Art journal: November and December

Hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday season! This will probably be my last post for 2018, but I wanted to get my final two Julie Nutting art journal layouts posted before ringing in the new year. I’m honestly surprised that I managed to complete this art journal that started all the way back in January. I don’t always finish long-term projects. One of my many faults. But I managed to finish this one and it will be my first completed art journal. Well… the inside is complete. I hope to decorate the cover sometime in the new year.

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For my November layout, I wanted to do an autumn theme. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for my background to set the scene. I paper pieced the Julie Nutting Doll with Pocket Dress using Prima’s Amber Moon papers. I decorated my little scene using stickers from Paper House Productions (Autumn Woods) and Carta Bella (Fall Break). My sentiment wreath is from the Amber Moon ephemera pack.

To finish off the scene, I used some small leaf stamps by Lavinia Stamps around the edges in autumn colors. I don’t care much for reds and oranges, but I love the way this turned out!

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For my December layout, I again used a pretty piece of scrapbook paper for the background, this time from Ella & Viv. I used my new Merry Julie Nutting doll, paper pieced with papers from the Christmas Jewel collection from Kaisercraft. I die cut the Westbridge Christmas Tree die and the Village Lamp Post die from Poppystamps to add to my scene. I inked the lamp post with Black Soot Distress Ink and used Daytona Sands embossing powder from WOW! for the lamp light. I also heat embossed the tree using WOW! Metalline Greengage embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Merry stamp set, heat embossed with WOW! Blue Glitz powder.

I added some leftover animal stickers from the Paper House Productions Autumn Woods collections. I also added a poinsettia sticker to the lamp post and some purple gems to both the tree and the doll. My final touch was to add some sparkly snowflake stickers from Doodlebug.

I’m not planning on doing a monthly art journal next year… trying to keep up with this one was tough at times! But I’m not giving up art journaling altogether. I’m just going to do it when the mood strikes me next year.

And speaking of year-end wrap-ups, I’d just like to share my Top Nine favorite projects of 2018. I think I’ve improved a little over my creations in 2017, so I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

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Happy New Year!

Guest Designer: The WOW! Factor

I like making cards because I just like making things. I don’t have a lot of use for cards, as I don’t really have anyone to send them to, but I still like making them. I still feel like a novice compared to many I’ve seen online, but it’s fun and relaxing and if you’ve ever wanted to give card making a try, I say go for it!

One of the first things I learned about card making was how to take an ordinary card design and make it pop. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add embossing powder to your design. Embossing powder, especially the metallics and sparkly ones, can give your card that “Wow” factor. (Pun intended, heh.)

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Today, for my second social media guest post for WOW! Embossing Powder, I thought I’d take three cards I’d made in the past and jazz them up with EPs. It’s amazing what a little sparkle can do for your design.

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Lawn Fawn card — before

For my first card, I’d made a cute little scene using the Lawn Fawn I Scream for Ice Cream dies. I used the following Lawn Fawn cardstock to create my sweet little treats: Ballet Slippers, Vanilla Malt, Chili Pepper, Paper Bag, Chocolate Bar, Noble Fir and Black Licorice. I glued all my parts together and mounted them on a background using Lawn Fawn’s quilted backdrop. For my sentiment, I used a stamp from LF’s Bannertastic in Ballet Slippers ink with the sentiment from the Sweet Treats stamp set.

It’s a cute card, but it can so easily be taken up a notch by adding embossing powders.

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Lawn Fawn card — after

For this one, I made the card the same way, but for the vanilla cone, I used Sparkling Snow embossing powder to create some pretty shimmer. I also used Red Glitz to make both the cherry and heart sparkle. And finally, I used In the Pink embossing glitter to turn my strawberry cone into strawberry swirl using a flourish stamp. The sentiment I embossed using Metalline Greengage and I finished the card off with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give the chocolate topping some shine.

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For my next card, I thought I’d play with Concord and 9th’s Wreath Turnabout stamp.

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Concord & 9th card — before

A simple, pretty card, right? I stamped each turn with the following Versafine Clair inks: Verdant, Green Oasis, Shady Lane and Summertime. The sentiment was also stamped with Green Oasis ink.

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Concord & 9th card — after

To make the card extra special, I used the green Versafine Clair inks for the first three turns of the stamp. But for the final turn, instead of the Summertime ink, I used the WOW Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad to stamp with embossing ink. I sprinkled Metallic Gold Sparkle over the card and heat set it, giving it that extra special touch. I also used Metalline Greengage to emboss the sentiment in the center before finishing the card with a few sequins.

(Tip: Make sure the ink is completely dry before using the embossing powder for the last turn!)

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With my last card, I wanted to play with color layering stamps. I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse along with a few elements from the Color Layering Goldfish set.

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Hero Arts card — before

Color layering stamps create a beautiful layering effect when used with different color inks. For my seahorse card, I used Lawn Fawn inks in the following colors:

• Seahorse: Grape Sode, Juice Box, Sugarplum

• Starfish: Peace fuzz, Pumpkin Spice

• Turret shell: Ballet Slippers, Wild Rose

• Scallop shell: Moonstone, Peacock

•Seaweed: Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno

I used the coordinating dies to cut out my stamped images and adhered them onto a die-cut stitched circle from Lawn Fawn using tacky glue and foam squares. For the background, I used the Tim Holtz Waves embossing folder on some blue cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Fish Tank ink.

Now, it’s a pretty card by itself, but when you add embossing powder as the last layer of the stamp, it adds that extra special touch for your recipient.

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Hero Arts card — after

I restamped my images using the same inks, but instead of the last ink, I used the following embossing powders:

• Seahorse: Persian Indigo

• Starfish: Golden Flame

• Turret shell: Coral Reef

• Scallop shell: Calypso

The card simply glitters in the light!

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Thanks for stopping by and again, my thanks to the WOW Embossing Powder team for allowing me to play with them this month!

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Guest Designer: Nature’s Sketchbook

Hello again, everyone! I’m back this week with another project for WOW! Embossing Powder. I wanted to do a variety of projects for my tenure as guest designer, so I knew I had to create an art journal layout as one of my projects!

I had thought, at first, to do an autumn-inspired layout, since we are so close to Thanksgiving here in the U.S. But like so many of my plans, they changed as I progressed. Still, I wanted to challenge myself by using some autumn colors — reds and oranges — two colors I am just not comfortable working with. I think it turned out OK in the end!

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I decided to work in my Moleskin journal. I wanted to add a bit of texture in the background, so I grabbed some washi tape — which turned out to be Halloween tape, but it worked! — and added some strips here and there until I was happy.

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I then covered the pages and tape with a thin layer of white gesso.

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After that dried, it was time to create my background! First, I added some Botanical remnant rubs from Tim Holtz.

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I then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays for the colors — Autumn Maple Crimson, Sea Mint Green, Yellow Rose of Texas, Hag’s Wart Orange and Rudolph’s Nose Red. The rub-ons left a nice white halo around themselves as I sprayed. I then took the Travel Journal background stamp from Carta Bella and stamped randomly over the pages with embossing ink. I used Perissa embossing powder to add texture and shine to the stamped images. Finally, I used the Honeycomb stamp from Stampendous to add a little bit of texture using Acorn Versafine Clair ink.

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I stamped out a few bugs using the Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set. I colored them with Distress Markers and added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze on top to make them shiny. I also die cut some flowers and leaves. I colored some with Distress Inks and some with embossing powders in Metalline Greengage, Kiwi Krush and Metalline Flame. I used papers from the Graphic 45 Nature’s Sketchbook collection that I distressed to create “boxes” for my bugs and layered the die cuts and a bit of linen behind them. A large butterfly from my stash was the finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have another fun project for you next week!

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Guest Designer: All is Calm, All is Bright

Hello, everyone! I am so excited and amazed that I was asked to be a guest designer for WOW! Embossing Powder for November. Since the theme was Christmas this month, I’ve created a little altered embroidery hoop using several different powders and Tim Holtz die cuts. Head on over to the WOW! blog for more photos and details for this project!

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3D cards with Spellbinders dies

Happy June! I can’t believe the month is half over already! My birthday was at the beginning of the month, so I treated myself to some new toys, including the 3D Vignette dies from Spellbinders. I’ve only played with two of them so far, but I am having a lot of fun with them. And I have so many ideas!

Best of all, they fold flat for mailing!

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Silent Night

The first one I tried was the Grand Arch die set. It’s a really cool set. I think it would spectacular with the scroll work cut all the way through, but I really wanted to use some of my favorite Memory Box dies to create a woodland scene. And I figured I might as well get a jump start on Christmas cards. It’s never too early, right? It’ll be here before we know it!

