Stenciled, gel press background – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone, here comes my STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial and start-to-finish video. I thought I´d create a scrapbook layout this time for a change. This is the layout I created using various ARTplorations stencils:

Here is how I created the layout:

1. Take a piece of residue paper and a piece of white cardstock, some acrylic paints in your favorite colours and a small Gelli plate and a brayer.

2. Add a few drops (very little paint goes a long way here!) of acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate, spread onto the surface with a brayer. See the video on more details!

3. Press the Gelli plate surface onto the cardstock and press lightly. Remove plate and you have a lovely paint press image on the paper.

4. Change the color and apply the paint like explained in the steps before. Next place a stencil over the acrylic paint area and roll over gently with the brayer. Next remove the stencil and press the image onto the cardstock piece. This time you will see a pattern in the finished image. Repeat and experiment with various colours and stencil patterns.

5. Take a patterned paper and the „X marks the Spot“ stencil and start applying some modeling paste onto the background thru the stencil with a palette knife. Let dry.

6. Cut the Gelli Plate images into triangles in various sizes. Arrange onto the background, take a photo with your mobile phone to make sure you don´t forget the order. Remove the triangles and apply spray ink splatters onto the background. Let dry.

7. Take „Trendy Feathers 2“ clear stamp set and stamp words onto the background with a gray and black stamp ink very randomly. Stamp more words and a sentiment onto white paper and fussy cut the pieces along the edges. Now adhere the triangles back to the patterned paper surface, add more stamping onto the background, if necessary.

8. Apply some modeling paste with the same „X marks the Spot“ stencil over the triangles for a fun detail. Let dry.

9. Embellish with stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers and add a alpha sticker title. Adhere the fussy cut words onto the background with the photos. Add a date stamp and write the journaling for the page.

10. Finally add some black texture splatters here and there for additional detail.

Here is the video for more details and step-by-step. All used products are listed on the video. Hope you enjoy!

I hope you get inspired to try out your own gel press, stenciled images and maybe even a fun scrapbook layout with them! Have fun!

Happy scrapping,

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

ARTplorations stencil – X marks the Spot

ARTplorations stencil – Hidden Hearts

ARTplorations stencil – Broken Glass

ARTplorations stencil – Plaid Maker

STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Trendy Feathers 2

 

Face – Art journal page

Hello lovelies! Today I´d again like to share a peek into my Art Journal. This is my first ever face. The page started with no plan whatsoever. I was just adding residue paint, some paper scraps and layers onto the page. Then I felt like creating a face on top of it all.

I didn´t do any sketching, just started to add general lines here and there. That then slowly formed into a face.

I´ve sneaked some stenciled details into the page too, although they are hardly recognizeable on the finished piece. It might not be the best of faces, but I am quite happy how it turned out in the end, considering, I haven´t done these before.

When was the  last time you did something out of your comfort zone?

Wishing you all a creative day,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Acrylic paints
ARTplorations stencils by STAMPlorations
Black and white pen
Black and white texture spray ink

Fairytales Art Journal Sheet

Hi there, lovelies and happy Sunday! I´ve been trying to create in my art journal on more regular basis the past days. Just adding color, texture and quotes or sayings to a page. Nothing too complicated or too time consuming. And it feels good to just add a few lines, a few colors and a date. I find it really good to add a date to every page to tell  me when I did what. I think it will be also interesting to see how my pages develop from one date to another. Here is what I did yesterday (I´ve done a few before this, but sharing those later..):

I had a piece of blue paper with a speech bubble on it that said: „No one is too old for fairytales“. I felt I wanted to add that sentiment into my art journal. It´s slowly turning into an artful quote book. Almost every page has a quote or saying of some kind on it. I really like collecting quotes this way.

I´ve painted the background dark with acrylic paint, then let the paint dry REALLY well, before adding the hand drawn leaves, firefly´s and „flowers“. I´ve learned my lesson after destroying ton´s of black and white pens in the process of being totally impatient. The paint really needs it´s drying time and there is no way around it. After that you can doodle, journal and add details with pens and markers and it will work out. I did my doodling with a white gel pen (uni-ball), then added some colour with Posca pens.

It´s a fairytale forest of a kind, I guess. I´ll leave you with this page today. I created it with nothing special in mind, just had a fun playtime in my art journal and added another page with a date. I am hoping that I will develop during these daily (well, at least weekly) exersizes and that when I look back in a year or so, I will be happy I took the time. Will also be interesting to see what kind of themes come up :). Very relaxing, too, this kind of art time :). Have a great day!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
POSCA pens
Signo uni-ball white
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Paper with a quote

Fear will get you nowhere! – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today with an art journal spread created using several STAMPlorations stencils. Someone recently broke into our home which was a very unpleasant experience. I have been going thru various emotions since then and creating this art journal spread helped me to deal with those feelings. Here is what I created:

And this is how I created the spread:

1. I first applied yellow and light orange tones with a foam brush onto the journal sheets very randomly.
2. Next I added pink, magenta and orange acrylic paint tones thru various ARTplorations stencil over the first paint layer. After every layer I let the paint dry properly before moving over to the next one.

3. Next I took heavy body acrylic paint and applied that with a palette knife thru the stencils onto the page.

4. Finally I used a foam stamp with acrylic paint and stamped green leaf patterns onto the surface.

5. After that I added random black stamp images here and there for interest.

6. Then I drew the letters onto the background and started to paint the background around them blue. That makes the letters/the word stand out from the background.

7. When the background was dry, I outlined the letters with a white pen and punched circles from a leftover misted paper piece.

8. I adhered the punched half circles on the top and bottom of the pages for additional fun detail and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru a raindrop stencil here and there. Finally I added alpha stickers to build a full sentiment and added a date. I always add a date to an art journal sheet, as my pages always have something to do with my current feelings. It´s in a way something like an art diary for me.

I also recorded a start-to-finish video about my creating process for better insight. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,

Sanna

Supplies: 

ARTplorations – Droplets Mini

ARTplorations – Dragonfly Waltz

ARTplorations – Two Feathers

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic Two

ARTplorations – Square City

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic One

ARTplorations – Just Flow

Smile – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovelies, and just like that it is 2017!!! I hope you had a lovely, relaxing holiday season and are ready to kickstart another creative year!! Let´s beginn with an exersize that is easy to do 🙂 – a challenge! Here we go:

How about you create something fun in mixed media style and join our January challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining is easy, just make sure you create something mixed media using at least one stencil and place the above image with a correct link to your blog. PLUS make sure you are not submitting cards – those are the only ones not accepted.

Here is what I did as an inspiration for this months challenge reveal:

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet

I started by applying turquoise Sennelier acrylic paint with an old credit card onto the art journal sheet. After that layer was dry, I added white acrylic paint droplets with a paint brush onto the blue surface. White that layer was drying, I took some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists out and misted on a white paper in yellow, light green, kiwi and red.
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White the misted paper was drying, I took the Some Birds stencil and used it as a drawing guide with a black pen. I then had a bunch a birdies flying on my page. Next I colored them with a black pen.

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet

After that I stamped some feathers with the Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set onto the misted paper and fussy cut those images. Then I stamped a sentiment that would suit my journal page and fussy cut that too. Now all I needed to do was to layer these pieces onto the page. I also added some white gel pen details onto the feathers and some glitter glue for interest. I outlined the page with a black pen and added the date. That way I´ll later know when I created this sheet. Here is the finished page.

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet Now´s your turn – I hope you will join our fun mixed media challenge! Hop over here to see more inspiration from the team and to join in with us :)!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Sennelier acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Kiwi, Sun Sisters, Tropical Pink
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Ink – Inchworm
White gel pen
Black pen
Star Dust – Stickles by Ranger

Altered notebook covers – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everybody, today I am up with another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog!! As the year is slowly coming to an end, we automatically start thinking about the next year peaking around the corner. And we make plans. And when making plans, it is wise to write them down – our daily life tends to get us distracted and so we forget. But if you keep a little notebook with you, you will remember at least some of your ideas and plans. That´s what I did – I altered the covers and now the notebook is ready to hold thoughts, ideas and dreams :).

