Saturday, May 27, 2017

AIRs " Fly" Tag Using Imagine Crafts Products


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





Instructions:

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.




Supply List
Imagine Products:
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
Craft Mat

Other supplies:
Manila Shipping Tag
Stamps – Mela by Stampotique, word “Fly” by Stampotique; Joy Clair Hugs & Smiles
Washi Tape – Jane Davenport
Prima – Silver foil and Glue stick; water pen
White ribbon
Sizzix – Butterfly die
Card stock
Heat tool
Big Kick Die Cutting Machine
Paper towels

Check out the Imagine Crafts blog today for this and other design team creations!
Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a Blog Hop showcasing Joy Clair Stamps!

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.




Instructions:
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.
  
Supply List:
Imagine Supplies
Delicata Black Shimmer ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Fireworks! Craft Spray - Lilac Posies, Paris Dusk
On Point Glue
Craft Mat
Other Supplies
3” square canvas from Michael’s
Stencil by Stencil Girl
Washi Tape – Jane Davenport
Stamps – Joy Clair’s Hugs and Smiles words
Self-adhesive magnet from Michael’s
Prima paper flowers
Heat tool
Spray water bottle
Paper towels

BLOG HOP LIST

DAY TWO - MAY 18









Renee Zarate (you are here)


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.
Hugs ~ Renee










Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Imagine Crafts and Joy Clair Stamps are having a blog hop, please come join us for Day 1



 A card I created using the sheet of Joy Clair stamps called "Coffee Love"


 Clear Stamps - Coffee Lovers Clear Stamps - Joy Clair






The AIRs design team along with Joy Clair stamps is having a blog hop today and tomorrow.  Just click on each of the artists links to see what they've created with the awesome stamps made by Joy Clair.  Here is the list along with the links.  I'll be sharing my project here tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by 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.

DAY ONE - MAY 17












Don't forget to visit each one and leave a comment to be entered to win some terrific prizes!
Tomorrow we will have more eye candy for your enjoyment, see you then.

Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A simple blending technique - an AIRs project








Today I'm sharing a simple blending technique using Imagine Crafts Fireworks! Craft spray.  The beauty of this craft spray is the intensity of the color and the sparkle imparted by the addition of  Mica to the spray, it gives the surface a lovely glimmer.  I'll also share a way to use your inks to make a glowing skin tone, giving the panel almost a water color effect.  Joy Clair was kind enough to send me some stamps, which I adore, this is the sheet of Coffee stamps.  It's called "Coffee Love", click on this link to see some of the other stamps offered on their site. 





Step 1: Cut a piece of water color paper measuring 3 ¾” by 6”. The cardstock mats could be cut at the same time; these are the measurements used for this card: black card stock 4” by 6 ¼”, DCWV dark purple paper cut to 4 ½” by 6 ¾”, DCWV marbled paper 7 3/8” by 4 7/8”. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.




Step 2: Spray water on the paper, and then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks! Craft spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist Fireworks! Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue.  At any point additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.



Step 3: To achieve this skin tone, apply a small amount of VersaMagic ink onto an acrylic block. This skin tone was a mixture of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon.  A small amount of Delicata White Shimmer was added to the mix with a few drops of water. It is easier to blend this with a water pen, lift off the desired amount with the pen and apply it to the face. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks.


Step 4: Use a heat tool to set the inks and dry them thoroughly.  Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Dry. Clean up any parts that need extra attention such as the features with a Micron pen if necessary.



Step 5: Mat the panel and glue to the blank card. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest.


Pop on over to the Imagine site for a list of the supplies used for this project.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An art journal page using Jane Davenport's face stamp

Can't draw faces the way you'd like?  As you know I love face stencils but have you seen Jane Davenport's large face stamp?  It's addictive and actually very versatile.  I used it in my art journal, the large Dyan Reaveley one, because the pages in that journal can withstand a lot of water.  The face is stamped with StazOn ink and then colored in with watercolor pens.  The words written on the page are the lyrics from the song "Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful".  There is generally music blasting in my studio while I work and this song inspired the pages.  If you have difficulty writing something in an art journal lyrics are always an option.


I have a color challenge to work on right now so there are magenta colored projects all around me.  Her hair and lips were trials of pigment inks blended together searching for just the right shade.  Black Gelatos provided the shading around the face.  I hope you like her.  That stamp can be found at Michael's along with Jane's other magical products.

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits!  Hugs ~ Renee

submitted to Craft Stamper Magazine/Take it Make it ~ April theme "Anything Goes"
Stamps featured:  Jane Davenport's large face stamp
swirls in hair:  Joy Clair "Hugs and Smiles"

Monday, April 17, 2017

A chunky ATC featuring Mermaids!

With an AIRs theme challenge like "bigger is better" I had to really put on my thinking cap.  Who doesn't love ATCs?  I thought a "bigger/better" ATC would be a Chunky ATC.  In order to create this type of Artist Trading Card I used a block of wood that measures 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and is 1 1/2" wide.  When it's decorated and has tiny feet on it, it becomes the perfect little shelf decoration or paper weight.  Most of you know by now what a major art crush I have on Jane Davenport's supplies; this project demonstrates a fun use for her washi tape featuring, what else, mermaids!




Description:

ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by    3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better, turning them into a free standing CHUNKY ATC. It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose; many times the subject matter is determined by a new set of stamps or paper. When you’re happy with the ATC mount it on a wooden block, add ephemera and four delicate feet. Now you can look at your favorite one on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Skill: All levels
Time: 2 hours or more, it depends on the artist


Instructions:

Step 1: Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” by 3 ½” by 1 ½”.


Step 2: Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items, remove, they will be glued on later.  Paint the wooden block any color desired; when dry apply a thin coat of white gesso, dry.

Step 3: Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, Washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand.  Make the ATCs on gessoed water color paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”.  When the stamped images are dry, adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape.  Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber.




Step 4: Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments.  Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads.  Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter.  Tie twine and baker’s twine to the handle/knob on the top.









Supply List
Imagine Supplies
StazOn ink –St. Valentine, Jet Black and Midnight Blue
Memento Luxe – Bahama Blue, Nautical Blue
On Point Glue
Jumbo Dauber
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail ALL by Graphic 45
Prima - Foil, Glitter, Micro beads, Foil Glue Stick, Metal Ephemera
Idea-ology - handle
Michael’s - Baker’s twine, brown twine, sequins, white gesso, watercolor paper
Paper Trimmer
Strong adhesive
Jane Davenport Mermaid Washi Tape
G45 “Voyage beneath the Sea” Collection paper
Wooden block measuring 3 ½” by 2 ½”by 1 ½”
Dark blue acrylic paint by Americana
Paint brush

If you pop on over to the Imagine Blog you can find other great examples of projects by many different and unique artists.  We can all use a little inspiration from others, it keeps our work fresh when we discover new ways to use products that are languishing on the shelves of our studio spaces.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee





Friday, April 14, 2017

Count your Blessings

This is an all occasion card created for the Imagine Crafts Design Team Challenge showcasing the color Lapis.  What a gorgeous color of blue that is.  We don't have an ink by that name at Tsukineko but by combining several shades of blue I managed to get the color I was looking for.


Description:
 Lapis blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots.  It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.
Skill:  All levels
Time: 30 minutes or less

Instructions:

Step 1: Spray Fireworks! Craft Spray in several colors of blue and Lilac Posies on a scrap piece of watercolor paper.  Dry.

Step 2: Cut a square panel from sprayed paper to measure 3 ¾” by 3 ¾”.  Cut a piece of black card stock to measure 4” by 4”, this will be the mat for later. On the sprayed panel stamp circular stamp with text nine times in StazOn Paris Dusk ink. Stamp words a few times on the panel with StazOn Jet Black ink and dry. Apply glue stick randomly onto panel, adhere Prima silver foil in between the circles. Place glue dots around each circle, 16 in all, lay foil on top of dots and lift to have silver raised dots on panel. Mat panel onto the piece of black card stock.



Step 3: Cut Lapis blue colored panel to measure 4 ¾” by 6 3/4”, stamp word at the bottom with VersaMark ink, sprinkle on Silver Embossing Powder and melt with heat tool. Stamp design on panel using StazOn Midnight Blue ink, dry. Apply VersaMark ink on edges of panel, dip into Silver Embossing Powder, and melt with heat gun.


Step 4: Glue large panel to blank card, adhere pop glue dots to the back of the matted panel.  Attach the panel to the top portion of the card; it will be raised by the glue dots to add interest.





Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Fireworks! – Bahama Blue, Blue Danube, Summer Sky, Lilac Posies
VersaMark Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
StazOn – Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Paris Dusk
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – texted circles -Dyan Reaveley, phrase- Hero Arts, All the Gals (words) – Dina Wakley, Background swirl – Invoke Arts
DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
Blank card
Watercolor paper
Black card stock
Paper trimmer
Adhesive
Pop dots
Prima Silver Foil
Prima glue stick

Swing by the Imagine Crafts blog if you get a chance and check out the wonderful, varied projects from the Artists in Residence.  I not only find inspiration from all these seasoned artists but also learn new ways to use products.  Thanks so much for stopping by, know that I always appreciate your visits and love to read your comments.  Hugs ~ Renee