Beautiful Morning

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It’s a beautiful morning here in the great State of Texas! I’m thankful for this day and look forward to the possibilities of what it will bring.  Have a good day y’all! 🙂

~Nati J.

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Mixed Media Monday: Love

Since we’re close to Valentine’s Day, I figured why not do a Art Journal Page based around :LOVE. LOL Anyway, I had a great time as always creating this layout.

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With this layout, I decided to do something a little different. I knew going into it that I wanted to do a black background, since I hadn’t done a black background before. I thought that some red hearts would also pop against the black, so I did just that. The only texture are really just the hearts which were hand drawn on some old book paper, the quote which was done on some scrap watercolor paper, the flowers and the lines around the edges done with both my hands and then the more precise lines were done with an old gift card.

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All in all, I really like the way this art journal entry turned out. Just the overall look and feel of the hearts floating up came together with the quote by Khalil Gibran, “Love…it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.” So this is Love. I hope you enjoyed my Mixed Media Monday! 🙂

Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.

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Materials Used:
Pro Art Gesso, Folk Art Metallic Sequin Black Acrylic Paint, Golden Gel Medium, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Faber-Castell Gelato (Red Cherry, Bubble Gum, Watermelon, Black), Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen (White)
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush (Black), Conté à Paris Pastel Pencil (Black), Old Book Paper, Recollections Punch (Flower, Small Heart)
Mod Podge Gloss, Gelly Roll Pen (White), Dylusions Clear Stamps by Dyan Reaveley (Clearly Doodle Parts), Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Prima Quick Dry Fluid Chalk Ink (Black Coal), Master Of The Arts Wooden Stamp Set, Zig Millennium Pen (Black), Canson Watercolor Paper

Friday Morning – YOLO

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I’m watching a Mixed Media video on You Tube by Roben-Marie Smith…..and….It’s Friday morning and I had some left over champagne that has been sitting in my fridge since New Year’s Eve… so I thought why not.  YOLO!  🙂 
Happy Friday go out and make today a great day!
# MimosaFriday

XOXO,
Nati J

Technique Thursday: Wine Cork Seal Brad Embellishments

Yes, you read that right, today we will be discussing how to make Wine Cork Seal Brad Embellishments. Now I know you’re probably wondering how in the world I came up with this idea….well, one day, I was opening up a bottle of Sisterhood Sweet Red Wine, and as I was taking off the seal (which reads “Cowboy” at the top), I thought, “ummm, that would be cool to use the top of this seal and place it on a brad for a future layout of Em and her cowgirl outfut.” So that is just what I did, and today I would like to share this technique with you all. So here we go!

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Materials Needed:
Imaginisce i*top Brad Maker
Imaginisce i*top Medium Brad Daddies (22mm)
Wine Bottle Cork Seals (or scrapbooking paper or extra small photos)

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Let’s Get Started!

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1. First, what we will do is once the seal for the cork is cut out, we will place
the seal on the Imaginisce i*top Brad Maker.
2. Place the front side of the brad Brad on top
3. Press the Brad Maker tool down onto the brad top and the seal
4. Next place the bad side of the brad into the Brad Maker
5. Press the back end of the Brad into the front side of the brad and the seal
6. Now take your completed brad out
7. At this point, I like to smooth the edges of my brad down, by pressing it
(rolling it firmly) onto a hard surface
8. Now your brad is complete and ready to use on a card or layout.

See below the wine seals that I had on had that I made into Brad Embellishments:

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Below is the layout I completed using the “Cowboy” Wine Seal Brad Embellishment:

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Sketchy Wednesday: Love

This week I created a layout based on a sketch I created in the fall.

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Below you will see the layout I created based on the sketch.

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Materials Used: Handmade Mixed Media Embellishments, The Paper Studio Pink Bling, Becky Higgins Project Life Kit- Heidi Swapp Glitter Kit (4×6 Glitter Card and Glitter “LOVE” Shape), Fiskars Circle Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, The Paper Studio Flower Punch, Heidi Swapp Date Stamp, Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold), Recollections Heavy 110lbs Cardstock, Recollections Bling, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad (Blackbird), Bazzill Blackbird Cardstock, Recollections Wood Veneers, Studio Calico Wood Veneer

I love this picture of my Daughters with with my Aunt and my Mother. It’s filled with so much love, fun and laughter. Besides the photo itself, my favorite this are the handmade Mixed Media ephemera embellishments. The circles with the wood veneers, the butterflies as well as the flowers were all handmade from a Mixed Media layout I created. I learned how to create the Mixed Media Ephemera Embellishments through a tutorial taught by my InstaFriend, Shelley. So if you want to learn more about Mixed Media, or create these too cute embellishments I would definitely check her work out! She is awesome. 🙂

Well, that is it for now. Until next time, Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.

Mixed Media Monday: Imagine. Create. Live.

I had so much fun working on this Mixed Media Art Journal entry. As a recap from last week you can see I used the Tissue Paper Heart Embellishments on this entry.
Scroll down to see how I created this Mixed Media Art Journal Entry:

First I collected some torn pages from an old book and applied them to my page using Golden Gel Medium.

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Here is my page after tearing the book pages and adhering them to the page.

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Then I painted the edges of the torn pages using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

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Now it was time for me to prime my page with Gesso.

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I like how the torn paper created a lot of texture, even after I added acrylic paint and Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold Spray to the page.

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Next I added stamped images as well as my embellished hearts that I created from scrap tissue paper. I also enhanced my heart embellishments by outlining them with my PITT Brush Pen. With the circle stencil I colored them in with my white PITT Pen and then outlined them with my Conté à Paris Pastel Pencil.

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After completing that, it was time for me to add my quote (which I found in a Google search): Imagine Your Dreams. Create Your Happiness. Live Your Life.

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Lastly below you can see up close the texture on the page as well as the hearts and quote up close.

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I hope you enjoyed this Mixed Media Monday, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Here are the materials I used to create this entry in my Art Journal:
Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Heidi Swapp Dot Stencil
Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp Set
Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray
Faber-Castel Gelato Coconut
Faber-Castel Gelato Watermelon
Faber-Castel Gelato Red Cherry
Faber-Castel Gelato Black
Faber-Castel Pitt Pen Big Brush Black
Faber-Castel Pitt Pen White
Conté à Paris Black Pastel Pencil
Craft Smart Acrylic Paint – Light Orange
Craft Smart Acrylic Paint – Peacock Blue
Anita’s Acrylic Craft Paint – Pumpkin
Americana Gloss Enamels – Lavender
Old Book Paper
Scrap Tissue Paper from Julep Subscription Box
Archival Ink Jet Black
Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set – Paris
Media Dina Wakley Clear Stamp Set – Clearly Collaged Hearts

Until Next Time, Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.

Technique Day: Tissue Paper Stamping

The first time I saw this technique was back in Summer 2008, during a Two Peas In The Bucket Online Course called Thinking Inking lead by Jennifer McGuire. In this particular class, she stamped an image onto tissue paper to get a more precise image and then applied the tissue paper to a sticky back canvas.
With that being said, I would like to share this super easy technique with you all….minus the canvas.

First, gather your materials:
Any type of stamp (here, I used Ranger MEDIA Clear Stamp Set, Clearly Collaged Hearts by Dina Wakley)
An Acrylic Block (Optional)
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Tissue Paper (I subscribe to Julep and every month the nail polish and beauty products are wrapped in tissue paper and shredded paper) They always have nice tissue paper and this is a great way to recycle the tissue paper.

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Next, ink the stamp you will be using with the Archival Ink. The great thing about this ink is that not only is it Acid Free, but it’s also Fade Resistant, and Waterproof. The fact that it is waterproof makes it a great ink to use with mixed media projects.

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Press your stamp down onto the tissue paper.

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Here below, after stamping the image you will get a nice crisp image.

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Here are some of the other stamps from the stamp set on some of the other tissue papers.

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The really cool thing about this is that once you have stamped your image, the limits are truly infinate. I cut my stamped tissue paper hearts out and used them in a Mixed Media project (which I will be sharing on Monday).

So please give this technique a try and let me know how you like it and what kind of projects you made with them.

Until next time, Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.

Here is a Sneak Peak of Monday’s Blog Post showcasing these too cute embellishments 🙂

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