Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Ice Princess by Erica Evans

Erica shows you how to make this fabulous Christmas card from the Rubber Dance stamp set designed by Debs Wainwright.

I absolutely love this stamp set from Rubber Dance and I thought she would be perfect for a Christmas card as an Ice Princess!
I stamped her out three times onto white card, coloured them in with Distress Oxide ink in Salty Ocean, and then cut out the hair parts of two of them (these will be her 'hair extensions'!)
I also dug out my old punches and found some snowflakes and stars, these will cover the flowers on the stamp and make her more wintry.
For the background I covered a piece of white card in clear gesso. When dry I brayered on Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers.
Then using a wet wipe I placed a stencil on the surface and wiped the ink away (please excuse the dirty stencil!)
Using the same colour I then added another layer with a snowflake stencil.
To soften the effect, I spattered on some water.
Now my background was complete it was just a case of assembling the pieces.
As it is Christmas, I had to add some bling! I went to town with this - Gems and glitter glue added lots of sparkle. It is a shame but the photos do not quite capture how sparkly she is.
To finish off I added extra ink around her to make her stand out and a Christmas sentiment (a die cut that I made silver with gilding wax)
Hope you enjoyed my little project!

Materials used:
Stamp set from Rubber Dance designed by Debs Wainwright
Versafine ink - Onyx Black
Prima Clear Gesso
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean
Stencils from Tando Creative
Gems and Glitter Glue

Thanks for looking,

My Instagram
My You Tube
My Blog

Love mixed media? 
Don't miss the latest issue of Mixed Up magazine, available at Pocketmags.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

And Then She Blossomed... A Wooden Panel by Lynne Mizera

Lynne is with us today, and she's created this beautiful mixed media panel to share with you, created with Rubber Dance stamps.

Hello everyone, Lynne here today to share this wooden panel which I altered mixed-media style using a stamp from Rubber Dance called Blossoming Rose.

It was the quote by Anais Nin included with this image that spoke right to my heart and caused me to want to create something truly special to showcase these powerful words...

I began with a wooden panel which I had painted with some tinted crackle paint, a new-to-me product from DecoArt that I am absolutely in love with!!

And then I decided to take a chance and see if I could stamp and heat emboss on wood like I do on paper... (using Versafine black ink and CTMH detail clear embossing powder), and it worked beautifully.

Look how crisp and clear this image stamped and how the clear embossing powder created raised and glossy lines which are now cells I can fill with color. 

For this next step I decided to use my Silks, an acrylic glaze from ColourArte that is both brilliantly coloured and full of metallic shimmer.

I let the color fill the cells and allowed it to pool and blend all on its own. Another wonderful quality of these Silks is that the colors layer on top of each other, rather than mixing together, and you can see all the different tones and shades through each layer.

And because these are glazes rather than paints, they tint rather than cover over and the crackled wood grain is still visible through the color...

And finally I added a border of my very favourite Golden fluid acrylic gold paint which, for me, not only finishes off the piece but also makes everything richer.

So I do hope you enjoyed my little photo tutorial, and if this inspires you to create something of your own, please do share it with us in the Mixed Up Mag Mixer facebook group.  And now here are all the products I used to create this tribute to Anais Nin's wonderful quote:

Lynne Mizera
My Blog - Lynne's Art World
My Facebook
My Instagram

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas cards by Kate

Kate creates stunning mixed media Christmas cards.

Hi, I would like to share with you really sparkling christmas cards. They are little bit unusual because for decorating I used only florist materials - plastic and foam flowers and leaves, tiny ornaments and tiny plastic cones.

For the base, I took green and red cardstock. Through Tim Holtz stencils I applied awesome Soft Form Paste by Colourcraft and when the paste was still wet I applied glitters (if you see little bit of blur in my photos they are not blurry they are so glittery that my poor camera was not able to make a good picture!).

Then with my glue gun I created a focal point from different embellishments. It was just easy gluing according to my fantasy.

And best part was adding interest. With ExpandIT paste I made snowflakes on one card, for another I used Decoart Snow Pen. I also played with Finnabair's waxes (white gold, old silver).

And the final step was to make tons of splatters. I used Shimmer gold and Shimmer silver acrylic sprays by Colourcraft and white Ecoline watercolour. I made for you many photos so you can see that even with a small amount of materials you can create really nice Christmas cards.

Have a nice day
Kate Dachovska

Love mixed media? 
Don't miss the latest issue of Mixed Up magazine, available at Pocketmags.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Great Adventures by Mags Woodcock

Mags is here today with a beautiful shabby chic plaque featuring products from our November sponsor Samantha K Gifts and Crafts.

Hello, today I would love to share a project created using the fabulous MDF shapes from Samantha K Gifts. The moment I set eyes upon the clock I fell in love. As some of you may know I adore vintage, shabby chic projects and this one is no exception.

The large plaque was a great shape and size and allowed me to include lots of vintage ephemera along with some Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

To begin the project I attached several layers of torn and distressed scrapbook papers using gel medium.To add a shabby look I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink along the edges

The next step was to add some stenciling using a 13 Arts stencil designed by Marta Lapkowska and a Ranger Archival Sepia ink pad.

Decoart Crackle Paste added more texture along the edges and around the corners, once dry a wash of Distress Oxide Vintage Photo highlighted the crackle .

The gorgeous MDF clock received a coat of gesso followed by black ink and then a coat of crackle paste. Again the crackle had a wash of Vintage Photo once dry.

Yet more texture was added at the base of the plaque using muslin coloured with watered down Vintage Photo ink.

The much loved ephemera added a travel theme to the whole project along with the clock.

Paper dolls and a title finished the project.

Product list
Samantha K gifts MDF Platue and clock
DecoArt White Crackle Paste , White Gesso.
Prima Art Basics ,Gel Medium, Heavy Body Gel
Ranger Archival Ink Pads, Black, Sepia.
Stencil 13Arts, Maremis Small Art.
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
The Works 12 x 12 Paper pad

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the process for this project.Why not pop over to Samantha's online shop to check out her wonderful wares?

Mags x


A huge thank you from Mixed Up to our sponsor Samantha K this month - do have a peek at her shop - and don't blame me if you come away poorer! Resistance is pretty much futile.....

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mixed Media Mirror with Samantha K Products

Debs is here today with a very cool mixed media mirror using fabulous products from our November Sponsor Samantha K.

Here's how she created her gorgeous project:

I took a black IKEA mirror and stuck the MDF elements from Samantha K into place - I used a mix of circles, cogs and a clock face. I played around for ages working out where I wanted each piece until I was happy. Then I added some different sized beads to give more interest. I then gave it a coat of white crackle paint. Once dry I used chalk spray paints in grey, pink and yellow. 

I wanted more texture than the paint alone gave me,  so I used a texture medium in (Prima Limestone). Once dry, I used a dry brush and chalk finish acrylic and gently tickled all the surfaces to give a highlight of white. I also wanted to knock back the colours a little as they were too bright for my liking.

Once satisfied I added a couple of Angels from Mixed up Merchandise Printables to a couple of the circles, to give some more interest. I then finished off with a metallic wax around the edges and on the raised areas.

Last look....

What I used:
Samantha K Gifts and Crafts - Cogs  Vintage Pendulums, Elegant Mixed Media Frames
Mixed Up Merchandise Printables Angels#1
Prima - Art Stones, Limestone Medium
13@rts - Chalk Spray
PaperArtsy -  Fresco Finish Acrylics, Treasure Gold - White Fire

Hope I have inspired you!
Take care

NEED these gorgeous MDF shapes? 
Pop over and visit our sponsor Samantha K Gifts and Crafts!

Love mixed media? 
Don't miss the latest issue of Mixed Up magazine, available at Pocketmags.