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Steampunk Stag – Part 2

Last post I left off with embossing sheets of silver foil. Using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, I give the embossed sheets some color and patina of age.  Once alcohol inks go on and dry, they’re pretty much there to stay.  They won’t wipe off with water, won’t smear and they’re translucent. Lots of videos out… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 2

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Steampunk Stag – Part 1

Whew!  What a great Fall and Winter season I had in my Etsy shop (Old Raven) this year (2017-2018).  And due to the fact that the shop was keeping me hopping I had no new projects to post here on my blog since the Spirit House. Traditionally, towards the end of January and pretty much… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 1

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

I ended Part 2 with covering the project with a coat of white gesso.  Now it’s time to add some color. I wanted to match, as closely as I could, the color that’s predominant in the picture cards and T.H.’s Distress Paint in Antique Linen was spot on.  I poured some in a dish and… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE – 2017 was an interesting ride.  I started it with a broken left shoulder – but that didn’t keep me from crafting, actually  it was more the case of crafting kept me sane while I healed. 2017 was also my best year yet with my Etsy online shop ‘Old Raven’. This… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

What is a Spirit House?  Well, there’s a number of different ways to answer that question depending on location, religion, culture and time, just to name a few.  But for me, this is my view point (in a nutshell):  ” A spirit house is a dedicated structure to honor the guardians of the land. It is… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

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Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

If you’ve read very many of my blogs you will have seen the name ‘Tim Holtz’.  Tim is the creator of the “Distress” line of crafting supplies that include Alterations that is a collaboration with Sizzix dies.  Die #658766  Ice Skates That’s what I’m going to play with today.  You can use a variety of… Continue reading Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands