Faux Rust

September 16, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Hi all! It has been a while since I have posted here! It’s been a busy summer!! I decided to get back into the blogging spirit with my take on making rusted paper. The catch? It is fake ;).

Here’s a picture of the faux rust background…

Faux Rust Background

Faux Rust Background

And here is the video on how I did it.

Gesso’d Cards Push-Pull with Stencils

April 26, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I was fortunate this past week to visit with my Mom, and join a fun group of ladies in Sun City Center at their Thursday morning stamping group. During their class, I showed them a fun technique to add texture to backgrounds for their cards. We started out with card stock that had been painted with Gesso. This lets watercolor inks, markers, dye based ink pads etc, wash really nicely, and even be removed, rather than getting sucked into the paper. We used clear Gesso from Liquitex, but clear Gesso from Windsor Newton works fine as well. White Gesso from any company also works great, as does Matte Medium. I find the clear Gesso has a little bit more grit to it, and is easier to use when first starting out. Any of these products will seal the card stock to allow the inks to wash and be removed. However, the white Gesso and Matte Medium have a bit more of a plastic-y finish to them, and you might have a tendency to wipe off too much ink, too quickly.

We wiped out pre-gessoed cardstock with dye based (non waterproof) ink and softened the effect with a baby wipe. Then we used mesh and stencils and cut outs to pull ink from the background and push ink back in. We used some of our backgrounds to stamp images on and then cut them out to layer onto other backgrounds. They came out beautiful- full of texture and interest!

It was a fun class, and I was so happy to be able to join them and play!!

Here is the follow up video I promised:

and here are some samples…

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Mom Gesso Background

Mom Gesso Background

Digital Cutter Packing Tape Pickup

April 13, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I love my digital cutter! I use it to cut stencils and embellishments for cards, ATCs and other Mixed Media projects. However, I am often left with little pieces that can be somewhat wasteful.  I really wanted to find a way to use some of those remaining pieces, especially now that I am using paper that is a bit more expensive (although awesome! It’s from Digital Arts Studio Seminar- more on this in another post).

Packing tape and sticky paper to the rescue! Here is my experiment with what I am calling Packing Tape Pickup ;) . Enjoy!

 

Here was the ATC I was making with the cutout…

Seahorse ATC

Seahorse ATC

and here are the scanned images of the packing tape pickup. Sorry- they look better in the video and real life because of the shimmer :)

Silhouette  Pickup Leftover Pieces

Silhouette Pickup Leftover Pieces

Silhouette Packing Tape Pickup 1

Silhouette Packing Tape Pickup 1

So grab your packing tape and sticky paper and start using all of your digital cut masterpieces!!

More Resin Ideas

March 19, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I had a featured post over on Cre8iveKlatch and in it I switched places with my friend Susan, playing around with one of her favorite mediums- Resin. I decided to jump in with both feet and make some belt buckles. It was pretty much like a “Freaky Friday” kind of day, with me be doing lots of things wrong ;) . I published it so that you can learn from my mistakes, and I also gave a cool tip on using Silly Bands with resin. Silly bands are shaped rubber bands that were designed for kids, but I snagged a bunch of shapes from my kids a while back, and use them in my studio as a mold of sorts. They don’t stick to resin, gel medium, gel du soleil etc . You can see the post here.

I am following that post with some more ideas for using resin. I did come to like it after playing with it a while. I am no Susan M. Walls-Beverly, but I definitely learned a lot and had fun in the process!

And I did end up with some cool belt buckles…

Resin Belt Buckles

Resin Belt Buckles

Enjoy!

Metal Embossing Tips

March 13, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I am all over the place lately with work, and play, so this post is going to be all over the place as well :) . I have posted a couple of previous articles on embossing metal here and here. I was going to continue in that vein for the next several posts however, next week I am switching gears and plan on posting my experiences with a new material for me- Resin. I’ve also signed up for a Photography class in order to force myself to try to improve my skills there, so I have been playing with my camera and Adobe Camera Raw. So today I think I will just post a quick video  I made on Embossing Metal tips, and an image I created for the class.

Here is the video:

I will return to this series in a couple of weeks.

Here is the image I made for the photography class TheStudio  (you can read about it here)…

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

I have learned a bunch about Adobe Raw presets in this class, which enhances my Photoshop work! It’s a fun class with LOTS of creative (and nice!) people!!

Stay tuned next week for my experiments with Resin :) .

Make your own Embossing Plate

February 26, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I always joke that I don’t have my own manufacturing company, and would love to so that I could make embossing folders, dies and rubber stamps to my heart’s content. The reality is, of course, that it isn’t likely that will ever happen and so I make do with whatever I can do on my own ;)  . So this week’s post is an experiment that resulted in a cool way to make my own embossing plate from one of my stencils that I cut on my digital cutter.

Using a Sign that I bought at the hardware store, I cut it down and used Gel Medium/Modeling Paste through a stencil to create the embossing plate. Then I used the correct “sandwich” in my Sissix Big Shot die cutter to in order to emboss.

Here’s the video to show how I made the plate and how to use it-

Here is a link to a post where I used on of these embossing plates for an embossed metal card.

Enjoy!

 

Make Your Own Embossing Plate From Stencil

Make Your Own Embossing Plate From Stencil

 

Embossing Plate Paper

Embossing Plate Paper

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

February 12, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I decided to use my own embossing plate (more on how I do that in a future video!) to make an embossed metal card for Valentine’s day. Here is the video…

and here is how it turned out!

Embossed Metal Valentine's Day Card

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

February 4, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Today is my turn to post on the collective project- Cre8iveKlatch. I made a tag using burlap, and decided to experiment with some more ideas using that material. I really like the texture and look of it. Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was stamp on it! I used Golden’s Gel Medium/Molding Paste mixture and coated the burlap first. I experimented stamping with ink, but finally decided that stamping with paint was the way to go. Here’s the video of my experiment- Enjoy!

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

Rubber Stamping on Burlap

 

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