Industrial Canvas

We all get excited bringing home new supplies to play with and this weeks project features two new Tim Holtz dies that I added to my collection!

When I saw Tim’s new die release I immediately knew I HAD to have the new Voltage Die, it’s so perfectly industrial. which I love!

I think it also appeases my love of electronics, it was one of my favorite classes in school!

His new Faceted Heart peaked my interest right away too, and as I saw how people were using it I knew that it would be another welcome addition to my hoards of dies!  Yes I said hoards……..if only you knew! LOL

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I brougtht the two new dies together to create this industrial 5×5 canvas.  I started by adding texture to the background with Ranger Texture paste and a circuit board stencil, then covered it with black gesso.  The Voltage die I cut from chipboard and gave it a coat of black gesso as well.

To color the background I pulled out some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze.  The dial of the Voltage die was covered in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, then sanded to give it a weathered look allowing some of the black to show through.

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I wanted the Voltage die to be raised, and look like I had salvaged it from some kind of electronic device, so I raided my husbands hardware stash for bolts and washers to give the paper straws a good base.

The gears are of course from Love Is In The Details custom laser cut chipboard, which I painted with a mix of Distress Paint and Finnabair Rust Paste.

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I cut the small Faceted Heart from rusty colored cardstock and inked each of the folds using Pinecone ink.  I actually made two and glued them together for a full heart.  To finish it off I added a screw head brad, and chain so it can hang from the canvas!

The Faceted heart is very easy to put together, and gets easier once you’ve made a couple!  I am already planning on using the big one soon!

Now off you go taking advantage of the day to put those new supplies to use!!!

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Little Details

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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