Look for the Magic

With cold temperatures alternating with highs in the 80s, it seems as if Mother Nature has given spring a miss, going straight from winter to summer. With barely any time to enjoy the blooming of flowers due to fluctuating temperatures, social distancing, and rainy days, why not bring a little spring into your home with flowers made of paper? Guaranteed not to wilt and die, paper flowers can brighten any home year-round. 

I took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to sit down and be creative. I have a bunch of MDF shapes in my stash, and I wanted to do something spring-like, so I chose the unicorn. I’d done an MDF unicorn before, but it had more of a cosmos/outer space vibe, and this time I wanted magic and floral.

To begin with, I first painted the edges of the unicorn with Mermaid Sparkle Sparks paint from Prima/Finnabair. 

I then chose a piece of patterned scrapbook paper from my stash of 49 and Market papers to use as my background. The paper I chose is from a discontinued collection, but they have so many gorgeous papers to chose from, it wouldn’t be hard to find a different sheet.

Flipping both the unicorn and the scrapbook paper over, I traced the unicorn shape on the back with a pencil and cut the shape out using a pair of sharp scissors.

I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the unicorn head, trimming off excess with a sharp craft knife.

Next, I used an embossing ink pad and embossing powder on the unicorn’s horn. For this project, I went with Mulberry Mist from WOW! Embossing Powder. I also used a piece of silver twine from Lawn Fawn to create the illusion of spirals on the horn.

At this point, I felt like the unicorn’s mane could use a little more something-something than just the flowers I was planning to add. So I took the Mystic Swirl stamp from Lavinia Stamps and stamped it several times in Soft Blossom and Soft Purple inks from Hero Arts. 

After that, I began to build my floral mane, using hot glue to attach the flowers from 49 and Market to my project.

I also added some purple crystals and 49 and Market’s dimensional stickers for added interest.

I then added some sentiment stickers from Finnabair’s Art Daily collection, with edges inked in Milled Lavender. 

For my final touch, I added drops of Glossy Accents here and there to the flowers, sprinkling over the top with the Angel Mix sequins from Dress my craft.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on a vacation-staycation next week, so I hope I’ll get a chance to be creative while I’m off. 🙂

NSD 2020: Explore

Another (Inter)National Scrapbook Day has come and gone. I usually spend the day making my Mother’s Day card for mom, but for some reason, this completely slipped my mind, so I’m going to have to scramble to get one done tomorrow. Oops. Don’t tell Mom.

Anyway, instead of card making, I decided to do a little mixed media work, as I hadn’t really had much opportunity to play with mixed media thus far this year. I’ve had this cute little seahorse shrine from Retro Cafe Art Gallery for ages, which is what I decided to go with.

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The shrine comes unassembled, so first I glued some crumpled up tissue paper to all the pieces with Mod Podge. I carefully cut the paper away from the slots and tabs before gluing the shrine together with a strong, clear glue.

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I used a swirl stencil to add more texture to the background with Prima graphite paste. After everything had dried, I painted the whole thing with black gesso. Using several different small sea critter dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps, I glue die cuts to the shrine, trimming off any major overhang. I also added a few small, clear droplets. I then painted the die cuts and drops with black gesso.

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In the niche, I glued down some metal embellishments painted with black gesso on top of a chipboard piece of coral. After everything was glued securely, I started painting the whole thing with three colors of Prima Metallique wax in Old Denim, Mint Sparkle and Blue Lagoon. (You can see the gradient effect better in person.) Afterwards, I went over the top of all the texture with Vintage Gold wax on my fingertip. Finally, I added my focal point, a stunning Swarovski jellyfish stone in Bermuda Blue. So, so sparkly!

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Thanks for stopping by. Happy Mother’s Day!

Thankful

Hello! I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is surviving the sweltering summer temperatures we’ve been having lately! Remember to take breaks and stay hydrated when out and about!

As much as I look forward to warmer weather after a cold winter, these hot summer days have me longing for the cool crispness of autumn. I thought I’d try to channel that into my latest project, featuring Prima’s Autumn Sunset collection.

I started off with an MDF base in the shape of a leaf from Diverse Woodworking.

Using a piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, I traced the leaf, cut it out and glued it onto my base using Mod Podge. I then sanded the sides to take care of any overhang. I spread some crackle paste through the Woven stencil by Prima and left it to dry overnight, so the cracks could appear naturally. I prefer to let crackle paste dry naturally as opposed to using a heat gun.

The next day, I used some Lindy’s Starburst sprays in Autumn Maple Crimson, Steampunk Sepia, Red Hot Poker Orange and Cattail Copper Brown to create splatters of colorful shimmer on my leaf.

My next step was to use a Prima text stamp with Archival Black ink to add some more texture to the leaf.

I set my leaf base aside to work on my centerpiece. I took a chipboard frame from Scrapiniec and heat embossed it with WOW Oyster Glintz embossing powder. I also cut the gold foil sheet music out of another piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, distressed and inked the edges and glued it to the back of the frame.

My next step was to play with flowers and leaves from the Autumn Sunset collection, along with some sisal, layering them into a composition I liked.

To finish my piece off, I added some pieces from the Autumn Sunset ephemera pack, some of the coordinating gems, and a butterfly from one of the flower packs. I also splattered white gesso over the piece as well as using some Vintage Gold wax here and there. My final addition was a resin lady which I painted with Hazelnut Metallique paint and highlighted with the Vintage Gold wax.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this little tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions, just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Stay cool out there!

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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Go Deep

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!

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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Journey

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!