Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap under the area to be stenciled. This prevents ink from being transferred thru the towel.
Choose your Archival Inks. Place the “Merry Christmas” stencil over the striped area and use Painter’s Tape to mask off the surrounding area. This also holds the stencil in place.
Use Watering Can with the Mini Blending Tool to stencil.
Step 2: Position the larger pine tree slightly to the left of center and stencil with Garden Patina. Use a Q-Tip to transfer Potting Soil ink to the tree trunk area.
Step 3: Place tape over the stripe to mask it off. Turn the stencil over to get a slightly different version of the tree.
Position the tree so that the bottom is on the tape, allowing a shorter tree to be stenciled. Stencil the tree with Fern Green.
With the tape still in place, stencil a shorter tree to the left, using Fern Green.
Step 4: Now switch to the small tree stencil. With tape in place, stencil a short small tree, using Garden Patina.
Step 5: Now stencil the full small tree to the right, using Fern Green.
Step 6: Position the Polka Dotty stencil and line up a row of dots, directly under the striped border. Mask off the area above and below the dots and stencil one row of dots, using Garden Patina.
Step 7: Stencil a large and small star using Watering Can on the right side. Stencil a small star to accent the small tree on the far left.
Step 8: Tap the spatter stamp onto the Watering Can pad and lightly add “snowflakes” around the trees.
Step 9: Dry and heat set the inks with the Heat-It Tool or iron.
Additional Example: If you prefer more traditional holiday colors, here’s another example.
This uses Fern Green, Jet Black, and Buttercup archival ink for the stars.
Tips & Hints:
Archival Ink is the ink of choice for stenciling on fabric, since it is waterproof and permanent when dry. These can be washed with no problem. As long as the ink is dry, the design is permanent.
Choose a towel with a small amount of texture. This adds to the texture of the trees.
Painter’s Tape holds the stencil securely in place and also keeps the background protected.
The Mini Blending Tool is my choice for stenciling. The smaller footprint is perfect.
When stenciling on fabric, I find it best to tap, twist and turn the Blending Tool over the stencil. This seems to work perfect and it doesn’t stretch or move the fabric. Rubbing sometimes moves the fabric under the stencil.
Think holiday hostess gifts! I’m thinking these would be fun to send instead of a card!
These can be customized to fit any decor. Use traditional holiday colors or change it up like this towel. These can be created in 10 to 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY…it’s much quicker than writing the instructions!
Wendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink. Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette. Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous. You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!
When it comes to Christmas I am quite traditional in my colour scheme. I tend to go with Red and Green most of the time and that is what I have done with this journal page.
Step 1: Gather together your journal page, paints and brayer.
Step 2: Taking your Postbox Red Paint and apply a small amount to your craft mat with a spatula and run your brayer over the paint to cover your brayer. Then brayer over your page. Do not worry if there is white showing it does not matter, in fact it is best if there is some. Repeat the above instructions but with the Cutgrass paint. (You do not need as much green paint as the red.)
Step 3: Using the Journal Block and a pencil create a border all the way around your page. The depth of the border is up to you.
Step 4: Using the Holly border stamp from Christmas Borders set; add some holly coming down from the top of the page. I used Archival ink in Jet Black for this.
Step 5: Using Dylusions Black Marble Paint, paint the border in that you created earlier. Now leave your page to one side to dry thoroughly.
Step 6: Stamp, cut out and colour your images. I used: Ruby Rainbow – Body and legs. Christmas Accessories – Santa hat. Holly days – Hair. Escape – Head and bowtie. Puddy Cats – Cat. One Two Tree – Swing base. Dear Santa – Robin and presents.
Step 7: Using your Dylusions inks in a waterbrush, colour the holly leaves and berries at the top of the page. I used the same coloured inks as paints I used. (Postbox Red and Cut Grass)
Step 8: Create your swing – Sit your strip across the page where you would like it. Once happy with where it is to go, stick it down. Create the chain part with a Dylusions black paint pen. (It’s up to you what type of doodle you do).
Step 9: To create the crossed legs for the swing, cut the legs from your character and cross them over each other and stick down. Stick down all your other stamped images.
Step 10: Using the white Dylusions paint pen add some white pen work around the black border.
Step 11: Using the black Dylusions paint pen add a sentiment or saying to your page.
Step 12: Add a touch of Glossy Accents to the holly berries.
My name is Sandra Botham and I am from Yorkshire, England, where I live with my Husband and 2 children. I am a coffee addicted, book loving, Art Journaler. Where my art is concerned I do not mind trying anything but I totally love the Dylusions range by Dyan Reaveley. I love to art journal, doodle, colour and create photo books too. I started my art journal journey taking classes at Dyan’s studio – Art From The Heart – in Harrogate, England. I am now totally honoured to be a tutor at this studio where I regularly teach workshops.
Step 1: Cut a piece of Watercolor Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 (or A6 size). You will be using the smooth side of the paper. Rub the Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad over the back side (side with no wording) of the Quilted Texture Fade, and quickly place the Watercolor Cardstock, smooth side up, into the Texture Fade, so that the inked area will show on it. Run this through a die/embossing machine. Remove the cardstock from the Texture Fade, and clean it with a damp towel. You should see the stitched pattern on the cardstock.
Step 2: Tap the Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Powder (PPP) jar one time on the Craft Sheet, so that when you open it the powder is settled and doesn’t plume out. Rub Perfect Medium over the quilted surface on the card, and then pick up some of the powder with the smaller brush and add it to several areas on the card. Use the larger brush and tamp the powder down over the whole card. Brush off the excess, and clean the brushes with a soft cloth.
Step 3: Take a sheet of Kraft Cardstock, and mist it very well with Distress Refresher (You can also use Ink Refresher.). Let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then start crumbling up the paper in your hand to create wrinkles. Mist more Refresher as you go. Open the paper up. Cut about a 3×6 inch piece off and set that aside for a bit.
Step 4: Take the larger piece of Kraft, and begin applying Pink Bubblegum, then Merriment Red, and then Forever Red PPP onto the cardstock using the smaller brush, randomly over the Kraft. Use the larger brush and pounce the powder over the paper. Brush off excess, and clean the brush and Craft Sheet.
Repeat the same technique steps from the larger piece, but using the smaller piece of Kraft and the Forever Green and Festival Green. Dry both pieces with the Heat Tool.
Step 5: Die cut the red PPP sheet with the Tattered Poinsettia Die. Cut several flowers to have on hand. Die cut the green PPP sheet with the Ivy portion of the Mixed Media Christmas Thinlit. Take some of the green PPP scraps and die cut a few petals of the poinsettia to use as leaves. Set these aside.
Step 6: Take the three Black Surfaces Tags and add Adhesive Sheet to the back of them. Coat them with Black Pearl Liquid Pearls using a Palette Knife on the front side, as smooth as you can. Let these dry, and clean the Palette Knife. Die cut these with the Lattice Frameworks Bigz Die, as well pieces of Kraft and Watercolor Cardstock with Adhesive Sheet on the backs (Both 2.5×5.5). Set all these aside.
Step 7: Take a small piece of Kraft Cardstock (2×3), add Adhesive Sheet to the back, trimmed to size, and coat it with Garnet Liquid Pearls with a Palette Knife on the front. Tap over it once coated with the Palette Knife to create texture on it. It will dry like this. Clean the Palette Knife, and once the piece is dry, die cut it with the Noel word from the Vintage Tidings Thinlits. Set aside.
Step 8: Add an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Quilted Watercolor piece, and mount this onto red cardstock. Add more Adhesive Sheet onto the back of the red to be ready for later. Take the Onyx Pearl Lattice pieces, and arrange them in a triangular shape along the left side of the card, cut off extra pieces. Peel off the backing and adhere them to the card so that they look like one solid piece. Add diamond pieces of the Onyx Pearl, Kraft, and Watercolor into some of the openings of the lattice, and peel off the backing to stick down. You will have lots of pieces left over for more cards or future projects, so save them. Peel off the backing of the Noel and stick it down to the upper right portion of the card.
Step 9: Ink over the wrinkles of the poinsettias directly from the pad of the Classic Cherry Dye Ink. Using an Ink Blending Tool to ink the edges of all the petals. Ink the edges of the ivy and leaves with Electric Lime and an Ink Blending Tool. Punch three small holes in the middle of the smallest flower with the hole punch. Affix three Tiny Fasteners in the holes. Layer the poinsettia pieces biggest to smallest and use Black Foam Tape between them to give the flower depth.
