Please feel free to use any of the vintage images on the website in your artwork. Be sure to share your artwork with us. This is a labor of love and I love to see what you create. Please do not post the original unaltered image on the web but post your artwork and link back to this site for the original image. Please do not sell or post the image alone or in a collection without my permission. Thank you. I can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Patriotic Tag Using Gesso Resist Technique

In the mail last week I got some new stencils by Tim Holtz. I love these stencils. I wanted to create something special with them. Though it is not 4th of July I was inspired by the Stripe and Star stencils. So I created this tag below. Stencils are great. You can easily create patterns on surfaces using lots of different medium. Today we will be experimenting with using gesso as a resist medium. The reason I like using gesso versus white paint is that gesso has more grit to it creating more interest in the final piece.
Supply List:
Liquitex Gesso
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil; stars, stripes
Star punch or die
Distress Stain; chipped sapphire, festive berries, antiqued bronze, black soot
VersaColor; Pinecone
Patriotic vintage postcard
Various bits of vintage lace,net
Red dot ribbon
Star button or brad
The Ultimate Glue
Ranger non stick craft sheet
Foam applicator
Manila tag
Lightly moistened paper towel
Take star stencil and apply gesso with a foam brush to half of the manila tag.
Repeat on other half of tag using the Stripe stencil. Let dry
Quickly apply Festive Berries Distress Stain to the Stripe surface of tag. Be careful not to get red on Star surface. Take a moist paper towel or craft sponge and wipe paint off the raised gesso stripes.
Apply the Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to the Star stenciled area. Carefully remove excess from gesso area with a moist paper towel to reveal the white below. Dry.

Cut out image from copy of vintage postcard below. Cut out the number 4 with star punch or die.
Use Pinecone VersaColor cube to color edge of images and tag. Apply image to tag using The Ultimate glue.
Color the star button brad with Distress Stain in Antique Brass Gently apply a little black Soot to antique the surface.
Make a small hole at the bottom center of the card and place the star button brad in the hole.

Put red dot ribbon through the top hole of tag. Take the antique lace net and cut bits from the edge. Glue around the circle part of postcard image with The Ultimate glue.  Let dry.
Add more bits of antique lace to corners of tag. Place 4 from the postcard on tag.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Last of the Butterflies

This is the last of the butterfly cigarette cards from the 1932 Player's Transfer Book.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flutter Wings

More cigarette cards from the 1932 Player's Transfer Book.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Winged Creatures

More cigarette cards from the 1932 Player's Transfer Book.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Winged School Teacher Tag Tutorial

I have been posting all week some beautiful cigarette cards of butterflies from 1932. I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial to show you how I use these winged creatures in my artwork. This is a spooky winged school teacher to use as a Halloween decoration.  My daughter thought she was extra spooky.

Supply List:
Ranger non stick craft sheet
Tim Holtz collection Stencils; Schoolhouse & Bubble
Manila tag
Tim Holtz Distress Paint; Broken China
Stickles; Fruit Punch
Inkssentials Collage Glue Stick
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink; Orange Blossom, Watering Can and Red Geranium
DecoColor White Paint marker
VersaFine Cube; Pinecone
Ranger Cut and Dry Stamp Pad Foam
Sizzix Alterations Embossing Folder; Rulers
Vintage Lace
Light blue ribbon
Butterfly Image
Copy of old photo
Cuttlebug Embossing/ Die Cutting Machine
Heat Gun

First using the Schoolhouse stencil and the Broken China distress paint I stenciled the alphabet onto the Manila tag. Dry
The next step is to randomly add the three colors of Archival Ink to the surface of the tag using the Cut and Dry Foam. I used the Bubble stencil with the Geranium ink to add interest. The paint will resist the ink and the blue will show through. Next using my Cuttlebug machine and the embossing folder I embossed the edge of the tag. Carefully line it up to the edge.
I then took my Pinecone ink cube by Versafine and gently rubbed it on the surface of the embossed ruler image.use the white paint pen to highlight the edges of the alphabet. This will make it pop.

Next carefully cut out your image and the wings. Cut the lace to the desired length. Play around with the placement on the tag.

Take the leap and glue it all down using the glue stick. Add Fruit Punch Stickles to wings and red bubble stencil area.
Hightlight around the wings with the DecoColor white paint pen.  Put the blue ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag.
All the butterfly images can be found here at Clearly Vintage.  The woman image is below.  You can find lots of others around the site.

Saturday Image Bonus 300

More cigarette cards from the 1932 Player's Transfer Book.