Take a peek at this new share on The Artistry! Perfect for some Spring or Summer decor. Lightweight stenciled clay ornaments using doodles and mandalas as stencils...
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I've no doubt that there are several among us who feel like Spring can't come soon enough with all the crazy winter weather we've had of late.
I'm reminded of picking violets and violas in Grandma's yard. They grew wild in her side yard and the infusion of purples and yellows and white peeking from the green blades of grass was as sure a sign of Spring as the blooming of the crocus, daffodils and tulips that were sprinkled throughout the flower beds.
Our gardens are still covered in snow and are seriously lacking in the way of spring flowering bulbs.... so this project will have to do.
You'll need: images of violas, violets and or pansies in isolation Photo Shop Elements or another similar photo editing program if the images do not have a transparent background Vellum Electronic die cutting machine & associated software or sharp detail scissors to cut wreath base (white cardstock) 12 x 12 back (plain or designer paper) 12 x 12 frame (with or without glass) Gel Medium and a brush
If you need to remove the white from the images, use the magic wand in PhotoShop and delete the white, leaving only the flower image. Save as a png.
Open your cutting machine software, import the png images and size as desired. Set the images to print2cut. Check preview to make sure that you just have the outline cutting and no cutting lines inside the flower. If you see cutting lines, use the contour cut (shadow) feature and create a blackout shadow. Set the shadow to 0, so it will cut with the outline. If your software can create a print2cut outline, you can use that was well. Group the image and shadow together for ease in making any adjustments to placement before printing and cutting. Repeat with additional images and fill the mat for the size of paper you will be printing to. When you're satisfied with the size of all your images, send to the printer and cut using the machine's software instructions. This project used 3 12 x 12 vellum sheets1. Approximately 60 flowers were cut (20 images per sheet).
If you don't have a cutting machine, you can use a word editing program or photo program and set the size of the paper to the desired dimensions for the paper you will be printing to. Size and place the images as desired and print on the vellum. Cut the images using sharp scissors and trim close to the printed edges.
Cut the wreath base - I used was a 9 inch diameter circle, the center being cut out leaving approximately a 1.25 inch wide section to glue the flowers to.
Glue one of the images to the wreath of the base using the brush and gel medium - just a little goes a long way. Add additional images filling the wreath base using the gel medium Let that layer dry. Add additional images to fill in and fill out the wreath. Let dry thoroughly. Just a small amount of gel medium2 where the images overlap is necessary. The petal edges can remain loose. If your base has warped at all because of the moisture in the gel medium, place under a heavy book for several hours and the base should flatten out.
The background I chose is from AC cardstock and is the textured white. It does have a slight gray tint to it and plays well with the colors printed on the vellum.
Mount and frame as desired. I had a few images left over and used them for another project which I will share very soon.
Happy Crafting and wishing you a week filled with nurturing your creative spirit!
1 Vellum was chosen for the translucency that many dried and pressed flowers have. 2 Gel medium will dry clear and did not show through the images as normal adhesive does.
Not quite finished yet, but getting there. The last post for this birdhouse featured adding the color to the roof. For this post, I added a bright cheery yellow Ohuhu marker to the house in hopes of bringing some cheer to what is normally a pretty dreary January around here. More details and the final project coming soon.
Once again, I used the eBrush and the hacked adapter. If you're a copic marker user, make sure that you have a second adapter on hand.
Need to hack an adapter? This youtube video that Mitsyana (UpOnTippyToes.com) created is a super reference video. You'll find more helpful hints on the eBrush page on Facebook. Link below.
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And while you're waiting for your eBrush to arrive, hope you have some creative time set aside for some play time. I'm looking forward to sharing more eBrush fun with you in the weeks ahead as well as other fun ideas that have been filling my mind in recent weeks.
Yep, this is a teaser... we'll see how it turns out.
The gathering of the basic materials... all from the stash. Birdhouse is from Darice. the circle is from Wood Hollow, Sculpey clay (yep, I bought it in bulk a couple of years ago... so good!) the dowel was originally used as a "fishing pole" for my Sunday School class. Being upcycled a bit.
My craft dedicated pasta machine is at the ready as are my other clay crafting tools. Let's get started!
Hoping you'll enjoy some creative time this coming week! I'm really looking forward to some fun with this project.
The eclips/eCal page on Facebook is launching the 2nd Annual 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge! We're so excited for the #eclipsecalmakers who will be showing off this year's tags. Hope you'll stop by the page and check out all the creative endeavors!
For day 1, I'm sharing this make:
I honestly don't remember where I got the tag shape from... the tree is the Tipsy Tree from Creative Pointe. I reduced it in size to about 2 inches tall, made a couple of extra changes and crinkled the top three layers before adhering to the tree base. The tree wobbles for an interactive piece on the tag. The tag base is embossed and inked using distress inks on the debossed side.
Thanks for dropping by. More to come over the course of the next week and a half.
This idea has been formulating for a couple of months. Lots of different iterations, but I do like how the "idea" ultimately came together.
I asked Sandy Stark at Simply Crafty SVGs for the design of the egg shape***. She graciously accepted and created the SVG file for me. Sandy's design skills were spot on and the design worked perfectly.
The teeth were made using basic shapes from the eCal library (triangle and horizontal rectangle, Union)
All of the leaves were cut from heavy white crepe paper using a template created in the eCal3 software and cut with the eclips2 using a heart shape from the library and the knife to cut the shapes in half and the close path command.
Since the eclips doesn't cut crepe well, I invited a friend over to cut the crepe since my tendonitis is still in flare mode. Wires were glued to the crepe paper pieces before coloring using a technique from a Lia Griffeth you tube video. The leaves were colored using the eBrush and Bic Mark-it markers.
The tongue was a hand cut shape. A highly texture paper would work, or you could use some paper twist or heavy floral crepe paper and have it work. The Feed Me sign was made using a font from Creative Fabrica - Halloween. (affiliate link)
An 18" dowel was attached at the back of the head and the wired leaves added using floral tape and hot glue. Secure in the pot (10") and add any finishing touches.
As you know, I love to add lights and music to a lot of my pieces, and this one was no exception. An InviteByVoice sound module with push button was added with a little bit of an instrumental version of "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors recorded on the module. A string of fairy lights under the lip of the pot and through the center were added as well.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy and fun! Thanks for stopping by. Have some fun in your creative world this month!
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It's been a rather interesting time around here. Just when you'd hoped to get a bunch of things started and finished, you overwork on digit and develop a really bad case of tendonitis on your dominant hand. It's slowed things down a bit, but I've been able to come up with a few workarounds other than using a glue bottle which I still can't squeeze for much more than 30 seconds during any "working" session. I'm really hoping that the ergo friendly glue bottle for woodworkers will work for me.
The "down time" has given me a little more time to play with some ideas and collaborate with a couple of other people in bringing the ideas to life. A and I brainstormed about a couple of ideas for some Halloween decor and we're seeing the main piece come together in a way I hoping to be able to share some sneak peeks soon.
My July ATC mixed media piece was picked up by @CreativeFabrica for an article on their site and was featured in their newsletter 8/23/19 newsletter! That was definitely a lift! You can find the article on the CF site, here.
I'm looking forward to some future posts on the @InviteByVoice blog soon. Things are in a holding pattern -- for them to start posting the 8 projects I've completed in the last few months using their sound boxes and modules.
School starts back up tomorrow and to celebrate I've been able to create a few cards using a pattern offered by Corina over at @Creatieve Papier Uitspattingen. They were so fun to make and I was grateful for the support from a fellow maker in helping me clean up the print to cut image a little more to make it much easier to cut and use. Videos below.
More to come in a couple of days.... and hopefully, the brace will be gone for good for a very long while.
Nurture your heart with a little creativity. Create some time in your schedule to make it happen!
SVGCuts' Attic Treasures Kit has one of my favorite go-to files. The book. It's so versatile and can be made for any occasion. Today's project is for a birthday and could also be used to celebrate meeting a reading goal.
Audio file (about 2 minutes long) Adhesive, Lineco Glue, Scor-Tape, Foam Mounting tape ink blending tool Scoreboard, bone folder Electronic Die Cutting Machine (Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3) Optional - printables
Cut all pieces needed for the book as well as an embellishment pieces. I added an image to the spine of the book and used the print 2 cut feature in the eCal software before cutting. Ink the edges of all the book pieces for an old book look if desired. My sister says this book looks "ancient!"
Cut another piece at 4 3/8" x 5 1/4" to cover the sound module. Use a 1/2 inch punch to create an opening for the sound module sensor.
Lightly score the "pages" on the sides of the box in 1/8" increments and add a little ink with the blending tool to highlight the lines.
Assemble the book and "pages" as shared in the assembly video here. Decorate the book cover as desired. I chose not to use the panels in the file for this project or other decorative elements provided in the folder.
Following the directions included with the sound module, record your audio. Remove the backing from the module and place in the box.
Decorate the 4 3/8" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock as desired. Apply some foam mounting tape to the back. Do not remove the release paper. If desired add a 2nd layer of tape. Set this layer in place and remove the sensor. Close the book.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hoping your creative time is filled with a little magic! Enjoy.