Friday, April 24, 2015

Together Forever...April Tag

April is coming to a close and I am yet again sneaking mine in.  I've been wondering all month which stamp I would use.  I don't have the flower stamp and I most likely won't get it.  I just kept thinking about the Apothecary set.  Then this morning I decided to stamp half of each side.  

I do a lot of watercoloring.  It's one of my favorite ways to create.  Creating the tag like this was fun!


I used the Aplhanumeric Thinlits die for the Forever and tilted the "V" for fun.  I promise, it didn't shift.


I added the Idea-Ology pin thingy and filled it with DecoArts Liquid Glass.  Like a mini monocle.  Glossy Accents would create the same effect.  I wanted to try the Liquid Glass...it was almost done drying here.    


I added  the wordband to the top along with some linen ribbon.


The Spritzer is so great!  Love the grungy effect.


Another month done and onto number 5!  

Challenge...
A Vintage Journey- Through the Looking Glass
Tim Holtz- April Tag

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tool Box Makeover

I spent my afternoon working on this AMAZING wood tool box.  My 16 year old son made this a couple months ago in his wood work class.  I snapped it up right away.  He's actually taking a University class 3 times a week for carpentry so I'm a proud Mom!!!!  OK, done gushing...

It's been sitting under my desk waiting for something to happen.  Today I decided it was time for a makeover with a few of my DecoArt stuff!  


 This tool box is made up of different wood, MDF and particle board.  This way the kids had an understanding of different materials.  In other words it needs something.


I picked up some Chalky Finish paint and started the first of 3 "thin" coats.


I painted the inside first making sure to make the layers thin.


Even though this various wood used are rough and uneven the DecoArt Chalky Finish paint is the perfect application for it.  It coats!


I wanted to add a Vintage Photo transfer.  I found Graphic Fairy!  OMG!!!! I printed this using my Laser Printer. 


I used some of my Golden Artist Color Gel.  Keep in mind, I have only done this once before.  So, I'm going down the rabbit hole if it were.


After it's dry add water and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then start removing the pulp.


Here's what I've learned...THIN amount of Gel for transferring the image. 


You can see it gets a little thick.  But that's OK.  I can work with it and grunge it up.  
ALL IS NOT LOST PEOPLE!


DecoArt Mixed Media has this amazing Antiquing Cream!  This is how I intend to draw the eye away from the "imperfections" during the image transfer.  Apply a small amount using your finger.


Let it dry...this doesn't take long.


Once it's dry take a damp cloth and gently buff.  The Antiquing Cream will start to age it.  


Be sure to seal the Antiquing Cream once you're happy.  I used DecoArts Ultra-Matte Varnish.  The Chalky Finish Paint is a matte finish so I don't want any sheen!  


A couple jars of product and an afternoon of getting inky and this Tool Box now has a Vintage Makeover.


Because I like things vintage looking and grungy I don't need the transferred image to be pristine. 
 Or at least that's my story!


I love all the images Graphic Fairy has on their site.  I'll be trying more transferring I'm sure.


The Antiquing Cream helps the tool box look worn and scuffed.


Even Chaos likes it.  Curious pup!


I think this will be perfect to bring along when I get the chance to teach some classes.  Filled with crafty goodies!


I'm not one to ever scrap a project...well almost never.  I like to roll with it when it's not turning out how you think.  I like that challenge of making the transfer work even when it's a disaster. 
Thanks for popping in and taking a peek!  I love projects and this one was so fun to make.  
 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Time Die Cuts Challenge

Time to pack away the snow dies, snowflake embellishments and icy blue inks!  It's Spring and this week starts a new Challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  WOOHOO!  I am hosting this challenge and who doesn't love spring!  I have had these mini mason jars on my desk for weeks.  I painted them with the DecoArts Chalky Finish Paints.  
Let's check out my Spring Die cuts to inspire...

It all started with 3 pieces of Core paper cut with the Jumbo Tattered Pinecone.  One flower per jar wasn't enough.


I used Abandon Coral to edge the pretty pink flower.


The yellow flower is inked with Cracked Pistachio!


I painted the jars with the DecoArt chalky finish paints then distressed.


The Cracked Pistachio ink makes the flower look almost real!


I love the soft chalky colors!


The 3 flowers fill the mini mason jars perfectly!  I added some Idea-Ology to the butterflies.


The Duo Butterflies are cut with watercolor paper then I used cracked pistachio, abandon coral and squeezed lemon distress inks!  A little water and BAM they blend!  


Keeping with those Spring Die Cuts I added a little bit of Garden Greens on grunge paper and inked with Shabby Shutters distress paint.  I tucked in some jute all twisty like trendils.


I love these mini jars with there chalky finish and an abundance of spring die cuts!


Thanks for stopping by and check out my Spring Time Die Cuts Challenge project.  Be sure to stop by Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog and share with us your Spring Time Die Cuts!

Want to shop?  

Check out these quick links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique to check out the stuff I used!  

 
Click HERE to see my recent post using these awesome chalk paints as part of the Blogger Outreach Program!
I'll be sharing with 
A Vintage Journey- Through the Looking Glass
Inspiration Journal

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