Monday, July 24, 2023

Wild and Free - Adding Mixed Media to Your Cards

 Today I have a quick video to share that shows some easy ways to add mixed media to your cards.

You can watch the video here!


Hero Arts August 2022 Kit:

Hero Arts SA070 Delicate Petals Stencil:

Hero Arts Ink Rose Madder:

Hero Arts Ink Orchid:

Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes:

Mini Blending Brushes:

Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste:

Dina Wakley Cheddar Paint:

Dina Wakley Lemon Paint:

Dina Wakley Cheddar Spray:

Distress Ink Antique Linen:

Distress Ink Tea Dye:

Distress Ink Aged Mahogany:

Distress Ink Walnut Stain:

Distress Ink Crushed Olive:

Distress Ink Peeled Paint:

Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio:

Distress Ink Peacock Feathers:

Distress Ink Seedless Preserves:

Lawn Fawn Double Slider Surprise:

Sizzix Big Shot:

Tombow Mono Multi Glue:

Tombow Dot Tape Runner:

Scotch Foam Tape:

Hammermill Cardstock:

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Anniversary Card for Matty

 It's the 4th of July! For most, that means BBQs, fireworks, and red, white, and blue evvvverything. For my little household, it means HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my Matty! Today we celebrate 14 years married and 19 years together 💗 I created this anniversary card for him, and I think it's pretty fitting to the past 19 years we've enjoyed together...

To start, Matt and I met when we both lived/grew up in Phoenix. So the cacti and Route 66 signs fit perfectly! Next, we've moved across this entire country two different times, with multiple moves and road-trips in between. Driving 3,000+ miles with multiple animals in the car is never ideal, but we've done it many times and survived!

The majority of this card uses items from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2022 kit. The background is heat embossed with Hero Arts Gold powder and the stamp is Hero Arts Road Signs Bold Prints. I then heat embossed the Hero Arts Roadside Messages sign with (old, doesn't exist anymore) Zing Black Glitter powder over vellum. 

The cacti use the stencils and dies from the kit. I colored them with Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio, Salvaged Patina, and Peacock Feathers.

When working with very detailed stencils, I love using these mini blending brushes. This means I don't have to deal with any masking tape while I ink.

Happy anniversary, Matty! Love you so very much

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Happy Summer - Wish you were here

  Happy summer! I'm really enjoying all the vacation-themes stamp sets and challenges that happen throughout the summer. For this card, I used some window dies from the My Monthly Hero August 2022 kit that I hadn't even opened yet. Also, how is this kit from August?! Where did this year go!? I love the finished look!

I started by heat embossing Hero Arts State-Cation Bold Print stamp (older stamp) in white embossing powder. I lightly ink blended the panel with Distress Ink Tumbled GlassSpun Sugar, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Next was figuring out the window diecut: Hero Arts Looking Glass Forest and Mountains. This is my first time using a window diecut, and I probably didn't use the official method to build it, but the outcome works great for me (and no measuring required)!

The pieces of the diecut were colored with Distress Ink in Kitsch Flamingo, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, and Twisted Citron. When blending with very small images, I use these mini blending brushes to make the job easier. I then added Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter to the mountain tops and the river.

To cover up my messy stacking of the diecuts, I used my ooooold but trusty Spellbinders Square Nesting dies to create this window with black cardstock. Perfect fit!

I'll be sending this card to my mom and dad... they love to travel, hike, and camp AND I haven't seen them in quite a while.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer Mood Board and the SSSW Challenge: Anything Goes.

Happy Summer!
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