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5 Mixed Media Applications For Your Happy Planner

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This year I bought myself a Happy Planner. I chose it because I like the disc system that will allow me to add pages. I  planned to add brainstorming pages to keep track of my ideas for this blog and my YouTube channel. I also planned on punching some of my art journal pages and putting it into my planner to inspire me and show off my art. Then I was simply going to use the Happy Planner as a functional planner.  I loved the stickers you could buy and the notion of decorating/creating a theme. But I was NOT going to spend my art budget on those. I had a whole room full of art supplies. Then over the Christmas holidays in some downtime I watched a couple planner spread videos and it happened. I had the thought. ” I can use this” ” I bet this would work” And I was off.

I decided that I would decorate my planner  , but I would challenge myself to use supplies already in my art journaling/mixed media stash . I would also try to use art journaling/mixed media techniques.

Well its been almost 2 months now and I am loving designing my weekly spreads and then using my planner. I’ve made videos of each weekly spread where I promise to include at least one new mixed media supply use or technique.

In this blog I will list 5 of these techniques/ use of materials and link you to the weekly spread video. I’ve put the link to the supplies I used in these 5 Planner Hack ideas .

1.Gelli prints or papers with left over paint cut into sizes of box or strips.

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Select your color scheme and either use double sided tape or glue stick to adhere to page.  I edged the boxes with my Stabilo All Pencil, but you can use Neo Color II or any watercolor pencil. Rub with finger to smudge or activate with a bit of water on a round paint brush.  You can leave these blank or you can print motivational quotes on them with Micron pen, White Uniball Signo or Posca Pens.  If the color on the gelli print is light enough you can plan on it, but if the color is dark or extremely busy it may just be used to add color to your spread.

2.Distress Ink  applied with Ranger Blending tool through a stencil .

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I created a template of the different size squares that I wanted to use by using exacto knife and a sheet of mylar. I punched the template with my Arc Paper Punch ( similar to Happy Planner punch) and keep it in the front of the planner for easy access. I place a stencil under the template and apply the ink. You can use one color or blend multiple colors.  You can easily write over the Distress Ink and if you want you can add doodles on the stencil during the week.

3. Use large stencils .

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I used a large stencil to fill a corner of my planner spread. I used my Dylusions Paints and applied them with the Ranger Blending Tools. I used multiple colors and blended them on the page. The paint does not effect the planner pages and when dry is easy to write on during the planning stage.

4. Stamp  sentiment or picture stamps directly onto the spaces.

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I used black StazOn. Now you can either color them while designing your page or color during the week. I colored mine using my Inktense Pencils. I activated the ink with a bit of water on a small round brush. A water brush would work well for this. The paper of the Happy Planner seems to handle a little bit of water well without buckling or warping. Be sure to test out your planner page with whatever marker or water brush you choose to ensure it doesn’t bleed through or warp.

5.Attach an ATC ( Artist Trading Card) onto each weekly spread.

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Alternatively I am using some pre-done backgrounds that were on ATCs and adding quotes. I have a binder full of inspirational quotes that I found on Pinterest. I typed them up and printed them in various sizes and fonts.

I hope you try some of these on your planner. Subscribe to my blog and you won’t miss upcoming Planner Hacks. 5 more coming next month.

CreativeKady

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Items featured in doing these planner hacks

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Stabilo All Pencil Black- http://amzn.to/2aU33cB

Gelli plate –  http://amzn.to/2cfMfcG

Stampendous Peacock- http://amzn.to/2eX6D1K

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Penquin http://amzn.to/2k5CBMF

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Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: Wings

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I created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called – All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • working with  analogous colors
  • drippage
  • collage to give texture
  • collage to create focal point
  • using free clipart

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • assorted colored paper towel/coffee filters ( that you’ve put unused paint or spray on), OR scrapbook paper OR gelli prints- alternatively you can use colored magazine pages
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint-assorted colors, silver, black , white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer . Even though you will be covering this all with step 3. The gesso helps the paper handle the “wet” mediums that will be added.
  2. Select colors for background collage. I try to select colors ( 3-5) that are next to each other on the color wheel .  These are analogous colors. They naturally work well together.

3. Rip the paper towel etc that you chose to use into interesting shapes. I try to get rid of any straight edges.

4. Apply Mod Podge Matte to page, then put piece of paper towel down and cover with more Mod Podge. Continue until entire page is covered. Check edges and corners to ensure they are glued down.  Dry with heat tool.  This will take a long time so you may want to let it dry overnight. Cut off overlapping parts.

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5.  From magazine select a picture of a person, animal etc. I picked a female from an ad with a dress that went with my background ( she’s very neutral) . I also picked out a magazine picture of a butterfly and cut it in half to tuck behind the girl so it looks like she has wings.  If you don’t have a butterfly magazine picture, you can print a black and white butterfly by downloading a black and white free clip art. You will have to color it with permanent marker or paint it. Either create your own colors or google pics of butterflies and use same colors.

6.  Adhere girl and wings to page using Mod Podge.

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7. Mix up some paint with water and rub it across the top of the page. You may have to “help” the paint flow down by painting a line down to tell it where to go. Tap the book to the table gently. This will help the paint flow down. Add more paint at top to get it to flow as far as you want. I used gold as it would go with the colors of both the girl’s dress and background. Look at your focal point and pick a complementary color or similar color.  The You Tube Video shows this way better than I can describe.

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8.   Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

9.   Select quote . Lots of quotes can be found by doing a search on PInterst. Arrange the words and then use Mod Podge matte to glue it down. Put Mod Podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top.

10.  Outline the words and picture with your charcoal pencil. This may be difficult if you use paper towel due to the texture.  You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

11. Join the Facebook Group   All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady and post your picture and start making some “creationships”.

Click this link to see this page come together from start to finish  

CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “Be One In A Minion”

minionI just created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called CreativeKady: All Things Mixed Media. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • working with  triad colors
  • stenciling
  • using bubble wrap to add texture
  • selecting colors to go with focal point
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • adding detail to letters
  • using free clipart

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint –  3 colors that come from focal point or picture,  plus gold, black, white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • stencil- any size, but small works
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • wall compound/ modelling paste/texture paste
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Spread gesso on palette and dip bubble wrap in it and stamp onto page in various places.  You want this to add texture so apply thickly. Dry
  3. Use thinned acrylic paint to paint the clip art you selected. Keep color selection down to three. I chose the primary colors: red, blue and yellow as blue and yellow were in the minion.
  4. Look at the color wheel. Colors that are placed equa-distantly apart are called triad colors. They  will go together nicely.

Triad Colors are equa-distant apart and go well together. Primary colors are an example of this: red, yellow, blue

5. Paint background one color and dry.  I chose red to complete the triad colors. Your selection might be analogous or complementary. See last two Back to Basics articles for explanation of those color schemes.

6.  Get three different sized bottle caps or lids. Choose the two main colors from your focal point. Dip one cap in the first color paint ( blue) and stamp on page. I like to stamp half or quarter circles so it looks like the circles are going off the page.

7.  Choose another size lid and stamp with second main color ( yellow) from focal point. Choose third size ( I did it in black) and stamp on page.

8.  Get a stencil and dip sponge in gesso and stamp through stencil. You can use white paint as well. I used the bottom of a plastic paper plate holder that was purchased at the dollar store, but any stencil will work. I chose white as I wanted to keep to the three primary colors. Sometimes less is more effective.

9.  I left a space without any stenciling to glue down the focal point. I wanted the background for it to be less busy. Glue down focal point with Mod Podge or gel medium.

10.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of black acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. Rub on edge of words to get rid of  the white. It’s okay if you get some on the front of the letters.

11.   Arrange the words and then use Mod Podge matte to glue it down. Put Mod Podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top. Make sure the corners are adhered.

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12.  Outline the words and picture with your charcoal pencil. You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

13. To add a little more interest I took my dollar store gold gell pen and did a dash throughout all the letters.

12. I didn’t add splatters, but you might wish to.  Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish ( no shiny parts). WARNING- if your gell pen is NOT permanent it will smudge so you should ignore this step.

14. Join the Facebook Group   All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady and post your picture and start making some “creationships”.

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “If Nothing Changed “

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Techniques Used :

  • using black as a background color
  • using DIY stamps made with fun foam- roller or regular
  • picking a focal point
  • altering magazine pictures to collage on your page
  • picking colors that work together-complementary colors
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • splattering

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint – 3 bright colors , black and white (pick colors that go with your magazine picture chosen)
  • Magazine pictures of butterflies, flowers etc. ( coordinate with colors chosen)
  • makeup sponges
  • homemade stamps made from fun foam, cardboard /lint roller
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

