Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it´s again time for yet another Stencil Sunday and since it´s also the first Sunday of the month, it´s also Mixed Media Challenge reveal time. That means there is quite a bunch of inspiration up over at the STAMPlorations blog prepared for you by my fellow design team colleagues and me. Here is what I did for this months reveal post:

These tags are pretty simple to make, so if you are in a rush and need a quick project, this might be something for you :). And as always, by changing the color combination and stamp images you can pretty much go to any direction and theme you want. I like basic ideas like this as they work as a nice starting point for a bigger project or can be used as such for a more cleaner and simpler look.

I´ve also prepared a short start-to-finish video for you to watch:

I hope you got inspired and find some time to join this months challenge!! Remember, there are always nice prizes to be won and you can basically create anything (except a card!). You can even use stencils from other brands on your projects, if you don´t happen to have any STAMPlorations ones. Read more about the rules here.

Finally, remember to take advantage of my 20% off shopping code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the store:
It´s good for both reduced and regular prized products. Happy shopping ;-)!

Hope to see you at STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Forest of Leaves stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Buttercups & Butterflies clear stamp set
Tattered Angels – Java Glimmer Glaze
Tattered Angels – Orange Glimmer Mist
Stamperia crackle paste
Tattered Angels White Decor & DIY paint
Jet black stamp ink – Ranger Inc.
Distress Ink – Ranger Inc.

Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Soar – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovelies!! It is again time for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday and MAY MIXED MEDIA CHALLENGE REVEAL. Today I´d like to share a art journal page with you.

Here is what I created:

The page had some leftover gesso wiped onto it already. I then went and sprayed a layer of blue spray ink onto it and let that dry properly. It created a really nice background to start with. I then started by adding Dina Wakley heavy body Magenta toned paint with a palette knife thru a stencil onto the backgrond. For stencil details see the end of this post. I let the paint air dry before moving to the next step.

Next I added a stamp image (Dina Wakley stamp) onto the left side of the stenciled paint and took a bird stencil and started applying waterproof ink with a foam piece thru the stencil onto the upper part of the page. I used water proof media, so that I could add more layers later on top.

Then I went and added some stamped words (STAMPlorations clear stamp set) and finally added some raindrops on top of it all. The paint I used is again Dina Wakley heavy body paint Tangerine and the stencil is by STAMPlorations. In the end I inked the edges of the page with black ink and added some white Liquitex Ink! droplets on top of it all. I think the bird stencil and stamp is one of my all time favorite sets from the STAMPlorations store. I use them really often :).

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see more inspirational projects designed by my team colleagues. And do join in with us!!! The rules are easy to follow and there are nice prizes to be won!! If you want to grab yourself those cute birdie themed sets, feel free to use this discount code to get 20% off your order at the store!! 🙂

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Mini Droplets stencil
ARTplorations – Brackets stencil
ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Birds stamp set
Dina Wakley heavy body paint – magenta & tangerine
Liquitex Ink! Titanium white
White gesso
Blue spray ink – Tattered Angels
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Dina Wakley stamp set – Silhouetted Women

Everything has Beauty – Art Journal page

Hello everyone, today I´d again like to share a peek inside my art journal with you. Here it is:

This piece has quite a few layers and various media on it. I´ve even added some magazine pieces here and there which I don´t normally do. This page is totally out of my comfort zone, but it was good to give something new a try. Thus the quote too. While I was playing I several times felt that this page was horrible and didn´t feel comfortable with it. But in the end I manage to see some beauty in it ;-).

Wishing you a great, creative day!
xxx, Sanna

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

 

Stenciled bookmark – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone! It´s my turn today to share another mixed media step-by-step tutorial with you. I am very much looking forward to spring already and I have noticed that it shows in my recent work – mainly can be noticed in my color choices. And this project is no exception – lots and lots of happy spring colours peeking here and there. Hope you like it!

Here is what I created:

Take a piece of white plain cardstock (or a big manila tag). Cut into a tag form if you are using a piece of cardstock. Then spray with pink spray ink and let dry or use a heat tool to dry the surface.

