Friday, April 24, 2015

Creative Medium over Color Burst

O.k..So I've been on an experimenting kick and after I tried putting Color Burst over Embossing Paste/Creative Medium  the other day I decided to try it the other way around and put Creative Medium over a page I had put Color Burst on.  I have to tell you I LOVE how it turned out!!  I am definitely going to experiment with this a bit more.

I started off by sprinkling Blue and Violet Color Burst onto watercolor paper then spritzed with water.  After it was dry I applied Iridescent Blue Creative Medium over a Crafters Workshop stencil and let it dry.  As it dried the Creative Medium sucked up some of the Color Burst and just look at how it turned out...

Tilted so you can see the Creative Medium...

And a close up - you can barely see the creative medium here....

 but a little tilt of the paper and BAM! Knock your socks off color!  Wicked cool huh?  You can see that the Creative Medium not only has the Iridescent Blue shimmer but it also has the Color Burst color coming in as a secondary color....  

just THINK of the possibilities!!!


IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko - Iridescent Blue Creative Medium; Color Burst - Violet & Blue; Crafters Workshop Stencil; Watercolor Paper; Mister filled with Water

Create Your Own Sunshine

My Create Your Own Sunshine - StazOn Studio Glaze Monoprinting card is featured on IMAGINE Crafts blog today!

See it here - Create Your Own Sunshine...


IMAGINE Crafts Featuring Tsukineko: 
Other Supplies:
  • cardstock, 'London Calling' rubber stamp
  • Top Dog Dies: Signature Antique die
  • Miscellaneous: silver gel pen, water

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Club Scrap Artist Team Design Challenge - Botanicals

April's Artist Team Design Challenge for Club Scrap was to choose one or more photos from the 04.15 Botanicals Mood Board on Pinterest.  Let me tell you this was no easy task - take a look at the board and you'll understand what I mean.  There are SOOOOOO many cool pins that it's so very difficult to choose just one!  

As I was trying to decide which card/technique I wanted to use for my inspiration it struck me how many cards had white embossed images as their focal points.  They were all beautiful and rather than trying to select a single card I decided that I would make a group of cards all with white embossing as my focal point(s) and here's what I came up with...

I started off by cutting pieces of cardstock from the kit, stamping various images with VersaMark ink and embossing with white embossing powder and went from there.  I used PanPastels or watercolor paints to enhance each of the panels, added more stamping to some and added them all to cards made using papers, ribbons and embellishments from the Botanicals kit.  

Note: If you click on the word inspiration beneath each card it will take you to the pinterest card that inspired me for each design.

Inspiration - Watercolor paints were added to the background.  I love how the white embossing really stands out on the yellow cardstock panel. 

Inspiration: The embossed oval was rubbed with a variety of PanPastels creating a lovely soft feel to the background.  This piece was added to a brown cardstock card blank that has been stamped with Wedding Dress white Memento Luxe ink.  This ink paired with the brown cardstock creates a chalky finish.

Inspiration: These images were stamped on a pink card panel then a watercolor wash was added here and there.  The ribbons, brads and metal embellishment were all part of the kit.

Inspiration: This purple panel comes from a Cutapart from the Embellishment Pack - the flower was stamped, embossed then I added a bit of PanPastels to create the halo of color.  I did add a few sequins and dots of Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher to finish it off.

Inspiration: This is such a simple card but one of my fav's.  The image was stamped & embossed on a bit of the white cardstock in the kit.  I took my Staedtler Circle Template and added 3 different sized circles with PanPastels.  The sentiment was then stamped with Spiced Chai StazOn ink.  So simple but a very striking finish.

Inspiration: And finally another favorite.  Each of these little blocks were journal boxes from the second cutapart sheet from the Embellishment Pack.  I stamped & embossed a different image(s) on each block then highlighted each block with a different color of PanPastels.  The background strip was created by stamping the leaves (used in the first block) with VersaMark ink which was then dusted with various PanPastels.  

I had so much fun with this months challenge...
if you have time I invite you to take a look at the board 
and have a go at making a card or two or more!

Be sure to check out the other creations for

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Embossing & Color Burst

I had a thought yesterday while I was making the calendar page...what would Color Burst look like over Modeling/Embossing Paste or Creative Medium?  Well today I thought I would give it a go and find out.

I decided to give both a try!  I spread IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Blue Iridescent Creative Medium over one piece and DecoArt Modeling Paste over a fun Crafters Workshop stencil.

I sprinkled yellow and purple Color Burst powders over the modeling paste...

and started spritzing with water.

and let the Color Burst do it's thing.

Here's what it looked like once it had dried...don't you love the color variations?  So pretty!

Then I sprinkled Blue, Green and Red Color Burst over the Creative Medium, spritzed and let dry as well.

and here's what they looked like!  I noticed that the Creative Medium resists much of the CB and that it pools around the stenciled areas.  The modeling paste on the other hand soaks up the CB/water combo for a totally different look.

and here's what I did with them!

This card was made using this month's Club Scrap Botanicals kit.  I die cut the purple cardstock, stamped it then laid it over the Color Burst piece.  I then die cut the tiny little flowers and added them along the edge and down by the sentiment as well.  Each of those flowers received a drop of Shimmer Pico Embellisher (which I also added to the word "YOU") while the modeling paste flowers got a dot of Wedding Dress (white) Pico Embellisher for contrast.  

These two cards go hand in hand because I used a portion of the Creative Medium/CB paper for both.  The card above was die-cut and added to the black background.  The word "hi" was die-cut and I used the positive for the card above and the negative for the card below.  I glued a strip of excess from the CM/CB paper behind the negative for a really easy second card. I added dots of Wedding Dress (white) Pico Embellisher to these flowers as well.

