Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ombre Odyssey

Today’s journal page shows you how to create an ombre effect with the fantastic range of Kaleidacolor ink pads by Imagine. Ombre is an effect which has been making appearances in home d├ęcor and papercrafts. Ombre means graduated shades of color. The Kaleidacolor pad is a perfect tool to achieve this technique.
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Level: Beginner to Intermediate  


Step 1
Place your chevron stencil over your blank journal page. Take your VersaMark and trace inside the stencil pattern. While the VersaMark is still wet sprinkle on the gold embossing powder and heat set. Tip: Emboss three rows at a time to prevent the ink from drying out.   Repeat this process until the journal page is covered. 

Step 2
Press the open Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze dye inkpad on a craft mat and spritz with water.  Apply the ink with a wet paint brush from top to bottom (light to dark).

Step 3
To create the bird’s nest; use a thick and thin permanent black marker. Write the word, ‘Nest’ in a circle in the lower right corner.  Add the darkest shade of ink with a paint brush from the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze diluted ink to the center of the bird’s nest. This dark color will give the nest some depth. Draw with a pencil a vine and some leaves.  Apply Creative Medium Metallic Bronze with a palette knife to the vine and leaves outline.

Step 4
From old music paper cut out different sizes of leaf shapes. Arrange the leaf shapes on top of the wet Creative Medium.  In the center of the leaves draw swirls with a thin permanent black marker.
Step 5
Print off the computer a bird silhouette. Place the bird silhouette on top of a piece of cork.  Using the bird silhouette as your template cut out the main shape of the bird’s body.  Don’t cut off the feet from the silhouette. Adhere your bird silhouette to the back side of the cork as shown in the photo above. Adhere the bird to the center of the birds nest.
Step 6
Add the sentiment. Add dots and doodles with the Morocco irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Shade around the leaves, sentiment and edges with black pitt pen.
Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:

Faber-Castell: 101 Stencil Collection, Miscellaneous: Paint brush, craft mat, water, black permanent makers, gold embossing powder, heat tool, cork, old music sheets.  
Gauche Alchemy - Theme: Travel - I enjoy sitting in nature and being inspired.(May)
Creative Embellishments - Inspirational Photo (above): Inspired by the peacocks feathers, they reminded me of leaves. (May)
Tuesday Throwdown - Embossing #249 (Tues)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Small Things with Great Love

Today, we are going to create a mixed media journal page using non-traditional colors in lilac, red blue and gold. We will also use the 'Acrylic and Alcohol Technique' to create a cool background.

Time: 1 hour + dry time.
Level: Immediate to Advanced

1. Apply good metallic acrylic paint to the page. Let dry. Place a crackle stencil over the page and sponge with StazOn Azure ink. Let dry. 
2. Place the mini bricks stencil on the journal page and spray with Walnut Lilac. Let Dry. Place the small hole stencil on the journal page and sponge with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Set aside to dry.  
3. Cut four - ½ x 4 1/4 inches out of white cardstock. Cut additional pieces of white cardstock: ¼ × 4 ¼, 2 x 3 inches and a scrap piece. Place all cut white cardstock pieces on a craft mat. The technique we are going to use on the piece is called ‘Acrylic & Alcohol Technique.’ Apply StazOn Blazing Red ink by the direct-to-paper technique to all pieces. Set pieces aside to dry. Note: Direct to paper just involves using your ink pad directly to paper. Next mix a 50/50 liquid acrylic in Primary Cyan color and water. Apply the mixture to the dry Azure inked base pieces. While the paint mixture is WET drip rubbing alcohol over the wet paint. You should see mottled background when the alcohol drips on the wet paint. Note: complete this step in small batches to ensure the paint doesn't dry. The image on the far right is the end results of the ‘Acrylic & Alcohol Technique.’
4. Arrange the strip is in the layout above. Cut a 3 inch circle out of old music sheet. Sponge the edges with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Keep all scraps from the cutting. Fix the music circle to the center of the strip design. Mount the 2 x 3 technique card as indicated above. Note: The glitter gold piece is from my scrap pile. Stamp the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black onto cream cardstock and punch out with small tag. Apply a washi tape to one end of the tag. Sponge the edges with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

5. Mount the main image to the journal page. Mount the tag as indicated above. Print and cut out a computer printed butterfly. Adhere to main image. Using the scape cardstock and punch out four butterflies. Adhere based on layout.  Shade the main image and journal edges with a Black brush pen. Adhere clear sequins to the journal page. 

Supply List
Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:
Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Stazon Ink Pad: Azure, Blazing Red, Walnut Ink: Lilac.

Other: Paint brush, craft mat, water, black Sharpie, gold and blue acrylic paint, stencils (3), sequins, butterfly print, old music paper, glitter scrap paper, Martha Stewart butterfly punch and Black Pitt pen.


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