Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art. They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking, stamping, mixing inks, using foils, and coloring ribbon. A mixed media tag is a great way to use many of your craft supplies in one simple and easy project!
Time: 40 minutes
Mask off the head portion of the girl image. Ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black and stamp image onto the shipping tag. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out the top portion and place over image on tag.
Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk Memento ink, then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud Memento ink. Remove mask. Fill a water pen with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in the New Sprout color which is a nice soft yellow-green. Color the dress & hands with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker in Rose Bud. Use the fine tip of the Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to color in a ground line near the feet of our girl. I also did a few random swipes with a glue stick and burnished silver foil onto portions of the tag.
Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks Craft Spray. Use Lilac Posies color which is a magenta and the other with New Sprout to match the colored area of the tag. Additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry, trim to desired size. Hand tear faces off of the washi tape and place on tag, including one at the top of the body image. Lay lines of the other washi tapes in the pack on a scrap piece of card stock. Die cut into a butterfly shape. Adhere silver foil to the butterflies as done on the tag in step 2.
Ink edges of tag with any ink color used on the interior of the tag. Tie the colored ribbons on the top and staple the butterflies into place.
- Manila shipping tag
- Stampotique – Mela stamp, “Fly” stamp
- Joy Clair – Hugs & Smiles
- Washi tape – Jane Davenport
- Prima Foil – silver
- Glue stick
- Water pen
- White ribbon
- Sizzix – Butterfly die
- Masking paper
- Heat tool
- Die cutting machine
- Paper towels
Do you know someone with a birthday coming up? Are you loving what you are seeing in ink blending trends? Well, today’s blog post is just for you! Mischelle Smith uses Kaleidacolor and a brayer to blend dye inks on black and white decorative paper to create a beautiful birthday card. Neva Cole uses circle dies of different sizes and Memento inks to create an attractive floral-themed card.
Looking for the perfect way to show off the gorgeous palette of your Kaleidacolor inkpads? I was! So, I went directly to my black and white pattern papers. I used my brayer to add a portion of beautifully blended color to my black and white paper and the results were stunning. For an extra bit of visual interest, I also brayered some of my color onto white scraps of cardstock and then die cut. The contrast of black and white with beautiful bursts of Kaleidacolor makes a winning combination every time.
I did a couple easy techniques to create this card. The split from black and white to color is a simple masking technique. Mask the top section, ink up the brayer with Bouquet Kaleidacolor Pad and brayer the bottom portion of the pattern paper. Then, I repeated the brayer technique onto scraps of white cardstock and used a branch die cut to make the top layer pieces. I used a black shimmer trim to hide any masking marks and to add a nice contrast in the middle. Next, I created the Happy Birthday tag and prepared for the layering of all the elements. I layered one set of branches, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the silver thread and finished with another top layer of branch die cut. While this is a option, I can’t resist spritzing with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add the finishing touch. I found this design to be so fun that I created a matching tag in the same style. So you can really expand these ideas as much as you like!
- CTMH – Black Shimmer Trim, Happy Birthday stamp, Mother’s Day Workshop
- Decorative paper
- Silver metallic thread
- Foam tape
- White cardstock
- Paper trimmer
- Score board
- Hole punch
Blending with Memento Inks by Neva Cole
The challenge for the month was to incorporate ink blending into a project. I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9. I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink. The top two layers are die cut in circles. The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly. The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guess it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. A little secret here, I accidently marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment. Once dry, the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive and ready to be paired with a birthday present.
- Joy Clair – Spring Time Flowers, Happy Birthday stamp
- Spellbinders – small circle die, large circle die
- Foam adhesive
- Paint brush
- Stamp positioner
Rainbow Colors can evoke such fun and thoughtful emotions. In today’s blog post, two of our artists use an array of colors to bring forward cheerful rainbow-themed projects. Kyriakos inks flower embellishments with StazOn solvent inks and Jessica uses irRESISTibles to write encourage words on rainbow color flags.
Look at a mirror and love what you see! Flower shaped mirrors decorate the face of this card in order for someone special like you to reflect on your specialness. Each flower is covered with a different StazOn color for a fun result. The plain white background lightly distressed with black ink brightens the card and contrasts nicely with the colored mirrors. This card would serve as a happy reminder to a friend or family member who may be going through a tough time and needs a little help remembering to care for themselves.
In the photo above, I show how I used StazOn ink to color the mirror embellishments. Simply cover the mirror pieces with an ink dauber directly from the inkpad. One coat should do the trick. It is quick and simple and transform an ordinary group of embellishments that one would find in a set or 6-pack into a festive new bundle.
- Card base – white
- Cardstock – white
- Sizzix – Stripes embossing folder
- Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
- Knorr Prandell – flower mirrors
I just love adding my own special touch to pretty much anything in our home. So when it came time to create décor for my kids’ play space, I knew I needed to give it a personal touch. These rainbow pennant banners add a color with our “rules” for the play space!
Cut the felt into matching triangle pieces and arrange them in the order you wish. Using the Pico Embellisher, write one word on each pennant -“Create, Smile, Laugh, Share, Encourage, Memories, Play, Giggle, Imagine”. Allow irRESISTibles to dry. With a sewing machine, sew the pennants to the ruler-style ribbon using the spacing you desire. I chose to make the spacing roughly 2.5 inches between each individual flag piece. At this point the creating of your project is complete and your are ready to decorate. One of the nice things about a project like this is it can be as big or small as you want or as the space requires. The number of flags, the length of your ribbon and the spacing between will effect how large or small the finished project.
- Rainbow Colored Felt
- Sewing machine
I can’t believe it is almost the end of the school year! My daughter always likes to give her teachers a thank you/goodbye card the last day of school. She specifically asked for a chalkboard look. Right away I knew I wanted to use Imagines VersaMagic which is a chalk like ink.
Below I put together a tutorial video showing I created the chalkboard effect on my card….
Time: 30 min
- Cardstock – Green, Kraft
- White Pencil
- Washi Tape
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The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Fireworks Craft Sprays. Once the color was dry I added texture. I mixed Fireworks with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping. First using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangular images I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the eraser end of a No. 2 pencil. As a finishing touch, I added white by stamping white acrylic paint with a plastic roll.
For the face, I wanted to try a fun collage technique. I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces were cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. The stencil was my guidance when placing the pieces on the page, and again, On Point Glue was the right choice for gluing down the tiny cut parts. I picked up the quote from Pinterest and cut the letters with Sizzix alpha dies.
I’m very happy with the final look of the page and hope try it out some of the techniques.
- StencilGirl – ‘Abigail’ stencil
- Sizzix – Alpha dies
- Bubble wrap
- No. 2 pencil
- Texture paste
- Acrylic paint – white, magenta
- Craft knife
- Cocoa Daisy – Triangle Texture stamp
M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson
M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!
The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.
- Cardstock – white
- Battery-operated LED tea light
- Exacto knife
- Fishing line or twine
Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman
Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.
Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above). Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque. This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!
• Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
• Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
• VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
• Tear It! Tape
• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Staple gun