Mar 24, 2017

Darkroom Door Mixed Media Cards and Giveaway


The starting day of each Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is always so exciting!  That it is on a Friday certainly helps!  ;0  But all of the blog visits and inspiration just bless my crafty heart.  Let alone all of the prizes floating around.  I'm thrilled to be partnering with Darkroom Door today with a special tutorial for these two mixed media cards and a bonus giveaway.  Hop on over for all of the details.  


My second card was based on my favorite scripture, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NKJV.  I hope you are inspired by these cards.  

Now for a GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment on my Darkroom Door blog post to be entered in the giveaway.  Please let Rachel know if you enjoyed my projects.  You will be in the running to win the Coffee Time stamp set.


To see all of my coffee cards click HERE.


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Mar 23, 2017

Lynne Perrella PaperArtsy Mixed Media Mini Album Pages


I must admit I was thrown with what to create for the current PaperArtsy topic, Doors, Windows and Architecture.  I have a limited collection of Lynne Perrella stamps and one floral PA set and no more.  Hmmm...  So I dug through the stamp bin remembering finding a door stamp in my mom's amazing stamp stash.  I found this favorite LP stamp too and thought I should definitely use her, but thought the two stamps would work together well, so off I went.


At my job, the lovely ladies save these notebook backs for my art projects.  I had a stack about 5" high.  They are all identical in size.  I decided it would be great to start a mini album to house all of my pages.  More on that in a future post...


I applied clear gesso to my chipboard because I wanted the brown to show through.  I colored my background with a variety of Infusions, then added texture paste through a new Tim Holtz stencil.  While it was still wet, I spritzed water over the paste and sprinkled on more Infusions.  I tried dabbing with a paint brush to ensure coverage and that worked well.


Still wanting to experiment with the tissue stamping technique from my post HERE, based on THIS PA video, off I went.  I stamped my image onto tissue with Archival Jet Black ink and tore the edges.  I carefully painted the reverse of my stamped image onto the tissue.  Then I adhered with Mod Podge, even over the textured background, what a cool effect!  I used more Infusions to paint along the edges of my tissue to blend it in with the background.


I dipped my completed project in Distress Oxide to get some chalky spots.  I gave everything a splash of watery white gesso.  I used Tim's new Chit Chat chipboard for my sentiment.  I edged each panel in gold embossing to create a border against my black book pages.  I went back to the image and rubbed a Galaxy white marker along the edges to create highlights and pop the image out from the background.  I tinted her cheeks with a tiny dab of watercolor.



For my next page I first added my painted tissue onto my Infusions background, then went back in with the stencil and texture paste.



The flower is handmade from my tutorial HERE.  The key is from my mom's stash.


I mixed Art Stones with Mod Podge then blended in Infusions to tint the stones and applied to the bottom to create a walkway to the door.  All of this was incredibly fun!  A little on the dark side yes, but fun fun!  I cannot wait to show you the mini album assembly and find out what Topic #5 will be!  It will be so exciting to fill the album with my challenge projects.  <3


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Mar 19, 2017

Techniques for Dimensional Stamped Mixed Media Tags


I'm sharing an inspirational post with my teamies on the IndigoBlu blog today.  Please hop on over and see what my teammates have created for your viewing pleasure!


First I created an inky background with my new Distress Oxide inks.  I splashed on some water and removed some of the color for texture.  I stamped the amazing Blazing Poppies stamp in Denim ink onto the tag.


Next I stamped the poppies again onto some leftover inky yellow card in the same ink and fussy cut the three flowers.


I used my flower shaping tools to give the cutouts a little dimension and curl.


One of the things I love most about DOX inks is the ability to create high contrast.  I knew I wanted some glossy embossing powder, so I tried something new.  I mixed a dab of Slap-it-On with water and flecked onto my surface then covered with white embossing powder and heat set.  Though these pics just look like I've flung gesso onto my tag, in real life the contrast is amazing!


I decided my simple tag could use a mat, so I cut it down a slither then glued onto a tag cut from chipboard.  I painted the perimeter with Park Lane acrylic paint, which worked beautifully with the two DOX colors.


A simple Tim Holtz chipboard sentiment (cut down to fit) finished it off and complimented the glossy embossing.


Here you can see how I curled the flowers and raised them up with foam tape.  A great way to create dimension with simple stamping!  I hope you are inspired to break out your floral stamps today!  <3


Mar 18, 2017

Mixed Media Journal Pages with New Ideology


I'm so excited to share my latest mixed media spread with you today!  It makes it so much more exciting to me because I made this entire album with my own two hands!  If you missed my tutorial HERE, do check it out.


