Friday, November 25, 2016

Steampunk Owl Box

Rick St. Dennis er vår sponsor hos Creative Fingers for utfordring #121. 
Som alltid er det 'Anything Goes', som betyr 'Lag-hva-du-vil' på vår utfordringsblogg, og du er hjertelig velkommen til å delta ♥

Denne flotte steampunk ugla fra RSD er visstnok inspirert av den greske mytologiske helten Jason, ut fra navnet 'Jason's owl', sikkert basert på Bubo fra Clash of the Titans ♥

For this fortnights challenge #121. at Creative Fingers we are lucky to have one of my absolute favourite artists as our sponsor, Rick St. Dennis, and as always it is an 'Anything goes' theme. You are more than welcome to join with your creations! The fantastic owl from RSD is most likely based on Bubo, from the movie Clash of the Titans, and is really Athenas owl in greek mythology,  :)

My project is a mixed media altered steampunk kind of box. It can house pencils or paintbrushes etc., and I'm thinking it will make a very cool gift this christmas! It's for a dude, so no embellishes other than the decor on the box. If it were for myself I'd add some bling as well. But since there is not, It is a very economical, easy and quick to make christmas gift. Plus you probably have all the things you need to make it already! Some things like the adhesive metal tape and fiberglass tape is a bit expensive, you will for sure find in a hardware store, but you can also just use doublesided tape or glue with aluminium foil that you have in the kitchen, it tears very easily though so I'd invest in a metal tape.
- Or you could get foiled/metallic cardstocks, or even some heavy duty kitchen foil - as was pointed out to me by Autumn :)

There is lots of stuff that would create great texture, magic mesh, lace or jute for example. You can add diecuts, letters, buttons, coins, strings and other things you can think of. It would be good to have a paperstub to rub around the items to make them stand out well, and some tools to make dots, scratches and lines with, like my little ball tool in the photo below. I just went the easy way here with embossingfolders!

There are many great tutorials online, just search on youtube for metal art / metal embossing / or Metal foil tape. Like the SwirlydoosKits video I was inspired by here and RachO113 Metal tape art

The cardboard box I picked up for about a dollar, but I'm sure it would be easy enough to create a similar pencil container with some cardboard scraps, empty cereal boxes/toilet rolls, or up-cycle a box you already have! :)
I added some fun foam (mosegummi) strips to the sides, and covered it with metallic tape and the other tape is a Fiberglass tape. 

After I'd covered my box, I covered one side of it at a time with black paint, let it sit for a minute - then using kitchen paper to rub most of the paint off. The grooves in the metal will hold the black and make the embossed areas really stand out. Repeat until you get the look you want, and let dry. I painted the inside while I waited.

I added the lettering through a stencil with Inka Gold on the inner cardboards, and used a Tim Holtz blending tool. Then the box got rubbed with the blending tool / sponge. It dries pretty quickly, so I keep a baby-wet-wipe covering the inka gold I had put on a plastic sheet with a spatula. But if you don't have theese tools you can use a metallic paint and a cosmetic sponge instead.

The Distress ink pads in the photo are the ones I used to watercolor the owl, as well as a red and a yellow twinkling H2O watercolor. I used a silicone adhesive to adhere the owl to the box, but any other kind of strong adhesive would also be good. If you want to seal your project you can with a fixative or other sealant, but I find it keeps well without :)

I enter my altered box in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
More Mixed Media ~ Anything goes opt. Black! [Dec. 2nd.]
Stamps and Stencils ~ Tags, Bags and Boxes! [Nov. 30th.]
Altered Eclectics Nov. ~ Always Anything Goes
[Nov. 30th.]
Deep Ocean
#142. ~ Inspired by song or movie [Nov. 28th.] 
Crafting With An Attitude #21. ~ Always AG (2nd.entry)[Nov. 27th.]

Scandinavian challenges: [innen]
Papirlosjen #11. ~ Metall! [30. Nov.]
Nordsalten hobbyklubb #150. ~ Alt er lov!
[30. Nov.]
Kort o Mania #163. ~ Alt er lov! [30. Nov.]

EDIT: I was picked in the TOP 5 at More Mixed Media! And Top 5 at Altered Eclectics :) Thank u ♥ and I also got into the TOP 3 at Papirlosjen! Tusen takk ♥

Stamps/Images: Rick St. Dennis 'Jason's Owl Steampunk' digistamp.
Papers: I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed) when painting stamp motifs.
Embellishments/Tools: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities 'Creative Cogs' Embossing Folder 5x7. Cuttlebug Embossing folder 'A2 Script texture' and 5x7 Embossing folder by Tim Holtz 'Clockworks'. Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz 'Clock' & 'patchwork'. Panduro Hobby script stencil. Metal/Aluminium foil tape. Scotch 3M Fiberglass tape. Fun foam/3D foam also called Mosegummi.
Techniques:  My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use! ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads to watercolor and distress. Viva Decor Inka Gold 'Copper'. Pebeõ Black acrylic paint.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mechanica ~ the Steampunk girl

Art By Miran og Scrapper's Delights har sponset utfordring #120. hos Creative Fingers, og jeg har vært så heldig å få denne søte steampunk jenta fra ABM ♥ Du er hjertelig velkommen til å delta. Det er alltid 'Lag-hva-du-vil' som tema! :)

Bare ELSKER å fargelegge steampunk og vintage! Da kan jeg bruke mine favoritt farger og stæsj! Jeg har brukt en ny Creative Expressions dies som kom i posten igår, og jeg tror den kommer til å være min favoritt-ramme-dies fra nå av! Ordntlig lekkert ble det. 
For this fortnights challenge #120. at Creative Fingers, we have two lovely sponsors, ArtByMiran and Scrapper's Delights
I have been so lucky to get this cute steampunk girl from ABM to ink up as my DT project ♥ The challenge is as always themed Anything Goes, and you are most welcome to join in! :) 

I just absolutely LOVE coloring in steampunk and vintage images, as I can use my fave colours and stash. I got this fabulous Creative Expressions frame die in the mail yesterday, and it will for sure be one I'll use very often, it looks really elegant ♥

I enter my card in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
Simon Says Monday ~ Sparkle & Bling! [Nov. 13th.]
Crafting With An Attitude #21. ~ Always Anything Goes [Nov. 27th.]
Crafty Girls Creations #29. ~ Always Anything Goes
[Nov. 16th.]
Southern Girls
#148. ~ Anything Goes [Nov. 24th.] 
Deep Ocean #141. ~ Die Cuts or Punches [Nov. 14th.]
Lemon Shortbread #28. ~ Anything goes! [Nov. 21st.]
Retarte #89. ~ Anything goes
[Nov. 14th.]  
613 Avenue Create #191. ~ Anything goes! [Dec. 1st.]

inside detail

Stamps/Images: ABM ArtbyMiran 'Mechanica 279 digi girl'. Scrappers Choice Clearstamps 'Konfirmasjon'. Panduro Hobby CS 'Vintage resor'. Lazar StudioWERX Inc rubberstamp 'Funky Holidays' (swirl). Kort og Godt 'M-260'.
Papers: Bazzill cardstock. Plain white and brown cardstocks. Cretewings digital 'moth' element. Scrap Orchard Collab 'Woodland' (owl digital print out).
Embellishments/Tools: Creative Expression Craft Die by Sue Wilson Background coll. 'Swirly Vine CED7106'. Spellbinders™ Nestabilities 'Labels One' and Grand Dies 'Labels One'. Sizzix Framelits Die Frames with Sprigs and Stamps by Hero Arts. My Mind's Eye - MME Bohemian 'Barefoot' gold gems. Scrapmagasinet bling, and Nille Memories rhinestone stickers.
Techniques: I always use my Scor-Pal to score n fold my cards. I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed). My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use! ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads & markers to watercolor and distress image and papers. Inka Gold from Viva Decor 'Gold' & 'Copper'. Distress ink crayons for some shading.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Northern lights & Star gazing

Jeg må bare bekjenne.. jeg lider av scrapomani... Ser jeg et stempel jeg syns er fantastisk, bare MÅ jeg ha det i samlingen min, som er blitt tusentalls av etterhvert som årene går.. og jeg vet jeg ikke er alene om det. Det er nok mange av oss som har denne 'hemmelige' lasten ;) 
Og dessverre for oss er det alltfor mange flotte motiv som hele tiden blir lagt ut som fristelser .. oi oi oi så fint! Dermed har jeg mange flere jeg ikke har fargelagt og brukt enn de jeg har lagd noe med, og det er på tide å gjøre noe med! :)  Herved erklærer jeg at minst annenhvert kort eller prosjekt skal ha et hittils ubrukt motiv på! Og minst ett år gammelt!
Papirplanetens utfordring for November har 'Jul - Blå, Sølv og Hvit' som tema! Og det er lov med andre farger også. Vi håper du blir inspirert til å delta! ♥ 

Mitt motiv stempel er to små søte snømenn ♥ 'Star gazing' fra Impression Obsession som du kan finne her. Har også brukt et av kantstemplene fra Autumn Leaves settet 'Stampology - On the Edge' for første gang, det er ni flotte stempler der og selvfølgelig har jeg bare brukt et av dem før, selv om det er mer enn 5 år siden jeg kjøpte det... Har brukt sølv embossing pulver for å lage en fin ramme rundt. 

Bakgrunnen har jeg lagd med distress inks, og her oppe i nord har vi stadig slike flotte farger på himmelen. Nordlys teknikken med distress inks kan du se mere om på youtube! Linker til dem lengre ned i den engelske blogg-teksten. Det var også en artikkel i Ett Trykk nr.3 side.67, fra i år, om du har det bladet :)

I have something to confess... I am a stamp-o-holic... that means my guilty pleasure is the cronic hoarding of rubberstamps, clearstamps and digital stamps.. and yes I hoard scrapping supplies such as design papers as well.. I know I share this with so many of you.. and Gollum! As him I am a lost cause.. ;)  ... My preciousss!
Unfortunately there is not enough crafting hours to be able to use all those fabulous stamps, so most have never even been taken out to play! That is super sad.. and something that I have to change! 
I solemnly swear to at least have one old stamp never to have been used and one year old or more, on every other project from now onwards on my creations! Like this super cute snowman duo gazing up at the stars and the northern light ♥ This christmas card is my DT inspiration for PapirPlaneten, a norwegian challengeblog and craft shoppe.

I used the pine trees die and a circle die to draw a frame for my distress inked northern light sky. Shades of green are the most usual aurora borealis up here in the northern parts of Norway, it very active all winter, and I live in a rural area, so there is not much light-pollution, not managed to get good photos of it though :)
I can't find the video I once saw how to create such a background now, since it's so long ago, but it is a similar technique as Jennifer McGuire uses here: Starry Night Sky Stamping & Inked Shaker Cards. Just make it go diagonally instead, and use colours for northern lights! How to Create a Galaxy Background is also a cool technique for a night sky by TheCraftBunny :)

I enter my card in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
Winter Wonderland ~ Frosty or well wrapped up! [Nov. 3rd.]
Crafting by Designs November ~ Anything goes! [Nov. 26th.]
Artistic Inspirations #166. ~ Anything goes!
[Nov. 6th.]
Allsorts #387. ~ Let's Make A Start On Christmas! [Nov. 4th.]
Craft your passion #366. ~ Always Anything Goes! [Nov. 6th.]  
Simon says Wed. ~ Anything goes (2nd. entry)[Nov. 2nd.]
Pile It On #120. ~ Use scraps! [Nov. 12th]
 (the trees are cut out on a leftover piece of unknown green paper)

EDIT: I got Top 3 picked at both Winter Wonderland and Craft your Passion! Thank you :)

Scandinavian challenges: [innen]
Scrap from your heart #3. ~ Jul/Christmas! [28. Nov.]

inside detail
(colors went wonky, not as bright blue as it looks!)

Stamps/Images: Impression Obsession - 'Star gazing F6748'. Autumn Leaves 'Stampology - On the Edge'. Panduro Hobby 'God Jul'. Kort & Godt 'S-198'. Prima the Goods 'corner stamp four/clearstamps 2'. Hot off the Press 'HOTP just a note'.
Papers: Bazzill cardstock. Plain white cardstock. Unknown green paper. Prima Marketing inc. 'Madeline' 6x6 paper pad.
Embellishments/Tools: Marianne Design Creatables die 'Horizon Pine Trees LR0283'. Spellbinders™ Nestabilities 'Labels One' die. Crafts Too Presscut 'Circle Nest Dies PCD46'. Crafters Companion Embossalicious 6x6 Embossing Folder 'Vintage Decorations'. Marvy Uchida corner rounder punch. Misc. adhesive pearls bling.
Techniques: I always use my Scor-Pal to score n fold my cards. I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed). My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use! ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads & markers to watercolor and distress image and papers. Heatgun tool with Misc. embossing powders, silver/white, clear and a pewter. Rangers Perfect pearls (a teaspoon in a little mister spray with water). Wink of Stella 'Clear' glitterpen. Scalpel and self-healing craft mat.

The Distress Ink recipe for my northern lights background are: Blend swipes of Tumbled glass, Twisted citron and Cracked Pistachio for the northern lights. Add Salty Ocean for definition, and fill the rest of the sky. Then blend Black soot on top of some of the blue and a lot of black towards the edges. I sprinkled/flicked with fingers water droplets onto the surface several times, drying in between, and finished it off with a light mist of perfect pearls, as well as some spatters/blobs flicked with a watercoloring brush off from an acrylic block.