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Bringing in the New Year with Mixed Media

Hello all,

I don’t know about you but I am finally starting to settle down a bit after the mad holiday rush.  Our New Year’s eve is usually a quite one spent at home.  I will likely craft away the evening while watching the New Year excitement on TV.

One of the projects that I will continue to work on is these Mini Mixed Canvas Calendars (like the ones shown below).

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018

To make these, I started with mini calendars (made by docrafts) and paired them with 3″ x 4″ stretched canvas panels with easel.   To make each unique, I applied various acrylic paint techniques for the backgrounds and then added buttons, metal jewelry parts, gears and other embellishments to create the desired look that I was going for.  Each are one of a kind and can be made to match every taste so, they would make great New Year’s gifts.

Pretty and Pink

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 pink

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic paint sprays.
  • Script stamp in background.
  • Texture paste applied through stencil.
  • Twine and word bead.
  • Metal gears
  • Jewelry parts

Skull and gears

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 skull

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic painted background with crackle finish
  • Stencil cream
  • Metal gears
  • Jewelry parts

Butterfly and roses

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 butterfly

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic paint sprays.
  • Stamps in background
  • Lazer cut chipboard butterfly
  • Sheer ribbon
  • Metal embellishments
  • Jewelry parts

So, with this post being published on the crest of a New Year, I am curious as to what your goals or resolutions might be?  The big one for me is that I will be starting technique videos in 2018.  This is a big step for me!  I have been prepping me and my studio for this new adventure so I hope that things turn out well.  I just have to pick the right project to start and and just take the final leap!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Happy Day!

L

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Giveaway – Guest Artist Celebration, Club Scrap

In celebration of being the December Guest Designer for Club Scrap Inc; I am hosting a giveaway of stamps from the Club Scrap “A Night at the Met” Collection.  What will one lucky, randomly drawn person win?!?!

  • Jumbo Sheet (6.25 x 8.25) Unmounted Rubber stamps
  • 4.25 x 5.5 “Art Nouveau” Unmounted Rubber Stamps
  • 4.25 x 5.5 “Greetings” Unmounted Rubber Stamps

IMG_3249[1]Guest artist badge_rsz

To enter, complete the steps below by 1/5/2018.

  1. Must be following me on Instagram  @loriscardscreat
  2. Must be following my blog  https://confessionsofastampoholic.blog/ (go to blog main page to “Subscribe”).
  3. Comment on what you will make first with these products (comment on blog or on Instagram post).

Winner will be announced on 1/6/2018

To revisit the 12 cards I made with the “A Night at the Met” collection, visit my previous blog post https://wordpress.com/post/confessionsofastampoholic.blog/2682 .

And…while you are checking things out, be sure to pop on over and check out the Club Scrap website at http://clubscrap.com/

Good luck to you & Happy day!

Lori

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December 2017 Club Scrap Guest Designer

Hello all,

I am so excited to announce that I am the December Guest Designer for Club Scrap.

Guest artist badge_rsz

I love Club Scrap’s products and am always excited to received my “Club Stamp” kit each month.  Their stamps are high quality and their monthly kits are so interesting and unique.   It was truly a pleasure to design 12 cards with the December 2017 “A Night at the Met” Collection.

Below is the list of Club Scrap products used in the 12 cards featured in this post:

  • Greetings to Go Pack
  • Embellishment Pack
  • Collection UM
  • Greeting UM
  • Art Nouveau UM
  • Plain papers from the monthly collection

In addition to the Club Scrap Products above, I also provided you with a list of additional products used as well as key techniques applied to each card.  I sure hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.

After you check out the cards below, be sure to go and check out Club Scrap at:  http://clubscrap.com/

Card 1: Beautiful

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 2 beautiful

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments. Script stamp from 2016 CS “Paris Flea Market” Collection
  •  Sizzix Thinlits – Stitched Ovals
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
  •  Ranger Archival Ink

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Layered cardstock mount behind focal point  Sentiment stamped background
  • Water Color Pencils
  • Ribbon (CS)
  • Studio G Self Adhesive Pearl

Card 2: Feelings

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 8 Feelings

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • American Crafts Twine
  • Vintage Music Sheet
  • Ranger Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad
  • Stampin’ up Blushing Bride Ink Pad
  • Glitter

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Randomly stamped background with two different colors of dye ink.
  • Vintage music sheet, dye inked to coordinate with color scheme.
  • Sentiment used as Focal Point.
  • Edged with Glitter, cardstock strip, and CS trinket.

Card 3: Sing, Dance, Shine

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 3 shine

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, Broken China, Iced Spruce & Worn Lipstick
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Wet application of Distress Oxide ink to background panel and focal piece.
  • Short cut of card top panel (at opening) to reveal CS border underneath.
  • CS Ribbon and Ribbon tie

Card 4: Just Be You

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 9 just be you

Products:  Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.

  • Cuttlebug Embossing Plate
  • Metallic Paint
  • Triveni Crafts 3mm Adhesive Pearls
  • We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle dies
  • Ranger Archival ink, Jet Black

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Dry embossed background using embossing folder.
  • Circle Die cut focal Point.
  • Metallic Paint Splatters in background.
  • CS Ribbon and Pre-printed sentiment.
  • Adhesive pearls for embellishment

Card 5: Nothing Little

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 4 Nothing Little grey

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Metal self adhesive pebble
  • Embossing Powder
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Ink pad

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Ballerina stamp Embossed with Pearl Silver embossing powder and fussy cut.
  • CS pre-printed panel trimmed and mounted on silver cardstock.
  • CS ribbon and trinket used to highlight top of card.
  • Metal self adhesive pebble used as embellishment at the bottom

Card 6: Trebles

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 10 trebles

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • CS metal drawer label (from previous collection)
  • Brads
  • American Crafts Twine
  • Metallic Paint
  • Darice Striped Embossing Folder.
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black.

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Treble Clef stamped with Metallic Paint (brayer was used to ink stamp).
  • Metallic paint splatters in background.
  • Metallic paint used to cover metal drawer label to match color scheme.
  • Mutli-layer background includes lavender cardstock dry embossed with embossing folder.

Card 7: Shine

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 5 Nothing Little white

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Metallic Paint
  • Ranger Dye Ink, Cool Graphite & Magenta
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Metallic paint splattered background.
  • Mutli-colored, layered stamping.
  • Layered & embellished card edge to create additional interest.

Card 8: Feel Better

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 11 Fell better

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Script stamp from 2016 CS “Paris Flea Market” Collection
  • Sheer Ribbon
  • Recollection, paper flowers
  • Ranger Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad  Stampin’ up Blushing Bride Ink Pad, Soft Sky
  • Metal self adhesive pebble

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Randomly stamped focal panel with three colors of dye ink.
  • Ink Splatters on card base
  • Sheer Ribbon, Flowers and Metal pebble to embellish.

Card 9: Why Yes

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 6 Why yes

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Script stamp from 2016 CS “Paris Flea Market” Collection
  • Ranger Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad
  • Stampin’ up Blushing Bride Ink Pad

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Dual ink, layered stamping in background.
  • Ink splatters.
  • CS papers, ribbon and embellishment used across center of card to create focal point.

Card 10: Darling

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 12 Darling.jpg

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Plate
  • Pearl-x Powders
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Ink pad
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
  • Zig Clean Color Water Color marker, Light Violet.  We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle dies

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Dry embossed focal panel using embossing folder.
  • VersaMark ink applied directly to embossed paper; Pearl-x Powders were then rubbed over ink with round brush to create shimmery background panel.
  • Ink splatters & Layered stamping
  • Circle die cuts used to enhance the circular patterns from the background

Card 11: Happy Birthday

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 1 Bday

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Stampin’ up Blushing Bride Ink Pad
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
  • Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive bling
  • Heart Sticker

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Simple layered card panels
  • Layered Stamping  Ink Splatters.
  • Embellished with gems and heart sticker (colored black to match color scheme).
  • CS Ribbon at top of card

Card 12: Beautiful on you

Club scrap Dec. Guest Designer Card 7 Beaut on you

Products:

  • Club Scrap, “A Night at the Met” Collection of Stamps, papers and embellishments.
  • Rectangle Border stamp from CS 2014 Reunion Collection  Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
  • Derwent Intense Colored Pencils
  • Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive bling
  • Pearl-x Powders  Tsukineko VersaMark Ink pad
  • American Crafts Twine

Key Techniques/Elements:

  • Rectangle border stamped across background with VersaMark ink. Pearl-x Powders applied directly over inked images with round brush. (same method used for music note on focal panel).

Hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday Season; only a few more days until Santa arrives!  I am still working a few last minute projects but am expecting to be done on time.  Thank goodness!

Happy Day!

L

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Mixed Media Dominoe “Play” & Challenge

Hello all,

If you follow me on Instagram (loriscardscreat) you will know that I am often on the hunt for new and vintage items that I can use in my Mixed Media and Steampunk projects.  I enjoy going to Antique and Vintage markets to look for treasures.

Well, today’s project is all about mixing the old and the new.  New being the unexpected find of these Giant Wooden Dominoes (found at Tuesday Morning).  Fabulous!

Extra Large Dominoes

How Cool are these?  They are approximately 8″ x 4″ and I picked up a box of 28 for only $20.00!  This is officially a game set put out by Cardinal Industries Inc. and intended for actual Dominoe game play.  However, when you love Mixed Media, anything can become a project piece.  Oh Happy Day!

Below is the final project that I am also sharing on the “Creative Artiste Challenge Blog” this month for their “Anything Mixed Media Goes” challenge.

