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!!!


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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!

Coffee Queen Shaker Card

Hello…hello…hello everyone… Today, I have Spring inspired coffee queen shaker card to share with you all!

This month is special becuase Joy Clair is having a collaboration with The Cutting Café. We are collaborating stamps and cutting files from both companies on our projects.

And… It is my turn today to share a project today at Joy Clair Blog. I am sharing for more about how I created this coffee shaker card there.

I use the Coffee Quotes Stamp Set and Coffee Talk Stamp Set for the sentiments on this card.

And I use my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut the svg cutting files from Coffee Cup Shaped Card 2 Template Cutting File and Layered Butterflies Cutting File.

I like how this gift card holder card turn out and I hope you all will like it, too! Don’t forget to check out the other projects from my teammates in this month featuring Joy Clair Stampsand The Cutting Café.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a fabulous, caffeinated day!

Spring Fling Day 12 | Recycled Mixed Media Tags

Hello everyone.. Birds and flowers are couple of the things that I love about Spring season. And they are the inspirations for these recycled mixed media tags today.

Have you checked the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hops? Today is the Day 12 Spring Fling Blog Hop! There are so many amazing Spring themed projects from the STAMPlorations Girls in the last 12 days. You will love them, too! And… more to it… there are PRIZE to win on each day, make sure to check and leave comment on each day blog post and the girls’ blog posts.

Here’s my first mixed media tag that I created using the Wooded Stamp Set, Hello Coffee Stamp Set, Tag O’Coffee CUTplorations Dies, Dots All Over ARTplorations Stencil.

When you receive an order from STAMPlorations, Shery always encloses a thank you card inside the package. I always keep those cards becuase they are fabulous. And today, I use one of those cards for one of the tags.

I applied a layer of white gesso on the card with brush. While I set it aside to dry, I stamped one of the flowers from the Hello Coffee Stamp Set on a coffee filter with Jet Black Archival Ink and I dried it with craft heater.

Then, I added the stamped coffee filter on the card with gel medium, dried it with craft heater, and I cut it with the tag die from Tag O’Coffee CUTplorations Dies using my Gemini Junior.

I added some colors on the tag with Gelato and water brush. I dried it again with craft heater. I applied some Gold paste on the tag using the Dots All Over ARTplorations Stencil and mini rubber spatula.

I stamped one of the brach from the Wooded Stamp Set using Coffee Archival Ink. I stamped it with second generation technique to get the light shadow-y image on the tag.

I stamped the bird, brach and cups with archival ink pads on watercolor paper, and then I colored them with Arteza Woodless Watercolor pencils and water brush. Then, I dried them with craft heater and fussy cut them with micro-tip scissors. I added them on the tag with Dries-Clear Adhesive Glue.

I stamped the sentiment with Green Leaf Archival Ink on a white cardstock, trimmed it into banner shape, and then I run it through the die cutting machine to add the stitching embossed using the same tag die on the edge of the sentiment banner. I added it on the tag with 3D foam tape.

Here’s my second mixed media tag that I created using the Always Tea Time Stamp Set, Dots All Over ARTplorations Stencil, Forest of Leaves ARTplorations Stencil, and Stitched Tags Nesting CUTplorations Dies.

For this tag, I recycled the k-cups cardboard box. I used gel medium to add the gift wrapping tissue paper on the cardboard. I leave the wrinkle in for extra texture. I dried it with craft heater. I cut it with one of the Stitched Tags Nesting CUTplorations Dies.

I added some white gesso on the tag with brush and when it is almost dried, I removed some of the gesso using the Forest of Leaves ARTplorations Stencil and baby wipe.

I added some dots in the tag using the Dots All Over ARTplorations Stencil, Jet Black Archival Ink, and blending brush.

I added a very thin layer of gel medium on the tag, let it dried until it felt tacky, then I added the Gold Foil Sheet on the tag. I used bone folder to added the gold foil.

I had some watercolored panels with green, lime and yello color that I created in the past with Catherine Pooler Inks and water.

I stamped the tea cups from Always Tea Time Stamp Set with Jet Black Archival Ink, and I fussy cut them with micro-tip scissors. I stacked them and added on the tag with Dries-Clear Adhesive Glue. After that I added some white splatters on the tag using brush with white acrylic paint and water.

I stamped the sentiment on a white cardstock using the same black ink pad, trimmed it into a banner, and I added it on the tag with 3D foam tape in the middle and adhesive glue for both edges.

I had so much fun creating these tags today. I hope you all like them too! And before you go… enjoy the special Spring Fling Sale (no coupon needed) and an extra 20% code to use when you check out: STAMPGIRLHELEN

THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by today!


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Cupcake, Blooms And Coffee

Hello hello hello… Spring has sprung here. We see more flower buds on the trees at our backyard, more new rose leaves at my garden, and my orchid is blooming, too!

Inspired by all of them…today, I have this cupcake, blooms and coffee card to share with you all.

I use the newest digital stamp from STAMPlorations where you can now grab it here to use on your projects. I use the Print-And-Cut feature from the Silhouette Studio software and cut it with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

I printed the image on a white cardstock using my inkjet printer and then I colored it with Arteza Woodless Watercolor Pencils and using Water Brush I blended the colors.

I also use the Dots ‘N Beans ARTplorations Stencil to create the background directly on a white card. I added the Plum color from the Ranger Mini Archival Ink Pad Kit 2 Set using a large blending brush.

I cut out a black cardstock using one of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Dies from STAMPlorations and I added it on top of the card with Tombow Adhesive.

And then, I added the colored image on it with the same adhesive.

I cut out a piece of white cardstock using the Hello Word Die and I cut it 3 times. I stacked them together with adhesive to create a chipboard sentiment word.

I added some glue on top of the word using the DecoFoil Adhesive Pen, let it dried completely, and then I added the Gold Foil Sheet on it and just press it down with my finger. It is not so smooth but I like the distress look on it.

I added the gold foiled word sentiment on the card with adhesive glue.

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


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Hello | Mixed Media Card

Hello everyone… Today I have a mixed media card to share with you all.

On my CAS, mixed media card today, I use Bubble Dance ARTplorations StencilConvallaria ARTplorations StencilHello Word DieStitched Tags Nesting DiesTrendy Spring Blooms Dies.

I use the Covarallia stencil to create the background. I added the Archival Inks directly on a white card using oval blending brush.

On a watercolor paper, I added some green color burst powder, spray with water, and then I dried it with craft heater. Then I use Signo Unibal White Gel Pen to trace the bubbles using the Bubble Dance stencil. After that I cut it with one of the Stitched Tags Nesting Dies. I added the tag on the card with Xtreme Adhesive.

I used alcohol inks and glossy photo paper to create the orange panel. Before the alcohol inks completely dried, I added some red foil sheet on it. I cut out some flowers out of the alcohol ink panel using Trendy Spring Blooms Dies.

I cut out a white cardstock and a black cardstock using Hello Word Die. I stacked them together with Dries Clear Adhesive and I added the white Hello bit off on top of the black Hello to create a shadow look.

I added the flowers on the card with Dries Clear Adhesive Glue and then added the Hello word sentiment on it with the same glue.

I embellished the tag with a bow using white twine and I added it inside the tag hole with Dries Clear Adhesive Glue.

It is the first Sunday of the month and it is the time for the April Mixed Media Challenge at STAMPlorations Blog.

The rule is simple: your project(s) have to be new and anything mixed media goes (including cards!) as long as you use a stencil (or stencils). You can use any stash you have. You also need to use the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge blog post. Please make sure you read all the rules here.

I hope you all can play along and share your project with us this month!

If you use any STAMPlorations stamps/metal dies/stencils, you can link up to their Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

If you don’t have any, feel free to use the free digital stamp on your project that you can grab it here. Or… you can grab some STAMPlorations goodies and save 20% OFF on your order by using this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a fabulous week!