Friday, October 24, 2014

Mixed Media Layout, simplified!

Hello and Happy Friday!  Yesterday, I was up on the UmWowStudio blog, sharing a simple mixed media layout, created with 1 stencil and several UWS chipboard pieces.

I began by prepping my 12x12 chipboard background with a coat of gesso.  After the gesso was dry, I added texture with the Diamond Confetti mask and modeling paste.

The next step is to add color.  I began with watered down, PaperArtsty Fresco paint, layering several contrasting shades to blend.  For more glimmer and glitz, I spritzed several shades of Shimmerz sprays to the background.

I wanted to 'dress up' my chip, so I painted each piece (Leaf Stems(2),  & Flourishes One) with PaperArtsy Fresco paint, then heat embossed them for subtle texture.

I wanted to continue the floral theme, so I stamped (and heat embossed) a floral design on the top of my page, then painted the petals/leaves with more PaperArtsy Fresco paint.

To finish off this simple layout, I added a piece of Flair (Set Sail Flair) and a title (Alpha Two). Done!

I hope you enjoyed this short how-to!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hazel & Ruby and Imagine Crafts are teaming up! Ampersand Decor

Hello and Happy Thursday!

This week, Hazel & Ruby and Imagine Crafts are teaming up to bring y'all a ton of DIY inspiration.  Yesterday was my day, and here was the project I created.

I LOVE Home Decor.  (and if you have followed me for awhile you know that).  I thought it would be fun to alter a wooden Ampersand sign, using Hazel & Ruby "Pass the Tissue, Lace is the Place" paper and several shades of Memento Dew Drops inks.

I started by tracing my ampersand piece on the tissue paper. 

(This picture really shows the beautiful design in the tissue paper. Love this)

Next, I dabbed my ink dauber on my craft mat and gave it a spritz of water.  I will be using the ink as my paint and will paint the flower design.

The ink became 'watercolor like' and I love how the pattern on the tissue paper resisted the ink.  I wasn't too careful about staying in the lines because I wanted that effect.

Once I was finished 'ink painting', I traced the lines with a Stabilo pencil and wet the line.  Once Once the entire design was painted, I cut out the ampersand.

I adhered the tissue paper to the wooden piece with Mod Podge and finished off the edges with white paint. I sanded any rough edges and made sure the edges were sealed.

Here's some close-ups of the painted areas. 

And the finished piece.

No need to be an artist.  Just use the pattern embedded in the paper as a guide to paint.  Super easy!

Be sure and stop by the Hazel & Ruby blog each day.  They will be giving away a prize package to one lucky person.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whimsical Elephant Art Journaling

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today, I am sharing an Art Journal page, for Viva Las Vegas Stamps, full of texture, color, and fun!  If you have seen several of my past posts, you know that one of my favorite techniques is to create Art Journal pages using Gelli Plate Prints.  I love the  instant background you achieve with the prints and I love to embellish them to create an art journal or doodle page.

To create my art journal page, I enhanced the circle design to add more texture and interest.

But before I did this, I created my focal point....the stamped, embossed elephants.  I LOVE this Whimsical Elephant stamp.

I added color to each elephant using Gelly Roll Pens.  (love these).  They have a great opaque, bright color and are perfect!

Once the pen dried, I started added texture and embellishing the circle design.  To do this, I punched a circle from a scrap piece of cardstock to use as a mask.  I then stamped within the punched shape.  This only added the stamped image to the circle.

Super easy, but effective.

The stamping added great texture and interest to the plain background.  I love this technique and will be using it again.

Stamps used:
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses
Lacy Lines

I hope you enjoyed my page today!  I am always looking for new stamp techniques.  Please share them with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freaky Friday/Design Team Swapping with Valerie O'Neall

Hi everyone!  Today, I am up on the My Mind's Eye blog with our Freaky Friday feature.  I love participating in Freaky Friday and I love the challenge of sharing inspiration from a fellow Design Team member.   

Today, I am inspired by the wonderfully talented Valerie O'Neall.  I have always been a fan of Valerie's style and I am super excited to share my layout with you today.

The first thing I do, is to look at several of my Freaky Friday partner's layouts.  I try to find similarities and design trademarks.  Valerie has a great style and here's what I spied as her design style. 

1. White Cardstock
2. Large, digitally cut titles
3. Small pops of color and pattern
4. Multiple photos

Using these as my starting point, I created this layout.

I love using white cardstock as a base for layouts, so this was an easy task.  I die cut a large title, backing it with a solid patterned paper.  

Using our fabulous enamel dots and mixed bag die cuts, I added pops of color and  pattern.  I generally scrap with 1 photo, but using her multiple photo style, I printed the same photo and repeated it throughout my layout.  Love this look!

I really enjoyed scrapping in this Clean and Simple manner.  It is a complete opposite to my mixed media and artsy style. 

Thank you Valerie for your amazing inspiration!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2nd October Guest Designer Project for 100 Proof Press stamps - Mixed Media Layout

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Earlier this week, I shared another Guest Designer project for 100 Proof Press Stamps.    Today, I would like to share with you that project, mixed media layout, using stamps to create subtle background texture.

To prep my chipboard background, I painted a coat of black gesso, allowing 'brush' strokes to be visible.  I then added several Shimmerz Spray Mists and Inklingz to add some color to the stark black.

Now for the texture:  I began by heat embossing the top and bottom corners, using 5817X.  This is a great stamp for background texture making!

I then added more texture with 6488Y, 5497V, and 5483P.  These are also great background and mixed media stamps.  Using contrasting ink, the stamp images really pop.

To finish it off, I added several metal embellishments and my title.  Super quick, yet one-of-a-kind! 

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

What is your favorite use for background stamps?  

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who says you can't use Rhino's and Hippo's for Halloween projects??

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Last week, I shared a new project for UmWowStudio.

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I ALWAYS love creating projects for it!  I love the colors, the themes, and fall in general.  I had been racking my brain for a way to use the adorable animal chipboard pieces, when it hit me!  Why not create a whimsical Halloween project, embellishing them for the season.

To begin, I built texture on a wood panel, using the Hexagon Confetti mask and embossing paste.  I added several shades of Shimmerz sprays, letting them pool around the embossed areas.

To create my fun little animal chipboards, I added several shades of Distress paints and Shimmerz paints for color.  Once they were dry, I added a layer of crackle paint.  To add more vintage goodness, I added Distress stain to each piece, letting the stain seep into the cracks.

Animal Chips used:

I added more chipboard pieces and paper embellishments to each panel to complete my mini Halloween scene.

Chips used:
Grid Border
Layered Pumpkins

I would LOVE to see what you create with the fun and whimsical animal chipboard pieces!  Please share them with me!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dresser Up-Cycled with Hazel & Ruby

Hello and Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the Hazel & Ruby blog with a fantastic project!  I am so excited to be able to share this with you today!

My friend Lisa, had an old dresser she found a local yard sale for only $10.  When I saw it, I knew it needed a major makeover, Hazel & Ruby style!  This was such an easy project to finish and I am completely in love with the results.

I didn't prep my surface at all.  I wanted to retain the old, vintage feel and look.  Lisa has 2 gallons of left over interior house paint, so we used it to paint our dresser.

The first step was to cover the entire dresser with the lighter color..a light grey.  I got so excited to start this project, I completely forgot to take a picture of the dresser, with drawers this is the first picture capturing this step.

Dresser with base coat of paper applied.

Lisa decided on the quote she wanted to use, so we played around with the placement and font size till we were happy with the result.

Tip:  Since the stencil-masks are re-positionable, no need to put them in the 'perfect' spot until you have decided on the final placement.  Also, for placement, you can use place-holder letters if you run out.  You can see this in the words 'IN LIFE' and 'REALIZE THEY'.  

I wanted a distressed look, and I had been dying to try distressing with this was the perfect time to try it out.

Before painting the top coat, apply Vaseline on the areas where the piece would naturally be worn and aged.  (corners and edges)

Apply your top coat.  We used a bluish/grey.

When painting the drawers, I removed the stencil-mask (after painting) before moving on to the next drawer.  To clean up my stencils, I put them in the sink in a shallow amount of soapy water.  The paint cleaned up with ease.

Once the top coat is completely dry, 'sand' over the areas where you applied Vaseline with steel-wool.  The Vaseline acts as a resist and the paint is removed very easiely.

Hazel & Ruby Stencil-Masks used:
Central Park

We added new glass knobs to finish off the make-over.  LOVE THIS!

I cannot wait to find some more furniture to up-cycle and re-do.   I am hooked!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


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