Hello! Valerie today with a fun mini-canvas project. I was so excited to see rub-ons included with the new My Mind’s Eye collections, so naturally they were the first thing I grabbed to play with after I unpacked the new collections. I love how you can layer them on top of just about anything. I’m using the white “Story” rub-ons from the Jubilee Tangerine color scheme for this project. The Jubilee collection also has black, gold, and silver rub-on options.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take step by step photos, but I will walk you through my process.
It’s a very simple, repetitive process. I picked up this gallery wrapped canvas at a local craft store. It’s 5 x 5 inches and is 1 1/2 inches deep—much deeper than a basic back stapled canvas.
1. Choose 3-4 mist/ink colors that coordinate with the collection you are using.
2. Spray your canvas with water.
3. Splatter one ink color on one area of the canvas and spray with water again to make it spread.
4. Let dry or speed up the process with a heat tool.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 with each color you are using, and continue to repeat this process until you get the desired effect and intensity of colors (and don’t forget about the edges).
6. Once dry and you are satisfied with the finished ink effect, I recommended brushing on a thin layer of matte gel medium (or Mod Podge) to keep the color in place. The rub-ons also adhere to the canvas better after the gel medium is applied. Let the gel medium dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.
7. Apply rub-ons with included popsicle stick. You may need to place something hard like a book under your canvas between the stretcher bars if you are using a larger canvas size.
8. Once all your rub-ons are applied, add another layer of gel medium over the entire canvas.
9. Add a flair badge, enamel dots/shapes, or other embellishments. I used hot glue to adhere the flair.
10. Hang on wall and enjoy!
So there you have it, a really fun canvas in ten basic steps. Totally doable, right?! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with the rub-ons from Jubilee! How will you be using them?
Hi everyone, Laurel here with your May Challenge. I have loved the enamel dots ever since they first came out. They are such an easy accent to use to add a bit of interest and texture to any project. So this month's challenge is....use enamel dots in a creative way!
Here is my interpretation of the challenge. I whipped up a few cards with the dots.
Sometimes I just like to scatter the dots here and there on a project just to give some movement and connect items.
On this second card I wanted to highlight the rays of the sun so I sprinkled some of the enamel dots throughout.
Finally ,using the Now & Then Mildred collection, I created another card. This time I fussy cut a flower and leaves from some of the pattern paper, mounted with foam squares and accented with a few dots.
How do you use enamel dots? We would love to see! Here are the rules.
1. You can submit a layout,card,album,altered item,etc.
2. The project must consist of mainly MME. It must "look" like a MME project. :) It must fit the theme.
3. The project must be created new for this challenge. You may only submit one project.
4. Upload the project to the InLinkz link tool at the end of this post by the end of the day on Sunday, May 11.
5. A random winner will be chosen and announced with the May sketch challenge on Monday, May 12.
Happy Tuesday! Valerie here today with a bright,
colorful canvas to share with you using the Cut & Paste Collection. I
really enjoy creating art for the walls in our home and being able to
switch items out as the seasons change. It's kind of just a coincidence
that this came together at the start of a new school year.
To begin, I started with an 8 x 8 inch canvas and searched through the
embellishments and sticker sheets to find what I wanted to say. I picked
up the Cut & Paste "Presh" Decorative Tape tube and pulled out
three of the four rolls (the woodgrain was left out due to it's width
being wider than the others). I then took a look at all the other tape
and started picking out more rolls that I felt coordinated well with the
color scheme that was forming. Matte gel medium is my preferred "glue"
for projects like this on canvas. I applied a thin layer with a
paintbrush (one row at a time), and row by row I alternated tape pattern
and length. Once the whole canvas was covered, I added a layer of matte
gel medium over the entire canvas to ensure the tape will stay in
As i'm working, and the canvas is evolving, I take into consideration the elements and principles of design. I was able to use repetition and a variation in size
with some of the words for some added interest and emphasis. I adore
those layered stickers from the collection that add some dimension to
something that is otherwise rather flat.