Here is how I created the covers:

1. Cut two slightly smaller pieces of corrugated cardboard than your notebook size.
2. Take white, turquoise and yellow green (or whatever colors you prefer!!!) acrylic paint and apply random layers onto the cardboard pieces with a palette knife. Let dry. Then add green and brown spray ink droplets and drips onto the surface.
3. Take the Art Splatters stencil and apply some iridescent creative medium thru it onto the pieces.
4. Next apply some Glossy Accents on top of the Splatters and adhere Art Stones onto those areas.
5. Take the same green and brown spray ink colors and apply those onto the art stones – the stones absorb the color and will look more interesting this way.
6. Take the Droplets Mini stencil and apply light blue acrylic paint with a foam brush thru the stencil onto the surface. Just random bits and bobs for interest. It does not matter if the result is not „perfect“.
7. Apply some more green spray ink splatters for interest if you feel like it.
8. Take the Bubbles Mini stencil and apply some relief modeling paste thru it onto the surfaces. Let dry.
9. Decorate with stickers, wood veneer and cork pieces. Then adhere a ribbon onto the book cover and place the altered cardboard pieces on top of the adhered ribbons. Let dry.

Here is a start-to-finish video for additional inspiration – hope you like it!

And some pictures of the finished piece:

 

How about you? Do you keep a small notebook with you and write down ideas and thoughts on your way to work or while waiting for an appointment etc.? If not, how about you start one – will be interesting to see how the filled notebook at the end of the year!

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

ARTplorations – Bubbles Mini stencil
ARTplorations – Art Splatters
ARTplorations – Droplets Mini
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist

Song lyrics art journal sheet – STAMPlorations

Hello there, everyone! It´s time for a new month and a new challenge! Are you ready for December Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog? I hope you are :).

My take this month is an art journal sheet, inspired by lyrics. I really like to turn music on when creating and at the moment I am totally fascinated by Elle King. I love to listen to her songs when creating and while I was playing around in my art journal, a song came on that really moved me. So I decided to write the lyrics down on my page.

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

I first started with an orange and yellow paint on the background (brayered onto the surface). Then I added some green and hot pink paint and left the page to dry properly. Something I´ve learned the hard way after ruining MANY journaling pens… you need to let the paint dry. If it´s not dry, you WILL ruin the pen you write with. There are no excuses on this…none. So, I made sure every layer dried before going over to the next one. I left the page open on my craft table and went away (NOT easy for me, as I am very impatient…). Then, when the surface had dried, I drew two heart shapes onto the sheet and started adding the dark blue paint. And AGAIN left it to dry overnight!!! I am so proud of myself. It payed off! Next I took the light blue paint and added the droplets with a pencil – yes, I dipped a pencil onto the paint and then onto the page. Results in nice circles :).

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

After the little light blue circles had dried up, I added the raindrops with white paint by dabbing thru the stencil with a foam brush. Again some drying time was needed before adding the birdies. I used a foam brush, black paint and a stencil for the birds too.

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

And then, finally, when the final layers were dry, I took my uni-ball white pen and wrote down the lyrics of one of the songs I had been listening to white creating. These have a special meaning to me  and I love Elle´s voice/sound!!

Now is your turn. Put on some music you love and start creating. And then submit to December´s challenge at STAMPlorations!! I´d love to see what you make. And remember to read the rules before joining in to make sure you are eligible for the prize :). See you there!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Some Birds
ARTplorations – Mini Droplets
Tattered Angels – High Impact paints
Sennelier Abstract innovative acrylic paints
Signo uni-ball white
Foam brush

Travel layout – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, time for my second March project for Elizabeth Craft Designs! I love to use bits and pieces that I have left over from previous projects in my next artwork. That is exactly what I did when creating the Travel Layout. I used all the leftover pieces from the altered savings bank to create an A4 size layout. This is how I created the layout:

Sanna Lippert1: Take an A4 size piece of white cardstock and use a paint brush to add blue ink onto the background. Let dry. Gather all the leftover pieces from the previous project.

Sanna Lippert2: First, adhere the gelli print leftovers onto the painted blue area. (These pieces are backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet, no glue needed for this step). Next, adhere the leftovers from the book page at the top and bottom. Continue adding leftover numbers and alphas here and there. Color the small alphas with a yellow paint marker. Add strips of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and apply some Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter over the adhesive strips. Polish with your fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. Refer to the project photo for length and placement of tape strips.

Sanna Lippert3: Using permanent black ink, stamp Seeds of Thought Red Rubber Stamp – The Best Things in Life onto a piece of ivory cardstock. Cut apart the stamped sentiment so each word is on its own block.

Sanna Lippert4: Adhere the stamped words onto the background and add the focal photo. Using an office supply store date stamp, add the date onto the background for added interest. Outline some of the die cut numbers with a black pen for more depth. Apply white and black ink splatters for an extra touch. Let dry.

Sanna Lippert5: Finally, use a stapler to add small metallic lines here and there. (Staples are purely decorative.) Add some doodling around the edges of the layout with a black pen. Here are some close-up shots of the finished layout:

Sanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertI hope you get inspired to use all those leftover pieces from your projects for a fun layout or card background!
Happy scrapping,
Sanna

SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
1116 – Stitched Circles
1075 – Alphabet 2 – Lower Case
1076 – Numbers & More 2
1033 – Leafy Branch
1144 – Cupcakes
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape
RS009 – Seeds of Thought Red Rubber Stamp – The Best Things in Life

Other –
Yellow Paint Marker – Liquitex
Glimmer Mist Patina – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Paint brush
Old book sheets
Glimmer Glaze black – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Liquitex ink – Titanium White
Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Acrylic paint – Liquitex
Signo Uni-ball white pen
Black pen – Faber-Castell
Archival black stamp ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Foam alphabet stickers – American Crafts
Date stamp – office supplies store
White & Ivory Cardstock  – American Crafts
Stapler

Altered Savings Bank – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, time to share my first March project for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have recently discovered how much fun it can be creating your own home décor objects. I like to make practical things with a purpose besides looking good, hence, a savings bank made from a box as an altered object. I can use it to hold money I’m saving and it is a pretty accent for a mantel, shelf or table.

Sanna LippertThis is how I went along altering the box:

Sanna Lippert1:  I first took out my Gelli Plate, some stencils and acrylic paints and created random, layered gelli prints. When I do this, I always make several at once to have enough material to choose from and to use on various projects.

Sanna Lippert2: I first adhered the house pieces together and added a layer of tissue paper onto the surface. Next I applied a layer of gesso over the tissue paper and let it air dry.

Sanna LippertSanna Lippert3: I then chose a gelli plate print and used both the Fitted Squares and Fitted Rectangles dies to cut 6 pieces with the smallest square die, one piece with the smallest rectangle die and 2 pieces with the 3×3 inch square die.

Sanna LippertSanna Lippert4: Next, I cut several circles with the smallest Stitched Circles die and colored the walls of the savings bank with blue spray ink. I used a paint brush to spread the color.

Sanna Lippert5: Adhere the window, wall and door pieces as shown.

Sanna Lippert6: Next adhere the roof tiles. start with the bottom row and work up to the top with rows overlapping and offset. Trim excess at the roof line.

Sanna Lippert7: Back a book page with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and die cut branches, numbers, hearts and flowers. See the supply list for the names of the dies that I used. TIP: Save all of the leftovers from the gel print and the book page – you’ll need them for the project I’m posting on March 24!

Sanna Lippert8: I had some alphas left over from  a previous project (For the Love of Squares) so I used those for decorating the house walls. Next outline the windows, doors and walls with black and white pens to add contrast and interest.

Sanna Lippert9: Adhere the pieces die cut from the book page onto the saving bank; outline with a black pen. Color the alphas with a yellow paint marker.

Sanna Lippert10: Add white ink splatters onto all sides and use a small round cap and a credit card to create additional detail with black acrylic paint. When the white ink splatters are dry, add some black and white ink/paint droplets onto the roof for a fun detail. This is the finished project:

Sanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertIn case you would like to create the same kind of savings bank for yourself or as a present to give someone, you could repurpose an empty milk carton or a candy box. And if you don´t happen to have a gelli plate to create such bold colored papers, why not grab a few of Els’s Through the Lens paper designs. For example the Metal and Wood Series would be a perfect match for this project!

Hope you get inspired to create an altered project yourself!
Have fun,
Sanna

SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
1119 – Fitted Squares
1121 – Fitted Rectangles
1116 – Stitched Circles
1115 – Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles
1075 – Alphabet 2 – Lower Case
1076 – Numbers & More 2
1033 – Leafy Branch
1144 – Cupcakes
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Microfine Glitter – Saffron

Other –
Acrylic Gesso – Liquitex Basics
Yellow Paint Marker – Liquitex
Glimmer Mist Patina & Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Paint brush, old credit card
Tissue paper
Old book sheets
Glimmer Glaze black – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Liquitex ink! – Titanium white
Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Acrylic paint – Liquitex
Signo Uni-ball white pen
Black pen – Faber-Castell

Breathe – The Crafters Workshop farewell post

Hello there, everyone, I am here today with my last The Crafters Workshop post. I can´t believe how fast time has flown. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Scrapbook.com). Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time and see you around,
xxx, Sanna