Thursday, 14 June 2018

Post 447: Set of 2 Grungy Vintage Cards

Hi friends!

I'd like to share Two Grungy Vintage Cards. This was part of my DT work for Bob n Betty. All the details are here. I used Tim Holtz Paper dolls, Bob n Betty's Classics Decoupage Specialty Papers, Creative Embellishment Chippies- Butterflies set of 5 & distressed grid Stencil, Finnabair Mediums and 49 & Market and Mudra Stamps here. 

Here are a few photos of the cards:

Card 1: Finders Keepers

Card 2: Shine Brightly


1. Cut one of the papers from the Classics Collection of Decoupage Specialty Papers, distressed the edges, darkened them with Vintage Photo distress ink and created mats for these panels
2. Did background stamping with archival inks and background stenciling with heavy white gesso (any type of texture paste will do)
3. Created a grungy look by adding color with sprays and created drips and splatter
4. For the focal elements, used Tim Holtz Paper dolls. Layered washi tape, thread, gauze, chipboards and gems and added some blue color as well. For the sentiments, used Tim Holtz metallic stickers
5. Adhered the panels to the mats and mounted these on the large sized card bases. To create dimension between the paper layers, used 3d foam tape

I am playing along with the following challenges:

2018 Paper Dolls- Topic 10 @PaperArtsy (used Tim Holtz Paper Dolls here)

A Vintage Journey June Challenge- Stencil it (used 1 stencil here)

Country View Challenges- June 2018- The written word (the decoupage paper making up the main panel has text all over it and I added text stamping as well)

Creative Embellishments June Challenge (I was inspired by the vintage photo and colors & used Creative Embellishment Chippies- Butterflies set of 5 & distressed grid Stencil )

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Post 446: Mixed Media Layout- Inspire + Pictorial (DT post for AB Studio-By Aga Baraniak)

Hi friends!!

Today is my first DT post for AB Studio by Aga Baraniak. I played with their beautiful stencils and have created a Mixed Media Layout- "Inspire".

The inspiration behind this layout came from the lovely photo of the dancer, I loved the angular pose she made and wanted to use the geometrical design stencils from my DT kit in this layout :)

The AB Studio stencils have great designs and are of high quality, so they can be used with all kinds of mediums like paints, inks, sprays etc... I would highly recommend you to check out the store (stamps, stencils, papers etc) as they have worldwide shipping and tons of options designed by world renowned artists. To explore the store, please click HERE. Also, for lots of inspiration and product info. you can join the AB Studio Facebook Group

Here are some photos of the layout:

Step-by-Step Pictorial:

1. Added color to the background using the ink smooshing technique (with a piece of acetate) and Gansai Tambi watercolors 

2. Did background stenciling with AB Studio's Stencil 72 & Catherine Pooler ink

3. Added more background stenciling with AB Studio's Stencil 3

4. For texture and shine, applied Nuvo's embellishment mousse (aquamarine) through AB Studio's Stencil 54

5. For the photo mats, created a DIY pattern paper by using Distress Ink & AB Studio's Stencil 59

6. Did background stamping using grey archival ink, distress oxide & mini stamps by Prima & Mudra 

7. To accentuate the fan design, outlined it with a watercolor pencil and went over the outline with a water brush 

8. Created die cuts for layering using thick black cardstock

9. Gathered the supplies for layering, used 3d foam tape in some places to add dimension, used die cuts, flowers, gauze & thread to create texture. 

10. In the end, adhered a few sequins and gems, added some art stones with soft matte gel for added texture and created some ink splashes 

Supplies Used:

AB Studio Stencils 59, 54, 3 & 72
Finnabair's Heavy White Gesso, Art Stones (Regular & Mega), Soft Matte Gel
Craft Medley Sequins
Tacky Glue
Die Cuts from Peekaboo, Spellbinders & Gina Marie Designs Dies
Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle pencil
Wilted Violet Distress Ink & Distress Oxide
Catherine Pooler Ink- Aquatini
Shadow Grey Archival Ink
Mudra & Prima Marketing Mini Stamps
Gansai Tambi Watercolors 
Heavy White Cardstock

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Mixed Media & Art- May Challenge (was inspired by the colors and butterflies)

Thanks for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed!

Post 445: Clean & Simple Mixed Media Layout- Inspire

Hi friends!!

I'd like to share a Clean & Simple Mixed Media Layout- "Inspire". This was part of my DT work for Mudra Stamps, all the details including a pictorial are HERE. I was inspired by the beautiful photo of the ballerina, so I knew, I had to create a soft layout around it. 

Here's a photo of the layout:

Here are some close-up photos:


1. The base is a 30 by 30 cm piece of 300 gsm Watercolor Paper. To this, color was added using Lindy's sprays and the ink smooshing technique (using a piece of acetate). This gives an artistic, organic look. 

2. Did background stenciling with archival ink and Mudra's Doodle Cluster Stencil. 

3. Heat embossed Mudra's Chipzeb Chipboards (Fancy Flourish, Victorian Rectangle & Words #1) with Lindy's Embossing Powder- to get a shiny & dimensional look 

4. Prepared the photo mats by using papers (in coordinating colors as the photo) from Mudra's Beary Hugs Paper Pack, distressed their edges and darkened them with archival ink

5. Did background stamping using Mudra's Mini Stamps (Checker, Go Confident, Special Day, Old Script & Rustic Diamond) & shades of grey & black archival inks 

6. Added ink splatter all around the composition using a thin tip brush and coordinating colors of ink 

7. Layered all the elements and adhered them using strong liquid glue. To add dimension to some of the elements, 3d foam tape was added. A foam flower was created using Mudra's Gardenia Dies. A bit of gauze was added under the flower for texture. And to add sparkle & shine, Mudra's Harvest Mix Couture Sequins were added with Glossy Accents.

8. To add more texture to the layout, mini and regular art stones were added mixed with Soft Matte Gel. In the end, white ink splatter was created to tie the whole piece together.

I am playing along with the following challenges:

1. Words & Paintery May Challenge (I was inspired by the soft colors)

Thanks for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed

Friday, 8 June 2018

Post 444: Floral Mixed Media Card- Guest Designing for Art Playground Blog

Hi friends!!

I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for the Art Playground's June Challenge. The theme is "Go with the flow" and the moodboard colors are soft, pastel shades :) For all the details about the challenge, please click HERE.

I loved the soft & pretty colors in the moodboard, so I decided to make a floral card. "Creating flow/movement" in any art work is very important. For this card, I used the flow of the inks in the background, the floral vine chipboard (by creative embellishments), the placement of the flowers & the sentiment stickers to show vertical movement. The eye gets drawn, first, towards the top, at the fairy (creative embellishments chipboard) & the large flower and then moves down towards the other two smaller quilled flowers. To check out my GD project on the Art Playground blog, please click HERE

Here are some photos of the floral card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Creative Embellishments June Challenge (I was inspired by the celestial theme and colors and included a magical fairy on my project. Used Creative Embellishment Chipboards- Fairies and Sunflower Border)

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed!