' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: June 2012

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Red white and blue challenge

This week the Impression Obsession challenge is Red White and Blue, just in time for 4th of July projects. But I am thinking back to winter as I am entering (belatedly because I thought only cards could be entered - Duh!) this scrapbook page inspired by the colors in the photo. I love making my own backgrounds with stamps and masks and the Cover A Card stamps are ideal because of their size.

I used a Flourish mask by Tim Holtz in a 2 step process : first I used the Impression Obsession CAC Newspaper ( CC068) and embossed in clear powder, secondly I applied Distress inks over the embossing and mask.
The blue paper is vellum embossed with a 5x7 Cuttlebug folder, the handmade red paper has been cut with a Spellbinder die. A bit of hand stitching, a tag and a brad to finish a simple layout.
I have been using this stamp quite a lot in my vintage scrapbook layouts but once embossed in white it doesn't say "vintage" anymore and works well here, I think.

Don't hesitate to tell me what you think !

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Using masks challenge

Rather than use patterned papers for my scrapbook layouts I like to create my own backgrounds with stamps and masks. So the latest CraftBarn challenge is right up my alley...

I have used a Crafter's Workshop template with a reddish mist, both in positive and negative shapes,  with Distress ink and cut & dry foam, and with versamark and mica powders on top. The stamps are from Katzelkraft and Impression Obsession. I am not concerned about the empty spaces, since if I don't need them, I can always fill them with photos or embellishments when creating the layout.

I might let you see the finished piece in a future post...

Sunday 10 June 2012

By the Sea

Time  for another challenge at Impression Obsession following their latest rubber stamps release with lots of "sea" inspired images from  Gary Robertson (one of my faves!) and first time stamp designer Dina Kowal. Naturally the theme is By the Sea...

I used the Beach Chair (F2337) for the main image and tried something different to my usual techniques for variety !

I have used patterned papers for the chair and towel, and colored pencils to shade. The towel is
mounted with foam tape to give a bit of depth, but that isn't very obvious in the picture.
I colored the rest of the image with markers and used transparent glitter on the sand.  Finally, I used glossy accents to make the glass look like glass (completely invisible on the photo).

Hope you will like it,