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Saturday, July 21, 2018

show business with Sue Smyth

Show business 
By Sue Smyth 

I can finally share the projects I taught at the Brisbane Papercraft Expo this year.
Of course each project featured Imaginarium Chipboard.
It makes designing a class so easy. The 
first class is a Dragon book, yes yes I know I like dragons
and you all might get bored with them but I dont lol
I have made a platform for the dragon with Imaginarium corners

Then filled the cavities with rhinestones and micro beads etc
I like to put them in place and drizzle Dimensional magic over the top
to adhere in place.

I love the Imaginarium chipboard sword, which 
I have added dimension to with liquid pearls and black gesso.
I have shown this technique in previous posts.

I love the corners in this book they are so medieval.

A neat close up of the seed beads and rhinestones.

The second project, is a canvas, featuring Dragon flies.
I have used a generic one for the large dragon fly and a resin one to match the 
lacy Imaginarium dragon fly.

I have covered the entire wooden shape with rhinestones and 
then painted black, dry off and layer over lots of metallic colour.

Love adding a resin shape and metallic colour

The dragon fly rests on a Swirly frame again simply 
painted black and rub over inka gold metallic paint

Love this little Treasure chipboard and you can see
I have flicked chalky teal colour over the top for interest.

Dragon fly heaven!!!

The third project is a framed canvas, the frame was part of the kit,
we just removed the glass so the dimensional panel could fit
right in.

This sweet little unicorn is just a eraser that is painted
black first.
Always look at things to see if they have a nice shape
and if they can be painted.

I have placed the Unicorn on a frame again
and filled the gaps with pearls.

The I have added a gorgeous trinket at the base with lots of rhinestones

A resin wing added 
to the top make this a Pegacorn, not a Unicorn,
or maybe it is just a flying Unicorn lol.

This was my favourite project from the show
a little fairy babe sitting in a mossy nest on a heart shaped 
door hanger wrapped in brown paper.

An ordinary butterfly cut in two makes the wings
and simple metal feathers the top of the wings.
The baby is a resin shape 

He sits cradled in an oval swirly frame,
with trinkets and resin roses tucked under it.

I love the tinsy lady beetle too, clustered 
around some wheat stalks, chipboard and green berries.

Doesn't he have just the sweetest little face.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the projects I taught.
I deliberately made them different colour stories and a variety 
of items, books, frames, canvas and door hanger (which could be converted 
into a canvas easily) so that if you came to all 4 of my classes
you did something different with a new technique each day
and I did have some lovely ladies who came to all 4 and lots came to 2 or 3
we had a lovely time.

Happy Crafting 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

mermaids and bugs rule

Mermaid Canvas
and Nature layout 

Recently I taught this mermaid layout at a retreat that was themed around the sea.
What better element to use than a mermaid, sitting in her own grotto and calling to the 
ocean around her with her shells and hand made anemones. 

The anemones are hand made from paper clay, painted and then mico beads 
I have then added lots of resin elements too.

The mermaids tail comes up nicely with all of the inka gold paints and shimmer paints

I love to texturize the swirly frame with black gesso,
simply add lots of layers of gesso and heat in between to blister
and bubble, then when cool rub over with a gold wax or inka.
I have stuck black cardstock on the back for a neat base for the 

Natures Girl

Next is a layout, using my ephemera sheet. Layouts are not something I do 
a lot of lately as my kids are grown and I dont take a lot of photos anymore
But it is nice to revisit special photos of the kids when they were young and use
them in new ways.

I love using ID small chipboard letters, they are small enough to 
fit anywhere and you can make up your own titles easily.
Simply paint them black with ink, gesso or mat spray paint.

I have fussy cut some flowers and clustered them together
with paper flowers and YES a few bugs and butterflies.

For the chipboard, one of my favourite tricks is to 
apply liquid pearls over the top of the chipboard
then paint black, dry off and rub over with a gold wax. 
It looks so old world then.

Lots of pretty fussy cutting and clustering to complete the 
layout along with an altered bug.

I finished with a little trinket and tag.

Happy Crafting 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Snips and Snails by Sue Smyth

Snips and Snails 
and Chrysalis Canvas
By Sue Smyth 

This month I have a layout for you all, I have gone off layouts lately, as my children are 
older and do not offer the photo opportunities they used to, I dont have 
the never ending stream of photos I used to.
But recently I launched a range of Ephemera sheets, which can be fussy 
cut to use on layouts, Art journaling, cards and any mixed media projects.
Basically never ending uses, so I am re inspired. 

One of the sheets features Boys, from the old poem we learnt as 
kids, "snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that is what little boys are made of
This was the inspiration for the collage sheet and my layout.

They work perfectly layered over chipboard, and elements.
The chipboard I have painted with flat black spray paint
and then rubbed over with Art Alchemy Vintage gold wax, this gives a 
great detailed shine and colour.

I have snipped up the large honeycomb chipboard (painted black again)
this way you can add structure to your page with small elements of the larger

Then I have fussy cut lots of elements and clustered them around 
the chipboard and photo.
Dont be afraid to tuck things under other elements, you dont have to 
see all of the item to have an impact...see the half butterfly..
it is still a powerful shape and element.

I like to fussy cut things with a little white edge, no matter what
I am cutting, this gives you room to make a mistake lol.

Again dont be afraid to tuck chipboard under other elements, this feather is 
painted matt black and then I have flicked runny white gesso over top.
This makes it look like a magpie or guinea fowl feather, much more 
organic than just a plain feather...and the black and white has a great 
wow factor.

Pages like this only work when you have good clustering skills, if you think
you are not great at it, practice,you can learn this skill with practice I promise lol

My next project is a fairy canvas, but I thought it ended up looking 
like a fairy emerging from a pupa like a chrysalis, so that is 
what I called it.

The wings are rather special, a little technique I developed, you can 
see a mini tutorial below.

And it is a great project to use up all your old rhinestones 

Even leaves can be painted, here I have used emerald Inka Gold with water
 and a soft bristle brush. Then I have rubbed over Vintage Gold Art Alchemy wax.

Love making butterflies, and I have used this technique before, paint 
the chipboard with white gesso, then apply white liquid pearls over top.
I have used Couture Creations Cotton ball here, while still wet, apply a 
purple liquid pearls and a toothpick to swirl it around the white,,then let it dry.
It will take a while but the end result is stunning ,,dont you think.

You can also see another technique here the gossamer fairy 
wings , made from muslin.

The toy doll has been wrapped up before painting and altering, let your
imagination go here.

To a large generic chipboard butterfly apply white texture paste.

The take your time and add random rhinestones, pushing
into the texture paste.

When dry, paint with black gesso, allow to dry for  a few
minutes the wipe off most of it.

Wipe until you are happy with the effect.

The the magic happens, rub over 
selected colours of inka gold.
I have used turquoise, violet, magenta, and lastly gold.

Then to finish I have added a few drops of alcohol ink
they dry instantly, but you can rub in with a soft small paint brush
they taint the colour of the rhinestone.
This way you can alter the colours of rhinestones you 
have used to suit the project.

Happy Crafting All