Crafty Secrets April Linky Party

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Crafty Secrets April Linky Party

Hello, Friends! 
It’s time for the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party.  The design team has prepared some wonderful tutorials for you to enjoy.  Once you’ve visited all the blogs and left some love for each designer, be sure to link your NEW project using Crafty Secret stamps, printables or digitals to the Crafty Secrets blog.  Sandy will award each participant one $6 credit to the online store, and one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree!  Woo-hoo! You have until midnight PT, Sunday April 13th to link up your project.

The design team is getting you ready for all those big events coming up this spring as we focus on Mother’s Day, Gardening, Babies, or Graduation this month.  You can join in with this theme, or completely do your own thing.  Just be sure to use Crafty Secrets products and mention in your post that you are linking up to the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party. If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets products, you can download some of the free printables from the sidebar of the CS Blog.  So no excuse not to play along, right?

Here’s the Linky Party Lineup for this month:

Kathy DT leader (You are here)
Vicki
Michele
Darlene
Sheila
Elizabeth
Cherry
Sandy owner of Crafty Secrets

Using Digital Images in Mixed Media Projects

My tutorial this month is on using digital images in mixed media projects.  Many crafters are afraid to use digital in mixed media, but I find that with a few simple precautions, I can create great mixed media projects from papers that I size and print at home.

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I started with an 8″ x 10″ burlap panel.  I used a mask to spray the top right and lower left corners with Purple Pansy Tattered Angels Mist.  While this was drying, i moved on to the next step.

I used Paint Shop Pro to size the Flower Girl image to 5″ x 7″ and pasted in the sentiment, using the “move” tool to place it where I wanted it to be.  Once I had this done to my liking, I printed the image out onto a natural cardstock that I purchased from Paper and More.  It is really heavy and takes ink very well.  Now, here’s the first important tip:

Always heat set your printed images with your heat gun or an iron set on low, no steam!

I wanted to heat emboss the sentiment and the fancy scroll around the sentiment.  Many people think you can’t emboss with digital images, but there are ways to do this! One way, is to use a Versamark embossing pen to add embossing ink to the areas you wish to emboss.

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Here, you can see my Versamark pen.  It has a brush nib and a narrow nib. I used the narrow nib to add embossing ink to the flourish that surrounds the sentiment, then I embossed as usual, using Tanzanite Distress Embossing Powder from Ranger.  Then I went back and used the pen again on the sentiment letters and embossed with super fine black embossing powder.  No problem!

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I then used alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir are what I have) to color in my image. Because my image was heat set, and because alcohol ink dries so quickly, I encountered no problems with bleeding. I went back into the image and added Stickles, Glossy Accents and Stardust Gelly Roll pens to enhance certain areas…again no problems with bleeding or feathering ink.

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Once I’d finished coloring in my sky, I used the music note stamp from Artsy Banners and Antique Linen Distress Paint to stamp portions of the sky.  It’s a little bit difficult to see here, but in real life, it adds subtle texture and almost a cloud effect to panel.

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I then just went to town layering, tearing, distressing…all the normal techniques you would use in Mixed Media!

I printed off a sheet of the embossed green floral damask digital paper, tore the floral corners and used Studio Matte Multi Medium on the back side of the paper to glue them in the top left and bottom right corners of the panel.

I Printable Embossed Green Floral Damask Papers DP-221

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I had no problems with the ink running, and I think it’s because this is a gel medium and it is designed for mixed media.  You want to make sure to use some sort of bone folder or even a credit card to smooth the torn paper to the burlap panel. I love the faded, antique look of this paper in the corners.  And, I added just a touch of Diamond Stickles, too.

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I painted a key and a drawer pull with Antique Linen Distress Paint and added these with some antique crochet lace and loads of purple Darjeeling flowers and a beautiful leafy die cut .  I tapped flowers, leaves, canvas, and tags with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I love that stuff!

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The final touch was this adorable music paper bow that DT member Vicki Chrisman designed.  It’s topped with a vintage purple button, and lightly spritzed with Purple Pansy TA mist.

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And, I had to add at least a little bit of ribbon and twine to finish things off.April Linky CS 02a

So, you see, you CAN make wonderful mixed media projects with digital images. And, the best thing is that you can size them exactly as small or as large as you need them to be to fit your canvas.  I used this same image, and some of these same mixed media techniques to create this Mother’s Day card.

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I just love the fact that you can create an 8″ x 10″ canvas or a 5″ x 7″ card just by adjusting the size of your image.  I stamped this card with Love You, Mother clear acrylic stamps, which are still available (and on sale!)   Here’s a peek at the inside of the card:

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These papers are scraps from other projects printed from Sew Decorative CD.

Thanks for hanging with me on this looooooong post.  Tutorials take time and lots of photos!  LOL!  I hope you were inspired to try your hand at creating mixed media projects with digital images.  Let me know what think, and I’ll be popping around to take a look at the projects you link up!  Seeing what you create for the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Cheerio,

kathy

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14 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets April Linky Party

  1. Birgit

    Oh Kathy~ You’ve totally outdone yourself with all the little details added to this awesome project! You are so inspiring and really have helped me think what to do next instead of just settling on being done.

  2. Robin

    I love your projects in this post! The mixed media and the card are so beautiful! I now want to try my hand at this. Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorial! Your work is gorgeous!

  3. craftyvintagegirl

    What a wonderful post Kathy between your stunning samples with the beautiful little girl to all the tips and info you give! Between embossing and the altered techniques you used it shows you can get all messy and inky with digital stamps and also have the flexability to size them to suit different projects. Great job, thanks for sharing.

    Sandy

  4. Elizabeth Lincoln

    Thanks Kathy. I do some mixed media but didn’t realize the printing ink wouldn’t run when you applied gel medium. I’ve never had a problem with running when I use copics but thought the water based mediums would cause the ink to blur. This opens up a whole new world for me. Your project is gorgeous and those colours are delicious!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Elizabeth…you do have to be careful with the gel medium. I use a very thin coat and only brush it on once. I find if you brush back and forth, you can get some bleeding. But a thin coat, dried with a heat gun doesn’t seem to cause much trouble. Using the gel medium on the back of the image is completely safe. Thanks for the lovely comment! Have fun getting inky!

  5. vickichrisman

    Oh my good gracious… this is so beautiful Kathy! The coloring is amazing! Top of the list of my Kathy Faves!! (ps… and thanks for using my bow) 🙂

  6. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW!! What FABULOUS projects Kathy! You know I’m LOVIN’ all the purple and your designs always inspire AND amaze me! WOWZA! Thanks … you are SO creative!!

  7. pollyspaper

    Absolutely swooning over these projects!!!!!! I don’t even know where to begin telling you how much I love them : ) Hugs from you BOLB : )

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