Monday, February 11, 2019

Decoupage and Stencils Decorate a Dress Form

The perfect canvas for decoupage, stencils, paste, and metallic paint is a dress form. This beauty is 14" tall with a 5" vintage spool as a stand. My recent delivery of Calambour products give her an air of sophistication and charm.
My first step was to paint the form with Calambour decoupage glue. I ripped the rice paper into large strips and placed them on the wet glue. I applied another layer of glue over the paper. I only had one piece of the Victorian Cherub rice paper so I used Calambour Metallic Chocolate paint to patch over the uncovered areas.
 A strip of the Metallic Chocolate shows across the back as well as on the neck and shoulders. I was able to apply the paper to the front of the form evenly and fairly straight. The sections on the back didn't go on as well, but they give her a sashay so that's alright!
 Calambour 3D Glossy Gel in Ducat Gold is layered through stencils to create the fleur de lis on the dress forms left side and the paisleys on the right. Calambour Plaster Effect Mortar (paste) adds a series of leaves, dots, flourishes, flowers, and butterflies with the help of even more stencils.
 In place of a heart I have given this lady a blue butterfly. I stenciled on a butterfly with Plaster Effect Mortar then painted it with Calambour Metallic Tiffany paint. Given the curve, the placement of the butterfly took me a few tries. The resulting flutter of Tiffany Blue makes it all worth while!
My first dress form had a number of lessons for me. Some of those were about curves and letting go of perfection. The majority though, were about the fun of experimenting, taking chances, and creating for the fun of it!

Craft On!

~charity hotrum~

Friday, February 8, 2019

Valentines With Watercolors.

Today on the Canvas Corp Blog you will find a variety of watercolor Valentines card ideas. Be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful samples. Create your own and post it on the Tattered Angels Facebook page or on Instagram and tag us!
 Rather than a mixed media or layered paper approach, I went directly to painting. I've been practicing my drawing skills and am pleased with how this beauty turned out!
 The purple and green of her tail and hair are Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist:Clover and Amethyst. The ocean is Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist:Boogie Board and Blue Ribbon. The ocean didn't turn out quite like I had planned. Watch for more projects as I perfect my water technique!
The words are hand-lettered using a paint brush and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist:Mardi Gras. To give the card a splash of valentine shine I matted it with gold foiled paper from Rinea.
Tattered Angels Chalkboard - Clover, Amethyst, Boogie Board and Blue Ribbon
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - MardiGras, Vintage Pink, Tattered Leather and Sand
Recollections - Cardstock
Rinea - Foiled Paper Gold

Craft On!

~charity hotrum~

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Florals and Feathers Wedding Layout

Nothing says wedding and new beginnings quite like florals and feathers. I have a wonderful new batch of papers from Calambour with plenty of images to fussy cut. The Nomad Collection has lovely desert hues that mesh perfectly with this old wedding photo. 
 My youngest brother was married while I was living in Italy. Despite being 5 months pregnant I wasn't about ready to miss the happy occasion. I flew half way round the world to be there. 
 The floral spray in the upper corner is layered with fussy cut feathers from the Nomad Collection. The die-cut feathers are from Calambour's Travel Collection. I just love papers with vintage script!
The dream catchers in the lower corner are variations of the same image. I fussy cut each one and stacked them. They are adhered over a vintage hot-air-balloon printed on the base paper, also from the Travel Collection.

Cutting Dies:Amazon
Ink:Close To My Heart
Tiny Type:Authentique
Craft On

~charity hotrum~

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mixed Media Roots and Wings Tag

Stretching my mixed media skills with this roots and wings tag. There's a new face on Instagram these days, Nomadic Soul Diaries! NSD presents us with a star-studded cast of designers, a rhapsody of sponsors, and mouth watering color schemes. Rush over to their insta for all the details!!!
 January's Challenge:
Create a tag any size/material
Use feathers
Main color must be blue
 I started with plain white cardstock 4x6". I used my favorite stencil and smooshed Nuvo Embellishment Mousse all over it. I used Aqua glaze medium to paint a journal card from my Gypsy Moments paper pack.
Strips of vintage lace peak out from either end of the journal card. Chipboard gears are stitched to the tag with gold braid. From the ends of the braid hang wings die-cut from cardstock and gold foiled paper. 
Although the wings should count as having used feathers, I added two pale blue feathers at the top. I crowned my Wings and Roots tag with a blue blossom and called it good.
Can't WAIT to see everyone's interpretation of this challenge!

Journal Card:Canvas Corp 
Embellishment Mousse:Tonic Studios
Wing Die:Spellbinders
Feather Die:X-cut
Chipboard:Creative Embellishments

Craft On!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Positive Vibes Cards

Remind someone to "Be Excellent" with a pair of positive vibes cards. 
January's Crew Challenge for Canvas Corp is to create with the Compose Your Life paper pack. To see all the entries for this month's Good For The Creative Soul Challenge stop by 
Handmade papers from the Compose Your Life collection steal the spotlight for this project. Layers of texture are topped with fussy cut roses. Sentiments edged with foiled paper urge the recipient to "Live Beautifully" and to "Be Amazing."
 For these cards I used Crafter's Companion doily dies. They cut the intricate swirls and curves from  the hand made papers smoothly. The banner and heart dies are non branded. 
Rinea Foiled paper edges these cards and backs the sentiments. Gold and Copper glossy finish paper is popped up with foam tape. The sentiments are hand trimmed from the paper collection.

Craft On

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How To Make A Cactus Container Garden

When winter gets you down get right back up with a Cactus Container Garden. Canvas Corp papers and printed cardboard make this project a bright spot on a dreary day.

View the tutorial today on the
Canvas Corp Blog
Craft On!
~Charity Hotrum~

Friday, December 21, 2018

Tea Box Of Memories

Use a hand made papers to decorate a tea box to hold sweet memories. This unique gift idea is good year round and gives loved ones something to show off. 
The full tutorial is published on the Canvas Corp Blog:
The Creative Studio

Craft On!