Saturday, July 23, 2016

Card Tutorial with Sandi

We are sadly loosing yet another lovey and very talented lady from our Design Team
Thank you so much Sandi for being with us and sharing all your beautiful designs
and creations, you will be sadly missed.

Hi everyone, This is my last Tutorial and Inspiration share with the amazing Off The Rails Design Team, I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thankyou to Amanda for giving me my first ever design team position and to her and all of the team members over the last 2 1/2yrs for inspiring and supporting my creativity and providing me with the confidence to grow as an artist. I will keep in touch and I know I will continue to be inspired by these fantastic artists in the future.

July Pastels Mood Board


July sponsor

Items used include:
  • 2 pieces of card stock
  • Choice of colours from the Dylusion ink collection including 'White Linen'.
  • Chipboard- Butterfly and love heart
  • Tinby Metallic melts 'Gold nugget' 'Sherwood Green' 'Red Velvet'
  • Versa Color ink 'Olive' 'Bisque'
  • Versa Magic ink 'Red Brick'
  • Black Staz On ink
  • Kaisercraft stamp 'Perfume'
  • ‘Public Library Designer Brads’ 
  • Tissue paper stamped with script stamp using StazOn
  • Stampin Up letter stamper
  • Kaisercraft 6" x 6" paper collection papers
  • Black gesso, gel medium and water mixture in a recycled empty glossy accents bottle
  • Black cotton
  • White cotton
  • Black Sharpie fine pen
  • Black drawing ink 
1. Fold you card stock in half, place small amount ink of each colour  in each section of your palette adding a small amount of white ink to each to make a pastel colour

2. On the first card, you want to cover the whole front of the card.
3. Add ink to a piece of plastic, I used the plastic from the chipboard wrapping. Remember water is your friend when doing this technique so be liberal with it. Turn the plastic over onto the paper and spread the ink with your fingers by using gently pressure.

4. I placed a scrap piece of paper over the back section of the card to protect it from getting ink onto it. Continue using each colour until you are happy with the coverage.

5. The second card I placed a scrap of paper over the back and a blank piece of card over half of the front of card as a mask to protect it from ink coverage. I repeated the inking process as with the first card.

6. Using the brush loaded with water and ink splat a selection of the colours over the cards.

7. Now for the butterfly, using the Versa color/magic ink pads I layered each colour with a matching Metallic Melts powder. I did each individually until happy with effect. The wonderful thing about Metallic Melts they can be remelted so when the whole butterfly was covered I reheated the melts and whilst hot sprinkled a different colour over the top and then finished melting them with a quick hit with the heat gun again.

8. With the heart for the second card I only used one colour of Versa magic and Metallic melts.

9. Using StazOn black ink I placed stamping along the edges of the cards and a sketchy border with a black Sharpie fine pen.

10. Only half covered card I dribbled the black gesso in the bottle along the inks edge and let dry.

11. I added torn stamped Tissue paper onto the fully covered card and added a stack of Kaisercraft 6"x 6" paper collection with a brad onto front of the cards. Black splats of black drawing ink finished off the background before I added some black and white cottons and the butterfly/heart.

12. The last piece to be placed on was a 'Happy Birthday' title I made using the StampinUp word/letter stamp tool.

Here are some close ups for you to see the detail:

Hope these cards inspired you to try some mixed media on your next project. My family and friends always look forward to getting one of my new card creations for their birthdays etc I'm sure yours will be excited to get on from you too. Hope you find more inspirational ideas as you look at all the design team pieces of art and come join us in our challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watercolours on a Layout tutorial with Lisa

Hello scrappy friends!
Lisa here today to share my first tutorial with you! I use watercolors on layouts quite often and thought I would share how I created my background on this layout:

Here are the steps to create this page:
1. Pick out the base of your layout. I used a sketch from Stuck!?
2. Pick out your papers, photos and embellies that will match both the photos and papers.
3. Gather your watercolors, a piece of plastic packaging, water and white cardstock:

4. Lay the photos, papers and frames on your white background and using a pencil, lightly mark where they will go:

5. I grabbed my watercolors and went to work. I decided to use the colors teal and orange on this page. I started with the color teal. Add water to the paintbrush and get teal watercolor on it. Apply this to the plastic packaging:

6. Turn it over and lay on your cardstock where you want the color and smoosh (rub) it around. Continue to do this until you are happy with the results. If you want a bigger area of color, smoosh the splotches of watercolor. For smaller areas, don't smoosh. 

7. Take a folded up paper towel and soak up the excess paint. Doing this will also lighten up the color:

8. Once dry- it dries pretty fast if you use the paper towel, start with the second color and do the same as above:

9. Dry with paper towel:

10. Lay the photos, papers and frames back on and see what you think:

11. I wasn't quite happy so I added some pink spatters to it:

Once it was dry, I proceeded to finish my layout.
Here are some close ups:

I layered some embellies using glue and foam tape to add some dimension:

I backed my frames with patterned papers:

A few more fun embellies and my title. I also added some black mist spatters:

If you have watercolors in your stash, dig them out and use them! If not, you can do this technique using mists, Gelatos or even acrylic paint watered down.
I hope I have inspired you in some way!
Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mixed Media Tutorial with Tanya F

Hi  there Its Tanya here with a mixed media background Tutorial, 
"You Rock the Flanny"

  I have used some old chipboard alphabets, plaster tape a stencil ( i chose dots, but any you have will work) and Magicals by Lindy's Stamp Gang

 First I put a thin coat of gesso on the area i wanted behind my photo. Then i glued down my alphas in a random pattern, stuck squares of plaster tape down and then using texture paste and a spatula I randomly applied the stencil. The key is to be a bit messy and remember there is no need for it to look perfect, you are after a messy grunge look

 Once that is done coat everything with Gesso and allow to dry fully ( you can speed this up by using a heat tool)

Once dry use a clean brush and wet with clean water and dip the wet brush into the pot of Magicals and then put onto the page to create a random watercolour style finish ( i used 2 colours but you can use as many as you want, just watch that you dont "muddy" the colours)

Again dry everything well and then you can grunge up the background with a black stamp pad. Swipe it over raised parts of the background

Once you have that done you can add your photo and any embellishments you wish to complete the page.

"You Rock the Flanny"

Well that is all from me, thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this fun background a go!

Tanya Froud

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Salty Breeze Frame with Tanya C

We are sadly loosing this lovey and very talented lady from our Design Team
Thank you so much Tanya for being with us and sharing all your beautiful designs
and creations, you will be sadly missed.

Hello, Tanya on the blog today sharing a tutorial on 
how I created this sea frame with our stunning July Rustic & Soft Mood Board!

Silhouette Cameo
Wooden Canvas Frame
Distress Ink Ground Espresso, Chipped Sapphire & Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo
Glossy Accents
Blue & White Acrylic Paint
FabScraps Summer Collection Paper Sheet C50 001 & 003
Red Floral Paper
White Cardstock
FabScraps Chipboard Word (Salty Breeze)
Sea Sand, Shells, Grass & Starfishes
Picket Fence & Wood Ships Wheel
String & Gauze
Hessian Rope

1. Paint the wooden canvas frame with blue paint
 and dry brush with white paint,

2. Cut the FabScraps sheet 003 to fit the canvas 
and ink the edges with distress ink. 
Cut a piece using the summer boys from 
FabScraps sheet 001 and ink these edges as well.

3. Adhere some guaze behind sheet 001.

4.Cut a pair of flip flops using the Silhouette from
white cardstock and the contrasting accents
from the red floral paper ink the edges with distress ink.
Add the flowers to the centre of both flip flops
and a shell in the middle of the flowers.
Adhere to sheet 003

5. Emboss the ships wheel with vintage photo.

6. Ink the middle section of chipboard
with ground espresso and the top and bottom section
with fired brick. Ink the edges with chipped sapphire.
Add glossy accents and leave to dry.

7. Add the chipboard word on top of ships wheel and then
adhere the string and starfish.

8. Glue the picket fence onto one side of the frame and
make sure that it stands to the front away from the back.

9. Add a thick layer of glossy accents to the
bottom piece of the frame covering the picket fence as well
 and sprinkle some sea sand to stick.

10. Remove excess and add the shells and starfishes and grass.

11. Use some hessian rope and make two knots at each end and
glue on top of  the frame, to be used as the handle.

12.All done! Ready to display!


Hope you can come and join in the challenge 
using this stunning Mood Board!

Thanks and Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mid Month Reveal

Welcome once again to another Design team midmonth reveal for July.
A big thank you to the sponsors

Tania Ridgwell
one of our talented Design team members

Memory Maze

Our challenge for this month is


You have the choice of the two.

Now to showcase the beautiful creations from some of
our Design team members

Thank you for visiting
 more lovely creations coming soon