July 26, 2010

King of the Road

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited about this week's theme over on Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (CCC).  It's called tinted vision fragments.  I found this picture of my Dad several years ago and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it in a project - THIS IS IT!  The picture is so telling of the time it was taken and just SCREAMS vintage to me!

OK, I know I'm slightly biased, he is my DAD, but isn't this great!?

I used a page from a chipboard book as the base for this wall hanging, covered it with paper from TH using Claudine's multi medium as adhesive.  Sanded the edges and inked with vintage photo DI.    Added the photo using this week's technique (see Tim's book, page 55 for details on the technique if you're interested - you can buy it directly from Tim's website HERE).  Then used the mini grunge alpha set for the "King of the road" sentiment - I inked the letters heavily with Ranger's watermark resist ink and then brushed perfect pearls over them for a bronze shimmer.  Did the same technique with the crown but used gold perfect pearls.  Added the gears at the bottom.  Here's a close up that shows the shimmery effect of the perfect pearls.

I hope you enjoyed this week's project - I'm having a blast!  Hoping to get another post in this week for the Lots To Do challenge.  Busy week at work, so I'll do my best!  Stay cool til next time!

~ ellen.

July 25, 2010

Sunday Stamper - Life & Love


Wanted to share a tag I did today for this week's Sunday Stampers challenge.  If you're not familiar, go check out Hels' blog (Ink On My Fingers) HERE.  It's a fun way to explore different ideas and themes and get to know lots of fun people.

This tag uses one of my fav stamps ever - TH's Umbrella Man (that's what I call him).   I love the sentiment, and the umbrella man just fits perfectly.  Makes me want to watch "Singin' In The Rain".

The background is a combination of several distress inks (broken china, scattered straw, peeled paint). Then I used the script stamp in brushed corduroy, and the floral/weed stamps at top and bottom in burgundy.  Umbrella man was stamped onto grungeboard in Archival Black and then cut out and mounted with foam tape for dimension.  Added the gear/compass and metal corner and... voila!

Hope you're having a nice Sunday, wherever you are.  I'm hoping to join in with the Lots To Do challenge this week - if you're interested, check it out HERE.


~ ellen.

@ Home with Claudine - Week 4


Another week has flown by - how the time flies...

This week with Claudine brought three more new techniques and another mini-project.  I love learning all these new techniques and can already see so many possibilities!  Hope you are enjoying following along.

Our first technique is called Extra Time Photo Tinting.  The technique is very simple, but so effective and really gives a nice vintage "punch" to a project.  To start, you'll need a black & white photo, printed on your ink jet printer.  You can use either glossy photo paper, or Ranger's glossy cardstock (I used this).  Then you mix Claudine's Extra Time Medium with a dab of her paint (color of your choice).  You will only need a very small amount of this mixture, so don't over do it.  A light touch is key with this technique - if you use too much of the paint mixture you just cover up the image.  Here is the result.

Then, we learned another transfer technique, called Sticky Back Canvas Paper Transfer.  You start with a piece of sticky back canvas, and peel the backing off.  Then you apply a piece of patterned scrapbook paper to the STICKY side - with the pattern side applied directly to the sticky back.   Then, spritz the entire piece heavily with water, using a mini mister or other spray bottle, and begin rubbing the paper backing off.  This takes some time and patience but the results are amazing.

Next up was a simple but beautiful technique - dry embossed canvas.  Just take a piece of sticky back canvas and run it through your Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.  I used one of Tim's texture fades.  Then mix up a small amount of Claudine's paint and extra time medium and mix it up using Ranger's applicator foam - it will be a very thin coating of paint on the foam.  Then very gently swipe the paint over the embossed canvas.  The paint will only hit the "high spots" of the embossed image.  LOTS of possibilities for this one.

Our special project this week combines the paper transfer and photo tinting techniques.  I used a photo of my gramma from her wedding day - isn't she adorable???  She loved to laugh and always had a silly way to say things --- my favorite was her way of referring to pillow cases as "pilly" cases - I think I get my silliness from her... I miss her...   (but... I digress....)

The colors are subtle hues of pink and yellow (which, I must tell you, she would NOT have approved of --- another of her quirks was her insistence that pink and yellow did NOT go together --- the whole time I was making this I was saying to myself "Sorry Gramma, I know this wouldn't work for you, but it works for the art."  I hope she'll forgive me... (LOL).

Today promises to be another "scorcher" here in Baltimore - another day in the high 90's - I'm ready for Fall.... be good.... stay cool.... and have a great day!

~ ellen.

July 24, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (CCC) - Week 6

Hey everyone!

Well I finally got one of the CCC projects done ON TIME.  And I've got another one done ahead of time, waiting for the week it will show up on the challenge.  This week's theme is multi medium collage.  If you're interested in this technique, turn to page 66 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book (available HERE).  To see all the wonderful projects using this technique, check out Linda's blog HERE.

The grungeboard butterflies were done in the multi medium collage style (see book) and then I coated them with a thick coat of clear crackle paint.  I got too excited to see the crackle effect and used a heat tool to dry - so the orange butterfly has a big bubble on it... (actually it sort of looks like a wart - eewww).

Here's a close up of the butterfly - I love the "Create" word stick - found this (and others) at Michael's in the jewelry section.

And here's a close up of the sentiment.  I used Tim's ornate plate and Wendy's ART stamp.

I'll be working on the final touches of my @ Home with Claudine projects for this week so I'll have them posted by tomorrow for sure.

Hope you all are having a good weekend (it's going to be blistering hot here - supposed to be over 100 degrees today - that's about 37 degrees for you folks on the Celcius scale - just learned that yesterday....).

Looking forward to seeing some CHA posts from all our fav designers - the madness starts tomorrow!  Get your wallets out... there's some incredible stuff coming out!  Wish I could be there to see it!

Be good - stay cool!

~ ellen

July 19, 2010

@ Home with Claudine - Week 3

Hi all!

Here I am - back again so soon.... (NOT)...

Week 3 of class was terrific - we learned 3 new techniques and did another mini project.  Here's the results:

The first technique is called faux paste paper.  You start with glossy card stock (Ranger).  You combine a small dab of paint with a large dab of extra time medium.  Then you use the Inky Roller (or any type of brayer) to roll the mixture onto to the glossy card stock, and then use a comb or other texture to make a pattern in the paper - easy!

Technique #2 is called extra time reverse stamping.  You use the same technique as above, but instead of using a comb you ink up a stamp with Ranger's Watermark Resist pad - again, this technique did not work using versamark, but did work using Ranger's Perfect Medium.  You have to work quickly for this technique - if the paint mixture dries at all the stamp won't pick up the paint and create the negative stamped image.   I had to do this a couple times before I got it to work, but here's my efforts:

Technique #3 is called tinted paper.  You start with a laser photocopy of some random text.  This would work with any type of paper.  You coat the paper with Multi Medium (matte finish) and let it dry.  This makes the paper non-absorbent so it has the same quality as the glossy cardstock we used in the other techniques.  Once dry, you paint a mixture of paint and extra time medium over the paper, which gives it just a slight hint of color.  The photocopy started pure white.  This is a great way to alter the color of any paper - lots of possibilities.

Then we combined all three techniques into our special project.  We started with an 8x8 canvas.  First we applied an 8x8 piece of any scrapbook paper onto the canvas using multi medium.  Then we used all the techniques above and cut 2" circles from each technique and applied them over the scrapbook paper.  Once that was dry, we applied a very light layer of gesso over the center area of the canvas.  This softens the tone of the bold circles so the next image will "pop".  The class called for a large chandelier rub-on, which I couldn't find, so I used a stencil instead!

I'm still hoping to get caught up on Linda's Compendium of Curiosities technique challenge, but I seem to be falling further and further behind.... wish me luck!  My studio is on the 2nd floor of our house, and the A/C doesn't quite cool it down - it has been WICKED HOT here lately, so it's not so fun to spend time up there in the late afternoon / early evening.  I don't usually feel this way until August, but I think I'm ready for FALL!

Hoping to work on some tags for the CCC challenge this week - if I get any done before sweating to death I'll post them!

July 11, 2010

Wendy Vecchi Tag Swap

Yes... it's true... I'm back... AGAIN!

