Monday, February 22, 2021

Ombre Blue Birds Canvas For Therm O Web

 Hi everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for a mixed media ombre canvas created with their Deco Foil Flock, Deco Foil Duo Transfer Gel and Foil Transfer Sheets.

Ombre Blue Birds Mixed Media Canvas

The birds were first flocked then embossed and inked for an ombre effect.

Ombre Blue Birds Mixed Media Canvas Detail

Ombre Blue Birds Mixed Media Canvas Detail

And I used the Deco Foil Duo Gel with Transfer Foil on the background, love that the Duo Gel doesn't need to be heat set to transfer the foil so you can use the foils on dimensional projects like this.

Ombre Blue Birds Mixed Media Canvas Detail

 Hope you can pop by for my how to, see you there!

Ombre Blue Birds Mixed Media Canvas For Therm O Web

Deb xo

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque

 Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I have a simple mixed media plaque to share with you today that was inspired by the Monday challenge over on Simon Says Stamp's blog, 'Resist It'

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque

**Thank you Simon Says Stamp for choosing my project for your Monday Challenge Designer Spotlight!**

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Resist It Designer Spotlight Winnter

I used an embossing powder resist technique with Distress Oxide ink on kraft cardstock for the back panel:

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Detail

and a paint resist technique with Distress Ink on the foreground panel.

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Detail

As I said it was simple to make, here are a few quick step outs.

I started with a piece of kraft cardstock and stamped it with Distress embossing ink and a Rebekah Meir script stamp from Impression Obsession (which doesn't appear to be available anymore).  After embossing with clear embossing powder I inked it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink, added some water drops and wiped the excess Oxide off of the embossed areas.

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Tutorial

A smaller panel was cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and stamped with a flourish stamp and blue acrylic paint.  After the paint had dried I inked the panel with Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress inks, dipping it repeatedly into puddles of ink until I was happy with the coverage.  The excess Distress ink was then wiped off the painted stamped areas.

Simplicity was the theme here so I simply die cut a Wildflower Stem from blue patterned scrapbook paper and doubled it up by layering it on a kraft cardstock die cut. A flat back pearl was added to the center of the flower.  A ChitChat sticker was mounted onto a piece of pale blue cardstock and three little hearts were die cut with Simon Says Stamp's Hearts and Stars Shapes Wafer Die from gold Metallic Kraftstock.

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Tutorial

The embossed panels were layered on to a piece of sanded Gold Metallic Kraftstock and the flower head popped up on two layers of foam squares for dimension.  The sentiment and gold hearts were adhered to the background, an easel die cut added to the back for display and the piece was complete.  Like I said, simple!

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque

 Here are a few more closeups of the finished plaque.

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Detail

Stay Simple Mixed Media Plaque Detail

 Hope that you've enjoyed seeing it and thanks to Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog for the inspiration.  Have a great weekend and happy creating,

Deb xo

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi

 Hello everyone, hope this finds you well.  We are in the midst of a 'polar vortex' event here in B.C. so I've been hunkered down in my studio trying to stay cozy and warm!  I was playing around with strips of cotton muslin fabric that I had left over after making a window blind and ended up making a length of faux 'washi' that I foresee using in my art journals.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi

 I started with a strip of muslin about 1 1/2" wide by 60" long.  I painted it with acrylic paint starting with pale yellow and gradually blending along the length through shades of yellow, green and finally blue.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi Tutorial

Stenciling came next, using the same colour families, through multiple StencilGirl Products stencils (Leafy Doodle Border L736, Tropical Floral Stencil L311 and CM2019, limited edition no longer available).

Stenciledd Muslin Faux Washi Tutorial

 Stamping followed with multiple stamps from my stash using various colours of permanent inks.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi Tutorial

 I wanted to maintain the frayed edge of the muslin strip so adhered images and patterns with matte medium that were printed on collage and tissue papers.  While the medium was still damp I gently pulled away the pieces of the images that over ran the edges of the fabric strip to reveal the ragged edge of the torn muslin.  I used pre-printed collage tissue paper from Tim Holtz and some pieces of gel plate printed tissue papers I had in my stash.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi Tutorial

To add some texture I also added fragments of vintage dictionary papers and pieces of muslin printed with ledger page images, adhering them with more matte medium and when it had dried sewing a line of zigzag stitches.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi

And finally, I chose a variety of metal charms and embellishments from my stash, painted them all with white acrylic paint and coloured them with Mushroom and Sepia alcohol inks before sewing them onto the strip by hand with embroidery floss.

Stenciled Muslin Faux Washi

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my faux muslin washi came together, I had a lot of fun making it and can't wait to add bits and pieces of it to my art journals.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and if you are in the deep freeze like I am here, stay warm!

Deb xo

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sweetheart Valentine Plaque

 Hi everyone, hope this finds you well.  I've been slowly getting back into my craft room over the last couple of weeks after a long hiatus and have a little Valentine plaque to share with you that I've made to gift to my hubby this V day.  No step outs I'm afraid as my creative process is definitely one step forward and about 20 back right now but hope you'll enjoy seeing it nevertheless.

Sweetheart Valentine Mixed Media Plaque

 I started out with a gessoed vintage book page, then stenciled the Heart Swirl stencil (StencilGirl Products S066) with acrylic paint, monoprinting the reverse of the stencil with Dina Wakley Media Gloss Spray.  The rest of the page was painted with acrylic paint and stamped and stenciled randomly and spattered with diluted gold metallic paint.

Sweetheart Valentine Mixed Media Plaque Detail

The sentiment (from a very old Fiskars stamp set) was stamped onto a gelli print paper fragment that was layered with washi tape and a bit of sewing.

This little musical note paper clip has been in my stash for years, I painted it with white acrylic paint and inked it with Metallic Pearl and Sepia alcohol inks.  The key got the same treatment.

Sweetheart Valentine Mixed Media Plaque Detail

The book paper was layered onto gold Metallic Kraftstock, a piece of Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash and finally a piece of tealish (is that a word?!) cardstock to echo the colour of the book page background.

Sweetheart Valentine Mixed Media Plaque
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will have a lovely Valentine's Day with your sweetheart wherever you may be.  Take care of yourselves and happy creating,

Deb xo

Monday, February 1, 2021

Love Letters Shaker Box For Therm O Web

 Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for a little Valentine inspired shaker box created with their Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets and Deco Foil Flock and Foil Transfer Sheets.

Love Letters Shaker Box

 I used the Arrows Clear Designer Toner Sheet foiled with Enchanted Rose Foil to create my shaker window and filled it with a variety of heart and star confetti and silver sequins.

Love Letters Shaker Box Detail

A chipboard heart was flocked with Pink Carnation Deco Foil Flock and the 'love' word die cut from Peel and Stick Toner Sheet foiled with Bronze Foil.

Love Letters Shaker Box Detail

Hope you can pop by for my how too, see you there and happy Valentine's Day to all!

Deb xo

Monday, January 4, 2021

Snowy Snowmen Mixed Media Canvas For Therm O Web

 Hello and happy New Year everyone (at least I am hoping it will be a happy new year, can't get much worse than the last one!!).  I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for this little snowpeople canvas created with their Deco Foil Flock and Foil Transfer Sheets.

Snowy Snowpeople Mixed Media Canvas

They turned out pretty cute, love the texture on their snowflake scrapbook paper bodies when it's covered with White Latte Flock.

Snowy Snowmen Mixed Media Canvas Detail

And their touques and mufflers cut from Blue Sky and Pink Carnation Deco Foil Flock look nice and warm.

Snowy Snowmen Mixed Media Canvas Detail

Opal Deco Foil snowflakes and Silver Stars Deco Foil stars in the sky.

Snowy Snowmen Mixed Media Canvas Detail

Hope you'll be able to pop by for my how to, see you there!

Snowy Snowmen Mixed Media Canvas For Therm O Web

Deb xo



Thursday, November 5, 2020

Winter Deer Triptych For A Vintage Journey

 Hello everyone, it's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our host Toni has proposed the theme of 'Pairs, Trios and Sets'.  Here is her brief:

For this month's challenge we would like to see you create a set that works together. It could be ATCs, tags, triptyches, or any other grouping. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I decided to create a winter themed triptych for our challenge using several die cut deer silhouettes.

Winter Deer Triptych

 It was very quick and easy to create, read on for the how to.

I started by cutting 3 panels measuring 3 1/2" x 5" from white cardstock and then pulled gel plate prints onto them with a combination of blue acrylic paints, using the same colours for the two outer panels and a lighter shade for the central panel.  Diluted white paint was then spattered onto all of the panels to simulate snow.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step One

I felt my panels needed a few more flakes so I stamped all of them with the Flurry background stamp and embossed the flakes with a combination of white sparkle embossing powders and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder.  A Tree Line die was cut from pale blue cardstock and spattered and embossed in the same manner a the background panels.

The Tree Line die cut was adhered to the middle panel.  A few 'snow drifts' were added with white acrylic paint and while the paint was wet the same combination of embossing powders that were used on the background were sprinkled over top.  After the paint had dried, the embossing powders were heat set.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Two

A variety of deer silhouettes were die cut from black cardstock.  I used Sizzix's Dashing Deer, Winter Wonderland and Prancing Deer dies.  The deer were adhered onto the prepared backgrounds.

The edges of each panel were foiled with a combination of Opal and Silver Deco Foil by running a Deco Foil Adhesive Pen around the edges and then burnishing the foil onto the edges with a soft cloth.

Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Three
 
I then covered white cardstock with iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive and foiled the cardstock with more Opal Deco Foil.  Several Mini Paper Snowflakes were die cut from the foiled cardstock and adhered to the panels.

To attach the panels together, pieces of a neutral coloured washi tape were stuck back to back and then sandwiched between the prepared panels and some snowflake scrapbook paper from my stash.
 
Winter Deer Triptych Tutorial Step Four

And that was it, told you it was quick and easy!  Here are a few closeups of the individual panels.

Winter Deer Triptych Panel One

Winter Deer Triptych Panel Two

Winter Deer Triptych Panel Three

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my triptych came together and that you will join us at A Vintage Journey for our 'Pairs, Trios and Sets' challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create and make sure to pop by and see all of the amazing projects made by the rest of the Creative Guides to inspire you, you will not be disappointed!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Thursday, October 29, 2020

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag For A Vintage Journey

 Hello everyone, it's the 5th Friday of the month so that means it's time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  I decided to make a spooky Halloween tag for our last Tag Friday of 2020 and was happy to find my Halloween mojo again which sadly has been very lacking this year!

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag

 I started out by cutting a #10 sized tag from one of Tim Holtz's Halloween Paper Stashes (sorry, I have no idea which one!) and then stenciled it randomly with the Crossbones stencil and some crackle texture paste.  When the texture paste had dried and cracked I finger painted the Crossbones with diluted Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step One
The Skull die was cut from cardstock inked with Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  The Skull was spattered with water and then stenciled here and there with the Speckles stencil and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  The white around one of the Creepy Eyes was painted with a light brown acrylic paint and then I drew blood vessels with red acrylic on the end of a toothpick.

A piece of Mummy Cloth was inked with Ground Espresso and Iced Spruce Distress Stain.  The spider from the Candlelight Fright Bigz die was cut twice from black cardstock and then glued together and shaped while the glue was still wet.  It needed something more so I finger painted the spider with Black Ice Deco Foil Metallic Gel (soon to be discontinued so get it while the getting is good!).

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Two 
 
Some pieces of Idea-ology Halloween Ephermera were adhered here and there and the edges of the tag messily sewn with black thread.

The Skull die cut was popped up on black foam squares and the Creepy Eye adhered with pieces of foam as well.  A Halloween Quote Chip sentiment was attached below the Skull and the spider hung below it, popped up on more black foam squares.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Four

 Finally, the Mummy Cloth was threaded through the hole on the hang tag and my Halloween tag was complete.  Here are a few closeups of the finished tag.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides made, we all love creating for Tag Fridays!  Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone,

Deb xo