Rubber Stamping with Encaustic Wax on Cardstock

June 27, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I received an Encaustic Paint starter set for the Holidays, this year and I have been experimenting with it. What gorgeous backgrounds the wax makes!! I have used Beeswax as a finishing coat, and to make thin paper translucent, and to adhere items, but I had always used plain beeswax. The encaustic kit included colored encaustic paints in a few really nice colors. I also ordered a few paints in metallic colors, since I love to add glitz to everything I work on. To me, the glimmer from the metallics would look really nice with the matte colors of the wax.

NOTE- encaustic painting requires some reading up on safety measures. I HIGHLY recommend taking a class, or getting a book, finding a YouTube video on what you should and shouldn’t do when working with Encaustic. I decided, since I was just going to be dabbling in it, to buy pre-mixed paints and mediums since some of the dangers come in mixing. I also decided to go fo a warming tray rather than a griddle that can get too hot- there are more dangerous fumes when the wax gets over heated.

Most encaustic painters use stiffer substrates than card-stock, but I wanted to play a bit before I invested too much in the encaustic boards etc. And of course since I am a stamper, I was dying to see what I could do with the two together. I just used very thin coats of the encaustic paints, so that the flexible card stock did not crack the wax once it was cooled.

NOTE. that when you are using heat directly on stamps, you need to use red rubber stamps- not the clear polymer stamps. Those will melt! Here was my first experiment with Encaustic paints and Rubber Stamps…

I first melted encaustic paints on my plate- dark blue, white and then a mix of the two…


Then I dipped my Rubber stamp in the melted wax…



and stamped onto the card stock that was warming on the plate…



Here is the result…



In this example, I started with melted dark blue wax on the card stock…



Then I dipped my Rubber stamp into white melted encaustic paint…



I stamped on the card stock and viola! I loved this look!!



I loved the texture, and depth the encaustic paints lend to the backgrounds I created. If you are going to try this, and want to make a card with the backgrounds, the best adhesive to use is glue. Tapes didn’t seem to be strong enough to hold the waxy card stock to the card base.



Cindy’s Mixed Media May!

June 23, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

As I have mentioned before, I belong to a group of talented artists, and even better- wonderful people. We met through Facebook during Kelly Rae Roberts’ Flying Lessons class. It has been about a year that this group has been togeher, and it is fun to check in every once in a while o see what they are doing. So I decided to blog about a couple of them every so often.

Cindy is running Mixed Media May, and is currently running a promotion so I decided to showcase that one today:

  • What does mixed-media art mean to you?

Mixed Media allows me to do what I love- experiment. To me there are no limits to Mixed Media. Have some new paints and want to use them? Go ahead! Have a cool piece of leather and want to cut it up into a cool shape? Go Ahead! Want to try a new transfer technique? Well, for pity’s sake- GO AHEAD! See? The answer is never “No” with Mixed Media! You can become fearless in your art &#59;)

  • How long have you been a mixed-media artist?

I have probably always been considered Mixed Media. Because I never had any formal training I never knew you had to stick to one Medium &#59;)

  • How has your art impacted or enhanced your life?

I have a very left-brained life. I was always good at Math and Science, I grew up with a Math Professor Dad, and I ended up as a Computer Software Engineer as my career. Art, I feel, balances me. Some people get that “Zen” feeling from Yoga. For me, that calm and inner peace comes from Art- making it, viewing it, reading about it, etc.

  • What are a few of the mixed-media supplies you find yourself using most?

I am definitely all over the map. It depends upon my mood, what feeling I am trying to capture, etc. But I ALWAYS  my computer in some compacity for every single project.

  • Who are some of your favorite mixed-media artists?

Too many to count!!!!! I have been exposed to many of them through online classes (visit for a listing of many of the classes)

  • What makes your mixed-media art unique?

I think my use of computers and associated gadgets, helps with my unique spin on things. But I do believe that most people, if they really let themselves play, will have their own unique spin. Even if they learn from others, their interpretation, their skills, their processes are not going to be the same. And so if they let go and play, they may have elements of influence from other artists, but they will have their own “look” too.

  • Where can we find you?

LOL- on the computer &#59;) Adding or tweaking the two sites I built with friends- and

  • Please tell us about yourself (short bio with headshot).



As I mentioned, I am a Software Engineer by trade, which definitely helps with building web sites &#59;). I am a Wife, mother of 2 great kids, and I have really wonderful friends that either are as into Art as I am, or aren’t but they listen to me blather on about it &#59;). I try to post on my blog once a week, because that is all I have time for, and my new passion is online classes to help me progress in my art work.

Thanks for visiting, and now It’s YOUR Turn!!

Online Class Listings- Creative Clearinghouse!

June 12, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Well,  if I didn’t have enough to do, I certainly do now!  I have started another venture with a friend of mine, Lori, who I met through Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons class. This new business is also near and dear to my heart! I have always loved to learn, which is not surprising since my Dad was a teacher. I have also always dabbled in creative endeavors. Creative Clearinghouse combines those two loves. It is a site that lists classes in all things creative- Mixed Media, Drawing, Painting, Jewelry etc. It has been a hard few months of coding trying to get the site ready, but we announced it today to our group of  friends from the Flying Lessons.

Our hope is for it to be the place where new Instructors can list their classes and hopefully become more well known, as well as established Instructors having a place to list their next class. By incorporating various categories, we hope that it will encourage Creatives to cross over and try something new and different. For the folks that are new to the world of Art&Crafts, there really isn’t one place that a person can go to find classes, and so that was our goal. To enable a place where everyone can go to find their next creative class or retreat, see reviews and comments on those classes, and share their own thoughts and favorites. We also have a place for users to enter reviews of their favorite books and supplies, because lets face it, we all have LOTS of those &#59;).

Lori and I had our own focus group that gave us their thoughts and ideas, shared their knowledge, and at times talked us down from the ledge &#59;). To Ann, Kathleen, Kathy, Susan, Jacquie, Lynda, Elissa and Connie we will always be truly grateful!! And we just can’t wait for you to meet them when they are listed on our site!!

I started my online class adventure with Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons class, and it was through the associated group that I discovered the world of online creative classes. I am now hooked, and have gone on to take classes hosted by Jane Davenport, Tamara Laporte and others. We list all of these on the Creative Clearinghouse site.

So I hope you will join Lori and I at to find your next class, or maybe start your own adventure!

Summer Card Idea

June 8, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

While searching around for ideas for another Artist Trading Card swap, I stumbled upon a card that I had made last year. It incorporates a picture of my Mom as a little girl and my grandmother as a young Mom. I like making those scrapbook-y type cards. I hope you enjoy it too :)

I used Easy Scraps Grunge Mirror stamp and embossed onto Kraft glassine and cut out the middle to make the frame around the image. Then I did the versamark resist technique on glossy paper (I have directions on how to do this technique here ) in order to make the background. The background uses the Window Screening rubber stamp from Easy Scraps (find this set and others here) I cut a few die cut flowers as embellishments and I was finished. Quick and easy!!

Here’s to Summertime and ice cream on the beach!! Enjoy!

Glitter Paper as a background

June 2, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Like most stampers, scrapbookers, or mixed media artists, I love glitter. I never mind walking around with glitter in my hair or on my face. And I use it in most projects!! It is like a litte bit of sunshine packaged into teeny tiny specks! So, when I first saw glitter paper, I was overjoyed!! But, I have to say that most of the time it is relagated to the matting for some other piece, rather than being front and center. But I decided to change that the other day, and use the glitter paper to be the main focal piece. I used in on the Gelli Arts Printing plate, and I used some special transfer paper to make an Artist Trading card, and a frame.

The ATC is at the top of the post. The monoprint is below. I think you could get the same effect using a stencil and  the favorite spray ink/paint of your choice. So go grab some glitter paper and make it your focal piece. And sure, why not, add some glitter on top :)

I am afraid to try this- maybe I will try it with my old printer, but I wonder if you could print on glitter paper? Hmmmmmm….