Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Springtime in Paris with Sandy McTier

Happy New Year Y’all!!

Are y’all as ready for spring as I am?? I’m just not made for winter! lol

I remember many years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Paris during the spring. Paris is such a magical city and even more magical during spring! The colours, flowers, fragrance and feelings of being in this city during spring are still such fond memories I hold dear!

I think you’d agree that nothing speaks to Paris more than the Eiffel Tower?! I knew when I got this chipboard piece that I wanted to make it a focal point in one of my painted pieces! The SRTC Horizontal Filigree Wood Frame was the perfect piece to showcase a Parisian painted piece! Of course I wanted to figure out a way to use it differently, so I flipped the top part over and, instantly, I heard the piece sing! Don’t you love it when that happens!!

Prepping the Pieces:

  • I painted both pieces with DecoArt’s All Purpose Sealer and let completely dry.
  • Next, I painted both pieces with a smooth layer of DecoArt Media Gesso and let completely dry.

Eiffel Tower:

  • I painted the tower with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Raw Umber and let dry.
  • I loaded a damp sponge brush with DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Iced Espresso and painted the tower.
  • I flipped the sponge painter over and loaded the other side with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Quinacridone Magenta and painted the word PARIS.  
  • I added a bit of DecoArt Metallic Lustre – White Frost on the top half of the sponge painter and ran it back and forth over the top half of the word PARIS.
  • Once the piece completely dried, I added some highlights of the White Frost Metallic Lustre here and there on the tower.

Horizontal Filigree Frame:

  • I loaded a sponge with DecoArt Americana Acrylics – Spa Blue and Indian Turquoise, painted the frame and let dry.
  • Next, I loaded some Turquoise Vintage Effects on the sponge, painted over the entire piece and let completely dry.
  • I was going for more of a Tiffany Blue so decided to load the sponge with White Vintage Effects and painted that over the entire frame. Then I used a soft towel to wipe back some of the colour. It was exactly the colour I was going for!
  • I stenciled on a beautiful rose stencil on the bottom piece of the frame using the White Vintage Effects and let dry.
  • Roses seemed like the perfect addition to this Parisian piece! I based in the basic shapes of roses with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics… the roses with Quinacridone Magenta and the leaves with a mixture of Green Gold and Titanium White. An angle brush works great for adding the layers of petals on the roses. I’ll have a pattern packet with worksheets for this project on my website soon!
  • I floated a mixture of Paynes Grey and Sap Green at the base of the leaves and also floated some straight Quinacridone Magenta in the center of the roses to give each more depth.
  • Once dry, I dry brushed a mixture of Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue on the leaves to give them a subtle highlight and added veins on the leaves using a liner brush loaded with a mixture of Green Gold and Titanium White.
  • Finally, I loaded a damp small brush with the Green Gold mixture and painted some soft transparent leaves and scroll strokes here and there to lighten up the design a bit and give the piece some movement.

Finishing Touches:

I used the On Point Glue by Imagine to glue the chipboard Paris piece in the center and set a book on top to keep it in place. Once dry, I added glue around the edge of the painted area and set the top frame piece on top. Again, I set a book on top of it to make sure it adhered to the bottom piece securely.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tracy Moreau Rose Mask Stencil
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Spa Blue and Indian Desert
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, Green Gold, Paynes Grey and Sap Green.
- DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre: White Frost and Iced Espresso
- DecoArt Vintage Effects: Turquoise and White
- Dynasty Brushes: Black Gold 1” Wash,  3/8” Angle, #8 Shader, #2 Round, IPC Large Oval Foam, Large Tracy Moreau Stencil Brush and a liner brush of choice. (Available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
Imagine On Point Glue

©2019 Springtime in Paris, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

Y’all have a GREAT day; Happy Creating!!  Sandy

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dream with Deb Antonick

I am always dreaming of new ways to use product. I love texture and stamps any trying new things.

I started with a 6 x 6 wood tile.
Tore some paper scraps and adhered with Decoupage.
Sprinkled some glitter for more texture.
Sealed with a coat of Antique Decoupage.

Spritz the background with the Yellow Mister and the Orange mister.
Scrape on a thin random layer of Gesso with an old credit card.
Estimate placing of the face stamp and paint with Mocha.

Stamp the face with Lamp Black. ( I don’t use ink pads)

Shade the face with Quinacridone Gold. Highlight with Titanium White.

Tint the hair with thinned Cobalt Teal Hue. Shade with Prussian Blue Hue.
Base the lips with thinned Primary Magenta.
Shade around the design with Quinacridone Gold.
Stamp on the feathers and tint the beads.
Emboss the DREAM with a vintage aged gold powder.
Adhere with Glue.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Stampendous: CRR247-Beautiful-Braid-Cling Stamp Set, Clear Embossing Stamp Pad and Embossing Powder - Vintage Aged Gold
- DecoArt Acrylics: Mocha and Lamp Black
- DecoArt Media: Gesso, Cobalt Teal Hue, Quinacridone Gold, Prussian Blue Hue, Primary Magenta and Titanium White
- Misters: Primary Yellow and Orange
- Brushes: ⅜ angle shader, #2 round brush, ¾” flat brush
- Misc: Heat Gun, Glue, Black Permanent Marker, Brayer or Makeup Sponge to load stamps and Glitter


By Deb Antonick

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Love Tag with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Today, I've created for you a shabby chic Love Tag, that's perfect for Valentine's Day as it's only a few weeks away. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I created my Love Tag so that you can recreate it at home.

To start, trace the Chipboard Tag around a piece of book page. Use Distress Collage Medium - Matte to decoupage the book page onto the chipboard tag. Set aside to dry.

Once the book page has dried, place the Heart Stencil overtop of the bookpage. Using a palette knife, spread Embossing Paste over top of the stencil. Set the tag aside to dry.

With the embossing paste dry, apply a coat of Vintage Lace and Blush Paint to the entire surface of the tag.

Once the paint has dried on the tag, rub Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Crayon on the edges of the tag.

Take the Love Word out of the package. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the word. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder over the entire surface of the word. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool. 

Take one Vintage Scroll Key out of the package. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the entire surface of the key using a blending tool with foam.

Next, you'll need the Barbed Wire Heart Frame. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the heart. Sprinkle Pastel Pink embossing powder over the entire surface of the heart. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool. Once the Pastel Pink embossing powder has dried, apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the now pink heart. Sprinkle Fractured Ice embossing powder over the entire surface of the pink heart. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.     

Take the small heart out of the Abstract Heart Frames package. Apply a coat of Mixed Media Medium to the heart. Quickly place the Mixed Media Transfer Foil in Patina overtop of the heart and rub the foil onto the heart. In the areas that didn't get foil, apply Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and foam. 

Take out the small Doily Frame and apply two coats of Snowflake paint to the frame. Once the paint has dried, lightly rub Vintage Photo Distress Crayon randomly onto the frame.

Adhere a piece of lace to the bottom of the tag.

Adhere the doily frame to the middle of the tag. Adhere the abstract heart to the middle of the doily frame.

Adhere the barbed wire heart to the middle of the abstract heart. Adhere the key to the middle of the barbed wire heart.

Adhere the love word to the bottom of the hearts. To add some extra detail to the love, add three rhinestones. In the bottom right hand side of the hearts, adhere two cream roses and three pink roses. In the top left hand side of the hearts, adhere two cream roses and three pink roses.

To finish the Love Tag, tie a pink bow at the top of the tag.

Here are a few close up shots of my tag.

Here's the finished tag.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Doily Circle Frame
- 10mm Roses: Cream and Pink

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder, Fractured Ice Embossing Powder and Pastel Pink Embossing Powder
- Paper Artsy: Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Snowflake Vintage Lace and Blush 
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink Dabber
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Black Soot, Distress Crayon - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain, Distress Collage Medium - Matte, Distress Collage Brush and Blending Tool with Foam
- Stampendous: Dreamweaver Stencil - Regular Embossing Paste
- Therm o web: Rebekah Meier - Mixed Media Medium and Mixed Media Transfer Foil - Patina
- Want 2 Scrap: Rhinestones
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Misc: Book Page and Light Pink Ribbon

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn

Friday, January 26, 2018

Journey Travel Journal with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by, it’s Deb Riddell here with you today to share a travel diary that I made with Southern Ridge Trading Company’s Vintage Car, Gear Clock, Journey Fun Word and Nuts and Bolts chipboard.

I’ve lots of step out photos on how I constructed my Journey Travel Diary so grab a glass of your favourite beverage and read on.

I started with a recycled hanging file folder from my stash (think you can probably get these at an office supply store).  It is made of nice heavy duty paper and I kind of like the green colour!

Next I die cut Eileen Hull’s new Stamp and Photo Storage box from some old Tim Holtz Traveler scrapbook paper I had in my stash and roughly put it together to get an idea of what size to make my folio.  The size of the Vintage Car chipboard piece was also a deciding factor on the size of my folio as I wanted it on the front cover.

With measurements in hand I cut the file folder to size, adding a strip of scrapbook paper to the already scored mid line to reinforce it and folding up a section at the bottom of the left hand cover to act as a pocket.

I then die cut a finger pull from the front of the Stamp and Photo Storage box with a circular die before adhering the box together with Supertape.

I needed some patterned papers to cover the folio and came across a 7Gypsies ‘Global’ 8x8 paper pad I had forgotten I had.  The map motif was perfect for the travel diary so I cut the folio down to 8 ¼” in height so I could use the 8x8 paper.

The front of the folio was covered with the Global paper as was the inside and the Stamp and Photo Storage box die cut was adhered inside the back cover.

I wanted the Gear Clock to be slightly offset on the front cover so I cut a small section off of the one side before giving it a ‘rusty’ appearance with some Americana acrylic paints (Heritage Brick, Dark Chocolate and Hauser Medium Green).  A few of the Nuts and Bolts chipboard hardware findings were also coloured in the same manner.

That wonderful Vintage Car was coloured with Black Soot Distress Stain and then the grill, bumper and a few other ‘chrome’ areas were highlighted with Brushed Pewter acrylic paint.  The car was given a coat of gloss varnish to finish it off.

The Journey Fun Word was then painted with the same Brushed Pewter acrylic paint.

A few embellishments were added to the inside of the folio: the words ‘Destination Adventure’ were die cut from black cardstock with Tim Holtz’s Adventure Words: Block dies; the Old Jalopy die cut from Deco Foil Toner Sheet covered with Patina Mixed Media Transfer Foil as was the ‘explore’ word with Tim’s Handwritten Journey dies; and some eyelets were added to the spine of the folio and strung with some elastic cording for a Midori-style insert.  One of Tim’s Elastic Loops was added to the flap on the front cover to keep the folio closed.

To make the Midori-style insert for the center of the folio, some vintage map images courtesy of Far Far Hill were printed out on copy paper.  The map images were made semi-transparent with a photo editing program.

The map pages were cut down to size, sewn together with a pamphlet stitch and inserted into the elastic cording in the center of the folio.

I wanted some journaling tags for the front pocket so several were die cut with Tim Holtz’s Tag Collection die from a selection of his scrapbook papers.

I then broke out my Shadow Press station and debossing folders that I hadn’t used in years and made some journaling cards (I used the Expedition and Documented Shadow Press sets).

A couple of Hinge Clips were embellished with a scrap of tea dyed lace and a tag made with Tim Holtz’s Tag Press.  The Tag Press ring was coloured with Pitch Black and Mushroom alcohol inks.

The Gear Clock, Vintage Car, Journey Fun Word and Nuts and Bolts chipboard pieces were layered onto the front cover.  A line of Pumice Stone Stickles Glitter glue was added along the edge of the spine on both the front and back covers.  An envelope was made for the back cover with We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and a tie closure added to keep all the bits and bobs we collect in our travels safe inside.

Here are a few close ups of the inside of the folio, I added a stamped envelope and some ephemera to the inside of the front cover for a bit more interest.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Journey travel diary came together, I can’t wait to start filling it with mementos and memories from our travels this year!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Sizzix: Stamp and Photo Storage Box, Adventure Words: Block, Handwritten Journey, Old Jalopy, Tag Press, Shadow Press Station, Expedition and Documented Shadow Press folders and  ¾” Round Punch
- Tim Holtz/Advantus: Emporium Ephemera, Hinge Clips, Elastic Loops, Paper Stash Scrapbook Papers, Clippings Stickers, Tag Press and Rings
- Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Stickles Glitter Glue and Alcohol Ink
- Therm O Web: Deco Foil Toner Sheets, Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Transfer Foil and iCraft Supertape
- We R Memory Keepers: Envelope Punch Board
- Stampers Anonymous: The Journey Clear Stamps
- Deco Art: Americana Acrylic Paint

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!
Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art