A Summer Solstice Card Like You've Never Seen Before-Mixed Media with Stampin' Up!

In celebrating the beginning of summer and the Summer Solstice, I've created a Mixed Media card with many Stampin' Up! products.
Let's take a look at the process.
Lots of photos ahead!

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Summer Solstice Card 1

 First, the sun and rays were freehanded and cut from lightweight chipboard that was part of some Stampin' Up! packaging for a Bigz die. These were adhered to piece of Whisper White card stock.

 

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Next, I used a stencil created for me by a member of my ink and inspirations team, Catherine Stewart.  Catherine used a stamp brush image from My Digital Studio  set to cut this with her Cameo and a Window Sheet from Stampin' Up!  DIY Smooth Texture Paste was used to create some interest and depth.  The rays of the sun were masked off with post its.

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Heat Tool used to speed up drying time.

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Entire layer covered with white gesso.

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The gesso preps the layers for sprays and inks that will be added.

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A mixture of alcohol and ink refill in a Stampin' Spritzer creates the perfect spray to add a splash of color. The cut negative image of the chipboard masked off the top of the layer.

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Drying in between applications of paints/inks/sprays/pastes is very important.

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Color was added to the rays with a Sponge Dauber and Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Ink.

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Pumpkin Pie Ink added with my finger.

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The blue sky added with Lost Lagoon ink and Sponge Dauber.

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More ink added...this time Island Indigo. Notice the blue ink on some of the rays.  I wanted to try to fix that but wasn't sure how and with Mixed Media, you don't start over...just keep a-goin'!

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I tried adding some Crushed Curry Ink over the unwanted blue on the rays but made a totally different and surprising discovery...

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After "coloring" over those unwanted blue smears with the Blender Pen; an old rag (a very sophisticated tool, right?) did the trick and wiped those away!

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Summer Solstice

Next, the sun and rays were outlined with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and smudged with the Blender Pen.  I wanted a black sooty look to accent these areas.

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Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Day by Day Photopolymer Set add the wording.

 

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Sparkly star sequins were added from the In Color Sequin Collection(133631) to symbolize the longest day/transition to night of the Summer Solstice. 

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Summer Solstice

Have you tried using your Stampin' Up! supplies in Mixed Media?  Gather your supplies and with just a few extras, you can create card like you've never seen before just like this Summer Solstice card!


Stampin' Up! Card from Friends

On this beautiful Saturday, I just had to share two special Stampin' Up! cards that I received from two awesome ladies this week! Let's take a look!

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Melted Crayon Technique

This technique is beautiful and Debbie is going to have to give me a hands on tutorial!  Love the Mixed Media on this card!  The color is vibrant and the combo of different stamp sets is perfect.  Thanks, Debbie!

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Stenciling/Masking Technique

This "wow" card is from a member of my downline, Catherine.  Stenciling/masking is one of my recent favorite techniques and Catherine's use here make this card fun and trendy!  Catherine used the masks from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507) that was in last year's Holiday catalog and was thrilled to see it in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog!  Thank you for a great sample using this technique, Catherine!

Are you going to have some time to craft today? I hope these Stampin' Up! card ideas have inspired you to create something fun and beautiful!

 


Mixed Media- DIY Smooth Texture Paste

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DIY Texture Paste Recipe

After posting this Mixed Media project made for my son-in-law, several of you requested the "recipe" for DIY Texture Paste. 

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DIY Texture Paste for Mixed Media

I found this recipe after searching Pinterest and have found it to work very well AND economical!

Here it is:

Homemade Smooth Texture Paste

1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnson's Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)

1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue

1 tablespoon White Craft Paint

Some Water ...Add water to get consistency of toothpaste. 

*Add water in small amounts, not more than a tablespoon or so at a time, until you get the consistency that you want.

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DIY Texture Paste for Mixed Media


Add fun texture to your paper crafting and mixed media projects with this DIY Smooth Texture Paste recipe!


Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Book Cover

Our daughter created a book of love for her husband's 30th birthday and when she asked me to create the cover, I knew that Mixed Media techniques with Stampin' Up! supplies was the way to go!

Since he has received his book of compliled letters of love from family and friends on Friday, I wanted to share the basic mixed media process in pictures.

 

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Process 1

 

First, I cut two pieces of chipboard from packages of Glimmer Paper to 9 x 12 and gave it two good coats of gesso.

 

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 2

Made my own texture paste with recipe found online. (Leave a comment if you want the recipe!)

 

 

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Added texture with stencils made courtesy of my downline, Catherine, and Stampin' Up! MDS images, Window Sheets, and her Cameo ecutter!

 

 

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Literal cutting and pasting of the words "you are loved" from the retired Expressions Thinlets ---may still be on the Clearance Rack for $14.99!

 

 

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Glued punched shapes, dry embossing, and title for more texture.

 

 

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Applied another two coats of texture...let dry.

 

 

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Added more punched shapes and textures.

 

 

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Another coat of gesso!

 

 

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Lots of spray color with Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spritzers, ink refills, and rubbing alcohol mixture. Several coats were applied to get the desired intensity.  I had to be really patient to let it dry between coats!

 

 

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Added sponging of Early Espresso ink to add a more masculine feel.

 

 

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Using Stampin' Up! Encore Gold Ink to highlight the title and other textures. Just call me "Goldfinger".  :)

 

 

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Cover

Here's the completed cover that I mailed to our daughter.  The back cover was the same without as much texturing details.  She made it into a 3 ring book with letters of love mounted on coordinating colors of card stock.  I also created several "pockets" with my Envelope Punch Board and Stampin' Up! Designer Paper.  These added interest to the book and held little noted and folded letters.

 

Mixed media is a lot of fun and very do-able with Stampin' Up! products and a few extras...give it a try.  

 


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- How to Use the Stampin' Spritzer for Mixed Media and Paper Crafting

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Using the Stampin' Spritzer
for Mixed Media and Paper Crafting

In today's video tutorial, you'll discover some tips on using the Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spritzers for your mixed media and paper crafting projects.

The background of this Easter card featuring the Stampin' Up! Life in the Forest and Starburst Sayings Bundle is the piece you'll see in the video below or HERE on You Tube.  All you'll need are ink refills, Stampin' Spritzers, and alcohol from the pharmacy section of your favorite place to shop.

Click HERE to view this Stampin' Up! video tutorial on You Tube.

Try the tips in this video tutorial on your mixed media and paper crafting projects using your Stampin' Up! supplies!


Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Easter Tag Video Tutorial

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Easter Tag

Experimenting with mixed media and Stampin' Up! products is really fun and today's video tutorial for this Easter tag will give you a little run- through of the process.

Attempting mixed media has challenged me to look at my Stampin' Up! supplies in a different light.  There's so much enjoyment in creating and there is no right or wrong!  And, if your project isn't headed in the direction of your vision, gesso is your best friend! Just brush on a layer and begin again.  Super fun...I hope you'll give it a try!

Watch the video tutorial below or HERE on my You Tube channel.

I hope you'll give mixed media a try with your Stampin' Up! supplies.  The Easter tag in this video tutorial is an easy mixed media project...have fun with it!