Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Manly card

Making cards for men for some reason seems to always challenge me. I want to add flowers and pretty things to my work and those are not always the items you should add to a "Manly" project. So when I saw Emma Williams latest creation ... Take The Scenic Route , it sparked my desire to go back to a style that I enjoy the most, "vintage rusty goodness" as I call it. I didn't have the same products that Emma use to create her background technique, so my canvas looks a bit different from hers but I like way it came out. Also my card base was a lot smaller then Emma's to start with which was a challenge as well. I needed a card the would fit the envelope I had (5"x7") and could be mailed off, so no extra layers of materials or popping items up.  
 To start on the canvas background, I took white paint, blue paint and water to create some what the same look as Emma's. Added the Distress Spray Stains splatters and a touch of black Gesso. Sorry for the lighting of this photo, totally forgot to turn on my flash. 

 I really liked the way she layered this canvas on to the card with different colors of card stock and adding string. Here's how mine looks. I added a couple of Distress Powders, vintage photo and broken china with embossing ink and heat set it to get the idea of rusty edges. 

Thank you Emma Williams for you inspiration 
and Thank you my friends for stopping by.

Laurie Moore

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dad and Me

Hi my friends, It's been awhile hasn't it. 

 Here's a look at a canvas that I made as a gift for my sweet Dad's Birthday. 
I was playing around with colors and textures for a background on this
 12" x 12"canvas. I try to use products that I have on hand to create with. Gesso, paints, Distress sprays stains, chalk paint, crackle medium, and some of my favorite masks I begin layering. 

First with paints I covered the canvas in random spots. These colors will peek through the crackle. I found that using flat paints often times crackle better. 
 Next I added the crackle medium and let it dry to the tacky stage before adding the chalk paint on top. Love the way chalk paint crackles!!
 To tone it down just a bit more after the crackle layers and chalk paint dries, I add a soft layer of Gesso. It also adds a little more texture. 
Now to add more color, Distress Spray Stain in Tea dye and Peacock Feathers. 
 I grabbed a couple masks and Gesso I add that yummy texture. Also a few pieces of tissue tape were added. Black circles place on using the cap from the distress stain dipped in the black paint adds a touch of contrast. Only need to add pictures, a title and of course flowers. Project just don't look finished to me unless I add flowers. 

 Finished the canvas and now ready to give to my Dad for his Birthday.
Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs and happy crafting,
Laurie Moore

I'm entering this canvas in the challenge on the blog..... 
Come take a peek! Thanks Laurie