Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Howdy Hoppers!!

No not the Easter Bunny kind of hoppers,  but the Club Scrap Bookshelves Blog Hoppers!!

So happy you have decided to hop along to view all of the wonderful artwork created along the way!

I decided early in the month on what my project for the hop was going to be.   Inspired by the kit,  I decided on bookends.   I immediately began a google search for images of paper craft bookends.   I knew that it wasn't going to be an easy thing to find, because bookends are usually very heavy solid objects.   Well low and behold on the Elmer's Glue website I found a cute little set of bookends designed to be easy enough for kiddos to make!

image source - Elmer's Glue 

Terrific,  I can work with this and the design,  BRILLIANT!   Loved everything about it.

Here is what I came up with using my project making skills I learned from Club Scrap!

To begin,  I cut 2 sets of book board.  Book board is a thicker, sturdier chipboard (1/8 inch thick)  great for making home decor projects like this one.   Each set consisted of 2 rectangles and a triangle.

I attached them using my CS Book Binding Glue and then once assembled,  painted with the Raw Umber paint we received in the Holiday WOW 2010 Luminary project.   One coat worked nicely, giving it a stained wood appearance.

Next up,  I used 2 triangles of the Bookshelves Eggshell print attaching them with bookbinding glue to the front of my bookends.   I left an 1/8 inch reveal around all of the sides and inked the edges of the paper.

Club Scrap had sold a grab bag of embellishments during one of their sales and in it was a set of gold corners.   I planned on using bronze colored embellies,  so I sanded them down and below the gold color was a bronze hued metal.   I rubbed black matte acrylic paint on the corners to give them the antiqued finish and attached them with Tim Holtz brads.  

I downloaded the idea recipe cards from the Bookshelves kit (you have to be a member to have access to these) and used my inks, Distress markers, embossing ink & powder along with my Bookshelves stencil to create the detailed coloring on the old map and globe images.   The Bookshelves Scrap Rap describes the techniques perfectly,  and you can check it out on page 8.
I also cut the book and quote out of these same image sheets.

Of course,  all of these images are available in GHM as Unmounted Rubber stamps as well.

I die cut some of the Bookshelves papers using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals die and a small sun punch for the centers along with a Mini Pearl from the strips we also got in this kit.   The leaves are cut from the light green plain cardstock from this collection.

The bronze embellishments are Tim Holtz's Idea ology collection.
The old key was from my stash.
The ribbons are from the CS Bookshelves Embellishment pack.

I am so happy you stopped by and visited my blog!  
Join us next month for more inspiration!

The next stop on this hop is Ron Perry's Blog.   

*And if you get lost along the way,  just start over at Club Scrap Creates Blog

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Binding Glue Resist

I had been thinking about trying this technique for a little while, but never got around to it until today.
Our week 6 challenge for PSL this week involves the use of Art Media.   So I set out to give it a try.
I used a piece of plastic shaped like a credit card to apply Book Binding Glue from Club Scrap onto a stencil (also from Club Scrap).   Allowed it to dry and then use that image as a resist.

So it was an experiment of sorts and it worked for the most part.   The glue itself had a tackiness to it that I wasn't expecting and held the color of the inks.   I was surprised at that result because distress inks usually come right off glossy surfaces.   The only thing I can think of, as a way of explanation as to why the inks didn't completely resist, is that maybe the glue has some porous quality to it even when it is dry.

So here is what I did.

Step 1.

Apply Book Binding glue (about the size of a quarter) to the stencil over the paper* using the plastic card.   Using a scraping motion, pull the glue over all the open areas of the stencil until they all have an even amount of glue in them.   Gently pull back the stencil to reveal the glue stencil image.

*I used a piece of cardstock from my stash which I had previously colored using Distress Stains.

Step 2.

Once the Book Binding Glue dried completely,  I used a brayer and a direct ink pad to paper technique using Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and applied to the entire surface of the cardstock piece.

Step 3.

I then took a damp cloth and removed the ink from the glued stencil image which was acting as the resist.

Step 4.

I tried the resist with several other stencil images.    The bottom image failed as there was a reaction between the paper I chose and the glue.  So that one ended up in the circular file.   The other one I misted with Sapphire Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.

Step 5.

I then created cards using the panels.

Hope you enjoyed learning this technique.
Be sure to let me know what you think and if you have ever tried this type of resist technique.

Mostly Club Scrap products used in the making of these cards.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Inking Technique by Me!

I love creating my pages from my monthly Club Scrap kits and always ink the edges of all the paper parts and pieces on my layouts.

It adds so much dimension to to the layout.  

Sometimes I am faced with pieces that are very light weight or skinny and hard to hold on to while I am trying to ink the edges.   So I came up with this technique on how to do it more easily.

I grab my handy dandy Club Scrap® grid ruler (14x3) , my cut apart from the gorgeous Bookshelves March kit, and lay it out with just the edge over the ruler and then lightly brush the edge with ink.

I love how this technique keeps the paper from bending and moving while I am inking the edge.

It really is amazing when you look at these pieces side by side,  what a difference the inked edges make.

Hope you enjoyed this little tip :)  

Thanks for coming by.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Curvy Card

This past week over at Club Scrap's Pro Scrapbookers League we were challenged to use anything with curves in our layouts, cards and digital creations.    I couldn't wait to share how this card came out with my CS® buddies!   My friend Toni asked how I did it so I told her I would blog about the process.  So here it is.

Step 1.
I used Canon Matte Photo paper for this technique.  Compared to regular cardstock it was really no comparison as far as blending and color quality.    The image on the right is the one done on photo paper.

Step 2.
I chose a butterfly from Club Scrap's Retreat 2012 Shapes stencils.   I used clear tape to mask off the portions of my stencil I didn't want the ink to go through.  Starting at the top of the stencil and at an angle, I lightly swiped the Broken China Distress ink downward into the center of the stencil.   Then using the same motion in an upward fashion using Gathered Twigs Distress ink.
*Note:  I found it very helpful to use a dab of ATG adhesive in the center of my photo paper to keep it from moving around while inking.

Step 3.
Keeping the stencil in place I inked up my Wildflowers CS® UM stamp with Onyx Club Scrap Hybrid ink.   I stamped over the butterfly opening using very firm pressure being careful not to slide my stamp. The stencil can get kind of slippery with that much wet ink.

Step 4.
Gently remove the stencil from the paper and marvel at how awesome your image came out!!

Step 5.
I noticed a mysterious black ink spot on my artwork!   What?!  NOOOOO.... wait...calm down, there is no need to panic!

So I grabbed another CS® stencil from the Serenity kit.  I laid the stencil over my paper and carefully stenciled over the image where my ink spot was using a permanent blank journalling pen.  VOILA!  no more mistakes.   I also created water marks by dabbing on a few spots of water on the butterfly using a water brush.  The Distress inks react with water.

Step 6.
I matted my panel on a piece of cardstock from CS® Tilescapes kit and stamped a sentiment from CS® Wildflowers collection.  Placed all on a black card base and rounded one corner to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stay tuned for another card made using this same technique :)