Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coffee Monsters Altered Board Book Part 2

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today back with the next two pages in my mixed media altered board book featuring the cute monsters from Rick St. Dennis and explaining the importance of coffee. If you missed the first spread, you can find the post here. Like all of my altered books, I keep some things constant throughout for continuity but change it up a little each spread to keep it interesting. In this book, I have featured mainly browns, blacks, and natural colours on the backgrounds (a departure for me) with pops of brights. Each two page spread features a monster, a mug of coffee using Rick's Pencil cup image as the template, a coffee title, and a saying.

For the second spread, the adorable Fwayt, who was coloured bright red using a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, is the star., He and his balloons were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted in black cardstock, and trimmed again. The coffee mug was traced onto French book paper, inked with Barn Door Distress ink, and shaded with Inktense pencil activated with water.

The gessoed background was covered with Postale Tissue Wrap adhered with Matte Medium. A thin layer of gesso was added over that to knock back the text. Once dry, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, and Walnut Stain Distress inks were applied using several coats. This gave a very grungy, aged appearance in the tones I had chosen to repeat on each page. A Stamper's Anonymous Coffee stain stamp was applied in a few places using Coffee Archival ink. At this point, I sprayed a fixative over the background to set the Distress inks. Pieces of burlap and handmade paper that looks like it has embossed shiny coffee beans on it were layered behind the images. Harlequin and star rub-ons were applied and die cut harlequin border was added in 5 (odd number) places. The title was created from TH  AlphaTiles and dotty circles plus a doodled border finished off the spread.

The next two pages featured the sweet little monster, Threek, who has Get Well wishes for people like me who have no pulse until some coffee is poured into me. Threek was coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and Glossy Accents was added to those big sad eyes to create a lovely shine and a little dimension. He was fussy cut and matted the same as Fwayt. The coffee mug was prepped in the same way as above, only this time using Picked Raspberry Distress ink for the background colour.

The background for this spread began as an experiment which turned out kind of cool. The gessoed pages were basecoated with Titan Buff acrylic paint and while still wet, narrow washi tape was crisscrossed in a grid pattern over top. The wet paint dried adhering the washi at the same time. Once that was dry, Walnut Brown Big Brush pen was run along the top and left side of each square and smudged with my finger. The bottom and right side of each box was lined with black pen. Stamping of a zigzag pattern and dots was added with Tree Branch Archival ink and black doodling was used to create a zigzag border.

The zigzags were repeated from the large flatline heartbeat which was drawn across the page with a black Pitt pen. Above the flat part, the letters for beeeep were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink Scraps of designer paper, corrugated cardboard, and drywall mesh were layered behind elements. The extra green tag was added behind the mug to pull Threep's lovely green colour onto the other page. The heart is a nod to the heart beat pattern. Pink and black dotty circles and Black Big brush pen edging completed the pages.

Thanks so much for joining Fwayt, Threep, and me today.We appreciate that. Stay tuned until next week when I will introduce you to more Coffee Monsters. As for me, I'm going to load on some more caffeine..LOL.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sending Hugs ....

.... Hello, it's Deborah here with you this morning and I'm showcasing another of Rick's wonderful Hat Ladies.

This image is called May Lily of the Valley.  Now, lily of the valley are really pretty white flowers in real-life, but on my card I've made them into bright redbells!  You can find full details of the card on my blog, Deborah's Gems.  I really like these images, they are so easy to colour and I find that the cards I made with them are so elegant!

You can find lot more of Rick's elegant Hat Ladies at his Zibbet and Esty shops.  Here in the States it's Memorial Day weekend, which means a three day holiday.  And you can celebrate the weekend
with these special discount codes good through Monday until midnight:

MEMDAY20OFF2015ETSY This is your Memorial Day sale discount code for ETSY SHOPPE-20% off any order of 3.00usd or more.

MEMDAY25OFF15ZIBBET This is your Memorial Day SALE discount code for the ZIBBET SHOPPE = 25% off any order of 3.00usd or more

Now is the time to stock up!  Grab a few and come enter the May Progressive Challenge which is Anything Goes (with an RSD image), of course.  And don't forget Rick's Special Tag Challenge on FB.  There's still time.  Hope to see you there.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

OOh La La! Moulin Rouge

It's Donna here today with my first post on SNG.  WooHoo!  I'm loving all of the opulent ladies Rick has been drawing and couldn't resist the fabulous Moulin Rouge available HERE on Zibbet.  I dare say she's a naughty one, or at best a grand coquette.  Just look at her dripping in fur and feathers and jewels.  Did she come by them honestly?  Highly unlikely, I'd say.  This is Paris in it's heyday, la belle epoch and I've embellished the card as lavishly as the times.  For more details, please visit my Blog.

Here's a closeup of the beautiful image.  She's colored with Copics with additional shading from Prismacolor pencils.   Lots of opportunity for practice here.  Just look at her hair and fur and amazing plumage on that fabulous hat.  There are over 1000 images in Rick's Zibbet shop and for immediate download, he's on Etsy, as well.

Celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend with these special discount codes good through Monday until midnight:

MEMDAY20OFF2015ETSY This is your Memorial Day sale discount code for ETSY SHOPPE-20% off any order of 3.00usd or more.

MEMDAY25OFF15ZIBBET This is your Memorial Day SALE discount code for the ZIBBET SHOPPE = 25% off any order of 3.00usd or more

Now is the time to stock up!  Grab a few and come enter the May Progressive Challenge which is Anything Goes (with an RSD image), of course.  And don't forget Rick's Special Tag Challenge on FB.  There's still time.  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Who's been painting my white roses red?

Hi there Everyone! Rachel here today to give you some inspiration in the form of a card using Q of H 2015 who is available in Rick's Zibbet store
I just love the look on her face.. she does seem like she's thinking about whether she want's to tell her guards to take off your head!
I'm having fun this month with lots of the wonderland themed digis in store... you may be able to tell ;)
who is next up I wonder?

for more information about what I used to make this card please take a look on my Blog :)
Rachel xx

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Magical Unicorn

I love magical and mystical creatures and Rick St Dennis Mfa has that covered her has so many awesome digs. Today I have chosen to make a card out of his Unicorn. I started out with a mint green base card, and then matted in purple. I then added a glittery butterfly card from Kaiser Craft and added some lace. I then Die cut a purple circle and then another Kaiser Craft paper. I coloured my Unicorn and then fussy cut it out and popped it up with double sided tape. I added a sentiment and a couple of gems to finish off. Im really happy how this turned out, Im going to give it to my sister for her birthday.
Heres the colours that I used:
Here is the direct link to this magical image Unicorn
Also why not check out my blog to see what else Ive been up to Deb Vees Craft Place

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Snow Family - Crafting Vicky

I'm trying to stay ahead of the game!  Yup I know we are only in the month of May but soon enough it will be Christmas.... the big "C" word.... so I did a card for the progressive challenge and today I'm sharing with you another sweet little Christmas card.

For this card I used the awesome Snow family sheet 1 there are so many fabulous images on this sheet!
I thought that she should take the center fold of this so I left this really really CAS!  I think this fabulous snow lady needs to steel the show.

Here's a closer look at  the snow lady barely colored with my copics.
If you want more details on this check out my blog here.

Hope you like my inspiration. Check out all the other fabulous images in the Zibbet store or in the Etsy store!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!!!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Coffee Monsters ~ Altered Board Book

Hi all. It's Bonnie here today. I have started yet another altered children's board book using images from Rick St. Dennis. This one will follow a coffee theme and will feature several of Rick's cute monsters because I am a monster without my morning coffee...and I am not alone! Besides, I love these guys. They are so fun!

The star of the first two page spread is the cute monster called Swixtus. He was coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. He was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock. Swixtus was then popped up on foam dots for dimension and Glossy Accents was added to his eyes.

I began by sanding each page as well as the covers and then putting gesso on each spread. That is the tedious part because there is drying time and sometimes multiple coats depending upon how saturated the original colour was. Washi tape was adhered to the center line between the pages and then covered with gesso. For the first spread, brown Neocolor II watercolour crayons were  scribbled over the gesso and activated with water. This didn't give me the depth of colour that I was looking for so I topped that with Vintage Photo Distress stain. Yep, that did it! Jet Black and Coffee Archival inks were sponged through Sheena Douglass' Distress Grid stencil. White gesso was pounced through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil to apply more random pattern.

Coffee themed digital paper was cut into a rectangle and edged with Vintage Photo, then edged with black Big Brush pen. This and a scrap of a corrugated coffee sleeve were layered behind Swixtus and lined with black Big Brush pen. A small fussy cut clock ('cause it's always coffee time) was added to that vignette. To create a nod to  the sentiment, travel themed washi tape was adhered to white cardstock and added to the background. The sentiment was printed on white cardstock, edged with black. It was then attached to a coffee cup cut from French book text coloured using gelatos and Inktense pencil. The coffee cup started as Rick's Pencil Cup image which was used as a template. Another piece of the coffee sleeve was added under the cup and a coffee bean image was fussy cut and layered over both. The page was finished by die cutting a scalloped border from black and red cardstock. This border was split into two sections and adhered to each page. Black letter stickers were added to each section. A little outlining and edging of the pages with Black Big Brush pen completed the spread.

Thanks so much for joining Swixtus and me today. We're happy that you did that...and that you waited until we had our first fill up of coffee. We're so much more sensible after that. Stay tuned for more of Swixtus' friends when I post next week.


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