Snowy Wintery Layout – Grace

I’m here this week with my last project with my November kit. I created this very wintery and snowy layout featuring my cat in the snow.

 

Using AB Studio Secret Wood, I chose this snowy paper, but added a light layer of white gesso over a large area in the middle so the pattern would be toned down for where I added my photo and embellishments.

I added stencilling with Prima Paper Paste and an AB Studio Stencil, then snowflake stencilling with embellishment mousse. Then I added splatters of watered down gesso, and watered down Fabrika Decoru Metallic Silver Paint.

 

I used lots of ripped pieces of patterned paper, and a scrap of tulle to back my photo, going round the edges of everything with Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass. The embellishments are a mix of fussy cut flowers from the AB paper pack, painted with silver watercolour, and some snowflake ephemera from my stash. The words are from the Time Holtz Christmas Clippings.

I finished with adhesive pearls and Nuvo drops in three silver/white colours, then added my title of ‘nope’ (because that is what it looks like my cat is saying to the snow!). The alphas I used were quite a strong blue and weren’t quite right for the layout, so I stippled a light layer of white gesso over them to tone the colour down and also add a snowy effect.

 

To see the full process, you can watch my YouTube video here.

 

Grace ❤

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The presence of wonder

Hi Lou here again. Today I really wanted to show how wonderful stamps can look on our work.  I really wanted the stamps to sing so decided to keep a monchromatic theme of black, white and red.

I chose sheet 2 from the AB Studio Diary paper set. using my silicone brush, i brushed and stippled on white gesso to add some coverage and texture to my page

I next chose 3 stamp sets – AALL and Create #27, Finnabair checkered texts, and AB Studio ID-57 and used Versafine Clair black and added stamping in vertical and horizontal directions.

I gave this a quick heat with a heat gun but not carefully so as to leave some areas a bit wet still for my next step in mind. I took a further stamp, Messy, and Tim Holtz embossing ink, and added more stamping. Over this I added a black glitter embossing powder. This stuck also to some of the previous stamping that was still wet. This gave some great texture and 2 variants of stamping.

The die cuts I wanted to add were red in tone so I wanted to colour over the gesso. I chose a red tone of magic paint from Fabrika Decoru.

These are wonderful paints with colour and metallic shimmer. You simple sprinkle on and spray with water. For a bit  different look and a bit more vibrancy, I added flicks of oxide ink in worn lipstick.

Next, I chose some small photos and matted them with papers from the same range. I distressed the papers and added to the photo using foam tape.

I now wanted to add some simple, but very effective decoration to my page. i decided to die cut some tags from the same range and a large butterfly from the white butterfly sheet from AB Studio. The Butterfly was added on 2 layers of chipboard to really make it stand out from the page.

To finish, I added a simple Tim Holtz word sticker onto foam dots.

Here are some close up shots for you.

Christmas Star

Lorna here today using:
. creative embellishments holly wreath
. cheesecloth
firstly i gesso’d the edges of my star, i cut out my backing paper making it slightly smaller than the star , i distressed the edges with scissors, then using a journaling pen and the rustic paint (ruby) also using the ruby i stenciled on the stars onto my backing paper.
i painted my wreath with the rustic paint , placed some cheesecloth in a circle on the star then mounted the wreath using 3d foam pads and gel paste as my glue.
i then did a lot of fussy cutting from the home for Christmas element sheet that comes withing the paper pack, this was all mounted to create height using 3d foam pads and gel paste, all overlapping, i then added my title which is from the Tim Holtz idiology chipboard Christmas quote chips.
i added some ribbon to add a bit more texture and as a hanger.
lastly i mixed some white paint with a little water and splattered.

Steampunk Tag

Hi it’s Lou here. Today I fancied doing a favourite theme of mine, steampunk.

I began by adding a crackle effect to my Woodouts tag.

To do this, I began by coating the tag in a layer of white gesso. Next you add a layer of paint. This layer can be any type of acrylic paint. I choose a brown impasto paint.

Next is the crackle glaze. I used one from Fabrika Decoru. The thicker you apply it the wider and larger the crackle. Thinner will lead to smaller, finer crackle. Don’t put on too thick or it won’t dry properly. To allow for the most effective crackles, let it dry naturally.

