Monday, May 30, 2016

Club Scrap: Team Challeng: A little Rust

Well it is time for the Team Challenge.  We were charged with creating and using Rust elements in out project.  I love Rust and I love metal.  So, I had a great time creating with this kit and Challenge.  Warning this is a long post, as it is technique laden.  

 But first some housekeeping.  You should have arrived from: Jennifer at the "Scrappy Side of Me". If you are lost, you can start at the beginning by clicking: Here.

Each card showcases a technique or two to create Rust.
Lets take a look at the cards, and then dive in!!

Card 1:
This technique used DecoArt Products and is a technique that Andy Skinner demonstrates in several videos.  YouTube: Rust Tutorial.  I have most of his products so, I created several panels the same way as he did, but I did not like any of them.  So I changed it a bit.

I started with embossed chipboard.
Mixed up black acrylic paint, added a glaze to thin it down.
Note that it is not completely covered.
Used Quinacridone Gold paint by DecoArt: Fluid Acrylic to paint the chipboard.  It is easier to see here that the black paint had not completely covered the chipboard.  Next I used a texture paste that had sand in it, and rubbed it in, allowed it to dry.
If you look close you will see the texture.  On another sample I added Teal Acrylic paint to highlight some of the areas.  I added the smallest amount to this card base as well.  Better seen in the finished picture.
Background finished.  I stamped and embossed the license plate with Versamark and mixed an assortment of powders to get that rusted look, then stamped 4 Dad in Black and embossed in clear. All that was needed was a piece of twine, mounted it onto Gold Cardstock and then onto an A2 card Base in Grey.  Finished with a Red Glitter Heart and added the key onto a chain
Close up of the Rust.  
Card 2:

I used the same background that I had created for one of my guest cards as well as Personal Post.  The directions for the background is located Here.

The technique for this card is rust, and this is by far my favorite of them all.  

I started out with an assortment of die cuts in black fun foam.  
Next I pounced brown Acrylic paint on to the fun foam, and sprinkled it with cinnamon, Yes Cinnamon right out of the spice cupboard!!
Make sure to rub or pat it into the paint.  The more paint the more texture.
Next, add Decoupage or Mod Podge and while still wet add more cinnamon.  
Then heat with your heat gun, carefully so as to not melt the foam.  
This causes the decopage to bubble up and traps the cinnamon giving a rough texture. 
After heating they might curl and be misshapen but that is ok.
Add a touch of teal paint and seal with a matte varnish!

Stamped the Sentiment in Brown, heat embossed in clear, but out with a die from Sizzix, added a key and ribbon.  Arranged the car and cogs, Finished!!

Could that rust look any more real???

Card 3:
This one looks the most complex, but is actually the easiest.  I cheated and used paint that is designed to create rust.  The only trick here, is the paper makes all the difference.  Different papers produce different results.  In this example, I used the grey paper that was included in the Kit.  

This is what I used: Rust Metal Paint and Rust Activator by Modern Masters.  I purchased it from Amazon.  

This Paint is very thin.  I painted it onto white cardstock so you could appreciate the coverage.  Thus, it is important to chose your paper with this in mind.  Since I was making a card, I used grey card stock. 
Two coats of paint, dried between each application
Added solution. Let dry, added more and


Stamped and embossed another License Plate:
To get this embossing powder mix: I used 2 parts Orange Blossom by Ranger, 1/2 part black, a touch of Gold, 4 parts Clear,  2 parts Watering Can by Ranger.  Then I added pinch of Bronze chunky,  a little pinch of chunky clear.  Up close it looks rusted and pitted.  

I made more cogs, the same way as in Card 2
Ok for the lettering:
Back to the thin white paper with the rust effect paint, and I added the rust activator.
Then I added Carmel and Jade Patina Alcohol inks.
Backed this with fun foam and die cut the Hello  
On the home stretch.  I die cut "Friend" from Gold paper, Cut an A2 Card Base from the same grey paper that I had used for the Rusted paper.  Using a piece of Wire ribbon created a collage in the corner with the Cogs, Arranged the Hello onto the license plate that was backed with more Fun Foam, glued everything in place!  Done!!!
Another View.  That is a lot of rust:
We made rust embossing powder, embellishments with Cinnamon and fun foam, Painted or Mixed Media Rust, and lastly an amazing Chemical Reaction with Rust Effect Paint and Activator.  I have had enough rust for a while.  
So, Your last stop is at:  Deb at DebduzScrappin

Don't forget to visit; Club Scrap and Pick up your Creative License Kit.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Creative License

Time for another Blog Hop.  This month's kit is Creative License and boy did I get my use out of this kit.  As a guest designer, I created 12 cards for the Greetings to Go and had to find original ideas for this blog hop.  Well I think I did.
What do you think?  

So before we start how I created this trio, lets get some navigational information down.  
You should have arrived from Deb.  If you got lost, you start at the beginning  by clicking Here.

Ok, lets get to it.  This month I decided mostly on Clean and Simple.  This is a masculine kit, good for Fathers Day or a boys graduation. So I went with the idea of "What kind of card would I give a man?"  Not my usual style, but wait until Team Challenge!!! 

Card 1:
I started by cutting out the mat.  I wanted the words to represent a stream of thoughts.  The saying was perfect for this background paper.  Using the black glittering paper I stamped the saying and heat embossed in white, then Die Cut with a tag die.  This one is by Spellbinders and is Elegant Label 4.
The white mat behind was fussy cut using the die as a pattern.  Threaded ribbon through the slots and attached it to the mat with Fun Foam.  Using a linen thread, attached the "bug charm" to the ribbon and using glue dots to hold it into place.  I tried other decorations but the background paper is the focus here so I left it be.