Place the Flutterby ARTplorations stencil onto the misted, dry surface and take a palette knife and some Viva Decor Glitter Paste and apply the paste thru the stencil onto the tag with the palette knife. Since the paste is very „grainy“, make sure you wash the stencil after you have used it.

Remove the stencil carefully and let the paste air dry before moving over to the next step.

 Take book themed paper bits and scraps, fussy cut them into right size and start adhering them onto the tag as you like. Add punched/die cut elements like butterflies to go with the background theme and decorate with ribbon, washi tape, brads, music notes and whatever you find suitable for the theme.

Take the Trendy Birds 2 stamps and a piece of old book paper and partially ink the sentiment stamp (only the word wings) and press the inked word into the paper. Fussy cut the word.

Next take the Trendy Feathers 2 stamp set and again only partially ink the stamp sentiment with the word „mind“ on it and press onto a piece of old book paper. Then fussy cut along the edges.

After that take small alpha stickers and build the quote „Books give wings to the mind“ with the partially stamped words and the alpha stickers. I always adhere the alpha stickers with paper glue to make sure they really stick to the surface and don´t come off later. Sometimes the adhesive bedind the alphas is not that strong on it´s own. Finally, add some white ink splatters for additional interest on top of all layers. If you don´t prefer splatters, just skip this step. That´s it. Here are some detail photos of the finished tag.

Hope you get inspired to play with glitter paste and stencils!!! Have fun!!!

If you got inspired and cannot wait to get some shopping done at the STAMPlorations store – you might want to make use of the above code for a 20% reduction of your order :)….

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Flutterby stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Birds 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Tattered Angels – Simply Sheer Strong Pink spray ink
7gypsies – Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper pack
Through the Lens – Stone paper series
Rose Ribbon
Viva Decor glitter paste

Altered present box – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies! Time to share the STAMPlorations March Mixed Media Challenge with you today!!!

The weather has been lovely here the past days and it is slowly starting to feel like spring. I love the fact that the days get longer and the birds are starting to sing. Immediately lifts my spirits!! I might have been inspired by spring on my March reveal mixed media piece :)…. there is a little birdie sitting on top of my altered box. And the happy, bright colours might also have something to do with my anticipation for spring :)…

Here is what I did:
And this is how I altered the wooden box:

I first applied a layer of gesso onto the box. Then went over all sides, besides the bottom, obviously, with the „Ethnic Organic Two“ STAMPlorations stencil and applied modeling paste thru the stencil onto the surface. This took a while, as I always had to let 1-2 sides dry properly before moving over to the next one.   After finishing all sides I placed the wooden box into a misting box (I made myself one, after spraying my keyboard and my working area several times with various spray colours…) and misted the box – both inside and outside – with blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tone „Jack Frost“. Then I decorated the lid with a little bird and two paper flowers. I misted those again with purple and yellow Glimmer Mist tones and added glitter glue here and there for additional interest.

Finally I stamped a Dina Wakley stamp sentiment on a sheet of old book paper and fussy cut that into stripes and adhered them onto the lid.

As you can see, the box is misted both outside and inside.

I can either use this box as a decorational piece or give it away as a present. Just add the present inside and it is ready to go :).

This is a very tiny box. It only measures 10 x 6 x 5 centimeters. I have been thinking of adding a bigger and a smaller one to go with it. That away they would look pretty nice together as a group.

Now it is your turn to create and link up non-card mixed media projects. The theme is always anything mixed media, except a card and you are asked to use at least one stencil (any brand!!!) on your project. The Linky closes at the end of the month. And there are prizes to be won:

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Mixed Media team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– AND If there are 25 or more entries: 1 random winner wins any 2 standard sized stencils from the store

so what are you waiting for? Hop over HERE and get inspired by the design team samples and join in with us!!!

Annnddd….just a kind reminder, in case you are in need of stamps, stencils and/or die cut dies, you just might want to add this code upon checkout for 20% off your order at STAMPlorations store 🙂

xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations: Ethnic Organic Two stencil
Tattered Angels – Jack Frost
Simply Sheer – Strong Pink
Tattered Angels – Summer Glow
Modeling paste
Dina Wakley – Scribbly Birds stamp set
Gesso

Waste no time altered cigar tin

Hello everyone! Today I´d like to share a project I created a while ago, while still on the Nifty Pixel Design Team. I used the Adrift digi collection papers on this altered piece. The inspirational words are from the Fresh Start digi collection.

Here is what I did:

I started by applying a layer of white primer onto the metal tin and let that layer dry properly.

Next I painted the tin with layer of Tattered Angels Azure toned Decor&DIY paint and after that I applied thin layer of Viva Decor Crackle Medium on top at let the layers dry over night.

After that I printed some digi sentiments from the Fresh Start collection onto thick white paper and also printed the Adift papers with my A3 color printer. Then I just fussy cut the sentiments and the papers into right size and adhered them with a strong paper glue onto the tin.
I had a relatively thick cord in my stash that perfectly matched the paper style so I adhered that around the edges inside the tin, again using a strong paper glue.
Next I folded and adhered a piece of golden ribbon on top of the paper and assemblied the sentiments on top of the ribbon piece. Finally I decorated this side of the tin with a small button and some metal pieces. I wiped some Azure paint on top of the metal piece to give it a more worn look.

The other side of the tin got decorated with the same thick cord along the edges, a piece of lace (under the key), a red button and a rusty key. Finally, I just adhered an inspirational sentiment on top of the key. Since I really like to add some paint splatters onto my art pieces, I could not leave the background as it was, but had to add some white and black paint splatters here and there on both sides.

This is what my finished, altered, hybrid, cigar tin looks like. It now decorates our home. I really enjoy the fact that I can make my own home deco objects and add little DIY art pieces across our house for everyone to see. And digi/hybrid designs work on altered objects as well as traditional elements do.

Supplies:
Tattered Angels – Azure Decor & DIY paint
Viva Decor – Crackle Medium
The Nifty Pixel – Adrift Digi Collection, Fresh Start collection
White and black acrylic paint
Paper glue
Cord, ribbon, button, metal embellishments

Make Art Discoveries – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

It is Sunday which means that it is time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! For this weeks inspirational post I created a mixed media home decor piece – a wall hanging of a kind. I call it „Make Art Discoveries“.

It all started with the mini hanger which is by Jillibean Soup. It comes in a set of two and measures ca. 5,5 inch in width. I started with a piece of kraft cardstock that I sprayed darker with Tattered Angels Baseboard tone Cardboard. Next I cut a piece of eco dyed fabric (learned how to do it from my lovely friend Tina last summer) into a suitable size. I added some hand stitching around the edges. Now I am not very talented with yarn and needles, but it doesn´t matter if the result is not that perfect. Next I placed the ARTplorations „Hidden Hearts“ stencil onto the fabric and added green iridescent creative medium onto the fabric thru the stencil. The media is by Imagine Crafts and I love it!!! Since it is iridescent on a light background you will not see it in the photos that well..therefore I took this against the light photo above. Here you can really see the shimmery background pattern quite nicely. After the paste was dry, I glued the fabric onto the background with a strong fabric glue (Beacon Adhesives). Then I started adding bits and pieces.

The butterfly on top is a flea market find. It is a cookie/pastry form which I filled with a turquoise burlap piece, then applied some turquoise Silk Microfine Glitter on top and finished off with a layer of Judi Kins Diamond Glaze. I let it dry a little before adding the word (thank you, Lizzy, love these words you made!!), the red yarn and the half pearl on top. Finally I finished it off with some green glass glitter. It needed to dry out properly before I could use it, so I left it to rest for days.

The next piece is a found object – a regular stone. I just added the work „make“ (from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat sticker sheet). And decorated the edges with Gold Stickles.

