Friday, March 29, 2019

Birds of Feather Card

Have you heard of Imagine's newest inks? They are StazOn Pigment inks. They are truly a game changer. These inks behave like pigment inks, however, they are permanent like the original StazOn ink. They take details incredibly well. It works on just about any surface.

For this card, I used Dura-Lar film (it’s like vellum paper, but it's archival) to create a dimensional effect by stenciling bird images with the Peacock Feathers color of StazOn Pigment. I overlaid the stenciled film on a moonlit night background; also created with StazOn Pigment inks. It made for a great backdrop for the Peacock colored birds. Check out the tutorial on this and check StazOn Pigment inks.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Angelic Altered Bottle

Hello Makers!

Upcyling discarded items can be fun and inspirational. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, each having a potential to become a work of art. For example this small men’s cologne bottle felt just right for my Angelic bottle. I used Canvas Corp Brands goodies; High Impact paints, Architextures wings and center adornment and 7gypsies skeleton key. Check out my tutorial.

Gesso the bottle. This will help the paint to better adhere.

Stencil the pattern with Liquitex Modeling paste.

Paint one layer of the White High Impact paint.

Paint one layer of the Aqua High Impact paint. 

Lightly sponge one layer of the white paint on the raised areas. 

Paint a layer of the black paint and wipe off the paint from the raised areas, ensuring to leave paint in the crevices.

Before adding the key and wings, seal the bottle, so that the paint does not scrape off. You can use  spray sealer like Krylon or 3M or use a water based varnish or polyurethane. Add the key and chain and glue on the wings.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Dress-Polymer Clay

Hello Makers!

Whenever you work with clay, any type of clay, you'll always have scraps. However, that does not have to be the end of your clay. Just reuse the clay. One way to reuse Makin’s Clay scraps is by placing them in a sealable bag; spray with water and let it soak for a couple of days. It turns into a thick paste that you use to sculpt relief type pieces. Check out how I made my sculptural red dress using this process by visiting the Makin's Clay Blog.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ode to the Gear Clay Pendant

Hello Makers!

So if you follow my blog, you know that I am fond of the Steampunk genre. What can I say, gears just make me giddy. I made this pendant in the Steampunk aesthetics, minus using the metallic look. I know, the purist would be upset, don't tell them though. I call this shrine pendant 'Ode to the Gear', a small way to honor the humble gear.

I used Create Along's Shrine cutter. For the clay I used Sculpey's Pumpkin (orange) and Sea Glass (greenish) Souffle clay and Makin's Clay Gears Texture Sheet and round cutters. Check out my tutorial below.


Condition the Pumpkin Souffle clay using the Pasta Machine. Roll out a sheet to the 2nd thickest setting. Press the Gear texture sheet onto the clay. This sheet has the negative and positive indentations.

Cut a hole about the size of the gear with Makin's Clay round cutters.

Roll out a sheet to the 2nd thickest setting of Sea Glass Souffle clay.

Place the Pumpkin Souffle sheet over the Sea Glass sheet and press down with a tile or roller. Ensure not to distort the gear shapes. This ensures a bond between both sheets. 

Place the Shrine cutter over the center of the hole and cut out the shape.

Using liquid clay or other glue adhere the metal gear into the clay. Bake in the oven in accordance to the manufacturer's instructions on the package. 

Give the pendant some surface treatment with Baroque Gilders Paste Wax or other paint. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Orange Tabby Cats Card-Imagine

Meow Makers!

Today I would like to share my orange tabby cat card using Imagine products and Laurel Burch Whiskers cat stamp. This card was inspired by my awesome orange tabby cat O'Malley, see his pic below. So there I was, sitting at my crafting table trying to think of something to make for my Imagine projects. I was looking through my stamps. I happen to be holding my cat stamp when my cat walks by and rubs against my feet, it usually means he wants his Whiskas cat milk (he loves that). Then it came to me I will make and orange tabby card...after I gave him his milk, of course.

So for this card, I used Imagine's orange and yellow Memento inks, then added a layer of Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze, which is a vibrant translucent medium. I found that it unified the inks nicely; making for an awesome background. Check out Imagine's blog to learn how to make this card.

My cat O'Malley