Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bee-lieve in Yourself

And be all crafty! LOL.

Hi guys... I am here to share my latest creation using the gorgeous Steampunk Bee-Ware stamp!


I colored it this time in yellow, but I think I am going to green hornet it next time. :-)
I would have colored it all sheer wings, but it takes full metal wings to hold up all that metal!!!!

The yellows are Y11, 21, 23, 26.  I used Cool greys C5, 3, 1 and a little E04 in some places for the grey. For the wings I used BV11, YG10, and BG01. The final touches were stardust gel pen to make it a bit sparkly which you can't really see here very well. Honestly though - this is one of my favorite favorite things... that pen is awesome!!!

The sentiment I printed out to go with the card.

I hope you are having a great weekend - and take time to be crafty!

Alaine


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Be the Change

Here's a Steampunk scene that is inspired by Spring. Now if we'd only get the appropriate weather! I am so very ready to enjoy some warm weather and the sight of flowering trees, birds in their spring plumage, and beautiful butterflies.


This card features SCACD's new Butterfly Chrysalis rubber stamp, which is part of SCACD's Eclectic Collection #2.

As usual, I googled "Chrysalis" and was delighted to discover that they can be golden, which works with the quasi-Steampunk feel of this image. I then googled "Emerging Butterfly" and found a butterfly image with the coloration you see above. I do like having a tiny bit of reality intrude into my fantasy scenes. It's the Virgo in me. :D

Butterfly Chrysalis was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. Butterfly Chrysalis was set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Blue cardstock took a ride through my Big Kick (Sizzix) on top of the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cherry Lynn Designs). Gold Bling metallic specialty paper (FiberMark) from my stash was die-cut with SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner and SCACD's Alice's Clock Statement Corner dies. Rose Gold, Gold, and Green Bling metallic specialty paper was die-cut with Mini-Gears, Deluxe Gear set, and the Antique Gear set (Memory Box). The gears were layered atop the corner dies and KaiserCraft Pearls were added to the center of most of the gears. Green metallic specialty paper was die-cut with the A Hint of Lime font dies by Die-Versions for the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lotus Trio!


I'm quite taken with SCACD's new Blank Lotus Pair from the new Eclectic Collection #2 and decided to do an experiment with them.

I stamped the Blank Lotus Large once and the Blank Lotus Small twice onto map-printed vellum using Jet Black StazOn ink. The vellum was flipped over and the lotuses were colored with pink, violet, and blue colored pencils (Polychromos). When I was done, all three were fussy-cut and set aside.

A flat canvas was layered with torn printed tissue paper (Idea-ology) that was adhered with Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger). When it was dry, Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was spread along the bottom of the canvas and two Buddha charms and a coin were pressed into it and allowed to dry.

Meanwhile white cardstock was die-cut with SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner diePeace (Impression Obsession), love (Little B), Believe, Create, Hope, Dream, and Wish dies (Elizabeth Craft Design). These die-cuts were adhered to the canvas with Matte Multi-Medium. More Matte Multi-Medium was brushed over the canvas and allowed to dry.
  
Burnt Sienna Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was dry brushed over the Texture Sand Paste and allowed to dry. Watered down Pthalo Green-Blue and Pthalo Blue MFA paints were brushed over the bottom part of the canvas, then watered down Cobalt Blue Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA paints were stippled over them to deepen the color.

Titanium White and Cobalt Blue Hue MFA paints were mixed, watered down, then brushed across the top portion of the canvas. Streaks of watered down Titanium White were added.

When the MFA paints were very dry, several layers of Matte Multi-Medium were brushed over the entire canvas. While the MMM was wet, the three colored lotuses were adhered to the canvas, then more MMM was sponged over top. Whereas there was a bit of puckering, the vellum stayed down, though the colors of the flowers seemed to change a bit. The pink became redder, the blue became greener, and the violet darkened. 

The Texture Sand Paste was sanded back a bit to reveal some of the sandy colors and the metal charms were also sanded back to show more texture. 

The wings of three dragonfly charms were painted with Blue Green Light and Interference Green. A black Sharpie pen was used to color the dragonflies' bodies. The dragonflies were adhered to the canvas.

The last step was to add a bit of silvery rub stuff (whose name escapes me) to the raised corner and words.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Guest Post - Karenliz Henderson

I'm Playing with the SCACD Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower!
I have the wonderful opportunity to play with Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower stamps designed by SCACD Stamp Co rubber stamps .

SCACD has a huge selection of digital and red rubber stamps.
Susana's store is full of other products like dies, embossing flowers, paints, stencils, etc.
You have to go over and see it all. 

For my creation I used a 5x5 cradle wood board and created a steampunk base out of metal tape from the hardware store.


For the Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower I stamped them on aluminium sheets and embossed in black.


To add color, I used alcohol inks and silver and gold acrylic inks.



The hardest part was cutting them out of the aluminium.
When I attached the flowers to the piece I cut the petals and shaped them to give them more dimension.


I found these perfect metal flowers in my stash.
I added alcohol inks to the metal flowers.
While the alcohol ink was wet I added the glass beads.
Do you know they stuck there like glue?
I didn't expect that at all.
Everything was attached to the base with heavy gel medium.



Here is my finished piece.
It's so hard to take a picture of something shiny!


I had so much fun making this piece.
My head is spinning with other ideas.
I had to right them down.
So stayed tuned!

Here are the links below to see these steampunk stamps and all the other goodies Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs (SCACD) has to offer.

Don't forget to head over to their Facebook page and like them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
http://karenlizhenderson.blogspot.com/2015/02/im-playing-with-scacd-steampunk.html

EXPRESS YOURSELF - BE YOURSELF



This is the second card I have made with the new Brave Hearts Collection from SCACD. She is called Be Yourself, and she reminds me of both of my daughters. The eldest who won't EVER remove her freaking hats!!!! and the youngest with her propensity to put her hair up in braids of late. 

I chose the colors of purple and black because I think that they are spectacular together, and it is rare to use them any other time than Halloween. :-) Although I wear them all the time... hmmmmmmmmm.

The purples are the V09, V04, V01 and the Blacks are the cool greys. The background die cut was colored with the same copics using the airbrush and a random pattern while the image was still in the die. This gave the white edge around it. As a trick, if you do this and some of the part you wanted white is covered you can use a white marker and go over that to leave it all pretty again. :-)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You-Nique

Have you checked out the cute new girls from the Brave Hearts Collection?
Here's my card with You-Nique from the Brave Hearts Collection.


You-Nique was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Polychromos pencils were used to add some detail to her hair. Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Glitter pen was used to add some sparkle to the pom-pom on her hat. The hat monster's eyes were coated with Liquid Glass (DecoArt's Media line) to add glassy dimension and shine. You-Nique spent the night in a drawer so I would not be tempted to touch and mar the Liquid Glass.

The next morning You-Nique took a ride through my Big Shot in a die from the Card Creator 5x7 die set (Spellbinders). Patterned paper from a 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye was die-cut and layered. The sentiment that comes with You-Nique was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink, die-cut with a Spellbinder's die, kept in the die, then airbrushed with a RV52 Copic marker. Ribbon was used to attach the sentiment to the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Note Pad

SCACD's Blank Canvas Lotus - Small from the new Eclectic Collection #2 is the perfect size to adorn many smaller projects, such as Post-It Note books which make great small gifts. So that's what I did.


I started by stamping Blank Canvas Lotus - Small onto Idea-ology Tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink. I flipped the tissue paper and painted the reverse with watered down Primary Magenta and Primary Yellow Media Fluid paints from DecoArt and set it aside to dry for a few minutes. When it was dry, Titanium White MFA paint was painted over the painted reverse of the tissue paper, then allowed to dry again.


Primary Cyan and Dioxazine Purple paints were stippled over a scrap of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and heat set. When the panel was dry, Phthalo Blue MFA mixed with Interference Blue MFA was sponged over the Fish Scales stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)  and heat set.

