Saturday, January 28, 2012

Organizing and Paint Chip Art

I found some 3/4 inch white circle stickers at the office supply section of a local store and used them to label the tops of my Distress Stains.  First I tried to color the labels and then adhere them to the tops, that did not work out. So then I put the sticker on the lid first and then colored it with the dabber top.  Came out great!

Here is my Tim Holtz Cargo Case. I love this box for storing my distress ink pads and my bottles of distress stain. It has clips on all sides to ensure that it closes securely.

To keep track of how many colors of distress stain I already have, I downloaded this chart from Ranger. I resized it to standard letter size paper and printed it on cardstock. Then I dabbed each color I own in the appropriate box. Now I can make sure there is no double buying of colors.
I made this canvas board using paint chips, a Marvy heart punch borrowed from a coworker and ModPodge. I cut out the heart shapes alternating direction on each strip. In order to make them fit my 8x10 canvas board I had to cut off one color from each strip. 

I laid out the strips so that the colors did not overlap and used ModPodge to glue them down. Afterwards I went back and placed the hearts in the empty holes more or less with random placement. More ModPodge and I left it to dry overnight. This is the shiny ModPodge and the photo does show a little glare. I am happy with how it turned out. 

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Altered Page Art

The deer is printed on a dictionary page featuring the definition of the word deer. I am now on the lookout for more old dictionaries to tear up.

These are printed on pages from a vintage music instruction book. It was falling to pieces at the Salvation Army where I purchased it. In fact it was in several sections that had fallen out of the binding. I trimmed them up and look how great they turned out when printed with these silhouettes.
I am planning to mat these and frame them for sale. From an idea I saw on Etsy. This cornet is a free vintage image from Graphics Fairy.

Two of my nearly finished Valentine swap pages. I added a banner and paper to the backside (which is not shown here.)

Monday, January 16, 2012

ATT Valentine 6x6 Swap

One of my Yahoo groups, All Things Tim, is having an altered art swap with a Valentine theme. The requirements are to make 10 copies of a 6x6 inch page using Tim Holtz supplies and techniques. Most people make the same page 10 times, I make 10 similar pages but not identical. We mail these to a swap host who sorts out all the pages she receives and mails back to us 10 different pages created by 10 different creative folks.

The last time I participated in this type of swap was for a Halloween themed project in which I took an old photograph and altered it. I loved how my page came out and the pages I received in return were stunning in their detail and creativity. 

My Valentine project took many steps to create.  I chose a patterned cardstock for the background and wanted to emboss it with the TH Rays texture fade folder. That did not work out the way I wanted it to, so instead I cut some fun foam into a stamp. I embossed the foam in the texture fade folder, cut out the design with scissors and adhered it to an acrylic block for stamping. I stamped the rays design so that it overlapped slightly in the center and had rays emanating all around.

Some of the pages include printed scrapbook paper as a border. Then I added additional color using Adirondack Colorwash Sprays, Perfect Pearl spray and some distress stains.

Over this I stamped Tim Holtz's angel wings with embossing ink and heat embossed with black powder. I wanted the wings in the center over which I would place the heart I made.

I cut hearts from paint chip sample cards (using my Sizzix and the wonky hearts die) and heat embossed a design in the center. These were adhered with foam tape for some dimension. Using some glitter glue, I outlined the heart for some extra pizzazz.

I plan to include a banner on the bottom section of each page and may think of some additional embellishments before it is all done. I need to get these done in the next couple of weeks and mailed to the host.

Thanks for looking!

Gale C. Lewis

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paris Challenge at OWSE

The ladies over at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium have issued a challenge for the first half of January-- any project with a Paris theme.  Here is the item I am submitting.                                                 I used a 6x6 chipboard page as the base and covered it with an image of a street map of Paris that I found online. Using a Tim Holtz stamp I heat embossed the Eiffel Tower with black embossing powder.   I found a vintage label from Graphics Fairy (along with the lady image) and colored it with some vintage photo distress stain.     I stamped with the Tim Holtz Postmark in Pine Needles and also Vintage Photo. I stamped a butterfly with the same pink ink as the word "Paris" and then embossed it with white. I wanted more pink in the butterfly, so I stamped again over the white with pink. I finished off the butterfly with some pearl stickers in bright green.

   These letters are grungeboard from a packet I received for Christmas from my parents. I inked them with hot pink embossing ink and then embossed them with clear UTEE.  After I glued them onto the background, I attempted to add a little more embossing to help them really shine. UTEE is more difficult for me to get to stick to the embossing ink. I can tell that soon I will be buying some finer clear powder.

The vintage French lady image is embossed in clear UTEE and then I stamped a Tim Holtz frame around her, embossed with gold.
This was a fun project to make, looking through the stamps I already had on hand and then adding some vintage images found online to create this scene. It was the first time I used Grungeboard letters and I have to say that I like them. I have a couple of packs and I don't think I am going to have to cut letters by hand for some time to come.

Gale C. Lewis

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Adventures in Heat Embossing

I got my first heat gun from my parents for Christmas (along with a couple of great Sizzix Dies.) I have been reluctant to try heat embossing before now, mostly because I was afraid of messing up and maybe catching the house on fire!

Here are some tags I have made playing around with different techniques and using different ways of coloring the images. I am previewing ideas for my Valentine pages swap on the All Things Tim Group.

This tag was colored with Colorwash Sprays by Adirondack along with some Perfect Pearl sprays. The moths were stamped with embossing ink and then heat embossed with bright red Ranger embossing powder.  I found out with the last moth, that if you heat it too long, smoke comes up and the color is no longer as shiny. Like I said, these are experiments.

Using another tag colored in the previously mentioned way, I stamped all these images using embossing ink and then heat embossed them. The black is a fine embossing powder from Ranger. These are all Tim Holtz stamps.

This tag was dry embossed using the script folder. Then I rubbed the embossing pad over the raised areas and embossed with clear UTEE. Over that I applied Spun Sugar Distress Stain. The hearts are just resting on top of this tag. They were made by stamping first red, then embossing ink and embossing with several layers of Clear UTEE. Then I cut them out to use as embellishments.

It has been fun trying out this new to me technique of heat embossing. I am a little worried that my embossing pad is not going to last long at this rate. Luckily, I see that refills are not that expensive.

Off to Michaels today to enjoy a 40% off coupon and then tomorrow it is back to work.

Gale C. Lewis