|8x8 Paper Pad -- TROPICAL TRAVELOGUE|
. . . and the 12x12 double-sidedpapers:
|8x8 Paper Pad -- OLDE CURIOSITY SHOPPE|
. . . and the 12x12 double-sidedpapers:
From Magenta's blog . . .
Versatile Flower Stamp
From Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs . . . you're going to love the Easter Egg!
1. Alter a piece of Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks, letting the colors form a textured, striped pattern. Choose any combination of inks and Shimmer Sheetz, include a little bit of Metallic Mixatives if you want more sparkle. (I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks from Ranger on Light Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz)
2. Hand- or die-cut an egg shape, keeping the alcohol ink stripes horizontal on the egg.
3. Emboss the egg. I chose Spellbinders' M-Bossabilities folder EL007, carefully placing the egg in the folder so the pattern is vertical and symmetrical.
4. Lightly sand the embossed egg.
5. Embellish the egg with Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter Flowers and Glitter Dots in coordinating colors.
6. Make a hanging ornament by adding a die-cut doily, coordinating layers of patterned paper,solid color cardstock, and die-cut stickers. Punch a hole at the top and add a ribbon loop. Use a double layer of foam dots for lots of dimension. (Spellbinders Paper Arts Shapeabilities S5-063 Lace Doily Motifs, Memory Box Gossamer paper, Bazzill cardstock, ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Vintage Easter die-cut stickers from Karen Foster Design)
DESIGN STRATEGY & TIPS:
*It isn't necessary to alter the Shimmer Sheetz before it is embossed - skip this step if you are in a hurry.
*For allover and more random embossing patterns (flowers and such) alter the Shimmer Sheetz with random, mottled color rather than stripes and don't worry about the placement of the egg inside the folder.
*A striped pattern done with alcohol inks on the Shimmer Sheetz, especially when combined with a linear or repeat pattern embossing folder, requires forethought on the placement of the embossing and it's a good idea to practice first with an egg made of cheap paper."
From Tim Holtz's blog . . .
12 tags of 2012 - march...
"well bloggers it's time for this month's tag in the 12 tags of 2012 series! thanks again for all of the kind words, excitement, and support of the new direction for the 12 tags. i really hope this will inspire many of you to take time each month to create something, anything, just give yourself that. it's been great seeing how many of you are participating in the monthly challenge to upload your project based on the posted tag, and as promised winners will be selected based on those who posted and will be listed at the end of this post. right now, we have a tag to get to! i've been inspired by spring, and i think this mini paper mosaic technique will be useful throughout the year on everything from cards & tags to journal covers and more - so let's get started...
step 2: cut a piece of grungeboard and wonder tape slightly larger than measured size of butterflies.
step 6: cut out several snippets from paper stash (snippets are mini 2"x2" designed paper a perfect for using on smaller projects without losing the details of the paper).
step 7: cut some of each of those snippets into appropriate sized pieces for your mosaic. since we are going to be creating a mosaic on the mini butterflies, these pieces are super tiny for this project.
step 9: using a "quickstik" or tweezers, etc. begin placing your little paper mosaics on to the sticky butterfly. wonder tape is very sticky so take your time and be sure to leave a space in between each mosaic you place down.
step 11: repeat previous steps for other butterfly. *make sure all paper pieces are secured flat to butterflies.
step 12: place butterflies on scrap paper and cover with cement antiquities embossing powder. (i love this powder for the color and texture for "grout")
step 13: fold paper in half and press down to push the embossing powder into the exposed wonder tape areas between the mosaics.
step 14: remove excess powder and heat emboss butterflies until embossing powder melts. this is the significance of wonder tape and the fact that it is embossable and heat stable - most other double-stick tapes are not. cool huh?
step 16: begin applying glossy accents over each paper mosaic only. do not get the glossy accents on the embossing powder as this is the "grout" for our mosaics and it needs to stay matte and textured.
step 21: remove stamp to see area you've stamped. i absolutely love this woodgrain stamp since it has such a realistic look and can be used horizontal or vertical.
step 23: remove stamp and you should have entire tag stamped like wood planks at this point. (love this stamp!)
step 24: ink the edges of the tag with vintage photo distress ink using an ink blending tool to create shading.
step 26: ink edges with walnut stain distress ink using an ink blending tool to create a burn effect.
step 32: adhere butterflies to dry tag using glossy accents, and gently bend wings for added dimension. embellish top of tag with stained trimmings.
the details: the texture of the embossing powder compared to the glossy accents give these an authentic look and feel of mosaic tiled pieces.
Don't forget the die demonstration this Sunday by Marj and Dianne. They're going to show you tricks of trade when using their Memory Box and Cheery Lynn dies. All during the demonstration, Art 'n Soul will be taking orders for Memory Box and Cheery Lynn. Once you see what magic Dianne and Marj will make with their dies, and learn their techniques to make die cutting easier, you'll want to add to your die collection!