Little Details

     Posted by Brooke on June 14, 2017

Last week I shared an art journaling style layout, and today I’ll be continuing my “series” of mixed-media scrapbook pages.

For a long time I was wary of anything to do with mixed media. Generally, traditional mixed media has a very different style than mine. Personally, I prefer light, bright colours over dark ones…florals over metal…simple over grunge in my projects, so most mixed media scares me. I think it’s totally gorgeous , of course…but not a style that suits me. I’ve developed my own style of “mixed-media” and I’ve really been enjoying experimenting & learning.

I guess that’s what scrapbooking’s all about, eh?

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For my background I used gesso, watercolours, modeling paste, acrylic paint, distress paint, and Nuvo crystal drops. It sounds like a lot ,but it really didn’t take very long.

Prepped with gesso, modeling paste applied through a Tim Holtz floral stencil, a few layers of different shades of turquoise watercolour, watered down white acrylic paint splatters, and green distress paint applied directly from the dauber to make polka-dots. I usually create my background and then do my layering on top which is the process I followed for this page.

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The photos are all little detail shots from our wedding ceremony. I know there’s LOTS going on on this page, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

The wedding word is stamped with acrylic alphabet stamps & black dye ink. I didn’t mean to end up with 2 titles…but I kinda like it.

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The “love” title is a wood veneer piece from the Jen Hadfield Simple Life pack. I was going to leave the wood raw but decided to incorporate some black to make it pop. I painted it with black Dylusions paint. Seriously, that paint is UNREAL. It’s so smooth and thick…I only needed one coat. On wood. A porous surface.

I need every colour of this paint.

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Don’t you love the way the watercolour adds definition over the gesso and modeling paste? Serendipity.

I freehand cut the leaves from watercolour paper, painted them in different shades of green watercolour, then outlined them with a black felt-tip pen. Sometimes hand cut embellishments are great, but I feel like die-cut leaves would look awesome like this as well. Especially if you put them through the Sizzix so they had texture.

When I use wet media on paper, I usually trim a 1/4 inch off each side of my layout and then mount it on a 12×12 piece of patterned paper to flatten it out and make it sturdier. Using wet stuff on paper makes it bend and bump so mounting it onto another paper with BeCreative tape helps.

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Once everything is done & dry I add my stitching and black pen outlines. Simple.

There’s a ton of texture on this layout from the mixed media supplies/techniques, and I added some paper and diecuts from the Crate Paper Oasis collection. All of the textures and layers make this one of my favourite layouts ever.

I’m thinking of filming a process video (no audio, increased speed) of me making a page like this from beginning to end so you can see the steps & techniques. Thoughts?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Faith in Bloom…

     Posted by Norine on June 7, 2017

Hi, hello!  I have some more…..yes, CARDS! to show you today!

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I got this lovely stamp set, Faith in Bloom by Taylored Expressions, in my last pizza box and had several different ideas I wanted to try with it.  One of the things I love about these sentiments (besides their sentiments) is the variety of fonts used.  Somehow, that makes me feel I got more for my dollar….like as if I’d got two or three different stamp sets, kwim?

So I started off with just stamping  the flowers randomly all over a piece of cardstock (Do you know, after ALL these years of typing cardstock, my computer STILL corrects it to yardstick!!?  I typed yardstick in all caps at first, because it just irritates me so much, but then I went back and changed it.  It sends a message you know?  Like maybe the next thing will be a straightjacket?  Do you sometimes have days when you’re holding a stick and everybody looks like a piñata?)  So yeah, stamped on CARD STOCK and tucked my feet up under my legs, turned on some podcasts and colored my little heart out.  Using Copic markers.  And!  I also got the wafer dies for cutting these all out.

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So after all the coloring was done, I die cut them all.  Saved myself MINUTES of fussy cutting! Lol, I actually love fussy cutting but for the purpose of this technique, wafer dies are a must!

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Because, I then cut a few more from plain cardstock to stack up and glue together for extra dimension.  Sure, you could use foam tape for extra dimension most of the time, but with these skinny stems, cutting foam tape thin enough to not be seen?  Well, that’s definitely asking for a straightjacket.

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So here are the cards that got made.

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Oh!  Full disclosure?  The clay pots came from a different stamp set.  It’s the only thing this floral stamp set is missing.  But you could draw one without too much difficulty.  That’s what I was going to do until I found this one!

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All of the black dots on the cards are Nuvo Crystal drops.  If you look carefully, you can see the bloop I made trying to create the dots right onto the corrugated cardboard.  In a situation like that, best thing is to squeeze the drops onto some acetate sheets, let them dry then peel them off and glue them in place.  Lesson learned.  Besides all the brightly colored, cute little stamps, these cards were about the texture; each one incorporating a bit of dry embossing or corrugated cardboard.  The floral and chevron embossing folders are Darice and I “think” the border strip one might be too.  I could tell you if I could find it in this mess.

Every time I look at these cards they cheer me immeasurably!  I hope they do the same for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Star Trek Stamps

     Posted by Brooke on June 4, 2017

This past week I’ve been focusing on making pretty things that make me happy.

Whatever I liked I went with…whether it was a paper line, a colour scheme, or my own handwriting.

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This card got sent to my best friend in Thunder Bay to celebrate her university graduation with her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of English Arts. Right?! I am so unbelievably proud of her so I wanted to make her an extra special card.

I used the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection along with a LOT of layering. Isn’t that book chipboard piece brilliant? And that gold glitter dot acetate?

Honestly, I can’t believe some of my cards fit in envelopes with all of the layers I put on.

Plus, how hilarious are those Star Trek postage stamps??? Perfect for happy mail.

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I’ve also been loving incorporating my own version of mixed media into my scrapbooking lately.

I usually start my layouts as “art journaling” pages and then they morph into scrapbook layouts somehow. I like that though because then I get therapy AND a scrapbook page out of it.

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The background is mint acrylic paint, modeling paste + stencil, white heavy body acrylic paint, pink acrylic paint, and turquoise spray ink.

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The title I wrote out freehand with my Versamark embossing brush marker, and then heat embossed with Ranger superfine black embossing powder. Fussy cutting the words wasn’t my fave but I love how the title turned out so it was worth the 2 minutes of suffering.

I also added a few diecut shapes from the Crate Paper Oasis collection which went well with the wedding photo of us looking at succulents in the Botanical Conservatory.

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Aren’t those little pink dimensional dots lovely? They’re one of the new Nuvo Jewel drops (rose water). They’re tinted, translucent, dimensional, and perfect for cards & layouts.

This layout is on display in the store if you’d like a closer look. Feel free to ask how I did something so you can try it yourself!

Happy Sunday, all!

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