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Friday, January 31, 2014

couture creations

New Baby set
by Sue Smyth 

Nothing says baby more than a cut rocking horse, so creating a card and pick is a 
snap with the Secret Treasures Rocking horse die.
Insert the pick into flowers or as a present topper.

Rocking horse step by step

Paint die cut Rocking horse with Glitz n Glamour Hot pink

Drench the horse with white glitter to fill the gaps and create a smooth surface.

shake off excess glitter and allow to dry.

Tattered bow

tie a bow with organza or silk ribbon 

Hold in place with a bamboo skewer and heat set 

Die cut 6 petals with smallest Retro die flower
 from pink cardstock. Pierce a hole in the centre of each

Insert a small brad and splay flowers around brad.

Wet flower and scrunch with fingertips. Unfurl and heat set to hold
in shape. Adhere to card and pick as pictured.

Couture Creations 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lindys Stamp Gang and Imaginarium blog hop

Lindy's Stamp Gang Blog hop
by Sue Smyth 
The Lovely soft colours of spray mists just lend themselves to girly pages. I wanted to 
play with pleated paper this year, so this is my first layout with that in mind.

Using a softly patterned paper as a base, I have used texture paste to 
create more detail and texture in my background. When dry, brush over 
with gesso and spray Lindy's stamp gang mists over top. 
I have used Gag me with a spoon grey, across the top.
And Shabby Turbine teal at the bottom,
 with a little Sweet Violet purple teal around the middle.

One other thing I have done here is spray the surface with a 
paper lacquer spray such as Krystal Kote
 and sprinkled with a coarse round white glitter.
Then I  have sprayed the surface again.
this creates an awesome circular pattern. Each
tiny piece of glitter has a kind a halo effect around it.
You can just see it on the right below. 

To alter the chip, I have used Desert Mean Turquoise Embossing powder. I found
it better if you added a undercoat of white gesso to get a true colour.
You can see the Cosmic pink blue has gone a little purple because 
I did not paint the chipboard first.

I have painted the butterflies with white gesso and applied Cosmic pink blue
embossing powder, while still hot I have sprinkle
over a little white glitter for sparkle.

Handy hint..apply several coats of embossing powder for a full glossy look.

Imaginarium Chipboard Used

Sunday, January 5, 2014

You Inspire me layout and Banner

You Inspire Me layout 

This mixed media layout of my son is is using a selfie my son took when he was six. Those were not the days of digital ..this camera was an old film variety..imagine my surprise when it was developed and full of shots of my inquisitive boy. I love the curiosity in his eyes, the genuine thirst to learn and discover, he is still like this 10 years later lol

To start with I have used a brick template and Viva Decor Stone Effect Paste, to get that sand stone look. Once dry, dry brush with gesso and spritz with Dylusions sprays. I wanted this layout to look more industrial than my last few. 
The large cog I have sprayed with black paint, then dimensional magic, and sprinkled with Stampendous Silver shards, when dry chip off excess and swipe with Inka gold graphite and a spray with dylusions black.

To alter the compass first I have sprayed the chip with black paint. Add dimensional magic to the two raised edges and sprinkle with micro beads. Allow to dry. Then rub gold paint over the whole piece, to higlight the texture. To finish with a dry fan brush, flick gesso over areas of the chip, not much but just enough to highlight the four points.

The phrase I have sprayed black, then dimensional magic over the top, coat with black glitter and allow to dry.

The cogs, I have sprayed with matt black spray paint, when dry liberally smudge with Graphite, purple and cobalt Inka gold to get that iridescence that metals sometimes has. 

My Banner 

This banner was made for the June show here in Brisbane, I wanted something to say my name that I could sling over my work, and use later in my studio.

To create the pennant shape I have used Spellbinders Pennants, to cut lightweight chip into banners, and the Lacey pennants to cut the white scalloped piece. Cover the chip banners with patterned paper and decorate as you wish.

The bracket I have coated with Stampendous Aged gold embossing powder.

Use your crop a dile to place eyelets in each side of  the pennant. Tie together with ribbon and add small pieces of soft tulle tie to each side.

Each pennant panel has had masking tape, and plasterers mesh added 
over the top of the patterned paper. Dry brush with gesso and spritz with glimmer mists as desired.

I have added my favourite feather, simply spray black with spray paint, then with paint pen, draw in spots and lines over the top. Swipe with dimensional magic for a glossy coat.

Chipboard Used

Happy Crafting 
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