Happy Saturday everyone! We have some incredibly cool new Steampunk goodies in the shop as well as new Tim Holtz and Junkyard Findings from Prima! My favorites are our new Stand Up Steampunk Cameos! Excellent as stand alone art pieces, but also awesome attached to round Paper Mache boxes etc. All of the new Steampunk Cameos have strategically placed 1" openings so that you can fill their "thoughts" with the perfect image, ephemera, words, or assemblage bits! What will be in yours?
I have an extra special treat for you in celebration of our new Steampunk goodies. Artist Kelly Hoernig has put together this FABULOUS tutorial which you can open and print. It features our Chipboard Steampunk Bird! You can download Kelly's free PDF HERE. Thank you so much Kelly!
Also, many of the exact items used in Kelly's Tutorial as well as several related products can be found HERE. And several are on sale!
Having a blast with our Rolling Wheel Sets!
I'm totally in love with our new Rolling Wheel sets! They come in three sizes, two styles, and you can add them to just about anything. Even if your item isn't square, you can still add them. To prove it, I added them to the Female Bust I designed and arted up over a year ago. She has an oval base, however the wheels still went on beautifully since they can stick out a bit from your base.
You can read more about my Busts HERE on the post from last year. Still great information!
Bust Supplies: for my "Stamping" Bust I started with the Extra Large Female Bust. First I used Rustoleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint (this stuff is the bomb) on all of my pieces. Next I stamped a face, cut out of cardstock, and colored the cheeks with a pink colored pencil. To embellish I used the Steampunk Gears II and Mini Steampunk Gears II spray painted black, Large Gold Halo Dresden (love the way this turned out) and some vintage rhinestone bits, all attached with E6000. The heart is painted with acrylic paints, collaged, and doodled with a black Micron pen.
Just goes to show, you never really know when a piece is done!
After cutting my axles to the correct size and sanding the ends, I assembled my wheels. I found this easier than attaching my axles and adding the wheels. By assembling the wheels first, you have more control of your gluing without your piece getting in the way. Allow the pieces to fully dry then attach!
After attaching my axles to the bottom of my piece, I painted the entire bottom. The additional paint layer makes them extra secure. To finish off my piece, I attached a Clock Key Cut Out and some Bead Chain (linked above).
I wanted to show you how nicely the wheels roll, so I shot the shortest video in history for you. Seriously, it's 8 seconds! But worth a thousand words :). I'm so sorry for the mess. But as you know, art happens!
Design Team Member Linda Cain created this stunning Bird Cage Doll for you! Linda has several more amazing photos and step-outs on her blog. AND we are having a GIVEAWAY. THREE lucky winners will receive this awesome Bird Cage Doll Kit, Birds, and Wheels! To enter, you need to leave a comment on Linda's Blog HERE. Hurry, winners are picked on Monday!
My favorite goodie in the shop this week is definitely our new Exploding Faberge Egg Kits! The amazing pieces of art above and below were created by the talented Virginia Smith! She is also the master-mind behind the idea. As soon as I saw how she dressed up our Egg Stand-Ups, I just knew you would have a blast with these too. And Virginia agreed! Thank you for the awesome inspiration Virginia!
I can't wait to play with these myself!
This awesome fairy was created by the talented Deb Moon. Deb was extremely clever and used some of the small articulated arms from one of her Doll Kits to add to her fairy! So of course I had to add some Arm Sets to the shop. I can think of several Kits and Cut Outs you could add them to! Does anyone recognize that girl and her dog? You know I love this piece Deb!
How stunning is this Bollywood dancing dollcreated by the talented Sherry Matthews. Yes, I do think those extra arm sets might come in handy. Fabulous Sherry! I want her outfit! Sans extra arms of course :).
I was playing around with some of the new goodies sitting on my table, and look, the arms pop right into the existing holes of the Ornate Egg! So many fun creative possibilities with these.
This gorgeous Large Santos Doll was created by the talented Linda O'Connor. Her details are gorgeous, and I'm extremely enamored by the face Linda created. So much so that I decided to stock Paperclay in the shop and give this a shot!
Thank you for sharing this breathtaking piece of art Linda! You can read more about this piece on Linda's blog here!
This amazing "Secret Garden" doll was created by Lisa Rupp. Her patina is so cool and I love the wee garden fairy inside her "cage". And the sweet little bird trinket with egg is perfect. Thank you Lisa!
It might be safe to say, we're all ready for spring! Diana Darden created this beauty and the little feather bird and nest is so adorable. You can get some similar bits here. Thank you for sharing your awesome art Diana! The purple and green together really make this piece sing!
Happy Saturday everyone! I was still in a bit of a Circus mood this week and my main goal was to create some gorgeous vintage Circus Collage Sheets! While I was at it, I also designed some fun Circus ATC Frames (Muscle Man Mania is my favorite!) and some Clock Keys that I'm just loving! We also have lots of BRAND NEW Tim Holtz in the house, ready to ship! And more.
So many of you asked me questions about my handmade heart techniques, and whether there was a tutorial, so I decided to make one for you. These are fast, fun, and easy, and hopefully you will pick up a few tips!
(You can CLICK any of the photos for a larger view!)
To create your layered backgrounds, tear up bits of paper, collage sheets, and washi tape, and attach them to your masonite heart bases using Matte Glue N' Seal. You won't need medium for the tape and I added mine last. Be sure to layer and use colors that are pleasing to you. Make sure to cover the entire heart, extending over the edges. This is a fast and easy way to do it! And a great way to use up all those tiny scraps you have laying around. If you are like me, you hoard them! You can order the hearts with watercolor paper overlays, however for these hearts I only used the masonite bases.
Once dry, trim around your hearts holding your scissors to the edge. Since the masonite is hard and durable, you can do this easily without damaging the base. So easy!
Lightly sand the edges in a downward motion for a nice clean look. If you don't have sand paper on hand, you can also use a nail file. Now your backgrounds are done.
Layer Paper Cuts and any other images onto your backgrounds. The Paper Cuts are great since they are ready to go. Don't be afraid to just use just part of the image, and trim off the rest as we did above. Attach using Matte Glue N' Seal. Add accents using Sharpie Paint Markers and color using Gelatos, paint, etc. as desired. I added some Gelato color here and there and Sharpie Paint Marker Polka Dots.
Using a piece of Ink Blending Foam (I don't use a tool, I like the control of the foam in my hand) ink the edges of your hearts. I using a combination of Sepia and Black, beginning with Sepia. Using an awl, xacto knife, or small scissors, reopen the hole in your masonite heart so you can add an eyelet. Go in through the front. The hole doesn't need to be perfect since the eyelet will cover it.
These next two steps are most important and kill several birds with one stone. You must work fairly quickly. Seal your pieces with Glue N' Seal using a sponge brush. I like a textured look so I "pounce" with my brush rather than "stroking" on the medium. Make sure you add a generous amount over the eyelet hole. While your Glue N' Seal is still wet, proceed to the next step.
Before your Glue N' Seal dries, add your eyelet. Next randomly sprinkle on some Gold UTEE. The wet Glue N' Seal holds it in place just as nicely as any embossing medium and this allows you to skip a step. I figured this out after the first batch of hearts. The UTEE particles are large, so if you don't like some of the placement of the crystals, brush them off with your finger before heating. I tried to avoid covering faces and words. Finally, heat your heart using your heat tool until the UTEE melts. I placed mine on a paper plate and held the edge of the plate while heating, as the hearts can get hot.
The randomly placed UTEE crystals create a cool molten look and add another wonderful layer of texture! Several of you thought I used a melting pot or splattered it on while it was melted. No, this is much easier. Just sprinkle it on and heat!
And a string through your eyelet and you have a perfect little hanging heart. Or if you prefer, order the hearts without holes and attach them to an assemblage project or use them to create magnets!
Hearts definitely aren't just for Valentine's Day. Make some today!
Hi Everyone! I'm running away to the Circus again this week and I'm having so much FUN! I loved our Circus Wagons from last week, but decided I also wanted some that were open at the top, for holding ATCs and other treasures. And so it was done! I love the way our Wagons really roll, so I also designed several wheel sets that can be attached to many many projects. And of course some fabulous ATC Circus flair! Come join me for some Circus-y fun!
My ATC collection is growing so I played with one of our new Circus Wagon ATC holders. I started by painting the assembled wagon (sans the wheels) with aqua acrylic paint. Next I used our Diamond Stencil, an Embossing Dabber, and UTEE, stenciling on the UTEE. I also used the Gold UTEE on the wheels. I did some doodling and attached a few Acrobat Paper Cuts to the new Masonite Cut Outs. I attached the Acrobats and a Small ATC Flag to the front. Finally I went through one of my old books and found A.T.C. to attach to the flag (my favorite part!). The wagon can hold LOTS of ATCs, both vertically and horizontally. Love!
I just adore this amazing Steampunk Shrine by Design Team Member Linda Cain! Everything Linda creates is amazing, however her Steampunk is always my favorite! You can find more info and photos on Linda's blog HERE.
Here is another way to display and store your ATCs. This lovely Ornate ATC Shelf is by Design Team Member Amy Nieman. So pretty and distressed!
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