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ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

ATC – Artist Trading Cards – have been around for a long time.  It’s a fun way to spend a crafting afternoon, explore techniques and, as in this instance, trade some of your cards for other artist’s product. Years ago I tried to get hooked up with a local ATC swap group but never quite… Continue reading ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

arts and crafts · ATC and ACEO · Craft Supplies · Distressed · Etsy · Paper Crafts · Upcycled

Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

I recently acquired a FULL BOX of Vintage Glassine Envelopes, although today I believe they would call them ‘sleeves’. I have always loved glassine envelopes, they have a bit of a mysterious quality to them where you can just see through the envelope but not really make out all the details.  And these envelopes are… Continue reading Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

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Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

I just finished the Apothecary Cabinet pictured above.  I’ve made a number of these 25 drawer chests, each one different from the next whether it’s the paint I use, the paper, the type of drawer pulls (or lack thereof) or any number of other variations. In general, I prefer a Vintage patina in my work… Continue reading Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

arts and crafts · Crafting How To's · Distressed · Etsy · Mixed Media · Paper Mache · Steampunk

Steampunk Stag – Part 3

In Part 2 I left you with the thought of heat embossing on paper mache.  Does it work – oh yeah. These are the embossing powders I was telling you about.  They are Allure Powders and I bought four colors:  Oil Rubbed Bronze, Hammered Metal, Charred Gold and Burnt Copper Leaves.  I like to quickly… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 3

arts and crafts · Crafting How To's · Decor · Etsy · Mixed Media · Paper Mache · Steampunk

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