I continued to use matte gel
medium as my glue for this entire project—even under the stickers that
already had adhesive. Last step was to add a few enamel dots. A project
just doesn't feel complete without them these days.
And there you go—easy, right? If you have never created a canvas, I hope I inspired you to try one soon!
Hello everyone. Ronda here with you today to share with you the beauty of
brads. I absolutely adore the brads that come with the My Mind’s Eye
releases. You can use them in so many different ways and layers. Let’s take a
look at a few examples I created.
this Hello card using the Collectable Notable Collection, I layered some
patterned paper on the background. I trimmed a strip of patterned paper
the edge with a border punch. I added a strip of washi tape.
layered the chipboard flowers on the card and then using a sharp paper
piercer poke a hole through the flowers. I then inserted brads into the
the chipboard flowers. I also inserted brads into the chipboard saying
: ‘Journey’ decorative brads; My
Girl: Decorative Brads, 6x6 Paper Pad, Layered Stickers, misc: gesso, tag, watercolor crayon
this tag, I used some gesso & watercolor crayons on the
background. Next I drew a black frame around the edge of the tag. I
added the Collectable Memorable
Decorative Brad to the top left and then added the My Girl decorative
brad and layered flower sticker.
Hello sticker tag was perfect sentiment so I added it near the brads
and flower sticker. I then added some doodles and a brad to the center
to the flower
the bottom of the tag I grouped together lots of brads to add a cool
layered accent. I love the way the brads are all jumbled together.
:'Perfect’ chipboard, ‘Journey’ Decorative Brads Tape; 6x6 memorable pad Misc: gesso, watercolor crayons, black pen, old text paper
I am sharing with you a little 6x6 art piece I created all based around
the “Enjoy the Journey” brad. I started the background on watercolor
with gesso, old text print, and watercolor crayons. I added a punched
heart to the upper left corner and colored it with watercolor crayons as
trimmed paper from the 6x6 memorable pad to create the “to go” cup. I
added some gesso and then decorate it with a black pen. Lastly I added
and chipboard numbers to completely the piece. I love having that pop
of pink in the title brad in the upper left corner along with those tiny
pops of colors in the brads at bottom right.
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope you found ways to add brads into all your projects for that perfect little touch.
Hi Tina here today! Do you believe in first love? I do! And so does SHE! So you think MME papers, embellishments, and stamps are just for layouts and cards? No sir! They work beautifully for mixed media projects like canvas art. Here's a pictorial look at how I created my LOVE girl! Start with a blank canvas. Since I am covering mine with paper, no need to prep the surface with gesso first. Cut various sizes of patterned paper, vintage paper, and tissue paper and adhere to canvas with Mod Podge. This is where the fun really starts! Add color, texture, and dimension with paint, modeling paste and stencils. I've even added some MME decorative tape!
Add more color, texture, and dimension with stamps and spray mist. This is what an 'in process' canvas looks like. I just LOVE all the color, design, and texture. When you are happy with your background, create your girl. MME 6x6 pads are great for creating your girl and accessories.
Add more texture and dimension by outlining your girl with markers and pens. Accessorize your canvas with enamel dots, decorative buttons, and add rub-ons where desired. Don't forget the sides of your canvas. I've colored mine with distress stains and MME stamps.
Mixed media is so much fun! There is no such thing as being perfect, and it's a great way to experiment with color, techniques, and different products.
I hope you give it a try the next time you are looking for a way to use your MME product in a new way!
Supplies:Collectable-Memorable:6x6 pad,'Hello' stamps,'Journey' decorative buttons,decorative tape,'I'm With' enamel dots;Misc:Canvas: 9x12 Practica Gesso: Liquetex Modeling Paste: Liquetex Spray Mist: Adirondack Ranger Paint: Jenni Bowlin, Folk ARt Mod Podge Rub-Ons: Stampin Up, 7gypsies, October Afternoon, Hambly, Jenni Bowlin Stamps: Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing Stencils: Crafters Workshop, Pink Paislee Markers/Pens: Faber Castell, Pilot Distress Stain: Tim Holtz