Mixed Media Dominoe Play

Like I said above, this is a mix of the old and the new.  I used vintage keys, game pieces as well as an old flash bulb for a camera.  These vintage items were mixed in with new products like gears, beads, home decor items and other fun embellishments.

Mixed Media Dominoe Play photo 4            Mixed Media Dominoe Play photo 5

I am really pleased at how this project came together and can’t wait to find new ways to put these Extra Large Wooden Dominoes to work!  Don’t you love the unexpected?!?

Mixed Media Dominoe Play photo 3

Mixed Media Dominoe Play photo 2

Materials used with links:

  • Cardinal Industries Inc. Giant Wood Dominoe
  • Vintage finds – game pieces, keys, flash bulb
  • The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, by Jaime
  • Aokobeam metal gears
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology products, Regal & Gadget Gears
  • 7 Gypies Display Trim
  • Prima Marketing Junkyard Findings
  • Metal Photo turn
  • Bead Landing pearls
  • Solid Oak Inc. Steampunk Jewelry parts
  • Halcraft USA Inc. flower bead
  • In Bloom Jewelry parts
  • Art Minds Decorative Shapes
  • Bead Landing Crafting Beads
  • Deco Art Gesso and Acrylic Paints
  • Golden Gloss Glazing Liquid
  • Art Minds Matte Varnish
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

My challenge to you this week is to go find something unexpected to use in your artsy adventures!  If you do, share it with me on Instagram (@loriscardscreat) or Twitter (@loriscardscreat)!  I would love to see what you have done!

Happy Day!

L

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Relic, Steampunk Music Maker

Hello all,

As I was strolling through my local Michaels Craft Store, I found a wooden standing plaque and thought…I can do something with that! If fact, I instantly thought about the vintage fuses that I have had stashed away for a few months now (just waiting for the right Steampunk project).

And…with any good Steampunk project, you should have a story to go behind it.  So, this little piece of work is my little Steampunk Music Maker, powered by fuses and happy thoughts. Ok, so I may not be the greatest at the story telling side of Steampunk but I sure hope you will enjoy this project anyways.

Altered Art Steampunk Relic 12.17

Key Features:

  • Standing wooden framed painted with Acrylic paint and Crackled with an application of One Step Crackle.
  • Acrylic sprays used to color and stain the project.
  • Gears, bits and bobbles focused around a metal vintage measuring spoon.
  • Vintage fuses
  • Brick textured background over vintage sheet music.

Altered Art Steampunk Relic 12.17 P3

I loved using these vintage fuses and am going to have to go hunting at the antique mall for some more!  Don’t they add such a vintage machinery feel to this project?  Love it

Altered Art Steampunk Relic 12.17 P2

And you know my other love of mixed media and steampunk is all of the gears, bits and pieces that come together to create something fascinating!  Finding the right pieces and fitting them together is truly one of my favorite step in the process.

Altered Art Steampunk Relic 12.17 P4

I kind of envision this little contraption as something like an magical music box.  Is it a Relic from the Past or the Future?  I will leave that decision up to you!

Materials list:

  • Vintage fuses & measuring spoon.
  • DecoArt Americana Premium White Gesso & Acrylic paints
  • Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings
  • Aokbeam metal gears
  • Creative Embellishments laser cut chipboard gear
  • Solid Oak Inc. Steampunk Jewelry parts
  • Tim Holtz, Ideology products
  • Fundamental Findings beads
  • Dead Design Co. Jewelry parts
  • Other embellishments and jewelry pieces

Hope you all have a terrific weekend!

Happy day!

L

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Stamp Nation, CC Challenge #8 – Snowmen

Hello all,

Over at Stamp Nation they have a Snowman Challenge that I am participating in.  I love Snowmen!  I been collecting them for years and have a special spot to display them each Christmas.

Cards I love Snowman CP Challenge

For this card, I wet stamped a snowflake collage stamp with Distress Oxide ink to create a watercolor/distressed background (using 3 different colors).  I then added a few ink splotches (with Distress Oxide Ink) to add some interest.  The snowman was stamped in black and mounted on a piece of cardstock (tinted with the same Distress Oxide ink).  Both the snowman and mount were die cut from nesting circle dies.  This element as then adhered to the card with dimensional tape.  For some contrast, I stamped coordinating snowflakes, in black, around the card and then embellished up the piece with twine and sequence.  Finally, I added the “I love Snowmen” sentiment.  Fitting, I thought.

Materials used:

  • The Angel Company, I Love Snowmen (no longer available)
  • TPC Studio, Winter Collage Stamp set
  • Unity Stamp Company Inc., Snow Wonderful
  • Ranger, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Twisted Citron).
  • Ranger Archival ink (Jet Black)
  • Bazzil Cardstock (Marshemellow)
  • Sequence
  • Twine

I hope you enjoyed this card and quick tutorial.  Hope you all have a great week.  Only 14 days to Christmas!

Happy Day!

L