Once this is dry, you now need to apply a 2nd coat of acrylic. This must not be metallic or it will not crackle and try to paint in one direction and not to keep going over the area so that it can work best or you will prevent the crackles. Aim for one swift brush stoke in one direction. Leave this to dry naturally until you have the desired crackles then you can finish the drying with a heat gun. I chose linen impasto paint for my 2nd layer to contrast the darker 1st coat.

Next I wanted to really work on the colours and make an interesting back ground. I built up different layers of paint using deco art media fluids in burnt umber and raw sienna, finnabair sparks in raven and fabrika decoru metallic paint in peach. 

I contrasted matte and metallic paints and light and dark colours to give a look of depth.

 

My tag was now ready for assembly. I fussy cut element from AB Studio Steampunk Love sheet. To match the colours better to my tag, I smushed some oxide inks in gathered twigs and forest moss onto my mat and applied to the die cuts with a baby wipe and dried them. I added to my tag at different height by using scraps of chipboard and Fabrika Decoru 3D gel 

I wanted to add a bit more texture and interest. I used the 3D gel again and sprinkled some micro beads around areas of the die cuts. The gel will dry clear so don’t worry if you can see parts of it still.

To finish, I always like to add a title or phrase to my work. I backed some prima word stickers onto some tim holtz paper. I left a wider border, cut them out and mounted onto foam an added to my tag.

And with that, my tag was complete. Here are some close ups.

Christmas Tag

Lorna here with my first christmas mixed media project for this year
firstly i gessoed my MDF tag with white gesso and when dry, I used the tree stencil and clear 3D gel with glitter through the stencil to create my back ground. I quickly gave that a dry and then played with the oxide ink sprays by spraying water and moving the ink around to add the colour to my back ground and again I dried it .
From the Mintay Papers pad, Home for Christmas I did some fussy cutting from the element sheet. I used 3d foam pads and  the 3D gel medium to add my cut pieces with some height .
I added my chipboard title from Tim Holtz again using the 3d foam pads and 3D gel medium to fix in place.
lastly i covered my titles and using the white gesso mixed with water, I splattered a little.
I finished the tag with a pretty ribbon.
Here are some close ups.

Winter Mixed Media Deer Decoration – Grace

Hi everyone! This week for my DT project I’ve worked with this MDF Reindeer/Deer Decoration that was in my kit.

 

I wanted to make it into a really wintery and snowy looking project, rather than just Christmassy, so I’ve used lots of white, blue, silver, and sparkly/pearlescent elements.

I covered the whole piece in heavy gesso to start, then added my stencilling with Prima Paper Paste. Once that was dry I added mint and turquoise pearlescent and metallic paints – the turquoise paint is by Fabrika Decoru.

 

I used Fabrika Decoru Metallic Silver paint around the edges and to add silver accents later on top of the embellishments. Around the edges of embellishment clusters and around the antlers I also added Glass Bead Paste, adding extra Glass Beads by Prima, to look like clusters of fallen snow.

 

The flowers are from my kit, and are available in flower bundles from the store. Other embellishments are from my stash, though I’m fairly sure most of them came from previous kits!

To see the full process, you can watch my YouTube video here. I’m also going to be selling this, and other mixed media items, in my Etsy store, with 100% of proceeds going to Shona’s fund, which you can read about here.

Grace ❤

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Behind Closed Doors

Hi it’s Louise here and today I have for you an altered Woodouts window

In preparation, I thickly applied crackle paste to the window and left overnight to dry naturally so as to produce the best cracks. I wanted to go with this paste to create an aged look.

The next day I began by addings some watered down Finnabair sparks paint in Raven over the cracks. This helped to darken and age the piece and add some shimmer.

To continue wth this aging process, I added Finnabair impasto paint in colour burlap

This is also a contrast to the first paint as is a matte, flat colour rather than the sparkle, shiny first paint.

For a little finishing touch to the surface, with my finger I added some Finnabair wax in old denim. I applied it very lightly and buffed onto the wood to make it shine more.

I chose a door paper from AB Studio’s Behind Closed Doors range. I drew roughly around the window and cut it out and added to the back of my frame using Fabrika Decoru 3D Gel

From the same AB Studio range and a few other or their sheets, I fussy cut lots of elements. I stuck these to the frame in a diagonal shape.  I added some chipboard to the back of some to create some dimension and layers. I also added a Tim Holtz baseboard doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight again, I prepared some moulded pieces using Prima Marketing moulds and modeling material. Leave these to dry about 24 hrs. About 1hr into the drying you may wish to press the pieces down flat again as they slight shrink and curve as they dry

These were then coated with Prima Marketing black gesso and dried. Sparks paint in night shadow was lightly added. Then wax in heather hills to give a subtle shimmer to the moulded pieces.

I had some wonderful metal handles I picked up at a car boot sale. These looked great on the window so I added one to it using Prima heavy body gel

I added my moulded pieces along with a few metal piece. I glued these on with the Fabrika 3d gel.I also added the ‘behind closed door’ phrases from the AB Studio paper onto some foam dots. I went over the wording with  black liquid pen to help it stand out  a bit more.

I added as a finishing touch, some micro beads in copper using a soft gel medium.

I really love the finished look of this and this window just has so many possibility as do all the Woodouts pieces. I really recommend checking them out.

Here are some close ups

Christmas Cards

Hello everybody Kasia here… This is the time of the year when I realise I need to make few Christmas cards for my friends and family. This year’s AB studio Secret Wood Christmas papers were just perfect for this.

Firstly I fussy cut all the elements.

I prepared my layers – black and gold and silver mirri card. I used my sewing machine to create the stitch border.

I distressed the edges using oxides  faded jeans and vintage photo.

I layered up my fussy cut elements and added some sisal, gauze and lace to add more texture. You can find some great items like this for adding texture in the trimmings bags

Some of the background were stamped with musical notes stamps by Kaisercraft.

I added chipboard sentiments.

I still wanted those cards to be flat and ready for posting. I used 7inch square blanks and matching envelopes. I enjoyed making those cards but I need more. I will be back soon with some more Christmas cards ideas.

Hugs Kasia

Frosty Fox Layout with AB Secret Wood – Grace

This week I’ve made a frosty wintery layout with AB Studio Secret Wood.

 

 

We have twin foxes (this year’s babies) who come into our garden, and I have a few pictures of them I’ve been meaning to scrap – as soon as I saw the fussy-cutable fox elements in this paper pack I knew it was my chance!

I added stencilling with an AB studio stencil and Prima Paper Texture paste, plus some snowflake stencils from my stash and glitter and glass bead pastes. Then to add some of my own colour to the background, I watered down some Distress Oxide ink in tumbled glass and splattered over the layout with a paintbrush, then also added Distress Oxide Spray in Mermaid Lagoon, Fabrika Decoru Chalk Spray in Pink, and some watered down gesso.

 

The embellishments are either fussy cut from the paper pack, or from flower bundles from the store. I also used 3D Gloss Gel to add Prima Glass beads between the embellishments, then lightly dabbed Fabrika Decoru Silver Metallic paint on those and on some of the other embellishments for a frosty effect.

To see the full process of this video, you can watch the process video on my YouTube channel here.

Grace ❤

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Rusty Pumpkin

Today a bit of a different layout –  I am playing with clay and paint on my page

I made the pumpkins, leaves and acorns from clay and then painted them. You could try this paper clay

or modeling material from Prima Marketing to make your own.

On the base of the page, which is from the grungy wall set by 13arts , i used a mixed media circle stencil from Studio Light and heavy body paste.

I mounted my photo onto some of the cork sheet from my recent kit, which you can request in the lucky dip bags. I then tore another sheet from the paper range a big bigger than my photo and mounted it.

The photo mat was mounted using 3d foam gel and 3d gel glue to give them a bit of height off the page.

 

I then arranged my pumpkins, acorns and leaves on the page, mixing in some paper leaves and metal leaves from Prima marketing as well, all using the 3d gel medium.

I took my title from a Tim Holtz phrase book (we have a few different ones in store) and mounted them onto card and arranged using 3d foam pads. I covered my title and photo and then splattered using some watered down bronze Prima Metallique paint. The paint can also be requested in the lucky dip kits and found in the Vintage Romance kit

I hope you like my project and see you again soon. Here are some close ups.