Friday, October 19, 2012

October's 2 CRAFTY-NESS by Keren Tamir

I'm happy to say that its my turn again to showcase my work on the 2 Crafty blog 
and I had so much fun this month.


First I want to talk about this picture. It really looks as if my kids are in a magical forest!! Its one of the most favourite pictures I've ever taken and I wanted to scrap it using some earth toned colors. I used the Domestic Goddess collection from 7 Dots Studio because it has rich earthy tones.

One of the things I love doing is experimenting with new products. I went to my local art supply store and found these 2 really amazing textured pastes.
The first one you can see it in the next 2 pictures. I cut the 11" Flourish Frame in half and covered it with Coarse Alumina Paste. It gave it a dark and rough look. While the paste was still wet, I sprayed it with 3 different colored mists: Adirondack Butterscotch, Adirondack Red Pepper and Dyllusions Espresso. 

11" Round Flourish Frame (unit of 3)

The second paste I bought is actually my favorite. I used it on these Oriental Flower Stems. I used both stems that come in the package and I cut and spread them in the page. The paste I added is Glass Bead Gel. Its a clear gel with actual glass beads inside. I spread it roughly over the chipboard and while wet, sprayed them in different places with the same mist colors.

I was ecstatic with the result. You can see the glass effect above. I actually love it and can't wait to use it on my next layout.

One message I can give to the 2 Crafty readers is that Experimenting is Good!! if you don't try new things you will miss out on some amazing creativity!

 Oriental Flower Stems (units of 3)

Finally I used the word "Imagine" for the title. I took it from the ATC Words  pack. These words are small and perfectly fit in any layout. They are meant for ATCs however I thought they were so handy. I always add my title last and sometimes I don't have space for it. These words are small enough that they can fit anywhere on your page and you get so many in the pack.

ATC Words 1 (units of 3)


My Second Project for this month is another nature scene. This time its set in the lake while my daughter was fishing for some minnows. She spent hours chasing them in the water and when she caught one, she would put it in her bucket.

I used 2 different chipboard pieces for the flower cluster. First I used the doilies which I dabbed in yellow acrylic paint and then added some distressed stickles on it.

Doilies (unit of 3)

Secondly I used the Winter Leaves 
(which is ironic as I used them for a summer layout). 
I have a simple tutorial below on how I made the textured leaves.

Finally I used the word "Play" out of the
Summertime word pack.

Summertime (units of 3)

Leaf Tutorial:
Using the Winter Leaves

1. I used 4 leaves out of this package.
Winter Leaves (unit of 3)

2. I painted the leaves in green paint 
(I apologize for the blurriness as I took these photos at night)

3. I squirted some Green Distress Stickles on the leaf

4. Using a paint brush, I roughly spread the stickles 
unevenly on the leaf. Then I let it dry. 

"Timeless Beauty"
Finally I want to show you another layout I made this past month.
 I used two amazing 2 Crafty Chipboard Pieces. One is the "Timeless Beauty" title. 
The second is this Floral Spray that I cut and used in two different places
 in my layout. I simply dabbed both pieces with gesso and purple paint.

I hope you enjoyed all my creations today!

I'm having a giveaway on my blog so come by!!

Have a fantastic life!!


Unknown said...

These are all gorgeous, Keren! I love the effect of the glass bead gel, awesome!

Di Garling said...

Such an amazing post Keren, BEAUTIFUL layouts, great use of colour & so many great tips for chipboard. Love it all. Fantastic post.
Cheers Di xo

Vicky Alberto said...

deeply rich and gorgeous layouts!!! said...

Gorgeous pages and amazing techniques. I agree, Karen, it is fun to experiment and come up with new techniques!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Ella Swan said...

Lovely Keren! So creative!! I agree that glass bead gel looks like a must have!!

Elena Olinevich said...

these are great, thanks for revealing a bead glass gel for me, never heard about it, stunning results

Vanessa said...

Amazing layouts Keren, love the first one, the chippie looks great, thanks for sharing your techniques, will have to try them.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

*sigh* these are just GORGEOUS!! I love love love love all the flowers and the colors!!!!!

Juliana Michaels 17turtles said...

Amazing & gorgeous!!!!

Linda Eggleton said...

Wow, I love all 3 of your layouts, Keren...they are all spectacular in their own way. Love the little step x step for the leaves...and all your info on your the effect of both, but I think the glass bead one is my fav. Fantastic work this month! :)

Patricia said...

Lovely project all of them...and wow on all the texture you achieved
on your chippies!!!

Lizzyc said...

These are wonderful.. so much to look at... well done..

Shona said...

these are just gorgeous Keren...yummy

Leonie said...

Stunning creations Keren!! Love the rich colours of the first layout. great little tutorial too on how you did the leaves in the second layout they look awesome!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Oh sigh,...these are just so beautiful Keren. Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas for new supplies!

Desire Fourie said...

This is so creative. Love the design. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow!! Such rich layouts! Love them all!

Marília Lopes said...

These are all gorgeous...loooove!!!

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