Thursday, March 30, 2017

All the Leaves Are Brown - Amira's Mixed Media Backgrounds

Hello Crafty Readers

Grab your stencils.... your pastes.....and anything else that comes to hand!
It's Mixed Media Tag Day and Amira is having a blast!!

Hello dear crafters,

I am officially dubbing March the month of mixed media!
I have been having a blast.
All you have to do is give me a stencil and I go GAGA for mixed media.

Today I focus on the Tim Holtz leaf stencil and the Nuvo glimmer paste from the March Kit

I used a Prima Tag here and just added some bright acrylic paint to the background.
I then added Nuvo glimmer paste through the leaf stencil and look how beautiful this turned out. Stay tuned to later in the post to see how I finish this tag

On 2 separate backgrounds, I placed the stencil across the bottom of both of them and added texture paste to one half of each background and gel medium across the other. I wanted to see the difference in the texture.

Here you can see the sheen of the gel medium. Remember this is basically glue and it does dry clear.

After drying...

Once again on this background, I added gel medium and texture paste to one half.

After drying, this is what it looks like.

I noticed that when I used light and bright acrylic colors, the texture paste was very light and not as bright white as it is when it is first applied.

And when I used dark colors, the texture paste appeared almost a brilliant white and maintained its opacity.

Here are some more tags I made (because I just fell in love with the whole process and I didn't want to stop until I ran out of texture paste and gel medium!)

This background is a special one. I added perfect pearls to the gel medium while it was wet!
Love the irridescence.

Do you remember this original tag with the Nuvo glimmer?

Well, since it was dimensional, I didn't want to cover it up so I decided to use an acetate overlay.

To do that, I grabbed some from my stash and started working ...

I used a cut apart from the Pebbles paper collection from the March Kit.

And layered it over the tag..

Added some gorgeous gold wash and some jute string!

Oh happy day indeed!

For the second background, I thought it would be fun to use this acetate by We R Memory Keepers.

Add another cut apart ...

and the border from one of the 12 x 12 sheets as well as a little fussy cutting!

This beautiful little gnome family has stolen my heart!

I then decided to stamp on the acetate sheet using Staz-On

Looks good!

Some tweeting and chirping

A little sentiment and some washi with some jute in the background

I think the pink bull dog clip finishes it off very nicely.

One more....

I particularly love how the stamped sentiment casts a shadow on the background. 
Makes it look very interesting. 

You can flip the acetate over to have a closer look at the background on its own.

Once you sit down to finish backgrounds, it gets easier to just go through your stash and pull out what you haven't played with in a while and start making some beautiful pieces.
Here, I pulled out a Prima doll and did some paper piecing.

See those 2 friends at the bottom there!! 
So cute!

On this background, I stamped the Dina Wakley bird on vellum

On this background, I pulled out my Dyan Revealey birds!

This one is my favourite!
Here I dripped alcohol inks on the acetate and watched it drip all the way to the bottom of the card.

I adore this one! 
My favourite by far.

So go on!!
Pull out a stencil and grab some texture paste and some paint and start creating background!!
Then go through your papers and your stamps and see what calls to be made.
I dare you!

Watch my YT tutorial HERE

Happy crafting :)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, love them and my favourite is the Prima Doll. I just love how you put it all together xx


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