Thursday, December 22, 2011

From Scrappy Mess to a Masterpiece

Some serious Holiday crafting has been going on in my room the last few weeks. Between Tim's 12 tags of Christmas, Cards, and some last minute gifts, I have had scraps up to my elbows. I wanted to share with you guys today a tip for turning those scraps into a work of Art.

I started with an 8x10 naked canvas (you could do any size). Then I used my Ranger Glue 'n Seal to decoupage the scarps onto the untreated canvas. Just looks like a giant mess right now. But notice the chipboard pieces - they will offer some depth later.

Next I covered the entire canvas with watered down Gesso. This will make all the elements one color and make them look as if they belong together. Be careful not to apply the Gesso too thick - you still want to be able to see the patters from the different styles of paper. I also added a thin coat of White Metallic Acrylic paint and then lightly sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang's Creme Brulee Cream to the finished piece to give it a sparkle. So you may ask - "Why add all of those pieces if you are just going to cover them up?" - well, it's simple, I'm after texture. While it is hard to see in the photograph - the text and the music notes are still visible in places. But the Mess looks like a uniformed mess at this point.

Next I wanted some contrast for all this white. So I took an old cardstock frame from Daisy Dee that was dated 2004, and I covered it in black gesso and bead gel. When it was dried, I used my finger to rub same white metallic paint over the frame to bring out the texture of the bead gel. Then I spritz it with the Lindy's Stamp Gang Creme Brulee Cream.

Next I assembled a beautiful spray of Prima's Christmas lights Crystal Sprays, White Flowers, and butterflies from Karlas001 store around my frame. Notice that even though the flowers and frame have covered the canvas - you can still see the textures of the pieces that were adhered to the canvas backdrop. These textures give depth to the canvas and offer something new every time you admire the piece.

Next I decided the frame seemed empty so I cut a Tim Holtz bird cage from black chipboard and embossed it in silver with the music note stamp from Stampendous. During the 12 tags of Christmas, Tim Holtz shared a technique for using shrink plastic with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). So I cut the bird at 8 inches from the Home Accents Cricut Cartridge from Shrink plastic and when I dipped it into the UTEE it shrunk to about 4 inches making the perfect crystal center piece for my canvas.

To finish the piece off, I used a Dylusions stamp from Dyan Reaveley, that says "A Friend knows the song in your heart" - the rest of the phrase was removed. I stamped it onto thick packaging and embossed it with white embossing powder. Placed it in the bottom right hand corner of the frame and called this Masterpiece finished.

I have a step by step from start to finish video available on my YouTube Channel, click here to watch it.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Store Front Mini

Today I want to share with you a different take on a mini ablum design. Amy Rodriguez, Teddyboo, gave me the storefront mini album kit to design. But instead of a traditional mini album - I decided to turn mine into a christmas Decorative piece. I made the pages into village pieces instead of a traditional mini album. The panels are all free standing with the aid of a Tim Holtz Easle that is adhered with Tissue tape. At the end of the season, photos can be added to the back of the panels and the album can be bound into a mini.

There are lots of details on each panel. I have broken out tutorials on how to make some of the elements. Please visit my YouTube channel for more details on this..

View Youtube Walk through

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you have enjoyed my project share.

Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cristmas Cards

I thought I would share with you a card that I created using Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium, and Spellbinder's Poinsettia die.

I rounded the corners of the wreath patterned paper from the collection, and sewed around the edges for a clean looking backdrop. The Santa Clause photo was a panel on the paper and I thought the stamp was a nice touch. The stamp is from Studio G.

I have a YouTube video on how I made the Poinsettias. To me they look so realistic.

I love making Holiday cards for those extra special gifts. I would love to see your card creations on the Artsy Addicts group, please make sure you tag me if you post one.

Thanks for stoppping in today.
Tonya Gibbs
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