Sunday, May 27, 2018

May creating with Sonia

Hi everyone, it's scary to think we are approaching the end of May already and for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, Winter is almost here!!! I do love to cosy up in the colder months though and create. There's nothing like being warm and dry listening to the rain on the roof and having the time to play!

Right Now

My beautiful 12 year old is not permitting any photos to be taken at the moment (the joys of an almost teenage girl!) so it has given me the chance to go through some of my old photos and reminisce

 Imaginarium Designs products used: 'Right Now' phrase (IDP0204), Nat's Hearts (IDD0042) and Leaves and Circles Flourish (IDFL0008)

The gorgeous 'Right Now' phrase has been inked using Versacolor Pinecone ink

I adore these hand drawn Nat's Hearts! These have been heat embossed in an aged gold. They have actually been used to cover up a mistake - I stuck something down but changed my mind and the paper ripped a little when I pulled  it up!!

This Leaves and Circles Flourish is absolutely stunning! Unfortunately I have hidden the circles under the frame but the detail on this piece is so beautiful

Tags in a Frame

I am currently attempting to clean out my craft room but keep getting distracted by all the things I keep finding (and making me realise how big my stash is!!!). I found some sheets with images on them and just had to make some tags :)
 Imaginarium Designs products used: Skeletal feather (IDD0058) and 4 Small Butterflies (IDT0014)

 The Skeletal Feathers and the Butterflies have both been heat embossed using an aged silver embossing powder:

By using an embossing powder to cover the chipboard, you don't lose any of the fine details in any of the chipboard like you could with paint

When you use an aged embossing powder you get the black pieces in the powder which breaks up the surface of the silver and creates a gorgeous patina effect

The detail on the butterfly is so beautiful:

Small Vintage Tags

I had so much fun creating some of these tags last month that when I found I had another pack of them I had to have another play!

 Imaginarium Designs products used: 5 Tags on a board (IDS0064) and Edward Relief Border (IDB0010)

Each tag was first covered in paper and then the edges sanded to smooth off all of the edges

All of the edges of the papers and images have been inked with Pinecone ink to help add to the vintage feel

The Edward Relief Border was heat embossed in an aged silver and then trimmed to fit each tag

The Border is absolutely beautiful and normally I wouldn't want to cut it into small pieces. Unfortunately I had closed a draw with the border caught in it and the damage meant I couldn't use it in one piece and rather than wasting it I used the parts I could!

Imaginarium Designs products used:

Nat's Hearts IDD0042

Leaves and Circles Flourish IDFL0008

Right Now Phrase IDP0204

 4 Small Butterflies IDT0014

Skeletal Feather IDD0058

5 Tags on a Board IDS0064

Edward Relief Border IDB0010

Thank you for joining me for my May post
Happy creating 
Sonia x

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tag by Tomoko Takahashi

Hi, everyone!
It's Tomoko, and I am here to show you this tag I made for this mont's Imaginarium Design's DT work. 
ID's small sized title chipboards are very useful for any kinds of projects!

You can also cut and use the embellishment chipboards like I did to my tag, and it will add a gorgeous touch to it.

I hope you like it, and thank you so much for visiting!!

Layout and canvas from Sue Smyth

Snips and Snails 
and Chrysalis Canvas
By Sue Smyth 

This month I have a layout for you all, I have gone off layouts lately, as my children are 
older and do not offer the photo opportunities they used to, I dont have 
the never ending stream of photos I used to.
But recently I launched a range of Ephemera sheets, which can be fussy 
cut to use on layouts, Art journaling, cards and any mixed media projects.
Basically never ending uses, so I am re inspired. 

One of the sheets features Boys, from the old poem we learnt as 
kids, "snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that is what little boys are made of
This was the inspiration for the collage sheet and my layout.

They work perfectly layered over chipboard, and elements.
The chipboard I have painted with flat black spray paint
and then rubbed over with Art Alchemy Vintage gold wax, this gives a 
great detailed shine and colour.

I have snipped up the large honeycomb chipboard (painted black again)
this way you can add structure to your page with small elements of the larger

Then I have fussy cut lots of elements and clustered them around 
the chipboard and photo.
Dont be afraid to tuck things under other elements, you dont have to 
see all of the item to have an impact...see the half butterfly..
it is still a powerful shape and element.

I like to fussy cut things with a little white edge, no matter what
I am cutting, this gives you room to make a mistake lol.

Again dont be afraid to tuck chipboard under other elements, this feather is 
painted matt black and then I have flicked runny white gesso over top.
This makes it look like a magpie or guinea fowl feather, much more 
organic than just a plain feather...and the black and white has a great 
wow factor.

Pages like this only work when you have good clustering skills, if you think
you are not great at it, practice,you can learn this skill with practice I promise lol

My next project is a fairy canvas, but I thought it ended up looking 
like a fairy emerging from a pupa like a chrysalis, so that is 
what I called it.

The wings are rather special, a little technique I developed, you can 
see a mini tutorial below.

And it is a great project to use up all your old rhinestones 

Even leaves can be painted, here I have used emerald Inka Gold with water
 and a soft bristle brush. Then I have rubbed over Vintage Gold Art Alchemy wax.

Love making butterflies, and I have used this technique before, paint 
the chipboard with white gesso, then apply white liquid pearls over top.
I have used Couture Creations Cotton ball here, while still wet, apply a 
purple liquid pearls and a toothpick to swirl it around the white,,then let it dry.
It will take a while but the end result is stunning ,,dont you think.

You can also see another technique here the gossamer fairy 
wings , made from muslin.

The toy doll has been wrapped up before painting and altering, let your
imagination go here.

To a large generic chipboard butterfly shape apply white texture paste.

The take your time and add random rhinestones, pushing
into the texture paste.

When dry, paint with black gesso, allow to dry for  a few
minutes the wipe off most of it.

Wipe until you are happy with the effect.

The the magic happens, rub over 
selected colours of inka gold.
I have used turquoise, violet, magenta, and lastly gold.

Then to finish I have added a few drops of alcohol ink
they dry instantly, but you can rub in with a soft small paint brush
they taint the colour of the rhinestone.
This way you can alter the colours of rhinestones you 
have used to suit the project.

Happy Crafting All