May CUTplorations Challenge | Spring Heartfelt Thanks Card

Hello everyone… I am enjoying some of the Spring colors around me and songs sang my birds at our backyard.

I have another Spring card to share with you all…

On my card today, I use For The Birds DiesTrendy Spring Blooms DiesCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies,  Heartfelt Thanks StampMake Marks 2 ARTplorations Stencil.

Here’s what inspire me to create this card: the bird, colors, and layers.

I use stencil to create the background with the Make Marks 2 ARTplorations stencil and added the inks with blending brush on the mixed media paper. After that, I cut it with the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. I added the background panel on a white card base with adhesive glue.

I got a negative cut that I saved from last project that I cut a white cardstock with the leaf die from the Trendy Spring Blooms Dies. I added it in the middle of the card with adhesive glue.

For the bird, I added some watercolor paint on a watercolor paper, sprayed with water, and created a watercolored washed. I dried the panel with craft heater and then I cut it with the bird die from For The Birds Dies.

The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set that I stamped it on a white cardstock with yellow and orange ink pad to create the ombre look on it. I trimmed it into sentiment banner.

I stacked the bird and sentiment banner together with adhesive glue, and I added them on the card with 3D foam adhesive for extra dimension.

I embellished the card with some sequins from my stash.

I hope you like this card today and give you an inspiration to join our May CUTplorations Challenge. And… Before you all go and create projects to play along, check out these TWO Spring Sales at STAMPlorations Store and get 20% off extra by using my code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out!!!

THANKS for stopping by! Have a wonderful day….


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May Mixed Media Challenge | Spring Thank You Mixed Media Card

Hello everyone… On this first Sunday of the month, I have a Spring mixed media card to share with you all today.

On my mixed media card today, I use the Make Marks 1 ARTplorations StencilTrendy Spring Blooms Stamp SetTrendy Spring Blooms Dies, and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die.

I had been having so much fun creating monoprinting with my new ARTplorations stencils! So… Here’s how I did the background.

I printed the background using the gelli printing technique with the Make Marks 1 ARTplorations, Gelli Art Printing Plate, and Heavybody Acrylic Paints. I used brayer to apply the paint in the plate and pulled the positive and negative prints on mixed media papers.

When the print dried, I cut it with the largest size of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies using my Gemini Junior machine. I added the background panel on a white card base with permanent adhesive.

I cut the burlap circle ring using burlap cardstock and 2 sizes of circle dies. I added on the card with permanent adhesive glue. I pressed it down in place with couple acrylic stamping blocks until the glue dried.

I cut out some leaves using green cardstocks and the leaf die from Trendy Spring Blooms Dies.

For the flowers, I stamped some of the printed flowers stamps from the Trendy Spring Blooms stamp set with VersaFine Clair inks on regular white copy paper, and fussy cut them with scissors.

I added some alcohol inks on a piece of glossy photo paper, blended them with blending solution, and before it completely dry, I added some of gold fool transfer sheet on it. After that I cut it with some of the flower dies from the Trendy Spring Bloom Dies. I added the printed flowers behind the die cut flowers with adhesive glue.

I arranged all the flowers and leaves on the burlap wreath circle with adhesive glue and some with 3D foam tape.

The sentiment is from the Trendy Sprung Bloom stamp set that I stamped with VersaFine Clair ink on white cardstock. I trimmed it into sentiment banner and added it on the card with 3D foam tape in the middle, and secure both ends with adhesive.

Before you all go and create projects to play along with May Mixed Media Challenge, check out these TWO Spring Sales at STAMPlorations Store get 20% off extra by using my code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out!!!

I cannot wait to see your mixed media projects with us!!! Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a wonderful day.


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Fun Artsy Mixed Media Tags Tutorial

Hello hello hello everyone… I hope your week started well. Today I have a fun artsy mixed media tags tutorial to share with you all.

I am sharing step-by-step tutorial with picture on STAMPlorations Blog today that you can follow to create these fun, artsy looking mixed media tags using stencils, stamps, dies, gelli printing plate, acrylic paints, markers, and pigment ink pad.

For my tags, I use 8.5″ x 11″ (letter) size, 110 lbs white cardstock and the Manila Tags Nesting Dies. You can also use any heavyweight cardstock or watercolor paper for the tags.

I use all the new released 6 Make Marks Stencils to create the backgrounds with the basic gelli printing technique. This is a super easy and fun technique to do with stencils.

You can leave the tags as they are, or you can also decorate them with stamps, doodling or any embellishments you want to.

I decorate my tags with some doodles and the Life in Full Color Stamp Set and VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad to stamp the images on each tag, color them with acrylic paint and watercolor crayon.

Enjoy the 20% Off on all STAMPlorations products by using my code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out.

And… You also don’t wanna miss this amazing SPRING FLING APRIL SALE!!! It is time to stock up your stamps, stencils and dies!!! Sale ends tomorrow, April 30!

I hope you all enjoy the tutorial on STAMPlorations Blog and give it a try. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and wish you all a fabulous day!!!


I link up these tags at:

April Challenge
Simon Says: Tag It

Helen G. Designs Stencils | New Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hello hello hello everyone… Today… I have a very exciting and happy news to share with you all…

My new line of stencils – Helen G. Designs – goes live today at STAMPlorations store today!!! YES… you read it correctly! I am designing stencils and Shery is offering me an a spot at her store. I am overwhelmed with joy and grateful. Here’s a little story about what drives me to start designing:

Designing has been something I’ve been dreaming of doing since I was at middle school when I started with dress sketches. I never thought that this designing dream would come through now. This idea of designing stencils was started with my love for mixed media projects when I joined STAMPlorations team. I love using stencils to create some backgrounds for my projects so I started to make my own. I sketched some shapes on my table using one of the sketch apps, and then I turned them into some stencils that I cut with my electronic cutting machine. I am still at learning stage of designing but I love doing it! I hope that through this opportunity, I can keep learning, growing, and continue designing more.

All of my designs are inspired by drawings that you can do with pencil or makers on projects. The sky is the limit to use these 6 stencils and with them creating backgrounds will be easier!!!

Hope you will like them and enjoy to create with them. Thank you so much for your supports and love. I cannot wait to see your projects!”

To celebrate this new release, STAMPlorations Girls have created projects with the stencils for the new release blog hop. I also have some projects to share with you all…

First project is this art journal. I used the Make Marks 1 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 6 ARTplorations Stencil, Happy Flowers ARTplorations Stencil, Say It Big Bloom Stamp Set, Art Marks Stamp Set, and Mixed Media Elements Stamp Set.

In the video, all of those prints are printed with all of my 6 stencils, gelli plate, and acrylic paints. I used some of them on these 2 cards and others saved for future projects.

On this card, I use Make Marks 2 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 5 ARTplorations Stencil, For The Birds Stamp Set, and For The Birds CUTplorations Dies.

And on this card, I used the Make Marks 2 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 4 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 5 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 6 ARTplorations Stencil, and Healing Herbs Stamp Set.

On this card, I use the Make Marks 3 ARTplorations Stencil and Blossom Overture Stamp Set.

Technique I used to create the background is called monoprinting with stencil or other will call it stamping with stencil using watercolor paint. After the background dried, I stenciled the x on top of it with Archival black ink and blending brush.

GIVEAWAY

Shery is so kind to host a giveaway for my new stencil release day!!! It is simply to visit and leave comment at STAMPlorations Blog Post and all the STAMPlorations Girls’ blogs where you all will see AMAZING PROJECTS!!!

And here are the Prizes to win:

  • ONE (1) winner of a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store
  • TWO (2) winners of their choice of 2 Helen G. Designs stencils.

The Commenting closes on May 8 and the winners will be announced on May 10 in the April winners post at STAMPlorations Blog.

I hope you all be inspired by each project that they shared using my stencils. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your supports and love!

Happy Spring Coffee Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone… Helen is here today. Spring is one of my favorite seasons… Today’s mixed media tag is inspired by this season, the flowers, and some coffee and donuts, too.

I am sharing full tutorial with pictures at STAMPlorations Blog today.

I used my Gemini Junior machine for diecutting, I also Arteza Woodless Watercolor Pencils, Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray, Dina Wakley White Gesso, archival inks, and acrylic paints.

Here are the STAMPlorations products I used on my mixed media tag today:

Enjoy the 20% Off on all STAMPlorations products by using my code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out.

And… before you go… check out also the Special Spring Cleaning Sale that will end on March 31. Save 30% by using the code SPRING2019 when you check out.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial today and have a fabulous day, crafty friends! Thank you so very much for stopping by today.

Find Beauty In Chaos Art Journal Tutorial

Hello hello hello everyone… I hope you all have been having an amazing new year!

It is a journey to learn and to grow. It is a journey where we can find beauty in chaos of every day life we go through. Believe me, my friend, you can do it!

Today, I have an art journal page and a tutorial to share with you. Head over to the STAMPlorations Blog to read the full tutorial post and pictures.

