Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Upcycled packaging. For DecoArt

For the tutorial, click on the link to the DecoArt Media Blog HERE...

Today I have a tutorial, on the DecoArt Media Blog, showing how I altered some packaging. Nearly all my "Calico Craft Parts" come in this type of cardboard envelope and I have been keeping them because I was sure I could do something with them.
so here is what I have made.

The tutorial for the outside is over on the DecoArt Media blog so I will show you the inside here.

I used a lot of Tim Holtz papers and extras; like the clip board clip and the ring binder attachment. and I have added images from his ideaology range as I dont like to show too many images of friends and family on the internet without their permission. but the big main image is my mum and dads wedding :) 
and the small boy on the left is my dad.
The corner embellishments, the keyhole escutcheon and the lovely wooden words are all by Calico Craft Parts.
I turned one of the flaps into a pocket. I may just use it as an organiser or something for keeping tags and cards I have received from crafting friends. 
I feel quite pleased that I have actually recycled something I would usually throw away.
Z x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Birds and Bees mixed media "journal page thing".

I was out and about today sharing some techniques and ideas using the DecoArt media line. Just a small class (due to space) but lots of fun.

We actually paid attention to an altered item project first, with crackle and texture and antiquing cream etc. But then, as none of us have really done journalling, we set ourselves a challenge of doing a journal page using DecoArt media products, some stamps and pens. This is my page...

Supplies used.

Decoart media fluid acrylics
Decoart texture paste
Decoart misters
Tim Holtz stamps
Sharpie markers
Bee stamp (maker unknown)
tissue paper (to stamp quote and bird onto)

Sunday, 20 September 2015

American Gothic does Halloween. using Calico Craft Parts and DecoArt

It's been quite a spooky week on the Calico Craft Parts blog. And who am I to break the flow... (besides, Halloween/autumn and Christmas are my favourite crafting themes of all)...
I altered this little shrine (they come with a choice of having a shelf too).
I used the lost coast rubber stamp based on the painting "American Gothic" as the background. coloured with watercolour pens and pencils and sealed before adding a coat of DecoArt crackle glaze. the cracks have been highlighted with Decoart media fluid paint. a nice bright Pyrrole Orange.
I covered the sides, top and bottom with some left over scraps of Halloween paper from last year. and gave them a crackle glaze finish.

I painted the front panel with black acrylic, let it dry and added more DecoArt Crackle glaze. I highlighted the crackle on this more than once to get a it of variation in colour. firstly i used the orange. when that had all dried I used DecoArt white antiquing cream. it really shows the fantastic crackle up well.
A bit more painting and gluing the embellishments and then I assembled it all. (the little orange apples (dots) are left ov er parts from the shrine feet. I didn't use them all)
Calico Craft Parts used:

Shrine Kit
Gravestone with pumpkin

Monday, 7 September 2015

Last of the summer leaves. Book box (Inside): for Calico Craft Parts

Better late than never they say...
I am indeed late with this. but here it is at last; the inside of the "last of the summer leaves" book box.
(I saw my first autumn leaves yesterday so its really happening).
Here is a wee reminder of the outside of the book box...

I sprayed the inside of the box with some DecoArt misters and painted some flora and fauna parts. I particularly love the thistles (but i suppose thats because I am Scottish). I added the birds as I have also seen a few bullfinches eating the seeds from the thistles in the field behind my house recently.

The components inside have been put in in layers so that it is 3D but its very hard to show depth from a 2D image. I have tried by taking this photo at an odd angle (not very flattering lol)
 As usual, I did break some of the craft parts up so I could reconfigure them in a way that i wanted. they don't need to be exactly as they arrive. i snapped off pieces and rearranged them. i also broke off the branch the hummingbirds were feeding from so I could make it look like they were feeding from the thistles.

Calico Craft Parts used:

Thistle flower branch style 2 (medium and large)
Humming bird duo.
Wild grass wood shape
Fancy flower flourish
Flowering vine (border wood shape)

and of course the... Book box kit (medium)

Steampunk inspired "Raven Canvas"; For Katzelkraft

Hello again everyone.
I am sharing a small mixed media canvas with you today.  I stamped out various images using black archival ink on to white tissue paper. I didn’t cut them out. I tore them. Torn edges blend in better than straight cut lines. 
I decoupaged them on to my little canvas using  Decoart decoupage medium. This also acted a sealer and a base to add my Decoart crackle glaze. 
Once my crackle glaze had dried and cracked, I added some Decoart Media fluid paints to make the cracks stand out. Simply add each colour one at a time, wait a few seconds then wipe it back off with a damp cloth. the paint will come off the image but remain in the cracks.
After that I simply glued embellishments on, wrapped rusty wire around it and hammered some rusty nails in to act as feet/legs for the canvas. 

Katzelkraft Stamps Used:

SOLO-58-Corbeau-roulette       Solo13--engrenage
KTZ121-Balloon       KTZ113-Steampunk-elements