Saturday, January 14, 2017

HIMCR #284 Super Scrap Saturday Challenge

Hi everyone it is time once again for a challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being sponsored by A Day For Daisies. One winner will receive a $12 gift certificate.

Sami at A Day For Daisies generously e-mailed me Love Angel to use for this challenge. I love this angel and had so much fun coloring her with Spectrum Noir markers.

Originally I was going to create a Bargello background. However when I finished I realized I didn't align the strips in a Bargello pattern. Still it was a good way to use up scraps and I still have leftover my paper with some of the vertical strips as I didn't need to cut the whole sheet horizontally to go on my card base.

For my focal panel I opened the Love Angel in Silhouette Studio along with the poodle clipart I downloaded as part of plan B for last week and then didn't use. I mirrored the poodle so they would be facing each other. I then modified the speech bubble with the heart in the middle which was in Studio library. I then added the first line of "What The World Needs Now Is Love". I drew a rectangle and changed the lines to dotted lines to mimic stitching. Then selected everything and select the line print option. I printed out on photo paper. I also printed just the love angel on a piece of deli paper.

By the way Silhouette Studio is free to download and you can print out your design without having to have a cutting machine. It is an inexpensive way to combine images and you know me I'm frugal.

I painted the wings on the deli paper copy on both sides with Amethyst Liquid Metals.  Painting on both sides keeps the paper from curling.

I traced around the halo using a gold Sharpie. I used a Spectrum Noir marker for the rest of the image.

I hope you will check out the digital stamps from A Day For Daisies as well as join in the super scrap challenge. While you are at you may want to spread a little love around yourself. I'm getting ready to make Valentines for volunteers.  Without men and women donating their time a lot of nonprofit organizations could not keep providing some much needed services.

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another HIMCR Freestyle Challenge

Hi everyone due to not getting images in time Hiding In My Craft Room is having another Freestyle Challenge. Hiding In My Room is sponsoring the challenge and the prize for one lucky winner will be bundle of crafting goodies..

I decided to do a card I've been wanting to do for awhile using my Chinese Wishes stamps by Hero Arts and a Darice bamboo embossing folder which had never been used.

I used Liquid Metal on the embossed piece. I'll be doing a photo tutorial now that I know that it works later on this month.

The focal image is by Dover it is a sample which is in my stash. I think you can still get samples by e-mail. Originally I was going to cut her out but decided to leave the piece as it is.

I used Japanese Calligraphy paper for my wishes stamps. It is a thin paper and easily wrinkles but takes ink nicely. Also I love the little bit of texture it adds. After gluing my focal piece on the paper I used adhesive trim I found at Dollar Tree on the corners to adhere the panel to the card. I wish I could find more of this trim. That is the only thing about buying Washi tape and trims for crafts at the Dollar Tree it is difficult to find something again that you really like.

I'm off to start on next week's challenge. Hopefully there won't be a problem with those images.

Wishing you Health, Longevity, Love and Good Luck this year. Also wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge

Hi everyone I had two experimental pieces on my desk since before Christmas and when I saw that Just For Fun has an Anything Goes Challenge I decided to put a card together with them and adding a stamped quote. Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I didn't use a Just For Fun rubber stamp. Thank goodness you don't need to use their stamps to enter the challenge.

The background is water color paper which I got wet and then put drops of Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals on the paper. Then used a wet bristle brush. While the Liquid Metal was still wet I sprinkled coarse salt. That is the spots you see. Although I tried this on smooth card stock I did not get the same effect. I think what happened is the texture of the paper trapped puddles of colors. I love how it turned out as I was not expecting this effect.

My focal piece and quote are stamps by "I Brake For Stamps" Neither stamp had been used as I forgot that I bought them.

I decided I wanted a vintage stamp to experiment with gesso transfers. If you decide to try this technique remember that the image is going to be reversed. In this case it didn't bother me that the text in the background was reversed.

The only thing I didn't like was after the gesso was totally dry and I was rubbing off the paper the ink bled on the paper and puddled on my transfer. I was able to mop most of the puddles up but there still ended up being some staining. I think it would better with an ink like Ranger Archival (I need to either buy a refill or a new ink pad). I used Colorbox pigment ink.

I rubbed Fantastix over the sticks of Soft Pastels I used for the coloring. (Fantastix by Imagine Craft is a handy tool to have on hand for coloring with chalk, pastels, and inks. They make coloring as easy as coloring with a crayon.) I decided to just color the skin, hair and violin. Sometimes I'm not totally sure how much to color.

I don't know if it was the stamp or my transfer but I didn't like the spot on the bottom of the dress. My freeform cut out quotations for the most part covers it. I don't know why the quote was giving me so much trouble stamping but I finally gave up after half a dozen tries to get it perfect.

If you wish to try stamp image transfer using gesso you will want to use an ink that is pretty much waterproof.  Spread your gesso on card stock or whatever you wish to use. I used 110# Georgia Pacific card stock. Stamp your image on thin paper like copy paper. Then place your stamped image stamped side down. I adhered it by pressing from the center out to try to keep my paper from wrinkling. I used a bone folder to make sure the print was embedded completely in the gesso. Then comes the hard part waiting for the gesso to completely dry. When it is dry spritzed the paper with water and rub off the paper backing like you would do in regular photo transfers. Although you can't tell in the photo gesso transfers whether using a printed image or stamped have a softer look than if plain paper or card stock is used.

There you have it my anything goes entry. I hope if you have time you will join in the challenge.

I'm waiting for images for Saturday's project but if I don't get them by tomorrow I'll have to go to plan B. Good thing I'm flexible. Besides my weekly commitments  I've been asked to do a guest designer post for Craftwell this month. 😄  Given the frigid temperatures this is a good time to be hiding in my playroom.

What do you like to do when it is too cold to spend much time outside?

Thank you for stopping by. Do come back Saturday for another Hiding In My Craft Room challenge inspiration piece. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!