April 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

April 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

It’s the second Saturday in April, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the April 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:

Now this month was really a challenge for me. The coins I picked out really narrowed the field with only being allowed to use two colors, but I made it work. Just because the prompt says two colors doesn’t mean you can’t use various tones of that color. Also black and white are neutrals so you can add those as accents. This type of prompt was also a great way to start digging into that magazine collage stash I have been hoarding for just the right day. That was one of my goals this year by setting up these monthly prompts. I wanted to help mix old with new and destash some of my goodies.

To get the full scoop you can watch my video over on youtube: April 2019 SSDS Monthly prompt challenge

Here are photos of the finished journal page. Loved the color combo!

I really loved this page in the end. I had so much fun in my large Dylusions journal. I combined Tim Holtz Collage Tissue with Dylusions Paint, some Tim Holtz Stamps and a magazine rose. A really fun and easy journal page. You can find a full list of all the supplies I used below in case you’d like to add some to your stash or just to see if you have some of the items I used. (Please note: these are affiliate links which means any purchases made thru them I receive a small percentage of and that helps me to keep running this blog and my Youtube channel, and sharing my love of art with you)

If you are reading this on a mobile phone and  can’t see the supply list, you can use this link: Link to list of supplies

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Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Hello,

As I write this post for you guys today I am beyond excited. I will be this coming weekend checking off a major bucket list item. I have wanted for a long time now to take a class with Dina Wakley and/or Dyan Reaveley. Well, I am attending a retreat called Back to Back 2019 and it is three full days of classes from both those wonderful ladies. I won’t be filming any of it out of respect to these fabulous teachers but I will do my best to get some photos over the days, and I may do a flip thru of whatever I make over on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned for my review and photos here and my Youtube channel for the flip thru.

Now onto today’s share. I recently had an opportunity to do some swap mail with a lovely lady from one of my ATC swap groups I’m in on Facebook. I noticed she had posted some skull type art before so I thought this would be a great opportunity to break out my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Day of the Dead 2 stamp set. I also have not tried embossing a background on an ATC in a while so I also wanted to use my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Webs and Damask stamp set. I know it has a bit of a Halloween feel, but I thought it would be a great chance to dust these guys off.

To make the cards I:
1. Took a piece of Mixed Media paper and used my Gel Print Plate to create a background
2. On my 12 x 14″ plate (smaller size is fine) I mixed some Dina Wakley paint in Sedona and Medieval with my roller then pulled my print.
3. Once I had my print I cut out two pieces of ATC size cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
4. Next, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Versamark Embossing Pad, and the Tim Holtz Damask Stamp.
5. Using the stamp platform I stamped the damask pattern with Versamark onto my ATC backgrounds. (A side note here. I did not use the magnets on the platform because I wanted a full pattern across the whole background I used some washi tape, under the card to hold it to the platform. The magnets would have been
in the way of the pattern)
6. I then used Black Sparkle Embossing powder over the ATC’s and a heat gun to create the raised damask background
7. Once that was set I used my Black Soot Distress Archival Ink and blending tool to go around the edges of the paper and darken them.
8. On another piece of Mixed Media paper using my stamp platform and Distress Black Soot Archival Ink, I stamped a few of the Tim Holtz Day of the Dead
stamps I wanted to use and fussy cut them out.
9. I applied the trimmed images to my ATC backgrounds using double-sided tape.
10. I then took out a few of my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in parts of the images.
11. I finished each ATC (Artist Trading Card) off with a quote from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk line.

Sometimes when doing ATC’s less is more. I either tend to start with a large sheet do a big collage background and then break it into many cards for batching, or if you are looking for a set it is better to use less. A set of paint, one or two stamps and some coloring in and you can have your ATC’s done in half an hour. There are so many ways you can make ATC’s and I love them because of the size restriction. It really makes you think before you play, and I love the outcome each time.

If you’d like to see my process here is the video on my Youtube Channel: Tim Holtz Day of the Dead 2 ATC’s

Here are photos of the finished cards:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope these cards will inspire you to break out and dust off some of those seasonal stamps you may save up and find new ways to use them throughout the year. I tried to enclose some of the materials used in my step by step above, for a full list you can see the thumbnails below. (Please note these are affiliate links, so any purchase made I receive a small percentage of, and that helps fund this site and my Youtube channel). Enjoy and Happy Crafting. See you next week!


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Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Hello,

With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.

For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”

You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!


Here are the supplies used to make these cards:


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February 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

February 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

Hello!

Welcome to my second monthly inspiration art journal challenge. Just a quick recap for those who are new, I started a facebook group where each month on the second Saturday of the month I release as a set of prompts to be used to inspire you to create. You can then post your finished piece in the group. It is a great way to keep creating and thinking outside the box.

If you are interested in joining in on the monthly fun here is the link to the facebook group: Facebook Group

Here is a link to the prompt card if you would like to participate: Prompt Card Download

Here is a link to my Youtube Video so you can see how I made my piece for this month: February 2019 Monthly Challenge 

Now, remember this is all for fun. There are no strict rules. For example, if you don’t have a Dylusions journal you can still do this challenge use what you have. I just have a Dylusions journal listed to help keep me using the journals I already have. Now you can use all five main prompts, you can swap some out for the alternatives or use all seven. You can even only use one or two. This is just to get those creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to see what you make and how you interpret the prompts. I look forward to seeing you over in the facebook group.

Here are some photos of my finished piece:
If you love the girl image I used, it’s one of my new cabinet card digital downloads. You can purchase yours in my Etsy shop to use in your creations: Cabinet Card Girls

 

This page I struggled with to start with but loved it in the end. I find myself fluctuating between vintage soft and then bright colors. Some days I want a pop of color and some days I want something softer. I hope this page will inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you make!


You can find all the supplies I used below:

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January 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

January 2019 Monthly Inspiration Challenge Art Journal Page

Hello!

I am so excited to share this page with you today. This is the first page from my new Side Street Design Studio Group where each month I release a set of prompts to create a piece of art. I started this group as a way to share art with others and see what they do. It will also help me to keep using many of my art supplies that might otherwise collect dust. Also, a monthly challenge is just good for those creative juices. It gets us out of our comfort zone, combining things we may not have combined before and making a big fabulous mess.

If you are interested in joining in on the monthly fun here is the link to the facebook group: Facebook Group

Here is a link to the prompt card if you would like to participate:  Prompt Card to Download

Here is a link to my Youtube Video so you can see how I made my piece: January 2019 Monthly Challenge

This challenge was a great way for me to break the ice and start back to work in my journals after the holiday break. I tried to stick to mainly Dina Wakley Ranger Ink supplies for this challenge as I knew they would all flow together nicely.

Even though the first prompt was to work on a canvas I tried to think outside my box, originally I was going to use an actual canvas but then I remembered the canvas fabric in my Large Dina Wakley Media journal and everything flowed from there.

Here are some photos of my finished piece:

I really loved how the colors turned out and I only used scribble sticks or the Dina Wakley media paints in matching colors. By limiting my supplies it really freed me up to create a very soothing and inspirational piece.

I hope you will join me next month for February’s challenge, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You can find all the supplies I used below::

 

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Easy Vintage Bead Tree Garland using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Easy Vintage Bead Tree Garland using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Hi Folks,
I am back with another project inspired by Tim Holtz’s Christmas 2018 tips/hacks. This project was inspired by his use of alcohol inks to hand dye beads to look like vintage bulbs. This got those gears churning. When I first got into crafting I was into jewelry making so I knew I had a stash of pearl beads with holes. In his video, he talks about the ones without holes to use in your maker projects, but I wanted to use up what I had. I decided I wanted some vintage goodies for my tree this year so I set about to make a vintage-inspired pearl tree garland, that was hand dyed. I absolutely love how this turned out, and my strand was only 4ft 6 inches when done. I plan to throughout the year collect more beads so I can make a huge one to wrap my tree next year!

Note: it is best to do this project when you can open windows and have good ventilation as the alcohol inks are strong smelling.

Here is what you need:
1. A pack of mini cups, one per color, or any smaller container (I got mine on Amazon)
2. Alcohol inks in your favorite colors. Mine were Raspberry, Lemonade, Pool, Citrus and Mountain Rose
3. Mushroom Alcohol Ink to add the vintage element.
4. Gloves to protect your skin while you work.
5. Plastic pearl beads (whatever size, shape you would like)
6. Paper towels or an old towel
7. Pearl string- this will be strong and hold the beads longer as a garland as they are heavy.
(I’d recommend getting the string when you get the pearls so you can compare the hole size to string thickness)

Here is what you do:
1. Take out one of your containers, put in a few beads (depending on size), you want them to move easily, add say 3 drops of your first alcohol ink and see if that is bright enough, add more as needed.
2. Next, add 1 to 2 drops of mushroom alcohol ink to the container and swirl again, add more as needed to age the beads to your liking.
3. Pour the beads out on your towel to dry.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each color until you have all the beads you want
5. Get out the pearl string and start stringing your beads.
6. When the pearl bead garland is the length you want, tie off the end. I recommend using a found object like a bell on the end
to secure the beads in place.

You can watch my process video on my Youtube Channel here: Alcohol Ink Vintage Tree Garland

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Here are some close-ups and photos of my finished garland:

It’s time to break out those beads and get to crafting. You can change this up in so many ways. Maybe include some found charms, holiday charms every so often or add in some clear crystal style beads to get extra shimmer. The possibilities are endless! Have fun and remember to ventilate well.

Below is the list of supplies I used in this project:


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