Thursday, September 17, 2015

Neon Graffiti Love You Card by Tonya Gibbs

Well hello again, my crafty friends.  Are you ready to get INKY?   I just got the new Lindy's Stamp Gang Limor Webber Designs Neon Graffiti in the mail last weekend. Let me tell you - IT IS SO VIBRANT and fun!  I don't think I'll ever get the pink and purple out of my nails (LOL)!
I had a few nieces turn 10 this week. I thought this would be a great opportunity to play around with these fabulous new colors and create something with an edgy pop culture feel!
These fantastic colors come in Flat Fabio (No shimmer) Sprays, Color Shots, Magicals and Embossing Powders.  In this set you will get your poppy/edgy warm colors with a true white and true black!   HOW EXCITIG.   When I say vibrant I MEAN IT! Intense pigment colors here - that's for sure!  

Of course my mind went immediately to Limor's Splattered Heart stamp from IndigoBlu.  It makes the perfect Graffiti graphic for my card design.   I used a Versa ink pad to stamp the image onto my watercolor paper, then used Lindy's Midnight Pewter embossing powder to create a resist.  I used this embossing powder instead of the one in the set, because I wanted it to have a little shimmer.   The one in the set is Flat. 
In the video I  also shared my hand drawn Graffiti type.  If you are unsure about drawing these, you could always  cut block letters from a die cutting machine and layer them. I created this card as an A2 top folding card.  Here are the measurements for each panel.
watercolor paper - Cut to  3 3/4 inches x 5 inches (this is the panel with the art)
hot pink cardstock frame  - Cut to 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches
black cardstock -   4 1/4 inch x 11 inches  scored at 5 1/2 inches
This card is so FUN!  Next week I will share with you a project using the Magicals from this collection.
Thanks for stopping in today,

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

My Father's World Mixed Media Tag Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs


Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week, looking forward to the weekend.  Autumn is in full swing here, so I wanted to create a mixed media tag tutorial to help kick start my brain into thinking about cooler days and forget these past few "Dog Days of Summer".

I found a hymnal page in my scraps that had the title "This is My Father's World"  and part of the song said "nature sings" & "morning light" so I used this as inspiration for my tag.  

I had used this hymnal page in another project so pieces of it were missing.  I was careful to reserve back the pieces that I wanted to focus on and used the rest of the scraps to line the base of the tag.   To give my cut outs more stability I backed them on scraps of watercolor paper.

When I think of nature singing at Morning light I always  think of birds.   So I knew I wanted to incorporate a bird.  I used the Prima Shabby Chic Resin birds.   I have a window in my bedroom, and a little bird is ALWAYS in the window singing.   So I thought about using another Prima Resin piece in the shape of a window.  Since both were really too bright white,  I decided to paint them with my Lindy's Stamp Gang.   You can see in the video below how I did this.

I also wanted to keep with the texture and colors of fall.   So I used the Burlap stencil from Tim Holtz, and some white Crackle Texture Paste from Prima, along with Gelatos® in fall colors of Yellow, Orange and Red to create the background.  A little Lindy's Ponderosa Pine Olive Magicals was added to finish off the crackled and rich tones of fall.  To add a bit of sparkle, I used some Mica Flakes from Prima. They offered just the right touch of reflective light to my base.

I decided to build my floral spray like a bird's nest.  I kept the flowers somewhat neutral (like the twigs in a nest) by spraying them with the Lindy's in several different colors.  To give them a pop of orange I finished them off with a little of the Copper Magicals found in the Lindy's Autumn collection.

Here is a video tutorial showing how I completed the tag from start to finish.

I love how vibrant this tag is and it really sparkles!  Fall is my favorite time of year. Everything is so rich with pops of color and texture.   

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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