Welcome to Velvet Paw Creations - Design Team Projects by Leigh Snaith-Brunton - The Sharpie Domino Queen & owner of LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Something Wicked This Fae Comes.... a 3rd Coast project!

Can you feel all the creatures of the night getting restless as the scariest month of the year fast approaches?  If you dare to look into the fog on the night of a full moon you just might be able to make out some ghostly shapes of all the creatures of the Fae drawing near!

Here's my 1st Halloween project of the year designed for week 1 of the new challenge over at the Third Coast Challenge Blog - TCCC#5 Something Wicked This Fae (way) Comes Bingo Challenge.

I used the following Third Coast Rubber Stamps on this one:
VB-237-L Devilment, VB-291-P Batty for Halloween, FA-494-K Grave Digger, VB-299-P Halloween Queen, VB-300-J Pumpkin Princess, CH-183-J Sign Stump, VB-041-EE Happy Bat Sm.

As you already know I'm a huge fan of fantasy/scifi and LOVED the X-Files, love Supernatural and now I'm currently watching Lost Girl and this new show calls the creatures of the magical world, Fae!

"Fae" is just another word for all people/creatures that belong in the magical, supernatural, paranormal, mythical or fantasy world.  So basically there's humans and then there's Fae.  Ghosts, werewolves, succubi, vampires, dragons, mermaids, fairies, witches and all kinds of monsters, demons and beasts of both good and evil fall under the classification of Fae!

From the TCCC#5 Bingo Grid I selected the following 3 elements:
Purple, Fae, Glitter and went with Black too!

The 3 elements for the challenge must be in a row where all the blocks touch and the row can run either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
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 1.  Stamp the Sign Stump with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth heavy weight cardstock then stamp the Grave Digger next to so it looks like he's leaning against it.
2.  Create a mask for the 2 images from post-it notes.
3.  Stamp a collage of the remaining images in the background with London Fog Memento ink.  After inking up each one stamp it first onto a piece of scrap paper so that the next impression is fainter.

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4.  Cut the panel down and distress the edges with Tim's paper distresser tool.
5.  Start building up the fog by applying London Fog Memento ink with Tim's foam applicator tool over the entire panel but leave the Grave Digger and Sign areas mostly white.  Go over the same areas with Gray Flannel Memento ink.
6.  Add touches of Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and then Elderberry Memento ink to start adding shades of purple to the fog.
7.  Add Black Soot Distress Ink to the outer edges.

Draw in wisps of fog and shade and make areas of the shrouded figures appear more prominent with Slate Grey Prismacolor pencil.  Hand write the warning message on the sign stump with a black Sharpie marker and colour the Grave Digger and the Sign Stump with the following Prismacolor pencils:  Cream, Goldenrod, Sienna Brown, Burnt Ochre, Dark Brown, Tuscan Red, Black Cherry and Indigo Blue.  Cut mats from lilac and black cardstock and adhere the stamped panel to the lilac mat with Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive.  Punch small holes in all four corners and attach black glittered swirly brads (Recollections).  Then adhere everything to the black mat with Quick-Dry adhesive.  Apply Star Dust Stickles Glitter Glue all around the lilac mat edge - I love the ultra-violet flecks in it!  Die cut out an easel stand for the back of the project with Tim's Small Easel Alterations die and adhere it to the back with QDA too.

Are you ready to get your freak on and enter a few challenges while you're at it?  Come and play with me this Friday when the new Third Coast Challenge starts!

I've entered my 1st Halloween project of the year into the following challenges:
 Crafty Bloggers Network #3 challenge - Purple
Craft Room Challenge - Collage Art
Creative Card Crew #19 - Tree - I used the sign tree stump!
Corrosive Challenges by Janet #157 - Myth and Magic
Red Carpet Studio Challenge #2 - Use a Pun
 Tanda Stamps #201 - Myth and Mystery
Sarah Hurley Challenges #72 - Something Magical

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Call for players - DominoART's annual '31 Days of Halloween' spooktacular event!

Something Wicked is coming to DominoART!

For 31 days throughout October you will be treated to spooktacular DominoART eye candy!

So who wants to play in our annual DominoART 31 Days of Halloween spooktacular event?

Here's all the info if you dare to join the fun!

 I'm looking for participants who are interested in creating one or more Halloween themed DominoART creation(s) to be featured here on the DominoART blog and facebook page!
Everyone is welcome to play regardless of your level of stamping or domino altering experience. 

