Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Altered Pages Team Triple Play

The fabulous and artful Altered Pages team is playing their last challenge with the Gingers. Here's their wonderful inspiration for the Blue Moon Challenge - 3 Words, 3 Papers and 3 Buttons.

Artwork by Katrina Rollings
using Background Sheet IV

Artwork by Cathy Peper
using AP 1724 Collage Backgrounds Green
and AP-1538 Vintage Costumes

Artwork by Dianne Adams
using #1855D Beauty in Blue

For more inspiration, check out the work of the Gingers on our challenge post!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Facebook Group for the GC Crowd

We've updated and renovated our Facebook group and now we have opened it to all GC blog followers!

Join in to meet other Gingersnappers and share art, tips and questions!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Laura Liddell: Printing with Packaging

There are many ways to print with packaging. I am going to show you a few.
Firstly printing with corrugated card.

First, get some card and a poky tool. Place the tool into the grooves and start to peel off the top layer of brown paper. Take off as much as you like, you could leave some in place but remember this will print solid. In my sample, I have taken off nearly all the top layer.

Apply Acrylic paint to the high points of the card and print.

The good thing about Acrylic paint it soon dries and you can apply more. I have over stamped the lines in the same direction and also at 90 degrees to create a cross hatch pattern.

Bubble wrap can also be painted to give another effect.

Here I have used a light colour as I did not want it to be dominant in this piece.

I have also printed circles by adding paint to bottle tops and stamping. The small dots are the end of a paintbrush dipped in paint.

You can see I have used the bubble wrap stamping as a gentle texture on the background tissue paper backing.

Here I have used 3 Art journey stamps. Film Boy, which I just adore, "hope" and a ring binder edge. I have used free motion stitching so that the stitches are not regular and also mended a tear in the tissue paper with stitching which I think is rather fun. I feel that the printing done with packaging has really added something to this creation. I urge you to try and see if you find the same.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Colorful Altered Pages Team

The Altered Pages team has been visiting and giving us great extra inspiration for our challenges! This week, they took on our Color of Money challenge and created some amazing art!

Hope everyone is having a capital time with the new challenge! Why not play along?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC104: Denim, Rust and Dust

Excellent art from all who played our Wild West inspired Color Challenge - Denim, Rust and Dust.

Thanks to the Technique Junkie Newsletter for their generous sponsorship of this challenge!

The prize for this Color Challenge is the wonderful Emboss or Die CD from the Technique Junkie newsletter as well as a 2-year online subscription to the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is


Congratulations, Silvia/Barnie! Please email us at with your contact details by July 12, 2011 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Western-Hued
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Esther

Artwork by Theresa Neubaum

Artwork by Nancy Johnson

Artwork by Vicki - Paper Squirrel

Artwork by Judy B (JJ)

Artwork by Maarit

Artwork by Heather A Hudson

Artwork by Connie

Artwork by Michele O

Artwork by Jennifer R.

Special Guest

Artwork by Beverly G
Visiting Artist March 2011

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Color Challenge.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gayle Page-Robak: Creating Backgrounds

By: Gayle Page-Robak, Mixed Media & Digital Artist
For: Gingersnap Creations on behalf of the Altered Pages Design Team

I have elected to present a fun and relatively simple background. This "CITRASOLV BACKGROUND" requires relatively few supplies and can be very addictive.
Items required:
CITRASOLV (cleaner and degreaser);
Small spray bottle;
Sheet of plastic to protect your work space area;
White Paper Towels;
Cotton Balls & cosmetic rounds (optional);
Glossy magazine or book pages (my preference-National Geographic Magazines).
1. Select and tear out glossy magazine/book pages of your choice, taking into consideration the colors you would like to work with.

2. Lay your plastic sheet over your work area to protect the work surface.
3. Place some paper toweling over the plastic. This will absorb any liquid over-sprays.
4. Place your page selection on the paper towel.
5. Pour some of the CITRASOLV solution into the small spray bottle.
6. Spray the entire surface of your glossy page.
7. Let this sit for a few seconds while you "wad" up a piece of paper towel.
8. With this wad of paper towel in your hand, begin to gently manipulate the Citrasolv-covered glossy page until you have achieved an altered page to your liking. If you so choose, you can also add droplets of the Citrasolv solution to your page for effect.
9. Let your altered page dry naturally. It doesn't take long since the paper is not thick.

10. Cut to desired size for your paper arts project. Great for card backgrounds, covering box art projects, etc.

I have added a number of completed altered Citrasolv backgrounds here so you can see a variety of backgrounds you can use in your paper arts.

This is a card I have created with my sample Citrasolv background paper. I selected an image from a collage sheet I created for ALTERED PAGES entitled "LesChapeau AP#1943". I have digitally created my art piece but it is as easily created manually as a paper arts piece. I would suggest you adhere your newly created background piece to a piece of cardstock. This will provide stability before you add it to your actual card base. Cut out your image, backed by another piece of cardstock which will give it a narrow frame, and affix it to your Citrasolv Background. Embellish and Enjoy! Hugs, Gayle
By: Gayle Page-Robak, Mixed Media & Digital Artist
For: Gingersnap Creations on behalf of the Altered Pages Design Team

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jules Eickmeier: Sewless Fabric Envelopes

Those of us who create cards, take time and effort into making them as lovely as we can as a gesture of the affection we have for the person to whom we are sending them Sometimes, we even stamp or ink the envelopes to make them pretty as well. Why not go the extra mile and
create an envelope that can also become a sachet or treasure keeper once the card has been read.

While I use to sew quite a bit, my interests have shifted over time, but I have not lost my love of rich and lovely fabrics. I think the makers of iron on fabric products had me in mind when they created these. They enabled me to create this sewless fabric envelope which will carry a thank you card to a dear friend.

You will need the following supplies: 2 complimentary fabrics (half yard each), iron on fabric backing, iron on seam tape, an envelope to use as a template.

Open the envelope and trace around it onto the sheet of iron on fabric backing. Cut out the envelope trace from the backing. This backing gives the fabric stiffness. I had better luck with this than with the spray on fabric stiffener.

Iron the fabric backing onto the reverse of the fabric you have selected for your envelope. Cut out the fabric leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch edging beyond the backing. Fold these edges towards the backing, mitering and snipping where necessary and iron down flat adhering them to the backing.

Fold the envelope template so only the top flap and the base show. Place this onto the second fabric. Trace and cut out the fabric. Iron this piece onto the fabric backing side of the envelope to serve as a liner.

Iron on seam tape to the sides of the bottom flap of the envelope. Fold the side flaps in and iron the bottom to the sides created the envelope.

I ran a premade fabric tag through my Xyron machine to use as a sealer for the envelope. You could also use the self-adhesive velcro pieces as well.

The address label could be computer generated and run through a Xyron adhesive machine or can be made with fabric as I have done here and then addressed in ink.

I will probably place this inside a cellophane envelop to avoid staining during posting. The stamp must go on the outside and this will obviously cost a bit more to send. I hope my friend enjoys the card and the reusable envelope!

Jules Eickmeier

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