Steampunk Tag

Hi it’s Lou here. Today I fancied doing a favourite theme of mine, steampunk.

I began by adding a crackle effect to my Woodouts tag.

To do this, I began by coating the tag in a layer of white gesso. Next you add a layer of paint. This layer can be any type of acrylic paint. I choose a brown impasto paint.

Next is the crackle glaze. I used one from Fabrika Decoru. The thicker you apply it the wider and larger the crackle. Thinner will lead to smaller, finer crackle. Don’t put on too thick or it won’t dry properly. To allow for the most effective crackles, let it dry naturally.

Once this is dry, you now need to apply a 2nd coat of acrylic. This must not be metallic or it will not crackle and try to paint in one direction and not to keep going over the area so that it can work best or you will prevent the crackles. Aim for one swift brush stoke in one direction. Leave this to dry naturally until you have the desired crackles then you can finish the drying with a heat gun. I chose linen impasto paint for my 2nd layer to contrast the darker 1st coat.

Next I wanted to really work on the colours and make an interesting back ground. I built up different layers of paint using deco art media fluids in burnt umber and raw sienna, finnabair sparks in raven and fabrika decoru metallic paint in peach. 

I contrasted matte and metallic paints and light and dark colours to give a look of depth.

 

My tag was now ready for assembly. I fussy cut element from AB Studio Steampunk Love sheet. To match the colours better to my tag, I smushed some oxide inks in gathered twigs and forest moss onto my mat and applied to the die cuts with a baby wipe and dried them. I added to my tag at different height by using scraps of chipboard and Fabrika Decoru 3D gel 

I wanted to add a bit more texture and interest. I used the 3D gel again and sprinkled some micro beads around areas of the die cuts. The gel will dry clear so don’t worry if you can see parts of it still.

To finish, I always like to add a title or phrase to my work. I backed some prima word stickers onto some tim holtz paper. I left a wider border, cut them out and mounted onto foam an added to my tag.

And with that, my tag was complete. Here are some close ups.

Christmas Tag

Lorna here with my first christmas mixed media project for this year
firstly i gessoed my MDF tag with white gesso and when dry, I used the tree stencil and clear 3D gel with glitter through the stencil to create my back ground. I quickly gave that a dry and then played with the oxide ink sprays by spraying water and moving the ink around to add the colour to my back ground and again I dried it .
From the Mintay Papers pad, Home for Christmas I did some fussy cutting from the element sheet. I used 3d foam pads and  the 3D gel medium to add my cut pieces with some height .
I added my chipboard title from Tim Holtz again using the 3d foam pads and 3D gel medium to fix in place.
lastly i covered my titles and using the white gesso mixed with water, I splattered a little.
I finished the tag with a pretty ribbon.
Here are some close ups.

Christmas Cards

Hello everybody Kasia here… This is the time of the year when I realise I need to make few Christmas cards for my friends and family. This year’s AB studio Secret Wood Christmas papers were just perfect for this.

Firstly I fussy cut all the elements.

I prepared my layers – black and gold and silver mirri card. I used my sewing machine to create the stitch border.

I distressed the edges using oxides  faded jeans and vintage photo.

I layered up my fussy cut elements and added some sisal, gauze and lace to add more texture. You can find some great items like this for adding texture in the trimmings bags

Some of the background were stamped with musical notes stamps by Kaisercraft.

I added chipboard sentiments.

I still wanted those cards to be flat and ready for posting. I used 7inch square blanks and matching envelopes. I enjoyed making those cards but I need more. I will be back soon with some more Christmas cards ideas.

Hugs Kasia

Oh Christmas Tree

Hello Everybody, Today I am sharing my Christmas project.

The Christmas tree base from Woodouts is a very thick mdf that is great for all sort of mixed media projects.I covered the based with one of the papers from AB studio Christmas Collection -Breeze of the Forest. All paper elements are fussy cuts from one of the paper from the same paper pad by AB studio

I distressed the edges with oxide -old paper. I use prima flourish mould as a base to build my focal point.

I added some paper flower and little girl embellishment from Tim Holtz.

I used gold wax to add some more dimension to mould and mdf itself. Finally black splatters and chipboard and paper sentiments completed the project.

Hope you enjoy my Christmas tree project and I will come back with some more very soon… Crafty Hugs, KASIA