There is a prize up for grabs!
Sponsor to be announced soon ;0)

On November 1st I will announce one grand winner and award the Top 3 with a snazzy blog badge!
1.   Email me the Day you'd like to sign-up for with 2 extra alternate days in order of preference.  You can sign-up for more than one day too.

2.  Make your Halloween themed DominoART creation and email me your photo as soon as possible but no later than 2 days before your scheduled Day.

3.  You can use any Dominoes or domino-like game tiles for your creations.  You can incorporate any other game related paraphernalia into your creation like playing cards and puzzle pieces, etc!

4.  You can make cards, tags or ATCs with the altered domino attached or DominoART magnets, jewelry pieces or you can just simply alter/decorate the domino!

5.  You can use any stamping technique or altering method.  Check out all the tutorials and last years 31 Days of Halloween projects for inspiration.

6.  It would be cool if you incorporated the number of your Day into your project but its not required.

7.  Please provide all stamp credits and a materials list with your photo.

8.  You can also provide a summary or step by step instructions on how you made your project if you want to.

 9.  Spread the word and display our DominoART's 31 Days of Halloween blog badge on your blogs!

So who wants to celebrate Halloween DominoART style with me?
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Thursday, September 6, 2012

'Alice in Pink' a Steampunk Pink Third Coast Project!

Hello Everyone!
We're half way through the Steampunk Pink challenge I'm hosting over at the Third Coast Creative Challenge blog and here's my latest inspiring creation titled 'Alice in Pink'.

I went mostly with the baby pink colour scheme for this project even though I usually prefer darker pinks.  But it works for me coz I like the menacing and quirky vibe of the 'Snow White-esque meets Alice' twisted world with the looming evil Queen of Hearts watching Alice's every move in her magic mirror.

Click on the photo on the left if you missed seeing my first Steampunk Pink creation titled "Steampunk Caprica 6" - inspired by my idea of what BSG's Caprica 6 Cylon would have looked like if she existed in the 'Firefly' verse ;0)

All the images are by Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
Steamy Alice (KG-060-Q), Steampunk Stella LG (KG-043-T) and 'Steamy' word stamp (WS-187-B).

Alice and the Queen (aka Stella) were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth heavy weight cardstock.  I added dimension to my project by stamping the Alice image twice, fussy cutting her out and layering with KoolTak clear foam tape on top of the panel with the White Rabbit included.  KoolTak allows you to add layers without seeing the ugly white or black foam of traditional pop dots when the project is viewed at an angle!

I used the following Sketch Copic markers to do all the colouring:
Alice's Hair and Gold-Yellow Details on all the images:  Y15 and 17.
Queen's Hair: C03, 05, 07, 09 and Black110.
Skin:  E0000, 01 and 02.
Eyes/Eyeshadow: B000, 02, G09.
Black Eyeliner and Eye Highlights:  Copic Multiliner and White gel pen.
Alice's Dress:  V0000, RV10, 13 and W3.
Stockings:  C3, 5 and V0000.
Queen's Hat:  R29, 39, RV10 and 13.
Clocks and Bottle Glass areas:  B000 and 02 (Bottle heart R29).
Steampunk leather and Boots:  E11, 13, 15, 18, W3 and 5.
Rabbit Fur:  E41
Rabbit's Clothes:  E0000,000, 00, RV10, 13, C3, 5 and 7.
Metallic details:  gold gel pen.

Cut both panels to size and colour the backgrounds with Pink Madder Lake and Rose Madder Lake Derwent Watercolour Pencils.  Blend with a Dove Blender Pen.  Stamp the word 'Steamy' many times to fill the background around the image of the Queen panel with Angel Pink Memento ink.  Distress the edges of both panels with Tim's Paper Distresser tool and apply Black Soot Distress Ink with a foam ink applicator tool.  Cut a mat from black cardstock just slightly larger than the panel and adhere together with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

Add Judikins Diamond Glaze to the glass areas on the Queen panel and put aside to dry.

 Cut a mat for the Alice panel and also die cut out a Spellbinders Fancy Tag 2 from black cardstock.   Cut the fancy label in half and trim away some of the unwanted areas.  Adhere the Alice panel to the mat with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive and then adhere the label pieces to the top and bottom of the panel to create the look of an ornate mirror.  Embellish with 4 self-adhesive pearls (Recollections).

Now for the upcycled part of the project and where the inspiration for the pastel pink colour scheme actually originated!  Those of you who shop at 'bebe' probably recognized the pink with black hearts tissue paper the store wraps up our clothes in ;0)  To make the background panel I ran a piece of white cardstock through my Xyron to add permanent adhesive and adhered the tissue paper to it allowing it to wrinkle and crease as it got stuck down.  Distress the edges and apply Black Soot Distress Ink to match the stamped panels.  Adhere the Queen panel to the tissue paper mat with QDA. 

Cut a length of white lace and adhere it to the Queen panel with tiny dabs of Judikins Diamond Glaze and secure the ends to the back of the tissue paper mat with double sided tape.  Cut a mat from black cardstock slightly larger and adhere the tissue paper background to it with Quick-Dry adhesive.  Then adhere the Alice 'mirror' panel as well.  Die cut out a Cheery Lynn Designs Fancy Flourish from a scrap piece of pink decorative paper (My Mind's Eye Tres Belle collection).  I had a piece left over from my Caprica 6 card.  Cut the flourish into two pieces and adhere in place with dabs of QDA.
  Complete the project with a single self-adhesive pearl in the top left corner of the Queen panel, 3 black pearls down the left hand side of the tissue paper mat and 5 self-adhesive pastel pink paper roses (Treasures by Shabby Chic).

 TCCC#4 Steampunk Pink challenge over at the Third Coast Creative Challenge blog ends on Sept 12 so which begins Friday Aug 31!  See you over there soon ;0)

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
 Poisoned Peas - #6 Dark Fairy Tales
 Crafts and Me #100 - Add a Flower
Tanda Stamps #201 Myth and Mystery
 Craft Room Challenge - Collage Art
Tuesday Alchemy #30 Anything Goes
 Unique Crafters Challenge - Sept- Anything Goes
House of Gilli - #40 Favourite Colour Combo
Doodle Artifacts - Recycle-Repurpose-ReInvent - Anything Goes  I used the tissue paper I'd been hoarding for a while 
Joyful Stamper Inspire me Fridays #75 - Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody #2 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge #40 - Something Old, Something New everything is from my 'old' stash except for the paper roses which are new

 Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Coffee Siren Pocket Gift Card - Blockheads' September Challenge!

Hello Everyone!
It's challenge time again at Blockheads Paper Arts and this time design team member, Barb, has a demo on how to make a super easy and super fun pocket card.  Check out her tutorial and get all the info on how to enter the challenge here!

Here's my take on the pocket card.  I know most of you hear the call of the Coffee Siren or at least know someone who does.  Here's a little giftie idea that is suitable for any occasion and a perfect stocking stuffer for all those coffee junkies ;0)

The star of my pocket card is a Siren from Blockheads new Collage Sirens plus the square star image from the same set and I used various Coffee related images from their full sheet of stamps called Coffee Tea.

I made my pocket card blank from Neenah Solar White cardstock following the measurements provided in Barb's tutorial - 4.25" x 11".  I made a score line for the front flap 4.75" from the edge and 1" in from the edge on the other end for the tab.

 Stamp the Siren on the front flap with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colour her with the following Copic markers:  Skin:  E000, 01 and 02.  Hair and Clothing:  E13, 15 and 17.
Make a little mask from a post-it note for the part of her robe that sticks out on the far right and stamp a background design with the square star stamp.  Decorate the entire pocket card, front and back with the various images.
inside showing the bottom tab
inside view of the front flap
view of the back of the pocket card with the bottom flap
Once everything is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink stamp over everything with the coffee bean stamp in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate and rub at the wet ink with a piece of scrunched up paper towel after every impression to stain the cardstock and create a burnt wood effect.

Round the top fold corners and the bottom edge of the front of the card with a corner rounder punch.

Cut a length of brown/white and black/white butcher's twine and wrap it around the top fold and tie a bow.  Knot the loose ends.

Fold over the bottom tab and staple to create the pocket.  Embellish the front of the pocket card with amber self-adhesive rhinestones.

Tuck in a gift card to Starbucks and whoever you give this little giftie too will be your friend for life I'm sure, LOL ;0)

Thanks for stopping by to check out my pocket card project!  I hope you'll have lots of fun making your own and I look forward to seeing your entries in the challenge!

I've also entered my project in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenges - #157 Myth and Magic
Lexis Creations #73 - Autumn Colours
Squigglefly sfc3512 - Monochromatic
Addicted to Stamps - #38 Lots of Bling
Stamped Blessings - Amusing Challenges - Markers
Challenges 4 Everybody #2 - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents<