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

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.