Monday, October 20, 2014

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #4

Hello friends!  I'm back to share my week #4 inspiration piece for The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  But first I want to send a big thank you hug to everyone who has played along so for.  I know it's still far from Christmas and it's hard to get into the mood.  A huge thank you to everyone who has started to play along.  And I hope to see even more of you linking up this week.

This week I went very country/homespun with a simple stenciling and then used the Christmas Chalk stamp set from Artistic Outpost, which I thought coordinated so perfectly with the Tim Holtz Festive stencil.  I probably spent 30 minutes carefully masking off different ares of this stencil and meticulously stenciling the lovely design on this stencil - and then covered most of it up - LOL!

I started with one of my jumbo manila tags and masking taped my stencil over the tag and onto my craft sheet.  Then I masked off everything that wasn't the color that I was going to be stenciling.  That's what took most of the time.  The stenciling was done with Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs and Barn Door.  I love the way it came out - very simple by very charming.  I should have a taken a quick photo of it before I covered it up!  I did the stamping of the frame, sentiment and decorations onto another tag with the same colors of inks.  I wanted it to match.  I used distress markers to color the stamp at the top since I only wanted part of the stamp to be stamped.  So much easier than having to mask the area.

I added very simple ink edging after trimming the edges with pinking shears.  I though the red and green edging gave it more of the country style look.  I dug deep in my stash and came up with the red gingham ribbon and the red jumbo rick arc - perfect for the look I was going for.

That's it for this week.  I hope the simplicity of this week's tag will give you at least one or two things to inspire you.  Can't wait to see what you will make!  And if you are new to the challenge, check out week #1 post for all the do's and don'ts of this challenge.

The following products were used to make this tag and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nature's Miracles Wall Hanging

 Hi there!  So glad you could stop by today.  I have a wall hanging to share that I made for week to of the Autumn Colors challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  Sue Carrington is our hostess and she has a simple and lovely challenge - share a project with fall colors.  For my piece, I wanted to stencil some fall leaves, but didn't have a leaf stencil.  So again, I took the packaging from a Bigz die and using my Mini Tattered Leaves Movers and Shapers dies, I cut several leaves out of the acrylic packaging sheet.  I had to run it through a couple of times because there are just two mini leaf dies.  Once cut, I laid the homemade stencil on a sheet of manila card stock and using Tim Holtz's texture paste, I stenciled the leaves.  When dry, I spritzed on a bit of Evergreen Bough distress stain spray.  When that was dry, I sprayed it again with Spiced Marmalade and Tarnished Brass distress stains.  When dry, I laid my stencil over it, fitting it so that it lined up with the leaves and then stamped a couple of Wendy Vecchi stamps on the leaves with Potting Soil archival ink.  Next, a bit of Brushed Corduroy was sponged per the leaves to define the edges.

Once the background was done, I cut three layers of chipboard with the Postage Stamp die.  After gluing them together, I painted them black with an acrylic paint dabber.  I love the way Wendy Vecchi has been using her new embossing powders over black.  (She used Clearly for Art black film.  I tried to order some of the boutique, but its out of stock at Ranger and now is back ordered. )   After drying the acrylic paint with my heat tool, I used embossing ink on the front of the frame and then sprinkled on Tree Branch embossing powder.  I knocked off the loose excess and then lightly went around the outside/inside with my finger to knock off some EP in random patterns.  Once heated on, it just gives such a cool warn look to the piece! Once the frame was finished, the manila CS was trimmed to fit and adhered to the back side of the frame.
 Once the frame was finished, it was time to create my focal piece.  Using the new Labels thinlits dies from Tim Holtz, I cut two sizes from manila CS and stamped the sentiment and a leaf from the Wendy Vecchi Nature's Art set with Potting Soil and Orange Blossom archival inks.  The labels were shaded with Potting Soil and Orange Blossom too.  Next I cut all the tiny leaves and other objects with the Autumn Gatherings die from kraft CS and colored them by sponging with various colors of distress inks.  Then they were edged with Brushed Corduroy and glazed with either Glossy Accents or Crackle Accents (I meant to do them all with Crackle Accents, but had both on my desk and somehow mixed them up so about half of them got Glossy instead of Crackle - LOL!)  When dry, I arranged them to fit, glued them with Multi Medium Matte and layered the labels over them using the new Ranger foam tape to separate the layers so the leaves could be tucked under.

The following products were used to make this project and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

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