Mixed Media Technique Tags ” Let’s Get Started”


I am so very excited to be launching my new series “Mixed Media Technique Tags 2017” . I’ve had this idea for over a year but the timing just never seemed right. With 2017 just around the corner I’ve decided that the time is NOW.  I believe I have enough figured out, but as usual I feel like I’ve jumped from the plane and am sewing the parachute on the way down. Please be patient as some things may not go exactly as I planned and things may be tweaked as we progress. As always I am open to suggestions and ideas from you , my subscribers.

In this series I plan to demonstrate mixed media/art journaling techniques, tips, or tidbits.  Not only will I provide YouTube tutorial showing you the technique and some variations, but also,     ( time and energy permitting)  post a summary of the techniques on my blog as well. Any printables that I create for this series will be in the blog posts so be sure that you have selected the option to be notified of new blog posts.

Why tags? I have found in the past that doing something new on smaller pages, be it a tag, ATC (Artist Trading Card) or ICAD ( Index Card a Day) is very freeing. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to be so overwhelming. It’s not expensive, it’s not big and it doesn’t take long, so the “risk”  and commitment is less.


The goal of the tags is NOT to end up with a finished page. The goal is to  set up a  mixed media/art journal reference tool  that contains samples as well as  a written summary of each technique .  With each technique I plan to make at least one tag. Depending on variations there may be more than one tag. For instance, the salt technique is one technique, but I will make multiple tags using many of my color mediums. After all, we don’t all have the same mediums…nor should we feel pressured to get them all. Maximizing the use of what we have is key. The technique will look slightly different for each medium and I think it would be beneficial to have a snapshot of what each would look like. Plus, on the back of the card ( or on a summary card) we will be able to add comments that will lead to success when we try technique again.

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I have selected six categories to organize all the techniques into. Please go to this link to get more information about this series and get instructions on how to “get ready” for series ( making tags and category tags).

I also want to develop a community of artists that discuss and share. I am hoping people post their technique tags and come to enjoy the “creationships” on my facebook group Allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021241874586337/

Also, please use #mixedmediatechniquetags2017 or #creativekady when posting or sharing on social media. Once we get going I plan on having challenges where we create pages using MMTT # ___( Mixed Media Technique Tag).

Printables can be found by clicking on these links:  ( if you do not have the font I used on your computer it may look different than mine or the formatting may be off) If this is the case, use the information of the printables to create your own)



One part summary


Two part summary


I look forward to taking this journey with you.  Be sure to select to be notified of upcoming videos/blogs so you will know when they are out. Look for the first technique video early in January.

CreativeKady/Karen Burchill




I Was Just Published- Check It Out

Guess What!?!  I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!



To celebrate heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with others so you can get your free PDF issue of heART Journal Magazine today!

Simply go to www.heARTJournalMagazine.com shopping cart  then choose the Nov/Dec 2016 Issue and use coupon code myfaVorit (case sensitive) in the check out process.

You will will receive an email with a link to download your .pdf file.  Please watch your spam folder if it doesn’t show up right away.  For help with the coupon code, please email heartjournalmag@gmail.com   This code is good until Nov 13th 2016.

Karen Burchill/Creative Kady


ICAD #35 / Try It Tuesday Prompt Stick Challenge # 13- ” Sometimes the Smallest Things”

Combining the ICAD challenge and the Try It Tuesday Prompt Stick Challenge when I can helps me be able to cope with all the balls I am presently juggling.  Some would say, ” why would you do art , when you have so many other things going on”  . The truth of the matter is, the act of creating, of doing art and providing tutorials for others calms me. I’ve said it before , but I will say it again. Doing art/creating calms me, takes away the stresses and helps me cope.  It is very definitely my happy place. A place where the hours just fly by. Where all life’s drama and stress just cease to exist. And so I create.

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Try It Tuesday #13 Prompts

Use the following: sprays, gel medium, found objects, collage with a mask ( black or white) and your own lettering.

My found object is the paper towel that I used to clean off the blending tools after using dylusions paints. I ripped up the paper towel and adhered it with gel medium.

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I then used three colors of Lindy’s Starburst sprays. These are two toned where the spray is one color and the mica powder is another. They give amazing shimmer.

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See the close up below. What amazing texture from the paper towel and the collage technique. Look at the shimmer caught in all the nick and crannies. YUMMMY.

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I used one of Dina Wakely’s bird stamps and made a mask. I placed the mask on the card and using white acrylic paint I stamped  all the way around the mask to give a halo kind of effect. I went on the computer and played around with some of my newly downloaded free fonts  until I liked what I saw. I printed this out. Since the last prompt was to use your own handwriting I printed out the words onto deli paper while looking at the original that I printed out. I think that still counts as your own handwriting. I figure practicing like this eventually will get me brave enough to just do it all by myself. I also added a little stamped heart which I placed so it would look like the bird’s wing.

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I outlined the words , the bird and the edge  with my blue ( yes I said blue) Stabilo All Pencil and then activated it with water and my little round brush.

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Looking at the card I felt that it was missing something. I decided to paint the heart red to make it really pop. Why does it pop- that’s what complimentary colors do- they make each other pop.  ( red and green are complimentary)

I hope this tutorial makes  you want to create and go to your happy place.      CreativeKady



 I’ve done the work for you and organized my store by categories. Everything I chose is CreativeKady approved- I either own it OR want to own it.

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Other ICADs can be found at this link to my Youtube playlist

ICAD # 25 Step By Step ” Seize the Day “

Before I tell how I created ICAD # 25 I  wanted to talk about something else.

I’ve had a bit of a rough go of things lately.  You all know how busy things have gotten for me. End of school year. Almost retiring- so packing up/ getting rid of teacher stuff. Relocating to retirement home – getting house ready to sell, packing, purging and preparing. What you may not know is that through the last month I’ve also been dealing with severe back and knee pain. Truly I am not saying this to get you to feel sorry for me. I am saying it to point out the great benefit I get from going into the creating zone.

The Index Card A Day was just the right thing for me this June. It gave me a purpose. I promised to do all 61 ICADs  and I promised to blog or video them and share them on Facebook.  Now I know the ICAD , YouTube or Facebook  police were not going to come and demand I fulfill my card a day promise and I could easily have given up. But that’s not me. A promise is a promise. That promise was enough to get me to the art table.

When I sat down at the art table something wonderful happened. As I started to create I discovered that creating art was a powerful “pain killer” . I forgot about all the things I need to do, but can’t do. I forgot about all the uncertainty in my present situation. For a few hours every day I was able to escape it all and just be happy. I wish this for all of you.

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As usual I prepare the flashcards by applying a couple layers of gesso. When I do this I typically do 3-5 of them. Just going through the motion of “painting” puts me into creative mode and I start to get ideas for what I am going to do. When I am stuck this is one of my go to activities for this very reason.

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I applied two colors of Dylusions paints; Cut Grass and London Blue. I applied them with the blending tool and blended until I liked what I saw. I wanted sky above and grass below.

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Next I taped one of my new stencils over it. I find just a couple strips of painters tape can help me prevent seepage under the stencil . I purchased this stencil in the home decor area of Michaels.

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Using my palette knife I applied Flexible Modeling Paste. I dried what you see above and then moved the stencil to get the “lattice-like” effect down the middle as well. Because the modeling paste wasn’t exactly even some of it was less than white , so I took my Big Brush Pitt marker in white and went over they lattice so it was all a bright white.


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Once the lattice effect was done I went looking for flowers/vines to put climbing up the lattice. In my search I came across these butterfly free printable. I did some fussy cutting and played around with placement. When I have something I like I take a picture with my phone. Looking on the phone gives a slightly different perspective and I find I can compare several different compositions which allows me to select the best one. The red-orange of the butterflies really pop against this background . If you check your color wheel , you will know why- they are complimentary colors to the background. I glued the butterflies down with matt medium. I only put it in the middle so the butterfly wings stick up and give a 3D effect.

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Needing something more I painted over the butterflies with Liquitex Pouring Medium. This gives the butterflies a shine that makes them stand out even more. Warning, let the pouring medium dry on its own. I attempted to use a heat tool and caused the liquid to bubble ( even though I was not overly close) . I did not like the effect of the bubbles as I want a smooth glossy surface. Guess I had a lesson to learn.

You can see the finished ICAD below. I selected a quote from my dollar store stickers that matched the color of the butterflies as well as the feel of the card.


 I’ve done the work for you and organized my store by categories. Everything I chose is CreativeKady approved- I either own it OR want to own it.


Posca Pen- white – http://amzn.to/2aSvvpi

Liquitex Pouring Medium-  http://amzn.to/2b7lqaT

Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste- http://amzn.to/2aSxbiF

Acrylic Paints    http://astore.amazon.com/creativekad05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=1

Dylusions Paints     http://amzn.to/2ckMYrw

IMG_5513 [386747]           Want to see the other ICADs I created? Click on this link and it will take you to my ICAD playlist in YouTube.

ICAD 2016 # 22 ” Let Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear “

As many of you know I’ve decided to do Index Card A Day 2016 this year. I made that decision in part because I learned so much last year watching the videos of others participating in ICAD 2015 and I wanted to “pay it forward”.  If you want more information about the challenge go to daisyyellowart.com

I decided right from the beginning that my goal was to use things from my stash and use a variety of techniques and products. The benefit of using stuff already in your stash is that the time needed to create an ICAD significantly drops. You’ve already done the work-created the print, printed off the quote etc.

I have done 21 ICADs so far, this one is #22 and I must confess doing a card a day is a bit challenging but it’s also wonderfully rewarding. I am keeping up ( almost). Most of the ICAD tutorials can be seen on YouTube. I have set up a playlist entitled ICADs.

In ICAD # 22 I started with a gelli print that I’ve had for quite awhile and have always wanted to do something with it, but every time I went to use it , I couldn’t quite see how.    You can see it on the left. I cut off the borders.                                                                                                      IMG_5469 [150886]                   IMG_5470 [150887]

I glued the center part onto my “index card” which surprisingly fit perfectly   I cut the border pieces to a size that looked good as a border on the card and glued them in place too.

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While that was drying, I looked through my ready to go inspirational quotes. Every so often I type up and print off quotes to be used just for this purpose. This one was printed on deli paper.  I trimmed it following the shape of the words.

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I glued the phrase to card using gel medium matt. I put the gel medium on both the card as well as on the back of the words. I find that when you do both, the deli paper goes more translucent and you can see what is underneath it more clearly. You can see that you can’t even see the deli paper in the picture below.


I’ve done the work for you and organized my store by categories. Everything I chose is CreativeKady approved- I either own it OR want to own it.


Mod Podge matt- http://amzn.to/2cMmosT

Deli paper – http://amzn.to/2cMob0T

Gelli plate –  http://amzn.to/2cfMfcG

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Want to see more ICADs?  Here’s the link to my YouTube playlist. Hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.


Creative Kady/ Karen Burchill

ICAD # 13 Step by Step Tutorial “Time Flies”

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Truer words were never spoken. Time flies when you are having fun. Time flies too when your dreams are about to come true. So much to do. So much to think about. So what do I do- go down to my studio. It’s the only room in the house that is not “staged” for the purpose of selling the house and escape into the act of creation.  I am finding the ICADs just the right thing. They are quickly done ( no more than an hour of actual time) and they challenge me to use things from my stash as most of my “good stuff” is already on Vancouver Island , waiting for me to use them this summer.

I started this card by giving it a good thick coat of gesso. Then before it dried I got out my dot stamp and stamped into the wet gesso. I grabbed my heat tool and applied heat ASAP so the imprints would not run together.  If you can look at the second picture you can see the texture that was left by the stamp. Just be sure to wash your stamp quickly. Also, I wouldn’t recommend using a fine stamp like a script stamp as it may get clogged.

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While this dried completely I went on to stamp out some clock stamps on white paper using my StazOn black ink pad. I fussy cut them out. Of course since I wasn’t sure which one would work best I  cut out both. I then took black paint and painted the edges. I just wanted it to stand out a bit more.

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I played around a bit with some wing stamps seeing if I could add them to the clock face to make ” time fly” . I wasn’t happy with the look so I selected a butterfly free printable. This one was just black and white so I got out some bright pink paint and painted it- pink, black and white. My full size Liquitex Basics are out west, so I am using these “baby” tubes.  These are a great size for trying out the Liquitex Basics to see if you are going to like using the thicker acrylic paint. I have heard so many people who were used to working with craft paint who bought Liquitex Basics or similar and just didn’t like how they worked. I love and use both, but you do need to experiment and find out how to use each. The little tubes that you purchase in different size sets are perfect for this.

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Now that the gesso is completed dry I grab the 2 colors of Dylusions paints that were left behind; Calypso Teal and Cherry Pie. I used the Ranger blending foam to apply each color onto the card. I kept adding more layers, drying in between, until I was happy with the blend. Sorry, guess I “lost” the picture of the card before I added layers to it. I love using teal/turquoise and a pink color together. Where they blend together they create this lovely purple shade. Once dry I assembled all my bits and figured out how to arrange them. I sourced the sentiment from a dollar store sentiment sticker sheet from my stash. I cut it/altered it to fit my plan. Remember you decide how to use the items you bought. Nothing has to be used exactly as it was. If you look below you can see how the texture created by stamping into the wet gesso is highlighted when you add color over top.

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I outlined the butterfly with my Stabilo All Pencil in black and activated with water to shade the butterfly. Next I grabbed my stylus and using the bigger end I made dots to show the “flight path” of the butterfly with pearl paint.  There’s a close up for you to see the texture and the dots.

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After I added some extra doodling with my silver Gelly Roll pen.  Time flies when you are having fun. Time flies when you are creating.   Wishing you all some happy creative times.


I’ve done the work for you and organized my store by categories. Everything I chose is CreativeKady approved- I either own it OR want to own it.


If you like the ICAD tutorials, don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel. I’ve created a playlist where all of the videos are housed so its easier for you to find all of them. Here’s the link

Happy creating.


ICAD # 10- Make a Wish

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If you have ever had the experience of a good idea for a page going terribly wrong , you will be glad to know it happens to all of us. In true CreativeKady form I will show you not only the successful end result,but also the mishaps along the way.

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I started out by gessoing the flashcard that I am repurposing as an index card. I give it a couple coats over the numbers. Then I select some paper towel that I had colored with left over paint from another project. I rip up the paper  towel and adhere it to the card with Mod Podge Matt. As you can see you get a wonderfully textured background.

I apply flexible modeling paste through a stencil using my palette knife. I tape the stencil down with painters tape to ensure that the stencil doesn’t move. If you are observant you will notice that the direction of the stencil changes. I used too much modeling paste and it seeped under the stencil so I wiped it clean with several baby wipes and reapplied using less. I was able to do this easily because I had coated the paper towel with Mod Podge.

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I cleaned off the stencil onto another colored paper towel. Little did I know that I would be using this later on. Notice that there is less modeling paste on this one. I actually liked the effect it gave better.

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After letting the modeling paste dry I chose my quote and embellishments. I went into my stash and dug out some paper punches of two sizes of flowers. I painted them blue and fushia. I cut out leaves,stems and grass from gelli prints that were shades of green. I stamped out my new fairy stamp with black acrylic paint onto deli paper and fussy cut it out. I used acrylic paint rather than an ink pad as I wanted a darker print.  I printed out my quote and cut out the words.

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I played around with placement until I was happy and then used gel medium matt to stick it all down. Now here is where it went terribly awry. I felt that the fairy was still too light. Yvonne gave me the idea of using embossing powder. Thinking I was oh so smart I used my Versamark pen to go over not only the fairy, but also the words. Can you say argh.  I lost the detail of the fairy and the whole thing just looked quite sad. I tried to outline flower petals with silver. ARGH. Everything I did , just didn’t work.

Since the idea of embossing the fairy to make it darker was a good one I decided to basically start over. I grabbed another flashcard and used Mod Podge to glue down that paper towel I has cleaned off the stencil onto.

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I used the fairy stamp with Versamark and black embossing powder. I reprinted my quote. I changed up my flowers to layer the smaller one on top of the larger one. I wrapped the petals around the end of my paint brush to shape them.  Below you can see the first card and the second one.  I am much happier with the second one. IMG_2146 [3340230]Here are some pictures of the second card. The quote ” sometimes you win, sometimes you learn” came to mind. I learned a few things that I will be able to use on future ICADS. More importantly I was able to finally create what was in my head.

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Thanks for reading. Take time to become a follower of my blog on the right. See you next time. Until then, remember- never give up, keep creating and you will succeed. CreativeKady


I’ve done the work for you and organized my store by categories. Everything I chose is CreativeKady approved- I either own it OR want to own it.