Mixed Media Cards | Pop Paint backgrounds.

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Welcome to another blog post with the inspiring range of POP Paints from Chiswick.
This week I am in the mood for Mixed Media – which pretty much means I am in clean up mode and using everything on my desk
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Today I am sharing some cards I made using POP Paint for my backgrounds.
These cards have a fun and playful theme to them, pretty much anything goes.
The soft colours were totally inspired by the background – who says Flamingos have all the fun?
card1step 1 – Paint your white cardstock background using a single colour – I used Flamingo.
I left some open spaces and also added water to my brush to get a thinner coverage in certain places.
step1step 2 – Use a stencil and texture paste and add a pattern to the background.
step2step 3 – Add ink splats using water colours paint as well as enamel glaze. Leave the background to dry
or heat set with your heat gun.
step3step 4 – Cut circles freehand from coloured pieces of paper and patterned papers.
Add stamped images and words across the background in a random fashion.
Then use your sewing machine and sew randomly across the background in white thread.
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step 5 – Cut the background into smaller squares and adhere to the front of a folded card.
step 6 – Adhere flowers and decorative clips to the front of your card. Finish off with coloured diamante.

step 7 – Use Zest POP Paint and a wooden skewer to add small coloured paint dots on your card.
How perfectly does the colour match the insides of my flowers? And it is the perfect accent colour for my design.
Finish off your cards by sewing around the outside edge.
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For my second card I used another corner of my background I created and ended up with a strip of
white on the right hand side – which in its own way is perfect too.

card2Notice how the placement of the texture paste stenciled flowers at the top of the cards compliments the design perfectly.
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And there you have two quick Mixed Media background cards in a gorgeous array of pretty and feminine colours.

Products used
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Flamingo pp0002
All your favourite colours of POP Paint is available from your local craft store in a perfect 28ml size just enough for
all those paper crafting and mixed media projects. I got mine from Short Cuts Craft in Sandton.
I hope you are inspired on how to create your create play projects into gorgeous mixed media cards.
Until next time – happy painting!

Shimmering Tsukineko Delicata, Beautiful Memories.

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Tsukineko Delicata is the latest generation of metallic inkpad. Remarkably true and bright, it outshines other inkpads and provides stamping results that resemble the true effects of gold and silver leafing without the mess. Yes you heard me, without the mess of using actual foil you can achieve the look of those gorgeous metals in a few easy steps.
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These inkpads feature a substantially raised inkpad surface to accommodate even the largest stamps without interference from the inkpad case. A Water-based, acid-free and archival ink that is perfect for cardmakers and scrapbookers and any one just feeling the need to add some bling to their creative life.

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This truly is a remarkable ink pad that can stand on its own but combined with other inks will shine even brighter.

In all my years of stamping and using inks I have never come across another ink that truly shimmers and shines like Delicata.

And of course it would be great for the holidays but also for year-round bling.

Characteristics

  • Pigment ink
  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Best left to dry naturally to bring out the shimmer

Here’s how I used Delicata to create this gorgeous shining layout.

Delicata Copper

I used the copper re-inker to create a die-cut background. Squeeze a small amount of re-inker onto an old credit card or applicator tool like the lift-off tool and then drag the ink across plain cardstock for an even layer of metallic. Leave the ink to dry naturally. Once dry, use a Kaisercraft die cut and cut out the image out of the inked cardstock piece.

Delicata Black

Use your ink pad and lightly in a circular movement add ink to cardstock using the direct to paper technique to add Black Shimmer to the cardstock. Leave to dry naturally – (heat setting seems to take away some of the beautiful and incredible shine).

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Use Golden Glitz Delicata and a stencil and ink a pattern onto the background cardstock. Use a single colour or layer different colours over each other using a clean sponge dauber for each colour to avoid contamination. Leave to dry.

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Use a second stencil and a clean dauber with the White shimmer Delicata ink pad and stencil another pattern onto the background. Use Silver Delicata and the same stencil with a clean dauber and ink silver over the background for a two tone effect. The white leaves a gorgeous shimmer while the silver gives off a soft glow.

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Add shimmery ink splats to your background. Press the ink pad onto your craft sheet and mist with water. Use a small paint brush to pick up some of the ink, mix the water into it to make it liquidy and then splat ink onto your background. The ink leaves a beautiful shimmer that is really hard to capture on photos – but truly spectacular in real life.

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The shimmer and lustre is truly amazing on white, but on black it is even more spectacular – opening up a whole new world for cardmakers and wedding invitations – adding the perfect amount of lustre to any occasion.

 

Layout Inspired By An Art Journaling Page | Lady Pattern Paper

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Being creative never is a one sided affair. For me being creative is the constant thinking of how you can use scraps, samples, or experiments. Creativity is evolving and growing into different things, creating multiple things at any given time. This of course brings me to my next project…
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This art journaling page was created for a class and evolved into something that I really love! And while demoing how to create the background on a 12” background I created a gorgeous effect using pretty much the same colours of paint. And of course the natural progression would be to turn the sample page into a layout – mimicking everything from the art journal page onto the layout.

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The only thing I needed was some pretty patterned paper. And when looking at the bright and beautiful background I could definitely use something that is neutral but also blue at the same time. This calls for some Kraft Essentials paper – matching up a perfect blue from the photo used with the necessary neutral needed.

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It just goes to show, that inspiration is everywhere, that creativity is only an opportunity waiting to be taken and that Lady Pattern Paper papers are the perfect match in any situation. And that’s why it should be part of your crafting stash basics – fulfilling every creative need imaginable.

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Have you tried creating an art journaling page using the versatile Kraft Essentials?

Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Bloghop with Imagine Crafts | stamped card

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Welcome to the Cas-ual Fridays stamps and Imagine Crafts bloghop. We are so excited to share our beautiful creations using the gorgeous products sponsored by Cas-ual fridays
along with the amazing range of inks and products available from Imagine Crafts.
You should have landed here from Joanna’s blog http://www.hartybyheart.com
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I used the stunning and versatile Chevron stamp set Zigs&Zags CFSS-13-015 to create a colourful background for my card.
On top of the stamped background I used the Fun-Fetti die CFD15-105 to add some fun elements in the same colour scheme as the stamped chevrons.

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step1 – In small circular movements add some color using three different ink colors. Apply a light pressure only to transfer the VersaMagic ink.
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step 2 – Use the same three VersaMagic ink colors and ink the stamp. Stamp the bottom Chevron once, and the the entire stamp again to create the card background.
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step 3 – Die-cut the Fun-Fetti die out of the colored cardstock piece repeatedly to get a colorful array of confetti pieces.
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step 4 – Adhere the Fun-fetti pieces to the stamped background piece. I scattered the pieces across the card in a fun and random manner.
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step 5 – Use some washi tape and tape off the die-cut piece leaving only a selected portion open. This way you are creating your own strencil.
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step 6 – Use a large ink sweeper and Pink Grapefruit Versamagic and stencil the heart pattern onto your folded card repeatedly to create a decorative element.
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Adhere the stamped panel to the stenciled card piece and finish off your card with diamante and star confetti pieces. Add a stamped sentiment using Versafine ink.

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Thank you for hopping by – I hope you are inspired by the beautiful Cas-ual Fridays stamps and dies and how you can create beautiful elements by combining them with the fabulous Imagine Crafts Inks.
Now Hop on over to Lisa’s Blog for some more inspiration

Remember you can WIN BIG by being a part of the blog hop by leaving us some comments and love.

In case you get lost, head on over to the Imagine Crafts blog https://imaginecraftsblog.com/2016/06/25/blog-hop-with-imagine-and-cas-ual-fridays

or head over to the Cas-ual Fridays Stamps blog https://cas-ualfridaysstamps.blogspot.com

Quilted Valentine heart – Lady Pattern Paper.

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Are you one of those people who have everything together (yeah me neither)? You know what I mean, the kind that creates fun things for your family like lunches that are really special, decorate your house for Valentine’s, Easter and St. Patrick’s day and write quirky little notes tucked away for them to find during their day?detail 1

Yes you know the kind! The kind we all want to be but when life’s reality hits and you fall so behind with ordinary things like dishes and washing you just go with the flow.
Well today I am encouraging you (and myself) to be the former – to try and create something special for your loved ones,
to write the little note even if it makes you 5 minutes late, to let go of the mundane and do what really matters.

Head on over to Lady Pattern Paper’s blog to see how I made my quilted heart.

Couture Creations Cutting Dies An Altered Book Cover.

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I love using old book paper in my projects. But what to do with those book covers can be tricky for those of us that are hoarders. So I have started using them as canvasses to create some interesting art works on. One such a piece came together using some of my favourite Couture Creations die cuts. They are so beautifully delicate and no matter what you choose to do with them, they are sure to be a show stopper. detail 3
In preparation for the #SecretScrapbookEvent I am sharing just one of the easy ways of how to use your die cuts creatively, grouped together and layered for dimension, to create beautiful works of art.
altered book coverI cut my shapes out of white cardstock and added colour to them using my painted background as a starting point. So shades of blue and green won at the end of the day.
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Step 1 – Die cut two different dies out of white cardstock – I used a flower and a leaf design.
step 1step 2 – Add colour to the die-cuts using Memento dye inks.
step 2step 3 – Add shades of blue ink to the flowers and let them dry. Then dip the stems and leaves into green ink to add colour.
step 3step 4 – Use 3 different acrylic paint colours and paint a book cover. Let dry completely and then add walnut ink crystal splats.
step 4step 5 – Use walnut ink mist to colour a manilla tag.
step 5step 6 – Once all your elements are dry, arrange them onto your cover to determine placement. Adhere the elements overlapping each other, layered together to create dimension. TIP: Use a glue gun, Tombow mono-multi glue or foam tape to add dimension to your elements. Or simply leave some parts of the elements loose to add dimension and movement.
step 6step 7 – Add glitter glue to the coloured flowers.
step 7step 8 – Use a grey dye ink to highlight the textured edge on the cover. Ink the edges and then blend the ink using your finger or a sponge dauber.
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And this is just one of the ways to use your wonderful Couture Creations cutting dies.
No matter what the project – these cutting dies are perfectly versatile.

My Origami Heart – a true story layout.

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This week I am focusing on a boyish layout using my some of my favourite Lady Pattern Paper papers. We already know how versatile they are combined with other patterned papers,
but today I am sharing how simple it is to choose which papers to use.
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This layout started off with a fun and vibrant floral patterned paper. I then grabbed my stash of Lady Pattern Paper and chose which colours best matched and complimented the patterned paper – and the following colours won loose hands: Red Pop, So Buff and Intense Teal – perfect for a boyish themed layout with a fun twist.

But that’s not all, I also embossed some stars onto Green Chartreuse using a green embossing powder that turned teal and matched my layout perfectly. My red origami heart is a fun twist using a piece of scrap paper. Foam tape was used to adhere the heart to add some dimension.

Here’s how I created my elements:

Step 1

Stamp stars onto green chartreuse patterned paper using VersaMark ink pad. Sprinkle embossing powder over the stars and shake off the excess.
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Step 2

Heat the stars using a heat gun until the embossing powder is fully melted and shiny. Cut out the stars.
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Step 3 – Folding the origami heart

Cut your patterned paper 11 x 11cm square. (click to view the easy step by step illustration)

My layout is comprised out of blocks of paper with the corners rounded and adhered to the background. My photos are scattered in between the blocks and then finished off with embellishments, embossed stars, the folded heart, rub-ons and a die-cut title.
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Use your corner rounder to get perfectly rounded corners each and every time.

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Use your scrap papers to create beautiful squares – perfect for a layout like this.

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Larger pieces of scrap paper is perfect for folding elements on your layout – use every single inch of your papers.

A simple layout finished off with little details adding interest, dimension and texture. I love the simplicity and details the papers offer this layout.
for a full step x step visit Lady Pattern Paper’s website

Stamped and masked – a fun and versatile technique.

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Todays blog post on the Chisiwck blog is all about their gorgeous butterfly stamp and masking the image for a fun effect.
This is such an amazing technique, so simple and yet effective!
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I created this quick and easy tag using their stamps.

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for a step by step on how to create this effect, head on over to the Chiswick blog
They also have some amazing new stamps that I will share as soon as I Have created some fun projects with them, so watch this space.

Get moving – a card in a box for Imagine Crafts.

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I am on the Imagine Crafts blog with this super fun and easy card with a twist.
Sometimes creating a flat card is just not good enough, sometimes something different is refreshing.
For today I created an accordion fold card inside a little box. Not only can it be used for the card, you can add a small gift inside for the recipient too.
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For a full step x step head on over to the blog! I am simply in love with the StazOn Glaze inks – versatile and amazing to work with!
Happy inking!

Scrap-a-doodles Design Team Final audition – layout and cards.

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So this past month has been a bit of a whirlwind with teaching around the country, traveling and creating. And one of the exciting things is that I made it through the first round of the Scrap-a-doodles design team and here a week or so later is my next entries. I am not a busy scrapper, I am a ME scrapper, true to myself and my odd style with some techniques thrown into the mix. Love it or hate it – this is me and I am totally comfortable with it all. So for this week I created a layout and some cards. The layout is done using the new Fancy Pants range of paper with some photos of my niece. As with most of my layouts i added some of my current favourite techniques and elements alongside this bright and beautiful range of paper.
HER BEAUTY LAYOUTI used a few sheets of patterned papers which also included some of her favourite colours at the moment. One such product is this tree die-cut from Couture Creations. I first added a layer of green Distress ink and then misted it with Gold Mister Huey ink to add the shimmer.
DIE CUTSOne of my favourite new border punches is this circle punch – not only because of the circles which i love but also the endless supply of confetti dots that i can recycle and use again all over. On top of the punched border I added another little die cut element using a Sizzix die cut with my Cuttlebug.

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Step 1 – I cut the shape out of white ‘technique’ cardstock
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step 2 – ink the die-cut with Versamark ink on a scrap piece of paper.
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step 3 – Add your first colour of embossing powder over the inked die-cut. Shake off the excess and return it to the container.
step 3step 4 – Heat set the embossing powder until fully melted. Once the powder is shiny that’s when it is melted.
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step 5 – Leave the embossed die cut to cool down before inking it again using the Versamrk ink. If the embossing is still hot the embossing powder will pull off and stick to the ink pad damaging the surface. Once the die cut is inked, lightly sprinkle a thin layer of gold embossing powder onto the die cut.
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step 6 – Heat set the gold embossing powder for a multi coloured effect. Cut the element in half to use on your layout.
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To create my own elements for the layout I cut the sun on my silhouette machine and then added
a layer of colour using Distress ink.
step 1 – Press the ink pad onto your craft sheet repeatedly until you see some colour.
*lighter colours may not be visible on your craft sheet
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step 2 – Mist the ink with water until colour drops form
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step 3 – Dip the die cut into the ink until it is fully coloured. You can leave it to dry naturally or heat set the colour with a heat gun.
If you want a darker more intense colouring leave it to dry and then add another layer of colour until you are happy with the look.
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I love stamping and what better way than to create my own stamps and use different mediums to add interest to the stamping. For my background circles I used 2 colours of Mister Huey inks to stamp with. My stamp was die cut using fun foam and a circle die from Provo Craft. I simply adhere the foam circle to an acrylic block using double sided tape.
step 1 – Mist the 2 colours on top of each other on your craft sheet
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step 2 – Dip your stamp into the ink and carefully lift it. Avoid getting too much ink on your stamp, when turning it over the ink may splash and drip all over your project – a little ink goes a long way
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step 3 – Position the stamp onto your cardstock and press down – the ink may cause it to slip so be carefully and hold it steadily. Hold your cardstock down with your one hand and lift the stamp carefully not to smudge the image. Repeat as desired
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and so I completed my layout using lots of different techniques and products to add colour, texture and interest.
Products used
Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Meology Inks: Mister Huey Gold & Classic Tan, Distress ink Evergreen Bough, Versamark ink pad Die-cuts: Sizzix Decorative Icons Set, Couture Creations Tree Punch: X Cut Border Punch Dotted Wave Embossing Powder: AC Zing embossing powders Other: Heat Gun, Fun foam, Craft sheet, Mini mister, Cuttlebug
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I love making cards as well. A couple of years ago I fell in love with the Gorjuss range of stamps. These stamps are perfect for colouring in, and so I simply had to re-create some cards i made years ago for a class – and if you know me this is rare.
What I love about these easy cards is that the stamps are really versatile and opens a world of opportunities by combining techniques and products to get different effects.
card 1I stamped the images onto white watercolour paper and coloured them using my Distress markers. Once i finished colouring the images I added some paper pieced layers to the images adding to the cute factor.
Here’s how i did it
step 1 – Stamp the image onto the white cardstock using black Versafine ink. Versafine ink is perfect for the detailed images with their fine lines and also dries permanent and will not affect your painting with water at all.
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step 2 – On an acrylic block lightly scribble your marker to add colour to the surface.
TIP – Always use the flat side of the brush tip to scribble with and colour to the block, to avoid damaging the tip itself
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step 3 – Mist the ink with water and then use a small soft paint brush to paint your image
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step 4 – Repeatedly stamp the image again onto scrap pieces of patterned paper. I only stamped the areas I know that i am going to cut out and use as paper pieced images liek the rabbit and the dress. The cut out the image and ink the edges
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step 5 – Adhere the cut out image to the stamped image on the white cardstock that you are colouring in. I sometimes add the cut out paper pieces first and then add my colouring afterwards to avoid colouring an area that I may cover with paper later
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Finish off your cards with other elements that will match the theme or the colours of your card. Remember that any good card has a background, embellishments and a focal point
And here’s another card I made using my left-over papers and elements.
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Products used
Stamps: DoCrafts Gorjuss Inks: Tsukineko Versafine, Ranger Distress ink Markers Patterned paper: Teresa Collins She Said 6×6 Paper pad, Bazzill Cardstock, Watercolour paper Other: Sewing machine, Embroidery thread, Buttons, diamante, paper doilies, Olba flower punch

I leave you with this canvas i did earlier in the year and am now working on a second and third one to match….
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texture paste and shimmery mists in gold – pure joy

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Happy crafting! And here’s to creativity and design teams and living a creative life everyday!
Love what you do and do what you love!

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