Monday, 11 December 2017

Time to wish you all a very...

..., my dear creative friends from all over the world!

 Christmas is fast approaching and over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog the whole design team are already in full Christmas crafting swing. So am I and the image teaser above - as always - just shows a detail of my latest what could it be waiting for you over there today? ....yes, my latest tutorial and project of Simply click HERE to get taken to the post and the Calico Craft Parts Blog. I hope you will like my little Christmas project!

Hugs and happy Christmas crafting!

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Very Merry Steampunk Christmas!

Hi, servus and welcome to my make for Round Two of our winter special challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Each year we open a two months long challenge at the start of November, so our players and the DT have enough time to enjoy their Christmas crafting and are still able to play along. So the makes of Team A have already been presented on 1st November over HERE and today it's time to share the projects of Team B. The challenge will be open until the end of December!

I created a set of three steampunk gift tags this time...but these could also be used for decorating the tree if you do both sides of the tags. I simply painted the backs of mine black.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, dear steampunk mixed media friends (and of course I hope to see you play along with us soon ;) !

To share a bit of Christmas joy I have also decided to add a little extra prize to our winter special challenge - a little surprise package donated by humble me.  So playing along gives you the chance of winning one of three prizes this time

And now on to the tutorial for my steampunk tags, which are made really quickly and easily. I used some of the new fab DecoArt Americana premium media and paints (but am still only starting to experiment with them as I only got this wonderful surprise package from DecoArt some days ago...yay, Christ Child has been here already! :) )

In their range you'll find 47 of the cool colour tones most of which we already love and know from the media fluid acrylic paints range. The premium acrylics are heavily pigmented and  provide medium-viscosity and satin sheen. There's also black and white Gesso as well as an extender, matte and gloss medium. 

I used the black Gesso on the wooden tags that I got from the dollar store. It's very creamy and easy to apply and if you only add one thin coat the texture from the wood still shows through. I used two layers on my tags though. The Gesso dried really fast. 

I also applied two layers of black premium Gesso to some die cut gears and three wood panels. As it is very creamy and spreads easily you don't need much of it to get good and even coverage.

Once the Gesso had dried I applied black DecoArt media Modeling Paste through the fab "Short Circuit" Americana stencil and let everything dry naturally. 

The gears were painted with two coats of DecoArt media Metallic Silver, DecoArt Extreme Sheen Bronze and Vintage Brass. 

Using my fingertip I rubbed Lavish Green, Orange Flicker and Brilliant Turquoise DecoArt Metallic Lustres onto the raised areas of the stencilled on circuit. 

Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre was painted onto the wood panels using a soft brush and a little water. 

The pieces were all dry brushed using a wide flat and worn bristle brush and DecoArt Americana premium Carbon Black paint which worked just perfectly!!! 

Dry brushing makes such a difference, doesn't it? You can turn something bling-y and shiny into aged- and worn looking only by adding traces of black paint. So cool! 

I added some quote stickers to the small wood panels and then fixed all the parts to the tags with matte DecoArt Decou-Page. I also covered the quote stickers with a thin layer of the Decou-Page to seal them to the surface properly. 

The tags were finished off by adding three little self adhesive metal stars...

...and cord loops. 


Wishing you 
very merry steampunk Christmas
happy holidays!


Monday, 27 November 2017

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...

...whose sleigh could it be, I hear coming from the snowy forest?

If you want to find out, I would like to invite you over to the Calico Craft Parts blog. I am sharing a really quick and easy home decoration project for the Advent season. Simply click HERE to get taken to the post with a full tutorial.

I hope to see you over there!
Hugs and have a good start into the week!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Time to Yodel at Calico Craft Parts

Servus, hi and hollodrio from the Austrian chick on the Calico Craft Parts design team!

After our short holiday in the beautiful Austrian Salzkammergut district with its many lakes and mountains, I was inspired to create something rural and typical Alpine...

Of course the roaring stag is still missing in this picture.....and some good yodeling too. 

I have taken steps images so you can follow me along while I paint my little Alpine landscape (maybe some of you can name the mountain I picked as my model). To see these and the finished project simply click HERE and get taken to the Calico Craft Parts blog. 

Hope to see you over there!
Hugs and have a good start into the week!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Potions & Spells at Calico Craft Parts

Hi, servus and welcome to today's invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I am sharing my last Calico Halloween project for this year.

Poisonous potions....

...and creepy crawlies (bot only very tiny ones!) ...

...are awaiting you! 

To see the finished project and check the how-to simply click HERE to get taken to the project post!
I hope to see you over there!

Hugs and Happy Halloween!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Inuit Esprit at DecoArt Mixed Media - a new project and tutorial!

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by!
I just found that I completely forgot to share a short invite to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog, where you can find my latest DT make as one of their proud DT members!

The title of my project is "Inuit Esprit" and I really fell in love with the little Inuit girl and her kite when I first saw her!

I combined a lot of found "treasures" in this piece - left overs from die cuts, jute cord, a little capsule with lichen in it, vintage buttons, Dresden ornaments, a bottle cap and a piece of driftwood from one of our holidays in the beautiful Austrian Salzkammergut district.

I always buy wooden houses when I find them in the sales section at home decor shops because I just love to use them as a substrate for my assemblage pieces. Houses "speak" to us. They evoke special feelings in whatever is "in" a house, is safe, special and treasured, isn't it?

If you want to know how I built the various layers to create the beautiful aged look and depth, you find all the info and steps images over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog!

Isn't she just gorgeous? I love that rubber stamp (which is a Tiger store design and was a gift from my lovely sister). 

The upper "button" actually is a seedpod that was once part of a necklace.

And I loooove the traces on the driftwood - "drawn" by nature itself!
I am happy that this piece finally found a good "home" - 
in this Inuit girl's house ;)

I hope to see you over at the Mixed Media Blog. 
Simply click HERE to get to the post!

Hugs and happy crafting,

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween Treat Bags for Emerald Creek Dares

Servus, hi, thanks for stopping by and welcome to another Emerald Creek project!

Halloween is fast approaching and I was still in need of some treat I decided to use the awesome Halloween themed EC embossing powders and rubber stamps to decorate some kraft bags and also add little selfmade tags to them...

Sorry for the poor lighting, but the foggy season has already set in over here in capturing the fluorescent colours from the embossing powders wasn't easy...

Here's a list of EC products used:
Ghoultide Greetings rubber stamp

other products used available at EC:

Now the how-to!
The tags first:

I already had some cheap wooden tags from the Dollar Store at home...

...and started with giving them a coat of DecoArt Americana "Plum" acrylic paint on which I sprinkled some EC Tangarine Orange Sparkle and St. Paddy's Day embossing powders while the paint was still wet. Then I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powders.

The Happy Frog and Owls were stamped onto some scrap paper and cut out... I could trace their outlines with a white Stabilo All pencil to the tags:

The marked areas were painted in loose brush strokes with white Gesso:

Then I added some DecoArt media Transparent Yellow Oxide and Gold Green fluid acrylics to tint the white background:

The final images of the frog and owls were stamped onto some tissue paper using archival black stamping ink...

...and then "mod-podged" to the tags:

Some additional touches of white doodling here and  there...

....and I used a permanent black marker around the tags' edges and on the backs to paint them black:

Voilá - the finished tags!

Now on to the bags:

I scraped some black DecoArt media Gesso onto the bags using a palette knife and then sprinkled on Fluorescent Yellow and purple Wysteria Wonder to the left and St.Paddy's Day and Tangarine Orange Sparkle embossing powders to the right bag and heat embossed everything.

I stamped Treepy and "Ghoulish Greetings" in black archival ink onto a third treat bag and added black Gesso around the stamped images with the palette knife. Once that had dried I painted the tree's stem and the quote using a white gel pen.

"Webster" was partially stamped onto the bags around the edges.
I die cut Tim Holtz's "Ornate Frame #2" and "Trick or Treat" quote and heat embossed them with Fluorescent Yellow, Tangarine Orange Sparkle and Wysteria Wonder embossing powders (to adhere the embossing powders to the die cut shapes I used an embossing ink dabber). Then I cut the frame in half and glued each half to one of the bags, accompanied by a Trick or Treat quote in contrasting colour.

The Bat Charm was toned down using Tim Holtz's black soot Distress Paint and the tags and bat were fixed to the bags using black and white brads, that also keep the bags closed. 

Some close ups:

I hope you find one or the other idea useful and fun! 
And maybe you would also consider playing along with Emerald Creek Dares this month! There's a $50 voucher to win - and also a shop discount for the three follower ups. ;)
I hope to see you over there! 

Happy Halloween crafting! 
Claudia xxx

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