Tag swap: Go Deep

The mixed media box I made for the last swap on the Scrapbook.com forums was well received, so when the summer tag swap opened, I hopped at the chance to participate. Since the theme was summer, my mind immediately goes to the ocean. I haven’t taken a trip since my last cruise in 2016, but I’ll always associate summer with the beach and the cool ocean depths. So that’s what I went with for my partner’s tag.

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I wanted my tag to have a semi-transparent look, so I started with a clear acrylic sheet that I cut down to a 6×8 inch tag. For texture I added some torn drywall tape in various places.

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I then added some heavy white gesso to the bottom half of the tag, and clear gesso to the top half. The clear gesso doesn’t dry totally clear on the acrylic sheet, but gives a nice semi-transparent cloudy look.

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When dry, I added some limestone texture paste to the bottom of the tag, then added various sizes of art stones to create my ocean bottom. While that dried, I got my embellishments ready — chipboard pieces, seashells, a starfish and a resin mermaid — by painting them with white gesso. I attached some fish net to the tag and arranged my composition before gluing everything down.

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To add color to my tag, I used Lindy’s sprays in Whale Watch Blue, Ponderosa Pines Olive and Opal Sea Oats. I then dry brushed gesso over the top to tone down the colors.

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After I was mostly satisfied with the color, I decided the mermaid needed just a touch more. I painted her with Fairy Wings Sparks paint, then added Vintage Gold wax to highlight certain areas. I then used Verdigris embossing powder by Ranger to heat emboss a Dusty Attic sea dragon chipboard piece to add to my tag. The quote is from the Prima Art Daily Planner collection sentiment sticker pad. As a final touch, I added a touch of Peacock wax here and there.

Thanks for stopping by! This was my last swap I’d signed up for, so I don’t know what I’ll create next. But I’m sure I’ll have fun doing it!

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Mixed media swap: Believe in Magic

I had such fun with my last mixed media swap, I joined another a few weeks ago. This time I decided to do an altered book box using Prima/Finnabair waxes.

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I found a papier-mâché book box at Hobby Lobby and began by adhering crumpled tissue paper to the front, back and spine for a kind of leathery texture. I then used texture paste through the Prima Manuscript stencil after the glue had dried. Afterwards, I painted the whole book, inside and out, with black gesso.

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I gathered my elements for the front — some chipboard, metal flowers by Prima, a resin frame and resin mask I had made from one of my moulds — and painted them all with black gesso before gluing them in place with 3D Matte Gel Medium. I let everything dry overnight, so everything was nice and secure.

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I used the Finnabair waxes in Peacock, Electric Violet and Firebird to add color to the book and the embellishments. I finished everything off with some Melange pebbles painted with Iris Potion on the flat side, and a few Swarovski crystals.

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And since I’ve been making a lot of jewelry lately, I also included one of my pieces as an extra little gift for inside the box.

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I’ve already signed up for my next fun swap — a summer themed mixed media tag. I hope to start it next week, during my staycation vacation!

NSD 2019

(Inter)National Scrapbook Day has come and gone. I had planned on spending the day making my mom’s Mother’s Day card, like I did last year, but we had unexpected visitors Saturday morning that took up a large chunk of the day. I could have started it that afternoon, but I’d recently made some new resin castings from some recently purchased moulds, so I decided to have a play with mixed media instead.

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I started with a papier mache heart that I painted with black gesso. I took the resin pieces I wanted to use, along with some metal flowers, wings and crown from Tim Holtz and painted them with black gesso as well. I used Heavy Body Gel to attach everything everything to the heart and left it to dry overnight.

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To add color, I started with the Mint Sparkle and Peacock waxes by Prima, blending the two colors over all the elements and the back of the heart.

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I added just a bit of Old Denim wax to the wings as well, for a bit of depth. Then, I went over the raised surfaces with the Vintage Gold wax to bring out the details.

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To finish the piece, I used Glossy Accents to adhere some Swarovski crystals here and there to add some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by! Wish me luck on getting my Mother’s Day card done on time!

Mixed media swap: Fairy Garden

Spring is slowly making its way into my area, though winter keep storming back into the room every few days, as if to say, “And another thing…” Though winter here has been mostly mild, with very little snow compared to years past, it has been the wettest winter on record for my county. Cold, rainy days play merry havoc on my asthmatic lungs, so I haven’t had a lot of energy for crafting lately.

That said, I did sign up for a mixed media swap over on the Scrapbook.com forums. My partner and I decided to surprise each other with our projects, using the theme of “Spring,” as we were both sick of winter. I decided to create a fairy garden on a folding fan for my project.

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I started with a wooden hand fan, which I glued open using Mod Podge. After adding a coat of white gesso, I painted the fan using Prima Finnabair Opal Magic Teal-Blue and Yellow-Pink, muted with a bit of White Pearl Metallique paint.

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I painted some vine flourish chipboard with Golden Moss Metallique paint and glued them down onto the fan, along with some flowers from 49 and Market.

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I took a quick-cast resin mold piece from the new Fairy Garden Finnabair mould and painted it with Butterfly Spells Sparks paint, then rubbed some Vintage Gold wax over the top. The wings were made using the Prima Grungy Butterflies painted with Magic Pond Sparks paint.

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I used several elements from the 49 and Market Layered Embellishments “Dragonfly Revolution” and “Wings and Things” amongst the flowers. I finished with some white ink splatters, some Prima gems and a pink tassel at the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember, think spring!

Unimaginable

Is anyone in the Northern Hemisphere ready for spring yet? I know I am, and we haven’t even had that bad of a winter here in Tennessee, not like the northern states. But these gloomy, cold days are great for working indoors on craft projects! And I’ve just finished my latest… a steampunk octopus!

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This was actually going to be my second video tutorial, but I somehow messed up my camera settings and a large chunk of the middle didn’t get recorded. So I’ll just do my best to explain how I created him.

I started with a 12-inch blank MDF octopus from Diverse Woodworking. I painted the base with black gesso, then used modeling paste through the Riveted stencil from TCW to get the metal plate look. When that dried, I painted the entire thing with Ancient Coin and Steampunk Copper Metallique paints from Prima/Finnabair. I set it aside to dry while I worked on my embellishments.

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I used a Baroque frame, faucet knob and quote band from Tim Holtz, along with several chipboard cogs from Dusty Attic and a tin heart from Prima for the center of my octopus. I painted everything with black gesso, then went over different elements with the following Prima waxes: Vintage Gold, Rich Copper and Brushed Iron. I arranged them how I wanted on the octopus and glued everything down with heavy body gel, leaving it to dry overnight. The next day, I mixed small and medium Art Stones with some Ancient Coin paint and added them here and there around the cogs. I also decided I wanted to rust him up a bit, so I dabbed on some Prima rust pastes here and there over the entire octopus and cogs.

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The chipboard hat and accessories came from Creative Embellishments. I painted everything with black gesso, then used Rich Copper wax for the hat and Peacock wax for the “feather.” Glued everything down, then attached the hat to the octopus’ head with more heavy body gel. I added Crackle Accents to the “goggles” to give them a cracked, glassy look and finished the hat off with silver Nuvo Drops as rivets.

For the eyes, I used a chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments and jewels from the Prima Santorini collection. I really wanted him to have blue eyes for some reason!

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I knew I wanted to add some things in his tentacles, so I used a couple of cogs, a little resin starfish, a clock charm and a Tim Holtz Christmas Bauble colored with Pool alcohol ink with a little copper mixative. A few more Art Stones hid where the glue was visible.

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At this point, he was mostly done, but I felt he needed a little something extra in the center. So I found a resin seahorse and painted it with Ancient Coin paint, then rubbed a little Peacock wax over the top. Such a gorgeous combination!

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, I’ll be more careful with my video clips in the future!

Lost in the Darkness

Last month, I wrote about decorating shaped MDF pieces from an amazing little company I’d found online, Diverse Woodworking. I had so much fun doing up one of their swans that I wanted to do a second, companion piece to it. As my first swan was white and pink, I wanted to make my second black and maroon. A white swan and a black swan. My very own Swan Lake, if you will.

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I pretty much did the exact same thing with my black swan as I did with my white. I used Prima Marketing’s Midnight Garden collection to decorate my swan. I adhered a piece of the paper collection to the swan using Mod Podge, and layered it with some heat embossed chipboard pieces, Midnight Garden Flowers and ephemera. My final touch was to add one of the new Parisian Hat Pins from Prima and a Halloween quote chip by Tim Holtz.

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I am absolutely loving these MDF shapes! So much so, my next project-in-progress is a steampunk octopus. Hopefully he will be finished soon!

Shine Brightly

A few months ago, I found this amazing company called Diverse Woodworking on Amazon. I was looking for some shaped MDF pieces for my mixed media projects, and discovered they had a huge selection, especially on their own website. I ordered several pieces, and have already used some of them. I’ll link to their blog posts below.

I was going through my chipboard pieces recently, organizing them, when I discovered I had these cute little crowns by Creative Embellishments. I thought a couple of them might work perfectly for the wooden swan I had in my stash from Diverse Woodworking, and was immediately seized by inspiration. I thought about using Prima Marketing’s Moon Child collection on the swan, but it just didn’t seem to fit, so I ordered a couple of pieces of paper from the Lavender Frost collection, along with some flowers. When they arrived, I knew they would be perfect.

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To start with, I painted the edges of the swan with white gesso. When that dried, I traced the shape of the swan onto the backside of the scrapbook paper (Hidden Truth), face down. I cut the swan shape out, and glued it down onto my swan using Mod Podge.

I took some chipboard flourishes and heat embossed them with Mulberry Mist (which I believe has been discontinued) embossing powder from WOW! Immediately after applying the second coat, while the embossing powder was still hot, I sprinkled just a little bit of the Fool’s Gold embossing glitter on top, and heat set that. I glued these pieces onto the body of the swan, and began to layer my embellishments on top.

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All of the flowers used, except for some of the very small ones, are from the Lavender Frost collection. The small flowers are by 49 and Market. I also added a few white feathers, and some chipboard leaves, as well as a chipboard sticker and gems from the Lavender Frost collection.

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I heat embossed the chipboard crown with the Fool’s Gold embossing powder and added a few dark purple Swarovski crystals before gluing it to the top of the swan’s head and added a few flowers.

I felt her neck needed a little something, so I added some glittery pink ribbon tied in a bow around a few small flowers.

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For the final touch, I added a butterfly from Reneabouquets and a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz.

Like I said, I really love working with these MDF shapes. So much so, that on Black Friday, I took advantage of their sale to stock up on shapes for my 2019 mixed media projects!

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Previous blog posts using Diverse Woodworking shapes: