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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "U" Is For Up Yer Kilt (Using Plaid)

Hello everyone... Hope your Summer is starting off with a bang!  Today over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers the challenge is "U" is for "Up Yer Kilt" (or using plaid).

But why just use only Plaid when you can use Plaid KILTS? Grin... This is the outside of my card:

And here is the inside!

It's called a Twist & Flip and those photos pop right out in your face when you open it!

Yup... Right In Your Face...Grin

I think I had more fun creating this card than all the other cards I have made for the Sisterhood over the past four years!! AND when the hubby (Mr. Awesome) came in to say goodnight... he saw all the photos of bare-chested men in kilts on my computer screen and asked "Are you having fun?" Ha!Ha!Ha!

I am going insert this Not Professional short video I made of me showing you how the card works, (and if it works - I'm pretty cute!)
Now I am also sharing a YOUtube link to the most amazing seven minute video clip by Paper Folds-Origami and Crafts; where he shows you how to create this card with No measuring or cutting - just folding - It's the best instructions for this type of card that I have found!
And here a few photos showing how this awesome card opens up!  Yup, I'm just a big kid at heart!

So I hope you enjoyed my fun card project tosday and do POP on over to the Sisterhood to see what my teammates have created.  And why not join us this week? Create and share your interpretation of "U" is for Up Your Kilt (or using plaid) and link up over at the Sisterhood For Snarky Stampers Blog.  You have until Friday, August 4th at midnight,  and we always choose a Queen of Snark and her Princesses!

Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to these days and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera
for the Sisterhood For Snarky Stampers

Products Used In Today's Project:
Card stock - Solid and Patterned
Sook Wang double sided tape
Harmonie Alpha Letter Stickers (This amazing Canadian company is no longer with us... Sigh)

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Canvas Full Of Love - Sharing The Five Steps In My Mixed Media Canvas Creations

OH Happy, Happy Summer day everyone!   Today I am so excited to share an Extra-Special Summer Mixed Media Tutorial over at STAMPlorations.  I am going to share with you all the steps in one of my very favorite mixed media processes, and these five steps created these lovely 5x7 canvases.

This is the class I teach for people who have never done any kind of mixed media or arty stuff before.  It takes the "scary" out of the mixed media process and gives you a place to start using supplies and tools that you probably already have on hand from your card-making and scrapbooking supplies.

A. Step #1
B. Step #5

I will show you how to go from "A" to "B" in just five easy steps.  So go grab a drink, because this is going to be a long one, but totally worth the read and of course, there will be LOTS of photos! Smile

Step 1.  Create A Background:
I like to start with a layer of inky paper towels glued to a canvas board using a matte medium.  Use matte not glossy, because paint and ink adhere better to the matte surface.  The medium also acts as a sealer so the ink on the paper towels does not reactivate and blend to an ugly, muddy color.   Let it dry completely.

Step 2: Stamp An Image:
When choosing an image look for one that has a lot of open space and not too much shading detail.  I chose the Large Morning Glory stamp from STAMPlorations. When deciding where to stamp your images, look for places on your canvas that you want to highlight. The more contrast in the area where you stamp your image the better it will look in the end.  Do not worry if it doesn't stamp perfectly, we will fix all of that later, just make sure you can see the  main outline of your image.
I originally stamped 5 flowers
Step 3: Paint Out The Background:
Once you have your composition stamped you will now paint all around the stamped images with a thin layer of white gesso.  This is when you will really see the personality of your piece begin to emerge.  It is okay to leave a small halo around your images and don’t worry too much if you paint over some lines because you will be re-defining all these lines with a black pen later on in the process.  You can completely cover up the background OR you can just “fade it back” allowing some of the colors to peek through.  Start with one coat of watered down white gesso and let it dry before deciding if you need more layers of white (to hide the background more).  I always start with a white background but then may decide to change the background color to enhance the image...
And then I painted over 2 of them
This is also where you can paint out something you don't like.  Notice I originally had five morning glory flowers stamped but decided it looked to busy, so I just painted right over the ones I did not want to keep.  At this point I also decided to change my background colors to a soft yellow with a hint of gold to look more like "morning".
Notice the background color change
At this stage I like to add some book paper to my images to add some interest.  I typically choose a flower petal or a leaf or two, and sometimes I even add an entire new flower stamped on book paper.  For this canvas the stems and leaves of the morning glory stsamp are very detailed and did not stamp well, so I re-stamped them onto some book paper, cut out the pieces I wanted to use and glued them in place.  I even added more vines and leaves just because I could.  You can use this technique to add images to the layout or to replace a stamped image that really didn't stamp onto the canvas very well.

Step 4: Add Background Patterns
Now it's time to break out the stencils!  Using a stencil and acrylic paint in complimentary colors you can sponge on a background pattern.  Dab the paint off your sponge before applying it to the canvas and use a light touch to build up your color, making some areas darker than others.  Add one pattern or many, it is all up to you!  Use a mask to protect you main images (a mask is an image you stamped on some scrap paper and cut out to cover up and protect your stamped images when you are adding paints and pastes to the backgrounds).  I use painters masking tape to keep my masks in place.  You can use the same masks over and over.

Now we are going to clean up the main images.  First make sure the background paint is completely dry and using a black, fine-tipped, waterproof maker (I like my fine-tipped Sharpies) re-define all the black lines.  Also this is when you can add color to the book paper you have added and beef up the colors of your stamped images.  I like to use my Peerless Watercolors because they act like stain allowing the words in my paper to show through.  You can also use very watered down acrylic paint, but it is not as translucent. 

Step 5: Add A Sentiment and Some Texture
If you choose to add a sentiment to your piece, add it now.  Use my Tissue Paper Technique for this.  Go to THIS BLOG POST for that technique.  And finally this is where you can decide to add a little bit more texture to your canvas with stencils and pastes.  I like to use Stampendous Dreamweaver metallic pastes because they dry quickly and the colors enhance rather than overpower the images.  Pastes are used in mixed media to create texture, but since the inky paper towels I started with already creates wonderful texture not every canvas needs pastes… you get to decide. 

Canvas #2... It does not all go smoothly every time! Grin
Now I want to share with you this second canvas I created because it truly was a case of "I love it!" "I HATE it!" "Oooh now I love it again!"  and I want to share my process with you to demonstrate that you can change anything on your canvas at any point in the process, and that it IS A PROCESS! Smile
Christy Riopel, a dear friend of mine and a wonderful mixed media artist and teacher, (who was taken from us much too soon) gave me the best a advice I ever received for the mixed meida process:
"If you HATE it you are NOT finished yet!"
And her voice saying just that was what kept running through my head as I struggled to make this one work! 

I started with this background and right away I ran into problems when my images did not stamp well at ALL!  So I did a lot of book-paper cutting out to fix it, and even added complete flowers stamped on bookpaper and eventually I really LOVED my layout... (sorry no picture ).
But then I decided to get a little crazy and added a background pattern in a very stong red paint... Ooops... YUCK! hate this (grin)!  Now if you are just new at mixed media this is the point where you just might throw up our hands, say "I QUIT!"  But remember what Christy said: "If you Hate it you are not finished yet!"  sooooo
I added a very thin layer of white acrylic paint to fade out the background... Better... I can see my flowers now, but I am still not LOVING it...
So then I decided to change the color completely and used a sky blue to compliment the yellows and oranges of the flowers.  Notice how even though the background is now blue you can still see the original red pattern faintly peaking through the paint.  This is all part of the mixed media process.  Now I am liking it even more, but still not LOVING it, too much blue! Soooo.....
I broke up all that blue by pouncing on some white paint through the ARTplorations Overlap stencil and created something that looked like the rays of the sun shining down on all my flowers... NOW I am LOVING IT!
A layer of Peerless watercolor paint to color all that book and music paper and an accent in gold Pebeo Cerne Relief (this product is like Ranger Liquid Pearls but metallic) and  it has become one of my favorite pieces this summer!  

So that is my Special mixed media tutorial for STAMPlorations for the month of July.  I will be back in August with one more, so do come back again to see what other amazing project I will be sharing!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
For the STAMPLorations Mixed Media Design Team

Remember to use this Code STAMPGIRLLYNNE to get 20% off your entire order at  STAMPlorations, even sale items!
STAMPlorations Products Used on this project:
Morning Glory-Large

Happy Sunflower-Large

New Beginning
Square City Stencil
Overlap Stencil
Forest of Leaves Stencil
Other products used on this project:
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium
Pebeo Cerne Relief
Peerless Watercolor Paints
Ranger Archival Ink
Sharpie Fine-tipped Marker

It's PARTY TIME Over at Crafty Catz!

Hello everyone... I am honored to have been selected to be the  Guest Designer over at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for the month of July and today for my third challenge, Challenge #380, I am  sharing this Super Cute shaker card where I am using pre-colored images from Melon Headz, (our sponsor for this challenge).

When I saw the party group image I knew immediately that I wanted to use it in a shaker card.

I really enjoyed playing with these pre-colored images because all I had to do was print them off, cut them out and assemble them in a pleasing way. 
There were so many of these cute little ones to choose from I also added one to the inside of the card.

So please join us for this week's challenge over at Crafty Catz where the winner will get to choose one bundle of images of their choice from Melon HeadzThis week's Challenge #380 is Anything Goes with the optional twist of a Party theme and you have until Thursday, July 27th to link up over at the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge blog.

As always, thank you for popping in to see what I am up to today, and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera
for Crafty Catz Weekly Challenges


Friday, July 14, 2017

Creating Some Summer Laughter Over At Crafty Catz

Happy Friday everyone! I am here today sharing my creation for Crafty Catz, where I am honored to be their Guest Designer for the month of July.   
The theme for this Challenge #379 is "Ice Cream" and I am using a digital stamp (digi) from this weeks' sponsor:  BUGABOO Digi Stamps (which is a Canadian company, yeaaaah!)  A digi is a digital file that I purchase from an on-line store and can download immediately after paying. I LOVE digital stamps because they are cheaper than regular stamps, I get them Right Away (no waiting), I can size them to any size I like and I store them on my computer and do not have to try and find room in the "bursting-at-the-seams" stamp section of my studio!
I used my Copic markers to color this image and mounted it using foam tape to give it more dimension. A layer of Ranger's Stickles and Glossy Accents finished it off.  And then I went searching for just the right saying to match with the stamp, one involving Ice Cream.  I think I Nailed It - don't you?
So pop on over to the Crafty Catz blog to see what the other members of the design team created and think about linking up your Ice Cream-inspired project.  You have until Thursday, July 20th to join in and there are Prizes to be won!  For this challenge the winner receives four digital stamps of your choice from Bugaboo!
Thank you for popping in to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera
for the Crafty Catz Design Team

Products I used on this project:
Ranger's Stickles and Glossy Accents
Sizzix Embossing Folder