I was inspired to make some mixed media collage art this week as I was cleaning out a cabinet of supplies - some acrylic paint, embossing powder and ink proved to tempting to use before I finished reorganizing a workspace.
So I'd like to share a step by step tutorial on how I made the artwork shown above. These are just guidelines of course - use whatever colors and medium you wish. But the key here is to layer, layer, layer!
First up, a clean slate. I began with a sheet of our Lagoon Shimmer cardstock - perfect for projects like this because of it's thickness (105#) and I love it's metallic sheen.
Add some bright yellow paint over some of that red dot and also here and there around the paper. The "inspire" text will be stamped onto the yellow area, so make it wide enough for the word "inspire" to fit.
Pour a pile of clear embossing powder over the yellow area and heat it with a heat gun - make sure you heat it from behind (underneath) the paper so that you don't blow powder all over the place. Again, make the "puddle" of embossing powder wide enough to accommodate the word "inspire".
OK - here's the tricky part. Ink up the stamp with Black (Brilliance Graphite Black) ink and set aside. Warm up the puddle of embossing powder until it is liquid and then quickly stamp the image onto the paper, making sure that the word "inspire" hits that puddle of embossing powder. You only get one chance (no pressure).
Add a small puddle of glaze (Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents) onto the mask. Add a few drops of Aqua Copic reinker to a rag and spread the glaze with the rag - the ink will color the glaze as you spread it. You will need to reapply the ink as it is spread - and you may need to repeat layers. The goal is to darken the area around the butterfly a little, so that the inside appears different than the surroundings. The glaze dries almost instantly - but it is invaluable for keeping the text from smudging.
Remove the mask and see if the area around the butterfly is dark enough - if not, put the mask back on and apply more ink (no need to add more glaze). Add some yellow paint to the embossed area - just lightly go over the hardened embossing powder, being careful not to spread paint down into the impressed letters.
I added a little more yellow paint over the red area to brighten the space around the word - then mounted it onto a mat board and a piece of the new 6x6 Enchanted paper. Voila - a beautiful art piece to frame and put up in the studio!