Monday, 31 March 2014

Holiday Scrapbooking - Creating away from your craft room

Hey guys!

It's Holly here with a couple of quick layouts!
I've been away recently and even though I'm relaxing I still like to be able to craft when I'm away. This time I only took a few basic items. Have a look at the two pages I created from 4 sheets of patterned paper and two sheets of card stock. ( funnily I didn't expect to make more than one layout and and took one photo away with me) !!

In addition I took a paper trimmer, double sided tape, glue, two distress Inks, some brads,  two embellishments and a couple of word titles.

Products used:
1x sheet Bo Bunny serenity Fans
1x sheet of Bo Bunny serenity Love
1x Sheet of Bo Bunny Serenity Tomoko
1x Sheet of Bo Bunny Serenity Luck
1x sheet of Kaisercard Vanila Weave
2x globes from the Prima Junkyard Findings vintage trinkets typo bulbs #1
A couple of words from 7gypsies chip tags words
A large handful of small red brads.
1x small manilla tag.

Starting with the "family" page:

I really loved the Bo Bunny Serenity Love patterned paper, so I wanted to make it the main paper on my layout. I inked with black soot distress ink around the edge after I had cut 1/2" off from two sides and then used tape to adhere it to another patterned paper from the Serenity range - fans.
I cut a few inch thick strips from the "luck" patterned paper and inked around again with black soot. I then arranged them behind my photo and cut a Matt for my photo out of "Tomoko" patterned paper ( I inked around the Matt for the photo with fired brick distress ink).

I folded over the corner of my base sheet and used a red brad to affix the corner over to show the other side of the paper. I also used a brad on each end of my thin strips to add embellishment.
I inked my chip tag word  with the fired brick distress ink to tie the colour in. 

I then got a scrap of red cardstock and traced around the junkyard tricket and glued the scrap to the back of the globe to give it colour. I then glued the globe to my layout.
finally I grabbed a piece of ribbon and tied in through my manilla tag and journaled about my photo with a journalling pen.

This page was really quick and I was happy with the outcome. However, wheni looked at the paper scraps leftover I saw another page forming in my mind..... So I continued to play….

I used plain cardstock as the back sheet and then cut the patterned paper luck out and rounded the corners. I used Tomoko again as the Matt for the photo and luck for the large band of paper across. I then cut lots of small pieces of the leftover scraps to create the multi coloured part at the bottom.
I inked all the pieces with either black soot or fired brick and the. Started to glue the pieces down

To make sure I got all the smaller pieces in line I drew a line in pencil to line up to as I glued the pieces down. I used the brads again on each of the smaller pieces of paper and inked the chip word with fired brick. Lastly I fixed the globe onto the page, this time without the colour behind.

It goes to show from a few bits and pieces and not even having your full stash to hand impressive layouts can be made away from home. 

Until next time happy scrapping!


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lynne Perella : new stamps in a fancy fold out book

Well hello there, Liz here bringing you a project using some of the fab new PaperArtsy products that have arrived at Crafters Cupboard. The excitement while waiting for these yummy new things has been palpable!!

I wanted to make a fancy fold-out book that showcased the new Lynne Perrella  LPC028 stamp set,
and the new Eclectica limited edition set of fresco pain.
And here's what I came up with:


 So for the step by step!

First, get some good quality cardstock or watercolour paper.  I have used a vellum surface 300gsm mixed media paper by Strathmore.  Cut it into 6" x 4" pieces. You will need 4 pieces, that we will be decorating back and front.

Paint 1 side of each card with each of the paints from the set - Seaweed, Chutney, Chartreuse and Tikka. On the Chartreuse page (the lightest green colour), add scrapings of the seaweed paint with a credit card.

Do the same on the and Tikka card with the chutney paint:
 Using your grunge paste add texture with a stencil on both these cards.

Dry thoroughly, and your pieces will look like this:
Next, get out your archival inks to add colour to the raised paste areas.  I have used potting soil, orange blossom and monarch orange, swiping the pads straight onto the raised areas.  Then use some sandingpaper to lightly grunge the paste in some areas.

