Sunday, March 14, 2021

Just Breathe - Art Journal Page


Like many, this year is proving to be an ongoing challenge and I am just trying to make it through to the other side of what is to come. I was in need of a crafty fix and happened across Marta Lapkowska's (Maremi SmallArt) live session YouTube video as I was turning on the TV on a late Saturday afternoon. As I continued to watch while making dinner, a journal page idea formed in my head based on the digi files that Marta had created for the class. So after dinner and a walk, I was determined to carve out some crafting time and created this page.




I enlarged the music sheet page when I printed it and did so two times to get the sheet music parts that I wanted to use. Working in my Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Visual journal, I tore and glued them down with matte gel. After they were dry, I brushed on a clear coat of gesso and then paint spatula scraped on a some white gesso. Next, I added Opaque Crackle Paste to three areas with a Martha designed stencil that I love. I fussy cut out the images that I wanted to use while it was drying. For the hydrangea, I enlarged the page for the second printing so that I would have different sizes and I altered the smaller one by cutting out different sections when I was fussy cutting it.



Once the paste had done its crackle thing, I adhered the fussy cut washi sections and then used a Brown Stabilo All pencil and a water brush to shading definition and grudge. Once I was happy with that, I splattered the background with white and black acrylic paint. I adhered the flowers and the butterfly and popped up the Just Breathe with some cereal board. For the flowers, I extended the flower branches with a black fine Sharpie, added some highlights to the flower petals in some sections with a White Gelato, and adhered a bow tied with a piece of hemp string. Lastly, I added shimmery details to the butterfly with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen.




Supplies: 9x12 400 Series Mixed Media Visual Journal (Strathmore), digital pattern papers (Maremis SmallArt), gel medium and opaque crackle paste (Ranger), clear gesso (Liqutex), white gesso (Golden), brown All pencil (Stabilo), Tacky glue (Aleene's), black and white acrylic paint (DecoArt), hemp cord (Darice), Coconut Gelato (Faber-Castell), Black Fine marker (Sharpie), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)


I am very pleased with how this worked out. I do so like this colour combo and find it calming which is really not all that surprising as it has been my blog's colours for years. The sentiment title just speaks to me and where I am at right now. Getting creative is so what I needed. It does the soul good.

Thanks to Marta for the inspiration and push to get making. Check out the hashtag #MaremiFreeDigiPapers on IG and/or FB to see what others have come up with.


TTFN,







Saturday, February 27, 2021

Good for the Soul


Hello Crafty Friends! I don't know about you but I could do with a touch of spring right now so I created a spring inspired floral mixed media card which I have up  on the Magenta blog today.



I started with Golden's Qor watercolor Cold Press Ground paste and spread it on a craft mat. Once it had set up a bit, I stamped into it with the Poppies stamp. Once dry, I coloured the flowers with Pink and Golden Yellow Nuance powders, the stems with Grass Green and the background with Turquoise Nuance powder. While that was drying, I heat embossed stamped the Water Your Soul with Love sentiment on vellum and distressed the edges. I cut pieces of patterned paper to cover a  6 1/4 x 4 1/4" card base and distressed them it. To finish it off, i glued all the pieces down.


TTFN,



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Magenta products used:

Saturday, January 30, 2021

With Love - Magenta


Hello crafty friends! I'm sharing a pair of Valentine slimline cards that are up on the Magenta blog today.




Both cards, started with custom cardstock base, 6" in length and then width was determined by the stencil design, in this case 2 3/4" and 3 1/4". Using some painter's tape to secure the stencil in place, the hearts were inked with different combinations of Distress ink for an Ombre effect. The single column hearts have Spun Sugar Distress ink for top third, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the middle third and then Festive Berries from the bottom, all blended with a small blending brush. On the two heart column card, only the Distress Oxide inks where used and then water splattered and lifted to add a distressed effect. Once the inks were dry, the stencil was placed slightly offset to the left and a glitter pen was used to trace the hearts. On the single column, it was a Stardust Gelly pen and a gold glitter gel pen on the right. Additionally on the double column card, I then hand drew a messy line to give the hearts a doodled look. The With Love sentiment was stamped with Delicata Gold ink on the left and Black Soot Archival ink on the right with both being covered with clear heat emboss powder and heat set. I used a glue stick and gold foil to add a distressed gold border on the right. Both had tiny Moonshine sequins added to finish them off.


