Sunday, January 14, 2018

Let It Snow Canvas Panel

Hey there! I was lucky to have some extra crafty time this week and felt inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Winter Blues"... Take a quick look at what I made... I hope you like it!

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Looking through all the great Distress Paint blue tones in my stash, I was most drawn to Peacock Feathers for this project. I'll take you through a bit of my creative process...

I knew I wanted to do a layout featuring Tim's Prancing Deer, in some combo of these dies...

For the base surface...
I started with a blank 7x9 canvas panel, then added a layer of molding paste through stencil (DecoArt Americana). I followed this with a coat of gesso, then randomly applied a mixture of Distress Paint (Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, and Weathered Wood). Using DecoArt Metallic in Rich Espresso, I painted the sides, dry brushed some of the raised stenciling, then gently flicked with a splatter brush...

For the layered rectangles...
I used Tim Holtz water color paper, glued three sheets together, covered in gesso, then covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I painted the sides with the Rich Espresso, adding a few random flecks to the front to show between the trees. I knew I wanted to splatter white for snow as one of the last steps.

For the birch trees...
I used Tim's Birch Trees thinlit die, cut 4 shapes and glued together. Then I covered with gesso, Antique Linen Distress paint, and Rich Espresso on all of the edges (getting back into all the little crevices was a bit time-consuming, but it helps this layer really pop!).

For the snowflakes...
I knew these needed to be thick to really add to the overall dimension, so I cut several of each shape from Tim's Paper Snowflakes, Mini thinlit set out of heavy white cardstock and glued together... then covered each with gesso to give them that extra strength. I did the same with the large Layered Snowflake die. Once I knew roughly where my snowflakes would go (changed my mind on this right up to the end!), I picked which ones would be each color or wash.

For the words...
I used Tim's alphabet thinlit die, one shape of each letter cut from heavy white cardstock, painted with gesso, then the Rich Espresso metallic paint.

Some finishing touches...
I decided I wanted to add a few eyelets, but not in the traditional corners... I painted them with Rich Espresso and used my Crop-A-Dile tool to set, then smudged some metallic around them on the canvas to grunge them up a bit. I added a Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners to the center of each snowflake, and splattered Antique Linen Distress Paint over everything.

UPDATE: I was one of the lucky winners of the "Winter Blues" Monday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! So excited to be featured among such an amazing collection of entries!

I hope you have a great week ahead... Thanks for looking!
x Erin


Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Prancing Deer, Birch Trees thinlit, alphabet script thinlit, Paper Snowflakes-Mini thinlits, Layered Snowflake
Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Peacock Feathers
Other media: DecoArt Metallic in Rich Espresso, gesso, matte medium, molding paste, Glossy Accents
Stencil: DecoArt Americana
Surfaces: 7x9 thin canvas panel, heavy white cardstock, Tim Holtz water color paper
Tools: Crop-A-Dile, heat gun, craft mat, Sizzix big shot, baby wipes, sanding block
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners, We R Memory Keepers eyelets, cheese cloth 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Glossy Ornaments

Hello! Hope your new year is off to a good start!
Today I'd like to share some ultra-glossy holiday ornaments I made. 

Since I'll be entering this in the Simon Says Stamp "Something New" Monday Challenge... Santa brought me some new dies, stencils, and Crop-A-Dile tool for Christmas, so of course I had to try them out. And, I thought ornaments would make the perfect mini canvases... I hope you like them!

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This project was so fun! Here's my creative process...

For the base shapes...
I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles and Ovals to cut various sizes from heavy white cardstock. I wanted them to be thicker, so I used matte medium to glue four shapes of three sizes (the two largest rectangles and second-largest oval), followed by a coat of gesso for an extra seal. 

I then used a palette knife to apply molding paste over stencils on each shape... the oval is Merry Christmas in Set 32 of Tim Holtz mini stencils, the smaller rectangle is the trees in Set 32, the larger rectangle is Tim's layering stencil Harlequin. Once dry (prefer naturally, as it tends to bubble with a heat tool), cover with another coat of gesso to prep for the painting.

I used Antique Linen Distress Paint to cover all three. Then I lightly dry brushed Distress Paint colors over each... the oval is Weathered Wood, the medium rectangle is Bundled Sage, and the large rectangle is Vintage Photo.

I used my finger to rub the edges of each shape with DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Rich Espresso (I've been using this stuff like crazy lately - love it!) and slightly bring out some of the stenciled areas around the edges (love it - just a hint of metallic to make it pop!). I also painted the back side of the shape in this color, just to give it a more finished look.

For the embellishments...
I used Tim's Candlelight die, Tattered Posinsettia die, and Mini Snowflakes thinlits die for the focal points. I used the same process as the base shapes... four cuts of each shape, bonded with matte medium (super solid when dry!), and a layer of gesso. Then they were coated with various distress paints and given a final layer of Tim's Rock Candy crackle.

For the words, I used Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script die set. I cut four of each word, glued together, and painted metallic.

For the finishing touches... I painted several eyelets metallic and set them with my new Crop-A-Dile Big Bite eyelet setting tool (especially great for thicker material!), added a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener to the poinsettia center, and thickly coated everything with Glossy Accents (do the same for the back sides). Add some twine for a hanger to each and voila! 

