Sunday, October 6, 2013

Foil & Muslin

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is about being inspired by the extremely talented  Tammy Tutterow.  All you have to do is hop over to her blog find something that inspires you and share it with us at the Monday Challenge! 

There are so many fun tutorials on Tammy's blog I had a hard time choosing one to play with.  I decided on one of her tutorials featured here that uses sticky back metallic sheets.

Can I just say that I am glad life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful?  That just sums up my design aesthetic.  If I make a card with clean lines it takes me 4-5 times as I really have a hard time not smudging or tearing something. This technique was right up my alley.

I started with a sheet of metallic foil with the sticky side placed up.  I took a lovely sheet of the Pink Paislee Hope Chest double sided paper and placed the side I wanted showing through up onto the sticky side of the foil. (My first mistake as I was supposed to put it face down. )  I then spritzed with water until I could start rubbiing off the top layer of the paper. 

This is what it looked like while I was working on it. You have to decide how much paper you want to remove on your background.  The more paper you leave on the background the easier to apply the watercolor over the surface.

I then stamped the flowers over the surface using Black Versafine and heated it with black embossing powder. I repeated until I had covered the surface.  I stamped the sentiment in the top left corner using the same technique.  I stamped two additional butterflies on an extra piece of the background.

Color the images and butterfly using watercolor pencils and waterbrush to soften the colors. Cut out the butterflies and attach.

My second technique was inspired by the distressed linen post.

The distressed linen technique reminded me of a technique I had discovered while painting muslin.  While working on a previous project I painted muslin with white acrylic paint. After I had painted the muslin   I lifted up the muslin and  there was an imprint of the linen on the craft mat. I loved the washed out effect of the texture of the fabric created by the paint on the craft mat.  For this tag I started with a piece of kraft cardstock.
I stored the muslin for later use and took the kraft cardstock and cut it into the shape of a tag.  You can see it is uneven coat and not perfect but gives a lovely texture.

The next step was to apply gold embossing paste around the edges.  I let this dry.  I then repeated with touches of silver embossing paste over the surface and used a damask stencil to apply sections of silver embossing paste.

After everything dried I stamped script over the background randomly using Stazon black ink. I then stamped the other images onto tissue paper using stazon and applied them with decoupage.  I added black gems to hang my chandeliers.

To add the sentiment I added a smear o fwhite paint to the tag.  Let that dry and stamp the sentiment using the StazOn ink.

 I wanted to show the ribbon up close. I glimmer msited the ribbon with gold and waited for it to dry and then used the same stencil with gold embossing paste and applied a layer of damask to the ribbon.

Products: Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition, Visual Artistry - French Connection, Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste, Wendy Vecchi Silver Embossing PastePaperArtsy Hot Pick 1009, Stampers Anonymous - Wonderful Life White Acrylic Paint, Muslin, Black Gems, StazOn Black Ink, Art C Damask Stencil, Tissue Paper, Metallic Foil Sheets, Pink Paislee Hope Chest, Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Hero Arts Butterfly,

Come join in and share your Tammy inspired project with us at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for a chance to win a $50 Gift voucher for  Simon Says Stamp.

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  1. Oh Suz...I absolutely love this!!! I will definitely be giving this a go.
    Dot x

  2. Beautiful card and wonderful tag. Love the colors and thanks for your explanation. Thanks for showing Anneke.

  3. Suzz...your card and metallic tag are so pretty. I need to go check out that technique from Tammy. Your projects are so lovely. I always love your work! <3 Candy

  4. Complete gorgeousness!!!

  5. ooh that's a fabulous effect Sue.

  6. Hi Suzz, I absolutely love these pieces, the metallic element is so eye catching and works fabulously on both pieces. I love the first piece, how the metallic element is subtle but add so much detail to the backdrop. I also love that you decorated your ribbon piece too on the second piece. Gorgeous pieces, well thought out and designed. Tracy x x

  7. First of all, your card and tag are so amazingly beautiful. I love them both! Second, that bleed through with the muslin... so FABULOUS! I am totally putting that on my must try list! I love when you can get a two for one out of supplies. Thank you so much for being a part of this challenge. I am simply blown away by all of the team's creations. Thank you!!

  8. Too gorgeous tags! I really love the mix of metallics in the second chandelier tag :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. BEAUTIFUL! I've never used that foil before. I was intimidated by it for some reason. But after reading your post, I may have gotten brave enough to give it a go because I LOVE the look you've achieved. Beautifully done, Suzz!

  10. Both these projects are amazing Sue! Love the metallic elements, the flowers, and that great fabric technique.

  11. Oh my Suzanne! BOTH of your projects are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and for pointing me in the direction of these techniques!

  12. WOW! You certainly did this technique justice! It is incredible to see how the foil you added gives such vibrancy and depth to your projects! And you're a brave one to always try such cutting-edge techniques. I not only like your art, but I admire you, too!

  13. Wow... Suzz, both creations are super gorgeous. I love the beautiful effect of foil on your first project. And the colors and textures are totally fantastic on the tag. Great design! :)

  14. Oh wow, this is so WONDERFUL , Suzz !! :-D

  15. Loving your creations Suzanne. TFS
    Annie x

  16. Both your creations are wonderful!!!! BArbarayaya

  17. Super schön deine Werke, Suzanne :-)

  18. Your tag and card are stunning, Suzz! So fun that we both did the distress linen technique and with such different outcome! Hugs, Sandra


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