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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Mini Class : Paper your nuts :o)

Well it says it all in the title lol .. a paper your nuts mini class :D
This is something that myself & Linda Elbourne saw in America when we went to Ranger U together, they were in the craft store Micheals & were quite expensive so me & Linda decided they were something that we could definately reproduce at very little expense back home!

So start off by either going to your local hardware store (or your other halfs garden shed or garage .. wherever he keeps his stash lol) and grab yourself a handful of these babies :o)

Then you need to tear up some bits of an old book, or some newspaper. (really small pieces are good here)

Using glossy accents randomly stick on the pieces of paper to the nuts

Then using some distress ink (I used walnut stain) rub a little onto the paper using some cut'n'dry foam & voila you should have some papered nuts :D .. excellent embellishments for book rings or as charms on the ends of fibre ... on a blokey card on a wire .. anything, anywhere .. hope you have fun :D (you can also do this to metal washers too)

Monday, 13 September 2010

Mini Mixed media Canvas Tutorial

Mini Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

I thought I'd do a tutorial this morning for a mini mixed media canvas .. I hope you'll play along :o)

I used a cheap canvas board for this project, but any canvas or even mount board would do.
I used colourwash and glimmer mists (made my own in my mini misters with perfect pearls)and covered the canvas.

Then I tore a page or two out of an old french novel.

Using Claudine Hellmuths Studio line paints & a babywipe I cover the page. (I used the light blue first)

Then I begin to add more colours (as many as you like until your happy with it)

Next I prepare my collage elements, these are all from Artchix Studio .. well worth a look !

Then I use Claudine hellmuths Multi Medium Matte to adhere the pages to the canvas :

Next using a stencil (Crafters workshop 6x6 template) with Pine needles distress ink I just do small amounts on the paper & canvas.

Using Black Archival ink I stamped an image (stamper anonymous Timholtz stamp)on to the paper.

then I started to assemble the collage using ideaology metal accents on the watch.

As a finishing touch I have added Glossy accents to the number 5 to add more dimension.

& that's all there is to it ... You can use a smaller version of this idea for ATC's or cards .. anything really .. just have fun x

Metal Flower Mini Class

Metal Flower Mini Class

I was inspired by some flowers that Leandra of Paper Artsy had done but I didn't have the different products & tools that she had so I kind of made my own version & this is how I did it :

1. I used punches to cut out the flower shapes, 2 different sizes. (you could use punches of butterflies or similar !)
I punched out flowers in both thin sheet metal (from 10 second studios, available at artist trading post of course lol )& also out of card.

2. Next I glued the metal flowers to the cardboard ones, this meant that I could curl the petals without them being too flexible so that I could use them on a project without them flattening out again or getting crushed.

3.Once they were dry I used my cuttlebug & embossing folders to give them a more textured look.

4. I then alcohol inked them, layered up some of them, curled the petals & added brads ... voila metal flowers ready for your altered art projects, cards or layouts.