Hello there, everyone and happy Tuesday!! Yes, I have another Tag Tuesday project share prepared for today :). And no, I am probably not going to be able to make them for every Tuesday, but I try to post at least one or two a month. Here is a anniversary tag I made:
This one is again one of the projects that travel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth from show to show. I´ve used a stencil, a heart and a word die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs product line on this tag. And some Silk Microfine Glitter to spark the heart up a little bit. Other than that there is some white gel pen „faux stitching“ along the edges, a Happy Anniversary sticker sentiment, some white texture paste and wood veneer as well as ribbons from my stash. Tag are great for using up ribbons – from which I own a few big boxes, so I can make plenty of tags, before I run out of ribbons…
I hope your week has started smoothly, have a great day!!!
Also don´t forget to play along with the December mixed media challenge!!! The tag I created this time is again a Christmas tag. I´ve actually used every single one I´ve created during the past weeks already on Christmas pressies. I think I might still need a few more :).
Here is how I created this tag:
I first placed the Bloom Factory stencil over a white tag, then took some Distress Inks (purple, green, blues) and started inking the tag thru the stencil. I started with the lightest colour on the top, then moved over to the darker ones towards the end of the tag. Finally I inked the edges with the purple ink. Since the ink underneath has different tones, the end result of the purple ink also varies from one part to another. This creates a really fun look!
Then I let the tag dry abit and mixed some white acrylic paint with water and dabbing a paint brush against another I created a white paint splatter layer on top. I let that layer dry properly before decorating the tag. I used the Fond Expressions 2 stamp and added a hand written word to the tag. The birdies have a glitter coat and the bauble is colored with the Distress Inks too and then decorated with some glitter glue.
Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to take a look at what my team colleagues created for today´s post!! Then I hope you get inspired and join in with us!!!
Have fun creating,
Here is my take: I used a patterned paper as a base. Then I cut a smaller sized white cardstock piece, inked it with orange, yellow and brown Distress Ink. Next I stamped a post stamp image, cut it in half and inked it with orange Distress Ink. This image would be my sun :).
After that I applied some golden texture paste (by Imagine Crafts) thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil onto the background to create sunrays/sun glow. Then I stamped some trees on white paper, fussy cut those and adhered them onto the scenery. The birds and the grass bushes alongside the trees are hand drawn. The sentiment on the bottom is stamped with black ink. Finally I attached the scenery with 3D foam pads onto the card to give it more dimension.
So now is your turn! I hope you join our fun, mixed media card challenge this month!!!
Hello again! Today I´d like to share a fun project I created for/with the Canvas Corp Brands products. It made me especially happy to see them use this particular layout as one of their webshop category photo (see here). Thanks so much, Canvas Corp Brands, had my little proud moment when I saw it there <3!!
Here is my start to finish layout project:
As a base for this layout I use the thick hand made paper from Canvas Corp. It is perfect for misted projects, as it is thicker than regular cardstock and also absorbs and reacts diffeerently with inks and mists than regular paper. So I first marked the areas where I would want to place my photos and banners with a pencil, before adding some white light texture paste onto the background. I used a „numbers“ The Crafter´s Workshop stencil for this purpose.
I also used a 6×6″ sized The Crafter´s Workshop stenicl to add additional texture and pattern here and there. I let the paste air dry.
Next I misted the paper with water spray and then added blue, red and yellow spray ink. I let the ink spread quite freely around the paper.
and next some doodles and arrows hand drawn with a black Sharpie.
Time to put the banners and the photos on their places. I used Evalicious puffy stickers and cork stars (I think these are by Studio Calico..) as embellishments. Then I added some wood veneer letters, but they didn´t stand out enough from the background, so I painted them with black High Impact paint.
Next I outlined the stenciled numbers with a pencil for more contrast.
and here is the finished layout:
I hope you have enjoyed reading thru this little start to finish tutorial. Wish you happy scrappy times!!!
Hello there, everyone! While creating these cards for the November Mixed Media Card Challenge reveal, I just could not stop. I kept on creating and mainly used bits and pieces and scraps from my stash to do so. And while creating, I got a little bit off topic, so I actually could not use these four cards for the challenge. Can you guess, when I noticed that I had drifted far away from the original topic?? Yes, at the very end, when I had all these cards finished and got my camera out to take pictures!!! At that point it hit me what had happened. Oh well, such things happen while you are having fun ;-).
For this card I again first applied some blue and yellow spray ink onto the background. Then added some metallic texture paste (Imagine Crafts) thru another The Crafter´s Workshop stencil and then used some Basic Grey stickers (from my older stash). Finally stamped the sentiment (Studio AE for Technique Tuesday), added some rhinestones and flowers.
This particular card is a border sticker buster 🙂 – I´ve applied various Crate Paper border stickers (again older stash here!!) overlappingly, then added some doodling, a stamped sentiment and some pearl arrows. This one might be closest to the November MMCC theme, but still got disqualified by me :).
And finally the „tricolore“ misted background (again Mists by Tattered Angels), then older white rub-ons (I think these were by Hambly?), a Kaisercraft stamped sentiment, some black ink splatters and a black pen outlining to finish it up.
Even though it´s a topic gone wrong kind of card set, I really like how these turned out. Fun creative times :).
