Thursday, August 9, 2018

Vintage Girl

Hello all! This week the Xyron design team has teamed up with Photo Play Paper. Today I am showing you a vintage set I made using Photo Play's Vintage Girl paper and cardstock die cuts. 

When I first saw this paper, I immediately thought of an old wardrobe file I have that I thought would be perfect for this paper. 
Once I got the base cut out for the wardrobe, I then decided to add a mannequin that I could add a vintage dress to tie in the vintage girl theme.
The Xyron Mega Runner®  came in handy for attaching all of the detail pieces to my wardrobe box. I also sprinkled in a few Tim Holtz hardware pieces to add to the vintage look.
I like to use the 1.5" Sticker Maker for the smaller pieces to add detail to my projects.
Next I used a pop up tab made with my Xyron Creative Station®. To see how to make your own pop up tab, click here and follow step 4.
Here is where I ran into problems! I really wanted to make some paper roses. I got everything set and ready to detail when not even halfway through the first sheet of paper, my eBrush broke.
Which ended up being a blessing in disguise because I went back to the drawing board. I decided to cut my roses out in vellum, add color to the pedals by using chalk ink and a paint brush, and roll the flowers with my McGill flower roller set. This process ended up taking me the longest out of the whole project, as it was an extensive process, but the roses turned out more natural looking I think.
Next I was able to get started on the mannequin. I loved the double sided paper from the Vintage Girl set. I was able to utilize each paper and the matching was pretty easy since it all goes together anyhow!
The mannequins skirt was a bit of a challenge to design. Good thing I have a drawer full of scrap paper for this because well it took some time to put what was in my head onto paper!
I happened to have some black tulle lying around that made a great addition to under the skirt.
I was almost completely done with this project when I just felt like it wasn't complete enough without a vintage chair. I also added some pillows detailed with matching stickers that came with this paper pack.

 Final Project:  



This little pearls sentiment was the inspiration to add some pearls to all three pieces.



This file usually has two arms on it, but I sliced them off and added the pillows instead.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Christmas in July

Hello all. I am sharing my version of the newest Snowman Box Card found on SnapDragon Snippets site.

I started with two sheets of Bazzill Papers Coconut Swirl cardstock to cut out all the white portions. Then I dipped into my scrap papers to cut out the rest of the shapes.
I ran the white portions through the Sizzix Big Shot with a Darice polka dot embossing folder
 Just to add a bit of texture that looks like snow.
I wanted my tree tops and roof to look like it had snow on it so I took the slicing tool in Silhouette Studios, selected the freehand option, and sliced the tops off.
Final Project: 

Materials Used: 

  • Paper
    • Bazzill Papers
      • Milkshake
      • Coconut Swirl
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
  • Adhesive
    • Aleene's Original tacky glue
  • SVG Attic/SnapDragon Snippets File
  • Extras
    • Sizzix Big Shot
    • Darice Embossing Folder
FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils

Hello all. This week, the Xyron design team has teamed up with Derwent Academy to showcase their Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencil Tin, Derwent Academy Assorted Brushes, and Derwent Academy Watercolour Pad. For my project, I've been wanting to do a shadow box card using an ocean theme.

For the shadow box effect on the card, it was a simple four steps to creating it.

Next I discovered my printer was out of ink. But no worries, I just used the sketch feature in Silhouette Studios. 
I sketched right onto the paper from Derwent Academy Watercolour Pad using a regular pen and the Silhouette pen holder attachment.
 After my waves were cut out, I grabbed the Derwent Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencil TinDerwent Academy Assorted Brushes, a little cup of water, and a rag.
I have worked with the Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencil Tin years ago when I was going through my drawing/painting stage. They are vibrant and smooth pencils.
There are three ways that I have found to use these pencils and brushes.
First Method:
Transfer color from paper to a wet brush and paint with the brush.
Second Method:
Color right on image. Blend with a wet brush.
Third Method: (My preferred method for this project)
Run the tip of the wet brush on the tip of the watercolour pencil and paint away.
What's an ocean themed card without shells? I wanted to add a little bit of texture to the shells. I simply grabbed my Stampendous Dream Text stamp with some Hampton Art acid free black ink. I knew this ink would not bleed when wet. Then I painted highlights over the text.
Once I had every element designed, cut, and colored, I used my Xyron Mega Runner®  to adhere the pieces in place.
I also painted the sentiment to keep in line with the theme.
For the inside insert, run adhesive along the tabs and put in place.
I decided the card needed just an extra boost. I wanted to do a fishing net, but I was fresh out of them. I know why would I, the non-fisher have nets lying around?! Anyhow I grabbed some Ashland Twine (I know wrong material, but it's only for a prop!) and made my own little net.
Finished Project: 

 Side view you can see why it's called a shadow box card.

Connect with Derwent:
Facebook: @welovepencils
Twitter: @derwentpencils
Instagram: @derwentpencils
Pinterest: @dpencils

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