Thursday, March 28, 2013

Butterfly Card Using Arnold Grummer's Casting Molds

Items used in this project:
Acrylic Craft Paint
Gold Leaf
Black Staz-On Ink Pad
Flower stamp
I used Creative Paperclay and the Butterfly casting mold to cast the butterfly for the front of the card.   I used baby powder as my release agent for the clay.
These are the casts after I pulled them out of the mold.  At this point I baked them on 300 for about a half hour to dry them.
While the cats were drying, I used a Black Staz-On ink pad and a flower stamp to randomly stamp flowers on the front of the card.
After the casts were dry I painted one of  them with Acrylic Craft Paint and used gold leaf to accent the raised parts of the butterfly.
Finally I adhered the cast into the window on the front of the card.  This card would be great  for Mother's Day or any occasion.  You could also "color" in the flowers with some watercolors for a more colorful look.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Dare To Dream"- March's Arnold Grummer DT Post

~Dare To Dream~

I was thrilled to purchase a BigKick-Vintaj recently to be able to emboss designs on my jewelry items. So when I thought about his months design team project I wanted to something more unique and pulled out my BigKick! The  handmade papers that can be created with Arnold Grummer's Paper Making kits are so beautiful and versatile... you will be hooked!
I started with one my favorite  handmade papers that I had made previously and put it through the Big Kick. The paper came out so crisp and beautifully textured~ It was amazing!

The little specks of color are bits and pieces of gold tissue paper,angel wings and other wonderful botanical's available from Arnold Grummer's website. 

 I created the art work on a 8 x10 artists panel.
To Embellished these are the supplies I used:

Gold Acrylic Paint
Liquid Pearls 
Turquoise Metallic Paint and Ink pad
 Patina Metal Dragonfly
Rub on quote
Sepia Stamp Pad for distressing

1) Paint your art panel with the turquoise paint and let dry .
2)Begin with your embossed piece of handmade paper and mod podge down onto the art panel. Do this quickly as the impressions will start to flatten out if the paper absorbs too much mod podge. 
3)When dried you can highlight the raised embossed areas with the metallic plum  ink pad then embellish with paint dots using the acrylic paints. 4)Distress the edges with the sepia stamp pad and add the rub on quote and dragonfly to complete the project.

This was such a fun easy and creative project.. and not to mention I love dragonflies!!

Have a wonderful creative day!
In Love & Faith

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spring Booklet

Now that the winter holidays are over, I'm ready for spring!! And my crafting thoughts are turning to spring, as well.

Arnold Grummer's Papermaking is getting ready to usher in spring as well. To celebrate National Crafting Month they are offering a 20% discount off your total order!! The special discount code is March20. Offer ends March 31, 2013, so take advantage of this deal while it lasts.

I selected a variety of patterned papers, vellum, and a treasure envelope for the pages of my booklet. The papers were cut 6" x 6" to match my handmade paper cover.
Pages of the booklet

I used a Sizzix die to cut the flower petals from paper that I made using Arnold Grummer's papermaking kit. I added a couple organza flowers between the paper petals, and secure all the layers with a black velvet brad.
Close up of handmade paper flower embellishment
I punched the cover, pages, and treasure envelope as shown in the following photo. This particular punch arrangement will be used when I bind the booklet.
Handmade paper booklet cover punched for binding
As a part of the binding I coated a bamboo skewer with USArtQuest Duo Adhesive (a special adhesive that is tacky when dry) and gilded it with silver Gildenglitz. To bind the booklet, lay the gilded skewer between the punched holes. Thread one end of the tulle from the front to the back through one of the bottom holes. Thread the other end from the front to the back, using the companion hole. This traps the gilded skewer between the cover and the tulle. Next, bring the ends of the tulle up from the back, each end through a different hold. Tie the tulle in place on top to the gilded skewer.
Finished handmade paper booklet
Don't forget!! 20% discount off your total order until March 31, 2013. The special discount code is March20.

You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.