Monday, May 30, 2016

Part II of Journal Page into a Card

Welcome to the Altered Pages  Blog today. 
We are in the final days of our collaboration between the Altered Pages Design Team and Rubber Stamp Depot.  Can I just tell you that I had a lot of fun incorporating the  deeply etched red rubber stamps  into my projects this month.  Here is a sneak peak...
Today's post is part II of a journal page turned Birthday card
(original journal page pictured below) and the part I post can be found here.
I will be honest...I loved the journal page so much that it was hard to chop it in half, but I am very pleased with the end result and it is for a most wonderful person, my Gram who turns 86 this June!  So, this card just had to be beautiful.  Plus, she LOVES butterflies! 

Okay, on with the show...
I started by creating the actual card using a cream colored sheet of card stock and folded it in half.
I inked the edges of the front of the card using Stazon Midi  in Gothic Purple and Spiced Chai.   
Next, I grabbed the Circles Background Stamp , Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder  and created a little embossed edge on the right side of the card.
I then attached the portion of the original journal page that I tore from my journal and inked the edges.  I left justified this piece to show off the gold embossing.
Now, it was on to the inside of the card.
I began this step by lightly and randomly stamping the entire page with Delicata Ink Pad - gold.
I then grabbed another page from my Dylusions Journal that I previously used to off load my brayer when working with my Gelli Plate  as mentioned in part I.  This was made with pale blue and gold metallic acrylic paint.  I added the Circles Background Stamp using Stazon Midi in Spiced Chai .
This same stamp was used in the journal page so I wanted to repeat it on the inside of the card.  I then tore a section to fit on the main inside page of the card and attached it using double sided adhesive tape.
Next, I used another section of the pale blue background, stamped Happy Birthday with Versamark and embossed it in gold.  I hand tore that section out, inked the edges and adhered it with double sided tape .  I added one of the butterfly images used in the original journal page to keep everything tied together. 
And, here you have the completed inside of the card. 
I love how the blue ties in with butterflies flying in the blue sky.
Here is the final piece. 
I am pretty pleased I must say and can't wait to send it off
to one of my most favorite people! 

Thanks for hanging out with me today.  I hope you found some inspiration here.  Thanks to Rubber Stamp Depot for supplying the great stamps this month!  Please be sure to check out all the amazing supplies at .  I created a supply list below of what was used for this project.
Talk to you soon....Steph S.

Supply List -
Happy Birthday Stamp

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day ~ Let us remember and give Thanks

Jean here today, and I have been wondering about the various Patriotic Holidays and finally saw something that made it clear....

Memorial Day Remembers those who lost their life serving the USA.

Veterans Day celebrates those who have served in the past.

Armed Forces Day honors those who are in Military Service currently.  

Please join us in Thanking all the above for our freedoms and the sacrifices made on our behalf.

We have a winner of the Patriotic Dew Drops this week.....
Congrats Julie Benge!


Mariachi Scrapbook Page

May the Fiesta last all year long!! 
What does a combination of Sabor papers, an adorable Mariachi skeleton stamp, a cute set of mariachi kiddos, and tons of mixed media texture add up to? My favorite scrap page yet!

Now, how festive and cute-as-a-button is this?!

Here is my abbreviated supply list:
Sabor Papel -assorted scraps
-trim, embossing powder, flowers, leaves, mini clothespin, etc...
That's just the beginning of what you can use. Destash people!

I grabbed a textured 12x12 paper that was handy. I gessoed over for a great surface to work on. It cuts down on warping.

I mixed my inks, chose some sprays and I was off and crafting.

I needed a few layers of texture as my foundation. Scrape the mediums through stencils.  Love to use black gesso as a texture.

Color and more color.

If you spritz some water first, then the colors "bloom", and the edges soften and blend in.

The layers of color just keep coming.

Change up your layers. Inks, some paints, then glazes, repeat.

Texture for miles! (Okay that's an exaggeration). 
I used the circle stamp with white paint.

Dimensional paints, pencils, and markers. Even oil pastels on last.

Scattered dots continue to unify the circular design pattern.

Set it aside to completely dry.  Using strips and scraps of Sabor create a couple of banners. Top with some trim.

My friend, Melissa, shared her Mariachi kiddos with me. So stinkin' cute! 
I adhered the photo to a piece of chipboard then trimmed it.

