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Friday, July 3, 2020

Know Your ABC's


Hello fellow crafters! It's time again for another Mix-Ability challenge where I challenge us to do something a bit out of our normal crafting style.


I don't want to give away too much about the challenge, so if you are super curious take this link to Splitcoaststampers! Here's a teaser. The challenge acronym "ABC" stands for something about the beginning of mixed media movement. Are you more intrigued? Jump over to the challenge right away!

Come join in the fun!

Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
  • Cling Inspiring Text 6" X 6"Rubber Stamp (AZ, STM)
  • Best Day Perfectly Clear Stamps Set (STM)
Plus:
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko (AZ, STM)
  • Mixed Media White Paper (STM)
  • Kraft Cardstock (AZ)
  • Newsprint (AZ)
  • Blue cardstock (AZ)
  • Star stencil or dies (AZ or AZ)
  • Colored Pencil - red (AZ)
  • Mono Liquid Glue (AZ)
  • Ephemera (index card monthly folders - like these)
  • Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops (AZ)
  • Reeves Gouache - blues (AZ at the time of this link a 12, 18 or 24 set was almost the same price)
  • Paper Crimper tool or corrugated cardboard (AZ - this looks like fun!)
Instructions:
  1. Mix equal parts of Ultramarine and Light Blue gouache with water until broth consistency. Splatter on Mixed Media White Paper and swipe randomly around for effect. Set aside and let dry.
  2. Stamp Inspiring Text with black ink on newsprint paper or gray paper. Once dry tear into random sections.
  3. Cut a section of manila folder, stamp month on with what you have if not available.
  4. Corrugate kraft paper and cut a strip.
  5. Stamp sentiment onto white paper with black ink and cut down to size.
  6. Once gouache is dry play with the placement of all the pieces except sentiment and tack it into place with a small amount of glue.
  7. Use a stencil of die-cut star and trace onto layers. Color outside of traced lines.
  8. Glue on sentiment and then onto a blue card base.


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Friday, May 8, 2020

Imagine A Mixed-Media Challenge


Happy Friday, everyone! Today I'm popping in to share a project. A colorful and whimsical card for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge this week hosted by little ole me! 

Our challenge is to use a type of fold or window, an opening of sorts, that we haven't tried before. Keeping with the guidelines of mixed-media, this challenge is pretty wide-open to try out! 

The never tried portion of this card today was the interactive shutter inside the card. I'm sure I've made a gate-fold before, but it's still a rare fold for me. Check out the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.


Bright acrylic paints and whimsical Laurel Burch stamps are the pieces that make my shutter gatefold card sparkle! See the project supplies and instructions below.

One last thing before you scroll down on the 'How To', I'd like to focus on a small business during this time of COVID-19 change. If you decide to purchase the featured products, consider getting them from the Frantic Stamper company. They stock many Stampendous products and so much more!

Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session, a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
Plus:
Instructions:
  1. Create a monoprint. Per monoprint plate unpacking and use instructions to create a layered monoprint. Start with Olive Green and Gold Yellow paint, brayer, and pull a print. On another sheet of white paper pull second print to use for another project. Without cleaning, add magenta and little amount of white paint and spread with prayer. Lay down the stencil and pull the print on the first one done with green and yellow.
  2. After monoprint is dry stamp Script onto paper with Onyx Black ink.
  3. Use Shutter Gatefold Tutorial.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Laurel Burch Imagine Butterflies set onto Mixed Media White Paper and cut with a circle die. Use color cardstock and other circle dies for the mat.
  5. Stamp the smallest butterfly from Laurel Burch Imagine Butterflies set onto an unused section of the monoprint and die cut out. Stamp the larger butterfly on color cardstock and die cut out, stamping the antennae and hand trimming. Glue onto the larger butterfly.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Rainy Season and a Challenge

V300 Puddles Boots (Stampendous)

Hello! It's been a very long time since I've been at a place to make cards and photograph them plus make a post about them!

I hope all of you are staying healthy and having some wonderful creative crafty times!

V329 Cute Boots (Stampendous)

I'm posting about my hostess gig on Splitcoaststampers that's happening today! It's a supply dash challenge, super easy, and can go with any of your other challenges or ideas. Just grab what you can in under a minute and then create away!


MIX372: Supply Dash Challenge

If you are a member of Splitcoaststampers, upload your project in the member gallery and use the keyword "MIX372" so I can find it and comment in your gallery! If you aren't a member it's free to join, stop by and get started in a wonderful community of papercrafting friends!

Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session, a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
  • Puddles Boots (AZ, STM)
  • Cute Boots (AZ, STM)
  • Fitted Frames A Set (STM)
Plus:
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (AZ, STM)
  • Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad (AZ, STM)
  • Mixed Media White Paper (STM)
  • 8 x 8-inch Resist Paper (Pink Paislee- retired) - use a background stamp, and white emboss on paper!
  • Watercolors (Sakura Koi) - (AZ)
  • Sketch Markers (Copic) - I didn't make a list of colors, so sorry.
Instructions:

Puddle Boots Card
  1. Stamp Puddles Boots with Tuxedo Black ink onto Mixed Media White Paper and color.
  2. Watercolor resist background paper, let dry.
  3. Glue resist paper to Mixed Media Paper card base (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch cardstock, folded)
  4. Glue Puddle Boots onto the card front.
Cute Boots Card
  1. Stamp Cute Boots with Clair Nocturne ink onto Mixed Media White Paper.
  2. Trim the sentiment using Q size Fitted Frame die and glue to watercolored outer Q size Fitted Frame die.
  3. Watercolor the resist background paper, dry and glue to Mixed Media Paper card base (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch cardstock, folded).
  4. Glue sentiment onto the card front.
Thank you for stopping by today! Stay healthy and have fun crafting soon!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Paste Not Waste Your Way to Crafting Time


In a time before kids, I would look for something out of my regular routine to do. My mother-in-law mentioned that a few teacher friends were going to take a bookbinding class she thought I would be interested in also taking so I jumped at the chance and was delighted by it. Not only did I learn a few small bookbinding techniques, but I was also fascinated by the paste paper process.

Trying to be creative with what we have for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge, I decided to combine the technique of paste paper and unused stamped rejects. No matter how hard I try these days I'm always making a mistake stamping, I will inevitably smudge or blur the stamped image... yes, even with a stamp positioner. 



Here's my process as best I could photograph it out, but first tips on the paste making process. Links are at the end of this post for credits, recipes, and other tutorials.

I searched the internet, and here are a few thoughts:
  • Cooked paste is smoother than raw (think paper mache recipes), but nowhere did it say that one is better than another for the end result.
  • Start with a thicker ratio of starch to water like 1:6 respectively, then if you want a little bit more fluid paste, add more water in the temperature the recipe calls out. (See photo 1)
  • Use a binder of some sort. The recipe I used at Lil Bookbinder (link below in credits) had ground alum and an acrylic medium which is supposed to help bind the colorant to the starch. (Photo 2)
  • Use a plastic table cover. I have a thick clear table vinyl on my work table, so it was easy to clean up.

Photo 1

Photo 2
  • Catalyst Tools (a.k.a. tools that make designs) - use whatever you have on hand. In a pinch, you can cut designs out of plastic loyalty cards and even chipboard. Here are the tools I used (Photo 3).

Photo 3
Let's get started!
  • I started with one page that I had a hard time stamping a full image and just kept stamping in all angles until it was filled up.
  • For this post, I did other pages so you can see that any stamp will work, whether it is a background stamp or a few single stamps. (Photo 4)

Photo 4
  • After the stamping is done, start making paste paper. With a clean brush, apply a layer of water on the backside and then the front  (Photo 5)
Photo 5
  • While the paper is damp, paint the paste onto the paper (Photo 6). You can use just one color or two or three, just keep in mind that mixing complementary colors will result in browns and dull colors (Photo 7). If that occurs lightly swipe it up with a wet paper towel.

Photo 6

Photo 7
  • Use your mark, making tools to create designs in the wet paste. See the next five photos for marking ideas and click on them to see in the original size.






  • Let the paper dry and begin using it for a super start on your project backgrounds or bookmaking endeavors. 

 Credits:



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