Friday, 15 April 2016

April Tutorial

            You can find our April Challenge....HERE

Hello Crafty Friends....
Welcome to Rhedd's Creative Spirit today, my name is Rupa and it is my turn to bring you this months tutorial.

Remember I told you I would be back on the 15th with a tutorial on making those colourful passport sleeves?

Well here I am....let's start

Things you will need......
Canvas cloth - size required to cover your passport / notebook ( with a 1 inch allowance on all sides )
White Gesso
Gelatos or Acrylic paints
Some stencils and stamps
Decoupage napkins
Decoupage glue
Embossing folder and your Big Shot machine
Inka Gold / metallic lustre / rubbing buff, archival inks
Gel medium / Matt varnish
Embroidery floss, needle and scissors

I know that is a lot on the list, but this is going to be fun...not 1 or 2, but 3 different styles!
Come on....sit back and chill.

Style 1 - Decoupaged Canvas ( Vintage & Shabby Chic )

Apply gesso to the canvas and once dry, adhere the part of the napkin that you want on the canvas gently. Use decoupage glue and a soft brush to do this and wait to dry.
Take some acrylic colours, choosing the right one from the napkin you have stuck! Here I have used a bit of green and brown and sponged it on the blank areas. For the bicycle canvas, I have dabbed in blue & pink to cover up the white spaces

Once that is done, I did some random stamping of text and butterflies on the canvas with Archival Inks. I inked the edges  with archival brown ink and then gave it a coat of matt varnish.
While I left that to dry I threaded up the embroidery floss.
Oops,not that takes time you see,not like before,lol.
Lovely blanket stitch detail to seal the edges. I have used contrasting colours on these canvases just so they show up.
Remember to fold the extra 1 inch allowance in to a flap on the inner side so that you can slip in the book.
I loved doing the blanket stitch, so therapeutic and it took me back to my school days...
So this is done.

Style 2 - For the Man

Textures,grunge,bold tones and no flowers...that's what I like to do for masculine projects.
For this I ran a piece of canvas through the sizzix texture fade - Riveted Metal

Once out, I coloured it with Crimson Red acrylic colours and just rubbed back with archival ink to tone down the red. Then I brushed in the metallic lustre,Silver Spark, with my fingers so that the raised areas would catch it. Then I varnished it and blanket stitched it, then it was ready.
Just for added interest, I made a faux leather label and stamped a quote and stuck that to the front with faux stitching.

Style 3- For the Boy

Well as for Hi, I wanted peppy bright colours and some mild textures, so I went ahead and rubbed in some bright Gelatos, Lime Snow Cone....and blended it with a dry tissue.
Next I layered Tim Holtz burlap stencil and used archival ink in Corn Flower Blue for some textures....adding some stamped script in the background, then stamped the Prima boy.

He looks absolutely cool out there dosen't he?
Varnished and with some blanket stitching and he was ready to go.
That's it my Friends, easy right? holiday project is ready!
The passport fits snugly and I am all set to flaunt this on my soon to become International Holiday.

Do let me know which style appeals to you and if you decide to make share it, I would love to see your take on this.
Until my next creative journey
Happy Crafting & Recycling

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Challenge...& Dt Call.

We are currently looking for one more design team member....check out the Design Team Tab under our header.

Hello Crafty Friends....Welcome to April's Challenge here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.
This is Rupa and I am your host for this month....It is officially summer in India now and the sun is bright and shining and about you all?
As always our theme is Anything Goes, mixed media or altered art, (no cards, papers tags etc)
We have a wonderful display of projects by the teamies here, do have a look and play along, keeping in mind our Rules.
As for the Winner of our March Challenge, Sandie did have a hard time and finally decided on...

                                          No.30. Jenny Marples

and Sandie's Runner up is No.28. Linda Simpson.

Congratulations ladies, well deserved, beautiful projects.
Remember to collect your respective badges from our side bar to display on your blog.
I will be back with my Mid Month Tutorial, so do visit me here on 15th April to learn how I made these colourful passport sleeves...not 1 or 2, but 3 different styles.

Here is this months inspiration from the design team...a treat for your eyes....

Here are some funky colourful passport sleeves that I have made with the minimum of materials.

                     I will be back on the same by mid month...stay tuned

Mixed Media Canvas with Altered Perfume Bottle

                Recycled Canvas with a very mixed media exploration

I've discovered Dimensional Paint
"Crossroads" is the result

                                       "Crossroads" is a metre square.

                                              Sandie.aka Rhedd
                        From packaging and scraps of art / backing paper

More on my blog

A Touch of the South
( More on my blog )

Altered Tea Box

Stash Canvas ( made from stash,scraps & leftovers)

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