Monday, June 19, 2017

Dreamer and Doer

Hi everyone, Melissa here with my entry for the 7 Dots Studio May Challenge: Dreams
I feel as if I'm living a dream to have the time I need to work on my pages and cards. I love to create things, and for me it can be a long process.  Here you see a photo of Evelyn Nesbit, a stage actress  from the early 1900's.  

I've used 7 Dots papers,tags, and stickers mostly from Writer's Block, and some from Fortune Teller. The flowers are Prima, the butterflies are Sizzix that I colored with mica powders.

I used Lindy's and Prima Alchemy for paint. I glued some gauze down on top of the lace for extra texture.

The lace is from Tresors de Luxe. The tiny metal paintbrushes and pen nibs are from Ken Oliver.+

Thank you so much for looking!

Entered in the following contest:

7 Dots Studio May Challenge: Dreams

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father and Son

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my entry page for the More Than Words June Main Challenge,FATHER & STEAMPUNK.  My husband is an amazing father to our son, and that is how this months word inspired me. For the steampunk challenge, I used clocks, gears, and wings.

To make this page I painted chipboard with gesso, then Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Steampunk Copper. 

I added a variety of things for more visual interest, Ranger Embossing Antiquities Verdigris,microbeads, dark gold metal glitter, Finnabairs Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Light Patina, Vintaj Paint in verdigris, seed beads, gilding flakes, Tattered Angels Rich in Mocha Glimmer mist, and Firefly gold acrylic stencil paint.

I cropped the photo and put some black ribbon on the top and bottom to make it fit. I glued everything onto 7 Gypsies Paper Maritime Collection: Sirene, and outlined it with a black Faber Castell gelato mixed with water. I painted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Brilliant Turquoise, glued on dry gold embossing powder, seed beads, and mica flakes.

The metal heart is from 7 Gypsies.
Thank you so much for looking,and have a great week!

Entered into the following contest:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Another Vintage Card

Hi everyone, Melissa here with another design team project for Mixed Media Warriors.
I wanted to do a card with layers of chipboard and die cuts.

To make this I took a half sheet of 12 x 12 paper from Mind's Eye, Lost and Found, "Buddies", and applied some gesso with a cosmetic sponge.  I glued on burlap ribbon, script printed ribbon, and small pieces of lace, all from Hobby Lobby. I topped them with silk ribbon from my LSS. A layer of circle frame chipboard has five different die cuts on top of it: O'Holy Night by Die'Sire, Cherry Blossom by Darice, Mirror Mirror by Spellbinders, and Medium Punch- Branch by Martha Stewart. Underneath the flower by 49 and Market is a Sizzix butterfly die cut colored with mica powder.

 The heart chipboard is from Tim Holtz. I prepped it with gesso, then painted with Finnabair's Art Alchemy Opal Magic in Aqua Rose Opal Magic,topped with a layer of Rock Candy Clear Crackle. The small piece of chipboard behind the heart is from Scrapiniec.

The metal ring fastener is from Tim Holtz, as are the tiny chipboard stars.  The pink paint is Rambling Rose by LSG. The blue green is a mix of Windsor and Newton watercolors: Prussian Blue and Sap Green. The gold is a thick acrylic by Firefly. I used a Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencil in Bark in different areas.  

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Vintage Card

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a design team project for June's Mixed Media Warrior moodboard. I was inspired by the soft pastel colors. I really like vintage photos, so I included one.  

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To make this card I used watercolor paper and added layers of items. The bottom is ribbon type mesh material, I painted it white with gesso, because it was yellow. The lace with the black printing on it is from Hobby Lobby. I applied some gauze for extra texture. I have a die cut doily on the bottom, followed by a piece of chipboard from Blue Fern, and the pointy ones at the top and bottom are Dusty Attic. The little pieces right under the lace are Scrapiniec.  The pink ones under the butterfly wings are Tim Holtz that I painted with gesso, Finnabairs Art Alchemy Opal Magic in Aqua Rose, then Ranger clear crackle. The blue green butterfly wings are Tim Holtz die cuts that I made 24 of last year with mica powder and things. The other die cuts are from Spellbinder's, Gold Corbels and Accents.  I put on a thin layer of LSS Rambling Rose on the card, and a little green that is a mix of LSS Bells of Ireland Green, and Mission Bells Brown. 

The white lace with sequins is from Hobby Lobby. The tiny sequins are from some Easter decor I have, little eggs that were covered in them.   The safety pin is from 7 Gypsies, the ribbon through it is silk from my LSS. The flowers are from 49 and Market. The tag and sticker are from 7 Dots.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Vintage Scene

Hi everyone, Melissa here with my entry for the May Color Challenge - Lindy's Stamp Gang. I used a mix of Bachelor Button Blue and Sweet Violet Purple Teal for the purple blue color. For the blue color I used Tibetan Poppy Teal, and for the green I used Sea Mint Green.

I used a stencil to apply texture paste on watercolor paper, then added a variety of things for added visual interest: microbeads, a cherub and a bird from Graphic 45 paper, a metal heart from 7 Gypsies, Martha Stewart stickers, and some gauze.

The doves are confetti.

The image is from Pion Designs.

I used colors from the following sets:

I have entered this in the following challenge:

Thanks so much for looking, and have a great week!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Moment in Time

Hi everyone,Melissa here a 12 x 12 layout as my entry for the More Than Words May 2017 Main Challenge, MOTHER  & FLOWERS!  I chose this photo of my sister-in-law and her son because she's a great mom, and has always inspired me.

I've used some 7 Dots paper and stickers, Prima flowers, and Lindy's Stamp Gang colors.

To make this page I painted a piece of watercolor paper and put the photo on. I sponged gesso onto the 7 Dots paper with a cosmetic sponge, then applied texture paste through a stencil. I only used part of the stencil, you can't see it too well at the right of the flower above. I added two more dragonflies from the stencil on the page with just paint.

I took a thin strip of cheesecloth and spread it over the background, stuck it on with a few dabs of glossy accent, then spread gesso over it.  To add more textural interest I applied a variety of things, micro beads, pearls, stars by Little B, butterflies from Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook, confetti stars, Tim Holtz rub ons, mica flakes, tulle,metal glitter,bling,Ranger blue distress glitter, and more.

The Man in the Moon image is a Tim Holtz rub on. 

The gold paint is by Firefly,it's a nice thick acrylic paint. You can also see some jump rings and pieces of gold embroidery floss here.

I outlined areas with Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencil in bark, and softened the lines with water.

I put some mini bottle caps on. There's a gold rub on here by Little B.

As a final step because I thought the page looked too busy I painted gesso on different areas where I'd already applied colors.  Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Entered in the following contest:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hi everyone! Melissa here with another design team inspiration page for the May moodboard here at Mixed Media Warriors.  I felt like making a very feminine page, so I used a vintage wedding photo along with Blue Fern paper.

To make this page I applied texture paste with a Gabrielle Polloco stencil over gesso onto some Blue Fern paper, glued on some gauze, then applied embellishments. The little chipboard pieces are all Tim Holtz, the little hearts I had to make myself . I took the old Tim Holtz chipboard where the heart was already punched out, traced an outline with pencil onto watercolor paper, and cut it out. I prepped with white gesso and added Alchemy Opal Magic acrylic in pink/green, then topped it with a thick coat of clear crackle.  I let the pieces dry overnight.  

I added color with LSG and Faber Castelle watercolor crayons, then added more gesso because it looked too busy. I have to stand up from my desk to figure out a balance with all the items and paint. When the gesso was wet, and to add visual interest I added micro beads, seed beads, confetti stars, and mica flakes. I also painted all the items with a little gesso,then topped with watercolor, to sort of  tie everything together. 

I was fortunate to have this paper to match the colors for the month, and also my vintage pic.
I brushed on some thick acrylic gold paint by Firefly to some of the gauze, this seemed to warm things up.

As a final step I rubbed on Opal Magic wax in Green Brocade by Finnabair, to warm up the pale white, and dry look of the gesso. After the green I rubbed on gold wax in random spots.

The pink flower is Prima.  The little flowers are by Little B. The metal pieces are Tim Holtz. The word stickers are by 7 Dots, it's wonderful being able to find something to say that fits all on a sticker!

Thank you for looking, and have a great week!