So, I know I'm a LITTLE late to use them for this year's holiday, but I can already say I've got some new ornaments ready to use (or gift) next year ;)

EXCITING NEWS: As mentioned, I entered this project into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge themed "Something New" and I'm so happy to have been chosen as a finalist! I love this challenge because the quality of entries each week is very high, so what an honor!

Thanks for looking!
x Erin

Other medias: gesso, Molding Paste, Matte Medium, Glossy Accents, DecoArt Metallic Paint in Rich Espresso
Tools: heat tool, craft mat, splatter brush, palette knife, Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, twine
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener, Memory Keepers eyelets

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Oh Holy Night Wood Panel

Hello friends!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday and don't find yourself scrambling too much. Surprisingly, I'm NOT in procrastination overdrive this year! Even enough on top of things to sneak in some craft time ;) I hope you enjoy my holiday decor piece...

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I started with an 8x8 wood panel. I first applied some molding paste through the Tim Holtz Christmas layering stencil in random places, then once dry, covered with gesso. (I like to avoid using a heat tool on molding paste if I can--I tend to get crisper edges when it dries naturally.)

I painted this base with two coats of Tim Holtz Bundled Sage distress paint. Then, I dry brushed some DecoArt metallic paint in Rich Espresso over the stenciled areas and rubbed back gently with a baby wipe. Love this color mixture and the way this effect turned out--just a hint of metallic to lightly define the letters and give it a slightly shimmery finish. This metallic tone helped tie various elements together on this project.

For the paper layers, I sandwiched a piece of white cardstock that had been painted with two coats of DecoArt metallic paint between two pieces from Tim's Yuletide paper stash. I trimmed each piece so it was slightly smaller than the one before, distressed all edges, and applied Vintage Photo distress ink. The top piece, I splattered with a mixture of the two metallic paints.

For the words "Oh Holy Night" I cut several of each letter from the Christmas Words Block die, gluing them together to give them more depth. After my coat of gesso was dry, I painted with two coats of DecoArt metallic paint. I printed and roughly cut the other lyrics, inking them with Antique Linen and then outlining with a Distress marker once glued.

For the stars, I used the Tim Holtz 3D stars die on heavy white cardstock. Once they were shaped, I painted with a layer of gesso, followed by two layers of metallic paint. The small stars are from Tim Holtz metal stars pack, painted with DecoArt Glorious Gold metallic paint.

I cut the trees from heavy cardstock using the Tim Holtz Evergreen tree die. I knew I wanted to play with some foreground/backgroun depth, so the top layer has five shapes glued together, the next two have three shapes each, and the back two are just one cut of cardstock. I applied a layer of grit paste to each of them, followed by gesso, then Bundled Sage distress paint, and metallic paint on the edges and for splatters. I wanted the 2nd and 4th trees to be slightly darker, so they have more metallic. The 2nd and 4th trees have one strip of Ranger adhesive tape to give a bit more depth, while the middle tree has two strips of tape.

For the finishing touch, I added some cheese cloth, stained with Antique Linen and tied with twine.

Thanks for looking! Merry Christmas!
x Erin

Stencils: Tim Holtz Christmas layering stencil, 
Dies: Tim Holtz Evergreen tree, 3D Stars, Christmas Words Block 
Embossing folders
Surfaces/Paper: 8x8 wood panel, Tim Holtz Yuletide paper stash, heavy white card-stock
Embellishments: cheesecloth, twine, Tim Holtz metal stars
Paint: Tim Holtz Distress paint in Bundled Sage, DecoArt Elegant Finish metallic paint in Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold
Distress Stain: Antique Linen
Distress Ink: Vintage photo, Antique Linen
Tools: craft mat, heat tool, Big Shot, Glossy Accents, matte medium, Tim Holtz splatter brush, Tim Holtz sanding grip, Distress Marker, Ranger foam tape

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dashing Deer Canvas

Hello! Today I'm sharing a project featuring the fabulous Tim Holtz Dashing Deer die. I hope you like it!

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I started with a 7x9" thin canvas panel. Added a layer of gesso, then a mixture of Distress Paints (2 parts Peeled Paint, 1 part Antique Linen, 1 part Walnut Stain). After the paint was dry, I applied Distress Crackle randomly and then a Distress crayon to highlight the cracks, wiped back with a baby wipe. 

Next, I wanted to create a layer resembling wood. I started with white heavy cardstock and colored it with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Stains. Next, I embossed the Tim Holtz Wood Planks Texture Fade and then highlighted the raised texture with Timber Brown StazOn ink.

From some of the leftovers, I cut the word WINTER from the Holidays Words Block die and three pinecones from Tim's Tattered Pinecone die.

The foliage, also from the Tattered Pinecone die, were coated in the same paint mixture as the canvas, covered in crackle glaze, and then covered in Distress Crayon and wiped back with a baby wipe to bring out the cracks.

For the deer: I used Tim's Dashing Deer die and cut several shapes from heavy white cardstock, glued them together for a thicker piece, and covered in gesso. For the head and neck, I applied Basics coarse texture gel and once dry, painted with Walnut Stain and Black Soot distress paints. For the antlers, I painted with Antique Linen, covered in Distress Crackle Glaze, vintage photo distress crayon to accent the cracks. The antlers were coated with a layer of Glossy Accents and a dab on the nose. I wrapped some twine around the neck and added some mini jingle bells that had been painted with Vintage Photo.

Next, I cut some papers to size from Tim's Yuletide paper pack, and used the Stitched Rectangles die in the center. I distressed and inked the edges with vintage photo, walnut stain, and tea dye. I used Ranger Adhesive Foam Tape to adhere them with dimension so I could tuck in the deer, leaves, and pinecones.

I cut Wonderland from the Holiday Words Script die, gluing several cuts of heavy cardstock, and giving it the same treatment as the antlers: gesso, Antique Linen Distress Paint, Crackle Glaze, Vintage photo crayon in the cracks, wipe off, then a coating of Glossy Accents.

For the finishing touches, I added some Spanish moss around the deer and pinecones, some of Tim's mini fasteners to the wood planks, and a Christmas word band with twine. For the hanger, I drilled two holes in the top and added some twine and Hitch Fasteners.

Thanks for looking!
x Erin

Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Clear Crackle
Distress Spray Stain: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Distress Crayon: Vintage Photo
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Embossing folder: Tim Holtz Wood Planks Texture Fade
Dies: Stitched Rectangles Thinlits, Tattered Pinecone, Dashing Deer, Holidays Words Block, Holiday Words Script
Ideology: word band-Christmas, mini fasteners, hitch fasteners, mini bells
Surfaces: Yuletide Paper Stash, Heavy White Cardstock, 7x9 thin canvas panel
Tools: TH Ink blending tool, Ranger Adhesive Foam Tape, Basics coarse texture gel, Glossy Accents, baby wipes, twine, Spanish moss, Ranger non-stick craft mat, heat tool, Sizzix Big Shot

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thankful Home Canvas Panel

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share a canvas panel I made for my favorite time of the year... fall! Beautiful leaves, football season, and family gatherings...but not quite the dreaded layer of snow!

I started with a 7x9 thin canvas panel, painted with a mix of Picket Fence, Black Soot, and Peeled Paint distress paints. Then applied a Rock Candy clear crackle glaze randomly. Once dry, I applied Walnut Stain distress spray to make the cracks stand out, wiping back with a baby wipe before completely dry.

Next, I cut some burlap from a bag in my stash, slightly fraying the edges, followed by a layer of paper from the Tim Holtz Memoranda Paper Stash, distressing and inking the edges with Vintage Photo distress stain. I added some random strips of wash tape and Black Soot/Walnut Stain paint splatters to give it some extra depth and grunge.

For the sentiment, I die cut letters from the Holiday Words Block set, gluing several layers together for more depth. Then painted with the same mix as the canvas - Black Soot, Picket Fence, and Peeled Paint. Again I applied a layer of Rock Candy clear crackle and Walnut Stain distress stain, and a final coat of Glossy Accents - the more dimension, the better in my book! I added the HOME chipboard from Tim’s Quote Chip pack.

I love the way the pumpkins turned out -- I knew I had to have the Pumpkin Patch Bigz die as soon as I saw it!

I cut several of each shape from thick white cardstock and glued them together. I painted both with a mixture of Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade distress paints, and Walnut Stain distress paint for the stems. I randomly added some crackle glaze and, once dry, coated with Walnut Stain to help distinguish the cracks. Then, I covered them with a layer of Glossy Accents -- love this stuff, it's self-leveling so you end up with a really even top coat. As an afterthought, I spattered them lightly with Walnut Stain distress paint.

The leaves I cut from Tim's Fall Foliage Thinlits die set. Painted with the same combo as the canvas and Thankful letters (Black Soot, Picket Fence, and Peeled Paint). Again it was followed by clear crackle, walnut stain wiped back, and a coat of glossy accents.

I curled the wire and painted with Walnut Stain, and added some moss around the stems and base. I stuck in a LUCKY chip, also from Tim's Quote Chip pack.

The ruler was stained with Walnut Stain distress ink and wrapped with a little twine.

Finally, I drilled holes in the corners and added Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners hardware and a wire hanger -- complete with a hint of Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges to age them a bit.

Time to start some Christmas projects! Thanks so much for looking!
x Erin

UPDATE: I entered this project in the SSS Monday Challenge and was one of the lucky entries chosen for their Designer Spotlight! Just the extra boost of encouragement I needed for holiday craftiness!

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Pumpkin Patch Bigz, Holiday Words Block, Fall Foliage Thinlits
Tim Holtz/Ideology: Quote Chips, Hitch Fasteners, Rulers, Washi Tape
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Clear Crackle
Distress Spray Stain: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Memoranda Paper Stash, Heavy White Cardstock, 7x9" thin Canvas Panel
Other: Ranger Matte Medium, Ranger Craft Sheet, heat tool, baby wipes, wire, moss, burlap bag, Tim Holtz Sanding Block, Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush, Glossy Accents