Tuesday, June 24, 2014

IMAGINE Crafts & Altered Pages Blog Hop

Each Tuesday during the month of June, IMAGINE Crafts would like to share with you the projects that our Artists In Residence have created using products from Altered Pages.  The Design Team at Altered Pages will also be featuring IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products on their blog throughout the month and we hope that you'll visit the Altered Pages Blog to see the fabulous projects that their team has designed as well.

Here are the other Artists from IMAGINE Crafts with their amazing projects:

Sylvia Blum 

John Creighton Petersen 

I love to 'dive' into a mixed media project with both hands, especially this one! Altered Pages provided us with a terrific packet of their products to use, and I tried to make use of most everything in my packet.

by Debbie Gaetz
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts

  • IMAGINE Crafts
    • Creative Medium in Clear
    • Goosebumps Textured Spray in Clear
    • Memento Dew Drop ink in Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Summer Sky
    • Fireworks! Craft Ink Spray in Grape Jelly, Pear Tart, Bahama Blue, Tangelo
    • Psst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko
    • StazOn Solvent Ink in Mustard, Cactus Green, Teal Blue
    • StazOn Midi Solvent Ink in Cherry Pink, Gothic Purple
    • Memento Luxe Mixed Media Pigment Ink in Rhubarb Stalk, Pear Tart, Pistachio, Northern Pine
  • Altered Pages
    • Digital Collage Sheet:  Dolly to Love
    • Vintage Text Pages
    • Embellishments:  Metal Charms, Dew Drops, Lightbulb Safety Pins
    • Dyeable Seam Binding
    • White Tulle
  • Other
    • Hero Arts Painted Flower Rubber Stamp (K5767)
    • My Mind's Eye Indie Chic "Nutmeg" 6x6 paper pad
    • 8x8 Black Chipboard (2 pieces)
    • Prima Mini Rose Flower Embellishment Mid Release Bright Teal
    • Globecraft Memories' Fancy Oval GlobeFrame
    • Silks Glaze in Oyster from Splash of Color
    • Candi's
    • 7" zipper
    • Adhesives:  Foam Mounting Tape; Double-Sided Carpet Tape; Red Line Tape; Scotch Tape; Mini Pop Dots; clear liquid adhesive

  • Hand tear pieces of selected decorated card stock in small and medium sizes. Quickly apply Creative Medium to a small area of the 8x8 piece of chipboard, place a small piece of torn paper on the Creative Medium, and apply Creative Medium to the entire top surface of the torn paper and seal in the edges. You must work quickly because the Creative Medium dries quickly. Repeat this process until most areas of the chipboard are covered with the torn paper pieces. Let dry completely.

  • Hand tear pieces from the Altered Pages collage sheets and apply as a second layer, repeating the earlier steps. Again, work quickly. Make sure there is a fresh layer of Creative Medium where you're going to place the new paper piece, and that you also apply Creative Medium onto the entire surface of the new paper piece and seal in the edges. Allow to completely dry.
  • With a damp watercolor brush, apply a thin coat of the Silks Glaze to the entire surface of the chipboard. Allow to completely dry.

  • While the main collage is drying, take the feature vintage text page (i.e. Land of Nod) and spray with the Fireworks! Craft Ink Spray. While it is still wet, heavily spray the entire sheet with the GooseBumps texture spray. This will allow the sprayed colors to migrate, as well as give more body and strength to the vintage paper. Allow to completely dry.
  • Take the decorative oval frame out of the packaging and apply the Memento Dew Drop inks directly to the chipboard surface, as well as the inside and outside edges. Allow to completely dry.

  • Spray the Fireworks! in Grape Jelly, Bahama Blue, and the Psst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold on the seam binding. Allow to completely dry. 

  • Apply the StazOn Midi colors to the zipper with the small ink pad; make sure to include the zipper teeth and pull tab. Optional:  sparingly swipe on the Bahama Blue Dew Drop. Allow to completely dry.
  • Ink the flower stamp, using the Rhubarb Stalk color on the flower petals and the Northern Pine on the stem and leaves. Make sure the ink coverage is solid on the stamp. Stamp onto the chipboard, offset to the left from the middle and on the lower half (see photo of final product. (I didn't want to cover up the letters GUSO on the bottom left of the collage, so I ended up covering up most of the flower image leaving the lower leaves and stem to show. You can see a very small trace of a petal peeking out from the solid oval piece.) Because you are now stamping on an acrylic surface, it will take quite a while for the stamped flower to dry; if you don't allow it to dry completely, it will smear.)
  • After stamping the flower the first time, press it onto the collage in the upper middle quadrant of the collage to give that area some undefined color. (You will see some of the petal image and the defined leaf images.) Allow to completely dry.
  • From the frame package, take out the solid back oval and cover it with the vintage paper that has been sprayed with GooseBumps. Cut approximately 1/2-3/4 inches larger than the oval. Snip along the edges part way in to ease the paper around the curves. Secure the paper on the back with regular scotch tape. Crease around the edges. You'll find the textured paper is very pliable and easy to work with. I also further distressed the front by tearing up some of the areas and applying the Memento Dew Drop in Pear Tart on those areas. Wait to position and adhere to the collage.

  • From the collage sheet, cut out the words "Me", "My", and "Cuddle Snuggle" close to the edges. Use the Dew Drops in Pear Tart and Bahama Blue to color them on the surface and around the edges.
  • From the same collage sheet, cut out the photo of the little girl with her 3 dolls. Fussy cut around the top edges around the little girl and doll on the left side. Position the photo inside the decorative oval frame and trim where needed so the photo doesn't show outside the outer frame edge. Wait to position and adhere to the collage. 

  • Apply 1/4" red line tape down the backside of the zipper on each side. Your zipper should be able to move up and down. Secure the bottom and top edges of the zipper to the backside of the collage board with red line tape.
  • Tuck the flowers into the inside of the zipper.
  • Color the charms with StazOn in your choice of colors. Attach the charms to the zipper pull with the lightbulb safety pins.
  • Snip the seam binding into pieces and attach to the zipper pull with the lightbulb safety pin.

  • Lay down the decorative oval frame onto the collage board with red line tape. Apply the print designed Candi with mini pop dots to the top and bottom of the frame. With foam mount tape, adhere the "Cuddle Snuggle" to the lower center of the frame, tucking the bottom behind the Candi.

  • Randomly place the glass dew drops from The Altered Page in various spots; apply with clear liquid adhesive.
  • Place flowered Candi's with mini pop dots . . . 3 along the top left side and one each between the letters GUSO.
  • Lay the white tulle across the front of the collage board. (The piece I was given is approximately 5-3/4" wide. Secure on the back with red line tape. Leave it free on the front.
  • Over the white tulle, adhere the oval vintage paper piece with foam mount tape, covering up part of the other framed piece and stamped flower. Randomly place the glass dew drops from The Altered Page on top and adhere with the clear liquid adhesive.
  • Cover the backside of the collage board with double-sided carpet tape. Position the outside pieces very close to the outside edges. Remove the backings and carefully add the second 8x8 chipboard. Press firm on the entire surface to make sure all of the adhesive surfaces, on both sides, are attached to the chipboards. (I used the carpet tape because it is extremely strong and almost unremovable.)

I want to thank The Altered Page for providing us with the fun embellishments, collage sheets and vintage pages. There are a few more versions I'd like to try using the same pages and sheets. And I hope that you will go to the IMAGINE Crafts website and The Altered Page website to see all of the goodies you might want to use for your own collage project.

Thank you for stopping by today. Please remember to check out what John Petersen and Sylvia Blum have in store for you, too!


  1. Oh what a fun mix media project!!! I simply love the pops of colors and how my eye travels around the page looking at all the little details!!! Awesome job!!! <3

    1. Thank you Tonya. It was a very fun project with lots of fab goodies!

  2. Wow! Fun project and fabulous canvas. Layers and layers lead the eye around and the zipper is genius on the canvas. Love the way things pop from the zipper. Thanks for the awesome step by step.

    1. Thank you WhoMom. First time I've used a zipper and now I'm thinking of more ways to use it. So glad you stopped by.

  3. This is just fabulous! Thank you for the steps to the process!

    1. Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/118641771408979884/

    2. Bev, thanks so much for you kind comments and 'pin.'

  4. Totally awesome creation! I love all of the elements and how you brought them together. Thanks so much for sharing your art with Altered Pages!

    1. Thank you, Roni! I enjoyed putting it all together and I appreciate your nice comments.

  5. Fabulous. Love all the various techniques you used, and how you used the zipper as a hanger for your charms. TFS

    1. Thank you, Barbara. The zipper was a little challenging and I know I'll be using it again for some other project. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment; means a lot.