Saturday, March 30, 2013

Art Deco Mixed Media

I've been having so much fun playing with Mixed Media that I decided to go that route for today's Inspiration Challenge on splitcoaststampers where I was inspired by these pretty ladies and vintage colors. 
Getting ready to get started

I went back to Birgit's technique of using Gesso and newspaper to create texture. I layered chipboard and a die cut branch onto my dictionary page that I'd coated with Gesso. I really glopped it onto the 3D pieces. I used a Qtip to clean up around the edges then I heat embossed to get the bubbled up texture.

I used a mask that I'd cut the oval out of to stamp my lady in Versafine Sepia. Then I covered her with the inner oval piece and sprayed with blue reinker mist and I spritzed Terra Cotta and Eucalyptus into the air and waved my piece through it for the top. I sprayed a little closer to get some drippage on the lower half. I then used my handy Qtip to directly add color to the branch and a bit onto the swirls..

I sponged Turquoise around the raised areas and edges.I added some copper highlights with a Qtip and Color Box Copper ink to the swirls and onto my lady's hair.

I used marker on acetate in Blush Blossom and Blushing Bride with a wet paintbrush to add a faint bit of color to the lady. I used the MS Hydrangea in blush blossom and vanilla and added copper highlights and pearls and curved them a bit with a stylus. I used my Pearl Pen to add the pearls to the smaller flowers and onto my lady image.

I had previously made the crinkled seam binding bow with an Antique Brad and later added 2 pieces of floral spray pearls.

Some tearing, distressing and lace round out the picture.
Stamps: Stampendous Deco Lady
Paper: Soft Suede, Island Indigo
Ink: Versafine Sepia, Tempting Turquoise, Color Box Copper, Tsukineko Walnut Stain Sprays-Terra Cotta, Eucalyptus, Blue Reinkers and water in a mister
Accessories: markers, paint brush, Gesso, Studio 112 chipboard, Tim Holtz Bird Branch die, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Ice White Pearl Pen, MS Feldspar seam binding, MS Hydrangea Punch, pearls, Lace
Techniques: Masking, Sponging, Reverse Masking, Brad Bow

Friday, March 29, 2013


Sing to the Lord

The finished card. Couldn't get this praise song out of my mind while I was working!
Gluing the box board die cut onto card stock

Covered with foil, run through the big shot between two plates (really well-used and scratched up plates!)  then spray painted black

Sanding off the paint from the embossed surfaces.

Really grungy huh!

Removing some of the paint with a Qtip wet with alcohol blending solution.

Adding some color with reinkers and alcohol inks

Close up of the bird

The sentiment is stamped onto layered newspaper covered with Gesso (a leftover from a previous challenge!)
Stamps: Studio G alphabet sets
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Newspaper
Ink: Versafine Onyx, various reinkers and alcohol inks
Accessories: Black Spray Paint, Foil, Tim Holtz Bird Branch die, alcohol blending solution, MS Mettalic Weave ribbon, sponge, Gesso, Scallop Edgelit die, Corner Rounder punch
Techniques: Embossed Foiling

Check out Dina Kowal's video for even better instructions!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Branching Out

Wall Art Wednesday!

Made a copy of this one that I'd made a while back (think I might send this one to my DD for her new place!)

This is basically the same layout and uses a lot of the same papers.

Stamps: None
Paper: DCWV Mod Retro Stack, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, Sponge, Heart Punches, Vintage Lace, Modge Podge

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Made from the same stack of papers with some added extras.This one is 7x7
Stamps: none
Paper: DCWV Mod Retro Stack, Gumball Green, Peach Parfait, Island Indigo
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Gumball Green
Accessories: Tasteful Trims Die, Modern Label and 1"Square punched, CM border and oval cutting systems, sponge, Bias fold tape with lace, wooden buttons Modge Podge, glue dots
Techniques: Sponging


Monday, March 25, 2013

One Busy Day

Meeting the Challenge(s)

Sweet 16 card for my sweet niece! This one was for today's clean and simple challenge which was to use only a line image stamp (sentiments not included). I'm really happy with how this turned out and am loving playing with my new Borders Scoring Plate. I combined the scallop scoring over the top of the embossed stripes. I die cut my numbers in my free glitter paper. To amp up the glam, I embossed my main image and sentiment and also threw some rhinestones and a brad bow into the mix.
Stamps: Elizabeth, So Very
Paper: Whisper White, Glitter Paper
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Timeless Type dies, Black and Clear embossing Powder, Stripes embossing folder, Borders Scoring Plate, silver brad, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, rhinestones
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Embossing, Scoring, Die Cutting

A sweet Hello Kitty Card for my sweet younger niece! My youngest daughter said "Let's make a Hello Kitty card" so here it is. She wanted to put some glitter and bling on too so we made some little flowers for Kitty to carry to her cousin!
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Sending Love dp, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight. glitter paper
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Black embossing powder,XL oval, full hearts, corner rounder, 3/4 " square punches and EK flower punch, pink pearls, flower stickers
Techniques: Punch Art, Embossing

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...And now for something completely different!  I've had the pieces for these two cards sitting on my desk since the last mixability challenge where we were to tear strips of dp, glue them down and add some ink. Today's technique challenge was to make a monochromatic card so I used my neutral pieces to throw these together.

Stamps: Travel Post, Inkadinkado sentiment
Paper: Cajun Craze, TPS map piece, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, dictionary page
Ink: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice ef, Distressed Texturz Plate, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Sponge, Vintage Trinkets, Faceted Button, vintage button, Early Espresso embossing powder, Versamarker
Techniques: Distressing, Embossing, Dry Embossing, Tearing, Sponging, Collage

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Altered Map Monochromatic Mix
Stamps: Tim Holtz Playful Journey
Paper: Kraft, Well Worn dp, Early Espresso, TPS map dp, Natural Ivory, Early Espresso
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey, Soft Suede
Accessories: Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Perfect Polka Dots ef, twine, button, sponge
Techniques: Collage, Sponging, Distressing, Tearing

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Faux Denim Punch Art

Faux Denim Carriage CASE

Here's the finished product!


 My cyber friend Val aka Greywolf is this week's Queen for the Day on and I just had to make a card in her honor. I chose to CASE this card of Val's Val's Baby Card. I was also playing along with the inspiration challenge and was inspired by the denim on the inspiration site, Madewell. That influenced my to go with faux denim instead of dp on my baby carriage.
Faux denim is an easy technique that is basically just direct to paper taken to another level. I used 4 blues for this: Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy. 
Take your ink pad and swipe it along the piece of card stock

Here's the first layer of color-Bashful Blue in vertical direction

Here's layer #2 Baja Breeze both vertical and horizontally swiped.

Layer #3 is Marina Mist. You can stop at any point with your colors when you get it at the point the you desire.

I wanted a darker "wash" so I finished up with Not Quite Navy

To make my baby carriage, I punched a Baja circle and cut another circle a little smaller in the denim. I then cut that into two pieces for my carriage. I had a piece of Whisper White cut in the Tasteful Trims die that I used for the trim. I punched 3/4" circles with brad centers and popped those for the wheels. I inked up my stamp with Baja then added Not Quite Navy to the dots and stamped on Whisper White and punched with the tag punch and punched a large tag in the faux denim. I layered these and added an Island Indigo Baker's Twine bow using a mini glue dot. I rounded my corners as Val did.

Stamps: SU Punch Bunch
Paper: Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: 2 1/2", 3/4"and 1/16" circle punches, Small and Large Tag and Corner Rounder Punches, Tasteful Trims Die, Vintage Brads, Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Techniques: Faux Denim, Punch Art

Thursday, March 7, 2013


On splitcoaststampers today the challenge was to"poke a hole in it" by featuring paper piercing on our cards. I had two more mixed and masked pieces that I hadn't turned into cards yet, so I took the challenge and put them to work. 

This first one was embossed onto a piece of colored cardstock. I colored first with colored pencils then with a blender pen loaded with pastels and finally added white and red gel pen accents.
Another view of the same card
You can see the Canvas bg stamping as well as the blue spray that I used after masking off the butterfly. The sentiment was stamped then die cut and the Turquoise was sponged on while still in the die. I used the Occasions piercing guide to add piercing around my banner.
Stamps: SU-Swallowtail, Itty Bitty Banners, Canvas
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Spritzer, Reinkers, Colored Pencils, Pastels, Blender pen, red and white gel pens, Razzleberry marker, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, sponge, Occasions Piercing Guide, Piercing Tool
Techniques: Sponging, Masking, Embossing, Paper Piercing,
The second card has a butterfly embossed over a music sheet that had been glued to a piece of card stock and spritzed with a walnut stain. I masked and sponged with Turquoise and Island Indigo.
My piercing this time was done from the back using a guide. The banner was embossed then die cut and sponged and sprayed while in the die. I added a linen thread bow and popped this over my pierced heart.
Stamps: SU-Swallowtail, Wonderful You
Paper: Always Artichoke, music sheet, Natural Ivory
Ink: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Tsukineko Eucalyptus Walnut Stain spray
Accessories: Sponge, Bitty Banners Framelits, Linen thread, Black detail embossing powder, marker
Techniques: Masking, Sponging, tearing

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mix and Mask

Mix and Mask Butterfly

My Latest Mixed Media Project

New Creation Mix and Mask
My 3 youngest kids were swimming in a big meet this weekend and we spent the weekend at a hotel. I stamped a couple of butterflies before we took off and threw a few supplies into a bag so I could do some art during the down times which were limited!! I love this verse and the truth of our transformation as believers in Jesus. When I bought this butterfly image I knew I would do something on a larger scale than a card since it is such a big image. I have a stack of these cool back ground papers that I created using the CitraSolv Magic technique that Lydia shared with us a while back. The butterfly is stamped in Versafine Onyx and embossed in black detail embossing powder. I didn't get an even impression and because I was in a hurry (I was supposed to be heading out the door for the meet but just HAD to stamp a couple butterflies before we left ) I didn't pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I was lined up correctly, and as a result, I had a bit of a halo around the top of the butterfly and two sets of antennae. I added some color to these areas when I was coloring with my markers. I used: Tempting Turquoise, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Peach Parfait and Tangerine Tango to color the inside of the butterfly. I added some Sahara Sand around the edges to make it stand out even more. Then I really had some fun adding highlights with a white gel pen. I also added some red gel pen up in the orange sections. Here are some close up shots where you can better see these additions.

After I'd finished coloring, I masked off the butterfly and added the sprays to the bg. I used some blue reinkers and water in a spritzer to add the blues and used Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Stain spray for the other. I purposefully tried to get some bigger spots so they could drip down a bit. Since I was away from home with no more stamps around, I used newspaper words and letters for my verse (thanks to the hotel for the complimentary copy!).
Stamps: Swallowtail
Paper: National Geograpic page, newspaper
Ink: Versafine Onyx,
Accessories: Black embossing powder, blue reinkers, markers, spritzer, Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Ink spray, white and red gel pens
Techniques: Embossing, CitraSolv Magic, Masking, Spraying, Collage