Friday, September 29, 2017

See You in the Craftroom: Lolly's Gorjuss Coloring

Hello Crafty Friends!

What a fantastic day to end the week.... more GORJUSSness!! Today Lolly colours the Little Fishes Gorjuss girl. And have a look at what she does to bring the water to life... SO clever!

When I saw this Gorjuss girl stamp in the September kit, I knew I had to color her with Copic markers!

It's a bit intimidating coloring these stamps, because the photos are already so perfect!  How can my work compare? It's a nail-biting experience, but worth it!   I took my time and colored her all in one sitting.

You can see my notes in the margins above.  I was trying to keep track of the markers I used in the process, and sometimes I tested the values of similar colors.   Once I was done, I decided to frame her (thanks, Vera, for the idea), but I knew that I wanted a little something more for the water around her feet, so why not use acetate?  It would be difficult to cut the acetate the perfect shape, so I got out my light pad and traced the top margin of the water onto a sheet of printer paper.  Once I had that done, I lined up a sheet of acetate over that and taped it in place so that I could use the printer paper tracing as a guide to cut the acetate.

It worked well!    The acetate fits perfectly around the margins of the rock and her legs!

The overall image is rather large, so I needed a frame with an opening about 5.25" X 6" and didn't have any metal dies that size.  So I went to my Silhouette Design Studio to make a frame.  I ended up making a double frame, sort of like a photo mat, with the inner frame peeking through.  I wanted to see if I would like the dimensions, so I put the photo of my project into my SDS work area and created a mock-up of what the finished framed piece could look like:

I loved it sooo much, so I found the card stock I wanted to use:  solid black for the bottom layer, and a polka dot from Bo Bunny for the top.

I used Scotch Tacky glue to adhere the two.

Then I used my ATC to adhere the frame to the picture -- I knew liquid glue would not work over the acetate.  Once I did that, I had to cover the back, so I cut a back panel on the Cameo to match the exact dimensions.

Then on the front, I added tiny red rick rack (with FabriTac) and a sentiment (with Glossy Accents) that I die cut from black foam.  The foam really makes letters pop!

Can you "SEA" how the acetate makes that water come alive?

One day I might actually film the process of Copic coloring, but I'm a newbie, and there are many excellent Copic colorers on YouTube where we can learn techniques.

I squealed when I saw this stamp in the kit, and I know you will squeal, too, so hurry up and grab one HERE.

If you are a Copic colorer and want to know which Sketch markers I used, I have compiled a list:

FISH:   YG11,  G12,  G000
SEAWEED:   G99, G94,  YG67
RED DRESS:   R24, R29, R39
WATER:   BG11,  BG0000
HAIR:   C4, C5, C7
BLUE DRESS:   B14, B37, B41
ROCK:  E70, E74,  E79
SKIN:  E000, E00,  E21,   R20 (blush)

SEA you next time,

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sea You in the Craft Room - Amira's Gorjuss Little Fishes 3D Easel Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!!

We have a special treat for you today! Join Amira as she creates a dimensional Easel Card featuring the Gorjuss girl from our September Kit. The new Gorjuss Postal collection is just brilliant, but I love the Little Fishes girl so much, I put together a whole kit around her.

Hello crafty girls!

It is the project you have been waiting for!
Today I am using the Gorjuss Stamp ~ Little Fishes!!!

Will you look at how utterly GORGEOUS this is!!

I wanted to recreate this scene on a card and make it more dimensional.
Let's see how this goes shall we?

So I start off by inking her on some Neenah Solar white card stock

Next I stamp out the rock onto kraft card stock. 
Check out the process video (link below) to see how I did this.
I also inked up 'the rock' with Distress Iced Spruce and Gathered Twigs to give it more interest

Next, I fussy cut the girl out to see how she was going to look on the rock.
Looking good!
I really like how her hands are placed on the rock like she is leaning on it.

This is what she looks like after I shaded her in with Prima watercolours.

Notice her legs?
They still have the watermarks on them from the stamp.
Not to worry, I will show you how I fixed this.
Do you like her as a brunette?

I did make another one and she's a blonde..

Next I stamped out the companions critters from the stamp set, water coloured and fussy cut them.

Next I stamped out the bottom part of the image (minus rock and girl)

... and water coloured with a mixture of blues and greens.

 Here are the girls once more, one was stamped with her legs and the other ... not (LOL).
I propped them onto the rock using foam tape and also made a double layer of rock.
I love how they come off the card.

For the brunette:

I popped the water color feature up so it was facing the viewer using foam tape...

 and applied a quick water color "feature" to the base of the card.

I then added the cut out critters so that it looked like they were all swimming towards her legs and the crab was creeping out of the water to say hello (she is brave and is not afraid!)

Next, I took my liquid pearls and added dimensional squiggle marks to the bottom part of the card to emulate the waves in the top water feature.


All a girl needs now is a tackle box by her side and a lighthouse to guide her ....
and VOILA!

 I did add glossy accents to the fish and the crab to make them look like they were glistening out of the water.

That tackle box is adorable!
It did come in the September kit but if you wanted to buy it on it's own, check it out here

 For the blonde:

Instead of liquid pearls, I made squiggly lines with glossy accents ...

and then covered them with Ice Resin ...

Here is how that turned out!


So there you have it, 2 simple ways to turn that stamp into a feature you can sit out on your mantle.

Watch the process video HERE.

Please leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favourite: the brunette or the blonde?

Hope you have found some inspiration here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sea You in the Craft Room - Suzanne's 8 x 8 inch mixed media canvas

Hello Crafty Friends!
Does our September Kit make you want to create a special little piece of Underwater World that you can look at every day? Well have a look and SEA what Suzanne has been up to......

Hi everyone.  Well, I must say that I have enjoyed the 'sea you in the craft room' September kit so much, I just wanted to create more and more projects with the beautiful and versatile craft items that Aunty Vera included in the kit. 

For this project I decided to have a go at a  mixed media canvas.  It was very fast and so much fun to create.  I really love mixed media.  It is so freeing and you can pretty much do whatever you like with whatever you have on hand.

I started with a white 8 x 8 inch canvas

I added an 8 x 8 inch piece of paper from the September kit.  I used the one with the little yellow submarine on it.  I distressed all the edges before gluing it to the canvas with gel medium.

I went over the top of this paper with transparent gesso.

I used some shells that I had coloured with old silver Inka gold paint, an air dried clay starfish that I painted with the ocean blue Liquid pearls, some swirling leaf die cuts, a seahorse which has the beautiful washi tape from the September kit added to it, an anchor that has been heat embossed with copper embossing powder, a piece of fishing net and I used some more of the hessian from the kit and a sentiment from the Under the sea paper. 

Here I have started laying out my elements and sticking them down with Gel Medium.  Gel Medium dries clear and is very strong.  I takes several hours to dry completely.

Adding more elements being very liberal with the gel medium to make sure things are going to stick down

After the gel medium had dried I used more gel medium to add the smaller elements like art stones

Adding German glass glitter shards from the September kit, some blue microbeads and some clear glass beads after I had added the art stones.

I also added some 3D fish and a turtle stickers that I had in my stash

I used the stencil from the kit to make some bubbles

I fussy cut the octopus from the Echo park papers to add to the canvas.  I popped him up on some foam tape.

This sentiment is from the bottom of the Echo park paper in the September kit.

Here are some close up shots of different parts of the canvas


 Here is the finished product.  I really had a lot of fun doing this canvas. 

Thanks for having a look at my mixed media canvas.

You can see a quick video of my canvas HERE.
You can get the September kit HERE.

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