Monday, April 30, 2018

Mixed Media Revolution with Etchall

When I was at Creativation in January I was lucky enough to get into Seth Apter's Mixed Media Revolutions class.  I learned so much, loved playing with the products and really enjoyed Seth's teaching style and his emphasis on layering.  I was happy with my project but I knew it wasn't finished when I brought it home. It definitely needed more layers! Time to play...


Perfect Design Team project for Etchall!

I removed and cleaned the glass from a shadow box and pulled out my etchall® etching crème, etchall® stencil spray and Seth's stencils.  I placed the 1st stencil on the glass and marked the position with washi tape. I removed the stencil, placed it in a box and sprayed one side. After it dried and was tacky to the touch, I returned it to the glass, firmly pressing it in place and taping around the edges.  I used the etchall® squeegee and the pads of my fingers to make sure it was firmly attached and there were no air bubbles.


I then applied the etching crème very thickly and made sure I completely covered the stencil area.  After 15 minutes I used the squeegee to scrape up the etchall® crème and return it to the original bottle because it is completely reusable.


I thoroughly washed the glass under running water, removing all of the etching crème before I removed the tape and stencil.
Note:  Do not rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching project and it will remove the glaze!

I repeated the process with 2 more stencils...


...and then added some color to my etchings with Rub 'n Buff.


And voila!

 

Here are some close ups: 



Here you can see I also added die cuts using some of Seth's dies.  I even managed to sneak in a snapshot to make this an art project and a special keepsake!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials for Mixed Media Revolution Etchall Frame:

etchall® etching crème
etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray
etchall® Squeegee

StencilGirl Seth Apter - Past, Present, Future Stencil
Stencil Girl Seth Apter -Urban Insiders Star Stencil
StencilGirl Seth Apter - 123 Stencil

Rub N Buff - Patina, Spanish Copper
Spellbinders Dies Seth Apter Designer Series - Spokes, Sunburst

Friday, April 27, 2018

Bee-lieve with Eyelet Outlet

Happy Friday!  Time for another ATC for Eyelet Outlet!

My sister is a beekeeper so I find myself drawn to them as subject matter in my crafting projects - such interesting and industrious creatures!  There are many lessons to be learned from bees and you will find several articles about this subject if you Google it.  This card encourages faith in your own abilities - if you just Bee-lieve!  Time to play...


Using Archival Ink, I stamped an ATC with the honeycomb image and sentiment and then pulled out the watercolors.
 
Of course Eyelet Outlet has the perfect Bumble Bee Brads - they come in a 12 pack. 

 

I attached just one Bumble Bee Brad...


...matted the ATC with black cardstock and mounted it on a simple card base. 


As usual, I did stamp off a few extra ATCs which I would love to share.  If you are interested in one, leave me a comment for me over on my Instagram page.



By the way, if you do a search over at the Eyelet Outlet online store you will find a few more bee-themed items, including washi tape and 2 additional styles of brads.   Be sure to check it out HERE




Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials for Bee-Lieve ATC card: 

Eyelet Outlet Bumble Bee Brads
Stampendous Honeycomb Wishes stamps
Prima Watercolor Paper and Prints
Archival Ink - black
Designer paper and cardstock

Friday, April 20, 2018

Butterflies - Eyelet Outlet

So do you have someone special in your life? Somebody who makes your heart race and gives you butterflies in your stomach?   I hope so!  Whether it is a new love interest or a spouse of many years I have the card for you.  Time to play...


I actually started with the sentiment stamp on this card (Stampendous) and then found the perfect Prima stamp by Julie Nutting to coordinate.  A quick search for all things Butterfly over at Eyelet Outlet yielded an astounding number of brads and washi tapes from which to choose! (seriously you should check it out!)

I went with the Mini Butterfly Brads (soo cute!) and the Butterfly Washi Tape - Wide.


I stamped the sentiment and image on ATC* sized watercolor paper using Archival Ink and then added color with my watercolor paints. I added a single perfect pink butterfly brad and then trimmed a larger pink butterfly out of the washi tape.


Next I matted it on black cardstock and attached it to a simple card base with a couple of  Zots...


...and we have a finished card!


And yes I stamped off a few extra ATCs again this week.  If you are interested in receiving one, just leave me a comment over on my Instagram page.



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials for Butterfly Card:

Eyelet Outlet Butterfly Washi Tape -Wide
Eyelet Outlet Mini Butterfly Brads
Prima/Julie Nutting Stamps - Calendar Musts
Stampendous - Life Words
Prima watercolor paper and paint

*Artist Trading Card -  2.5' x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April Showers Cutlery Caddy - Eileen Hull Inspiration Team

This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team was challenged to create with the "April Showers" theme in mind.  More specifically, wedding and baby showers! I was pondering my choices when I was struck by inspiration provided by this little beauty...


...a desk organizer created by my teammate Anne Redfern for the Creativation show in January.  It uses Eileen's *new* Card Box, Planner Storage and Organizer Die and it is my favorite kind of project - pretty and practical!  It looks great on your desk and keeps track of scissors, pens, pencils, etc. Anyway, it occurred to me that it could also stylishly organize cutlery on a buffet table.  Time to play...


I covered Little Sizzles Mat Board with some of the beautiful Color Washed paper from Paper House Productions  and then cut it out with the papered side against the die.  I actually did it three times!


Following the instructions I assembled the 3 organizers and prepared a yellow ribbon belly band to hold them all together.


