Fabulous Finds Friday — Foil Follies

In my last post, I showed off some of the fabulous foils from Therm O Web’s new line of designer foils and foiling products.

This time I used some mixed media products. First up, these pretty roses:

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I used the TOW iCraft® deco foil™ transfer gel as a paste, spreading it over the rose design from a Plaid garden (59794) stencil set.  When the gel dried, I applied my foil as normal. Here is a detailed photo:


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(Yes, I got a little messy with the medium!)

This was a different look:

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I wanted a more subdued, aged look, so for the above card (which is a 4Bar size, 3 1/2 x 4 5/8, folded) I brushed on the Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium (a light coat using a dry brush) then pressed on it a piece of her Mixed Media Transfer Foil (Patina — love this color). Because the medium dried relatively quickly, I was able to achieve the distressed look. The sentiment and cardstock are from Therm O Web’s Gina K.™ Designs line.

There’s more foiling to come, including how to use of the “waste” foil.



Fabulous Finds Friday — Embossing & Fragments

Here are two Fab Finds from Stampendous!:

The top jar is Embossing Enamel, a thick, textured embossing powder. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it’s so chunky. But it worked surprisingly well with this thin-lined stamp from Hero Arts, giving the image a nice steam-punked look:

Because the powder is so thick, it’s best to heat it from underneath, rather than above, as you would normal embossig powder. Here’s another cool technique — add a big layer of powder, melt, then stamp into it with a solid stamp (ink your stamp first with clear embossing ink, such as VersaMark):

Let the powder cool before pulling out the stamp. Dontcha love the gold specks?

The other jars, the Fragments, are colored mica bits that add a nice touch of texture without the traditional mica shine. Here’s a little somethin’ I whipped up just to experiment:

I used a layer of thick white glue then added the fragments, pressing them gently into the glue.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mixed Media Frame

Are you tired yet of my mixed media natterings?

Here are more projects I made while researching techniques for my mixed media article in Crafts ‘n things:

This wooden photo frame was covered with gesso and blue acrylic paint. I painted it first with white gesso, then mixed a dab of blue paint into my gesso and sponged that on for added depth (letting some of the white show through). When dry, I used a stencil (Crafter’s Workshop) and an ink pad for the text fragments.  The birds and butterflies were stamped on tissue paper, tinted with colored pencils, cut out, then glued to the frame (with Mod Podge). The lace fragment was adhered with Zip Dry glue.

(Side note: The photo of the orchid was taken in color, but when it came time to print the photo, my printer ran out of yellow and blue, so it printed in grey tones. I decided I liked it!)

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are great ways to play and learn about various techniques and media. Here are some I made using the techniques found in “Artist Trading Card Workshop” by Bernie Berlin. I loved this book because of the various techniques. The cards were made during an on-line workshop with the Yahoo group Artists of the Roundtable.

Close-ups of two other ATCs done with inks, acrylic paints, etc.

Thanks for indulging me!

More Mixed Media

As you see from my last post, I’ve been having fun experimenting (okay, playing!) with mixed media coloring agents, including inks and crayons. (For more info on mixed media, see my Basics & Beyond column in the December 2011 issue of Crafts ‘n things magazine.)

Here are more projects:

Aren’t these colors yummy? (Well, maybe they don’t look as bright and glistening in the photo as they do in real life … you’ll have to trust me, they are yummy!) The background was made using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos — creamy crayon-like pigment sticks.

I scribbled the sticks across watercolor paper, smeared them with a paper towel, then spritzed them with water for even more blend. When the background was dry I stamped and embossed the house stamp (Hero Arts), trimmed, mounted, etc. (Because the watercolor paper is heavily textured, I didn’t get the greatest image.)

Gelatos come in metallics, too. You can see my earlier blog posts about Gelatos here and here. (You’ll also find the genesis of this card!)

The next card uses Donna Salazar’s Mix’d Media Inx, which I talked about in the previous post.

I wanted to show another way to use them. In the above card I inked up Hero Arts’ Wildflower Garden (CG170) and stamped on watercolor paper. (Again, that bumpy texture! I will try it again on a smooth stock.)

The edges and the sentiment (Hero Arts Anytime Messages CL129) were inked with Stephanie Barnard Dye Inks from Clearsnap.

Thanks for spending this time with me!

Mixed Media Mash-Up

Mixed media art — ah, the name conjurs up some complicated art process. But if you’ve ever layered paper on a card, used several types of ink, or varied your cardmaking techniques, you’ve created mixed media art. See? Wasn’t that easy?

I did a little mixed media exploring for an article in the December issue of Crafts ‘n things magazine (the one that is on the newstands now.) I thought I’d share some projects that did not make it into the magazine.

First are my experiments using Mix’d Media Inx, a new pigment ink from designer Donna Salazar and Clearsnap. The ink is thick and creamy and comes in a round, stackable container that is somewhat flexible.

The ink stays wet a long time, making it easy to emboss. I played a bit, mixing it up with dye inks and clear embossing powder:

On the one above, I stamped the vine pattern first, using the fast-drying dye ink, then stamped the flowers using the Mix’d Media Inx. (All stamps: Hero Arts.) I embossed with clear powder. Note how the dye ink shows through. It’s okay, but it wasn’t quite the look I wanted, so I also tried embossing the flowers first, then stamping with the dye ink.

Here are some cards made with the finished pieces:

The above uses that piece that was stamped with the vine and dye ink first, then the Inx, and embossed with clear powder. (Spellbinders die; Technique Tuesday sentiment; Martha Stewart ribbon). I also rubbed a bit of the Inx on the die cut to give it more definition.

This one was stamped and embossed first, then the dye ink vines were added. (Yes, some the dye did smear when I rubbed it off the embossed parts! Lesson learned … let the dye ink dry first!)

(Spellbinders Nestabilities die; Martha Stewart edge punch; Inkadinkado sentiment)

Same process, but I let the ink dry longer, then rubbed it off the embossed flowers.

(Spellbinders Nestabilities die; Hero Arts sentiment.)

I’ll have more in another post! Thanks for coming by.