Final step was to mount the front panel onto a mat of the same black paper that I had used for the tag and then onto an A2 teal Card Base.  
I think this says Graduation or just a note to cheer someone away from home.  

Card 2:
Another very simple card.  I had first stamped and embossed this image in Brown and loved it, but I could not get it to work with the papers, so after several failed attempts settled on Grey.  Message here, relax and go with the flow.  There was no Brown Cardstock included in the kit, the base card stock is grey and black, ok, .  So I stamped it in grey and heat embossed in clear, die cut with a My Favorite Things stitched die.  

This was mounted onto a mat that was cut from the license plate paper, paying attention to the design so it would be balanced.  This was then mounted onto an A2 Grey Card Base made from the paper in the kit.  The only thing needed was an embellishment.  A teal ribbon and the key fit the bill.  Very simple, suitable masculine card for almost any occasion.  

Card 3:

Well it is technique time.  This card started out as a different idea.  In one of Club Scraps blog posting, Tricia, used metallic paper that looked like metal.  I did not get any, BOO HOO, so I decided to make my own. Started by trying to find an embossing folder that looked like metal plate.  Did you know that Michaels no longer carries Embossing Folders or Martha Steward Paper Crafting Supplies?  Go figure.  And Hobby Lobby, well they have so few embossing folders that they just should not bother.  What is the world coming too!!!  The heart and soul of paper crafting is disappearing before our eyes.  Oh well, I got over it.  Rethink plan.. . . . .Next stop, Home Depot.  They never fail me..

I bought this.  Flashing tape, foil with adhesive on the back and I did this....
And then using "tool's created this. . . . . . .
Not bad, right.  Don't think I am a genius, I found the idea from Tim Holtz here, but he used Ranger Foil Paper and of course neither Michaels or Hobby Lobby carries it and of course Home Depot only had 3" flashing in stock!!!  Now what.  Improvise.  And here is where my great idea falls apart:

I pulled out my alcohol inks and started adding it to the foiled paper.  Each layer was dried thouroughly  in between each application and I had about 4 layers when I decided to add Turquoise to give the look of corroded metal.  Looked ok, but I needed to remove most of the ink with steel wool, and I didn't have any.  After all my running around I was running out of time, so I will finish this later.  But now what.  I needed one more card and it was getting late, so I went down stairs and found some good old Reynolds Aluminum Foil and I  ran it though my Zyron.  I left on the backing sheet.  So now we are back at the beginning.  

Using the same alcohol inks: Cafe, Latte, Ginger, and Black, I inked the foil.  It looks just like the picture above, but there is no embossing.  I forgot to snap a picture ( I was a little frustrated to say the least) so 

 I ran it though the Big Shot in an embossing folder and got this.  Perfect.  Peeled off the backing, a adhered it to a card stock that was cut to size and then trimmed down foil.  It is important to stabilize before cutting, ask me how I know.  There was not just one of these fabulous creatures, I have many in my garbage can, you just get to enjoy the final project without all the testing, LOL.  

After all that work I did not want to cover it up!!!  It took all day with shopping and thinking and googling and, well you get the idea.  

My favorite Movers and Shapers die from Sizzix is the Jalopy.  So I die cut it from some black chipboard, using Inca Gold gilding paste, spruced it up a bit, added a strip of paper for the windows, my last piece of Orange ribbon and I was happy.
Lastly a sentiment, stamped in brown and embossed in clear, die cut and mounted onto fun foam completes the front.  I found a piece of left over brown from another kit, created and A2 card base, Done!!!!!

This was such a long post, how about another view!!
Ok, that is it for today.  The stop on your journey is:  Hetty    
Be sure and visit Club Scrap for all the supplies.  Also grab your Creative License Kit before they are gone.  come back on the 30th for the Team Challenge and a group of techniques that I used to create 3 different rust themed projects.

Happy Crafting, 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Club Scrap: Creative License: Guest Designer

Hi, today I am featured as a guest designer at Club Scrap with the May Kit: Creative License.  You can see the entire post here:

This was a fun project, I received the kit with the greetings and needed to create 12 cards.  So, I got busy.  By the end of this project I had a pile of scraps and needed 2 more cards.  So here is what I did with them:
So, let me show you how to make this card:

First I cut my scraps into 1/2 inch strips.  
I ran an A2 card base through my Zyron.  You could use any double sided tape for this.
Don't forget to Burnish, this gets all the sticky onto the paper.
Lay the first strip across the diagonal, but not corner to corner, slightly off set.  
Next strip goes perpendicular to the first.  Again avoid going right at the corner. 
Third strip divides up the lower part of the card.
Now just start laying in strips using the first 3 as guides.
continue on!
Trim down to slightly smaller than an A2, this measures 5.25" X 4.  All that is left is to finish it.
The options was to emboss.
Using a Sizzix folder, embossed a jalopy onto the lower edge and inked with Ground Espresso.
Mounted it onto the sparkly paper included in the kit as a mat and then onto a Yellow A2 Card Base.  

The next option was to die cut:
Once removed, I covered the opening with a piece of acetate or clear plastic, and placed the saying into the center.  This panel was mounted onto a teal card mat and then onto an A2 card.
A black ribbon completes the picture.

The rest of the cards that make up the 12 and the links to their instruction can be found on the Blog.  This card: Is a resist and uses the same technique that I featured in this blog post:  Here,  Follow the link to learn about how I used the Minc to create the background.
Well, until next time,
Happy Crafting,

All supplies are available at Club Scrap, the kit that was used: Creative License: Greeting to Go