Custom Switch plates

February 13, 2017 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I have a bunch of old youtube videos that I made years ago for another site, and decided to go through and post some of them now and again. Here is an oldie, but goody – nearly 5 years ago!

Make sure you watch the tip at the end if you have switch plates on a stone wall or wood island and they stand out like a sore thumb ;) . I’ve made lots of these- some are dimensional with copper mesh and cut outs and the like. They can add a bit of your flair in something as pedestrian as a light switch cover! Enjoy!

DASS Stone Paper for Stencils

November 30, 2016 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Well it’s been a while since I have posted ;). I have been off learning about metal jewelry techniques and metal clay! I am having so much fun combining these new skills with the mixed media techniques that I already have been playing with! One of the things I use in all my work is stencils. And in one of my other videos I talked about the paper I use to cut on my Silhouette for use as a stencil. This is the stone paper sold by Digital Arts Studio Seminar (DASS) found here . I made a quick video showing the results of cutting the stone paper on the Silhouette. I did not use any special cutting settings- just the normal paper or card stock settings will work just fine. It cuts so much more cleanly than card stock does! For intricate designs it can’t be beat! This is coated paper so I do recommend using a separate cutting mat. The clay dust may coat your mat and make it lose its stickiness more quickly. I spray my mat with temporary adhesive spray so you might want to give that a shot on an old mat ;) .

DASS Art sells stone paper for use in your ink jet printer and that prints really nicely, so I know buy that pack instead to use for both purposes. It is a beautiful matte surface for your ink jet prints.

And of course if you are into transfers, you should check out the transfer solutions sold by DASS Art as well.

Enjoy!

Here’s something I made with the stencil I was cutting in the video…

Embossing Plate Paper

Embossing Plate Paper

Here is a variation on one of the stencils I showed in the video…

Medallion Flourish Background

Medallion Flourish Background

Salt Water Etching Copper

April 4, 2016 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Hi Everyone!

I have been off experimenting with lots of stuff- resin, molds, metal, etching etc. I showed some friends some of my experiments and they asked for some tips on how I did Salt Water etching on copper. There are loads of full tutorials on this subject with all the gory details on why and how this process works, so I just did a quick video on the items I used for the Salt Water etching process.

I started out with 9 volt batteries, as mentioned in many of the videos, but they quickly ran out of juice, so I went on to using a car battery charger. The one I used is 12 volts and it already comes with the negative and positive clamps already set up. In my video, it isn’t very clear in the section where I talk about the actual copper that I am going to etch. This piece of copper is place in the etching salt water bath, but there must be a piece of copper that sticks out of the water so that the positive (red) clamp can attach to the copper without the clamp going in the water. Most folks attach a piece of copper wire to the back of the copper to be etched with tape (since a lot of folks use tape on the back to protect it from being etched. I found that was a pain. Other folks drill a hole in the copper to be etched and make a hook from the wire and hang the copper piece from the wire. I didn’t want a hole in my bracelet blank. So, I used flat (thicker) bezel wire and hooked/wrapped the wire around the copper piece so that the wire was touching the copper and then the rest of the wire hooked over the edge of the container while the piece of copper could be sitting in the water. The red clamp could be attached to the wire  and that worked fine for the etching process.

I stress that caution should be used at all times when using this process. I do not touch any part of the set up, unless the battery charger is turned off. So first I get all the pieces set up, and only then do I turn on the charger while staying away from the salt water container. If I need to check or tweak something I turn the charger OFF and only then will I touch any part of the set up.

So with those dire warnings aside- here is the video. Enjoy!

Here are some of the items I have etched with the Salt Water process:

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Bleached Out Tag- Take 5 Project

January 22, 2016 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Here is something you can do with a Clorox bleach pen- and it doesn’t include doing laundry!! This works best with a fresh pen, but don’t forget good ventilation and/or a mask ;) . Enjoy!!

And here are the results…

Bleached Out Tag

Bleached Out Tag

Rusted and Embossed Paper- for real

October 15, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

Last week I showed you how I make faux rust, but this week I am using real rust to make some cool embossed paper. The secret? Old, decrepit, rusted ceiling tiles. The paper came out so cool! If you liked this paper, you might need to start haunting your favorite antique stores :) .

Here’s how I made the rusted, embossed paper:

 

and here’s some pictures of finished papers:

 

Rusted Embossed Paper-1

Rusted Embossed Paper-1

Rusted Embossed Paper-2

Rusted Embossed Paper-2

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!!

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