Sunday, August 12, 2018

Free to Fly With 3D Embossing


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Hi! I've had a little more time to play with my Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Texture Fade yesterday. And I experimented with my Laurel 3D Impresslits embossing folder for the first time. How I love these 3 dimensional miracles, and they couldn't be more on trend! 

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I used Distress Crazing Collage Medium, Distress paint, Oxide, and crayons along with the Lumber Folder to make my 'bark' background. If you missed my post on how to create faux barn wood using this embossing folder and similar supplies, you can check out my tutorial here.

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I cut and embossed black card with the Lauren Impresslit and used one embossed side up and the other de-bossed side up. I colored them with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray stain, then applied a thin layer of Crazing, followed by Picket Fence crayon. I layered them over another pair of Laurels cut/embossed from white card blended with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

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 The butterfly is from the Botanical Layers pack, and I colored it with a splatter of gesso, a spritz of Brushed Pewter stain, followed by Antique Linen Distress Oxide. I edged with Frayed Burlap crayon.

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I made a frame using Stitched Ovals Thinlits dies. I smudged on Picket Fence crayon and spritzed with Brushed Pewter. Again, I applied a thin layer of Crazing, and when dry, smudged with Black Soot crayon. I did the same thing to the black backing card.

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I finished off with a Quotations Metallic Sticker blended with Frayed Burlap ink. I hope you enjoyed my mix of 'metal and wood'. Thank you for stopping by!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

The products I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Before I Had My Coffee

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 1

Hello! It's time for the Funkie girls to inspire you with our projects for the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie chosen by fellow Funkie teammate, Suzz Czosek. Her chosen theme is August, and here is how she describes it:

 "In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns."

I'll admit, I was thrown by this challenge at first, and instantly went to Pinterest to find out how to marble paper. Some techniques seemed quite complicated, but the shaving cream technique is so easy they showed kids doing it. So I purchased a can of shaving cream...

I ended up opting out of the messy technique when I saw some beautiful pink marbled papers in my Prima Marketing Love Story and Cherry Blossom paper pads. I had another change of plans, though, because I realized I could get similar results from my crafty supplies in colors I really wanted to use. I reserve pink for special occasions, and this is not one of them.

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In the end, I decided to 'marble' my own paper using Distress Oxides. This is really simple, but I don't have any step out photos to share. I was just playing, and ended up loving the result. I found the best results using plain heavy weight (140#) card I had on hand. I tried using Distress Watercolor Cardstock, but didn't get as good of results, probably because the water soaks in too quickly. The cheapo card has a bit of a slick surface, and the inky water puddles momentarily.  I bet Distress Mixed Media Heavystock would work well, too, but I wanted a white background. I applied the oxides -- Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap to my craft mat, spritzed with lots of water and dipped and dried my paper, repeating until I was happy with the result. I drew the 'veins' in with a very fine watercolor brush, using a dry brush technique and a very light hand.

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 I used this card for the background and to stamp my columns with Frayed Burlap oxide. I fussy cut the columns and edged them with Frayed Burlap ink.

I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackle paste through a Tim Hotlz mini stencil and allowed to dry. Once dried, I smudged with Distress crayon. I also did some background stamping with the columns of numbers from Tim's old School Desk set.

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I stamped part of an image from Tim's Etcetera set on a scrap of inky paper. I taped off part of the image before inking with Watering Can Archival. I removed the tape and made my impression. In the 'empty' spaces, I stamped in a few of Tim's Ornate Trims using both Watering Can and Cobalt Archival inks. Using Tim's Stamp Platform made it easy to line everything up.

I die cut the arch using Stacked Arches and a cat food box panel. I applied Prima Stone Effect paste in Limestone to the die cut and sprinkled with Dirty Sand Baked Texture while the paste was still wet. I allowed it to dry overnight, and then heated to melt the powder. I colored with Black Soot Distress stain and crayons. I added an Ideaology Index Clip colored with Picket Fence Distress paint to break up the darkness. I like to think the arch looks as if it's been roughly cut from granite.

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I paired up a smug Paper Doll with a Snarky Small Talk sticker to finish off my card. I love how these Snarky remarks make me not take my crafting too seriously.

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But I would seriously love to see your take on our 'August' challenge, so get our your crafty supplies and play along! The Design Team will choose our four favorites from the entries, and one winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. To sweeten the pot, one lucky winner will score a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #95 Anything Goes  I used a Sizzix die set.
Stamping Sensations Use your 'current' favourite stamp That's not even fair! They are all my favorites! But I do gravitate to the Etcetera set often.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:



Monday, August 6, 2018

Be Merry


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Welcome! I'm sharing a Christmas card featuring Tim Holtz' Mechanics 3D Texture Fade and a sweet Christmas Paper Doll.

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I started by embossing some Christmas Kraft Stock from last year release with the 3D folder. I spritzed the back of the card with water and passed it three times through my die cut machine as Tim recommends, placing my paper face down for a different look. After it was completely dry,  I sanded the card pretty hard and swiped it with the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pad. I swiped the back portion of the folder with Black Soot Distress ink, carefully replaced the card-realigning it with the design on the upper portion of the folder. I made a couple more passes in the die cut machine to transfer the ink.

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I layered this panel over a Stitched Rectangle panel cut from black card and layered again over another design from the Christmas Kraft Stock pad and another layer of black card. I sanded the second Kraft Stock panel and blended with Iced Spruce oxide ink.

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I kept the embellishments simple with a  Mini Paper Snowflake cut from gold corrugated card from my stash highlighted with gesso and a Holiday Flashcard cut down to fit my smaller card. I cut "be" from a Holiday Talk Metallic sticker--"Remember This" and layered it on some black card to complete my greeting. Don't you think this cute Paper Doll is the epitome of merriment? She's been sanded lightly and colored with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.

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I hope you're inspired to have a play with Tim's 3D Texture Fades or perhaps get those Christmas supplies out and get an early start on your Christmas crafting. I'm delighted you stopped by today! As always, I welcome questions and suggestions.

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

The following products were used and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: