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Lilac Sweetness • Deco Foil Resist Watercoloring + Heart Shaker Window

Hello there. I thought I’d stop by and share with you my latest card using digital stamps from the set Sweetness, this time using lilac as my main color. I posted a video on my IGTV channel (on Instagram) showing how I was planning to put together this card and what I was using for each part of the process. Make sure to check that out if you can!

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All the images on this card were printed with a laser printer and foiled in gold. That’s one of my favorite things to do with digis. Once foiled you can color the images pretty much with any medium you like and the foil will resist it. The floral cone was colored with Zig Clean Color brush markers. (Watercoloring works great with this technique.) In the end, I added some Iridescent glitter on the heart using a light coat of Mixed Media Adhesive to make it look like a sugar cookie. So cute!

This is actually a shaker card. I created a heart window for the shaker using a die and cutting the shape out from a piece of patterned paper on my die cutting machine. Instead of acetate I used a Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheet for the shaker. I created a pattern using a digital sentiment stamp from the set Sweetness, copying and pasting it to cover the entire piece and then printed it with a laser printer. The toner from the print activates with heat, so I ran it through my laminator, covered with a piece of Gold Deco Foil and that gave me this custom and coordinating clear cover for the shaker heart. I filled the shaker with lots of different kinds of sequins from Unity Stamp Co. (The prettiest sequins ever!)

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To finish my card I added a banner with this fun -and real- sentiment which was also foiled in gold! Additional sequins were adhered around my card front too, because I simply can’t have enough…

Make sure to visit my Etsy shop to get this
and all your other favorite digi stamp sets!

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I also invite you to follow me on Instagram
so you can watch how I color
and come up with my latest cards!

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Check out THIS post for more shaker inspiration!
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That’s all for today! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and support! It means the world to me! Love to have a chance to share what I make with YOU and that it can inspire so many! Crafty hugs.

 

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Happiness is Homemade – New Stamp Kits with Unity Stamp Co.

Yay! A happy Summer hello everyone! Today I’m excited to be back with new rubber stamp kits for you! I’m thrilled to be introducing together with Unity Stamp Co. 3 new kits that are available now! From an interactive seed packet to a fun and fresh mason jar lemonade, this release includes some beautiful must-haves!

I love playing with color and this beautiful mason jar lemonade from my new kit Happiness is Homemade is the kind of stamp that will allow you to do just that! Glitter, foiled washi, patterned paper and watercolors, this card was so much fun to make!

Happiness is Homemade comes with a mason jar lemonade and also 2 tags to which you can stamp the sentiments that come with the kit. You can mix and match the elements or even use the tag stamps to personalize your card or gift with the recipient’s name. Just lots of fun!UnityStampCompany_HappinessisHomemade_LemonadeCard_GraciellieDesign_1

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The stamped image is the main focus of the card. I colored it with Zig Clean Color markers using them as watercolors, mixing yellows and pinks and greens. Next I used a Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen to add details. I couldn’t resist embellishing the lemonade with rhinestone stickers and Gold Halo Medium Glitter. I adhered the glitter with Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web and tried to make it look as if it were floating inside the mason jar. I also added lots of dimension the the stamped images adhering them with 3D Zots.

To make the background I watercolored a white card base with a pink Zig marker and then started layering it with stripes of blue patterned paper and pieces of gold foiled washi tape. I also cut a circle from yellow patterned paper with the largest circle die from the Double Stitch Design set by Gina K. for Therm O Web. That circle gives you the feel of a sunny Summer day and it is just a simple yet fun element to add. All the patterned papers used for this card come from the new Hello Summer paper collection by Simple Stories (my fav lately).

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As always, I’ve included some very nice sentiments in these kits… I’m all about the sentiments and I hope you love these new kits as much as we do at Unity. Make sure to join the new release live video release party RIGHT NOW on Unity’s Facebook page and their blog hop for a chance to win some new stamps and see lots and lots of inspiration by the design team over at their blog.

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Painting with Deco Foil: Watercolored Summer Cards with Therm O Web

I’m excited to be back with a super fun, colorful and experimental project idea using Deco Foil as paint to add detail to watercolored backgrounds. Plus, I’ve included a freebie so you can recreate these Summer cards yourself, using the same digital sentiment stamps I used.

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Tutorial & Free Printable

I’ve prepared a step by step tutorial and I’m sharing it over at Therm O Web’s blog, so make sure to click here to check out how I painted these backgrounds with Deco Foil. I’ve also included a free printable with 2 digital sentiment stamps -the exact ones I used on these cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you over at Therm O Web!

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New Unity Stamps by Graciellie Design + Inspiration Blog Hop & Prizes

Hey everyone! I’m SO happy to be back! YES, we are having a huge celebration today at Unity Stamp Co. with a brand new rubber stamp collection by Graciellie Design!!! We are collaborating today to make this blog hop even more amazing! Helen Gullett, Maria Pilar, Gloria Lee and Esther Asbury and I are joining Unity’s fabulous designers and we all have lots of beautiful stuff to show you today!

Unity is releasing 5 new stamp sets! Here are a couple of cards I made using the sets Cup Floret and Hey Friend.

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These were both colored with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers. For the backgrounds, I used a monoprinted and stenciled paper torned into pieces for my first card and a smooshed background using ink from the markers and some water for my second card. I really enjoyed coloring these stamps… I know I drew them (LOL) but in all honesty they are super fun to work with and I know you would love to color them too!

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We have lots in store today.
I hope you’ll join us on FACEBOOK for a LIVE release party with Angela and Whitney.

They’ll be sharing all the brand new releases and new supplies coming to Unity.
– PLUS –
PRIZES of course. No one is more generous than UNITY.

Either before the party or after,
please make sure you join us for the Design Team Inspiration Hop.
We have PRIZES right here too.

The Unity Design Team is here to share
some INSPIRING Unity Creations.

We are SO excited to have you hop with us!!!

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Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder Stamps & Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets

Happy first day of the month! I am excited to be joining Therm O Web with a new step by step tutorial, this time in collaboration with Waffle Flower Stamps! We’ve had a week of pure awesomeness at Therm O Web’s blog, with lots of beautiful project ideas and tutorials.

Waffle Flower was kind enough to send me some of their newest clear stamp sets. These stamps from Bouquet Builder and Rainbows are so nice to stamp and play with. I decided to go for a clean design and allow the images to be the focal point of my cards. Of course pairing them up with my favorite new Deco Foil Transfer Sheets made the cards even more amazing!

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Tutorial & Giveaway

Click here to visit Therm O Web’s blog and check out the complete step by step tutorial! You’ll learn how to use the new Polka Dots Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets layered on a black background to make your cards pop!

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There’s always an awesome giveaway going on right now so make sure you join for a chance to win a $25 gift card to thermoweb.com! WOW! Just scroll down and add your info to the rafflecopter in the end of my tutorial post here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please follow us over at Instagram for a daily dose of Deco Foil inspiration. Until next time!

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Do you LOVE color? Here’s some -extra colorful- Art Journaling inspiration

It’s my birthday, so I wanted to come here and share some inspiration with you! My mission today is to fill the world with color! This time I want to show you something that always feels a little more personal and that is my art journal. I thought the creative process behind this spread could encourage you and that is why I decided to create a post about it.

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The Creative Process behind these Pages

This art journal spread started with a simple floral sketch in pencil, that later became a stamp set (see it here) I didn’t want to cover the original sketch, so I decided to draw something around it… That’s when this beautiful girl was born… She wasn’t this pretty at all when it all started and even after several layers of texture and color, she didn’t feel complete to me. I was this close to cover the entire thing with gesso… I just wasn’t feeling it. Actually, I ended up feeling exhausted, so I left it there. Nevertheless, I couldn’t forget about it.

For the last couple of days, every time I walked by my art journal, I felt compelled to open it and work on this spread. I have very limited time so all I did was add details here and there, correct color and so on. Finally, yesterday these pages felt complete to me and they made my heart happy. It felt like a birthday present and it also felt meaningful. Inspiration has great timing, let me tell ya!

So what I want to leave you with today is the following: Have a little faith in yourself. Don’t give up on your art so soon. Come back to it until you’re happy. There’s beauty in the details and details can’t be added to a piece in a minute… It might just take a bit more… If you like this spread, think about how it could have not existed had I covered it with gesso… These pages challenged my faith and patience, but in the end it turned out even better than what I had envisioned.

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Some Techniques used on this Art Journaling Spread

The reality is, that all of the colors you see here were layered and then layered some more. The one thing I tried to keep as clean as possible was the girl’s face, which was watercolored with Aquapastels. Other than that, it is all a colorful chaos. The illustration is quite loose and sketchy and that gave me the space to play more with color and media.

Something you don’t get to see quite well through the pictures is that a great part of the page was covered with White Pearl Modeling Paste, which gave a metallic undertone to further paint and ink layers and also made the page sturdier for me to keep adding more layers. This paste will resist watercolors or water based media, so I used paint for the most part to complete the areas were I applied it.

The stenciled corners are actually pockets! When I art journal I always keep my scrap bin nearby and I tend to always grab something from there. This time I used a monoprinted card background (for which you can find a tutorial here) and a floral SVG cut. I ripped the background and adhered them on the corners of both pages to create pockets… They ended up framing the spread beautifully. Then the svg cut ended up embellishing the Sweet William flower on my girl’s hair.

The end result feels like water or the sky… Just so colorful, happy and full of texture. The words I wrote go so well with these pages and were what I had in my heart at the moment of finishing this piece.

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Main Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media Journal
Faber Castell Eco Grip Pencil
Pigma Graphic 1
Jane Davenport Aquapastels
Sharpie Paint Markers (peach, white)
Isofit Oil Paint Marker in Silver
Distress Paints (Lucky Clover)
Distress Oxide Ink (Seedless Preserves)
TCW782 Floral Eclipse stencil
TCW9030 White Pearl Modeling Paste
TCW9017 Lemon Custard Heavy Body Paint
TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint
ICraft Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web
Wild Rose SVG cut from Anna’s Elegant Embellishments 2
Cricut Explore Air 2
White Cardstock
For the corner pockets:
Tempera Paints (Hot Pink, Deep Blue, Purple and White)
TCW643 Infinite Lace stencil
Gel Press Printing Plate
Small Brayer
White Cardstock

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog on my birthday! I hope this project and the process behind it inspires you to create beautiful things. Be encouraged and stay creative! Until next time.

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Art Journal Spread: You are the Spark

I’ve noticed that my creative process is very intuitive and usually impulsed by strong emotions, from dissapointment to utter joy… I’m learning to embrace it and that is how all of a sudden I’ve found myself drawing more than ever. Of course, this is not only about drawing to me, it’s far more significant and spiritual.

Today’s art journal spread came from a place of happiness and content. I sketched my girl, left it there and came back to work on it again yesterday. Again, my heart was in a happy place when I started painting and although I didn’t know the details and the story that would emerge, the final meaning of these pages turned out to be very significant to me.

 

How I painted my pages
For the first time ever, I painted my pages with gouache. My husband got me lots of coloring media on his last work trip to China, including a large Marie’s Extra Fine Gouache set of 36. I enjoyed working with them. It makes so much sense that artists often use gouache for children’s book illustrations. It’s paint and watercolor at the same time. Its properties are a little different from watercolors… It doesn’t blend the same and it’s more opaque I’d say. I felt comfortable using gouache, so I guess this is where trying out new media makes the process much more fun and creative.

I did use some watercolors to add drama around my girl’s eyes. I used Jane Davenport’s Aquapastels (my go to watercolors now a days). For definition and detail I used one Prismacolor pencil (Parma Violet) and an Acrylic Paint Marker from Sharpie (extra fine point). Something that you can’t see on the pictures is the shimmer on the hair and eyes that I added with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker. Of course, to be able to use all these media I added 2 light coats of The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte Translucent, just to be safe and also to avoid any paint to transfer to the back of the pages on which I plan to work.

Final Details
Although it may be hard to believe once you see a finished page, in many cases the meaning behind it comes through a simple paint splatter that gives birth to a strong idea that you were trying to catalize intuitively. In my case the mountains on the bottom of the page defined what these pages were going to be about. Of course they weren’t mountains at first, but actually gouache dripping upside down and just like that, I knew what I had to do next.

To finish off my page I added Deco Foil in Silver wherever possible… Foiled details -I knew- would go very well and so I used Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to make little stars. The moon was actually a correction I had to make because -yes- I made a mistake trying to stamp directly on the page and for some reason, it did not work. But hey, it was meant to be (and I love it). I cut the moon from a foiled piece of Therm O Web Mixed Media Sheet that was hanging around somewhere in my studio and it worked great.

New Spark Stamp Kit
If you follow me you know that Spark is one of my latest stamp kits with Unity Stamp Co. One of the sentiments of this kit was -oh so- perfect for this page spread and I decided to heat emboss it on vellum, fold the paper and create a moveable clipart to hang on top of the page. (This sentiment made this girl even more meaningful to me.)

Other Sources of Inspiration
On Saturday I finally got a book I bought even before it’s release, Create Your Life Book by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. I was curious about it and then when I got it all I could do was caress it… It’s so pretty. (I love art books.) But more important than that, one thing I’ve always admired from Tamara is her ability to add lots of little details to a page. I’m usually cautious when I’m finishing a page, because adding too much detail could end up ruining it… But, with Tamara’s book right beside me as a source of inspiration I decided to go for it and I think I did ok considering this is my first time adding doodles to a piece. From a starry sky to heart doodles on my girl’s hair, details really made a difference!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I thought I’d take a moment to share some details about this page spread so you know the creative process I am personally going through and of course to inspire you to pursue your creative path, whichever that is! That’s all for now. Until next time.

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Winter Snow Cards – Stenciled Snowflakes with TCW Stencils & Therm O Web

I’m back with a new idea for Christmas, with a set of stenciled snowflakes card. I love winter themed cards and these backgrounds turned out so nice with the blue watercolored base. I think you’ll find these cards are really easy to make. I prepared a short video to show you how I put made them.

All products used were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop and Therm O Web. Nevertheless, all opinions on this post are my own.

 

 

Video Tutorial
Click below to watch in just a few minutes how I put together these snowy cards! Make sure to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog to take note of all the supplies used!
I tested a couple of modeling pastes from TCW and I found that the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is great for layering stenciled textures. As you can see on the picture below the paste held its shape on top of the Decofoil Gel and you can’t see a ghost trace of the previous stenciled and foiled textured.

Hope you love this idea and that you find it useful during this Holiday Season. For more creative ideas for all your crafts projects subscribe to the blog (on sidebar). For more project ideas using stencils make sure to follow The Crafter’s Workshop! That’s all for now. Until next time!

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How to start a Journal: Tips for Beginners – Featuring PanPastel and Aquapastels

So you have a new art journal… A few questions come out of no where to haunt you… Where do I start? Will I ruin my journal? Can I fill all these pages? Well, have a little faith! That’s the first ingredient. And then, I’d tell you to relax and have fun, but I know it’s not always easy… Let me tell you what my experience was!

Well, yes, I’ve finally started art journaling… First on my journaling bible (see that post here) and now on a proper art journal… I’d say the process starts even before having the actual journal… Remember that there are many kinds of art journals out there and each of them was made for a different purpose. I’d say you should go for the one that you can afford, a journal that holds the media you plan to use well and of course something you feel comfortable with (meaning size, paper color, paper texture, etc.) I, for instance, enjoy a hard cover, small journal (reminds me of old books). In this case I went for a Strathmore 500 Series Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal, 5.5″x 8″. I chose a mixed media kind because I know I’ll be using it for everything…

I recommend that before starting a journal you try to watch a few videos here and there to see what you like the most, that way you can start gathering supplies and ideas to help you express yourself freely on your new journal. I was ready. I have been flirting with the idea of art journaling for what seems to be too long and I have gathered more than enough supplies to start. It’s been a slow process but a steady one and now I know exactly what I want to draw and write and decoupage, etc. on my pages.

This is my first page. It’s not really a page, it’s actually the inner cover of my journal. One thing I suggest if you plan to do this too is to prep the page with matte clear gesso… I didn’t do that and the page suffered in consequence… But I love it anyways and that’s an important reminder… When you pour your heart into a page, you will always find something to love in it, so be encouraged, you can do this!

The day I started my journal I was feeling a bit tired and I needed to just sit on the couch and relax. So I decided to grab my journal and a pencil to sketch some detailed flowers on my journal. Being relaxed and knowing always that this book is only mine gave me the freedom to play until what I was sketching became something else.

When I was done with these flowers, somehow I could almost see a girl with flowers on her head floating on my page. The process came about so naturally that all I can really tell you is to be yourself, draw and do what you love and you will be filling your pages in no time.

Adding a Shimmery Finish with PanPastel
If you follow me you know that I’ve been into drawing faces this year and I’ve been strongly influenced by my teacher -as I call her- Jane Davenport. I used her new Aquapastels (watercolor crayons) to color my girl and I just love that raw and bold touch they gave her. But I wanted to add some shimmer to the image and I had just the perfect medium for that: White Fine 011 Pearl Medium PanPastel. This PanPastel color is translucent and very, very shimmery… I used my fingers to directly apply and distribute some White Pearl on the pink part of my girl’s hair. I love Pearl PanPastels so much I also ended adding some 953.5 Pearlescent Red to her cheeks too!

I used Micron pens to trace my flower sketch and afterwards for this girl illustration. But I also used an Inkredible pen by Jane Davenport on the face and hair outline to have the ink melt a bit with the watercoloring. I kept the detailed flowers in their original form, with no coloring, to remind myself of how this page actually started… I never thought these simple flowers will bring to life this sweet girl. That comes to show how spontaneous art journaling can be and I totally encourage you to feel free within the pages of your journal to experiment, play, learn and create a beautiful artistic outlet for yourself.

 

Thanks so much for taking a minute to read this post. If you’re new to art journaling I hope everything I shared helps you in one way or another. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss any of my future art journaling posts! I’m sharing them every Friday when I can. So stay tuned! Until next time.

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New Tutorial: Making Backgrounds with Tape – Painted, Stenciled, Inked & Foiled Mixed Media Tape Cards

Have you ever used decorative tape on your projects? I know I have, but it doesn’t get better that the new Mixed Media Art Tape… It is a roll of possibilities… It’s canvas on tape! Today I have a fun tutorial on how to customize your Mixed Media Tape to create a painted and stenciled background!

 

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The best part of this project is the simplicity of the process. You don’t need any additional tools to add your foil, so everyone can try it out! Make sure you click here to learn how to make these cards with the step by step tutorial on Therm O Web’s blog. You will also find all the supplies I used listed there too!

I hope you love these cards as much as I do. I’ve been saving this tutorial for a long while, not on purpose but just because I’ve had so many tutorial videos being uploaded, I couldn’t find the time to share this one. Speaking of which, I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel because I’ve been building and creating more content for you and I would love to have you join my creative rollercoaster! (Yep, it’s not a journey anymore… It’s an adventure! -smile.)

That’s all for now! I’ll see you real soon with a new creative idea to try out! See you then.