I wanted to share the tags I made for the Tags Studio 490 Style swap, which is part of the Everything Wendy Vecchi group on Yahoo.  This is my first swap with this group (or really, any group at all), so I really wanted to do a good job so I get invited back for more!  In this swap, a group of us will be making 12 different tags, of different sizes and orientations, using primarily Wendy Vecchi (Studio 490) stamps and in her style.  The tags will be assembled into one big wall hanging and one will be given to Wendy for her birthday!  And each person that participates will get one of each tag back, too.  I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!

I was assigned a medium sized tag in the vertical (portrait) orientation. I started by inking the entire tag with Scattered Straw distress ink (DI) and shaded the edges with Vintage Photo DI.  The small vial was stamped onto a sheet of clear transparency with black archival ink (waterproof).  Once dry, I used blue and green alcohol ink and dabbed it on to the reverse side (the alcohol would dissolve the black ink on the front). 

Then the label and the lid of the vial were stamped onto a manila tag, inked with antique linen distress ink, and adhered to the front of the label - the solid label on the front also gives you a place to hide foam adhesive!  The Be Inspired stamp was also stamped on manila tag, inked with antique linen DI and cut out.  The flowers are by Prima, distressed with Vintage Photo DI, and the snap on the "Be Inspired" message is by (wait for it.... big shock coming) Tim Holtz.  The polka dot background stamp is by Hero Arts.

Hope you've enjoyed my projects from this week - I probably should pace myself better but I seem to work in spurts (is that how you spell that?).

Have a great week - back to work tomorrow... ughhhh...

~ ellen.

Water Stamping

Hello again!

Twice in one day??? YES!  (I told you I had a busy, inky week!)

I've been woe-fully behind on the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge being hosted by Linda Ledbetter.  I finally had a chance to play with the WEEK ONE technique, Water Stamping.  Here's my fav:

I love how it turned out - as I said in my post earlier today - I've been using the TH flourish stamp a lot lately - it just works for everything....  we've been asked not to post the directions on how to do this technique so as not to take away from Tim's book.  If you're interested in learning this technique, my fav web-shopping store, eclectic Paperie, has the book, OR better yet if you order it from Tim's website (click HERE) he will sign it for you! 

I'm too late to be included in the actual Challenge on Linda's blog, but I'm still going to try to keep up with each week's technique (nice rhyme!) - it's a great way to explore new ways of using all my STUFF!

I may be back AGAIN later!  I'm on a roll!!!!  I LOVE it when that happens!

Be good!  (or... if you can't be good.... be careful... ha!)

~ ellen.

@ Home with Claudine - Week 2

Hi all!

Well, I had good intentions to do more posts this week - the good news is that I did have time to MAKE lots of things - just not enough time after that to actually post them... so.... here we go...

We're now into Week 2 of the @Home with Claudine class and the techniques just keep on coming!  This week we learned three new techniques.  The first is called Watermark Resist.  We started with a page from our technique recipe book that had been painted entirely with sky blue paint.  Then we inked up a big stamp with watermark resist ink (I have read that MANY people in the class tried to use Versamark for this technique and it DID NOT work well, or did not work at all.  The recommended ink was Ranger's Watermark Ink - I didn't have that exact one, but I used my Perfect Medium ink - also from Ranger, and it worked really well.)  That said, it's important to really get the stamp inked VERY well - "juicy" was the term used - don't be shy!  So, stamp the watermarked stamp onto the blue background, and then paint over it with a very watered down black paint - VOILA!  RESIST!  I love the way the watermark image looks like it's glowing.  Lots of possibilities for this!

The second technique we learned was called Watermark Resist - Peeled Paint.  In this technique, you use the same watermark resist ink pad and swipe the corner of the pad directly onto a surface that had been primed with red paint.   Swipe the pad randomly over the surface, being careful not to cover the entire surface - just parts of it.  Then we painted over that with a very watered down pink paint.  The resist areas appear to be bubbly / cracked.  I'm not sure mine turned out as "peeled-paint-ish" as it was supposed to, but it's still a cool effect!

Lastly, the third technique was using Claudine's paint plus her Extra Time Medium to stamp onto her Sticky Back Canvas.  We started by combining a small dab of teal paint with a dab of the extra time medium (approx. 3 times larger than the small dab of teal paint).  We used a small brayer to combine the two together, and then used the brayer to apply the paint to a rubber stamp.  I've been really loving my TH flourish stamp and using it A LOT - it's definitely the current favorite...  Here's the result - so crisp and clean - loving this!

The mini project for this week was combining the watermark resist and paint stamping techniques.  Here's what I came up with:

I cut some grungeboard using the Baroque die from TH Alternations, covered it with a text page from TH paper stack, did the watermark resist over top the text paper (flourish stamp again!), and painted over with teal paint.  Then I did the paint/extra time stamping on Claudine's sticky back canvas and ran it through the TH flower die.  Added some metal accents from TH idea-ology to finish it off.  The project in the class was for a card, but I decided to turn mine into a wall hanging - added some TH chain to the TH clip at the top.

Well, as you can see I've had a FUN week!  I just finished my tags for the Everything Wendy Vecchi tag swap so I'll be posting that soon - enjoy your Sunday and do something creative!

~ ellen.

July 4, 2010

@ Home with Claudine - Week 1

Hi everyone!  Well, as I suspected, I came home from our trip VERY ready to make something!  Lady luck smiled on me since my on-line class with Claudine Hellmuth started this week.  I am LOVING the class so far.

This week we did some prep work for our technique recipe book, which we'll be developing throughout the class, and then learned two new techniques.  The first technique is called Gesso Etching.  I've never worked with gesso before and I must say, it's fun!  Basically, you spread a layer of gesso (not super thick, but not too thin either - described as generously buttered bread) onto a surface - can be chipboard, canvas, paper, glass - really almost anything, and then you scratch (or "etch") something into the wet gesso and wait for it to dry (takes at least an hour or two, and overnight is better).  I just used a pencil.  Once it is dry, you then add a layer (or layers in my case) of watered-down paint (or you can add Claudine's "Extra Time" medium to your paint to slow down the time it takes for the paint to dry) to accent the image you etched into the surface.

Here is the result:

Isn't that cool!?  I love how the etchings create shadows and depth, and the white gesso shows through on the edges.  And I love how the layers of paint added over the top started to crack a little bit so it looks like really old leather.

Then, we learned our 2nd technique, called "Gesso Transfer".  You start by painting a surface with a base layer of paint, covering the entire surface.  Then you add a layer of gesso over top, leaving some of the painted surface showing on the edges (again, love that depth).  Then, while the gesso is still wet, you place a photocopy of an image FACE DOWN into the wet gesso.  Gently press the image into the gesso to ensure that the whole image comes in contact with the gesso.  I tried using an image printed on my ink jet printer - it did NOT work for me, though there were others in the class that said it worked for them.  Then, you let that dry overnight - according to many members of the class, and Claudine, the most frequent problem with this technique is not allowing enough time for the image/gesso to dry - be patient - do this project at night right before bed to reduce temptation!

Once it is dry, you spray the image with TONS of water - really saturated - and begin rubbing the paper off the project until all that is left is the transferred image, which has magically transferred to the gesso.  It takes a while to get it all off - just keep spraying and rubbing until it's all gone.  Once finished with that, you can add a layer of watered down paint over top to "tint" areas of the image.  I used a pale yellow with some brown added for a sepia effect.

Here is the result:

So now I have two pages in my recipe book... :)  

Then we had a special project which combines the two techniques together. I started with a 5 x 5 stretched canvas, primed it with a layer of Claudine's landscape green paint, then used the techniques above.  Here's the finished product:

I added the letters for "KEEP" from Tim Holtz' idea-ology collection.  I'll definitely hang this in my studio to remind myself to never stop trying new things.
As usual, all the items for these projects are available from eclecticpaperie.com.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the results from Week One.  I'm hoping to participate in this week's Sunday Stampers Challenge - this week's theme is "rhinestones/gems".  I also want to catch up with Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge - I'm three weeks behind on that one... ughhh... AND I need to get started on my tags for the Everything Wendy Vecchi group's tag swap - LOTS to do!  But the good news is I'll have lots to post in the next few days / week - stay tuned and check back to see what i'm up to.

Happy 4th of July!