Sunday, August 26, 2018

Blog Hop Album-Come Join the Fun

Hi everyone!!!

I'm so honored to be included in this great Blog Hop.  We're celebrating embossing powders from Seth Apter/Emerald Creek, Seth's Paint from PaperArtsy and Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal die from Sizzix.  I hope you'll enjoy the hop and follow along with all the Artists sharing their amazing talents and projects created just for's mine.

I'll show you just how easy it is to enhance simple chipboard and paper. So here we go.

The cover is layers of paper that were stamped with archival inks and paints. Edges are created with Rocky Road EP, and the chipboard pieces are embossed with layers of Baked Textures.

This is the back and spine of the book. This die cut produces one long piece of chipboard that wraps around perfectly to create a brilliantly designed small journal.

Here I've used paints Midnight and Buff from Set 1 of Seth's collections before stamping with archival black ink. You will not find a better paint to stamp on - anywhere! I simply love to stamp on Fresco Paints.

BUT, the other wonderful feature of these paints is that some are opaque, some are translucent, and some are semi-opaque. That's the magic. You can stamp an image with archival ink, use translucent paint over it, and NOT lose the clarity of the stamping!!! Pretty cool.

Here I stamped small and large images on the paper. Then I painted highlights with translucents and watered down opaques and semi-opaques. Finally the piece of paper is completely covered with 2 layers of Chunky Beeswax before gluing to the back of the journal. I love how it turned out!

This signature is a great example of Seth's 4 Fresco Paint colors from PaperArtsy. I used mini clear stamps to stamp onto scrapbook paper. The middle image is a stamp with Deep Sea BT. The chunky powder really changes a detailed stamp by adding texture. The edges of the paper are enhanced with Rocky Road BT embossing powder.

All Seth's Baked Texture Powders from Emerald Creek are amazing.

Add a chipboard saying with pop dots and your signature cover is done. Another great PaperArtsy stamp is on the back of the other signature.

The number stamp is used with Patina Oxide powder and the splashes are with Rocky Road on this signature page.

The stencil work is created with texture paste and a mixture of paint colors. The pen nibs stamp have highlights painted with Fresco Paints.

 The True North is embossed with Chunky Beeswas and the Diary page stamp is embossed with Deep Sea. Diluted paints add color to the snail-looking images.

Now, here's adding color to metal. I painted this Grungy Butterfly from Finnabair with Buff, Midnight, Mahogany, Terra Cotta, and Smoked Paprika Fresco Paints.

Then I added the Baked Texture EPs in several layers of colors and clear Beeswax.

Is that cool, or what?!?!

This is the inside of my book before the signatures are added.  I painted the inside of the spines with Seth's new paints, and then stamped with archival ink.

Again you can see the color added to the stamped images. More to come with this section later.

Now I decided to add paint and EP to some plain wooden be the judge. 

They are strung onto the ends of the elastic cord that holds the signatures in place.

Here you see the dimension that comes with BTs on plain chipboard as you begin to add more layers to your project. The piece on the right also has micro beads embedded when the powders are still hot.

More examples of the embossing powders and stamps on plain chipboard. Simply push the chipboard face down into the embossing ink pad and add the embossing powders. When they're still hot, sprinkle more colors on top and let them melt in. Add a stamp to this "hot mess" and you get even more texture.

This is the last signature that has the key and plate added. I used the Deep Sea BT to emboss stamp the India Ink piece and a bit of distress inks for more color.

So there you have it. You put these 4 signatures together with elastic cord through the 4 holes that come punched with Eileen's fantastic die. I punched two holes in the journal to add vintage material as a ribbon tie. Copper eyelets fit into all these holes and just give it a bit of shine. Always love my metal.

To enter, leave a comment on each of the blogs for your best chance to win $150US prize package from Emerald Creek, Seth Apter, Paper Artsy and Eileen Hull Designs. Giveaway closes 8/29 and winner announced 8/30. Good Luck!

Now check out the rest of the "hoppers" here for more tips and designs.
Leave a comment for a chance to WIN!

Your Friend in ART,
Linda Cain (You are here)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tiny Houses with the Ladies

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I've blogged. For one thing, my really old HP died....just like that, after a power outage, it was gone. It left and never came back. (And yes, it was plugged into a surge protected, but it was it's time)

After a week or so, I put on my big girls panties and made my decision to buy a Mac....I know, you all knew that was the answer long ago, but I'm a late bloomer - a flower child.

So I'll share this with you as the summer gets back into it's hot session and it's time to go back to school. I'm learning to navigate the beast, and I hope I'm winning.

This is a collection of 3 Charming Houses from
Retro Cafe Art Gallery.
They have perfect inch square window frames. If you've followed me for years, you know I LOVE houses. It's what I started with years ago and I'll always be drawn to them.

I made them a few months ago, but never got around to posting since Kristin took a wonderful leave of absence to have the cutest little guy ever, Fletcher.

I painted the houses, windows and roofs with heavy white gesso. The Mechanicals-Vintage Snowflakes are treated to a couple of layers of Art Alchemy Waxes to give them more color.

This house has been decorated with the beautiful Graphic45 Tropical Travelogue 8x8 papers.

Each house has its own personality. This one has a vintage lace feel using the Ladies Diary papers and a beautiful black and white butterfly with coordinating Prima flower on top. I've added more micro beads with gloss gel to each flower and a touch of distress ink.

I love this butterfly with his pointed wings. This one has papers from different collections, but they all blend together really well.

As you may have noticed, being a rebel by nature, I turned the windows around at an angel. The old wooden barns used to have this type of window up in the eves years ago. It reminded me of them.

The houses have a hole in the top that can be used to add a string or cord in order to make it a hanging decoration. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them yet. They could also be used as a center for a collage.

Most products are available at the Retro Cafe Art Gallery shop by clicking the links below. How easy would these be to make for Christmas gifts, eh?!?!

Check them out and let me know what you think. Give it a go.

Your Friend in ART,


Products Used:
Charming Inchie Window House Ornament - Style 1
Charming Inchie Window House Ornament - Style 2
Charming Inchie Window House Ornament - Style 3
Antique Rose Ladies Collage Sheet
Belle Roses Collage Sheet
Art Doll Head Collage Sheet
24 Butterfly Paper Cuts
Heavy White Gesso and Soft Gloss Gel
Prima Flowers
Lucky Emerald and Old Gold Art Alchemy Wax
Gold and Silver Micro Beads
Graphic45-Tropical Travelogue Papers
Graphic45-Ladies Diary Paper
UHU Glue Stick