TAGplorations October challenge reminder

Hello there lovelies! Time to remind you of the TAGplorations monthly challenge. Remember the theme was FALL and as optional elements you can use colors ORANGE, RED and GOLD. There is still plenty of time to join in on this challenge, so start creating and play along! Here is my reminder tag for additional inspiration:

For this tag I´ve first die cut the red paper with the Tag #1 Nesting Dies (from the STAMPlorations store – see details at the end of this post). Then I´ve take a piece of tissue paper that came as a parcel filling and treated that piece with acrylic paints, a Gelli Plate and Hidden Hearts stencil to create pattern onto the tissue paper. Next I stamped some circles onto the paper and fussy cut them along the edges. They are adhered onto the tag with a matte varnish.

I then added some heavy paint thru a stencil (Forest of Leaves by STAMPlorations) on top of the images, let that dry and decorated with a rhinestone birdie, a goldgen leaf paperclip, a paper flower and a stamped, fussy cut image (stamp by STAMPlorations – see details at the end of this post). I had so much fun creating this tag. It was messy and in the middle of the process (when adding color to the tissue paper) my kids came to my scrap room and the look on their face said more than words ever could. Carefully they asked what on earch I was doing :)… Well, it might have looked kinda crazy to them, but in the end, when the pieces found their places, the tag turned out really to my liking. No matter what my kids might think of me/it ;-)…

So now is your time to get messy (or maybe not!). Remind you of the rules on how to play along (see the blog for details) and start creating! There are nice prizes to be won and lot´s of fun to be had just waiting for you!! Hope to see you join our challenge!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Stenciled, gel press background – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone, here comes my STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial and start-to-finish video. I thought I´d create a scrapbook layout this time for a change. This is the layout I created using various ARTplorations stencils:

Here is how I created the layout:

1. Take a piece of residue paper and a piece of white cardstock, some acrylic paints in your favorite colours and a small Gelli plate and a brayer.

2. Add a few drops (very little paint goes a long way here!) of acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate, spread onto the surface with a brayer. See the video on more details!

3. Press the Gelli plate surface onto the cardstock and press lightly. Remove plate and you have a lovely paint press image on the paper.

4. Change the color and apply the paint like explained in the steps before. Next place a stencil over the acrylic paint area and roll over gently with the brayer. Next remove the stencil and press the image onto the cardstock piece. This time you will see a pattern in the finished image. Repeat and experiment with various colours and stencil patterns.

5. Take a patterned paper and the „X marks the Spot“ stencil and start applying some modeling paste onto the background thru the stencil with a palette knife. Let dry.

6. Cut the Gelli Plate images into triangles in various sizes. Arrange onto the background, take a photo with your mobile phone to make sure you don´t forget the order. Remove the triangles and apply spray ink splatters onto the background. Let dry.

7. Take „Trendy Feathers 2“ clear stamp set and stamp words onto the background with a gray and black stamp ink very randomly. Stamp more words and a sentiment onto white paper and fussy cut the pieces along the edges. Now adhere the triangles back to the patterned paper surface, add more stamping onto the background, if necessary.

8. Apply some modeling paste with the same „X marks the Spot“ stencil over the triangles for a fun detail. Let dry.

9. Embellish with stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers and add a alpha sticker title. Adhere the fussy cut words onto the background with the photos. Add a date stamp and write the journaling for the page.

10. Finally add some black texture splatters here and there for additional detail.

Here is the video for more details and step-by-step. All used products are listed on the video. Hope you enjoy!

I hope you get inspired to try out your own gel press, stenciled images and maybe even a fun scrapbook layout with them! Have fun!

Happy scrapping,

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

ARTplorations stencil – X marks the Spot

ARTplorations stencil – Hidden Hearts

ARTplorations stencil – Broken Glass

ARTplorations stencil – Plaid Maker

STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Trendy Feathers 2

 

Travel layout – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, time for my second March project for Elizabeth Craft Designs! I love to use bits and pieces that I have left over from previous projects in my next artwork. That is exactly what I did when creating the Travel Layout. I used all the leftover pieces from the altered savings bank to create an A4 size layout. This is how I created the layout:

Sanna Lippert1: Take an A4 size piece of white cardstock and use a paint brush to add blue ink onto the background. Let dry. Gather all the leftover pieces from the previous project.

Sanna Lippert2: First, adhere the gelli print leftovers onto the painted blue area. (These pieces are backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet, no glue needed for this step). Next, adhere the leftovers from the book page at the top and bottom. Continue adding leftover numbers and alphas here and there. Color the small alphas with a yellow paint marker. Add strips of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and apply some Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter over the adhesive strips. Polish with your fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. Refer to the project photo for length and placement of tape strips.

Sanna Lippert3: Using permanent black ink, stamp Seeds of Thought Red Rubber Stamp – The Best Things in Life onto a piece of ivory cardstock. Cut apart the stamped sentiment so each word is on its own block.

Sanna Lippert4: Adhere the stamped words onto the background and add the focal photo. Using an office supply store date stamp, add the date onto the background for added interest. Outline some of the die cut numbers with a black pen for more depth. Apply white and black ink splatters for an extra touch. Let dry.

Sanna Lippert5: Finally, use a stapler to add small metallic lines here and there. (Staples are purely decorative.) Add some doodling around the edges of the layout with a black pen. Here are some close-up shots of the finished layout:

Sanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertI hope you get inspired to use all those leftover pieces from your projects for a fun layout or card background!
Happy scrapping,
Sanna

SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
1116 – Stitched Circles
1075 – Alphabet 2 – Lower Case
1076 – Numbers & More 2
1033 – Leafy Branch
1144 – Cupcakes
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape
RS009 – Seeds of Thought Red Rubber Stamp – The Best Things in Life

Other –
Yellow Paint Marker – Liquitex
Glimmer Mist Patina – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Paint brush
Old book sheets
Glimmer Glaze black – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Liquitex ink – Titanium White
Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Acrylic paint – Liquitex
Signo Uni-ball white pen
Black pen – Faber-Castell
Archival black stamp ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Foam alphabet stickers – American Crafts
Date stamp – office supplies store
White & Ivory Cardstock  – American Crafts
Stapler

Altered Savings Bank – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, time to share my first March project for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have recently discovered how much fun it can be creating your own home décor objects. I like to make practical things with a purpose besides looking good, hence, a savings bank made from a box as an altered object. I can use it to hold money I’m saving and it is a pretty accent for a mantel, shelf or table.

Sanna LippertThis is how I went along altering the box:

Sanna Lippert1:  I first took out my Gelli Plate, some stencils and acrylic paints and created random, layered gelli prints. When I do this, I always make several at once to have enough material to choose from and to use on various projects.

Sanna Lippert2: I first adhered the house pieces together and added a layer of tissue paper onto the surface. Next I applied a layer of gesso over the tissue paper and let it air dry.

Sanna LippertSanna Lippert3: I then chose a gelli plate print and used both the Fitted Squares and Fitted Rectangles dies to cut 6 pieces with the smallest square die, one piece with the smallest rectangle die and 2 pieces with the 3×3 inch square die.

Sanna LippertSanna Lippert4: Next, I cut several circles with the smallest Stitched Circles die and colored the walls of the savings bank with blue spray ink. I used a paint brush to spread the color.

Sanna Lippert5: Adhere the window, wall and door pieces as shown.

Sanna Lippert6: Next adhere the roof tiles. start with the bottom row and work up to the top with rows overlapping and offset. Trim excess at the roof line.

Sanna Lippert7: Back a book page with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and die cut branches, numbers, hearts and flowers. See the supply list for the names of the dies that I used. TIP: Save all of the leftovers from the gel print and the book page – you’ll need them for the project I’m posting on March 24!

Sanna Lippert8: I had some alphas left over from  a previous project (For the Love of Squares) so I used those for decorating the house walls. Next outline the windows, doors and walls with black and white pens to add contrast and interest.

Sanna Lippert9: Adhere the pieces die cut from the book page onto the saving bank; outline with a black pen. Color the alphas with a yellow paint marker.

Sanna Lippert10: Add white ink splatters onto all sides and use a small round cap and a credit card to create additional detail with black acrylic paint. When the white ink splatters are dry, add some black and white ink/paint droplets onto the roof for a fun detail. This is the finished project:

Sanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertIn case you would like to create the same kind of savings bank for yourself or as a present to give someone, you could repurpose an empty milk carton or a candy box. And if you don´t happen to have a gelli plate to create such bold colored papers, why not grab a few of Els’s Through the Lens paper designs. For example the Metal and Wood Series would be a perfect match for this project!

Hope you get inspired to create an altered project yourself!
Have fun,
Sanna

SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
1119 – Fitted Squares
1121 – Fitted Rectangles
1116 – Stitched Circles
1115 – Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles
1075 – Alphabet 2 – Lower Case
1076 – Numbers & More 2
1033 – Leafy Branch
1144 – Cupcakes
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Microfine Glitter – Saffron

Other –
Acrylic Gesso – Liquitex Basics
Yellow Paint Marker – Liquitex
Glimmer Mist Patina & Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Paint brush, old credit card
Tissue paper
Old book sheets
Glimmer Glaze black – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Liquitex ink! – Titanium white
Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Acrylic paint – Liquitex
Signo Uni-ball white pen
Black pen – Faber-Castell

Gelli plate cards – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! This is my last project with the May Frog Dog Studio Kit. Remember the gelli prints I created for this canvas? I had only used half of them so I had plenty to create some cards from. If you want to see how I created those backgrounds, go back to this post.

Since the prints were already very bold in colour and pattern, I just glued them down on the card bases and added only a few decorational elements. I also added some crackle paste thru various The Crafter´s Workshop stencils here and there on the cards. Here is what the finished cards look like:

All the additional embellishments are various random pieces from my stash. There are also some resin embellishments on some cards. I created those while I was making my April Frog Dog Studio jewellery projects (see details on this blog post).

I used all kinds of little elements I had at home for creating various molds:


And in the end I had all these forms to play with. On some of the resin embellishments I have used a silver Alumilite metallic powder in combination with the Amazing Clear Cast resin and the Alumilite red or blue dye ink. Other resin pieces I created without the silver powder. I loved creating these molds and my custom resin pieces. Now I have plenty of those ready to be used on some future projects too.

Have fun creating,
xoxo, Sanna

„Dream“ canvas and another simply stencils idea – Frog Dog Studio

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a little step-by-step tutorial on a canvas I created with the Frog Dog Studio May kit.

I started with the vellum paper and used several tones (check out the store for more colours) of Fresco Finish paints with stencils on my Gelli Plate. I kept on adding different paint colors and stencils over each other and also used one of the stamps by Nathalie Kalbach to create as many layers as possible. These are the finished vellum pieces for my canvas.

Then I went along and added some stamp images (N* Studio stamps from the kit) over the prints. I used a dark grey chalk dye ink for this purpose.

I then cut the pieces in half (I am going to use the other half of the gelli prints on another project later) and teared the vellum paper edges for a more grungy look.

I have to confess that I was so into creating at this point, that I forgot to take another picture of what I did next. But it is pretty simple, so I am sure you will get the idea even though I don´t have a photo. I now cut these pieces in half again and rolled them into tiny vellum rolls (I used a regular glue here). Next I took a piece of thin wire and wrapped some of it around each roll for additional detail. Then I left them to dry.

Next I decorated the canvas and I first covered it with white gesso, let that layer dry properly and then applied a layer of crackle paste thu a stencil onto the canvas. Then I just let that layer dry a while too.

Next I applied Fresco Finish paints over the crackle paste. I used „Beach Hut“, „Mermaid“ and „Guacamole“ tones. I used a regular paint brush for applying the paint and when the canvas was all covered I sprayed some water over the surface and then let it dry again.

After the paint was all dry I grabbed some Lindy´s Stamp Gang color sprays and sprayed teal and green tones over the layer of paint. I let the mists drop/run freely across the canvas as I really like this effect. After this layer was dry, I grabbed some golden iZink and white Liquitex Ink and did the same with those. I love the droplet look and white and gold adds a really nice contrast to the background.

Next I just stamped some black patterns – using on of the N* Studio stamps (from the kit) – onto the background around the area where my vellum rolls would later be. There are also some black ink splatters here and there. I made those with Glimmer Glaze. Then I just glued the vellum rolls down onto the canvas and added the decoration. This is how the finished canvas looks like:

and here are some close-up photos for you:

I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step. The stencils I used for the Gelli Plate prints are by The Crafter´s Workshop, just in case you were wondering. The embellishments are all from previous Frog Dog Studio kits.

Have fun with your kit!!!
xoxo, Sanna