Friday, January 27, 2023

Janna's Frozen Winter Dire Wolf Journal

This week at TFJB Inspiration Ave we are creating to the theme of Frozen Winter. I recently finished watching “Game of Thrones” season 8 and was inspired by the cold north to create a white dire wolf. Most definitely a creature of the frozen winter.  For this project I will be creating a journal spread.

Today’s tutorial is going to be broken into three parts.
1: Frozen Winter themed Ranger Tim Holtz mediums and journal elements 
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2: Sizzix Abstract Elements: Building a Dire Wolf
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3: The Frozen North Art Journal Spread
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Part 1: Frozen Winter themed Ranger Tim Holtz mediums and journal elements 

Materials list below.


What is tutorial? I want to start with a quick swatch card using a variety of Ranger mediums that fit the theme of Frozen Winter. To begin I have spritzed a standard sized mixed media tag.

For the base layer on this tag, I am using some distress spray stains Salvaged Patina and Broken China.

After laying down my base layer of colors, I also added some distress oxide spray stain Speckled Egg over the top to get a patina look. In between each layer, I dried with the Ranger heat tool before finally speckling the tag with droplets of water.

Once the tag was dry, I applied four different Ranger mediums.  Here I am starting with some Snowfall Grit Paste. I also added Distress Crackle Paint, Distress Translucent Crackle and Icicle. The drying times on these mediums varies between different climates. For lower Quebec, the average drying time is 30 minutes for these mediums.

Below is the tag with all of the mediums, dried and crackled. I absolutely love how the crackles turned out on this tag, but we still need to make the crackle pop even more.

To help make the crackle stand out even more, I have added some Distress Crayon over the top of this tag. For distress I have used Speckled Egg, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone and Salvaged Patina.

To finish this tag off I altered a piece of crinkle ribbon with some Winter Frost Distress Mica Spray Stain.

Now, for some journaling embellishments. For the first embellishment, I am pulling some die cuts from an older Tim Holtz die set called Labels. From the die set I chose two different sized shields to stick together. The larger one was cut from some leftover Tim Holtz packaging, and the smaller one was cut from some black kraft stock. For the base, a thin layer of ink was used to darken up the edges. Then, on top of these two layers, I am going to be placing a wax seal. I altered the detail of the wax seal to make it more noticeable with some Distress Brushed Pewter paint.

Down below, we can see the finished results of our first alterations.

 Again, we are going to be dipping into the die set Labels for the next alteration.


Here I am also pulling in an older stamp set CMS078 Just Thought. For stamping, I used Distress Archival Back Soot and then blended onto the edges of each of these labels with some Distress Vintage Photo. For stamping, I used Distress Archival Back Soot and the blended onto edges of each of these labels with some Distress Vintage Photo ink.

For finishing touches, I added a small amount of Snowfall Grit Paste around the edges of the sentiment, to make the words more noticeable.

The next alteration is going to be featuring three colours of distress, archival ink that remind me of the frozen winter. Here I am using the colors Mermaid Lagoon, Savage Patina, and Prize Ribbon.

With the Distress Archival Ink, I am creating a gradient on the stamp seet CMS078 Fabulous Flourishes. Below I overlapped each ink.  To get a gradient on top of the stamp, I started at the bottom of the stamp, and then work my way up from the lightest colour to the darkest color.

Here I have stamped on collage paper. It is really neat to see how the gradient transitions between all of the colours on the stamp images.

For our last alteration, I wanted to create a bright silvery Moon. I painted on some craft stock with a splash of distress paint brush pewter..

Once the distressed paint was dry, I then added a layer of distress, crackle paint. After the crackle paint was dry, I then added some distress crayon picket fence to help highlight the crackles.


Below are all of the finished journalling embellishments.


Part 2: Abstract Elements and Dire Wolf Creation.

For the dire wolf I used the following: Abstract Elements die set, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress Watercolor Pencils, Tumbled Glass, Back Soot, and Candied Apple, Ranger Fine Detailed Water Brush, Vagabond die cutting machine, and double sided tape. 

Before diving into today’s project, I wanted to show another tag using the Abstract Elements die set from Tim Holtz's new Everyday Collection from Sizzix. Abstract Elements is a collection of shapes that can become pretty much anything you can imagine. In my example below I turned a few shapes into a goldfish.  When creating with this die set there are three ways that I would recommend going about the creation process. 1: imagine and build, 2 draw your idea and fit shapes to the drawing, and 3 print a picture and then fit the shapes over the picture. 

I also highly recommend spreading out all of the shapes on a magnet sheet. I have found this makes looking at the shapes much easier.

For starting my wolf I pulled shapes together and lined them up to give myself the shape of my wolf. To create the dire wolf I used a half circle, medium sized tread drop, two small circles, and one larger circle for the nose to create the wolf face.

Next I started looking at parts for the body of the wolf. Here I chose a large oval and a skinny oval for the body and legs.  For the paws I found a lemon shaped piece and the tail is an interesting cloud squiggly shape

With all my pieces assembled I then die cut all the pieces outbox distress watercolor cardstock. Before die cutting I added double sided tape to the back of the paper. For cutting I used the precision chrome base plate with the vagabond. 

To start the wolf I began with the big oval and attached the half circle piece.  ThenI added the tear drop shape for the face and snout of the wolf.

Next I added the nose of the wolf. This I colored black with some Distress Watercolor Pencil. Then I cut a lemon shape in half and added them as ears. For the legs I added two skinny ovals and attached two small lemon shapes for paws.  For the body of the wolf I added another oval and a large half circle for the back leg.

Next, I added to half moon shape to form eyebrows for the wolf. Then I added two of the squiggly longer pieces to form a bushy tail. I also added one more lemon shape and a skinny oval to finish the back leg.

Since the wolf I’m creating is based on the Game of Thrones character ghost, I also added a set of bright red eyes. Only a little for highlights and I added touches of Broken China distress watercolor pencil.

To make the application process easier with the Distress Watercolor Pencil, I used some of the pencil shavings along with the Tim Holtz ink pallet and a water brush.

Below I placed the dire wolf on an icy cold background.

Part 3: The Frozen North Art Journal Spread

For the journal lay out, I am going to be creating a frozen winter scene from the north in a mixed media art journal by Dina Wakely. Below are the materials that I use for the journal spread.

To start the journal layout, I am first, putting down a layer of white acrylic Gesso paint.

To start the background I am going to be using Distress Spray, Stains: Salvage Patina, Chipped Sapphire, and Broken China. 

In the background, I also added, Winterfrost and Snowfall Distress Mica spray stains for a touch of sparkle in the background. After I dried the background, I added a few drip drops of water to create a splattered and sparkly look.

We are not done with the background yet and since our water activated the distress spray , I have sealed this background with distress resist spray. This will allow me to work over the top with Collage Medium and Texture Paste and not have the spray start to lift and bleed.

For my next step, I am now placing down the altered collage paper that we have stamped on with this distress archival ink. I used collage medium to apply the collage paper and pressed down the collage paper until the paper was semi translucent, showing our background through the stamp images.

Down below I am now adding the iconic ice wall from the Game of Thrones. The colours are used in the ice wall are Mermaid Lagoon, Speckled Egg and Broken China. For painting the wall, I dry brushed on these colours to attempt to get an icy gradient.

For more frozen fun, I also added some Texture Paste to create snowfall. Here I used a snowy stencil from the Tim 2022 Stamptember stamp and stencil set. 

To finish up the background, I also added a layer of Distress Crackle Paint to the edges of this icy scene. I also included a few dashes of Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter, for some added sparkle. The distress crackle paint took approximately 45 minutes to dry before I started seeing crackles. After the paint was dry I then switched in some Distress Crayon Picket Fence and Broken China to help highlight all of the wonderful crackles in the background.

Before I reassembled the journal page, I wanted to add one last embellishment. For this bonus embellishment, I am creating a raven using stamps from Royal Script CMS016. I stamped the image of the wings onto some collage paper.

I stamped the wings from the set with some Distress Black Archival Ink and then I painted on the body of a raven.

Below, this is my journal spread. I cut the silver moon in half so that I could easily close the pages and glued each half directly to the page. At the last minute I decided to take the dire wolf off of his original background and featured him as a standalone piece.

For finishing touches I also added a tall dark tree on the right hand corner using Distress Ground Espresso paint.

This completes the journal spread for Frozen Winter featuring many icy, cold Ranger Tim Holtz mediums.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Lyla's Frozen Winter Journal

Let's Get Cozy!
We're kicking off a new theme for the Design Team for the next two weeks.  It's "Frozen Winter" at The Funkie Junkie Boutique's Inspiration Ave and that seems appropriate for this time of year - even for those of us who don't have any snow or ice - simply because the month of January is the very middle of winter itself. While not everyone is going to see freezing temperatures, I'm pretty sure that the word "chilly" has been known to just about everyone in the US, except for the extreme southern areas this year. Anything after December 21st counts and Christmas certainly was a doozy!
I solved my Frozen-Winter-theme/warmer-weather-area problem by choosing a paper pack that would give me colors that could go both ways. Come along with me and see how it came about!

This is what some of those Funkie Junkie Boutique goodies were set aside for!

My tools are all shown in the photos but the main items you will need to create one of these Let's Get Cozy Albums is listed below:

Not used on this project, but clearly matches perfectly:

For the Eileen Hull Scoreboards Plus Dies, you will need to use the Big Shot Plus, or equivalent machine from Sizzix. Also the cutting plates for the Big Shot Plus.

I have stacks of plain colored cardstock here in the Florida home, and these two shades of light grey worked for me for a base.

I've given you the dimensions and number of cuts. I didn't use 2 envelope edges (each color), but I did use everything else.

Now- check out these awesome shades of red and blue with white & cream!

And there's plenty there that could be used for summer projects...or a Florida winter!

I measured the cover for the Journal cut, and chose my fronts and backs to match.

Each of the following photos shows the sizes I cut. This was to be the Fronts and Backs for the covers.

This was to be 2 inside pages (1 for each album).

The above sheet (just a different pattern here but the same inside pages) cut again and then...

... each is folded in half to make two pages each.

I decided to make an inside notebook for the very middle of each album.

Here, I layered the cover sheets.  I decided not to use the Score Tape after all, since I like to have a hard spine and cover, so I chose to use Glossy Accents.

There are all 4 'sections' used on my middle fold- and fully flat.

I laid this out so you can see that the base pages are the exact size of the die, but the Graphic 45 papers are hand cut so they extend past the base. This allows that area to bend freely for the closure.

Here, I've moved the middle covering piece over to the left, so you can see it's nearly the same exact size.  Eileen's die is designed to easily be able to fit your papers - no matter how you cut!

Here: the outside is coming together. You can see I've got a nice hard, flat back spine in the middle.

After getting the envelope flap edges on, all I needed was the top layers.

Getting some stitching done on all the inside pages to make long side pockets for the large Journal Cards.

The cuts on this Frame Pocket Journal Die can be used different ways; a flat pocket or one with more room. 

I didn't have the Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Library Pocket, ATC Card & Tabs by Eileen Hull that works with Eileen's Frame Pocket Journal die, so I got out one of my older Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies.

And did some plugged-into-the-electric-socket stitching...

...and some stitching with no electricity- the notebook was a bit thick.  By stitching it to a matching spine piece, it was easy to sew all the pages to that and then glue it inside.

Here, I am 'stitching' with ribbon. Getting the other 2 sets of inside pages sewn onto that middle piece. Buttons would form the closure - along with velcro pieces.

This is the backside of all three signatures sewn to the middle piece.  I even tied another set of ribbons to the top in order to have a couple of hanging outside the spine for Idea-oogy Snowflakes.

Choosing some TH Idea-ology...

The only color I used for any edging or shading. I know! Who kidnapped me and replaced me?!?  This was just one project that looked right without.

And this is what it came to be...


And some element closeups:

And another VIDEO!

And that's a wrap... for today! Don't forget to pop back in for MORE here at TFJB Inspiration Ave from the rest of the fabulous Design Team!! We've got more FROZEN WINTER yet to come, so why not cozy up with us and join us for the fun!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &