Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Life and beauty: ARTplorations tutorial

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Mixed Media tutorial made for ARTplorations.
This time I made a up cycled  foam door hanger, the kind you buy for just a few cents in any  craft shop.

Step by step tutorial:
1. The foam door hanger was already painted when I decided to up cycle it in Mixed Media style, so I don't have any painting photos, but it was painted with acrylics only with a bit of copper acrylic over the basic paint. So I use ARTplorations Big Bloom Factory  large  stencil and DecoArt Modelling paste and cover the whole piece with a pretty thick paste layer. And as usual- let it be totally dry!

2. The dry paste was painted with two fluid acrylic paints (yes, blue and yellow make green shadows as I wanted). Then the wet paste was heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

On this close up photo you can see the great texture of  texture paste, acrylics and heat embossing. All surface was painted with gold acrylic paint and you can see the final result on the finished project photos.

3. For the next step I used STAMPlorations Vignette: Eclectic Florals stamps with Gold pigmented Clearsnap ink and heat embossed them with Gold embossing powder.
You sure can use clear embossing ink and gold powder, but with this double gold combo the colors are rich and no spot  left uncovered.

4.The flowers were hand cut and then misted over with light pink mist (Tattered Angels). 
I added the same acrylic paint that was used  for the stencil as my flower centres and added it to the edges too. 
 A couple of butterflies were made in the very same way (stamped, heat embossed, hand cut) using STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies set.All stamped pieces were glued over the door hanger as shown.

5. Puffy stickers words were glued over the bottom part of the hanger and painted with gold and blue acrylics.

And one last view of the finished Mixed Media project! Don't you think the STAMPlorations/ARTplorations combination is just GORGEOUS? 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Making cards with inchies and twinchies: Ann Butler

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my small tutorial made for Ann Butler's blog.
Ann Butler Faux Quilting Unity stamps are just perfect for this technique as they are 2'' and 1'' size.
 So when we stamp one Twinchie (2'' square) and one Inchie (1'' square) and layer the small one over the large one we get an instant embellishment nthat can be a foacl point of pretty clean and simple, but yet fancy card.
So this is the technique taht you can do with Ann's stamps and as you see I made not one card, but whole 4 for this post.
I don't  have a lot of steps for this tutorial,  but just  a few.
1. Stamp one 2'' stamp  over copper cardstock with black pigmented ink (Crafter's Clearsnap) and heat emboss it with Clearsnap Clear embossing powder. Stamp 1'' Ann's stamp over the same cardstock with Gold pigmented ink (Clearsnap) and heat emboss it with the same clear powder.

2. Cut both stamped squares and layer the small over the large in every possible way. As you see from my finished cards I layered in the middle, on corners and even diagonally.
3. Die cut small sentiment that fits 2'' square or use stickers. I hade 4 nice sentiments from three different die cut companies and used them all (Sizzix, Cherry Lynn and Die Versions. Add some sequins over the squares.
4. Make 4 cards using DCWV Copper stack and glue the stamped piece over the card.
5. Stamp the sentiments or use the cardstock one (as I did with I love you card).
And here are my cards:
Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Smile tag with ARTplorations

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to ARTplorations Mixed Media inspiration for MAY!
This is my very shiny and bright tag made with one single ARTplorations stencil  Rose Duet  using texture paste, embossing glitter, acrylic paints, mists and  as you can see this small tag has a lot of texture even this just one single tag layer.

As you know we have a great Mixed Media challenge on ARTplorations blog and you are invited to participate. Use any stencil and enter the challenge.

Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil to the top picks.
 So play with use and you can WIN!

MMM- Flowers with stitching

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Mixed Media post made for 
Mixed Media Mojo challenge blog.
This month we challenge you to make a Mixed Media piece with Flowers and the optional stitching. The  stitching can be Faux- like just  pen stitching and it's totally optional.
 So here is my project- small 7*5'' canvas made with a cluster of flowers, metal sign and a lot of Sizzix die cuts glued over the black gesso over the canvas.

 As the next step I just painted it - lots of Earth Safe Finishes products were used over this piece- Chalk It Up paints, Ann Butler's Iridescents and even Wax.
 I made white paint Faux stitches just to fit the challenge at they look great over the painted canvas.
The texture was also added by heat embossing the wet paint and getting those small bubbles over the piece.
I hope that you like my canvas and now it's your turn!
Enter our challenge and you can be our Guest designer for the next month .

Friday, 29 April 2016

Window into Spring art board with Tando

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Spring decorative art piece.
Today I made the whole Spring scene with Tando stencil as the sun rays on the background and Tando square frame from mini Printers tray set   as a window to that scene.
First I used Tando Bullseye  mask with DecoArt texture paste and painted it over to make the " sun" image.
The whole piece was painted with DecoArt paints and DecoArt crackle was used over the window frame.
I stamped with black  ink over the painted surface (Rubber Dance stamps used here) and added a misted colored flower to the window.
This is a very simple project, but the sticker saying says it all: There is a beauty in simplicity.

Tando products used:
Bullseye mask

Mask - Bullseye

Mini printer tray

Mini Printer Tray 103mm x 103mm with stand

 I enter this to Southern Ridge Com. Anything Spring challenge
 Dimension- for Mixed Media Monthly

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Dream Mixed Media card with Scrapmatts

This is my card made for Scrapmatts for April post:
 bright to pastel colors and background layers made with DCWV cardstock and Sizzix dies (both matting and holes  in the yellow layer).
The Scrapmatts chipboard window was covered with DecoArt crackle paste that can be seen even over this so delicate chipboard piece.
The flowers were painted with gel acrylic paints and you just need one single layer for the full shiny paint coverage.
Both chipboard oval frames are from the same set. The pink one was heat embossed with pastel pink embossing powder. The inner frame and the title word were heat embossed with black embossing powder.

I also added a small topper piece from the same Ornate frames set on the bottom to add some interest (pink embossed as the big frame).

As you can see this card is pretty flat and can be mailed in the regular envelope and still it has lots of layers and texture.
Scrapmatts products used to make this card:

Windows 04 CB5120
Flowers 12 CB1234
Ornate frames 05 CB1220 
Assorted words 01 CB1134
 And I enter it to some web challenges too:
 Studio 75- Color inspiration
Simon Says- Anything goes
 Die cut divas - Something connected to April- Spring and flowers 
Southern Ridge Com.- Anything Springs challenge

Scrapmatts April inspiration

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Scrapmatts April inspirational post.
This time I made a layout and a card in a totally different styles just to show you how the similar Scrapmatts chipboards can be used on a vintage style layout and very modern and bright card.
So first  the layout.
I made the background with Stencil  Circles CT1001 and green embossing paste ( DCWV cardstocks and old Plaid paste that is still working as you can see).
The whole set of three String circles 04 CB5140 was added over the two photos painted with almost white acrylic paint (also the natural color was very similar after all). The third circle was added to keep four journalling words from Scrap words 25 CB1239 set.

The  title cluster was made over the film strip  chipboard (Film strips 05 CB1232). It was heat embossed with clear embossing ink and black embossing powder. Another piece of Scrap words (Scrap words 25 CB1239) was also added to this title cluster.
All String circles were connected with wire- as the connection for this pair on their wedding day and just to keep them in the right position . A bit of washi tape was added from both sides of those circles too- again, for the connection and  as it's pretty difficult to glue such a thin chipboard piece in a nice clean way.

Scrapmatts products used:
Film strips 05 CB1232
String circles 04 CB5140
Scrap words 25 CB1239
Stencil  Circles CT1001

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