Renee Zarate's Bolton House is still in New England but Renee herself has moved on to South Carolina. The days are a little different now, no garden to take care of means more studio time. Dealing with snow and blizzards will be a thing of the past but there will be new challenges. Challenges like...how will we ever carry these two chairs and this huge umbrella down to the beach? Stay tuned.
At the Imagine Crafts site one of the AIRs design team challenges for June was to create a project
using something other than cardstock to stamp on. I’m just getting my herb
garden going to I thought I’d create small name tags made out of plastic stakes (Dollar Store again) to
identify my herbs. StazOn ink is my go to ink when I want something that won’t
disappear with the blazing sun and torrential rains of South Carolina where I
currently live. Guests are always curious about all the herbs I grow and use, this way
they can read the names, pluck a little off and enjoy the herbal scents while they await dinner.
Time: 10 minutes per tag ( not including drying time)
Step one: Prepare the plastic surface by wiping each tag
lightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.
Use a mini alphabet stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink to
stamp the name of the herb, allow to dry.
Using a different color of StazOn ink, begin stamping
designs and patterns onto the plastic randomly. Allow drying time.
Using a large dauber, apply different colors of StazOn ink;
apply Clear Embossing Powder and carefully heat set the colors. This is plastic
so take care not to get the heat tool too close or hold it on one spot too long
or the stake will melt.
Apply a clear sealant to the stake with a product that will
withstand the elements outdoors, allowing the drying time stated in the
instructions. Insert it into the ground near the plant.
If you would like the supply list please visit the Imagine Craft Blog. I hope you're taking time to get out and enjoy the beginnings of summer. Thanks for stopping by ~ Hugs ~ Renee
Like most crafters I have a stash of cards that can be used
at a moment’s notice. When I make master boards I generally make a few cards or
ATCs with whatever remains after I complete the main project and into my
emergency reserve they go. Our color
challenge for the AIRs design team at Imagine Crafts this month was “Tangerine”, a cheerful color of summer, so I decided
to make a master board combining all the different shades of orange that I have on
hand. Objects in nature are never a single flat color but generally an eye
pleasing combination of multiple shades of one color, including tangerines.
This card has a nice masculine feel to it but can also has a feminine side to
it with the addition of some paper flowers in the upper corner.
Skill: All levels
Time: 1 hour
Step one: Create a
monochromatic master board using different shades of orange. Spray water on a piece of Mixed Media paper,
this one measures 11” by 14”. Lay a
stencil or a piece of laser cut paper on top of the wet paper and with a large
dauber begin pouncing different colors of orange inks through the design. Keep blending the colors through the stencil,
spraying more water during the process if necessary. The wet paper can be
blotted off onto another piece of Mixed Media paper which almost has the same
effect as a Gelli Plate design. The stencil can also be wiped off with a baby
wipe onto the paper so that none of the ink goes to waste; this creates
additional self-designed papers to be used later. Dry the paper with a heat
Step two: Cut a piece of the master board measuring 2 ½” by
3 ½” (standard ATC size). Decorate with a bird die cut that also came from the
master board paper, Washi tape and stamp a sentiment, heat emboss with clear
Step three: Mat panel on black, gray and orange cardstock.
Step four: Mat the entire panel onto black cardstock and
then mount onto patterned paper.
Step five: Glue the finished panel onto a blank white card.
Color a few paper flowers with ink, spritzing water on them then blotting with
a paper towel until the desired color is achieved. When the flowers are dry
attach them to the upper corner of the card with a strong adhesive.
Here is the list of supplies that I used:
Radiant Neon-Electric Orange
Memento Marker-Teal Zeal for eye
Clear Embossing Powder
Stamps-Sizzix Bird Talk
Die-Sizzix Alterations “Bird
Talk”, Big Kick machine
Washi Tape-Idea-ology Sketchbook
11” by 14” Strathmore 140 lb.
Mixed Media paper
Cardstock-black, gray, orange,
laser cut paper
White blank card measuring 6 ½”
Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits. Why not leave a comment so I know you were here? Have a great day, hugs ~ Renee
Summer is right around the corner and a wonderful time to be creative. This mixed media calendar can be placed on a bulletin board or if you like to art journal it can be a project created right inside your journal as a two page spread. This project incorporates all kinds of techniques and textures then there’s the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. If you do one for each month of the year and then bind them together it makes a wonderful, reflective diary to look back on later. You can find a supply list on the Imagine Craft Blog today.
Skill: Intermediate to Advanced
Time: 2-3 hours
Step one: Prepare the background paper. The substrate for this particular calendar is
an 11” by 14” piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to
blot off ink from a stencil used in a previous project. The technique is
similar to using a Gelli Plate, allowing previous projects to blot off the ink
rather than wasting it. At the top of
the paper apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink onto the paper, spray with Bahama
Blue Fireworks! Craft Spray, spray water on top of that and allow the colors to
blend together. Apply additional sprays
of water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color
and dry the excess. Next apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the
paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric
Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz
with water, allow the inks to mingle together, blot slightly with a paper
towel, dry completely with a heat tool. For the last layer of color apply
Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center part of the page, spray with water and
allow the color to blend and run. Dry.
Step two: Use removable alphabet and number stencils for the
date and season. Place the words and numbers where desired, use gesso or a
texture paste to get the most out of the stenciled words. For this project the
Graphite texture paste is reminiscent of a paved road. Very carefully lift the
stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste.
Allow the texture paste to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.
Step three: Die cut the butterflies from coordinating
patterned paper, set aside. Stamp the Julie Nutting dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them
in with Memento Markers, and cut them out.
Step four: Make the woven mat for the calendar days by
cutting 5 strips of paper, in this case a piece of a master board from another
project, to measure 1” by 7 ¼”. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7
strips of the same paper to measure 1” by 5 ¾”, these strips will be woven
down. It helps to cut a piece of scrap paper and use a tape runner to stick the
tops of the strips down. It not only makes for a more solid piece for the
actual calendar but keeps the strips of paper from shifting while being woven
together. Adhesive tape can be applied on the backside along the way while
weaving to hold the pieces down flat. When finished weaving determine the days
of the week and the number of days in the month so the calendar is accurate for
Step 5: Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven
calendar. Add some Washi tape here and there;
glue the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies
to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Glue the stamped dolls down on either side of
the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed
media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Stamp the days of the week, if desired, at
the top of the calendar.
Here's one of a series of cards I'm making just using up scraps. Bust your stash! (my personal mantra for the year)
I used left over pieces of master boards and added some stamping with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink. I'm determined this year to use up as much of my stash as I can. This includes papers I've been saving for years and ephemera such as the large flower from Prima.
Then I used extra pieces of washi tape, flowers, sequins, pearls, string and a tiny book that had been set aside long ago to make a mini book with pockets to hide things like old theater tickets. I thought my great niece would enjoy playing with this. Oh, to be twelve again! If I can't be that young again at least I can provide the types of things I loved at that age. Here are a couple of photos of the back and inside of the book.
I used StazOn Blue Hawaii ink and Jane Davenport mermaid washi tape. G45 stamps with a mermaid theme seemed appropriate. That precious rhinestone crown is from Prima, it's in Frank Garcia's collection of Memory Hardware.
So, that's what I've been up to today. Have a great week, try to create something out of nothing like scraps, bits and bobs from your stash of craft supplies.
This is a new challenge that some of us at Imagine Crafts are participating in this month. You may have already seen the CSI site, it stands for Color, stories and inspiration.
Now that I have another new grandson I'm trying to get back into the scrapbooking swing of things, maybe you are too. It is a fun hobby to do during the summer months. Designing a scrapbook page based on prescribed colors and rules is a unique challenge! Here is the link to the site showing what the rules are for the month of June. There are clues listed as to the color, stories and inspiration being used this month.
My layout is all about Zentangle and how it makes me and my students feel like a "Super Artist" after completing a 15 minute tile. I have matted two of my favorite Zentangle tiles to make my layout.
For my "Evidence" I have used solid white cardstock for the background. Puffy stickers in the shape of hearts, numbers and exclamation points. I also added some twine and included stripes.
For my "Testimony" I used inspirational words like "Super, Wow and Awesome".
The "Colors" used for June Major Case File No. 231 are: Royal Blue, Turquoise, Bright Buttery Yellow, White and Primary Red.
Now is your chance to become a CSI detective. Check out the site and create something new. This challenge is taking place the entire month of June.
Hugs ~ Renee
P.S. I'll share this page with my students next month when I teach a Zentangle 101 class at the local library. I will post the time and date of that event here on my blog around July 1st, the cost per student is only $5.00 to cover the cost of the supplies, which the student gets to keep. Each student will complete 3 tiles in a two hour time period. Let me know if you're in the Myrtle Beach, SC area on July 20th and would like additional information to sign up.
Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art.
They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an
art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only
texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking off areas when
stamping, mixing inks, using foils, coloring ribbon with inks, just to name a
few. A mixed media tag is a great excuse to break into all those stockpiled,
precious products since a tag requires only a small amount of each product.
Skill: All Levels
Time: one hour or less
Step one: Mask off the head portion of the image to be used, Washi tape can be used for this, ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black permanent ink and stamp image onto the shipping tag.
Step two: Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk ink then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud ink. Dry with a heat tool. Fill a water pen with Fireworks! New Sprout and color dress with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink; this can be embossed with Clear Embossing powder melted with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker pen in Rose Bud color; silver foil can be randomly added onto portions of the tag.
Step three: Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks! Craft spray. One ribbon will be sprayed with Lilac Posies and the other with New Sprout, additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry the ends can be trimmed, they will be richly wrinkled. Tear faces off of the Washi tape and place on tag. Lay lines of Washi tape on a scrap piece of card stock, die cut into a butterfly shape, adhere some silver foil to the butterflies.
Step four: Ink edges of tag, tie the dried colored ribbons on the top, and staple the butterflies into place.
StazOn ink – Jet Black
Delicata – Black Shimmer
Memento Dew Drop ink – Rose Bud, Paris Dusk
Fireworks! Craft Spray – Lilac Posies, New Sprout
Memento Marker – Rose Bud
Embossing Powder – Clear
Manila Shipping Tag
Stamps – Mela by Stampotique, word “Fly” by Stampotique; Joy Clair Hugs & Smiles
Welcome to Day Two of our Imagine Crafts/Joy Clair stamps blog hop! Today I'm sharing my magnet project created with Joy Clair "Hugs and Smiles" collection of stamps and Imagine Crafts products. I have included the instructions and the supply list used to make these simple, miniature works of art. They measure 3" square each so they don't take up a lot of real estate space on your fridge.
Be sure and check out each artist on the hop and leave a comment to be included in the draw for prizes.
Step 1: Spray paper flowers that
will be added later with Fireworks! craft spray, the ones here were sprayed
first with Lilac Posies then a small amount of Paris Dusk was applied with the
tube attached to the spray nozzle. The
colors can be adjusted by adding more water and blotting with a paper towel.
Allow the flowers to thoroughly dry. Next mist a small 3” square canvas (or
several small canvases if the color is to be the same) using Lilac Posies
Fireworks! craft spray, then spray with water and allow the color to move
around the canvas. Place a stencil on the wet canvas, take a paper towel and
blot off a small amount of the ink to add interest to the background. Dry with
a heat tool.
Step 2: Place a strip of Washi
tape across the bottom of the canvas. Stamp a word with black ink, emboss with
clear powder, and melt with a heat tool.
Step 3: Glue the flower and
leaves onto the upper corner of the canvas.
Attach a self-adhesive magnet to the back of the canvas.
Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.