Friday, June 22, 2012

Creating a Distressed Cardboard Embellishment

This is a layout featuring the Jazz great, Chubby Jackson.  He was artistic, expressive and very innovative in his time.   I didn't quite have an embellishment that I thought would suit a man in the  Jazz Hall of Fame so I created one for Mr. Jackson.  (This is a photo I found in the United States Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project)

This is my mini-tutorial on how to create a distressed cardboard embellishment.  

Starts with ripping a strip of cardboard.  

Ink with a little Tim Holtz Black Soot and Rusty Hinge.

Add a blast of robust color with the wonderful Dylusions in Pure Sunshine.  

Re-emphasize the Black Soot and the Rusty Hinge with another "once over" as the Dylusions mist may have watered down the first application of the Tim Holtz Distressed inks. 

Add a coat of Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy, Glossy Accents, or Crackle Accents.  These mediums really enhance the colors of the inks and makes your cardboard embellishment rich and bold. 

While the clear coating is still wet, add some toppings like micro beads, mica chips, embossing powders or glitter.  I chose to add Stampendous Micas and black Micro beads. 

Finish with some interesting fibers, yarn, string, jute, lace. 

Thanks for stopping by to look.  Go try this out.  Have fun and be bold.

Scraps Of Darkness - June Kit Reveal, White Rabbit

 Scraps Of Darkness presents White Rabbit.  It includes an artfully fun collection of papers and embellishments.  As with all Scraps of Darkness kits,  you can take this kit in any direction you want.  That's how versatile it is.  As you scroll through my designs and those of the Design Team, you see how easily this kit can adapt to your scrappy mood and scrappy style.  This kit pairs interesting papers with unique embellishments and add-on options to include the amazing stick pins handcrafted by our own  Mandy Harrell.   

The featured paper collections this month are:
7 Dots Wonderland Collection
Bo Bunny Weekend Market Collection
Authentique - Genuine Collection

Many of the photos I used this month are from the United States Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project website.  They have retired the copyrights on many photos or the photographer has generously decided to release the copyright subject to restrictions. 

Jazz Great Chubby Jackson

This is a photo I found in the United States Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project website of Jazz Great Chubby Jackson.   I loved the way the light played upon him.  Such a striking photo.  

This design is based on the monthly sketch from Charlotte Jenkins, also known as suepup.  She is a brilliant sketch artist and makes scrapping so much easier.

I used the cool 7 Dots paper for this and had a ball grunging up a cardboard strip, inking, misting, spritzing, gluing.  Oh my, I got messy.   I also used some stamps, fibers and a touch of Rub 'N Buff Gold Leaf on the photo and around the edges of the layout.  I adore Rub 'N Buff as tops on my "Must Have "scrappy  supply list. 

Here is a close up of the Fabscraps playing card chippies I used.  I covered them in Shimmerz Enamelz Molten Metal embossing powder.  Love this stuff.  Actually looks like a coating of metal in person.

Here is the actual photo of Chubby Jackson from the Library of Congress.

This shot was taken at the Down Beat Club in New York , NY,  Nov.,1942 by William P. Gottlieb.  Mr Gottlieb dedicated these works to the public domain and the Library of Congress.   In 2000, Jackson was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.  He died at age 84 in California in Oct. 1 2003

Here is another really cool photo from that same club, Shot at the Three Douces Club in New York, NY in Sept.1946 by William P. Gottlieb.   This is Slam Stewart looking sweet and sinister at the same time the way the lighting is hitting him.  Brilliant photo!


 Portrait of Slam Stewart, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y.,  Sept. 1946

Coney Island Polar Bear Club 1915
I found two intriguing and enchanting photos once again at the Library of Congress Flickr Project. 
It shows a group of folks enjoying the beach and taking a dip on Jan. 3, 1915 with what is called the Polar Bear Club.  Ice cold swimming.  While personally NOT a fan of the winter sub zero swim, I salute these folks.  I'd be the gal with the big furry fluffy hand muff and long coat.    There is also a pup in the photo being snuggled by the lady on the right. By all accounts it looks like a typical day at the beach, even though it is the dead of winter in New York. As a resident of NY, I can tell you that these folks are tough ( polite code word for NUTS).

"The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. "
"The Coney Island Polar Bear Club was founded by Bernarr Macfadden in 1903. "

I slapped some gesso on this and applied it with my metal ruler like a giant paint pallet.  I also used the
amazing stick pin handcrafted by our own  Mandy Harrell.  It is included in the embellishment add-on. 
I found a resin starfish in my stash  as well as some pine cones painted white.  I wanted to combine winter with beachy elements just as these crazy kids did back in 1915.  Crazy! 

Coney Island 1/3/15,  Bain News Service, publisher


The building in the background is called the Rathskeller. Records from Nov 21,1953 indicate that the Rathskeller was destroyed in a fire caused by a storm.

And the Heavens Parted

This is a photo I also found at the United States Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project website .  I saw it and instantly knew what I needed to do.

I have a scrapper friend experiencing a very difficult trying year.  This was created with her in mind.  When it seems like all the clouds are grey and the air to thick to breathe, she has found hope in her deep faith. 

So much symbolism used here:
The blue leather strap represents the strong binding hold that problems can have in life. Sometimes problems hold us back from being the people we were meant to be - stifling our full potential.  My friend decided to not let her problems draw her away from her faith and her commitment to family.

The deep blue sky with puffy clouds:  Faith can make the heavens part and reduce the storm clouds to manageable puffs and wisps.  She will weather this storm.

The Dusty Attic Crooked Fence - I painted it white - representing hope and grace.  Yes the fence is falling apart - my friend seems like her life is falling apart some days, most days. She just needs to realize the fence is open,  not closed and locked.  It has an opening to let her into the church where her prayers and sobs can be heard and answered.  The fence may look crooked,  but I assure you it is always tended and freshly painted by a host of heavenly angels to lead the way.  Looks can be deceiving.

The church in the photo is having some maintenance done on it.  Aren't we all?  We all need to realize we are a work in progress and life problems and difficulties only serve to strengthen us and our faith.

The angel wings in molding paste - May your prayers be carried to heaven on the wings of angels.

I have formed a cross type shape out of the 7 Dots paper as my photo mat.  A photo mat is really just a foundation for my photo.  Your faith is the foundation for living your life, dear friend.

As you have poured your heart out to me and I have listened, may our prayers be joined so that your heaven can part and joy be restored. 

Here is a close up of the angel wings of molding paste topped with a crown. 
I used the  Dusty Attic Crooked Fence DA0620 here and painted it white for more starkness and to resemble the broken fence in the photo

Llano de San Juan, New Mexico, Catholic Church

Lee, Russell,, 1903-1986,, photographer, location: Llano de San Juan, New Mexico, Catholic Church
1940 July or Oct.

Precious Girl
This is a layout that shows the versatility of the kit.  Scraps of Darkness does not need to be dark, moody, artsy.  It can be charming, fun, flirty and feminine.  It's however the paper talks to you...your paper DOES talk to you, right?  I'm not the only person listening to paper, right?  Of course not.

I am continuing to have fun in combining corner and edge punches using my mini tutorial.  I combined the Martha Stewart Deco Fan Corner punch with Martha Stewart Cherish edge punch. 

Image from Magic Moonlight Free Images. 

The lace doily was given to my by my mom. She found it at a yard sale.  Thanks mom! Great find.  When I saw this piece of 7 Dots paper, I knew that yard sale gem was destined to be glued to it.  It completely looks like the lace collar on the little girls dress.
Let's talk Dusty Attic.  I used the Dusty Attic Foliage DA0507 and covered it with white paint, then dabbed the edges with Ingvild Bolme inks.  I also cracked out the Dusty Attic -Dusty In Bloom flowers DA0805 in Bridal Veil.

Please consider joining Scraps Of Darkness.  Be inspired and take your scrappy art to a whole new level.
Thanks for looking and spending time here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Berry 71 Bleu Reveal for June - Guest for the Month

I am so very proud to be the Guest Designer for Berry 71 Bleu this month.  What an honor for me and what a fabulous experience working with these creative and exquisitely detailed tags.  Please check out the wonderful Berry 71 Bleu tags available at Berry71 Bleu's Etsy.

In addition to the tags and the reveals, come join us at Berry 71 Bleu's Blog for the monthly Challenge. This month it's all about adding chipboard to your creations.

I have two very unique tags that I am showcasing.   Here they are:

I decided to show you the versatility of the Berry71 Bleu tags. They are perfect for your layout and card projects and also work for off the page projects.  Once I saw my tags, the ideas started swirling in my head and I could not narrow down my ideas so I decided to show you both of my ideas -both a layout and an altered art project.  

This first example shows how I used the same tag in both my layout and on a treasure box, or jewelry box.

The layout, Tea Time,  features the tag as the focal embellishment for this little girls tea time party with her doll friends.  I obtained the photo from Vic9 at Art-E--Zine images.

Below is the second piece I created using the same tag. 

I am playing along with this month's challenge over at Berry 71 Bleu  by using a piece of  Dusty Attic chipboard on this jewelry box/treasure box.  I consider it more of a treasure box.  I don't own much jewelry but I certainly have a bunch of little things I treasure.  As you can see, I have used the tag as an embellishment for the top of my box.

I used the Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls DA0685 here.  

Here is a close up of the Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls DA0685  and some feathers I added.  The Dusty Attic scrolls were the perfect size and added the exact amount of delicacy I needed. 

More close ups:

Here is the next project I did with my second tag.  I felt the handmade vintage tag needed a companion vintage page.  My photo was also taken from Magic Moonlight Free Images.

I also combined edges punches to mix my punches up a bit.  You can see other examples of how to mix punches up on my mini-tutorial/tips page here.  

So big thanks to Berry 71 Bleu for inviting me to be an honored guest for June.  
Please visit the Berry71 Bleu blog and Etsy shop.  Be prepared to be inspired and energized by the amazing team over there.  And come play along with this month's challenge over at Berry 71 Bleu.

Thanks to YOU for visiting.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Berry71 Bleu Blog Hop winner announced

Congrats go tooooooooooooooooooooo

LisaM at Lisa's Scrappy are the winner of my RAK from the  Berry71 Bleu blog hop.   There are the tags you will receive.

Please contact me and let's get you your wonderful amazing tag as your prize.

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