Love Altered Book


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“Love Altered Book”
Created by Sophia Vida

I bought the “Somerset in Love” magazine from Stampington. I was thrilled when it arrived. It was packed full of romantic altered books created by various artists. It was simply beautiful.

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Inspired by their work I decided I would give it a try so I set out to my local craft store and purchased an inexpensive board book. To prep the book I sanded each page to remove the glossy finish so my paints and finishes would stick better. Next I applied 2 coats of gesso to each page. Once this was dry I was ready to start my new adventure.

I painted these two pages in white paint and distressed them with Tea Dye ink. I added faux stitching to the edges with a gold metallic sharpie pen. Next I added heart-shaped stamps to each page using acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying I printed 2 vintage images from my computer on heavy cardstock and cut them out. I glued one of the images onto a square of pink fabric. The other was glued onto paper heart doilies which I had on hand from Wilton Cake decorating. I painted the edges and center of the white heart doily with pink and red acrylic paint so it would stand out from the background more.

I found an extra clay heart I had made from a previous Valentine card and added that to one of my pages along with other ephemera that I had in my supply stash. Last but not least, I added a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had two fun pages in my new Love Book.

Hope you enjoy creating your own altered book!

Supplies used for the project:

– Inexpensive Board Book
– Sandpaper
– Gesso
– Acrylic Paint: White, Red, Pink, Purple
– Assorted Heart Stamps
– Tea Dye Distress Ink
– Sharpie Gold Metallic Marker
– Paint Brush
– Assorted Valentine/Love Ephemera
– 2 Vintage Valentine Prints
– Aleenes Tacky Glue

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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