Monday, 24 March 2014

All the Glitz and Glamour

When I bought a big bag of papier mache eggs years and years ago, I was a novice at altered art. My first attempts at transforming the boring brown-papered eggs were woeful. I even taught a class in altering eggs back then, and I am glad the ladies were so easy going. LOL!

Now I am a bit of an altering art addict. If a tin or box or other interesting vessel sits around too long, I am bound to grab it and start slapping on some Art Institute glue, designer paper, glitter, beads and buttons and spray loads of glimmer mist and apply lots of Tim Holtz Distress inks.

This past week, when I revisited the remaining papier mache eggs, I was filled with some kind of zest and lust, and I dove in with unrelenting energy. I found every time I walked past my art studio that I was magnetically pulled in, feeling an irresistible urge to paint a few more eggs or glue on more beads.

I've finally run out of eggs! Here's what I've created. 
 Twinkling H20s were painted onto the papier mache eggs. Pearl beads were glued on using Art Institute Glitter Glue. The pink velvet ribbons were glued into place and run through big pink buttons. The egg on the left also has glitter.
 The eggs were painted in a light pink acrylic first, and then pearlescent acrylic was brushed on and partially wiped off. I used a small Stampin' Up! flower punch and pink cardstock. The wee flowers were sprayed with glimmer mist and glued onto the eggs. Finally, little pearl beads were glued on.

This is a complicated egg! It has embossing powder, fabric, bugle beads and microbeads!
The underlying egg was painted in Twinkling H20s. I then brushed glue all over the egg and sprinkled on Flower Soft. The individual flowers and pearls were then glued on. Finally, the egg was sprayed with some copper glimmer mist.

 Twinkling H20s were used to color the egg. Prima flowers were stuck on and then the whole thing was sprayed with a silvery glimmer mist.

 Pieces of designer paper were punched out with a flower punch. These flowers were glued on with Art Institute glitter glue. Pearlescent glimmer mist was then sprayed over the egg and beads were glued on.
 Prima flowers were distressed with Tim Holtz inks. Pieces of designer paper were punched out with a flower punch. These flowers were glued on with Art Institute glitter glue. Various glimmer sprays were used on the egg and the flowers were glued on.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Vintage Collage

Tim Holtz March edition of his 12 tags of 2014 was my inspiration for this card, which features a vintage-collage stamped image from Magenta and is adorned with an egg from the Stampin' Up's Backyard Basics.

Once again, I used some of the 1950s English manila luggage tags, which I had bought on an excursion to an antiques fair in Epsom, Surrey. The old string on the tag was repurposed as a tie around the body of the tag.
First, begin by stamping the tag in brown ink (I used Stampin' Up! Soft Suede). Then use a selection of light blue and blue-green markers to color and shade the dragonfly. The markers will blend the brown ink, too, creating a subtle mottled effect. Smudge the edges of the tag by using a sponge and Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink. If you don't like red as a highlight, you can play with other Distress Inks that suit your background paper choices.

Stampin' Up!'s new Backyard Basic stamp set has a matching Sizzix Framelits die set, so that you can easily trim out any of the pieces of the set.

To color the egg, use a blending marker and dab it into a Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze (or Marina Mist) ink pad. The goal is to create shading and highlighting, and a blending marker gives more gradation of color. Then use the blending marker in the Distress Ink Festive Berries, but gently wipe the marker on a paper towel to leave only a light hint of the red. To make the egg luminescent, and to hide some of the color strokes, spray the eggs with Perfect Pearls Biscotti (any pearlescent glitz spray will work).
The designer paper is made by BoBunny and the sentiment stamps are from Stampin' Up! As these cards will suit a multitude of uses, you can stamp labels that say 'happy birthday,' 'thinking of you,' 'thank you,' 'miss you,' etc. I like to keep a handful of these labels in a plastic bag and adhere them to the card when I know how I will use them. The manila tag was adhered using 3-D foam adhesive squares to raise it off the background paper. Play around with tying the string to get a knot you like.

Altered Gift Tin

Crate & Barrel's Christmas candy tins are just too wonderful to throw out once emptied of their yummy treats. For years, I've been addicted to creating altered art with candy tins, tea tins, boxes, trays and more. Here is my latest creation: a gift box decorated with BoBunny paper and embellishments for my friend LaDonna. I then filled the tin with all kinds of goodies.