Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Painted Background with Gesso

I had so much fun doing this. Sometimes it's good to get your hands dirty for fun.

Start with two white cardstock. No white cardstock? Hate to say this but this is true, sometimes I use the back of patterned paper (which I don't use or like or been in my stash forever)
Apply a fairly thick coat of gesso on one of the cardstock so you can see the texture when you are done. No precise brush strokes necessary, just play with it.

Using the other plain cardstock, cover the other cardstock (the one with the gesso)
Press, rub a little bit.
Open it slowly  to get more texture on both side of the cardstock. Don't wait to long to open the cardstock, because the longer you wait, they might stick together and it will not easy to open.
Let it dry. Apply paint, again just play with it, have fun painting.
Sometimes, I use wet wipes to wipe off the paint in case I apply too much or if I want to have uneven effect and interesting looks. 
If you want to add more colors, just let it dry first before you apply the next color.

Again, rub and play with the wet wipes.
And Voila! It's done!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Scraps of Ribbons

A tag shaped card with looped ribbons to form a flower. I always keep cuttings of everything. I put all my loose cuttings in a jar, small things make big impression.

premade card - Studio G; sentiments - Hampton Art; wave stamp - Fancy Pants ; ink - Memento; pen - Sharpie; pearls, wooden and flower buttons - Dollar Shop; ribbons - Dollar shop, American Crafts, Michaels

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My First Memory Tray

Birthday present for Kim


Crochet flower – made by my friend Connie ; Metal flower – Michaels/ Bead Landing
Small envelope – Michaels , wrapped with ribbons and trims from Michaels too, glued the folded part and secure the rest with velcro (Michaels) in order to lift the envelope and insert a message. I used velcro too to close the envelope.

Mini glass with cork – from Dollar Shop, I just put loose flowers (Michaels/Brides) and strings (recycle bin, LOL) piece of burlap (Michaels) tie with twine (American Crafts)

Butterfly, pearls, “Memories” – Michaels ; Clock - Michaels/ Bead Landing ; Brads – American Crafts, I inked the butterfly with Momenta (gingerbread color)


Bird cage - Tim Holtz; leaves, small flowers, bling, trim - Michaels; big flower - Prima
Twine - American Crafts; Heart Clock - Michaels/Bead Landing
"Love" - Michaels

Patterned paper - MME 6x6 Breeze