Feb 21, 2017

Background Stamping Techniques and Upcycled Journal

Hello friends!  I am sharing a second spread in my upcycled journal at the Darkroom Door blog today.  Come on over and get a closer look!  I've featured several of the old favorite background stamps and the new sentiment collection, Simple Sayings Vol. 2.  Here I've stamped onto canvas to make a unique title for my journal spread.  Thank you for your visit and support.

Feb 20, 2017

New Mixed Media Blog & Giveaway!

Have you heard of the new Mixed Media & Art challenge blog?  They have an awesome giveaway running:

Our prize contains:
- wooden double-sided background
- collection kit from 7Dots Studio - Fortune Teller
- chipboard from Scrapbox
- 2 sprey, deco-dlaze and topping colored sand  from Fabrika Decory

Feb 19, 2017

Layered Love Floral Collage Card

Hello my lovelies!  I'm sharing inspiration with my team at the IndigoBlu blog today.  Hop on over and see what my teammates have created!  Continuing with our love theme this month, I created a romantic mixed media card featuring  the large flower stamp from our Blooming Great stamp set.

I dipped my watercolor panel in Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry Distress ink puddles for coverage, then embossed Vintage Flourish in white.  I selectively stamped portions of the Honeycomb Background by pressing the stamp (without attaching to an acrylic block) carefully with my hands in select places.

To create the two toned stamped image, I inked with both colors onto my stamp, then spritzed with water and stamped.  I fussy cut this image.

I watered down a bit of black GeeSso Good gesso and flecked it onto my background.

To complete my card, I mounted my stamped flower over a few folded paper flowers and basket filler, then attached a Tim Holtz die cut sentiment.  I hope you are inspired to create some inky backgrounds of your own today.  Thanks for paying me a visit!

Feb 17, 2017

Paper Artsy Mask Dots and Doodles and Lynne Perrella

Well I'm 2/2 with my resolution to play along with every PaperArtsy challenge in 2017.  :)  Why am I so committed you ask?  Well, these topics really stretch the though process and encourage me to play with some favorite stamps.  Plus the chance to win hot new PA plates - well it's a win win!  But I digress...

I remembered once reading that a watercolor artist had used rubber cement as a mask and came across a bottle in my recent purge.  First I colored my panel with Shabby Shutters and Frayed Burlap to give some color to where I was resisting.

I used the applicator and made dots or blobs in a rough pattern.  Then patiently let it dry.  NOT!  I waved it around to fan it, heated it lightly, and in the end just inked it slightly wet.  The top layer is Evergreen Bough and Chipped Sapphire.  It worked!!!  I heated it lightly to dry.  Then came the fun part of rubbing off the rubber cement.  :)

I could have left well enough alone, but in typical PaperArtsy spirit, I decided to layer up a wild and crazy background like I see so many of the PA artists do.  I don't have any PA background stamps, so I used my new Darkroom Door Grunge Marks set.

I stamped the ovals in Shabby Shutters onto the resist portion and the lines in Evergreen Bough onto the blue portions.

And because I was feeling quite melancholy I decided to use the surface to doodle some journaling in my barely legible script.  I outlined the circles with a pen and added some dots for interest.

I had some coordinating patterned paper laying by so I used it to stamp and build my layers.

Again using the new Small Detailed Butterfly die by Tim Holtz.  I liked her hiding behind it slightly, peeking out into the world from her very small house.  I doodled above her to make the house and below her to elongate the design.  A TH key and a book page text strip finished it off.  I know this was terribly long and rambly, but I hope you pick up an idea or two from this resist technique.  Thanks for your visit!

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Feb 15, 2017

Inspirational DIY Pop-up Easel Card Tutorial

I'm so excited to share this fun pop-up easel card tutorial with you on the Tutti Designs blog today!  Why buy expensive pop-up card sets when you can create cards like this with our Nesting Stitched Circle dies.  This set is only $12 and can be used in many other ways.  Hop on over for the 411.  I've highlighted my card with my favorite Tutti Design die of all time, the Flower Orchestra Corner.  I just know you will love using this die as much as I do!  This lovely scripture is by Verve Stamps and the flowers are by Prima.