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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Another Take on "Home"...

Happy DAAAY everyone!  I am happily here today to share with you one more take on what "Home" means to me for my Susan K. Weckesser design team post.  Here is my re-purposed CoffeeMate Tin Featuring Mr. Gnomey and his sentiment "Home is where you plant your Flower Seeds."  I LOVE THAT!

Now about my process:  To alter this coffeemate tin (which I LOVE to use because it is made from paper not tin) I start by embossing some scrap paper... the heavier weights work better because it will hold the texture better and not flatten out when you glue it down and apply gesso and paint overtop. 
Apply the paper to your tin using mod podge or a gel medium.  I like to use a matte gel medium or a matte mod podge because the matte surface takes other products much better than the glossy finishes.
After your embossed paper has dried apply a layer of gesso, as thick or as thin as you like, thinner lets more color show through, but since I am painting it I am only interested in the texture.  NOTE: this is a GREAT way to use up scrap paper.  Now you have a blank canvass to create whatever you like.
I started by stamping Susan K. Weckesser's Little Haven stamp on some Ideaology Tissue Wrap by Ranger using Stazon ink
and then using my gel medium I apply my images to the tin...

For this project I finally broke open my brand new stash of Silks Acrylic Glazes by Colour Arte and applied them in between my houses.  I was thinking gardens and sunrise/sunsets while I was painting.

Now these glazes are wonderful to work with and a little goes a long way.  I love the shimmery sheen they have after they dry and the way the colors layer when they are wet without mixing and turning to mud!

Now while my tin was drying I stamped an entire page of Susan K. Weckesser's "What's Up Gnomey" on white tissue paper and then I applied them all over the tin using matte gel medium. (I forgot to take a photo at this stage) When you apply them with a gel medium or modpodge the tissue disappears and it looks like you stamped the images right on the lumpy, bumpy tin without the "lumpy, bumpy" badly stamped effect.

I stamped Mr. Gnomey onto cardstock separately and painted and "Liquid Pearl-ed" him to created my very own home-made diecut, because I wanted him to really stand out.
After all this has dried is when the REAL fun begins for me... I used my waterproof pens to outline everything in black to make it really stand out.
But that was when I realized that the houses were just too white ... I painted them using my Derwent Inktense Sticks because they act like a watercolor paint but dry to be waterproof and do not bleed or run when I add more wet stuff.

 The final touch for me is to accent, embellish and highlight using Ranger's Stickles and Liquid Pearls... Swoon!  (I also added some shading with my grey Copic markers to make some things pop.)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how happy this tin makes me feel and I really like how all that texture comes through without overpowering the images.

So THANK YOU for popping in to share my creativity and please do leave me comment if you like what you see!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Product Used in the Project:
Susan K. Weckesser's "Little Haven"  and "What's Up Gnomey" Unity Stamps 
Ranger's Stickles, Liquid Pearls and "Ideaology" Tissue Wrap
Stazon Ink
Colour Arte Silks Acrylic Glazes
Sharpie Black Marker
Copic Markers in Neutral Greys
Liquitex Ultra Matte Medium
Derwent Inktense Blocks


  1. Love it - so colourful and fun - Need to make one of these for my shelf as it would brighten up the studio! :)

    1. Thanks Sherri... and YES you DO! it is soooo much fun rescuing something from the Garbage and turning it into somethng Desireable!

  2. That's just the cutest thing, Lynne! Great idea with the embossed paper - I sometimes stick down diecut bits to achieve a similar textured effect. I've got one of these tins waiting to be altered. Might use this method instead! Lovely details! Thanks for the walkthrough!

    1. Thank you Zsuzsa! and I am so happy to finally be able to share something with you that you haven't tried yet as I get so much inspiration from your Blog Posts!!! (hugs)

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    1. Thanks Peg... it is really, really fun to make too!

    2. Seriously just adore this project!

  4. really fun project!!! i just love it!

    1. Thank You Rose... this means a lot as I really love your work too!

  5. Love it! Colorfull and fun!
    May I ask what embossing folder you used for the grass part?

    1. Thanks Ruth... your comment is so much appreciated! The embossing folder I Used is one by "the Paper Studio" which I purchased in a Hobby Lobby in Corpus Christi Texas. I don't know what the style is called.

    2. Thank you! :)
      I'll have to find an embossing folder that looks like this, from another brand. I think X-Cut has one.
      I wish we had Hobby Lobby in Norway! :)

  6. Love your colourful tin. About time I made one or two of these. My markers and brushes overfloweth. Hugz

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Gail ... And YES you should try one because they are so much fun to make!!


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