Monday, September 19, 2011

CS Designs Celebration of Fall ATC

It’s been a while since I have made anything but a tag, and I had almost forgotten how much fun these could be to make. The main focal point for this ATC is one of my original Arty Expressions digital designs which has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.  I use a postage stamp die cut, a flower punch, some metal embellishments and several layers of torn paper for this one. The deep rich rust, gold and browns of this ATC are just perfect for the new Art With No Boundaries challenge this week which is “A Celebration of Fall”

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I would also like to extend an invitation to visit and share your art with us on the Art With No Boundaries Challenge blog.   The CS Designs Team has created some wonderful examples for our new Fortnight Celebration of Fall Challenge so be sure to have a look.

Other Challenges this ATC is Participating in:
ATC Challenges Anything Goes Something Representing you. (My Original Designs)
The Corrosive Challenge  Punches or Dies (Stamp shape die cut & Flower punch)
Pile It On The colors of Fall
The Squirrel and the Fox Anything Goes


Monday, September 12, 2011

CS Designs Starfish Distressing and Paper Beads

My latest Art Tag is all about inspiration and was created especially for the CS Designs / Art With No Boundaries Any Thing Goes Challenge is week. Every Fortnight is a different challenge but the main focus is always to be inspiring to others.

The main focal point of this Art Tag is called The Starfish and is from my new Ocean / Aquatic Digital Stamp Series. The Starfish like most of my precious tag designs has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine. While this should be inspiring all on it's own I have also made the orange beads and the distressed background.

How To / Paper Beads with a difference: The orange colored beads that adorn this tag were made from orange text weight printer paper and then colored over with brown and turquoise pigment ink. The shape of the long beads are quite different from what most people seem to make and I achived this unusual shape by cutting a V out of the end of the strip rather than making the usual point. It is important to know that how you cut your strip, any notches you create as well as the angle of your cuts always determines the overall shape of a paper bead. There are so many unique possibilities for these depending what you do, and experimenting is half the fun of making them.

Ho To / Distressed Background: The rather distressed multicolored background with the deep red veins is also hand made. I made this by taking a piece of white paper, doing a light wash of ink of several colors like yellow and turquoise and allowing it to dry. Once dry I coating one side of my paper with a layer of wax. This can be the paraffin wax used in home canning, an old candle or a white crayon. After the paper had a layer of wax on it I scrunched it up and twisted it every which way until it looked quite mutilated but still whole. I then brushed on a layer of red drawing ink and allowed it to sit for a bit before I wiped off the excess. The ink settled in the wrinkled portions of the paper while the wax that wasn't affected by the scrunching resisted the ink. After my paper was dry I glued it on to a sturdier piece of cardstock to make a more solid layer for my tag. All of this was super easy yet gave my tag a very distinct look.I hope you like my new tag and are inspired enough to try something like this yourself.

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I would also like to extend an invitation to visit
and share your art with us on the

The CS Designs Team has created some wonderful examples for our new Fortnight Anything Goes Challenge. While you’re there please leave us a comment, become a follower and share some of your work with us. We would love to visit you too.

Other Challenges Join with The Starfish Art Tag:
Incy Wincy Designs Bookmark Challenge
Make It Monday Link Party
Crafty Boots Anything Goes Inspiration
Paper Creations Ink Distressing
Crafting When We Can Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts Use Eyelet (main hole in tag)
Quirky Crafts Anything but a Card
The Crafting Misfit Show An Tell
Three Muses  Words (Hawaiian Proverb Starfish)
Do You Stack Up Texture (Distressed Background & Fibers)
Pile It On Layer It (6 layers of paper on my Art Tag
Friday Sketchers / Norwegian Site Use A Digit Stamp

Monday, September 5, 2011

CS Designs The Lovely Loreley

I have been so busy creating new designs that it has been a long time since I have added any new art work to my Doodle Pieces. With that said, I hope you will enjoy my new Art Tag. I created this especially for this weeks Art With No Boundaries Fortnight Challenge. The main focal point of my tag is from my original Ocean / Aquatic Digital Stamp Series. This the lovely Loreley, she is a mystical creature and was born somewhere between Sea and Sky and no one is ever really sure to which world she actually belongs as she seems right at home among the stars or amongst Ocean Creatures. Like most of my art I have colored her with Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless turpentine. The Beads are hand rolled from some scraps of my handmade paste paper. Besides utilizing my scraps, I love the one of a kind uniqueness that hand made beads bring to any art work. The Sentiment is from a song called Loreley by the Renaissance band / Blackmore's Night

If you like my art, please become a follower of my Doodle Pieces

I would also like to extend an invitation to visit
and share your art with us on the

The CS Designs Team has created some wonderful examples for our new Fortnight Anything Goes Challenge. While you’re there please leave us a comment, become a follower and share some of your work with us. We would love to visit you too.

Other Challenges Entered with Loreley:
Stamp Something Challenge / Digi Day
By The Cute and Girly / All Things Bright And Beautiful
Picture and Scrap / Decorate A Tag
Crafting Misfit / Show And Tell
Creative Card Crew  / Anything Goes
Desert Island Crafts Inspired by Nature, Sentiment, A Little Green, Dry Embossing
Card Making Mamas / Go Digital
Do You Stack Up / Friendly Critters (Fish, Starfish, Shells, Sea Anemones)
Pile It On / B for Book Mark, Beads and Blue
Inspire Me Friday / 22 Anything Goes