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30 June 2010

Dimensional Art Canvas

This week's project, inspired by Tim Holtz, was to alter a mini canvas using Grungeboard into a dimensional piece of art.


The canvas is 2 inches wide & 2¾ inches high.


Using the mini Grungeboard die-cut alphabet, I spelt out the word "Art" topping the T with a mini Grungeboard crown element.

To cover the Grungeboard & canvas, I turned to a couple of old telephone books & tore out sections containing the words Create & Art.

Using matte Studio multi-medium, I adhered the paper over the Grungeboard elements & canvas, finishing with a further layer over the top.


Once dried, I highlighted the raised areas with Distress Ink (broken china), Perfect Pearls (Blue Patina) & Distress Stickles (Broken China).

I edged the canvas with Distress Ink (peeled paint).

I used a few green dew drops as jewels on the crown & down one side, for added visual interest & balance.


The silver metal word charm was wrapped around the canvas using metallic blue & light silver thread.


To finish, I took another mini Grungeboard element, this time the wings. I cut the wings in half & coloured them with Distress Ink (peeled paint).

I added words from the telephone directory to write the phrase,

"Let Your Creative Wings Take Flight"

I coated the wings with the matte multi-medium & adhered them to the back of the canvas frame.



28 June 2010

W is for Writing

This is my inchie for letter W of the Inchy by Inch Alphabet challenge.


The image is from Art Creations Friday & the words are torn from an old English Dictionary.


The image was printed on white card & adhered to a mountboard base. The edges were sanded. The dictionary words were inked with Distress Ink (antique linen) & then added to the inchie.

To see a slideshow of this set, please click here.

24 June 2010

Floral Collection

Following the Grid Lock challenge, I have revisited a previous inchie project to add it to my altered book art journal.


I used a grid of 5 by 6 across the two page spread, using negative space to create a feeling that some inchies had been lost over time, just as old books sometimes lose pages due to their age or by frequent reading.

I took my colour lead from the top two inchies, which have rich gold & yellow, ruby red & purple.

To create the background

The pages were first coated in gesso. I use clear gesso as I like the effect of the original words showing through my artwork.

Layers of acrylic paint were then applied to add colour.


To add further interest, I overstamped the dried paint, using two mini classic rubber stamps by Tim Holtz & Distress Ink (dusty concord). Whilst the ink was still wet, I spritzed the pages with water using a Mini Mister. This feathered the stamped images & toned down the colour of the ink.


I took a container with a small amount a water & added a little of the ink to create a purple liquid to then splash over the top.


I sprinkled Perfect Pearls powder (Heirloom Gold) over the wet surface & then dried the pages using a heat gun.


To create the inchies

The inchie collection was made by taking just one leaflet, which came with the Sunday papers & cutting out the inch squares & words.


The square cuttings were adhered to white card to add structure, then the edges were inked with Distress Ink (dusty concord).

A single word was then adhered to each inchie.


To complete the pages, I added four gold coloured metal ornate corners & ribbon down the centre to act as the page tab.


You can see the original inchie project from 2008 here.

22 June 2010

It's true ... crafting is good for your health!

Quite by chance I discovered Julia Andrus ... last week, the television was on in the background as I went about my daily chores. It was morning so it was tuned to Create & Craft ... then I heard the word "Steampunk".

Quickly I turned the volume up & started to pay attention ... Julia was demonstrating her eco-friendly craft products. With a background in chemistry & prompted by her remarkable recovery from cancer, she was perfectly placed to develop a range of eco-friendly products, including stamps made from recycled plastic, paints that are free from all those nasty ingredients & glue that is so harmless you could actually eat it - although this is certainly not recommended.

The Acrylic Paints, once initially dried, can be buffed with paper towel to draw out the pigment & add a glorious sheen. She demonstrated how to create the distress effect using a resist with Petroleum Jelly. She layered & blended paints to create that rusty old metallic look on die-cut shapes - perfect for steampunk projects. I just wished I had recorded her demonstrations as each show was crammed full of ideas & techniques.

The Green Steam Embellishments are made from recycled paper.

The Green Glue dries completely clear, so perfect for using under her Glass Glintz domed circles, to create a spotlight on your project. Guess what ... the Glintz are made from recycled glass!

The green coloured Stamps are cling mounted, so saving those precious hardwood forests. Made from recycled plastics - how cool it that?

The Board Books have spacers between the pages, so your three dimensional embellishments do not get crushed.

There is more in the Eco Green Crafts range including brushes, air-dried Eco Clay & collage sheets. Hopefully Julia will be back on Create & Craft in the very near future.

I love the company motto

"Where Creativity comes Naturally"

21 June 2010

V is for Vintage

This is my inchie for letter V of the Inchy by Inch Alphabet challenge.



