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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Foil Flowers


Shea here with a fun, recycling idea.  Earth Day was April 22, and many of the challenges for the past couple of weeks have centered around recycling household objects.  I was sharpening one of my punches using 8 layers of aluminum foil, and as I was looking at the punched pieces, an idea began to form:  scallop circle = flowers!

First I embossed the shapes for texture, then colored one with alcohol markers but wasn't really happy.  (That's the flat one in the center.)  I knew Creative Inspirations Paints would be better, so I connected each set with a brad and then fluffed the layers bit by bit.  Fluffing that many foil layers is a bit tricky because each layer is so light and fragile, but the end result is rather fun, especially when you see the before and after.  After fluffing, I started painting using solids on some and blending colors on others (red and yellow)

I had a bit of misfortune when stamping the greeting.  I stamped it incorrectly the first time (crooked and too faint), but rather than put the piece in the scrap bin, I turned it around and stamped it again.

I also dry embossed the layer with a striped embossing folder, but, er, um, it doesn't show up.  Gee, I wonder why...

The red panel with yellow borders covers the stamping goof right up.  Seen from this angle, you can see the dimension of the foil flower and how the entire layered piece is popped up on the base of the card.

And here's a close up of the flower.  I love how the silvery foil contrasts with the paint colors on the various flowers, in this case blue.  I used a blue Metallic Inspiration in the center and some red ones along the yellow borders.  A little baker's twine and some Jeweled Inspirations at the top complete this card.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you'll visit the Creative Inspirations store to see all of their shimmery, glittery offerings.  And don't forget to visit the Creative Inspirations challenge blog as well - this fortnight's theme is Inspired By: Anything Goes.

Happy crafting!

CI colors used (on all flowers above):

Rustic Red, Turquoise, Canary, with some blending.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pretty in Fuchsia

Hi CIP followers!  I finally worked on a new page in my art journal.  I've used a Julie Nutting image to stamp up, clear emboss, and color with some pretty CI paints.  The shimmery CI paints that I've used are Fuchsia, Tickled Pink, Mocha Latte, Carmel, and Onyx.  I've also used the clear Deliquesce over black ink.  Each of these items can be found in the Creative Inspirations Paint store.  
Here is a closer look at the CIP products that I've used:
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Inspired by: Anything goes Week 2

Happy Sunday!!!!
I wanted to pop in and remind you all about our challenge going on....

We are on week 2 of our
Inspired By: Anything Goes!
This is a sneak of my inspiration....
for all the details you can head back to the original posting HERE

We would LOVE to see all your entries!!!

Remember our challenges run for 2 weeks so you have until Saturday May 4th to link up and I will be back on Sunday May 5th with the Top 3, April Winner and the  next challenge!

Have a GREAT week!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

distressed paste...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Who's ready to break out the paints?????  Yeah, me too!

To get us started, you are going to have to do a little prep work. You will need a squeeze bottle with a fine tip applicator.  (I washed out an old paint writer bottle.)  Next you will need to fill it with modeling paste. I used a  liquid ink to color mine black before I filled my bottle. (you can also use things like pastels and acrylic paints.)  You can use whatever color you want, depending on what colors you want in your project. You will need your modeling paste one color, and a contrasting color to go over top of it. Keep that in mind.

Ok, now we've got that all ready, let's get going!

Step 1: Stamp your image. I like to use a light color ink so no lines will show though when I'm done.

Step 2:  Carefully follow the lines of your stamp with your paste we talked about earlier to make all the lines of the image nice and raised. I'll be honest, this takes some practice! Don't give up! It helps to work from the inside of the image outward so you don's smear the lines with your hands accidentally. It also is good to wipe the tip of your bottle often... as you can see in the photo, it tends to get paste on the outside, and that can make for messy lines.

Let it dry completely.

Step 3: Sponge on a contrasting color of acrylic paint. I like to dab the paint on with a makeup wedge because I love the texture (I'll show a close up later in the post). Depending on your paint and the colors you are using, you may need to do more than one coat. 

Step 4: Randomly sponge on some Creative Inspirations Paint. This will give it some extra color and spots of shimmer. It really adds to the interest and beauty of the finished product!

*you can keep blending and adding layers until you are happy.*

Allow to dry completely.

Step 5: Gently sand the design. This will take the paint off the highest areas of the design, revealing the modeling paste and giving it that great distressed/shabby look!

Ok... so it looks kinda bad right now... let's clean that up!

Step 6: With a slightly damp rag, wipe away the dust that was created from the sanding.

Step 7: Admire your amazingly fabulous piece!

I couldn't get a good closeup of the shimmer, but it is beautiful!  I love the shabby distressed look!

A finished card with my design as the focal point was a cinch to put together!

Ok.. as promised, a closeup of the texture that you get when you pounce the acrylic paint on with a makeup wedge... I love it! 


Friday, April 26, 2013

Creating with Gel Beads modeling Paste, & Clear Gel Medium!!

Happy Friday CIP Fans!
Michelle is here today sharing a extra post for April!
To create this card I used some modeling paste with
 gel beads using a Chevron stencil.
On the chevron stripes I used CIP paints in Sage, Tutu Pink and for the dripping paint I used Tickled Pink. 
On the #1 I used Sky Blue.
I love the texture of the beads and all the amazing
 shimmer using the CI Paints!

For this tag I used Sky Blue for the background and flicked Royal Blue over the top of the Sky Blue.
For the flowers I used Tutu Pink for the light pink flower, the middle flower Tickled Pink and the dark pink flower the color is called Fuchsia! 
I used gel medium for the center of the tag using
 a stencilet by A2Z Scraplets!
Here's the CI Paint colors.  Left to right! Royal Blue, Tickled Pink, Tutu Pink, Fuchsia and Sky Blue.
We still have our Facebook Giveaway of a $20.00 Starbuck gift card once we reach 200 likes!
Don't forget we have a color combo challenge on Facebook too!
Thank you for visiting the CIP blog today!
Have a wonderful Weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sunny Little Easel Card

Hi CIP followers!  I've been busy water coloring and painting again with this little congratulations easel card.  The digi image is 'Sunny' from Lacy Sunshine, and I thought the paper was a good match.  The shimmery CI paints that I've used are Beige, Buttercup, and Chocolate.  Each of these items can be found in the Creative Inspirations Paint store.

Here is a closer look at the CIP products that I've used:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy your day!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Metallic Tag

Hi CIP fans! Dana here today sharing a tag featuring some of my favorite colors of Creative Inspirations Paint and Deliquesce Fine Platinum Embossing Powder.

I used Kassi's fabulous Embossed Paste technique to add the platinum squares to my tag.

I poured paint directly onto my tag for a splash of color.  I tilted the tag and let gravity move the wet paint for a natural look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shimmer Flowers


Shea here with my very first project for you!  Today's card features some fun flowers that I made using several colors of CI Paints and the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die.

Normally I like to use lots of texture and patterns, not to mention glitter and bling, on my cards but this flower is so colorful and shimmery that I decided to let it stand alone (almost).  It was so much fun! 

First I die cut all of the pieces several times each out of patterned CS, then I sprayed them with water and scrunched them to give them, well, a tattered look.  They are very fragile at this stage and easily torn, as you can see on the green flower with the long, thin petals.  Not a problem, the torn off petal can be attached later.

I painted them with multiple layers of paints, first with Tutu Pink around the centers, then Sky Blue, Mellow Yellow, and Sage for the appropriate colored layers.

Then I layered them, centering them with a pearl.  See how the patterned papers show through the layers of paint?

Here's one closeup showing the shimmery goodness...

...and another closeup showing the patterns.

And that was all there was to it!  I have lots of flowers left over for future projects as I got a little carried away while making them.

The rest of the card was simple.  A quick run through the Big Shot for the base layer with a dot embossing folder, a simple sentiment enhanced with pearls from my stash, and some Metallic Inspirations matte brads finish this simple, yet still colorful card.

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope we see you over at our latest CI Challenge, the theme of which is Anything Goes!

Happy crafting!

Colors used:

Sage, Sky Blue, Tutu Pink, Mellow Yellow