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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mixed Media Train Canvas

This is only of those projects I’ve been meaning to post for a while.  I made it as an Easter gift for my father back in 2015.   I’m using it as a sample for a challenge I’m hosting over at Artsy Inkers.  Today is the start of Winter Fest on the message board.   If you’ve never checked out Artsy Inkers, now is a great time to do so.

Ok, so on to the project.  I started by tinting some light weight spackle with paint and added a little water to make it easier to spread and I covered the canvas with it.  I believe it is a 6x6 canvas.

The color was a little off, so inked it with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye, I think.  It might have been vintage photo. 

Then I stamped a bunch of images from Stampendous’ clear stamp set Railway on tissue paper with Stazon brown.  I then used mod podge to attach the images to the canvas.  I got this idea from Anna Karin.  It is a great way to get clean images onto a canvas, because the tissue paper disappears.  Mostly.  You can see in the picture some white spots. I didn’t use enough mod podge.  So a couple of tips: trim as much of the excess tissue paper off, use plenty of mod podge, and make sure the tissue paper isn’t coated (I’ve got another project that I have to redo because I used the wrong tissue paper and it didn’t disappear).  It isn't as noticeable in real life as it is in the photos.

The oval is part of the Stampendous train postcard stamp. There’s more to the image than the oval and there is actually holly on the corner of the oval because it’s a Christmas stamp.  I think I stamped it on tissue paper, originally planning to mod podged it onto the canvas.  But I realized it wouldn’t work and mod podged it onto a piece of comic book board and cut out the oval part.  I added some liquid pearls around the edge of the oval.

I made the ticket to cover the holly on the train image.  I inked the paper with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed and Tea Dye.  The image is from the same Railway set.

The embellishment is a flattened bottle cap.  To cover the logo, I die cut a piece of metallic paper that I had inked with alcohol inks.  I stamped the lantern image from the Railway set on it but you can’t really see it all that well.  The same image is on the canvas just below it. 

Here's a closer look at the finished canvas.

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Friday, October 14, 2016


Long time, no blog.  I have had a crazy year, which is why I haven’t been online much and I haven’t been crafting too much.  My husband and I decided to get divorced, so we spent the beginning  of the year getting our affairs in order. The divorce was amicable and I'm happier now.  Then I had a roof leak in the beginning of June in my tv/craft room.  The leak wasn’t that bad, but it ruined part of the popcorn ceiling.  So I had to redo the ceiling and that led to repainting the room.  So I was without a craft space for 2 months.  At the same time, I had 2 coolant leaks in my car.   Then I had another leak in the roof that caused the ceiling in the bathroom to collapse.  And now my dog has cancer and I’m driving 2 hours every week for his treatment. 

On the happier end of the spectrum, my Mom and I took an epic trip to Oregon and Seattle for my 40th birthday.  We went  to Portland, checked out the waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, row boated on Clear Lake, went to Crater Lake and drove up the Oregon coast before finishing the trip out in Seattle.  Crater Lake is absolutely amazing.

Now to the crafting.  Artsy Inkers is getting ready to have another party – Inktoberfest.  And I’m hosting a challenge for it.  So if you aren’t a member of the board, now is a great time to join.

The challenge is based upon a Plaid product my Mom demonstrated back in the 1990s.  She was a craft demonstrator for Plaid and would demonstrate the products at different craft stores in the areas.  

I’ve been wanted to try it for a card for a while.  Here's the finished card.  

Now here are the step by step photos and instructions.

Step 1 – stamp an image on a piece of acetate.  You will be putting a frame around it eventually, so just make sure the piece is big enough to fit your frame.  I used Staz-On and the image is by Stampendous.

Step 2 – color in the image with a coloring medium that will be translucent.  I used my Copic markers.  Because Staz-On and Copic markers are both alcohol based, I colored the reverse side.  Otherwise, the markers would have removed the stamped image. 

