Aug 23, 2016

Verve Scripture Stamps Mixed Media Style

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I am over the moon to be a part of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops with Verve Stamps this week! The new releases will be available for purchase this Friday, August 26, but until then the Divas have tons of inspiration to share, so check back daily through Friday.  Plus, you can win some shiny new Verve by commenting on each of the designer's blog posts.  Today we're sharing inspiration featuring the new Scripture Medley 4 compilation set. Check out the Verve Blog post today for more on this set and a sweet little introduction to Guest Diva Hillary Harris and me.  EEK!  :)

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I loved taking these typically CAS stamps and going rogue!  All of my cards this week will created in mixed media style, I couldn't help myself...  For my Grace card, I layered torn pieces of 6x6 Prima paper to make a 5x7 card base.  I created a stencil with a sheet of chipboard and the amazing  Sprightly Sprigs Die Set.  I used texture paste and a palette knife to create a raised pattern with the DIY stencil.  I gessoed parts of the black design to tone it down.

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Next, I used my watercolors to ink up my layers, very randomly.  This is a great scrap buster!  I usually let my background panel sit at the bottom of a stack of books while I move own to creating my focal grouping, then it adheres nice and flat to my card.

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This stamp is my absolute favorite from the Scripture Medley 4 Set.  I am so thankful for God's Grace!  Where would I be...?  As you can see, I embossed some new Verve flowers (oops - I  am spoiling tomorrow's release!) and tucked them in with my layers.  I used the chipboard die cuts from making the stencil to embellish, along with a Prima flower.  I embossed the die cuts with shabby pink Frantage embossing powder.
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For my second card, I wanted to do something more masculine and rugged, so I layered another set of Prima papers with burlap paper.  

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I used the tiny foliage dies from the same die set to highlight the purchased flower.  I splashed some black gesso to complete the grungy look.  I can't wait to work on another masculine card with the "Blessed is the man" stamp!  How awesome!

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Now, don't you want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Scripture Medley 4Gold Package Sequins

I just have to say thank you to Julee for this amazing invitation.  I am humbled beyond words and so thrilled to work with this powerful scripture set.  <3

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Maureen9. Teresa
4. Marisa10. Christyne
5. Hillary (Guest)11. Autumn (Guest)
6. Betty

Aug 21, 2016

Mixed Media Spool Scroll and Hand Lettering

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I picked up this spool of denim cord several weeks ago for pennies, intending to use it somehow for Finnabair's denim challenge.  Well, the Small, Small World challenge at Frilly & Funkie was just the inspiration I needed to get to work on altering the spool.  I decided to cut a couple of strips of vintage ticking and adhere them together to make the scroll.

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It reads "have faith and dream again" in my hand lettering.  I used Liquitex liquid acrylic for the lettering.

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 I knotted the ends of the cord and frayed the strands to make a tassel on each end, and use this to tie the scroll up when rolled up.

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Oh how I love vintage ticking and loose lettering!

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I didn't take a photo of the process of altering the spool and could kick myself because it looked so cool even without the embellishments.  On the top I stenciled a Prima stencil with texture paste.  I used my palette knife and brushed texture paste along the rims and inside too for texture.  I sprayed the whole thing down with blue Glimmer Mist, then spackled on some IndigoBlu Park Lane acrylic paint with my knife as well.  Last, I dry brushed gesso all over to tone it down a bit.  The metal flowers are a Prima charm.  The awesome gear is a from the new embellishment by Ken Oliver.  The pearl wire was a gift, as was the awesome vintage star.

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Aug 19, 2016

Unicorns and Dream Catchers Mixed Media Childrens Card

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 Today I am sharing a card on the IndigoBlu blog using our latest stamp release, Jewel the unicorn.  My last project with Jewel was a dark mixed media tag, so this time I went polar opposite and created a light and airy children's card.

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I used IndigoBlu's Slap It On Super Thick Embossing Paste through the Stars Stencil to create a resist for my watercolor splatters.  

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Next I layered an additional watercolor panel with some die cuts.  To create the dream catcher, I first added foam tape to my circle die cut, then wrapped silver metallic floss around it.  The adhesive holds it in place.  I layered it over a bundle of purple thread.  Lastly, I tucked in some stamped castle parts from the beautiful Winterland Wood Stamp Set to give a fairy tale effect my the card.

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Aug 18, 2016

Dark and Moody Backgrounds Tutorial

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Today I am sharing a comprehensive tutorial on creating dark and moody backgrounds for your mixed media projects over at the Stamps & Stencils challenge blog.  You may have noticed the dark project trend in the crafting world, but these can be intimidating right?  I am sharing eight techniques with a variety of products that I'm sure you already have on hand.  So pop on over and take a look!

I have eight ideas for you to experiment with.  I hope you will enjoy!

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Aug 15, 2016

Dripping Honey Bee Themed Mixed Media Tag and Giveaway Winner!

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Today I am sharing in the Graciellie Design mid-month inspiration hop.  I've created a mixed media tag with dripping honey to compliment the beautiful bee images in the Bee Kind set at Gracie's shop.  But without further ado, I'm pleased to announce the winner of the August hop:

Congratulations to Marty Fishman of Merry Marty Cards!!!

Marty, I couldn't be happier to see that you're our winner and look forward to seeing what you create with Gracie's digital stamps.  Please visit the "Contact" tab on Gracie's blog to claim your prize.


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For my tag, I started by adhering torn strips of Prima paper to my tag base.  I curled the edges for extra texture and adhered some washi tape for contrast.  Next I adhered honeycomb die cuts with hot glue.  I then dripped the glue onto my panel intentionally to create dripping “honey.”  I painted the glue with white gesso and then colored it with Prima Color Bloom spray and a paintbrush.  I sprayed some ink onto my tag as well.

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I stamped an additional honeycomb patterns onto my tag.  I colored my two bees with colored pencils and mounted them over the honeycombs. 

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 I had some vintage bias tape in the perfect color of yellow, so I wet it heavily and then uncreased the folds to make my ribbon.  The fraying occurred naturally when smoothing it out.  I was really pleased with this and used the ribbon to tie a loopy bow.  I layered a black Prima flower die with a yellow Prima watercolor flower.  The word “happy” is a wooden chippie which I embossed with black embossing powder.  I decided a simple topper of vintage bakers twine would work best and not compete with the luscious bow.  I absolutely LOVE this bee image.  It is utterly perfect and the ability to print it in varied sizes is tremendous.  Yippee!

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Hop on over to see what the other designers created:

Autumn (You are Here)

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