Friday, October 2, 2015

The Hatter for Mad Hatter's Day!

Here's my card with SCACD's The HatterIf you like this digital stamp and are an International friend, you can now buy it HERE

The Hatter was resized in PhotoElements, then printed out onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer. It was then colored with Copic markers and set aside while I created a background for it.

A 4.75" x 6.75" piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) took a ride through my Big Kick (Sizzix) inside the Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder (ProvoCraft). Black cardstock was die-cut with the hat, hatband, and cane die from an old QuicKutz Snowman set. The hat band was adhered to the hat, then all the hats were adhered the embossed cardstock using Media Matte Medium (DecoArt). 

When the piece was dry, it was painted with a layer of Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt), then sponged with Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, and Metallic Gold MFA paints. I finished the painting by stippling Quinacridone Magenta and Transparent Red Iron Oxide MFA paint over top of the other layers of paint.

Sometimes I don't feel like fussing endless to lay out a card, so I visit various websites to find sketches to use. Lazy I am. Yep. This time, I found one that would work at the paper players challenges.  

So, according to the sketch (shown below) I matted the image panel with black metallic cardstock. I found some shiny shimmery blue metallic paper that was embossed with the Clocks embossing plate (Cherry Lynn Designs). This layer was matted with the black metallic paper that had been punched with a Lattice Border punch (Martha Stewart). 

Silver metallic cardstock was die-cut with the chain die from the Rope and Chain die set (All Occasions), adhered to a strip of black metallic cardstock, and adhered per the sketch. The image panel was adhered over these layers.

Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with an old Pocketwatch die set (QuicKutz), which oddly didn't have a a watch face, though it had watch hands. Never fear! I found the correct size watch face from the Retro Mod Clocks Shapeabilities die set (Spellbinders), which I used to cut and emboss the clock face from green cardstock. I used a gold gel pen to highlight the dots. Gold metallic cardstock was also die-cut with one of the dies from the Decorative Border die set (All Occasions). The clock and the chain were adhered. The card front was adhered to a 5" x 7" black card.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Radiant Moth Steampunk Tag!

Bwa ha ha. Got this done "under the wire" for a challenge that I've been wanting to do all month long, especially once I found the Short Circuit stencil (DecoArt) at my local Michael's, which I knew would be be perfect with SCACD's Radiant Moth, which is part of the Mechanimals Collection.

Radiant Moth was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and heat embossed with Clear Filigree Detail embossing powder (Stewart Superior). The image was colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and outlined with a Black Pitt Artist marker (Faber Castell). Lemon Spica Glitter (Copic)pen was added to the area around the wire of Radiant Moth's light bulb, then  Liquid Glass DecoArt) was applied over the light bulb and set aside to dry. 

While it was drying, a piece of black chipboard was die-cut with the Alterations Tag die (Sizzix), then dry embossed with the Clockworks Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft). Pewter, Rose Quartz, Onyxite, and Florentine Gold Treasure Gold Wax Paste (PaperArtsy) was brushed over the embossed tag to add some color, shimmer, and shine to the matte black.

Primary Yellow MFA and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) were mixed, then painted onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore).  Pthalo Green Blue and Viridian MFA paint were dry brushed over top until I was happy with the coverage. 

A few drops of Metallic Silver MFA paint was mixed into a splodge of Black Modeling Paste (DecoArt), then scraped over the Short Circuit stencil (DecoArt) onto the painted panel and allowed to dry. Once dry, the silver didn't really show, so I used a really fine brush with Metallic Silver MFA paint to go over the circuitry.

Steampunk (defunct company) was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and heat embossed with Clear Filigree Detail embossing powder (Stewart Superior) and cut to size. Pthalo Green Blue and Viridian MFA paint were sponged over this piece, then the paint was wiped away from the embossed area with a baby wipe. When the paint was dry, the piece was coated with a thick layer of Media Crackle Glaze and set aside to dry.

The circuit board piece was adhered to the tag then screw-top brads were added to the four corners. The crackled Steampunk sentiment was adhered, then a Ceiling Light Bulb and Switches and Outlets Junkyard Findings (Prima Marketing) were adhered using 3D Transparent Matte Gel (Prima Marketing). 

T-pins were cut to size, then used to replace Radiant Moth's antennae and connect them to her antennae tops. 3D Transparent Matte Gel was used to adhere Radiant Moth over the circuit board panel.

A Hitch Fastener, a Swivel Clasp, and a Jump Ring (all Idea-ology) were used to attach the Dream Typed Token (Idea-ology) to the tag. It was hanging where I didn't want it hanging, so I stole a few beady-looking transistor wire gizmos from my husband, who builds audio equipment for fun and relaxation. The transistor wire gizmos were added here and there to add some color and visual interest to the piece and to hold the hanging tag where I wanted it to hang.

Some seam binding was smooshed in some inks, squished, heat set, and tied to the tag's opening to finish the tag.

Tah dah. If you made it through all the above, pat yourself on the back!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Aquarium Life at SCACD

 I have a mixed-media project for you today. Because this post is heavy with photos and explanations for each that I decided to get on with it.

My project is a 5”x7” stretched canvas. The first step was to head to my stash of colored tissue paper. I had some light and dark turquoise which was perfect. I tore a few strips of each and layered them on the canvas with DecoArt Matt Medium.

As you can see in the above two photos I stamped the Coral SunFlower Set with gold ink and embossed with gold embossing powder on white tissue paper, tore around each, and adhered them to the canvas with more matt medium.
After the above base was dry, I started cutting my dies. The dies that I used are Memory Box’s Sketchy Rings, Oceana Corner, Diving Dolphins, Swimming Sea Horses, and Poppystamp’s Weeping Willow Branches. The Angel Fish Trio were stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with black embossing powder. When they cooled down, I water colored each with Twinkling H2Os.
Above is a picture before mounting the Angel Fish Trio. You can see where I painted the die cuts with acrylic and glitter paint. I also started my bottom layer with my sea shell stash. Most of the shells have been dry brushed with paint to help with the toning down of the while shells.
Above I have added the trio of Angel Fish. There was still something lacking.
That something missing as the bottom of the sea bed did not look complete. I added some Prills hoping it looks like sand. I have also taken some Deco Art Liquid Glass and made a few bubbles.
I hope that you have enjoyed my aquarium adventure. I am sure that I can find a place for this wall art somewhere in my house. Thanks for stopping by.
Aletha Jane Williams

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sk8R Grrl aka Be Fearless!

I call her Sk8R Grrl, but her real name is Be Fearless and she's part of SCACD's Brave Hearts stamp collection. Not only that, but she and her other friends are available as digital stamps. Lastly, if you're an international pal, you can get her and all the other SCACD digital stamps HERE.

Be Fearless, aka Sk8R Grrl, was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. A bit of pink blush was added to her cheeks with a chalk pencil.The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Card Creator 5x7 Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Her earring received a glittery touch thanks to the Clear Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura). Both the earring and the skull in her hair were coated with several coats of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine.

In a departure from my usual way of doing things, I colored her first then chose patterned papers. I had a wee bit of difficulty finding a good lavender in my plethora of 6x6 patterned paper pads, so I had to go digging in the 12x12 files. I finally found the perfect match in two older patterned papers by Doodlebug. The reverse of the paper had a 2001 copyright sign! The stripey patterned paper is by KI Memories and is probably almost as old. Way back then, during my scrapbooking days, I'd buy multiples of any paper that I liked because I had some strange fear of running out of my favorites. That rarely happened and left me with a sizable collection of really old paper.

I also had collected some matching Doodelbug cardstock and was delighted to find one last piece of the light lavender color which sacrificed itself for the card. The lighter lavender was die-cut with a larger die from the Card Creator 5x7 Nestabilities die set. The striped paper was die-cut with a scalloped border die from the Blueprints 4 die set (Die-namics). Both the plaid and striped paper were die-cut with the pierced strip die from the Blueprints 3 die set (Die-namics).

Since is a bit edgy, I wanted to add some edgy accents. Silver metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Barbed Wire die (Cherry Lynn Designs) and with the small circles from the Blueprints 3 die set (Die-namics). Off white cardstock was punched with a tiny skull punch (Studio G).

As usual, I didn't know who would get this card for what occasion, so a sentiment was intentionally omitted.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Steampunk Seahorse

A while back, I decided that I was going to create a series of Steampunk Journals. I'd have one for  creatures of the sky, creatures of the sea, machines, people, fashion, etc. Then I'd fill each journal with pages. Being me, I've created Steampunk Journals, Volume One - The Aviary. But I can't share it with you now. I'm such a tease.

I will be working on the other covers soon, but meanwhile, I'm making journal pages. I apparently like to do things backwards.

Here's the first one. It features a Steampunk Seahorse, SCACD's Nancy's Seahorse.

FYI, SCACD has loads of marvelous Steampunk stamps, in both rubber and digital format! If you're a Steampunk afficionado, you owe yourself to check 'em out. Just sayin'. 

Nancy's Seahorse is available as a rubber stamp, which is what I used for this page. The Steampunk Seahorse is also available as a digital stamp, Nancy's Mechanical Seahorse. If you're an international visitor, you can purchase this digi and others, HERE.

Nancy's Seahorse was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Pitt Artist Brush pen (Faber Castell). Several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to the compass, screws, rivets, and gears.  Nancy's Seahorse was set aside while I worked on the background. True confession. He sat for awhile as my mojo disappeared and was replaced by sudden sleepiness. That went on for several days.

I cut two pieces of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) to 4.75" x 6.75". White Media Gesso (DecoArt) was liberally spread with a palette knife onto one of the pieces. The second piece was pressed against the be-Gessoed cardstock, squished a bit, then the two pieces were pulled apart and left to dry for an hour or so.

When I returned, the two sheets were covered with a totally lovely texture. Cobalt Blue Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Ultramarine blue, Pthalo Blue, and Pthalo Turquoise Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) were sponged over the background using Mini Ink Blending Tools and Replacement Foams (Ranger). The foam applicators are great for this because they're pliable enough to make sure that the paint gets into all those nooks and crannies.

Prussian Blue MFA paint was thinned a bit with water and sponged over the Gears Skinny Minny Mask/Stencil (Joggles). When the paint was dry, I decided to lighten things up a bit by lightly sponging Interference Turquoise and Interference Blue MFA paints over the textured background, so that the top bits received the paint.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut with the Medium Steampunk Pipes dies (Memory Box) and the Edge Gears die (Joy Craft). These die-cuts were painted with Copper Dazzling Metallic Acrylic paint (DecoArt). When the Copper paint was dry, Blue Green Light MFA paint was randlomly sponged the pipes and gears.

Green cardstock was die-cut with a few dies from the dies from the Build a Scene: Underwater die set (Taylored Expressions). This greenery was adhered to the bottom of journal page with Media Matte Medium (Deco Art). The painted Medium Steampunk Pipes die-cuts were adhered, then the Edge Gears die-cut was added. 

Vellum was die-cut with my Puffy Clouds (Memory Box), run through a Xyron machine, then adhered to the top of the journal page.

Copper Foil tape, purchased at a gardening center*, was adhered to black cardstock. These strips were airbrushed with BG72, BG75, and BG 78 Copic markers to add an aged patina look to them. The strips took a run through a Xyron machine to add adhesive to the cardstock, then were die-cut with Eliza Mini font dies (QuicKutz). The Copper Foil word was adhered over the clouds at the top ofthe page.

An extra piece of foil was die-cut with an old oval label die (QuicKutz). Apothecary Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) was used to add "Exhibit A" to the foil, which was then adhered to the page.

Clear pearls were added here and there to finish the page.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Enjoying these Little Ladies

Howdy Howdy. Today I have another card to share with you using an image from the Brave Hearts Collection.  

This little girl is You-nique. I tried to color her with the thought of someone who doesn't care about matching clothes. However, I did get her hat, skirt and vest to be matchy. But she added in some other colors. ;-)

I used the rubber version of You-nique, but you can also get her in the digital version here.

For the hat and vest I wanted it to appear really soft and fuzzy-ish. So it was similar to sweatshirt material. To do this after I had colored her, I used the colorless blender with my copics and dotted over the entire area. That softened up the colors a bit.

OK. So now I need to go off and do some more crafty things. :-) See you soon.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Be You - For Halloween!

I thought I would make a Halloween card this weekend!

This image is Be You and comes in Digital and for those of you who like the tactile feel - Rubber! In Rubber it is also part of the Brave Hearts Collection.

I love coloring different colored hair. So for this picture I thought I needed to mix up the green and purple again.  Colors used - V12, 15, 17, 09, YG99, 17, 13, YR09, 18, 16, 02, Y15, 11, E04, 21, 11, 00, 000, R20. 

The dots around the edges are G5, 9, Y15, V12. 

Now I am heading off to color some more fun stuff.... Have a great week!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015


SCACD end of Summer sale going on WOO HOO!!! An example of which is ALL Dies 30% OFF, Stencils at 40% OFF, 6x6 paper pads 50% OFF (EEEEEEK). So run don't walk does not include Digi's or $1 bin items!!! Offer good while supplies last and sale ends 8pm August 8th California time.
Check it all out HERE.
Have a great day!!!

Huge Hearts and Hugs

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Earth - It's whats on the box!

Hey there guys. MAN AM I TIRED! But I wanted to make sure I  posted some new creations just to keep my flow going! So here is my latest.
This is the final entry on my Mix it up Box. I have done the other sides here:

For this one I used Earth from the Elements Collection. I am not really sure why I wanted her to have blue hair, but I love how it turned out. 

Now remember the part where I said I am TIRED! Well it is nighty night for me. But with any luck I will get to do some coloring sometime this weekend, and I hope to have some more posts up soon!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Birthday Fishes!

SCACD's new rubber stamp release included a gorgeous set of tropical fish called The Angelfish Trio, which is available as an unmounted sheet of deeply edged rubber.

Here's my first card using the largest fish of the Angelfish Trio.

The large angelfish was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins) with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts). The Eclipse Tape angelfish was fussy-cut and set aside. The angelfish on the image panel was colored with Copic markers, which were chosen based on an angelfish I found on a Google image search. Who knew there were so many beautiful and distinctive colorations for angelfish?

When I was done coloring the angelfish on the image panel, the Eclipse Tape version was adhered over it then airbrushed with the Copic airbrush system using a variety of BG markers. When I was happy with the background, the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was placed over the background, secured with Washi tape at top and bottom, then airbrushed with a few YG markers.

The image panel was cut to size and set aside while I started die-cutting flora and fauna to enhance the scene.

White cardstock was die-cut with the Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) and Build a Scene Underwater dies Taylored Expressions).The white die-cuts were colored with Copic markers, enhanced with the Uni-Ball White Impact Gel pen, and adhered to the image panel.

Clear pearls and some Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) air bubbles were added to the background.

The "Hello Friend" from the In'Spire Celebrate 2 die (Spellbinders), "Best Wishes" die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), and "Happy Birthday" die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) were used to die-cut greenish cardstock. "Friend" and "Wishes"  underwent some transplant surgery, then were adhered to the card front.

The image panel was matted with greenish cardstock and mounted onto a green card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lovely Lantern

So I am so missing the beach. Or the water... or ocean, or whatever.  I love spending time in the water. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things to do. One of my favorite things to do when we visit an acquarium is to look at the jellyfish. For some reason I adore the way they float around.  This image reminded me of the ocean and watching those jellyfish. Probably because it is called "Jellyfish Lantern" :-)

I went with the colors of BG57, 53 and 09 for the teals... with a bit of the BG70 to soften the blow. Then I used YR68, 65 and 61 for the dreaded orange (not a fan of orange, but it screamed out to be used).  When I was done, I decided it needed a bit of pop, and instead of using white for the pearls, I used black. Once done, I added the bow as a "hanger". LOL.  All the papers were from my stash, so I do not know from whence they came, but the background reminded me of bubbles. 

I hope you all are having a great weekend. See you again soon!!!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Mixed Up Mermaid

Howdy Howdy!!!!  How are you all doing this find mid-July.  Today I am sharing with you my latest Mixed media  project for my art journal.

I colored Steampunk Siren's Call with my copics, and then added watercolors for the background. She was a challenge to color for me, because I didn't want typical colors, but then I added lots of different colors. I love how she turned out, especially her hair which has greens, blues and pinks in them. 

Once I was finished, I paper tore the edges out, Then I moved onto the background. This is where I am stretching my fins so to speak. The  first step was that I used Dylusions Dotted Flowers Stencil and Ranger Texture Paste and added some texture to the background. Then I Spritzed the background with three different colors of Glimmer Mist. This was dried, adn then I added the flowers on. These plain flowers were copic air-brushed with the same purples or pinks that I used for the mermaid. I added some black crystals to the center of the bigger flowers. 

