Category Archives: Mixed Media

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio with Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Papers

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday! Have you ever noticed that as summer winds down, roses seem to be at their most beautiful?  Today’s Blue Fern Studios Autumn Roses Gatefold Card pays tribute to the glorious flowers of fall.

There are a few mixed media touches on this card: custom dyed seam binding ribbon, handmade roses, and Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture lend even more richness to the elegant Bird Waltz papers.

TIP:  Stamp the Classic Roses onto patterned paper using Terra Cotta Ink. Then die cut.  The patterned paper creates instant depth and ensures that your handmade flowers will match your papers perfectly.

TIP:  Use a sponge dauber to brush additional ink on the edges of the petals for even more beauty.

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Gatefold cards provide you with lots of nooks and crannies.  Use these areas for sentiment panels, mini pockets, and to display images.

You knew there had to be a pocket somewhere in the mix, didn’t you?  I do love a good pocket!

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little decorative tea wallet, vintage silver plate demitasse spoon and a journal card from The Bird Waltz Paper Collection.

I built this pocket on the front of a flap page.  Fold the flap down to reveal a waterfall cascade and a photo mount.  Isn’t that fun?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more cards with the lovely Blue Fern Studio Bird Waltz Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Today, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share with you.  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina.  I am so ready for the season to turn the corner into fall.  So while I’m waiting for these sultry days to wind down, I’ve been playing with my Prima Autumn Sunset paper pretties.  (You can see this entire collection in my unboxing video HERE.)

The inspiration for this 9″ x 11″ piece came from my granddaughters.  Sophie (10) and Julia (7) are fascinated by what I do.  They are always on the lookout for bits and pieces that I can add to my stash.  When a storm knocked over the Bradford Pear trees at their house, the trees had to be removed.  Sophie saved me that lovely piece of tree bark because she thought perhaps I could use it in my art.  And Julia, who  knows how much I love acorns, is always picking them up for me.  If you look in the floral cluster, you’ll see 2 cute acorns that are Julia’s contribution to this piece.

Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Preparing the Base

Here’s how this one came together, layer by layer:

  • Begin by distressing the edges of a 9″ x 11″ piece of heavy kraft cardstock.
  • Then cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the rusty check from the Autumn Sunset A4 pad.  Distress the edges and machine stitch onto the kraft panel.
  • Now, break out some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Flourish Stencil.  Add a few drops of Antique Linen Distress Re-Inker into the paste, and mix to soften the bright white color.  Apply a thick layer in the corners of the canvas.  Heat dry (gently) or leave to dry overnight.
  • Now, apply Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Layering Stencil.  I like to apply this in a thickness that is similar to mayonnaise on a Southern Style tomato sandwich.   Heat set (gently) or let air dry.  If you heat set, keep the heat gun moving.  You may get some cool little heat blisters that pop up, and I actually like that look.
Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Layer by Layer

This next part is where the fun really begins.  Cut apart the images from the Autumn Sunset 12″ x 12″ collage sheet.  Back them with dimensionals.  Use one, two or three layers on the back so that when you glue them to the base, you have varying heights.  Fussy cut the fox and other elements and do the same.  Then just kind of fit everything together in a pleasing arrangement.  It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together.

TIP: Ink all the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps the individual pieces stand out in the whole.

Because the tree bark is curved on the back side, I had to create “shims” with layers of chipboard before adhering it to the base of the canvas.  Then I tucked fall leaves, little ceramic mushrooms, flowers and other goodies in around the base to integrate it into the piece.

These Autumn Sunset Flowers are just so beautiful!

The final step was attaching the canvas to this sweet little vintage hanger that I found in my stash.  I topped the hanger with Turftan Brown Delicate Stitched Satin Bows, and Brown/Cream Plaid Ribbon from the August Ribbon Club Assortment.   Then I added some sweet vintage buttons on top of the bows, and here and there in the canvas.  You know me and my buttons!

I find that the more I work with mixed media, the more I am enjoying the process.  There is still so much to learn, but that is half the fun, isn’t it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook with Eileen Hull Journal Die

Hello, Friends!  August was birthday month in the Clement household, and I stayed very busy in the studio creating cards and gifts for my loved ones.  This Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook made with Eileen Hull’s Journal Die was my gift to our dear daughter Liz.  Her job requires her to travel and she loves the beach, so I thought this would be a practical gift for her.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: The Earth is Flat

Well, maybe not the earth….but the cover of this journal  is very flat compared to what usually

comes out of my studio. Because I designed this for Liz to tuck into her carry on bag, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  But that does not mean boring, or one layer.  I found lots of ways to add texture and visual interest to the composition of this “flat” journal.

I’ve made loads of these travelers notebooks (see some HERE and HERE) now, and each time I create one, it seems I learn something new.  This time, I used torn and layered papers to create a collage cover.  Since I was working with only a partial pad of Stamperia Sea Land (see other Sea Land projects HERE) I had to really stretch  my papers.  Here are some helpful tips in case you every have to do the same:

  • Group your paper scraps by color families.  This will make for a more uniform appearance when it comes time to layer.
  • Fussy cut large elements (compass and postcard) and layer in to cover gaps.
  • Use small elements (like the sentiments) as embellishments layers
  • Torn edges look amazing when inked and layered in.
  • Ink edges.  I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on all my torn and fussy cut layers.  It’s  amazing how this simple technique creates a feeling of depth on a project!
Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: Mixed Media Touches

Use a stencil and Crackle Texture Paste to add some ocean “bubbles” and “seaweed) to your cover.  This is a Stamperia Music Stencil but it worked great for this beachy project!

I have an ancient Cuttlebug strip die that I used to cut out the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish from grunge paper…also ancient!  Run these through an embossing folder to create a little texture, then heat emboss with Seth Apter Baked Textures for amazing results.  (Products linked below).  While these elements are not technically flat, they are very thin.  Since they are securely adhered to the surface of the journal, they should hold up just fine during travel.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook:  The Spine

You can get a really good look at the the torn paper layers on the back of the journal in this shot.  And you can also see the canvas spine that I created.  The canvas really makes the finished journal feel authentically beachy!  Here’s how I did it

  • First, cut a 3″ x 24″ piece of natural canvas.
  • Next, stitch along the edges with a contrasting, but complementary thread.  I used my sewing machine, but you could hand stitch if you desired to do so.
  • Now, wrap the strip around the journal spine to figure out the placement.  I opted to have the solid piece inside the spine, and the overlapped piece on the outside of the spine.
  • When you are happy with the placement, mark the inside edge of the canvas with a pencil, so you can remember where the top and bottom should lie.  Then adhere Scor-Tape or Red Line tape from edge to edge all along the back side of the canvas piece.
  • Line up your pencil marks with the top and bottom of the spine.
  • Remove the liner and burnish the inside of the spine to secure it to the cover.
  • Sew buttons onto the canvas spine.  Then place Scor-Tape to the back side and adhere to the album spine, burnishing well.

Wrap the spine with strands of waxed linen thread.  Dress it up with a few charms to finish.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: A Peek Inside

I had picked up some Momenta Journal inserts on clearance at Tuesday Morning a while back, so I used those for the signatures in this journal.  Again, I finished the covers with torn papers.  The center of each signature slips under a strand of the waxed linen thread.

Each signature is held shut with some vintage bulldog clips from ButterBee Scraps.

I added little phrases to the signatures using some Tim stickers.

For the closure, I punched a hole in the back cover and inserted a knotted elastic band.  The band hooks over the button on the front of the journal.

This was a quick project to put together and a great way to use up bits and pieces of a well loved paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have an Autumn Dreams Mixed Media card to share with you.  It’s made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Paper Pretties and adorned with Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame to make this card, and oh, I had such fun!  Here’s how the card front came together.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, distress a 5 3/8″ panel of the check pattern from Prima Autumn Sunset.
  • Then stitch a 5 1/8″ square of a neutral linen fabric to the check panel.
  • Now the real fun starts!   I wanted to tone down the printed black images on this fabric that I found in my stash, so I painted it randomly with a coat of white gesso.
  • Then add a layer of Prima Copper Crackle Texture through a Tim Holtz autumn leaves stencil.  You have to wait for this to dry, so set it aside and work on something else.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: Working While I’m Waiting

While waiting for that linen panel to dry, complete these steps:

  • First, cut a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of Sour Apple Cardstock.  Distress the edges lightly and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of Autumn Sunset from the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Stitch this to the Sour Apple Cardstock.
  • Now, heat emboss a laser cut chipboard doily .  The doily I used is from Laserowe Love.  The embossing is  two-step process.  First emboss with Seth Apter Dusk Baked Velvet.  Then emboss with Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing powder.
  • Now, back the chipboard element from Autumn Dreams with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Then adhere a large yellow flower in the center of the doily.  The one is used is from the Troika Plum pack of flowers. (retired)
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the chipboard fawn and adhere in the center of the flower.
  • Back the sentiment strip with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Finish things off with a bit of Spanish Moss.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Bow Cluster

To make the bow cluster follow these easy steps:

By now, the texture paste should be dry enough for you to assemble the card layers.  I added extra dimension by backing the Sour Apple panel with dimensionals before adhering to the card base.

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

Inside the card I added some pretty paper layers and a pocket.

Create a little folio from scraps of the apple green cardstock.

Then fill it with a matching tea bag and honey stick.

I think this would make such a pretty new baby card…or birthday…or get well…or anniversary…you get the idea!

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m back with another Gecko Galz Guest Designer post.  This Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card is made to go along with their Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge for the month of August.

When our kids were little, we would save up all year for a week at the beach.  This was better than Christmas or birthdays or anything else I can remember.  Watching our kids dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, search for beach treasures filled my heart with joy.  The beach is the perfect spot for a family vacation!  This lovely image from Cuties by the Shore Digital Collage Sheet brought all those wonderful memories back to me.

I’ve paired the digital image up with Laserowe Love’s Nautical Holiday Papers and Chipboard.

TIP:  Cheesecloth adds great texture when sandwiched between paper layers.  Create the “tide pool” with the anchor frame.

  • First, heat emboss the anchor frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, adhere the back side of the frame to slightly crumpled and stretched piece of cheesecloth.
  • Now, fill the frame with little shells, sand and chipboard fish.
Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve been cleaning out The Closet of Shame, and found this pretty lighthouse paper.  The color tones were a perfect match for the Gecko Galz image and the Laserowe Love papers, so I used it inside the card.    Create a little pocket for a sentiment card on top.  Decorate with a fussy cut anchor from the paper collection.

This 3″ x 5″ gift card wallet is a real product mashup.

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 5″ panel of navy cardstock for your base.
  • Line the cover with lighthouse paper and then a smaller panel of the distressed dots pattern.
  • Now, die cut a clock image from Gecko Galz “Time Flies” Digital Collage sheet.
  • Next, emboss the Ship’s Wheel Chipboard with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Baked Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the anchor with both aged gold and Chunky Rust.
  • Layer the elements together on the front of the gift card.
  • Finally, add brads to the corners.  (These are ancient…I think maybe from Canvas corp???)

Room for a little note, and a gift card inside.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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