6×6 Mixed Media Layout – Enjoy the Little Things

IMG_1581I’ve seen so many artists creating the large 12 x12 mixed media, dimensional “scrapbook” layouts and wanted so bad to give it a go. However, the large format was intimidating me. Then it dawned on me, as I was flipping through one of my 6 x 6 Prima paper collections, why not start small?

I backed the completed layout against a sheet of 6 x 6 corrugated cardstock to give it the extra weight it needed. After applying so many layers of gesso, ink, gel medium, etc, it just wouldn’t lay flat.

Since I didn’t do a step by step tutorial with photos, I will list the products I used. I’m amazed by how much went in to this little layout:

1. Prima Life Time 6 x 6 paper collection

2. Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste

3. Punchinella (as a stencil)

4. Inka Gold – Lava Red & Jade Green (LUV this stuff!)

5. Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Seafoam

6. Dylusions Spray – Calypso Teal ( see my earlier post regarding my “oopsie”)

7. Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Pearl

8. Gloss Gel Medium – Liquitex Basics

9. White Gesso ( can’t remember the brand right now but, I bought a gallon of the stuff on clearance at Hobby Lobby)

10. Tulip Beads in a Bottle – Aqua Marine Gemstone

11. Graphite

12. Faber-Castell Pitt Big White Pen

13. Martha Stewart Paper Clay

14. Mod Podge Molds (for use with paper clay)

15. Tsukineko All Purpose Inks – white & black

16. Metal heart embellishment

17. “Friend” wood embellishment

18. Cricut Die Cut – Ornate Heart

WOW, that’s a lot of product! And I realize I could have added more.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun to create and I plan to make more. In the meantime, I am working on a leather cuff bracelet. Which, of course, I will post at a later date.

Right now, I gots to chill. Currently (Feb. 6th), I am 22 hours post-op foot surgery.  *smile* *frown* *yawn* beep bop boop…

6x6 layout displayed


Cricut Paper Dolls Teen Scene with a Twist

I adore the Julie Nutting Paper Doll stamps by Prima. What I don’t love is fussy cutting. I just don’t have the patience for it. So, I was determined to use my Paper Dolls Teen Scene cartridge to make a Nutting-esque paper doll. Plus, I needed it larger than the Nutting dolls.

Teen Scene paper doll

The Teen Scene dolls have faces so, the first thing I had to do was to remove those layers. Basically, I just used the shadow as the base. Because I was manipulating the original design, the rest of the layers no longer fit together accurately. But, there’s an easy fix for this. All that has to be done is to lay down the shadow base and size the other layers directly over it until they match up. Obviously, you’ll need to use either Cricut Craft Room or Design Space to achieve this.

The doll I chose was wearing cropped pants but, I wanted her in a skirt. So, I simply drew an easy skirt shape to match the top and added some Tulle for flair and dimension.

For the hair, I used a cardstock with a core so that I could lightly sand it to get the highlights. I think the next time I make one of these, I will use Mohair yarn to make the hair. Mohair is often used for making doll hair so, why not paper dolls too?

I wanted to give her “face” some color and rosy cheeks so, I broke out my craft chalk and used the sponge dauber to apply her “makeup”. Which, by the way, is the only thing I have ever used the craft chalk for.

Her buttons were made by using Tulip Beads in a Bottle. This is a fabric product but, it works great on paper crafts as well.

Nutting dolls are approximately 7.25 inches tall and this one is about 2 inches taller. ..maybe more. I needed her taller to fit on an altered 12×12 scrapbook album.

The Scrapbook Album

It was just an inexpensive album I picked up at a thrift store. Probably Goodwill. Anyway, I didn’t like the colors so, I decided to treat it like a canvas.

Altered Album

I started with several coats of Gesso, then randomly applied blue and grey acrylic paint. I stamped tissue paper using Black StazOn ink and adhered it using Liquitex gloss gel medium. The lace is vintage, another thrift store find, and was adhered the same way. As was the stamped vintage book pages and paper doll. I used the same gel medium to seal everything except the doll (since she is made from acid free papers).

I filled the album with a combination of Project Life Pocket Pages, We R Memory Keepers Page Protectors and their prospective journaling cards. Plus some regular 12×12 page protectors with “My Minds Eye” Complete Boy light cardstock.  All this was made and given as a gift to my daughter who recently had her first child, a son (my grandson!) named Remy.

I had a lot of fun with this project. I think it helps a lot when you have a person in mind and a color scheme. I am currently working on projects for my niece who is expecting a daughter in January. I missed the deadline for her baby shower (oopsie) but, will be done before the baby comes. I hope.

Spooky Story and Good Witch Apothecary Bottles

For Halloween, we always set out to scare the kiddos. Each year we out-do ourselves by taking things to a whole new level. ..more zombies, more blood, more creepy ghouls hiding in the bushes. However, the star of our show is always our life-sized, talking, motorized spooky butler, Jeeves.

This year, Jeeves was especially spooky when my husband plugged the cord into his back, yet had not plugged him into an outlet, and out of his mouth came the oh-so familiar words “Ahhh, more guests. Please leave your bodies at the door and do come in.” Since I look forward to this each year, I smiled at Jeeves and patted him on the head. That’s when I noticed my husband’s eyeballs; they were HUGE! Then, I watched him, power cord in hand, pull the plug from good ol’ Jeeves. He was never connected to the electrical outlet. And, he does not use batteries. Nor is there any way to charge him. We’ve had him for years and that had never happened. Creepy factor at 11!

So, when I was working on my Witch Apothecary bottles, not really knowing how I wanted to grunge them up, I thought about Jeeves and chose to make them witchy shabby chic instead.Witch Apothecary BottlesI used my Cricut Explore with the Write then Cut feature. The paper is from the Chalkboard Stack by DCWV and I used the silver metallic marker for the font image. To test out my new sticker paper by Cricut, I made it slightly larger than the black cardstock. The eye and mouse (AKA, baby rat) were purchased from Spirit Halloween store. The toadstool, I made using Sculpey polymer clay in brown. Why brown? Because, honestly, I was thinking of mushrooms. Duh!  When paint wasn’t working, I grabbed my Inka Gold in Antique Silver and Lava Red. It worked beautifully. The toadstool spots are dimensional using Super Heavy Gesso.

Bakers twine, silk sari ribbon and tulle were used around the neck of the bottles.

Mixed Media Craft Tags

Two tags, both for my sister’s birthday. Why two? Because I started one (tag with bird) then discovered a cool dimensional art journal technique that I wanted to try out on a tag. ..I liked that one so much that I finished it before going back to complete the first one I started. (Side note: I also started a third project somewhere in the middle of these).

Art Journal Tag

Art Journal Tag


Dimensional “Art Journal” Tag
Okay… Gesso, flower die cut, thick lace ribbon, tissue paper, old book page and letter stamps. Technique: Crumple tissue paper (I used thick tissue paper on this) then glue to tag. I cut the tissue paper larger than the tag and left it adhered while I worked on it. Gesso tissue paper several times (for total coverage). Add dimensional embellishments and ripped and folded pieces of additional tissue paper. Gesso again. ..and again, etc. Painted blue, dripped and sprayed white and black acrylic paint. Cut off excess tissue paper around Tag. Wrote “What Day?” on white cardstock and covered in Tim Holtz (TH) Rock Candy Crackle paint. Cut out clear thin plastic (part of some packaging) and glued it in the TH frame using dimensional glue (small tip and dries clear). Did the same with the paper. Adhered to tag. Stamped letters onto old book page, cut out and drew squares around letters using black ink pen. On the back I stamped “Happy Birthday Kat” and stamped the date with my Smash date stamper.


Bird Tag

Bird Tag

Bird Charms Tag
I created my own modeling paste by thickening Gesso with Cornstarch and stamped the letters and flowers with it. All other stamps are from Tim Holtz. ..including the bird and wings, which I fussy cut (well, not so fussy) and adhered together. Tim’s distress inks and stains were applied over the paste and wiped. Note: my homemade paste dries with a crackle effect. Oh, and black lace glued to the bottom.