"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (May Project-Tags)

I was so inspired by the colors in the Creative Imagination Devotion Collection that I used on the bargin bin journal I recently posted at Blue Fern Studios, that I decided to continue the collection and create some tags with some of the paper and color scheme.

The first tag showcases the Marcasite Technique on the Blue Fern Studios chipboard that looks like a door knocker from the Ironworks Accent collection.

Marcasite Technique

Embossing Technique

I hope I can inspire you to try out this Marcasite technique to use on some of your BFS chipboard pieces.  It is really quite effective on chipboard and renders a jewel like quality.  The technique is easy to apply.
Here are pictures of the Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces I have used.
Ironwork Accents

 Here’s how I obtained the look of Marcasite on the door knocker chipboard.
1)      Apply an acrylic gold metallic paint, or an metallic ink from a stamp pad, to your chipboard and let it dry.

2)      Visualize where you want to apply your Marcasite application to rest and apply either (a) a liquid pearl product, or (b) an application of glitter in small dots, or (c) add self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones on your pattern, and allow any wet product to dry thoroughly before continuing on to the next step.  I alternated an application of a liquid pearl product and a glitter dot on my first example.

3)      Use a small paint brush and dip it in a dark grey, black or vertigris colored mist and apply the mist with your paint brush all around your pearls/rhinestones/glitter dot design and set to dry.  Wipe up any excess mist that may get on to other areas of the chipboard that are not in alignment with your Marcasite design.  You may need to apply another coat for more drama because the acrylic metallic paint may produce a resistance.  If this happens, then try a watered down black acrylic paint on your paint brush instead of the colored mist.

4)      Once the mist or paint has dried, use a moistened  Q-tip to clean off the mist or paint on the pearls/rhinestones so that the radiance of the pearl/rhinestones show through.

5)      Then using your fingers, apply an ivory/gold metallic paste or paint around the edges of the Marcasite technique to bring back the radiance of the original gold metallic paint application.  This last application really shows up well in the door knock chipboard tag featured below because there was more surface space available on that particular chipboard design.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (May Project - Marcasite and Image Transfer Technique)

Image Transfer Technique used on journal cover
Close up of Marcasite technique used on Blue Fern Studios Chipboard

Marcasite Chipboard Technique:  Visit Blue Fern Studios here to find out how I created the Marcasite Technique on the Organic Vine Corner chipboard.



Brightly colored pattern paper (preferably two-sided paper and of good quality like Prima, or in this case, I used paper from a Creative Imagination collection).  Cut the paper to the size of your journal cover, or your chipboard design.  I trace my chipboard on the pattern paper and then cut it to size.

Acrylic paint to match a background color in your pattern paper.  In my case, I used Titan Buff from Golden.  I prefer to use a color paint that matches the background paper in case I get overzealous and rub off too much of the image.  You don’t want a dark colored purple paint showing through a pastel shabby chic paper.

Journal or chipboard piece (preferably Blue Fern Studios chipboard ;))
Pattern Paper
Acrylic paint to match the background of your pattern paper
Paint Brush
Water Mister
Heat Gun
Old credit card or small squeegee

 Paint a generous amount of acrylic paint to the top of your journal.  Do not apply the paint thinly because the technique will not work properly.

Quickly apply the paper, cut to the size of your journal, over the paint.  The side of the paper that you do not want to image transfer should be facing you when you apply the paper to the paint.  Your preferred pattern paper will be in contact with the acrylic paint.

Use a credit card, or squeegee, to press out all the air bubble and to ensure the paper has contacted with the paint on the journal base.  I do this several times to make certain I get a nice finish.

Apply heat gun to the paper for a few minutes then set aside to dry for two hours.  Pile a few heavy books on top of the journal to chipboard.

Now the fun part begins:  Use your water mister and mist over the project several times until it is lightly saturated.  Use your fingers and gently rub off the first two layers of paper until your preferred pattern papers reveals itself.   I normally rub in a circular motion and spritz water when the paper seems like it’s drying out.  Continue to repeat this process until you like the pattern that has appeared.  On my example, I left some of the other side of the paper intact.
Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
Thank you for dropping by for a visit.


Blue Fern Studios Organic Vine Corner Chipboard

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Sketch Challenge for Blue Fern Studios

What a darling sketch Michele Singh has created for BlueFern Studios May Sketch Challenge!  It’s so delightful and perfect for a child layout. I always try to stay true to Michele Singh’s sketches because they are little pieces of exquisite art.  The details she incorporates makes you want to create something equally tasteful. 

I used the sketch to preserve a memory of my little brothers and myself at a birthday party. I titled it, “Mama brought the party” because mama’s kids were the party.   There were five of us (one is missing from this photo) and we were a party wherever we went.   She always tried to dress us a like so that we would stand out in a crowd and she could quickly identify us and see what mischief we may be up too. Must have been difficult trying to keep up with five little ones, but she had the energy and strength to do it then. The lattice gate chipboard from Blue Fern Studios is featured in this sketch. I hope you join the design team at Blue Fern Studios and post your interpretation of the sketch and get a chance to win some Blue Fern Studio chipboard.

 Techniques used on chipboard:

Gabrielle Butterfly chipboard: painted in white dauber, misted, and a home-made mixture from my scrapping buddy of Prills, micro beads, mica and glitter were applied on top of the butterfly. Oh, this home-made mixture is so very yummy looking IRL.
Nifty Tickets and Tags chipboard: I applied the image transfer technique using some Scrap Cake papers and applied it on top of the chipboard with some cream colored acrylic paint.  After the paint dried thoroughly, I sprayed the chipboard with water and rubbed the top layered paper off to reveal the bottom layer of the printed paper.  This process renders a worn and fabric looking appearance.  It’s great for brightly colored papers. I have a much larger piece using this same technique to share with you on May 27th (my reveal day) at Blue Fern Studios.

 Lattice Fence chipboard: Apply white dauber and randomly apply white crackle paint over the fence. After the paint and crackle have thoroughly dried, use a gray watercolor pencil (dry…do not wet the pencil) and rub it in on the crackle to enhance the crackle effect.  This is one of my favorite applications because the extra step of applying the watercolor pencil really makes the crackle pop.