Thursday, August 30, 2018

Floral Thanks

 I was so excited when I saw the new Large Floral Background Stamp as part of the newest Magenta collection. I knew it was going to be perfect for a watercolour stamping technique and watercolouring... and it didn't disappoint!

I started with a piece of 140 lb watercolour paper positioned in my MISTI stamping tool. I loaded the Floral Background stamp with Twisted Citron Distress ink and spritzed the stamp and the watercolour paper a couple of times before stamping. I let the stamp rest on the watercolour panel for a minute to let the colour absorb into the paper. I loaded the stamp again and stamped the panel. Then, I swiped the panel in a variety of spots with Mowed Lawn Distress ink to provide some variation in the greens. Once dry, I watercoloured the empty flower petal spaces with a combination of Spun Sugar and Abandoned Coral and added touches of squeezed Lemonade to the flower centres. While it was drying, I heat emboss stamped the Thanks sentiment on vellum. I trimmed the watercolour panel and adhered it to a cardbase before adding the sentiment with clear foam 3D tape.



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Monday, August 27, 2018

Art Journaling with Soul Journey - Inspired by Vicki

I have another art journal page today that I made with inspiration from Soul Journey 2018. If you are interested, you can find the art journaling group on Facebook and it is an extension of Art and Soul Studio. The year long event has an amazing line up of exceptional mixed media artists.

This page was inspired by Vicki BoutinI started journaling in my 9" x 12" Strathmore 400 series Mixed Media Visual Journal using Vicki's script stencil and light green art crayon. Then, I used the two greens and the blue-green with the solid circle stamps to stamp my design. Next I used the burst stamp and rings with Cloudy Sky StazOn. I added some dots and line doodles before stenciling with the awesome Gold Glaze CreativFX. I watered some down and added some splatters. While that was drying, I coloured the watercolour stick butterflies and title. Once I added them to the page, I called it done.

Supplies: 400 Series Mixed Media Journal (Strathmore), Vicki Boutin Cool Art Crayons, circle stamps, stencils, watercolour stickers and CreativeFX Gold Glaze (American Crafts), Cloudy Sky StazOn (Tsukineko)

You can check out Vicki's video here and be inspired to create your own take on it.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Going Old School

Hi creative friends! Today, I made a tag to play along with Simon Says Stamp's Back to School Monday challenge and More Than Words Mini Challenge - Old.

I love old things! I love century homes, antiques and old school items, hence the old Canadian Speller that I used as a photo prop. It was a natural fit to dig into my Tim Holtz stash and gather a bunch of items that fit the bill.

Spray Stain, texture paste, Distress inking and distresssing, all age the newer pieces to match the aged image pieces from a variety of Tim Holtz ephemera packs. I used a circle cut from an old dictionary to create the reinforcer for my improvised tag made from the pocket card matted on a distress kraft backing. The "going old school" sentiment was created on my computer using a typewriter font and the crinkle ribbon was custom coloured with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo spray stains.

I had math, language arts and science covered but I hemmed and hawed about the addition of the fleur de lis (representing french language learning) charm. I was challenged with whether with it, it reduced the white space area and drew the eye. Here is the version with the charm. 

With or without the charm... which do you like best?

Be sure to pop on over to the two blogs to see some wonderful inspiration from their designers as well as fellow entrants.



Supplies: Tim Holtz Broken China, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain, Vintage Photo Distress ink, Texture paste, multi medium matte (Ranger), Cargo Layering Stencil (Stampers Anonymous), Tim Holtz 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 sized pocket card, Thrift Shop and Emporium ephemera pieces, pen nib, quote chip, fleur de lis adornment, jump ring, Crinkle Ribbon (Advantus), kraft paper (CTHM), dictionary page, white cardstock and typerwriter font (Misc.)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Art Journaling with Soul Journey - Inspired by Aga

I am finally getting around to posting some of the art journal pages that I made from inspiration derived from the Soul Journey 2018. You can find the art journaling group on Facebook and it is an extension of Art and Soul Studio. The year long event has an amazing line up of exceptional mixed media artists, many of whom I am admire.

This page was inspired by Aga BaraniakI started journaling in my 9" x 12" Strathmore 400 series Mixed Media Visual Journal using the Carabelle Studio Journal du Jour stamp, gesso and the butterfly/moths from Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap coloured with Dina Wakley Peacock acrylic paint.

I masked off the butterflies before stamping with the KaiserCraft Flutter stamp. Then, I added a layer of Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. 

Once that was dry and crackled, I put the butterfly masks back on to add the Eggplant and Black Dina Wakley acrylic paints and Peacock splatters. Once all was dry, I used a Quickie Glue pen to go over the chevrons and added gold Deco foil as well as using a lid and glue with foil to add the rings.

Lastly, I adhered the quote created on my computer with a typerwriter font printed on cardstock and added some doodling on the butterflies.

You can check out Aga's wonderfully video here and be inspired to create your own take on it. If you do, be sure to share it with the Soul Journey group.


Supplies: 400 Series Mixed Media Journal (Strathmore), Journal du Jour stamp (Carabelle Studio), Jet Black Archival ink, Matte Multi Media, Tim Holtz Rocky Candy Distress Crackle paint, Peacock, Eggplant and Black Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint (Ranger), gesso (Liquitex), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap (Advantus), Flutter stamp (KaiserCraft), Quickie glue pen (Sakura), Gold iCraft Deco Foil (Therm-o-web), Visions Fine Black pen (Uniball), misc. typerwriter font and cardstock

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This Smile

It has been a bit since I have made a scrapbook layout. This mixed media one was one that I had started last year and finally got to finishing at Crop and Create Torinto this year.

I started with the Creative Scrapbooker's Superstock base covered with clear gesso prior to watercolouring with Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio and Stampin' Up's Pretty in Pink, stamping with the CTMH My life is so blessed sentiment stamp and splattering with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink and Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry to match the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper collection. I added lots of textures with a variety of trims, mesh, film strip and wood veneer. I added a hand cut and blanket stiched felt heart too.

It felt really good to make a layout. I really have to get into the habit again of making them on a regular basis.


Supplies: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes patterned paper and overlay, Royal Dear Lizzy Thickers, velvet rickrack (American Crafts), cardstock (Creative Scrapbooker Superstock), clear gesso (Liquitex), inks [Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry (Ramger), Vintage Pink (Tattered Angels), Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up)], sentiment stamp and white cardstock (CTMH), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Film Strip (Advantus), mesh (Magenta), crochet trim (Maya Road), wood veneer (Prima), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), embroidery floss (Loops & Thread), pen (Staedtler), and doily, staples, felt and pink ribbon (Misc).