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BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium

 

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DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!

 

To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

 
 
Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings

ERIN

 

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Hello Beautiful Jewelry Station Featuring Lime Green Gelatos

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Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share an outside-of-the-box jewelry display solution that allows you to express your inner artist in a fun and functional way.  This jewelry station is a great place for all your go-to pieces - the ones I always end up leaving on my night table or the bathroom counter because I wear them so often.  I'm determined to clean up some of the clutter at home and this solution was fun to make!

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I started with a MDF initial, and added Gelatos® (highlighting the color of the week, Lime!), Texture Luxe, Gel Medium and Glass Bead Glitter Gel before finishing it off with a set of decorative knobs.  Green is my favorite color so I have really enjoyed this week's Gelatos color!

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I began by covering my MDF letter "A" with a couple base colors.  I mixed a bit of each of three colors - Metallic Icing, Acqua Dolce, and Passion Fruit - with Gel Medium, spread it over the piece, and allowed it to dry before adding some geometric stencils.  

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Next, I mixed Lime Green Gelatos with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you haven't tried tinting the gels or textural mediums in the Design· Memory· Craft® line, it's so easy!  Simply cut off a small bit of the Gelatos with your palette knife, add a dab of the medium you're using, and mix them together.  

It helps if you first crush the solid Gelatos - I just squash it with my palette knife before mixing!  It helps to more quickly dissolve and mix with the gel.  You can use palette paper for your mixing, or I just do it directly on my craft mat  and wipe it clean with a baby wipe between colors.  

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I added a hexagon theme using a stencil from the 101 stencil collection and hexagonal knobs.  I used both small and medium hexies in my piece, because while the "A" itself is large enough for this project, there actually aren't a lot of large spaces to work on with a letter cutout.  If you're using a plaque or a letter with more surface area, larger shapes would work well also!  

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The 301 stencil pack is filled with letters and numbers.  Many are pre-cut expressions, but that doesn't mean you're locked into saying only what the stencil reads!  I used the word "hello" from the multi-lingual greeting design and the word "beautiful" from a stencil that reads "that beautiful smile".  While I knew I wanted the shine from the silver Texture Luxe, I also wanted to begin slightly darker than the silver shine to help my words stand out as much as possible.  

I mixed a bit of Squid Ink Gelatos with the first layer of stenciling.  If you're wondering why I planned for more than one layer, I'll let you in on a little trick of mine!  It begins with a confession: I rarely manage to create perfectly stenciled shapes and letters over other textures.  When you have this kind of "oops", you can wipe it off and begin again in many cases, but what I have found is that it's also a fantastic base for building textures and raised lettering and shapes.  

By starting with a darker shade and allowing it to dry, you can re-set your stencil over the same letters and brush lightly with a lighter shade (in this case, un-tinted Silver Texture Luxe).  It draws attention away from a messy first try and allows you to smooth out any textures you're not satisfied with.  Two layers also really makes the letters stand out!  With a soft color like silver, you have to rely on more texture if you don't want the letters to blend into the background.  

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Once the stencils have dried, you can add additional color to get the look you want.  In my case, I wanted a little more green.  I applied Lime Green Gelatos directly to the board in a few select places, and blended it to soften the color.  This way it coordinates with the hexies, but doesn't compete or draw the eye away.

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After the entire piece has dried, there's just one step left - to add the knobs that turns your art into a jewelry display station!  I drilled four holes along the diagonal of the "A" (the placement of knobs on each letter will vary!  Play with the layout for yourself to determine how many knobs you want, and their ideal placement).  To the topmost knob, I also added a hanger to the backside of the piece.  

Finally, I finished the raw wood edge with a bit of green by applying Lime Green Gelatos directly the the edges and blending it to smooth the finish.  

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If you discover that the screws that are included with your knobs are a little too long for your slim MDF, you can either make a quick trip to your hardware store for shorter screws, or you can increase the number of pieces your knobs cam hold by adding something to the front side between the MDF and the knob.  I added 11mm large hole crystal beads to my piece (partly because I make a lot of jewelry and I didn't have to leave the house by opting for this solution.  Hey, I like to work with what I have!)

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The end result is a unique jewelry display that's a reflection of you!  This size is small enough to fit in most spaces, and it accommodates several pieces on each knob.  

I hope you enjoyed exploring this fun and functional art piece with me today, and I'll see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian
 

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Stitched Heart Necklace with Red Cherry Gelatos

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share another fun-sized mixed media project.  You may have noticed that I have a passion for jewelry and wearable art. It's a great way to bring your pieces with you as a fantastic accessory and express yourself everywhere you go!

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Today I'm using a rustic iron pendant base, and the Gelatos® color of the week, Red Cherry, alongside some of my favorite Design· Memory· Craft® products to create this stitched heart necklace.

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You all know that mixed media extends beyond the page to a wide variety of materials, and this pendant uses Whipped Spackle to turn a jewelry-quality, lead-free iron pendant into a tiny canvas.  

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With this vibrant color of the week, a hopeful heart seemed like the perfect mixed media project!  Because the iron is naturally dark, I mixed Red Cherry Gelatos with Whipped Spackle to create an opaque red base. To start, simply cut off some of the Gelatos stick (I used about 1/4") with your palette knife, crush it, and mix it well with an acorn-sized dab of Whipped Spackle.

Use the palette knife to spread a generous layer of the Red Cherry Whipped Spackle over the top of the pendant - I went for a mostly-smooth, semi-even coat of Whipped Spackle (you can see it in the photo below).  I waited about 5 minutes and then used a small rubber stamp to add my initial to the pendant.  You could stamp an entire word into it if you wish (like love, hope, art, heart - whatever inspires you).  Clean any holes in the pendant that may have gotten Whipped Spackle (you can use a toothpick for this step), and then set the pendant aside and allow the Whipped Spackle to dry before continuing.  

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When the Whipped Spackle is dry, there will be some naturally textured areas around the edges of the pendant, near the holes, and near the stamped area.  I brushed a light coat of Silver Texture Luxe™ over a few areas to add shine and to break up the solid red.  

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I continued to add complementary colors in very small areas by applying Gelatos directly to the pendant.  I used a hint of Iced Currant and Mango ®®with the Cherry Red.

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Finally - jewelry and wearable art should be sealed!  Gelatos are water-based and easy to blend, which is a fantastic quality when you're at your art table!  But to be sure your favorite sweater or blouse doesn't end up with a little delicious color where it doesn't belong, add a generous coat of glaze over the whole piece to seal the Gelatos colors.  

Be sure to once again clear any holes of remaining glaze, and set the piece aside to dry fully before continuing.  

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When your pendant base is dry, add wire "stitching" through the center holes.  Attach a pair of 10mm or larger jump rings to the top of the pendant, and string a necklace chain through the rings.  I prefer a 20" chain to rest at a low neckline, but you can adjust your chain length shorter or even longer to suit your personal style!  

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The final piece is a tiny but bold statement necklace that is sure to be noticed - especially when paired with a solid top.  Your art will get plenty of attention around your neck, which is always a great way to introduce yourself as an artist at events or parties!   Thanks for joining me to check out today's mixed media jewelry and I'll see you all again soon!

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Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Red Cherry, Iced Currant, Mango

Whipped Spackle

Texture Luxe: Silver

Glaze

Palette Knife

Blending Wedge (or your favorite brush)

Rustic Iron Pendant Base

1/8 inch "A" Rubber Stamp

20 Gauge Silver Plated Copper Wire

2 - 10mm Jump Rings

20" 2mm Cable Chain

Wire Cutters

Chain Nose Pliers


Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color of the week is Red Cherry.  I chose a project with an Autumn theme which works perfectly with this bright, fun color.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

I started by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. Next, I applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background. I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would become intense.

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Next I added a layer of Glaze. I love how glossy the glaze makes the paper! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet.  It's a really neat technique.  I ended up covering it but I at least wanted to show you another fun way to use the Glaze.
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For the leaves, I used my die-cut machine to cut a leaf shape out of black cardstock .  You can also draw the leaf and cut it out of cardstock if you don't have a die-cut machine. Next, I  mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture while retaining it's metallic shine.  After they were mixed, I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it. The gold  really bumped up the metallic look and darkened it as well. I used a pencil to etch some vein lines before the mixture dried.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
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The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I used a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After it dried, I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Stamper's Big Brush Pen into the recessed areas.
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Next I used a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalk Board Paint . Once it was  dry, I wrote the word Autumn on  it with the Stamper's Big Brush pen in white. I applied some Walnut Brown ink around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
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After everything was dry,  I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeupThis project made me really look forward to the upcoming fall season.

Enjoy,

 

Erin

Supplies:

  • 5" x 7" Canvas Panel
  • Gelatos®: Red Cherry, Blood Orange, Gold Champagne, Iced Coffee
  • Glaze
  • Gel Medium
  • Chalk Board Paint
  • Texture Luxe: Gold, Copper
  • Stamper's Big Brush: Walnut Brown #177
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Sheet Music
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Black Cardstock
  • Pallet Knife
  • String and thread
  • Beads
  • Bookplate
  • Stamper's Big Brush Pen White

 

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Rain Grows Flowers - Art Journal Page

Hello colorful creative souls! I am very much looking forward to a 3 day weekend of playtime in my studio. But before the weekend begins, I'm here to share a very quick art journal spread that celebrates our first 4 featured Gelatos® in the 52 Weeks of Color campaign: Lemon, Snow Cone, Margarita Mix, and Guava!

 

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This art journal page started off very neat and clean, but took a quick turn when some emotions got the best of me and I covered a lot of my pages with black Chalkboard Paint. I'm so thankful that art is a part of my life so I can use it as a stress reliever! So anyways, I started with a base of Gelatos® Snow Cone and Margarita Mix that I blended with a wet paintbrush...

 

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Next, I added some pattern with the Doodle Stencil Collection and Snow Cone Gelatos, followed by the Scandinavian Stencil Collection with Lemon Gelatos.

 

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And that's when my giant fan brush met my Chalkboard Paint and they decided to make friends with my art journal :) Once the Chalkboard Paint dried I used my fingers to add some Texture Luxe™ Pearl.

 

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I revisited this page a couple days later, when I was in a much better mood :) and decided to brighten it back up with some flowers. I outlined the flowers with Gesso and a brush. Once the Gesso dried I blended the petals with Guava Gelatos, the centers with Lemon Gelatos, and outlined with Snow Cone Gelatos. I also added some very loose details with my Paper Crafter Crayons™.

 

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Raise your words, not your voice.

It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

    - Rumi

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos Lemon, Snow Cone, Guava, Margarita Mix

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Red/Yellow

Chalkboard Paint

Texture Luxe Pearl

Black Brush Pen

Gesso

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Cement Texture Paste

Doodle Stencil Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

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Art Journal Tutorial

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Hi fellow mixed media enthusiasts, Mou here today with an art journal tutorial for you using Gelatos® Snow Cone & Texture Luxe™ Gold! The soft blue of the Gelatos®  Snow Cone along with the rich gold of the Texture Luxe™  turned out to be a great color combination. Let me show you how I created my art journal page.

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Stencil Layering Techniques with Snow Cone

How much are you loving the new 52 Weeks of Color featuring Gelatos®?! I'm very excited that my first project with this campaign is all about the color Snow Cone! It just so happens that many years ago a single lone Gelatos® made its way into my life... and it was Snow Cone :) It's safe to say my life was changed after that!

 

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I always love combining my Snow Cones Gelatos® with bold pink colors like Passion Fruit. This art journal page features a lot of cool stencil layering techniques, and I share all these tips and tricks in the process video! It's fun to layer the same color (Snow Cone) on top of itself to get different tones and shading. The Passion Fruit mixed with Snow Cone also sometimes gave me a purple shade, but other times that bright pink color. It really is fun to Mix and Match and see what gorgeous outcome you get!

 

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The photo above shows the results of my favorite stencil layering technique. I laid down the flower pattern from Doodle Stencil Collection first, then the polka dots from Stencil 101 Collection on top. When the Texture Luxe™ Pearl is layered on top I'm left with the polka dot pattern only showing on the flower petals, which is just what I wanted! I also mixed Snow Cone Gelatos® with the Pearl Texture Luxe™ to get the ice-like color above.

 

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I finished off the page with the sentiment 'dream' from Stencils 301 Collection and a thick layer of Texture Luxe™ Copper.

 

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Be sure to watch the video for oodles of stencil techniques and layering your Snow Cone Gelatos®! Thanks so much for joining me today and thanks for watching!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gel Medium

Gesso

Gelatos® - Snow Cone, Passion Fruit

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Light Blue, Cobalt Blue

Texture Luxe™ Paste Pearl

Texture Luxe™ Paste Copper

Stencil 101 Collection

Stencil 102 Collection

Stencil 301 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

Chalkboard Paint

Gelatos® Mist Maker Tool Kit

 

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Daydreaming in Snowcone

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Hi All. Tiare here with my first August post.  I've been mixing up my Design Memory Crafts products and simply having a ball with color.  This week I've been playing with Gelatos® Color Snowcone, the color of the week and mixing it up with a few fun items. Here's what I did.

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First, I created a colorful background using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: Light Green 171, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167 and Chromium Green Opaque 174 and a little bit of water. I used the Mixed Media Stencil 101 on top, along with Gelatos® Color Snowcone and Kiwi to create a cute pattern. 

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Next, I sketched in my "Daydreamer."

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Next, I made gorgeous shimmering hair by mixing Gelatos® Colors Snowcone with Texture Luxe™ Pearl and spread it using a palette knife. I was sure to NOT smooth it out so that the natural textures remained. 

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Lastly, I added a bit of color to the lips and eyelids using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and  Kiwi.  I added details with a Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib. It activated quickly. Next, I created shading with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft paintbrush, found in the Gelatos Brights 15 Ct . set. I finished by rubbing the Gelatos® Color Snowcone over the hair.  The raised parts picked up the color and added visual interest. 

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Me HatTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features a weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com

 


Faber Castell and Clear Scraps - Vacation Clipboard

Hello all, this is Rachel Kleinman joining in on some  Clear Scraps fun! I really enjoyed this project, especially because it challenged me to look at my Design Memory Craft™ products in a different way... after all I was creating on CLEAR ACRYLIC, not paper like usual! So here is my mini photo clipboard that is a nod to my recent visit to Myrtle Beach.

 

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I started with the Clear Scraps Vintage Mini Clipboard and colored both sides with india ink from the Stamper's Big Brush Pens in May Green and Cobalt Blue. Once the ink from the pens dried, it was on the acrylic board permanently! 

 Next I used the diamond stencil from Design Memory Craft™ Stencil 102 Collection with Silver Texture Luxe™ paste. 

 

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Next I decorated the Clear Scraps Vacation Word Title. First I gesso'd the chipboard, then colored it with Gelatos® Passion Fruit, Butter Cream, and Watermelon. To add a huge pop of sparkle, I also coated the chipboard with Glass Bead Glitter Gel, then a very thick layer of Ice Texture™ Gems

 

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Next I mixed Lemon Gelatos® with Whipped Spackle and layered a very thick coat of it along the bottom of the clipboard. I used this as a glue to add in the vacation chipboard and several shells we found at Myrtle Beach. Once the Whipped Spackle was dry everything stayed perfectly in place!

 

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Thanks for joining me today! Have fun creating in a new way with your Clear Scraps and Faber Castell Design Memory Craft™ products!

SUPPLIES:

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - May Green, Cobalt Blue

Texture Luxe Silver

Stencil 102 Collection

Gesso

Gelatos® - Passion Fruit, Buttercream, Watermelon, Lemon

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Ice

Whipped Spackle

 

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