ATC and Art Journal page in same style

Hello lovelies, I have a a fun project to share with you today;  I´ve created a matching art journal page and a set of artist trading coins. I´ve never done this before and while I was creating the art journal page, I figured I could use the same design to create artist trading coins too. And it was actually lots of fun!!

Here is what I did:
1. I applied the purple and green spray inks onto the background with a paint brush. I applied first just a very light layer of paint, then I went over some areas and applied a more saturated paint area here and there and let those areas air dry. That created the watercolor look onto the page.
2. Next I wripped some tissue paper and adhered it onto the page with Mod Podge. I then treated the tissue paper areas again with the spray ink tones to give them the same color as on the background.
3. After that I took some Architextures rub-ons and applied them onto the dry page (you need to wait until the page is totally dry to add the rub-ons!).
4. Next I took some stamps out (by Rubber Dance) and stamped random images here and there with black stamp ink.
5. After that I took the Leaves 2 stencil and some Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse and applied the mousse thru the stencil onto the background to create some texture.
6. For finishing touches I fussy cut some Architextures rub-on packaging (they have great sentiments printed on their packaging!!) sentiments and adhered them and some glass beads with Tonic Studios Craft Glue onto the page. It is a really good quality glue as it also adhered the glass beads really well in place! For my artist trading coins I did the exact same steps, but started off with a piece of thick white cardstock which I die cut with the Tonic Studios circle dies.   I really, really like the color combination here!!! It brings up all the spring feelz :). 

A personal note/update: I am sad to say that my design team & brandwagon/social media team member gig with Canvas Corp Brands ended very suddenly last week as the company was sold and the new owner has decided not to continue with the design team functions. So it´s a sudden and sad goodbye. It has been a great four (4!!!) years with Christine (previous owner) and the CCB team and I have really enjoyed my time and working with and for Canvas Corp Brands. I´ve had the possibility to grow and add to my crafty knowledge by not only being part of the design team but also working with in the brandwagon team and managing challenges, blog posts and one of their social media sites! Thank you so much for this amazing time.

I hope to have inspired you with my projects a little today!!!
Wishing you a great, crafty day!!!
Sanna

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Girly colored tiny mixed media canvas – Tattered Angels

Hi there everyone! Today I´m sharing a really girly colored, fun and different kind of mixed media canvas over at Canvas Crop Brands blog. Well, different to what I usually make, that is. This one is full of pink and yellow tones!!! Are you ready?

This tiny piece is full of PINK and ribbon and hearts and glitter and just everything I am usually not using :). And you know what, I loved creating it :). The butterfly metal piece in the middle was already pre-treated with Glimmer Mists, when I started with this canvas. That again is one of those pieces I used for filming the Tattared Angels Glimmer Mist video series last year. See those videos here.

I´ve again recorded a process video on how I did the canvas, so hop over to my YouTube channel to see it (go here!). Also if you are interesting on seeing more photos and reading more details, hop over to the Canvas Corp Brands blog (here) to take a look! Hope you like it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Remember When – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies! I love up-cycling old items and as I recently got some old kitchen items gifted to me by a family friend, I immediately knew I wanted to alter them to various types of home and/or wall art items. So let´s start with the first object – a kind of grating aid, I suppose. It is build out of wood, so it must be quite old and has metal pins sticking out  of the middle to maybe hold a piece of vegetable still when grating. Hard to tell, as I haven´t seen such a piece in action, but that is what I supposed it to be. And here is what I ended up creating out of it:

I first painted the base with Tattered Angels Color Wash paints in Latte and Old Bronze tones. After the paint was dry, I started adding details to the piece.

I added some embossing ink stripes here and there on the very top and bottom of the wooden piece and applied some turquoise ultra thick embossing powder to the areas. Then I wiped the embossing ink around the edges of the piece and added golden embossing powder to the areas. After that I took out some stencils and added Nuvo Mousse thru the stencils to create a leafy pattern.

Next I started building layers. I weaved a hemp cord across the metal pin area and then added some glass beads onto the top and bottom areas to keep the cord on place. Next I took some Paper Whimsy wooden alterable elements and painted those with white paint and golden Nuvo Mousse. The bigger piece also got some 7gypsies rubons added onto the surface. The white pieces have a very thin layer of glitter glue on top of the paint for additional shine.

Creating this type of pieces is very intuitional for me. I go with what feels good for me at the moment, just picking a color combination I want to use and then I just let the piece guide me. I wanted to add wings to the piece, so I embossed Paper Whimsy wings with thick turquoise embossing powder and also added some embossing enamels on top for a more interesting look.

I added some Dresden Paper „rays“ under the wings for an additional detail and poured blue glitter onto the areas in between the rays. And also added some white embossing enamel here and there to better combine the bottom piece with the wings. On the very top there is a resin flower I created with molds a while back. I´ve used golden Glimmer Mist to alter the colour of the flower – you can see that done on this particular video of my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist video series.

I have used gel medium for adhering all pieces on place as I really want them to stay put, since this piece is designed to be hung on a wall. The remember when chipboard piece really fits this project perfectly in my opinion and adds a nice details to the altered item.

Next time when you are junking, take a second look at those small kitchen items you can find at a garage sale or junk store. You never know what you might find! I really like how this piece turned out.

I hope I could inspire you to take a second look at items you would have otherwise threwn away! It can be so much fun giving them a new life as a piece of altered art!!
Happy crafting,
Sanna

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DIY Christmas ornament – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello there lovelies! Today I´m sharing a fun and easy to do DIY Christmas Ornament idea with you. You can make ornaments yourself and add them to a present to surprise someone you love or just make your own tree decorations. You don´t always have to buy the ornaments from the store. Besides, if you make them yourself, they will be unique!

Here is the finished ornament:     I´ve created a very short video – the steps are really easy to do! – for you to watch, to give you an idea what I did. And the best part is, you are done in no time! So if you are looking for a last minute idea for stocking stuffers or to add to a Christmas present, maybe this DIY Ornament will do the trick?

 

I hope I could inspire you with this idea and hope you get inspired to play a little with paints, glitter and sequins.

I´ve used two pieces on this artwork, that were pre-treated with Glimmer Mist. One is the pearl and the second one is the button in the middle. If you are interested on seeing how I altered the color of those items, do see this and this video on my YouTube channel for more information.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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DIY Christmas present idea – Lavendar potpourri bags

Hello everyone! Today I want to share a fun and easy to do DIY Christmas present idea with you.  We had such an amazingly warm summer this year in Austria that our lavendar grew like crazy. So I had plenty of dried lavendar at my hands and didn´t know what to use it for, until this idea came to me: DIY lavendar potpourri bags! If you have presents to send abroad, like I do, then you will probably appreciate every lightweight present idea there is. This one is lightweight AND almost all supplies can be found at home.

So I took out some old linen fabric, dried lavendar, and Architextures „Grow“ Parchment Rub Ons and  started to create my lavendar bags.

Materials I used:
7gypsies – Parchment Rub Ons, Grow
Old linen fabric, Bone folder
Dried lavendar, Sewing machine, ribbon of your choice

Start by sewing bags from the old linen fabric with your sewing machine. Choose a size you find suitable. Since I had quite much lavendar, I made my bags bigger.
Next cut images from the parchment rub on sheet free, place them face down onto a linen bag and using a bone folder, rub them onto the fabric.

Be careful to keep your image in one place to guarantee a regular image. I found that rubbing with the bone folder into one direction worked the best for me. You might prefer another technique. Just give it a try and you will soon find out what works best for you. When you have rubbed the whole image down to the fabric, remove the parchment piece and continue this process until you have decorated all sewn bags.

Here are the bags I created:

When you are done rubbing the images, fill the bags with lavendar. My whole kitchen smelled amazing while filling the bags!!! Too bad there are no such things like scratch and smell blog photos :)!!!

Finally I just tied the bags with ribbon in various colours. You can pick the color after the recipients favorite color. That way each bag has a more personal feel to them.

Here are the finished bags:

The parchment rub ons transfer really nicely into a soft fabric like this! I really love using these rub ons for their great quality!!! Since these bags are not meant to be washed in the washing machine, I dind´t have to worry about the image coming off later. They will just hang in a closet and smell good, so transferring the images like this is no problem.

I hope I could inspire you to create fun DIY potpourris like this of your own!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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