Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Its Clearly Black & White!

Did I mention on Mother's Day that Cassandra and Michael gifted me with a Cuttlebug, some embossing folders and a set of six Spellbinder Dies?  As well, David gifted me with a Joann's Gift Card and I was able to get a few more goodies for that Cuttlebug.  I felt and still feel entirely spoiled to the max with that gift -- I've wanted one ever since I first heard about ability to create one's own embellishments!  :-)

The Cuttlebug is rather a quiet little workhorse that, although not as sophisticated as the newer and bigger machines, is wonderfully fun and easy for a first-timer to them.   I've been playing and experimenting with it ever since and enjoying its capabilities!   I will pick up more dies and embossing folders over time as funds are available ... in the meantime, I'm thrilled with what I am able to do!

With some of the results from my playtime, I got the idea for an art piece done totally in black and white, with metal elements if possible.   Having watched my friend, Darlene, of ArteDar's Ustream one evening where she used Aluminum Foil HVAC Tape and embossed it, I thought I'd give it a try as well and picked up a roll at Walmart recently.  OH MY!!  It embosses SO nicely!  Yes, I know it did for Darlene too ... but she's well qualified in doing that as she's been doing Mixed Media forEVER ... whereas I'm a beginner!  LOL   I used the Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Brocade Embossing Folder, and then rubbed some acrylic black over the foil and then wiped it off, leaving it in the depressions -- it looked just like pewter to me!  And those embossed foil strips were the final puzzle to my project idea!

Its Clearly Black & White
Its Clearly Black & White - Upper Right

I started with a 9 x 12 Canvas Panel Board (canvas heat-glued to a hard cardboard backing).  Using the same Brocade folder, I embossed and loosely black-ink-swiped a piece of cardstock and when dry, I Decoupage'd it to the top right corner.  Then followed with a Decoupage of another Brocade embossed sheet of copy paper, left plain white, in the upper left corner.  Following, that, in the lower left, another cardstock (which matched the upper right's) was decoupaged in place.  And finally, lower right, was another decoupaged sheet of white copy paper that was embossed with little flowers (the folder came with my Cuttlebug) and left plain white.

Its Clearly Black & White - Bottom Left

The next step brought one of those "happy accident" thingies.  Using the Crafters Workshop Layered Beads TCW293 Stencil, I was stenciling the series of acrylic black dots on the mid-horizontal when the right side went wonky on me and I messed up the dots entirely.  O.o  I tried to wipe them off the white paper, but was only successful in smearing it ... very badly.  Necessity will rule, so that whole block was painted black and when dry, white gesso dots were stenciled instead.  At the time, I was not happy with myself, but after seeing the effect, I was thrilled!

Its Clearly Black & White - Upper Left

The next step was the decorative die-cut edging strips using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ironwork Accents Die.  The top one is the cut - the bottom one is the relief from the cut.  These were done on light cardboard, then painted acrylic black and then I used a  metallic silver Gelly pen for decorative touches to imitate a pewter look.   Following those, were the Buttons Galore & More filigree corner pieces, which started out gold.  I painted them acrylic black and rubbed with metallic silver acrylic paint, again to imitate the pewter look.  All of these elements were adhered with Beacon's 3-in-1 Glue.

Its Clearly Black & White - Lower Right
The vertical embossed foil strips were laid down next and followed by the stamped Hero Arts Circle Lace doily image on cardstock which I fussy-cut and glued in place with the Beacons.   I specifically chose this rubber stamp as its image looks like its got tiny little gears and wheels which I felt would coordinate with the metal design elements.

Finishing touches include a previously purchased kit which had the upper right butterfly, the bird, the birdcage cage with a tag which says "Moments to last a lifetime" and the lower right clear tag with scrollwork and raised tag that says" Remember when".  

Its Clearly Black & White - Middle

The "Remember when" tag was placed atop a square cut from cardstock and edged with black & white polka-dotted ribbon.

The lower left butterfly was a free digital image, fussy cut and glued in place.  

The Cameo was another treasure from Buttons Galore & More.  I changed up the gold center with Faber Castell Gesso.  These Cameos are so versatile in that every part of them can be painted or inked to coordinate with your art piece!

So this concludes my first piece using elements created with my new Mother's Day Cuttlebug!   I love that little thing so much already!  :-D

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  1. Wow - so many details! Black and white is always so gorgeous and classy! This is amazing!

  2. Von this is so very pretty!!! I love the embossing that you did and I'm excited to see all the things that you are going to create.

  3. You sound like you are having so much fun with your new cuttlebug.. I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful Mothers day gift. Your card is lovely just so many little elements and so much to look at.. Your aluminium tape wow it really adds lots of pizzazz to your card. Wonderful card Von.
    Sandy :)

  4. Your polished embossing work appears to be more like a seasoned embosser, not a newbie! Love all the details, Von! Bravo!

  5. SO many awesome little details- and thanks for walking us through them.. this is just lovely!



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