Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Group Card FabScraps Style--Birdcage Album

For this my first X-Press It Post for the year I had the very versatile FabScraps Birdcage Album to play around with along with a selection of fabulous floral papers and bird themed chipboard.  I am not much of a photo keeper, so opted turn this little album into a group card, something I am regularly asked to produce when work colleagues celebrate special occasions, large store bought cards are rather drab, and it is always nice to present group messages over multiple layers, so thought this a perfect use for this album as it has many pages, of all different shapes, that very cleverly overlap one another.  Here is what I started with today:

I have been know to take my Copic Ink to the covers of mini albums but this time I got to try out Free Flow and Liquid Concentrate paints, the beauty of these is that you use very little and can turn the paint into watercolour consistency without loosing any vibrancy of colour.  I mixed equal portions of Pthalo Green and Violet to colour match the chipboard with the papers I chose to use today, using a piece of acetate as my palette, I like a clear palette as you get a good idea of the actual colour as it is mixed. 

I alternated between watercolour washed pages and paper covered pages adhering the paper with X-Press It TripleTac to ensure a strong and even bond.

Many of the album pages can now be written on directly as desired, however, I made a couple of little book inserts for interest and to maximise writing space these came together easily with the paper scraps left over from covering the pages, using a plain selection for the writing space and trimming the stepped edges with the co-ordinating papers.

 The Die Cut Words are covered with a thick silver medium and then adhered to various pages with X-Press It Clear Gel Glue for strong bond.

Now that the pages are all covered it is time to focus on the front cover, I painted a large feather in co-ordinating silver and then used different strengths of the paint, watercolour style once again, to colour 3 white flowers in different strengths of colour.  This is easily achieve by starting with the darker colour and then diluting the water to step down to the next lighter shade, and so on...

You can see the three varying shades on the cover, all made from this one little pot of paint and water, silver highlights across the cover and the flower centres tie all of the elements together.

See how the different shaped pages cross over one another on the inside of the album, I like this feature it allows the next page to be previewed whilst enjoying what comes before it.

The back cover is one piece and flat, so this helps to keep the different layers steady and add a consistency to how this sits once the D rings are attached at the four side points.

Here are the X-Press Graph-X Products I used in my project today:
Die Cut Birdcage Album
FabScraps Papers:
Lilac Delight
Lilac Delight 2
Butterfly Pink
FabScraps Die Cut Peacock Feather
FabScraps Die Cut Butterflies
FabScraps Die Cut Words:
Dreams & Wishes
Dance Love Sing
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
X-Press It TripleTac
Chromacryl Fluid Concentrate: Violet
Atelier Free Flow: Pthalo Green

I hope this inspires you to think about group cards in a new context, such is the versatility of these little FabScraps Albums, go ahead impress your colleagues and friends with one of these!

Until next time, 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ocean Waves Canvas

Welcome back X-Press IT Fans, and I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

Anne here to share with you a canvas I have created using the FabScraps Beach Comber Collection and a HUGE Variety of X-Press IT Products.

Beach Comber Canvas with X-Press IT products

Products Used:

Fab Scraps Beach Comber Paper
Fab Scraps Beach Comber Chipboard

X-Press IT Sticky Barc

Firstly I did some prep work for the canvas, by giving it a coat of white paint and added some blue flecks into it. 

Painting the Canvas and adding blue flecks

I then set the canvas aside to dry and then painted my Ocean Waves Chipboard.

Painting Chipboard

Once the chipboard was dry, I then used some X-Press IT Clear Glue to coat the top, which creates an awesome clear gloss accent when dry.

X-Press IT Clear Gel Glue makes an excellent glossy coat.

Once the canvas is dry, I took some Beach Combers Patterned Paper, and cut it down to be about 7" wide, and then tore it into four pieces.    I have then used X-Press IT Triple Tac to adhere it to the canvas, in layers, with a layer of crumpled Cellophane between.

Using X-Press IT Triple Tac on Canvas

X-Press IT Triple Tac as Adhesive for canvas

Then, using the Triple Tac, I have used a cloud template, and put the triple Tac onto the template to create two cloud shapes and then sprinkled with Shaved Ice.  the Triple Tac is and excellent adhesive for applying these type of products.

X-Press IT Triple Tac and templates

I have then used some of the X-Press IT Sticky Bark, which is so easy to adhere to chipboard elements.  Just peel back the adhesive, then place your chipboard face down.   You then use a craft knife to cut around the outside of the chipboard element.

Using X-Press It Sticky Barc to cover Chipboard Elements

I love creating layers, so the next step was to start using some X-Press IT Foam Tape.
Using X-Press IT Foam Tape to add Dimension

Using it just gives a lift to some elements on your page.

Using X-Press IT Foam Tape to add Dimension

If you want to layer, so I wanted my picture to be on the same level as the lifted element, I made sure that I worked out where to put my Foam Tape before adhering it.

Using X-Press IT Foam Tape to add Dimension

Ever wondered how to make string stay in the right place.  Well I discovered the X-Press It Glue pen is THE solution.  Just draw where you want the string to adhere to then press the string into position.

Using the X-Press IT glue pen to adhere Twine

Need EXTRA lift, I am known to double up my foam tape.

Double Up on your X-Press it Foam Tape for extra Dimension

The X-Press IT Gel pen is also the perfect solution for adding little details of glitter.

And don't forget it is the PERFECT tool for gluing on your sequins.  Just draw a dot, where you want your sequin to go, then drop the sequin into position.

Using X-Press IT Glue Pen for Sticking Sequins in Place

After adding a couple of other embellishments, and doing some doodling, here is the final canvas.

Ocean Waves Canvas by Anne Patterson using X-Press IT Products.

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