Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A new Mixed Media Card

Hello everyone!!!!
A few weeks ago I promised a short tutorial on creating my own background on a mixed media card.  Here is the completed card.  The large doilie is not a part of the card,

I used the following products to create this card.  I was pleased with how it turned out.

The first technique I did was to cover my card front with a generous amount of Matte Medium.  This protects the card so that the sprays and water that I used did not soak through.  It also gives better flow for the sprays and water.  I let this dry thoroughly.  I chose a light shade of yellow spray, one a bit darker yellow and a green chartreuse spray.
I sprayed the light yellow first and immediately spritzed water onto the colour.  With a paint brush I worked the spray onto the card surface.  I did the same with the darker yellow then the green making sure that I dried each colour before I went onto the next one.  I mixed some green kraft paint into modeling paste and with a vine stencil I applied the modeling paste.

To apply the circles I used the bottom of one of my sprays and pressed it onto black ink then pressed it onto the card.  I did the same using the bottom of one of my misters.  I then did some stamping, here and there,  lightly using black ink and an acrylic mesh stamp.  There you have my background.
I painted a wood decorative circle in black paint and adhered it as shown.  I then took a plain white flower and painted the light coloured spray onto the top petals and the darker yellow spray on the next row of petals.  This I placed in the centre of the wood circle and added the rest of my flowers coming out from the bottom of  it.

  A loopy bow, green leaves an embroidered flower embellishment and a green grapevine added some more character to the card.  Using a brush and some matte gel medium I added some peach-coloured glass beads around the flowers and onto some of the flowers.  Some small black gems were also added in a few places for the finishing touch.
Here is a couple of closeups.

Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a good and prosperous week.
"Happiness is - getting the kids back to school"
"Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good Day Everyone

This is a very quick share with you for a layout that I just completed.
I really, really love the wood design papers that you can get now.  I chose this one because I love the cream and brown tones throughout the paper.  The picture I chose ended up blending quite nicely with the background paper.
I first stencilled, in a t-shape, using a stencil with a diamond shape on it. and modeling paste.  I put together a collage of papers for the background behind my picture.  I had chipboard pieces in my stash that also had a diamond shape pattern to it.  I adhered my picture to the collage using pop dots, then I laid it down without adhering for placement of the chipboard, one at the top and one at the bottom.  When I was happy with the placement, I adhered everything down.  I also had a chipboard picture frame (I believe it is from Fab Scraps)  that I painted with white gesso.  I adhered it to the 
picture as shown to frame the adorable face of my grandaughter.
Next I added some soft creamy yellow flowers and a couple of peach coloured ones.  I tucked in some cheesecloth around the bottom left flowers for more texture.  Added some pearls here and there and a white gear.  My title I left in its original state as I thought it blended quite nicely with the wood grain of the background paper.  I added some peach coloured micro beads in and around the flowers and on the petals of some of the flowers.  I also lightly brushed some white gesso onto the flowers.
And here you have it.  Simple, yet pretty.

A close-up

Until next time,
this is Donna heading back into her work room.
and remember
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Two Layouts for Boys

Hello everyone!!!!!  Today I am sharing two layouts that I completed which were done with the male theme in mind.  I have 5 grandsons and I am currently updating and catching up on the third one.
Here is the first layout.

The background paper is from my very old stash.  And the rest of the paper is Amy Tangerine "Plus One" which I find to be a very versatile paper.  I mounted my picture first onto the patterned paper, laid it down onto the background paper (without adhering) and then cut my papers as shown.  I always lay all my papers down first without adhering any of them and play around with them until I get the look that I want.  I painted a piece of chipboard with distress paint and added it to the left of the picture.  Added some mixed tags that I had in my tag bin and my title.  There you have it, very simple but colourful.
This is the second layout.

For this layout I took a piece of paper with the popular wood design on it and cut it into strips.  I staggered the length on some of the strips then I roughed up the edges using a distressing tool and inked them with a brown ink.  I adhered the strips to the background paper as shown.
For my papers behind the picture I used some very old scraps in my scrap bin.  I decided to use the red paper behind the picture to give it some pop.  I am usually nervous about doing that, but I went for it anyway and I rather like it.  I smudged on some white modeling paste onto the paper around the picture to give it a bit of texture.  I added some twine across the paper collage, a few metal embellishments. ephemera tags at the right side,  and my title.  And there you have it, very simple.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a very
"scrap happy week"
"A boy is a magical creature - you can lock him out of your workshop,
 but you can't lock him out of your heart."