Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Altenew Educators blog hop with the theme “Anything But a Card” !!! If you just came from Eva Bussom’s blog, then you’re on the right track. If you get lost, you can find the complete blog hop list on Altenew’s blog or at the end of this post.
When Erum invited me to join this hop, I was so excited because of the theme! I enjoyed creating projects that were not cards for a change, and I hope you will like them, too!
MINI MONOGRAM NOTEBOOKS
- With a blending tool, blend two to three colors on the front cover of the notebook. Add water splatters. Make sure the inks are dry before going to the next step.
- Prepare the surface with the antistatic tool. Using a Misti, stamp the background image using Versamark ink and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
- Color the top part of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Add the gold foil washi tape on the lower portion and die cut the letter K. Die cut extra 4 letter Ks and adhere on top of each other for added dimension. Glue to the cover.
I created these mini notebooks for a sweet friend of mine. I hope she will like them! Make sure to blend the distress inks well or create an ombre look. I also added some water splatters for added interest. This will also look good using stencils or cover dies, too!
ALCOHOL INKED NOTEBOOK COVER
WARNING: Alcohol inks are highly toxic when fumes are inhaled. The alcohol evaporates very quickly and leaves vapors in the environment and the air you are breathing in so it is imperative to wear proper protective gear such as the correct type of respirator mask to protect you from the harmful airborne particles. Best to work outdoors where there is air circulation. If not, make sure a window/door is opened, have a fan blowing and an air purifier in the room while wearing a respirator mask. It is also important to wear gloves when working with alcohol inks to protect your skin and hands. A mask is likewise required when sealing your artowork with Kryon Kamar Varnish and clear crystal.
- Clean the surface with alcohol.
- Add alcohol and alcohol inks and move the pigments using a hair dryer. Work in sections. Add Piñata brass in certain areas.
- When the inks are dry, protect the image using Kryon Kamar Varnish. (Make sure you’re wearing protective mask when spraying this!). Spray 3 times with 30 minutes in between sprays to allow the surface to dry bewteen applications.
- Lastly, spray the cover with Kryon Clear Crystal.
I might add a die cut word later on or maybe a name or a monogram on the cover. Still not sure.
WASHI TAPE ORGANIZER
- Paint the entire surface of the drawer units with white acrylic paint.
- Cover the sides with washi tape.
- Measure the front of the drawer and cut out Neenah Solar white with the same measurement as the front of the drawer.
- Cover this with washi tape and color using Copic markers.
- Adhere this to the front of the drawer with glue.
- Attach the label pulls.
I had fun making this cute organizer. I was planning to use this to organize some of my washi tapes but when my daughter saw it, she asked if she can use it as storage for her jewelry. 🙂 I colored the Botanical Rhapsody washi on the cover of the drawers only for added contrast to the black and white print. Somehow, the alcohol inks beaded up in certain areas of the tape which just added more dimension. I love it when materials react a certain way unexpectedly. When the surfaces were dry, I sealed the colored portion with Distress Glaze.
- Apply gesso to the entire surface of the journal page and allow to dry.
- Use different distress stains and oxide sprays and add water. Tilt the page to allow pigments to move. Dry with a craft tool.
- Add spatters of water using your hand.
- Create ghosting effect by using stencils and a baby wipe.
- Add patterns using the bubble wrap stencil and doodle around some of the circles with a permanent black pen.
- Add white and black splatters.
- Stamp and emboss the wings and the sentiment on vellum and emboss with Rose gold embossing powder.
- With a blending tool, create the base of the butterfly and glue the wings on it.
- Tie the gold metallic thread.
- Die cut white paper using the Creative Edges notebook die.
- Add a strip of torn washi tape from the Rose Petal washi tape.
- Glue the notebook edge die cut on top.
- Stamp sentiments using Versafine Onyx Black.
- Glue the sentiment and adhere the butterfly using foam squares.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve been wanting to start an art journal but I haven’t because I was fearful of the outcome–until now. I’ve been so inspired by Tiffany Solorio and Tania Ahmed with all their beautiful mixed media work so I took the plunge and went for it. Tania’s Altenew class, Demystifying Mixed Media, helped me a lot in freeing myself from the fear of a blank page. She talked about composition, color theory and so much more. I have a feeling the more I practice, the less worried about the outcome I will be. The sentiment is perfect– you just have to be brave to try, experiment and just let go!!!
$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/04/2021 for a chance to win.
There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Anything But A Card” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!
Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/06/2021.
I hope you liked the Anything-But-A-Card projects I made for this hop. The next stop is Roteja Galvan . I love hearing from you so I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know which project you liked the most. This way, you’ll get a chance to win some fab prizes from Altenew. ❤️ It would be nice if you can follow me too on Instagram @mylittleatticstudio. I post all of my works there. Thanks so much for dropping by!!! Stay safe everyone and happy crafting!