Here comes another long post rather heavy on photos AND has a video embedded ... time for that coffee again, feet up and be prepared to stop for ten minutes!!! Video's a little shy of nine minutes long!
|It's summer school time again|
Take one pillow case, some stamps and some alcohol markers
|And get cracking with some freehand doodling|
|Blur the lines a bit with some blending solution|
|Add some stamping|
|And then make your book cover using two pieces of your designer fabric|
- Pillow case - split open at the seams
- Alcohol markers
- Blending solution
- Stamps by: Hero Arts, Close to my heart and Creative Expressions
- Sewing machine
- Crop-a-dile and 3/8" eyelets
- Elastic cord
- And a little bravado .... it's a big step changing a white pillow case in to a book cover!
- Not Just Cards - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING GOES
- The Cheerful Stamp Pad - challenge No. 117 - ANYTHING GOES
- Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 274 - ANYTHING GOES
I can't really take the credit for the entire idea as this project was Clare's idea, as an aside for a project she was working on .....
I was recently surprised to see a make of mine given the honour of "Honourable Addict" over at Addicted to Stamps and More .... and, I should say, more than a little delighted. My make? Well, strangely enough (given the project shared in today's post) it was another piece resulting from my "Summer School" projects, devised by the lovely Clare, so I owe her thanks for this too! I'm proud to display the honourable addict badge and share the fabric card which won it for me ....
Anyhoo, I was still faffing about with ink and stuff so I have another project to share . . I had seen a mention of the "Joseph's coat technique" on Barbara Daines blog and a couple of fine examples so decided a visit to youtube was in order - here's what I made, I think you will agree it turned out a little differently to Barbara's examples ..... but I'm happy!
|My finished tag|
And here are the WIP pix
|My sponged tag|
|Here it is again, this time stamped and |
heat embossed with clear embossing powder
- White luggage tag - 60 x 120mm
- Distress Inks: twisted citron, picked raspberry, ripe persimmon - applied using sponges and allowed to dry
- Talc puffed over and the excess brushed off
- WOW! Brocade stamp inked up with Versamark ink and stamped firmly
- Funstamps clear embossing powder liberally sprinkled and the excess tapped back in to the pot before heat setting
- After allowing the embossing powder to cool I brayered Distress Ink in dusty concorde over the top
- Paper towel - to polish, and remove ink from the embossed areas
I'll be entering this tag for the following challenges:
- Crafty Cardmakers - challenge No. 145 - WARM SUMMER COLOURS (projects other than cards are good too)
- Sweet Stamps - challenge No. 234 - ANYTHING GOES
- Crafting from the heart - challenge No.72 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
An interesting technique and one I may use again, however, I made a few "not quite mistakes" with this tag but things I might have changed with hindsight, that said I DO like the finished tag, it just turned out a little differently to how it perhaps should have!. Want to avoid the same pitfalls with this technique? Then I'll share what I would do differently NEXT time ....
- I would perhaps choose a different image, solid is good but not solid where the embossing is!! Perhaps a silhouette image stamped a couple of times would be better .. this technique needs more contrast from the darker colour to work best.
- I would certainly use a newer embossing pad ..... you can actually see my embossing powder almost looks "beaded" and I suspect my pad was hardly wet enough ... it's pretty old!
- Once ready to apply the darker over coat ..... I used Distress Ink when I should perhaps have just used regular dye ink and also ... maybe black would be better!
- I used a really manky old brayer which had started to perish so was cracked - this applied the darker colour unevenly too
These are all things which conspired to make this tag a less than the finest example of the "Joseph's colour technique" whilst still being a cool project!. What is it they say ... there are no mistakes in art - how true!
I was out with a pal on Monday, collecting some chairs she'd had repaired. On the way back home we found somewhere interesting to stop for a refreshment break - the Acorn Cafe ...... look what we had!
|Chocolate cake and chocolate brownie!!! Mmmmmm, served hot and sticky|
And a look around the garden centre/market it was attached to, thus proving that one man's junk is another's treasure
And yesterday I was at the mall meeting another pal for a catch up and an early dinner and even found a bargain in HOBBYCRAFT!!!! so, all in all, a good week so far and it's only half over!
Have a great hump day Wednesday/WOYWDW! - you can see I'm as tidy as ever! Most of the things out on the desk actually have no place to be PUT away! .... I NEED a craft room!