Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October Tutorial - By Tamires Giroto

Title: Decorations with a transparent background
Hi Off the Rails Scrapbooking readers!

Here is Tamy, all the way from Brazil :) 
 I am here today to share something cool, pretty and easy with you.

I enjoy making my own decorations, as not always I am able to find an element that goes well with the project I am working on. So this tip is on how to create a decoration with a transparent background that looks really nice in a variety of projects. You only need to use your imagination to create yours.

Digital images
acetate sheet 

Its very easy to do, you just need to choose images or words, lay in a A4 format e print on the acetate sheet. Than you just have to cut around the borders and decorate anything you want.

If you like it, please leave a comment ♥
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Tamires Giroto

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Narelle's Tutorial


It's Narelle here and it's my turn to share with you a great tip and tutorial.

Remember a couple of days ago my layout was shared with you all when the October Mood Board was revealed.  Well today I am going to
show you how I created the heading that was on that page.

As a reminder, here is the page.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The first thing I wanted to share was a tip. Sometimes when making headings you don't always have all the letters you need, so you need to substitute. If you look closely at my heading above, you can probably tell that the M in family is actually an upside down W. And the L is actually a back to front J. I have had these chipboard letters sitting in my chipboard box for a couple of years. So naturally when I wanted to make the word Family, I didn't have all the letters I needed. You won't be able to substitute all the time, but you may be able to a lot of the time.

But the real thing I wanted to tell you about this heading, is how I altered the chipboard.

Here is a closer look at the letters.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

This is how I altered them.

First of all I coloured the chipboard letters using a sponge dauber and an ink pad.

Then I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with versamark.

Then I rubbed the letters with the Embossing Buddy,and pressed the letters into the inked up stamp.

I then sprinkled on White Embossing Powder.

And heat set.

There are lots of different ways you can alter the look of chipboard. This is just one.

Don't forget to enter our October Mood Board challenge. I would love to see you incorporate altered chipboard in it too.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lawn Fawn

Please give a warm welcome to this months sponsor 

Lawn Fawn

Please take the time to go over and check out their 

Facebook Page

Little bit about our sponsorthis month 

 Lawn Fawn is a small company from Southern California that specializes in crafting products (clear stamps, dies, paper & more) that are fun and lively. Lawn Fawn was started in 2010 when Kelly Marie combined forces with her husband Mike and friend Erica with a mission in mind - to bring smiles into the lives of crafters!!

AND what did the adorable name come from.....

Lawn Fawn is named after a plastic deer that Kelly Marie received as a 21st birthday present. She named him Francois the Lawn Fawn, and he became a good luck charm of sorts. When deciding on a name for the company Lawn Fawn just seemed perfect. It is cute, whimsical and quirky, just like us! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Be Excited!!!

Welcome to another challenge at
 Off the Rails

Be excited, because we are for this new challenge we have this month. So this month not only do we have a mood board for you but we are asking that you use PAINTS or INKS on your projects





We hope that you enjoy what the DT has done for you this month, please remember to jump on over to each of their blogs for see more of their work.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thank You 2Crafty

This month we welcomed back 2Crafty Chipboard as our sponsor. 
Thank you 2Crafty, we very much appreciate your support.
Please help us thank 2Crafty and follow them on social media (see links below)

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer and wholesaler of laser cut chipboard products.

Located in Sydney, Australia. We have been in operation since October 2006 and have more than 1000 designs on offer.We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile and up to date with market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, with quick turnaround of jobs large and small.We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.If you are a retail business and would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us for more information
Please click on the links below to find out more about 2Crafty


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Playing With Color Bloom Spray Mist

Hello All, it's Deena here with you today.

Just recently I finally gave in an brought the Color Bloom Spray Mists from Prima. My will had been strong until I put my name down for a class that is happening in November. In the class the sprays will be used. So me being me I needed to know what they were like and what they did and I thought I would share the outcomes with you all.

Products Used: Color Bloom Spray Mist -  Soft Teal, Brush Chrome, Deep Teal, Tangerine, Summer Sky and Cobalt. Mixed Media Paper, TCW Stencil - Mini HalfTone Circles, Clear Crackle Paste, Clear Gesso, Texture Paste, White Gesso, Matte Gel and Gloss Gel.

1. I applied clear crackle paste to the mixed media paper with a palette knife. I wanted different thinknesses of paste which I let to dry naturally. Letting it dry naturally usually produces better cracks. Once dry I sprayed it with the Soft Teal, which really didn't show up much so then with Soft Teal in one hand and Deep Teal in the other I spray them so that they would mix. I then dry them with my heat gun which resulted in this yummy background that I am sure will get used for a card at some stage.

2. To my mixed media paper I applied clear gesso with a brush. Clear Gesso really does not take long to dry at all. With the sprays it says that you can get splatters and all over coverage. To get the splatter result as seen below, you just don't squeeze the trigger as hard, makes perfect sense. Brush Chrome is the color used. 

3. I applied texture paste through my stencil, which I let dry naturally. I was in no rush to dry it immediately as my 2 children are on school holidays so I have been in and out of my art space during the day, catching a few minutes peace when I can. I sprayed the texture paste with deep teal and to be perfectly honest I did not expect an all over coverage, I did not think that it would stick to the texture paste. In fact I actually had too much and press the paper into my art journal so I now have the start of a new art journal background.

4. The background below was achieved by applying a layer of gesso with a palette knife that was dried with a heat gun and then spraying Tangerine. Not sure why the color is more intense in some places than in others as it was an all over coverage, but such a pretty result, it sort of reminds me a gem stone. I wonder what I will embellish this with?

5. This has to be my favourite back ground out of all the experiments that I did. It is a layer of matte gel applied with a palette knife to the mixed media paper. It was left to dry naturally. I then sprayed Summer Sky, this again was left to dry naturally. I did end up using my heat gun but only right at the end just to finish it off. 

6. My last medium I used was a Gloss Gel Medium. I didn't do an all over coverage again I played with the Cobalt splatters. Once the spray was dry I rubbed it with my finger which resulted in movement of the spray. The movement of the spray didn't surprise me as you can usually wipe away most paints and sprays from the Gloss Medium and as you can see in the last photo I wiped it as clean as I could get it.

Thank you for reading through my ramblings and I hope some of them were useful.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Sweet Gift

Hi Off the Rails fans! Sue here with you, and today I am sharing a super sweet gift I made for a friend.

As we are currently in the midst of our strawberry season here, I have been busy cooking lots of strawberry jam to make the most of them while they are plentiful. Besides storing it away for my family to enjoy throughout the coming year, I also think it makes a lovely homemade gift for friends.

Of course, no gift is complete without a bit of fancy wrapping though...

To dress the jar, I started by cutting a circle of paper to fit on top of the lid, which I attached simply with double-sided tape. (Lucky I had these old Cosmo Cricket papers stored away, they were perfect!)
Next, I attached some self-adhesive lace tape around the edge of the lid and then topped with a flower.

I made a matching tag for the jar by cutting a tag shape from the polka dot paper, which I topped with an image cut from the strawberry paper. I then adding the sentiment using a tape writer and a small paper flower.

After that, it was simply a matter of tying the tag to the jar using twine. I also added a small heart shaped resin button as a hanging charm.

Besides making the jam, this was a quick and easy way to put together a sweet handmade gift for a friend. I think these would also make a lovely teacher appreciation gift.
Til next time, happy scrapping! X