So there you go!  
Color Burst paired with a couple of really fun mediums!  
Lovely results I'd say.

Now it's your turn!!


Color Burst Pigment Powders
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: Iridescent Blue Creative Medium; Pico Embellisher - Shimmer & Wedding Dress; StazOn Ink - Jet Black; Memento - LuLu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout; Diamond Trowel - Botanicals Papers & Stamps
Sizzix - Flower & Leaf Dies
MFT - Hi, Friend Dies
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Black
Watercolor Paper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Mixed Media Technique Calendar - September

Back with another fun mixed media page for our MM technique calendar.  September here in NE Indiana is usually when Autumn begins to show it's face so I thought it would be nice to incorporate some fall colors to this page.

I started off by taping down a stencil to my cardstock.

I then covered it with a layer of modeling of course could use gesso or any other medium you prefer.

I love this particular pattern.  It's from Club Scrap and it looks like a vintage tin tile design.

For our next step - Autumn colors!  I sponged on several different colors of Memento Ink.

Next I pulled out some metal foil rolls - foiling seems to be making a hot comeback right now.  I used Duo adhesive which I dabbed on the raised areas with my finger tip and let it dry.

Once the adhesive was at the tacky stage I pressed copper and gold foil over the design.  You'll notice it's not a solid covering - that is intentional.  I wanted a more rustic weathered feel to get than tin tile feeling across.

Once I was satisfied with the foiling I used my finger to dab on Spiced Chai StazOn ink to the remaining exposed modeling paste.

I added a few stamped images (all Unity) with StazOn ink

and finished it off with my calendar, a bit of copper & gold thread and a few leaves.

And there you have it!  
A bit of weathered elegance - perfect for Autumn!


IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko - Memento Inks, StazOn Inks; Club Scrap - Stencil; Deco Art - Modeling Paste; Metal Foil, Metallic Thread, Leaf Embellishments; Rubber Stamps - Unity, computer generated calendar

Monday, April 20, 2015

First "Real" Watercolor

Good Happy Monday Morning Everyone!!!

I am so excited today!  I am going to share my first "REAL" watercolor with you.  I say real because I bought some Dr. Ph. Martin Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Paints and I haven't really painted an actual picture from start to finish. Well, I should say I did paint one when I was a (hs) freshman but it wasn't very good. I've always wanted to watercolor but if you recall I explained about my art experience in school - not being good enough so I never perused it.   After my taste of drawing again I decided that I was going to go ahead and take the plunge!

Recently I saw this photo on Ken Oliver's FB page.  I have no idea what type of flower it is but I was so taken with it I asked him if I might be allowed to try my hand at it.  He graciously said yes so this was my first subject.  (I've been saving it until I got my paints.)

Edited to add: It is a Star Magnolia and it's a very early bloomer.  Simply stunning!

This weekend I set about drawing the flower - it's just a rough sketch but it turned out fairly close I'd say...

and here's an "in the process" photo - starting to take shape!

and finally here is my at the moment finished product!  I know it's not perfect but I am so happy with how it turned out!  I do have to admit though that I'm too chicken to try to paint a background - I'm afraid I'll screw it up!  

And here's another look at the photo...

Well, what do you think?
Honest opinions please.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Something's fishy....

Tee hee hee...sorry, couldn't resist :)  Just messin' around...

JFF Stamps, Memento Ink, Stickles, Spectrum Noir Markers

JFF Stamps, Alcohol Ink background, Spectrum Noir Markers, Reverse Image on Shimmer Vellum

JFF Stamps, StazOn Inks, Spectrum Noir Markers

JFF Stamps, StazOn Inks, Alcohol Inks (background), Spectrum Noir Markers

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monoprinting with StazOn Studio Glaze

Today I wanted to share a fun twist on a familiar technique...monoprinting.  Monoprinting is simply applying a medium to a non-porous surface, adding a bit of water and squishing your paper into the mix.  It creates a different, unique and beautiful print each and every time!

Now I've shared this technique in the past using things like alcohol inks, paints, ink pad inkers and more.  Well today I wanted to share this technique using a fun and relatively new product from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko... StazOn Studio Glaze.

Let's begin!

I started off by squirting on a couple different colors of the Studio Glaze - Midnight Blue & Blue Hawaii.

Then I added a bit of Silver (as an afterthought) and spritzed it with a couple squirts of water.  I used the tip of a paint brush to swirl the colors around a bit.

I smooshed the paper into the mix...

And here's what it looked like once I pulled the paper off the mat.

Now, don't wipe away the excess, you can use it to create additional prints - each one unique and beautiful in it's own right.  Above you can see several different prints and color combinations.

I die-cut the print, inked it with Delicata Silver ink and stamped the sentiment ( directly onto the print using StazOn Jet Black ink.

I made a few embellishments - these boots ( were "painted" with a mix of Cactus Green and Emerald City Studio Glaze.

I also stamped the umbrella (also a couple times because I wanted to give it a bit of dimension.  Those were colored using Memento markers, cut and layered.

I didn't even try to cut out the umbrella handle - I stamped a 3rd umbrella this time directly on the card panel.  I then layered the colored pieces over this image and created a dimension umbrella.  The boots were then added over the umbrella.

Now you might be thinking what is the difference by using the Studio Glaze say instead of acrylic paints or other color mediums.  Well the translucent properties of the glaze allow you to see multiple colors layered over each other creating amazing depth with very little effort on your part.  The above close up of the monoprint shows this depth...


IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: StazOn Studio Glaze - Midnight Blue, Blue Hawaii, Emerald, Cactus Green; StazOn - Jet Black; Memento Markers - Lady Bug, Love Letter, Morocco; Delicata Silver Shimmer

Stamps -

Cardstock - Georgia Pacific - White; - Grey (card blank)

Die-Cut - Top Dog Dies