The wooden scrabble letters are by Papermania Bare Basics. I adhered those onto the chipboard piece with gel medium (by Faber-Castell). The chipboard piece is misted with grey spray ink (I used the same Hidden Hearts stencil to create the pattern) and then decoreated with Gold Stickles.

On the very bottom there are two wax seals I made and on top of those I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology word band „Discoveries“. The orange paint is the Heavy Body Tangerine paint by Dina Wakley. I attached the word band with a piece of twine. All pieces and the eco dyed lace piece underneath are adhered on their places with gel medium. Once it is dry the pieces will not come off :). I also added a few stamples here and there for additional grungy detail and to make sure the fabric piece can carry the weight of the decorational elements.

Finally I added a few white paint droplets here and there very freely to finish this piece. It will decorate my art corner in our house later. I sure had a fun time creating this stenciled mixed media piece. I hope you will get inspired to create something fun for your home with stencils too!!! And don´t forget to check out the current Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. There is still enough time to join in with us!!!

Happy creating!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Hidden Hearts stencil
Dina Wakley – Heavy Body Paint Tangerine
Imagine Crafts – green iridescent Creative Medium
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – word bands, Observations
Papermania – Bare Basics Caption Wooden Letters
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Big Chat stickers
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint white
Recollections – Green Glass Glitter
Beacon Adhesives – Fabric glue
Ranger – Stickles Gold
Canvas Corp – Teal Burlap
Judi Kins – Diamond Glaze
Wax stick & seal
Stapler
Eco dyed lace and fabric
Red Yarn and needle
Tattered Angels – Baseboard Cardboard
Studio Calico – Clay Mister Huey´s
Gel Medium – Faber-Castell
Wycinanka – Chipboard
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Jillibean Soup – Mini Metal Hangers
Twine

Troubles melt – STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

Hello everyone, a new month always means a new challenge. Today is again reveal day over at the STAMPlorations blog. Hope you will find time to play along with us on this month´s Mixed Media Challenge!!! Here goes:

This is my piece for this months challenge reveal. I chose to use the ARTplorations stencil „Where Troubles Melt“. I wanted to create a decoration piece for my studio to remind me that home IS the place where there should not be any troubles. Since someone broke into our house last month, it has been a little bit hard to feel carefree and safe at home since then. So this piece should work as a reminder for us to get there again.

Here is a little tutorial on how I created this piece:

1. These are the materials: a Ikea plastic frame, a piece of white cardstock and a ARTplorations stencils.

2. Place the stencil onto the piece of white cardstock (in a spraying box) and spray a layer of light grey spray ink on top. Use a piece of cloth to remove the residue ink and let dry.

3. Add a black outlining to the misted words to make them stand out from the background.

4. Add alpha stickers to build a full sentence: „home is where troubles melt like lemon drops“5. Decorate with fussy cut, stamped flowers and puffy pink hearts. I also decorated the backside of the frame, since it is open to both sides. I basicalle repeated the same steps, just by changing the stencil to ARTplorations „Art Happens“ stencil and the spray color to a vintage green tone. Here are the photo steps once more:

And this is the finished backside of the frame. This now decorates my craft area, the „art happens“ side facing my art corner and the other side facing the lounge area. I really like the way this turned out!! It is pretty clean and simple and I feel it is just right that way. Using stencils can be this simple too – doesn´t always need to be tons of media and layers, I think. So I hope you will find the time to play along – would love to see what you make for this months challenge (remember there are also prizes to be won!! – read about the rules and how to play over here). See you at the STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!!!

HOW TO PLAY:

  1. create and link up a mixed media project, anything goes, except a card.
    2. use at least one stencil (any brand!!!)
    3. linky closes at the end of the month
    4. Prizes are a $10 gift certificate for the winner, $5 gift card for two top picks & for more than 25 entries one random winner will get 2 standard sized stencils!!!

Stay creative and stay safe!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Where Toubles Melt
ARTplorations – Art Happens
STAMPlorations – Buttercups & Butterflies clear stamp set