Friday, February 15, 2019

Trust Your Heart Panel -- Guest Designer with Bleeding Art Challenge Blog

Hello friends! Today I have the honor of creating for Bleeding Art as their Guest Designer where the current challenge is 'Show Us The Love'. I decided to work with my beloved Tim Holtz Sizzix Faceted Heart once again--I hope you aren't getting tired of it! Here is my step by step process followed by closeups of my finished panel.

First, I used the Paint Resist technique for my background panel that will later be adhered to a 5 x 7  wood panel. For a complete tutorial on this technique, I'll refer you to the master--Tim Holtz. I used Picket Fence Distress paint to stamp the Ornate stamp from his Ornate & Lace set. My ink colors are Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap. There might be a bit of Seedless Preserves at the center where I  tested my colors.

Next, I cut the Faceted Heart from some textured thick vellum I had in my stash and folded it up. This was really difficult material to work with, but I find that if I give the crease lines an extra score and then fold the creases back and forth a couple times, it gets a little easier to assemble. After it was assembled, I painted it with Brushed Pewter paint and Caramel alcohol ink. While I had the paint and ink out, I colored just the edges of a black card stock panel in the same way.

I worked on another panel here, which is a wooden panel from my stash. It had an original oil painting on it and it was somewhat warped. I didn't enjoy the painting or the fact that it was misshapen, so it went into the bin to be altered at some point. I smeared DecoArt Crackle paint through a Tim Holtz mini stencil and allowed it to dry. Then I applied DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in black and brown one color at a time in this fashion: apply, dry, wipe with damp cloth. I wet the back of the wood panel with water and pressed it for several days under a stack of books and other weights to flatten it back out.

In the meantime, I created another panel by embossing a piece of thick canvas with Tim's Botanical 3D embossing folder. I pulled the threads from the edges to fray it a bit and colored it with Distress Oxide Victorian Velvet and then just the raised portions with a skim of Prima Metallique Waxes in Brushed Iron and Rose Gold.

Even though I stamped with my Stamp Platform, my images turned out blurry, because I had to keep reapplying paint and stamping repeatedly, and I'm afraid I gave my stamp CPR. It's all good, though, because I know this will be mostly covered up with the additional panels.

I adhered the Paint Resist panel to the wood panel, sanded the edges and inked them with Frayed Burlap. Then I flipped it over and adhered, sanded and inked a panel of design paper from my stash.

I needed something to provide contrast to the heart and stenciled panels, but didn't need anymore pattern in my design. My solution was to cut a Stacked Baroque panel and match the colors.

Now here are some close ups to show the detail of how it all came together. 

Thank you to Cathy and the Bleeding Heart Design Team for inviting me to create with them this month. I hope you'll pay a visit to this  mixed media challenge blog where there's a ton of inspiration to be had and a fun challenge to play along with! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and blessings, Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
SanDee&amelie's February 2019 Steampunk Challenge Please delete if it's not industrial enough.
Card Mania Challenges CMC#113 Love is in the Air
Double D Challenges 'HEARTS'

Scrapy Land Challenge #107 Anything Goes  I used 2 Sizzix dies; I'm not sure of the maker for the greens; the cuts were a gift.
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes with optional Red I did not do the option.
Love 2 Create Challenge #2 Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge - Heart it! Stamping in paint on my first layer.
Crafts Dreamy February Mood Board Challenge

Also playing along in Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook group Current featured Tim Holtz technique: Paint Resist

Links to products used stocked by The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

A 10 Minute Valentine


Oops! We were addressing our Valentine's Day cards to be sent out yesterday, when my husband pointed out we were one short! A  rummage through my stash and some quick stamping and embossing led to this less than 10 minute card.

The stamped background is Heritage Lace by Wendy Vecchi. I inked it in Watering Can Archival and blended with Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide. I had the heart die cuts in my stash (Tim Holtz Heartfelt Bigz); I just colored them with oxides: Victorian Velvet and Black Soot. The butterfly/heart die cut was a gift from Autumn. I colored it with Seedless Preserves and Barn Door oxide and clear embossed. The butterflies were too bright, so I sponged with Picket Fence paint and inked with Black Soot. The greeting is an Occasions Small Talk sticker inked with Antique Linen.

Another flat card!  Not my finest, but I just think it's amazing what you can make in less than 10 minutes! Thanks so much for stopping in! Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #107 Anything Goes  I used a Sizzix die and and unknown maker die cut.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Tim Holtz Botanical Heart Card

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz Botanical Heart Card Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fade Stacked Postage Stitched Rectangles Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper 1

Hello friends! I have a quick Valentine's Day card to share today. The stitched heart die cut at the center of things is one that I cut with Autumn's dies when we met up around this time last year. I don't recall the maker. Pretty much everything else is Tim Holtz.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz Botanical Heart Card Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fade Stacked Postage Stitched Rectangles Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper 2

While my Mom loves roses, red ones might not be at the top of her list of favorites. Because Simon Says Stamps says 'Add Some Red', she's getting a bouquet of red roses and will have to enjoy the other pretty shades of blossoms in the background. Sorry, Mom!

 Botanical Collage paper was adhered to the heart which I backed with a second chipboard heart I hand cut to give it stability. I gave it a coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, and when it was dry smeared with Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass. I wrapped it in gold thread from my stash.  I also adhered a portion of the collage paper to the background card and sealed it with Crazing medium.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz Botanical Heart Card Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fade Stacked Postage Stitched Rectangles Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper 3

I applied just a bit of the crayon to the raised portions of the Botanical 3D embossing, as well as to the background panel to highlight those subtle cracks and to the edges of my card blank. I used a Stacked Postage Thinlits die for the embossed panel and layered it over a sanded Stitched Rectangle cut from Metallic Kraft Stock.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz Botanical Heart Card Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fade Stacked Postage Stitched Rectangles Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper 4

 I'm on a mission to make all of my mailed cards flat due to the rising costs of our postage; I think mission accomplished with this one. I was in such a rush to get this flat card in the mail this morning, I forgot to take a photo of the stamped Valentine greeting inside.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Find Joy Etcetera Tag With Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1 and #2

Hello, friends! Over at  Frilly and Funkie we've started our second week of the current challenge, hosted by talented Kathy Clement. She calls her theme 'Winter Blues', and here's how she describes it: 

January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project.

As always, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, and the winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (1)

This was a particularly fun challenge for me because I love blue! A play with Tim Holtz new Wildflower Stems #1 and #2 Thinlits die sets were the inspiration behind this blues-y tag. These over-sized incredibly detailed wildflower die cuts lend themselves perfectly to home decor pieces, but would feel equally at home on a card.

You'll see from my close up photos below that I started with a Small Etcetera Tag (which is a whopping 5 1/2 x 10 inches!) and gave it a couple of coats of gesso.  I used Distress Collage Medium Vintage to adhere favorite portions of Stamperia Blue Land Lamp Rice Paper. I love the images on this paper and all the mixed media work is already done for you! There was plenty of the beautiful design left on the single sheet to use on the Collage Frame along with Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper, this time adhered with the matte version of collage medium to offer some contrast to the tag. There's some script stamping in Watering Can Archival ink; the diminutive script from the Entomology set adds just enough interest, and enhances the text on the rice paper. A coat of Distress Crazing lays down some subtle crackling on both panels, enhanced by fingertip washes of Distress Crayons.

I cut the trio of Wildflower Stems from watercolor paper and gave them washes of Distress Oxides, laying on more vibrant color on the one flower head. Since I wanted that stem to stand out even more, I adhered several of the die cuts together and then popped it up with foam dots. The butterflies were cut from the same Stamperia rice paper panel, adhered to Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art Whiteout film and fussy cut. They were heated and shaped while still pliable. Everything is adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte over a panel I made a while back. I considered it a failed mixed media attempt at the time, but everything has a use eventually. If I remember correctly, it's embossed with a brick embossing folder and colored with Oxides. Grit Paste was pushed through a hand made bricks stencil for even more texture. A Quote Chip smeared with Distress Crayon and a fluffy bow made with several blue seam binding scraps finishes off the tag.

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (2)

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (3)

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (4)

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (5)

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (6)

Sara Emily Barker Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (7)

That's it for me today! Now it's over to YOU! I can't wait to see how you will interpret this Winter Blues challenge. Sending out big warm hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Crafts Dreamy Mood Board Challenge January Inspired by the blue, the quote and the text.
Scrapy Land Challenge #107 Anything Goes I used two Sizzix dies.

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Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems Thinlits #1
Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems Thinlits #2