Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Master Boards and Backgrounds

It is Cec here and today I am bring you a Saturday Showcase on master boards and backgrounds using different mediums and different substrates.  When I first started to inch my way into mixed media and not just use patterned paper (I still do use it but also have added to my repertoire) I only used Distress products but I am going to go a different direction today and hope some of you are inspired to try different products too.

What is the difference between a master board and a background you might ask?  Well, nothing really except that a master board can be used as is, perhaps even as a background, but more often it is chopped up to make smaller pieces that can be used in a variety of ways on a project.  Usually these are made from larger pieces of substrate but for this showcase I used big and small pieces so I could create quickly to share just a few options.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to make a master board in shades of pink and red.  I used a piece of perforated paper from a spiral bound mixed media pad (Canson) that I use for art journaling but left the tear-away strip attached in case I decide to make an art journal page from it rather than chop it up.

For this one I used paints as the ground.  Now I must admit I don't have any of the fabulous paints available from Linda's shop - YET.  In the summer I was doing some organizing and counted the bottles and jars of acrylic paint in my stash and was shocked to discover that there are no less than 285 of them so I am on a mission to use up some of this old stash so I can replace it with paint from Linda's shop since the ones she sells are top grade and my teammies swear by them.  If you don't have many paints in your supplies, I highly recommend that you pick some up from Linda - you can find them HERE.

Using a small brayer (Ranger), I started adding acrylic paint to the page - Hot Pink (Folk Art), Poodleskirt Pink (DecoArt) and JoSonja Red (Accent).  I recommend holding the brayer at a 45 degree angle and adding the paint randomly in short strokes going both vertically and horizontally.  I continued to build up the layers of paint drying between each colour addition until I was happy with the result.  This paper has a bit of tooth so the result is not smooth.  If you want a softer look, remember that white is a colour and you can use it to knock back the vibrance.

For this piece I decided to add a bunch of stamping but wanted to leave lots of the colour showing.  I used archival inks - Jet Black and Magenta Hue (Ranger) along with Watering Can (Wendy Vecchi).

The stamps used were Large Collage (Wendy Vecchi), Faded Fragments and Border Lines (Seth Apter), Sheet Music (Kaisercraft) and a couple of fun little wood mount hearts (Sorry, no idea who made them).

As you can see by the photo above, using the Magenta Hue was a bit of a fail since it was too close to the background colour so I have put some arrows on my photo to show you that it is there.  I like mixing the Watering Can and Jet Black but you could use just Jet Black and do some second generation stamping if you want it to look lighter.  Don't hesitate though to use coloured inks if your background colours will allow it.

I had a piece of 110 lb. card stock (Recollections) sitting on my desk so I decided to make something out of it while the brayer was still out.

Again I added acrylic paint - Spa Blue, Melon and Wild Orchid (DecoArt).  When it was dry I thought it had a beach feel to it so I added some related stamping and stenciling.

I used Cornflower Blue Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) with a Bubble stencil (Tim Holtz) to add the stenciling and some little sea shell stamps (Recollections) with Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).  I also took the lid from a tiny spray bottle and some white paint (Delta Ceramcoat) to make some circles.  A white pen or even the paint and an old credit card can be used to make marks.

Next I pulled out some Specialty Stamping Paper (Ranger) and added Fern Green, Dandelion and Garden Patina Archival Inks (Wendy Vecchi).  To do this I smooshed (real crafting word) the inks one at a time onto my craft mat, spritzed it with the rubbing alcohol and then dragged the paper through the ink.  I started with the lightest colour first.  The alcohol and ink combination dries very quickly but I did wait to add each colour until I was sure the previous colour was dry.

I have made a background like this before and added stamping and stenciling with archival inks for a fabulous result.  This time I just left it plain until I decide what I am going to use it for.

For this one I dropped Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow, Sunshine Orange, Poppyfield and Salmon Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz) onto a scrap of Specialty Stamping Paper and blew on it through a little straw to cover the paper.

If you blow directly above it, it will spread in a more even circle but if you blow from an angle it will spread with tentacles.  One or two drops of ink goes a long way.  Once it was dry, I splattered some rubbing alcohol on it, which added more movement and then I added a couple more drops of the lighter colours and that created even more movement.  I am saving this one for fall and might make a few more so I can make leaves - awesome.

Finally I did a little comparison with air or no air and stamping over or under the alcohol ink.  The air allows the ink to move further although it will spread without it.  I also discovered that you must stamp on top of the ink or it runs even though I used Jet Black Archival Ink in both cases.  You can also use Gloss Paper (Ranger) although it is somewhat porous and the inks don't move as well.  Yupo paper (Tim Holtz) is also very effective but is a thinner product.

Like many of you, I have made a background only to decide that it isn't really going to work for my project but I don't throw them out because they can often be used for a different project as is or upcycled with some texture or additional stamping or stenciling.  Even the smallest pieces are useful to create with - I punch flowers out of them, make little tags, emboss them for small panels and even cut them with fancy scissors for borders.  If you make mini/micro albums or ATCs, the little pieces are so handy.

I hope what I have shown you today will inspire you to create your own master boards and backgrounds or to upcycle ones you planned to throw away.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Guest Designer - Tenia Nelson

We have a new Guest Designer joining us today.  Please say hello and give a warm welcome to Tenia Nelson.  Tenia was the Design Team's top pick for the Give Thanks challenge.  You can find Tenia on her blog Jazzy Paper Designs.

Hello all my name is Tenia Nelson and I am a 36 year old jazz pianist, music teacher and paper crafter that lives in Denver, Colorado. I am married to a great guy named Tim, I am momma to my awesome son Thelonious(Theo) and I have two wonderful doggie "kids" Miles and Brillo. When I am not playing everywhere in town, teaching wild and crazy kids, or making cards, I play soccer with the hubby and just hang out with my friends!!

I had lots of fun with this card!!! Lots of layers, flowers, distressing, doilies.....FUN TIMES!!! My focus for this year is Live In The Moment because I have to learn how to. 

Here are a couple close-ups.

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Now that you have had a peek at Tenia's cheerful card, check out all the details on her blog and while you are there take a look around. When you have finished come on back and share the project you have made to depict your word or phrase for 2018 - The Year Of. You can find the challenge HERE and it runs until 11:55 pm EST on January 30th.  We would love to have you join us.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 - The Year of

Hi! Suzz here. Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

Here is some fabulous inspiration from the Frilly side of the Design Team with their words for 2018!

Autumn - SewPaperPaint

Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design
Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Hopefully this has inspired you to think about what is your word for 2018! Come join us in the challenge, you have until January 30th to load up an entry using the linkup below! And don't forget to tune in next Wednesday January 24th to see what the Funkie side of the Design Team have in store for you.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Step by Step - Embossing With Distress Paint, Crayons and Alcohol Ink

Welcome to the weekend and to Frilly and Funkie's Saturday Step By Step! It's Sara Emily here, and today I'm featuring a technique using Distress paint and crayons and Ranger alcohol inks, along with Metallic Kraft Stock. Click on the photos to zoom in.

I cut silver Metallic Kraft Core to fit my embossing folder and embossed. I gave it a quick coat of Pumice Stone Distress paint. I'm not worrying too much that it's full coverage, as it's going to blend with the inks in the next step.

While the paint is still wet, I drop on drops of Denim alcohol ink and spritz with water to allow the inks to spread. I move the panel around to get the ink/paint to cover the panel to my liking and use my heat tool to dry. Not shown, I added more drops of alcohol ink, this time in Sailboat, again spritzing and blending, then drying with the heat tool. When that was dry and set, I scribbled with Picket Fence Distress crayon to hit the raised areas. Last, I sanded the edges, and rubbed Walnut Stain crayon around the edges, blending a little with my finger. I like to give it all a blast with my heat tool to allow the crayon to melt just a bit and to set the colors.

I inked Swirly Snowflakes stamps (I used the minis) with both faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides and gave them a spritz of water. I do this by spraying into the air and swooping my stamp through the mist; just enough to activate and blend the colors ever so slightly. After making the impression, I rub Walnut Stain oxide on my craft mat (Notice it's brand spankin' new! Thank you, Santa!) and spritz with water. I dip my stamped images into the puddle, dry and fussy cut. Investing in the Swirly Snowflake dies would be a wise decision. Last, I blended the edges with more Walnut Stain DOX. I finally got the bright idea to trace around the stamp face down over the stamped image and cut on that line. I ended up not using the one shown in the photo. I backed my snowflakes with chipboard for dimension and to make them sturdy.

 As a small child, I had dreams of being one of those pretty figure skaters I would see on the Winter Olympics, and I took every opportunity to be on the ice when our ponds and lakes would freeze over. I literally skated all day until it would get dark. When I moved south in my 30's I took up inline skating as a substitute. 

I couldn't find a Quote Chip that said what I wanted to say about my paper doll ice skater, so I made my own. I used a Big Chat sticker, and cut a Quote Chip down to size. The easiest and neatest way to do this is to use your X-Acto blade to make a cut front and back, and then use your scissors to complete the cut. I sanded it a bit and used Matte Medium to adhere the sticker. When dry, I blended with Frayed Burlap ink and scribbled Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and heated to melt.

A length of Metallic Trimmings stands in as the frozen pond. I colored it with more Frayed Burlap ink. Please ignore the fact I glued it crooked! I'm surprised my boy isn't sliding right off the edge of the card! I smudged the boy with crayon, and adhered him with foam adhesive tape. (So he doesn't slide off.) The Star Adornments were left over from a previous project--they were a glittery gold, covered with Distress Glitter Dust, but I wanted a mercury glass look. I dropped on silver mixative alcohol ink, followed with a drop of Mushroom alcohol ink.

I layered my panel over some old Core'dinations card stock and a few panels of hand colored/designed papers. Look for a tutorial on these very simple techniques in the future, but for now, this post is plenty long.

Here are three more versions using these same products. Linda sells so many paints, alcohol inks and embossing folders in The Funkie Junkie Boutique that the possibilities are limitless! What combinations will you come up with?

This is the first one I made, using an old Tim Holtz Snowflurries Texture Fade. To get this look, I started with Picket Fence paint in place of the Pumice Stone. After dropping on the alcohol ink, I sponged on more Picket Fence. I rubbed with Hickory Smoke crayon and wiped with my finger. I sponged on more Picket Fence, blending the crayon more still.

I embossed this busy one a second time, but didn't line it up properly in the folder. But I was pleased with it nonetheless, and may use it for a background on a future project or even to die cut something. I applied Walnut Stain crayon after the second embossing.

This one's my favorite, but I couldn't do it justice with a photo. I used a paintbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol to spread the alcohol ink over wet paint. When dry, I rubbed on Hickory Smoke crayon and wiped with a dripping wet finger and dried again. I splattered with watered down white chalky paint and chalky paint mixed with alcohol ink.

Here's another look at my completed icy card.

I hope you're inspired to get out your paints and inks or shop for some new colors and make some metallic backgrounds. In the meantime, there's still a few days to get your projects linked up for our 'Three is Not a Crowd' challenge. I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Sara Emily

Here are direct links to products I've used in this post. These products and more can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: