Friday, May 9, 2014

LWD: Design Team Showcase: Ranger - Gloss Paper Embossing

It's spring and I'm back with another Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Showcase!  Today I'm going to show you an easy artistic way to create beautiful wings for all your spring "things with wings" projects.   While the main item I'm going to use is Ranger's Gloss Paper, keep scrolling down for a look at the project I created using some of the wings I made.
I love Gloss Paper for many different projects but one of the easiest ways to use it is for a stamped resisted technique.  I used two sets of wing stamps (Hot Off The Press-Flights of Fancy) and a Distress Embossing Pad to stamp my images on the Gloss Paper.  Then I sprinkled on clear and black embossing powder and heated with my heat tool.  
I'm going to show you two ways to color your wings.  The most vibrant color is produced when you use alcohol inks.  I simply thin the ink with blending solution and apply the color with an old paint brush.  Start with your lightest color of ink, working towards the darkest.  You can't see it too well but on the dragonfly wings in the picture below, I added Pearl Mixative over the bottom blue wing, and Gold Mixative over the middle yellow wing.  These mixatives added a lovely shimmer to the wings...perfect for a dragonfly!
The other, more subtle, way I colored the wings on the Gloss Paper was with the water based Distress Markers.  Just scribble a little bit on your craft sheet and pick up the ink with the water brush.  It creates a nice soft look which you can control depending on how much water you mix with the ink.  The marker color beads up on the embossing.  Use a paper towel to blot it off, keeping the stamped image very crisp and clean.
Once you are happy with the coloring on your wings, cut them out and use them in your next project. 
 I decided to make a multi-media piece to use one of my wings on.  As I didn't want something large that would take a lot of time, I dug through my wood surfaces and found this little heart ornament.
 For the background of the piece, I used Multi-Medium to attach a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, crunching up the paper to make wrinkles around the heart.  I also cut out extra words and glued them on here and there, taking some care to place them where they would be seen after I added all the elements.
 Once the tissue paper was dry, I used a craft knife and cut away the extra tissue.  Then I applied various colors of Distress Ink on the surface using an ink blending tool..  Now I was ready to add my decorative elements.
 I chose one of my UTEE created frozen charlottes (see how I did them in this POST) and grunged her up with Distress Inks.  Then I glued the wings and the charlotte onto the heart with Glossy Accents.  Once dry, I added the crown charm, lifting it off the heart with a wooden bead; both also attached with GA.  I wrapped wire around her middle (attaching the heart charm) and around her feet.  The sentiment came from Cosmo Cricket (Tiny Text).
I used more wire for the hanger.  The round wooden bead was covered with tissue paper and inked the same way as the heart.
And there you have it...a little work of multi-media art using the wonderful wings I easily created with Gloss Paper.  There are so many other things that you can do with this paper, alcohol inks and Distress Markers.  Get some and experiment!  You can find all the materials I linked in this project, plus many other supplies for your crafting projects, at 25% Off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC.  All you have to do is join the LWD Discount Retail Sales Facebook group.  If you haven't joined us yet, you're paying too much for your craft supplies!  
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DeAnna Goen said...

That is soooo cute! I need to get some gloss paper. I see so many people using it and I don't have any...

Jaine Drake said...

This is beautiful. Great instructions too. Thank you for entering the challenge this time with A Sprinkle of Imagination.

Sandie said...

I just adore your heart with that little figure, fabulous wings. A lovely entry in to our challenge over at...

Jess M said...

I love this. I am drawn to anything with a frozen Charlotte on it!

Sammy said...

Oh this is fantastic! Beautifully put together and such a lovely idea! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x