Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tag Fun at Mixed Media Monthly

Hello Inky Friends, I have a post over on the Mix Media Monthly Challenge Blog today. We continue to play with hearts & love! Come join us for a chance to win $25 from Topflight Stamps. 




 I made a tag for my on-going #the100dayproject. This is way out of my normal style but I kinda like it & did get to use up some of my stash.


Here is the inspiration this month. We are playing with lots of red & hearts for February.


I added some gesso to start, this tag was the back of a resin tag. The gesso helped to give it a good foundation. I knew I wanted to add some collage elements so this is where my process started. 


Next step was to emboss. I stamped with Distress Oxide & then covered it in emboss powder. I like using Distress Oxide, it is great for embossing & that way if the powder comes off the image is still colored. 


The Silverster Kracher emboss color by Emerald Creek is red mixed with white.



This stamp is from a set by Carabelle Studios,  Steampunk The Butterfly Effect. 
Love that Steampunk set!


I continued to build my tag. More hearts were definitely needed. I used 2 colors of Distress Ink on the hearts. Picked Raspberry & Wilted Violet. 



Side bar: as I was stamping I put too much ink on my stamp so I stamped off on my agenda. This gave me an idea, to stamp over the image in black slightly off from the 1st image. Kinda cool. 



Here is the set the heart came from, that eye is pretty cool too. This set is also from Carabelle Studio called Mirror of the Soul by Birgit Koopsen. 

Time for more... I find sometimes projects go through a case of the uglies. The trick I use is to just keep adding until you find your way. In this case I added some shading & a quote. 


Then I added bling & a stacked flower. Now I may be overdoing it but of course I just kept going. 


I added some gears with star brads, and shadowing around the ephemera. Ok now I am done! Thanks for joining us at Mix Media Monthly, I hope you play along!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Art Card with Darkroom Door Stamps

Hello Blogland! I decided to just play today but thought I would bring you along. I was lucky enough to receive some Darkroom Door Stamps & stencils at Creativation. So I decided this rainy, yuck Sunday would be a perfect time to play. 


Here is the art card I made starting with a piece of watercolor paper. I have been limping along in the #the100dayproject but have decided I need to move it and get this done before the next one starts!!  This is #59/100.




Starting off, adding some book paper randomly & topping that off with clear gesso. Next step was some paint. I just bought the latest Dina Wakley colors so let's go with those. The paint was applied using Dina's Media Tools. I just scraped on small amounts of paint all over the background. This made the paint very translucent so some of the book paper shows through.


Here are just a few of the new products Darkroom Door has. If you are in the US you can buy them at your local scrapbook store or online at Topflight Stamps.


While the background was drying I made my quote box by dry painting on a piece of card stock. Once  dry, a gesso wash was added to mute the colors. Now that the background paint was dry it was time to grab a stencil. Very exciting that Darkroom Door now has them!


I scraped texture paste through the stencil. Once that was dry randomly stamping on the raised areas seemed like a good idea. 


The quote was heat embossed with black so it would stand out. This saying is too perfect for me!


To finish the card off, took a tag from my stash and did  light wash with Peacock paint. I added a line from a poem by Felicia Dorothea Hemans. 


Lastly some paint splatter & mark making. Life has been crazy busy & it was fun to take time out & just play. I hope you take some time out to get inky! 


*I am entering this card in Words & Paintery Challenge.

*Love this mood board from Mixed Media Place too, helped with the color inspiration. Love those feathers! Humm another project maybe. 

*Also fits brilliantly on A Vintage Journey challenge which is "melt it" I used black emboss on the quote stamp.

*Craft Stamper Blog has "Anything Goes" & the sponsor is Darkroom Door! 

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Stamps: Quote stamp- I am Creative, Correspondance
                                  : Stencil- Polka Dots- small.
Dina Wakley Paint- Eggplant, Marine, Peacock, Olive, Sedona, Bluff.
                            -Clear & White Gesso.
Ranger Ink- Texture Paste-Opaque
                -Emboss Ink & Powder.       

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mix Media Monthly February Challenge

Hello Blogland, I am here today with the Mix Media Monthly Challenge for February! We gals will be playing with the Love theme this month!! 


Creativation 2018 Journal Book

I decided to do another Bound Book, this little die is so addictive!! I just got back from Creativation 2018, the AFCI (Association For Creative Industries) annual trade show. Meeting up with designer & manufacturing friends from all over the world is the best part! I decided to make a book to house my pics & memories from the show. 


Here is the challenge prompt for this month, February the month of love. Please join us! The prize this month is a $25 gift certificate from Topflight Stamps.



I don't have a lot of love stamps but these Carabelle Stamps Doodle Art by Zorrotte fit the bill. I used the smaller heart stamp on the fabric background & then the larger ones were stamped & colored with Infusions. More on that later. 




Here is Part 1 of the video. 



Here is Part 2. 
*I am brand spanking new to video so please subscribe to my channel!! Very excited to make more.


I started by sandwiching fabric on both sides of DecoFoil Foam Adhesive. It comes in 6x12" or the Rebekah Meier brand comes in 9x12". Using the passport die, cut 2 pieces for the front & back covers. Next, using the Book Binding die cut the edges to create your book. The discs can be bought at Scrapbook/Hobby stores or Office Supply stores.


You can see my tutorial for this method of cutting here. My papers are a random assortment from my stash cut 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" then the corners were rounded. This is a great way to use scrap papers up!! 


Pulling out my ancient Sizzix die I cut some hearts out of corrugated cardboard. I was very happy to see that I could still use them with the Vagabond. Then pull up some of the top layer of the cardboard & paint the hearts letting the board show through. Distress the edges with wax. 


Wrap wire with beads around the hearts. Adhere with a strong glue like SuperTape. See the tucked in paper heart?


I stamped the larger hearts from the Carabelle set, with Archival Ink then cut them out. Next up, painted them in using PaperArtsy Infusions. Put a little dab of powder on the heart, activate the powder with a wet paint brush. Then it was just a matter of assembly. 




Here is a peak at the inside cover & the 1st page. You can see where I took the word Special Delivery from the fabric, it was also mounted on the foam adhesive to give it extra lift.


The numbers were painted to get the color I wanted in metallique paint. This is also a good shot of Eileen's cute Tag & Pocket die in action. Thanks for joining me today! Please hop on over to Mix Media Monthly & join in our challenge!!


Supplies:
Topflight Stamps- PaperArtsy Infusions- Sunset Beach
                         - Carabelle Doodle Art
Eileen Hull by Sizzix: Book Binding Die
                              - Passport Die
                              -Bookmark, Tag & Pocket

Therm*O*Web- DecoFoil Foam Adhesive & SuperTape 
Fabric by Tim Holtz
Prima Marketing-Art Alchemy by Finnabair-  Metallique Royal Red
                                                               - waxes-Aged Brass, Red Amber

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Organizer

Hello Blog Land! Today I have a peak at a new release from Eileen Hull Designs Book Club 2 Collection. It was released this month at Creativation 2018 (formerly CHA) which is the trade show for AFCI- (Association for Creative Industries). This new die is going to be one of my favorites!


Fabric Wrap Journal

Here is "My Precious" the fabric wrap journal I made to house business cards, product info, class notes, and even a mini scrapbook at the end for adventure journaling with pics. It is using Eileen's new Wrap Journal that I have already made 3 books with!!! Hee. The Inspiration Team are doing peaks of the release. We will have full tutorials closer when the dies become available. Encourage your store owner to order this die! Book Club 2 will be released in June. 
 
 

An Afternoon In Scottsdale, AZ

I just returned from Phoenix, AZ,  where Creativation was held. (In a nut shell all the crafty manufacturers get together to show the retail stores, designers & teachers the newest products being released. It is a whirlwind of classes taken, demos given, networking & meeting up with friends, colleagues that you haven't seen in the last year. It was also fun to meet interweb friends for the first time, especially some of Eileen's Inspiration team that I have gotten to know over the last year but never met. 

Eileen Hull, Suzie Bentz, Me, Mitsyana Wright, Jenny Marples.

Creativation Class 2018

I will be posting some videos over the next few weeks on my YouTube Channel. There are some interviews I have done, some demo watching, showing product from some of the booths & even a mini book binding class. You can find it here at Karen Bearse. Please subscribe & let's see where this new adventure goes! Have an inky day. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Excited to Join the Mix Media Monthly Team!!!

Hello Inky Friends, I am thrilled to announce I have been asked to join the Mix Media Monthly Design Team!! This is a wonderful group of designers who create amazing inspiration every month so I will have to bring my A game!! In case you are not familiar, Mix Media Monthly is a challenge site that has a photo prompt every month. You link your blog creation to the challenge & can win prizes! Please check out the rules to be eligible, they are on the challenge post below the Design Team inspiration.


Here is my project for the month of January. I made a mini art journal. As it is my first project with this team,I thought I should introduce you to my quirky side, as in interpreting prompts in unique and inspiring ways. 


First to the January Challenge

Silver & blue is a favorite combination of mine & I love the idea of "Ring in the New" this prompt of course can be interpreted in many ways. For me it meant MAKE A NEW ART JOURNAL!!! The snow, bells & ring naturally conjured up a vision of mermaids. Did I mention quirky? Just in a mermaid mood so stretched the theme a little, LOL. You will see as the post goes on just how much I was inspired by the challenge. I mean bells & mermaids = unique art!



Love All Things Art Journal.

I have quite a few in progress but really enjoy using different substrates in my journals. That makes it a challenge, so the idea of using a journal, that the pages can be added to, as they are completed is fabulous. Working on individual pages with a Gel Press for example is much easier then in a pre-made book. Eileen Hull has a new die out that allows you to do just that. I started with a piece of mat board cut 4 1/4" x 6", you could choose to make whatever size you want. 
 


I started with a stencil, crackle paste & texture paste. Scrape the paste through a stencil on the mat board that has been pre-gessoed. Cutting the edges first leaves you a guideline to keep the mat board clear in that area.The Book Binding die is used to cut the edges of your project and works with binding discs. The bonus, because it is a steel rule die it will cut through heavier material like mat board, thick cardboard etc. You can see a video of this die on my Instagram here.


Bring On The Color!

Once my pastes were dry, color was adding using PaperArtsy Infusions. They are wonderful pots of powder that react with water. I stuck with blue/green as the theme. 


Next up was to add in the silver. I used Prima waxes for this & just put some on my craft mat then used my finger to hit the high points & scuff up the background a bit. Some snowflake sequins were added, hee hee...


Time To Add The Pages.

I have stacks of Gel Press paper which were cut using the binding die. These are a great place to start. My pages are already to move on to the journal building phase. 


All that was left was to put the book together & add some embellishments.  My quote was inspired by the challenge. Pearl bling was added to the snowflakes to mimic the bokeh (white balls of light). A starfish charm was added, love charms! 


The chain acts as a closure & opens in the back of the book. This worked better as I really wanted that starfish on the front. Bells are hanging from the chain. I may add some more small charms or beads. 
 

Here is a shot of the back of the book.  You can see how the binding just clips on & the fun thing is finding discs that match the project. I actually took these off a planner from last year- yay recycling. 


Inside the book is paper cut from a 6x6 paper pad by Kaisercraft. I made a pocket and took some tags from the pad to insert in my pocket. Adding washi tape adds a little pizazz. 


Inside the book is paper painted using a Gel Press. Some of the back sides are white which gives me a clean surface to add paint to. 


Here are 2 pages that had paint on both sides so they are ready to turn into journal pages. This is a great book to have when traveling. All I need to bring is ephemera & journal pen, some stamps. Hum...


Lastly how about a close up of that luscious crackle paste with silver! Love the texture that adds. Well that is it for my 1st Dteam post. I hope you enjoyed it, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section. Thanks so much for joining me today!! Go get inky. 

Supplies:
  • StencilGirl- Mermaid Stencil & Masks by Jessica Sporn
  • Eileen Hull Bookbinding Die by Sizzix
  • Mat Board by Sizzix
  • Infusions by PaperArtsy -A Bit Jaded, Royal Blood. 
  • Art Alchemy Wax by Prima- Brushed Iron & Turquoise Satin
  • Crackle Paste & Texture Paste by Ranger
  • Disc rings can be found at office supply stores, planner supplies or old planners
  • Gel Press 5x7 Gel Plate
  • Paint by DecoArt

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Let's Make A Christmas Card Box!

Hi Happy Craft Lovers, a warm holiday welcome! I hope your holidays were bright, and filled with family frivolity. I am here with my last blog post of the year!!! Topflight Stamps playing with a wonderful Christmas themed Card Box. 


 This project was designed using Eileen Hull's Card Box from the Book Club Collection by Sizzix. It is available for purchase! I will use this to hold my Christmas scrapbook or pocket page cards. 


The stamp set is PaperArtsy & I love it's whimsical feel. You find it here. 


I simply stamped the images on card stock & painted with watercolor markers.  Everything was fussy cut and adhered to my box. Sadly I lost my step out photos. The box was painted with Dylusions paints & stenciled using Seth Apter stencils by Stencil Girl. 


Love how bright & cheery it is!! Well that is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful New Years & may 2018 bring you peace, prosperity & lots of good health!!! Cheers!

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