Friday, April 18, 2014

Artist Trading Cards

Welcome back!

Today, I'm sharing a collection of artist trading cards inspired by the colors of roses and greens found on the Signature page from the Blue Fern Garden paper collection.  The base of cards are parts of the Signature page, then applications of strips of layered papers from the same paper collection were glued down, and layers of gesso, stamping and mists were applied on top of that. The layering of strips of paper were applied so that they would not over up the pretty rose and leaf patterns on the paper.  There's some tattered lacy bits too. The little paper flowers were punched from the Signature page also.  The sweet petite window frames are from Blue Fern Studios.

Here are some close ups of the layering details on the paper and the mist application on the chipboard frames.

Treatment of the Petite Windows:  Each petite window was treated with a coat of white dauber, one light sporadic application of a light green colored chalk ink, one light sporadic application of a medium green colored chalk ink, and a light spray of a darker green glimmer mist in which I let the liquid of the mist run in various places making sure not to let it cover the entire frame. Applying the inks and mist sporadically over the frames creates interest and depth.     Some gold pen, black and white markers were used to highlight certain areas on the frame too.

Here's a picture of the Blue Fern Garden Signature page so that you can see the pretty paper I was working with.

Stop by Blue Fern Studios and checkout the paper collection, chipboard inventory, and some inspiration from the design team too.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Design Team Work

I used the pretty rose pattern from the Blue Fern Garden "Signature" paper to create the basis of the composition of the layout.  No, your monitor is not blurry, that photo of the kids is blurry, a defect from the camera or the photographer in those days.  Sadly, the shoes are more in focus, and unfortunately, a lot of these old pics I inherited are blurry.   But on to the best part… those Blue Fern Studios chipboard dangles! This one is the Flutter Page Dangle.  I cut off the butterfly portion of the dangle and placed it on the other side of the layout on top of the rose pattern paper.  It looks more like a “flutter fly” than a “butterfly” because I applied mists of water to separate the cardboard to make the wings look like they are in motion. I love the dangle chipboard pieces because they are so versatile and you can cut them up too.

Treatment of the Dangle: The dangle was created by first applying white dauber, light green mist, and a darker mist.  To add depth, you sporadically cover the chipboard with the two mists (allow to dry between applications) and carefully allow some overlapping but not too much or you’ll only create one color. After the applications of mists dry, add some detail with a black marker, or water color pencil around various areas.  Try to create larger sweeps of the application of the marker, or watercolor pencil, in some areas and go over them with a white gel pen to add little dots to create further detail.  A simple treatment with lovely results.

Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my design team work with you.  Check in a few days from now, and I'll share my latest artist trading card collection.  You'll also want to stop by Blue Fern Studios to see all the new chipboard pieces too.

Keep creating...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blue Fern Studios April Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone, today I’m sharing the second card I created for my “Women of Substance” card series using the Blue Fern Studios (“BFS”) April Sketch found here (see copy of sketch below).  As explained on a previous blog entry, I’m creating cards of the women on my maternal line of the family to introduce those women to my 20 year old niece and future generations.  The cards are 6x6 in size, and each one will have a picture of the woman, and inside the card I will write a biography for those I knew. For those that I didn’t know, I’ll incorporate some historical events of what it must have been like living during those times so that my niece will know what it was like living before the Smartphone and her Twitter account.  Each card will be mailed to my niece, and I hope she thinks of them as gifts when she receives them.
Here’s Ginger from the 1950’s, I’m certain her hairstyle gave that a way.  All the papers on this card are from the Blue Fern Garden paper collection, including the fussy cutting papers.  Some of the papers were stamped, gesso’d, torn, and stamped some more to add texture and interest to the front of the card.  I have used the “Ever After” frame, and Turkish bit chipboard pieces from BFS. The size of the chipboard frame is just perfect for the 6 x 6 card.  The card was pasted on another piece of Blue Fern Garden paper and a biography written on vellum is attached to the photo corners inside the card.  

Close up of the Ever After frame chippie:

Close up of the Turkish Bits chippie:

Stop by Blue Fern Studios to check out the rules for the April Sketch Challenge and view the prizes too.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope I have inspired you to use your BFS chipboard and do something similar for those women who came before you and to share some of your family history with your future family.

Blue Fern Garden Papers I used to create the card.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shabby Chic Tag for Blue Fern Studios Design Team


Today, I'm sharing a shabby chic tag I created for my Blue Fern Studios design team work this month.  The textured background was created with Blue Fern Garden papers torn, stamped, gesso'd and misted too.  You'll find a little stencil and molding paste work also. I so adored the Blue Fern Studios Apothecary jar collection, there's so many unique looking jar designs thanks to Blue Fern Studios' chipboard designer Michele Singh.

The chipboard jar was created by first applying some white acrylic paint, a little bit of fiber paper to add some texture, script stamp, and some stencil and molding paste. To finish it off, some pretty pink mist was applied with a paint brush sporadically around the jar.  A watercolor pencil was used to add some definition as well.

I got a little carried away and finished the back of the card too after the top hinge of the tag accidently fell backwards and the effect was so pretty I couldn't just leave the back of the tag unadorned.  You can see the pretty Blue Fern Garden Boudoir paper was used as the base of the tag.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have found some inspiration to work on a tag too.

Back of the tag:  I really like how the top of the tag drapes over the back of the tag.  I'll use those eyelets and jump rings again on a future tag.  Just can't stop at one, right?

Here's what the pretty Blue Fern Garden paper looks like.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lace Organization idea featuring Blue Fern Studios Chipboard pieces

Hello everyone,

I can't wait to show you my lace organization box I created for my Blue Fern Studios chipboard design team!  Finally, after rummaging through my disorganized box of lacy bits and trims, I decided to take some time and organize them so that I can  see what I have and enjoy the pretty patterns. The idea of wrapping the lace and trim on an "H" shape card isn't an original idea by me, but I have on occasion used those "H" shape small cards for organizing embroidery floss, and it dawned on me that I should do the same for the lacy bits and trim.

The top box is adorned with the Blue Fern Studios Blooming Foliage chipboard piece. The flowers are homemade using some of the same paper that was used to create the "H" cards.

Don't you just want to use those lacy bits when they're organized?

Here are the two boxes stacked.

A close-up view of the Blue Fern Studios Leafy Page Accent chipboard piece on the bottom box of trims.  Some acrylic paint and crackle was applied to the chipboard piece.


Another look at the lacy bits, because I just can't stop looking at how pretty the lace patterns are. :)

I hope I have inspire you to organize your ribbons, trims and lacy bits too. And, use some Blue Fern Studios chipboard to adorn your organization box.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cardabilities Sketch Challenge!

Hello everyone,

This sketch from Cardabilities inspired me to create this card for my Women of Substance series for the maternal line of my family.  Over the past months, I would share some history of the women in our family with my 20 year old niece, and we'd view old photographs too.  When I saw this sketch for the current sketch challenge at Cardabilities, the muse in me inspired me to create this series.  The cards as they are completed will be mailed to my niece and inside each card, I will provide a biography of each of the women.  I would love to be at her home when she receives and opens her first card.  In today's culture, we rarely post anything anymore, and I hope she finds these cards as gifts.

The background of the card was created with several different papers from the Blue Fern Garden paper collection from Blue Fern Studios.  Lots of strips of paper were torn, stamped, gesso'd, and stamped some more with various patterned stamps.  I weaved in a few pieces of lace as well.

This first card of the series represents my Grandmother Ruth taken around the age of 15.  I used the apothecary jar chipboard from Blue Fern Studios as the "sentiment" element on the sketch and used it as a name plate. 

Below are the Blue Fern Garden papers from Blue Fern Studios that I used to create the front of the card.

Thank you Cardabilities for the inspiration!!! I'm already looking forward to more sketch inspiration for my Women of Substance card collection.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blue Fern Studios March Sketch Challenge

Oh you're going to have fun creating with the March Blue Fern Studios Sketch Challenge!  Look at all the opportunities to use your Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces.  The papers are from the Blue Fern Garden paper collection, and I'm using the "Timeless" paper page.  Come on over to the blog to find out how you can enter and win some prizes.

Here's a close up of the Grande Cage: Apply white paint to the base of the chipboard, then apply green paint or use ink,  and finally add some black ink sparingly on one side of the cage, then finish the cage off with some dabs of white paint. 

Use your brick chipboard piece as a stencil and add molding paste, then stamp with your favorite script stamp. Add some ink sparingly under the brick pieces, and then paint the brick chipboard and glue to the stenciled work.

Thanks for stopping by.