Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's a blog hop

with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Canvas Corp. over at the Design Memory Craft blog and today my project is up...


Hope you'll stop by and hop along :)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A mixed media canvas with Sizzix

Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media canvas tutorial for you!
 
 
To create this canvas I used:
Others: Canvas, patterned papers, chipboard, gesso, adhesive, whipped spackle, stamper's big brush pens, stamp, palette knife, paint brush, paint

 
To die cut the trophy pieces, lay the Trophy die on a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad, blade side up, place patterned papers on the die and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Repeat with chipboard.

 
Adhere the diecut patterned paper pieces to the chipboard pieces. Stamp a sentiment on the shield piece using the Awards Thinlits set.

 
To embellish the trophy, diecut some leaves and birds using the Awards and Wreath die sets respectively. To diecut these pieces, lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Magnetic Platform. Lay patterned papers on the Standard Cutting Pad and the dies on them blade side down. Cover with another Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

 
Layer the wings on the birds. Attach the die cut leaves by layering and tucking them under the shield.

 
Attach some patterned papers to an 8" x 10" canvas.

 
Attach the trophy to a chipboard piece covered with grey patterned paper. Cover a bigger piece of chipboard with blue patterned paper. Mount the trophy board on the bigger chipboard and the stacked pieces on the canvas. Apply Whipped Spackle through a stencil with a palette knife around the canvas. Let dry. Stamp randomly around the canvas.
 
 
Here's a close-up of my canvas.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these cool dies :)

Monday, April 06, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, April 2015 at Design Memory Craft Blog

Hi everyone, Mou here with the fourth Take the Challenge of 2015.
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

My April prompt for you is CREATIVITY. How are you creative, your favorite creativity quote, is creativity your life style or just a hobby... whatever it means to you, create a project around the idea of creativity. Here's my art journal page.
 
 
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: BLACK, SCARLET RED, MAGENTA, NEUTRAL set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:115, 350 (YELLOW); 156 (GREEN), 123, 124, 125, 133 (RED), 147 (BLUE)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Hexagons
Others: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps - Limitations; die-cutting system; art journal, old book page, stamps, acrylic mounts, lace trim
 
And here are the steps.
Apply a coat of Gesso to prime the journal page.
Color the page with Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. Blend with wet brush. Repeat to create interesting layers of colors.
Stamp randomly by inking background stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pens.
Attach pieces of lace trim using Gel Medium.
Lay Hexagon stencil on page and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.
Apply coats of gesso to old book paper. Let dry.
 
 
Ink up butterfly stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen. Stamp on primed book paper. Diecut the butterfly. Attach the butterfly to the page with Gel Medium
Add colors and details to the stamped image inside the clock with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.
Stamp the quote below the butterfly. Add details with gesso and paint brush.
Ink up background stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pens and stamp over the stenciled shapes.
Add more details, highlights and shadows with Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.
 
 
Here's another close-up of my page.
 
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 4/17 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils in you choice of color.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 4/20 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Here's a bookmark

I made for October Afternoon...

 

 
Check out the October Afternoon blog for more inspiration!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Enjoy the journey with Sizzix


I'm having a lot of fun with the March 2015 release of Tim Holtz Alterations dies for Sizzix! Here's a layout made with some of these dies.
 
 
To make this layout, I used:
660228 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - United States
660240 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Envelope
660212 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - Adventure Words: Block
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
655093 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair
656499 Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Others: cardstock, patterned papers, adhesive, stickers, brad

Now let me walk you through the steps.

 
Lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Magnetic Platform. Place a patterned paper on the Standard Cutting Pad and the United States die  blade side down on it and cover with a second Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine to die cut the map. The Magnetic Platform holds the die in place allowing for neat and precise cuts.
 
 
Lay the Envelope die on Standard Cutting Pad blade side up, a patterned paper on it and cover with a second Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine to die cut the Envelope.
 
 
Lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Magnetic Platform. Place a patterned paper on the Standard Cutting Pad and 'enjoy', 'the', and 'journey' dies from the Adventure Words: Block set blade side down on it as shown and cover with a second Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine to die cut the phrase.
 
 
Assemble the Envelope.

 
Attach patterned papers to the backs of the die cut pieces.
 
 
Play around with the elements to see which arrangement you like best. Attach to page when you are ready.
 
 
Place a brad on the map to mark the location where your photo(s) were taken.

 
Tuck some fun elements, ticket stubs and memorabilia into the envelope to finish.
Hope you enjoy :)