Adventures in Art Journaling – Spring Butterflies

 

Dylusions Ink spray!

I love this stuff.

Also used were stamps, black archival ink stamp pad,

and Tim Holtz distress dabber in white, markers, white gel pen.

Art Journal Mothers Day

 

 Spray the card with a fine mist of water.

Then  spray with Dylusions color ink spray.

Let dry.

 

Dylusions Art Mar 2014 3

 

Using the Tim Holtz Distress dabber in white,

I dabbed a flower stamp with the Distress paint then

stamped around the bottom of the card.

Using the same stamp, re-stamp the pattern slightly

off the first white pattern with the black stamp pad.

 Use accent stamps for boarders.

The diamonds were dabbed with white, then outlined with a white gel pen.

Dylusions Art Mar 2014 4

 

Grab a blank index card, and spray with ink spray for butterflies.

Then stamp the inked index card with a butterfly stamp a few times. Cut them out,

To add detail, color in your stamped butterfly with markers,

 then glue in place.

Let Dry.

Have fun!!

 

Let’s Make Stickers!

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone is wonderful.  I spent this weekend going through some of my office supplies, and I found a bunch of packs of labels. Then it happened…the idea!

I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. I love stickers.. I mean LOVE stickers. I have a wicked collection.

Lately, I have been sealing packages and letters with them but I wanted something more personalized without spending a bunch of money.  Then lightning struck, I can make my own!!

So, if your like me your might have packages of labels around collecting dust. I always have leftovers from yard sales and organizational sprees, or if you burn your own CD’s, you might have those CD Label making programs,they usually leave you with left over sticker parts. I keep everything I might be able to use later on (no, I haven’t reached hoarder status…yet).

stickers

stickers 2

I kept the CD label thingy because I thought I could use the round part or the thin CD case labels.

So lets make some stickers…

You want to start with a background.

I used Dylusions Ink spray and sprayed the labels. You could totally use ink pads or markers. Once covered let them dry.

stickers 3

Next, Use a lighter color stamp pad to stamp a pattern onto the background. This part is fun, you can do a million different things.

stickers 4

Next, More stamping..Use letters, pictures, whatever your heart desires. I was making Thank You & Sugar Beet Crafts Stickers.

Stickers 6

Stickers 7

ScreenHunter_141 May. 18 20.23

You can use a white or metallic pen to make some fun highlights…

ScreenHunter_142 May. 18 20.23

sticker 17

Here are some more fun ideas…stamps and markers. The background was done by rubbing the labels with a stamp pad, stamping and filling in with markers.

Stickers 7

sticker 8

ScreenHunter_120 May. 18 17.29ScreenHunter_118 May. 18 17.29sticker 8ScreenHunter_116 May. 18 17.28

Here is a fun way to use the thin strips of sticker for the side of the CD case…

Doodle across the lines…

sticker 15

Then remove for an awesome sticker!

stickers 18

Use it to decorate a card..

sticker 18 ScreenHunter_136 May. 18 19.31

I am already totally addicted. It is a fun way to add some pizzazz to any project. It’s also super sweet to get a personalized handmade anything.

This would be so fun to do with kids, and you have no guilt because you get to use up some extra’s lying around. The environment gives you a big hug for that!

I hope this gets your imagination going!

What will you make?

I would love to see your stickers!

Make/Decorate Cards with Scrap Paper

Making your own cards is such an awesome way to inspire someone, cheer someone up or simply let them know your thinking about them. Everyone loves to receive a card and if your like me you probably have tons of scraps somewhere.

What better way to use them up than to make cards!  I try not to throw anything I can use in a later project away, which means I am always looking for ways to use up old scraps of paper!  I made a bunch of inspirational cards last year, it was really fun, and it was a great way to use odd scraps.

Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowin’!

Digital Stamps, quotes and construction paper

Digital Stamps, quotes and construction paper

Scraps!

Scraps!

Buttons! Construction paper and stamps.

Buttons! Construction paper and stamps.

Felt, stamps, construction paper, foam paper.

Felt, stamps, construction paper, foam paper.

Digital Stamps and Quotes, construction paper, and stamps

Digital Stamps and Quotes, construction paper, and stamps

More Scraps Construction paper, embellishments, stickers, stamps

More Scraps Construction paper, embellishments, stickers, stamps

Add some inspiration, Its like sending a hug

Add some inspiration, Its like sending a hug

Fun with markers.. Go on.. go crazy with markers and stamps...it will make someone smile

Fun with markers.. Go on.. go crazy with markers and stamps…it will make someone smile

Vintage Wrapping Paper and construction paper scraps were used for this card..along with some stamps

Vintage Wrapping Paper and construction paper scraps were used for this card..along with some stamps

Do you like to make cards out of scraps? Or have you been inspired to make one? Leave a comment, pic, or drop a link I would love to check it out!

A New Finished Project!

A New Finished Project!

I had this round white canvas and this extra pocket. I had no idea how this was going to turn out. I had no plan in mind, but I actually really like how it turned out a whole lot. The beads were the best touch, it looked really unfinished before. The beads also really brighten the whole thing. I love how little touches make a big difference.

Would you like to own it? I am selling it here —> https://www.etsy.com/listing/182339541/beaded-canvas-wall-pocket?ref=shop_home_active_4

From Index card to Stencil

From Index card to Stencil!   I try my hardest to make my craft supplies out of things I already have around the house. I would love to go to a craft store and buy things off the shelf but I rarely have the extra cash, and there is nothing like making your own supplies.  I have been really into Journal Art lately and was in need of some fun stencils. I also had a huge stack of index cards someone gave me. I use the really big ones, but of course any size will work.

Let’s get started!

Gather your materials:

  • Index Cards
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • exact o knife or sharp scissors
  • Image

When I started using index cards for stencils I did not Mod Podge them, I just cut out the pattern. I decided to try the Mod Podge to see if it would make a difference. Here we go, lets make a stencil.

Brush the index card with Modge Podge and let dry. (This step is not necessary, but it’s quick will make your stencil bead up extra ink rather than absorbing it)

       ImageImage

Once completely dry,  trace an image with carbon paper or draw the image directly onto the card.

  Image

Using either a very sharp fine pointed scissor or a exact o knife, carefully cut out your image.  If you are really careful, you should have a positive and negative to use.

Image

Ready to use.

Image

Image

I have been using this method for a while now, I mostly use my stencils with ink sprays, acrylics, gesso, markers,and paint daubers. After each use I let dry before I put away ( I keep them in a plastic sleeve).  So far they have all held up.  What do you think? I would love to hear from you.

Ok crafters, lets get Journaling!!