Monday, August 29, 2011

Samantha Read: Potty about clay!

I'm so glad that many of you enjoyed my last tutorial and I hope you like this one too.

As a child I spent many hours playing with Plasticine and window putty, it smells beautiful! Then at school I discovered air dry clay, wow!

These little pots are useful as well as arty and would make excellent gifts with a little something inside.

Please note that clay can and probably will stain your clothes and soft furnishings so be careful! If your clay starts to dry as you are using it simply spritz with water.

Start by making a disc shape with your clay, this will be the bottom of your pot. Make some clay sausages also and coil your sausages...

... till you reach the desired height.

Using a rub on applicator or lolly stick blend the clay to make smooth sides.

At this point I thought I would experiment with my rubber stamps, here I used a star.

When the clay is COMPLETELY dry, I waited 48 hours. I painted the pot with acrylic paint and then made them look distressed by applying burnt umber into the stamped areas and edges and rubbing off to remove excess.

Why stop at one pot? I couldn't!

Wishing you a lovely, crafty day x

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sharon Briss: Attracted to Magnets? Still Time to Join In!

We've got a great Art Exchange going right now! The idea is to make some magnetic art with some "encouraging words". Basically, we are asking you to create some words to live by that are set into some gorgeous art that you can stick to your refrigerator door or magnetic bulletin board.

There are so many different ways you can go with this kind of art. We've asked that each piece be at least 2" x 2" and include some stamping and more than one layer. Sounds hard? Not at all. Check out some of the pieces I've put together. I am a simple stamper at heart so while each piece has more than one layer, they are all pretty quick and easy to assemble.

In the following post, I've used several different magnetic options including:
~ magnetic strip which is available in rolls at craft and stationery/office supply stores
~ magnetic business card backs available at stationery/office supply stores available in packs or as sheets usually in the label section
~ magnetic sheets which are printer-friendly available at stationery/office supply stores
~ magnetic acrylic photo frames available at craft stores and places like the Christmas Tree Shop

Of course, a lot of these types of magnets are available through online sources such as big retailers like Amazon.

To create my magnets, I used the same formula that I use for creating ATC's. A long, long time ago, I did a tutorial on creating ATCs for the ATCphobic where I broke down the process into 5 simple steps - select background, choose image, create some texture, add verbiage and finally composition. So, I just followed my own advice to create the following fun magnets!

The simplest magnetic art to make is to use the precut magnetic business cards or the magnetic acrylic frames. The business card backs come in the exact right size to support a 2.5"x3.5" ATC. So ATC away and then slap some magnetic support to the back. My tip would be to create your base from cardboard, chipboard or poster board if you want to use a full ATC size. The business card backs are 2" x 3.5". I just slimmed down my ATCs.

The beauty of this type of magnetic backing is that you don't really have to change your art. You can just magnetize it.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous (sentiment), River City Rubber Works
(sentiment) and Rogue Redhead (background).

I also like using magnetic acrylic frames. I found a ton of different sizes of these little gems at the Christmas Tree shop.

I was excited that they had 2.5" x 3.5" and immediately put some of my favorite ATCs on display on my fridge, where they have resided ever since.

For this new set of magnets, I used a different size - 2"x 2". Yup, that's right! They come in twinchie size! I made a quick reinker background, stamped a sentiment and added some designer paper scraps to the corners. Here's how they turned out!

Stamps: Rubber Tree and A Muse.

For the more adventurous, you can try the more flexible style that magnetic sheets make possible. I love these sheets as it allows me the freedom to make my magnetic creation any shape I want! Isn't that fun?

You can go simple as I did with this little tag. I created a polished stone background, stamped this tag image overtop and adhered to the magnetic sheet with Tombo. I then cut the tag out along the predefined stamped outline. A great thing about magnetic sheet is that it is thin, not only making it easy to cut but also easy to punch. I added an eyelet and some ribbon for a finishing touch!

Stamp: Invoke Arts

You can also try a little out of the box styling as I did with this piece. I kept most of the piece contained within my polished stone background, but for fun I let the parts of the woman's hat go beyond the border.

Here's what it looks like once it's all cut out.

Stamp: Above the Mark. Collage Images: Dezinaworld.

With magnetic sheet, you can also get a full custom shape. I started with a collage image and a sentiment I liked.

I assembled the whole piece on my magnetic sheet and then just cut it out. The sheet cuts easily so you can get great detail.

Stamp: Rubber Tree. Collage Image: Dezina World.

I also like the magnetic strip that comes in a roll. I used some to create a 4"x4" magnet out of a chipboard coaster.

First, I found my background, a distress ink smooshed background and a couple of collage images I thought would fit the bill.

I then stamped a border and a cosmos blossom in a deeper color distress ink and over-stamped the whole thing with a text background. I adhered this to my coaster by running the background through my Xyron, I added my images and sanded the edges.

