Monday, September 19, 2016

Just Breathe

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a card using a stunningly realistic photo of lavender by Paper House. Purple is one of my favorite colors, and lavender is just one type of bloom in that color that I've planted in my yard. I love both the fragrance ,and the appearance of it. 

Supplies Used:

                              To make this card I surrounded the flower image with a layer of gesso, the                                             glued on tulle, glitter, microbeads, pearls,rhinestones,glitter,sequins and some                                        small pieces of the Gatsby Accent Pack. I put some gesso on the texture in                                                  random areas. I brushed on metallic paint, a mix of mica powder and water,                          and oil pastels, on top of the gesso.                                                                 

        You can see how the background paper has the appearance of canvas.

  I put some ribbon on the back of the card to outline it.              

I like the contrast of the bling and the soft flowers.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Peacock Feather

Happy Labor Day Paper House Fans! Melissa joining you today with an art journal page for you, using a stunning photo from the Emerald Colorways Collection. Check out the shimmering, iridescent colors of the peacock feather!. It inspired me to frame it with blues,greens, and lots of shine.

Supplies Used:

To make this page I used a 9 x 12 watercolor paper art journal.  I started by applying texture paste through a stencil. I splattered on layers of teal, purple, and gold with a brush, drying after each layer. I repeated this two more times, then misted with water.  I sponged on gesso randomly because the page seemed too busy. I applied a lot of things to create more texture: microbeads, seed beads, glass glitter, glitter glue, rhinestones, pearls, thread, mica flakes, and sequins.

I dry brushed gesso over the top of all the elements, and then painted with a teal color.

I put on some adorable frog and butterfly rub ons to create more visual interest.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Live Dreams Everyday

Hi everyone,Melissa here with a card I made inspired by 3 Marta Lapkowska videos. I started off just wanting to finally use some Tresors de Luxe lace I had, and I wanted to keep it simple.  I don't seem to be able to make something that way apparently!  I used watercolor paper,Prima flowers, Tim Holtz photos, Shimmerz paints, Inktense watercolor pencils, Winsor and Newton watercolors, and lots of gesso. 

I dug deep into my stash looking for stuff that I bought and haven't looked at in awhile. A little chipboard silver crown and heart by Tim Holtz, and the small pieces of purple lace by the flower cluster are by Prima, that I keep coming across in my drawers of doo dads.

The little gold cherub is from my sis, I had used it on another page about 3 years ago, I put some gold leaf on it, and the purple flower on the left is from Mary, Abbygirl on

I also used mica flakes, glass glitter, glitter glue, wire chain, micro beads, regular glitter, Tim Holtz chat words, and more.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Wizard of Oz

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Paper House, featuring the beautiful new Wizard of Oz line! The images and colors used on the paper are inspirational, and fun to work with! 

Supplies Used:

To make this page I put the image onto watercolor paper, and gave it some dimension on the page by putting a piece of foam core board underneath it. I put on some texture paste with a stencil. Using crackle medium I glued on a strip of gauze around the picture.  To make a surface  to paint on, I covered the gauze with gesso, and sprinkled on gold micro beads. 

 I applied blue watercolor, then blue water soluble oil pastel. I added different shades of mica flakes, blue pearls, rhinesones,tulle, and beads, to add more texture.

 In random areas I rubbed on gold and pearl colored mica powder, and clear crackle texture paste.  I drew around some of the texture paste with a black watercolor pencil, and softened the lines with water. I applied black water color all around the image to try and get the crackle lines and other textures more visible.

Thank you so much for taking a look, and have a great day!