The eclips/eCal Facebook page is having another ATC challenge - CELEBRATIONS! and all of the elements used to create the ATC must be designed and cut using the eclips and eCal.
Here's my finished card. It was inspired by a find on Pinterest --
I started with a plain piece of cardstock that had a light layer of Gesso. I masked off a section of the gelli plate slightly larger than the ATC dimensions, brayered on some paint and pulled a print. I added a few additional pulls of color to the print using some stencils (cut with the eclips) and additional pink and white and yellow paints until I got the desired results.
Using the eCal software, size a vertical rectangle to 2.5 x 3.5, set the line to Print 2 Cut Cut. Create text on an arch. I used Funky Mother for the fun text. Fill the text with color (I chose black) and set the stroke to none. Change from cut to Print 2 Cut Print. Print, make sure you select registration marks. Since the cardstock has some tooth from the Gesso and gelli print, you can opt to use some embossing powder and a heat gun to add a little more texture to the card. I used some Ranger Black embossing powder.
Now for the cutting. Place the gessoed paper on the mat and following the print 2 cut directions, cut the ATC.
I found a fun cupcake graphic at Creative Fabrica and decided to use the base of the cupcake as the stencil. Size it to approximately 2 inches high with keep proportions checked. Cut using stencil material or regular cardstock.
Position the cupcake stencil on the ATC base as desired and using some watercolors and a water brush, add some additional colors. Let dry.
Add some sprinkles to your frosting. I used the sprinkles in the original design, grouped them together and created a small stencil for those and added a little more color.
Add additional details using a Micron pen. For a little extra shine, use a sparkle brush and let dry.
Thanks for dropping by! Hoping you have built in some creative time this week!
I'm happy to be sharing this post with CraftwellUSA as a guest blogger this week.
This can be addicting!
Prep your paper - apply a very thin layer of gesso and let dry.
I generally Gesso several full 8.5 x 11 sheets and then cut to size once the paper has dried.
Other things you'll need: eBrush and marker adapter Markers (I used Tombow dual brush markers) background stamps inks painter tape small water mister embellishments, digital stamps (optional)
Once you've prepped your paper, if desired, apply a piece of tap around the edges of the paper. Press the edge down to keep the color from bleeding into the edges For a little interest on in the background, stamp as desired.
Set up the eBrush and seat the marker.... begin spraying. Below is a video that shows how I accomplished this piece.
Hope you've carved out some creative time this week! Enjoy and try something new!
It's been a bit of a dry spell, and hopefully, the posts will be back again on a fairly regular basis - February illnesses hit us hard.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner... I saw this cute and whimsical wood cut in an ad and figured why not? :)
I think it turned out pretty cute. The turkey has his own personality... Love the eyelash yarn I found in my stash leftover from some projects a number of years ago. He might need a little trim on top though. I haven't quite decided.
And I decided to make some printable Thanksgiving postcards using the eCal3 software and basic shapes library.
You'll Need: Turkey Time WoodCreations. Gesso White paint Tack cloth Foam brush Paper or paint glue Yarn white gel pen ink (optional for edges) glue gun eCal3 (basic shapes library and fonts of your choosing) eclips2 printer
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are. We're looking forward to an early celebration with our family this weekend.
Nurture your creativity and create space and time to do it!
For the first time in many years, I didn't buy my own birthday present, T did! Got to love a hubby that listens and says "let's do it!"
I've been wanting a laser engraver for a long time -- especially after seeing a model that also cuts, but the pricing was way out of our comfort zone. When we saw this model, we couldn't help but make the purchase even though the cutting area is very small, it does suffice for what I wanted to do.
Peggy at Mixed Media Supplies has some digital stamps that I'd hoped would have excellent results. So, let the play begin.
You'll need: Mini Maker by Nejetool.com Rose Stencil Digital Stamp (Mixed Media Supplies) wood cuts (1/8" birch) - from my stash Tombow markers Gesso Cardstock eBrush w/ Tombow adapter Foam brush Adhesive, ScorTape, Red Line heavy duty tape, Scotch Quick Dry glue Fixative Printer Word Processing program used fabric softener sheet (optional) metallic rub on (gold) Craft knife adhesive glue ModPodge twine (optional)
I don't have a lot of pictures for this project, but I'm pretty sure you'll figure out the steps on your own.
Begin by selecting and sizing the digital stamp in the NJ software (I enlarged to fill the design window) The finished design was 1 x 1.5 inches. As you'll notice in the pictures below, the image was engraved on a wooden tag I had in my stash.
Once the image has been engraved, remove it from the machine. Trim if needed. Set aside.
Gesso and ATC sized piece of card stock. Let dry. Using the eBrush and Tombow markers, color as desired. I originally had plans to use the lighter edges as the top of the ATC, however, decided to flip it. Color the engraved piece and the mini heart.
Open your word processing program and select the fonts and sentiments for your ATC. I chose Summer Sunsets, the color of roses as a reminder of the beautiful sunsets we have been seeing in recent days and the garden of roses I pass by nearly every morning on walk through the neighborhood.
Print on plain paper, Then using some repositionable glue/tape, place the ATC over the printing noting the placement. Print again. At this point, you can spray with a bit of fixative OR using some embossing powder, emboss for another layer of texture.
If desired, add a bit of gold metallic rub to the edges of the ATC.
"Glue" some torn pieces of the used dryer sheet on the ATC with the mod podge. Let dry. Glue a small piece of the dryer sheet to the heart. Let that dry as well. When dry, add a bit of looped twine on the back of the heart. Secure with glue or redline tape.
When the ATC base has dried, secure the ATC to a base (3 x 4). Add embellishments. If desired add a light layer of ModPodge to the entire ATC, making sure that the edges of your wood pieces are also sealed. Let dry and you're ready to sign and frame your work of art.
Hi everyone! It's been a crazy few weeks here and crafting time has been limited, but I wanted to share this quick and fun ATC with you.
A couple of months ago I created a whole stack of gelli prints -- and began a journey creating some art in ATC size. I still have a stack of prints, albeit it's a tad bit smaller. So let's start there...
I picked one with a pink, orange and yellow base. The colors remind me some recent sunrises here and even an occasional sunset when the colors are high in the sky.
Select a stencil. My stencil is a new digi from Mixed Media Supplies. I'm so excited to get to share the Alpha stencil. There's also some numerals in the digi and it's created at ATC size for perfect use on these mini sized canvases.
I got my eBrush out and a Tombow® marker ( which worked well with the colors in my background. Place the stencil as desired and spray. Reposition and spray again
Challenged to use some cardboard for another project, I cut a few hearts using a Sizzis® Originals die (Hearts, Primitive - retired) and removed a bit of the paper exposing the corrugated layer. I "painted" a light coat of Gesso on the cardboard with a finger and let it dry. Mix a little mica with some water and brush onto the dried Gesso for a bit more color and sheen.
Print and color one of the beautiful butterfly digi stamps from MMS. I used a couple of Tombow markers on the reverse side of the vellum. Add some Glaze to the front of the digi and let dry.
Once everything is dry, arrange as desired on your background and secure in place. If desired, add an appropriate word or phrase to your artwork. Sign, date and frame!
Thanks for stopping by today.... hope you'll join me again soon and don't forget to nurtured your creative soul as frequently as possible.
"There is beauty all around When there's love at home." *
I purchased some wood shaped houses a while back and I decided I would use them for this last post of May.
You'll need: Wood Houses in graduated sizes (Fun Stampers Journey) Digital Journal Pages (Mixed Media Supplies) Doily stencil Digital photo editing program (Photo Shop Elements) Digital cutting machine and software (Sizzix eclips2, eCal2) American Typewriter (light) Font Souffle Polymer Clay (Gold) Modeling Paste Acrylic Medium (or Gel Medium) Gesso Digital paper (This & That Collection from Echo Park) Foam brush (1 inch) Glossy Accents or Hot Glue Gun Craft knife Scissors Xyron X with permanent adhesive Sandpaper eBrush, TB adapter Tombow markers Ink
Prep your wood. Apply a thin coat of Gesso and let dry.
This piece has an oops! I started out doing a transfer and it didn't work out as planned -- so this piece has been sanded and a second light coat of Gesso was added.
Open your photo editing program and open the journal pages you want to use. I created a new file and set the size to the same size as the largest house. Copy and paste a small portion of the desired journal page into the new file as a new layer. Using the Type Tool, create your text. Adjust size if needed. Repeat for the other two houses adjusting the size of the base layer.
Print the papers for the houses on copy paper. Print the digital paper from the Echo Park collection on cardstock (110 lb).
Using the acrylic medium, apply a thin coat to the wood and burnish the journal page prints to the houses. Trim with the craft knife as needed. Let dry.
Using the stencil and the modeling paste stencil on the largest house as desired. You can repeat on the other houses if you'd like. Let the modeling paste dry thoroughly.
With the eBrush, lightly spray some color around the edges of the houses. You'll get some color on the modeling paste, but that is fine.
Using the cutting machine, cut the lettering using American Typewriter as desired. My lettering is just a bit over 1 in high. Apply adhesive to the back of the lettering by using the Xyron X and permanent adhesive. Apply to the houses.
Soften the clay according to manufacturer's direction. Use a texture plate and add a little texture to the clay. Cut in to the heart shape using a cutter or a template. Bake according to the manufacturer's direction. Let cool. Attach the heart using some Glossy Accents or hot glue gun.
Cut some strips from the digital paper. Measure and trim as needed. Using the ink or the eBrush, add a little color along each of the edges to soften the colors just a bit. Using some double stick tape, or glue, apply the "roof" to each house.
*(Love at Home, Text and music: John Hugh McNaughton
Thanks for stopping by today. Have oodles of fun in your creative endeavors!
Learning to embrace the oops has always been an issue for me in the past, however, after taking a couple of classes from Carolyn Dube, I have been able to do much better about letting go of some things and let a few of the oops be visible and be a part of the finished project.
Matter of fact - these oops have sort of grown on me.
You'll need Mixed Media Birds and Butterflies copy paper digitized dictionary page cardstock (white) vellum laser printer Gesso foam brush Gelli Plate Acrylic paint brush or brayer (optional) Mister filled with water Painters Tape stencil (mini dot - my design) stamps, (Texture stamps from Mixed Media Supplies, assorted sentiment stamps) ink pad (black) Markers (Tombow Dual Brush, SN Sparkle, clear or pearl mica mixed with alcohol or water) Tape runner (Tombow) Clear foam Tape (Kool Tak) seed bead (optional) Silver, gold mica in misters
Open your favorite photo editing program and size the digital bird and butterflies image as desired. Print using a laser printer. Open the dictionary page and print on copy paper.
Cut the printed dictionary page into ATC sized pieces. Trim as needed if your printer doesn't do a bleed print. The pieces should be a finished size of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Using the foam brush, apply a light coat of gesso on the printed side. The print should show through. Set aside to dry.
Print the butterfly page on a sheet of translucent white vellum. Cut the butterflies and birds you will use for your project and set aside.
Section off an area of the Gelli Plate using the printer's tape. The area should be slightly larger than your ATC card. Place small dabs of acrylic paint on the gelli plate, blend the colors with your fingers (brayer or brush) and lightly mist with some water. Place the gessoed paper face down on the gelli plate and pull a print. Pull a second print. Repeat as needed. Let these pieces dry thoroughly.
Color the reverse side of the butterfly as desired using the markers. The vellum may curl -- you can flatten it by placing it in a heavy book or pressing lightly with a craft iron between two pieces of copy paper. Embellish with some sparkles using the SN sparkle pen. Let dry.
Add a little more texture to the front of your gelli print using a stencil (mini dot) and some ink and a blender or air brush. Stamp the sentiment (I jiggled the stamp - creating my blurred image and the OOPS!) Using the blender and some light brown, add a little color around the edges.
Adhere your print to a piece of cardstock cut to the size of the ATC. Using a blender or the ink pad, add a little more color to the edges of the card.
Mist or fleck the mica on the ATC card as desired, add other embellishments -
Using the clear foam tape, add the fussy cut butterfly and bird images you've colored. Name and sign your finished image.
Thanks for joining me today... hope you'll stop by again soon. In the meantime enjoy some creative time in your own studio, and remember, embrace the oops!