The image is from Art Creations Friday & the words are torn from an old English Dictionary.



The image was printed on white card & adhered to a mountboard base. The edges were sanded. The dictionary words were inked with Distress Ink (antique linen) & then added to the inchie.

To see a slideshow of this set, please click here.

16 June 2010

Tex Tiles

The crusade this month for the GPP Street Team is Grid Lock.


This prompted me to complete an outstanding inchie project. The inchies were created using a brochure from Boden of their Spring Collection. The one inch squares were punched out of the brochure using a paper punch, then adhered to mountboard bases.


All the edges were sanded. The lime green tiles were coated with Crackle Accents (Ranger) to add texture. The red tiles were left plain.


The tiles were glued into my art journal & an appropriate ribbon & button tab added.



Journalling was added to the final inchie tile, Journey through Spring,
with details of the challenge hidden inside.





15 June 2010

Fathers Day

A Fathers Day card made using a digikit from Two Peas in a Bucket by Vinnie Pearce called ATC Card Elements.


The design was created digitally using elements from images in the digikit. Once printed out & trimmed, the edges were sanded before mounting on backing paper to match the text colour. Again the edges were sanded, before mounting on the base cardstock.

No ribbon or other embellishment - just an insert sending love on Fathers Day.

14 June 2010

U is for Uniform

This is my inchie for letter U of the Inchy by Inch Alphabet challenge.



The image is from Art Creations Friday & the words are torn from an old English Dictionary.



The image was printed on white card & adhered to a mountboard base. The edges were sanded. The dictionary words were inked with Distress Ink (antique linen) & then added to the inchie.

To see a slideshow of this set, please click here.

11 June 2010

Steampunk Twinchie

The challenge theme over on the Small World of Inchies blog*
was to make an inchie or twinchie in the Steampunk style.

I created a twinchie (two inch square) as there were so many items I wanted to include.


Many of the images were found at The Graphics Fairy,
including the gentleman, moth, bicycle & clock face.

The steam train stamp & eye spectacles are from an Ephemera cd

The background was created using elements from a digital kit called Delicious Moments
from the Digital Scrapbook Place & a digital paper by The Angel Company.

Once printed out, the artwork was adhered to a mountboard base
& the edges were sanded.

I added Glossy Accents to the spectacles & train.

Then I attached cogs, screws & wire pieces from an old watch.


I enjoyed researching the Steampunk style
& seeing how I could create my artwork using what I had available.


* This challenge blog is no longer in existence.

09 June 2010

The Meaning of Life

My project this week was to alter a cd. I was inspired by the beautiful song of the blackbird outside my bedroom window this morning.


I covered both sides of an unwanted cd with patterned paper from K & Company. The papers are designed by Brenda Walton from her Maison range. I used a mini harlequin stamp designed by Tim Holtz to add detail around the edge. The wording is another of his stamps. The ink used is Distress Ink (walnut stain).


I used my own bird template to cut out my blackbird & punched two flowers using a Woodware paper punch. I added three old black buttons, tied with hessian fibre. The small epoxy sticker was made using a clear dome Papermania sticker with a scrap of the patterned paper. These add much needed dimension to the project.


I punched a hole through the top using a Crop-a-dile, which cuts through the cd with ease. I created hole protectors, from the patterned paper, using a small Woodware circle paper punch & the Crop-a-dile. To tie the elements together, I used more of the hessian fibre to form a loop through the top, in order that the project can be hung.

Now every time I look at this project, I will remember the beautiful sound that woke me from my sleep ...


As usual with all my projects, the back must look good too.

07 June 2010

T is for Texture

This is my inchie for letter T of the Inchy by Inch Alphabet challenge.


The image is from Crafty Computer Paper & the words are torn from an old English Dictionary.


The image was printed on white card & adhered to a mountboard base. The edges were sanded. The dictionary words were inked with Distress Ink (antique linen) & then added to the inchie.

To see a slideshow of this set, please click here.

03 June 2010

Dressing Up

A quick simple project for this week.


Taking some sturdy double sided paper, from Crate Paper's Twirl Collection, I made a small matchbox. The Dress Up paper has a beautiful pink floral design on one side with a co-ordinating plain brown on the reverse.


The only additions to the paper & elements cut out from it, are the pale pink pearls by Mark Richards.


I used the Tim Holtz Vintage Market die to cut out the letter J for the front, as I am hoping to pass this little treasure box on to someone whose name begins with a J! I'm hoping she will like the shabby, yet feminine feel to this box.


A view of the back of the matchbox & the bottom of the drawer shows that from every angle the box should look as good as the front.