ARTplorations Stencil Hop – December 17, 2016

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you for another day of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop.

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Here’s my tag using ARTplorations Retro Circles:

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I  designed my own sentiment and printed it onto vellum.

You are welcome to print some of these for your own use.🙂

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Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

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ARTplorations Stencil:

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The Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Circles

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Hi! I’m very happy to have you visiting my blog today. I know your time is precious and hope that you enjoy your visit.

I’m not a coffee fan myself, but my husband likes it a lot. So, I have grown to think of coffee with a warm feeling because the smell of it means that he’s probably home. 🙂

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Today I have a 3rd card to share with you that I designed with STAMPlorations products for the Fall CLBH.

img_2302edited    STAMPlorations is one of the FAll CLBH sponsors and Shery has a bunch Coffee & Tea lover themed products in her store.

Here’s a closer look at my card:img_2308edited

 I love this new STAMPlorations set – Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set by Shery.

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 Besides the stamps from Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set,  I also used the ARTplorations stencil Flourishes and STAMPlorations Big Greetings.

How I made this card:img_2304_edited-1

  1. I made the background by sponging on parts of circles through a homemade stencil.
  2. I did some reverse stenciling by inking up the flourishes stencil and stamping onto water color paper.img_2309_edited-1
  3. I then sponged orange ink through the stencil into the negative spaces.
  4. I stamped the travel coffee cup on top off the stenciled watercolor paper. SheryRuss_AnywhereTheresCoffee-preview
  5. I fussy cut the cup.
  6. I added black circles with Sharpie around the colored circles.
  7. I stamped the sentiment.img_2309edited
  8. Attached the cup with foam tape.
  9. Matted the panel.
  10. Attached the panel to the card base.img_2304_edited-1

 I really enjoyed making this card and I hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visit.

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. I have a new STAMPlorations Mixed Media (two-sided mini chalkboard) tutorial up for September. 🙂

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You can take a peek over at my post here and/or  head over to the blog to see the entire tutorial.

STAMPlorations/ARTplorations/CUTplorations Products used on the chalkboard card in this post:

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #19 Reminder 2 – January – Beginnings

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s Challenge #19 – January – Beginnings.

Here’s our January Challenge Graphic:

The card I have to share with you today makes me happy. I salvaged a panel that I thought I had ruined and it turned into one of my favorite mixed media cards! Yay!IMG_3279edited

I have added this card to my new Mixed Media Gallery page. If you have time, I’d like to invite you to please visit it here.

 How I made the card in this post:

  1. I used a embossing-paste-slathered stencil to stamp/create a print on water color paper. Here’s the card that I originally stenciled.

    IMG_3141editedI used the left over embossing paste from the above card to create the beginnings of the panel in today’s post.

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2. I set the panel aside and let it dry for a few days. The embossing paste was very thick.IMG_3293edited

2. I replaced the stencil onto the panel, sponged embossing ink through the stencil and added white embossing powder.

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3. Here’s where I almost ruined the panel. I sponged black ink through the stencil and hated it!

4. So, I wiped it off with a paper towel and then heated embossed with more white ep on top of the black ink.IMG_3300edited

5. Not quite satisfied, I got out my acrylic paints and repainted a rainbow on top of the now muddied embossing paste.IMG_3301edited

6. I dabbed the paint off of the white embossed areas and reapplied the heat tool to brighten the white.IMG_3310edited

7. I die cute a square for my sentiment. That resulted in my embossing paste getting a bit squished, which was disappointing, but quite a bit of texture did remain.

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What about you? Do you try to fix your mixed media boo-boos? Or do you do what I normally do with big messy mistakes? Chuck ’em?! 🙂 I am glad that I didn’t do that this time! I’m very happy with my result.

         I’d like to play along at at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s: Best friends (Doesn’t this verse describe the kind of best friend you want to have and be?), Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 Anything Goes and CASEplorations January Challenge: CASEing the incredibly talented and fun Laura Bassen.

Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creations. We have quite a variety of cards for you to enjoy this month. I had a lot of messy fun making these cards.  I hope that you are inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace
Melissa

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by January 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on January 31.

Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #19 Reminder – January – Beginnings

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s Challenge #19 – January – Beginnings.

Here’s our January Challenge Graphic:

I have 3 cards to share with you today.

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Card #1 (I’d like to play this at CASEplorations.)

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How I made cards #1 & #2:

  1. Made homemade embossing pasteIMG_3125edited
  2. Tinted the embossing pasteIMG_3124edited
  3. Masked off center of card with a rectangle
  4. Applied embossing paste through stencil

5. Removed stencil & mask, allowed EP to dry

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6. Stamped sentiment

7. Added sequins

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Card #2 (I’d like to play this at SSS Monday.)

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I used a similar technique to make this card, but made a partially die cut heart door. It opens to reveal an ink blended background and a Scripture sentiment.

I’ve been working on organizing my blog and have added some new pages at the top. I’d like to invite you to visit my Mixed Media and CAS/Nearly CAS galleries. 🙂IMG_3151edited

I’d like to play along at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s: Stencil It, Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 Anything Goes and CASEplorations January Challenge: CASEing the incredibly talented and fun Laura Bassen.

Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creations. We have quite a variety of cards for you to enjoy this month. I had a lot of messy fun making these cards.  I hope that you are inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace
Melissa

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by January 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on January 31.IMG_3178edited

Places I’m Playing:

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