Monday, 22 December 2014

Wear Steampunk!

Hello Friends!
Time to start a new week with a new totally extraordinary project by my Creative Team!
Do you remember that once I created a steampunk headband? Rebecca decided to create a hair piece in her own signature style showing completely new possibilities of some of the products.
Get ready to be amazed!

Hi Everyone,

Rebecca here today to share with you a steampunk style hair piece.
Now you may look at this and think, hmmm that is a bit much to wear every day. Yes, possibly it is, you would be right.
However, who doesn't want to get a little fancy occasionally? We all do, right? I have always wanted to attempt a hair piece and I am pretty happy with how this has turned out. Can you imagine this with an all black outfit, oh yes I can!. 

Let's talk about how this was all constructed.
I began by adhering a piece of 'White Hot' paper from the Sunrise-Senset Collection to a piece of metal backed card. With the metal side up I used foam pad to apply alcohol inks in colours Caramel and Latte. Once dry, I added a sprtiz of isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) which gave my metal card a beautiful mottled effect. 

I then ran the card stock through my Cuttlebug with the Tattered Florals Die. Finished by inking all the flowers with Walnut Distress Ink and stamping in black ink with the Vintage Vanity Circles stamp.

Using the holes in an alligator hair clip, I added jump rings and chain, finishing with adhering ribbon around the entire clip.

Taking one small and one large bottle cap I used 3D Matte Gel to adhere a combination of Copper Glass Glitter, Licorice Glass Beads and small watch parts. Finishing by adding a small Mechanicals metal tassel. 
The flower is all held together using 3D Matte Gel, please allow adequate time to dry.

Using a small paint brush I applied Aged Bronze Patina to my cogs and to the metal element from the Mechanical Small Leaves 2 collection. A small amount of Viva Inka Gold was then added to give the pieces some further shine. 

I took the small clock from the Mechanicals Clock packet and brushed on a small amount Aged Bronze Patina. After this was dry I added random thick spots of Art Extravagance Texture Paste Copper Crackle. 

The clock face was then filled with small clock parts and Glossy Accents was added to give the face a semi glass look finish.

I had these chipboard leaves in my stash, I gave them a good inking with Walnut Distress Ink, then I applied Art Extravagance Texture Paste Copper Crackle with a small paint brush dabbing it on quite thickly. Once the crackle paste had dried to create a beautiful crackle I then applied more Walnut Distress Ink pushing it into all the cracks. 

As I will be wearing this hair piece, I wanted it all to hold together forever and be able to handle being taken in and out of my hair. To hold all my base elements together, I used a very strong bond super glue. Beginning with layering feathers then chipboard then my metal leaf with clock. Once these had dried and were securely held in place I used 3D Matte Gel to adhere my flower on top. 

I could not make something like this without actually showing you what it would look like in my hair, here is my selfie for you. I wish this photo was of much better quality, apologies my phone is due a serious upgrade. 

I hope I have inspired you all to create something different and out of the ordinary.

I wish you all a very happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

CHA 2015 Peeks: New Stamps and Stencils!

Hi it's me again and I have some more CHA 2015 peeks for you!
You could see first part of the reveal - my new Art Ingerdients in the post here... but this is not all of course :) There some more "art babies" waiting in the queue... and I'm dying to show you all of them!
(Well, I can't show "all" but I'll do my best to give you some hints!)

So, here they come!

I'm very proud and happy to announce the new release of Stamps and Stencils - and I hope you will love them as much as I do! Stencils will come in smaller handy "journal" format which was very popular in the last months and stamps... just have a look! We've got Clear Stamps, sets of Cling Stamps and (drum-roll) wood block stamps, which are just to die for!

Both stencils and stamps are in my signature artsy-grungy-vintage style but I believe they are versatile enough to inspire all kinds of artistic and craft projects. But you should check yourself this post on Prima Marketing blog, with just amazing works created by Design Team and watcxh this space for more inspirations coming in the next weeks.
Woo hoo! I can't wait to put my hands on them again!

