Faux Metal Tutorial

This was so much fun!!! My page titled The Journey (above this tut) features this faux metal. Here are the supplies you'll need...

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Crepe Paper Carnations

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! Isn't this flower adorable!? I ran across this tutorial on the web months ago and it has been rolling around my head ever since. It is so versatile making it perfect for every one one of your gorgeous creations. Let's go!

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Calla Lily

I fell in love with this flower when I saw a video for it on the Heartfelt Creations website. So, if you don't want to read my tutorial you can click here to watch it over at HC. I did distress this up a little bit, which is not on the video. All right! Let's get started......

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Faux Leather Tutorial

Making faux leather is easier than you think. I know, I say that about a lot of my tutorials. Have I been wrong? LOL...

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Snowy Poinsettia

These flowers are just too cute! They are beyond easy to make too...BONUS!

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Emerging Color Stamping Technique

Ok, I'll admit it...I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar. Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Swirlydoos Reveal Day!!!!!

Today is reveal day for Swirlydoos February kit, Things Remembered.  This month we are treated to Grandmother's Attic from TPC Studios, mixed with a little Core'dinations and Making Memories, stunning flowers, rub ons, jewels and embellishments. Top that off with the stunning Add On packages that all coordinate with the main kit and you have a GIANT kit that will blow you away!!! Some of the subscribers talk about laying everything out on their bed and then rolling in it!  LOL  Guess what, I believe them.

The picture was taken a few years ago while we were camping.  The camp had a lot of lake frontage.  Some of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen were on Lake Ontario, and this is one of them.

Swirlydoos is now partnered up with Dusty Attic!  We are always treated with such yummy DA pieces.  I love the way this gorgeous piece of Dusty Attic turned out.  I painted it with Claudine Hellmuth's Blank Canvas acrylic paint; then I used one of the rub ons that came with our kit.  I fit nearly perfectly.  Then I went over the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I added a few butterflies that were also a part of the pack of rub ons we received.  I have a thing for butterflies.  I've tried not to add them to a page, but I always end up putting one on there.

I added some lace and I fussy cut a section from one of the coordinating papers in our kit.  I finished it off with some Liquid Pearls and a butterfly that Lisa Gregory color coordinates for every kit.

This page is for this month's sketch by Beggahuna.  I kept it simple.  I used some Core'dinations cardstock that came with the kit as part of my background.  I misted some white Petaloo flowers , that came in the kit, with Perfect Pearls Mist and then distressed the edges and crinkled up the petals.  I took another piece of Core'dinations card stock and fussy cut the clock faces to be used as the flower center.

I stamped on my photo and behind my flower with a rubber stamp.  I took a piece of Dusty Attic, a scroll, and I cut it in half so that I could use it around my photo.  I painted it and added some blue jewels.  The leaves were made using a stamp from Heartfelt Creations and a piece of coordinating card stock from the kit.  I cut them out and then inked them using a combination of Memento and Distress Inks.

I used a flower die cut over one of the pages in the kit.  The page was already die cut, but I wanted more of the background paper to show.  It has a really nice contrast.  I took my die cut and embossed it with UTEE.  In a few places I cracked the UTEE, giving a cracked glass effect, and then inked up the cracks to highlight them.  Since I didn't emboss the entire page, I ink over some of the places where the UTEE was uneven and my ink was picked up by the paper and is much darker.  This give the paper much more of an antique and time worn look.  

I used a piece of the patterned paper and T!m's Tattered Flowers die to make my blue flowers.  I misted them and then balled them up in my hand while they were still wet to give them a more natural look.  I took a strand of the crystal beads that came in our kit and cut the crystals out individually; I used these for my flower centers.  I took some of the coordinating pearls that were also in our kit and placed one in the center of each flower.  I took a piece of the coordinating cardstock and using a verse stamp, I stamped the card stock.  I then used my favorite leaf stamp from Heartfelt Creations over the top.  I fussy cut them out and colored them using Fantastix and Memento Cottage Ivy ink to give them a hint of green.

I cut out another one of Lisa G.'s coordinating butterflies and added a pebble in the center.  We received a package of pebbles in the kit too!

We are also treated with a Technique Kit every month.  These kits are always a lot of fun and offers everyone a chance to try something new.  This month the kit included this gorgeous frame and a lovely spray of flowers, some DA chippies, and jewels just to name a few.  

I decided to cover my frame in molding paste to give it some texture.  Once that dried, I used some Pool Adirondack paint and painted the entire frame.  Then I added a few torn pieces of sheet music and adhered them with matte multi medium.  I went over everything with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then misted it with water so that the ink would pool up in the cracks and spread across my sheet music a little more.  When that dried,  I went over the entire frame in Broken China Distress Ink.  I misted it with water again and let the ink go where it wanted.  Then, I covered some of the peaks and a few other random places with gesso. The gesso will act as a resist to the next layer of ink.  When all of that dried, I went over it again in Broken China and misted one last time.  The photo is a scan of an original photo taken of my DH's Grandmother in 1914.

I hope something here has inspired you.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit more than you know.



Crystal Thomas said...

All of the layouts are just beautiful!

LISA said...

I love every bit of every LO...Your work is just amazingly beautiful!!!

Geri said...

OMGosh!!! These are gawgeous!!!! I mean breathtaking. If I weren't already getting the kits just looking at your completed work would have me begging for a subscription!

LauraB said...

wow-the Remember layout is incredible and I LOVE the aqua frame. Your work makes me happy!
thanks for sharing!