Friday, April 18, 2014

Collage Mini Stash Artist Trading Blocks

I've always loved this  8x8 Collage Paper Stash  from Tim Holtz. It has some of my favorite designs that just don't need anything else but the papers themselves.
So, I had 3 sizes of Artist Trading Blocks cut out of black mat board sitting on my work table....calling my name....and this is the result of just a couple of hours of play.
You can fussy cut a few pictures and layer on numbers or more pictures. Each side is quick and easy to put together!
Make sure you always check the direction of each side. It takes a bit of thinking as you see here, they don't all go the same way. The top and bottom squares have to be going in the right direction.
I like to add Distress Inks to the papers to make them a bit more colorful, here Tea Dye, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, and Old Paper do the trick.

This is a detail shot of the smallest one...just a couple of Numbers cut out, inked and glued to another piece of the collage papers. The larger ones are from the original 12x12 sheet.
I like the "glow" that the Tea Dye adds to the papers. It just kind of makes the colors richer.
I loved how the little clocks fit perfectly onto the middle sized block.
 The Pilot and the Vintage Car photos are warmed up a bit with Old Paper and some Tea Dye.
The tiny Bingo Numbers could represent dates on your collages.
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So get out your papers and glue stick and have some simple, easy, fun. They really are great to make and share!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Masculine Good Wishes Tag

Sometimes it's hard to create a tag that's good for a man or a boy.
I think this one is perfect for that guy that you want to wish a Happy Birthday to, or just send along a Wish for them in a life event.
This starts with a smaller #5 Manila Tag and a swipe of White Gesso in the center.

 When it was dry I added Distress Inks. Then I dripped water onto the Inks and let it puddle before blotting it off.
The next layer is stamps. Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks are used with the Checkered Stamp from SCF07.
The Black Embossing Paste and the Latticework Stencil are applied in 3 sections and left to dry. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the contrast!
The Classic SCR02 stamp and Sepia Ink fill in background and the sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Archival ink.
I painted White Gesso onto a scrap of Manila Cardstock and let it dry. Then I stamped the King Chess piece from SCR018 in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and embossed with Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.
I added the same stamp over the top of the blue stamped image with black archival ink slightly to the right.  Last I stamped the same stamp one more time to the right and down a bit with Sepia archival ink. Heat set each stamping, and cut out the image. It's added with black foam squares.

The tag is layered onto black mat board and the Gold Mini Corners are pinched onto the two bottom corners. I used my jewelry pliers and they go on easily.
The 2 Arrows are glued into place and the Gears and Mini Gears fit slightly under the Chess King.

 I could have added white pen marks around the edges, but I wanted to keep it clean and I stopped. It was hard for me, but I stopped.
You could also add more gears.....but I held back and was difficult...but I stopped!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Collaged Microslide Pendants

 Springtime  Birds  and  Flowers  make up these

Microslide Collages. 
I used 2 microslide pictures from a collage sheet. This one is on a one hole acrylic slide. with the word Song glued onto the collage sheet. I added the sheet with Wonder Tape to the acrylic slide.
Then the piece has Gold UTEE added to the sides. The little birdcage charm has it's loop carefully cut off before gluing to the front. I used a blue Sharpie pen to add color to the little bird.
Glue on 3 Flowers and 3 tiny Pearls with a strong glue to the front.

This one is made using real microslide glass in a Memory Frame. I cut the bird at the bottom out of a collage sheet and glued on to lower corner.
A few script stamps were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. Faith is a Word Cut Out.
The little Moth was painted and stamped before being glued to the frame. I also edged it a bit with tarnished brass paint.
The gold Pearls are glued to the front of the glass
I used Distress Ink to add color to the back of the collage sheet picture, and then stamped a Lynne Perrella stamp with archival ink.
These little treasures can be worn as pendants or added to cards and Mixed Media projects. Send one to a friend and they'll love it!!!
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Supplies:
Other Suppies:
Wonder Tape, Mini Pearls, Blue Sharpie, Ribbon.
Other Suppies:
Memory Glass 1x3, Mini Pearls, Ribbon, Stamps, Acrylic Paints.