The beauty of these Memory Box dies is that they get progressively smaller, creating a tunnel-like effect. I cut all the layers in white for a snowy feel. I added the little church at the very back to give the illusion of distance. I inked it with Tea Dye Distress Ink just to have it stand out a little. The deer was also inked with Tea Dye, then edged with Vintage Photo. And just for a pop of color, I also added a red Cardinal to watch over the forest.

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Card with tea light placed behind vellum panel.

I die cut the back panel in vellum so I could add a battery-operated tea light behind it. It’s an amazing effect. I just wish I could capture it better in a photo!

For my next 3D card, I decided to make my dad’s Father’s Day card using the Grand Dome die set. I decided on a nautical theme as dad just loves messing around in boats.

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Father’s Day 2018

I cut my layers using papers from the St. Tropez collection by Prima. My focal images were all fussy cut from the lovely Sand & Sea collection from 49 & Market. I also added some Flower Soft for some scrubby beach grass and some twine around the posts for the salty ocean look. The final touches were adding some tiny starfish, Mini Art Stones and a couple of die cut seagulls.

I also made my first little video for this card. It’s not a tutorial — I’m not up to that point yet. But I wanted to show how the card folds flat for mailing.

I’m itching to try the Grand Cabinet die next!

NSD 2018 + Craft Fair Projects

National Scrapbook Day 2018 has come and gone, so I thought I’d share my makes for this year. I had planned on knocking out my mom’s Mother’s Day card early and work on other projects later in the day. Well… that did not happen. The card took all damn day. But it turned out pretty and I know she’ll love it, so it was worth it.

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Mother’s Day 2018

I did this card based on a Lawn Fawn YouTube tutorial. I used Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers the How You Bean? stamps and die sets to make this shaker card. I love getting Mom flowers, but they always die after a while, so this way, her card of flowers will last much longer. She still has last year’s Mother’s Day card on display, so I think she will like this one. And I ended up die cutting so many flowers, I had enough for two cards. The other I plan on adding to my craft fair stock.

Speaking of craft fairs, my goal this year is to attend one for the first time. So I am trying to build up some “stock” to sell at the annual craft fair held in my town before Christmas. I think I will mostly be making cards, but I have a few art pieces I’d like to add in as well. I’ve made four works using Oxide inks and Lavinia Stamps and I thought they turned out rather well. The artworks are 5×7, placed in a decorated 8×10 mat. I don’t know if anyone will be interested in them, but I’m pretty pleased with them.

Speaking of cards, here are some samples of ones I will be making for the craft fair.

Of course, if any of my dear readers are interested in anything ahead of time, just drop me a line at naiensama@gmail.com.

I’ll be back in a few days with updates on my Julie Nutting monthly layouts!

MTW Challenge: The Presence of Wonder

A new month means a new challenge issued on the More Than Words Challenge blog. I entered my first in February and had a lot of fun with it. I had to skip March due to various conflicts, but April’s theme was just too good to pass up.

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I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to pretty photographs that pop into my feed, and a good portion of those are of cute animals. So that is what I used for my inspiration. I scrolled through, trying to find a photo that would spark something, and I found a pretty picture of koi fish. I love koi and the koi pond in the Japanese Gardens in Sydney is one of my favorite spots in the world, so I chose to use koi in my layout.

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The Presence of Wonder

My first attempt at this layout was… just horrible. I started it, but just did not like where it was going, so I scrapped my first attempt and decided to try something different. I used watercolor paper to flow grey and red sprays as my background. While trying to get the color to flow, I accidentally let a little bit of it drip down the paper. I thought it looked cool so I added a few more. I then used some background stamps for some added interest all over the colored portion.

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After that dried came the layering. A piece of chipboard painted with gold Sparks paint, flowers and ephemera pieces from Kaisercraft’s Hanami Garden collection. I also added some die cut koi after painting them with watered-down distress inks. The large koi is from Hero Arts and the smaller ones are from Memory Box/Poppystamps.

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To finish, I added some color to the flowers, some mini art stones, Finnabair Melange pieces and a quote sticker from Tim Holtz. I also added some clear crackle glue on top of the fish. It’s hard to see in the photos, but in person, the crackles look like fish scales.

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The whole layout took three hours, start to finish. I had just sat down to do the background last night, but I was having so much fun, I just had to keep going. Thanks for stopping by!