24 October 2014

Mixed-media products in a clean way...


Hello everybody!

Today's challenge on the Frosted Designs blog is to use mixed-media products in any style you want...Even if like me, you're not a messy scrapbooker, why not giving it a try?

Here is the card I created, using some "Magicals" mixed with water as spray ink:

mixed media products in a clan way
Products from the store:

Don't forget to look at what other member's of the Design Team created for this challenge on the Frosted Designs blog!

19 October 2014

Using stamps to match a collection's leftovers


Hello everybody!

Have you ever kept scraps from a collection that you loved, but without using it because you had not enough left? Or have you ever sighed after your unused stamps and inks, without ideas about how to use it on your projects?
Then, these ideas are for you!

I love to match stamps with leftovers, because it helps me to stretch a collection's scraps (I usually only buy a few sheets from a collection) AND it makes me to finally use my inks and stamps...  I should do it more often!

I usually start with a multicolored pattern from the collection, and I look for inks with this color palette. Then, I look for stamps that match well (here, flowers and leaves were a good option)

The easiest way is to use a small stamp several times on a strip, like I did with the dark blue flower on the card below. (I also used watercolor pencils to color it).


Or you can of course stamp a larger piece! On my layout, I chose to stamp on a cream paper with a very subtle pattern (it's almost a solid color). I started by the biggest stamp and finished with the smaller ones to fill the spaces.
I used the september sketch from the free digital magazine CREATE.

Here is a close-up pf my homemade patterned paper:

Finally, I also used my stamps to embellish my layouts: I stamped, colored the white stamps with alcohol markers and fussy cut them...

16 October 2014

Pinwheels in another way


Today on Scrap Your Scraps blog, Sandi shared an awesome tutorial to make pinwheels in another way. I didn't know it and I decided to give it a try: it's so easy! It's really great for using scraps...

pinwheels with scraps
Supplies: Patterned papers by Webster's Pages - Tools: alphabet die by Quickutz - Stamps by Florileges Designs - Other: brads
 And a close-up of the pinwheels:

pinwheels with scraps

Tip: I wanted more dimension for my photo block, but I didn't want to use all my 3D adhesive! So I cut and glue some craft foam... Cheap and perfect!

15 October 2014

Tip to make older collections fresh again!


Hello everybody!
Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite tip about paper: mixing two (and only two) collections together...
Okay, it's not new, but it's so fun! It's a great way to use favorite collections with a new look (or even to use scraps), and it's so much faster than to build up your own kit from many different manufacturers... And you still get this fresh look!

Coucou !
Aujourd'hui, je voulais partager avec vous un de mes trucs préférés pour choisir mes papiers : mélanger deux collections (et seulement deux). Rien de bien nouveau, certes, mais il n'empêche que ça aide bien pour finir d'utiliser des collections (ou des chutes !) tout en leur donnant un petit air nouveau, et surtout, c'est très rapide...

For my first layout, I wanted to use again my beloved "Persimmon" papers (Basic Grey), perfect for fall, and I decided to match them with some "Switchboard"papers (Pink Paislee).

For my second layout, I had very few "Vintage Bliss" leftovers (Simple Stories), but I loved this collection so much that I really wanted to use them... And I finally found that they matched beautifully with "RSVP" papers (Basic Grey)!
The yellow background, the pink border, the aqua and orange titles are all from the "RSVP" collection.

Ici, j'ai changé l'aspect du papier jaune en utilisant un pochoir faux-bois avec du gesso teinté avec ma poudre "Magicals".
Ces poudres sont très pratiques pour ne teinter qu'un peu de medium à la fois ! Tout ce qu'il leur faut, c'est un medium "mouillé" (avec de la poudre à embosser, ça ne marche pas, par exemple), comme de l'eau pour faire mon encre en spray sur ma première page, un tout TOUT petit peu d'eau pour peindre mon titre sur la troisième page, ou encore de la pâte de structure comme sur ma dernière page.
A noter que si on utilise un medium opaque (comme de la peinture blanche), on perd le brillant pour obtenir un effet mat.

What to do with last year Holidays papers? Why not matching them with summer papers! Here, I used two Fancy Pants collections: the wintery "Timbergrove" (the grid and the red paper) and the summery "Nautical" (the blue and the woodgrain papers). I cut them with a heart die and I outlined each of them with a white pen.
Papers from the same manufacturer often match well!

Another tip is to start with a multicolored paper from one collection, and to look for matching papers from another collection (one color papers work better for this), like I did on this last layout with papers from "Brightside" (Glitz Design) and from "Hey kid" (Pink Paislee):

I also used my "Magicals" from Lindy Stamp's Gang on each of my layouts: the powder form is so versatile, you can use it to color any medium of your choice!

- I started by mixing the "Shabby Turbine Teal" color with some water in a mini mister, and I used it with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil on my first layout.
- Then, I mixed the "Rusty Lantern Lime" color with some white Gesso, and I used it with a woodgrain stencil on my second layout. The effect is of course totally different!
- Next, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color (which is a beautiful and rich silver and not a black) with very VERY few water to create a silver paint, and I used it to color my title on my third layout.
-Finally, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color again with some white modeling paste, and I used it with a star stencil on my last layout.

Magicals Lindy Stamp Gang

I noticed that with both white gesso and white modeling paste, you get a lighter color, and if you want to keep all the wonderful shimmery look, you need to use water (spray ink or paint, depending on how much water you use).
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