Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Step X Step - Faux Leather

Hi!  Suzz here!  I am going to share a fun technique that I am calling Faux Leather! When I saw the current challenge 'Timeworn' hosted by Autumn, I started thinking about weathered, worn leather.

I decided I wanted to achieve the look and feel of an aged leather book binding or jacket. I also went down a path of experimenting with various textures on my poinsettia and I am going to share my inspiration with you!

To create the leather texture:
1. Gather up some sheets of kraft cardstock and a water spritzer.
2. Cut your kraft cardstock to the size of your card base or in smaller pieces to help with the texturing process.

3. Spritz the paper on both sides with the water until saturated. 

4. Now the fun begins. Take that wet cardstock and crumple it up in a ball. Open it up and crumple it up in a different shape. You can also use a rolling pin to add pressure to the crumpled up ball. The more wrinkles the better.

5. Open up your cardstock to see what texture you have achieved. If you are not happy with your weathered effect, keep going. You can also use sandpaper or a distressing tool to scrap the surface to add more effect.
6. Drag your dye ink pad (I used Ground Espresso) across the surface to capture ink in the creases. I am showing you how it looks on a flower cut from the paper created in the previous step.

7. Spritz with water to allow bleeding of the ink around the wrinkles.  Then spritz with distress ink sprays to add the color of leather you want to emulate.  I used ground espresso but depending on how much you apply will make your leather darker in color. 

8. I used a variety of distress sprays to add layers of color and mixed lighter sprays (antique linen, pumice stone, gold mists) to give a variety of colors. A couple of other tips: If it gets to dark keep adding water and dabbing off ink using paper towels. Or even just flip it over and use the other side!
9. Emboss the leather with an embossing folder for another layer of texture.

10. Add a touch of distressed gold to age the surface. I used a Versamark pen or glue pen to add a sticky surface around the embossed area.  I then sprinkled the gold embossing powder on the surface.

11. After knocking off the excess embossing powder use a brush to brush off even more of the embossing powder to get a more aged worn effect. Then heat the powder to set the color.

Now onto the poinsettia:
1. Cut flower layers from the same textured kraft cardstock.  I cut a series of 3 sets of petals.

2. Distress with ink pad and spray with mists to get colors desired.  (I added a hint of antique bronze to the mix).

3. Emboss with embossing folder to add a pretty floral pattern.

4. Add watermark ink or glue on embossed areas.

5. Sprinkle off excess powder and heat to set the gold color.

6. The center was the soft beads sprayed with a distress spray and dipped in the embossing powder.  Then heated to get the gold color to set.
7. Assemble the flower. I used multiple layers of the same size with glue dots between the layers.

I had so much fun with the leather poinsettia I wanted to try a few other types of paper to create more poinsettias: I used Wendy Vecchi's newsprint paper and created this beautiful flower:

1. Start with the layers cut from the newsprint paper.

2. Spray them until saturated with water.

3. Spritz a distress spray ink on acetate/slick surface and paint the edges of the flower with a waterbrush. Add more color or less to get the effect you want. It will seep as you have saturated the flower with water.

4. Let dry. Then stamp with snowflake image using archival ink. (the archival ink will keep the image from bleeding.

5. Use a watermark pen or any watercolor marker close in color to the edges of your petals and do small sections to allow you time to dip in embossing powder and have it stick. You could also use a glue pen.

6. Dip in embossing powder or sprinkle with embossing powder and shake off excess. 

7. Heat emboss the edges of the flower.  Repeat for all layers and assemble flower.

Finally one last poinsettia created with tissue paper. These are very fragile and the layers don't look like anything but once assembled you have a gorgeous soft flower. 

1. To cut the tissue paper flowers I take folded sheet of tissue paper and cut them with multiple layers.  I then picked up the layer by the center and pinched them.
2. I filled a little dish with water and added the distress ink spray.  Re-inkers would have worked just as well in the water. 

3. I dipped the ends of the petals into the died water which then seeped upwards into the centers of the flower petals.  I let this dry.  I used a heat gun to help dry the flowers.
4. I sprayed all the layers with antique linen to get an aged color.
5. Then I stamped a few of the layers with fine text in a brown ink.  I then just assembled the layers with a brad. The tissue paper is fragile so using glue dots or glue might have been too easy to tear the layers.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to try creating your own faux leather!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Focus Part 2 -- All Things Christmas!

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of Frilly and Funkie's Friday Focus where we will be shining a spotlight on all things Christmas available for purchase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! With all Christmas themed products in stock discounted an additional 15% through November 24 , this is the perfect time to stock up for your holiday crafts projects and even for thoughtful gifts for crafty friends and family.

As promised, I'm back to show you the pages of my Christmas junk journal, filled with lots of Christmas goodies from the shop. You can click on the link above to see the journal cover and signature covers inside and out. Click on any photo to enlarge. I'm going to apologize up front for the lengthy post and poor photo quality. It was bright and sunny today, but way too windy to photograph a paper project outdoors! There is a spot of light in many of the photos due to the sun reflecting off something outside my window. It will stop annoying you about half way through the post as the sunlight shifts.

I'll start with my first signature, of which so far I've only showed you the front cover.

I followed Anne Redfern's (Redanne) tutorial HERE to make the simple pockets within, adjusting my measurements just a little. Thank you for this and your many tutorials, Anne! This will be the perfect place to keep my Christmas lists and receipts, because the pocket expands due to the accordion fold sides. 

I've included a few tags to keep track of who's been naughty and nice. The Holiday Talk Metallic stickers make quick titles. These come in 4 different combinations--silver and gold upper and lower case text on white and black backgrounds.

I've tucked in a few Holiday Flash cards--if you flip them over you get another set of words! These make great little interactive surprises to tuck into your holiday cards.

To keep those precious wish lists contained, I've borrowed another trick from Anne and attached a clip with some of Linda's charms attached. These were colored with alcohol inks.

You may recall this is the cover of the second signature.

Within my second signature, I've included some old ledger pages, making a pocket out of one to hold a special vintage greeting. Check out that postage stamp! I love the card tucked inside, but it's the envelope that intrigues me more. You can include some of these great vintage postage themed elements in your holiday crafting by using Tim's Holiday Postmarks stamp set.

I love this Sparkles and Christmas background stamp inked with Distress Oxide, stamped second generation on some watercolor paper.

A little tuck spot made using some of the Christmas ephemera and tags I've heat embossed using clear embossing powder and Christmas Classics sentiments. I've blended them with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. The embossing resists the oxide inks--simply wipe away the color from the embossing, and you've made a quick tag for your packages.

Drawing paper opposite was aged with Distress Oxides; a combination of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo, I think.

The Fluted Stars make great quick embellishments straight from the package, but they look great altered with inks, crayons, and paints, too!

Again, I've used glassine paper and made a little pocket by simply creating a fold and adding some ephemera with the Tiny Attacher. This is a great place to include a little calendar and those party invitations and tickets to holiday shows!

I couldn't help but include another of my vintage Christmas cards and a Holiday Clippings sticker as a caption. The card can be removed and replaced with another, because I attached it with Index Clip Fasteners. These are great to use in albums and journals, as well as on cards as functional embellishments.

In my final signature, I've placed the emphasis on a white can dream, can't one? The Swirly Snowflakes have such beautiful graphics and look great inked up and stamped in neutral tones. Here, I've added a simple sentiment using one of the Holiday Talk Metallic stickers.

I've used the mini swirly snowflakes on some tracing paper colored with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide. Because the paper is so thin, I adhered it to the previous page using Distress Collage  Matte Medium. Since I stamped the large snowflake on the previous page after they were adhered, it faintly shows through to this side, a happy accident. I've inked some graph paper and stamped a Christmas Classic sentiment.

I've embellished the next page with a vintage looking bow and made a little pocket fold to tuck in a photo. Tim's Metallic Trimmings are probably my favorite Christmas release of 2017. I'm so impressed with this authentic vintage look. You can color the ribbon any color to match your scheme  and the metallic luster shows through.  I've used Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to color mine. The package includes a generous length of silver and gold tones, and I've used the gold tone here. I love how it worked out that an appropriate Remnant Rub peeks out from a later page.

The Holiday Flash cards come in this gorgeous red vintage script, too (in the same package with the green shown previously), and I've used one to make a little tuck spot. I've also included some old sheet music among my pages, and I've aged them further with Vintage Photo DOX.

The tree mini stencil gives a festive feel to another of my inky papers.

I've shown off the Swirly Snowflakes on my centerfold, and made a little tuck spot for a snowy photo. The ephemera photo was aged, and I've used some Christmas Remnant Rubs to add some captions. These come in black and  white in several different fonts in the same package--love them! Again, I've used the index clips to hold my fold, and I was able to include a little bit of ephemera as a tab, glued within the outer part of the fold.

Mini Handwritten Holidays, released in 2014, I think, are still a classic in my opinion. And guess what?! At this writing, Linda has a few sets in stock in her shop! These are great for tags and cards, too, and pair well with all the current Christmas products. This Stitched Rectangle die cut stamped and embossed with one of them works great as another place to tuck a photo.

Here's more of the tracing paper; I folded it in half and adhered the halves together to give it more substance and added some Christmas Clippings stickers. I love how this looks when you hold it up to the light--a mini snowstorm!

Lastly, I used my ledger paper to hold a beloved vintage postcard and another of the Holiday Flash cards. Don't you love that you can recreate those aged spots found on real old stuff (this one's dated 1924!) with the Distress products? I'm still in 'wonder' over that!

That's it for me today! Thank you for hanging in there with me! I hope I've given you plenty of inspiration to tempt you into picking up a few holiday craft supplies! Remember all things Christmas are discounted an additional 15%  over Linda's already discounted prices at The Funkie Junkie Boutique through November 24.

Thank you for stopping by Frilly and Funkie today!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily