Faux Rust

September 16, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

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

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

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

February 12, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts

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!

New Rubber Stamps!

September 21, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

Hello friends! I’ve been having some fun playing with some new designs and finally got a chance to post some of my new Rubber Stamp sets! These work great for ATCs, Cards, Journaling, Scrapbooks, Gelli Art printing, and other Mixed Media work.

Check them out in the Shop!

 

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

Fern Scroll Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

ATCs Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Woven Frames Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Map Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

Coffee Tea Rubber Stamps

If at first you don’t succeed- try,try again with Gelli Arts

December 27, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

Gelli-Arts Holiday Prints

I was trying to come up with 2 cards last week- a Holiday Card and a card for a friend. I pulled out some of the new Easy Scraps stamps and started stamping and coloring. However, it just wasn’t coming along the way I would have liked it to. The “Friends” card was boring, and I couldn’t get the right mix of images and colors I wanted for the Holiday card. So, I pulled out my Gelli Arts printing plate and started making papers and then I also masked off the stamped image on one of the cards to make a cool background. Much better!! Here was one of the prints that I really liked. I loved the way the colors came out, but I wanted a bit more red and green.

 

Gelli-Arts Holiday Print 1

 

I liked this green print too.

 

Gelli-Arts Holiday Print 2

 

So I brought them both into Photoshop and combined them into something that looked like this-

 

Gelli-Arts Holiday Card 2012

Gelli-Arts Holiday Card 2012

My “Friends” Card meanwhile after masking the stamped/colored image, was printed using Gelli Arts for the background. I toned it down a smidge with some cream paint, and I liked the way it came out.

 

Gelli-Arts Friends Card 2012

Gelli-Arts Friends Card 2012

 

So, as usual, Gelli Arts printing plate came to the rescue!! PS- I used the Holiday Image (minus the kids pictures) on a clear bag using a transfer, and it came out so cool! I wish I had gotten a picture before I gave the gift away!!

Merry Christmas 2012

December 24, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

My Holiday card was coming along fine with my owl Rubber stamps. However the kids were not exactly excited to pose for the picture to go inside of the card. Even with teens it is hard to get a good family Holiday picture. So this year I just went with what I had. Something to keep in your back pocket when your kids aren’t cooperating next time ;-)

Happy Holidays!!!

 

Accucut and The Rise of The Guardians

December 21, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

I haven’t seen the movie, The Rise of the Guadians, but I want to. I know it is a kids movie, but the funny, little hat people make me smile every time I see them. And let’s face it, after this past, sad week, we all need a smile right about now!

Anyway, I was thinking of trying to make a Holiday card along the lines of the funny, little hat people. I didn’t end up going with that idea, but decided to share what I did. I used an Accucut die shape and used it in a different way.

Here is the accucut die that I used-

Accucut Christmas Tree Die

Accucut Christmas Tree Die

It is supposed to be a Christmas tree, but to me it also looked like the funny little hat people. So I used the die, cut apart the tree base to become feet, punched out a circle and drew a face behind it (you could also use a stamp if you can’t draw a face). And here is the result-

 

Accucut and The Rise of the Guardian

My Rise of the Guardian Hat person
Happy Holiday prepping everyone!!

Holiday Card Procrastination

December 1, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

I am supposed to be working on my Holiday Cards, and making cards for a church thing, and prepping for a class, not to mention housework, laundry and other life/family stuff. So what did I do instead? I designed and made a stencil. Because, well that was going to help. Not.

And then because I really liked the way the stencil came out, I of course, had to pull out my Gelli Arts Printing plate, and try it. And then because I really liked one of the mono prints I made, I ,of course, had to scan it in to the computer. And then because I wanted to see how it looked layerd, I, of course, had to bring it into Photoshop and play with it.

I, of course, didn’t have to do ANY of those things. In fact, I shouldn’t have been doing any of those things. But I am glad I did, because I really liked the way the stencil and the prints came out. It was just like the kid’s storybook- “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”. So, next time I have a lot to do, I probably will end up making a stencil.

Here is the original mono print:

 

 

And here is the print I came up with in Photoshop:

 

Medallion Gelli Arts monoprint  blue
Enjoy!!