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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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Swirlydoos June Reveal - Through The Looking Glass

What a kit we received this month! O.M.G!  The main kit was stuffed with so many extras this month; the embellishment add-on is outrageous, the flowers are off-the-hook and the technique add on contained LaBlanche stamps and paper and.....holy cow!  So many things and not enough room to mention them.  The paper in this month's kit includes Bo Bunny's Timepiece and My Mind's Eye Stella Rose.  We have subscribers that request a more "manly" kit every now and then and I think this kit fits that bill.  For me though, it took on more of an Americana feel.

This page includes a photo of my DD at the fair a few years back.  She was hugging a Living Statue.  These performers are pretty incredible; not only do they act like statues but they really do look like a statue.  The look on the performer's face in the photo is one of contentment with a Mona Lisa smile.  If you could see this up close and in person, it would tug at your heart strings....trust me.  I LOVE the script paper from My Mind's Eye!!!  I found myself wanting to hoard it. :)  It is kind of hard to see, but I tore the script paper horizontally and then I actually burned it...using a real flame!  I love the look of burnt paper. 

I handmade the pink flowers using some of the card stock that came in the kit.  BTW, the card stock was yellow.  I will be teaching this flower technique at Miss Art's Papercrafting School in July!

 I love this box!  In the embellishment kit we received some kraft glassine paper (Tim Holtz), along with some of his metal ink pen tips, mini light bulbs, a mini pocket watch, some keys....a lot of stuff!  I knew instantly that I wanted to take that $1 box I bought at my LSS and alter it.  The only items not from this month's kit are the metal feet, the key hole, and the material needed to make the big pink-ish flower.  It reminds me of a Revolutionary War chest.

After I covered the box in paper, I used one of the stamps that came in the main kit (a burlap-texture) and stamped all over the paper.  Then, I took a stencil from the embellishment kit and added some clock faces and numbers all over the box.  I took the chain that came in the add on kit and draped it around the box top.

 I tore one of the kit papers that has a map on it and added it to the top.  I crinkled and cut down the glassine paper to make that mini envelope.  I used Pearl Fixative Alcohol Ink to color the heart on the key and glued the other pieces down.  I made the large flower (another one that I will be teaching at Miss Art's in July).  Isn't that big blue ribbon awesome!!

This is for this month's sketch.  The photos are of my DH and he made me promise not to add too many flowers and NO butterflies to his page.  LOL!!  It is still killing me not to add butterflies on this page.  But....a promise is a promise *said through my gritted teeth* LOL
 I decided to double mat the photos and try to make some old photo corners by ripping some paper by hand.  I used the dark blue Stickles that came in the kit to dress up the corners.  I really love the Paper Rosette Sizzix die.  I decided to make my own ticket and added it to the top of the flower.

 We received some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass in the kit too.  I took some white Staz On ink and colored in the word on the balloon so that it would stand out.  I took apart the chipboard watch with the "R" in it and I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.  These powders are too cool!  Just like her mists, these embossing powders are two-toned when they melt.  This one has blue and gold.

 This page is a bit different for me.  I decided that a high contrast b&w photo would look really good with these papers.  I off set the mat behind it and used another stamp that came in the main kit to create a border around my black card stock.

 I used a Spellbinders Heart die and then dry brushed some white paint across it to highlight the embossing.  I layered it over a piece of Gimmer Glass. 

 We received a very cool transparency sheet from Kanban.  It had embossed and glittered shapes all over it.  I fussy cut out one of the shapes and created a flower out of it.  I placed a gorgeous red rose in the center.

Phew!  I got a lot of mileage out of this kit and created some very different looking projects.   I hope you were inspired by something I created from this month's kit.  Thank you so very much for stopping by.  I appreciate your support!
XO, Lisa


lizzyc said...

oh my... inspiration overload... stunning marvelous magnificent.. absolutely beautiful layouts .. love all of them..

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Totally awesome, as usual! Thanks for the inspiration!

Vicky Alberto said...

Your talent just wow! The wish layout is OMGosh! BTW - I'm stalking, look at me, I'm stalking, can't you see, I'm stalking, yesseree... LOL! Tag you're it!

Angelica said...

Fabulous work Lisa!!!!! I love the way you worked this kit not masculine but Americana!!! You're a true artist, my friend!!

Jolaine Frias said...

Amazing projects with this kit! My favorite is by far the altered box! WOW, it's simply amazing! Love the chain!

Brenda said...

WOW WOW WOW love love love that photo of your daughter and you layouts are soooo AMAZING!!!