Monday, November 28, 2016

Tag book for Creative Embellishments

Hello all.  I decided to go grungy again.  It is so my favorite.  I wanted to give a Tim Holtz tag book a little make over.   I plan on creating some technique tags for inspiration when creating for those crafter's block moments. 

I painted the book with a couple thin coats of gesso to prep the surface.  I used a thin layer of embossing paste and then heated with a heat tool until bubbly and uneven.  I love this technique.  If you want your embossing paste to be uniform in consistency, it is better to air dry.  This technique though gives incredible texture very easily.  Lots of nooks and crannies for paints and sprays to settle.  Once dry, I added my chippies.  I used the steampunk pipe corner as my main image.  I layered it with gears and loose parts.  I used for the upper right hand corner another piece from the loose parts and gears package along with a propeller.   Since this book is to be used to provide me inspiration, I used the inspire chippie from the Inspiration word set for my title. I used some flat backed gems for the rivets. 

After everything was adhered and dried I painted black.  (Tip:  I did not do this step and so regretted it after - paint a base layer of black before adding your chippies and other layers.  If you have detailed chippies, give them a coat of paint to before gluing down. Then do another layer of paint after.) I then decided to go over it with brown, teal, rust, and orange colored sprays.  The camera doesn't pick up tall the shades of the sprays - but in real life it is really cool.  Depending on how the light hits the colors really pop.  I went over areas of the book in metallic paints to bring out the chippies. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Steamy Love Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Hi all.  Hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving holiday.   I decided to get a little painty today and try a faux batik technique.   I prepped a canvas with gesso.  Once dry,  then embossed with white embossing powder through a stencil.  I took metallic paint in patina, a blue green, and a pinch of copper penny and dabbed it over the canvas.  Using a piece of scrap card, I scraped the paint across the canvas.  Once almost dry I used a paper towel to buff and remove the excess paint from the embossing powder.

For the steampunk heart 2  I prepped it with a layer of rusty hinge distress stain.   This chippy is so detailed and I didn't want to cover up the fine details.  I just highlighted some of the details with metallic paint and some brown ink.   I added a gear and some propellers.  Something about steampunk just makes me smile. 

I layered the heart over these fab wings that I sprayed with a gloriously glittery metallic spray.  I finished off the mini canvas with some ink around the sides, a ceramic love word from Prima, and some enamel brads. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Chipboard Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am up on the Creative Embellishments blog today.  You should check out their store as they have some amazing deals going on. 

I was looking around my craft room an noticed my paper cubes are a bit plain.   I have been putting off on painting them as I am thinking of changing craft room colors.   So I thought it would be fun to make a light weight canvas to hang on the side to give it some temporary style until I make the change.   I cut a piece of chipboard down to 8 x 8 and added some Tim Holtz distressed grungy paper for a base.   I decided to build up visual layers in order to keep the canvas light.  

I used the distressed brick stamp randomly in a sage green ink across the canvas.  I followed it with using a patina color ink with the distressed text stamp.  For my last layer of stamping I used my new favorite stamps, the halftone circle stamps in patina and chocolate brown. Let me tell you these stamps are so detailed an amazing.  To add more layers I used the harlequin lattice and the mini circle panels as stencils.   They worked beautifully, plus I still have the panels to use on another project.  Love getting extra use out of my supplies.

I used a teal spray on a grunge circle frame to highlight my quote.  I edged it with ink and paint along with embellishing it with some painted washers and a propeller.  I added an image from my paper stash along with a few little metal embellies and a few splashes of paint. Time to hang it on the cube with some sticky tac.  Have a wonderful day.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Believe Canvas for Creative Embellishments


Hi all.  Kelley here with a canvas panel today.  I started off with a canvas panel and created some texture.  I slabbed on a thick layer of modeling paste through a stencil pulling up a bit.  Once it dried I added layers off different metallic paints.  I added some black ink to the center to bring out some of the texture.  I then inked the edges unevenly with a versa mark pad and heat embossed with chunky black embossing powder to create a frame.


For the chippies I started both off with a coat of black ink.  For the steampunk butterfly,  I added a layer of Golden Doubloons and Tibetan Poppy Teal sprays  followed by some brown ink.  I wanted to keep the embellishments of the chippie simple as the details on the chippie are amazing.  It is so gorgeous as it is. I finished it off with some metal bits and bobs from my stash just to highlight my favorite areas.  I added some of the teal spray to the word believe from the inspire word set.  This was a fun piece to make for my craft room wall.


Monday, October 24, 2016

You have been Boo'd for Creative Embellishments

Hello all.  Kelley here with a boo treat box.  We are doing a "secret santa" Halloween Style.  We are to make or purchase a simple container and fill it with treats.  Then when your "secret person" that you are supposed to Boo is away from their desk - you sneak them their treats.  How fun is that?

I absolutely love the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities.  I thought it would be perfect for this project.  I used a Silhouette cut file to cut the box.  I kept it simple but added a cut out of the paper to frame the word "BOO."  I ink the letters from the Gooey Alphabet set in Ranger Grape Soda ink.   I love the deep color.  It goes so well with the letters.  

I finished off the box with some dyed cheese cloth, a skull and some treats.   I cannot wait to get my little box.  This should be fun.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Envies for Creative Embellishments

Hi all  I am up on the blog for  Creative Embellishments today.  I was skyping with a friend from Australia.  We had been talking about different crafts we have made for each other.  She had mentioned some envelopes that I sent her with some goodies last year that she really loved.  I decided to make a few more for her as they are super fun to make for her Christmas box.

I started off with craft envelopes and then sprayed with different sprays in orange, blue, and brown.   I then stamped in brown ink with my favorite Creative Embellishment Stamps: Distressed Brick Stamp, Distressed Script Stamp, and Distressed Text Stamp.  To Finish off the background, I edged the envelopes in brown and black inks.  Then I added a few black rub-ons.

This project is perfect for using some left over bits and bobs.  I used cheese cloth and some scrap papers to provide a base. Then I added some fun chippies.  For the first envelope I used the lace border  and dress form chippies.   I used the live chippie from the happy word set for the second envelope.  For the last envie I used the faith chippie.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Altered burner cover with Kelley

Hi all.  Hope you are having a great week.  I am up on the blog for Creative Embellishments today.  I have been inspired by circle journals and canvases.  The only thing is circle canvases aren't always easy on the budget.  Solution?  How about a set of burner covers from the dollar store.  I love how versatile they are.  Two covers for a $1.oo - how awesome is that?  You can use either the inside or out. 

I painted the cover with two coats of gesso, then two layers of iron paint.  Once the paint was dry I added the rust activator spray.  I used the inside cuts of a doily to create the background.  I wanted it to tie in with a tool tray I had made before. I fussy cut pieces of patterned paper and inked.  Distressed a doily with sprays. 

To anchor everything I used the amazing lace border 1 chippie.  Let me tell you - it is awesomely detailed. I painted it copper, added a coral shimmer spray, then added depth with rust and dark brown ink pads.  So love it.