Now its time for some dylusions to emphasise the "low lights".   I used ground coffee and squeezed orange.  Spray and mist liberally with water to get the colours to run.

Put these 2 pages aside to dry thoroughly, and start on the pages painted with Chutney and Seaweed Fresco paint.Apply a super-thin layer of crackle glaze - putting it on with a credit card. Dry then apply a thick layer of Tikka and Chartreuse respectively.   Leave it to crack, it won't take very long, and you can help it along with a heat gun.

To really highlight the texture on your pages, apply Treasure Gold with your fingers and buff with a paper towel.  I used Florentine (a gold colour) on all pages, and accented the brown pages with Royal Amethyst, and the green pages with Green Amber.

Flip the pages over to paint the backs as these will be seen.  As I knew I would be mixing up the different "fronts" so that both sides of the book were visible when flattened out, I wanted something reasonably plain on the back, with good coverage to hide the mess I had made while making the fronts!.  I painted the back first with a coat of French Roast, and then with Chocolate Pudding that I thinned slightly with water - I just made sure that I put it on with a very wet brush.

(The pages on the right have just a coat of french roast, the pages on the left have the thinned coat of chocolate pudding.  It dries matte, the photo was taken while the paint was wet.)

Put these aside to dry, as your backgrounds are complete!  Now for the decorative elements.

Grab some old book pages and some transparencies (if you don't have transparencies handy, plastic packaging will work just fine) and stamp a bunch of images from your plate with archival black ink.

I realised after I had done this that I was not going to have quite enough images from the one plate, so I also stamped the image on the top right of LPC018 (another gorgeous Lynne Perrella plate).

Carefully cut windows in 3 of your cards, making sure to keep the inserts, as these can be used as mounts on the plainer sides of the card. Secure the transparencies with double sided tape, and back the 2 larger windows with stamped bookpage (making sure that the stamped images are facing outwards as their own "page")

Arrange the cards as you would like to see them once the book is completely folded out:

Then, using an appropriately coloured washi tape, join them together leaving sufficient room between each one to allow it to fold.  One "join" has to be missed, so numbering the pages 1 to 4 clockwise from the top left you do NOT join pages 1 and 2, as these will be your covers. 

As you can see from the picture above I have joined page 1 to page 4, page 4 to page 3, and page 3 to page 2.

Add additional stamping to the pages as desired - I used the script stamp from the LPC028 plate and stamped with Archival Fern Green, and Brilliance Moonlight White (but any white ink will do).  I also stamped an image with white ink onto the mounted insert (top left in the picture below) and with archival black onto the frame on the bottom left panel - you can stamp easily straight onto a fresco paint cracked surface!

 Then I got stuck into the embellishing!  I used black german scrap which I sanded and Tim Holtz Ideaology border stickers to frame each page. Don't worry if you don't have these - you could stamp borders onto cardstock and cut them out, or you could diecut borders and colour them. 

I then coloured the borders with Fern Green Archival Ink.

I stamped some words in white on one side and sealed the entire piece with Glaze to really make the colours "pop".  Here are the 2 sides of the book completely folded out:

I hope you give this project a try.  It's great fun to play with your products and create a mixed media piece of art!

'Till next time!


Sunday, 23 March 2014

New Paper Artsy Design Team Releases

Hi there! Teresa here letting you know that the Crafters Cupboard design team is busy busy busy with the brand new release from Paper Artsy. In this release are new stamps, stencils and limited edition paint sets.

I couldn't wait to get my hands dirty, and here's a set of note cards I whipped up using one of the new mini stamps JOFY Mini 38 and the new set of Eclectica Lin Brown paints:

 I stamped the image with Versamark onto kraft cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I dry brushed some of the new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints over the top and when it was almost dry, I wiped the paint off the embossing with a baby wipe

To finish the note cards off, I rummaged around my scrap box for papers, cardstock and ribbon to match the paint colour and voila! A set of four cards.

Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as the design team showcase more of the new releases.