Tuesday, June 05, 2012

MFT June New Product Tour!!


It’s time! Time for MFT’s June New Product Tour! The Design Team has some amazing projects for you this month, so be sure to make the rounds. You can find them all listed on the MFT Blog, and to have a chance to win the blog candy, you’ll also want to comment on every designer’s blog because starting tonight, New Product Tour blog candy has been raised to $50!!!

Alrighty, then, let’s get down to my projects. I decided to make a frame using the new Inspired by Travel set. I have to warn you this is a long post—lots of pictures and a photo tutorial that I hope will inspire YOU to make a little work of art of your own.

Here’s a little closer look at the frame that is also a key holder. Form and function :)


Wouldn’t this make an awesome Father’s Day gift? With that in mind, I made a matching tag :)


Here’s a close up of the top part of the tag. You’ll see the new Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX for the base, the new Die-namics Star STAX, and Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish. I inserted a large eyelet and added some twill, and some gears to match the frame.


Here’s a close up of the bottom. The car just fit on the new Die-namics Vanity License Plate die cut and the sentiment, from Clearly Sentimental About Fathers, was stamped on a Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon flag. There’s a Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die cut under it all, and another Star STAX star.


It all started with an unfinished $1 frame from Michaels. Like this.


I stained it with Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and put some brass cup hooks in the bottom edge.


Here are the cup hooks I used:


The next thing I did was to make the center picture. Using the insert in the frame as a pattern, I cut my paper out to fit the opening. I stamped the car from Inspired by Travel where I wanted it, and stamped another one on some Eclipse masking tape.


After I cut the masking tape copy out, I placed it on the main image.


I wanted to create a little scene, so I added a tree from Inspired by Trees.


That had to be masked, as well. I’ll admit it was a little tedious to cut out but I was really happy with the results, so it was worth it.


Then I lightly drew in some “landscape” details with a pencil…


…masked that off…


…and airbrushed some sky and road.


I did the same with the greenery, then removed my masks.


I went back with my Copic markers and smoothed out the airbrushing, did some highlighting on the car, added some shadows, and colored the tree. Here’s a close up of the finished image.


Here’s a close up of one of the sentiments. I love this one so much! Words to live by. Underneath is a Die-namics Woodgrain Fence die cut and a Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish. The sentiment panel was made using part of my Die-namics Layered Label set. I thought I needed something blue to tie in with the sky, so I added a sweet little blue butterfly, made with my Die-namics Butterflies set.


On this side you’ll see the bottom of a Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die cut, a Die-namics Star STAX die cut, and the fabulous new
Vanity License Plate Die-namics and Stamp Set with “KEYS” stamped on it. I added some sweet little key charms to the bottom hole by simply opening the jump rings, sliding them onto the hole, and closing them up. They’re held in place with some bits of foam tape.


Here’s how I line up my letters. Using grid paper, lay them out like you want…


…lining up with the grid, lower your gridded acrylic block onto the letters…


…line up again with your grid, and stamp.


The center of the left side has a ticket from my Die-namics Just the Ticket and Stamp Set. Just a bit of whimsy to add to the overall look. And some gears :)


Here you’ll see a little checkerboard banner I made with my Die-namics Bon Appétit & Stamp Set  and my Die-namics Mix & Match Banners. I first cut out my banners and then stamped the checkerboard design on them, then strung them on some black twine. There’s another Die-namics Star STAX star, another Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish, and another sentiment from Inspired by Travel. It’s stamped on some paper with a Die-namics Notebook Edge and a little library clip.


OK, that’s all for that project—I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

I also have a card done with another image from Inspired by Travel. I promise this won’t take too long ;-)


I stamped my image on some patterned paper cut out with my Die-namics Oval STAX and popped it up on a new Die-namics Designer Label 2 STAX. A little twine, a button, and some Dew Drops finish it off.

Here’s a close up of the image on the Die-namics Designer Label 2 STAX die cut.


And a close up of the only coloring I did—the water immediately adjacent to the ship.


Here’s the inside, with my favorite sentiment from the set. So true.


Here are the
Die-namics dies I used on these projects:





layered label Die-namicsSMALL


Butterflies Die-namics







So, if you’ve stuck with me this far, thanks SO much for stopping by! Here’s a reminder to be sure to check out the list of designers on the MFT Blog and also be sure to go by and comment on each of their blogs BECAUSE the blog candy prize  has been raised to $50!!! Is that not awesome??? Absolutely, it is!! So get to hoppin’ and commenting! And don’t forget to shop at the MFT Boutique!

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Stamps: Inspired by Travel, Inspired by Trees, Vanity License Plate, Just the Ticket, Bon Appétit (MFT)
Kraft, Black Licorice, Berrylicious (MFT); Basics Manilla (Basic Grey); World Traveler (Teresa Collins); Rustic Cream;Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks (MME)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Mix & Match Banners, Notebook Edge, Star STAX, Large Leafy Flourish, Just the Ticket, Vanity License Plate, Fishtail Flags STAX, Woodgrain Fence, Layered Label, Butterflies Die-namics dies (MFT); twine, mini library clip, foam dots, gears (Tim Holtz), key charms, Copic markers and airbrush system, unfinished frame, brass cup hooks

Stamps: Inspired by Travel, Clearly Sentimental About Fathers (MFT)
Paper: Kraft, Black Licorice, World Traveler (Teresa Collins)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Inks (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Star STAX, Large Leafy Flourish, Vanity License Plate, Fishtail Flags STAX, First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics dies (MFT); twill, larger eyelet, Cropodile, foam dots, gears (Tim Holtz)

Stamps: Inspired by Travel (MFT)
Paper: Kraft,
Hot Fudge (MFT); Yacht Club (Webster's Pages)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Designer Labels 2 STAX, Oval STAX (MFT); twine, button, Dew Drops, Copic markers



  1. What an amazing project. I am speechless!!! Just brilliant!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial on the techniques and tips for your fab projects!! Beautiful!!

  3. Great job on the project & tag Barbara! What a great gift for someone.
    jenny dot naus at yahoo dot com

  4. OMGoodness Barb these are incredible projects! I love, love, love them! thank goodness what I don't already have is in my cart -- I'm heading to check out!

  5. Your project is genius!! I love the idea and LOVE all you wonderful details and masking work!

  6. I love what you did with the frame! The coinage feel is awesome

  7. Good thing I didn't try to get off the floor after Julie's project because this project would have just knocked me right back down! LOL!

    FABULOUS, Bar! That frame is GORGOEUS!

  8. Wow, from plain to incredible.

  9. GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS project Barbara - LOVE it :)
    Thank you so much for choosing my card as a favourite at Colour Throwdown too - MUCH appreciated :)

  10. Oh Barbara - this is just so wonderful! Thanks for the masking technique tutorial - it really helped me out! Love what you made and am just blown away by the gorgeous details!

  11. Wow, I am loving your airbrushing, how you made the road and the grass on either side and sky. LOVE it! These are fabulous. Thanks so much for the tutorial....and HOLY COW $50.00!!!!! AWESOME.

  12. Love your projects and the way you detail how you made each one.. I am always looking for things for men this is very inspiring. Thanks

  13. Stunning!! TFS the photo tutorial! Your projects are AMAZING!

  14. These are awesome, you know you can have a long post, I love reading it. It is fun to see how you create

  15. Fun projects with so much inspiration!

  16. Love the Inspired by travel set and I a so impressed by your beautiful frame !

  17. What a beautiful project! Most of the Inspired By-sets aren't my cup uf tea, but this one....I've absolutely fallen in love with it! So cool to make cards and projects for men, travel-occasions.... Love it!

  18. You did a wonderful job on these projects. I love all the dies and elements that you chose. Thanks for sharing the "how to" photos

  19. I love the key holder project. It would make a great addition to anyone's entryway. THank you for sharing such great details on how to make it. THe card is gorgeous. ksh

  20. Lovely project for Father's Day! I am in awe of your creativity...You always inspire, (& enable) me!

  21. WOW What a great gift idea! that's an incredible project. Love you showing how you masked as well. thanks for the tips!

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  23. Wow, two amazing projects and wonderful gifts! They are beautiful. I love that frame and all the detail you put into it. What a neat idea to add the key hooks. The tag was awesome too.

  24. whow Barbara...this is so amazing...love everything about it! such super talent!

  25. This project is so awesome. Thank you for showing the process of masking.

  26. holy moley, batman! this is just amazing! love the details on all of the projects! :)

  27. OMG! Gotta pick my jaw up off the floor! Holy Moly this key holder project is AMAZING!!!!!!!! WOW! Speachless!


  28. very creative with a style that I love!

  29. Your frame is fabulous! Did you know you can Colour your image then airbrush right over if the colours are similar like for your tree so no cutting out a difficult mask?! Airbrushing lays down very little ink so you'll never notice it. Or you can airbrush and remove the colour with a blender pen before colouring. It didn't really apply to this image as you didn't colour in much but last time I combined airbrushing with regular colouring (and lots of masking) I goofed and coloured outside the lines which messed up my airbrushing when I tried to fix it so I'll airbrush last from now on. I'm making a frame for my moms dog she recently lost so I now have lots of good ideas!

  30. GORGEOUS! This absolutely would make a great Father's Day gift. Lovely stamped scene in the frame, and love how you combined all the products. Great work!

  31. I spotted this on Facebook earlier and instantly new that it was your project! I am speechless (typeless?). Beautiful and creative.

  32. Beautiful, lots of hard work, but it shows in every tiny detail

  33. I did not see the airbrushing. I did not see the airbrushing. I really didn't but I LOVED IT! What a great job.

  34. I love all the little details! Beautiful work!

  35. wow what a great and creative project thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  36. Oh, Barb, these projects are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tutorial on how to do the road!

  37. this would make an awesome gift...thank you for all the detailed steps on stamping and masking.

  38. Your frame project is AMAZING - tfs!

  39. My order arrives on Friday and you have provided great inspiration for the Inspired By Travel set! Love the card and altered frame project - thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

  40. wow! this post is jammed packed with awesomeness!!!

  41. Great tutorial and wonderful project for Father's Day! TFS! ;)

  42. Love how many products you used in this fun project! Thanks for the coloring tutorial!


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