My name is Anita Houston, aka, The Artful Maven, and I have been crafting ever since Jr. High School along with my mother. Touching, manipulating, and creating pieces to make something wonderful makes me happy! I love everything paper, paint, wax, metal, wood, and all things Ranger. I was fortunate to be selected to go to Ranger U in 2012, and have been teaching and designing Mixed Media Art ever since. You can see my work on my website at : http://www.artfulmaven.net/.
With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gift ideas for those special people in our lives. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, so why not make a set of personalized coasters using your very own photographs this year!
Step 1: Begin by choosing the images you would like to use. For this project, I used 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” glazed white tiles, so I made the photos 3 5/8” w x 3” h. Once the images are sized, print on cardstock and cut out.
Step 2: Working on a craft sheet, coat the cut out images with ICE Resin® Paper Sealer. Be sure to evenly coat the front, back and sides of the paper. Let Paper Sealer dry completely before continuing on.
Step 3: Once your images have completely dried, grab your tiles and place them on your craft sheet. Before working on your tiles, wipe them down with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to make sure the surfaces are clean. Paint a coat of Paper Sealer on the back of the images. Once painted, turnover and place on the tile. Repeat for each tile. Let dry.
Step 4: Mix ICE Resin® according to the instructions on the labels. Begin with adding 1 oz. of Part A Resin to your mixing cup, followed by 1 oz. of Part B Hardener. Slowly fold the two parts together until well mixed. Continue mixing thoroughly for 2 minutes until the resin becomes slightly opaque. Let rest for 5 minutes before using.
Step 5: Slowly pour a small amount of ICE Resin® into the center of your coaster. Be sure to not over pour, remember it is easier to add more if needed then it is to remove if you’ve added to much. Using your stir stick slowly push the resin out to the edges. ICE Resin® is self-doming which allows for it to be worked all the way to the edges and not overflow, as long as the resin is not over poured and there is too much.
Step 6: Once all coasters have been coated in ICE Resin® set aside. Let dry overnight.
Step 7: When your ICE Resin® coasters have fully hardened, attach vinyl bumpers to the four bottom corners of the tiles to help prevent the tiles from scratching any surfaces while using the coasters.
In the Arizona desert, the only way I get to see colorful Fall leaves is if I make them. Did you know you can use Dina Wakley Media acrylic colors to get beautiful earthy, Fall hues? Here’s what I did:
Step 1: Use a Mini Ink Blending Tool, White paint, and the Almost Ikat stencil to apply a white stenciling onto a sheet of 8x5x11 Watercolor Cardstock. When the white stenciling is dry, brush on a combination of these colors: Fuchsia and Cheddar (together they make a pretty rust color), Ruby, and a dash of Evergreen. Let the piece dry.
Step 2: Stamp leaves from the Scribbly Leaves and Pods set with Jet Black Archival onto the colorful background. Cut out your amazing Fall leaves. Grab a size 8 Kraft tag and use Gilt paint, a Mini Blending Tool, and the Almost Ikat stencil to apply gold stenciling all over the tag. Fold the tag so it makes a little tag book. I don’t ever measure this, I just guess.
Step 3: Staple some paper into the fold so you have a little book. I used graph paper.
Step 4: Decorate the book with your leaves. I also used a piece of a tag that I had painted with Turquoise dots from the Spaced Dots stencil and some Dina Wakley Media printed tape to add interest behind the leaves.
Step 5: Paint a piece of crinkle ribbon with Turquoise paint. When it’s dry, you can use it to close your booklet.
Dina Wakley is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink. Her Dina Wakley Media line includes artist quality opaque paints, gesso and gel mediums, tools, stamps, and stencils. You can learn more about Dina on her website DinaWakley.com. View upcoming classes and events with Dina on our events page and see more projects featuring Dina’s collection on our Dina Wakley Media Pinterest board.
Step 1: Stamp Leaf Prints onto Watercolor Cardstock with Vintage Photo Archival Distress Ink. Tip: You can create your own pad using a DIY Archival Ink Pad and Reinker or use the Tim Holtz Distress® Archival Mixed Media Palette.
Step 2: Apply a thickish coat of Distress Collage Medium Crazing with a Distress Brush.
Step 3: As the Crazing dries small cracks will appear. Let dry completely.
Step 4: Work in small sections and color the background using the Distress Crayons. Draw the Crayon on the background, add a tiny bit of water to your finger, blend the color on the surface and let dry. Think fall colors like Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint. Darken the outer edge with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.
Step 5: Randomly stamp over background areas with the Newsprint stamp using Vintage Photo Archival Ink and before the ink dries wipe off the leaves with a dry cloth. Tip: Do not mount the stamp on a block and use your fingers to press down in a small area. Turn the stamp different directions to make it more interesting.
Step 6: Die cut the leaf from the Tattered Leaf Bigz Die using Watercolor Paper. Repeat steps 1-4 to color the leaf.
Step 7: Add stitching around the edge, assemble card by adhering layers together, embellish with Quote Band, Textured Surfaces and Mini Corners.
Step 8: Tie twine around die cut leaf with a bow and adhere with foam tape.
I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area with my husband Del. Our children are both married and live close by with their families! I have four beautiful grandchildren. Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and crafting. I’ve been working in the paper crafting industry since 2001 and it has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently have the job of my dreams working as the Project Manager for Tim Holtz. My designs have been displayed by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous, Advantus, Sizzix, Hero Arts and I have been published in several papercrafting and quilting magazines. You can more of her work when you visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.
Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be on the Ranger blog sharing a mixed media piece using brand new Dina Wakely Media products! I was absolutely giddy when I saw her media tapes because like many of you probably, I’m a little bit of a tissue tape junkie. I love the tapes with her scribbly text and fun Dina style prints on them. Black and white is perfect because they become so versatile and you can color customize them for whatever suits your needs. I was inspired by Autumn all around us and want to show you how I created this fall inspired art journal page.
Today I am working in the Dylusions Black Creative Journal. This journal is so much fun to work in with the black pages and I love the square size of the pages. It’s fun to see how paints become more muted or vibrant against the black background. Because of this I do not prime my pages with gesso since that would defeat the purpose of working in the black journal. But if you prefer, you could always use Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. To start, I randomly added the tape to my page to start my background. I love the different prints of the tape and it will give me a nice layer of texture as a base to add my color on top.
The great thing about the tapes is that I don’t have to use any gel medium with them. They adhere so well, especially once you burnish them into the page with your fingers. I didn’t have any lifting as I added my layers on top, which is a huge bonus in my book. A lot of times, when I’m using tape, I have to use a gel medium with them so I know they won’t lift or move underneath layers. I pulled out three Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Evergreen, Cheddar and Fuschia. These colors are the perfect Autumn palette. They remind me of the gorgeous colors we’re seeing right now in the mountains. Fall is my favorite season and the colors of the leaves inspire me to work outside of my normal cool colors palette I normally gravitate toward. Using the stiff bristle brush, I do a little color blocking with all of the colors on my page. Right now I’m just building up my background with some color and I love that I’m still able to see the prints of the tapes in the background. At this point, I also spritzed my page with some of Dina Wakley Mica Sprays in Evergreen and Ruby. I love the shimmer in these sprays over the top of my paints.
Next I grabbed some of Dina’s new Texture stamps with her Archival Ink Palette and stamped around my page randomly. I’m not worried about placement here as I just want some random texture all over. I also grabbed two Tim Holtz stencils (woodgrain and speckles) to add more texture, this time with paint colors Umber and White. I felt I needed to brighten my moody page up some with white so I used that with one of the stamps and then again with the stencil. I dried this with my Ranger Heat Tool and then added a layer of Crazing Medium for some subtle crackle texture.
Now comes the fun part and the reason for my pretty paint blocking and textured background. Using a Stabilo all pencil, I’m going to draw some simple leaf shapes on my page. I kept it super loose while trying to create some aspen leaf shapes (since those trees are very Colorado and that’s where I live) along with some basic leaf shapes. I drew some big and I drew others small. I also sketched in some branches, but those go away in the next step.
Once all my leaves are outlined, I am going to start blocking out my shapes by painting around them in white. As I was doing this, I no longer liked the look of the branches so I allowed those lines to blend and melt into my paint. Since the Stabilo pencil is water-based it reacts to wet mediums that you use over it. This created beautiful texture as the white blended with the black pencil to create different shades of gray. Along with the brushstrokes, I felt at this point my leaves were starting to look as if they were floating down from the trees as they do when they start to fall off the trees. I loved the effect! I also add a splash watered down Gilt Acrylic Paint using the splatter brush. I love the golden accent and it just adds to the texture of the leaves across the page.
To finish my page, I wrote in my quote with the Ranger Fude Ball Pen. It is one of my favorite fall quotes by Emily Bronte: “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.” It was the perfect quote for this page as I love how the leaves look as if they are floating across the page. The Fude Ball Pen is great for my journaling because (as often happens) I am able to wipe it away with a baby wipe if I make a mistake; and it’s a bold tip so my writing is crisp and clear.
Here is a close up of the left side of my journal spread.
I filmed the entire process for you, as well, so you can see each step as it comes together. I love sharing my process and letting you see the entire page come together in a little speed video as I talk you through what I’m doing. That’s it for me. Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to break out your art journals and create fall inspired beautiful mixed media art using the entire Dina Wakely Media Line!
Carisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast. You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.
Today I want to share with you a Fun Fall Foldable. I hope you’ll create this foldable with me!
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of Ranger Mixed Media cardstock with a paper trimmer using the following measurements:
1″ X 9″- (Band)
4 1/4″ X 11″-(Foldable)
2 3/4″ X 8″- (Inserts)
Step 2: Using a Score Buddy, score each cut piece from step one with the following measurements:
Score 1 1/2″ and 4 3/4″
Score 1 1/2″, 4 3/4″, and 7 3/4″ (Or measure 3 1/4″ from the last score line if you have the small Score Buddy)
Score all 3 pieces at 4″
Then fold each piece.
Let’s start with the BAND first.
Step 3: Spray the band on both sides with Dylusions Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, and Cherry Pie sprays. Dry with a Heat it Tool.
Stamp the cat from the Dylusions “Bits and Bats” stamp set using a Dylusions Journaling and Ranger Black Archival Ink. Cut out with Tim Holtz scissors.
Select some Fall-colored paper and cut a variety of leaves from Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Sizzlit using a Die Cutting Machine.
Glue Band together. Glue leaves from Autumn Gatherings Sizzlit and the cat to the band with Glossy Accents. The band is completed.
Now let’s work on the FOLDABLE.
Step 4: Spray one side of the foldable with Dylusions Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine sprays. Dry with a Heat Tool.
Step 5: On the other side of the foldable add random marks using Black Gesso and a palette knife. Make some marks thicker than others. Set aside to dry.
Step 6: Once the Black Gesso is dry on the foldable, use your finger and cover the Black Gesso with White gesso. Before the White Gesso dries wipe some of it off with a baby wipe to show a little of the Black Gesso underneath. Using the White Gesso will allow the Dylusions paint to be more vibrant.
Step 7: With your finger add Dylusions Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Melted Chocolate paint over the Gesso on the foldable. Before the paint dries wipe a little off to show the Gesso underneath. Set aside the foldable to dry.
Step 8: After the foldable is dry. Close the foldable. On the front stamp the cobweb from the Dylusions “Bits and Bats” stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Let’s put the INSERTS together.
Step 9: Spray the inside of all 3 inserts with Dylusions Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine sprays. Dry with a Heat Tool.
Step 10: Spray the outside of one of the inserts with Dylusions Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, and Squeezed Orange sprays. Dry with a Heat Tool.
Step 11: Spray the outside of the remaining 2 inserts with Dylusions Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange, and Tangerine Dream sprays. Dry.
Step 12: Lay the inserts on your Craft Sheet so that the dark orange inserts are on the top and the bottom and they open from the right. Lay the light orange insert in the middle so that it opens from the left.
Step 13: Stamp FALL on the light orange insert that’s in the middle using Dylusions “Dy’s Alphabet” stamp set and stamp the spider from the Dylusions “Bits and Bats” stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Step 14: On the other two dark orange inserts, stamp the solid leaves from the Dylusions “Doodle Parts” stamp set and the cobweb from Dylusions “Day of the Heads” stamp set using Black Archival Ink. Set aside.
Step 15: Spray Dylusions Cherry Pie, Pomegranate Seed, Pure Sunshine, and Postbox Red sprays on the third piece of Ranger’s Mixed Media cardstock. Let the puddles dry to create texture.
Step 16: Apply Dylusions Black Marble paint with a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam through the Dylusions “Cobwebs Large” stencil on the previously sprayed red Mixed Media paper.
Step 17: Place the Dylusions Medium Flossie mask on the red cobweb paper and choose where you want to trace and cut Flossie out.
Step 18: Cover the inside flap of the inserts with scrap paper or sticky notes and spray Dylusions Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine sprays through the Dylusions”Alphabet Border Large” stencil.
Step 19: Inside the inserts, stamp the cracked wall stamps from the Dylusions “This Old House” stamp set.
Step 20: Flip the inserts over on the back and tape the inserts together with painter’s tape or removable tape.
Step 21: Flip the inserts back over. Glue Cobweb Flossie down inside the inserts using Glossy Accents. Dry completely.
Step 22: Remove the Painter’s Tape or Removable tape from the back of the inserts and also remove the scrap paper from the flaps. Cut the inserts apart using a Paper Trimmer.
Now let’s put it all together.
Step 23: Position the inserts on the light orange side of the foldable making sure Flossie’s body lines up. Glue the inserts onto the light orange side of the foldable with Glossy Accents. The dark orange inserts are on the top and bottom and the light orange insert is in the middle. The small scored area is on the top.
Using Dylusions White Linen and Black Marble Paint Pens add highlights and accents to the foldable.
Step 24: Close the foldable and slide the band around it. Now your project is complete.
Hi, My name is Jade Sutton. I live in North Carolina with my wonderful husband and two beautiful feline girls. Creating art is my passion. About nine years ago a friend invited me to a scrapbooking crop. I loved creating scrapbook pages, but I wanted more. It was then I discovered the world of mixed media. Since then I have attended many mixed media classes, which have influenced and inspired my art. I enjoy creating ATCs, cards, art journaling pages, mixed media projects, and photography. You can find more of my art on my Blog: https://jadesuttonart.com/, Instagram, and Facebook.
I love this time of year, autumns foliage, cobwebs, acorns, chestnuts, pumpkins, hot cocoa, warm jumpers and scarfs. Autumn is very inspiring and I love the colours, so for today I created a set of three journal pages with Dylusions products showing the change of the seasons.
In this little tutorial I will show you how I have created my pages.
Step 1: Go to the middle of a signature in your journal and trace your journal block with a pencil and cut this piece off. Repeat on the other side.
Step 2: Choose a few colours that go well together. Here I have used Pomegranate Seed, Tangerine Dream and Pure Sunshine. Use the Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam to apply the paints to your pages. Apply all the colours to your pages.
After applying the first layer of paint, I’ll go back to add some more layers of paint to get a smooth blend on the edge of a colour until I’m satisfied with the result. This normally means that I use the Blending Tool with Pure Sunshine and blend the paint into the Tangerine Dream, then use the Blending Tool with Tangerine Dream and blend it into the Pure Sunshine.
Step 3: Choose a few stencils and apply some of the paint (use the same background colours you already used before) through the stencil with the Mini Blending Tool.
The stencils I’ve used are Direction, Cobweb and Leaves. I know it’s hard, because there are so many fabulous Dylusions stencils to choose from, but I normally don’t use more than three to four stencils, because it gets very distracting if you use too many different stencils on just one page.
Step 4: Use the large autumn leaf mask from the Nature Stencil Set and place this on your background. Apply some Black Marble Paint around the leaf.
Move the leaf stencil over the page and apply the Black Marble Paint around it.
Next, I used the other part of the leaf stencil from the Nature Stencil Set. I have placed the stencil on a leaf and stamped a cobweb and a spider in all the leaves, using Jet Black Archival Ink and my Journal Block. Both stamps are from the Eat, Drink and Be Scary stamp and stencil set.
This is the finished page. It’s all about Halloween, my favorite time of the year.
For the end of summer page I used the following stamp sets: Always, Autonomy of a Page, Passage of Time, Rose Colored Glasses and Doodle Blooms. All images are coloured with colored pencil. I did some doodling and wrote a quote using the Dylusions Paint Pens.
