"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Mixed Media project - Part 1

Please note: I've had to split my post up into two parts (blogger wouldn't save it - must have had too many photos lol!) This is part 1. Part 2 can be found here (also a link to part 2 at the end of this post).

I had so much fun yesterday afternoon making this little project for my mum. She had to spend Christmas away from Dad (both had to work in different towns), he was back for two days then has had to leave again for work so she is feeling a bit down (plus her back is not being very nice to her at the moment). So I made her this little project as a "cheer her up" :-)

I apologise for the number of photos I'm going to post but I love looking at other people's step by step photos... so I thought I would post mine too :-)

Firstly this is a photo of the finished project (so if you have no interest in looking any further you don't have to!):
Elizabeth Whisson, mixed media, Cast your cares on the Lord, Psalm 55:22, texture paste, gesso, Annabelle Stamps sprinkles, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Bitty Blossoms, Prima Marketing leaves

Now on to how I made it :-)
For this project I took a 6" x 6" piece of 1 mm Bazzill Board and covered it in gesso primer.

I then sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist "Key Lime Pie", "Jack Frost" and Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst "Down the Rabbit Hole" over the board. After that I decided that it needed a little more colour so I added Distress Ink "Salty Ocean", "Mowed Lawn" and "Shaded Lilac" - sponged on with Inkssentials cut-n-dry foam (gives practically the same result as using the Ranger Ink Blending Tool but it's way cheaper...maybe a little harder to hold...but cheaper!)

I then took some Prima Marketing Finnabair Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets - Leaves and covered them in the gesso primer. I do like the way they look already but I was experimenting with my gesso primer (first time I'd used it!) - so I had to know what it was like on metal :-)

Then I used distress ink to colour each one. I used "walnut stain" and "gathered twigs" for one of the pieces and different combinations of "bundled sage", "peeled paint" and "crushed olive" for the others (not pictured).

Then decided that they needed some sparkle :-) I found that the sprays kind of reacted with the distress ink giving it a more aged and weathered look. Compare the above and below photos.

Back to the board - I thought that the purple wasn't quite as dark as I would've liked so I added some Distress Ink "Seedless Preserves".
I ended up getting a baby wipe and wiping a lot of the Seedless Preserves away again! And then reapplying it once more but not as strong in the middle. You will see in the next pictures where I stamp the words that it is a lot lighter.
I stamped a bible verse from Our Daily Bread Designs "Fishers of Men" set and some grasses from AnnaBelle Stamps "All Things Grow". I used Memento "Tuxedo Black", "Olive Grove", "Bamboo Leaves" and "New Sprout" (the last one is really hard to see but it is there).

Then I stamped a butterfly in Memento "Lulu Lavender" amongst the grass but you couldn't even tell it was there - the ink was too light! So I decided to emboss the butterfly. Except that I didn't wait for the grass to dry enough so the embossing powder stuck to the grass around the butterfly... so I ended up embossing all of the grass! The butterfly is there but not easily seen in the photos. In fact it's not easily seen when looking at the actual project!

The embossed grass that I ended up with. The butterfly is in the purple "out of focus" section.
I stamped another butterfly in Memento "Danube Blue" from the same AnnaBelle Stamps set.

Please see the next post here for more details and photos :-)

Mixed Media Project - Part 2

This is a two part post. You can see the first part here.

Continuing on....
I only ordered my Gesso Primer and texture paste a few weeks ago and this is the first project I have used them on. I had used the gesso, so I had to give the texture paste a try. I decided that I wanted some more butterflies in the sky. I mixed the texture paste (I have Golden Gel Mediums Light Molding Paste - closest thing I could come to texture paste - the other ones were sold out at the time) with some Distress Ink "Squeezed Lemonade" and Fairy Dust Glitter "Pralines & Cream". I had already taped down a Prima Marketing Finnabair butterfly stencil and masked off any butterflies that I wasn't going to use. Then I applied my altered texture paste using an old silicone spatula that I found in my kitchen! Worked perfectly! Other blogs that I have read said they use a plastic knife or old plastic card or even a bone scorer. I haven't tried any of those items but found my silicone spatula worked fantastically.

