Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fun layouts with BFS chipboards!

Hi everyone! It's me - Iris, for today's post of Blue Fern Layouts. First up is a fun layout I made about our  trip to Universal Studios. We were lucky to catch Big Bird early in the morning so we were able to take a family pic with him. The setting of this particular part of Universal Studios was like downtown city, so the lamp post went perfectly with the page. I added a picket fence too to mimick the fences and barricades surrounding the various rides and attractions.

Evening Lamp Post

Country Picket Fence

Next is a layout about our ride at "The Transformers"! I used industrial gears here to keep up with the theme of machines, robots etc...

Industrial Gears

Last one is a layout I made for the May Sketch. This time, I used the lamp post with the lattice fence to document the time my girls met Cinderella and Snow White at Disney Land....

 Evening Lamp Post

Lattice Fence

That's it for now guys! Till next month for my next (and last) batch of creations for the Blue Fern Studios Blog.

The new design team has been announced, and as sad as I may be to near the end of my term, 
I'm also very excited for the new batch of designers coming in and the ones staying on. 
They will surely inspire all of us. Congrats ladies!

All the best to Blue Fern Studios!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Marcasite Technique and some Tags too!

 Yea!! It’s the 27th day of the month!  And, you know why I like that day of the month so much?  It’s because it’s my assigned day  to share with our inspiring and supportive Followers what I have been working on for BFS.  I am Joyce, and I hope I can inspire you to try out this Marcasite technique to use on some of your BFS chipboard pieces.  It is really quite effective on chipboard and renders a jewel like quality.  The technique is easy to apply, and I’ve created two different pieces to share with you using the same technique.
Bargain Bin Journal featuring the Organic Vine Corner chipboard.

Close up of Marcasite Technique

 Here’s how I obtained the look of Marcasite on the chipboard above.

1)      Apply an acrylic gold metallic paint, or an metallic ink from a stamp pad, to your chipboard and let it dry.

2)      Visualize where you want to apply your Marcasite application to rest and apply either (a) a liquid pearl product, or (b) an application of glitter in small dots, or (c) add self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones on your pattern, and allow any wet product to dry thoroughly before continuing on to the next step.  I alternated an application of a liquid pearl product and a glitter dot on my first example.

3)      Use a small paint brush and dip it in a dark grey, black or vertigris colored mist and apply the mist with your paint brush all around your pearls/rhinestones/glitter dot design and set to dry.  Wipe up any excess mist that may get on to other areas of the chipboard that are not in alignment with your Marcasite design.  You may need to apply another coat for more drama because the acrylic metallic paint may produce a resistance.  If this happens, then try a watered down black acrylic paint on your paint brush instead of the colored mist.

4)      Once the mist or paint has dried, use a moistened  Q-tip to clean off the mist or paint on the pearls/rhinestones so that the radiance of the pearl/rhinestones show through.

5)      Then using your fingers, apply an ivory/gold metallic paste or paint around the edges of the Marcasite technique to bring back the radiance of the original gold metallic paint application.  This last application really shows up well in the door knocker chipboard tag featured below because there was more surface space available on that particular chipboard design.
The rest of the Organic Vine Corner  chipboard was spritz with other colors and metallic paint was applied as well.


An image transfer technique was used on the bargain bin journal cover and it produced a lovely worn and vintage fabric appeal.  It actually feels like fabric to.  The technique works well when using brightly colored pattern paper.  I’ve use the same technique on some of BFS gears and widget chipboard and it rendered really nice results.  You’ll see an additional example of the technique used on the chipboard on one of the tags below.  The Image Transfer technique will be posted on my personal blog this week.


Marcasite Technique

Embossing Technique

Image Transfer applied on first Widget
Here are pictures of the products I have used in this months project:

Organic Vine Corner

Ironwork Accents



I hope you give the marcasite technique a try too!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two projects with Irina Gerschuk

Hi ladies!
It's Irina with you today. And I'd like to share with you my two new cards using gorgeous BFS products.
The first one:
I painted the butterfly with different acrylic paints than randomly added some micro beads and after all covered it with lacquer-finish:
 The "Blooming Flourish" was first painted wish acrylic paint and than covered randomly with embossing powder with flock effect. I wanted to achieve some soft texture and made the color be more equal to the paper:
 Some beads and sisal were covered with flowers:

I used here:
"Blooming Flourish"
Blooming Flourish (2)
"Brigitte Butterfly Set":
Brigitte Butterfly Set

The second card:
I covered all three pieces of BFS with white embossing powder:
 And here are all the layers with different textures:

I used here:
"Symphony Border":
Symphony Border
"Damask Flourish":
Damask Flourish (2)
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a lovely day)))
Irina Gerschuk

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Feminine or Masculine?

Hi, it's Patter Cross here sharing some inspiration with you today. So, what's your favorite type of layout to createa feminine layout or a masculine layout? I actually like creating both but with identical triplet girls, I really only get to scrap a masculine page when I focus on hubby. So today, I wanted to show you both a masculine layout and a feminine layout and how I used the Blue Fern Studios chipboard on each. I also have an extra surprise at the end. Let's get started.

An 8 1/2 x 11 Masculine Layout
My hubby just celebrated his 50th birthday. So, a picture of him at his birthday dinner was the perfect photo to scrap. I used the Twiggy Branch chipboard to frame around his layout. After covering it in gesso and spraying with different mists, I just cut it apart and used in various places around his photo. For the title of my page, I used the words "My Guy" which are found in the Mister Stuff chipboard set. I covered the title in black gesso.
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Mister Stuff

Twiggy Branch

An 8 1/2 x 11 Feminine Layout
Last month I shared a few pages from a gift album I created. Today I am sharing yet another page from that album. This photo is all about this precious baby's dress worn on her 1st birthday. So, the perfect chipboard for this layout was the Sweetheart Dress Form chipboard. I covered it in gesso and crackle paint. It's hard to see the "crackle" in the photo but in person it gave a great effect.
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Sweetheart Dress Form

A Small Surprise
I also thought I would do a quick card for today's post. I used the Tuscan Window chipboard and left it raw as it went well with the kraft cardstock I used.
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Tuscan Window

Thanks for stopping by today, and have fun using the Blue Fern Studios chipboard on both feminine and masculine creations!