Use pop dots on the back of the photo and banners, it will raise it above the textured surface.

Next up are the Skelly Mariachis. Embossed and watercolored, then fussy-cut.

 I used pop dots on them as well.

Let's assemble the rest. A tissue flower with Stickles and pom pom trim over silk leaves.

I clipped a word from the vintage image sheet, covered it in glaze, and used a mini clothespin to hold it in place.

What a colorful memento to gift a friend.

I am having a personal scrapbooking revival! This festive page was just the process to rev me up. Come on! Scrap along with us. The amazing-est Design Team is working hard to bring you inspiration. Please let us know you were here and what projects you are working on.

Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger

Friday, May 27, 2016

Creative Play Time

Hi everyone ... Happy Friday!  I have a card to share with you today.  I see it as either a birthday or save the date card because of the time theme.  Let's get started.  There is a list of supplies at the bottom of the post.

I chose three different designs from the 6x6 Accomplished Authentique paper pad.  I am using the small brick, keys and clocks designs.  They all heavily feature black on them so I went with black cardstock and ribbon, as well.

Using a sketch that I found online, I cut the  paper into panels and layered them on the black cardstock with double sided adhesive.  To create the decorative embellishment for the card, I grabbed an Eco Board Inchie and painted it with black chalkboard paint.

When it was dry, I glued a metal timepiece charm to it.  The focal point of the card is a big Kraft clock face, with a metal disk and a single black Dew Drop glued to it.  There is a time themed collage sheet with other fantastic choices for this design.  The Eco Board square is layered on top of the clock face.  A big black bow balances out the design and keeps it from appearing bottom heavy.

6x6 Authentique Accomplished scrapbook paper pad
Eco Board inchie
Clock charm
Dew Drops
Double-sided adhesive (for paper panels & clock face)
Tacky Glue (for inchie, charms and Dew Drop)
And if you need a really cool clock face, check out Watch Time Fly in the collage section, or maybe the
Time Is On Your Side stamp set

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Packing Tape Postcards

Today I wanted to play with the technique of image transfers using packing tape in my Dylusions journal......I had a blue page spread I had created some time ago using my gelatos, paint and stencils and it was time to add further to this page.

I decided to use some images both from an Altered Pages Collage Sheet and some of my own photos from the beach for it.  I then had the idea of creating some aged looking postcards as if on holiday at the beach.

I started by creating my postcard backgrounds.

 I started with a blue gelato and a little gesso.

I simply scribbled the blue gelato over my background pieces.

 I then painted over my scribble with a wet brush.

 A small amount of Gesso was then brayered across the wet gelato.

Removing the spray nozzle from the Dylusions Spray Ink I sprinkled a little bit of color over the background and brayered.

Then it came time to work with my images.

I picked out an image from the Girls of Summer Collage Sheet and printed out the collage sheet on my ink jet printer.

I could have simply pasted this on to my post card but I wanted it to be more blended into the background I had created so I got out the Packing Tape and stuck this across the image to transfer this onto the background.

After ensuring the tape was stuck down to the image smoothly I turned the image over and with a paint brush applied water to the back allowing a few moments for this to soak in before beginning to gently rub off the paper to reveal the image and color.

Keep rubbing until you are happy with the image transparency and shape as the rubbing causes the edges to fray so to speak.

Turning the image over I then used Gel Medium to stick my image down on the postcard background and added further details such as wording using stamps and Staz On Ink which works on non porous surfaces such as the tape.  I added further color to the edges of my post card using ink and finished by sealing it with a coat of Gel Medium.  After it dried it was ready to place in my journal.

As mentioned early I also added a transfer postcard using one of my photos from a day at the beach and I used this on the other page of my journal.  The photo was also printed out on plain copy paper with my ink jet printer.  I mounted it to my postcard background but decided to cut roughly around the edges.  This technique also works well on canvas which you can display on your walls etc.

 Supplies List:

Collage Images/Photos - Girls of Summer Collage Sheet from Altered Pages
Gelatos - Blue
Dylusions Spray Inks - Chocolate and Lime
Gel Medium
Packing Tape
Base Cardstock cut to 4 x 6  inch Postcard Size
Dylusions Journal (pages were previously created with stencils, paint and Gelatos)
Stamps with desired wording and complimentary elements to theme.