Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gesso birthday card

I bought a bunch of back-order issues of my favourite mag Craft Stamper, and in the November 2012 issue there was a tutorial about making cards with gesso bakgrunds.

So first you start with 2 cardstock rectangles of the same size, and cover them both with a 1-2 mm thick layer of gesso. Then you put them together (gesso sides together) and press firmly. Gently and slowly pull them a part, leaving a nice pattern. Let dry overnight.

After that you can either leave them white with silver paint on the raised details, or paint them with some kind of water colors. I used 5 different blue and green Distress Markers, scribbled with them (leaving much white), and painting over with a wet paintbrush. Finally I removed the excess water with a napkin.

I decorated with a Tim Holtz stamp, using black StazOn to make it stick. I also had a goldfish stamp that suited well. The greeting is from Skipping Stones design, and is stamped with Moonlight white Brilliance ink on a black ribbon. You can also decorate the border stampings with Stickles, but I skipped this step.

I then mounted it on black paper, and put it on a card made from a midnight black/blue paper.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter crafts

I have a white candle that I wanted to stamp on, so I thought I'll follow this tutorial:

I started by stamping Easter Anya on a vellum sheet, and then the hearts from Glimmer Bean on the side (img).

Then I painted it, and cut it out.

However, the transfer didn't work, it just melted the candle. So I thought I'd do it the regular way with a napkin. I stamped Anya again, and then the flowers from Sitting lovely to sitt on the bottom of the candle. I then painted it with Pro Markers just like I painted the first one.

And I used a baking sheet and a heating gun to attach it to the candle (only using the outer layer of the napkin). But for me it still melted the candle more than neccesary, so for you that doesn't own one, just use the back of a spoon heated on the stove and hold it to the candle. More time consuming, but at least that result gets better...

I also wanted to decorate an Easter egg that you fill with candy. It was craft brown, so I used gesso to get it white. Then I stamped the same flowers round the border with black StazOn, and a bird from the Sunshine kit on the top.

It was hard to get the imprint of the flowers nice, but that will sort it self out when I paint it.

I started with painting the top and bottom with blue and green acrylic paint, and let it dry. Then I painted the petals with a red Posca pen, and put a white dot in the middle of them. The bird was painted with a yellow Posca, and a black dot for the eye.

Well, so what to do with the vellum Anya?! I made a brick wall by using Modeling paste on a brick templete, let it dry, and then used Distress ink Fired brick on it.

Since the vellum is transparent, adding it to the front makes her look like a ghost... So I made an aperture, and lined it with black Stickles. Finally I wrote a greeting on a dark gray scrap and put it at the bottom of the card.