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.

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
Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Thanks for stopping by.  See you next time!

Much love,

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.

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'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,

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.
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
Ranger Sparkle Black embossing powder
Little Things Iridescent White, Star Shine
Ranger Matte Medium
Neenah 110 lb cardbase

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,

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.

10" Circle Board (Hobby Lobby)
Dina Wakely White Gesso
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap
Prima Soft Matte Gel medium
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
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,

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's All About the Layers: Layered Stamping AND Layered Stenciling

The Pretty Petals stamp and die sets by Concord and 9th were sitting on my desk and it gave me the daydream of a tropical vacation.  This is a layering stamp set and would be beautiful in endless color combinations.  The trick to remember with layering sets is that you want to use your lightest color first and work towards your darkest color.  Using a MISTI makes these sets super easy to be successful with and so much fun.  I've also layered the stenciling in the background with ink blending and texture paste, opening up another area of endless possibilities.  What stencils do you have that would look awesome layered?  It's such an easy way to add color and texture to your projects.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Pretty Petals S&D
SSS inks: Duckling, Apricot, Sunkist
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock
TCW Mini Capricious stencil
BoBunny Sugar texture paste
Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon
Clarity Brush
SSS Painted Hello die
DCWV Gold Foiled cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Glossy Accents
Fun Foam
Pretty Pink Posh 6 and 4 mm Clear Droplets

Thanks for joining me today!  Let me know if you have any questions and I'd be happy to help.  See you next time!

Much love,

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sweet Valentine Shaker with Stamping Bella

 Happy February!  Todays project is along a Valentines Day line, but versatile enough for birthdays, thinking of you, encouragement or sympathy.  This is the "I Heart You" stamp set from Stamping Bella and I bought it because it reminded me of my little niece Vivi, who's 2 with such a vivacious personality.  I didn't care for the way I colored the balloon on the image, so I used a heart die to cut it out and turn it into a shaker window heart balloon that Elly is holding.  Any heart die will work here since we're using the negative rather than the heart die cut itself.  So sweet!

Here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel of you want to see how I created this project from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Stamping Bella I Heart You
Bristol cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copics: Elephant C00, 0, 2, 3, 5, 6; RV10
Skirt: V01, 25  Outline: BG10
Spectrum Noir  Clear Sparkle Pen
Recollections Fuchsia glitter paper
DCWV Silver glitter paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart die 
SSS Cotton Candy cardstock
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Hero Arts Acetate
Neenah 110 lb cardbase
3M Foam tape
Scor-tape 1/4" and 1/2"

If you have trouble with shakers, hopefully this will help.  If not, I'd be happy to answer any questions.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to subscribe!

Much love,

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