To start I've got one project for you - I followed one of the ideas I tried in the past, creating Art Recipe for you - so if you want you can check my creative process and some tips in the post here!

This altered cabinet card on a metal photo plate is filled with goodness: new clear and cling stamps (Tea on the Deck, Messy, and Rust & Dust) and stencil (Weaving).
I started with altering the card: I covered it with a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso, colored with watercolour pencils (which I blended with water brush) and when it was dry I stamped it with a selection of clear and cling stamps.

The texture on the metal plate was made with Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel and a stencil (Weaving). I applied the gel through it and dried a bit with heating tool.  I used the same 3D Gel as a glue for part of my embellishments.

To get more of the dimension I used some 3D Foam Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives and when all the elements were in their places I finished the project spraying it with a selection of Art Ingredients Mica Powder mixed with water. To help mica stay on the plastic and metal elements I primed them with a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso before spraying: mica revealed all the textures and details beautifully adding a delicate touch of shimmering colour.

Products: 962043 - Cling Stamp - Tea on the Deck, 962050 - Cling Stamps - Rust & Dust, 961893 - Clear Stamp - Messy, 962333 - Elementals - Stencil - Weaving, 962548 - Mica Powder - Rust, 962524 - Mica Powder - Gold, 962487 - Mica Powder - Teal, 962494 - Mica Powder - Blue, 961381 - Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel, 961466 - Art Basics - Gesso - Clear, 961138 - Mechanicals - Type Writer Numbers, 961039 - Mechanicals - Leaves 1, 960407 - Mechanicals - Flowers x10, 960339 - Mechanicals - 3D Roses, 960230 - Mechanicals - Mini Roman Numerals, 960391 - Mechanicals - Bottle Caps, 960308 - Mechanicals - Flowers Large, 961107 - Mechanicals - Pendants, 961060 - Mechanicals - Washers

I hope you got a bit inspired and you are waiting for the new stamps and stencils to hit the shelves as much as I do! :)
Thank you again for visiting - and check the blog on Monday to see new great project prepared for you by my super talented Creative Team!
See you very soon!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Bubbles of Light

Hello, Friends!
I know this time of year can get quite hectic but I hope you'll find the time to stop for a second, put up the lights (Andrew and I just did! :) ) and create some art.
Maybe today's layout by Carole will give you the inspiration?
Let's celebrate!

Hello Hello!
The magic of Christmas can be felt all around, we are ready and waiting for Santa Claus!
It's high time to decorate our home with beautiful lights and celebrate those special moments.

Today I'd like to show you a layout that I made with lots of round shapes, not too many supplies but I really wanted to show you how you can transform the embelishments.

I wanted to create an impression of circles resembling little bubbles of light twirling around the photo!

I chose one paper from the Sunrise/Sunset collection for the background.
Using round punches in different sizes, I cut out circles in a paper with musical notes and glued them on my layout with White Gesso.

I covered all the circles with Clear Gesso. This gesso helps all the inks adhere better to the surface, it's just a perfect medium for adding gelatos and inks while still keeping the images and patterns visible.

When Gesso dried, I used three shades of Gelatos that I simply applied with my finger.

Around the edges of my circles I added Color Bloom sprays. I used the tip of the spray's nozzle to make some stains.

I added some stamping with black Archival Ink. I used round stitches stamps from Prima.
This immediately created the feeling of depth and dimension.
I wanted to add some texture to my piece so I used a Vintage Vanity stamp and embossed it with glitter metallic gold powder.

I took metal star-shaped brads and embossed them - some with black and other with gold powder.

Some "sewing" around the edge of the page - hand drawn with a black Posca pen.

I stapled together a few pieces of paper on which I attached my photo.

I wrote my title with an embossing pen, embossed with glitter metallic gold powder, cut it out and added to my layout.

I added a little bit of brass wire around my picture and my piece was done!

Hope you like my project and that you will feel inspired by it!

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