So… I started…with creating the base background. Using a brayer, I added the acrylic paints (purple and teal) and mixed media metallic art screen ink (silver and gold). I dried each time I added layer of color with craft heater. And then, using my finger I added the white gesso to add extra texture on the page and to mute some of the colors. I dried it again with craft heater.

I mixed the texture paste and fine glitter to create glitter paste. I added it on the page using the palette knife and Rosegarden ARTplorations Stencil. I dried the roses with craft heater. But be careful when you dry the texture paste, cannot be over heated, it will bubbly.

I scribble the Distress Crayons on the flowers and then using the water brush I blended the colors. If you don’t have water brush, you simply dib your finger in the water and gently rub on the pigment. It works, too. After all colors blended well on the roses, I dried them again with the craft heater.

I added some paint splatters all over the page with the Marabu Art Spray.And then dried the paint with craft heater.

I stamped the images from the Mixed Media Elements 5×7 Stamp Set around the page borders using the VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad. Be careful not to touch the stamped image becuase the pigment ink takes time to dry. I speed up the ink drying with craft heater so I can continue to stamp.

Next, I stamped the sentiment using the Beauty In Chaos – Says It Big Series Stamp and VersaFine Clair Charming Pink Ink Pad. And I dried it with craft heater. 

Using the Shutters ARTplorations Stencil and a make up sponge, I added the blue mixed media metallic art screen ink on the page. Dried them again with craft heater.

Next step is stamping the arrows from the Mixed Media Grunge 5×7 Stamp Set around the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis Ink Pad. And then I dried it with craft heater.

To make the sentiment quote pop up, I traced the outline of the letters with Sakura Micron Pen. This is my favorite pen to write on mixed media page. It has india permanent ink.

I added more paint splatters on the page with white acrylic paint and fan paint brush. I dried the whole page one more time with craft heater. And the art journal page is done. I hope you enjoy this post today. For more inspirations, visit the STAMPlorations Blog.

I hope you all will join the STAMPlorations January Mixed Media Challenge. The more you link up, more chances you have to win the prizes!!! And… if you use any STAMPloratios products, you can also link your project at the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

You don’t have any STAMPlorations products yet??? No worries… you can use the free digital stamp from STAMPlorations on any of your projects to join their challenges all month long. Go ahead to grab it here today!

Or… you can get STAMPlorations stamps, dies, or/and stencils with 20% OFF for your order today by using this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day.

Mixed Media Tutorial | Coffee Wood Slice Ornament

Hello hello hello everyone… I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. And… Christmas is just around the corner now and I don’t know about you, but everyone in our house is excited, especially the kiddos for sure.

It’s no secret that my husband and I are coffee lovers… and I think we need another coffee theme ornament this year. Today, I have a picture tutorial how to make this mixed media coffee wood slice ornament at STAMPlorations Blog.

I used 3″ pre-drilled wood slice that I got from Amazon for this project. You will need stencil, die set, stamp set, brushes, foam brush, gesso, texture paste, gel medium (or modge podge), permanent archival ink pads, cardstock, and craft heater. And you will need some times to spend to create this ornament becuase the drying each layer is needed.

  • First, add some gesso on the wood slice surface using flat brush or foam brush. Let it completely dry.
  • Add the texture/modeling paste on the wood with the Dot’s ‘n Beans ARTplorations Stencil using the palette knife (or old credit card will work, too).
  • While the texture paste still wet, sprinkle some clear glitter embossing powder.
  • Heat set the embossing powder with craft heaters. Do not over heat it becuase the gesso and texture paste can start bubbly.
  • Apply thin coat of Mod Podge or Gel Medium and let it dry.
  • Stamp the coffee cup from the What’s Brewing Stamp Set with archival black ink pad on red cardstock and white cardstock.
  • Add some silver metallic watercolor splatter on the red cup.
  • Fussy cut the red cup, and fussy cut just the lid and sleeve from the white cardstock.
  • Add the lid and sleeve on top of the red cup with adhesive glue.
  • Add the cup on top of the wood slice ornament with gel medium and add some thin coat on top of the cup also to seal it.
  • Cut the coffee word using the Coffee Word Die CUTplorations out of metallic cardstock.
  • Add the coffee word die cut on top of the cup with gel medium and add some thin coat on top of the cup also to seal it.
  • Add the twine on the ornament and tie it up.

It is done. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and can try it to make your own personalized ornaments for this Holiday seasons. Before you go… enjoy this 20% OFF your order at STAMPlorations Store by using my coupon code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day!