Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One-of-a-Kind Background

Each week in May the Crafter's Companion Design Team will be giving away a wonderful prize from Crafter's Companion on their blogs - this is the last week!!  All the DT blog links are posted on the bar to the right.  Be sure to read the rules for each team member's giveaway.   This week I have added one more step!

For my project this week, I'm sharing another cool background technique with one of Sheena Douglass's new designs. I'm really excited to play with Sheena's new images!  You'll get to see several projects over the next few weeks, so be sure to come back right here each day!

I pulled out my iron - my Encaustic iron that is.   Have you ever tried it?!  Stacy shared a project last week with a really cool frame that looked like it was painted with wax - you can see it here. I tried it last year at a stamping retreat and fell fast for it. My stampin' sister Barb G showed me how to use it and gave me lots of tips.  I had ordered the started kit before the retreat was over. :o) I'm sure you have those dear friends - enablers - that help you spend your arts & craft allowance. :o)

There's two styles of Encuastic painting that I know of, (1) using paint brushes and tin tubs of heated wax, and (2) using an iron and small pieces of wax directly onto the iron.   There is a short learning curve to producing some really cool one-of-a-kind backgrounds.   That's what got me excited!

I used semi-glossy card stock - the wax glides smoother with some type of glossy finish.  You can also use other type papers and card stock.  To stamp you can use StazOn or a dye based ink.   While I was stamping, I stamped several.  When I'm using my iron, I like to spread a lot of wax at one time and have them ready for a project.  I may use them for a background or cut out the image.

Before spreading color, I use a layer of Beeswax to coat the card stock. Next, I chose wax colors that are in sun flowers, melted them together on top of the iron and spread onto the background.  Another tip Barb G taught was to use metallic crayons with your wax to get a cool bubble/sparkle effect.  After spreading the background,  I came back in with my stylus brush and spread a little dark brown wax in the center of each sunflower.  I gently buffed with a tissue when I was finished.

Next I fussy cut one of the sun flowers out and trimmed a rectangle around the remaining ones. 

On the inside I added a strip of the design card stock and punched out a couple butterflies with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Here's what the iron, stylus, and wax look like:

The card is ready to send!  If you don't want to invest in the tools yet, try a craft iron and crayons - same idea.  You can get a feel for thrill. :o)

To see more Encaustic painting that I've done, please visit here.

Here are the rules for my last week's giveaway:
  1. You MUST be a follower of BOTH the Crafter's Companion Informational blog and of the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog. (I do check when choosing winners :o)).
  2.  Be or become a follower of my blog.
  3. Post an announcement on your blog about Crafter's Companion Giveaway with a link to your favorite Crafter's Companion's  post so far this month (it does not have to be mine - all the DT's designs are awesome!).
  4. Leave a comment ON THIS POST by THURSDAY, May 31st at 8pm PST. Winners to be announced the next day on Friday the 1st of June.
Week three giveaway ends May 22nd - Please make sure I have your email address!  I will send you an email when you have won and post your name on my blog. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Week 4 Giveaway is A CleverCut 3-in-1 Mini Paper Trimmer.

CleverCut 3-in-1 Mini Paper Trimmer

Thank you for visiting!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


Becky Dunham said...

What a gorgeous card Trena! I have never tried Encaustic before. It looks interesting, definitely willing to give it a try :) Thanks for the chance to win this lovely trimmer! I love the idea of multiple edges from one trimmer!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

great project. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for another chance to win a wonderful prize from crafters companion!

Kathy S. said...

Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Hi Trena. I've never heard of this technique before. It turned out pretty. Thanks for the chance to win and TFS AJ~


CLM-cindylu2u said...

Beautiful job, this is a technique I am going to give a try, love it!!
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Amy E said...

I love this card!! I've never heard of this technique before, but now I'm curious to try it!

I posted Dawn's link about her giveaway on my blog candy page as the post for the month.

You guys have done A LOT of giveaways this month! Thanks for all the fun!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Tonya H said...

Your card is beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

I am ready to burst just thinking about winning that awesome trimmer. Thanks so much to you and CC for the chance at such a fabulous prize. Have a good evening.

Rufus said...

Love your encaustic background and card. I've only ever tried this a couple of times with crayons, certainly didn't get that gorgeous a result. May have to try again. Thanks for a chance a the last yummy goodie from an incredible month of goodies!

Emily H said...

Super fun card!

Bhawana said...

Thanks for another chance to such a wonderful tool.

Priyakumar said...

Fab tool again. trimmer are always a first thing to have... Thanks for the another chance dear.