Click on this link if you want to make some stamps like those used on this page.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Paint entire background black with black acrylic paint. You may need to spray a bit of water to help spread paint, especially if you are using more expensive paint.
  3. Select 3 brighter colors that you feel will show up on the black background. If you have neon colors, they may work well. I chose lime green, red and teal. I used my lint roller that I had stuck torn pieces of fun foam onto. You can make one similar to this without a roller. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard and glue together. Make it the size of your sheet of fun foam. Glue a layer of fun foam on top of the cardboard. Now rip pieces of fun foam into random shapes and glue them onto the fun foam.
  4. I discovered that the easiest way to apply the paint onto the fun foam was by painting it on with a paint brush. I dried the paint after each color. Be prepared for the color to get a bit duller ( due to black background). I put lime green first, then red. When I went to choose the third color I noticed that the lime and red kind of made orange/red. When I looked at the color wheel I noticed that teal or blue-green was the complement of that shade , so I chose that color.                                                                                                        Color Wheel Complementary Colors lie opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors always go well with each other. Some of the most popular color schemes are based on color complements. If stuck on what color to make a background or focal point, check out the color wheel.
  5. I had planned on putting butterflies on this page. You could do the same or pick any magazine picture you have that will go with the page. I wanted to stay in the same complement color scheme, so I chose butterflies that were red-orange. If you started with a picture, pick colors that go with the picture.
  6. You do not have to use the magazine pictures as they are in the magazine. The partial flower on the right side was attached to the picture on the left. I cut it out and placed it on the other side in order to bring the color to both sides. Balance the whole page. The butterfly on the left was from a different page.                                                                                             Butterfly

7.  After using Mod Podge to adhere the butterfly and flowers. I searched PInterest for butterfly quotes. This is a great source of inspirational quotes. I have a board in Pinterest where I collect them.

8.  I printed out the quote and cut it into chunks. I have found that if you cut them into single words, the page gets too busy. I outlined each chunk with my Micron permanent black pen. I used sketchy lines. I did this, as I had noticed many purchased sentiment stamps have that and I liked the effect.

9.   I tried out several arrangements. I put the word butterflies on the second page to lead your eyes to the second page. I used Mod Podge to adhere the words down.

10.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of teal acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. I chose teal as with the pictures I felt I had enough red/orange.

11 .  Outline the words and pictures with my  charcoal pencil, and then smudging it with my finger.  You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water.                                                                                                                                      Butterfly

12.  Put a small amount of white acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish.

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

I created a Facebook group so we can come together to share what we’ve all created and develop creationships that support our individual creative journeys. Come join the group and join the conversation. The group is called…

All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

This is the third article in a series. Missed the second article click here.

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CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “What’s In a Name”

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I just created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called CreativeKady: All Things Mixed Media. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • applying acrylics with fingers
  • blending wet paint on the page
  • using modeling paste/wall compound through stencil to create texture
  • picking 3-5 analogous colors for page ( analogous colors are those that are next to each other on the color wheel)
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • splattering
  • adding highlights to textured parts

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint – 3-5 analogous colors plus silver, black, white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • stencil- any size, but small works
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • wall compound/ modelling paste/texture paste
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Select a stencil. It doesn’t have to be as big as your page as you are going to apply modeling paste/wall compound through just parts of it on various parts of the page.
  3.  Apply modeling paste/wall compound with credit card or palette knife. Dry.
  4.  Look at color wheel and pick 3-5 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

5.  Apply paint with your fingers, blending the wet acrylic paint to get other colors. On mine, where the teal and pink colors blended they made a violet purple color. Work the paint into the modeling paste texture. Dry. Add more layers of paint until you are happy with it.

6.  Print out your name after selecting a font you like. Put a space between letters so you can cut the letters apart easily. Select bold or pick a thicker letter font if you wish to cut the letter out.

7.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of black acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. Rub on edge of letters to get rid of white. It’s okay if you get some on the front of the letters.

8.   Arrange the letters and then use mod podge matte to glue it down. Put mod podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top. Make sure the corners are adhered.

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9.  Outline the letters with your charcoal pencil. You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

10. With a small amount of silver or gold acrylic paint on make up sponge or on finger, very lightly rub over the textured parts. This will give it highlights and shimmer.

11.  Pick one of the colors from the background and put a small amount on the plastic palette. Dip stylus of thin end of paintbrush into paint and put dots on letters to add detail and interest. Be sure to dip item into paint each time to get even size dots.

12.  Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish ( no shiny parts)

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

I would love to see your pages. Please come back and post them here for me and others to see.

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

CreativeKady/Karen

Looking at Your Supplies Differently Can Produce Beautiful Results

As mixed media artist or art journalists we love to buy stuff. Lots of wonderful , wonderful stuff. We buy stencils and stamps. We buy sprays and tubes of paint. We have watercolor, acrylics , and oil pastels. To name, but a few.

But do we get our money’s worth from these products?  Since I’ve started one of my most favorite creative endeavors is to re-purpose materials and use them in a multitude of ways. I also love to share it with other creative types. I believe I spend enough money on art supplies and if I can save a few bucks, then I’m there.

I have done several videos on YouTube under the playlist Craft Hacks. Click on this link and you will be taken to the playlist where all the videos are.

In this post I will share a couple Craft Hacks that I stumbled upon, just because I looked at my materials in a new way. LOL they say necessity is the mother of invention.

I was making Christmas cards. As I checked out YouTube and Pinterest I noticed several items where the ornaments were hanging on a wire. Well I don’t have that stamp set and while I am not good at drawing , I figured that I could draw that ( if I had a picture to go by).  So that was my intent. Then I went down to my studio and ended up organizing my work table. I decided to move off a lot of the supplies that had taken over the spot.IMG_2591

I grabbed this stencil that my sister-in-law Julie had sent me in some Happy Mail. I had never found a purpose for it, but liked the swirls and it had a straight edge, so I kept it. It didn’t fit in my stencil storage place which is why it was just hanging out.

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Do you see it? The swirls. I used this stencil to make the ribbon the ornaments hang on in this Christmas card. I will definitely be using this again. The video showing how I made this card can be found by following this link.

The other thing that I looked at in a different light was this stamp that I bought at Michael’s. It has three stamps in one.

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I decided to use the larger one as a window or frame for a focal point in a card. Look at the cards I made using it in this way.

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This card I embossed the large circle stamp and snowflake with silver embossing powder. The background I created using one color of Inktense Block. I got lots of pigment out of the block as I wanted a darker color. I then sprinkled regular table salt onto the wet color. I dried it with my heat tool as I’m too impatient to wait. I then stamped the sentiment over and over to get the pattern effect. I used my blue StazOn inkpad. I love how the blue and pink  with the silver look.

IMG_2571 On this card I used the plastic wrap technique. I used the eggplant Recollections brand embossing powder. I used a circle cut out of a colored coffee filter for the ornament. I stamped and embossed it with a snowflake stamp. I used my Versamark pen to go around the ornament. I embossed it with silver. As a final touch I splattered watered down white paint.

So go now to your studio and look at your materials. See them not only for the purpose they were created or the way you have used it. Look at part of a stencil or a stamp. Ask yourself if you can use it in a different way.  Then come back here and tell us all.

CreativeKady

 

 

Don’t Throw Out Your Mistakes: Learn From Them

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I love this Christmas card. I love everything about it. NOW!

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I was so excited to borrow a poinsettia stamp from my friend Yvonne. I planned on stamping onto the Strathmore Watercolor Card with black StazOn Ink and then use watercolor to paint it.

Then I decided to use my Inktense Blocks by Derwent. I wet the blocks and painted the poinsettia shades of pink, red and green.  I added multiple layers and was very happy when I dropped in blue near the center of the poinsettia. It was looking good.

Then I turned my attention to the background. I wet it  with my brush and dropped in the colors I had used into the background. It didn’t take long before  I flashed back to when I did watercolor ( last fall) and how I used to do backgrounds first. That was my first mistake. I persevered. What resulted was a very watered down background that was very pastel- like. I wasn’t happy with it so I set it aside and did other cards. You can watch the YouTube videos by following this link which will take you to the Christmas playlist. There will be at least 4 Christmas card videos there to watch.

Still not  happy with the cards, I decided to redo the background. What did I have to lose? I was going to toss them anyway.  I used a couple shades of green and blue and rubbed the brush on the Inktense Blocks  to create a very wet and pigmented Thro background. The pink you see was there from my first background. When I was happy with the background I sprinkled salt on it. The salt gives it texture. It pulls some of the pigment in adding lots of dimension to the background.

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I got out my Lindy’s Starburst sprays and opened them up. Dangerous I know.  I used the Poinsettia Red Gold for the flowers. See the shimmer of gold.  I used Ponderosa Pines Olive for the leaves. I applied the color with a very fine liner brush. The green had a silver blue tinge that looked too grey so I used my  Wilton Juniper Green homemade spray over top. Then I outlined all with my Micron Pen.

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I wanted to add some gold to the background. But how could I stamp over the poinsettia? I decided that since I couldn’t I would splatter thinned acrylic gold paint over the whole card. Here is card #1.

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Then I remembered I had seen people stamping the stamp on paper and cutting it out to make a mask to cover what you don’t want to get stamped. So that’s what I did.  I used my Old Letter Writing Script stamp and applied gold acrylic paint with a makeup sponge. Here is card #2.

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In the end I got two cards I am very happy with and I used a couple different techniques I’ve never done along the way. I wouldn’t have done either if I had just tossed these cards. So, word to the wise. Don’t throw out your mistakes. Work with them and learn the lessons they have to teach you.

CreativeKady