5/28/16

Airbrush Afro Design

I've been practicing airbrushing lately.  I've got a lot to learn, along with how to make stencils so I can airbrush a design over and over again.  The one thing I'm learning is how to make a stencil where I don't have a lot of pieces falling out, which means I have to learn how to make bridges or islands in the stencil without making the stencil look crazy.



I make these designs different based on the project.  I've used this design using heat transfer vinyl, but it was a different story when it came down to making a stencil for airbrushing.

When I airbrushed this design I used 4 stencils because for some reason the word Beauty would not cut out properly and I made a separate base afro.  Well, after looking at the stencils again, I won't need the base design, I'll just use the piece that has only the face cut out of the afro.  I can still get the white shadow I wanted with the face cut out.  That's not what I was thinking when I made the stencil though, because I was thinking I would spray into the face, which I don't want.  So instead of having 4 stencils, I can make this into 2 stencils.  Yay!  :-)

I used black construction paper as the background.  The red and white paint is by Createx.  I used White Opaque and Red Transparent paint.  The stencils I used are from Stencilease.  It's their 4 mil blank stencil sheets. You can find Createx paint and stencil sheets at Hobby Lobby, Amazon, and different places around the Internet.

Gina Stevens

5/24/16

First Pazzles Design Team Project

Can't believe I managed to finish my first Pazzles Design Team Project!

My assignment was to use the engraving tool so I decided to make a vintage metal label for a greeting card.








Gina Stevens

5/21/16

Fro Snow African American Princess Airbrush Practice - Nani Nani Kids

Found this cute little image at Nani Nani Kids Coloring Pages.

I tried to make this really close to the original look of the image, but I had some issues with small lines.  I'm not that good with very detailed stencil making yet.  I'll be sure to airbrush this again.

Also, I wanted to airbrush on something black.  My daughter gave me some black construction paper since she didn't need it anymore.  I don't usually use construction paper, but I'm happy I did this time. Good practice for black backgrounds and airbrushing.

I think I got better results this time because instead of using 30 PSI with my airbrush compressor, I turned it down to 20 PSI so I could control the paint a little better.  I actually painted the lips without anything to cover up the rest of the design and didn't get much overspray!  yay!  Click the images for a larger view.




I also had to take the hearts off because I lost them when I took the stencil off the Pazzles mat (I vectorized the image in Pazzles Pro 2014 and cut it on the Pazzles Inspiration die-cut machine)  I took the interior white of the Afro off too.  I may try to get a bit closer to the original next time.

For the stencil, I used the clear contact paper I found at Wal-mart a while ago.  When I first tried to use it on white fabric, it didn't work out so well.  I'll have to try that again.

So happy I found these images.  They are too cute.

Gina Stevens


5/19/16

Flowery Season SVG

This SVG file, for a short time, will be free for you to use.  I call it Flowery Season.

Gina Stevens

5/15/16

Paisley HTV Design

I initially tried to make this an airbrush design, but my airbrushing skills are not up to par yet, especially with smaller details and the airbrush spitting out water when I least expect it to. So, I decided to use heat transfer vinyl on this white t-shirt. I have 2 other designs with this pattern. I'll see which one I can airbrush successfully. With the heat transfer vinyl, I somehow don't line up small pieces all that well, but it's wearable for me. :-)

The flowers are from the Pro 2014 Image Gallery.

What do you think this pattern means? Clue: Prince :-)

Gina Stevens

5/13/16

Shoe House - Pazzles File

Here's a shoe house file I found in the Pazzles Craftroom.  I made it into a small gift tag, but it can be used for anything your mind comes up with.  This particular gift tag won't have a string tied to it.  I'll be gluing the back onto the top of the box or front of the gift bag.

The original file is a paper piecing.  I added the back by duplicating the front and adding a score mark where I wanted it to fold.



Gina Stevens

Dimensional Picture Frames - Heidi Edwards

You have got to check out these box picture frames!  They are called dimensional paper picture frames that were assembled and decorated by Heidi Edwards, who is a Pazzles Design Team Member.  She used some files from the Pazzles library.  Check out the Pazzles post here.

I'm going to make some of these frames. I have tons of pictures that need frames!  :-)




Be sure to visit the Pazzles website to read more about other things available.  I just love my Pazzles machine.  You can make almost anything using it!  :-)

Gina Stevens

5/7/16

Prince Rogers Nelson Airbrush Design

I tell you what, I have a long way to go with my airbrushing adventure.  My main problem is overspray.

I taped everything off, but didn't count on the spray going over the tape.  Uggghhh!  I tried to regroup on the mistakes by just adding more black.  NOT!!!

I'll be doing this project over next week, but let me tell you what really messed me up.  I was going to wear the shirt anyway, but when I got to the part where I added his name, the quilting spray I used gunked up on me. I used the glue behind the stencil on the other pieces, but when I pulled the stencil off, all that glue was left on.  Once I get me some stencil glue, I think this will be a lot better.  I just have to practice more on how NOT to get the overspray.


Prince's face, symbol, and the purple rain were all from photos that I vectorized and made into stencils.

Even though I'm disappointed, I still like the project (darn glue).

Gina Stevens

UPDATE:  I'm still trying to salvage this shirt. I added rhinestuds and I managed to get the glue off after I washed the shirt.  It faded pretty bad, but I didn't heat set it first.  I'm gonna have to call this a practice shirt because I'm gonna attempt to make another one.


5/4/16

Mother's Day Exploding Box - Belle Donaghey

I like the exploding boxes.  I haven't made one yet, but some day I will.  :-)

Check out this exploding box by Belle Donaghey.  It's so elegant.  I love it.

Visit the Pazzles Craftroom for more details about this exploding box.



Gina Stevens