giovedì 31 dicembre 2020

Collage Cards

Hi everyone it's Jenny here with a final post for 2020 here at MarteLAB. I'm sharing a tutorial for a set of collage cards created using a fabulous stencil design by Rebekah Meier that's available in the Marte store. Here are the first two cards in the set of six.

It feels like we all need as much love as we can get right now so these cards all feature the hearts that are a part of Rebekah's stencil design. Here's how they came together, starting with a 'masterboard' background on watercolour paper that includes some watercolour ink patches, white gesso, tea staining and texture paste through the 'lattice' part of Rebekah's stencil.

A mix of PaperArtsy 'Infusions' diluted with water was spread over teabag paper and dried with a heat tool before being torn into strips.

Below you can see where part of the 'masterboard' was cut into pieces large enough to cover white card blanks and the dyed teabag paper was torn into small strips.

To create the hearts I mixed some texture paste with a combination of PaperArtsy 'Infusions' storing the mix in  a small pot so it could be covered to prevent it from drying out too fast. You'll see where I checked how the colour would change as it dried.

The coloured paste was spread through the two heart shapes on the stencil onto kraft card. Once dry I cut around the paste shapes to remove the excess card. The paste can be heated with a heat tool to speed up the process.

To add more colour to each card I tore strips from tissue which had been painted with PaperArtsy chalk paint. The tissue was added to each background using a soft matte gel medium.

After adding some hand stitching I stamped the dot pattern from Seth Apter's PaperArtsy stamp set ESA02 onto the area where the hearts would go using black permanent ink. The hearts were then glued in place and each background added to a card blank.

Here are the final four cards in the set made in this way;

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's cards and the tutorial has given you some ideas for creating your own projects. Thank you so much Marcella and Fabio for giving me the opportunity be a part of the Marte family this year. And to end I wish you all a peaceful, positive and safe 2021.

Jenny (Pushing The Right Buttons)

martedì 8 dicembre 2020

Don´t hide your magic - last page in the paper bag journal, with video tutorial

 Hello creative friends!

I hope you are all safe and healthy! 

It´s Melina here today sharing the last page in my 
recycled paper bag journal. Time flies, doesn´t it!? Feels like a month ago I shared the 
first page here in the blog, and now the year is almost over.

As always I recorded my process for you, and you´ll find the 
video tutorial further down.

So far I have dedicated this journal to flowers, but for this last page I just had to go with 
something more winter magical ;)

For this project I´ve been using stamps by That´s Crafty!
There are some of the That´s Crafty! stamps available in the Marte shop.

I´ve used DecoArt paints , and you´ll find a variety 
of DecoArt products in the shop too.

  You´ll find the video HERE , hope you´ll enjoy watching!

Thanks for stopping by today! 
I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for this year here on 
the MarteLab blog!

xx Melina


martedì 1 dicembre 2020

ICS#20.48 Christmas notebook by Marcella

 Hi everyone,

the Christmas atmosphere has entered my notebooks that can be travel diaries, bag notes, Christmas decorations ... and any excuse to write on them is fine.

Normally the basic notebook is an A5 format with decorated covers and interiors built with pages aged with coffee.

But Christmas has changed the format by transforming the classic notebook into a decoration and more....

The materials are always the same ... the preferred or personalized decorated papers, the aged papers in the coffee (the technique has already been illustrated in a previous post), the rounding machine ...

Bind it and the notebooks are done :-)