Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Those With Arachnophobia Beware!

Hi everyone this is my last Halloween card for this year. It is not a scary card unless you suffer from Arachnophobia. ;-) Once again I was playing but more on that later.

I was  watching an introduction video to transferring photos and the woman mentioned using gesso for photo transferring so of course I had to go find a video which showed the process.

She started by painting a section of her page in her art journal leaving the middle of the page empty. So I painted on Georgia Pacific white card. It buckles a little bit but not like other card I've used. While waiting for my acrylic paint to dry I printed out this spider baclgrpimd image from Dover Samples using a laser printer. After the paint was dry I brushed on gesso in the middle spreading it out. I then placed my print printed side down into the gesso. Making sure the print was securely embedded.

 The woman had said to make sure you had plenty on to hold the print down secure. I got carried away and it ended up seeping out under the print. So I used a paper towel to wipe it off. I then ended up repainting the border. Next time I'll do the transfer first and then paint my border. 

Then the waiting began. I could have carefully used my embossing gun to dry it but instead I let it dry for 24 hours to make sure it was good and dry. Then I brushed water over the paper and rubbed the backing off like you do in regular photo transfers.   Once the piece had dried I brushed Mod Podge over everything deliberately leaving brush marks for texture. I'm pleased at how my first attempt at photo transferring using gesso turned out.

A friend gave me Tulip fabric markers and I decided to see how a marker would work as ink for stamping on fabric.  After stamping on a scrap of  cotton fabric the sentiment from Just For Fun Rubber stamps I went back and outlined the letters with another color using the fine tip of the marker.  I did cut the stamp apart so I could use the word Happy in another project or have the words all on one line instead of two.

Isn't this spider scary. I just love this spider stamp from Just For Fun. I love how he turned out using Whispers Opaque Black embossing powder. Then painting with metallic watercolors.

I'm entering this in:

More Mixed Media Challenge "Anything Goes Optional Orange"

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Halloween Challenge

I hope you will join in one of these challenges or all of them. I also hope you will try new things.

What new technique have you tried lately?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mail Art

Hi everyone I saw in an art magazine mail art and thought I would try to create a piece. Opps! It wasn't until I finished the piece that I realized I didn't leave space for postage. So instead of writing the address on my piece I lettered the recipients name so he can hang it on his bedroom door or wherever. I decided to send a larger envelope as I decided to put some coloring pages as well as clip art and other goodies for a budding artist/crafter so it works out putting the piece in a larger envelope instead of on the front..

I was experimenting with Stazon Ink. I stamped directly from the pads on white card stock. I used Brown Timber, Festive Red and Rusty Brown. After stamping I didn't have regular alcohol so I put Vodka in a spray bottle and sprayed my piece. I then while it was still wet placed another piece of card stock on top and ran a brayer over it. My second card stock piece has more of a water color look to it but is more permanent than water colors. I was pleased to see that by spraying with alcohol the ink bled covering the white spaces.  The Festive Red was too bright so since I was experimenting I went ahead and brushed Walnut Gel stain by Americana.  By the way this is a fun gel stain to play with on paper.

I drew the banner in PhotoShop. Then after it was printed cut it out. I went ahead with a black Sharpie and edged it. The mail art had a regular tag for the address but I wanted to do something different. As I said at the beginning I decided to just free letter the person's name on it. I'm not sharing the name here as I want it to be a surprise.

The Happy Halloween is sticker letters which have been in my stash for over a decade. I took the letters I wanted to use and stuck them on a deli sheet. I then eBrushed the letters with a bronze Sharpie. The bonus is I now have the  deli sheet to use in another project. :-) 

I stamped the Just For Fun coffin onto card stock. I used a color pencil to color the wood. A friend gave me Tulip Fabric markers and I decided I wanted to see how they work coloring so i used them for the inside of the coffin.

The skeleton hands were stamped on deli paper and glued down with Mod Podge so they became more transparent..

After everything was glued down with Mod Podge I then went and brushed Mod Podge over everything to seal it.

Have you ever created mail art?

That's all for now. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Good Witch

Hi everyone today's card is a combination of three different challenges. I'll be entering this card in all three challenges. Nothing like challenging yourself. Details will be further down in this post about the challenges in case you would like to enter them or check out the inspiration projects.

The Mixed media card challenge is using purple and black with the option of twine. So keeping that in mind I colorized the frame in Photoshop which was a Friday Freebie from Graphic Fairy for those on their email list. I wasn't totally happy with it after it was printed out so took soft pastels to add more color. Then I used a cotton swab to do some blending.

With my airbrush and a couple of Spectrum Noir markers I airbrushed the panel the witch and cat are on. Then I took a star stencil. I debated about finding a metal star stencil which has smaller stars but decided to go bolder. I just used part of the stencil on the top. I used a cosmetic sponge with Precious Metal Gold Leafing. The gold leafing and the markers did not totally play nice so my gold ended up being more of a copper or bronze look. I do like how the stars ended up being outlined. That was a happy accident.

The witch and cat are both Just For Fun Rubber stamps. I don't have any other Halloween type stamps or at least I don't think I do. I decided going with the good witch as I was remembering my sister dressing up a witch and I'm making this card for her. Since the Just For Fun challenge for October is Halloween I figured this would fit in.

Using the mood board for the Mixed Media challenge I colored the witch's clothing using some of the colors. As well as choosing which stamps to use after looking at the mood board. I really had fun coloring with my color pencils. The top of the wand I used a purple glitter marker but couldn't get a good photo of it.

Both images were stamped on scraps of white card stock using Memento black ink. I used a glaze pen to color the cat's eyes.

I debated about adding twine and decided to go ahead and use some Simplicity twisted cord I've had in my stash like forever.  I had some more ideas but like my sister always says you have to know when to stop as sometimes less can be more.


I hope you will take the time to join me in one of all of these challenges. Thank you for stopping by and do come back to see what I'm up to next.

By the way if you like the new blog header I created in Photoshop leave me a comment. LOl! You can even leave me a comment if you don't like it. No offense will be taken. I promise.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!