Saturday, March 31, 2012

Make it Crafty!

So one of my favorite stamp companies is having a design team call so I just had to pull out some spare time to make a project. Ever since I first saw Make it Crafty stamps I just had to buy some. I also found myself totally in love with their chipboard. This project has a dual purpose. This is for the Make it Crafty DT call and a birthday present for a friend of mine who loves fairies.

Here is the project I created for the DT contest. I started with a watercolor board and decorated it with distress ink and Starburst Stains. I then bleach stamped some mushrooms all over it and bleached the edges. I added a bit of embossed images using Tim Holz Stamps and Recollections embossing powder in copper. On top of that I added a few vine stickers that I got from Jo-anns in the dollar bins. I also added a rub-on from Bo-Bunny. The corner pieces are Make it Crafty chipboard covered in a couple of layers of two tone embossing powder. My inspiration for this piece was the Recollections paper I used behind the fairy. I fell in love with those mushrooms when I saw a video for this particular stack. I framed that using some maroon paper embossed in an embossing folder and with a bit of ink on top of that. The fairy is Make it Crafty and I colored her using Copics, metallic watercolors, and Magic Micas. I actually embossed her in black to see how it would look. I stamped several images of this fairy and colored another one. I decided I liked this one best. Unfortunately I was expecting some embellishments in the mail to create another focal point, but they did not ship when I thought and have yet to arrive. As soon as it is all finished I will post again.

 The whole piece

 Close up of the Make it Crafty Fairy

Embossed chipboard. Love the gorgeous red embossing powder with blue tones. Using some much powder makes it look more blue with red undertones.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Black and Green Deckbox

So here is my second custom leather deck box. This one is for my green-black anti-,ill deck. I did a much better job on the symbols this time and I did a different kind of stitching with wax thread. I like how this one turned out much better.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Leather Working!

So my semester has been insane with the amount of classwork I've had to do. Things are starting to wind down so I now have a bit of time to do some crafting, at least on weeks that I don't babysit. This past week I started my first real leatherworking project. My boyfriend got me back into playing Magic the Gathering and since making a few decks I've wanted to make custom deck boxes for those decks. I started with my favorite deck--my blue and white artifact deck--and created this deck box. This was my first try so it's not as good as it could be, but I'm happy with the result. I used various leather crafting tools to create the raised and indented parts of the leather, painted them with Daler and Rowney Pearlescent Acrylic Inks and sealed it with some leather sealer.

The box holds my deck perfectly and is closed using some magnets. Best of all it still fits in my fat pack box.

 I should be finishing up my Black and Green anti-mill deck box and can show that off later. I also have a project in the works for the Make it Crafty Design Team. Hopefully I will have that finished and posted by tomorrow. And thanks to working cling mounting all of my stamps I have tons of scraps so please look forward to my Waste not Want not Wednesdays to come back.