Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy New Year Mixed Media Card

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by today.  Deb here and I've got a quick tutorial for you on how I made my Happy New Year's mixed media card for our current challenge, New with the twist of Clocks.

If you recall, this is what my card looked like:

and here's the quick and easy tutorial!

I started out my colouring a piece of 110 lb white cardstock with multiple colours of Distress inks in various shades of blue with some drips and drops of water added.  The Distress inks are water reactive which is going to come in handy, more on that soon!

Next I stenciled the 'City Scapes' skyline and reflection stencil from Stencil Girl Products onto my prepared cardstock with Ranger Matte Texture paste and set it aside to dry.

And this is where the water reactive properties of the Distress inks come into play, as the texture paste dries the water in the paste reacts with the Distress inks, drawing some of the colour into the white paste.  An effortless way to coordinate your texture paste stenciled images perfectly!

It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a fireworks display so I stamped 'The Works' fireworks stamp from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies multiple times, embossing it first with white embossing powder and then offsetting the stamp slightly and embossing it with gold and silver embossing powders.  I made sure to stamp a few light gold and silver fireworks down into the watery reflection at the bottom of the card.

To incorporate the clocks twist into my card, I die cut a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Pocket Watch from heavy cardsotck and embossed it with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Hammered Metal embossing powder.  The midnight clock face was a digital image I had in my stash, so I just printed it out onto white card and punched it out with a circular punch.

The Happy New Year sentiment was die cut with Tim Holtz's Alphanumeric dies, once from black card and once from white, and the letters offset slightly to add a white highlight behind the sentiment.

And that was it!  I cut some gold metallic scrapbook paper about 1/4" larger on all sides than the embossed card and mounted it onto a card blank made from black cardstock.   Everything was adhered together and the card was complete.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have been inspired to enter our New with the twist of Clocks challenge, you still have a few days to enter!  Can't wait to see what you make to link up and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Do What You Love Mixed Media Tag

I'm so excited to be sharing my first DT tutorial with you!  I believe that challenges really help with your creativity, technique and inspiration!  As a newer crafter, I have met so many great people that craft around the world and I am so humbled to be part of the Design Team here at Mixed Media Mojo!  Thank you to all who have befriended me in this great group!

This challenge project for January was about the New and the twist was clocks!  I first started crafting on tags and that is my go to for projects. However, I do use art journals and other items to create! Here is the finished project with lots of texture and mediums used! Mucho fun!
"Time Flies When You Do What You Love"

This project used a lot of different techniques and textures!  So lets 
get started!
First I did the paint resist technique from Tim Holtz! Using a brayer to roll on Antique Linen Distress Paint onto a #12 tag. Then I used 4 colors of Distress Ink- Broken China, Tumbled Glass,Rusty Hing and Tea Dye.
Because the paint is permanent after it dries,it will not smear when you apply water or Distress ink. Look how the lettering comes through for a great background.  The next step was to take a Tim Holtz Embossing Folder Clocks and run it through my Vagabond 2 machine. I love the extra texture that you get from embossing folders.  Then I used Distress Ink Vintage Photo to highlight!
I wanted to use some Distress Crackle Rock Candy Clear Paint to provide some additional texture to the tag.
This needs to air dry and I just put it in front of a fan. While I was waiting on the paint to dry, I went ahead and stamped my fairy girl with Distress Black Soot Archival Ink. Then I embossed with black embossing powder and used the same colors on the tag to lightly brush her with color.
I used my miniature Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors to fussy cut my fairy girl out! I love these scissors! Then I die cut and embossed some wings from foam core board to give more texture.

I did use the rust paints from Prima and Tim Hotlz Distress paints on the big Roman clock. I  die cut the clock in gold foil paper and it seems to take the colors better.

I originally was going to use  the rust technique on the wings but felt that they did not stand out as well.
 I painted over them and used InkaGold gold wax and applied with some water and a brush.  I did this for the the little metal wings and the pocket watch which are from Tim Holtz Ideaology line. The small clock face is from the Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamps.
Then for the finishing touches, I used the black chit chat sayings and highlighted with a white marker. Some Distress Crayons in Black Soot to edge the tag and to fill in the cracks from the crackle paint. and that was it!
I hope that this tutorial was easy to follow! Please follow me at my blog-
Make some art!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Steampunk Clock with Basic Instructions

Steampunk Clock with Basic Instructions

Hello all! So this is my first official post as one of the newest members of the Mixed Media Mojo Design team and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this team! I have been crafting for about 5 years now and I have really enjoyed my creative journey. I now have creative friends all over the world and a hobby that I absolutely LOVE! I do a bit of everything from traditional scrapbook layouts to altered art items - and everything in between!! But I think mixed media is really my biggest love and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you all and showing you how I make them as well.

For my project I stuck as best I could to the January theme of new with the twist clocks. I had an idea in mind for a while on doing a Steampunk style clock and had a bunch of great materials to use and this theme was the perfect opportunity to do so. Here is a look at the finished project and I will go through how I made it below the picture.

I started off with a round wooden frame that I got in one of the many mixed media kit clubs I belong to, along with some clock chipboard pieces and some Finnabair multi media canvas with a music theme already printed on the canvas.

The first step was to attach the canvas pieces in random spots around the frame using 3D Gel medium. I also attached a lot of the string that came off when I was tearing the canvas into strips - it gave the piece even more texture. I was also working on another project at the same time and as opposed to wasting the extra paste on the stencil I was using for that project I added more dimension in a few places to this project with that same stencil.

Once this was all dry, the next step was to paint and spray the entire piece. I used Dina Wakely metallic paint as the first layer and then sprayed on top of that with Tim Holtz Distress sprays and Mica Sprays. I used shades of teal and blue, as well as more metallic colours to give it the steampunk feel I wanted. I also added more colour to highlight certain areas using Ink Gold. I also added more dimension using texture paste in a few areas - mostly to highlight the numbers I wanted on the clock.

The next stage was to alter the chipboard clock pieces. To do this I used Finnabair's fantastic Rust Paste. I love it for giving items that aged/antique feel.

The final stage was to add the clock pieces and all the other ephemera that I wanted on the clock.  I have always had people asking me how I do this part and unfortunately, there is really no rhyme nor reason for how I place things where I do. In some cases I was trying to cover up the pop dots I was using, but mostly I just place everything down in different spots until I have the look that I want and then I glue it all down. Here are some close ups of the finished clock.

I hope you all like the project and that my instructions were easy to follow. I really enjoyed making this project and I am looking forward to sharing more with you throughout this whole year. Have a very crafty day everyone!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Adventure Begins - 2017

Hi everyone!

I'm Christina. Since 1994 I've been paper crafting. During the past 6 years, I've developed a huge passion for mixed media. Most of the techniques are from Tim Holtz. He's really good at sharing cool stuff, and yes I do have an abundance of his products, some of them are in my project.
This is my second design team and I'm so thrilled to be apart of this team. I look forward to sharing my creativity and inspiration with everyone.

This months challenge (January) theme is New with a Twist Clocks. I missed this challenge because I had a late arrival. So I decided to create a mixed media altered journal cover with the January theme.

mixed media altered journal

This is my first altered journal cover. I've been wanting to create this for a few years and finally decided it was time.

First you will need an old hardcover book. I used a book from my vampire phase (haha).
Randomly glue pieces of tissue paper on top of book cover.

Once all the pieces/finds are glued in place, cover with black gesso. Hint - you can also use a glue gun for dimension and texture, before applying the gesso -

Alcohol or baby wipes are used to buff out areas to show the tissue paper and the distress paint is rubbed around and on the pieces to give them hi light.

For a finishing touch, I rubbed acrylic paints -copper and gold, distress paints -Broken China, Brushed Pewter, Tattered Angels Glimmer mist- Coffee Shop, Perfect Pearls- Heirloom Gold on the Tim Holtz Sizzix Weathered Clock die, gears, game spinner, time piece, chain etc. to make them pop out.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how fun it is to alter a journal. 
Also come over and join in the fun in the January challenge - New with a Twist Clocks

Have a great day,


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tag Tutorial

Hello Guys!

This is our first post for Mixed Media Mojo. Here's a little something about us before we begin sharing our project.

My mom Sunila and  I Aditi , started Dots to Lines and our forte is home decor, mixed media, scrapbooking and altered art. Sunila has a diploma in commercial art, and displays her artworks in various galleries across the world. She has also worked as a Graphic Designer at Hameed Mugal, Kenya.  With a MSc. in Clinical Psychology and Dip. in Special Education,I  took up arts and crafts since school days and also practiced art therapy when working with children with special needs. I have also completed an art course from School of Visual Arts, New York. 

Crafting, thus has been a part of daily activities mostly in the form of various altered projects, or making gifts.  We are into paper-crafting, layouts, journaling, card-making and scrapbooking. Our style of art and craft is a fusion of techniques and usage of vibrant colours. We aim to spread joy. 

Today, we’ve created a mixed media tag on the theme of the January Challenge- New with the twist clocks.
Sit back and enjoy:)!
Supply List-
Corrugated sheet (from leftover packaging),
Sizzix- Tag Die
Prima- Vintage Clock Die, die cut on old book paper
Cheerylynn Designs- Flourish 8, die cut on blue glitter foam
Its Bitsy- Swirly Hydrangea, die cut on white cardstock
Peek-a-boo-designs-Happy doe, die cut on old book paper
Mudra- Geo pattern stencil
Prima Art Basics- White Crackle paste
Gauge/Cheese Cloth
Lindy’s Stampgang Sprays- Marigold Yellow Orange, Sassy Sapphire, Prima Donna Purple, Hi Maintenance Magenta, Plumeria Pink, Ocean Breeze Blue
Jute piece
Ribbon Distress Ink- Chipped Sapphire- To distress our sentiment.
What cardstock.
Step 1:
Die cut the corrugated sheet and a piece of white cardstock with the tag die. Begin scrapping off paper from the corrugated sheet at places.

Apply white crackle paste through a stencil to add textures and dry.
Step 3:
In the remaining spots apply white heavy gesso randomly covering the brown.
Step 4:
Start playing with colours. Add randomly and stop when you feel good :)!

Step 5:
Step 5:
Assemble all the die cut elements, gauge, jute piece, lace and sentiment and stick them when you’re happy. 

Step 6:
Add some flowers! Mount it on the white cardstock tag and tie some ribbons to complete your tag!   

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. We have a video for the same.
Looking forward to your projects for the challenge!

Step 6:Add some flowers! Mount it on the white cardstock tag and tie some ribbons to complete your tag!