Wednesday, May 22, 2024

VIDEO: Easy Mixed Media With Newspaper


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I have several journals from this incredible artist and one of my original Twitter friends from 2009 - Renate. You'll see one of them in today's video. They are all hand painted and the paper is hand torn - they are beautiful.

Each one comes very carefully packaged and she wraps them in this newspaper that is much higher quality than American newspaper - the ink doesn't smear, the paper is thicker and has a rosy tone. 

I absolutely cannot throw it away, so today I'm making it into cards. 

My inspiration for the sentiment design is these stunning 3D butterfly stickers. I used mostly the black and white, but also the pink, and there are gorgeous purple and blue sets. To mirror these, I used holographic cardstock with this triple layered die. This die has sentiments that you cut out all at once and the die is super sturdy, with thick metal so it doesn't warp going through the machine. 

For the newsprint background, I first used a glue stick to adhere the paper to cardstock. Most glue sticks are absolutely terrible. If you watched my pandemic lives you know that I tested every glue stick available in the US in 2021, and there's only one that actually works. I'm stunned that people continue to use and promote some of the more common office supply store brands.

Then I put a thin layer of chalky gesso on it so you could still see the print - but I wanted to tone down the rosy color a bit to match my butterfly. I added splatters and marks with a thick black acrylic marker.


Since I had more newspaper and more butterflies - I made more cards!
I even have one piece leftover that will be a tag.


Without further ado - here's the video in which you will also see the journal!



Loveyameanitbye.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

Happy Birthday To Us! + Giveaway


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It's here!!! Hero kit day and I could not be more excited about it! I love a good birthday theme / all year kit and this one is so cute. 

I had a TON of fun with the add-ons too - especially this bubble background stamp which you'll see in a video soon - but look closely at the little builder greetings in this set - I have some fun ideas for that. 



Check out the kit though... That balloon stamp is so fun to color!! 




Now you can see where I got the shaker mix & cake for this card:



The addons are beautiful:


Here's the bubble stamp! I'll be using the dies above with this - FUN combo.


Want to see more inspiration & be entered to win the giveaway? Head over HERE for a list of everyone in the hop!



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Complementary Colors - A Different Way


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I have talked about complementary colors a lot over the years - mostly because I think it's the one thing you can use to really make your coloring in any medium really pop. 

But you don't have to do direct complementaries - you can sort of come at them from an angle and it's still very effective. I made a card today to show you want I mean and how it works. 

I'm using a little mermaid image for this with two distinct parts - the mermaid and the shell. To keep it simple, I used four colors (except for the skin tones). The four colors are Cerise, Prawn, Nile Blue and Veronese Green. You can see that the green is used to shade the blue. So instead of choosing orange as a complementary to the blue, I chose a warm red. So the complementary relationship isn't a direct complementary - it's more subtle. The green that I used for shading is also almost a direct complementary to this same red though, so using it to shade the non-direct complementary increases the contrast overall. Same with the hot pink - that is nearly a direct complementary to the green as well - but when you look at this image overall, the overwhelming feeling you get is that it's a blue image, right? That's because the shading color is adjacent to blue on the color wheel.

So all that to say you don't have to always go straight across the color wheel to get a pop of contrast - you can wiggle around a bit! I used the matching dies to cut her out and put her on my fave 300 gsm kraft cardstock



I'm part of a blog hop today with this sweet little mermaid. To see more inspiration - check out the list below!

I'll be back today at noon - don't forget! Loveyameanitbye.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Strawberry Cake Nostalgia - Hero Arts Sneak Kit Peek!


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There was a HUGE debate a few months ago online about yellow cake vs. other cakes, and I was surprised at how strong people's feelings were about this topic! It got quite heated. 

I'm not generally a cake person - pumpkin pie is my jam - but the whole debate jolted loose a memory for me of a cake my childhood friend's mom made once - it was Duncan Hines I think - some mix - but it was literally the first pink cake I ever saw in my life and I was enchanted. It was strawberry, I think. 

She made it with chocolate frosting, because no matter the cake, he loved chocolate frosting. The cake was a delight and my inspiration today with the new Hero Arts kit - a birthday theme

I decided to go a little vintage with the main image and do no-line watercolor over a shaker - the sequins are included in the kit. HINT - the liquid watercolor I used is a little Easter egg for what's in the kit, but of course I'm sworn to secrecy. So come back on Monday.


Head over to the Hero Blog today for more peeks and enjoy your weekend - even if you like yellow cake! 


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