12 posts categorized "Mixed Media"

03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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12/18/2019

Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, Iโ€™m still working on my holiday cards. ๐Ÿ™ˆ  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  

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Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

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Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter โ€œAโ€. 

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This wraps up my first year as a designer here. ๐Ÿ˜‰   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!

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11/16/2019

Sat 16

Gilded Candle with Distress Oxide Sprays Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello fellow papercrafters!

Recently I have been obsessed with Distress Oxide Sprays and found time to make a video using them! 

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I can't get enough color and texture on my backgrounds as of late and these sprays create such an eye catching look. I am using some favorites from the Holiday 2019 Collection to make a collage style card - and the sprays helped pull things together in a flash.

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The key is to experiment and add LOTS of layer s of sponged ink, oxide sprays and some metallic splatter. Have fun!

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Memory Box Dies
94336 Bauble Snowflake Corner 
94338 Mini Vintage Varsity Peace 
94288 Gilded Taper Candle
94340 Antique Greenery Label 

Distress Oxide Sprays
Broken China 
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Peacock Feathers 
Twisted Citron 

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Distress Oxide Ink
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Wild Honey

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Embellishments
Gansai Tambi Watercolors 
Starry Color paints 

 

10/11/2019

Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  

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I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.

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This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  

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03/05/2019

Tue 05

Hugs Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a mixed media CAS card with you today. Hope you enjoyed our fun Blitz week using all the new supplies.

For today, I decided to share the same die as my last card. I loved the soft look of it but today, I have a vibrant card to share how bright color pop makes your creation look so different.

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I started by creating a coral cardbase. I then cut a white mat layer using the mixed media paper. Now I applied some yellow acrylic paint to it and let it dry. Once dried, I die-cut it using the basic circle die. I then die-cut the wreath using black cardstock and the center floral sprig from the same die in white. I then adhered the black wreath to the colored circle and adhered this to a white mat layer. 

I then stamped the sentiment in the center. Finally, I added a bit of soft color to the floral twig and added a part of it inside the center.

Lastly, I adhered this mat layer to the cardbase. To finish apply some clear sparkle to the wreath and the small flowers.

Here is a close up

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Easy isn't it?  Have a wonderful crafty day! 

 

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07/28/2018

Sat 28

Woodland Bridge Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! Today I have a card using another fabulous die from the new Holiday release, let's make a card!

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This Woodland Bridge Frame die is so fun, you could use it for any season and that deer is just the sweetest. For my card today I started by die cutting everything in white cardstock, then I got to work on my inky background.
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I picked 4 colors of Distress Oxide ink, a teal for the water and then two purples and a yellow for a wintery sunset. I started with the water and my blending tool and then worked my way to the top. If you get a harsh line when adding a new color, go back over it with the previous color ink you used to soften it. I had to do that with the teal and the purples to create a softer change between the colors. Then I made some Oxide ink magic by spraying some water and adding some drops of a glitter mist to create that fun reaction.
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I glued all of the layers to a white card and then added some glitter on the trees and the ground to make it look snowy. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a wonderful weekend!
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05/22/2017

Mon 22

So-Fish-TICATED
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Did you check out the new release yet? It's GORGEOUS...love it. It's been such a cool and wet weather that I am longing for some warmth....The new release is perfect to get me into the summer mood...lol

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To create this card, I started with the mixed media background panel. First I  used applied some modelling paste to create the bottom bubbles and let it dry. I then used distress inks as watercolor and created a wash. Let it dry.

Then I used Imagine Crafts creative medium and applied it through another stencil to create small bubbles. I then stamped the images onto a watercolor panel and colored them using Zig Clean color real brush markers. Once dry, I cut them using the co ordinating dies.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment and assembled everything together.

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Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

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03/04/2017

Sat 04

Whirling Butterfly
by Penny Ward

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Hey there Memory Box friends. So I get out one of my favorite stencils and some Creative Medium paste. I mean really...are you loving that background?!? Softened the whole look with that beautiful Whirling Butterfly. So simple, I may have to mass produce this one.

 

Let's get to it:

 

Start with a Black card base. Trim White cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches.

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Using the Distressed Grid stencil, begin adding Creative Medium in Copper, Gold and Bronze until you are happy with the look. Let dry.

 

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Die cut Whirling Butterfly Silhouette from Rust & Black cardstocks, offset slightly and adhere together. Glue to card front.

Add a small amount of Copper Creative Medium to a scrap of Rust cardstock, let dry, then diecut with the second smallest butterfly from the Morning Garden Butterflies set. Adhere to card over the swirl.

Die cut two Grosgrain Ribbons as shown, stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Hope & Thanks set by Poppystamps. Adhere to card front with a small staple.

 

This would make a great "manly" card, even with the butterfly. :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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08/30/2016

Tue 30

Autumn Bird
by Shelby

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Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and found some crafting time.  I had some time to experiment with some acrylic paints and embossing and voila, today's card.

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On black cardstock, I stamped Drifting Oak Leaves with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used yellow acrylic paint and brushed over the cooled embossing and allowed it to dry to the touch. The cool thing is the yellow paint took on a greenish shade when paired with the black cardstock.  With a slightly damp cloth, I removed some of the paint from the embossed areas and from the black cardstock.  This technique also worked well with several different colors, but the paint needs to air dry between each coat for the best results.

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I used distress paints (squeezed lemonade and dried marigold) and the marbling technique and cut out the Elodee Bird and then slightly inked over the bird with Hickory smoke distress ink to tone down the bright colors.  Adhered the Elodee Bird to the coordinating background and placed it on top of the Wild Prairie stems.

Super fun and easy technique and would look great with lots of different colors too.  Thanks for stopping by today.

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08/23/2016

Tue 23

Swirling Ghost
by Shelby

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Good morning everyone!  The nights are definitely getting cooler and the days just a little shorter which means Fall is definitely on the way with Halloween right around the corner. I love the warm colors of Fall and used them for today's Halloween themed shaker card.

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The background was done with Distress Paints (barn door, mustard seed and carved pumpkin) and water creating a marbling effect.  I inked up the edges with Black Soot to tone down the colors.  The Swirling Ghost Circle die is a die whose cut is meant to stay in the paper so I used that for my shaker window.  I then cut another Swirling Ghost Circle from white paper and cut out the ghost portion and adhered to the in the paper cut. I discovered a whole bin of googly eyes I had stashed away in a dark corner of my craft room and popped some on the largest ghost to increase the cuteness factor!

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I added a few more of these stinkin cute ghosts from the Swirling Ghost die and then stamped the word Boo over top with black archival ink to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!

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