Monday, July 24, 2017

Raven's Bane Halloween Card...

Hello friends!  I'm happy you've stopped by today, I'm sharing another card I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release.  If you missed Tim's Sizzix Halloween Facebook Live Event, you can watch it here.  I made this card using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Feather and Ravens Thinlits die set and the Poison Texture Fade.  I'll walk you through how I put it together.
To start with, cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 4.25 X 5.5.  Squeeze a couple drops of Twisted Citron Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water using Distress Sprayer. Press the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock into the paint mixture until covered.  Spritz a little more water onto heavystock, to get color moving.  Then dry with heat tool.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Poison
Item #662371
(A little forewarning, this will stain your Texture Fade and brayer)  Put a little black gesso onto a non stick craft sheet.  Roll a mini brayer through black gesso till coated.  Quickly brayer gesso onto left side of Tim Holtz Sizzix Poison Texture Fade.  Working quickly while black gesso is still wet, lay colorized side onto gesso and carefully close the texture fade.  Then run through die cut machine.
Lift Distress Mixed Media Heavystock from Texture Fade, then dry Heavystock with heat tool.  Cut off excess area around Poison Texture Fade, so it looks more like a ticket.  Then apply a coat of Distress Collage Crazing Medium to embossed surface with Distress Collage Brush.  Let air dry, very important to not apply heat.  I found that even scrubbing would not remove the black gesso from Texture Fade, but not to worry.  I used a couple of alcohol prep pads on the Texture Fade, to clean off black gesso and came right off.  Give it a rinse in fresh water and dry, then your set for next time.  It's still going to stain a little, but its clean.  You can also use Archival Ink or Distress Paint for this technique, in place of the black gesso if you would like.
Cut 2 pieces of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 4.25 X 5.5.  Apply a thin layer of white gesso to both pieces of heavystock and dry with heat tool.  Apply a thin layer of Distress Collage Matte Medium to 1 of the gessoed heavystocks and dry with heat tool.  Then set aside.
Squeeze a couple drops of Black Soot Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water using Distress Sprayer. Press the gessoed Distress Mixed Media Heavystock into the paint mixture until covered.  Spritz a little more water onto heavystock, to get color moving.  Then dry with heat tool.  To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the non-stick craft sheet with Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping).  Then dry with heat tool.  Apply a thin layer of Distress Collage Matte Medium and dry with heat tool.  This insures a really nice surface for Distress Crayons to glide easily across and blend beautifully.
This new Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Feather & Ravens
Item #662376 is so awesome!!!
Die cut one of each of the Raven's from the black soot colorized heavystock.  Then die cut 3 branches and 3 feathers from the gessoed heavystock.
Using Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs Distress Crayons, swipe onto non stick craft sheet.  Pick up color with finger and smudge onto branches, working lightest to darkest in color.  Repeat process using Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Crayons to color Ravens and Feathers.  Then dry with a heat tool.
Swipe Black Soot Distress Crayon onto embossed Poison card and smear color into recessed areas using your finger.  Using a dry cloth, swipe color off of raised portions of card.  For really stubborn areas, careful use a baby wipe, then dry with a heat tool.
Further apply color to raised portions of Poison card using Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin Distress Crayons.  If you have applied too much color to a particular area just use dry cloth or baby wipe, then dry with heat tool.
Cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 4.25 X 5.5.  Adhere a sheet of vintage book paper to heavystock using Distress Collage Matte Medium.  Dry with heat tool.  Apply a light wash of white gesso to vintage book paper, then dry with heat tool.  Apply Distress Collage Crazing Medium, using Distress Collage Brush over dried gesso and air dry.  I just love the super tiny cracks from the crazing.
After crazing had dried I adhered a few small pieces of vintage book paper, some Idea-ology Postal Design Tape (the blue grid) and a Vial Label using Distress Collage Matte Medium where needed. Then dry with heat tool.  Then added some shading using Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Crayons.  Swiping color on card front and smudging with finger.
Before assembling card, water down a little white gesso using the Distress Sprayer. Pick up gesso with Distress Splatter Brush. Then pulling bristles back and releasing, splatter white gesso onto card front. Then dry with Heat It tool.  I stitched around card front and distress with a bone folder.  Then attached to black kraft card base.
I attached Poison card, vintage book scraps and branches to card front using liquid adhesive.  The Ravens and Feathers were attached to card using foam squares for added dimension.

 I hope you enjoyed todays Raven's Bane Halloween card!  You can find the supplies I've used via the links below.  The Halloween dies will be shipping at the end of July, so I will add the link for them once they are available on Simon Says Stamp.  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx




Monday, July 17, 2017

Village Graveyard Card...

Hello friends!  I'm happy you've stopped by today, I'm sharing a card I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release.  If you missed Tim's Facebook Live Event, you can watch it here, or here. I've said it before and I'll say it again…Tim has the most incredible creative team!  Every single one of them are so very talented and always leave me in awe.  You will definitely want to check out their projects!  I made this card using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Village Graveyard Thinlits die set.  I'll walk you through how I put it together.
 To start, I took a half sheet of printer paper and traced a circle in the center using the lid of my Distress Collage Medium.  I thought it was just the right size for a spooky moon, in my graveyard.
 I cut out the circle and saved both pieces, they will be used as masks.
 I tacked down a sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock to my nonstick craft sheet with painters tape.  You can also use washi tape or a low tack adhesive tape, that's not going to tear paper when removed.  Then I placed the outer portion of the circle over the upper right side of my cardstock and tacked it down with some painters tape.  Using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and an ink blending tool with foam, I started building the color for my moon.  Applying the color in a swirling motion, leaving a little white space in the center for depth.
 I continued saturating the color till I was happy with hue.
 I added to the depth, with the smallest amount of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide to lower right and upper left portions of my moon.
 I removed the mask and dried moon with heat tool.  Then placed the inner portion of the circle to moon with more painters tape.  For my graveyard, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Oxide to lower portion of cardstock.  Drying with a heat tool between each new color applied.  Remember to start swirling ink on edge of non stick craft sheet in a swirling motion and continuing onto cardstock.  That way you don't get that round halo of color, that doesn't blend very well. 
 You guessed it, the spooky night sky received a fair amount of Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
 I applied some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide to the outer edges for shading.
 Then followed up with Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges, to really make it dramatic.  I also applied a tiny bit around the outer edge of the moon as well.  Then I removed the moon mask and dried with heat tool.  At the time I made this card, I didn't have the new Black Soot Distress Oxide…but it would be fabulous as well.
 Now you could stop here, if you wanted more of a neat clean look.
 I added a few spritz of water using the Distress Sprayer, then dried with a heat tool.
 I cut a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 81/2 x 5 1/2.  Then applied a layer of white gesso and dried with heat tool.
 I also applied a layer of Distress Collage Matte Medium on top of the gesso, then dried with heat tool.  This really creates great texture for the Distress Crayons.
 Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Village Graveyard
Item #662377

These dies are so much fun, I can't wait to use them in the Manor!!!  I cut 2 ghost, 2 long fence, 1 short fence, 1 gate and 9 tombstones out of the gessoed Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.
 I added color and shading to each piece with Distress Crayons.  I swiped a little on my non stick craft sheet and picked up color with my finger, then smudged on die cut.  Working from lightest to darkest color, they layer beautifully.
 The colors I used were Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint.

 For the gate and fence, I wanted more concentrated color so I added Black Soot directly on areas and smudged with my finger to blend.


 After I had colored all my cutouts, I started assembling my card.
I attached the fence/gate to card front using glossy accents.  The ghost and tombstones were attached at the tops with foam squares and the bottoms were secured with glossy accents.  It gives the appearance of depth, without adding too much height.
I stitched around card front and distress with a bone folder.  Then attached a light green classic kraft cardstock and black card base.


Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Vintage Spirits
Item #662385
I didn't have the Vintage Spirits die set when I made my card...but when I sent the card to Tim, he added "boo".  LOL... I believe they were made for this card, it worked out perfect!



 I hope you enjoyed todays Village Graveyard card!  You can find the supplies I've used via the links below.  I will be back thursday with my 2nd halloween tutorial.  The Halloween dies will be shipping at the end of July, so I will add the link for them once they are available on Simon Says Stamp.  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx