Hop into Spring Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

As you know I’ve been having lots of fun with Andrea Gomoll’s YouTube videos. I found one more which was actually for a journal page. But I thought her technique in this video for using photos would make a cool mixed media canvas. The end result is fantastic and you don’t have to be a sketch artist to do it. You can find Andrea’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkayRQg5guA

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
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- Stencil(s) of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- White paint
- 10/0 Round Fine Paint Brush
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Flower and Butterfly Ephemera
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers (set of 4)
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry add torn pages from a magazine or book and pieces of paper doilies using Mode Podge. Let dry.
  2. Find a photo of a cute bunny and enlarge it so that it measures approximately 5-1/2″ high. Cut it out and set aside.
  3. Paint your canvas with blue, yellow, green and fuchsia paints. Let dry.
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  4. Add a thin layer of fiber paste to your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  5. Adhere your bunny to the bottom left of your canvas. Let dry. Then apply a thin coat of gesso over your bunny. Let dry.
  6. Color your bunny with white, gray, pink and blue gelatos. Use your finger to blend the colors. Once you have the desired result, outline your bunny with the sharpie marker. Draw in the eye, nose, whiskers and snout with the marker as well. Add more color with gelatos where necessary.
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  7. Adhere the butterfly and flower ephemera using Mod Podge. You can add more color to these pieces with gelatos. Outline them with sharpie and add any detailing. Note: If your ephemera is small you may want to color gelatos on a coated paper plate and then dip your brush in a little water to activate the colors. This will make it easier to apply and blend.
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  8. Apply gelatos dry to your canvas. Adding shading around the bunny, butterfly and flowers. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  9. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to right side of your canvas. Let dry.
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  10. Print and cut out a “Hop into Spring” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Outline the words with your sharpie pen. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to the center of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  11. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  12. Using the fine paintbrush add highlights to the bunny, butterfly and flowers with a little white paint. Let dry.
  13. Add Stickles to the flowers and stencil. Let dry.
  14. Adhere your Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers to the bottom of your canvas with tacky glue.
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  15. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

Spring Mixed Media


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 “Spring” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Last week I told you about a fun video on youtube.com by Andrea Gomoll that inspired me to make my Happy Easter Mixed Media Canvas. I had so much fun with that one I decided to make another one that had the same color palette. I found another video by Andrea where she creates a spring canvas using the same techniques as in her last one. Again, my version is a little different from Andrea’s but if you want to see her video you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d25yEzCXlgA

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Green Tissue Paper
- Cardstock: K & Company - Sweet Nectar, 4.75″ x 6″ pad or 5 pieces of coordinating cardstock, green cardstock, small tag
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry, paint your canvas yellow, pink and blue (it doesn’t have to be neat). Before the paint dried I sprayed the canvas with a good amount of water and let the colors run a bit. Let dry.
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  2. Add torn pieces from a magazine or book using Matte Mod Podge. Cut out a few shapes from paper doilies and carefully adhere them with the Mod Podge. Once dry, color in your shapes with watered down paint. Let dry.
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  3. Add small patches of fiber paste in a thin layer to your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  4. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to the top left of your canvas. Let dry.
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  5. Cut out 5 tulip shapes in 5 different coordinating papers.  Cut out leaves and stems from green cardstock. Adhere to your canvas with Mod Podge.
  6. Tear small pieces of green tissue paper and adhere to bottom of canvas covering the flower stems with Mod Podge.
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  7. Apply dry gelatos to your canvas. Adding shading under the basket and around the flowers. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  8. Print and cut out a “Spring” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to your tag.  Adhere the tag to the top right corner of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  9. Using your sharpie pen outline your flowers, leaves, basket, tag and anything else you want to make stand out.
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  10. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  11. Highlight your flowers, basket, tag and stencil with assorted Stickles. Let dry.
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  12. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

 

Happy Easter Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

I found a really fun video on youtube.com by Andrea Gomoll that inspired me to make this mixed media canvas. My version is a little different because in her video she used patterned papers for the background and I used bright colored paints. But for the most part, I used her techniques with a few extra of my own. You can see her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAAWKmMPdZw

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Green Tissue Paper
- Cardstock: K & Company - Sweet Nectar, 4.75″ x 6″ pad or 5 pieces of coordinating cardstock
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers (set of 4)
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry, paint your canvas green and blue (it doesn’t have to be neat). Let dry.
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  2. Add torn pieces from a magazine or book using Matte Mod Podge. Cut out a few egg shapes from paper doilies and carefully adhere them with the Mod Podge. Once dry, color in your shapes with watered down paint. Let dry.
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  3. Add a thin layer of fiber paste to the left and bottom sides of your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  4. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to the top and right sides of your canvas. Let dry.
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  5. Cut out 5 oval shapes for eggs in 5 different coordinating papers. Adhere to your canvas with Mod Podge.
  6. Tear small pieces of green tissue paper and adhere to bottom of canvas under eggs to make a basket.
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  7. Apply gelatos dry to your canvas. Adding shading under the basket and around the eggs. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  8. Print and cut out a “Happy Easter” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Outline the words with your sharpie pen. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to the top center of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  9. Using your sharpie pen outline your eggs and basket and anything else you want to make stand out.
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  10. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  11. Highlight your eggs, basket and stencil with assorted Stickles. Let dry.
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  12. Adhere your Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers to the sides of your basket with tacky glue.
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  13. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

Merry Christmas Mixed Media


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Merry Christmas Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Back in November I saw “the stampers’ sampler” magazine. Although I don’t normally buy this one I couldn’t stop looking at the cover. I loved how the artist used torn pieces of Christmas paper to make this card. I thought it would be such fun to do the same but make a canvas (8″ x 10″) instead.

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So off I went tearing pieces of Christmas papers but I didn’t like how that looked. So I switched gears and decided I would use acrylic paints. But then looking at it, I traveled too far from my inspiration piece. So I started over yet again, lol….

This time I used painters tape to block off different sections. Each section was painted a different color and gold ribbon was used to outline each box. This ended up working rather well. I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I decided not to add any patterned backgrounds like the inspiration piece. Unfortunately, by now the holidays had started and my pace slowed drastically but I continued on my journey not sure of where this would end up…

To fill the boxes I used different embellishments and added red and green stickles for extra highlights.  I also used my Merry Christmas, candy cane and prima doll stamps. I colored the stamped images with alcohol ink markers and then highlighted them with stickles and that was it!

Although the holiday season has passed I figured at least I would be early this year. Enjoy!!
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Valentine’s Day Charm Card


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Valentine’s Day Charm Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

I love bright fun colors but I decided to give myself a challenge and make a few Valentine’s Day cards with the brown cardstock. After making two cards, it is starting to grow on me.

This is such a fun card your special someone is sure to love. It has a removable 2″ heart charm which can be used for a necklace, key chain, bookmark or anything else you can think of. There are lots of possibilities!!!

For this Card you will need:

- Great Impressions Happy Valentine’s Day Stamp #D364
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- Bead Letters
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- Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge Punch #MS867304
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- Premade Brown 5×7 Card and Envelope
- Cardstock: Red Garnet, Pink
- 3/4″ Glitter Foam Heart Stickers
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- Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink
- 4″ Chiffon Ribbon
- Ribbon Punch
- 2″ Heart Charm
- Versa Fina Onyx Black Ink
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Glue Stick

  1. Distress the edges of the front of your card with the Tea Dye ink.
  2. Cut a 3″ x 3.5″ rectangle from the red cardstock and distress the edges.
  3. Cut a 2.5″ x 3″ rectangle from the pink cardstock and distress the edges. Check your placement of the charm and mark the hole of the charm with a pencil. Use the ribbon punch over the hole mark. Thread your ribbon through the back of the cardstock.
  4. Glue the pink cardstock on to the red cardstock. Then glue them to the top half of your card. Attach your heart charm to the ribbon and finish it off by tying a bow. Trim the ends of the ribbon as desired.
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  5. Cut a 1.5″ x 5″ rectangle from the red cardstock. Cut another 1.5″ x 5″ rectangle from the pink cardstock. Use the heart edge punch on the pink cardstock.
  6. Distress the bottom edge of the red cardstock with the Tea Dye ink. Next distress the edges and around the top of the hearts on the pink cardstock. Glue the pink cardstock on to the red cardstock by aligning the top straight edge. Glue your border towards the bottom of the card. Stick the foam hearts to the center of the border.
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  7. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue adhere your bead letters in between the charm and border to spell “Love You.”
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  8. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” inside of the card with the Versa Fine Ink. Voila! You have a fun handmade Valentine’s Day Card with a Charm.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Valentine’s Day Charm card!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

Valentine’s Day Card


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Valentine’s Day Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

This is a pretty quick and easy card to make. There is lots of texture which makes it lots of fun! Your recipient will surely love this handmade card. Enjoy!!!

For this Card you will need:

- Great Impressions Happy Valentine’s Day Stamp #D364
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- Inkadinkado “You Make My Heart Flutter” Stamp #97573
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- Studio G Heart Stamp #2011-10-25 or any other 1-1/2″ Heart Stamp
- Fimo Soft Red Clay
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- Clay Machine
- Exacto knife
- Perfect Pearls Kit – Metalics (White)
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- Premade Brown 5×7 Card and Envelope
- Cardstock: Bazzill Mudpie, Any Red Garnet 
- Small piece of Brown Burlap
- Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink
- 4″ Natural Raffia Ribbon
- CuttleBug D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
- Versa Fina Onyx Black Ink
- Three 3/4″ Red Glass Discs
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Glue Stick
- Wax coated paper plate
- Spray bottle with water
- Water for cleaning brush
- Parchment Paper

  1. Condition your Fimo clay by rolling and kneading it. Then run it through the clay machine on a setting of 1.
  2. Place the thin sheet of clay on your parchment paper. Spray your stamp with water (this will kep the clay from sticking to the stamp). Stamp your image directly on the clay (If you’re not happy with the results, simply repeat steps 1 and 2).
  3. Using your exacto knife and very light pressure, gently cut along the outside edge of the heart (If you prefer, place a cutting mat underneath just in case). Once it is fully cut, set the excess clay aside.
  4. Press your heart into the embossing folder and gently peel off.
  5. Dip your brush into water, just enough to dampen it. Dip your brush into the white  Perfect Pearls and begin brushing it on the embossed swirls on your heart.
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  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 and make the second heart.
  7. Place your hearts on a clean piece of parchment paper and bake in the oven on a cookie sheet according to the manufacturers directions.
  8. While the hearts are baking, distress the edges of the card with the Tea Dye ink.
  9. Cut 2 squares from the Brown Mudpie cardstock measuring 2.75″ x 2.75.” Cut 2 squares from the Red Garnet cardstock measuring 2.5″ x 2.5.” Cut 2 squares from the burlap measuring 2″ x 2.”
  10. Layer your squares. Using the glue stick adhere the red square on top of the brown square. Then using  Aleene’s Tacky glue adhere the burlap on top of the red layered square. Repeat this step for the second set. (Tip: if your burlap has creases and isn’t laying flat just wet it with a little water and iron it flat. Make sure it is completely dry before gluing onto the cardstock)
  11. Glue the first layered square to the top left of your card. Glue the second layered square to the bottom right of your card.
  12. Tie a bow with the raffia around one of the red glass discs. Glue the three red discs on the top right of your card above the layered square.
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  13. Using the Versa Fine Ink stamp “You Make My Heart Flutter” on the bottom left of the card below the square.
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  14. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” inside of the card with the Versa Fine Ink.
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  15. Once your hearts have finished baking and have cooled, use the Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them on top of the burlap on each square.Voila! You have a gorgeous handmade Valentine’s Day Card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Valentine’s Day card!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

Smash Book Journal


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Smash Book Journal
(created by Sophia Vida)

Yvonne Gebauer has a wonderful blog that I love reading at MyCraftingTherapyRoom. She is very a talented and creative person who inspired me to make this smash book journal after reading her post titled “Our first big snow fall and a link to a Smash Book video.” In her post she has a link at the bottom to a YouTube Video where she explains how she made her beautiful Smash Book Journal.

If you are new to Smash Books, you use them to journal your thoughts and memories with written words, pictures, drawings or anything else you feel like putting in them. They are a great place to keep your memorabilia and they make a very special keepsake for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts!

I started this project using an assortment of papers I had on hand. But then I came across the Le Tres Chic Stack and couldn’t put it down. So I quickly switched gears and took the road to Paris. I also found a canvas covered chipboard album at Michaels that I decided to use as my base to give the pages more sturdiness.

I had so much fun putting this journal together. You can change the theme and customize this to anything your recipient may like. The possibilities are endless!

For this Project you will need:

- Cardstock: DCWV Le Tres Chic Stack
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- Ranger Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
- Deja Views Canvas Covered Chipboard Album CBA-1007 (found at Michaels)

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- Treasures Fleur-de-Lis Rubber Stamp by Shabby Chic 
- Inkadinkado Stamp Set: Far Off Posts (Set of 4)  LM808376 (08376)
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- TPC Studio Vintage Greeting Rubber Stamp Set 2011903
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- Yarn: White
- Assorted Sheer and Semi-Sheer Ribbon: Pink, White, Black, Fuchsia
- Tim Holtz Vial Labels #TH92993
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- 6 Mixed Media Trading Cards measuring 2.5″ x 3.5″
- 1 Invitation Envelope measuring 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″
- 1 Large Index Card
- Paper Roses
- Stardust Stickles
- 14 White Rhinestones
- Large and Small Heart Punches
- Assorted Corner and Border Punches
- Hole Punch
- Staz On Black Ink
- Scissors
- Glue Stick

  1. On your computer, print in Palace Script, Size 80: My Smash Book. Cut out individual pieces. In Palace Script, size 70 print: Tres Chic. Cut out both words in 1 piece. Distress the words a little. Set Aside 
  2. Plan your layout by picking the pages you want to go together. For the front and back covers (inside and out) cut four 6.5″ squares. Mark the holes on the back of the cardstock and punch out.
  3. For the inside pages cut twelve 6″ squares. Mark the holes on the back of the cardstock and punch out.
  4. In the Tres Chic Stack there is page with preprinted tags. Cut the tags out. Punch holes at the top. Distress the back with your choice of colors. Next cut 6 pieces of white yarn and 3 pieces of semi sheer pink ribbon about 10″ in length.  Loop these through the center of the tags. Trim ends. Set aside.
  5. Trace 2 index cards, side by side on the back of your choice of cardstock. Cut it out into 1 piece. Fold in half and glue together. Trace your holes and punch out.  Set aside.
  6. Glue all cardstock squares from steps 2 and 3 into your chip board book. Assemble your book with the 3 binder rings. 
  7. Cut out the flower and boa feather from one of the pages in the stack (this will be used to make a pocket for 3 of the tags).  Adhere the left and bottom edges to the bottom left of one of your pages. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket.
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  8. Skip a few pages and insert your index card as an additional page.
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  9. Skip a page and cut a 2″ x 6″ piece from your choice of cardstock. Use the border punch on the edge (this will be used to make another pocket for 3 of the tags).  Adhere the left, right and bottom edges to the bottom of one of your pages. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket. You can also cut out an additional image or stamp in image onto your pocket.  
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  10. Distress the front and back of the invitation envelope with your choice of ink. Stamp the Just 4 You on the front, center of the envelope. Randomly stamp the posts on the envelope. Stamp the fleur-de-lis on the back flap of the envelope. Add a liner to the envelope from the Tres Chic stack and glue into place. Insert 3 sheets of the Tim Holtz labels in the envelope.
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  11. Cut out the word Paris from the beige cardstock. Add a little flair by using a border and corner punch. Adhere this to the middle of a page.
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  12. Cut a 4″ x 6″ rectangle from your choice of cardstock (this will be used to make a pocket  page for 3 of the tags).  Fold in half and adhere the left, right and bottom edges together. Cut out the Paris tag with flowers from the cardstock and adhere to the front of the pocket. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket.
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  13. For the back inside cover, cut a 3.5″ x 6.5″ piece from your choice of cardstock. Use a border punch on the top edge (this will be used to make the last pocket). Adhere the left, right and bottom edges to the bottom of your page. Once dry, slip 6 trading cards inside the pocket. Punch 2 large and 3 small hearts from coordinating cardstock. Adhere to front of the pocket.
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  14. Cut about 30 pieces of assorted sheer and semi sheer ribbon in varying sizes from 8″ to 10″ long. Tie about 10 pieces to each binder ring. You may need more or less cut pieces depending on the width and thickness of your ribbon.
  15. Randomly adhere the cut out words from step 1 to the front cover of your book.
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  16. Randomly adhere the rhinestones to the front of your book. 
  17. Randomly adhere the 3 paper roses to the front cover of your book. Highlight the rose petals with the Star Dust Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade Smash Book.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this super fun Smash Book Journal!

Smash Book Journal pages in order:

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Cupcake Birthday Card


 

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Cupcake Birthday Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this Quick & Easy Card you will need:

- Cardstock: White, Fuchsia, Purple, Yellow and Patchwork Quilt by Urban Prairie
- Hero Arts Large Cupcake Stamp CG157
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- Rubber Soul Vertical Happy Birthday Stamp S120-K
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- Sizzix Sizzlits Die – Candles #2 (#654853)
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- Stardust Stickles and Lavender Stickles
- 2 Silver Brads
- 2 Small Purple Paper Flowers
- Colored Markers: Fuchsia, Yellow, Purple
- Jelly Roll Pen: Purple Star
- Orange Colored Pencil
- Staz On Black Ink
- Clear Pigment Ink
- Glitterex DD Multi Ultra Fine  Glitter  GX-123 (White Iridescent Glitter)
- Small Heart Stickers
- Glue Stick
- Foam Squares
- Deckle Scissors
- Scissors
- Heat Gun
  

  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ rectangle from the Fuchsia cardstock. Fold in half. This will be the base of your card.
  2. Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5 square from the yellow patchwork quilt cardstock. Adhere to the front of your base card.
  3. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the base of the candles from the Purple Cardstock. Color in the diagonal stripes with the Purple Jelly Roll Pen.
  4. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the candles again but from the Yellow Cardstock. Color in the center of the flame with the orange pencil. Cut the flame off. Glue the flame to the base of the candle from step 3. Set aside.
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  5. Cut two 4″ x 4″ squares from the white cardstock. Ink your cupcake stamp with the black Staz On ink and stamp your image on to each 4″ square.
  6. Using the fuchsia colored marker, color in the thick stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Using the yellow colored marker, color in the thin stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Carefully cut out your image with scissors. Glue the candles from step 4 to the top of the cupcake. Let dry.
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  7. Using the fuchsia colored marker color in the small pink hearts on the top of the second stamped cupcake. Also color in the outline of the large heart. Color in the sprinkles on the top of the cupcake with the purple and yellow colored markers.
  8. Ink the top of the cupcake with the clear pigment ink. Sprinkle with the ultra fine glitter. Tap off any excess. Use your heat gun to set. Once cool, carefully cut out the top part of the cupcake and adhere to the base cupcake in step 6 with foam squares. Highlight the round swirls on the top of the cupcake with the purple stickles let dry.
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  9. Cut a 2″ x 5″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Ink your Happy Birthday stamp with the fuchsia marker. Breathe moist air onto it and stamp your image. Trim the edges with deckle scissors. Leave enough of a border to add your embellishments.
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  10. Insert the silver brad through the center of the flowers and fasten to the top left and bottom right of your stamped image. Adhere the small heart stickers randomly to your sentiment. Use the stardust stickles to highlight the small hearts. Let dry.
  11. Outline the Happy Birthday letters with the lavender stickles. Let dry.
  12. Adhere the Birthday sentiment to the left side of the front of your card. Adhere the cupcake to the right side of your card. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade Cupcake Birthday Card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this quick and easy Cupcake Birthday Card!

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Candy Corn Witch Hat


Candy Corn Witch Hat
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m so excited to share with you my first fall project! I love candy corns. They’re so much fun and I had to find a way to use them for a Halloween project. After a little brainstorming I came up with the Candy Corn Witch Hat. It’s really easy to make!

For this Project you will need:

- Large paper mache witch hat (about 12 inches tall)

- Acrylic Paints: Folk Art School Bus Yellow and Black
- Candy Corn Candies

- Mode Podge: Matte

- 18″ white netting
- Black Pom-poms: 1 large and 1 small
- 2 small wiggle eyes
- 2 Yellow/Orange Pipe Stems
- Letter Cling Stamps and Acrylic Block
- Staz On Stone Gray Ink

- 1/2″ yard Orange Boa
- Sponge brushes
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Glue Gun
- Scissors
- Wire cutters
- 1/2″ flat brush
- Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette

  1. Basecoat the top of your witch hat in black paint using the 1/2″ brush. Apply 2-3 coats in all and let dry in between coats.
  2. Basecoat the bottom and inside of the hat with 1 coat of the black paint using the 1/2″ brush. Let dry.
  3. Basecoat the rim of the hat in yellow paint using the 1/2″ brush. Apply 2-3 coats and let dry in between coats.
  4. Using the glue gun, randomly glue candy corns around the top of the hat. Let dry.
  5. Place your cling letter stamps directly on the rim of the hat for 1 word. Once you have the correct placement, put your acrylic block of top of the stamps to pick them up. Ink the letters and stamp directly onto the rim of the hat. Repeat this step for each word. Let dry.
             
  6. Using your sponge brush, apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the entire hat. Let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry.
  7. Next apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the bottom of the rim with the sponge brush. Let dry.
  8. Using the tacky glue, adhere the small pom-pom to the large pom-pom.
  9. Using wire cutters, cut five 2″ pieces of the yellow/orange pipe stem. Bundle 4 of the pieces and twist the 5th piece around the center of the bundle to hold in place. Spread out the pieces and shape your spider legs. Cut off any excess.
  10. Glue your spider body to the legs with tacky glue. Next glue the wiggle eyes to the front of the small pom-pom. Let dry.
  11. Apply a generous amount of tacky glue to the inner seam of the hat. Wrap your boa around the hat and cut off any excess. Let dry.
  12. Cut a 12″ piece of netting and tie the center into a knot. Apply tacky glue to the tip of the hat and place the center of the knot over the hat. Let dry.
  13. Gently insert the spider feet into the netting and  Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art! 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Candy Corn Witch Hat!

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Alcohol Ink Book Marks


                                      

Alcohol Ink Bookmarks (measures 2-1/2″ x 7-1/4″)
Created by Sophia Vida

 
- White Glossy Cardstock
- Colored Alcohol Inks and Gold/Silver Alcohol Inks
    
- Alcohol Ink Stamper and Felt Pads

- Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
 
- Assorted Punches, Stamps, Embellishments (whatever you have on hand will do)
- Clear Plastic Bookmark Sleeve
- Glue Stick
- Foam Squares
- Your Imagination

Bookmarks are fun to make for your own personal use or you can make them as gifts for family and friends. They are also a great craft for kids’ parties because they are so easy to make. The best part is you can use your scrap paper and leftover embellishments!

There is not a lot of instruction with this project because bookmark sleeves vary in sizes depending on where you buy them. So although I may give you specifics on what I made, yours will more than likely be completely different. The only requirement is that you add a little imagination and let your creativity fly! Most importantly have fun!

I recommend using glossy paper with the alcohol inks because it works best with the inks. You can stamp images on top of the inks and heat emboss them. It looks fantastic!

  1. To start, place the felt pad on the ink stamper. Add a few drops of 2 or 3 different colors of alcohol inks to the felt pad and randomly stamp your glossy paper. Leave a little white space.
  2. Add a little silver or gold alcohol ink to the pad along with a little of the blending solution. Then stamp over your colored areas and blend. You can stamp the solution, give it a twirl or swipe it across the paper. Experiment and see what you like. The various effects are beautiful!
  3. Once you have the desired look you can cut the cardstock to fit inside of your plastic book mark sleeve. Check your fit. Tip: If you want to add layers, just cut pieces of coordinating cardstock and layer your pieces with the alcohol ink paper on top so it will be most visible.
  4. You can stamp images on top of the alcohol inks and even heat emboss them. Add any embellishments and finish it off with some ribbon or yarn and a charm if you like. The possibilities are endless! Voila! You have a beautiful one of a Bookmark!!!

Have lots of fun making these Alcohol Ink Bookmarks!

          

                  

Butterfly Bookmark
The inks used on the Butterfly bookmark were Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Gold. After I cut my background piece, I used the left over paper to punch and layer butterflies.

Dream Bookmark
The inks used on the Dream bookmark were Stream, Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Silver. Once dry, I heat embossed the letters and added rhinestone embellishments.

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