Phew is it really June. For most people that means kids out of school, summer plans, summer vacations. For makers like me, I am thinking about the fall holiday season. I know I know it’s still months away right, but my brain is going. I am thinking of all the wonderful tutorial videos I want to make and share with you guys for the holiday season. So on top of that brainstorming, I took a little holiday myself this month. I went to visit my sister in Texas and in doing so rediscovered my love of vintage treasure hunting! So expect to see some of that mixed in on my site now as well.
Now I know what you are really here for so let’s get to it! It’s the second Saturday in June, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the June prompt card and challenge. If you would like to follow along please be sure to click this link, and head on over to the page and join in the fun. You can easily download the prompt card there and post your own version of art. Join us as we strive to think outside the box each month and come up with new ways to love our favorite supplies.
Here were this month’s prompts:
So for this month I went to work in my Dylusions black journal and took on the challenge of shimmer sprays. I love collage and I was determined to use it with these water reactive sprays. It was a little bit of a challenge, but in the end, I loved the result. I also have noticed I am on a bit of a cat theme lately it seems. Nothing wrong with that though. We got to go with what we feel.
You can watch the process video on my Youtube channel: June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Prompt Challenge
Here are photos of the finished page:
So here are some tips and tricks I learned from doing this page:
1. You can use a white china marker to write over Dylusions sprays when they are dry and so far the spray has not absorbed the white!
2. If you want to collage over shimmer sprays, apply the collage medium to the back of the tissue off page, then gently place the tissue on the page. Use a brush on top of the tissue to gently dab it down. Do not apply the collage directly to the page or all your colors will run.
3. Remember Dylusions Sprays are water reactive so although they dry they will reactivate if wet. Keep that in mind if you are journaling, so you know how to work your we layers first.
4. Have fun! Keep pushing thru!
I look forward to seeing your work over in our facebook group!
Below you will find a list of all supplies used. Please note these are affiliate links which means I do receive a small percentage of purchases made. The proceeds go to help run the blog and my youtube channel so I can keep sharing my passion with my crafting family. Thank you.
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I am trying to get myself back into the swing of things after spending a wonderful extended weekend with my sister in Texas. I don’t have a blog post on it yet, but if you head over to my Youtube channel I do have a VLOG of the weekend and our treasure hunting. You can find the video here: Weekend in Texas
Today I have a final set of ATC’s to share with you. When I went to the back to back retreat in March I had made a set of Tim Holtz Fairy Wing Atc’s and a set of Dina Wakley Media ATC’s. This post will be a share on how I made the Dina Waklely Media ATCs and I finally remembered to take some in-process photos for you. I promise I’m going to work on that, but you know how it is you get started and fly thru and then your done before you know it.
So for this piece I used:
1. A piece of Canson Watercolor Paper 11″ x 15″
2. I prepped it with clear gesso.
3. I then applied scribble sticks both dry at first and then dipped in water.
4. I dried the page well.
5. I then added some of the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue with Distress Collage Medium (I know now the Dina Wakley Gel Medium works much better to make her tissue transparent.
6. Once I dried that all again, I did splatters with the Dina Wakley Media paint in “Ancient”
7. Again I let that all dry and then cut the paper up into 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.
I believe I made 18 out of one sheet of paper.
8. Next out came the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform, my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and several of the Dina Wakley Media Stamps.
9. I did one image per card and then went back with the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue quote sheets to add quotes to each card.
10. When the cards were all dry I made borders using a black multiball pen.
This is a great way to use your favorite designer or to batch make cards if you have an event coming up. Start with a large sheet and make a massive background. It looks completely different once you have it all cut up.
You can watch the full video here on my Youtube Channel: Dina Wakley Media ATC’s
Here are photos of the process:
I hope these mini treasures will inspire you to pull out some of your favorite stamp sets and get to creating. This is alway a great way to make batch mini presents or little thank you notes. If you an etsy shop owner wouldn’t one of these be fun to include for your customer as a treat! I can’t wait to see what you create, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see @sidestreetdesignllc.
Below is a full list of supplies used. (Note: these are affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of any sales made that help keep my blog and Youtube channel going)
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Hello, my crafting family,
It is so good to be back with you. I have been ill for about five weeks and just not in my studio at all. I am finally feeling like my old self again and so happy to be back journaling with you. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and are enjoying the spring weather. Today I am going to share some work I am doing in the new Dina Wakley Media White Journal. This is her new small journal released in 2019. I was able to start playing with this journal at a recent retreat I went to with Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley. I thought I would use this journal now to practice color use, composition and when I want to do a quick two-page spread. Working small just makes it fit better into our hectic schedules.
The best way to see how I made this page is to watch my Youtube video: Collage Tissue page in the Dina Wakley Media White Journal
I will try my best to give you a general idea of my process below:
First I printed some helpful sheets from the Ranger Ink website to catalog my Dina Wakley Media Paints (sheet for colors) and then I also printed the Dina Wakley Color Theory packet (theory packet).
For my composition, I decided I wanted to use triadic colors so I took out my Dina Wakley Media paints and Scribble Sticks in Peacock, Cheddar, and Eggplant. I also grabbed Mineral as I wanted a neutral. I used the mineral and eggplant to do a general wash on the back of the page. I then brought out my Ranger Ink Gelli plate and used that in combination with the Dina Wakley x’s and petals stencils to create patterns on the plates to add to my background. I used gel plate rollers and brushes to add color thru the stencils on the plate. I also used white Dina Wakley tags to lift off some of the paint thru the stencils so I could add other colors and then used the Gelli plate as a stamp for my journal.
Once I had the page fully dry from all the background layers I took out the collage tissue. I tore up some strips of the script collage tissue, and using the Dina Wakley Gel Medium I applied them to the page. I then took some of the blank tissue that comes in the packet and stamped images on it from the new Dina Wakley Media Soul Whisperings stamp set in black archival ink. Now before I applied my stamped images down I took out my cheddar scribble stick and wet the end of a brush and used that to splatter. Then I dried the page well and then added my focal images and quote.
To close out the page I drew a border around the pages with my Stabilo all pencil. I find I love adding borders now as a way to frame the page.
Here are the finished shots of the page.
So with four colors and some collage paper, I had a quick journal page. This was a very relaxing project and I am hooked on the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue Paper. It is such an easy way to add layers and texture and to get your hands messy! Now it’s your turn to break out some of your favorite colors and explore. Enjoy!
I also want to make sure I give a shout out to the wonderful Dina Wakley. Now if you don’t know who she is and you want to learn more about her I will post her link to her website just below. If you want to learn more about some of what I did in this video I was inspired by my retreat classes with her so be sure to check out when she is coming to your area and take a class with her. These wonderful teachers Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley earn their living by teaching and sharing their love of creating so definitely take a class from them and let’s keep supporting them!
Dina Wakley’s Website
Dyan Reaveley’s Website
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Today I have an easy card share for you. This card I made for my father for his birthday. I wanted to do something handmade with a cool vintage flair. I used Distress Oxide Spray, a Tim Holtz Paper Doll, letter stamps and an Artfoamie stamp for the background. Here’s how it went:
1. I used a piece of Canson watercolor paper to ensure it was heavy duty enough for the sprays
2. The background of the card was sprayed with Distress Oxide Sprays in Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, and Vintage photo.
3. I misted the background with my Distress Sprayer to get the oxides moving and then dried it with my heat tool.
4. Once the page was dried I took out my “Rustic” artfoamie stamp by Cat Kerr I sprayed the stamp with water then pressed it on the paper to lift
some of the Distress Oxide Spray. I found the less water I used the better it turned out, less runny. I stamped all across the front and back until I had a uniform pattern.
5. I then dried the whole piece again with my heat tool.
6. I picked out a large “doll” from The Tim Holtz Paper Doll line and I placed it using dimensional foam dots on the right side of the page.
7. I then used my set of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous “Worn Text” lettering, Tonic Stamp Platform and my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and I stamped Happy Birthday along the left side of the card.
That was all it took to create this unique handmade masculine birthday card.
You can see the whole process video on my youtube channel: How to make a Tim Holtz masculine paper doll birthday card
Here are photos of the finished piece:
I hope this card will give you some ideas of how you can use your Tim Holtz Paper Doll ephemera in new ways. I know for me I easily use the lady dolls but am never quite sure what to do with the men ones. This would also be a great way to make a Father’s Day card an use one of the older gentlemen in the package. Happy Making
Below is my affiliate list of the supplies I used for this project. Affiliate means if you make a purchase through these links I receive a small share of the sale. This helps support my Youtube Channel and Blog so I can keep sharing my love of creating with you all. Thank you.
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I am so excited to share this week’s post with you. This week I am sharing some ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) I made for the Back to Back 2019 Retreat I went to.
If you don’t know what ATC’s are, They are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards that artists make to share with each other. Sometimes there is a theme, but for this retreat it could be anything. I had just received a package of the fabulous Tim Holtz Idea-ology Transparent Wings and knew right away I wanted to make some fairy themed cards. I tend to hoard my Tim Holtz paper dolls, I just love vintage photos. Artist Trading Cards are such a handy way to use up some of the smaller “dolls” that come in the package. Now I had a lot of steps in this project so the best way to see them all will be to watch my video. I will break down a little below what I did so you get the general idea.
I started with a large 11″ x 15″ piece of heavy weight watercolor paper. I then used my Tim Holtz Matte Collage Medium to glue on some pieces of happy mail scrapbook paper bits to add some dimension and texture to the background. Here I made a mistake though, I knew I wanted to use the Distress Spray Stains but not having used them before I forgot that they need a porous surface. You will see in the video that as I added water the sprays just washed off my page. They did stick to some areas that hadn’t gotten the medium on them but overall it wasn’t my ideal result. I then improvised. I got out my Dylusions paints and did some splattering on the background in pink, blue, green and orange. The main thing to keep in mind when you are making a large background for a large stash of ATC’s is that what you see is not what you will get. Once the paper is all cut up you will have lots of unique backgrounds that end up looking really net compared to the “mess” the original page is.
The one large sheet of paper yielded eighteen (18) cards for me. What I did was I poured out my Paper dolls onto my desktop and just started grabbing a paper doll and a background and I did this for about an hour (not on video) until I felt I had matched up all the people I liked to an appropriate background. I then worked the cards one at a time. I would add the paper doll and then add some accents. I used washi tape on some, a stabilo all pencil on others to add some texture, I added stamping where needed for background. I also added the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Transparent Wings. All the cards I edged with a color of Distress Archival Ink and finished with a quote from the Tim Holtz Small Talk booklet.
You can see my full video on my youtube channel: Tim Holtz Paper Doll Transparent Wings ATCs
Below are photos of the finished cards:
I hope you are as excited as I was for these little fairy ATC’s. I think they were a great way to bring in some Spring to the season and use up some of those bits in my studio I’ve been holding on to.
Below you can find all the products I used thru my affiliate links with scrapbook.com, ranger.com, joggles.com, blitsy.com and blick art supplies. Be sure to grab your Tim Holtz Transparent Wings while you can. They are a hot item this season.
Hello, my crafting family,
I am finally back with you. Phew. This has been an awful season for those of us with allergies. My cold took me out for three weeks, one of which I spent a full week in bed. It feels so wonderful to be back and crafting with you. I am just in time for March’s Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Challenge. I had a lot of fun making the page for today’s share. I am finding that I think some of my favorite pages I do when journaling are ones that include photos of me that hold a memory. Perhaps it’s that closeness that makes them so special.
Well, without further ado here is the prompt card for March: Download your copy
You can see my process video over on Youtube: March 2019 Side Street Design Studio Challenge
This month I got to play with some of Tim Holtz’s new goodies. My super speedy shipment from scrapbook.com came just in time. I used his new collage paper, journal cards, and distress archival inks, along with some old staples like distress collage medium in vintage and matte finish.
Here are some photos of my finished journal page:
For those of you who don’t know what Side Street Design Studio is, it’s a group I created over on facebook where I release a prompt card each month, on the second Saturday and you can join in and post what you make from the prompts. Come join us.
Below is the complete list of supplies I used. Please note these links are affiliate links and any purchases you make, I receive a small commission from which allows me to keep running my Youtube channel and blog and sharing my love of art with you.