Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monster Card for Guys

After I made the last mixed media card, I was afraid it was too much. My style is clean and simple, so this mixed media exploration is quite outside my comfort zone. The idea of artistic freedom - that there's no wrong way for mixed media to turn out - is freeing, but not the way I tend to work.

So, I decided to make another monster mixed media birthday card for another February birthday boy and, this time, tone it down quite a bit.

This monster is from the same C.C. Designs Monster stamp set that I used on the last card. I did more ink smooshing and more stenciling on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I really wanted silver circuitry, so I used my silver Nuvo drops this time to stencil. The product is a little thin to stencil with. It leaked under my stencil which made smudged designs and it dried and tore the paper when I removed the stencil. (In this case, it's okay. It added to the texture of the mixed media piece.)

I used some half-backed pearls that I made with hot glue and green glitter nail polish (coated with floor polish for a permanent, shiny finish). I also used a couple snippets of ribbon. I rarely use ribbon, but I have lots of it. So, I was pleased how well the colours in this ribbon matched the piece and it really did add a nice smooth, shiny texture.

I die cut the sentiment from a larger hexagon and die cut some smaller ones to put behind the stamped image that is popped up on foam tape.

I coloured the monster with  my alcohol markers. I have a poor selection of greens, so I used a mix of Copic Markers and Spectrum Noirs. (I have since purchased some more Copic greens!)

I haven't made a handmade birthday card for this birthday boy before. I tend not to for guys because I have 3 nephews so I run out of ideas for guy cards quickly. Thus, my poor brothers-in-law tend to get neglected in the birthday card department. I make for my nephews, my husband and my dad. By then, I'm out of ideas! But, it was time he got a handmade card from me.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Mixed Media Masculine Card

So, I'm still new in the world of mixed media. I just love watching videos of how so many incongruous things can come together into one congruous piece. I decided to try it out for my nephew's 13th birthday. Cutesy cards just didn't seem to suit this time. I recently purchased these darling monster stamps from C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps. I knew it was perfect for guys! So, that was my planned focal image.


I'm not sure I got the whole congruous part down yet! But I certainly used a bunch of different techniques on this card:

  • Stenciling with texture paste, dyed with mica powder, through a circuit board stencil. Mica powder sheen was completely lost. Randomly sprinkled silver embossing powder on it and heat embossed it.
  • Ink smooshed with metallic (Finnibair) acrylic paint
  • Similarly smooshed the tag and the stamped ticket (cut in half and layered behind tag)
  • Stamped clocks and stars in the background
  • Stenciled stars on the tag with my Nuvo Glimmer Paste (moonstone). LOVE that stuff.
  • Added die cut stars (layered 3 thick for dimension) and half-back pearls
  • Added green micro beads randomly with multi-medium mat glue (for more texture)
  • Tried to pull all the pieces together with a splattering of black acrylic paint
  • Popped the tag and monster up with foam tape


If it's not congruous, it at least has the grunge effect going!
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I coloured the monster with Copic Markers. I wanted him to look fuzzy, so I used flicking instead of blending too much. I thought about putting googly eyes on him after he was coloured, but I spent so much time getting his eyes nice, that I didn't want to cover them up! In hindsight, I should have shaded his belly a little. Oh well.


My nephew said he liked it. (And I'm sure he liked the cash inside too.) This is an A6 card: 6.25 inches by 4.75 inches. I did the mixed media on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I have a 9 x 12 pad, so a quarter sheet is 6 x 4.5. Perfect for this size of card!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Workshop - Sketch Challenge for Creativation

Creativation 2019 is here! There are a few new releases that have my interest so far, but there's still another day to gorge on videos from the lucky people who actually get to be there. One of those lucky people is a lovely lady I know, Sheri, who owns The Workshop, a scrapbook, stamping, and papercrafting store in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.

While she is at Creativation, she has a challenge for us to help us use up some supplies so we can splurge on new ones when they release after Creativation. It is a sketch challenge but also includes some specific supply challenges.

For today, I just used one of the sketches: Paper Play Sketch #019

I used a stamp set by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps that I bought at Sheri's store, Sweet As Can Bee.

I tried out making an alcohol ink background behind the honeycomb. It's only two colours: Butterscotch and Sand. I think it turned out interesting enough to be a background piece. I used Strathmoore Bristol Smooth cardstock to do it. It stands up better than regular cardstock to getting soaked with blending solution. (Since I used the applicator method to apply the ink, there's wasn't any actually soaking for this card.)

I found the perfect cardstock colours to match the colours in a set of photo mat blocks I bought well over 10 years ago - maybe over 15 even.

I coloured the bee and the honey pot with Copic Markers. I think this card would work well for a masculine birthday card! (I think I'll keep it for that purpose!) I video-taped the making of this card, but it was broken up by several interruptions. It will take me quite some time to edit the video - but I do have good intentions of posting it sometime!


Now I'm off to check out what Creativation videos came out since last I looked!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Milestone Mini Album Gift by Lara

Today, I've posted a scrapbook mini album video walk-through of what my sister made for her friend who was celebrating a couple of milestones at the same time. My sister is one crafty kitty! There's lots of room for photos in this 5 page album.



Her friend likes black and red and also purple. So the album base is black and there are some spreads in red and some in purple. Her friend also likes sparkle, so there's plenty of glitter papers in this album too.


My sister was in charge of the design, papers, and embellishments. I helped with the measurements and was a sounding board for the design. (Plus I have a pile of tools so we used my stuff in the making of the album.) The cover was done with a bit of mixed media, so it is made out of black Kraft Tex for durability.

The album base is a pre-made album by Heartfelt Creations. It is 9 x 7 inches on the outside, so the pages are only 8.5 by 6.5 inches. It's too bad they didn't make it a touch bigger because you can't fit a 5 x 7 in landscape. So, we designed it with 4 x 6 inch photos in mind. (The recipient is not a paper crafter.)


The album holds a total of 44 photos in 4 x 6 size. Of those, a maximum of 32 can be horizontal (landscape orientation) and a maximum of 42 can be vertical (portrait orientation). You can see the video on my FairyCardmaker YouTube channel.