Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase
Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday! I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today, where I’m sharing this Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial. You’ll want to pop on by to see the tips and details I’m sharing there. . This is a technique laden tutorial demonstrating how to:
Alter metal embellishments with paint and embossing powders.
Prepare a mixed media background using scraps of paper and Distress Mediums.
Use Distress Paint and Embossing Powders to create a cool textured border.
Create a double sided waterfall with vellum hinges.
I had such fun creating the front of this Mixed Media Etcetera Tag, that I decided to flip it over and create a waterfall feature on the back side. So now this home decor item can also be used for photos. how fun is that?
Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial Video
This 30 minute tutorial is part still photo/text and part live action. This kept it from being too long, but still provides you with lots of techniques and ideas that you can use. So go grab a cuppa and a snack, then settle in and enjoy!
To see more detail photos of this project, Click HERE. To see more ALICE projects, click HERE.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another wonderful challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog. The one and only amazing Jenny is our hostess this go round, and the name of the challenge is “Count Me In.” I went “off the page” for this challenge and created a Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House. But before I share it with you, here’s what Jenny has to say about this challenge.
Count Me In!
For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last-minute addition!
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House
Now this was a fun, fun project! First of all, I adore G45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection. Secondly, it’s always fun to go “off the page” and create a 3-D project like this. The base is a Tim Holtz Vignette House. I wish I had a dozen of these! They are just a blast to work with!
Use Distress Paints to alter the brown base of the vignette house. First, I put down a light layer of Picket Fence. Next, I added a light layer of Weathered Wood. Then I dry brushed randomly with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke. The end product was mostly covered with designer paper, but you can see the paint around the edges. It makes me think of an old Cape Cod house.
Learning to Fly
I just never get tired of using this adorable flying pig! He took the place of honor in the attic of the vignette house where he stands guard over the Olde Curiosity Shoppe below. I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to his lovely wings, because let’s face it…a flying pig calls for glitter! Fussy cut one of the corner details from the signature page to serve as the spire on this funky little house. “Learning to Fly” is one of Tim’s “Clippings” stickers. (Product links are below the post.)
The Apothecary Shoppe
To add depth and dimension, I used old corrugated packaging between my layers. If you like to fussy cut, as I do, this collection will make you very happy. I fussy cut the apothecary shop window from the signature page of the collection. Add Glossy Accents to the clock faces (numbers) and to random bottles within the shop. To add even more numbers to my composition, I used a sticker from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE collection.
In this photo, you can see the cute metal feet and the ornate keyhole that I altered with Vintaj Paints. I also fussy cut a bunch of beautiful butterflies, more border flourishes and a funky old key/clock image from the paper collection. (More numbers.) I just love Tim’s new monocle, and it works so well with this collection.
Magical Roller Skate
When our middle son was little, he wrote a series of stories about a flying boot. This magical roller skate image always reminds me of those charming little stories, so it’s a favorite of mine! After fussy cutting the roller skate, I layered it up with a bunch of other fussy cut images, some chipboard, and a Prima Roman Numeral,
A Cure for What Ails You
Fill the apothecary shop window with lovely little glass vials. I’m sure you will find a cure for whatever ails you within. I filled the bottles with glass beads, then “labeled” them with stickers from the sticker sheet.
If you look closely at the steampunk bicycle border, you will see that the wheels are actually clock faces with Roman Numerals. More numbers!
Cover sides and roof with designer papers, fussy cut images and more stickers.
Now It’s Your Turn
We want to “count you in” for this wonderful challenge, so get out your crafty goodies and create a vintage or shabby chic project where numbers take the spotlight in the design. Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 11th.
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Challenge Theme:Let the words do the talking – I love to include meaningful sayings on my projects, sayings that speak to me and inspire me to do the things I do. What I would love to see on your projects for this challenge are the words and sayings that mean alot to you and inspire you.
I gave this challenge some thought, and decided that one of the words that is the most important to me is “Thank You.” Keeping a thankful heart keeps me in a sunny mood, makes me feel like I’m rich as a queen, and besides, it’s just good manners. Saying thank you to others is so important, and a short little thank you note can really lift their spirits as well. With that in mind, I decided to create a set of thank you cards, because I never have one on hand when I need one.
I dug my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, and went to work stamping and watercoloring this gorgeous Tammy Tutterow stamp. I do not consider myself a stamper. Or a colorer. And definitely NOT a watercolorer. I love to see stamping/coloring from others, but it has been a skill that I’ve had to work hard at, and often I have been disappointed with the results. But sometimes….you get lucky! And I feel like I really did get lucky this go round, because I love these cards! (Isn’t that shameful to say out loud? But I dooooo…I really do!)
I created a master board on Ranger water color. The first step was to stamp a script stamp in Tea Dye distress ink. Then I embossed with clear embossing powder so that the ink would not run.
Next I applied Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks with a sponge applicator. Then I spritzed with water and spattered with Tattered Angels Creme de Rouge Glimmer Mist.
When I was happy with the background, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival In. Then i got out my Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Re-Inkers and a water brush to add the water color layer to my background. And….I had fun!
For some reason, I seem to have the best success at coloring when I work with a water brush and re-inkers. I’ve tried all kinds of distress mediums for water color, but I’m never happy with the result. I shaded the left hand side of the heart, colored in the flowers, ribbons and flowers and added some splotches of water color over the master board background. Then I used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add white highlights to the colored image.
Finally, the edges were inked with Tea Dye, and each panel was machine stitched onto patterned paper from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary. I custom dyed seam binding with Tattered Rose re-inker and added the bow and pearl button before gluing onto a pearl card base.
This is a different look for me…much simpler, and all the layering is in the ink instead of in the paper. The finished product was so soft and feminine that it made my heart very happy. No two cards in the batch are exactly the same, which is really really fun.
I hope you’ll play along in this challenge. Just create a vintage or shabby chic project where you Let the Words Do the Talking and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM on June 14th. The F&F design team will pay you a visit on your blog, say lovely things and choose a winner. The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.
I can’t wait to see what you make! And thanks…from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by today!
Hello, Friends! Hope you are all enjoying this Memorial Day weekend. I treated myself to some free play time in the studio this weekend. Not a design team assignment, not a special order for my Etsy shop, not a project with a deadline attached. Just for fun. Just for me. Just because I love to play with paper. I had also treated myself to a Tim Holtz Dapper paper pad that I found on sale. (Yes, people…it really is an addiction. I just can’t resist beautiful paper. Lord, help me!) It did not make it into the Closet of Shame. Oh, no, no, no. It landed right on top of my work desk. And before I knew it, this super fun Dapper Wedding Card was born.
I had purchased this on sale (I think it is still on sale…) from my favorite online store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Linda Coughlin, the shop owner, always tucks a lovely little gift inside each order, and this time it was this vintage wedding photo, a sweet little wedding charm, and the Dapper Die cut. How could I NOT play?
Linda cleverly included both the positive and the negative of the die cut. I set the positive aside and opted to work with the negative. First I painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint. (It was cut from black cardstock.) Then I sprayed it with Dylusions White Linen which made it look really shabby chic. I pulled out a small script stamp, and after inking it up with Black Soot Distress Ink, I stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it over the painted surface, leaving just a ghost of handwriting. Oh, yes, having fun, fun, fun!
Next, I backed the image with the small 3×3 squares from the paper collection, trimming off the excess. I used the ticking pinstripe on the “tux” and the letterpress on the top hat. I confess, this made me do a little happy dance. (Yes, I do dance in my studio…but there’s nobody here but me, so it’s OK.) I used a waterbrush and Black Soot Distress Ink to add a bit of a shadow around some of the edges, just to create a little contrast. Then this assemblage was stitched onto a scrap of white burlap using gold metallic thread.
Now for that gorgeous vintage image Linda sent me. In the same order, I had purchased these pretty Baroque metal frames. (I couldn’t help myself. They talked to me…they said “we will be awesome. We are on sale. You will be so glad you bought us.” How could I say no?) These little beauties have an antique silver finish, but I was going with gold because of the Sophisticate cabinet card that I cut into 2 pieces and layered into the composition. This was an easy fix. Ijust tapped the frame and the wedding charm with Gold Alcohol Ink. Problem solved! And as an aside, I love the way the gold and black cabinet card peek through the mustache in the die cut.
So here’s a straight on shot of this Dapper wedding card. I gave a metal corner the same alcohol ink treatment so everything would match. The Venice Lace trim, black satin bow,Dapper brads and mother of pearl button take this card to shabby chic happy land!
Here’s the inside:
A gift card pocket on top….
With gold accents and cute little stamped card.
And a big pocket on the bottom with a stamped postcard.
So that’s my just for fun Dapper Wedding card. Play time is over, and now I will have to go back to my regularly scheduled assignments. I had a blast….and I need to remember to play more often. How about you?
Opposites Attract! New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie
Hello, Friends! Do you ever feel like your crafting is stuck in a creative rut, making the same old same old things all the time? Well, there’s a new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog called Opposites Attract! and it might be just the creative shake up you need to move your mojo into a new gear.
I am the hostess for the challenge this go round, and here are the details for Opposites Attract!
For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team will be creating a project in Funkie Style, and the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project. We’re asking you to break out of your creative rut, deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.
The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!
Because I am on the “Frilly” side of the team, my challenge was to create a project in the Funkie Style. After conferring with members of the Funkie team, I felt that for me, that meant to spend loads of time building a background with inks, texture pastes, stamps and stencils. Here’s what I came up with:
I had never made a master board before, so I decided this would be a good place to start my challenge. (In case you don’t know…a master board is a background that you create with inks, stamps, paint, texture paste, stencils, etc. It’s usually a large piece of paper that you can then cut into smaller bits to use in multiple projects.)
And, I created a SnapGuide Tutorial so that you can see step by step how I went about creating my master board.
Here are a few more close up views of the finished product.
One of the things I loved about “going Funkie” was the amazing freedom I felt while playing with the inks and pastes and sprays. It was FUN…and the texture was fabulous!
I created a hand made flower and backed it with a custom dyed seam binding bow. The little chipboard tag is from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style Collection.
Here’s a close up of the texture I was talking about.
On the inside of the card, I did more layering…but this time with papers from Artisan Style. I did bring a little “Funkie” inside with the tag I tucked behind the mini postcard, though.
This is a Staples Ivory ATC tag that has been inked and stamped. I had to “split” the sentiment stamp so it would fit on the tag. If you’ve never done this before, I’ll tell you how I do it. My secret is to block of the section of the stamp I don’t want to use with a Post-It note or Scotch tape. Yes, I taped over the “we grow old” portion of the sentiment. Then I inked my stamp, pulled off the tape and stamped the first half of the sentiment in place. Then I reversed the process to stamp the remainder of the quote. Simple, right? Just remember to pull off the tape or Post it before you stamp, or you’ll end up with a horrible mess. Just sayin’!
I really enjoyed playing at Opposites Attract, and I hope you’ll give this challenge a go. You can link your Opposites Attract Challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog until 11:55 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 17th. I can’t wait to see what you make!