Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Smile Page using Hazel & Ruby Tissue

The moment that I saw these gorgeous tissue papers from Hazel and Ruby I knew I wanted to use them on a page, so I sat down to play with a few of the newer items in my stash and this is the result - I think it would also make for an excellent 12 x 12 layout.

To recreate this you will need:

  • Hazel & Ruby - Pass the Tissue (Chevron Newsprint & Quote Collage) and Wrap It Up (Crazy for Chevy - Teals) plus Stencil Masks (Everyday Words)
  • Copic Markers: Copic Blending Fluid, N3, N5, N7 and BG57
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Sprays from Fab Scraps: Cafe au Lait, C'est la vie Cerise & Merci Beaucoup Mint
  • Distress Paint: Black Soot
  • Matte Medium and Gesso 
  • Stencils - I used Crafters Workshop - Specimens, Splatz and Mini Confetti.
Tear strips from the Hazel & Ruby papers and use matte medium to glue down onto journal page - I covered the entire page.  I also overlapped some of the designs to add a bit more colour and interest.

While matte medium is still damp, start applying the gesso - apply heavier in some areas and lighter in others to allow some of the background papers to show through.  While still wet, take a baby wipe and use this to blend some of the gesso into the background (for a softer effect) or if any areas have too much - use a clean baby wipe to remove some of the gesso and reveal what is underneath.

 While the gesso is still damp begin spraying or flicking/dripping colour on top - because both spray and underlayers are wet they will mingle a little giving a different result than if you had waited for the gesso to dry, rather than puddles of colour (on top of the dry gesso) the spray sort of soaks into the gesso and blends a little - it's a really beautiful effect that I encourage you to try for yourself.  If any areas of spray are too dark or large - blot with a paper towel to remove a little colour.  I semi dried this with a heat gun.

Allow to dry thoroughly before you begin working over the painted surface.  Use matte medium to glue down the photo and then very carefully spray over the background and photo using Copic Markers (BG57 and N3) and an airbrush, starting with lightest colours first.  Remember to protect the bits of your page to prevent any overspray - I just use scrap paper.

I used the stencil patterns to create a frame for the photo.

I then added the word 'smile' using stencil masks from Hazel and Ruby.

I sprayed my darkest colours (N5 and N7) over the word and added a few more dark areas around the photo to bring the page together.  I then sprayed and flicked a little Copic Blending Solution over the whole page to create some very cool patterns in the Copic inked areas.

Carefully peel off the letters to reveal the finished page!

I hope you like this style of page, I really enjoy trying out new products and finding ways to make them work with other stuff I already own - I just had a ball making this!

From the stencil mask to create the word,

the Copic ink around the photo, to the

amazing patterns from the blending solution!

This whole page just made me smile!

Back with more soon,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Feather Has It!

This week I am using the lovely FabScraps French Heritage Range to create a little off-the page delight, in a fancy little present topper and gift wrapping.  I thought a good place to start was with the Fabby little birdcage chipboard element which comes with matching die cut papers:

First to a little wrap for my gift, this is a great way to use up extra bits of papers, for this case I used Peacock Magic Paper cut into strips varying in size from 4mm to 20mm in width, sliced really quickly on a guillotine: 

It is best if the papers are not unison for this technique, which comes together in a super flash with X-Press It Double Sided adhesive Sheets, this time I used a 5cm strip, and covered it with little strips of paper on various angles, similar to a herringbone quilt formation.  I used short on long strips, snipping and reusing as I went along the length of adhesive.  Don't worry about loose ends, just keep the formation going, and turn over and trim when you have covered the front of the adhesive sheet:

A little brown ink the the edges once you have trimmed, and then this piece is easily adhered to the front of your wrapped gift with X-Press It High Tack Double Sided Adhesive:

Once the front of the gift has been decorated it is time to get onto the detail of the little birdcage.  The papers in the kit match the French Heritage Range perfectly, and as they are double-sided you get to pick and choose contrasting and/or matching papers for both sided of the chipboard.  You can see here that I have chosen two different sides of paper for covering my cage, one with a bird feature, they other a standard geometric design, co-ordinating of course… comes together in a jiffy with a quick coat of X-Press It TripleTac:

Once the paper is adhered to the chipboard, it is a simple case of adding some dark ink to the edges of the cage, and then getting on with embellishing…. I chose to use a large peacock feather to dress up the front of the cage as I liked how it extended from the cage… simple coats of Copic Ink are fantastic on FabScraps Chipboard, they really hold the colour saturation well, and the matt finish works nicely with the vintage look papers….. a little bling to the centre of the flower, and a FabScraps metal butterfly as a clasp on the birdcage to add that finishing touch…..

Here is another view of the cage, with the more detailed side of the chipboard on display, the die cut papers really make this element come together in no time!

And here is a little look at the cage, atop the paper feature on the wrapped gift, see how nicely the papers co-ordinate with the off-the-page element, sweet:

It really is simple to add some serious WOW to your gift wrapping with the FabScraps Heritage Range, including the birdcage and peacock feather chipboard elements, thanks for stopping by today, we hope this inspires you to get all chippie and full of pretty papers for your next gift wrapping adventure!

Until next time, EDNA.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny!

Hi there, it's Sascha from Inspiration Lane HQ! One of the perks of my role, is that I get to play with all of the wonderful new goodies that come it and Lumi Inkodye® is no exception.

Inkodye® develops its color in sunlight. It works on cotton, linen, silk, rayon, canvas, and any other natural & absorbent material. Once finished, your print is soft, permanent and can be machine washed without fading. It is available in 9 colours and two convenient pack sizes, either a single use Snap Pack or an 8 oz bottle!

Since Easter is just around the corner, this photo of a rabbit in a field of flowers caught my eye.

Materials Used:
Calico Material
Negative printed onto Inkofilm or Acetate 
Pins or a sheet of glass
A smooth board or sheet of foamboard 
Bulldog Clips
Inko Wash

Step 1: Create Your Negative 
There is a wonderful Lumi App that lets you convert your image with ease. The app can be downloaded via the Lumi Website. You can also create your own with Photoshop. Depending on your printer ink density, print 1-2 copies of your negative onto your Inkofim (Inkjet Printer) or Acetate (Laser Printer) I printed two copies from a laser printer, then stuck the edges together with X-Press It Double Sided Tape.

Step 2: Apply Inkodye
Give your bottle (or snap pack) of Lumi a good shake. If you are using a bottle, take off the cap and screw on the Inko Roller. Place your fabric onto your surface (I used a clean sheet of foamboard.) Apply the Inkodye to your desired area. If you are using a Snap Pack, simply snap the pack in half and use the packaging to spread it.

Using a clean cloth or a sheet of paper towel, gently dab/ rub off any excess dye.

Step 3: Position Your Negative and Expose
Lay your negative on top of the Inkodye and secure to your board with a sheet of glass and bulldog clips. Alternatively you can also secure the negative with pins. Then take your print outside and Expose it to direct sunlight. You will see the colour start to change almost immediately. Leave your print out in the sun for 10-20 minutes depending on the weather conditions and colour you are using. 

It was a slightly overcast day, so I went exposed my print for 15 minutes. The colours looked bright and strong after 5 minutes, but it is important to be patient!!

Step 4: Wash
 Take your print inside and remove the negative. Wash your print in Inkowash to remove any unexposed dye. It is recommended that you wash your print twice in hot water.Allow you print to dry and TA-DA!
I decided to sew my print into a little Easter Egg pouch, perfect for an avid egg hunter to hide their goodies in!

The options with Lumi are ENDLESS! If this post has got your brain buzzing as much as mine, be sure to check out the projects on the Lumi website. There are sooo many fun ideas and guides - and the best bit is that every project you create is bound to be unique. What would you create with Lumi?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Would you like to join our Design Team?


We are so excited to announce that we are looking for some talented new crafters to join our family of blogs! If you are a talented papercrafter, scrapbooker, card maker, mixed media artist or anything in between – then we want to hear from you! 

We are looking for bloggers to post 1-2 times per month, over a six month period, who also have an active social media presence. Depending on your interests, you will have the oppertunity to post on Inspiration Lane, Copic Oz and The X-Press It Blog. As a member of our design team you will receive a generous amount of products, distributed by X-Press Graph-X Supplies. Please note that at this time, applicants must be living in Australia. 

To apply please send an email with the following information by April 22, 2014:

  1. Contact Details including your name, address, phone number and email address.
  2. A brief paragraph telling us about yourself and why you would like to join our design team.
  3. Links to your relevant blog, pinterest, facebook and pinterest pages.
  4. A List of other design teams you are now on or have previously been on
  5. 2-4 Samples of your recent work, that have been created using any of our products (Copic, X-Press It, FabScraps, Hazel & Ruby ect.)

We can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Creating a Sticky Barc Feature

I have been playing around with some Sticky Barc and wanted to share with you all this embellishment feature I created using it and combining with some Beach Comber Collection.

Here are the supplies I chose to use for this project.

The first thing I did was to cut strips of the Sticky Barc.

I then inked the edges of the strips in brown in, and then adhered to a piece of Cardstock, which I have pre-cut to the final size of what i am creating.  The line down the middle is what i am using to ensure the pieces all line up down the middle of my strip of cardstock.

The great thing about Sticky Barc, is that as the name suggests, it is already sticky, so you just have to remove the backing paper and it can be stuck in place.  

This is the final piece, covered totally in the Sticky Barc.  I then turned it over, and trimmed off the excess around the edges, then using some X-Press It Double sided tape, adhered this to another piece of darker cardstock, to create a frame.

So finally, I used this piece as an embellishment on my Layout.

And here is the final, completed layout.

Hope you like my creation.

Products Used:
Fab Scraps Beach Comber Paper
Fab Scraps Beach Comber Chipboard.


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