Step 3 – this is the tedious step.  You need to use something that will be opaque to color around the stamped image.  I used a metallic acrylic paint.  You need to color everywhere except your stamped image.  Do the painting on the reverse side.  Make sure you don’t paint where you colored.  You want the stamped image to be translucent.  It will probably take several layers to get it opaque.  Just let it dry between layers.  It took me about 4 or 5 layers to get it fully colored. 

Layer 1 


Step 4 – lightly crumple a piece of tin foil.  It should be smaller than the frame.  You are going to attach the tin foil behind the image.  It will show through in the areas that are translucent but not where they are opaque. 

Step 5 – make a frame and attach your image to the frame.
I die cut the scalloped oval and used a regular oval to make the frame.  I used next size down of scalloped ovals to trim down the image and the piece of foil.  I cut another of the larger scalloped ovals from a scrap piece to be the back of the sandwich I created.

Step 6 - Attach the image to the back of the frame.

Step 7 -  lay the foil down.  Don't use any glue at this point because you don't want it interfering with the effect.

Step 8 - Glue the scrap large scallop oval to the oval frame and tin foil.  I forgot to take a picture of this step.

Here is what the finished piece looks like.

Here are a couple of close-ups to better show the tin foil behind the image.

And here is one more of the finished card.  I embossed the base with a Sizzix (?) embossing folder.  The ribbon was from my stash. I used by bow-it-all to make the bow.  I made the little poinsettia using a new Spellbinders die.  I added liquid pearls for the center. 

Instead of making a floating image, you can just die cut a piece of cardstock that is the same size as your card.  That is what I did with the first card I made using this technique.  Here is that card.

The image is by Power Poppy and I colored it with Copics.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sympathy Card

Happy New Year!!!  I'm not entirely sure where the second half of 2015 went but I neglected my poor blog and my bloggy friends horribly. My mojo decided to go on vacation for most of the summer and when if finally came back, I fell into a crafting black hole trying to get everything done for the fall holidays (fall cards, Halloween cards and Thanksgiving cards) and Christmas (50+ cards, 24 cards for gift sets, a calendar and 30 mixed media canvases). I promise to post the mixed media canvases I made as Christmas presents over the next few weeks. But for today's post, I'm posting the first card I made in 2016. Sadly it is a sympathy card. My great uncle passed away shortly before the new year and I sent a card to his daughter. I was close to her kids when I was a kid and had many a sleep-over at her house. I kept the card fairly simple. 
The image is by Power Poppy and the sentiment is by Rubber Soul. I stamped it with Hero Arts shadow ink in soft granite. I colored the flowers with my new set of koi watercolors. I really like them.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rudolph Days - Reindeer Family

I think this is a record for me, 3 posts in 3 days.  I wanted to join in the fun at Rudolph Days, so I pulled out some new dies and created a winter wonderland.

I started by creating my night sky with my Brushos in Prussian Blue and Violet.  Then I stamped the pine trees with Distress Ink in Pine Needles.  The stamp is by Impression Obsession.  Then I took my silver gelato and made a moon in the top left corner.  
Then I made a stencil using 2 of my circle hand punches.  I'm not sure if the bigger circles are 1/4 or 1/8, but the smaller one is 1/16, because McGill had enough sense to put the size on the handle, but the other one doesn't.  I'm not even sure who made the other punch. I smeared on some heavy gel medium (which dries clear) and sprinkled on some glitter.  I got the idea in part from this YouTube video.  I think you can kinda see the sparkle a little better in this picture.
The birch trees are a Memory Box die and I added quick drying spackle to give them some texture.  The deer and bird are Impression Obsession dies and colored with Brushos.  For the momma and baby deer, I used lt. brown and papa deer was dk. brown.  For the bird, I used brilliant red.
For the snow mounds, I freehand drew cut lines as guides for cutting them.  Then I panted them with Elmers glue and cover them with glitter.  I used rolled pieces of scor-tape to attach everything.
I used snippets for all the die cuts and the snow mounds.  So in addition to Rudolph Days, I'm going to enter this over at the Playground.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Gothic Character Piggy Bank

First, I want to welcome my 2 new followers: Carol L of Our Little Inspirations Blog and Kathy of KT Krafts.  I know Carol had an issue with the follow button, so I'm glad the work around work for her.

So this was a project in the works that I wasn't necessarily planning to finish this weekend, but I saw that Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog's challenge was Let's Go Gothic.  And since I was already using 4 of the Tiddly Inks's Gothic characters, I figured I would finish this project and post it over there. 

This is going to sound like a random tangent, but I have point, so stay with me.  I have horrible allergies. Due in part to living in Florida and probably in larger part to the fact that I have 2 dogs and 2 cars and I'm allergic to both.   So I go through a fair amount of tissues.  And I dutifully recycle the boxes.  But about two months ago, I was looking at another empty squarish tissue box, and I thought, I'm sure I can come up with something crafty to do with that. And thus today's project was born.  Actually, this is the second box I started on.  The first one is still not done.  It is going to be a paint brush holder.

Today's project is a piggy bank.  I wanted somewhere I could put my spare change.  And store bought piggy backs are a hassle to get the money out of.  But a tissue box is designed so you can reach in and get the last tissue.  So I figured I just needed to pretty it up.   Here's the before picture.

And the after pictures:

I started by using my silhouette to print and cut 4 Tiddly Inks digi stamps.  Then I colored the images with Copics. 

I'll start with Precious, since I colored her first. 

You will notice that I did not get creative with the shading of her skirts. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I can never figure out where the shadows and highlights go.  Although, I am happy with how her hair came out.  This is one of my favorite color combos.  I know it isn't very gothic but since this is for me, I went with what I like.   For the background, I tried to create a peachy base with my Brushos but it didn't work.  So I pulled out Distress Ink in Dried Marigold and colored the base.  Then I dropped a few crystals of turquoise Brushos.  I used mod podge to attach the base and then to attach the image, with a coat over top to protect it.  I was happy that the mod podge didn't smear the Brushos or the printer ink.  I've used it over images stamped and colored with Copics before, but this was a first time with a digi image.

Next is Owlette.

For her, I used one of the sample cards on the Tiddly Inks website for an assist with the shading of the skirt.  And at first, I didn't think it had blended well enough and I wasn't all that happy with it, but when I came back to it a few days later, I was pleased with how it came out.  Background was created with Brushos in Ost. Blue, Ultra Marine and Cobalt Blue. 

Now Pricilla.

I did a Google search to ideas for coloring her skirts.  And I forgot to keep track of what image I used as the inspiration.  Although, none of the images I found had black hair and she was just begging for black hair.  So I went with the black, and I don't love her hair.  Her background was Turquoise (?), Violet and Purple.  I did figure out that Purple has more red tones in it and the Violet is more blue.  So I won't be using the Purple with the blues again.

Finally, Maria.

I could not find an image for an assist with coloring her skirts, so I tried it on my own.  And I'm feeling underwhelmed.  As soon as I got done with her, I realized that the highlight should have been where I put the shadow.  To create the pink background, I used Ost. Red and White.  Then after that dried, I added a few crystals of Leaf Green. 

I was just looking at he and realized she is crooked.  Oh well.

Here's the top. 

Brushos in Turquoise, Violet and Sea Green.  I used a Spellbinder's oval die for the opening.  It wasn't exactly the right size, so I added some liquid pearls to over the cardboard that was showing.  Oh, and I removed the plastic that was in the hole. 

Copics Used:

All the faces - E000 & E00 


Dress - YR00, YR01, YR02, BG10, BG13, BG15, BG18

Umbrella - V12, V17, C-7, C-3

Hair - E00, E08, E09


Dress - B14, B16, B18, B39, BG000 (meant to grab B000), B32, B34, B37

Owl - E21, E23, E27, Y38

Hair - Y11, Y15, Y17

Feather - V05


Dress - v12, V15, V17, BG000, BG01, BG05, BG09

Hair - C-0, C-1, C-3, C-7, C-10, 100 (Yep I used all the cool greys I have)


Dress - RV000, RV02, RV04, RV06. YG06, YG09

Hair - E21, E23, E27, E29

As I said, I'm going to enter this over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - Challenge 160 Let's Get Gothic

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Sunday, June 28, 2015


Here is the very first project I made with my new Brusho Crystal Colours.  And I love playing with them. 

My Dad's birthday is in June, so I have to come up with 2 masculine cards each June.  And masculine cards are not my forte.  So I was having a hard time coming up with an idea for a Father's Day card (I made his birthday card for an Artsy Inker's challenge back in March) so I pulled out my new toy. 

I used Leaf Green, Emerald and Sea Green for the card base.

For the focal piece, I used Cobalt Blue, Ostwald Blue, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, and Turquoise.

Here's what they look like before I stamped on them.

Because it is so humid in Florida, I haven't worked up the courage to poke holes in the tops of the containers like I've seen in so many you-tube videos.  Instead, I used a soft dry brush that I dipped into the container.  I tapped most of what the brush picked up back into the container and then tapped a small amounts of the crystals onto the paper and then spritzed with water.

 Once dry, I stamped the Dad stamp with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamp is by Stampendous. I matted it with black. 

I know there have been some attempts by folks for Pixie's playground to follow me and they have encountered problems. Thanks so much for trying.  Since this seems to be a persistent issue, I created a page with the directions Mary found for a work around when the join this site button is being twitchy.
I will have some more posts this week of projects I've made with my new Brushos.  They are seriously addictive.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Snarky Birthday (Projects 49 and 50)

Woo Hoo!!!! I've finally met my goal of 50 projects posted, so I can lift my shopping moratorium.  I do have a bit of a confession.  Since I knew I was getting close to my goal and I had to order some reinker for my Copics (a purchase allowed under the moratorium) and Dick Blick was having a sale with free shipping, I picked up a set of Brushos last month.  But they have been sitting in a drawer untouched since they arrived.  Which has been making me a little twitchy. But now I can play with them.  I can't wait.

These two cards have been waiting a while to be posted, since I made them for my aunt's birthday in March and my sister's in April. They started with the sentiment stamps from Riley & Co.'s Funny Bones collection.  I picked them up because I thought they were really funny and perfect for my aunt and sister.

This first card I made for my aunt for her birthday. She collects, among other things, Wizard the Oz stuff. So I figured this sentiment would be great for a card for her. The image is by Kraftin Kimmie and I picked it up to go with the sentiment. I colored her with Copic markers and I will admit to googling the stamp to find some ideas for coloring her.  I have such a hard time figuring out where to put the highlights and shadows, especially on clothes.  I know you are supposed to decide where the light is coming from but that method just doesn't work for me.  I have a easier time using an example.  There is a reason why I stamp instead of draw.  I kept the card fairly simple.

The second card was for my sister’s birthday. She is a runner. She has run several marathons and half-marathons. And I think she's crazy. So when I saw this sentiment stamp, I had to get it. Again, I picked up this Kraftin Kimmie stamp to go with the sentiment.  

I created the background for one of the alcohol ink challenges over at Artsy Inkers back in March/ April. I used mod podge to attach tin foil to a piece of comic book board. Then I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I inked it with Meadow, Juniper, and Clover. The alcohol inks did not adhere very well to the tin foil.

The die cut piece was cut from a piece of comic book board covered with a "dirty" paper towel. I've mentioned before that I save the paper towels I use to wipe distress inks off my craft sheet because they usually come out looking cool. In fact, I tend to use one paper towel for blues, greens and purples and another to reds, yellows and oranges to ensure I have pretty paper towels. I attached the paper towel with mod podge and while it was wet, I added some perfect pearls. 

I added the sequins because I accidentally tapped the image with the grey marker.

Sorry but I'm not sure what I did with the list of the Copic markers I used for coloring the images.

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