I placed all of the elements together and then got out the new toy Viva Decor paints and dry brushed several different colors all over the textured areas, the edges of the image and the flowers. Voila. DONE.

I am loving how this turned out. Even if it is a non-standard OCD look. :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend. 


Copic Colors used:

RV02, 06, 09, 
V01, 05, 09
G02, 05, 09
B02, 06, 18
E000, 00, 21, 11, 04, R20
White Molotow for white dots
Silver pen for silver nails and spines

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Underwater Scene!

If you've visited my blog, you've no doubt noticed that I like to create underwater scenes. I love the ocean and the beach, though I don't visit either very often. Maybe that's why the underwater world holds my fascination and captures my imagination.

Here's my latest scene with SCACD's Coral Sunflowers rubber stamp set, from their new Eclectic Sea collection.

I started this wall hanging by creating a sea background by brushing Blue Green Light, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, and Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). When the paint was dry, Fern Green Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) on the bottom of the piece. Rays Layering Stencil (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) was placed over the painted cardstock and Translucent White MFA paint) was sponged over the stencil, then wiped back with a baby wipe.

Both flowers from SCACD's Coral Sunflowers rubber stamp set were stamped onto white tissue paper with Jet Black StazOn ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts). I marked the stamped side with a pencil before flipping the tissue paper over. I painted the reverse of the flowers using Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, and Cadmium Orange Hue MFA paints. When the paint was dry, I carefully cut around the Coral Sunflowers.

White cardstock was die-cut with Weeping Willow Branches die (Poppy Stamps),  Swimming Seahorses die (Memory Box), Build a Scene Underwater (Taylored Expressions), and the Mini Shell die set (Impression Obsession). I also used a very old unlabeled fish punch and a crab punch to punch white cardstock. The punchies and die-cuts were all colored with Copic markers.

The painted ocean and the painted side of the Coral Sunflowers were brushed with Media Matte Medium (DecoArts) and all three painted tissue-paper Coral Sunflowers were adhered to the sea background. Another layer of Media Matte Medium was brushed over top of the tissue paper images.

The coral, ocean plant, Seahorses die-cuts and the fish punchies were adhered to the ocean scene using Media Matte Medium and another layer of Media Matte Medium was applied over top of the die-cuts and punchies. When this layer was totally dry, Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was applied to the base of the piece with a palette knife. This was allowed to dry overnight.

The next day the Texture Sand Paste was dry-brushed with Titan Buff, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Raw Sienna MFA paints. When the paint was dry, the various shell and starfish die-cuts and the crab punchies were adhered to the piece using Diamond Glaze (Judikins). The piece was finished with some clear pearls.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas Ornament in June

Howdy All!!!! It's Christmas in June! (So July is the usual - but wanted to share today). 

So I made this with the new stamps from Susana Loves Stamps - Coral Sunflowers Set. When I first saw this set I immediately thought Christmas Ornament.

To do this I stamped the image on silver shiny paper with Versafine, and then embossed with black fine embossing powder. Once it was heated and set, I fussy cut out the two images and added some bling. I added a bit of foam tape between the two images to separate them, and then bent the leaves up. Finished up with a crystal hanger, and BOOM.

I hope you have a great week! And a wonderful second half of the year!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Sea you soon!

Here's my card using SCACD's Steampunk Siren's Call, one of the new rubber stamps from new Eclectic Sea Collection

Steampunk Siren's Call was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. When I was done coloring her, I placed a stencil from Memory Box over it and used my Copic markers to create a background, then matted with silver metallic cardstock (Recollections). Clear Gelly Glaze pen was used on the screws and rivets on Steampunk Siren's Call to add dimension and shine. Pink pastel pencil was used to add a touch too much blush to her cheeks. 

The silver cardstock was die-cut with SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner die and the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box). My beloved Mini Gears die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock (Recollections) The Contempo Compass Statement Corner die-cut was altered and the Steampunk Corner die-cut was trimmed. Both die-cuts were adhered and the little gears were added atop some of the gears.

The image panel was adhered to seriously old patterned paper by Sonnets and then mounted to a white card.

Thanks for visiting today!
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