Happy creating!

TTFN,









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Magenta products used:

15 Hearts Stencil


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Cheers to a New Year!


I always look forward to new beginnings and we all could use a positive change for 2021. So here's a Cheers to a better year. I am sharing a snowy star themed slim line mixed media New Year's card that I made for Magenta.




There is oodles of textures on this one, with watercolour paper texture paste on the 140 lb watercolour base. Once it was dry, I added the blues with Nuance powders. There is silver heat embossed stars adhered to vellum and covered with glitter glue. Texture paste and glitter glue covered emboss and cut larger star. There are star stenciled and silver foiled transparency pieces and a fussy cut velum based silver glitter heat embossed stamp Cheers sentiment.




Silver Shimmer Shine spray and silver metallic thread add some further sparkly shine.


Happy creating in 2021!


TTFN,








Sunday, November 29, 2020

Magenta Trees Galore


I'm up on the Magenta blog today with this collection of watercoloured Christmas tree cards. I used the Blessings Tree stamp and Emerald Creek glitter heat emboss powders to create a variety of different card looks.  I started by cutting up 9" x 12" Canson XL watercolour paper into 3 strips of 4" x 9" and then scoring and tent folding them.




The above trio was watercoloured with Grass GreenOlive and Turquoise Nuance powders after heat embossing. I went with classic colour combos of green, red and gold.The above trio was watercoloured with Grass Green, Olive and Turquoise Nuance powders after heat embossing. Once dry, I added the jewels.




This trio was watercoloured with Mijello Mission Gold watercolours and once dry, I used a Zig 05 marker to add shadowed outlines.




This final one, was watercoloured with Mijello Mission Gold watercolours and once dry the jewels were added on.


Fun, festive and easy to make these are perfect for some quick homemade cards for family and friends. I hope you are inspired to give them a try.

Happy creating!


TTFN,





Sunday, November 15, 2020

Secrets of the Sea - November Bleeding Art Challenge



Hi Crafty Friends! Today starts a new challenge month at the Bleeding Art Challenge Blog. As always it is an Anything Goes mixed media challenge. My Design Team inspiration creation for this month is a steampunk inspired artist trading coin entitled Secrets of the Sea.




That old adage something old is new again totally applies to the media used for this creation. I went into my stash and used old Tim Holtz Emboss Powders that are matte with crystals that you scrap off to give it a distressed weathered look. I used the Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy ones on the Creative Embellishments Steampunk Artist Trading Coins chipboard piece. I added some Seth Apter Baked Textures Patina Oxides embossing powder to in a few areas to give it an oxidized look for interest and dimension. Next, I adhered it a piece of Stamperia Mechanical Sea patterned paper. Once dry, I cut it out, sanded the sides and darkened them with a dark brown Sharpie Marker. After I fussy cut coral from the patterned paper, I added shell bits and the coral. Lastly, I adhered the Secrets metal chain band.




Head on over to the Bleeding Art Challenge Blog here to see my fellow DTs' inspirational pieces and get details on entering the challenge.

TTFN, 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Magenta Warm Gelli Duo



A sunny hello to you! I am up on the Magenta blog today with this gelli print card duo done in warm colours.






I used a small amount of Rosebud and Golden Yellow Nuance mixed with water and brushed onto the round 4" gelli plate. I added 2 drops of clear gesso and rolled it out before taking a print pull on a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" white cardstock cardbase. I deepened the colour by adding more powder-to-water ratio on the second one.




On this one, I stamped the Birdsong Duet - Branches with Black Soot Archival ink multiple times using a stamp repositioning tool. Next, I used a black pen to doodle circles around the edge of the gelli print. Then, I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment with the Archival ink and clear heat embossed it. Next, I added white pen details and splattered white Copic Opaque to finish it off.




On the next card, I stamped with the Curved Branch leaves in two orientations, again with the use of a stamp positioning tool. Then, I stamped and clear heat embossed the Sending Hugs sentiment. Next, I heat emboss stamped the Butterfly onto vellum, watercoloured it with the Rosebud Nuance powder prior to fussy cutting it and adhered it over the leaves.


TTFN,






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Magenta products used:

Nuance - MNU017 -Rosebud

Nuance - MNU008 - Golden Yellow