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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Layout 12 You Are The Book I Never Tire Of Reading

Layout 12 You Are The Book I Never Tire Of Reading

Left Detail

Right Detail
Created October 13, 2015
Supply List:
  • BG- Homemade Gesso & Gel Medium over vintage pink printed card-stock. Sealed With Homemade Mod Podge. See Recipes here!
  • Stacks of books, inspired by Vicky Papaioannou.  I made the stack on the left page with printed card-stock, and the stack on the right with assorted washi tape backed with plain white card-stock.
  • Stamps: Glasses & heart from Michael's, French Post by Hero Arts, Carte Postale by Stampendous, Stampin Up Letter It, Dylusions Dy's Alphabet.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Layout 11 Only Bad Witches Are Ugly! UPDATED

 What it loos like now :) 

I'm finally feeling it. I designed the witch stirring the cauldron, voodoo dolls, & cat SVGs in Inkscape, and the wording in SCAL. See SVG FILES for the free cut files :)

This is what it looked like before....
 This background I loved so much I could not cover the left page at all (same as on my 8th layout live in the moment)

Created October 2, 2015
Supply List:
  • Bg: Home-made Black Gesso See Recipe Here!
  • Deco Art Acrylic Paints: Black (in Gesso, White In Splatter)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass.
  • Ephemera: (Red Witch) From Michael's (fussy cut from its original background)
  • Stencils: TCW (The Crafters Workshop) Splats 12'x12", Dots & Circles are home-made stencils by me :)
  • Stamps: Stampers Anonymous mini Halloween 2 (witch head), Studio g mini alphabet set, Inkadinkadoo Apothecary, Darcie's Eat Drink, (beware of me).

Layout 10 Happy Halloween

 I wanted to make this page interactive, so I attached white twine from the web to the spider so the spider moves around the page.

The web crackled on its own after I sealed it with Homemade Mod Podge.

 Here's a close up of the spider, I have a lot of friends who hate spiders, so I painted cartoon eyes on him to make him cute instead of creepy.

 Here I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers: To color Mummy: Antique Linen & Old Paper. To color Pumpkin: Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon & Squeezed Lemonade. To color Grass: Peeled Paint & Mowed Lawn. To color Dog: Gathered Twigs & Rusty Hinge.

Created September 28, 2015

Supply List:
  • Homemade Mod Podge See Recipe Here!
  • PLAID Podgeable Papers 25085-Spiderweb newsprint pack (from Michael's)
  • Deco Art Acrylic Paints: Black & White, Mixed to make grey tombstones. white was used for eyes of spider and skull.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs & Walnut Stain. To paint fence.
  • Black Sharpie (Happy Halloween hand written by me).
  • Foam Cut Outs (Spider, web & skull) & white twine from Dollarama
  • Quick Kutz Graveyard 12" Border Die (used to make a homemade graveyard mask)
  • Lowe-Cornell Oil Pastels for Pumpkins Hand Drawn by me
  • Stamp: Stampendous Mum-eek  (colored w/ Tim Holtz Distress Markers)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: To color Mummy: Antique Linen & Old Paper. To color Pumpkin: Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon & Squeezed Lemonade. To color Grass: Peeled Paint & Mowed Lawn. To color Dog: Gathered Twigs & Rusty Hinge.
  • Fence: Hand drawn and cut out by me.
  • Black Sharpie marker (thick & fine) for writing and outlining & detail on stamp & pumpkins.
  • Metallic Marker White: For eyes of Mummy & Dog 
  • Dimensional Sticker: Rest your bones from Dollarama.

Layout 9 True Love Is Effortless

I'm Not feeling this one so much, I will have another go at it another time.  It went through a lot of changes, and I'm still not happy with it. I intend to work a lot more on this one at a later date I'm just not inspired to do so at present because I have other projects I am working on. Below is a picture of the original background created using Tim Holtz Tissue wrap Mellange & festive Berries Distress Stain...
These Flowers From my stash were originally inked with Tim Holtz Distress Stains, but then painted black because I decided it was too much vibrant color and wanted to tone it down. So  here is what they looked like before and after...

....And here are the rest of the detail pictures.... as always supply list is posted below...

Created September 27, 2015
Supply List:
  • Homemade Mod Podge See Recipe Here!
  • Homemade Gesso - Baking Soda Base (white and black) See Recipe Here!
  • Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap Mellange
  • Torn & cut papers from books
  • Paper Doilies from Shoppers Drug-mart (Under Smaller hearts)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains in: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, Black Soot.
  • Flowers From My stash
  • Black Sharpie marker for writing and outlining

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Homemade Crackle Paint

Homemade Crackle Paint
While store-bought crackle medium allows you to quickly create the look of a cracked, weathered paint finish on furniture, decor and craft projects, you can achieve the same look without the premade product. Make your own crackle medium from regular school glue or wood glue for a fraction of the cost. Even a bargain-brand school glue works.

Selecting the Surface
    Homemade crackle medium works on any surface that can be brushed with glue and latex or acrylic paint. Wood, paper, cardboard and thick fabrics such as art canvases are all potential project surfaces. Paint the project piece in a desired base color using latex or acrylic paint; if the item already has a suitable base coat, such as a red chest of drawers, there's no need to repaint it. If it appears too glossy or if it may contain a coating that could prevent the glue from adhering well, scuff the surface gently with sandpaper, and then wipe the dust away.

Making and Applying the Medium
    A homemade crackle medium is an incredibly simple recipe -- you only need a suitable glue. School glue and wood glue both work; school glue is generally less expensive and available at more stores. Even dollar-store school glue works as a crackle medium. Brush the glue over any areas you want to crackle, such as the seat on a wooden chair and parts of the chair back. Apply glue over the entire piece if you want all of it to crackle, but if the project is large, work in a small area at a time, otherwise the glue will dry too fast.

Paint With Perfection
    Use a flat latex or acrylic paint for the top coat, otherwise the crackling may not happen. Brush the paint over the glue while it is still tacky to achieve the crackle effect. Brush only once over the glue, rather than using several brushstrokes in the same area, or you may hinder the crackling process. As the paint and glue dry, the cracks occur. Once the paint is completely dry, feel free to sand some of the top color away in areas that did not crack, such as edges and corners that would normally see a lot of wear over time.

Special Considerations and Tips
    If you've used a commercially sold crackle medium before, don't expect as long of a wait between applying your crackle medium and applying the top paint color. Glue-based crackle medium is dry enough to paint in a matter of minutes, so touch the project after five or 10 minutes to see if the glue is almost dry but still tacky. If the glue dries completely and you've missed the painting-time window, apply another coat of glue and get ready to paint. For large cracks, apply a thick layer of glue, and use a thin layer for small cracks.


Homemade Texture Paste Medium Recipe

It's a really easy recipe, quick to make and super inexpensive!  (Now I have to admit I have no experience with store brand texture mediums so I can't say how they compare but I thought this stuff worked nicely!)

It's a really easy recipe, quick to make and super inexpensive!  (Now I have to admit I have no experience with storebrand texture mediums so I can't say how they compare but I thought this stuff worked nicely!) 
1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons white school glue
1-2 Tablespoons White Acrylic Paint
(some water may be necessary)
Instructions:  I took an air tight container and put in my baking soda.  I then added the glue, acrylic paint and started mixing.  I used a couple of disposable chopsticks to mix it up (we like take out sushi heehee) ....I just mixed to get a smooth consistency, I added a few drops of water to get it to the consistency I wanted.  There are many types of texture mediums in the store, from light to heavy, so the amount of water you add will depend on the heaviness of the texture you are looking for.  Done!
(The mixture keeps well in the air tight container....I made this layout a few weeks ago and kept it on my craft shelf, I just checked it and it's still perfectly usable....some of the moisture was floating on top, I just gave it a stir and it was good to go!)
In my research I also saw some recipes that used talcum powder instead of the baking soda, I haven't tried it with talcum powder but I bet it would give a slightly smoother texture.  For my design below, the slightly rougher texture was perfect for my brick design. 
So here again, me and my thrifty ways! LOL!  I find where I live, I find it hard to find masks, but I did have the Dusty Attic Brick Wall chippies in my stash.  I throw next to nothing out.  I used the negative space left from my brick chippies that I've used in past projects and used it as a mask.  Just filled in with the paste.  Below you can see the result when I lifted the 'mask' 
 I found that the medium chipped off a little here and there so what I did was brushed a little Gesso over the design to bind it better. (I think next time I make it I'll add a touch more glue).   I then rubbed a few different chalk inks on the design (after it dried) to pick up the texture more. 
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Home-made Texture Paste & Glitter Paste Tutorial

Home-made Texture Paste & Glitter Paste Tutorial By

Hello Everyone!

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding my home-made texture paste, so I thought it was about time I let you in on how I make it. By no means did I invent the concept, but I did spend a lot of time and products perfecting my ratio formula, so I feel that I can call this my own recipe. I have included 3 different versions today, all of which have great uses for different things and all of them are ratio recipes. The advantage of a ratio recipe is you can make as much or as little as you want, all you have to do is change the size of your portion container!!

OK, here we go...


- Baby powder or talc powder - white, non-scented is always good. The perfume magnifies under heat, so you be the judge of how much time you can spend breathing in those fumes.
- White Glue - cheap, dollar store glue actually works great. The only thing you don't want is glue that dries too fast or glue that is really shiny when it dries.
- Acrylic Paint - again, just some cheap, dollar store paint will do the trick! Nothing fancy required!
- Portion Cups - I use plastic ounce glasses from the party supply store which makes about 1/3 cup of paste
You will also need a container to mix in that can be sealed air tight and something to stir with.

- 1 portion of paint, 1/2 portion of glue and 2 portions of powder

- put your wet ingredients in first (the glue and paint), then just like when your making tea biscuits or a pie crust...slowly add the baby powder, making sure to stir well. This will ensure that you get out all of the lumps making it nice and creamy and easier to spread...just like your pastry!!!

BEST USE FOR STICKY PASTE: This is the paste you want to use if you would like to sprinkle on a little glitter or embossing powder. It is also great if you want a smooth pattern with crisp edges.

PRO'S - It is really smooth, so it spreads easily. It is really wet, so the glitter and embossing powders stick to it really well. Because of the slower drying time, you have leeway for clean up and putting the cap back on. It makes a wonderful, clean, crisp pattern once it dries. Perfect for elegant or CAS style cards.

CON'S - It is really wet, so it takes a lot longer to dry and warps the paper more. You won't get a good texture with it because it isn't stiff enough to maintain peaks and grooves. You also cannot lay it on very thick or it just falls like a badly baked soufflé!

In this sample, I sprinkled on some gunmetal glitter.

In this sample, I sprinkled on black embossing powder. You can get two looks from this. If you leave it the way it is, it has a soft velvety appearance and feel to it. Or you can use your heat gun and melt it like you normally would for a shiny surface (that will also act as a resist to preserve the colour of your paste when you start inking).

If you decide to melt your embossing powder, be sure to wait until your paste is completely dry before taking the heat gun to it. If the paste is still wet, the powder will burn long before it melts. You can see below, half I left as it was and the other half I melted with the heat gun (too soon, I might add) lol.


The only difference between the recipe for sticky paste and dry paste is that the dry paste has 1/2 portion extra of baby powder added to it (depending on the brands of paint and glue, you may have to add a bit more powder). Here is a shot so you can see the difference in shine and consistency.

BEST USE FOR DRY PASTE: This is the paste you want to use if you are going for texture. It's the base for my bark technique and it also makes great clouds, wood planks, ocean waves and all sorts of other textures.

PRO'S - It has less glue and paint, so the drying time is considerably less than the sticky paste and it also doesn't warp your paper too badly. It's, of course, fantastic for texture and depth because you can lay it on thick and mold it! It looks great on vintage or grungy projects.

CON'S - Don't leave the lid off because it will dry out crazy fast, right in your container! It can be a little harder to spread because it's so thick and pasty - and make sure you wash your stencil right away or it will crust right on.

Here is one done with Sticky Paste and one done with Dry Paste, so you can see the difference in the finished textures. I have spread some yellow and white paint on it to make it easier for you to see.


Baby powder or talc powder - same as before.
White Glue - same as before.
Metallic or Pearl Paint - again, just cheap acrylic paint is fine. If you don't have metallic, that's ok, it just adds a little extra shimmer is all.
- Fine Glitter - Any brand will do, although the boldest, brightest versions work the best. This is the glitter that will blend in with the paint to give it an overall shimmer.
- Coarse Glitter - The coarse glitter is what will grab the light and really make it sparkle.

For the coarse glitter, I recommend the flat octagon style of glitter. Most cheap glitters for kids crafts will be great for this. I know we all love our Frantage, but those chunks do not spread, they drag and leave gaps in the paste. Tim Holtz distress glitter, I'm sad to say, does not work either. It's not quite sparkly enough and gets coated with the paint, never to be seen again. Here are the glitters that I use...lots of shimmer to them.

- 1 portion paint, 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions powder, 1/2 portion fine glitter and 1/2 portion coarse glitter

BEST USE FOR DRY PASTE: Christmas, of course, but pretty much any other project too!

PRO'S - You absolutely cannot get a beautiful shimmer and texture like this, simply by sprinkling glitter on top of a product! And as a bonus, it's so freaking cheap, you can make some in every colour!!

CON'S - You may never want to use plain texture paste again!!

In this sample I used pearl paint and iridescent glitters, you should really zoom in and check it out!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my really long winded tutorial! If anyone tries out my recipe and has some success, I would really love to see your projects!! Come on back and leave me a link, so I can swoon over your wonderful creations!

I will be leaving a permanent link on my Tutorials Page, in case you can't find this post.

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.

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