Friday, April 5, 2013

Wine Plaque Mixed Media

     Hello fellow crafters!!!! I am so excited to be a Cricut Diva! That's right, I am now a member of the CricutDiva DT. For my first post I thought I would share with you a project I submitted as an example of my work for the application process in order to be  considered for the team. I love mixed media and have taken many online course so this is a favorite of mine. Our goal is to show you what you can do with your Cricut and the versatility of projects you can make with them.

     This project used 3 cartridges. I used: Word Collage, Celebrate With Flourish, French Manor and, as an extra bonus, Mini Monograms. Let's get started since I have a wealth of detail to share with you, lol.
     Let's start with this picture. I used an 8" x 10" canvas board and painted with Martha Stewarts Satin cream paint. It is hard to see in the pic but I also inked the edges of the frame with Antique Linen distress ink. I then cut the wine words from Word Collage using the wine section. This was all cut @ 6" with vinyl. I have a confession to make. This is not the original I started with! At first I tried a stretched canvas that I painted a wine color and was going to paint over the vinyl with the cream. Hint: not a good idea to start with a dark base if you plan to go over with a lighter color!
     I was satisfied with how this was proceeding but wanted to add some corners to the canvas. This is where French Manor comes in. I am not sure if the image on page 63 were glasses or not, but for this plaque, let's just pretend they are! I cut the Border+shift key and cut them @ 1.25" times 4 for all the corners.
     I have this wonderful stamp that I love and thought the Steam Punk look just fit in so well here. This is an Inkadinkado stamp that I used Archival Brilliance Coffee Bean to stamp with. I also had this wonderful braided cording that went fabulous with this project. Now what to do for the hands of the clock?
     Did you know that French Manor has a clock face with hands image? Well it does. It is on page 31 under Layer. I used my gypsy and moved the clock image off the mat so all I would cut is the clock hands @ 1". How cool is that, lol. Now on to my main image: the wine bottle and glasses.
     I bet you were wondering why I placed the word collage off to the side, well, here is why. I wanted to use this wine bottle and glasses as my focal point. The die cut is from Celebrate With Flourish and I cut it at 8.65" x 9.35". I used the main image as well as the shadow feature. All the edges were inked with Aged Mahogany and also sprayed with Glimmer Mist Brick and Fern. I also used some Gold Stickles to add a touch of class!

     I wanted a more realistic look to the glasses so I cut them separately out of Graffix clear plastic. I know it can be difficult to use the plastic or acetate without having the glue show so, I'll share my secret with you. I used a glue dot in the center of the glass which I knew I would cover with a Monogram. The stems were adhered with Glossy accents. If you have a spot that you are not happy with, no problem. I truly believe Stickles were made to hide mistakes!!!
     The little monogram circles were cut @ .75" from Mini Monograms. I also found a small cork in my stash so I just inked it up with some Aged Mahogany.
     If you remember in the first pic, I had glued a piece of fabric to the bottom part of the canvas. When I had laid everything out, it looked odd to me that the bottle was "just There". By adding the fabric, it gives the impression that it is resting on the table. The grapes are left over from small wine favors we used for one of my daughters weddings. Yes, I do have quite the collection of supplies! Before I show you the completed project I just wanted to show you the back. Why you ask? I like to show how everything should be finished off for a professional look.
     I had used Zutter rivets to secure my ribbon but didn't like the look of the rivets or ribbon ends showing. All you have to do is cut a piece of brown paper or card stock, a little smaller than the completed projects. Add a bead of glue around the edges (I use Arlene's Quick Tack) and then lightly mist with water. As it dries it lays taut and gives a nice finished look.
     I hope you have been inspired to use your cartridges for out of the box embellishments. If you have learn a little (or a lot, lol) I would love if you became a follower as well as leave a comment. I read each and every one of them and it always makes me smile!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter And An Announcement

     First I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. We had a wonderful day with family and had way too much to eat! I realize I haven't posted much lately but that just means my creativity is exploding, lol. I have been taking a short break from my papercrafting to do some sewing creations for my grand daughters American Girl dolls. I have found a wonderful company online called Liberty Jane patterns, and, oh my are these dolls styling!! I will definitely be using my Cricuts in order to style them up so, be on the lookout because I am just about ready to share them.
     Of course I have to share a project with you so I thought since it is Easter that I would share a card I made a while ago using my copic markers.
     Although I was pretty satisfied when I first completed this, now I will definitely do more since I am a certified Copic designer and have learned a lot more about shading, blending and highlights. I love this stamp so much probably because it seems to be more versatile so that it could also be used for sympathy or thinking of you. I also like the background paper since it has a wonderful sheen to it.
     Now on to my big announcement. I submitted my application to be considered for a position on the newly formed CricutDiva Design Team and, I am please to announce I am now officially a Cricut Diva. Okay, so you all know I would love to think of myself a Diva, lol. Be sure to head over to the
CricutDiva Blog  and follow us as we seek to inspire and share our Cricut projects with you.
     Have a wonderful week and God Bless all of you.