Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Know Your Value - Shopping Our Stash - Summer Color Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This week at Shopping Our Stash, we have a wonderful color palette to help inspire your creativity.
DaCre8tive One
I have recently become a fan of an artist known as DaCre8tive One.  I became aware of this artist while searching for African American Images on Pinterest.   I would like to say the image I used today is my favorite but I love all of the images and the truth is, they are all my favorites!
The DaCre8tive One has a unique way of using a neutral to bring energy and life to the faceless images, consequently, one is able to infer and express multiple meanings.

I took the most pedestrian interpretive approach for this design but the sentiment seemed very relevant to today's environment.  #knowyourvalue and #metoo 

I appreciate the visit and I look forward to seeing your design in the Shopping Our Stash Challenge




Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Worldwin ColorMates - "Deep Terra-Cotta; Neenah Papers-"Baronial Ivory"
Designer Paper: Authentique Collection - "Fresh"
Die Cut:  Sizzix® Alterations™ Thinlits™ - "Love"


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Shopping Our Stash - My Favorite Things - Faux Leather from Kraft Paper

Hello, Crafty Folks!
Kraft faux leather using basketweave embossing folder.
This week, at Shopping Our Stash, we want to see how you use your favorite crafting "things."  If you are anything like me, you have "hundreds" of favorite things so the most difficult part of this challenge will be the act of narrowing the choices.

Basic Materials Used: (to create faux leather)
Kraft Paper
Glycerine
Glue
Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot


Kraft/Faux Leather/ Traveler's Notebook
I made this TN as a birthday gift for my daughter.  The project allowed me to use my favorite technique, creating faux leather using Kraft paper, and several other of my favorites like embossing folders, ClearSnap Smooch Inks, and anything Tim Holtz. 

I love how this process gives the designer a beautiful emboss on the front and equally pretty deboss on the back.
I used Tim Holtz® Distress Inks™to color the cover.  Almost all colors will work.  Sheena has a beautiful blue faux leather notebook on her YouTube channel.   The possibilities are endless.  You can use the regular DI no need to buy oxides, etc.  I used a clear acrylic sealer (three (3) coats) on both the inside and outside of my TN cover.

The sunflowers were colored using ClearSnap® Smooch™inks
The texture is determined by how much "scrunching" you do when your paper is wet.  
Ink applied after the paper has dried can be used to add depth to specific areas of the design.  The embellishment was made using a slide and layering a brad on it.   

Some Fun Stuff on The Inside
Creating the dashboards and inserts for this project also gave me the opportunity to use my new favorite thing, Stickers!!
This image actually reminds me of my daughter. 
Gotta love the back of that blouse!
The backing on inside of the TN is muslin  I decided to leave it untreated and opted to create pockets using a printed acetate sheet.  I am just in love with this image.
Fun papers make interesting insert covers.
Pen Loop
 Another favorite thing, making pen loops.  This one was made from a piece of the faux leather shown at the top of this post

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This is the definitive faux leather process tutorial.  


Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Give this faux leather technique a try.  Also, visit Shopping Our Stash and check out my teammates' creations! 
Hugz,
Chana Malkah

Submitted to these ATG Challenges

Other Supplies 
Inks:
Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral
ClearSnap Smooch Inks: 
Embossing Folders:
Darice - "Large Sunflower"
WRMK Next Level - "Woven"
Designer Papers/Acetate:
ColorBok Designer Paper - "Vintage Treasures"
WRMK Acetate Sheets - "Clearly Posh"
Elastic Cord (if you create a TN)
Metal Embellishment: