Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day of the Dead Canvas

Hi fellow Core lovers! It's Gini, and I am here to share my first post as part of the Core'dinations Design Team. I've become intrigued with the Day of the Dead celebration, and thought I would try my hand at creating a colorful canvas. The sparkle in the Core Couture paper did a great job of mimicking the famous sugar skulls. And while crepe paper marigolds are the traditional decoration, I thought I would create them using punches and Core'dinations. 


Day of the Dead Canvas Supplies:
Step 1. Apply full coverage adhesive to the back of a 12 x 12 sheet of White Gloves Core Couture paper. Adhere to the wooden skull.
 Step 2. Roughly trim around the skull. Use the Sand It Gadget to smooth the edges. 

 Step 3. Use a craft knife to remove the paper covering the intricate designs and smooth with small craft files
 Step 4. Outline the designs with dimensional paint. Allow to dry. 
 Step 5. Sand a piece of Jillian Dot Spotted and adhere to a canvas.

 Step 6. Adhere the skull to the canvas.
 Step 7. Punch flowers from Brights Cardstock (a mix of orange, yellow and red). Each flower needs 4 large and 4 small flowers.
 Step 8. Lightly mist the flowers with water. Shape with your fingers to form a bud. 


Step 9. Continue shaping each flower and allow to dry. 

 Step 10. Carefully unroll the dried flowers. Assemble with a dot of glue between each layer of petals.

Step 11. Glue the flowers to the canvas. Add ribbon to finish. 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Debut of the All Geared Up Collection

Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for "girly grunge" creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are "geared" to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in let's gear up!


Heartfelt Creations Supplies
HCPC 3632 Plates and Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3635 Shifting Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3636 Cogs and Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3637 All Geared Up PreCut Set
HCDP1 248 All Geared Up Patterned Paper Collection
HCD 754 All Geared Up Die Set
Dries Clear Adhesive
Other Supplies:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists: Time Travel Teal, Cocklebells Coral, Opal Sea Oats
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder - Cleopatra's Copper
Martha Stewart Microbeads
Behr Venetian Plaster
Golden Molding Paste
CTMH flower centers
USArtQuest Mica Flakes - Copper
StazOn Ink - Emerald City

Use a putty knife to spread Venetian Plaster over an 8 x 10 wooden board.  Use the background stamps to stamp into the plaster, or apply the plaster to the stamps and stamp with it.  Using the two techniques together will create a variety of textures. Wash the stamps immediately to avoid the plaster drying in the designs. When dry, paint over the plaster with gesso. Spray a combination of mists in copper, teal, green and brown over the canvas.  Use StazOn ink to stamp the texture stamp from the Shifting Gears set, randomly on the canvas. Use the positive and negative cuts from the chain die to cut cardstock, glue to the canvas for more texutre, and spread modeling paste thinly over the top.  Sprinkle with microbeads before it dries. Spray with mists when dry. Cut gear flowers from a mix of metallic paper, vellum and patterned paper. Shape and arrange around the canvas. Stamp the license plate and heat emboss with copper powder. Die cut and add to the flowers. Add die-cut leaves.  Finish the canvas by gluing mica flakes randomly around the flower clusters.

(See supplies above for colors used)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Urban Angel

I was challenged to create a canvas in honor of breast cancer awareness -.  I decided to focus on the color pink and an create an urban angel of hope.

 I looked through magazines and found an image I wanted to work with - and cut out the figure, and lightly marked off the area where she would be placed on my canvas (so as not to paint that spot with the pink)
I added some dictionary pages and my magazine clipping, and painted over the image with clear gesso.  Then I used the existing image as a guide to paint over.  I also turned the printed paper into wings, by just sketching around them with a Stabilo pencil.

 I traced over the lines of the wings with the Dimensional Crystal and added some stencilled patterns using modeling paste.

After the modeling paste was dry, I placed the stencil back in place and painted over the raised design with AA paints.
My pink background seemed too over powering, so I brushed on some gesso, and then blue.  I added a die cut crown and bird to finish up this canvas.