Monday, June 29, 2015

Nicole's Tutorial

It's my time to share another tutorial for Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog today!

My project, a Family altered frame inspired by this beautiful and fun mood palette,
 was revealed on the June 15th mid-month DT reveal.

I will attempt to show you in pictures how I went about creating this mixed-media project.

I started with a wooden frame with a burlap canvas bought at my local Dollar store
then I prepped with 2 coats of transparent gesso.

I then wanted to add texture to the frame so I painted it with
Ranger Distress crackle paint and heated it with a heat gun to dry.

This is the beautiful crackle effect it produced.

Next came the burlap canvas' turn to get transformed,
starting with a thick coat of Tan acrylic paint in order to cover all the black wording
and decors, not that I didn't like the existing quote.  I just had other plans for this frame!

At first, my plan was to create a golden tan backdrop for my frame,
but then I got inspired by this deep shimmery red Silks acrylic glaze, close to the
shade of red in the mood palette, so I started covered all of my frame with it.

You can't quite see it on this picture, but you can still see a faint touch
of crackle on the frame underneath all that red!

I figured at this point that my frame needed even more sparkle
so I sprayed on lots of Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine.

While my heavily coated frame needed a little time to dry,
I started working on the different pieces of chipboard I wanted to use as decor.
I simply coated them with Folkart metallic black acrylic paint.

With a little help from my heatgun once again, I made sure that my frame
was completely dry before sticking down the chipboard with glue dots and 3D foam squares.
I so loved the quote on the mood board that I wanted to use it word for word.
Combining different style and brand chipboard, I recreated the quote
and added this beautiful family chippies from 2Crafty Chipboard.

Here, you see that I got a little crazy once again with the Heidi Swap gold mist,
this time on the black chipboard so that every piece now has a golden shimmer to them.
Now came my favorite part of any project... picking out the flowers!

I stayed pretty true to the color palette of the board, adding fiery red,
vividly blue and golden blooms adorned with deep green silk leaves.

I added a bit more texture by lining up some bling on the frame.

After a few more sprays of gold Color Shine, I lightly dabbed some more shimmer,
using Folkart Metallic champagne acrylic paint over the entire frame as well as embellishments.

Now let's take a look at some close-ups!

Now you've seen the process of turning a $1 frame into a...
hmm... rather costly, but still PRICELESS work of art.  hehehe

Hope you were inspired to delve into some mixed media creativity of your own!

If you like my work, visit me on my blog at Scrap-Utopia! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Simple Watercolour Tutorial - By Heather

Hello and welcome back to Off The Rails!
It's Heather McMahon here with you today and I've had fun with this month's mood board. I've found myself enjoying creating simpler layouts sometimes lately. I enjoy the fact that I can show off one or two features - plus my photo!

Here's the mood board for June. At first I found the colours a bit daunting as they're not colours I would normally put together, however I soon realised that the tan colour could be interpreted as bronze and suddenly it all worked!

I was influenced by the colours of course, but also the concept of family as indicated by the paper dolls.

Here's my layout:

See what I mean about simple but effective? I feel that there is enough interest on this page to catch your eye but the focus is still on the photo.

Here's how I made it:

Step 1

Mix some watercolours with water and brush randomly onto the paper behind the photo. Flcik some extra bits around the area. Dry with a heat gun.

Step 2

Repeat with a second colour, ensuring the first colour is completely dry. Dry with a heat gun again.

Step 3

On a scrap piece of paper, paint the chipboard title with Pebeo Iridescent Copper paint then add copper Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to just the second word. Heat the Melts.

Step 4

Staple a vine in place. I used one that I had previously pulled the flowers off for another project.

Step 5

Add stamping, focusing on the area below and above the photo, plus some washi arrows.

Step 6

Add flowers to the vine and some copper-painted diamonds to the background. Add the journaling along the long edge opposite the photo.

Happy scrappin'!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Priscilla has a tutorial to share with you...

Hi everyone,

I'm back today to share another mixed media canvas I have created. Lots of Prima Marketing products were used on this canvas. If you love Prima Marketing and has not venture into their new range of Art mediums, it's a good chance for you to see how I mixed all the different mediums to churn out this piece of dreamy canvas.

Do check out this 8mins video which shows the whole process of creating this canvas. In the video I will be listing out the supplies used as I go along. I hope you like the tutorial and do feel free to leave any comments.

Before I leave you, here are 2 close up shots for you to have a better look at the lovely texture.

Thank you for taking time out to check out my post :)

You can see more of my work HERE

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Charms Creation Design Team

Please give a warm welcome to  
who are guest designing for us today. 

LOOK LOOK LOOK at the special deal that Charms Creations has given us...


The DT has done such a fantastic job on this months mood board, each piece has been presented beautifully, and we are so honored to have them join us today.  

Katie Howard

Amanda Hartmann 

 Belinda Spencers

Sandra Brimelow 

Please jump over to the shop and buy up some goodies, you won't be disappointed, shop HERE


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Candy's tutorial

Hello everyone. Candy here this is my very first tutorial for you all for Off The Rails Scrapbooking. So so excited. Today I have created for you all a photo video tutorial so sit back and enjoy.

You can visit my blog and see more of my work here


I have used a 6x6 inch canvas
tissue paper
matt medium any brand will do
prima mask
mango, blood orange, green and boysenberry gelatos
texture paste any brand
spray water bottle
pitt and mototow pens

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mid June's Reveal

Welcome back!!

Don't we have some inspiration for you, just take a look at what the design team have designed for the mid month reveal

But first THANK YOU to Charm Creations for sponsoring us this month with a fantastic prize, as you'll see at the bottom of the post.  

 Our Mood Board this month

And our prize this month is....


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Erin Reed - June post with video tutorial

I wanted to create a fun funky card for my husband this Father's Day.  I went for rich color in blue, red, and rust, and blended them with kraft and white cardstock and trims to really let the rustic, grungy, and masculine feel of the card show.

Here is a quick video of how I made this mixed media card.

I also used this wonderful mood board from Off the Rails Scrapbooking as my jumping off point for this card, come join in on their wonderful June Challenge!!

Here are some up close shots of the wonderful texture from the embossing folders with all the amazing layers of colors from mists and mediums.
Don't forget your wonderful Dad's this Father's Day!!

Supplies Used
Card - Canvas Home Basics
Fringe - Canvas Home Basics
Cardstock - Canvas Home Basics
Jute - Canvas Home Basics
Paper Tape -  Canvas Home Basics
Fabric -  Canvas Home Basics
Mists/Paints - Tattered Angels
Mediums - PrimaDies - Die~Namites
Embossing - Craftwell
Scissors/trimmer - FiskarsAdhesive - Xyron