Bloom – Canvas challenge with the Frog Dog Studio girls

Hi there! Remember this canvas I did for Frog Dog Studio in May?

Well, Tina suggested that we´d make a little challenge based on this piece, so we did. The five of us (Sue, Tina, Susan, Melissa and me) took this canvas as a starting point and did our versions of it. This is what I came up with:

Can you see those little „chrystals“ hanging down from the canvas. I´ve had them for AGES, but never found a good place for them and while choosing the colours (Fresco Paints by PaperArtsy) for the background, it came to me that they would perfectly fit in here. So I drilled 3 holes onto the canvas and used a piece of wire to adhere the chrystals onto the canvas.

Other than that I have used very similar techniques as on my original canvas – more about those here. The chipboard pieces are by Wycinanka scrap & decou and I´ve colored them in with a water tank paint brush and Distress Inks. The flowers are from Prima (one of the Finnabair collections) and I´ve brushed some matte raspberry Ayeeda Paint with a very dry paint brush over them.

The „bloom“ sentiment is hand written with one of my new favorite pens, the Wink of Stella Brush silver pen. I love the subtle shine you can create with this pen.

So now it´s time to take a look at what the other girls have created!! Please keep on hopping over to their blogs and take a look at their lovely creations – you won´t regret it!!! And do leave comments while visiting the blogs, we all love reading them :).

Here is our little inspirational canvas „blog hop“ round of girls for you to hop thru:
1. Melissa
2. Sanna (you are here)
3. Sue
4. Susan
5. Tina

Have fun and hope you get inspired to create 🙂 !!!
Wishing you all a lovely week!!
xoxo, Sanna

Used products:
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Raspberry
GAŁĄZKA KWITNĄCEJ WIŚNI - dekory
Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen - Clear - KURETAKE MS-55-999 Fresco Finish Acrylic PaintsPaper Roses - Blue

Gelli plate cards – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! This is my last project with the May Frog Dog Studio Kit. Remember the gelli prints I created for this canvas? I had only used half of them so I had plenty to create some cards from. If you want to see how I created those backgrounds, go back to this post.

Since the prints were already very bold in colour and pattern, I just glued them down on the card bases and added only a few decorational elements. I also added some crackle paste thru various The Crafter´s Workshop stencils here and there on the cards. Here is what the finished cards look like:

All the additional embellishments are various random pieces from my stash. There are also some resin embellishments on some cards. I created those while I was making my April Frog Dog Studio jewellery projects (see details on this blog post).

I used all kinds of little elements I had at home for creating various molds:


And in the end I had all these forms to play with. On some of the resin embellishments I have used a silver Alumilite metallic powder in combination with the Amazing Clear Cast resin and the Alumilite red or blue dye ink. Other resin pieces I created without the silver powder. I loved creating these molds and my custom resin pieces. Now I have plenty of those ready to be used on some future projects too.

Have fun creating,
xoxo, Sanna

Mixed Media Layout – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! Here comes my next to last project with the Frog Dog May Mixed Media kit. For this layout I wanted mainly to use the Stampendous stamps set (by Nathalie Kalbach). I just love these designs!! And there is also a free template included in the stamp set, by the way!!! Therefore, be prepared for yet another simply stencils project 🙂 …

This is how I did the layout background:

I first sprayed some yellow and green spray ink directly onto the white cardstock. The colours I used are by Lindy´s Stamp Gang (Yellow Rose of Texas and Rusty Lantern Lime).

Next I took some black and grey dye ink and stamped with the „Wired“ stamp set near the areas where my photos would later be. The grey ink is a shadow ink and will end up being a much lighter tone, when dry.

After that I applied some black Glimmer Glaze and created random ink splatters for contrast.

I really like adding ink splatters to my layout background so I added a few more :). This time I first used the „New Sprout“ ink spray (from the kit). And a Lindy´s Starburst colour „Shabby Turbine Teal“.

Then I proceeded by placing the stencil that was included in the stamp set over the cardstock and dabbed randomly over the stencil with VersaMark ink.

After that I just first poured some grey embossing powder over the inked area and after that added the green powder. Then I just heated the powder with a heat gun.

This is how my background looked before adding the photos, embellishments, the title and journaling.

This is the finished layout. I added some vellum paper to the edges and painted it with the blue „Beach Hut“ (this tone comes with the kit – more colors here) tone and stamped with black dye ink and the circle dot stamp from the kit over it. I love the look of the vellum when painted with the Fresco Paints!! I also treated the wooden heart with the light green chalk ink that was in the kit. Other than that I left the embellishments as they were (untreated).

and here are a few detail shots:

I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step and get those stencils and stamps out and play a little 🙂 !!

xoxo, Sanna

Used products:
badzik TEBA-052 białe kwiaty na zielono-niebieskim tle

„Dream“ canvas and another simply stencils idea – Frog Dog Studio

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a little step-by-step tutorial on a canvas I created with the Frog Dog Studio May kit.

I started with the vellum paper and used several tones (check out the store for more colours) of Fresco Finish paints with stencils on my Gelli Plate. I kept on adding different paint colors and stencils over each other and also used one of the stamps by Nathalie Kalbach to create as many layers as possible. These are the finished vellum pieces for my canvas.

Then I went along and added some stamp images (N* Studio stamps from the kit) over the prints. I used a dark grey chalk dye ink for this purpose.

I then cut the pieces in half (I am going to use the other half of the gelli prints on another project later) and teared the vellum paper edges for a more grungy look.

I have to confess that I was so into creating at this point, that I forgot to take another picture of what I did next. But it is pretty simple, so I am sure you will get the idea even though I don´t have a photo. I now cut these pieces in half again and rolled them into tiny vellum rolls (I used a regular glue here). Next I took a piece of thin wire and wrapped some of it around each roll for additional detail. Then I left them to dry.

Next I decorated the canvas and I first covered it with white gesso, let that layer dry properly and then applied a layer of crackle paste thu a stencil onto the canvas. Then I just let that layer dry a while too.

Next I applied Fresco Finish paints over the crackle paste. I used „Beach Hut“, „Mermaid“ and „Guacamole“ tones. I used a regular paint brush for applying the paint and when the canvas was all covered I sprayed some water over the surface and then let it dry again.

After the paint was all dry I grabbed some Lindy´s Stamp Gang color sprays and sprayed teal and green tones over the layer of paint. I let the mists drop/run freely across the canvas as I really like this effect. After this layer was dry, I grabbed some golden iZink and white Liquitex Ink and did the same with those. I love the droplet look and white and gold adds a really nice contrast to the background.

Next I just stamped some black patterns – using on of the N* Studio stamps (from the kit) – onto the background around the area where my vellum rolls would later be. There are also some black ink splatters here and there. I made those with Glimmer Glaze. Then I just glued the vellum rolls down onto the canvas and added the decoration. This is how the finished canvas looks like:

and here are some close-up photos for you:

I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step. The stencils I used for the Gelli Plate prints are by The Crafter´s Workshop, just in case you were wondering. The embellishments are all from previous Frog Dog Studio kits.

Have fun with your kit!!!
xoxo, Sanna

A set of cards and another simply stencils idea

Hi there! I wanted to share with you a few quick cards I created using some pieces I had left over from my previous project I created with the Frog Dog Studio May Kit.

For my previous project I had mixed some light blue molding paste together and used it for the second art journal page. Since I had some paste over I wiped it thru the typewriter stencil onto a piece of white cardstock and used it for the „hello“ card. I also sprayed some „New Sprout“ spray ink over the masked paper to make it more colorful. Then I just fussy cut it and glued it down on a card base, added the stamped sentiment and some black color splatters and the card was all done.

For the bird card I used a piece of vellum paper (also from the kit). I first placed the vellum over a dry embossing folder, then rubbed/scratched with oil pastel pens over the paper to get the pattern onto the paper. After that I just stamped a bird (Dina Wakley „Scribbly Birds“) with black Archival Ink onto the vellum, fussy cut it and glued it down onto the card. The rest I just doodled onto the card.

For the 3rd card I again took a piece of vellum paper and made the pattern as follows:

I first colored a layer with different oil pastel color tones pretty randomly.

After that I colored a second layer with a black oil pastel pen on top of the other layer, placed a leaf stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop) over the layer and scratched with a sharp plastic tool the black layer off around the stencil lines. Then I just repeated this phase as long as I had the pattern I wanted. After that I just wripped the paper quite randomly around the edges and glued it down to a card base and stamped a sentiment. Fast and easy and reminds me of my first grade art class at school :).

Hope you have enjoyed this little „Simply stencils“ idea and get inspired to try it out yourself! Have fun!

xoxo, Sanna

Used products:
May 2014 Mixed Media Kit