Friday, 27 June 2014

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Mixed Media Canvas "Discoveries" A Gina's Designs Lasercuts DT Project

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have created a fun mixed media canvas using some of Gina's amazing products.
I have used the Flourish Circle Frames as the main focus on my canvas, and used several layers of mixed media on them, including paints, inks, texture paste and Tim Holtz distress paint.  In the center of the Flourish Frame, I have placed a bee which I made from some clay.

Below you can see some of the techniques I used on the Flourish.
I embellished around the Flourish Frame with some lovely flowers in whites, blues and yellows, along with some of the gears from the Gears Borders & Corners Set.  I also used one of the Steampunk doilies.  After distressing it, I cut the gears out from the doily and tucked them in with the flowers. In the background you can see some of the Chain Link Fence, which I embossed in black to contrast with the bright colors I used.  I topped that area off with some of the numbers from the Chunky Borders set.
I used a sentiment stamp from Rubbermoon as you can see below.  It is a quote by Picasso, which I just love. To the right you can see a close up of the Numbers from the chunky borders set, which I embossed.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at my canvas today, thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powders and Sprays
Prima Wing, Light bulb, Zipper and Clock
Rubbermoon Picasso Stamp
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Craftsupplies1 Flowers
Tim Holtz Metal Sentiment
Ranger Distress Paint
Delta Soy Paint Turquoise
Iced Enamels Embossing Powder

Friday, 20 June 2014

Mixed Media ATC Shrine & ATC Tutorial

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I have a really fun and quick project to share with you. I have used one of the ATC shrines from Gina's Store, this one is the Swirl ATC Shrine. I have also created an ATC to go inside, and below you will find the tutorial for the background technique I have used to create it.
I really love these shrines, they are so fun to alter, and you can do them in so many different ways, Gina has a great selection of them, which you can find HERE

 I made this Shrine to look like an ATC itself, and on all the sides and back I wanted it to mimic being an ATC. I love working with mixed media so I had a blast making this!

Here is the inside of the ATC Shrine and you can see I have made my ATC as well, and also decorated the inside of the shrine. I love Gina's Doilies and I also used some of the chipboard honeycomb and bees set which I embossed. I also stamped the back of the ATC with a stamp from Stampin' Up.

Here is my tutorial on how I achieved the background effect on the ATC.
First, cut your chipboard to 3 1/2'' x 2 1/2'', and gesso both sides. Get out your clear embossing powder, any brand is fine and your clear embossing ink, I have used Ranger for this tutorial. Choose what stamps you want to use, now you are ready to begin.

Stamp your chosen stamps in the ink and place on the ATC, pressing firmly. Once you have covered your ATC with your stamps and ink, sprinkle your clear embossing powder all over your card.

Your ATC should look something like the bottom left photo, then use your heat gun to melt the embossing powder.
It should now look like the photo on the bottom left. Get out your colored inks, I have used Ranger distress inks for this tutorial.
Using your blending tool or sponge and blend different areas of your ATC with different colors of the inks until you are happy with the end result. I used 4 different colors on mine.
Your ATC should resemble this photo below. Its like magic!
 The clear embossing powder will stay white and your ink colours will blend nicely in the background, its a very cool effect!
 Here is a photo of the unfinished ATC with the background done, and one I did for the ATC Shrine. I love how they turned out. This is a great effect and it looks much harder than it actually is. It is really fun to do, so I hope you will give it a try!

You can add some stencils and mixed media texture paste to the background now and layer on some chipboard and other embellishments to finish off your ATC.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial this month! Thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Americana Paint
Recollections Gold Embossing Powder
Stampendous  Clear, Shabby Pink & Shabby Blue Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Metal Sentiment
Shimmerz Texturez Patina
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
My Minds Eye Paper
Stamps from Inkadinkadoo and Stampin Up

Monday, 16 June 2014

Clay ATC Tutorial Using Gina's Designs Chipboard

Hello Everyone, Kim here! I thought it would be great to start off the week with a bit of a tutorial. I got out some of my oven bake clay and some of Gina's chipboard pieces and started to play around with the idea of making impressions in the clay with the chipboard. I have made these into clay ATC's, but this would work with anything or any type of shape you wish to create, the chipboard makes great impressions in the clay!

I began by rolling out my clay to about 1/8'' thick and then the size of an ATC, which is 2 1/2'' x 3 1/2'', pictured below.

Next I chose some chipboard and laid them out in a random pattern and pressed firmly into the clay.

As you can see I have used various pieces of chipboard to make some impressions, gears, chain, bees and honey comb, and even some dragonflies! Everything seemed to work great to make the impressions!

The next step is bake the clay, which you must read the box on your clay and follow the manufacturer's directions. Mine was baked at 270 degrees for 15 min.
Once the clay was baked, then cooled, it was time to paint and decorate it. I used gesso on my 3 clay ATC's, which you can see below. 

Next it was time to get out some fun items to decorate your ATC. I have used several colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays, Embossing Powders and Mica Powders. But, you can use what ever you have on hand. Think outside of the box, and decorate your clay with what ever you like, now that it is baked, anything really goes!

After you have your background done, its time to play with the chipboard, here below you will see how I decorated some of the dragonflies from Gina's store.

Once you have altered your chipboard pieces, then you can add other embellishments to finish off your ATC's. I have added more clay pieces that I created from some molds I have in my stash along with some metal pieces and flowers.

.....And finally, here is the finished product! 

 I am very happy with how they came out! I hope you will try this, it was a lot of fun to do, and just let your imagination, and your chipboard, run wild!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you like my little project!
Happy Crafting!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Shimmerz Gold Mine Texture Paste
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powders, Embossing Powders and Sprays
Stampendous Glitter Glass
Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
Creative Air Dry Clay(for the Wing on the Blue ATC)
Molds from My Stash
Tim Holtz Metal Word Band
Prima Junkyard Findings
Rosette Do-Dads from Shabbylishious