Monday, August 31, 2015

Etwas Langsamer by Barb Black

Etwas Langsamer
 Mixed Media 10 x 14

I actually did the clock and hands of this piece months ago. But then I couldn't figure out where I wanted to go with them. Happens more often than I care to admit! Sometimes a thing is just waiting for opportunity. That opportunity came a couple of days ago when I was sorting through old sheet music and manuals and books that I use for backgrounds -- trying to organize my chaos just a tiny bit. (As if!)
I spotted the note on some German sheet music: it read, "Etwas langsamer." Those years of high school German from decades ago made themselves useful. I knew immediately that it translated to, "A little slower." Aha! A background for my clock piece!
I decoupaged the sheet music to a canvas board and then splattered it with alcohol ink. As I worked I thought about the ridiculous speed at which time seems to be going by, and my autodidactic Latin lessons came in handy with "tempus fugit" (time flies).

To get the effect I wanted on the clock and steampunk man, I embossed them with Stampendous Frantage. Then I swiped over them with StazOn Jet Black ink. I stamped the woman and "tempus fugit" with StazOn Jet Black ink as well.
The only thing left was to glue everything together.

I love how this piece turned out. Time flies... a little slower, please.

Gina's Products Used

Rubber Stamps by Blue Luna Press

Other Products Used
Canvas board
Imagine Crafts Creative Medium
Alcohol Ink
StazOn Jet Black Ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Powder
Black acrylic paint
Liquid Pearls

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gina's Designs Card Set

Hi Friends!  Debbie with you today sharing a card set I created.  I wanted to keep the techniques simple for the Gina's chipboard and still give it a shabby/mixed media look.  I added a little modeling paste to the cards using a stencil and some splatters with glimmer mist.

The technique I used is very simple.

1. Paint your chipboard pieces with cream colored acrylic paint.

2. Using a script stamp and archival ink stamp your painted chipboard.

3. The final step is to ink all your edges and adhere to you card.

Gina's Design's Products used:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tree of Life

Hello to all you out there. I just was thrilled when Gina made some larger pieces in the store smaller for me. Like Tree 3, which is what I used on this 6x6 canvas panel.

I started with some paper bits on the panel then gessoed everything, including the chipboard pieces.

Then I glued everything down. then added color. I used various sprays in shades of blue and teal. Then I grabbed my Cedarwood Twinkling H20 and painted the cheesecloth and the tree so it was a good dark brown.

I love the chipboard words because you can add them to anything.  Like this panel!

I wiped off the color from the word so it was bright white and stood off the panel.

I added some Tim Holtz words to the panel to give it a saying. I just love his chit chat words and sentences.  You can truly add chipboard to any project and I am glad I got the chance to inspire you all today. Have a great weekend!

Gina's Designs Used:
Tree 3 (downsized)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Altered Frame by Kim C.

Welcome to this weeks project!

I have altered a picture frame that I picked up at a yard sale (best place to find those items to alter and make beautiful)!

The frame was painted with white gesso first then pattern paper was added.  I added an intricate doily to the top and bottom corners as well as flowers from my stash. Flat back pearls were added to each scallop of the lace.

The large butterfly I painted with snow-tex then added some H2O paints from ColourArte and then used some distress ink on it.  

I then painted the word "Love", also with snow-tex.

A view of the top corner with the intricate doily under the flowers.  I wanted this to look elegant with just a touch of color to it.  I think I managed that.  I hope you like this weeks project and please stop back!

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:

Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers


Flatback Pearls


Mirabelle Paper Collection from The Paper Studio(Hobby Lobby)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Steampunk Muse

Hello everyone!  Barbara here. I am really excited about my project today.  Okay, I know I am easily entertained, but when it comes to steampunk, I really am, easily entertained, that is!  I could not wait to work on Gina's Steampunk Cage Dressform.  And here she is!!!


I painted the cage portion (front and back) with the Iron paint from the VerDay kit and let dry for one hour.  Then, following directions with the kit, I painted a second coat of the Iron paint and sprayed with the Patina Solution while the paint was still wet.  You will probably need to work in sections if your paint is drying quickly.  Here are the rusted pieces after the Patina Solution was allowed to sit for 24 hours and do it's thing.

Use the same process to paint the dressform pieces, but use the copper paint instead of the iron paint.  The Patina Solution gives a bluish green patina to the copper. 

I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to put my dress form and cage together.  I have found it to be the easiest glue to use, and it really does "grab" the chipboard nicely.

  • Very Important Tip:  I discovered that my chipboard had swelled from the Patina Solution and I was not able to slip the chipboard strips through the holes in the base and top.  What I ended up doing was using a craft knife to trim the little extender pieces so I could push them into the holes.  So, you may prefer putting the cage portion together before painting and adding the patina solution.

I wanted all of my remaining chipboard pieces to also have a metal look, so I heat embossed the floral border and scrap pieces of the Chainlink with Silvery Shimmer ink and silver embossing powder.  I wanted the chain link to look weathered, so I used a Versamark pen randomly, mostly where the links join, and heat embossed with Black Soot distress embossing powder.

The floral border and some metal embellishments were adhered to the top of the cage, as shown.

The bird cage was inked with Golden Glitz ink and gold embossing powder.  Metal gears, bird, and resin flower added to cage, as shown.  I added a small piece of jewelry chain to hang the bird cage.  The chain link was adhered to the cage posts.

Some metal clock hands were adhered to each post, as shown.  Square metal jewelry pieces and tiny metal beads were adhered to each gear "tooth".  

I glued some tiny watch parts to the body of the  dress form and found these tiny metal bird beads in my stash, adhering one to the shoulder and two to the top of the cage. 



Gina's Designs Products Used
Steampunk Cage Dressform

Other Products

VerDay Paint Kit (TenSecondStudio)

Silvery Shimmer and Golden Glitz Delicata ink pads

Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Black Soot distress embossing powder

Silver embossing powder

Gold embossing powder

Watch parts

Metal jewelry bits and pieces

I absolutely love how this turned out and had so much fun embellishing it.  I want to do another one and see what other ways I can come up with to embellish a "sister" piece. What great "things" do you have in your stash to add to her? 

I hope I have been able to get those creative juices flowing and inspired you to try making one of these for yourself or a friend who loves steampunk.  It will make a wonderful inspiration piece to sit on my desk and admire, and hopefully keep the mojo going.   So, head on over to Gina's Store, Blog and Facebook Group to keep up with all the fun things we have in store for you!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative weekend!!!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Create Banner by Guest Designer Pam Bray

has been a fun filled August. I have had a wonderful time as Gina's
August Guest Designer sharing with you some of my creations using Gina's
Lasercut Designs. I love to "Create" so of course I had to use this
fabulous Create Banner as my last project for the month.

 I began by running Create Banner pieces through my Xyron Creative Station, trimming off the excess Graphic 45 Ladies Diary paper and layering them together.

 I like to place my chipboard pieces where  I would like them to end up.

 and take photos of them so I can refer back...especially when I am using several different pieces.

 I used DecoArt Inc Media Gesso and covered all of the pieces, allow them to dry.

 Paint the leaves on the frames and feathery flourish using both DecoArt Media Yellow Green Light and Sap Green.

 Paint the birds with DecoArt Naphithol Red,, allow them to dry. Paint over with a wash of DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna. Dry.

 Do a wash of DecoArt Media Raw Sienna over all the pieces, dry.

 Make a mix of DecoArt Utra-Matte Varnish, 3 parts Quinacridone Orange and 1 part Paynes Grey. Apply to top of all pieces, dry.

apply DecoArt Inc Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream, allow it to dry.
Take a wet one or wet paper towel and whip off randomly to give that
antique look.

 Place each of the chipboard pieces on the banner. (Refer to the photos)

 Paper each of the letters with Graphic 45 Ladies Diary. Add to each banner.

 Add gears to the Clockwork Penny Farthing.

  I like adding pieces I have saved from other pieces...the birds came off the Birds on a Wire 1 die cut.

 Add a few rose buds to the banner. 

 Along with a small calendar to go along with Gina's Lasercut Designs Honeycomb & Bees Medium Set.

 Add the Bird in Ivy to one the banner along with the letter and a few more roses.

random metals to some of the banners along with a few of Graphic 45
Ladies Diary embellishments. Hang the banner using clothespins and jute
to finish your Create Banner.

want to say thank you to Gina for having me as her Guest Designer and
let you know I am so hooked on Gina's Lasercuts...if you haven't used
them...they are a must have for all your projects, so make sure to check
out the store HERE!!!

Make sure to follow Gina's Designs Lasercut BLOG for more inspiration!!!


Gina's Designs Supplies:


Other Supplies:

Inc Media: Gesso, Yellow Green Light, Sap Green, Naphithol Red Light,
Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Ultra Matte Varnish, Paynes Grey, Quincridone
Burnt Orange, Patina Green Antiquing Cream

Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Collection

Graphic 45 Botanicabella  Butterfly paper

Random Metal


Clothes Pins


Paper Calendar and numbers

 I hope I have inspired you with my Wednesday Guest Design projects which you can see at the following links...