Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vintage Greeting Cards

Fall is in the air and the rustic colors of the season seem to always inspire me. 
Today, I will share with you three vintage greeting cards I created for Unique Laser Designs.

Each of these cards were created to have a strong natural look to each of them. Hence the neutral tone of each of the cards and my using the wood embellishments in it's natural state.
 Each card was cut to an A2 size, and embellished with basic kraft, white and grey floral embellishments. All of which ties into the wooden and cork embellishments used.

On this card I used the Corner A flourish and left it in it's natural state due to the colors used on the card.

I just adore this gratitude card, and it's also perfect for the gentlemen in your life. On this card I used the Border Swirl G, which ties into the design from my gratitude stamp. I also used cork Leaf Branches, which are totally awesome to use year round.

See how perfect the Border Swirl is right underneath the sentiment? The embossed stamping behind the wood adds so much depth to this card and totally brings out the cork and chipboard pieces.
And for my last card, I added a bit of texture to the focal point...wooden Flourish C.  The texture is glass bead gell with mist of color added after it dried.

Although there are floral pieces on this card, it will also fair well as a masculine card.
On this card I used every "bit" of wood from the wooden embellishment.

Here's a close up of how I scatted the bits from the flourish to fill the card.  I love the partial swirls found on this card. 

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:





Other Products:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Helmar Adhesives
Dictionary Pages
Brown Paper Bag
Shipping Tag
Seam Binding
Gesso, Glass Bead Gel
Liquid Pearls

Friday, October 10, 2014

Using Your Stamps to Create Ephemera

EPHEMERA:  e·phem·er·a

  1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
    • items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
      "Mickey Mouse ephemera"

So often we as papercrafters or crafters in general, neglect to utilize the products we have on hand to create. We do this by purchasing pre-made items because of course it's just a lot easier. When on the hunt for supplies, we see these items and they are packaged so pretty and just can't resist making the purchase. However, we are spending more time and money purchasing items we can in fact create ourselves. Well as you know, I'm not so quick to purchase items that I can create myself; especially ephemera.

Also, if you've ever purchased single packages of ephemera before you know we NEVER use it all. That's just one added reason to create your own by using what you have. There's absolutely nothing technical about it and there's no limit to how or what to create.

For my samples I kept it simple by using more of my larger background stamps. Often I've used floral and other mini stamps; however I don't need any of those right now plus I wasn't in the mood for detailed fussy cutting.

All you need to do is gather your favorite stamps, permanent (archival) inks, card stock and/or pattern paper, scissors and die cuts if you have them.

About the inks: Keep in mind how you create. If you are heavy into mixed media then you will want to be sure to use a permanent ink when stamping.  This will safeguard your ink from smudging when adding various mediums.  However, if you know you will not utilize your handmade embellishments in that manner, feel free to use the ink of your choice.

This is an 8.5X11 sheet of 110lb cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  This is the only cardstock I use for my cards which is also great for creating sturdy embellishments.

I stamp all over my sheet until I've used every available space, then move on to my next piece.

This is just an old dictionary page that I stamped a dining ticket on. I love aged dictionary or book pages and I often use them in my work. I pick up books like this from my favorite thrift store and local library and book stores when they have sales.

This will create an awesome background to be used on my cards, tags or layouts.

Once you are done stamping, now it's time to cut out all of your embellishments.  I prefer cutting them out soon as I finish stamping them so they are ready when I need to use them. The only thing left to do is distressing. 

The larger pieces of ephemera can be cut to size or my favorite way of using them is to just tear it. I often distress the edges and ink them.  I've also used coffee to dye many of my pieces, then add splatters of water for more of a vintage worn look. Then begin to embellish away by tucking, layering, etc on your project.

Here and below are more views of what I stamped to soon use as my own ephemera. This is a great way to use all of your scraps of cardstock and pattern paper.

I hope this has sparked an interest in you to create your own ephemera. Thanks for peeking!

Have a wonderful Friday!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Navy Days

Hey Guys! Today I have a quick LO to share with you, which I created for Helmar Adhesives DT. 

To get started, first of course start with your patterned papers, stamps, inks, embellishments, and adhesives.  For this project I will use my Helmar Craft Glue and Zapdots White Square 1/2".

Next, let's begin layering the base.  Here you can see I got a bit ahead of myself and started my first picture adhereing a layer.  I actually ripped my patterned paper my distressed liking before adhering it.

I LOVE using wooden embellishments and I LOVE using the negative of wooden embellishments just as much.  Using Helmar Craft Glue is perfect for adhering this embellishment.

Next let's start building the layers.

When building layers, I also like to add more pop to my layers I use Zapdots White Square 1/2" for more dimension.
And there you have it, my completed LO. Below are more close-ups

Products Used:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Decorative Tissue Box

As most of you know, I am always on the hunt for awesome thrift or clearance find, at an even more awesome price.  This tissue box I must say ended up being one of them. I purchased this "ugly" little box from Tuesday Morning for $0.33.

First, lets start with the wooden design I used.

These two wooden designs were custom made by Unique Laser Designs.  I think these are such classic decorative pieces and work perfect paired up with household items. 
Now lets get started transforming this awesome find from kid the friendly look to an adult traditional look.

First start by covering your entire box with a good coat of gesso. This step may actually require two coats of gesso, to guarantee a good base coat.  The gesso will aid in you using less paint to cover all sides.  It will also create a great surface to paint on, being the tissue box is covered in fabric.

Next I mixed my two colors together to get this fabulous deep brown/bronze tone.

Cover the entire box with your paint mix, including the inner tab around the base and the small inner lip portion.  This will give you a more finished look.  Don't concern yourself with the inside walls of the box, as this part will not be seen once your tissue supply is inserted.

Moving on to the fun part...enhancing the wood embellishment.

After you have covered your wooden embellishments with black soot distressed paint, begin adding the Inka Gold Rub. This quick and simple technique gives any wooden piece the look of metal.

Once you are satisfied with your paint job, then spray all pieces evenly with a gloss varnish.  This varnish will protect and seal your design from dust seeping in, moisture and most of all prevent the paint color from fading.

And there you have it, a more costly looking decorative tissue box that will display nicely in any spot of your home.

Products Used:
Fabric Covered Tissue Box
Expresso and Metallic Copper Acrylic Paints
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Inka Gold Metallic Gold Rub
Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish and Silicone Adhesive Sealant