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Friday, April 26, 2013

Tarnished Silver - Tattered Angels


This week has been so fun, I've been trying out some new products and getting my fingers stained with inks.  Today I wanted to share with you one of the cards that I made using the Tattered Angels' Naturally Aged Paint System Bare Metal Tarnished Silver.   This paint system adds so much texture and shine to your dull card stock, that you have to touch it to see if it is metal.
Canvas Corp Mini Red Clothes Pins, 7 Gypsies Washi Tapes, Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System Bare Metal Tarnished Silver. Other: Nesting Labels Punches EK Success and Stamping Up, Studio G Make A Wish Stamp,
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Texture Fade Patchwork, Distress Ink Pumice Stone.
For my card base I used a Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade Patchwork on the bare card stock, then added my paint mediums.   I love how the paints bring out the texture from the embossing and make this look like embossed metal. 

I have a few videos demonstrating how this card was made. 

The first is a step by step for the paint system

This video shows how I made the card

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you have a great weekend.  If you are using these paint systems, I would love to see your creations, please share them with me on Facebook. 
Tonya Gibbs

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

May 6th Ustream Kit

I hope you can join me and Flamingo Scraps on Monday, May 6 at 8:30 EST for a live Ustream class. The class is free to join, but if you want to create the project with me, a kit is available for sale at
Bookmark the Ustream Channel Address
The kit is $25.99 and includes :
1 Maya Road Clutch Purse Chipboard Album
6 12×12 sheets of Pink Paislee Hope Chest paper
¼ package Hope Chest Paper Goods (ephemera)
1 Hope Chest butterfly clip
1 piece sewing pattern tissue
1 18” length Maya Road TuTu Tulle, Vintage Beige
1 18” length Maya Road TuTu Tulle, Seafoam Blue 1 18” length Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim, Sand
1 18” length Webster’s Pages Petite Ruffled Trim, Gold
1 Maya Road Burlap Rose, Cream
1 FabScraps Chipboard Little Girl
½ package Jenni Bowlin Flatbacks, Reader
Assorted Prima Flowers
Flatback pearls, fasteners, trinkets

Here is a walk through video of the kit:

We will attempt to record the class for those who can't watch it live.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Butterfly Tag


Pink Paislee's new Hope Chest collection has inspired today's post.  I'm working on a  project with the papers for my next Ustream, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. EST, and wanted to try some techniques out on a tag before the class. Today, I would like to share with you the techniques used to create the background and blue flowers.

Here is a glimpse at the products that I used  when making the tag. 

Ranger: Archival Ink in Black & Vermillion, Distress ink Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge, Glue & Seal, Tag;  Prima: Distress Tool; Hampton Arts: Remember This Background stamp, Tattered Angels: Wheatfields Glimmer Mist, True Turquoise (optional substitute more blue than green), Island Spring Glimmer Glam, Vintage Pattern Paper, Paint Brush.

Cover the tag with Glue & Seal or Matt Medium, then cut interesting pattern strips from the pattern paper, and use the glue and seal over the top to adhere it to the tag's service.  Let the tag dry completely then trim the extra paper from the edges. 

Shake up the bottle of Island Spring Glimmer Glam really well, then splatter it around the tag.   Let it dry completely before going to the next step. The Glam is like a glaze and will leave glossy splatters.   You can use a heat tool to speed up this process.  Using a heat gun will also cause the glam to bubble offering a different texture.

 Make sure the tag is completely dry.  Then use the Prima distress tool to distress the edges.  If you do not have this tool, use scissors to scrape down the sides.

Use the Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to darken the edges and the creases on the top of the tag.  Really work the distress ink into the tag.  Use your heat tool to set the distress ink into the tag, as it will take longer to dry on its own due to the glue & seal. 

Completely saturate the top of the tag with the Rusty Hinge Distress ink, then use a baby wipe or paper towel to gently wipe down the surface.  The Rusty Hinge will give the tag an aged color. Again, use your heat tool to set the distress ink.

Use a butterfly stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the images around the tag. be sure to rotate your stamp so that your butterflies are coming from different directions.  Leaving some white space is important - Don't over do it.

Use a text based stamp like this one from Hampton Arts with some Vermillion Archival Ink. Again be sure to rotate your stamp to add interest.  I love how this stamp says "LOVE TODAY!"  So I wanted to make sure it was stamped in the upper right hand corner so that I didn't cover those words up.

For the flower, I used a white Prima Flower that had pointed leaves to mimic the flower found in the paper collection.  Since the flowers in the paper collection were also a teal color, I decided to cover them with Evergreen Bouge Distress Ink.   dont' worry if white areas are exposed, you will fix those with the next step.

Since distress is reactive with water, and Glimmer Mist is water based, I used the Wheatfields Glimmer Mist to fill in the white spaces tone down the brightness of the blue/green. Dry the flower with a heat gun until it is completely dry.  Using your heat gun, will also singe the edges making them appear more natural.

Fold the flower in half and apply hot glue to the inside to hold it in place as demonstrated above.

Now, fold the from left to right in half again, adding glue between these two layers.

Fold in half from left to right one more time, applying glue to the inside of this fold and pinch together at the bottom.  These flowers will be tucked into the floral spray on the right of the tag.

To finish the tag off, I used scrap parts from a Prima Valentine Spray, Metal Trinkets, and a clock from Prima.  The floral spray was white so I used the Wheatfield Glimmer Mist to color the heart and flowers.   The charm quote at the top is from the Girl's Paperie.  The butterfly I showed you guys how to make a few weeks ago in a previous post.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Washi Cards

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you just can't think creatively no matter what you do?  This week has been that way for me.  I've been really sick and NOT motivated to do anything.  My studio is A MESS.  So instead of creating I decided to clean.  I was putting away some new Washi tapes and the inspiration hit me square in the face.  Make some cards and use washi tapes as your backgrounds.  Why not?  I own lots of tapes, they are so beautiful, colorful, cheery and fun. It makes me happy to collect them, so perhaps it will make me happy to use them.

So my mission was to make five cards using only washi tape, scraps, or ephemera pieces (as I have tons of these too).  I'm a total scrap collector - I buy ephemera packs even when I don't buy the entire collection, then I never use them!  Those days are over!
I pulled out my punches, Spellbinder's dies, MFT dies, scraps, tapes, and card stamps  and started trimming, sorting, and stamping.
My first card was inspired by a school days theme.  I have several nieces and nephews who are elementary aged children and I thought this collection of scraps would make a cute birthday card.  I used the ruler washi tape on this card as a border, and the dictionary tissue tape as tape on the notebook page. 

Keeping with the monochromatic theme, gave a degree of sophistication to this card. I cut the washi into arrows for a soft simple background. The hints of silver and pearls gave it life.  I just love this the simple elegance of this card.

I loved the look of the grey card so much, I decided to use it with teal and blue washi tape. This time I kept the edges of the tape torn to give a more masculine feel to the card.  I love how simple, yet whimsical this card is designed. 
A few of my nephews will be graduating to middle school this year, and I thought this card was a fun end of year graduation card.  The Tissue tape was used as a background here, and pieces of ephemera and wooden clocks border a metallic embossed tag.  I also embossed the card with  gears to give it a little texture.  
For my final card today.  I covered a piece of scrap paper with green and blue washi tapes and cut it into a giant banner.  I continued my banner theme, my sewing together scallop ovals that I cut in half and a MFT tiny banner die with some scraps of coordinating card stock.  I sprinkled the giant cupcake with Rock Candy Stickles and used it for my birthday focal point.  This card screams birthday party, and I love all the celebration layers.  
I encourage you to spend an afternoon thinking about your scrap pile and "overstock" and make some cards.  This is a great way to breathe new life into your scrap, and eliminate them from your room.  Most of the time, I lose my inspiration because my room becomes messy and over crowded.  Simply spend the day die cutting your scraps into small pieces and you will be amazed at how fast you find your inspiration again.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Easter Layout

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter celebration last weekend.  Today I wanted to share with you a layout I created using a photo of my niece and nephew taken at Easter a few years ago.   Each year our family hosts a HUGE Easter picnic.  I love seeing all of the kids dressed in their new Easter clothes. I take advantage of this moment to capture a picture of them each year. It is fun to look back and see how much they have grown.

I wanted to create a whimsical layout that showed hidden eggs, so I used the banner from the Sampler paper to form a make-make shift basket to hold my eggs.  I trimmed the bunnies and eggs from the Sampler pack then nestled them in the grass.  I used the clothespins to anchor the banner to the layout. Pom Pom trim was added to the bunnies to give them a tail.  I traced around some of the patterns on the eggs with a Geli Roll - Stardust pen to give them a little sparkly.

To create a pocket for my journaling, I decided to use one of the Canvas Corp ATC Envelopes to make a pocket.  I sealed the Envelope then cut a piece off the edge to make it a portrait opening. Then decorated around the opening with a piece of scrap paper, twine and another diecut from the sample sheet.  The journaling is on one of the ATC cards that matches the envelope.  The envelope will also give me space to include additional photos. 

I used one of the border strips from the sampler pack to create little flags and attached them to corsage pins. I love how they seem like little signs.

Canvas Corp Products: Mini clothes pin in hot pink, ATC Cards - Ivory,  Easter Sampler - Ivory, Jute Cord, ATC Envelope - Ivory, burlap sheet, Mini blue Polka Dots paper, Kraft Card stock.
Other:  Easter Grass, Pom Pom fringe, Geli Roll pen - stardust, stick pins, flat back pearls, EK Success Mini Egg Punch, Martha Stewart border punch, Tim Holtz distress tool.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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