Alcohol Ink, Florals, Flower Garden, Hollyhocks, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Media Canvases, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stampendous, Stencils, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Vintage Note

More Mixed Media Canvases!

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Welcome back! As promised, here’s Part Two of my Mixed Media Canvases series!  I can’t decide which of the canvases I like the most!  But why choose just one?!  I love them all, each for their own beauty and style!  The style of this canvas is definitely vintage/feminine and a little shabby-chic!  This time I began with an 8X10 hard canvas board, and coated it with a layer of tan craft paint.  I then tore up some patterned papers and glued them down with Mod Podge.  You can still see the striped piece toward the bottom and the vintage book page near the center top. 
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Again, I forgot to get my camera set up in order to make a video and now I have to try and recall what on earth I did to make this!  Yikes!  I think that, after applying the torn pieces of paper, I just started using stencils and stamps to embellish the background.  In this section I stamped out Tim Holtz’ Flower Garden blossoms and heat-embossed them with Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder.  The butterfly ephemera was given to me by my crafty friend, Theresa!  The sentiment is also by Tim Holtz and I heat-embossed it in white. 
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I found the scroll-y die cuts in my stash, and added them with more Mod Podge, then smeared paint over them.  In the center of the frame is another piece of ephemera from Theresa.  I stamped and embossed Vintage Note from Stampendous over it.  I love the white against the dark frame, don’t you?  
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The larger white die-cut has a coat of Martha Stewart Pearl White craft paint, then some gray rubbed over it, and finally, another word stamp partially impressed onto it.  I painted my blossoms with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  
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Along the top and sides, I stamped Lace Borders from Stampendous, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and added another stencil impression with pink paint.  How about that lovely textured paper in this picture?!  I didn’t really know it had that texture till I smeared paint and ink over it!  
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I really like the dimension that the raised frame die-cut adds.  I can’t wait to make some DIY gesso this weekend and add more texture and dimension to my next canvas!  
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I’m sharing this canvas even though it’s not mixed media.  I got a wild hair idea to pull out my alcohol inks and ended up making this instead!  And I’ll write yet another post with more pictures to share the process for it!  Thanks again for stopping by!  
Demure, Florals, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Media Canvases, Penny Black, Stencils, Tim Holtz

Mixed Media Canvases

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I’ve been on a mixed media kick lately after seeing the beautiful work done by Afia from CraftyMe!  Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous mixed media projects on her blog!  I was so inspired to get messy and do some of my own!  This is the first I did in my series of four (so far!) and it was a 5X7 canvas stretched over a wooden frame.  I started the process while it was still on the frame, but then removed the canvas so I could lay it flat to work on.  
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Sadly, I didn’t think to make a video of my process, so I’ll try to share the general idea of how I made this via the photos!  To begin, I prepped my canvas with a coat of plain ol’ white craft paint and dried it with my heat tool.  I then began to layer on stencils, using teal, black, rusty orange and white for the most part.  I tried to arrange the images in an eye-pleasing format.  I heat-embossed the floral spray (Demure by Penny Black)  in black onto the canvas then painted it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  
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The last two steps were to stamp in Versafine Onyx Black ink the vintage-y styled word stamp, then I heat-embossed in white BLESSED onto the canvas.  I LOVE how this came out and jumped right into making my second one!  
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Again, no video!!  DUH!  But I created this in much the same manner and removed it from the frame.   I coated the canvas with a layer of tan craft paint, dried with a heat tool then started layering on stencils, using gray, black, red, pink, teal and white craft paints.  I have a number of stencils which I collected a few years ago when I got into making Gelli prints .  The large blossom is from a stencil I made using a stencil cutter which my husband bought for me back then!  
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This part is quite textured because I tried to add a stenciled design using Thermoweb’s Transfer Gel, then changed my mind and scraped off most of the Gel which had already begun to dry.  I don’t mind that it left some behind as it added great texture!  
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I stamped this script stamp using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I love the texture of the canvas!  
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This is another script stamp which I stamped with Versamark then heat-embossed with clear powder.  I think it’s cool that it’s translucent!  I’m going to end this post here but watch for Part Two in my Mixed Media Canvas series!  Thank you for visiting!  🙂  
Birthday, Florals, Jumbo Dahlia, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Mesh background stamp, Stampendous, Vintage Note, Water Colored Cards

Instagram Inspired!

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I love being inspired by other artists, and these cards were totally inspired by someone I just found on Instagram!  Afia, whose blog is here and Instagram here, just posted some cards that blew me away!!  Here’s the first card which I fell in love with!  Just look at that gorgeous color and the beautiful butterfly and that gold embossed detail!  I decided to follow Afia’s process which she shared on her blog and made my cards in the same manner.  I used my retired Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia and their current Mixed Mesh background stamp plus the Vintage Note stamp as well.  
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My first step was to stamp the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto a panel of watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I dried it with a heat tool, then heat-embossed the Jumbo Dahlia using black powder.  
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Next I painted the blossom and the background with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  I mixed shades of reds, pink and orange for the Dahlia and greens and yellow for the background.  When it was completely dry, I spattered some watery white paint over it.  Next I heat-embossed in gold the Vintage Note stamp along the left hand side.  Afia used gold embossing on her butterfly card and I love how it looks on mine!  My watercolor panel was a little short, so I visually “extended” the panel by gold embossing a Lace Border (also an old Stampendous stamp!) along the bottom of my ivory base card.  
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I cut a panel of gold metallic card stock to border the watercolor panel, then attached it to the card base.  My final touch was to add a few sequins and adhere a sentiment which I heat-embossed in gold onto a scrap of black.  I LOVE this card and although it looks nothing like Afia’s butterfly card, I thoroughly enjoyed copying her process!  
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This is my second card following Afia’s process.  This time I used a panel of Bienfang Canvas paper and stamped the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto it with Versafine Onyx Black ink then dried it with a heat tool.  I heat-embossed in black the retired Jumbo Peony by Stampendous and then painted both with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  
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Again, I used Stampendous Vintage Note and heat-embossed it in silver down the left side of the card.  I added a strip of rose-colored Glitterstock as an accent, along with a few silver sequins.  
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I think this textured card stock is the bomb, don’t you?!  
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I embossed the sentiment in silver onto another scrap of black card stock and attached all the layers to a card base of white.  I love both of my cards and now am heading over to Afia’s blog to see what will inspire me next!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Distress Oxides, Florals, Remarkable You, Stampin Up, Water Colored Cards

Stampin Up Remarkable You

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Welcome, card-loving friends!  I haven’t posted in a little while and decided to look through my photo files to see what I have that may be of interest!  I came across these cards which I made recently using a retired Stampin Up set called Remarkable You.  I’ve admired cards made with this set for a long time but resisted buying it from ebay because it was more money than I wanted to spend.  But at last I gave in and I’m glad I did!  The large images  allow for lots of color and texture and I love the bold lines!  Unfortunately, I took the photos at night so the lighting isn’t great.  
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On a piece of watercolor paper I heat-embossed the lotus blossom twice in black and then the leaves around them.  Using a large paintbrush, I spread water generously all around the images then dropped in yellow paint from my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to create a bright and cheerful background.  
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I painted the blossoms several times with shades of red, drying in between layers and then did a quick wash of green on the leaves.  A spattering of black and white craft paint add a little more visual interest and the bold letters of the sentiment seemed to perfectly complement the overall design.  I die-cut the panel with Stitched Rectangle dies then mounted it to a base card of vanilla card stock.  I’m really happy with how this turned out!
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This is my second card made with Remarkable You and it’s a very different vibe with it’s cool, velvety tones of blue and warm shades of brown.  The blossoms were stamped and embossed with Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder onto a panel of watercolor paper, then with a dark brown Zig marker, I scribbled on some color.  I used a waterbrush to soften and blend the ink for a loose watercolor look. 
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To create the background I painted a generous wash of water all over the paper and around the flower images.  I tapped out Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and spritzed with water, then picked up the color with a damp paintbrush and filled in the color in layers, drying between applications.  I spattered more of the inks onto the background as well.    
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When the panel was dry, I used the same Dark Brown Zig marker to write out the words then spritzed it with more water to soften and break down the ink.  I wish now that I’d used a softer, more subtle shade of brown or even an aqua marker but all in all, I like how the style of the writing mimics the lines of the flowers.  I cut this panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies, sponged Walnut Distress ink around the edges then mounted it to a card base of vanilla.  I can’t decide which card I like the best; can you?!  Thank you, as always, for visiting!  
Brutus Monroe, Dahlia Collage Cling Stamp, Distress Markers, Florals, Glitter Stock, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Dahlia Collage

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Wanna know what makes this card artist’s heart go pitter-patter?!  New stamps from Stampendous!!  I just received a big fat package filled with wonderful new goodies and this baby was the first one I inked up!  It’s called Dahlia Collage and it’s HUGE!!  You may recall my obsession with their gorgeous Pointsettia Collage background stamp and can just imagine my excitement to play with this one!  
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In my package was a container of Rose Gold Embossing Enamel and I used it to emboss my image onto a panel of watercolor card stock.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I then began to color with Aged Mahogany and Tattered Rose distress markers, blending the inks with a waterbrush.  I used Pumice Stone around the edges of the image and now wish I’d softened it a bit more.  The leaves were colored with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters and I colored the center of the dahlia with Fossilized Amber and a touch of Gathered Twigs for depth.  
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I dug through my stash and found a strip of French Rose Glitterstock by Brutus Monroe which added a little more visual interest to my card.  
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Here’s a final peek at my beautiful, complicated-looking card which actually was REALLY easy and quick to make!!  I encourage you to search the Stampendous website to see what a vast selection of stamps and products they have to appeal to every crafter’s style!  As always, I very much appreciate your visit here and your comments!   
Stamp Room Stuff, Stamp Storage

Stamp Storage Revamp!

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I’m kicking myself for not taking a before picture of my stamp cubbies but I used to store most of my stamps in DVD styled cases and had labels on the spines of each one.  I had them arranged alphabetically on the shelves, but also had random sets in with other sets, so not all were alphabetical.  It was starting to look messy with the labels coming off, and I had a hard time searching for what I wanted, so I decided to revamp!  This first photo shows the first batch of sets newly installed into these awesome envelopes which I ordered from Amazon!  
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I also ordered these 6×6 storage envelopes and used them for my dies and smaller stamp sets.  Each set went into it’s own envelope upon which I placed a new label with the name.  I cut and laminated sheets of white card stock so that the stamps had something to stick onto inside the envelope.  What a task!  Going through each DVD case, removing the stamps, creating a new envelope with label and laminated card and inserting!  I just stuck them onto these two shelves while I worked and sorted them alphabetically afterwards!  
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Because my cubbies are a specific size I did a LOT of searching, both online and in stores, for the perfect bins/baskets.  Many people recommended the clear plastic refrigerator bins but I really wanted to keep the cost down as I would need at least ten or more!  I finally found these baskets from Amazon and LOVE them!!  They’re ten inches wide and 6 inches deep; my shelves are 11″ wide and 5″ deep so these overhang a little but otherwise fit perfectly!  They’re sturdy and well made considering they’re from China!  :/  At a little over $2 each, I felt satisfied with the expense!  
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UGH!!!  What a disaster!!  My stamp room was such a mess for days while I worked on this project, and at one point, I truly wondered if I was doing the right thing.  But of course, I made my way through stacks like this and got the job finished!  
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I ended up with over fifty empty cases, 25 of which I gave to my local stamping friend and will sell the others online.  I kept all the clear ones for future storage.  
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I forgot to mention that the very first thing I did while waiting for my envelopes and baskets to arrive, was to create these aqua laminated dividers.  I wish I’d waited till the end to label them, as some of the labels were extraneous.  But I like the new system!  As you can see, I kept the Stampin Up sets in their own cases.  I’ve also started unmounting my wood stamps from the blocks and will store them in the same kind of envelopes, more of which are coming tomorrow!  That’ll free up space in my cubbies!  (Which BTW, I bought from Goodwill about six years ago for $10!!)  
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I had to adjust my alphabetizing somewhat; this bin has A’s and B’s…
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Not surprisingly, my Stampendous bin is STUFFED and I’ll definitely need to start another one!  Have I ever mentioned how much I love their stamps?!  😉  
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Not the greatest picture but YAY!  Done and cleaned up!  The cubbies are just behind the door on the right.  And they look GREAT!  
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These sets will get transferred to envelopes and baskets soon!  
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Last but not least, my embossing/cutting station storage got revamped as well!  This top drawer holds two shoebox bins and the dies and folders all got new dividers with new labels and the dies are in new envelopes.  I’m very happy with my new system and hope you enjoyed this pictorial walk through my process!  Thanks for visiting!