I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.
1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.
That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments
Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:
I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays
I feel like it has been a while since I cracked open one of my art journals. I have been all swept up in DIY Halloween projects and it felt good to get back to my roots with the canvas journal page. This whole page was inspired by one item, a pair of whimsical glasses from the craft section at Hobby Lobby. I had bought a pack of these glasses for the Halloween season and I was looking at them and it just hit me. Wham!. If I can wear them how would they look in a journal page on a models face. Well, that sent me off on a new tangent and out came my pile of collage pictures. I had one just the right size and coloring for what I was picturing. With a little tweaking, it came out just the way I imagined.
Struggles: One struggle I had with this page was when I got to the original lips. I painted them purple but then the teeth looked all funky and I thought, oh man this page is sinking. I then in my brilliance thought oh maybe a baby wipe will take off the paint. Nope. Instead, it took off the magazine page. Again, spiraling downhill. Now I was in a panic. Then I thought to stop, breath and everything is fixable. I grabbed my stash of collage images, I cut out a new set of lips, glued those on and tried again. It covered most of the issue, and in the end, the page is for me and I was overall very pleased.
It just goes to show, when it starts going downhill, step back, take a breath and try to keep pushing thru. Everything is fixable. Even if it is cut into new bits to use in other pieces of art.
This page was created in my large Dina Wakley Media journal with Dylusions Paint and Dina Wakley acrylics.
You can see my battle with the page here: Purple Haired Spider-Girl
Here are photos of the page to get all the lovely details:
So this page was a battle there for a bit but in the end I love it and I’m thinking she needs a friend. Although Halloween will be here soon, I may continue my fun into November and do a companion page with a male model opposite her. Stay tuned!
Below are the supplies I used to create the page. The links go to my affiliate sites. If used and purchases are made I receive a small amount of the purchase which helps fund my love of art to keep this blog and my youtube channel going. Thank you for your support