Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Inspired By Me - Mothers Day Card

Hello Off the Rails followers! It's Sue Plumb here with you today sharing a card I made recently for my mum for Mothers Day.

Now anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT a card maker. Not because I don't like making them, but because I usually find them a bit of a struggle. I am not sure whether it's the small space, but they just don't come naturally to me at all. As I had already created a gift for mum (a canvas that I was very happy with) I decided the easiest thing to do was make a card to match it.

Here is what I created...


I was fairly pleased how this came out, and I think it was largely due to my approach this time. Instead of being pressured to start from scratch, I simply took the design of an existing project I was happy with and used that to inspire me.

I started with some basic materials...

{Blank card by Kaisercraft; patterned papers by Cocoa Vanilla Studio}

I cut the paper to form a base, leaving space for a border around the edge. Then I added some mist, a paper doily, and some small layered pieces of paper on which I could mount my sentiment. I joined the layers together using a staple before adhering to the base sheet...


Next, I added the sentiment (which I printed using my computer); a cute paperclip and some torn gauze for texture...

{Arrow paperclip by Freckled Fawn}

Then it was time to embellish! I started with a paper straw, leaves and flowers (just like I did on my original canvas). I always start with the largest and bulkiest embellishments first, then work my way down in size, filling the spaces as I go...


Once all my flowers were adhered, I added my final touches to give it a bit of sparkle - a glittery bow, sequins and a sequin butterfly...

{Glitter bow by Crate Paper}

Now I couldn't let you go without showing you the canvas that inspired my card could I? Here it is...


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process today, and that I may have inspired you to try a different approach when you find something challenging. Look to your own strengths and find inspiration in your own designs and if something works, just go with it!
Til next time, happy crafting! X

Monday, May 25, 2015

Step-by-step on Sanna´s May Moodboard layout

Hi there, everyone, Sanna here today to share with you a fun and simple step-by-step on my May Moodboard layout. Here is what I did:


I first took a piece 12x12 inch piece of acetate foil and stamped half image of a butterfly with blue StazOn stamp onto it and then fussy cut it.


Next I applied some PVA glue splatters onto the woodgrain paper and also onto the butterfly image. I let the glue dry. When it´s dry it turns transparent.

I then took a sheet of transfer foil that works with PVA glue and rubbed the foil piece onto the glue area with my finger. This way the golden foil layer transfers to the recently applied glue area. Make sure you work fast when you see the glue turn transparent, don´t wait too long since when the glue is completely dry the foil might not stick to it anymore. On the other hand if you go over the area when the glue has not dried properly, the foil will not stick to it yet. Therefore make a small test on a piece of extra paper to get a feel for how the glue works.

Here you can see how the result looks like both on paper and on the acetate piece. Lovely gold foil effect!!

Next I applied some Dina Wakley turquoise acrylic paint with a sponge onto the background. I just dabbed it onto the paper and created small coulds here and there.

After the acrylic paint layer was all dry I went and added some stamped sentiments/quotes here and there for additional detail. I used a Technique Tuesday Studio AE stamp set called "Saying Hello" here.

Next I added some Glimmer Glaze splatters here and there to go with the black stamping.
After that I cut some black and blue paper strips to go to both sides of the page for additional interest. I also added a few pieces of patterned paper underneath the photo and doodled around the edges of those papers. All my journaling (as it is again very personal and I prefer not to share it with the whole world) is hidden behind/in between those papers. There is enough space on both sides under the blue paper piece to add plenty of journaling :). I have also added a few puffy stickers from Evalicious here and there for interest. Besides, I love those little puffy stickers to pieces - got to use them where I can :).

Finally I also added some embossing enamel to go with my golden water drops. This one is a shabby white with gold pieces in it. See how the faucet also has a golden shimmer to it? That is because I also applied some PVA glue over it and added some gold foil here and there. That´s it, my layout is done. Here is the finished result and some detail photos:







I am glad I got the chance to take a class by Emma Trout a few years back and she featured this PVA glue & foil technique to us there. So all the credit on that idea goes to her. Needless to say that now that gold foil is very trendy, I am happy to possess this glue and quite a few sheets of the foil in my stash. I hope you give this fun technique a try! Enjoy!!!

xxx, Sanna

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A little Tapestry Hoop and a Rubon!

Hi...  Bev here today. 

I challenged myself to really step out of my box when creating this piece. I wanted something different to adorn a small tapestry hoop ... and then it occurred to me.

Rub on resist on canvas might be just perfect for this small  but cool home decor piece.

I wanted to share with you what I created ....

So let's go... rubon on image that will fit the tapestry hoop size in mind.


Now mist the piece.. I used 3 colours on my canvas.


Now take a piece of paper towel and gently wipe
off the misting that is over the rubon.


 Do this to the whole
rubon image... notice it is turning white with only the image showing.


Let the treated piece dry now. I gently heated this to dry but
don't apply too much heat over the rubon image.. you don't want to melt it.


Now the easy part starts..... before putting this into the hoop,
 I ink stamped the sentiment.

Centre the canvas into the hoop.. and tighten the screw to secure it.

Finish it off with some fun accents. On the outer edge I added ribbon and
ended with a tied loop knot to hang it from.
I then added stickles to the edge of the ring and a small button
 and flower cluster was the finishing touch.

Well I enjoyed making and sharing this with you. Hope you'll try


the rubon resist technique on some of your projects....and do come back again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2Crafty Chipboard Guest Designing

It is such an honor to have the 2Crafty Chipboard team popping in to Guest design for us this month. They have totally rocked this months mood palette.

















Not only did Wilma create this stunning layout she also create a video to share on how she created it. Please follow the link below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFELg3Y-sDQ

Don't forget to visit the links below to help support 2Crafty who is the sponsor of this month's challenge.







Monday, May 18, 2015

Using Digital Packaging

Using Digital Packaging
Hello, it's Wendy here again.
I've seen tutorials on how to use packaging on traditional layouts so I thought I would show you how you can use the same principle on your digi layouts. You might think there is no packaging because digital products are downloaded straight to your computer. In a way this is correct but many digital products have a "preview" page. The preview page is the digital equivalent of the pictures you see on traditional scrapbooking packaging.
I used a preview page to create the glittery strips on my DT layout for this month.

The horizontal strips behind the photo would normally take a lot of time to do - finding co-ordinating papers, cutting each strip, and grouping or flattening them together. However, I produced my strips with one digital custom cut. This is the preview page I used:


You can produce your cut-out in the time it would normally take you to find all the papers you need. Also, the entire cut-out only takes slightly longer than cutting one single strip.
This is a page capture of how easy it was to do the cut-out. I've used the Panstoria Artisan programme, but all digital programmes allow you to custom cut paper. I used a continuous, straight line to cut this shape and it only took a minute.
Once I did the cut-out, I rotated it horizontally to suit my layout. I also added a shadow to give some dimension.
As well as being able to use the preview pages/packaging to make custom cut-outs, you can "fill" any existing shape with a preview page. I used this preview page:
to produce this butterfly:

With this example, instead of using the "Custom Cut" tool, I used a pre designed shape and used the "Fill" tool to fill it with the preview page.

I hope I've given you a couple of tips on how to use your "packaging" to expand your digital artwork supplies.

Thanks for looking and see you again soon.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Where Flowers Bloom

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

My tutorial this month is all about how I created a mixed media artist board.
When I started out with mixed media I used stretch canvas and I still do use them but I have found that I am much happier with a artist board. An artist board instead of being  stretch canvas on a frame it is a timber frame with a timber top. The reason I like these more than the canvas is because they are solid so when you press down with a stamp or use a stencil you have a solid base to work with, they don't sink like the canvas.

1. Before you start with your mixed media products, you need to prep your board. On my board I coated it with a layer of gesso and once that was dry I then coated it with a layer of gloss gel medium. This is to seal the timber and also to give a neutral back ground to begin on.

2. To create the background i first torn pieces of printed tissue paper and cover all the surface. To adhere the tissue paper to the gessoed timber I used gloss gel medium, this I did with my fingers so that I would not have brush strokes.

3. When completely dry I scrapped a very thin layer of gesso over the top. 

4. With my texture paste and stencil in hand I created more dimension to the background

5. To create the circles I used a stamp and ink, and as I didn't want them too bright I gentle rub some gesso over the top.


6. Next came colour. I added paint, ink and sprays to my background. My hands were green for a couple of days after doing this. 


7. After sitting back and looking at my background I decided it was too green so with my bleached titanium paint and bubble wrap I proceed to cover some of it up.


8. Each individual letter is cut with my big shot and sizzix alphabet die. 

9. To get my flowers in the right spot I first used blue tac to keep them in place and that way they were movable until I was happy. To make sure that my flowers went back in the same spot I lightly drew around parts of the flower so they lined back up again.

10. While the blue tac was still in place I drew my stems. I then removed the flowers and coloured the stems in.

11. To protect the surface I sprayed it with a matt spray.

12. I glued down my flowers.

13. I played with the placing of my words and once I had decided the general area they were going in I then glued them down. To make sure that they were going to be in a straight line I made a light grey lead mark on either side of the word and then stuck painters tape to my surface and then glued the words in place. Once the letters were in place I removed my painters tape.

14. The finishing touches were to go around the outside edge of my artist board with a dark green ink and to highlight the letters with my white pen.


Friday, May 15, 2015

May's Mid Month Reveal


Do you see something in our Mood Board that has created a spark of creativity?



If you don't know what a mood palette is let me explain them to you. We have colours and we have pictures, all you need to do is use use something from them to inspire you. If this means only use 1 thing then that's ok , also if you want to use all of the mood board then that is ok to. Shall we see how the Design Team was inspire?




As always the creations from our Design Team are gorgeous to look at and so diverse. If you would like to see what the other half of what our Design Team created click Here.












Don't forget to visit 2Crafty Chipboard who are our sponsor this month. They are offering the lucky winner a selection of their  gorgeous chipboard. Who doesn't love chipboard?



Please Note our sponsors this month, 2Crafty, will post Australia-wide only.  International entrants, please note that if you enter, we have to assume that in the event you are chosen as a winner this month, you are prepared to pay the postage for your prize.