Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Grapevine Star Canvas - July Off The Page with the Flying Unicorns

Flying Unicorns Off the Page Project for  July

Included in every "Main Kit" for the FlyingUnicorns is a cool extra item called the Off the Page Project.  It's a way to get you thinking about papercrafting as a dimensional hobby and a form of home decor as well as scrapping.   This month, Alda has included a grapevine star.  It's about 8"x8". 

I chose to make mine more Patriotic and rustic.  I love Patriotic decorations.  They hold a special place in my heart.   I also decided to mount mine on a burlap backed canvas.

I started with a 9x11 blank canvas and covered it with burlap.  Them I inked the edges and added light inking to the burlap.  I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany and dabs of Barn Door. 

Next I glued some trim on the canvas and added some microspheres from 13Arts.  I wanted to bring out a little gold accent,  

If you missed the kit this month and want to protect yourself in the future from such despair, Flying Unicorns offers a pre-order option available the 20th of every month.  Sneak previews are available at that time and you decide if you want to place an order.  This option is only available for 48 hours.  At which point, the offer vanishes and you risk having to fight the sell out shoppers.

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping.

Clearsnap Mixed Media Inx - Peaches
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany
Prima Mini Alpha Stickers
Trimcraft Sweet Paris Collection- fan flowers

July Kit of the Month

Flying Unicorn continues to celebrate warm wonderful days of summer.  July's "Your Passion Your Art" feels like a dreamy summer from years gone by.  Romance and warmth abound.   Without further adieu we offer you our June - Your Passion. Your Art kit of the Month

July is the month of freedom.  The month where folks gather to honor the land of the free.  Included in each Main Kit, is always a fun and unique "off the Page " item.  We have the perfect "Off the Page" piece to help celebrate a symbol of beautiful freedom. 


From the beginner to the avid mixed media artist our Mixed Art add on kit will surely please you. Our Mixed Art kit will always come with a canvas and mixed media art supplies to advance your skills as an artist.

Flowers, vines,and embellishments oh my! Our Mixed Passion is a collection of everything pretty to add to the Main kit or the add on kits. The colors and embellishments will enhance your Kit of the Month creations or it can stand alone and you can create something magical on its own! So turn up the music, make some tea and lock your self away while you create some art!

Our Small Art Big Passion is all about the love of making cards, tags atc's and anything in between. From Stamps, flowers, paper, embellishments and pretty things in between! These yummy goodies will enhance any of the kits or stand alone .

We are thrilled to present great free tutorials, techniques, videos and Build a Page using our Kit of the Month to help you grow in the passion of your art. So stay tuned there is so much more to come in the next week!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spellbinders Card Creator Craftiness

Have you tried the Spellbinders Border Dies for cards yet? 

Spellbinders Card Creator Border Dies have arrived at stores and are flying off theshelves for a reason. The Spellbinders dies add a  touch of elegance and grace to any card.  I have to say I am officially obsessed with the gorgeous results.  

I am up on the Blitsy blog today showing how I created this card and also showing a secret background technique I created on the card.  You can see the tutorial right here

They are easy to use and can create countless card and border options.   My quick tutorial will help.  Plus Blitsy has several varieties  of these cool Border dies to choose from. 


Petaloo Botanical Collection (You can find some options here and here)
Spellbinders Card Creator - A2 Scalloped Border One
Cottage Cutz Fancy Floral Frame (this one is nice too)
Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors
Paint Brush
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Prima Chalk Edger - Lime Pie (lime chalk ink)
Let's see how I created this: 

I am starting with a white card base and adding a soft lavender layer. I trimmed the lavender layer slightly smaller than the base card so that I have a thin white border frame. The border dies are 6 inches long so make sure your cardstock or pre-folded card is that length as well. I primarily use pre-folded blank cards so I will need to trim my card base.

Select the combination of borders that you want as your layers on the card.

More choices to make...cut as many layers as you wish.

Glue border layers to the card. I wanted the top layer to be white so I made sure to cut a piece of white cardstock big enough to fit nicely over all my border layers.

In this step, I did a bit of the unusual. I decided to make a small subtle background with watercolor paints.
I wanted to add color, but thought soft and understated would be the way to go. I took some shimmer watercolor paints and simply dabbed them in one corner of my card. I did not get the cardstock super wet, and I blotted with a paper towel in between each watercolor application so that my card would not warp with excess water.
The colors I chose: light blue, light green, fuchsia, and purple.

I cut a decorative oval die for the card and topped it with one flower.

 6. Last finishing touch, I punched some pine branches from one of my favorite punches - the Martha Stewart Branch punch. I find this punch makes wonderful cluster filler on cards, layouts and projects.I punched them from white cardstock and dabbed the edges with chalk ink. Then I simply glue and tuck here and there and fluff up the ends of the pine branches.
And here is one last look at the finished card.  

Zip over to Blitsy to see the details, the tutorial , my special background, and close ups of the card.   Right here