I stamped the word "Enjoy" on the label and then adhered it to the ribbon using Zots from Therm O Web.


The stamps I used are from a couple of different sets of PEGz by Mason Row .  I love them because they are individual letters that click together.  I have a couple of sets so the combinations are limitless!


It really is that easy to create a cutlery caddy to coordinate with any color or theme!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Cutlery Caddy:

Sizzix Scoreboards Card Organizer XL Die
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack
Therm O Web - Zots
Therm O Web - Supertape Roll, 1/4"
Paper House Productions - Color Washed 12" Paper Pad
Mason Row - PEGz stamps

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Baseball Card - Eyelet Outlet

My kids are all grown now, but over the years I spent plenty of time at little league games.  Yes it was fun, but the best thing about team sports was the lessons they learned about life.  Time to create...


This card came together really fast!  I stamped the (excellent) sentiment on a watercolor paper ATC* with Archival Ink, painted in a blue sky, drew in a dashed line and added a baseball brad.


The brad came from the Balls Brad set which contains a mix of basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and baseballs.  (total of 12 brads)


Oh and here's a quick tip!  I used the inside of a roll of tape to draw in that nice curve!


Here's the finished ATC...


...which easily becomes a card when placed on a simple background.


I stamped out a few extra ATC's that I would love to share!  If you are interested head over to my Facebook or Instagram page and leave me a comment.  I will send them out next week.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials for  Baseball Card:

Eyelet Outlet Ball Brads
Inkadinkado Stamps - Friendly Advice
Prima watercolor paper and paint

*Artist Trading Card - 2.5" x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Friday, April 6, 2018

April Showers ATC

The weather lately has been a little rainy and it has me thinking of April showers and that always reminds me of my daughter stomping through puddles with her ladybug rain boots and her ladybug umbrella!  What a picture!  Anyway, that happy memory is the precise reason I own these stamps. Time to play...


I stamped a 2.5" x 3.5" piece of watercolor paper with Archival Ink.  The image was very mottled because of the texture of the paper so I pulled out my black marker and filled in the silhouette to a nice solid black.  A little mix of blue watercolor paint gave me the puddles I was looking for but I wanted to show a SPLASH! 


Eyelet Outlet to the rescue with these wonderful Water Splat Brads.  They come 12 in a pack with a mix of 2 shades of blue.  Perfect! 


Here is the finished ATC*. 


I matted it with black cardstock and attached it to a very simple card base with Zots - my go to adhesive! 


And here is the finished card - and a few extra ATC's I would love to share! 


If you are interested in one of the extras, leave me a comment over on my Facebook or Instagram pages and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie 


Materials for April Showers ATC Card:

Eyelet Outlet Water Splat Brads
Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Sets - Puddles, Splish Splash
Archival Ink
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen big brush
Prima watercolor paper and paint
Therm O Web Zots

*Artist Trading Card - 2.5" x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Etched Glass LED Dance Lamp with Etchall

So I found this lamp/night light at the thrift store and the 3D headphone design was cool but it was not really my style.  But - it sparked an idea so I took it home.  It would work if my husband could remove the etched acrylic and alter the base.

 

I asked him to alter the slot so that it was open on each side so that I could slip a wider piece of glass into the opening.  Well, let me tell you that my husband can do anything! 


Now it was time to etch the glass.  I started with etchall® etching crème, etchall® stencil spray and (1) 5"x7" piece of glass. I wanted to use elements from these 2 stencils from StencilGirl.

Stencils are not to scale.

Here's the process:

  • I placed the dance stencil in a box and sprayed the back. 
  • After it dried and was tacky to the touch I positioned it on the glass, firmly pressing it into place and taping around the edges.  
  • I used the etchall squeegee and the pads of my fingers to make sure it was firmly attached and there were no air bubbles.  
  • I then applied the etching crème very thickly with the squeegee, covering the stencil area completely.  
  • After 15 minutes I used the squeegee to scrape up the etchall crème and return it to the original bottle because the etching crème is completely reusable.  
  • Then I thoroughly washed the glass under running water, removing all of the etching crème before removing the tape and stencil.

Note:  Do not rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze.

I cleaned and dried the glass and flipped it over to the other side.  I repeated the process to etch words on the reverse side of the glass.
I grabbed a second piece of glass and the second stencil.  That stencil had been well used with inks, stains and paints. I wasn't sure how the stencil spray would work but I followed the same procedures and it turned out beautifully!
I took the 2 pieces of glass and laid one on top of the other.


I clamped the glass together so I could run 1/8" silver metallic tape around 3 sides of the glass.  I did this for 2 reasons. First of all it covered the sharp edges of the glass and made it safer to handle. The second reason was because I had seen a video about creating a lighted sign from etched glass and they recommended the tape to reflect escaping light back into the etched piece.


I inserted the glass into the slot in the lighted base.  I think it looks great, but...


...the magic happens when you turn off the light and turn on the lamp!


The really cool thing is that you can change the colors of the LED lights with the touch of a button.


Now I am searching the thrift stores to see if I can find another LED light to alter because I have a lot of stencils!  If not, I have found similar LED lights and lighted bases online.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials:
etchall® etching crème
etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray
etchall® Squeegee

Stencil Girl The Dance of This Life, 9"x12"
Stencil Girl Urban Insiders Star Stencil, 4"x4"

(2) pieces 5" x 7" glass
Tape
Led lamp - altered
1/8" Silver metallic tape