The paints I used are: Chopped Pesto, Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini (and a drop of Pure Sunshine) and Black Marble. The stencils used are: Flower Pop and Raindrops.
The last page of the changing of the seasons. In the first steps I showed you how I created the background and which colours and stencils I used for this page.
Stamps: Rose Colored Glasses, I Can See Clearly, Put a Bird On It and Doodle Blooms. All images are coloured with coloured pencils.
Hope you liked my set of pages with the Dylusions products.
See you next time
My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???
Capture the look and feel of fall with this quick and easy mixed media card. It combines Archival Ink colors perfect for fall leaves, a bit of shimmer for early morning frost, and a punch of foil for the warm fall sun.
Step 1: Choose an assortment of fall colored Archival Inks. Scribble the ink pads randomly onto a Craft Sheet. (Colors shown: Potting Soil, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Library Green, and Red Geranium.)
Pour rubbing alcohol into a small bowl. Use a Distress Splatter Brush to pick up the rubbing alcohol. Splatter the rubbing alcohol onto the Craft Sheet. The rubbing alcohol will react with the ink and create droplets of color. (Remember, Archival Inks are not water reactive so you cannot substitute water for the alcohol.)
Lay manila cardstock on the wet ink. (I used an extra large tag, but you could use a cardstock sheet or smaller tag.) Lift the cardstock up out of the ink, taking care to not drag the cardstock through the ink. The result will be a watercolor-like random speckling and dots of color.
If you have areas that need more color, continue blotting the cardstock onto the ink.
When you are happy with the coverage, set the cardstock to the side to air dry. Clean the Craft Sheet with more rubbing alcohol on an art rag.
Step 2: Add shimmer by misting assorted colors of Mica Mist onto the cardstock. Blot the excess with a dry cloth. (Colors shown: Pearl, Evergreen, and Buttercup.)
Dry the cardstock with a Heat Tool.
Step 3: Die cut two leaves from the cardstock.
Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the edges of the leaves using an Ink Blending Tool.
Lightly brush over the embossed design of the die cut with the ink pad.
Step 4: Cut one piece of Kraft Cardstock 11” x 5 1/2”. Fold in half to create a 5 1/2” top fold square card.
Cut one piece of copper Vintaj Arte Foil to 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”.
Cone one piece of pattern paper to 5” x 5”.
Cut one piece of vellum to 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”.
Tear a corner off of the piece of vellum.
Ink the edges of the Kraft Cardstock card, pattern paper, and vellum with Potting Soil Archival Ink using an Ink Blending Tool.
Step 5: Adhere the Copper Arte Foil to the center of the card front. Adhere the pattern paper to the center of the foil and then the vellum to the center of the pattern paper.
Die cut a banner from the inked cardstock. Be sure to look at the back side of the cardstock. The bleed through on the back of the cardstock can have a really wonderful watercolor look. It is a nice choice for bringing in the same colors as the leaves without having too much of the same look.
Adhere the banner to the lower left corner of the card front on top of the vellum. Add a Tiny Attacher Staple to the end of the banner as an embellishment.
Step 6: Mist one yard of Crinkle Ribbon with water. Tap over the ribbon lightly with assorted colors of the Archival Inks. Although the Archival Ink doesn’t generally react with water, you will get a light color bleed on the wet ribbon. It is just enough to make the color soft and vintage looking.
Step 7: Dry the ribbon with a Heat Tool. Create a bow with the ribbon.
(Need help learning how to tie a great bow? Check out my easy bow making tutorial: http://tammytutterow.com/2014/12/tutorial-fluffy-bow-and-template/
Adhere the die cut leaves and bow to the left edge of the card.
Gather a few small twigs from outside. Tuck them around the leaves and bow. Secure with liquid glue.
Step 8: Finish the card by stamping a sentiment on the banner.
Tammy Tutterow is a mixed media designer and instructor from St. Louis, MO. Tammy is a two time Ranger U graduate. She believes inky hands equal happy hands. She loves writing tutorials to share online and teaching classes in stores. You can learn more about Tammy on her blog: Tammy Tutterow- Tutorials for Inky Hands.