Welcome to the Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop! Please visit Justine’s Blog for all the details and list of complete hop. We are coming together to support our fellow crafters of color in this hop. Please make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment. My hope is that you not only will find inspiration, but you will also discover a new crafter.
We Are the World
To celebrate friendship and document this time in history I created a page in my art journal. The song “We are the World” kept playing in my head. I was a child when it came out and thought it was perfect for this page.
To crate this page I first stamped four Bun Heads, colored them in with copic markers and embossed them.
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Thank you for joining us for our fun collaboration between i-crafter and Sassy and Crafty! Each company will be giving away a $10 gift certificate to one lucky hopper. Be sure to visit each blog and comment by June 25th at 11:59 PM PST in order to enter. We hope you’ll enjoy the comic inspired projects our teams have come up with.
I created a chipboard tag using the sassy dog full of attitude and the OMG die cut.
To create the tag I first covered it in white gesso. After it dried I stamped the dog and embossed it in black. I cut on oval from card stock, covered the image with it and sprayed it in Dylusions Black Marble and Bubble Gum ink spray. As it dried I die cut the OMG in pink and black cardstock. I colored the scarf and glasses with a aqua flow marker (I do not like using alcohol marker on gesso) and added glossy accents to the lenses. I adhered the OMG! on the base of the image and outlined the perimeter of the oval with Stickles. To finish the tag I added a few gems.
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I am stoked about today’s hop! Make sure you visit Designer Crafts after you read this post for the hop list. It combines my first love (scrapbooking) with mixed media. This fabulous line truly bridges the gap between paper crafting and mixed media. Here is what Little Birdie sent me for this hop and their Grand Launch in the USA!
It’s All About the Birds!
What could be better than celebrating the Grand Launch of Little Birdie than to create layouts featuring birds? My son has wanted a bird for several years. For his Birthday we finally got him one –Ari. She is a sweet little thing that has captured out hearts.
The Mixed Media paste can be used two ways. You can use it as a modeling paste (which I did in this layout) and/or gesso by adding water. To create this type of background use the paste over a stencil. Once it dries mist it. If the mist is to vibrant add a light layer of water before the mist dries.
I finished off the layout by adding a little water to the paste and flicked it on the page.
For this layout I used the paste as gesso by adding water and then applying it with a paint brush. Once it dried I applied layers of the Color wash making sure each dried between layers.
The paper pack came with a fussy cut sheet. I ran mine through a Scan N Cut. This made it really easy to add to layouts with the hard work done This sweet blue bird is from the fussy cut sheets.
This was my final layout I created with the Woodland Series and it is my favorite. I utilized the images I cut on my Scan N Cut in several spots on this layout. My favorite was tucking the birds into the flowers.
A Little Bitty Art
Have you ever had an art itch? Something that you just had to create because you could not stop thinking about it? When I saw the little journaling cards and twine I had to create a sweet little ATC.
I have created a video showing how to create these backgrounds. I demonstrate how to use the Mixed Media Paste through a stencil, how to use it as gesso, color washing and adding layers.
Time to Hop
Now comes the fun part — hopping! Leave a comment on my blog sharing with me your favorite product from The Little Birdie. Once you leave your comment please hop on through the following designers’ blogs. Little Birdie mailed each of us a different kit, so you are going to see new stuff and ideas at each stop!
Candy Rosenburg has created a new line that has been a decade in the making — A Vintage Girl. Today, I am participating in a wonderful blog hop featuring this line with the DCC! I got to play with three of the awesome chipboard sets to create this mixed media canvas:
Instead of going to with the traditional steampunk vibe gears and pipes lend themselves well to, I went with a whimsical approach. I used Plaid’s new Color Shift and Dragon Glaze, Rita Barakat die cut and embossing powders and Lisa Kettell pieces.
Take a stretched canvas, turn it over to create a shadow box. White gesso it and use a stencil and modeling paste to create texture.
Once the piece dries, paint with Color Shift and top it off with Dragon Glaze.
Using several different thick embossing powders, emboss and heat set the chipboard pieces. Use a clear embossing ink on each piece and cover with powder. Set it with a heat gun.
Adhere the chipboard pieces to the frame. Next, fill in the blanks with metal and button gears and clocks. Add a drop of alcohol ink to each addition and dab with a blender.
Add a few few Lisa Kettell pieces on some of the gears.
Use a little of the Color Shift and Dragon Glaze to make them blend in to the piece.
Finally, add the Rita Barakat Alice in Wonderland die cut to the center on pop dots. Highlight her with some glitter glue.
The piece ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Sometimes (almost all the time on things I create) I have one thing in mind for a project and it ends up somewhere else. That is okay and part of the creative process! This went from whimsical to dark fantasy.
Now it is time to hop through the other designers blog for even more inspiration with A Vintage Girl. Please leave a comment at each stop!
Are you ready for another wonderful blog hop? Today the designers for Joy Clair have teamed up to bring you more new stamp projects featuring the new Color Faith line!
My stamp set is the large Saved By Grace. It has the most beautiful doodled flowers and large script words! Alll of my projects are created with gelatos.
Faith Bible Art
This is not my favorite Bible art page I have ever created. I have decided to share it with you because it is the base of what got me started with this set and the gelatos. I learned a lot as I completed it. My intention was to create a watercolor page. By doing so I learned how to use water with the gelatos.
First I tried to create an ombre affect by mixing gelatos with water and painting them on a clear gessoed Bible page. Once it dried, I tried to stamp with the gelatos, but did not like the look, so I stamped with a waterproof ink and colored them in the same way I colored the background. The page was finished off by stamping “Faith” and “Love”.
To create this card I first stamped a bunch of the words with white and heat set it with embossing powder. I applied my gelatos on top of the stamped image and wipped of the words as I blended out the gelatos.
To create the flowers, I first stamped the images, painted them with gelatos, cut them out and layered them.
This card turned out super cute! A few gems to make up the center and a couple dots of Dew Drops to finish it off.
My expectations for this ATC were not high. I was not sure how the gelatos would react with the vinyl , but I tried it and ended up liking it a lot!
The texture makes this interesting! To create the ATC, I first stamped the flowers and heat set them. I applied the gelatos directly on the ATC and rubbed it out with my finger. I took a baby wipe and lightly buffed the top of the flowers to let the embossed image shine through for more definition. Grace was stamped with white pigment ink and embossing powder that I heat set. A few dots of Dew Drop was the final touch.
Now it is time to hop! Please hop through all the blogs to see the rest of the fantastic new releases! Don’t forget to leave a comment in each blog along the way.
This is an exciting week! Joy Clair has new stamps out and I got to play with them! Be prepared for lots of fun new cards, ATCs, Bible Art, and more over the next few weeks! In the meantime, the Joy Clair design team has gotten together for a fabulous hop! Each designer is featuring a different new stamp today and tomorrow. I got to play with the sloths! I could not stop with just one project and created two!
Before Coffee…Feeling Slothy
My 16 year old daughter is the inspiration behind this card. She proudly claims the Sloth title in our house — especially before her coffee. To create this card I tore Bazzil Swiss Dot Cardstock for the grass and used a white Gelato and cloud stencil on blue Bazzil paper. I stamped all the sloths and colored them in with color pencils. After I fussy cut them out I used pop dots to adhere all the images making sure I attached the two branches to create one long one with the sloths on it.
Hang In There
I have this new thing I am doing. I am starting an ATC collection of all the new stamp sets I get! It is fun to warm up with them on a small substrate. For this ATC I used Vinyl as the base and used my fingers to paint on it. Once the paint was dry I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted the image.
Now it is time to hop! Please make sure you hop through each blog to see a different new set and a chance to win a prize! Just leave a comment on all posts!
I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.
What is Rinea Foiled Paper?
Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.
One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.
I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.
Rita Barakat has incredible stencils that help you draw faces! I love to chalk everything and anything in my home. I also have a serious crush on anything from the 1980’s. Big hair, scrunchies and neon colors is where it is at! Marvy has come out with some NEW fine tip chalk pins and I knew it was time to merge the three together for an epic art piece! Only thing is I ended up creating three. Once I started I just could not stop!
For each piece I wanted to focus on one element of the face. I really like hair! It is my favorite thing to draw (well….the only thing I can draw without help). I wanted the piece to be dramatic and weird. I only added the eye and went crazy with the hair adding in little dots of all the colors through out.
For this piece I still wanted to have a ton of hair, but have more of the face. When I first added the curls it was far to structured for my liking, so I softened the look with a Q-Tip. Since it is chalk it does erase and leaves a dusty residue if not wiped clean. This is something to keep in mind for shading!
Ironically this piece is my very favorite! I am terrified of drawing lips. Even with the stencil I will have to do them at least three times to get them correct. I knew I could easily erase them since I used chalk board paper and chalk markers, so I gave it a try. Once I got her lips done I added in her neck and used my favorite color to create a top. I almost did not add hair, but once again knew I could erase it if I did not like it, so added some.
In conclusion by taking the pressure off of having to get it right because I could erase it I was able to free my creativity and created three awesome pieces. This is a great way to practice your drawing without committing to it. Once you are done you can easily erase it or spray it with hairspray to save it.
This was part of a hop in collaboration with Marvy and Rita Barakat. Please make sure you hop through to see what the other designers did 🙂
The Rita Barakat and Art Anthology designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing blog hop! All you have to do is jump in, be inspired, and leave a comment to be entered into a fabulous giveaway! I do have a personal request too! I recently started this website because my old blog was not keeping up with what I wanted to provide my readers. I would love it if you would click that “follow” button. It lets the Google Gods know that I am here and helps get it out in cyber space. Plus, I want to have good content and be of value and inspiration to other crafters.
For this hop I created a spread in my art journal!
I used the limited edition Rita Barakat Fairy Tale die cuts, paint and stencil from Art Anthology to create this page. I wanted the spread to be cohesive, yet seperate. I did not intend for it to be a “Ying and Yang” type page, but it totally did! We have the timid desperate for attention Little Red Riding Hood on one side:
And the ever so confidant and sassy Jasmine on the other:
I uploaded a video on how I created this page. Watch it come to life here. You will learn a few new tricks on working in an art journal and a sneaky peaky into the one I am currently obsessed with and adding to weekly.