Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Steampunk Canvas with Distress Crayons

Hello friends! Today I have more inspiration with the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons! I really love the versatility of the Crayons, how they react when a little water is added, the way they make the surface feel and they come in my favorite Distress colors. 

The Flip Frame is a great way to display my mini works of art. 
I cut down a piece of Dina Wakley Media Board to fit my Flip Frame (3 1/4" x 5").Dina's new Media Board is coated with Gesso and it's a great surface for the Crayons and I love the added texture.

Draw Distress Crayons directly to the surface. If you are working on a larger area you would want to work in small sections at a time. 

Add a little bit of water and blend the Crayons with your fingers. 

Add another layer of Distress Crayons to deepen the colors. Add Walnut Stain to the outer edge to create a border and dry with a heat tool. 

One of my favorite techniques to do with the Crayons is to lift color back off through a stencil with a damp cloth. The stencil is made with the Mixed Media #3 Thinlits Set. It's always a good thing when you can multi task a product and use them for more them one thing. You could also use a Layering Stencil the new Mini Layering Stencils are the perfect size for small projects and cards.

Use the stencil vertically and horizontally to create interest. 

Randomly add Remnant Rubs. Cut out a section of Remnant Rubs, position over the canvas and using the Rub Tool rub the words randomly over the canvas. 

Cut Found Relative out and adhere to canvas with Collage Medium. Brush a layer of Collage Medium over the Found Relative and let dry. 

Draw around the Found Relative with a dark Distress Crayon and smudge with your finger. This will create a shadow and make the guy stand out. Add a Vial Label with a little Remnant Rub number. 

Distress Crayons also work on metal! Draw Crayon directly on to metal pieces and rub off the excess with a dry cloth. The Crayon will stay in the words of the Quote Band and around the raised areas of the Timepiece. 

Attach the Timepiece and Mini Gears by poking a hole through the canvas and securing them with Fasteners. I added foam tape behind the Timepiece to raise it up. 

Mask off the areas you don't want to splatter with a Post-it Note like his face and the Quote Band at the bottom. The Ranger Distress Splatter brush is a nice size. It's small and I think the splatter stays more contained. 

Splatter Black Soot Distress Paint with the Distress Splatter Brush. Apply a few drops of Distress Paint on to your craft Sheet, pick the paint up at the end of the Splatter Brush and splatter on to canvas.  

Add Nail Heads to Quote Band with Glossy Accents. 

I am really liking the versatility of the Crayons and how you can use them in so many different ways. The possibilities are endless. I can't wait to get some more time to play and experiment. 
I hope you will love the Distress Crayons as much as I do. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's all the goodies I used for this project. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Upcoming Workshops at The Creative Escape!

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be back at The Creative Escape in Los Gatos, California teaching some of my favorite projects ever! Laurie's store is beautiful and she has lots of space in the classroom to spread out. There is lots of new products in the classes like the New Distress Crayons and Collage Medium! Hope to see you there for all the fun! 

“cRaZy Birds and Cats!”
Are you cRaZy for those Birds and now Mini Birds and even Cats? I can’t wait to show you all the fun techniques I’ve been doing with these whimsical creatures. Come learn to color with the new Distress Crayons, the use of Layering Stencils for background techniques and more while making some FUN cRaZy cards.
All cRaZy Cats and Birds will be die cut for you! 

Friday, April 1st  6:30 - 9:30 pm
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Saturday, April 2nd  10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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“Playing with Crayons” The Distress Way
Come explore your creativity using some of the NEW Tim Holtz Distress products including the Crayons and Collage Medium. This workshop is all about Mixed Media, creating texture, color and dimension. Richele will be showing you several techniques using the new Distress Crayons, Collage Medium, Vignette box all on a Dina Wakley Media Board. The finished piece will even have a lantern that lights and a hand made 
frame for the perfect finishing touch.

Saturday, April 2nd  3:00 - 7:00 pm
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“Configuration Discoveries”

Bring your imagination and venture into the world of configurations. Class will be filled with vintage treasures, Idea-ology trinkets and Ranger products to transform your configurations from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Class will include everything to create this beautiful treasure, yes even a few vintage items and several photos to choose from. 

Sunday, April 3rd  11:30 am - 4:00 pm
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For more information please call 
The Creative Escape 
Los Gatos, California

I hope to see you there!
Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hippity Hoppity Gone Bird Crazy!

Hello Everyone! I can hardly believe Easter is less then a month away! We are having spring like weather her in Sacramento I always love this time of year with all the beautiful flowers blooming and a green lawn. I know some of you are still getting snow so hard for me to imagine! 

Happy Easter Bird Crazy 
or are they Crazy Bunnies?

Spray a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock with Distress Spray Stain and let dry. 

Tape a Layering Stencil to the colored piece. 

Apply Texture Paste with a Palette Knife, scrape off the excess and let dry. 

Color Bird Bunnies with Distress Markers adding a little speckle with the Distress Spritzer.

Layer card as shown attaching the Crazy Bird Bunnies with foam tape. Add your messages using the Crazy Talk set. 

The die for these little guys cuts out all the pieces with awesome accuracy. So much easier then to fussy cut all those tiny little pieces. 

Don't they just make me smile…...Hippity Hoppity! 

Have a great day and as always 
thanks so much for stopping by! 

If your looking for the products I used see the links below and it will take you over to Simon Says Stamp!