Monday, May 5, 2014

Things I learned from my mixed media flop

Even though I watched mixed media videos for a while before trying my hand at a canvass, even with the best knowledge, best intentions and best equipment and inks...things can and do go very wrong! lol

You have to also have the maturity to laugh when things don't go as planned. This happens of course after you sulk for a few hours. Maybe...that's more of a lack of maturity...

Thing #2 that I learned, you can print (photocopier) on tissue paper if it is taped to a piece of photocopy paper and get a beautiful image.

Thing #3 that I learned, photocopy images will smear when damp if you rub your fingers over the image. Yup, I did that too!

 Thing #4 that I learned, tissue paper is a wonderful medium to stamp on if you use Memento Ink. Turned out great!
 Thing #5 that I learned, I was really happy with my choices for placement of my elements on the canvass. Cricut has some really beautiful images.
Thing #6 that I learned, use die cuts that are white, much easier to cover in gesso so that the ink adheres to it.
 Thing #7 that I learned, I love using stencils with texture paste so that I get some texture on my creations. Just love that!

 Thing #8 that I learned, lots of different textures can work beautifully!

 Another angle to see the texture on the canvass.

Thing #9 that I learned, never be afraid to try out different die cuts on your creation. Some work, and some don't but when they doooooo, it's magic.

This canvass was suppose to be my entry into Circleville National Scrapbooking day. I just thought I'd let you see what I worked on all week. Sometimes things don't turn out...c'est la vie!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

All Mixed Up!

Welcome to my post for National Scrapbooking Day! I've been dabbling in Mixed Media, some days with more success than others.

I wanted to keep this simple enough that it could be made up quickly and easily. I often over think when I'm creating instead of just creating and this card I did my best to turn my brain off and just create.

I was surprised how quickly it happened when I just created without really thinking it out.

I started by cutting this manilla colored card stock as my base. I decided then, that this card would be for a man and chose my other card colors along that thought.

The first thing I did was to cut a piece of cheesecloth and gently tug it to distort it's shape. This would be the base to my design. The cheese cloth was glued down using glue sparingly. The card was then set aside to dry.

I love steampunk and so then I cut three gears on my Cuttlebug from the Sizzix Die called "Gadget Gears". The gears were then stamped with a back ground stamp called "Square Urban Stamp". It has a clock motif. The edges of the gears were inked a bit with Stazon black ink.

On the Cricut Cart, Go Canada, there is this lovely little Mountie I've been wanting to try. So I cut one out to fit my card.

Once my cheese cloth was dry, a rectangle in black was cut about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch smaller than the piece of cheese cloth.

It was time to put the card together. The black cardstock was glued on first, then the small and middle gears were added. The Mountie was placed on the right side of the card, slightly overlapping the black cardstock .
The words "Happy Canada Day" were hand written, trimmed and inked and then glued to the card as a sentiment.

Inside the card, a piece of cream colored cardstock was cut to fit inside and decorated with the last stamped gear as an accent.

Here is a list of some of my friends that are also creating projects for National Scrapbooking Day, pay them a visit as they are all super talented!

The Singing Shell -