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 Mist (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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Handmade Christmas Cards Received

Hello, creative world! We got a nice crop of Christmas cards this year. All of them are always appreciated - both physical and electronic versions. Some of the ones we got this year were lovely handmade holiday cards. I thought I would show case them here.

This first one is from my sister-in-law's family. She used some of the die cuts from our holiday card kick-off workshop. The circle has a cross-stitched edge and is cut from silver glitter cardstock.

This one we got from my husband's cousin, Chad and Nicole and family. Look how cute the punch art is! The chimney is embossed with a brick texture and the sentiment is a lovely red glitter. I believe Santa's sack is made from the owl builder punch by Stampin' Up! I love when people find creative uses for punches outside of their original design.

This next one is from our friends, Claire and Jim. She gave us a dog-themed one as we do have a single furbaby doggy. She used some sparkly metallic green background paper and put dog-themed strips of paper on a diagonal with a gold foiled sentiment. On the inside, she put our dog's name on the dog house (even though some of it is behind the cute doggy).

The last card is from my sister's family. She also gave us a dog-themed card. She used a gold foil background paper and a layout we used in our holiday card kick off workshop. She water-coloured the cute puppy stamp on the front.

I am certain that much care and effort went in to these cards. Did you get anything handmade for Christmas?