Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Radiant" Altered Ceiling Tile Art

Don't trash it, treasure it!
Shellye along with you today with an altered ceiling medallion that once hung around a light fixture.  My sweet hubby brought this home to me all dirty and bright yellow...but I was excited at the challenge to alter it nonetheless :)

After washing away the grime, I decided to give it a coat of turquoise paint.  Because it was painted bright yellow, I gave it a covering with gesso (or use any primer) first and then painted with a sponge brush and plain 'ole Plaid paint.

The opening at the center is roughly 6" in diameter and I knew that I wanted to add some sort of sentiment to it with a cluster of flowers around the opening.  A 6" piece of chipboard fits perfectly inside, so I used it as the base for adding the patterned paper and journal card to.

 
Before securing the chipboard center into place, I machine stitched around the edge and also trimmed it in an off-white pom pom trim.

The blooms of flowers were simply a compilation of Radiant's 6X6 paper and flower punch by McGill.  I punched several patterns of the same flower shape and gave them shape by using a stylus and molding pad.

Some of the flowers' petals are rolled downward (yellow) and the blue flowers were molded at the center so that the petals lifted upward.  I stacked various pieces together with foam adhesive and then secured around the opening of the ceiling tile.  

 I used the basic butterfly shape found in my electronic die-cutting files and cut a large and small piece from 6X6 sheets of Radiant paper.  Before layering together, I embossed the smaller shapes with a polka dot pattern.  
And every flower needs a petal!  I found these in my stash from Petaloo...they look awesome tucked in amongst the blooms and gave the project a totally different look!

I have this hanging up in my craft room...it's a nice reminder that you can either make or break the sunshine in your life...it's all in the attitude :) 
Thanks for joining me today!

Authenitque Products: Radiant Collection- Whimsical Paper; Details 12X12 Cardstock Stickers; 6X6 Paper Bundle; Life Cards
Other: May Arts- Pom Pom Trim; Petaloo- Leaves

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Harmony" Altered Birdhouse

Hello, Authentique friends!  Keely here to share an altered birdhouse I created with the beautiful "Harmony" collection.

 I love taking found objects and making them new.  I found this lovely birdhouse at a second hand store.  It was a bit worn and had chipped paint but I knew that it would make a beautiful altered piece.

First, I sanded the old paint and wiped the birdhouse clean with a damp cloth.  When it was completely dry, I repainted the birdhouse white, the base black, and the accents gold.  Next, I used my trusty ruler to measure and cut patterned paper for each piece of the birdhouse.  Yes...it was a bit time consuming, but it was such a fun project to work on.  I then used my ink pad to apply ink to all edges of the birdhouse.

 

My favorite adhesive for altered projects is Decoupage by DecoArt.  Its a glue and a sealer. It does dry quickly so only add enough adhesive for one piece at a time.  I then added diecuts with dimensional foam adhesive.  Lastly, I added ribbon and that amazing butterfly.

 

My favorite part of this project was combining these beautiful papers, diecuts, and stickers.  The lovely colors and patterns of the "Harmony" collection are perfect for creating any altered project for your home.  Try taking something old and making it new again.

Supplies:
Authentique "Harmony" collection
DecoArt Decoupage adhesive
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold, Chalkboard black, and white paint
Fiskars border punch
Offray ribbon
GlueArts U Cut It 3D Adhesive Foam Blanks
MementoLuxe Peanut Brittle Ink
Michael's butterfly



Friday, July 25, 2014

Authentic Art Prints Inspiration Week


This week we are featuring one of our BRAND NEW products.... the Authentic Art Prints! These 8x10 prints come in 3 of our new collections- "Favorite," "Radiant," and "Harmony." These Art Prints are ready to add to any scrapbook page or simply put in a frame to add flair to any bare wall, and perfect for home decor projects! 

There are several creative ways to incorporate these art prints  into your scrapbooking and home decor projects. Check back every day this week for new projects and ideas from our amazing design team!

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Hilary Kanwischer 

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a fun upcycled project for you, using the new Art Prints that accompany the already incredible collections from Authentique Paper.  Art Prints are 8x10 pieces of art that can be used in all sorts of projects, from home decor, to scrapbook pages, and everything in between.  For my project today, I used one of the Art Prints from the "Harmony" collection to create an altered tray.  I hope you enjoy!

I've had this old, shabby styled tray sitting on a shelf in my craft room, and haven't touched it for years, but something made me grab it today, and when I paired it up with an Art Print, I thought how perfect this would be.  This was such a simple project, I really had this completed in no time.  

First, I cut 12x12 pattern paper to the exact opening of my tray, then poured a layer of decopage medium, (I used the antique decopage, for an 'aged' look), then thinned the layer out with a foam brush.   I then laid the pattern paper down onto the glue, and pressed evenly over the entire area, until dry, making sure there were no air bubbles.  When dry, I added another layer of decopage glue to the top of the pattern paper, thinning it out, and just brushing all the areas in a circular motion, (you will see brush marks on your finished project, so having a 'pattern' will help with eye appeal).   When that layer was finished, I brushed decopage glue onto the back of the Art Print, and laid it down in the center of my tray.  Press evenly again, using a roller brush or your hands to ensure no air bubbles.  I did this till it was dry, then added a small banner and sentiment to the top of the art print, then layered on more decopage on top of everything, spinning my brush into a circular mode, and taking off excess.


When the entire top was dry, I added yet another layer of decopage, thinning with my brush strokes until that second layer was dry, (this will ensure the tray stays safe, should any liquid spill into it).  After all the glueing was completed, I added a small bead of hot glue, around the edge and adhered small white trim.  I didn't want to use any trim that would be too big, but I wanted a small decorative finish, and I love the result.


I knew I was holding onto this tray for the perfect project, and when I saw the Art Prints, I finally knew what I wanted to make, and the end result is exactly what I had hoped for.  I adore my altered tray, and I hope this inspires you to try one of your own.

Art Prints provide endless possibilities to your crafting.  

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Supplies used:
From Authentique Paper, "Harmony" Art Prints,  papers and die cuts

other supplies used:
wooden tray, decopage medium, (mod podge), foam brush, trim, and hot glue.

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Loes de Groot

Hi there, this week we are all sharing projects that we have created with  Authentique's Authentic Art Prints.
I showed you  a layout using the art print not too long ago, and this time I used the Art Print as the tittle.


I layered the art print twice, This is not the way I normally make a layout, but I have to say, I love it, clean and simple!


I made the stars with dies from Sizzix. The photos are layered, I used foamtape for more dimension.


Hope this layout inspires some of you to look at the Authentic Art Prints in a whole new different light!

Thanks for stopping by!


Authentique: 12 x 12 papers, detail stickers, petite diction stickers favorite collection
Sizzix: stacked stars, crescent moon & stars
Tsukinkeko: ink
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What inspiration week would be complete without a GIVEAWAY? We want to give away a couple of sets of our new Authentic Art Prints. Simply join us here on the blog every day this week, leave us a comment letting us know what you would use these cards for. We will pick and announce a winner (along with all other prize winners) THIS Saturday right here on the blog! Bonus entries to those who share our posts on facebook throughout the week! 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Authentic Art Prints Inspiration Week


This week we are featuring one of our BRAND NEW products.... the Authentic Art Prints! These 8x10 prints come in 3 of our new collections- "Favorite," "Radiant," and "Harmony." These Art Prints are ready to add to any scrapbook page or simply put in a frame to add flair to any bare wall, and perfect for home decor projects! 

There are several creative ways to incorporate these art prints  into your scrapbooking and home decor projects. Check back every day this week for new projects and ideas from our amazing design team!

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Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a fun tutorial to share with you on how to create a framed shadowbox using our new Authentic Art Prints.

Creating framed home decor with the new Authentic Art Prints is so quick and easy, and is my favorite thing to do with these fabulous 8x10 prints. Love that you can simply slip them inside a store-bought frame for an instant piece of art for your home. Or if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, the Art Prints are also perfect for deconstructing and layering for more detailed and three-dimensional pieces, like my shadowbox. Either way, you're going to love all the creative possibilities of these new prints.

I created my shadowbox as a gift for a friend, who fell in love with the quote from one of the Harmony Art Prints, and the butterfly patterned paper from the 12x12 papers. With just a bit of fussy cutting, and a few finishing accents, I was able to combine her favorites into one frame that will be perfect for dressing up her new art studio.

I took lots of photos of my steps to share with you. Here's all you need to do.

 Start with the Life & Nature 8x10 Authentic Art Print, and one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper.

Using scissors or a craft knife, trim out the central frame and quote from the Art print. Cut the 12x12 patterned paper to size to fit your frame. In my case, I'm using an 8x8 shadowbox.


Accent the edge of the frame by adding color using ink pads and a wet paint brush.

After you have painted both of the outer frames of the Art Print, cut a panel of Foundation One Distressed Solid 12x12 paper just slightly larger than the print. Round all four corners using a corner rounder punch.

Using strong adhesive, like Therm O Web's SuperTape, adhere wide ribbon down the 8x8 patterned paper panel, just slightly to the left of center. Trim the bottom of the ribbon into a V-notch.

Adhere the Art Print panel to the background paper using foam adhesive for a bit of dimension.

Use a wet paintbrush and ink pad to color several butterflies from the Awakening 12x12 paper. Add a clear glaze dimensional adhesive over the top to give the butterflies a glossy finish. Then fussy cut the butterflies from the patterned paper.

It is way too hard to trim around the tiny antennae, so I went ahead and trimmed them out, and added new antennae using sewing thread bent into a V and adhered on the back side of the butterflies with tacky glue. Add another drop of tacky glue to just the center of the butterflies, and affix them to the Art Print.

Thread four black buttons and adhere them to the corners of the Art Print using tacky glue. Then slip your pretty print into a shadowbox frame.


Enjoy!

Supplies:
Authentique Harmony Collection:

"awakening" 12x12 paper"foundation one" distressed solid*NEW "authentic art prints" - 8x10

Trim: May Arts
Diamond Glaze: Judikins

Corner Rounder: Marvy
Ink: Hero Arts, Stampin'Up
Buttons: Sewing Supply
Adhesive: Therm O Web

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John Petersen
Using the new Art Prints from the Radiant paper collection made this layout go super quick!  Although I've used the Art Print quotes in a frame to decorate my office and to cover the front of a couple of notebooks (more great ideas!), I saw this particular quote and thought that it would be fun to create a layout around it – and I had the perfect selfie for it as well.  The Art Prints are available for a variety of the newer Authentique collections, are sized 8½˝ x 11˝ and have 8 to a package.

The base paper of this layout is Beaming, which ties into the entire sunshine theme.  I actually cut the quote out of the Art Print around the border, and then used the Smiling print (which is the same found on that particular Art Print) beneath it from a 12˝ x 12˝ sheet because I wanted it to go edge to edge.


Beneath the Art Print is a layered panel of (bottom to top) an edged strip of the Foundation One yellow paper topped the harlequin print from Sprightly which is embellished with ribbons and stickers from the Details Sticker sheet.


At the other end of this layer panel are more fun embellishments the Details Sticker and Components Paper Accents, along with the crazy selfie picture.  This layout only took minutes to complete thanks to the new Art Prints from the Radiant paper collection.

Supplies used to create this layout
Authentique Paper  "Radiant" paper collection including Art Prints
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko  Radiant Neon: Electric Blue, Electric Pink; Clear Embossing Powder
May Arts ribbon
Spellbinders  Standard Circles Large die

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What inspiration week would be complete without a GIVEAWAY? We want to give away a couple of sets of our new Authentic Art Prints. Simply join us here on the blog every day this week, leave us a comment letting us know what you would use these cards for. We will pick and announce a winner (along with all other prize winners) THIS Saturday right here on the blog! Bonus entries to those who share our posts on facebook throughout the week! 

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