Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grungy Journal Cover

Hi everyone,
It's Tina here with an Art Journal cover I created recently. 
I used the new Couture Creations Vintage Rose Garden papers, along with lots of dies and some embossing folders.
I embossed using Loren and Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folders to create extra texture. The diecuts were given a variety of treatments including heat embossing, spraying with shimmer mists, and applying various mediums. 
I wanted a textural, grungy look so  used embossing powders in random areas.
Here's the back cover.....
I once again used lots of diecuts and layered them over strips of Vintage Rose Garden papers.
The Artdeco Lace Frame die was used as a stencil and I applied gel medium through it, just make sure to wash your die immediately.  
I used strips of Coredinations cardstock and embossed it using Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folder, then sanded it to expose the core.
The fun thing about a project like this is that there are no rules, you can experiment and have fun, and create the project in a variety of styles such as shabby chic, grungy, or whimsical. 
Couture Creations products:
CO723249 Momento Ornamental Lace Die - Tied Together
CO723245 Momento Ornamental Lace Die  - Cappuccino
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723725 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Ornate Rectangle
CO723239 Madeline Ornamental Lace Die - Keys to my Heart
CO723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Artdeco Lace Frame
CO723315 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Simplicity Borders
CO723915 Merry Little Christmas - Fancy Christmas Flourish
CO723286 Elegance Embossing Folder - Loren
CO723669 Marriot Embossing Folder - Large Velvet Tea Lights

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Embossing with your dies!

Hi everybody,
It's Tina here with a couple of embossing techniques to share.
This technique works best on dies with an open center.  Die-cut as normal, leaving the cardstock in the die.

 Open an embossing folder, lay the die on top, and then place the tan embossing mat on top of that.  do NOT shut the embossing folder! 

 Layer between your cutting plates and run through as you normally would to emboss.

As you can see it has embossed the open center of the die.

....And now for a quick card that lets you get double the value from your dies.

This technique works really well with the Ornamental Lace dies.
Stack your cutting plate, die (facing the paper as normal), then your tan embossing mat, and then the other cutting plate.  Run it through your embossing machine as you would an embossing folder. 

The die will have embossed a pattern, but it won't have cut.

Mat and attach to a card base.  Attach "Celebrate" die-cut, layered over Ultimate Crafts seam binding.  Cut "Beautiful Butterfly" and embellish with some pearls and the gorgeous new Premium Adhesive Gemstones. 

Couture Creations products:
CO724019 Vintage Rose Garden paper
CO723736  The Van Roe Decorative Die - Celebrate
CO723242 Madeline Ornamental; Lace Die - Mirror Mirror
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723445 Elegance Embossing Folder - Extra Loren
Premium Adhesive Gemstones

Friday, September 12, 2014

Using the "Scraps"!

Hi everyone, Tina here with some creations to share with you using the scraps from my die-cuts.
 I love the Artdeco Lace Frame die, not only because it's such a great design, but the scrap pieces are such cool shapes. I just knew I had to create some mixed media pieces using them. I die-cut some thin chipboard for extra dimension, and arranged the shapes in a pattern on my tag.

I applied Modelling paste through the die, using it as a stencil, then washed it immediately.

Once dry, I sprayed my tag with various mists.

I diecut and heat embossed a section of the Artdeco frame.

 This was inlaid over the misted modelling paste design.

I cut two of the Beautiful Butterfly and a Fancy Christmas Flourish , which was heat embossed.

And a few more close-ups!

I also used the Artdeco Lace Frame on this mixed media journal cover, which I'll be teaching as a class in October. 

 I added Cappucino Ornamental Lace die, Beautiful Butterfly, and Fancy Christmas Flourish, before spraying and adding other mediums.

Couture Creations products:
C0723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace die -Artdeco Lace Frame
C0723245 Momento Ornamental Lace die -Cappucino 
C0723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die -Beautiful Butterfly
C0723915 Merry Little Christmas Intricutz die -Fancy Christmas Flourish
C0723973 Glitzen Glamour - Violet

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Playing with metals!

Hi everyone, Tina here with a tag I made for a "Metallic" swap. It was lots of fun to make so I thought I'd share my process with you.
I cut two tags and then tore the top third off of one, the bottom section was then covered with metal foil tape.
 I embossed this using Classics Embossing Folder.
Cover with black paint, dry it off slightly with a heat gun, and wipe some of the paint off in patches, then dry completely.
 Sand the embossed area to burnish the metal foil.
 Smear some bronze paint in patches and sand once dry.
Ink the edges of then swipe some metallic paint onto the tag base. Attach foil piece Cut Art Deco Lace Frame from black Core'dinations cardstock, and attach as shown
I cut Key To My Heart and Simplicity Borders, I only ended up using one of the borders and embossed it with an aged embossing powder. The keys were heat embossed with thick metallic embossing powder.
I added a few metal charms, and it was done. The thing I love about creating something like this is that you can use it on a card, a layout, as a special tag on a gift, or as an uber-cool bookmark!

Couture Creations products:
CO723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace die - Art Deco Lace Frame
CO723315 The Treasures Ornamental Lace die - Simplicity Borders
CO723239 Madeline Ornamental Lace die - Keys to my Heart
CO723699 Ambassador embossing folder - The Classics

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Art Deco Lace background

Hi everyone, Tina here with a layout I created using the Art Deco Lace Ornamental die to create a striking background effect. 

Cut seven diecuts using the Art Deco Lace die.  Lay six of the diecuts on a background of cardstock, with the pattern running the same direction.  Trim the overlapping straight edges so your page looks like the example below.  Adhere to the background.

Adhere the seventh diecut to create a pattern by offsetting it.  As you can see there are numerous patterns that can be created.

Emboss Imaginarium Designs Alphabet letters using Velvet Tea Lights embossing folder, then paint the letters with desired colour. 
I cut up Imaginarium Designs "Funny Face" to complete my title "Poker Face" which was the name of my daughters dance.  Add a few embellishments, sequins, and you are done.


Couture Creations Products:
C0723313 Ornamental Lace Die - Art Deco Frame
C0723669 The Marriot Embossing Folder - Large Velvet Tea Lights


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