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Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for the fine folks at Gecko Galz.  This Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card has me dreaming of the walking barefoot along the shore.  It’s the perfect card for Gecko Galz August Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge.

I’ve combined some old Pion Design papers up with a gorgeous digital image from By the Shore and the beach clock from Time Flies.  The end result is a dreamy beach scene.  Little Birdie flowers, blue micro gingham ribbon and lots of pretty shells that I gathered along our North Carolina shores frame the card.  I feel like I could just walk right into the image on this card front.

TIP:  Thin white acrylic paint with a little water, then spatter lightly all over the card front.  It adds such a lovely shabby finish to a card,  To me, the spatters look like bubbles in the water.

Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card: A Peek Inside

Of course, there are pockets inside the card.  You have to have a place to tuck in all those beachy treasures!

I’ve stitched a little shell bookmark and topped it with some natural fibers, charms and ribbon.

This darling magnet features another image from the By the Shore Digital collage sheet.  Stitching natural fibers around the edges give it just the right beachy finish.

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

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial with ButterBee Scraps

Hello, Friends!  Are you dreaming of the sea?  If so, his Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial will be a dream come true.  I’m collaborating once again with ButterBee Scraps to bring you this “girly grunge” mixed media folio tutorial.

The folio base is built with 3 sheets of 18 pt. 11×17 grocery bag paper and measures 6″ x 7″ with a really fabulous fold out design.  You will learn how to build the base and add all the mechanisms in the tutorial as well as learn how I created the cool corroded metal effects on my ButterBee Scraps charms.

While it’s not a complete “from A to Z” tutorial, you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge and new techniques to add to your crafty toolbox.  I know I learned some new stuff myself while designing and creating this fabulous folio.

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The fun starts right away with this interactive pocket/tag/flap combo inside the first fold.  These are Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Alpha Tags.  You may still have some of these in your stash.  Backed with papers from the Sea Land collection, spattered with acrylic paint, embossed with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture, topped with braided jute and a lovely ButterBee Scraps charm, they are definitely sea worthy!

There are so many flips, flaps and interactive elements in this folio that pictures simply cannot tell the whole story.  But you’ll get to see how everything works together in the project share and tutorial video below.

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial on YouTube

This is a really “meaty” tutorial with lots of moving parts.  Pick up a pencil and a notepad, and a snack and a refreshing beverage might be a good idea, too.  There’s a lot to learn, and a lot of fun techniques to add to your crafty toolbox.  Ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

For your convenience, you’ll find a linked supply list below the signature area of this post.

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

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial SUPPLY LIST

ButterBee Scraps

Paper

Ribbon and Textiles

Mixed Media

 

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks week!  What fun!  The beach is my happy place, so I was thrilled when I was asked to create a mini album with By the Sea.  This collection has always been a favorite for me, and I’m thrilled to see it coming back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to try something new with this Graphic 45 Staples Kraft Mixed Media Album.  To shake up my album cover design, I placed the 4″ x 6″ lighthouse image inside a shaker pouch.  I just love the way the sequins and beads mimic the look of sunshine sparkling on water.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to create a shaker element.

  • Select your image.   I chose to  mat mine on some blue gingham check to help it fill the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as your matted image.
  • Use a sewing machine to stitch almost all the way around the perimeter of the image.  Leave about a 2″ opening in one corner.
  • Fill the opening with a sequin mix.  (use a funnel tray for mess-free filling) These buttons, beads and sequins are a mix called Shades of Chambray from Lilac Lane.
  • Place the shaker pouch back on the sewing machine, line up the needle and finish stitching.
  • Back the shaker pouch with a couple of layers of chipboard for stability and to elevate in the design.
Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album Details

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

These Graphic 45 Staples Blue Roses are a perfect color match for this collection.  After layering them down the side of the album, I tucked in some altered metal beach charms.

TIP:  Paint metal charms with ivory chalk paint, then tap with Graphic 45 Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink Pad.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Fussy cut shells and real shells come together perfectly with real beach sand.  I’ve also painted a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob to match the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Dress up the spine with Glory Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, a cluster of beach charms and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key.  The lighthouse image was too big to fit the spine, so I carefully cut it in half, pieced it together so that the frame matched up, then adhered it to the base of the spine.

 By the Sea Mini Album: The Inside Scoop

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket for the inside cover.  I simply cut my designer paper 3″ longer than the height of the page.  Then score, fold and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.  Add border strips to the pocket flap for extra fun.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP:  The vellum pages in the album are so beautiful…but delicate!  To prevent them from tearing, stitch the vellum to a piece of heavy kraft cardstock.  Fill the space between the pages with more of the sequin mix for a fun surprise.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP: Make quick pockets by adhering just the top, bottom and one side of patterned paper to the album page.  Now you can tuck in photo mounts.  Decorate with fussy cut images from the signature page.

By the Sea Mini Album: Tuck Spots, Inserts and Flaps

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

I removed several pages from the album before I began this project.  Then I cut and scored them to create pocket inserts throughout the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Border strips make great tuck spots!  And you can easily create a space for pull out elements.  Just adhere sides and bottom of your patterned paper, leaving the top edge open.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

TIP: Create a watery background on the vellum pages.  Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink directly to the vellum.  Spritz lightly with water to activate the ink and make it move.  Heat dry.  Then stitch the pages together as before.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 14

TIP: Create tuck spots by adhering just the outer edge of a journal card to the album page.  Photos can tuck behind, and you have a lovely spot for journaling.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 15

TIP:  To create a quick and easy side pocket, cut patterned paper 2″ wider than the page.  Score, fold and adhere.

 By the Sea Mini Album Tour on Youtube

Here’s a little video tour with tips and ideas:

 

I’m so excited that this album will be on display in the G45 Booth at Creativation this week.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can adapt for your own mini album making adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

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Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to pull on your Mixed Media boots this morning?  I am really learning to enjoy the whole messy mixed media experience!  This 8×8 Little Birdie Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial is loaded with tips, tricks, techniques and ideas that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Instead of being scared out of my wits when faced with a blank canvas, I am learning to have fun with the process, take it as it comes and to trust my instincts.  Since I love everything about the ocean, I thought it would be fun to create a little seaside collage with sprays, paints, gels, stencils, chipboard and flowers.

I won’t spend a lot of time here talking about the project, as you can find out all about it in the video tutorial below.  But just look at all this yummy texture, color and dimension!  I can’t believe I did this!  Happy dance time!

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Two Step Crackle Medium

I’ve been wanting to try out LBC Two Step Crackle Medium for ages, and I finally had a chance to take it for a test drive.  This close up shot of the background gives you an idea of what it looks like.  In person, it’s amazing.  But it’s hard to capture with the camera.

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Video

I thought y’all might enjoy taking this little mixed media journey with me, so I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  We’ll start with a quick look at the finished canvas and talk about the supplies I used to create these mixed media effects.  Then there will be a photo step out tutorial showing you how to build the basic layers on the canvas.  Finally, we will go “live” as I build the collage elements.  This way, if you are like me, you can see how a composition like this comes together.  For your convenience, I’ve linked all the products I used below this post.

There is still much for me to learn when it comes to mixed media.  But I can tell you this, I’m looking forward to each new experience instead of dreading it.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks today 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

Flowers of the Sea Mixed Media Canvas Supply List

Other Products: Other products: Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink Reinker, Walnut Ink Spray, Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, seashells from my stash

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