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Sunday, 10 July 2022

Industrial Grunge

 The creative juices have been flowing, designed some new chipboard and stencils for layouts and cards.  I ordered some paper from 13arts  some really fun papers!

Mr Handsome Paperpack


















A few papers form Industrial Zone


















HOW GREAT ARE THESE!!!!
Retrospective images.

















And these might be the best thing every... 12x12 vellum sheet of images

















I made 6- 12x12 layouts and this is by far my favorite one.

I used Lindy's magicals for background colors, some gold embossing enamel and rusty chipboard.



And now the close ups, my favorite part the rusty pipes.

I started by painting them white, then gave a light sanding and inked with Vintage Photo distress ink.  The ink settles into the sanded portion and wipes of the painted areas.

Next added some rusty colors, dark reddish brown, orange-ish brown, and a little teal color for patina.  
I love the final look, I also the negative space created by the pipes.


The vellum in action!
I used gel medium to glue onto the page.


My next favorite layout, I also love this picture.  How great is this piece of paper!! I added the red with Lindy's magicals.

Love this chipboard piece!

For these light I painted black, then lightly sanded and inked.  Added the rusty finish with reddish brown, orange-ish brown paints then covered with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  The Dimensional magic makes the light look enamel, like the real ones.







Just look at that SMILE and those rusty pipes.

I made the tags with pattern papers, and added stitching around, sewing on any page is always fun!












The retrospective paper and those funky chipboard designs makes some really great steampunk cards!













































Some new funky chipboard light designs.


Vintage drafting tools.




















Funky rusty pipes.


Simple gear motor systems.

Three new stencils all with a industrial grunge theme.


That cityscape was a couple hours worth of computer work all on its own.



I got a thing for street lights and power poles.

Stencils and chipboard now up for sale in Etsy Store.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Boho Cards

I created some new cards with a Boho theme.  I designed some new chipboard layered skulls then decorated with paper succulents.  I used my silhouette to cut very sizes of hexagons glued them on background then drew around with a black pencil crayon.



I started with the bottom layer, and painted it black.


Paint the horns a brown tone, and the face white then glue onto the black base layer.


Next sand and ink, the ink will settle into the sanded portions and wipe off the paint.  Now looks old and worn.  I wrapped around the horn with leather cord.


Layer on paper succulents.  Some are glued on the back and some up pop dots.


Some of the skulls have macrame off the horn.  I used natural twine, knots and combed out the twine.












































Sunday, 13 February 2022

Camera Series #1 Accordion

 Good day all,

Still deep into winter here in Northern Alberta, one moment its -40, the next a blizzard, then +4 and melting.  That's right Alberta can have all seasons in one day- its charming....right?

I have decided to start a camera series and here is #1 Accordion.

Figuring out the accordion fold took me 2 days, 10 sheets of cardstock, and a trip to Staples for a protractor but I got there in the end.  


I made the camera box out of foamcore then covered with textured cardstock, you can't paint foamcore directly because it will warp.  I also used paper hinges to hold everything together so gluing paper on top also hide the paper hinges.  Paint the camera box with brown acrylic paint, once dry sand.

Next ink with black soot distress ink, the ink settles into the sanded portion and wipe off the excess ink.  I let that sit overnight then painted with gloss gel, I wanted it to look like varnished wood.


I made file folders for the camera box, covered with paper, inked then cut out the center for a photo.  To add flare I added pattern paper, tags, and paper die cut elements around edges of photo cut out.  Next added some painted chipboard, the key was to glue the chipboard on the paper on the inside of photo cut out so no extra height is added to the file folders and they still lie flat.

I used a paper hinge on the bottom of two file folders, one you add the photos, glue the file folders close.  Picture will be on front and back.

Once you add a photo you can't see the back of the file folder, the paper and chipboard make a fun funky frame.  I realized after my photo wasn't the best choice considering chipboard tree rings and leaves.

I designed the lens with several layers of chipboard shapes once painted and glued together BOOM camera lens.  I painted the inside of the lens dark blue then covered with dimensional mod podge once dry it looks like glass.

I made the base with foamcore rails then the chipboard supports are glued in to hold the paper accordion in place.


Next put it all together and it looks amazing!!! Very happy will it.  It is going to be baby shower gift for a friend- she told me she likes antiques.  I also distress and ink chipboard pieces makes it looks older and also hides and painting and construction imperfections.



The hinge base is glue into the rails on the base and along the side of the camera box.  The lens support are glued onto the lens base, and attached with brads then the supports are glued into the rails.


Added some brads, metal ruler, metal porthole frame around lens, metal handle, and metal coin.  I added a panel at the top of the camera box then brads along the edge.  The foamcore worked really great, the thicker material is more realistic, sturdier, and the brads stick into the foam portion; all around win.







The file folders fit in the back of the camera box, use the tabs to pull out.

Next I think will be a vintage movie camera.