Boy do I love some chunky pages.  The fact that I can go wild with my layering sets my crafty heart to pitter patter!  <3


My theme for this book is blue and green.  I chose this precious couple.  It's so strange to look back after 17 years of marriage and remember the wild and crazy kids we once were.  This couple looks like they are off to a good start, but they could never know the ride that was in store for them...  I layered them over some of my favorite vintage ephemera from my friend Barbara.  The lacy floral layer is a favorite Heidi Swap product that I found at Joann's.


My background was painted with acrylic paint, then stenciled with a Prima stencil and covered with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.  I used this hoarded Prima flower and Tim's new Quote Chips.  The ticket is stamped.


I used DOX for my stamping and it created great chalky spots on my pages.  I also rubbed some DOX onto my acrylic block and sprayed it with water, swished it with my finger and stamped the ink puddles randomly for more chalky patches.


The butterflies are part of Tim's new Idology.  These cutouts are so fun and easy to use!


I cut the HS flower cutouts into sections and applied to the corners as well.  All of these pieces came from one sheet of this stuff and you get 12 sheets in a pack for about $5.  :)


You can see that my binding string was stained in the process too!  I love that.  I hope you enjoyed this tour of my first pages.  Thanks for your visit today!  


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Mar 17, 2017

Tutorial for Chunky Mixed Media Journals with Simple Book Binding


The never ending perfect journal quest...  Are you on it too?  Pages not too small and not too big, thick enough for substantial mixed media projects, with spaces between the pages so you can add all the bulk junk you want without the book popping open.  Today's tutorial might not be the perfect journal for you, but for me it is pretty darn close!


I decided on the size of 9x7", a pretty in between size.  I cut my covers from chipboard, slightly larger.  I glued batting (actually fleece because my batting was downstairs) just on the front and back with Beacon 3-1 glue.  This glue is perfect for mixed media because it has a super hold, but a little flexibility with dry-time.  I cut off the excess batting.


I cut my spine to 3" wide and spaced out the holes for attaching my signatures 3/8"  My Crop-A-Dile will punch 3/4" inward, so I drew a line to mark this measurement, then dots for my hole spacing.


I applied glue to the back of my spine and adhered it to precut fabric.  I punched the holes at this point, which I thought would be easier than after I added the bulky covers.


I wedged a ruler between my spine and covers to create even spacing, because space is needed for the bend.  Next, I applied glue onto the perimeter of my covers and spine, taking care not to glue over the punched holes.


Then I folded the fabric over to the glue, trying to keep it taught and also folding my corners in.  Snipping off any excess in the corners helps eliminate bulk.  I cut off all of the excess fabric.


Next, I covered my insides with patterned paper.


I covered the spine first, with about 1" excess on each side.  I carefully used my bone folder to score a crease in the gaps between the covers and spine.  I lined my Crop-A-Dile up with the existing holes and repunched to create holes in the paper layer.


I cut 7 signatures from heavy Canson cold-press watercolor paper.  I buy huge pads of this and use it for everything.  Again, my signatures were 9x14", scored in half for a finished size of 9x7".  The pads of paper I buy are 12x18".  To cut such large signatures, I scored my whole sheet at 7" along the long side, then folded in half and carefully aligned my paper cutter over the 7" cut line to cut the back half.  Then I cut at 9" on the 12" side of the paper.  I made this little diagram to help.


To get the perfect placement for the holes in my spine I used an awl and pierced a hole at each end of my folds at 5/8".  The signatures are attached with twine.  This is not really a stitched signature book.  I am far too lazy for that.  Just one signature tied in place with one string pulled through two holes and tied through the book's spine.  


Here is the spine.  Unfortunately, I need to purchase a little longer brads to cover the holes.  But you get the idea.  My idea is to attach beads and charms to the dangling strings when the pages are complete.  The beauty of this book is that you can remove the signatures and work on a flat surface.


Stay tuned and I will share my first spread in this new journal.  I will be mailing it off for other artists to work inside.  It will return in early 2018 and I will do a video of the contributing artist's pages and do the assemblage I have planned for the cover.  How exciting, right?!  Actually, if you are looking for a round robin concept, this book would be great because you can just mail the pages out to each artist, then assemble when you get them all back.  This would be especially great for working with overseas artists.  I do hope you enjoyed this read and if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  Crafty HUGS to you!!!  Don't forget to pin the graphic for reference later!  ;0