Have you already tried a mixed media styled hybrid layout? There is a fabulous mixed media digi kit available at the Digichick store, designed by The Nifty Pixel. Check out the „In Silhouette Vol. I Kit here. This might just be my all time favorite kit EVER! It is so very versatile. You can use the designs for so many kinds of artworks: ATC´s, art journal pages, layouts, pocket pages, cards and so many more.
I first assebmlied the Silhouette images onto the background and then added a layer of details/elements from the „Making Marks V.2 Brush Set“over them. After that I printed the paper and cut it into a right size and matted it onto a piece of deep red cardstock. Approximately the same color as the red Silhouettes.
Next I added some metallic texture paste onto the background thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil and let it air dry. When that layer was dry, I applied some black Glimmer Glaze droplets here and there and let those dry properly. After that I added some outlining/doodling around the edges by using a black pen.
When I started creating this page, I knew I wanted to create a page for my „me book“. I also wanted it to be „different“. While creating, the lyrics of Alanis Morrisette´s song „I´m a bitch“ came to my mind and I knew I wanted to use parts of the lyrics as my journaling. So I printed the lyrics with my black and white printer, fussy cut them and glued them on their places.
I have kept to only a few colors on this layout, so I also wanted to use alphas in similar color. However I had ran out of „l´s“ already, so I had to improvise. Number 7 turned upside down gives a great „l“, don´t you think? And creating an „e“ out of an „F“ and a „dot/square“ is also a way to work your way around missing alpha pieces :-). Finally I just outlined the journaling pieces with a black pen to make them stand out from the bold background better and added a few yellow resin embellishments as additional detail here and there.
So all in all this layout is a really easy one to do, yet it is very bold and I love the effect the repeated black and white photos create. I had a blast creating this layout and I really am in love with this kit. If you have been thinking of giving hybrid/digi a try, why not start with this kit. It sure is very versatile and gives you lot´s of creative freedom, whatever you choose to create!
Hope you have enjoyed this little insight.
Happy hybrid times,
I feel so bad about sharing my take on the Dreams do come true digi kit reveal so late afterwards. It is an absolutely delicious kit and perfect for those „me“ type of pages. So how about it? You can purchase this fab kit over here (and here is a little sneak for you too):
and this is my hybrid page created with the kit:
I´ve again first created my very own patterned paper by combining various design pieces from the kit and layering them over each other. I´ve partly resized pieces as well as faded them more in tone onto the background. Then I`ve added some white light texture paste thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil here and there, outlined the paper with a black pen, added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters, some wood veneer embellishments and a shiny glitter sticker title.
(here you can see how my paper design looked like just before I printed it. As you can see, I even work outside the lines…since I am going to trim the paper into right size after printing, I don´t mind if the designs go „over the edge“ at this point).
For more digi&hybrid inspiration, go to the Nifty Pixel and to the DigiChick websites and feast your eyes on the faboulous designs!!!
And while the ribbon was drying, I went over and stamped a friendship themed sentiment/quote (by Kaisercraft) on a piece of white cardstock with VersaMark ink and then applied clear embossing powder over it. Then I heat set the powder.
Finally I went over the embossed sentiment area with orange Distress Ink, fussy cut the piece and glued all the pieces on their place. Finally I also added a piece of matching orange ribbon to go with the lace and some golden pearls to match the pasted, stenciled background pattern.
I hope you find the time to join us for the September challenge!!! For more details (rules and more inspiration) go to the MMCC blog.
Sometimes it is so hard to see the deeper meaning of the twists and turns of our life, don´t you think? And it is a good thing that we cannot see what lies ahead of us! But I have been told that life just does not throw all those things in our face for the fun of it, no, there is always a reason for everything. But the way life rolls, we just sometimes are not able to see the „why“ in that particular moment. Usually we see the deeper meaning of those happenings much, much later.
Sometimes we struggle and even fall, and those things teach us something about ourselves and life in general. Sometimes it is hard to trust the journey. I need to remind myself once in a while that I need to learn to trust the journey I am at. This is what this page is about. And since it is a very personal page, I´ve added lots and lots of journaling, however it is well hidden behind the folder :). I´ve also created a little step-by-step how I went along creating this layout:
I then inked some chipboard images with pink and brown Distress Ink to give them more interest.
Now that my background elements were ready, I started layering some pink burlap, some wire and a Gypsy Moments File Folder onto the layout. I also added some golden yarn, the chipboard elements and stickers in clusters around the file folder. I wrote the journaling inside the file folder. There is plenty of space in there for that :).
I folded the flowers in half and tucked them underneath the file folder and applied some glitter glue over them as well as over the chipboard pieces. If you look closely, you can see that I have added some hand drawn leaves here and there to go with the chipboard. Just a fun additional detail on the background.
I added some word stickers here and there to go with the title. Together they add to the journaling and actually also form a quote of their own. A golden clothespin is holding the photo on it´s place. And finally, this is the end result:
This is quite a different kind of layout to what I usually do, but I had a feeling that these papers need a little bit of a different take on them and I like my shabby chic kind of layout a lot!
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:
First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.
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.
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 :).
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.
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.
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:
and here is my finished art journal spread:
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,