17/02/2018

Mixed media butterfly - Sizzix


Moikka! Hopefully you are having a good Saturday! Today I have a request to refill. I did a butterfly for Prima's Creativation booth (link) and when I showed it during Art Venture I got asked to do a tutorial about it. I'm always happy to fulfill requests so here it goes! 


As you can see, it's not the same butterfly as I changed the composition and some of the materials, but the basic construction and the steps are the same. And even more so, the base is the same, the butterfly is cut using the Bigz Hedgerow Butterfly die by Sizzix. As I was playing with the new Sizzix dies, I added a couple more of die cut pieces to the make. To learn how I did this black and purple butterfly, please see the stepped tutorial from below. 


Step 1. Using the Bigz Hedgerow Butterfly die from Sizzix, cut a butterfly out of cardboard or like I did, use sturdy coasters. As the butterfly was bigger than the coasters, I cut two pieces - one left side and one right. 

Are you new to die cutting? No worries, check this Sizzix site (link)!


Step 2. Trim the butterfly so that the both pieces have the body part but nothing more extra. Cut a swirly plant and a honeycomb using two other Sizzix dies. Cut the vine out of cardboard or coaster and the hexagon using thinner material, but still sturdy enough to hold the mediums, like watercolor paper.


Step 3. Layer the butterfly pieces on top of each other, adhere and let dry for a while. Paint everything black using black gesso. Let dry or use a heat tool carefully.


Step 4. Start making your composition and layers. Trim any excess off from the hexagon and vine and adhere them on top of the butterfly. Use gel medium as your glue. As these shapes form the base of the whole cluster, use enough medium to really keep them put. 


Step 5. Add to the composition and make it fuller. Use metal embellishments, paper flowers and found items. Adhere everything with gel medium. Let the piece dry some time or preferably overnight that all the layers really adhere - this makes next steps so much easier!


Step 6. Again, paint everything black using black gesso. If you are impatient crafter and your gel medium is not yet dry when you start to paint, don't let the two mediums mix as gel medium may cause a resist effect later on.


Step 7. Color your butterfly using shiny Metallique paints and Mica powder. Let the colors mix and create a colorful look you desire. 


Step 8. Bring on the wax! To highlight the edges of the butterfly, the metals and the vine, use metallic waxes. Apply either with your finger or using a sturdy, rigid brush like a stencil brush. 


Step 9. Finish your butterfly with some more shimmer and shine. Add some adhesive here and there near the composition and sprinkle little glass beads on top. As the beads leave some openings here and there to the adhesive, sprinkle then some glitter on top. Let dry and blow the extra away. 


There you have it - a little mixed media butterfly in nine steps! Just by changing the colors of the paints and waxes you can create a whole bunch of butterflies flurrying around with all the colors of the rainbow! 

Thank you for  stopping by today! Underneath you can see the Sizzix dies I used for this craft as well as list of brands I used. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment or email me! Ta ta for now!


Dies used: 



Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing

16/02/2018

Fly me to... - Prima Marketing


Good evening! Here's a little project I did for Creativation. I've shared a couple already but there's still a lot more to be shared!

This simple letter combines a lot of my favorites from the new Prima release! There’s the fantastic new Paper Texture Paste to give texture to the letter. Then there’s the sweet butterflies that are the cherry on top to any project. And out of all of the collections, the color scheme of the Lavender one might be my favorite! I mean – just look at those crystals with the pale lilac color and the cold flakes, aren’t they amazing!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great start to the weekend! 


Materials: 

630188 – Lavender ephemera 
630195 – Lavender SIIC
631208 – Lavender flowers
965259 – Paper Texture Paste 
993658 – Petite Round Frame 
961398 – 3D Matte Gel
572068 – Wire Thread 
963408 – Grungy Butterflies


Materials: Prima Marketing

13/02/2018

Little red robin - Mixed Up Magazine


Hello there! How are you? Keeping warm? Here's a little something I did for Mixed Up magazine some months ago. The canvas can be found on issue December 2017 / January 2018 on an article titled "Ice and Snow". The article has a step by step tutorial to make the piece. 


The background is made using alcohol inks and then there's acrylic layers on top. The sweet little birdie is done using a Sizzix die. I also added some embossing powder here and there to give a frosty feel to the canvas. 

The piece was inspired by a few things. First the time the magazine was to be published, I wanted to do a winter piece. The other inspiration came from a Finnish Christmas song, loosely translated as "sparrow on a winter morning". And the third thing was the sweet robin die I had from Sizzix. Then it all was just to think about the techniques to use to the piece! If you want to see what I choose to go with, please see the magazine! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all the best! 


Materials: Ranger, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Wow Embossing Powder






12/02/2018

Cherry stars - Prima Marketing


Starry Monday! How is your week starting so far? It's snowing here in Helsinki which is good as tomorrow is "laskiainen" - Shrove Tuesday which in Finland usually means buns, pea soup and riding a sled downhill from the highest top one can find.

These stars are something I made for Creativation for Prima booth. They are made using the Cherry Blossom collection (link) together with a Finnabair newbie (link)


“Don’t just plan – act” saying goes well to a star – it’s like a guideline to follow one’s own star! The star shapes are first treated with Plaster Paste like icing a cake. Then the shapes are decorated using the sweet Cherry Blossom flowers, blooms from three different sets. The saying on the bigger star is cut from a journaling card. 

All the best from me to you! Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the new week! 


Materials:

597825 – Cherry Blossom Journaling Notecards 
631123 – Cherry Blossom flowers 
631116 – Cherry Blossom flowers 
631109 – Cherry Blossom flowers 
597849 – Cheery Blossom washi tapes 
965198 – Plaster paste
961374 – Heavy Gesso White


Materials: Prima Marketing

11/02/2018

You + Me - Prima Marketing


Sweet Sunday! Today I have something sweet to share with you. It's a Valentines page for or about my husband.

This year is a special one for me. Now in February my husband and I celebrate our 10th anniversary and in July we’ve been together for 15 years! It feels that the decade has just flown by! To stop the moment from fleeing, I wanted to document the special year and snapped a picture of our hands one day. He was sick with flu and I had paint stain on my hand… but somehow I find this picture really true and honest and love it for that! 


To make up for the “not so cute” photo, I chose to use the cute and lovely “Love Story” collection in my layout with it’s sweet candy pink palette. For the background layers I used Color Philosophy inks. The water soluble inks are perfect for backgrounds and I can’t wait to try the new archival type inks (link)

As you saw a bit further up, I recorded a video of my process with the page, hope you liked it! Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all a lovely, sweet day! 


Materials: 

993924 – Love Story 12x12 Sheet
993979 – Love Story 6x6 Paper Pad
631338 – Love Story flowers Damianne 
631314 – Love Story flowers Charlotte 
631345 – Love Story flowers Princesse 
965259 – Paper Texture Paste 
589158 – Color Philosophy ink Flamingo 
589264 – Color Philosophy ink Frosting 
961466 – Clear Gesso 
597849 – Cherry Blossom Washi Tape 
994013 – Love Story Chipboard Stickers 
994044 – Love Story Heart Stickers 
994051 – Love Story Puffy Stickers 
994075 – Love Story Quote and Text Stickers 
994297 – Love Story SIIC 
572105 – Wire Thread Ivory 
961268 – Honeycomb stencil 
584566 – Tile stencil 


Materials: Prima Marketing



10/02/2018

Inspired By... Vol 2/2018


It's time for this year's second Inspired By! As you remember, this year we are doing it a bit differently than before. Let me remind you about it. 

Inspired By is something sweet Marsha and me have been doing for years now. Until this year it was that we chose a subject to be inspired by and then did something inspired by that theme, a piece of art or a book. The inspiration could be anything but we both turned that into some kind of project and blogged the creation on the 10th. 

Inspired By is a playground, a concept we can use to explore, to play and to discover. We can do as much or as little we want and have time for. I guess it's not a surprise then that we both enjoy Inspired By very much but after doing it the same way so many years, we thought to change the things a bit.

This year, 2018, we both just post on the 10th with some source of inspiration we found that month. Or rather on a period from the 10th of previous month to 9th of the current month. It can be a series of photos, a book we read, an artwork we saw, just a pebble on the street or a new product we bought. We can make something using that source, but it's more about sharing just the inspiration. Consider it as a window to our creative minds!

You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).


I'm not surprising anyone I guess, when I say that for this post I chose as my source of inspiration Creativation. It was a huge thing for me to be able to attend and even more to work there! I felt so grateful for the opportunity! I actually didn't walk around that much but mostly worked at the Prima booth the whole time more or less but I did went to see familiar brands and faces, people and products I love. One of those was Carabelle Studio. I just adore their stamps! 

What I found out in their booth was that they had a completely new product, Texture Plates. Thin stamp like plates for monoprinting. You can see all the designs by Birgit Koopsen here (link) and all the designs by Alexix Toupet here (link). If you want to see glimpses of the booths in Creativation and Creativeworld, please see Carabelle's Instagram (link)

Alexis was actually demoing the product for us, Keren Tamir and me, when we visited the booth. He was working with Distress Oxides on gel printing plate and the effect created with the Texture Plates was super precise! I was so happy and thrilled when he gave me a couple of designs to be taken home and play with. 


Here's something I created with the first goes of the plates! I used acrylic paints on my first tries as that's a medium I normally use for gel printing. I immediately noticed that the sun patterned plate I got was too delicate for acrylic paints but remember it performing perfectly with the inks. So I changed to the more random, more solid designs of bubbles and letters which you can see there beside the ready page. Oh boy! I especially loved the letter one! Such a great, great pattern! 

I created a couple of sheets with the plates and acrylics and then wanted to try something else. I really loved the botanical design of one of the plates, designed by Birgit. I didn't get such a good print of the design as I'd wanted so I decided to try the other way around, trying to use the design as a stamp! First I tried black acrylic paint, but I didn't manage to transform the design completely and detailed that way. Next I tried two different inks with the same problem. Then I realized that maybe the problem wasn't the medium but the paper instead. I had been using the monoprinted papers with several layers of acrylic paint so the surface wasn't either absorbing nor sleek and smooth. So I inked up the Texture Plate again using Archival Ink but this time applied a tissue paper on top instead. And voilà - perfect print with details and all of the design showing! 

For the page I tore the printed sheets into pieces and collaged them together using Soft Matte Gel. Then I adhered the tissue paper piece on top using same medium and masked the line of the piece even more with stamping. Lastly I added some doodles and scribbles here and there with black and white. 


I really enjoyed my playtime! I tried something new with something I already knew to love. It was fun to play with colors and see how the Texture Plates worked with different mediums. I still need to try them with inks at least! And maybe water soluble oil pastels. And... If I find myself lost of ideas to try with the plate concerning mediums, I can always go to GelliArts blog for inspiration. I really love what Marsha and Birgit are sharing there! Here's a direct link just in case you haven't visited already (link)


Now's your time to check what Marsha has been Inspired By this month! I can't wait to see either as I have a hunch that she's using Creativeworld as her source and maybe there's some fantastic photos of the event in the post! Here's the direct link (link)

Thank you so much for visiting today! Wishing you a great Saturday! 


Materials: Carabelle Studio, GelliArts, Prima Marketing, Talens, Ranger

09/02/2018

Bookmark - Sizzix


Hello there and happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a little something I did using Sizzix dies. It's a bookmark with mixed media touches and really easy construction with a ready tag. But first a hint for you - would you like to win a new Foldaway machine? Well, if you said yes, please follow this link and see how to participate (link)! And if you tried your luck in the previous Sizzix giveaway, be sure to check if you won from here (link)

But back to the bookmark! I started by cutting a slightly smaller piece of gelliprinted paper than the tag. I used a ready tag here, but naturally you could do your own with "Tag Collection" die set as well. Then I cut the bird and the wreath in a number of materials using the "Songbird" die. First I cut it from an old book page, then using the patterned paper and finally the bird part of thin cork. I matched the patterned paper to the colors of the gelliprinted paper and somehow the book page seemed really appropriate for such a craft! Then I just layered and adhered everything together and trimmed the extra off. I finished the piece with a little flag saying "you are here" in Finnish. You can see all the dies in a list below and naturally find them from Sizzix site (link).

I made this bookmark plain out of need for one! I read to my girls in Finnish every second night (my husband reading in Swedish every other) and thus far I've been using whatever little note as my bookmark. But something like this could be a gift for a friend, too! If you'd like more Valentines inspiration, please see this page at Sizzix site (link). There's also new printable papers there! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a great start to the weekend! 


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Materials: Sizzix, Talens, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger
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