In celebration of Mexican culture and childhood memories here is a how-to for a fantastic canvas with brilliant colors. During my teen years I lived in Texas. My family made various trips over the border and was invited to some amazing fiestas. During that time I was introduced to The Day of The Dead, a day to celebrate family members and friends that have passed on. It is a beautiful celebration of life and love. One symbol of that day is the sugar skull.
~ A Day To Remember ~
I recently picked up a pack of stencils because of its fabulous skull and crossbones. Included was a sugar skull template. The idea for this wall decor was sparked!
I applied a bit of Modeling Paste to this canvas with stencils. Then I was ready for COLOR! I spritzed on bright ink sprays and added metallic paint around the edge. Finally I decorated the skull with dots of glitter glue.
The Sugar Skull represents a very important day, so I needed a title to reflect that. I started with a strip of Rinea Foiled Paper in Glossy Violet. After decorating with flourish and heart stamps using Rinea Ghost Ink I was ready for words.
The Big Eyed Kitty and his Sweet Dreams poses gives me endless opportunities for great photos. The October 1st sketch from Stuck?! Sketches lent itself perfectly to this photo of kitty relaxation. It also left plenty of room for a bit of mixed media play time.
~ Sweet Dreams ~
I didn't do a complete step-by-step photo session for this scrapbook page, but I caught the highlights and that means a few tips for you. The first is the distressed edges of the paper inside the coral zipper. To get the roughened look I laid the paper on a ruler and used a finger nail file on the edge.
I wanted a bit of metallic shine on my page so I dabbed DecoArt acrylic paint through a stencil.
I added more layers and texture with a different stencil and Liquitex modeling paste. I painted random paisleys with peach Color Shine.
The multi-faceted gem die cut served as an unusual mat for my title. I needed the vellum to stick to the paper without leaving unsightly marks. I used the No-Clog Cap and Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect to accomplish this chore.
The finished title reclines dreamily on a rub-on couch with a periwinkle flower.
I added wood elements to my page in the form of gears and book plates.
A generous helping of tangerine and periwinkle flowers decorate the gears.
This happy card made with bright paint all started when I received a sugar skull paper die in the mail. It has fantastic detail and cuts beautifully. I knew my ScraPerfect products would be put to good use.
~Watercolor Sugar Skull~
The base for this card is black cardstock, folded to 6.5"x 4.5". The background is a 4x6" sheet of watercolor paper. To get this look I simply painted the paper with strips of bright color. Painting with watercolor is very relaxing and so pretty!
I punched the edges of my water color paper with a border punch then used the Best Glue Ever to adhere it to the base. This glue from ScraPerfect doesn't buckle the paper and only requires a thin line.
I attached the sugar skull last. The No Clog Writing Cap made it easy to add glue only where I wanted it.
The final product is happy to see you!
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This blog post is all about making Dragon wings as stunning and brilliant as any fire breathing creature could want. Why Dragon Wings? Because Dragons are my favorite creature. Because I have rolls of this gorgeous foiled paper and needed to make something worthy of its shine. Because I can!
~ Cosmic Dragon Wings ~
Instructions: Step 1: Draw skeleton and wing membrane onto paper. Cut out skeleton.
I wanted my wings as big as my foiled paper would allow. I cut paper to the size of a roll of Star Struck Marigold Rinea Paper then drew a diagonal line across it. I drew (with many erasures and adjustments) a wing that fit on one side of this line.
Step 2: Trace skeleton onto heavy cardboard or drawing board.
I picked up my drawing board from Michaels. This one was 16x20 and I was able to fit both wing skeletons. I flipped my drawing over and traced it again to get the pair of wings.
Step 3: Cut wing from board using utility knife for best results.
The bone structure can certainly be cut with scissors, however, they bend cardboard and create creases. A utility knife uses pressure straight down and eliminates the extra stress.
Step 4: Paint wing skeleton.
I used DecoArt Acrylic paint in black satin. It took three coats of paint to satisfy me. I added one coat of paint to the edges of the board also.
Step 5: Cut slits for harness.
I cut four 1/2"x1/8" slits in the wide part of the bone structure for harness attachment.
Step 6: Trace outer edge of skeleton onto foiled paper. Fill in curves for membrane, cut, and glue.
I waited to trace the wing onto the foiled paper until my skeleton was finished. There are always little changes when transferring a design from paper to board. I didn't want to waste a scrap of my Rinea foiled paper.
Step 7: Trace skeleton onto contrasting foiled paper. Cut and glue to front of wings. Decorate.
Wrap ribbon over shoulders, across chest, and under arms to make a harness for wearing the wings.
Each wing measure 22" from lower wing tip to upper harness corner and 16" from lower wing tip to claw. The handsome young man in the photo wears a men's size medium shirt. I was able to fit this pair of wings onto one roll of each color of foiled paper with careful placement.
Supplies: Foiled Paper, Stamps, Ink:Rinea Drawing Board:Canson Acrylic Paint:Deco Art Gems:Michaels Flourish Die:Echo Park Punches:Close To My Heart, Stampin' Up, Studio g, Scrap On!
Here's a quick and easy tutorial for a shaker bookmark. Shaker Cards and Planner Inserts are all the rage. Why not expand that to bookmarks and planner bands? After letting the idea play around in my mind for awhile this is what I came up with.
~ Shaker Bookmark ~
This particular idea requires a Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool. This is only my second project with the Fuse so the learning curve is minimal. You will also need a page protector, a head band, assorted sequins, Rinea Foiled Paper and Rinea Ghost Ink. The stamp I used is from In God's Time a clear stamp set by Joy Clair.
Step 1: Stamp image onto foiled paper, let set, and remove ink with wipe as outlined in the instructions accompanying Ghost Ink.
Step 2: Trim image from foiled paper leaving a 1/4" shaped edge.
Step 3: Place shaped paper into page protector, flush with bottom seal.
Step 4: Use Fuse tool to seal page protector around the edges of the shaped paper, leaving a narrow gap between the paper and the seal. Leave the top open. Trim the sealed shape from the page protector.
Step 5: Place elastic head band on back of sealed image. Seal strips of page protector over the band to hold it in place.
Step 6: Add Sequins, seal top of shape. Trim excess.
An elastic headband will fit most books and is wide enough not to damage the pages. Purchase an assortment and make yourself a bookmark in every color. Then start over, making bookmarks for friends!
Ghost Ink, Foiled Paper:Rinea
Sequins:Spiegel Mom Scraps
Page Protector:Keep Filing
Fuse Tool:We R Memory Keepers
If you like the idea of making an old book beautiful here is what you need to know. While thrifting I found an old poem book in excellent shape but without illustrations. There was plenty of space on the pages so I decided to add my own illustrations. This months collaboration between Joy Clair Stamps and Rinea Foiled Paper made this project a snap!
~ The Owl and the Pussy Cat ~
Before we start here is a look at the book, a gorgeous slim volume of verse bound in green with an embossed cover.
As you can see there is plenty of room on the pages for beautification.
The corner pieces I cut from Rinea Copper Foiled Paper. The paper shapes so beautifully with detailed dies. I add a layer of craft foam underneath the foiled paper before running it through my embosser/cutter.
The Best Glue Ever holds the glossy foiled paper securely. Spread it thin and let it dry to a translucent finish.
The finished product meshes well with the page design and leaves space on the pages. The shine of the Foiled Paper adds a luxurious touch. Look for more illustrated poems in the coming days. This quick and easy project was perfect for Rinea Foiled Paper and ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever.
Ghost Ink and Foiled Paper:Rinea
Clear Stamps:Joy Clair