Saturday, August 12, 2017

Combining Imagine supplies with the Amazing Teesha Moore stamp

A little nod to the amazing artist Teesha Moore today and her Zettiology stamps.

Making master boards is always fun and saves time later for fast, interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes will make a great background paper for a giant refrigerator magnet, a focal point on a card or an art journal front cover. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

1.      Cut master board remnants into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, sprinkle on clear embossing powder. Melt powder with a heat tool.

2.      When cool, color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out.

3.      Glue the image to the panel, add word stickers, using a black marker to outline each word. Ink edges with Midnight Blue and then Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. Glue to a card, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Master board created with StazOn Studio Glazes – Blue Hawaii, Emerald City and Gold
Ink- StazOn Midnight Blue; Delicata Black Shimmer and Celestial Copper
Sponge dauber- large
Memento Markers-Blue Hawaii, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black and Love Letter
Tear it! Tape

Other Supplies
Stamps – Teesha Moore Zettiology and Stampers Anonymous
Metal wings from Idea-ology
Strathmore Bristol paper
Finnabair 3D Matte Gel
Stencils by Artistcellar
Cutting tool
Heat tool

For additional step by step photos check out the Imagine blog.  Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Paper towels

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Steampunk Style Book Mark for Summer Books

One of our challenges with Imagine for the month of August is to create something with the word “Motion”in mind. I have created a book mark for several reasons. I love the ocean and the constant motion that can be found there, not only with the movement of the water but all the creatures in the sea that seem to be always on the move. The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel, for which I need a book mark. This book mark is made with Graphic 45 paper that is called “Voyage Beneath the Sea”; it has a distinctive Steampunk flair to it. There’s a lot of inky goodness on the front of the tag and a surprise appearance of a mermaid on the back. Enjoy your summer reading!
Time: 1 hour


Step 1:
Create a master board on Bristol paper that will be the water like background. To make sure that the Glaze doesn’t soak into the paper, apply a thin coat of gesso to the water color paper before beginning.  Make sure the gesso is dry. This master board was created with StazOn Studio Glaze applied with a Smudgees Sponge Mitt and a little water to blend the colors, first Emerald City, then Bahama Blue and then Gold. Each color was applied through a stencil and heat dried in between to set the color.
Cut off the desired portion for the marker.  This one measures 8 ¾” by 3 ¼”. Save the rest of the master board for another project.
Step 2:
Choose a stamp that looks like something under the sea and stamp an image with StazOn Midnight Blue ink at the bottom of the marker.


Step 3:
Cut a piece of paper for backing out of sea themed paper, this one is from Graphic 45. This panel measures 3 ½” by 9 ½”. Cut another snippet of paper to glue on the bottom. The seahorse is a die cut from Sizzix that has been colored in with Memento Markers. The stickers match the paper collection.

Step 4:
Adhere the panel to the backing paper; glue some sequins to look like bubbles. Tiny glass beads mimic sand at the bottom of the ocean, On Point Glue is perfect for adhering tiny details like this.

Here is the front side of the finished tag with a tiny bit of glass glitter added to the sand area.

The back is pretty too.

Supply list
Imagine Supplies
Ink- StazOn Midnight Blue
StazOn Studio Glaze-Emerald City, Bahama Blue, Gold
Memento Markers-Tangelo, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette knife
Craft mat
Smudgees sponge mitt

Other Supplies
Bristol water color paper
Stencil by Artistcellar
Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and stickers
Finnabair Glass Beads-White Gold, Copper, Platinum
Prima Glass Glitter
Sizzix Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
Spray bottle of water
Paper cutter

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Steampunk Mirror

I love to recycle or alter items I continue to find in the house that are not really being used.  Some things have just been relegated to the book case, behind books, just barely peeking out.  Sleep often eludes me and I can't stand to just lay in bed, so I sneak into my studio in the wee hours of the morning and use that quiet time to create.  This time I used my new Finnabair Patina Effect Paints in Blue and Red Rust plus a few metal objects to give an old mirror new life.

I won't hide this behind any books now!  Thanks for stopping by-hugs-Renee

Friday, July 21, 2017

Day Three of the Imagine and StencilGirl Products Blog Hop!

Here we are at Day Three of the Imagine and StencilGirl Products Blog Hop!  Have you been leaving comments every day on each of the designers blogs?  I hope so.  This is the final day, you have until Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments.
(One comment per blog please)
One winner will be announced on Monday, July 24th on the StencilGirls Facebook page and on the Imagine Facebook page.  Just to remind you of what the prize is:

Here's your list of designers for today:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and leave a comment on each of the designers blogs that have been showcased on the lists over the past three days to increase your chances of winning the prize of a $25 Gift Certificate from Imagine and a $25 Gift Certificate from StencilGirl Products.  Who doesn't need $50 of supplies?

I'd love to share one more of the journal pages I did with my stencils from StencilGirl just to emphasize the versatility of their stencils.  All the same stencils just different results.  Be sure to hop along to the above list to win the gift certificates!

Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stencil Girl Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the StencilGirl Products and Imagine Blog Hop, DAY TWO!

For this hop I received three stencils:  Jessica Sporn's Rain, Andrea Matus deMeng's Eve, a modern woman small stencil, Seth Apter's Techno Insiders Circle.  It was so easy to use all three, actually it became an addictive process, I haven't been able to stop using them all month long!  This is the project I chose to share today, it is called " Steampunked Namaste".  It is part of an art journal of faces, she just has an elaborate head gear and flowers.  I will make a series of faces like these and then bind all the pages together in a hand made journal.

The background gets its color from Fireworks! Craft Spray in the Lilac Posies color, sprayed over Seth's Techno Insiders Circle.  Then I used the Techno Insiders Circle again on top of that with Fireworks! Desert Sand spray.  The face is Andrea's Eve stencil. I evened out the skin tones with Jane Davenport's Paint Over Pens, using Unicorn, Beach and Starfish.   Even the flowers in the foreground are a StencilGirls stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw.  On a separate piece of water color paper,  I sprayed the Fireworks! sprays through the stencil then added additional shading by pouring some of the Fireworks! in a water brush and applying it where needed.  When the flowers were dry I cut them out and adhered them with Tear It! tape.   Here are a few close up shots of the background and the face.

To give her a "Steampunk" look I adhered cogs and gears with Imagine On Point Glue and a touch of the Iridescent Blue Creative Medium.  By using the On Point Glue I can better isolate the areas where I want to adhere the glass glitter.

After applying gesso through the words on the Rain stencil, I allowed drying time, then I highlighted the words with London Fog ink and a small dauber.

Here is another very similar art journal page using the same stencils but in Fireworks! Craft Spray in primarily blues and greens.  I used all the same stencils just differently.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY?!!  One special winner will receive prizes from both StencilGirl Products and Imagine, a $25 Gift Certificate from each.

What do you have to do to enter?
Just visit the blogs of the fabulous designers and comment for your chance to win.  The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have.  (One comment per blog, please)
You have until Sunday, July 23rd 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments.  
The winner will be announced on the StencilGirl Facebook page and the Imagine Facebook page
on Monday July 24th.

Renee Zarate ~ You are here
Elina Stromberg ~ Your next stop

Product List:

StencilGirl Products

 Jessica Sporn's Rain, Andrea Matus deMeng's Eve, a modern woman small stencil, Seth Apter's Techno Insiders Circle and the flowers came from a stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw

Imagine Products

Fireworks! Craft Spray- Lilac Posies, Desert Sand, Blue Hawaii, Tangelo and New Sprout
StazOn Jet Black ink
Memento London Fog ink
Blue Iridescent Creative Medium
Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray (on the lips and eyes)
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost
Tear It! tape
On Point Glue
Craft Mat
Palette Knife
Small dauber

Other Supplies

140# water color paper measuring 8 1/2" by 11"
Jane Davenport Paint Over Pens
Bird nest stamp from Michaels
Fude Ball black pen
Prima Metal Cogs and Glass Glitter
Paper towels for blotting
Heat tool
Water Pens

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  There is one more day of the blog hop so be sure and stop by tomorrow for the list of designers.
Hugs~ Renee

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Imagine and StencilGirl Product Blog Hop starts today!

The StencilGirl and Imagine Blog Hop starts today!

And what do you have to do to enter?

Just leave a comment on each blog by Sunday, Jul 23rd at 11:59 PM Central Time.
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please)
The winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine's Facebook page on 
Monday, July 24th.

Here's your list of blogs to visit:

Be sure and stop by here tomorrow as I will have a few projects posted here, leave a comment below tomorrow so you can be entered in the drawing.  I'll look forward to your visit!
Hugs~ Renee

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

AIRs July Challenge... "Wet" made me think of rain

When I was looking at the Imagine AIRs DT challenges for July one caught my attention...WET.  Of course, living near the ocean I immediately thought of the beaches here in South Carolina.  We have had an unusual amount of rain this year so I decided the StencilGirl stencil designed by Jessica Sporn might be more apropos since it is title "Rain".  I ended up doing cards that look like water colored panels, placing the stencils on top of the colors and using white gesso to make the images pop out.  It gave a chance to use one of my new Andrea Ockey Parr's new stamps, they are so adorable!

With that theme in mind I also incorporated our color of the month, Pineapple yellow, into another design.  It is the same technique just adding bright yellow or Pineapple to the umbrella.

I would love to embrace the rain like that but, you know, my hair.  If I had hair like hers maybe it would be different but my is too curly. ( lol)

Here are the directions and a supply list:

1)  Cut a piece of master board measuring 5” by 6 ½”.  Place a stencil on top and using a palette knife push white gesso through the stencil, dry thoroughly. Be sure and wash the gesso off of the stencil immediately before continuing.  If need be repeat the gesso stenciling until the coverage is sufficient.

2)   Reapply the stencil to the panel. Use colored ink with a small dauber to enhance the phrase. While the stencil is in place use a VersaMark pen through the stencil on the umbrella and the boots, remove the stencil and apply Imagine Iridescent Embossing Powder on the umbrella and the tops of the boots. 

3)  Melt powder with heat tool. Stamp words in black, emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool.

4)  Continue to enhance card with pens, attach sequins with On Point Glue and add additional inks. Ink edges and attach to a card blank with Tear It! Tape.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Fireworks! Craft Spray – Bahama Blue, Dandelion, Tangelo, Lilac Posies, New Sprout (for master board)
Brilliance – Pearlescent Rust
Memento Dual Marker pens – London Fog, Peanut Brittle
VersaMarker watermark pen
Imagine Embossing Powder – Clear and Iridescent
On Point Glue
Tear It! Adhesive tape
Craft Mat
Sponge daubers – large and small
Scotty palette knife

Other Supplies
Strathmore 140 lb. Water color paper
Stencils – Stencil Girl (Rain by Jessica Sporn)
Washi tape
Spray bottle of water
Micron 05 black pen
Heat Tool
Paper towels
Paper trimmer

Thanks for stopping by, leave me your thoughts if you have a moment.  Hugs ~ Renee