I added a sun and cloud (from Flourishes "April Showers") using Memento "Danube Blue", "Tangelo" and "Dandelion" in the top right corner.

I then stamped another butterfly from Flourishes "Friendship and Flowers" set in Memento "Bahama Blue" ink in the top left corner.

Finally glued my "leaves" on using X-Press It TripleTac Glue. I added a cute little "handmade" hand (my mum gave me a packet of them and they are soooo cute!) to the brown "leaf" - keep reading for a close up further down :-)
I had some flowers in my stash that I made quite a while ago so I'm not entirely sure of the colours or cardstock I used but they are Spellbinders Shapeabilities Spiral Blossom One. I also added some glossy accents to the leaves, "LORD" and the two yellow butterflies.

I then added some AnnaBelle Stamps 3 mm sprinkles (#21 Turquoise, #9 Sapphire, #32 Cornflower, #31 Pumpkin, #2 Pineapple and #13 Avocado). I glued these on using tweezers and glossy accents. Then added a dragonfly (from my stash), and some paper flowers (also from my stash). These are also glued on with glossy accents. I then decided that the leaves looked a little "bare" and needed something extra. Found this purple "jewel leaf" in my stash (not sure of the brand but my mum gave them to me :-) ) and wrapped it around the brown leaf.

Right at the end I decided that it needed just that extra touch of sparkle. I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbust "Yellow Rose of Texas" from the top right corner and LSG Moon Shadow Mist "Pegleg Pete Purple" from the bottom right corner. Then sprayed Clearsnap Smooch Spritz "Vanilla Shimmer" over the whole project. I used my "dirty" Copic colourless blender (I keep a spare for occasions such as these :-) ) to remove the glimmer sprays from the sprinkles, glossy accents and dragonfly's body.

And now for some close ups of the finished project:
The close-up of that gorgeous little "handmade" hand :-) I love it!

This verse is so true and one I use to remind myself the He is always there for us :-)

Showing the "sparkle" the project has.
See part 1 for another picture of the whole project.

The only thing I haven't done is sealed the project. I have a gel medium that I could use but I was worried that it would smudge the water based distress inks I used. I plan to buy some sort of spray sealer and use that. I didn't want to use hairspray as I have read it yellows with age...and I would like my projects to last :-)

Materials List (I used a quite a bit so I hope I haven't missed anything):
Copics: colourless blender
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs "Fishers of Men", AnnaBelle Stamps "All things grow", Flourishes "April Showers" and "Friendship & Flowers".
Ink: Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn and Shaded Lilac, Distress Ink "Squeezed Lemonade", Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Lulu Lavender, Olive Grove, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Danube Blue, Dandelion and Tangelo.
Cardstock: Bazzill 6" x 6" 1 mm board
Dies: Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Spiral Blossom One"
Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst "Yellow Rose of Texas", "Cattail Copper Brown", "Down the Rabbit Hole", Moon Shadow Mist "Pegleg Pete Purple", Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist "Key Lime Pie" and "Jack Frost", Clearsnap Smooch Spritz "Vanilla Shimmer", Golden Gel Mediums Light molding paste, Atelier Traditional Gesso Primer, X-Press It Tripletac glue, Inkssentials glossy accents, American Crafts Zing! clear embossing powder, Clearsnap Donna Salazar Designs Fairy dust glitter "Pralines & Cream", AnnaBelle Stamps 3 mm sprinkles #21 Turquoise, #9 Sapphire, #32 Cornflower, #31 Pumpkin, #2 Pineapple and #13 Avocado, paper flowers, purple jewel leaf and dragonfly (all from my stash), stickles (on the flower),Prima Marketing Finnabair butterfly stencil, and vintage trinkets "leaves" and Ribtex jewellery accessories 13 mm charm "hand made".

Thanks for staying with me this long and reading about my project! Have a great day :-)
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