Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving placecards with Tim Holtz dies and Distress Spray Stains

Here's an idea for place cards for your guests this Thanksgiving or really any occasion for that matter, made with Tim Holtz dies, stamps, Distress Spray Stains, and some Idea-ology.

You can stop by Tim's blog for the entire tutorial and other details.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another Art Journal page

Here's another page from my art journal...
On this page, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: Chrome Green, May Green, Cobalt Green
Others: journal, paint brush, image, fabric, patterned paper, black paint, stamp
Here are the steps:

Coat pages with Gesso. When dry, color with Gelatos.

Spray water with mister and let colors drip down.

Moisten foam stamp with water and color with Gelato.

Stamp the flower a few times along the right edge of the page. Outline them with pencil.

Attach strips of paper and fabric to the left page with Gel Medium.

Stamp on the pages using Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Choose an image from a magazine. Cut it out. Layer it on the page face down with Gel Medium. Work out any bubbles with your fingers. Let dry thoroughly.

Spritz on the image with water and gently rub off the magazine paper to reveal the transferred image. Journal on the facing page to finish.

Here's a close-up of my page.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Step-up card with Stephanie Barnard Framelit dies

Here's a card created with the fabulous framelit dies by Stephanie Barnard. I always admired cards that opened up in steps or popped up, etc. and always felt that they must be super difficult to make. I was very nervous when I picked the Basic Step-ups die set worrying that I might never be able to make it work. But I did anyways and here's the first card I made with it.
Supplies I used:
Others: kraft and white cardstock, patterned papers, watercolor, paint brush, Distress inkpad, ink blending tool, ink pad, stamp
Let me show you how easy it is to make a step-up card.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the card die blade side up, lay cardstock on top of the die and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. The strong magnets of the platform securely hold the die in place allowing a precision cut just where you need it.

The cardstock is not only cut, but also scored. Fold along score lines to make the card base.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the layering dies blade side up, lay patterned paper face down on top of the dies and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

Attach the layers to the card base.

The die set comes with 21 dies, so not only do you get all the layering dies in perfect sizes but also ton of flowers, leaves and scrolls to embellish with. Of course, you can pick and choose which pieces you want to use on your project.

Lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform, lay the floral dies blade side up, lay kraft cardstock on top of the die and top it off with another standard cutting pad. Roll the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. Repeat with white cardstock.

You will end up with several pieces like these that you can layer in different ways.

I layered my pieces like this.

Next, ink the card and flowers with Barn Door Distress Ink pad using ink blending tool.

Add colors to the leaves and flowers with watercolors. Attach them to the card.

Stamp sentiment on one of the kraft cardstock layering pieces.

Attach sentiment to finish the card.
Hope you like today's card tutorial and if you are on the fence about Framelit card dies, go ahead take the plunge. If I can do this, so can you :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Pocket full of love

Hello friends, today I have a pocket tutorial for you. When I saw the Heart Pocket Sizzix die by Brenda Walton, I started musing over the possibilities! I had so much fun making this pocket that I had to share here.
To make this project, I used:
Others: patterned paper, adhesive, cardstock, paints, trim, punchinella, inks, ink blending tool, paint brush, thread, sewing machine, stamp, glitter, ribbon, hole punch
Now, let me walk you through the steps:
Lay 12" x 6" patterned paper face down on Heart Pocket die blade side up. Place the set up between an extended cutting pad at the bottom and an extended crease pad at the top. Pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine to die cut the above pieces. The crease pad will ensure that you get good score lines for folding the pocket.

Ink the edges of the pieces with Peeled Paint or another Distress Ink pad.

Color the strips with Metallic Silver fluid acrylic paint. You could always cut these pieces from metallic paper as well.

Attach the pieces to the pocket front. Also attach a piece of lace trim at the top.

Using punchinella or another stencil, add some metallic paint to the pieces.

Apply adhesive to the tabs, lay the front pocket on top of the heart, match up the contours, and fold the tabs back onto the back of the heart. 

Machine stitch the sides of the pocket for a more secure join as well as for detail and texture.

Apply glue to the heart and put glitter on it. Let the glue dry. Later tap off excess glitter from the piece.

Decorate the pocket with your favorite embellishments. I used thread, a 3D sticker from my stash, a butterfly I had left over from another project (you can die cut this butterfly using the Notepad Cover die). I also stamped a sentiment on a label sticker and tucked it under the 3D sticker and added the glittered heart.

Color a piece of white ribbon with gold and silver acrylic paints. Punch holes near the top and thread the colored ribbon through. Secure it with knots on each end to create a hanger.  
Fill the pocket with something you like. I embossed cardstock using the ticket Texture Trade from the Playing Games set. Trim cardstock to fit inside the embossing folder. Sandwich the folder between two cutting pads and lay it on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform and pass through the Big Shot machine. Ink the embossed piece with Barn Door Distress Ink. Insert it into the pocket.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will play with this fun die.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Take the Challenge, November 2014 at Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the eleventh Take The Challenge of 2014!
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
November is here. I have Thanksgiving on my mind. Every year, I make a list of the things I'm thankful for about each person in my family. While we don't do elaborate Thanksgiving meals, we enjoy the week off together. I like to give everyone my list in the form of some small handmade gift. This month, your challenge is to do the same. Create any small gift for a person you are thankful for.
Here's my take.
Here's a list of supplies I used:
Here are the steps:
Apply a coat of gesso to the pillow box diecut.

Rub Mango, Green Tea, pistachio and Metallic Mint Gelatos colors to the pillow box. Blend with wet brush.

On a label diecut, stamp sentiment using Black Stamper's Big Brush pen.

Draw a border to the diecut label with Scarlet Red Stamper's big Brush to make look like label stickers.
Make a list of the reasons you are thankful for some. Fold and place that note inside the box and shut the box closed with adhesive.

Cut off a small bit of Blueberry Gelato color with palette knife from the Gelatos Mist Maker set and crush it down. Put the Gelato in the Drip Dropper filled halfway with water. Shake to mix. Drip on pillow box as shown.

Color embossed diecut leaf with Mango, Red Cherry, and Iced Coffee Gelatos colors.

Tie twine to the pillow box.

Tuck in leaf and label under the twine.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 11/14 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: One Gelatos Mist Maker set.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 11/17 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's near Halloween

It's hard to believe that October of the new year is almost over and Halloween is just a few days away! Here's a Halloween layout created with Halloween stencils and other goodies from Tim Holtz.
Here are the supplies I used to make this layout:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil for Stampers Anonymous - THS026 - Gothic
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil for Stampers Anonymous - THS027 - Halloween
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp for Stampers Anonymous - CMS197 - Carved Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 paper - French Industrial
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric - Blue Ticking, Correspondence, Rulers
Tim Holtz® Distress Paints: Tarnished Brass, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz® Distress Stains: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz® Waterbrushes
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Kushgrip snip scissors
Ranger Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Ranger Collage Glue stick
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
Ranger Heat tool
Ranger Mister
Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Texture Paste
Others: cardstock, sewing machine, thread, black pen
Now, let me walk you through the steps.
Color along the edges of the cardstock with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and flat waterbrush.

Tear French Industrial 12 x 12 patterned paper slightly smaller than 8.5" x 11". Tear and fold along the edges. Attach to the cardstock using Ranger Collage Glue Stick.

With Kushgrip Snip scissors cut into fabric and then tear strips out by pulling towards yourself.

Layer the torn fabric strips on the background.

Attach another strip of patterned paper slightly tucked under the fabric strips. Machine stitch to secure all the pieces in place.

Dab some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint near the top right corner of the layout. Spray water on the wet paint with mister and let the color drip down.

Lay Halloween stencil on the layout and apply texture paste using palette knife.

Let the paste dry thoroughly. You could use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Lay Gothic stencil on the right side of the layout and apply Walnut Stain Distress Paint.

Dab on some Tarnished Brass and Walnut Stain Distress paints over the texture paste words and spray with mister. Hold the layout up and turn it around to let the colors drip down and move around.
Add some Ripe Persimmon Distress stain to the background and blend it with water. When dry, add a photo and add some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain on and around the photo.
Journal above the photo. Use a black pen to doodle frames around some of the stenciled words. Stamp Happy Halloween above the journal and doodle a frame around it too to finish.
And there you have it. Hope you liked the step-by-step and layout. Thanks for stopping by!