The Blank Canvas Lotus - Small stamped tissue paper was dry enough to handle, so it was fussy-cut.

Multi-Medium (Ranger) was sponged over the stenciled painted cardstock. the fussy-cut, stamped, painted Blank Canvas Lotus - Small was placed atop the wet piece, then a few more layers of Multi-Medium was sponged over both.

When the panel was dry, Interference Green MFA paint was sponged over the dragonfly on the Flying Gardens stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) three times. A scrap of green textured metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Missy Micro font die (Die-Versions) and adhered to the panel.

Black cardstock was cut to 3.25" x 6 7/8" then scored 3.25" from both ends. The edges of the stamped piece were sponged with Jet Black StazOn ink, then adhered to the black cardstock. Wonder Tape (Ranger) was used to adhere the Post-It pad to the inside.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, March 2, 2015

View from a Port Hole

When I first saw SCACD's new Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair, project ideas immediately started percolating in my mind.

I recently was poking around in the basement at my father-in-law's house and found a gorgeous old illustrated edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1933). The binding is a bit too delicate to hold up to the rigors of scanning, so I did a google search and found it as a free e-book from Project Gutenberg! I will be using the text from the book with these Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair in another project in the future, but since I had a need to do something now, I came up with this card.


The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. The rivets and screws on the turtles' shells were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair were set aside while I created the rest of the card.

Silver metallic cardstock was cut to 5 3/8" x 8 3/8", then a ringed circle was die-cut from it using one of the dies from the Nesting Rings die set (Lifestyle Crafts).  This panel took two rides through my Big Kick inside a Riveted Metallic Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix). A transparency was adhered behind the aperture and the panel was set aside.

A sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) and heat set. Pthalo Green-Yellow MFA paint was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set. 

Greenish-silvery metallic specialty cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box).  Different textured greenish-silvery metallic cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the MiniGears die (Memory Box).

The Steampunk Corner die was adhered to the painted cardstock and the MiniGears die were adhered atop them. The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was added to the scene, then a few very old clear RainDots epoxy stickers were added here and there to look like air bubbles. A few RainDots were also adhered the transparency on the side that would be placed against the painted image panel.

The metallic silver panel was adhered over the image panel using dimensional foam tape, then adhered to a blue card.

I did not add a sentiment because I'm not sure who will get the card and for what occasion. I would imagine that "Sea You Soon" or the ilk will work well with it. I also didn't add some details to Riveted Metal panel and to the ocean scene. Can you guess what they'd be?

I should mention that you can buy the Sea Turtles Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair separately and that they are part of SCACD's larger Eclectic Collection #2 (a combo of six Steampunk and ethereal stamps).

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD NEW Rubber Release - Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2

Happy Feb to all :D

SCACD is celebrating today the 2 recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets! They are the Brave Hearts ( a group of 4 empowered gals) as well as EclecticCollection 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps). *Only with the Eclectic 2 collection if you buy the entire set you get 4 FREE date stamp words.*

Here is an example of one of the Brave Hearts - Fearless pictured below:
*Please note the t-shirt is not a solid portion of the stamp and can be colored in any manner

http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=SLS-155

Here is an example of one of the Eclectic 2 stampsSteampunk Sea Turtle (which comes in 2 versions.  The turtles as a single and as a pair HERE, scroll down to see the singles) 

 
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=SLS-163


Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 sets.  
                                     
Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie HERE

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SCACD Blog Hop Information!!!  
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SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and I collaborated on the images and are thrilled to have the amazing SCACD DT plus a host of Fab Friends of SCACD showcasing them for you :D
Like to personally thank our special Friends of SCACD all listed below for helping to create an amazing Hop showcasing SCACD rubber stamps.

 
Just in case your heart is digi there are a couple of new images. SCACD Digital images for USA and International (none EU countries due to VAT issues) can always be found HERE.

So grab a cup of happiness and enjoy the art parade :D

Thanks always for your support!!! 
Huge Heart Hugs :D
Susana and the SCACD DT Family and Friends



Monday, February 16, 2015

Bee Mine!

Belated wishes for a happy Valentine's Day! I hope you were able to enjoy time with those you love, doing what you love.

I love Steampunk and I love stamping so when the occasion arises where I can mix the two, I'm a happy me.

 SCACD's Steampunk Heart with Wings and Bee Ware, one of SCACD's new rubber stamps, were used to create this Bee Mine card, which was actually ready in time for Valentine's Day!


 
Steampunk Heart with Wings (I didn't stamp the wings)  and Bee Ware were both stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock then colored with Copic markers. Usually, dirty markers are annoying and the shiny gloopy look makes me junk the project. However, this time I liked the look created by my dirty Y26 marker. The build-up made the gold looked tarnished which added to the overall Steampunky look of the bee.

Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used on Bee Ware's eyepiece, rivets, and screws as well as the rim and screws of the Steampunk Heart. The Glaze pen adds glassy shine and dimension and is one of my most often-used products!

Bee Ware's mandibles were cut free from the background. The Steampunk Heart was fussy-cut and edged with a black marker. Both the image panel and the heart were set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Black metallic cardstock (Recollections) was die-cut twice with the Steampunk Corner (Memory Box). Additional gears were cut from gold and silver metallic cardstock (Recollections) using the Deluxe Gear die set (Memory Box), the Antique Gear die set (Memory Box), and with Mini Gears (Memory Box). You might be able to tell by reading the preceding (Ha! That rhymes!) that I have quite a few gear dies. I did tell you that I do love Steampunk, though of course, there's more to Steampunk than just gears!

A 5" x 7" card was created from gold metallic cardstock (Recollections). The two Steampunk Corner die-cuts were adhered to opposite corners. The image panel was double matted with metallic cardstock, adhered over the Steampunk Corner die-cuts, and the Steampunk Heart was inserted under Bee Ware's mandibles. Some of the additional gear die-cuts were added to the top right corner of the card, overlapping the corner of the image panel.

The sentiment was die-cut from black metallic cardstock using Alphabet Typewriter UC and LC (Impression Obsession). The sentiment was adhered to the lower left corner of the card. A tiny heart punchie, with a Mini Gears die-cut inside it, was used to dot the "i".

By the way, both Bee Ware and Steampunk Heart are also available as digital stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Steampunk Hummingbird Garden

We're about to get a Nor'Easter/Blizzard that might dump up to two feet of snow on us. The storm will be accompanied by frigid temperatures and high winds.

The hubster, who has been conveniently coincidentally way from home for Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, and a bunch of snowstorms, is leaving first thing tomorrow morning. Before the snowfall. Before the blizzard. Before Snowmageddon. *sigh*

With the impending stormage, it's nice to look at a fantasy warm-weather Steampunk scene, featuring SCACD's Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds rubber stamp set from the fabulous Eclectic Steampunk collection of new rubber stamps.

Here it is!


The larger hummingbird from the Steampunk Hummingbird rubber stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was added to the screws, rivets, the goggle frame, and small gears to add dimension and shine. Liquid Glass from DecoArt's Media line was added to the goggle lens to add glassy dimension and shine. The hummingbird was set aside (in a drawer) to dry overnight.

Meanwhile, The large flower from SCACD's Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds rubber stamp set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape. The Eclipse Tape version was fussy cut, laid over the large flower, and the smaller flower from the set was stamped over the large masked flower with the help of my trusty Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner. I also stamped the smaller flower from the Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds set onto a double layer of Eclipse Tape, then fussy-cut, and pulled apart. The two flowers were adhered over their counterparts, then the background was airbrushed with a B21 Copic marker and my Copic Airbrush System. I should mention that the large and small flowers are also available as a set called Steampunk Flower set.

YG11, YG13, and YG17 Copic markers were used to add "grass" under the sky.

The masks were all lifted and the flowers were colored with Copic markers. When I was done, Metallic Glaze Fresco Finish acrylic paint by PaperArtsy was brushed over the metal parts of the leaves, flowers, and the buds. When it was dry, I used the Clear Gelly Glaze pen over the screws and gears to add dimension and shine. Lemon and Pink Spica Glitter pens were used to add glitter to the top parts of the flowers.  

The colored and fussy-cut Steampunk Hummingbird was adhered, then the card panel was matted, and adhered to the card's front. I decided to stay with a CAS design to keep the focus on my Steampunk garden scene.

By the way, Steampunk Hummingbird and Steampunk Flower are both available from SCACD as digital stamps. Better yet, SCACD's Digital Stamps are on sale right now! Click HERE for more information!

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, January 23, 2015

River of Dreams

Hi guys! It has been a long time, It has taken me a while to get back into my crafty place (and shhhhh not sure I am all the way there yet) after the holidays and traveling.

I am here to share a couple of images of a foray into mixed media art journaling. Ok... I think I have said this before - I am a little bit of a symmetrical clean lines, precise, color in the lines kind of person. So mixed media is a bit of a stretch for me. And journaling... well... anyway... I had just colored up this lovely fella - "Nancy's Seahorse". 


This is one of the times I had colored something up without a specific purpose in mind. Just to have fun coloring! So after a few days Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" came on the radio, and I thought I want to do something  with the lyrics.  So I took some turquoise paper I had that had glitter in it and I cut it to fit in my journal.  I then got to work being non-specific and random-ish... Ok for me...LOL. 


So I took the Sketch Grid Stencil and placed it on different areas of the page and used Silks Caribbean Mist glaze on it. Then I took the Kelp Forest Background Stamp and stamped it multiple times in different colors all on top of each other across the bottom. The last version I stamped was with black ink. Then I took a couple of colors of Stickles (lime and dark green) and a paintbrush and painted the black stamped kelp.


After that I wrote out several of the stanzas from the song, Then I placed Mr. Horse. After that I thought it needed some bubbles, etc... So I took texture paste  and stenciled it through the Well Rounded Stencil. I also added some Vintage Mint Silks Acrylic Glaze through other areas of the pages. The last thing was to add some ink color to the top of the white texture paste after it dried. 

Voila - Art Journaling page. WHEW.

I hope this has provided some inspiration to you - even if it is to inspire you to try something different and out of your comfort zone. 

Hope to see you again soon!!!

Alaine


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hummingbird Christmas

Hi all. I have been traveling for work, and so not being all crafty, but I finally got home a couple of days ago. The whole time I was traveling I kept coming back to making a purple and turquoise hummingbird carrying a Christmas greeting. So when I got home, THIS is what I ended up with:




This image is Steampunk Hummingbird .The silvers on the body of the bird are Cool greys. I added a touch of turquoise to the wings and some of the V12 to the tail feathers as well. This gave a little more dimension to the grey. The purples are V12, 15, 17, and the turquoises are BG000, 12, 45, 49 and 78.  When I was done, I colored around the entire image with B39... this is the blue. I knew I wanted to cut this image out, but the dainty stems of the feathers on the wings was going to make it really tough. 

The background was a LOT of fun.  First I took a piece of white paper and laid down a stencil.  I used a stencil brush and added some art anthology mixed media product.  The one I have is a silver. Once dried, I used silks acrylic glaze over it. The one I used was Caribbean Mist.  I took a paintbrush and painted over the entire area. Then I took a damp paper towel and wiped the glaze off. This removed all the shiny turquoise from everywhere except where the original stencil had left areas open. It is all shiny and glittery and beautifully textured. 

Last I popped up the hummingbird, and added this little charm I found at one of the big box craft stores with some fiber I have had in my stash for about forever. The final step before mounting with the navy and white cardstock was to add some glossy lacquer over the entire image to make it shine. 

And VOILA - crafty hummingbird with Christmas greetings. 

I want to THANK Susana for a wonderful year full of crafty goodness. 

Happy Holidays y'all! See you around soon!

Alaine

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SCACD Store Holiday Hours!

Happy December Everyone
Its that time of year when I focus on family and Christmas in my home as well as recharge and put the store to sleep till next year. Any orders placed after the 21st will not ship until 2015 - Friday January 2nd though any digital images purchased down load immediately. 
I hope you and yours have an amazing holiday season and new year.
Huge Holiday Heart Hugs!!!
Susana

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Chanukah Gift-Pocket Tag Booklet

Now that I've shown you how to change SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, I'm going to share my latest project that I created with this fun digital stamp!

I created a gift pocket-tag style gift book that is perfect for those who have teenagers who just want gift cards, for spouses that would like a coupon book, and for those distant friends or family who get a gift each and every night of Chanukah! The pocket size is perfect to fit a gift card, tickets, cash, coupons, or a check!

Here are three views of it!

The Cover


The gift-pocket tags for the first four nights


The gift-pocket tags for the last four nights


As in the tutorial below, I created nine different versions of SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit using PhotoElements. I reduced each of them, then ganged 'em onto a standard letter size, which was then printed out with my laser printer onto Neenah cardstock.

The menorah was relatively small, so I was worried about staying within the lines using my Copic markers and I'm to Virgo to deal with going out of 'em. I wasn't feeling like using colored pencils either, so I was elated to discover that Copic At You Spica glitter pens (also available individually), Wink of Stella glitter markers, Sakura Stardust Pure Glitter pens, and Gelly Roll Glaze pens worked wonderfully. So, I used various combinations of these pens to color all the images. Sadly, you probably can't see the glitter on the Menorahs or the glossy texture of the candles on these photos. You'll have to take my word for it!

The tags were die-cut from black cardstock using the Tag and Bookplates Alterations die. I was able to cut several at a time, which was great.  Each tag was scored at 2 3/8" (big enough for a gift card). 1/8" red-liner tape was used to adhere the bottom and left side of each tag. These were set aside, while I created a background paper for them. Yes. I know I could have used some of my sizeable huge stash of patterned paper, but I wanted to try something new felt like making a mess!

I had recently seen Andy Skinner's brilliant video, Mixed Media Backgrounds, that shows how he creates fabulous backgrounds using Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt and isopropyl alcohol. I wanted to give this technique a try, but guess what? My results are almost completely different than his! However, I was still stoked by the result.

Since I'm a verbose kind of person, I'll explain what I did and where I think I went awry. 

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was coated with DecoArt's Media Gesso, which dries quickly. I brushed a wash of Cobalt Blue Hue MFA over it, then dripped and spritzed isopropyl alcohol over the paint and left it to dry. A wash of Primary Magenta MFA was brushed over the previous layer and alcohol was dripped/spritzed over it. The same process was repeated with Dioxazine Purple, then Diarylide Yellow MFAs. I toyed with adding a wash of Titanium White MFA, but my bottle is emptying rapidly, so I opted against it. I also toyed with the idea of stenciling and adding various textural elements, but since so much of the background was going to be covered, I decided against it. Next time.

I must say that I was relatively happy with my background though it bears very little resemblance to the gorgeousness created in Mr. Skinner's video. 

I *think* that I didn't let each layer of paint and alcohol dry thoroughly, which might be why I didn't get the mottled look he achieved. I also used a spritzer in addition to just dripping and maybe there was just too much alcohol involved (isopropyl – as I don't drink and craft), but I'm not at all sure.

Back to the project! The next step was to cut up the painted background to be placed behind each Menorah. I was able to get all nine panels from the 9" x 12" sheet of cardstock with enough left over so that I could die-cut the ring/hole reinforcements.

The edges of the reinforcement, background panels, and image panels were sponged with either Archival ink by Ranger or Memento ink by Tsukineko.

The title page tag was trimmed to be a bit larger than the pocket pages. The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted on shimmery black vellum. This vellum was also die-cut with dies from the Handwritten set of dies by Little B.

The booklet was bound with a binding ring and a Hamsa charm was added using ribbon and jumprings.

Thanks for visiting today!
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