Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tag--I'm it!

At the beginning of this year I had the reasonable--and not a bit lofty--intention of participating in Mr. Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015. 

That lasted exactly one month. Hey, what can I say? I'm a busy gal!!!!

So now it's October and I am finally getting back to the 2015 tags. I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and while playing a little catch-up, I decided to make the August tag with a--gasp--October theme. You better alert Homeland Security since I'm such a rebel.

One nice thing about being a non-conformist is that I don't feel I have to adhere to a certain product list. As a result, I decided that Altered Pages eye-catching images would be downright boo-ti-ful for a Halloween tag. Below is how I made my tag, but it is only right to acknowledge that I loosely based my tag of the Tim Holtz August 2015 Tag

Halloween tag tutorial

Step 1 Use a die cut machine to repeatedly cut small leaves from a manilla tag. Save the leaves that you cut out. 

Step 2 Print several of the colorful leaf images from the Fall Splendor Collage Sheet and adhere them to a second manilla tag with matte multi-medium, aligning the placement with the die cuts on the first tag. 

Step 3 Adhere the cut tag to a second background tag using multi-medium.

Step 4 Apply a layer of multi-medium over the entire tag. Let dry.

Step 5  Paint white gesso over the entire tag. Dab and wipe away some of the gesso with a dry paper towel to reveal the leaves through the die cut leaves.

Step 6 Swipe blue, green and red ink pads directly over the dry gessoed background.

Step 7 Apply a thin layer of multi-medium over inks.Use a paper towel to dab away excess ink.

Step 8  Use a blending tool to blend orange ink onto the die cut leaves. 

Step 9  Use a blending tool to blend green ink onto the die cut leaves.

Step 10  Repeat the process by using a blending tool to blend brick red and brown inks onto the die cut leaves.

Step 11 Apply multi medium over the leaves and sprinkle red and gold microbeads onto the leaves. Let dry. 

Step 12 Fussy cut pumpkin and children image, Halloween greetings text and and goblin text from the Vintage Halloween Collage Sheet. Ink edges of Halloween greetings and goblin text with brown ink and adhere to tag with multi medium. Apply multi medium over the top of all images on the card. 

Step 13  Adhere leaves, and ephemera to tag with multi-medium applying it to the back and front. Let dry. 

Step 14  Glue stars and copper flowers to tag. Adhere colorful Dew Drops to copper flowers.  

Step 15  Let entire tag dry.

Step 14  Use a black marker to define edges of leaves. Smudge with your finger.

Step 15 Ink edges of tag with brown ink. 

Step 16 Attach orange zig zag ribbon to teal velvet ribbon. Thread through top of tag.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a spook-tacular Halloween!


Great stuff to use

  • Vintage Halloween Collage Sheet
  • Fall Splendor Collage Sheet 
  • Two manila tags
  • Leaf dies and die cut machine
  • Orange, red, green blue and brown ink pads
  • Red and gold micro beads
  • Black marker
  • Matte multi medium
  • White gesso
  • Copper flowers
  • Robin's Nest Dew Drops
  • Orange zig zag ribbon
  • Teal velvet ribbon
  • Decorative stars (made by me from wooden stars, ink pads, embossing material and glitter) 

He's got your number

Hi Everyone,
Jess here with an art journal page for you today.  Since it's below 100 degrees it must be Fall in Arizona! Time to break out the scarves and pumpkins.  I made this creepy journal page just for you.  

To start my page I used several colors of mists.  
I used one color at a time, drying between layers to be sure I didn't make mud.  While the page was drying I used my watercolor paper and Stazon ink to stamp my images.
I hit the images with the heat gun because they are about to get very wet.  I wanted to be sure I used my watercolor paper for this part since it hold up to lots of water and doesn't peel up like other cardstock might.  
I used my Distress Markers to color my images.  For the main part of the skull I used Antique Linen.  I scribbled some on the craft sheet and used my water brush to pick up the ink.  This photo is just showing how easy it is to pick up the ink, this is the Faded Jeans I used on the hat.  The Antique Linen is too light to pick up on the craft sheet.  

I gave the skull a quick wash with the Antique Linen.  Once all three skulls had a wash I gave them a quick dry and added more depth.  The nose, edge of the eye sockets, the sides where shadows fall, and any cracks got more layers to add the deeper color.  The teeth and inside the eye sockets got a very washed out layer of Crushed Olive Distress Marker.  
The hats are all shaded with different blues- Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass.  I used the same technique to build up the color on the hats.  A quick wash and then I went back to add more and more layers.  Some spots were hit with the brush 7-8 times to add the layers.  The water brush gives great control and you don't have to worry about spilling a cup of dirty water all over your desk.
I did a terrible job taking pictures of the layers on my background for this one.  I really wanted to focus the tutorial part of this on the waterbrushes, so that got the bulk of the photos.  Ok.  So, once my background was dry I went back and stenciled on skulls with my Stazon.  Added washi tape and used my waterbrush to add color using gelatos.  I also took my gelatos and scribbled all over my stencil.  I misted it with water, flipped it over, and smushed it onto my background.  It made the shatter print and gave some texture to the page. 
I added some tickets and stamped them with an obituary page.  Then pulled out my "nice knowing you" stamp for a final touch.  
A few stenciled words and one more stamp complete the page.  The skulls were layered.  The top one is raised with foam tape.  

If you don't have a water brush check them out.  They make everyone a watercolor artist!
Thanks for popping by,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Feature Artist Meri Wiley

We have the great honor to introduce you
to the amazing and talented

Meri Wiley of ImagiMeri’s Creations

Where do you gain most of your inspiration? I’ve been creating since I was a young child.  My entrepreneurial spirit surfaced early when I used to sell images of animals and my drawings to my classmates in 5th grade and went on to painting custom T-shirts at the age of 12 for co-workers of my father.  I’ve also sewn since I was 7 and began making clothing for others at the age of 13.  Both of my parents were exceptionally talented with my mother being a highly regarded watercolorist and sketch artist.  My father was a renaissance man and taught me gem cutting, lost wax casting, soldering, silversmithing, photography, wood working, to name just a few of the mediums I learned.  Most of my inspiration comes from my inner child, with whom I have regular contact with.  The wonder and awe that a child feels when they discover something new to them, is a constant with me.  I am able to relive this, especially now, with my grandchildren.  Nature is another constant inspiration for me and I’m always astonished to find patterns, colors and natural elements in my daily goings on.

 What is the one color you would use if you had no other?  When I was younger pink and purple used to be a favorite, then yellow and green.  For the past 30 years though, green has been my all time favorite.  It signifies new beginnings and life and I can’t imagine a world without it.


Are you a morning person or night person and how does that affect your art?Mornings, definitely as it’s the start of new day, new opportunities which in turn makes me an eternal optimist?  I actually feel like I’ve accomplished more in a day the earlier I get up.  Through my 20’s I never slept more than 3-4 hours a night as I was working multiple jobs, but I’ve been getting up near 5 a.m. since I can remember.  I especially loved getting up early with my dad and eating cereal and reading the funnies while he read the paper before going to work.  Once I get up, I’m ready to go so I’ll start crafting/creating right after my cup of coffee.

  • I’ve been published in Good Housekeeping magazine, Somerset Gallery magazine, and the Graphic 45 Blog.
  • I won First Place in a National Sister Cities essay contest in 1975
  • I have been a vendor at Phoenix ComiCon in 2015
  • I taught a class called “Whimsical Altered Canvas Dolls” at Art Unraveled in 2015

Where you can find Meri:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Petaloo Paintables!!! NEW at ALTERED PAGES!

Do you ever have a project you would like a certain color of flowers?  Or flowers that are variegated? Maybe you want to match a paint or spray.   Petaloo has just solved your dilemma!
To get the above effect I wet the flowers with water.  Spritz some spray mist on a craft mat, water it down for a lighter color of the same shade.  With a paint brush dab the color on your mat, then gently paint the edges of the Petaloo Paintable Flower petals until you get the desired color.  This could also be done with water colors or Gelatos, and media compatible with water!

The effect is beautiful on the Petaloo Paintable Flowers!
This is on a manila tag, stamped with random stamps and ink that has a little contrast.  Water was applied to the tag and then spritzed with the same colors as the painted Petaloo Paintable Flowers.  The leftover "paint" was soaked up by a piece of jute.  To coordinate with the flowers, attach it all with dimensional adhesive and top it of with a ribbon.

Manila tag
Water Colors 
Stamps - from stash
Dimensional adhesive

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To honor Cardmaking day

HI, It's Jean to share some beautiful card creations.  Saturday was Cardmaking Day.

We have so much talent within our team both current and past members.  I though I would share their cardmaking work for your inspiration today.

Our Product Partner is Royal Brush this month and you will be enjoying lovely creations in a variety of mediums. Royal is more than just brushes!

Angelic painting outside the lines by Jean. This card was done on cream cardstock, rubber stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I then used watercolors to paint outside the lines!

Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous cards. Let's share PINK love by Eunice Pitman.


Next up is one of our alumni Canadian Artists, Christine Telega


We adore our Aussie Artist, Danie May

Lyneen Jesse is AMAZING, not only as an artist, but as our Blog Director.

Roni Johnson has crazy mad talents with collages and so much more

Sure hope you were inspired by some PINK today.

As we know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.   Please do your self breast exams. I know three women who are alive today because they did.  All are Survivors and going strong!

My sister found a lump at 36.  My Mom was only 56.  My dearest friend, only 50 when she was diagnosed.   

Take care of YOU

hugs from Jean

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Never heard of an ATC (aka Artist Trading Cards), they are individual art miniatures which artist trade. It is believed trading ATCs began with M. Vänçi Stirnemann, who had trading sessions in Zurich, Switzerland in 1996. There are few rules or guidelines to art trading cards: they measure 2.5 x 3.5 inch size (64 x 89 mm), they are never sold, the artist signs and dates them. Since then hundreds of thousands, maybe millions have traded hands! (You may have heard of ACEO's or Art Card Editions and Originals.  The only difference between an artist trading card and an ACEO is that the ACEO’s are for sale – ATC’s are not.)

Falling Leaves Artist ~ Danie May

Cards are created flat and dimensional. Artist use various media including: pencils, pens, markers, watercolor, acrylic paints, papers, of collages, found objects, metals even fiber. carries all the products you need to create your ATCs. We even have ATC Kits!!!!



ATC Blanks  of medium weight papers

Bingo Cards  3 1/2" x 2"

Here are a few sample ATCs by our Design Team. Click on the links below to learn how they created them!

BOO Artist ~ Robin Horasanian
Altered Pages has kit to make ATCs!!! 
 Have you ever traded ATCs?  Are interested?  Please let us know in the comments below!