19 July 2018

Find your loveliness...

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back for the third time this week with a new card to share featuring lots of Tim Holtz designs and products. This one has a dressmaking theme and my now familiar pale shabby chic layered look.

I'll take you through how this card came together further down but first another of my tutorials for using Tim's 'Botanical' 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder.

Layered Distress Paint Embossing

I began (as has been the case with the other three tutorials) with a piece of Tim's Mixed Media Heavystock paper as it will take layers of paint, ink etc without warping. First up it was covered with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint.

Once dry I applied Picket Fence to the flatter side of the 'Botanical' 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder and ran it through my Big Shot (painted side down). i find Distress Paint is idea for this technique as it is more fluid than other paints and has a longer drying time so the paint remains wet as you emboss. Obviously it's important to clean your embossing folder with water as soon as you've finished to prevent it from sticking.

Once the paint was dry I rubbed Potting Soil Archival Ink over the raised surface just to emphasise these spots (because it's a permanent ink so won't bleed through to upper layers).

Finally I added more of the Picket Fence Distress Paint to the raised areas using a brayer. This may seem daft, I mean why go to the trouble of adding the ink previously? Well I tried without and just didn't get the same vintage look that this combination gave.

This piece of card was torn in two for use on this and another card (HERE). This one was layered onto a background created from a piece of Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash brayered sufficiently with Distress Paint to make it more uniform without obliterating the design beneath. Coordinating Design Tape was used to create the layout over which I added another of those Collector Layers, stamped with the dressform image from Tim's 'Inventor 3' stamp set. A huge shout out to Zoe Hillman who I've seen use Design Tape as a border and use Ruler Ribbon with a buckle to such great effect. There is also some stencilling using the Stitched Layering Stencil and some red Halloween Heirloom Roses with drops of Shell Pink and Snow Cap Alcohol Ink added to replicate the look of the roses in the Design Tape.

That's it for today's post. I hope you've enjoyed seeing it in more detail and give the embossing tutorial a try. As ever if you have questions please let me know. For now have a great end to your week and get creative!
Jenny xx

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18 July 2018

Simply Beautiful for AALL & Create

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I have a new project to share with you using some beautiful stamps and stencils from AALL & Create.

Simply Beautiful for AALL & Create

There's lots of delicate layering going on with this one adding texture and detail without masking the beauty of the images below. Whilst many of the designers from the AALL & Create team have put together coordinating sets of stamps and stencils don't be afraid to mix it up a little. I found some of the older designs from different designers combined perfectly with the newer releases from others.

The background to this card began with some brayered cardstock using various shades of lilac, mauve and white paint.

Pale purple permanent ink was softly blended through the stencil on the right side of the background using the graphic side of the design.

This fantastic border design by Bipasha BK was stamped in coffee archival ink over the stencilling, again concentrating on the right side of the background. Some of that ink was also blended around the edges of the cardstock to create a more distinct border and add some ageing.

Returning to the stencil I added texture paste over the stamped design using the ink stencilled layer as a guide for where to position it. This produced a lace-like look and demonstrates perfectly how delicate and well cut the design is. I also ran a line of machine stitching at the edge of the stencilling to define the border.

To finish, one of the butterflies from Olga Heldwein's border stamp was coloured and clear embossed, whilst the words were taken from Tracy Evan's stamp set, trimmed to fit the design.

Close Ups

Here are a few close ups of the finished card so you can see the layers in more detail;

You can purchase the stamps and stencils used in this project from AALL & Create HERE and they also available from many of your favourite retailers across the World (listed on the same page).

Hopefully I've given you more ideas for using these stamps and stencils. Make sure you check out the AALL& Create page on Facebook to see lots more inspiration from a host of hugely talented designers.

That's it from me for today. Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

17 July 2018

Junk Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Today I have a new Junk Journal to share with you, featuring Eileen Hull's dies by Sizzix and her Colorbox Blends inks by Clearsnap. I made this with the wonderful Elizabeth Robinson in mind, inspired by a gorgeous hand-felted pouch she created for me a little while ago (make sure you check out the photo at the end of this post). The other source of inspiration for this journal was Tonya Trantham, who created a stunning Bohemian style mini album from Eileen's Stamp & Photo Storage Scoreboards Die HERE. I loved the size of the finished album and the clever way she'd used the die cuts.

So with all that spurring me into action here's the Junk Journal I created for Elizabeth;

You'll see it has a beach themed cover, holding real shells surrounded by Seth Apter's 'Dirty Sand' Baked Texture Embossing Powder and small semi-precious stones, both from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. All the coordinating brass charms that help to finish off the spine came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The die cut word 'Journal' comes from Eileen Hull's new 'Journaling Words' Thinlits Die Set. And you'd be forgiven for thinking this was created using acrylic paints of some sort, but no! In this case all the colours applied on the cover are Eileen's Colorbox Blends Inks. Let's show you how this came together.

Creating The Cover

I started by cutting two of the main shaped from mountboard using the Stamp & Photo Storage Scoreboards Die, removing the tabs on the bottom/top and overlapping the two side tabs to form a spine. I also cut a strip of mountboard the same width and length as the spine, gluing it in place over the top to strengthen the spine further.

Next I covered the front side of the cover with cotton muslin, tucking it over onto the reverse side at the edges. I also cut a piece to fully cover the reverse side. You can use your choice of wet glue or adhesive tape to secure the muslin in place.

Once dry I mixed some of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink with water and applied it to the fabric on both sides of the cover. These inks are designed to work with fabric and colour it really well. Once dry I rubbed sandpaper over the surface to give it a worn look (it also helps to soften the surface) and dabbed the 'Nutmeg' Colorbox Blends Ink around the edges to add a touch of vintage age.

The card panels that were then applied to the inside and outside of the cover over the fabric were cut from Tim Holtz 'Correspondence' Paper Stash (each one being 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, with a final strip for the spine measuring 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches). More of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink was applied to my craft mat and diluted with a little water so I could dip each piece of card into it.

I repeated this process with the 'Nutmeg' Colorbox Blends Ink, using less this time. I also blended the ink directly from the sponge applicator to the edges of the card pieces.

As the Colorbox Blends Ink is a wet pigment ink it's ideal for applying to your craft mat and brayering over surfaces; I used the 'Coconut' shade this way to achieve a more weather-worn look to the card.

This 9 x 12 stencil is called 'Thistle' and comes from StencilGirl Products - I applied 'Frog' Colorbox Blends Ink through it with a mini blending tool onto the card pieces.

Did you know Colorbox Blends Inks can be used for stamping too? I applied the 'Ebony' shade directly from the ink wand to my stamps (designs from Tim Holtz 'Correspondence' and 'Purveyor' stamp sets by Stampers Anonymous) and added them to the design.

Some Tim Holtz Design Tape was added in random strips to finish the design (the piece on the left) but I wanted it to look even more weather-beaten. So in a move that will give some people chills I dry brushed white gesso over the top and then drew the outlines of the thistles through the stencil again with a permanent blue ink pen. These pieces of card were then glued into position on the inside and outside of the cover ready for the final embellishments to be added.

A couple of side by side holes were punched into the top and bottom of the spine so elastic could be threaded through to hold the signatures. This white 1.5 mm elastic was coloured with more of the 'Uniform' Colorbox Blends Ink, added in swipes direct from the ink wand.

To finish I used Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue some shells into place, squeezing a little extra around the edges so the 'Dirty Sand' Baked Texture Embossing Powder could be scattered around them. Once the Collage Medium had dried I could then use a heat tool to melt the powder a little, revealing some of the gold shimmer contained within it. The semi-precious gemstones from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies were also added to this beach-scape border along with the die cut word (you can even buy seashells from them HERE). And the seaside themed brass charms were linked to the elastic threads on the spine to finish the cover.

A Video Flip Through

Rather than take lots of photos I've put together a video flip through so you can see the junk journal inserts. These were created using lots of off-cuts from my scraps box, tea stained notepaper, more Tim Holtz Paper Stash ('Wildflower' and 'Memoranda') and Dina Wakley Cotton Watercolor Paper from Ranger. I used a selection of Eileen Hull's new Thinlits Die Sets to cut the mats, tags and pockets including 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags', 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves', 'Journaling Cards, Hearts', and 'Journaling Words'. Let's see more here;

The Close Ups

As promised on the video here are a couple of close up shots so you can see more of the detail on the journal cover;

And at the beginning of this blog post I promised to share the beautiful hand-felted pouch that Elizabeth created for me, so here it is - gorgeous right!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project for Eileen Hull Designs using her Sizzix Dies and Colorbox Blends Inks. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments section below. And as always I highly recommend you check out the array of inspiring projects created by my team mates over on Eileen Hull's website - there are many more ideas, tutorials, tips and techniques to be found that are bound to set those creative juices flowing.

There are a couple more project posts to come from me this week so do stay tuned for those. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

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