Archive for ‘Edging’

August 23, 2013

Holiday Home Decor No. 42: Framed Christmas collage

2013-08-23 Holiday Home Decor Distressed Christmas Framed Collage A
I was looking for Christmas-related paper crafting supplies last night because I wanted to create a project for the Holiday Home Decor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I came across some beveled mat boards I bought a couple of years ago and had forgotten. They’re 8″ by 10″ frames that fit 5″ by 7″ photos. I liked the texture of the boards and thought they’d be great for a Christmas project. I couldn’t be any more pleased with the finished product!

For the base, I used one of the collage sheets from Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks collection. The papers in this collection have vintage designs and I picked the one with the red music sheet design. Next, I sponged barn door Distress ink all over the sheet.  Using a torn paper towel as a mask, I sponged mustard seed, peeled paint, and broken china Distress inks over the page. Then I sponged vintage photo Distress ink on all the edges.  Next, I stamped a couple of the mixed media background stamps from my STAMPlorations stamp set around the page in coffee and jet black inks (Ranger Archival inks). I spritzed a little water on the page to give it an even more distressed look. I dried the page with my Heat-It craft tool then I gave the page a light coat of clear rock candy Distress crackle paint and set the page aside to give it time to dry.

While I waited for the crackle paint to dry, I worked on the frame. I stamped an image of holly leaves in pine needles Distress ink  repeatedly until the entire frame was covered. Next, I sponged shabby shutters and peeled paint Distress ink on the frame. To make the edges darker, I sponged pine needles and finally vintage photo Distress inks. I applied Xmas Red Stickles on the berries and then set aside the frame to give the stickles time to dry.

I went back to the distressed collage sheet and finished drying the Distress crackle paint with my Heat-It craft tool. Then I sprayed a little bit of the bronze Perfect Pearls Mists on the page and set it aside to dry. Next, I took a piece of white card stock and stamped the sentiment and holly leaves in embossing ink. I used Stampendous embossing powders — carnelian pearl for “Merry Christmas” and gold tinsel for the holly leaves. I lightly sponged mustard seed Distress ink on the sentiment before cutting around it and sponging the edges with vintage photo Distress ink. I also sponged some vintage photo Distress ink on the holly leaves.

For the banner at the bottom, I used the paper garlands from Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks collection and jute twine. Again, I sponged some vintage photo Distress ink on the garlands before putting them together. I adhered the banner with glue dots. When I had the frame and collage sheet assembled, I adhered the embossed sentiment and holly leaves using foam dots. I also added a bird from Tim Coffey Christmas Bird Layered Accents by K&company. Then I finished it off by sticking some Candi paper brads.

And that’s it — my paper crafted holiday home decor. I could frame and hang it, but it’ll also work unframed — leaning against something or on an easel. Here are a couple more photos:

2013-08-23 Holiday Home Decor Distressed Christmas Framed Collage B

2013-08-23 Holiday Home Decor Distressed Christmas Framed Collage C
Thanks so much for reading! I hope my framed distressed Christmas collage inspires you to create your own paper crafting holiday home decor! :-)

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July 28, 2013

One Layer Card No. 19: Just because

2013-07-27 One Layer Card Just because

A2 card using layer stamping, repetition, masking, and blending techniques.

Stamps: flowers (Stampin’ Up); sentiment (Heidi Grace); newspaper background (Hero Arts)
Inks: peeled paint, broken china, dusty concord, barn door, dried marigold (Tim Holtz Distress inks); tuxedo black (Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink); jet black (Ranger Archival ink)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Cover the middle of the card with a post-it note before sponging/blending peeled paint distress ink on the top and bottom areas.

2. Stamp flowers randomly using different distress inks.

3. Stamp newspaper background with peeled paint distress ink.

4. Remove post-it note and stamp sentiment.

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July 26, 2013

One Layer Card No. 17: bliss – life – dream

2013-07-25 One Layer Card Bliss life dream

A2 card using direct and reverse stamping, repetition, edge sponging, and distressing techniques.

Stamps: images and words (Fiskars)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival inks); mustard seed (Tim Holtz Distress ink); surf, mango tango, lemon grass (ColorBox Chalk Cat’s Eye inks)

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card. I have a couple of inchie stamp sets by Fiskars that I’ve had for years and haven’t had a chance to use much and I thought they’d be great to use for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #38. (I gotta say, the challenges over there are addictive, so here is yet another one layer card based on a sketch.)

This card is super easy to make — took me about 15 minutes — that is, after I spent about half an hour on my sketch book playing with different stamps and colors. Once I was happy with the design, I was ready to make my one layer card. I simply eyeballed the placements of the inchie stamps (yeah, I’m fearless that way — who needs a ruler, anyway?) and alternated stamping the images. To make the words stand out, I inked the reverse/back side of one of the inchie stamps with chalk inks and stamped before stamping the words. I finished the card off by sponging the edges of the card with mustard seed. I love how this particular distress ink color gives the card a bright, cheerful look and provides a nice contrast to the black and white stamped images.

Anyway, here’s the sketch:

And I’d like to end today’s post with a question that’s totally unrelated to card-making and stamping (although it inspires me to do more art): Did you know that dark chocolate (at least 85% cocoa) slathered with Biscoff (or Speculoos) makes for a sinfully indulgent dessert? ;-)

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July 23, 2013

One Layer Card No. 14: Thank you for everything

2013-07-22 One Layer Card Thank you for everything

A2 card using blending, masking, and edge sponging techniques.

Stamps: flower (Inkadinkado), sentiments (Inkadinkado, Fiskars)
Inks: victorian velvet, dusty concord, blue jeans (Tim Holtz Distress inks); deep purple, jet black (Ranger Archival inks)
Other: Sakura Micron pen for line border

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Use Post-It notes to create a mask to cover the front of the card save for a rectangular area in the middle.

2. With a foam applicator, start blending the 3 distress inks in the open area.

3. Ink flower and stamp.

4. Remove mask and stamp sentiments.

5. Create a border around the stamped image using black pen.

6. Distress and blend victorian velvet distress ink on the sides and white area of the card.

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July 22, 2013

One Layer Card No. 13: Thankful

2013-07-21 One Layer Card Thankful

A2 card using layer stamping, distressing, edge sponging, blending, and masking techniques.

Stamps: inchie flowers (Inkadinkado), sentiment (Fiskars), text background (Hero Arts)
Inks: tattered rose (Tim Holtz Distress ink); wicked black (ColorBox Cat’s Eye Archival dye ink); coffee (Ranger Archival ink)

A little note about this one layer card: This card was inspired by Heather Telford’s three square layout found here. Her card had square cut-outs. I used the inchie square stamps instead in keeping with the type of cards I’m making for this blog :-)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Cover about 2/3 of left side of the card front with Post-It note.

2. With a foam applicator, sponge and blend tattered rose distress ink on the exposed right side of card front.

3. Stamp text background, followed by inchie square stamps.

4. Remove mask and stamp sentiment.

5. Finish by shading and distressing the edges with more tattered rose distress ink.

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July 20, 2013

One Layer Card No. 11: Friends are flowers

2013-07-19 One Layer Card Friends are Flowers Card

A2 card using direct-to-paper and edge sponging techniques.

Stamps: distressed floral swirl (STAMPlorations), flower and sentiment (Fiskars)
Inks: barn door, milled lavender (Tim Holtz Distress inks); emerald green, jet black (Ranger Archival inks)

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July 17, 2013

One Layer Card No. 8: Hello

2013-07-16 One Layer Card Hello

A2 card using masking, blending, edge sponging, distressing, and spritzing techniques.

Stamps: sentiment (Heidi Grace), flowers (Hero Arts)
Inks: wild honey, barn door, dusty concord (Tim Holtz Distress inks); pale ochre, jet black (Ranger Archival inks)
For masking: top note die cut positive and negative (Sizzix)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Place and secure top note die cut negative on top of card base.

2. Using a foam applicator, apply wild honey distress ink on the bottom part, followed by the barn door distress ink, and finally the dusty concord distress ink.

3. Spritz a bit of water over the area, blotting some with a paper towel. Dry with a heat gun.

4. Apply jet black ink on silhouette flower stamp and stamp onto card. Do the same with the sentiment.

5. Remove the top note die negative and place the top note die cut (positive) over the image.

6. Using a foam applicator, apply wild honey and pale ochre on all sides of the card.

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