Monday, February 22, 2016

Leaving Northport

Hi everyone! This is a photo taken a long time ago, when my husband and I left Northport, Long Island, for a job transfer to California. My sister in law had a family get together for us on her deck.

This is also my entry for CSI challenge number 190.

I took a sheet of black Bazzil cardstock, and glued it to 3 sheets of scrapbook paper I didn't care about. This was so the page wouldn't warp from all the material I was going to put on it.

I put gesso on with a credit card, and sponged some on too. This was so the different media would show up more, and not be absorbed by the paper.

I put  Finnabair clear crackle paste on, except on the border, and in the center, and let it dry overnight. 

I stenciled on some texture, I used a combination of gesso and clear gel medium, because it's easier to clean off the stencil than texture paste. I think I like the paste better, it seems to take the color better.

I painted on Lindy's Stamp Gang using a teal color, and also yellow and blue watercolors.
I rubbed a lot of gold mica powder on.  

I applied a number of embellies with glossy accents and foam tape.

Thank you so much for looking, I hope you liked the page!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Butterfly and Fairy

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my entry for the Reneabouquets Fall In Love Contest With Giveaway.

I made this card using watercolor paper.

I distressed the edges, then put on Finnabair's Clear Crackle Texture Paste, I smeared some on with my fingers in a thick layer. I let it dry overnight, then put the butterfly on , as I wanted to make that the focal point.

 I put on some texture paste with a stencil. I painted the crackle with a mix of prussian blue and brown watercolors, put some gold mica powder on, then some teal Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The crackle texture immediately absorbs the paint beautifully, and really shows off the cracks!

Using an old calendar as a guide,or reference, I drew and painted a fairy.

   I put some gold mica powder on the stenciled texture.

I fussy cut the little fairy from an old Christmas card.

I made the small flowers with a Sizzix die.

The bee is by Vintaj.  I misted the ribbon with water, crumpled it, and put the ribbon in a puddle of teal Lindys. I dried it with a heat gun, I held it on my craft mat with the wood end of a paint brush.

The little bunny and baby fairy are from the same calendar I drew the fairy from.

I used gold,pale pink, and teal seed beads, micro bead, distress glitter,distress glitter glue,sequins, dried moss,tulle, and a moon charm to decorate the page.  I rubbed on gold mica powder on top of paint layers around the fairy.  I was trying to make a balance between the dark areas of the butterfly, and the rest of the page.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Girl and Puppy

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page I've made as a gift for a friend. The photo is of her daughter,  taken in Alaska at a musher camp, and she's holding a Husky puppy.

I started with a piece of Bo Bunny paper from the Sleigh Ride Collection.

Bo Bunny - Sleigh Ride Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Tradition

I put gesso on with a credit card,then I stenciled on texture paste with Prima's Fluttering Flower Stencil.

 I mixed blue and green water colors and painted the whole page(Prussian Blue and Sap Green) I let the colors drip and run, but you can't see much of either. I added a little of  Lindy's Canna Lily Burnt Orange to the left side and misted it with water. I used Finnabair's Texture Paste Clear Crackle on the lower right and upper left sides. 

 I cut several rectangular pieces from a sheet of white textured cardstock, distressed the edges and put the pieces together. It's a little like doing a jigsaw puzzle,to get them into a shape you like. I painted them all with the same blue green watercolor mix, then rubbed on some gold mica powder,and put the photo on top.

With my finger I rubbed on gold rub n buff over the surface of the stenciled areas.

I squeezed on lines of  glossy accents,and rubbed some on with my finger, and poured seed beads and glitter on.  I also added freshwater pearls in grey, and a round mother of pearl item that you can see at the upper right,it reminded me of the moon.

Something about the way the light outside made the top photo look very green, as opposed to what the close ups look like. What really caused kind of a problem was after I was done painting with watercolors,I misted a lot of gold shimmer spray on, and it changed the look of the page,it made it look more green.

I used Prima flowers, included some I dyed myself by dipping white flowers in a cup with water and watercolors, using the same color as the background. I put on a little dry Lindy's powder on flowers while they were damp,and some glass glitter.

Here's some pics taken in direct sunlight, which are always my favorite. It really makes the details pop.

I made the little gold flower with some ribbon, I took a needle and thread and made big stitches along the length of the ribbon, and drew the lne of stitches tight, then knotted it off.

If you look closely you can see a rectangular glass piece above the photo.I got some frost spray in Christmas clearance recently from a craft store,in real life it looks so much like frost on a window.