Thursday, September 28, 2017

Little Projects for busy times: ATC's and Paper Clip Art

Dear Reader,

Sometimes I don't feel like making a big project that takes planning and time.
Sometimes, I just want to sit down and make lots off little projects and use up little bits of my stash.

A stamp set like this 'Little Fishes' by Santoro is the PERFECT thing for just that!

Apart from the large 'Gorjuss' girl, you have the little accessories which you can use to make hand made embellishments and other short projects like ATC's.

I found myself stamping and humming to myself one night this week and little de-stress session yielded many goodies that I will be passing onto fellow crafters as RAKs, thank you and swaps.


I combined the stamp with the Liquid Pearls and the Ice resin to make some pretty ATC's for this month's ATC swap in our ATC group.

I heat embossed some and not others...

... each of my ATC's is just a bit different than the other.

I enjoyed adding Nuvo Crystal drops to the fish to add dimension and to make it seem like the koi fish were glistening as they bobbed up from the water.

2- Hand made Embellishments

I really love this pretty mini stamp.

You can do so much with it.

You can cut out the middle rectangle and just color in the girl to be used where you need her in your project 

Or you could layer her with nested rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies for a more layered embellishment 

and don't forget to add the other mini stamps in the set

Speaking of the other stamps!
You can combine them with the koi fish to make their own thing.

3- Paper Clip Art

But by the far, my most favourite thing to do when I just want to sit down to relax is to make paper clip art.

4- Ice Resin

One product I truly enjoyed playing with in this kit is this Ice Resin

I did some research and found out that it was predominantly used by jewellery artists.
I watched a few YT videos where Susan Lenart herself demonstrates how she uses the product.
I remembered that I still had some item from this charm pack from the August Kit:

So I decided to give it a whirl :)

The Dimensional Magic looks cloudy upon initial application but it does dry clear leaving your jewellery looking pretty spectacular!

I'm super impressed!
Maybe I need to look into jewellery making LOL

I attached it to a paper clip with a jump ring for now and I might just use it as a book marker for a while.

And here is every I made :)

I hope you have a chance to sit down and make some embellishments for your stash.

GORJUSS ~ Little Fishes ~ Easel Cards

Hello crafty girls!

It is the project you have been waiting for!
Today I am using the Gorjuss Stamp ~ Little Fishes!!!

Will you look at how utterly GORGEOUS this is!!

I wanted to recreate this scene on a card and make it more dimensional.
Let's see how this goes shall we?

So I start off by inking her on some Neenah Solar white card stock (VERA TO LINK)

Next I stamp out the rock onto kraft card stock. 
Check out the process video (link below) to see how I did this.
I also inked up 'the rock' with Iced Spruce and Gathered Twigs to give it more interest

Next, I fussy cut the girl out to see how she was going to look on the rock.
Looking good!
I really like how her hands are placed on the rock like she is leaning on it.

This is what she looks like after I shaded her in with Prima watercolours.

Notice her legs?
They still have the watermarks on them from the stamp.
Not to worry, I will show you how I fixed this.
Do you like her as a brunette?

I did make another one and she's a blonde..

Next I stamped out the companions critters from the stamp set, water coloured and fussy cut them.

Next I stamped out the bottom part of the image (minus rock and girl)

... and water coloured with a mixture of blues and greens.

 Here are the girls once more, one was stamped with her legs and the other ... not (LOL).
I propped them onto the rock using foam tape and also made a double layer of rock.
I love how they come off the card.

For the brunette:

I popped the water color feature up so it was facing the viewer using foam tape...

 and applied a quick water color "feature" to the base of the card.

I then added the cut out critters so that it looked like they were all swimming towards her legs and the crab was creeping out of the water to say hello (she is brave and is not afraid!)

Next, I took my liquid pearls and added dimensional squiggle marks to the bottom part of the card to emulate the waves in the top water feature.


All a girl needs now is a tackle box by her side and a lighthouse to guide her ....
and VOILA!

 I did add glossy accents to the fish and the crab to make them look like they were glistening out of the water.

That tackle box is adorable!
It did come in the September kit but if you wanted to buy it on it's own, check it out here

 For the blonde:

Instead of liquid pearls, I made squiggly lines with glossy accents ...

and then covered them with Ice Resin ...

Here is how that turned out!

So there you have it, 2 simple ways to turn that stamp into a feature you can sit out on your mantle.

Watch the process video HERE.

Please leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favourite: the brunette or the blonde?

Hope you have found some inspiration here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Under the Sea Aquarium

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am inspired by the Echo Park Under the Sea paper collection to make my own aquarium!

The tool I am using is the WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board which I have used previously to make (not gift bags) boxes.

I used an A4 sheet of clear acetate and followed the directions on the punch board to make a "Large" box omitting the side folding step. So I created a long panel and a short side panel, then another long panel and another short side panel.

This is what my box looked like.
I made a regular paper box alongside it so you can see the design a bit better.

Before I taped the box together, I used my large rectangle die to cut a panel in the front facing side of the acetate box.

Next, I added a 4"x 6" journaling card from the paper collection which set the underwater scene very nicely.

For the bottom of my aquarium, I used gold glitter paper.

It is now starting to take shape.

Next, I took out my Kaisercraft anchor dies..

..... and tested them on my aquarium.

It looked a bit 'too clean'.
I had this idea to make an old anchor that has been dropped in the aquarium for ages and was not thick with algae.

So I added some PVA glue with my fine tip applicator,

... and pulled out my flower soft....

... and sprinkled it onto my anchor.
I am super happy with how this looks now.
I left it aside to dry and set.

Next, I wanted to make some underwater plant elements.

I pulled out this Kaisercraft Coastal Escape stamp and stamped out the coral using my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (thank you Aunty Vera for my pre-order!).

I also had another little seaweed stamp which I also stamped out.
I then grabbed my Nuvo crystal drops and went along the stamped images adding dimension and color.

Next, I grabbed co-ordinating colors of micro beads and applied them to the wet Nuvo.

When this dried, it still kept dropping micro beads so I decided to add glossy accents on top of that.

After that had dried, I fussy cut the coral out and was a bit unhappy with the white between the weeds so I used my sponge applicator and my Distress Oxide (peeled paint) to color in any gaps. 

I repeated the process for the other seaweed.

For the shells, I painted them a few different ways.

Here, I used liquid pearls to put down a base of gold

And then added seed beads and then covered with PVA glue to keep them on after they dried.

Another option was to cover the shell with PVA first, then drop the seed beads into the wet surface.

Yet another option (not shown here) was to use BoBunny Glitter paste as the gold base and once again seed beads if desired.
In all 3 options, I dabbed on some glue and then stuck on some sequins for bling detail.

At this stage, my hand made elements are DONE and they look great !

Since I live by the beach, I also have some other "found" objects from my seas side walks.

These will do so nicely in my aquarium.

So lets begin!

The first thing thats going into my aquarium is this beautiful shell which I found on the beach some years ago. It has been sitting on my shelf but is now finding a home in this aquarium.

Next, the broken piece of coral is being stuck down (with hot glue) on the left.

Wherever a bit of the hot glue is showing, I have added some seed beads as camouflage and to act as "algae".

Next, a piece of mulch will now act as a log (or flotsam)

Next I added a broken piece of shell and and I placed the blue seaweed strategically in crevices and to the front of the aquarium on the left.

I then cut a piece of the green coral and added it to the back.

Next, I added the anchor to the back on the left ...

... shells in the front....

and a dolphin in the right back corner.

This paper was perfect as it allowed me to cut the sea creatures for the aquarium. 

For the turtle, I cut a thin strip of acetate and adhered the turtle on the top, 

then I curled the bottom part of the acetate under the log and it looks like the turtle is swimming in the middle of the aquarium.

Next I added the octopus in the back, peeking!!
Followed by more coral and shells on the right front corner of the aquarium.

Lastly, I added even more sea creatures: the clown fish under the turtle, the crab and the sea horse.

All that was left was my dilemma with the lid that would not stay shut.
I ended up taping is shut (with double sided tape) but it looked obvious and detracted from the wonderment of the aquarium.

So I pulled out the hessian (jute ribbon)

and some double sided adhesive paper and put that on the lid of the box.

Here is my finished aquarium.
Isn't it magnificent?

Please check out my process video HERE.

Thank you so much for tuning in.
I hope you got inspired today.