Thursday, November 5, 2015

TMC - Discover.....

Welcome to our November Challenge at The Mirror Crack'd

Our theme for the month is Water.       
Splish, splash, splosh!   
Water is such an integral part of our lives, the weather, rain, snow or storms. The landscape, the ocean, rivers and waterfalls. In our homes, cooking and cleaning. So many sports involve water, leisure and pleasure! 
 Show us your inspiration, what will you create? 
We are intrigued, will it be a scrap page, a canvas, a card, a 3D project or a tag?

Our host is Jan, and she will be choosing our Winner and Top 5.

Instead of a physical prize this month we would like to offer our Winner a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge.

 We hope our fabulous Design Team can inspire you. Please pop by their blogs and show them your appreciation!

I chose to do a canvas this month with a beach inspiration! It is my favorite place to spend days off!

So here is how I created this one:
1. I started with a flat 5X7 canvas and coated with white gesso twice for a smooth finish.

2. Using a "bubbles" rubber stamp I applied embossing ink to, I added bubbles on several areas of my canvas. I applied clear embossing powder to the canvas, shaking off the excess and then using heat tool I embossed them. Let dry.

3. Next I used various shades of blue Tim Holtz Distress inks to get the color I wanted spritzing sparingly with water to activate the distress technique.

4. I added texture with a stencil and Ranger Texture paste and spritzed with Dyllusions sprays in vibrant turquoise and Callypso Teal. Apply heat tool sparingly (just enough to raise the texture a bit)

5. While my inks and texture paste were finishing drying I took a fish cut out and applied distress inks in the same colors, coated with embossing ink and clear embossed after adhering to a thin chipboard with ModPodge transparent paste and fussy cutting. This is a technique I thought of (although I am sure it has been done) while working on this project and I really liked the result!

6. I then coated my canvas in a transparent gloss which really brings out the vibrancy of colors applied.
7. I added a stamped "Discover" with Staz-On to a piece of scruffed cardboard to the bottom, accented with sand, shells and more transparent gloss, swiped over the shells a touch with the now blue glossed paintbrush.
8. I adhered the completed fish with double stick foam pieces to the height I wanted for a more 3-d affect and then topped it with a hanger made from rope!

I hope you find this tutorial inspiring and helpful in creating your own project for this challenge!
Good Luck!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More #151 Thank You

Julie is hosting today and she would like to see your Thank You creations. You might want to make a remembrance card as it's Armistice Day on 11th November, or just an old fashioned thank you card. Whatever inspires you we want to see it.

I created using kraft cardstock and colored papers and added a house mouse stamp hand water colored by me and fussy cut