Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Deco Foil Tutorial on a Chipboard Journal Book

Hello Blog Land, today I have a tutorial playing with Deco Foil by *therm o web. I also have the worlds smallest blog hop going on! There will be a prize for one lucky hopper.

Here are the very few rules. 

1. Follow my blog- I do have a lot of cool stuff going on here & don't post crazy often.
2. Leave me a comment on each of the 3 blog stops (yes that says 3- stop laughing)
3. See I told you very few rules, I guess I could have said there were a couple of rules but we artists like uneven numbers.

Stop 1- you are here, please read, learn, soak up the fun & comment.
Stop 2-my Southern Ridge Trading Co. post on this book with photos of the inside (did I tell you it's bigger on the inside?). 
Stop 3- my first 5 days stroll in my hood.

Chipboard journal with a debossed patterned dragonfly cut out colored in greys, blues & burgandy.
Southern Ridge Trading Co. Zen Dragonfly Journal

Check Out This Cool Book!

First off this is my design team post for Southern Ridge Trading Co. which is the 2nd stop on the hop. check out their fabulous products as well as a peak at some of the finished pages inside my book. I am really good at making books but less great about working on the insides! 

I am also entering this in the Mixed Media Place Challenge. Loved their mood board & was definitely inspired by the colors & the quote. Good things take time. I used the quote on the inside of my book but I also was mindful of that as I made my book. I enjoyed the process & too my time designing it, even with a looming deadline! Here is a link to the current challenge.

Let's Get Some Foiling Going!

I was given a lovely box of *thermo.web.products to play with. I love adding foil accents to my art journal projects. It adds a pop of shiny, lovely, mirror color which adds another layer of texture to my pieces. I decided to play with a few of them to compare which ones worked best for my use. If you know me I almost always must use stencils, texture & stamps to my projects. 

So Many To Choose From! 

I decided to work with 4 forms of adhesive. One of the challenges is how do you foil a thicker item like chipboard? Not sure it would go through my laminator which is designed for paper. Also chipboard + extended heat may not make it happy either. A test for another day. Lucky for us Deco Foil has an answer. 

1. Transfer Gel with foamie   2. Transfer Gel with palette knife.

Let's Do Some Tests.

I started with a piece of black mat board. Using Transfer Gel, the number stencil & a palette knife I scraped the gel onto the board. I also added it through the brick stencil using a piece of foam. I let it dry as per the instructions until clear. I then placed a piece of the Summer Rainbow Transfer Sheet color side up & ran it through my Vagabond. Use the same sandwich as an emboss folder. My teammate Ava gave me a hot tip- use a new unscratched plate on top or the cut images in the plate transfer into the foil. I added a piece of card stock on top which worked fine. 

The foamie above did not work well as you see not much of a transfer. I wondered if it was because there were 2 different height layers of gel running through the machine at the same time, or not enough pressure. I repeated this step changing 2 things. 1. I really pushed the gel into the mat board when applying through the stencil, making sure there was good coverage. 2. I added the thin die adapter to the sandwich. I ran it through the Vagabond twice. The results were much better!!! Yay. 

Now I was ready for my chipboard title. I followed the same steps & voila beautiful shimmer was added with the Emerald Watercolor Transfer Sheets. In the spots where the foil was sketchy I re-applied adhesive & used Aqua colored foil. This upped the grunge factor!

Next Up: Liquid Adhesive.

For my next chippie pieces I wanted a more portable idea. Let's say I am traveling & don't want to bring my vagabond or my laminator. Well Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to the rescue. I applied a thin layer with a foamie again & let dry 1-2 hours. Place your foil sheet, color side up over the chippie & rub gently using a bone folder, not to scratch the foil too much but enough so the foil adheres. Works brilliantly. 

Update your plain cardboard with shimmery foil sheets.


Last But Not Least: 

I tried out the PeelnStick Toner Sheets. This time I needed the laminator. I die cut using an Eileen Hull butterfly thinlet (made me very happy that it worked) I ran it back & forth through my Vagabond and got a good cut. Followed the easy instructions placing foil on top of the butterfly cut and in between the parchment included in the sheet pack. Ran it through the laminator & bam lovely foiled piece! I also used this technique to place foil behind my dragonfly. I cut out a piece large enough to cover the dragonfly image, foiled it & adhered it to the back of my cover so the foil peeks out through the dragonfly image. Love it!! 

 I moved the cover to show the foil. The color on the left is the true color of the book & the right shows what the foil looks like. As the book moves it catches the light & reveals the color. 

 What is the prize you are asking? 

If you are participating in my wee blog hop, I will choose one random winner who will receive a Southern Ridge Trading co. stencil, and some chippies. Make sure you follow all the rules! Thanks for playing with my silliness.  

I am also entering this in the Words & Paintery Contest which you can find here. 
Love their monthly challenges, a great way to be inspired.  

You can find a list of supplies on the Southern Ridge Post. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

An Artul Adventure with Nathalie Kalbach.

I am participating in a free class, Artful Adventures by Nathalie Kalbach.
It is a wonderful idea about taking photos while "strolling through the hood" & documenting with photos where you live. It is a 30 day challenge & will also give ideas about how to use your photos in your art. There are also artist interviews which are really great to listen to. Click on the link above for a video explaining this class. I will take you on the first 5 days of my stroll.
photo of garden pots on stone patio lots of roses, pinks, purples & white azaleas
Day 1: Home - My Garden Oasis

 Let's Take Some Photos!

I encourage you to come & play. Everyday we are posting a picture based on a prompt in Instagram. I love using the Hipstamatic app which allows me to change the camera lens & film giving all kinds of different effects. Most of my photos are taken using this app. It is just too much fun to play with! 

photo of dark rainy sky, cars at a green light stopped in traffic
Day 2:Transportation


I Spend A Lot of Time in Traffic

I decided I wanted to go a step further & create a book to put my pics in. I realized as I was taking my photos, there is more to the story than just the picture. The photos are creating a story of their own. Making a journal book to document the photos I take seemed a logical step. Plus I am an expert in taking something simple like posting a photo every day on Instagram & turning it into something complicated! 

sepia tone photo of the side of a lacrosse goal showing the pole & net with trees in the background
Day 3: Fence


Don't Fence Me In!

We don't have a fence in our yard and other than people's personal fences there aren't that many of note in the neighbourhood. What's a girl to do? How about a play on the word fence?  My daughter is a lacrosse goalie and we have a net in the backyard. How about defense as in de-fence! Brilliant & to really tie it in the net looks like chain link which is used for, you guessed it fences!

black & white photo of a metal mailbox in a bed of flowers
Day 4:Mailbox


What's In Your Mailbox?

My mailbox it kind of dinged up & could use a refresh but who has time for that? It is so far down on the list of things to do it doesn't even make the list. There is of course a story to go with it as with most of my life. One of our good friends dinged it up while backing out of our driveway. She of course was mortified. I kind of like that my mailbox has a story. 


walkway at night with solar lights in a ray pattern
Day 5: Shine


Let Your Light Shine On

Last One for today is a photo of one of the lights on my walkway. My husband added these cool solar lights that make a sun ray pattern. Love it! At this point I realize I am not really strolling through my hood, more like strolling around my house. I will be now venturing our into my neighbourhood for the next set of pics!

I hope you check back here on the 17th to see a post on my journal book. I make a lot of books but there are a couple I really want to get into working on the inside!!! You know in my "spare" time. The post will also show a tutorial on playing with Deco Foil by *therm.o.web. Until then I hope to see you on #artfuladventures thanks Nathalie for offering this free class!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Let's Make a Patina Beach Chair

I am on the Southern Ridge Trading Blog today with a patina tutorial. I did a step by step on how to use the Prima Marketing Patina Effects Paste kit. 

tag with an altered adirondack chair in blue/green patina. Shells and beads in blues and greens.
Take Me To The Ocean!

Here is my final tag. I hope you hope on over & check out the project!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Seth Apter's ARTifacts 2017 Book

Hello Blogland, here is a long overdue post on Seth Apter's ARTifacts project. It is an awesome idea and you can jump in and play anytime. To find out more about this project check out the link above. To see Seth's first pages go here.

Cover of book with lots of texture painted with decoart paint in colors of copper, green, & magenta.
My ARTifacts Book Alive & in Color!

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art.

I immediately got started working on a book to showcase my favorite pieces every month. I decided as Seth was the originator of this idea I would use his products for my cover. As tends to happen to me sometimes, I got over excited and created a fabulous, multi layered, extravaganza. Yes, that is what I feel I did! I hammered it with Seth's stencils, dies & stamps. Totally love that he has so many clever words in his stencils especially. The dies were cut out of card stock and layered repeatedly to give them more depth. Texture was created with modeling paste. Painted, painted and painted again. The project needed something. I couldn't figure out what but just a little something. So it sat, & sat for a few months "and then, one not-so-very special day"  I was walking and found a rusty nail lying on the road. That was it! The finishing embellishment I was looking for. Funny how inspiration works. 

shows that cover has hook & loop tabs on spine so it can be removed
Yes It Is A Removable Cover!

How About A Tour?

I decided I wanted to make a book using kraft pages so that would leave me a lot of options for the inside pages. My book measures 10.5"x8.5". When it came time to attach the cover I realized I had a problem. There was so much texture on the cover that I was a) worried it would get damaged while working on the inside of the book & b)that texture would make it difficult to create inside the book. To solve this I made a removable cover!! Using Tombo hook & loop tabs was the obvious answer. They attach on the hinges of the book making removal easy. 

Shows circle die with drips colored with glazed copper. Date 2017 on raised letters.
Lot's of layers of Glazed Paint.

It's A Colorful Life

You will get a better idea of the true color of the project in these close-ups. There is a copper glaze that covers the piece that did not want to show up in photos! I had to shoot it in lower light so the quality might not be so great. You can kind of see the copper but in real life this book has serious shine! On the circles above I actually pounced black acrylic paint through a few of Seth's stencils.

Add One Rusty Nail!

You Never Know What You Will Find on Your Adventures.

For my nail embellishment I added a bit of Seth technique by wrapping it. I used copper wire and simply added some beads plus eyelets to hold it strongly in place. The Alphabet which came from some old cardboard letters in my stash were embossed with one of Seth's folders.

Proof of Layers & Layers
Love all the texture in this project- can you have too much? I don't think so! This pic is in progress before I added the stamping. The multiple layers of paint just add so much dimension to the die cuts.

Seth Apter Dies by Spellbinders

Stamping on the die images was a perfect way to break up this piece a bit. It adds, not just more dimension, but kind of grounds it. 

Seth's stencils by Stencil Girl- lots of nummy words!
 Perfect sentiment for this project. Especially as I will be working on my January art documentation next! I hope you get a chance to look at some of the work that has been shown so far. You can find the works Seth has shown below so far.

Now I need to go & work on my inside pages- what to do, what to do? I do plan on using product that I have been hoarding for years- I mean my stash! I hope you join in the fun!

Seth Apter Supplies: 

  • Dies by Spellbinders-Splatter Proof, Drip Drop, Fly, Robo Ring    
  • Embossing folder by Spellbinders -Lazer Beams
  • Stamps by Impression Obsession -ConText, Pattern Play
  • Stencils by Stencil Girl- like all of them.
 DecoArt Supplies:
  • Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise & Teal Hue, Quin.Magenta, Payne's Grey, Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Medium.
  • Ice Crystal Glamour Dust, 
  • Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle. 
Other Supplies:
  • Tombo Mono Aqua Glue, Hook & Loop tabs
  • wire, beads, eyelets from my stash. 
  • rusty nail-from an adventurous walk.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Blog Post on 7gypsies Travel Journal

I am excited to have a blog post on the Canvas Corp Brands site today sharing a tutorial on my Travel Journal. This is again using Eileen Hull's amazing journal die. If you scroll down you will see I have made quite a few projects using this die, it is soooooo versatile! 

A travel journal book with a cover showing a canvas airplane, a latern and vintage ephemera.
Ready For a Trip!!
 I can't wait to take this on vacation & fill it as I go with a glass of wine in the evenings! I have you have a chance to pop over & check it out!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Playing at the Beach Art Journal Page

I have a post over on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog today. I am playing with Prima Tropicals watercolors on an art journal beach page. You can hop over there for a bit of a mini tutorial & more photos.

This is #99 of 100 in the 100 days challenge. Only 1 left to go! Of course this years 100 days has already started but I am determined to finish. I will have a blog post or 2 on this project when it is finished! I hope you have the chance to get inky today!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Gardeners Journal With Eileen Hull Diecuts

Playing with the Eileen Hull Journal die is just way too much fun. This month the design team are focusing on it & the new Heart Felt collection that is shipping to stores now. Today I am back with a Gardeners Journal. I am also happy to be playing with Eileen's Color Blends inks using the Utee emboss technique. I am loving this technique & trying to work it out of my system! 

Embossed journal covered in violet, lime & cobalt with a patina like flower and beads running down the spine.
A Gardner's Journal Covered in Color Blends Ink

You Can Never Have Too Many Journals.

I am learning this is very true as I just can't stop making them!!! My Flower journal is for my garden. I have a bad habit of planting things, forgetting where I planted them & then weeding my new flowers the following spring. Last spring, for example I weeded 3 beautiful phlox plants. Most sad & annoying.  To prevent that I started taking pictures of my flower beds at various stages during the growing season so I know where things are planted. All I need is a book to put the info in. Of course the book needs to be pretty & filled with tags, beautiful scrapbook paper & inky. This is definitely just the base of the book, one of the great things about making these books is they can be added to as needed.

Words & Paintery Challenge for March

 It's a Challenge.

I have also been playing on challenge sites lately which has been fun. I am trying to use different color palettes to change things up a bit. Words & Paintery is a great way to do it. Every month they have a challenge that includes a new color palette & quote. Now what can that quote possibly have to do with gardening? Well as the original "black thumb of doom" I was a killer of all things green. Could not keep plants alive but the weeds would thrive. In my book which will contain this quote I will put a pic of me weeding, or maybe put a picture of my garden full of lush, healthy flowers! I refuse to let the weeds, squirrels or slugs win!!!

Embossing Folders work great on mat board.

Let's Make A Journal!

 Start with Eileen's Journal die which should be hitting stores in the next few weeks. Add mat board & make 2 cuts. Using Eileen's embossing folders emboss the mat board. The cover is larger than the folder so run it through 2x aligning the pattern as closely as possible. You will end up with a line where the folders overlap which can't be avoided. In retrospect this line wouldn't be noticeable by the time all the inking is done. I opted to emboss tags to cover the overlap. 

Shows embossed mat board covers & color blend inks in multiple colors.
Use Color Blends to ink up the covers, so many pretty colors!

 How About Some Color?

Using Color Blends simply color the cover. I first tested the colors on a piece of paper, mixing a few of the blends until I got the colors I wanted. You can also add a bit of water & blend with a paint brush. Remember to do the inside spine & inside edges. For more info on how to use color blends go here.

Embossed tags with lime & peacock blue mists.
Emboss your tags & color them with shimmery Glimmer Mist.

 I wanted some shimmer on the tags, using Glimmer Mists made this quick & easy.

Add lavender paint to the high points of the embossing on the tag.
Use metal acrylic paint to add hits of color to the embossed images, makes it pop.

Next was to add in the lavender color for the challenge. I wanted to use a heavier medium so I went with acrylic paint. Started with a metallic purple, adding in pearl to get a lighter lavender color. Keeping with the shimmer idea blending in ice crystal turns the paint glittery. With a small amount of paint on the hard foam dabber, swipe paint just hitting the high points. 
Close up of the UTEE & Charred Gold embossing.

Time For The UTEE Emboss Technique.  

Add the tags to the journal lining up the emboss pattern, adhere with a strong glue. Instead of emboss dabber I used a colorless mica spray. This makes it much easier to work on a large area & adds wonderful shimmer. I did half a cover at a time to prevent the mica spray drying & UTEE flying off. I just did a post on how to do this technique so you can get the directions here. I did jazz this up a bit by sprinkling some Charred Gold emboss powder in spots to add a little grunge. Once the UTEE is hot & melting just sprinkle another color of emboss & continue to heat until powders are melted. Continue until both covers are nice & embossed. If you miss spots go back in with the emboss dabber & UTEE until nice coverage is achieved. 

Spine of the journal with lots of beads in blues, greens hanging from cobalt hemp with flower & butterfly charms.
Look at all the pretty beads!

Assembly Could Be The Best Part!

Add a good strong glue to the inside of the front cover piece on the outer edge. Take the 2 pieces and put the spine together so the center hole matches up, you can see how my front cover lies on top of the back cover in the center of the spine. For this book I ran hemp down each section tying my thread off at the outside top of my book. I added beads and charms cause I can't stop doing my spines like this.  

Let's make a cool grungy, patina flower with emboss.

I cut a couple of flower pieces from Eileen's new "Stitchy Flowers & Leaf" Thinlets die. I used book paper but ended up covering it completely. Heat emboss the 2 flower pieces, everything but the edges, with Charred Gold. Once the powder was set I distressed it with the Color Blends that were used on the cover. It ended up looking like a patina, was kind of a lucky accident. The middle part or stamens were embossed using Winters Mistake. 

Close up of patina flower on burlap & another of beads hanging off the sping of the journal.
Some close ups for you!
 Here is my flower assembled for the front cover. Simply layered it & added a brad on burlap with a few eyelets. Simple but looks pretty cool. On the right another pic of the spine  of the book. I decided to add a brad in the center hole to cover it up. This hole can be used to thread an elastic or ribbon through it to create a tie for the book. That's it for now, this post has gotten long so I will do another one on the inside of the book. Stay tuned!! 

To check out my team mates fabulous creations you can check out the blog post here

  • Eileen Hull dies by Sizzix- Journal, Stitchy Flowers & Leaf 
  •        "      -emboss folders  - Sunburst, Starlight
  •                -mat board
  • Eileen's Colorblends by Colorbox- Bay, Beach, Hydrangea, Leaf.
  • Emerald Creeks Emboss Powder- Charred Gold, Winter's Mistake, Flower Brad
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist in Key Lime Pie, 
  •                          -Chalk in Peacock
  • Canvas Corp Brands- Burlap
  • DecoArt- Metallic in Pearl, Purple Pearl, Ice Crystal Glamour Dust
  • Ranger- UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) Tags
  • Tombow Mono- Xtreme tape runner, Aqua liquid glue
  • Blue Moon Beads, Hemp, letters from stash.


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