Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shaker Cards Galore

Hello!  I'm back with a new shaker card menagerie.  We finished up with AWANA for the year this week and I wanted something to give to my kids that was fun and personalized.  What's better than a shaker with your name on it?  I did each one a little different with their favorite colors in mind and did my best to keep the boys' cards' as masculine as I could as they are definitely in that "pink is for girls" phase.  3 of them are moving on to youth group next year and we'll certainly miss them.  

If you aren't familiar with AWANA, it's a program that spans for 4 years old - 6th grade that teaches kids about the Bible and Jesus at an age appropriate level.  I work with the 5th and 6th graders and we have so much fun while making sure they know we are there for them and are a support system if/when they need it.  

I only filmed one card because the process is the same for each card; I only changed colors of ink and paper between the girls' and boys' cards.  Here's the link to the video on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Boys Ink colors:
  • Lawn Fawn Lobster
  • Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel
  • LF Sunflower
  • SSS Fern
  • LF Fish Tank
  • LF Sugarplum
 Girls Ink colors:
  • LF Carrot
  • LF Sunflower
  • LF Jalepeno
  • LF Peacock
  • SSS Island Blue
  • LF Sugarplum
  • SSS Doll Pink
Stamping Bella Java Spills stamp set
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Bristol Smooth cardstock
DCWV Shimmer, Foiled and Golds cardstock stacks
Concord & 9th Double Cut Alphabet dies
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Ranger Matte Medium
Little Things Jewels 
Littel Things Sequin mixes 
  • Lucky Dip Purple Paradise
  • Misty Rainbow
  • Deep Fuchsia
Scor-tape
Hero Arts Acetate sheets
3M Foam tape



 Thanks for joining me today guys!  See you next time.

Much love,
Jasmine




Saturday, April 15, 2017

One Layer Beauty with Zig Clean Color Markers

 Hello and Happy Easter to you and yours.  Todays project is lovely, simple, easy and one-layer. Watercolor paper is my first choice when using just about any water-based medium because it doesn't warp easily.  I wanted to layer the sentiment over the flowers, so I stamped the floral image and heat embossed over it, then added color.  I did it in that order so that I wouldn't have to wait for the flowers to dry before stamping and heat embossing.  If the flowers were still wet at all, I may not have achieved a clean stamped sentiment and the powder would have stuck everywhere, effectively ruining the project (no bueno).

Here is the link the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.
Supplies:
Canson XL 140 lb watercolor paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Archival Jet Black ink
MISTI
Penny Black Divine stamp
Mama Elephant His Love stamp set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Versamark
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Zig Clean Color Markers
  • 83 Lilac
  • 81 Light Violet
  • 42 Turquise Green
  • 44 Deep Green
  • 51 Lemon
Scor-tape
Neenah cardbase

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me.  As always, I'm happy to answer any questions and would love to know what you think.

To His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Triple Play

Todays post and video are done in a bit of a different style than usual.  I have 3 cards, all of an Easter theme celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, utilizing experiments.  When I get new products, I like to play with them and experiment so I have a bin in my studio with several random bits.  These cards were created using a few of those panels.  I chose to do it this way because Easter has devolved into chicks, bunnies, toys and candy.  I wanted to convey it's true purpose and true meaning and I hope you enjoy.
Oh Happy Day Supplies:
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Tanzanite Lavender
Peridot Green
Neat & Tangled Scalloped stencil
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cross die
Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day die
DCWV Gold Foil cardstock
Stick-It Sheet Adhesive
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock base
Scor-tape

Start with a Bristol Smooth panel cut to 4"x 5.25" and tape the stencil down on the corners.  Smooth the lavender Nuvo paste over the top half and the green over the bottom half, blending the two colors in the middle.  Remove stencil while paste is still wet.  Set aside the panel to dry and immediately wash the stencil and palette knife.  The panel will take an hour or so to dry completely, but I let mine sit for several hours.  Once dry, center the cross die in the middle of the panel so that the pattern is even in the die and run it through your die cutting machine.  Give it a few passes; you may have to use your craft knife to help complete the cuts in a few places.  Cut the gold cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" and adhere to the card base using Scor-tape.  Center the glitter paste panel and center it over the gold.  Apply Stick-It to the back of some gold cardstock and run the Oh Happy Day die with the gold cardstock through the die cutting machine.  Remove the die cut from the rest and remove all the little bits and pieces.  Arrange the die cuts over the glitter panel, remove backing paper and press down.  I started with Day because it was at the bottom and wanted to make sure it didn't hang off the edge of the glitter panel.  The card is complete.

Loved You Supplies:
MISTI
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
Neat & Tangles Scalloped stencil
Lawn Fawn inks
  • Minty Fresh
  • Moonstone
  • Fresh Lavender 
  • Ballet Slippers
  • Peachy Keen
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches dies
Penny Black Faith stamp set
Mama Elephant His Love stamp set
Wplus9 Oatmeal cardbase
Vellum
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Sizzix rectangle frame die
Versamark
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Scor-tape

In order listed above, I used the ink blending technique to add color to my panel.  Next, I applied the glimmer paste using the stencil and let that dry.  Once the paste was dry, I ran in through my die cut machine with the largest of the MFT Wonky Stitches dies.  Using vellum with Stick-It on the back, I stamped and heat embossed my images followed by die cutting them.  To finish up, I adhered the colored panel to the cardbase with Scor-Tape and layered the vellum images on the front.  Card completed.

His Love Never Fails Supplies:
MISTI
Glossy cardstock
Alcohol Inks
  • Pearl
  • Flamingo
  • Patina
Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
Mama Elephant His Love stamp set
Versamark
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Die cut Cross from the first card
Ellen Hutson Natural White cardbase
Scor-tape
3M Foam tape
Here is the link to a previous video demonstrating the alcohol ink technique on my YouTube channel so you can see how I created the background. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial with these three cards on my YouTube channel.  It was a joy creating these cards to share my faith and I sincerely hope you can share in the joy and promise of Easter as well. 

To His glory and much love,
Jasmine

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hooty Whoo Owls with Copics and Newtons Nook

 I have loved owls since I was a little girl and would fall asleep listening to them in the pine trees.  They were secretive, elusive and majestic and every time I would catch a glimpse of one I felt such awe.  That was the inspiration behind this card.  I wanted to keep the focus on the birds, so I kept the rest of the card fairly simple with some simple ink blending over a stencil.  I used Copic markers to color my images and you'll notice that it doesn't disturb the dye ink in the ink blending; alcohol ink works well with dye ink because they won't dissolve each other so their compatible and safe to use together.  If you are having trouble figuring out how to color an image and want to be true to life, just google whatever it is and you'll have tons of reference photos to go on. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Newtons Nook What A Hoot stamp set
Bristol Smooth cardstock
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
Post-It Masking Tape (2" wide)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
MISTI
Tim Holtz Mini Blossom Stencil
Simon Says Stamp Jellybean and Fern inks
Lawn Fawn Celery Stick ink
Copic Markers
Red Owl: E13, 15, 19, 51, C4, C6
Gray Owl: E70, 74, 79, YR15, C4, C6
Branches: E23, 27, 25, 79
W+9 Oatmeal card base
Scor-tape

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sunset Flights with Distress Oxides, Concord & 9th and Impression Obsession

 Hello there!  Sunsets are among my favorites of God's artistry in nature and is what inspired this project.  Using three colors of Distress Oxides, ink blending and ink lifting, I created the background, added the butterflies on top and finished it off with a heat embossed sentiment.  This project is  simple, quick and easy with gorgeous results that you can use for just about any occasion: birthday, encouragement, illness, sympathy or thinking of you.
 Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel with my supply list below.

Supplies:
Distress Oxide Ink
Wilted Violet
Worn Lipstick
Spiced Marmalade
Bristol Smooth cardstock
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
Imagine Crafts Sparkle Spritz
Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink
MISTI
Impression Obsession "What if I Fall"
Versamark
Nuvo Black embossing powder
Neenah Solar White 110 lb card base
Scor-tape

Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch you next time!

Much love,
Jasmine

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mixed Media Watercolor Frame with Infinity Engravings LLC

 Have I got a fun project for you!  With this project, I was making it for my 3 year old niece, so the design I had in mind was colorful, outdoorsy and exciting.  A few months back I saw a project using watercolor grounds and was very interested in what it was and what you could do with it.  It's a medium that allows you to turn surfaces such as metal, glass and chipboard into a surface that accepts watercolors.  I typically use acrylic paints in my mixed media projects, but am a much strong watercolor artist than acrylic artist so the watercolor grounds opened up a whole new avenue for me. 
 I applied 2 coats of watercolor grounds to the frame and to the fairy and letter die cuts.  I ended up using acrylic paint on the letters because the watercolor just wasn't standing out enough. 
 I painted both butterflies with acrylic paints as well and topped the smaller butterfly with glitter.
 I didn't care for how the bodies of the fairies turned out, so I painted over them with white acrylic paint and added glitter. 
 Here is the finished project and I think it's enchanting, especially for a little girl.  If you'd like to see how I created it, here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.
Supplies:
Paper Studio frame
Infinity Engraving die cuts
Daniel Smith Watercolor Grounds
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Dylusions Acrylic Paints
  • Crush Grape
  • Vibrant Turquoise
  • White Linen
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
  • Tanzanite Lavender
  • Amethyst Purple
  • Peridot Green
  • Moonstone (Small butterfly, fairy bodies, and letters)
28 Lilac Lane
  • Pretty Princess
  • Minty Fresh
  • On Lilac Lane
TH Mini Blossom Stencil
Dina Wakely Matte Medium

Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit and I'll catch you later!  As always, I'm happy to answer questions and love to know how you like it.

Much love,
Jasmine

Monday, April 3, 2017

Embossed Resist with Distress Oxides, MFT and Concord & 9th

 Trying out the new Distress Oxides has been so much fun and todays project is no exception.  These inks are a hybrid between pigment and dye inks, so they have the properties of both.  They heat emboss beautifully, blend seamlessly and easily and because they're the Distress formula, you can do all those delightful techniques as well. 
 Using a 6x6 MFT background stamp, I layered the inks across it on the diagonal and stamped it.  Using a MISTI here is an excellent idea, just in case you miss a bit (you'll see in the video where I did it).  After heat embossing it in clear, I went in and ink blended over the top to make the background stamp really pop.  The background was really vivid and I didn't want to detract from it, so I kept my finishing touches simple with the die cut sentiment and vellum butterfly.  Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Distress Oxide Ink
  • Fossilized Amber
  • Broken China
  • Peeled Paint
My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy stamp
Bristol Smooth cardstock
SSS Clear detail embossing powder
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty dies
Vellum
Stick-It sheet adhesive
ARC Wood Veneer paper
Simon Says Stamp Blessed die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Little Things Lily White and Ivory sequin mixes
Ranger Multi Matte Medium
Scor-tape
Neenah 110 lb card base

Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch you next time! 

Much love,
Jasmine

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blessed Butterfly with Distress Oxides, Nuvo and Concord & 9th

 Bonjour! I just saw the new Beauty and the Beast movie and the opening song has been on repeat in my head and I'm not complaining.  I have always LOVED the animated version and couldn't wait to see the live action, which absolutely did not disappoint.  Anyway, we're here for a card, so let's get started.  Frankly, this project started out as an experiment with the Nuvo embellishment mousse.  I liked what I had, so, when in doubt, add ink!  My new Oxides were sitting on my desk along with the Concord & 9th sets and this card was born.  I was excited to see how the Oxides would work with heat embossing and they're beautiful.  I positively loved the background and didn't want to cover it up, so I went with Vellum for the butterfly and an open and airy sentiment. 
 I wish you could see how beautifully the glitter embossing shines on this butterfly.  Pictures just don't do it justice.  A few sequins add the perfect finishing touch.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel of you'd like to recreate this card at home.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
Distress Oxides
  • Wilted Violet
  • Cracked Pistachio
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
  • Pure Platinum
  • Peony Pink
Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag Stencil
Simon Says Stamp Blessed die
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
MISTI
Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty Stamp and dies
Vellum
Ranger Holographic embossing powder
ARC Wood Veneer paper
Stick-It Sheet Adhesive
Wplus9 Oatmeal cardstock (cardbase)
Little Things Ivory sequin mix
Ranger Multi Matte Medium
Scor-tape

Thanks for joining me today!  Feel free to let me know how you like it and I'm happy to help if you have any questions.  Catch you later!

Much love,
Jasmine


Monday, March 27, 2017

Bronzey Blue Beauty with Distress Oxides and MFT

 This is one of those rare cards that requires little else and is better for it's simplicity and minimalist design.  I can't really claim that as my intention, it just happened that way, but don't tell anybody.  It's our little secret.  Initially, I imagined this as a shaker card, but the blue and bronze were just perfect together and didn't need anything else.  I kept it simple with a small banner, die cut sentiment and a scattering of sequins to finish it off.  If your guy enjoys botany or a flower garden, leave off the sequins and it would be a great guy card too. 
 I layered two shades of Distress Oxide inks to get a faded denim look and used ink-lifting to get the look of bleach spots.  With the regular Distress inks, the spots would look more white, but with the Oxides, they maintain their color and add opacity, but lighter.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how to recreate this at home and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Distress Oxide Inks
  • Faded Jeans
  • Broken China
Bristol Smooth cardstock
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
My Favorite Things Roses All Over stamp
Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing powder
ARC Cherry Wood Veneer paper
Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello die
Neat & Tangled Scalloped die set (banner)
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardbase
Doodlebug Black Velvet cardstock
Little Things Sequin mixes
  • Nautical Sparkle
  • Ivory
  • New England Fall
Range Multi Matte Medium
Scor-tape

Thanks for joining me today and we'll catch you later!

Much love,
Jasmine


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Masculine Ink Dipped Design with Distess Oxide Inks

 If you've played with the regular Distress inks before, you're probably familiar with the ink-dipping technique.  I used that technique with this card, but as you can see, the results are a little different; the layers stand out more, no muddying of the colors, and the colors are just as vibrant.  Distress Oxides are a hybrid between dye ink and pigment ink.  They have opacity and dry to a chalk-like finish because of the pigment ink with vibrancy and reactivity to water that we're familiar with in the original Distress because of the dye ink.  I had a lot of fun playing and creating with them and I think you will too!

Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel with my supply list below.
Supplies:
Distress Oxides:
  • Spiced Marmalade
  • Fossilized Amber
  • Faded Jeans
  • Broken China
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
MFT Wonky Stitches die
Doodlebug Black Velvet paper
SSS Painted Hello die
ARC Cherry Wood Veneer paper
SSS Wishing Tree Die
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardbase
Scor-tape
Bonus card!
I didn't include this card in the video because I lost all my footage (gremlins!).
This one is a very simple masculine design with 1 stamp, ink blending and 2 die cuts.  It's perfect for all the dudes in our lives that don't want a lot of fuss.  Starting with a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock I did the ink blending first.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the barnwood stamp in SSS Dark Chocolate ink and ran it through my Big Shot with a MFT Wonky Stitches die to give it a finished edge.  I added Stick-It to the back of a scrap of black velvet cardstock and a scrap of wood veneer paper to die cut a banner and the hello sentiment.  My cardbase is W+9 Oatmeal cardstock.  I adhered my panel down to the cardbase with Scor-tape, layered the sentiment over the banner and was finished.  My supply list is below!
Supplies:
MISTI
Distress Oxides:
  • Faded Jeans
  • Peeled Paint
  • Broken China
Concord & 9th Bardwood Background stamp
SSS Dark Chocolate ink
Bristol Smooth cardstock
MFT Wonky Stitches die (ink blended panel)
W+9 Oatmeal cardstock (cardbase)
ARC Cherry Wood paper (banner)
Stick-It (added to wood paper before cutting)
SSS Painted Hello die
Doodlebug Black Velvet cardstock
Neat & Tangled Scalloped die set (banner die)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  Feel free to ask questions and let me know how you like them in the comments.

Much love,
Jasmine

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Glossy Black Hello: Alcohol Ink Die Cuts Can Be Focal Images Too

 Over on my YouTube channel I have a few quick demo videos using Alcohol Inks on glossy black cardstock and this card was one of the examples shown.  Although using black as a base can make the resulting background tricky to use, it's also visually stunning.  You can usually get several die cuts from one panel, making it stretch much further than one card, and using die cuts can save time in card making because they don't require much more to have a complete card.  Dies are also a great way to use backgrounds that didn't turn out as well as you hoped.  You can strategically place them over areas you do like and the resulting die cuts look really interesting and lovely. 

This card came together simply and easily.  Starting with the alcohol ink panel, I die cut the "hello" using the Say Hello die by Concord & 9th.  I wanted to bring out the teal in the die cut, so I used Simon Says Stamp Lake Shore card stock and die cut that using a My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die.  Using SSS Lake Shore ink and MFT Floral Fantasy stamp, I added a tone on tone look to the Lake Shore panel just for a subtle bit of added interest.  I added the stamped sentiment with my MISTI with Memento Tuxedo Black and the Say Hello stamp set from Concord & 9th.  After adhering the Lake Shore panel to my card-base using Scor-tape, I glued the die cut to the center of the panel.  To finish up, I added a scattering of sequins; Deep Fuchsia to bring out the pink and Caribbean Dream to enhance the teal.  This one is probably my favorite out of all the ones I've created with the black alcohol ink panels. 

Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below!
Supplies:
Concord & 9th Say Hello stamp and die sets
Glossy Black Cardstock
Alcohol inks: Patina, Flamingo, Pearl
Alcohol Blending Solution
SSS Lake Shore ink and cardstock
MFT Floral Fantasy 6x6 stamp
MFT Wonky Stitches die
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardbase
Little Things sequin mixes in Caribbean Dream and Deep Fuchsia
Scor-tape
Ranger Multi Matte Medium

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Always happy to help if you have any questions, so don't hesitate to ask.  See you next time!

Much love,
Jasmine

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Hello featuring Concord & 9th

 A happy hello to you!  Here in Michigan the weather has been all over the place with warm and cold, rain and sun and snow.  I needed to comfort myself with some Spring colors and bright imagery, so that's how this card was born.  Butterflies are the quintessential harbinger of spring and I love the life they bring to just about anything.  The watercolor look designed into Concord & 9th's Butterfly Beauty stamp set makes it so easy and simple to get the look without the work. 

If you aren't familiar with Lindy's Stamp Gang products, they make an amazing array of colorful pigment powders, sprays, embossing powders and now watercolor powders called Magicals.  I used the Magicals to create a rainbow watercolor panel that I die cut the hello sentiment from using Concord & 9ths Say Hello dies.  Magicals are somewhat similar to Colorburst or Brusho in that they are a dry powder activated with water, but also have some shimmer to them.  Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see a video specifically about the Magicals and I'll see what I can do to make that happen. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below!
Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty stamp set
Concord & 9th Say Hello dies
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
MISTI
Altenew inks: Lavender Fields, 
Deep Iris, Cotton Candy
SSS ink: Twirling Tutu
Vellum
Stick-it Sheet Adhesive
Scor-tape
Little Things Ivory sequin mix
Ranger Multi Matte Medium




Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me!  Let me know how you like it and as always, if you have any questions, I'm happy to help.

Catch you later!

Much love,
Jasmine


Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello Lovely with Concord & 9th

The style and design of this card is out of my box and I love it!  The Hello Lovely stamp set by Concord & 9th is crazy beautiful and crazy versatile; you can create anything from birthday to condolences cards.  This set will get used A LOT.  Here I kept it simple with varying tones of gray and a pop of gold to highlight the different fonts and to add just a touch of sparkle.

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.
Supplies:
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SSS Fog and Slate ink
MISTI
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
DCWV Twinkle Glitz paper stack
Ranger Matte Medium
Little Things Warm Golden Glow sequin mix

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to subscribe and I'll catch you next time.

Much love,
Jasmine

Monday, February 27, 2017

Quick and Easy Die Cut Card with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals

 Today's card is an easy project to put together because it's all die cuts.  When I get new products, I like to play with them to see what they can do.  Lindy's Stamp Gang has some awesome products and I have quite the collection of their sprays, pigment powders and embossing powders.  They recently released Magicals, which are dye based powders that are similar to Colorburst or Brusho, but include some shimmer.  I created a rainbow with the Magicals and watercolor paper, letting each color dry a bit before adding the next one so that they didn't blend too much.  Once it was dry, I used it for die cutting. 
This card was super simple to put together.  I die cut SSS black cardstock with a stitched rectangle die, the black starred patterned paper with a wonky stitches die and the hello sentiment from the Magicals piece.  I layered those over a cardbase, added sequins and done!  Whenever you have scraps or backgrounds that didn't turn out great, use them for die cuts.  Here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
LSG Magicals (in order of use)
-Cuckoo Clock Cardinal
-Oktoberfest Orange
-Yodeling Yellow
-Lederhosen Laurel
-Guten Tag Teal
-Bavarian Blue
-Polka Purple
Concord & 9th Say Hello die
SSS Black cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
SSS Crystal Reflections sequins
Scor-tape
Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Thanks for stopping by.  See you next time!

Much love,
Jasmine

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DT Post: Mixed Media Love Box with Infinity Engraving LLC

 Today's project was inspired by the lovebird chipboard die cut from Infinity Engraving LLC and my sisters favorite color, red.  I really enjoyed the process of designing and creating this project and absolutely adore how it turned out.  I wanted a blend between shabby-chic and harlequin romance, so I added a variety of textures and finishes to go along with the sections of stenciling. 
 Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see how this project came together.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
Cardboard box with lid (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
White Gesso
Clear Gesso
Dylusions Cherry Pie acrylic paint
Prima Soft Matte Gel Medium
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap
Faber Castell Silver Texture Luxe paste
Tim Holtz Mini Trellis and Gothic Stencils
Infinity Engraving Lovebird die cut
Cosmic Shimmer glue
IndigoBlu Megaflake in Royal Peacock
Mini Hearts stencil
Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Garnet Red and Black Diamond
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl
28 Lilac Lane Embellishment mixes in Dragon Fire, Rainbow Unicorn and Rose Garden
Little Things sequins in Rose Gold

 Give mixed media a try...it's so much fun and such an easy way to express yourself.  No rules, just art.  Thanks for stopping by to hang out.  Feel free to ask questions and let me know how you like it.  See you next time and don't forget to subscribe!
Much love,
Jasmine

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blessed Stars: Ink Blended and Dry Embossed Background

 Hello friends!  Todays project has a few techniques that while simple and easy are also eye-catching and dynamic.  Ink blending is such an easy and well known technique, but can be challenging to perfect.  Changing my cardstock to Bristol Smooth (I use Strathmore) was a game changer for me.  Secondly, lightening the pressure I applied made things so much easier.  By keeping your hand light, you're creating less friction between your blending tool and the surface of the paper, allowing for smoother movement and better payoff.  You can use any dye ink, not just Distress, as well as pigment inks.  Delicata brand pigment inks dry faster than any other pigment ink I know of and do not need to be heat set or embossed.  When using pigment inks to ink blend, you're applying a lighter layer, which also allows for faster drying.  I also suggest practice.  No skill gets perfected without practice, so allow yourself to have fun and relax when trying out a new technique. 
 Here is the link for the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you are interested in how to re-create this card or learn the techniques and my supply list is below.  This would be a great design for a masculine card if you die cut the blessed from black cardstock and left off the sequins.
Supplies:
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
WRMK 3D Shatter embossing folder
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz
SSS Blessed die
Fun Foam
Stick-It Sheet adhesive
PTI Simple Stars
Versamark
Ranger Sparkle Black embossing powder
Little Things Iridescent White, Star Shine
Ranger Matte Medium
Neenah 110 lb cardbase
Scor-tape

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you learned and had fun.  Be sure to let me know how you liked it or what products or techniques you'd like to see in future videos.  See you next time!

Much Love,
Jasmine

Monday, February 13, 2017

DT Post: Faith based Spring Mixed Media with Infinity Engraving LLC


 It has been a minute since I've done a mixed media canvas and I missed it!  I love card-making but being creative on larger scale has it's own appeal.  I like doing irregular or unexpected shapes with my pieces because for me, it inspires creativity.  I love texture, color and purpose in my work.  With so much unrest and animosity in the world today, I wanted to project of the some love, peace and hope that I find through my faith in Christ into it.  That is the purpose behind todays piece.

I started with a 10" circle board.  These come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made of layered chipboard.  I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.  After adding three coats of white Gesso (acrylic medium), I covered my board with Tim Holtz "Melange" Tissue Wrap using Prima Soft Matte Gel, smoothing over the surface and wrapping around to the back.  After that was dry, I went in with acrylic paint.  I laid down a coat of clear Gesso to make the paint go on a little thinner so that you could see the print of the tissue paper and to make blending easier.  I used pink and green, which are complementary colors.  Complementary colors means that if you mix them together, they make brown.  So where they met on the canvas, I was careful not to blend them too much.


 After the paint was dry, I applied the vellum centerpiece.  I created the wording on my computer in Word and printed it on vellum.  To make a sticker out if it, I applied Stick-It sheet adhesive to the back so that the adhesive wouldn't be visible through the vellum and used a square die to die cut it.  You could also use a paper trimmer.  My chipboard die cuts and wood heart buttons are from Infinity Engraving LLC.  I wanted the wood appearance and texture to show and just used the buttons as is.  I used spray inks to color the rose and vine die cut as well as the corner trellis.  I let those dry while I added my stenciling. 

If you want to use water-based mediums on chipboard do not prime with Gesso.  Gesso is an acrylic base medium that makes whatever it's put on non-porous.  If you want to use water-based mediums, but want a white base, use watercolor grounds instead of Gesso. 

 I used E6000, which is an industrial strength glue specific to metal, to attach my metal embellishments.  It's really the only glue I've found that holds metal; the other mediums I've tried don't hold very long, including hot glue.  The only thing to be mindful of when using E6000 is that it has a strong chemical odor and needs to be used with ventilation.  I live in Michigan and open my windows, even in winter, when using it. 

 To adhere the rest of my embellishments, I use the same Prima Soft Matte Gel that I adhered the tissue paper with.  It dries matte and clear, so you can't see it if it oozes out anywhere and holds perfectly.  All the button, seed beads and flat-back pearls are from 28 Lilac Lane Button mixes and embellishment kits.  I pour them out into a little dish and use them to fill in and around to complete the project.  With the varied sizes and finishes of all the elements, it makes it really easy to shape a cohesive look while maintaining the focus on the center.  To finish off, I added a few enamel dots here and there.

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see how this project came together.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
10" Circle Board (Hobby Lobby)
Dina Wakely White Gesso
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap
Prima Soft Matte Gel medium
Vellum
Stitck-It sheet adhesive
Square die
Dylusions acryilic paint in Bubblegum Pink, Cut Grass and Fresh Lime
Dina Wakely Clear Gesso
Distress Ink Spray: Twisted Citron
Dylusions Spray Inks: Funky Fuchsia, Bubblegum Pink, Bubblegum Pink Mica, Cut Grass
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Lucky Shamrock Green, Salt Water Taffy Pink
Infinity Engraving corner die cut, rose die cut and Wood heart buttons
Versamark ink
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
Perfect Pearls: Pearl, Gold, Forever Green
Herringbone stencil
TH Mini Blossom stencil
Hot Off The Press butterfly stencil
28 Lilac Lane mixes in Pretty Princess, Cotton Candy, French Quarter, New Leaf
E6000
Doodlebug enamel dots

If you are wanting to try mixed media, but feel intimidated, try starting with something small.  You'll never create something you love if you never try to begin with.  As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you have, so don't be afraid to ask.  See you next time!

Much love,
Jasmine

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