray and a tiny bit of water, and swiped my piece through.  Lots of beautiful color and melding!

Once the marbled side was dry,  I removed the frisket  on the back layer by simply rubbing with my fingers.  Then I used another tried and true Wendy technique by adhering Ideology Melange tissue paper with matte Glue-N-Seal.  Ranger has re-released this wonder glue recently, and you can find it here!

I applied Wendy's gold embossing paste through her "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" stencil , and stamped one of her sayings (from set LCS092) in Tree Branch archival ink .  I also stamped one of the small flourishes from the Daisy Art set in Red Geranium (note these ink pads and re-inkers are all available individually as well).

I then stamped on the beautifully marbled side with Orange Blossom (this is one of the large flourishes from LCS092 My Kind of Art).

and with Tree Branch using the Vintage Lace stamp (see above and below), as well as with a favorite script stamp from Wendy, first masking off the side panels and the small flourish (stamped in Hydrangea).

I also stamped several Wendy sayings on either side using her Watering Can archival ink.

To showcase Wendy's magical modeling film I "Glue-N-Sealed" another butterfly from the Ideology Melange tissue paper to the clear plastic (it feels almost like the acetate packaging in which we get many of our dies and other products, but wait 'til you see what it does!).  I colored the butterfly with some alcohol ink pens from my stash.  Once you heat the Clearly for Art modeling film, it can be shaped, and once cool, holds its shape.  If you want to reshape it, just re-heat it and mold it again to your taste.  You could also stamp an image with archival ink and cut it out before shaping.  The film comes also in white and black, and is also sold as a pack with all three options.

Ok, almost done with this sampler of Wendy's wonderful style!  I wanted to display her embossing powders (again all available individually, but you will want them all!)  I chose three Mover and Shaper butterflies, and double embossed them to give a smooth surface.  Embossing only once gives another look, which Wendy describes as orange-peel.  Since I wanted to use the "graniteware" technique on these, I went with the smoother surface.

The graniteware look is achieved by stamping the surface with Snow Cap pigment ink using Wendy's  
Splatter stamp.

Here is the finished sampler - I closed it with a seam binding belly band topped with a flouncy bow dyed with the same Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls Bronze spray I used for the inside background.

Thank you for visiting and hanging in there with me on this LONG post!!    Obviously, you can use whatever supplies you have to have a go at "Wendy's style", but I hope I have shown what some of her products can do.  I look forward to seeing what you create using Wendy Vecchi as inspiration!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Beautiful new handmade journal from Nikki at Venus Envy Paper!

Look what came in the mail recently!  A beautifully crafted mixed media journal from Nikki's Etsy shop "Venus Envy Paper" which you can find here.  The signatures are made from heavy paper that will take whatever I throw their way!  Her binding stitches are also a work of art:

The edges are all deckled, a look that I love.

Can't wait to play!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Win some! And eh..... needs some work!

I am thrilled that the folks at the Frillie and Funkie blog have selected me as the winner for the Autumn colors challenge!  I will be guesting a design challenge for Frillie and Funkie in early November - so stay tuned!

And to keep my balance with this great news, am sharing a "how the heck do I do this" moment regarding the Tim Holtz luminary die - love what I see others doing, but clearly I need more work here, lol!

This sample was made with 80# card stock (I am still trying to discern what all of this means, but what it felt like is card stock heavier than double sided scrapbook paper, but not as thick as cardboard, and not as stiff as bristol vellum).

I cut, folded, adhered my 1/8" Sookwang tape pieces, painted with an inexpensive acrylic metallic paint, and then heat embossed with fine copper embossing powder from Ranger using a great marble pattern from a wheeled stamp.  I learned the following:

  • This weight card stock takes acrylic paint (Folkart Metallic Copper) very well, even when the paint is diluted with a little water.  
  • When dry, the pieces also took well to Versamark inking, stamped with a marbleized pattern wheel, followed by an application of fine embossing powder which was then heat embossed.
  • The painted and embossed pieces folded well, but when assembling, I had troubles matching edges and corners well because I had placed the adhesive tape first, and THEN painted - oops!  Lots of gaps, even after trying to re-seal with Glossy Accents.  
  • I need to seriously figure out the roof piece! Don't paint both sides at once!  And maybe card stock is not the best/sturdiest option.

The windows are packaging acetate, on which a flourish stamp is inked with Indigo Blu's Flitter Glu and then covered with Indigo Blu's "Yorkshire Dales" glittering leaf.  That panel is then covered with Tim Holtz Frosty Film (covering the flaked image).  I love the look, but forgot this incredible gilded flake is opaque, so when a battery-operated tea light is placed inside, it just looks like a shadow.

Ah well, lots to learn, but nonetheless, I love this little piece.....will be trying again soon!

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mixed Media Birthday Book

This was my first-ever project.... a little large but I learned a lot, and got to try many techniques!  Very photo heavy post!

The outside covers were made with a technique demonstrated by Liesbeth Fidder at Paper Artsy.  I mounted this "weathered wood" onto chipboard covered with scrapbooking paper.  The flower is Sizzix Gulian die (658529).

The book was bound using this this method by Candace Scarborough.  I reinforced with some ruler printed ribbon, some hand printed paper, and washi tape.

Inside are double-sided pages which were covered with various mixed media techniques, using stamps by Lynne Perella and others, and various die cuts .

 The graceful curved edges are accomplished with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Agatha Edges" die.

The other edges are made using Tim Holtz On the Edge dies (Clustered Stars, Butterflight, and Distressed Doily).

Here are some detailed shots.

The handle is clear packaging, painted with metallic alcohol inks, then cut and embossed with Sizzix Antique Handles die/embossing folder set (658462).

The butterfly was stamped with StaysOn ink onto Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art, fussy cut and shaped by heating with a heat tool.  You can see Vivian Keh's tutorial for the background  here .

This page was embossed with Spellbinders Embossibilities folder Roman Romance (E3D-010) and then washed with layers of dilute watercolor.  The pearl accents are Liquid Pearls.

The inside covers were made with textured rice paper, misted with Ranger's Color Wash mists in blue, yellow and red, per Contadina K's tutorial here .

The latch was made using a Sizzix label die, using painted card that was also stamped with script and covered with matte medium in several coats to make (and keep) it pliable.  It secures with a small magnet.

The back cover is similar to the front.  Thanks for visiting!

Gift Card a la' Contadina K

I love Vivian Keh's work at Contadina K and find a lot of inspiration from her great use of textures and color.  This project is a spin-off on her project using the Sizzix Seed Packet die, which you can view here.

The flower is Sizzix die Flower Layers with Leaf #2 (658229).  I colored the card stock with various Distress Paints before cutting, and finished with Liquid Pearls.  The leaf is from the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery strip die cut from green card stock, and again finished with some Liquid Pearls.

I used various Izinks to color the seed packet, and finished with some gold "Blooms" spray from Prima.  I used a little magnet as a closure.

Thanks for visiting!