Friday, January 14, 2011

use, practice, create...and JINGLE!

hello, it's lauren here!

this week i'm thrilled to introduce the first of what i hope will be many, MANY guest designers* to the JINGLE BELLES blog: my dear friend, my inspiration, and my artistic mentor, ms. gina cunningham!

those of you who read gina's blog tyggereye arts will know that having hosted a year-long art journaling prompt in 2010 called HEART the ART, this year she's embarking on a medium-per-month "play along" called USE PRACTICE CREATE, about which i am very excited! i hope you'll check out her blog (full of real- and digi-art that makes me DROOL!), her etsy shop (the coolest hand-carved art stamps you can imagine), and her UPC flickr group!

but right now, let's check out her card! gina's spending the month of january using, practicing and creating with ACRYLIC PAINT, so i thought it'd be fun if we all got out our brushes and played along with her!

thus, for CARD THREE we're going to

USE, PRACTICE, CREATE...and jingle!


here's what we did with acrylic paint, and a little description from each of us:

gina's card

Thanks to Lauren and Stef for having me join them this week. With my card I took an old Basic Grey chipboard snowflake. I put all different color acrylic paints on my palette and painted them all together while wet and blended them at the edges. I then let it dry. I then stamped it with some Tim Holtz snowflake stamps in Black Stazon ink. I then added little dots of white like snow. After that dried I added the Cosmo Cricket snowman rub on.

On the background I used some white Basic Grey cardstock. I spritzed it with some Tattered angels misters. Mounted it on red cardstock and used the same Tim Holtz snowflake stamp for stamping. More white acrylic dots added. Then I added the ribbons, stamped Tim Holtz Merry Christmas sentiment and buttons.

Very exciting that many of you are enjoying making Christmas cards like I am for jingle belles challenges. the UPC group I have started makes using a different medium for the whole month on different crafts a goal. Please come check out my blog of weekly projects I've done with the medium or the UPC flickr group.



stephanie's tags

I opened A Compendium of Curiosities to page 37 and gave Dauber Resist a try. I also took a tip from several of you, and while I had things painty & inky, I went ahead made two holiday tags. The Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish was stamped in Snow Cap White ink. I used a triangle make-up sponge (cheaper than the Ranger applicators) to add varying combinations of Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick & Peeled Paint Distress Inks. I also used some hoarded little holiday owl embellishments (another great thing about these challenges ... the opportunity to use our stashes) and Hero Arts Sentiments (Holiday Cheer & Get Merry).



last year i started stumbled upon the idea of using the negative space from paper punches to stencil through (THIS TUTORIAL shows the step-by-step method). i love it because t's super-easy to do, makes use of what is essentially TRASH...and looks pretty good, if i do say so myself! on this card i stenciled through an oversized martha stewart snowflake with a mix of white, silver metallic, and clear glitter acrylic paint; then i built the rest of my card using an illustration from a vintage children's book, patterned papers, diecuts, and ribbon. (full product details on my blog; or email me for info!)

so now it's time to see what YOU will do! brush or brayer it, splash it, splatter it, stamp or stencil with it, dab, drip or drizzle it; make it the centerpiece of your card or merely an accent...but get hold of some acrylic paint so you can USE, PRACTICE, CREATE...and JINGLE!!! :)




link up your card by 6pm EST on wednesday, january 19th; if posting to SCS, our flickr group, or the UPC flickr group use code JB03; remember that for the january giveaway, comments count as one chance and linked cards count as TWO...so you've got a shot at three more chances when you play along this week!!! ♥




*do YOU have a great idea for a prompt, or a fabulous technique you'd like to share, or a sketch you're dying for us all to try out? we'd love to hear from you! email us using the information on the sidebar!!!

23 comments:

Sue said...

Oh goody! I LOVE Gina! I keep thinking "I need to carve out time for UPC, I need to carve out time for UPC" and, of course, that hasn't happened yet... Two birds/one stone? Love it!

Fabulous cards and tags, ladies! Great ideas for a variety of ways to use acrylics, too. I'll have to see what I can come up with...

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love the DT's cards...I'm looking forward to participating!

Lora said...

Cards look awesome - thanks for another great challenge. I have an entire drawer full of acrylic paints and always forget about them!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Neat technique, ladies! It gives your projects a whole new look.

kathy s said...

what fab projects- those owls are too cute will have to get my acrylics out it looks so much fun.

emmacrafts said...

Oh Dear God...I think we have officially surpassed my crafty talent levels. The only thing I do with acrylic paint is slap it on a canvas, there's no gorgeous work like your examples!

Rose said...

OMGoodness these all are fantastic!!! have never used acrylic paint but I sure like the look :) LOVE the idea of using the negative space as Lauren has done.

KatheD said...

oh, so many things to think about - are my acrylics still *liquid*? do i switch allegiances to tyggereye and FINALLY get started on an art journal? can i start a blog of my own, like emmacrafts? (btw, emma, i totally have confidence that your card will be worthy) why is it so hard for me to FOCUS? oh, acrylics - color scheme? stenciling? blending? hmmm

Jeanne said...

LOVE these!! Great challenge!!

~amy~ said...

Wooo hoooo.....3 for 3......thanks ladies!!!!

Deb Hickman said...

Great DT cards,can't wait to get messy with paint.

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Great inspiration--my interpretation is very different. Truly a one of a kind. Looking forward to next week.

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

I missed last week but I made it in under the wire this week.
Did I mention how much I love this challenge ! Just what I need to make me use my stuff. The cards this week are so unique and each one provides different inspiration.
Love it !

Cindy said...

Great work on the cards and tags ladies, It's an interesting concept of using acrylic on cards, must say hadn't tried it and it was something new. So thanks for inspiring me to try something different.
Cindy

lisa said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Everyone's stuff is so great. I finally got all three challenges done (catchin' up here!) and just linked THIS WEEK's challenge. I still have to do posts for the other two... but they are done and sat pretty for their pictures. Great job everyone!

lisa said...

Ok, ok... I FINALLY posted on the other two challenges... here they are! JB01 and JB02: http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/2011/01/catchin-up-on-jb01-and-jb02-jingle.html

Tracy said...

Ok.. I barely made it in here :-) This was a tough one for me...but I did it!

Alli said...

Lovely cards everyone!
I am so looking forward to next week's challenge!!!
This is FUN!

Rose said...
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Rose said...

Drat!! Had internet problems all day (kept getting kicked off!) and now I missed the deadline.
Will link up here just to show I did get messy with paint! lol
My card is HERE

June Houck said...

Gina, I always enjoy your art! No surprises to see you here, my talented blog friend :)

Jana said...

Love everyone's cards this week. Great CHALLENGE.

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Everyone truly rocked this one!