Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MICA EMBOSSING MAGIC

This fortnight's class is called Mica Embossing Magic and we'll be using Mica Flake.  Mica is a natural rock product that generally is known to come in sheets that you can separate into thinner layers and add over images etc or it can be used in jewellery making to enclose items (flat items only) and then use those in wired jewellery.  Mica flake is simply the mica that has been broken down into smaller pieces.  The best way to adhere Mica, both flake and sheets is with a clear glue like Glossy Accents or Dimensional Magic as these both dry crystal clear and don't hide the sheerness or shimmer that Mica has.  
 
In this class we'll also be mixing some Mica Flake with embossing powders as the embossing powder will act like a glue to hold some Mica Flake in place.  Of course you can't use too much Mica Flake or it just comes off and you generally have to heat from underneath to melt the embossing powder without the Mica Flake blowing all over the place.  A low blow heat gun works best for this technique.  As Mica is very flat and scanners don't show shimmer or shine very well at all, you'll struggle to see the Mica Flake in the below samples... trust me, it's there and you can try it for yourself!  If you don't want to mix it with embossing powder, simply do some scribbly lines (or coat a chipboard piece) with Glossy Accents and sprinkle on the Mica Flake, press down gently and shake off the excess and allow to dry.... gorgeous shimmer!
 
"Why fit in"...
(mica flake mixed with some multi-coloured
embossing powders to create the
coloured areas down the bottom.  I then
drew in some seaweed shapes with
a black sharpie pen)

"Jewel"... 
(this one is a few clumps of embossing powders
- Frantage ones by Stapendous - heaped on with
some mica flake sprinkled over the top and heated
from underneath.  Very hard to see on the computer but
it looks gorgeous in the flesh!)

"Embrace imperfection"...
(This one has a frame that has a couple
of colours of different embossing powders colouring the frame, then
after it was heated and cooled down, some Glossy Accents was
dabbed on and mica flake was sprinkled on and allowed to dry.)
 
"Shimmering"...
(This has Mica Flake pressed onto Glossy Accents
around the edge of this atc as well as in the bubble circles.  The silver
patches are a mixture of white/silver/mica flake embossing powder
that has been scattered and heated from underneath.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SHAKER ATC'S

This fortnight's class is using a technique that has been around for years on cards - Shaker boxes.  It basically means you build up a layer of foam tape around a "box" shape that has acetate over it and you trap little bits of whatever in the boxes before attaching it to a base, so the little bits inside float around.  I have also used a piece of tulle instead of acetate on one of the samples below (Reflection) as I used seed beads and small sequins and the tulle holes are small enough that the bits don't escape!   I used a few different things inside the boxes and found that static is just something you have to accept when plastic is involved.  Sure, you can brush on some anti-static powder (or baby powder) but it doesn't last forever and can give a dusty look to the clear acetate so you just accept it and move on.  :-)    
 
I also experimented with what shapes would work for the openings... for the first one it's a piece of cardstock left over from a previous class where we used peeled back sections to reveal an image underneath and the little cogs worked perfectly for this one.
"Certified Damaged"...
 
For this sample I used silver micro-beads and a piece of Canvas Resist from a previous technique over some metallic swipe background with a stamp on it.
"Finding yourself"...

This one is made using a window die-cut that has been embossed and the tulle is in place of the acetate as the seed beads and small sequins won't fit through the holes.
"Reflection"...
 
This shaker box is made using an old slide that has been embossed and Judikins Roxs in copper placed inside.
"Princess Sparkle"...

Finally, these two are the remaining samples from the Watercolour Drip class from last fortnight.
"What's the worst"...
 
This one is made using the gorgeous new Gelatos that I bought for this class and I'll definitely be incorporating more of these into future classes!  The grey drippy lines are glossy accents.
"Determined"...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WATERCOLOUR DRIP TECHNIQUE

The drip technique has been around for quite a while now and is seen everywhere from nail finishes to soft furnishings as well as art pieces and everywhere in between.   It's a fairly simple technique if you're working on a reasonable size canvas or whatever your substrate is.... the issue comes in when you are working on tiny little pieces of card (watercolour card works best) that are only three and a half inches in height!  You have to be very careful about the amount of water you use with your chosen colouring agent and lots of different products work, Distress Paints, Distress Re-inkers, normal acrylic paints as well as gelato's.  These are the products I've used to create the samples below.  One thing I noticed is a difference between using a gessoed piece of watercolour paper will make the dripping react differently than with no gesso and you also get different results on different watercolour paper.  Have a play, it's very hard to stop at just a few!
 
"Something wicked"... (gelato's on gesso)
 
"Emotional baggage"... (gelatos on gesso)
 
"Rapture"... (gelatos on plain w/colour card with glossy
accents dribbled over the top)
 
"Awesome"... (Distress Re-inkers on w/colour card)
 
"Freed by imagination"... (Distress Re-inkers on textured w/colour card)
 
Just a couple of more samples...
 
... and more samples (copper acrylic paint on the one on the right)

 
Finally the last of the Black Magic Resist samples from the
class from last fortnight.
 
"Stumble"...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BLACK MAGIC RESIST

This fortnight's technique is called Black Magic Resist and is made by combining the beautiful colours of the Ranger Distress Stains, black acrylic paint and clear embossing powder.  The resist part comes in when you use a mini craft iron to remove the embossing powder, thereby revealing the distress stains under the black paint.  Gorgeous background technique and the colours really pop against the black.
 
"Colour of your dreams"...

"Elemental"...

"A dream is a wish"...
 
"Don't look back"...
 
More samples to come.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WATERCOLOUR BOOKLET PART 2

This fortnight is part 2 of the Watercolour Booklet which has 7 atc's in it.  The colour I used for this one is Peacock Feathers, even though it does look a little more like a cross between Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough! 
 
I worked out a way of closing the booklet by using some seam binding and colouring it with the Peacock Feathers so it all co-ordinated.  The only other colour I used was Brushed Pewter from the Distress Paint range applied with an aqua brush to give it a little more of a translucent look.  I also used a Stardust Gel Pen in Grey in a couple of places too.... like the dots on the front cover.  The tags hanging off the right of the first picture is the seam binding that acts as the closure to keep the book flat for when we put it into our Technique Book. 
 
 Love this technique and all the girls who created their own in class I'm sure will be very happy with the finished product.  I've said it in class before, this would be a lovely birthday gift for someone if you're prepared to do a little work and if you don't have appropriate stamp sentiments, simply type out the words you want to use and stick those down on the 7 atc's!
 
Cover...

Page 2 and 3...
 
Page 4 & 5
 
Page 6 & 7

 
Here's the booklet opened up.  Apologies for the washed-out picture.

 
Here's another sample... "Believe"...(Barn Door, yep, I know it looks pink!!!)
 
and "Seek Possibilities"... (Peeled Paint & Brushed Pewter for highlights)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WATERCOLOUR BOOKLET

This technique will be run over two classes as there are 7 atc's to be made as well as a folded booklet that's made from an A4 sheet of paper.  We are using only one colour of Ranger Distress Ink Pad (shock, horror.... how can you choose only ONE colour!!!) and a metallic acrylic paint, I used Ranger Distress Paint in Brushed Pewter for my samples.  The idea behind this booklet is to let the sentiment (or word stamp) be the focal point with a 2nd focal point being your image stamp.  I love how simple and clean these look and can just see this being made as a birthday booklet for someone.  My first example has Rusty Hinge as the only colour and Brushed Pewter (silver) as the metallic accent colour.  Of course you'll need a Ranger Archival Black Ink Pad to do the stamping.
 
Here's the booklet completed...
 
 
Front Cover ...
 
Inside pages 2 & 3 ...
 
Inside pages 4 & 5...
 
Inside pages 6 & 7...


Single atc...
 
These next two are two individual ones for my next booklet.  This
colour is "Peacock Feathers" and I've used the Brushed Pewter
Distress Paint again as a contrast metallic.
 

 
These last 3 are from the previous Rinse Aid class.  LOVE Canvas Pad Paper.

"Too fast"...
 
"Heart sing"...

"Fairy whispers... 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RINSE AID RESIST... RE-VISITED

Rinse Aid Resist is a technique that I first learned about from Claudine Hellmuth's Collage Discovery Workshop Book and I last taught a class using this technique in 2007 and then again in 2010 so I figured it was time to touch on it again.  Here's a link to the previous blog posts about it.  This time I have tried using the Ranger Distress Paints with the dishwashing Rinse Aid and it still works great with these paints!  Last time I was using Jo Sonja Acrylic Paints or any other normal acrylic paint that had been watered down to create a more runny consistency to create the resist effect.   The Distress Paints work just fine with this technique and I've found using baby wipes to remove the dried paint on the Rinse Aid works the best to show up the lighter areas.  Here are the first 3 samples from this technique.
 
"Now what"...
 
"Blood Night"...
 
"Day-dreamer"...

 
These last two atc's are from my previous class  -  Gesso Stencil Spray Stains.
 
"Happiness"...
 
"Soul"...
 
More samples to come from the Rinse Aid Resist class and hopefully I'll have my cover done for this book in the next fortnight too!