29.11.16

Mixed Media Decor Piece Tutorial

Mixed Media Art Work
Hi friends, my blogging is pretty erratic these days as juggling so many things right now. Sharing a mixed media plaque I made as DT project for Crafters Corner to showcase stencilling techniques.

       My mixed media plaque celebrates life and enchanting nature with a butterfly and an angel encompassed in a semicircle of soft vellum flowers!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
          The colorful butterfly panel in various shades of pink and magenta is mounted on a curved piece of cardboard to raise it above the stencilled woodgrain background .
Mixed Media Tutorial 
My "celebrate" is also mounted on a curved platform and  has tiny shiny star sequins and shimmering translucent glass beads from glass beads gel!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
        The raspberry pink flower made using Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Stamp and die set has a generous sprinkling of distress glitter and diamond dust.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
I recycled a sturdy cake base to create my mixed media plaque. After a nice coat of gesso, painted the base with Folk art Vintage White paint.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Used a mask stencil called Carabelle Studio Papillon Stencil with Distress Ink 
Mixed Media Tutorial 
And got the mask of the stencil design!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Replaced the stencil and applied strawberry collage clay
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Collage clay has a thicker texture compared to Ranger Texture paste but you can get a nice coating using a palette knife. Here is a post with more on Collage Clay and projects using Collage Clay : Collage Clay Projects
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Added splashes of orange with Art Anthology sprays and shiny pink with Wow metallic Pink embossing powder .
Mixed Media Tutorial 
The butterfly was starting to build up in texture and sparkle!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Painted over the whites with a contrasting Folk art Apple green and added more textural elements with glass beads gel.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Added more texture with glass Beads gel, chunky glitter and tiny drops of  resin! 
Mixed Media Decor Piece Tutorial

To match the color scheme of my project altered a bronze key with embossing ink and gold embossing powder
Mixed Media Tutorial 
The colorful and sparkling butterfly contrasts nicely with the vanilla and copper gold background !
Stencil Art
The wood grain was created using the Carabelle Studio Effet Bois  stencil and texture paste
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Sprinkled Ranger Gold embossing powder on the wet texture paste and heat embossed to get the  beautiful golden wood grain.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
I used the same shades of Distress Inks  and embossing powder throughout the project to bring about a cohesive look.
Mixed Media Tutorial
I hope you liked my Mixed Media Decor Piece!

Supplies: All from Crafters Corner:Stencils : Carabelle Studio Effet Bois,Carabelle Studio Papillon Stencil.Paints and Media  : Folk Art Multi Surface Paints, Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel,Ranger Texture Paste,Collage Clay,Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy,Art Anthology Sprays,Ranger Multimedium Matt.Stamps and Dies : Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamp and die,Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings stamp and die

21.11.16

Craft Rulers and How to Use them!!



Rulers are one of the most basic of craft supplies ...you and me have used it from childhood.

But in this post I am going to be talking about special features of craft rulers that make crafting easier and more fun for us crafters!

Rulers
Exploring the various features of craft rulers was both challenging and exhilarating!
 I fervently hope you find this post and the  video Tutorial useful !!


Special features of Craft Rulers 

Metal Edge 
The metal cutting edge is a super useful feature for papercrafters as it allows you to use a rotary cutter or craft knife with a cutting mat to easily and snugly cut along your ruler without slicing off a part of your ruler!
Metal Cutting Edge 
This allows you to use your ruler to get a nice straight cut on paper , fabric, chipboard etc
Cons: you need to hold the ruler firmly against your paper/chipboard so that it doesn't slip
You need to use a cutting mat when using the craft knife/rotary cutter!
Clear Acrylic Rulers
Being able to see under your ruler is an indispensable feature !
Pro : You can see exactly where you are cutting and measuring and only acrylic rulers can have the feature of a grid
Con : Scratches, Breakage, markings wearing off over time

Grid Feature
You can use grids to
  • Easily and quickly draw parallel lines by using the grids as guides
  • Easily create mats and frames for your pictures as I have shown in the video
Centering Feature
This is the feature I find most useful and its something which you will find indispensable once you start using it!
Centering Feature
How to use Centering : refer to the video

Uses of centering

  • Hanging something precisely requires finding its center point!
  • Centering an image
  • Scrapbooking -precise centering of photos
  • Card making- Matting and Layering precisely and easily
  • Using Grids of rulers
Card with mats created with ruler grids

Card making- making layered cards and card bases easily and quickly
Card layers
Card Base made with help of Rulers
  • Adding embellishments at equi distances.


Adding brads/eyelets/pearls perfectly at equi distances
Centering eyelets on a tag
Using the centering feature its super easy to mark the exact center of you tag/ photo-frame etc
Christmas Tag
  • Precise placement of a sentiment
    Centering a sentiment
Here is a Video Tutorial  I made to show you how to use grids and the centering feature.Its my very first video with a voice so please do forgive my mistakes.
Piercing Holes in the Ruler
Stitched shapes are the vogue in the craft world right now and there are so many dies which can give the beautiful pierced hole edge feature but how about if you don't have a die cutting machine or want the versatility of being able to create your own customized pierced lines...well then pick up a ruler with the piercing holes feature.
Things you can do with the piercing feature
  1. Add a pierced hole border around your cards/ layouts
  2. Stitch through the holes
  3. Create a lattice of holes
  4. Create patterns and even letters with the pierced holes
  5. Play with spacing of the holes
    Piercing feature in ruler
In the Tim Holtz ruler, holes are placed at 1/8 inch intervals so you can create stitch lines on your cards or layouts by using a needle tool [ I have used a humble thumb tack] and a foam base .
Pierced Border using ruler
You can create a stitched border all around!
Pierced frame border using ruler
And you can play around with the distance and create rows and even create patterns!
Piercing patterns using ruler
Now that I have discussed the features of craft rulers here are the salient features of different popular brands of rulers.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Ruler

12 inch clear acrylic, centering ruler, with piercing holes, grid and metal edge.Sturdy ruler.My crafter friend Melissa said the markings wore of in hers and she had to get several of these. I have been super careful with mine and store it in a foam lined box I made for it so mine is holding up good!
Cons : Difficult to use the line where the piercing holes are as it is a difficult to see through in that particular area. Also the 1/4 inch tapered edge on the centering edge was not very easy to use to get a 1/4th inch line if you are using the grid feature to draw let's say parallel lines.
Creative Impressions Acrylic Ruler
This is my personal favorite among the lot!
12 inch clear acrylic ruler with metal edge,grid and Centering ruler  with 1/4 inch measurements on one side and 1/16 th measurements on  the other side
Pros : The markings are only 1/4 inch on one edge and that gives a nice uncluttered look
You also have the option of a centering of 1/16th inches which is an advantage over the ideaology Tim Holtz ruler
It is also 2 inch wide which is wider than most rulers
Also comes with a nice plastic cover which you can  use to store the ruler and also hang it .
Cons : It doesn't have piercing holes so keep this in mind if that feature is very important to you
Universal Crafts Metal Edge Ruler
 30 cm clear ruler with metal edge , grid, centering feature and piercing holes.
You can get centering to millimeter accuracies!
Westcott Wooden Ruler with Metal Edge 12 inch


  • Lightweight wooden ruler which is super cheap costing just 70 rupees!
  • Has a Metal edge on one side and is calibrated in both inches and centimeters
  • The groove in the center allows you to firmly hold the ruler and press it while you use your craft knife this protecting your fingers and decreasing the chances of the ruler slipping.
  • Manufactured by the pioneers of ruler making, the Westcott company who have been making rulers since  1872 .Here is the link to a wikipedia article about the brand for those interested in a bit of history : Westcott Scissors and rulers
Crafters Corner Links[to buy the rulers if you are in India] : Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design RulerCreative Impressions Acrylic Ruler,Universal Crafts Metal Edge Ruler

Westcott Wooden Ruler with Metal Edge 12 inch


I hope you didnt find this post boring and hope it was helpful!!!


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