Friday, March 20, 2015

custom magic mat board minis...

HAPPY SPRING!
I hereby declare this 
NATIONAL

BUY A PAIR OF SANDALS DAY!

Rick was so happy to hear this...
or maybe not?

it's a balmy 41 degrees here, 
but I'm wearing sandals anyway...

yes...
my toes are freezing, 
but it's a matter of principle...
I'm O V E R winter!

ok...
onto business...

this package of goodness arrived earlier this week...
I couldn't wait to get these mini movers & shapers out & test drive them...

check out the penny, to give you a good perspective of their cute MINI size...

they're mini & ADORABLE!



one of my new products for this past CHA is this package of magic mat board...

in the package you get two 6 x 12 sheets...
one white and one black...
they are a nice convenient size to use & store...

I specifically wanted the black sheet for the faux graniteware technique & I wanted the white to show the true colors of our inks...

the black is also really cool to use with foil...
and with the metallic embossing pastes...
you'll see that below...

and why did I want mat board?

SIMPLE...

to use with tim's Sizzix dies...

the mat board is very sturdy
VERY inexpensive 
and it's great to use 
with many products for mixed media art...

inks, paints, embossing powders & embossing pastes are PERFECT to pair with the mat board shapes you die cut...

I'll be sharing even more ideas soon...



if you've been following my blog, you know I HATE to waste any art supply...
Rick frequently sees me digging something out of the trash...
I try to sneak, but he always seems to catch me...

so...
after you die cut your shapes and have left over small pieces of magic bat board...


they are PERFECT for using up those tiny scraps...

I LOVE IT...
NO WASTE!

mat board pieces less than 1 inch square can be used to create these awesome embellishments, that you can customize to perfectly coordinate with your art...

below, you'll see the minis cut from both black & white magic mat board...

you'll see that you can ink them & stamp them...
you can heat emboss them...
you can foil them...
triple emboss them, then stamp into the hot embossing powder...
and so much more...

and I like that they are
 very light weight for cards...
so... they're easily mailable...




here's some other ways these mat board die cuts can be altered...

this was a little display board I made, that shows 10 ways to alter the new mat minis...

these 2 mat mini packages are 
already cut for us & ready to go...
just pop them out of their storage sheets...


but...

these same ideas can be used with any die cut magic mat board shapes you create...
just grab a favorite Sizzix steel ruled die & the magic mat board & you're ready to go...


those 3 little hearts you see in the previous photo were the inspiration for this mini canvas...
it's a 4 x 4 inch flat canvas panel...
I'm really liking these...
they are sturdy & easy to change up with lots of different products...
they take lots of abuse!

for the background I used
click the link to see the original tutorial...

that's those dimensional plaster chunks you see toward the right...
there are also a few toward the bottom...

my colors were sky blue & cornflower blue, mixed with rubbing alcohol & then misted with picket fence distress spray stain...

after I dried the background, I added tree branch to the edges & also stamped the script background with tree branch archival...


I didn't take step by step photos, because I was having too much fun...
but I think it's pretty simple...

the 3 white mat board hearts were inked with tea rose archival and then stamped with tree branch & this stamp in the lower right corner of the set...

the mini butterfly was inked with sky blue archival & also stamped with tree branch & the same text stamp...

I had stenciled just one row of polka dots, with cornflower blue archival & you can see that the mini die cuts fit between the dots...
I like when things work...

to alter the industrious sticker, I inked over it with leaf green archival to cover the whole sticker, then LIGHTLY swiped the sky blue archival pad only over the raised areas...
when dry, these colors are permanent, because I used archival ink...

I KNOW...
sky blue is sold out most everywhere...
but I heard from a good source, they will be producing more VERY soon...

the carnation SiSi was stamped 2 times on the newsprint side of clearly for art, with jet black archival...

I used one full image and just a portion of the flowers for the top layer...

it's inked with tea rose...

I always adhere the newsprint to CFA with 



the bow was stamped with jet black onto the CFA newsprint, inked with sky blue & cornflower blue, then stamped over with the new 4 leaf clover background, using tea rose archival...

a vintage button & some gold metallic thread is a simple accent for the bow...

so far it looked like this...



I like the pastel vintage colors...

you can see the minis better below...


and here's a better look at the layered carnation...
I used the black foam adhesive roll between the layers & to add the carnation to the canvas...

the foam adhesive is A M A Z I N G & STRONG!


it was still lacking something...
ah...a border...

I swiped the tarnished brass distress paint dabber along the edges...
better, but it still needed more...

these new remnant rubs were just what I wanted...
a partial thin frame...


that little gold paint edge is a great simple finishing touch...


these minis are adorable & so useful...
they will never be out of style...
and like I said...
they are a great way to use up your magic mat board scraps...

and best of all...
make them ANY color or any style...
and the price is GREAT!

so that's my love of mini...

now...
moving to maxi...

 it's true...

sometimes...
size does matter...

 at CHA we introduced a 
you get DOUBLE the amount of paste for a REALLY GREAT price!

we had lots of requests for a larger jar of white paste to use with the mix & store jars...

they are perfect for MIXING & STORING custom colors of embossing paste right in the jars, for no waste...
no cleanup...
I like to use reinkers to color the paste...

these mix & store jars were chosen to keep the paste nice & fresh, without drying out...

that's it for today...

I think I'll go add a new board to Pinterest for the things we do with the magic mat board...


and then I'll look for a new pair of sandals...
shhhhhh...

after all...
it IS NATIONAL

 BUY A PAIR OF SANDALS...
or flip flops
DAY!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you'll have time to grab your supplies and...

make art!
wendy







Friday, March 13, 2015

the EGGstravaganza part 2...


in the previous post, I showed how to transform generic paper mache eggs into faux graniteware eggs...
you'll find that tutorial here...
but...
I only showed the finished sky blue egg...


today, I'll share how I jazzed up the tea rose egg...
the guy on the far right...

I wanted something different,
so I enameled some foliage flowers...

for this flower, I tapped on sky blue archival ink & dipped the flower into the coordinating
heated it to melt the powder...


 


I find a hemostat to be a really handy tool to hold tiny things when heat embossing...
it protects your fingers from the heat & the hot melted powder...
and small lightweight pieces aren't being blown away...



the 2 smaller sizes of the foliage flowers and one of the new heirloom roses got the same treatment with cornflower blue...
first the ink was added with the blending tool, then the embossing powder...
then the pieces were heated to melt the powder...


I'm thrilled to have coordinating colors...
this next photo shows how cute they are together...


I wanted the foliage leaves to be a little different...

if you watch this video from CHA, you'll see that the big jar of frosted crystal is pure magic...

by adding it to your stash, 
you DOUBLE 
you can add really cool TEXTURE!

that's why we introduced a larger jar of frosted crystal...
(plus the large jar price is great!)

so you can mix it with all your colored embossing powders & have enough!

I like to mix the frosted crystal in equal proportions with each of the colored embossing powders...

that also explains these fillable jars that 
are brand new...

they are PERFECT for mixing custom colors of embossing powders...

the fillable jars are also really nice for storage of small items like jump rings, brads, heirloom roses etc...

the leaf on the left is embossed with 
the one on the right is FROSTED fern green...
again...mixed 50/50...



you can see in the next photo that the fern green on the left looks like enamel...
it's very smooth & shiny...

the leaf on the right is embossed with frosted fern green embossing powder...

here's the differences...
you'll see really cool texture on the leaf on the right and you'll also see that it's not shiny and you can see that the color is darker...

both are cool and it just depends what fits the project best...
I like to have options...
and I like to combine both in a project...

 that jar of frosted crystal really is 
PURE MAGIC!

and in a future post I'll share how to 
use it over the 
it's a fun technique,
 with very cool results...


to work on my egg, I have it sitting 
in the foam adhesive roll again...
it's just the right tool 
so it doesn't roll around...

if you like to use clearly for art...
this adhesive roll is THE BEST adhesive to use...
THE BEST!

ok...
back to the egg...

I used an awl to start the holes and put some
 gel medium under the pieces for extra hold...
it takes a few minutes for the gel medium to grab, but now the pieces are nice & securely attached to the egg...


I added the other embossed flowers with 
screw eyes & I also added gel medium under them...

the gel medium is also holding the heirloom rose to the center of the foliage flower...


here's the finished faux graniteware egg 
in the trophy cup...
I like the screw eye flower centers!
they add a little dimension...


here's a closer look...
if you want a completely covered foliage flower, just add a second layer of embossing powder...
sometimes I do...
but sometimes
I like the texture you get with only one layer of embossing powder...


so this is PLAN B...
another faux graniteware egg, with some fun enameled accents...


the foliage flowers have been around for several years, but I still love them...
LOTS...
they will NEVER be out of style...
I just ordered 50 more packs for classes...

 it's cool to have the option to change them up with embossing powders and create embellishments that coordinate with your art...

think about some embellishments you've had for a while & give them a dose of archival inks & embossing powders to alter them...
it makes them look totally different...

***REMEMBER***

if it can take the heat of the embossing gun, 
you CAN emboss it!

again...
here's the CHA video that explains how the frosted crystal and colored embossing powders work together...

in the video I also show an example of custom embossing powder colors...

my favorite is one I like to use with 
and it's also great to use with hearts...

I like this combo of embossing powder colors...
a scoop can be any size you have...
depending how much 
volume of powder you want to mix...


it's one scoop of red geranium, one scoop of orange blossom, 2 scoops of frosted crystal & maybe ½ scoop of watering can...
these can all be adjusted according to your taste...
just add a little more 
if you want it more red...
a little extra 
if you want it more orange...

I used it on this project...


a closer look at the bricks...


and a really close look from an upcoming class...





I hope you're ready to
grab your supplies...

 have fun and...

make art!
wendy

Thursday, March 12, 2015

faux graniteware eggs...

here's a fun, quick & inexpensive 
little Easter home decor project...

grab some paper mache eggs...
and insert a memo pin into one end...

***think about how you'll use these before deciding which end for the pin...
will the small or large end sit in something or are they going in a little basket?***


to start...

I inked the blending tool with sky blue archival ink, tapped over the egg,  sprinkled with the sky blue embossing powder & heated to melt the powder...

this is where the memo pin worked great as a handle & protects your fingers from both the heat & the embossing powder...

while the egg was warm
I sprinkled on another layer of embossing powder...
the warm powder will hold the second layer of powder on...
you'll see that the second layer of embossing powder melts very quickly...

***hold the egg for a minute, to allow it to cool, before setting it on your craft sheet to prevent any marks in the powder***

here's my first egg...


that was fun...
so I decided to repeat the same steps, with different colors on more eggs...

I chose my new suck it up buttercup 


and now I have these 3 cuties...
but I used 3 on the buttercup for better coverage...

if you like these enameled eggs, 
you could quit there...
but I kept going...


next, I grabbed potting soil archival ink...


and tapped it over the eggs to age them...
I don't dry the ink...


then I used the unmounted spatter stamp with Glacier White to add dots to the eggs & gave them a quick dry with the heat-it tool...
it takes very little to dry the Glacier white...

the small spatter stamp is perfect for small curved surfaces...

if you already have the 

next, I stamped the hosta 2 times onto clearly for art (CFA), that was covered with newsprint, using Glue N Seal...

I used jet black archival to stamp the images, and leaf green archival to ink the leaves and 

I heated them enough to soften the CFA & then shaped the leaves to create a little dimension...
I added a piece of black foam adhesive to the back of the leaves & added them over the full hosta...
I like to offset the layers & 
not line them up perfectly...



next I added this new remnant rub to the egg...
you'll LOVE the remnant rub tool...
I DO!
I placed the egg in the foam adhesive roll to make it more stable & easier to work on...

you'll see on the hosta, what the offset layers look like...


I added the remnant rub...


in the next photo,
 you'll see that I added the flower, the



my original plan was to make several eggs...
I thought I'd put them in a 
real vintage graniteware pot...

but then I spied this adorable trophy... 
and discovered that it holds the eggs very well...
on to plan B...



I put a little on the craft sheet, then spread the paste onto the trophy with my finger...
it takes very little paste...
just add a super thin layer...


I used a Q-tip to get in the area under the handles...
I know...
it's not too cute yet,
 but trust me...
keep going...



the thin layer of gold metallic embossing paste was dry in 2 minutes or less...
when it was dry, I added some potting soil archival ink over the paste, with a blending tool...

then used the spatter stamp with 
to add faux "pits" to the trophy for a more authentic effect...


I used the foam adhesive roll again to hold the trophy...

 and added a remnant rub...


I'm seriously addicted to the foil sheets
so I used a tiny bit to accent the trophy...
the remnant rub tool makes it simple & the foil sticks very well to the dry embossing paste...


I like the little bits of orange-ish metallic foil...
it looks sort of rusty...


and here's the egg sitting in the trophy...


I thought about adding that brown fake grass stuff in the trophy...

hmmm...
not sure...

how cute would these be at each placesetting for Easter?

remember I told you to think about how you were going to use them?

you could leave the memo pin in place & add the guest's name or type out HAPPY EASTER and add that to the memo pin...
lots of possibilities...

you could also cause a family feud...
WHAT???
who do you give #1 to?
lol...oh...that could be lots of laughs!

I think I won't add the grass...

when Easter is over, I'll pack the eggs away & reuse the trophies with some little flowers...

so I went from these generic 
paper mache eggs...


to faux graniteware eggs...




with 9 embossing powder choices there are lots of fun color combos...

I hope you'll grab some eggs,

 and...

make (EASTER) art!
wendy