Then, I got down to adding the magnets. I unrolled the strip to get a good measurement, cut it, and after pulling off the adhesive backing, added it to my coaster back.

Here's how it came out:

Stamps: Rogue Redhead. Collage Images: Dezinaworld.

If you are a mixed media artist and want to get some dimension going, magnetic strips the way to go. I transformed a tiny wooden clipboard into a fun fridge magnet in a flash.

Once I got the background stamped, adhered and sanded around the edges, I added my collage image onto which I stamped my sentiment. A tip if you are using these cute little clipboards: you can bend the clip so that it will lie flat on the back which is important for magnetic art.

Stamps: Alpha Stamps and Stampington. Collage Image: Paper Whimsy.

So there you go! I hope I have given you enough ideas so that you can start on your own magnetic art!

Here are the details for the art exchange. Come know you want to join in!

Media: fridge magnet - minimum size 2" x 2" and maximum 4"x4"; can be any shape
Theme: Encouraging Words
Style: Any but must include some stamping and be more than one layer, not including magnet
Number of Pieces: 4 unique for 4 unique
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by September 1, 2011
Due Date: September 15, 2011

All the exchange details are on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group.

In order to participate in the exchange, you will need to become a member of the Yahoo Group, so that we can maintain proper communication. The membership process, including a short questionnaire, is quick and easy. Once you've requested membership, be sure to look for your questionnaire in your email and return it to us ASAP so that we can process your request!

Sign up today and share your art with your fellow Gingersnappers!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Helene Huber: Watercolor Crayon Tutorial

This month we focused on the joys of childhood. One of my childhood joys was shopping for school supplies every fall, especially that box of brand new crayons. I'd like to share with you an easy technique for using watercolor crayons to make a tag background.
You will need some manilla tags, a box of watercolor crayons, a spray bottle filled with water, and a surface you don't mind getting wet.
Next you need to peel off the crayon wrappers because you will be using the entire side of the crayon rather than the pretty pointed end. Because our current challenge, GC116, is to incorporate the primary colors of blue, red, and yellow, those are the crayons I chose to use. I crumpled one tag. One tag I folded. Either method produces creased lines.
Using the full side of the crayon, rub the crayon against the creased lines. The color will adhere to the raised portions of the tag. Create your own interesting pattern with your color selections.
Spritz with water bottle to get the watercolor crayon markings to bleed and run. I let my tag air dry.
Here is my finished tag using this watercolor technique for the background. The sentiment is one of the digi images from this month's sponsor, The Stamping Boutique. Dorothy is thinking happy thoughts about starting a new school year with her brand new box of crayons!

For more details on product use, please visit my blog, LOTSA SCRAP. I hope you'll try this technique and show us your creations, including any variations on the technique. Helene Huber aka 2amscrapper

Friday, August 26, 2011

TSB's Amanda Newton: Flipping Digital Stamps

Digital stamps are versatile and can be used for many different projects. Sometimes I find I need a stamp to be positioned the other direction and being that these stamps are easily manipulated, I can change them to the size and orientation that I need. That's what I love about digital stamps! So this is how I flip my stamps using Microsoft WORD for flipping and printing digital stamps.

Step One:
Pull up your Microsoft Word program. Insert your chosen image. Once you've got your image inserted, click on it to make sure it's selected and right click on want to chose the Text Wrapping option and click on TIGHT. {This allows you to place the image wherever you'd like}.

Step Two:
Click on the image and copy it. Then you'll want to paste it so you have two images {It may paste it on top of the other one}.

Step Three:
Click on the top image and "grab" the square {the one that is circled in the picture below}. Pull this straight across until the image is flipped or mirrored. {Make sure they match cuz it might look a little funny if they don't match!}

Last Step:
Again, don't forget to text wrap the image to TIGHT and then you can move it don't have to use them together...but if it suits for your card to be the other way around, then I would flip the image...

I've used the Circus Carousel from The Stamping Boutique for the explanation.
Hope this helps everyone!

This is the card I created using this technique with the Cynthia in the "shrooms" image.

Please don't hesitate to post a comment if you need
more explanation and I'll do my best to explain it!
Thanks for letting me share!!

Tutorial by Amanda Newton

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC112: Leather, Iron and Brass

Great use of these fabulous Steampunk-inspired colors! Thanks to all who played!

Thanks go out to Dezinaworld for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner receives a US$20.00 gift certificate to the Dezinaworld store.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Peggy Gatto
Peggy's Mixed-Up Art!

Congratulations, Peggy. Please email us at with your contact details by September 19, 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 Modern Marvel
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Barbara Washington

Artwork by Cindy Pointe

Artwork by Debbie R.

Artwork by Joan

Artwork by Louise LePierres

Artwork by Meggy May

Artwork by Nancy Johnson

Artwork by Sannas

Artwork by Terry

Artwork by Valerie Jael

Special Guests

Artwork by August Visiting Artist
Sylvia (Barnie)

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.

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