Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rita Barakat Designs: Altered Mermaid Paint Brush and Tag

I am excited to participate in a unique swap with my fellow Rita Barakat designer peeps! The challenge was to alter a paintbrush using Rita Barakat products and her partners' products in creating something FUN! Of course, I had to go with MERMAID!! The colors I had were perfect in making that happen :)

Did we mention a giveaway? Check out Rita Barakat Instagram for more details. In the meantime, I'd like to walk through how I altered my brushes.

**I receive products from Rita Barakat Designs, Plaid, Aladine, Spellbinders Paper Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**



Mermaid Altered Paint Brush Step Outs

I had these paint brushes for at least a couple of years and they were collecting dust. Each one had a rubber grip and a bar code sticker. It was easy to take off both (PHEW!) so I decided to give them a try. Before applying the gesso, I sanded the entire area with the exception of the bristles.




Next, I applied a thick coat of FolkArt® Color Shift™ Acrylic Paint in Aqua Flash. Note: I wanted texture so I tap the paint on. Let dry and then tap on another heavy coat of paint. Let dry. This would become the mermaid tail.


For the skin tone, I mixed Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint in Spice Tan and FolkArt® Acrylic Color Wicker White Paint until I got my desired color. I applied two heavy coats (dry in between coats) over the area where the rubber grip was. This will be the mermaid's torso.


After the torso color dried, I used a palette knife and edge the top and bottom of the mermaid tail with Glitterific™ in Clear Hologram. Note: make sure to use a heavy coat. Let dry. It will take time to let this dry.


For the rest of the handle, I covered with Adhesive Sheet 4 x 6-inch and burnished it well with your fingernail to transfer the adhesive to the handle. You may need to do re-apply in missed areas.


Next, cover the handle with Kiss of the Fairy Embossing Powder and use a heat gun to melt.


Note the plastic handle does melt and bend. That was done on purpose. I'm thinking her "hair" is pink and wavy. Remember she's a mermaid so she's underwater and her hair is flowing up. #DesignMethodToMyMadness LOL!


For her top, I wanted something sparkly so I added two self-adhesive pink rhinestones. It works well with the FolkArt® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint in Clear Hologram!


Since she has this glorious hair, she needs a headband. I created one with Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8-inch by wrapping it around where the hair meets the head. Remove the red liner and pour over Tropical Teal Sand. Press to secure and if I missed a spot, I reapply.



Lastly, I die cut a circle in white cardstock and stamped Sea Grass Cling Rubber Stamp with Izink Pigment Metal Ink in Silver. It's highly pigmented and stays wet longer so I poured Midnight Magic Embossing Powder on top of the image. Tap off excess and melt with a heating tool.


Punch a hole each on the top and bottom center. Thread the paintbrush handle to create a background for the project. DONE!



Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Creative Time: 120 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed
Rita Barakat Designs

Kiss of the Fairy Embossing Powder
Midnight Magic Embossing Powder
Sea Grass Cling Rubber Stamp


Plaid®
FolkArt® Color Shift™ Acrylic Paint in Aqua Flash
FolkArt® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint in Clear Hologram
Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint in Spice Tan
FolkArt® Acrylic Color Wicker White Paint

Aladine Creations
Izink Pigment Metal Ink in Silver

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6-inch
Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8-inch

Other
Sand: Mudd Puddles (Tropical Teal Sand); Self-Adhesive Pink Rhinestones: Asuka Studio (MP-59129 Rhinestone Light Pink); Heating Tool; Paint Brushes; White Gesso; Hole Punch; White Cardstock

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Foiled Frame Thanks for Everything Card

Super excited to be up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog! I created a Clean And Simple (CAS) style card to feature foiling, layering stamps and dimension. A great combination for cardmaking!

**I receive products from Altenew, Waffle Flower and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**


Tutorial Sneak Peek

You'll have to visit the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog for the complete photo tutorial but I'll share a little...shhh, don't tell!





Here's a video I am sharing from Altenew that I think will be helpful in understanding visually. See below...


I loved how it turned out - simple design with dimension and sparkle. Hope you will try these elements in your next project!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Asuka Studio: Paper Weave Thank You Card

For a little bit of a unique background, I decided to weave my strip of patterned paper for interest and texture. Have you done this before? Simply top off with an adorable bunny and sparkly bubble rhinestones to finish. Loved how it turned out! Share your weaved creations with me by linking your artwork in the comments.


**I receive products from Memory Palette Co. and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**


Paper Weave Instructions

First, cut pink cardstock, Watercolor Splash Sunset Orange patterned paper and Watercolor Splash Sunset Orange (blue/purple in the corner) patterned paper to 5 x 4-inches. With just the patterned papers, cut into 1/2-inch strips as shown in the image.


Apply a strip of E-Z Runner Grand Permanent Strips on the left side of the pink cardstock (the card panel). Then place strips of Watercolor Splash Sunset Orange (blue/purple in the corner) patterned paper with one end on top of the adhesive all the way down to the bottom.


With each strip of Watercolor Splash Sunset Orange patterned paper, weave between the strips of blue/purple patterned paper already on the card panel. I started from the left to right.

The first strip I tuck under and then weave over the second row. Repeat until the end.

With the second strip, do the opposite. Start by placing over the first row and then tuck under the second row. Repeat. Make sure your column of strips is straight. Go all the way to the end.


When the weave is completed, adhere the ends with the E-Z Runner Grand Permanent Strips. Trim the weaved card panel to 4.75 x 3.75-inch.


Place several 3D Foam Squares White in regular size on the back of the card panel. Remove the top liners and adhere onto a 5 x 4-inch coral cardstock card panel.

I folded a piece of 8.5 x 5.5-inch ivory cardstock in half to create a top fold card and placed the layered card panel on top.



Now for the fun part - embellishing! I picked out the cute bunny in the Forest Friends Die Cuts Pack. Next, I cut a strip of 5.75 x 1.25-inch coral cardstock (the same as the card panel) and cut the ends into fishtails.


With a strip of 4 x 1-inch ivory cardstock, stamp "Thank you" from the MP-60162 Forest Friends Acrylic Clear Stamp in pink ink. Cut a fishtail on its right end and adhere it on the coral cardstock banner (make sure to leave space on the left side for the bunny die cut).


Adhere the layered banner on top of the card base towards the bottom section.


Using leftovers from a used sheet of 3D Foam Circles, I cut a strip and added behind the bunny die cut from the MP-58996 Forest Friends Die Cuts Pack. Adhere the bunny die cut on the left side of the sentiment banner.


Lastly, add a few of the Sparkly Bubble Rhinestone Clear in the areas of the card as shown in the picture. They are easy to use and are self-adhesive.



Here's a second look.



As always, thanks for stopping by!
MargieH




Creative Time: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed

Other:
Adhesives: E-Z Runner® Grand, 3D Foam Squares White Regular and Crafty Foam Tape Black (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®); Pink, Coral and Ivory Cardstock

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Asuka Studio: Sweet n Sparkle Altered Index Cards

Looking into what project to create, I went to a big box store and found myself in the "back to school" section. They had a pack of 100 unlined index cards for 79 cents. Well, it went home with me! LOL! My idea was to alter them and add layers of wonderful Asuka Studio products. Take a look!


**I receive products from Memory Palette Co., Spellbinders® Paper Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**



Sparkles Altered Index Card Instructions

First I need to put a layer of gesso on my index cards. I only did five to start. Let dry.


Using a wet brush, I covered the index card with water and then added my colors. For this card, I used blue and green. Color until you get your desired shades.


While the watercolors are drying, I grabbed a few pieces that I thought would work together well from the Ephemera Packs. I cut the center of the wreath.


For the layers, I cut 2.75 x 4.75-inch of the pink cardstock and 2 5/8 x 4 5/8-inch of the MP-60130 Watercolor Splash Glacier Blue. Then I distressed the edges of both with either fine grade sandpaper or a distressing tool.


To adhere the cardstock piece down to the watercolor index card, I used the E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Refillable Dispenser. For the MP-60130 Watercolor Splash Glacier Blue piece, I used the 3D Foam Square White in regular size to lift the layer.


The die cuts were taken from a combination of MP-60155 So Sweet Ephemera and MP-60156 So Sweet Ephemera. Pieces were secured with leftovers from the 3D Foam Circles Black in regular size. Don't waste ANYTHING! LOL! And you're done!



Repeat for the other two cards but with different colors and designs. Here's the close up of the other two below.




Big Thank You for stopping by my blog!
MargieH




Creative Time: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed

Other:
Pink and Lavendar Cardstock; Watercolors and Paint Brushes: Color Sticks Gel Crayons and Mermalicious Brush Sets from Making Faces Collection by Jane Davenport  (Spellbinders® Paper Arts); Adhesives: E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Refillable Dispenser, 3D Foam Squares White Regular, and 3D Foam Circles Black Regular (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®); Gesso; Fine Grade Sandpaper/Distressed Tool; Index Cards


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