Monday, October 24, 2016

Mixed Media Skull

Hi everyone, Steph here today with a not so creepy skull.  It's mixed media month and Halloween is just around the corner.  I had this paper mache skull and knew it would make a fun project.

I stamped several colors of Colorbox® Color Pop Premium Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser ink on an acrylic block.  Using a paint brush, I picked up the inks along with a little water and proceeded to paint the skull.

I continued painting until the skull was completely covered.

Once painted, it was time to decorate.  Think of all the different elements you can add to make this skull personal.

Using the In Circle Me stamp, I inked it with Mystery Ink and randomly stamped it about the skull.  I purposely allowed some of the images to stamp incomplete because I was not looking for perfection.

Because of the skull's shape, no acrylic block was used.  I just push the stamps onto the skull.

I added 2 flowers in one of the eye sockets and added additional stamps around the skull.

I used the seeds from the What's Up Gnomey stamp set with Ice ink across the top and the small cloud from the Tumbleweed Houses stamp set with Kiss Ink.  And finally, I added gems, after all who doesn't love gems in any form?
Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by today.
Steph Ackerman
Susan K. Weckesser Design team

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fun Fall Card

I am Brooke Bock from the Susan K. Weckesser Design team and I am thrilled to join you here today.  I love Susan's Stamp designs because they are so whimsical.  I especially love this little Gnome from her What's Up Gnomey? stamp set.  He seemed just the perfect little character to peek in to this fall card.

Let's gather supplies:
Card Stock Scraps
Vintage Buttons
Glue Stick
Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Acrylic Block
Let's get started...
Cut and fold card.
Cut out leaves and ink edges.
Stamp gnome on card stock.

Layer and adhere leaves, gnome and background for gnome to the card.
Use glue gun to adhere buttons.

I think he makes the perfect little fall friend.  What do you think?

Brooke Bock Susan K. Weckesser Design Team 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mermaid Kisses

Greetings!  Joyce Shaulis here to share another mixed media project with you for our October theme.  I love to go to garage sales and find hidden treasures.  On one of my excursions, I found this cute wood boat oar.  It has been packed away until now when this inspiration struck!

Here is a photo of the original oar- it was a nice piece meant for decorative painting or crafting.  It is 24" long and 5 1/2" at the widest point.

First, I began by using Susan's new co-branded stamp, "Spirit of a Mermaid" and stamped the mermaid with Mystery mini POP ink onto white cardstock.

Then I painted both sides of the oar with gesso.  When it was dry, I used Decoart acrylic Bahama Blue to paint the sky and water.  I used the color Sand to paint a shore and extended it out to cover the whole handle of the oar. 


For the mermaid, I used markers to color her in.  Then I cut her out with scissors. 

Next, I painted the lower section of blue in Calypso Blue.  Using Bubblegum Pink and Cadmium Yellow, I blended in lines of color in the sky and also a little of the water area. I then adhered the mermaid to the oar with Decou-page.  Then I used a bubble rubber stamp with Snow mini POP ink to stamp onto the water and over the mermaids lower body.  Allow ink to dry. 

With a pencil, I wrote out lettering.  With a small brush and a small stylus I painted the letters in Electric Pink acrylic paint. 

To give a dimensional effect of a sandy beach, I took rice paper and glued it down with Decou-page over the sand painted area.  I rippled it in areas  to give the effects of  sand hills.  Then I stamped Cocoa mini POP ink onto a foam tray and took a small damp paintbrush to brush the ink over the rippled areas.  I also cut out some small fish and starfish from tissue paper to adhere with Decou-page in the water and on the shoreline. 

Next, I took a charcoal pencil and edged around the fish, starfish, mermaid, shore and water line.  I gently smudged the charcoal lines with a Q-tip.

With hot glue and glue gun, I glued small seashells and sea glass in several small groupings on the beachy sand area. 

To finish up, I edged the perimeter of the oar with Mystery mini POP ink, just swiping the edges with the ink pad.  I buffed the ink a bit with a paper towel. 

To finish up, I coated the whole piece with Decou-page and sprayed the piece with matte acrylic spray. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoyed finding another way to use this adorable mermaid stamp.  The possibilities are endless!!

Joyce Shaulis     Susan K. Weckesser Creative Design Team

Susan's Products used:
Spirit of a Mermaid
Mini POP inks: Cocoa, Snow, Mystery

Other Products used:
wood oar
Decoart paint, gesso, Decou-page, matte acrylic spray.  Paint colors:  bahama blue, bubblegum pink, cadmium yellow, electric pink, calypso blue, and sand.
rice paper
seashells and sea glass
fish and starfish from tissue paper design
hot glue and glue gun
charcoal pencil
rubber stamp with bubbles

Monday, October 17, 2016

Woodland Scene in a Tin!

As our theme for this month is mixed media I thought I'd do a bit of upcycling and make an assemblage piece. This little critter's den started out life as a sardine tin (I know, yuk - but the dog likes them!). I love autumn colours and foxy fit right in with this colour scheme.

Here's how I made it:

Paint the tin with gesso and then raw umber paint - you may need a couple of coats.

Make a leaf print background by brayering paint onto a leaf and pressing it onto cardstock.

Seal a dry leaf with varnish then give it a shimmer with Treasure Gold or other gilding wax.

Edge the background with brown ink.

Spray some cheesecloth with ink to dye it.

When dry adhere to the box with gel medium.

Colour and cut out the fox. Arrange the bits and bobs into the box securing with strong glue (I'd recommend a gel or silicone glue). The little foot is two draughts game pieces stuck together.

Hope you enjoyed my tut today. Bye for now!
Katy x

I used Susan's adorable Going Wild stamp set from Unity for this make.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Grunge Hearts Art Journal Page

Hi all

I have a new Journal page i created using DecoArt products and Susan K Weckesser Inc Stamps. I am still experimenting with textures and layering those textures up.

I wanted to show you haw to create layers using different stencils. So to start with i used a background stencil such as DecoArt  Pixleated and applied DecoArt White Modeling paste over the top which gives a lovely raised pattern when it dries. I then used the Doodle Stencil  and i applied white modeling paste to the number strip.

Next i used DecoArt Black Modeling paste with a Tim Holtz distress stencil and let it dry.

I stamped the In Circle Me  stamp down the center of the page and I then used a black marker pen to doodle on  some circles which i colored in using the Color Pop Mini Inks. I the used DecoArt Fluid Acrylic  Cobalt Teal Blue to pain over the background. I mixed it with water so it covered the pad easier. 

I then took the In Circle Me stamp and partially inked sections of the stamp before stamping it over the page.

I used the Grunge Fun Stamp set and stamped the stitching randomly around the page. 

I used Teal Metallic Lustre and rubbed it over the stenciling to bring out the detail and then i used the A Little Grunge Love and stamped the small arrow around the page and used the two hearts and stamped them onto smooth card. I inked around the edge of the stamp with Black Archival Ink and then colored them in with Color Pop Mini Inks.

I then used glue to stick the hearts down and once dry i added a mini stencil mask over the large ones and stamped the smaller ones with the Grunge Fun background stamp. I then took the little heart stamp and stamped it in between the larger hearts.

I used the Painted Sentiments stamps to add a couple of words 

Thank you for visiting

Friday, October 14, 2016

There is Always HOPE

October is Mixed Media month  here at { My Sweet Earth }..For this card, I used a piece of Susan's Live in Color paper as the background and her Doodle stencil to create the scallop design.. Colorbox Color Pop Premium Dye Inks in Ice and Kiss  were just swiped over the stencil that was  placed on top of the background paper. Tiny mushrooms from the Bunny Hugs were stamped, then punched out and placed in the scallops. A sentiment and flower from Journal Doodles With a Heart was stamped on cardstock then colored with a combination of Colorbox Color Pop inks in Kiss, Fresh and Ice and Clearsnap Smooch in Siren and Gold Lame'. I popped up the sentiment onto the background paper and also the stenciled background paper to the card base. A faux pearl was added to the flower center. 

These inks really lend themselves to a variety of techniques. I used the Colorbox Color Pop Dye inks in Kiss and Mystery directly on the stamps for the sentiment and flower.They can also be swiped   across an acrylic block and applied with a waterbrush, which is how I colored the flower and mushrooms.. And I also applied them directly to paper through a stencil.

I hope this card will encourage you to use your inks in "different" ways. The colors are so vibrant.And combined with some fabulous stamps by Susan K Weckesser, your projects will be absolutely amazing !!

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Home Where Our Story Begins

Hello friends. Larissa here with you today. I am using two different stamp sets from
Susan K Weckesser. 

First I used one of the little houses from 

Secondly I used the three mushrooms and leaves stamp from
What's Up Gnomey? 

I stamped the leaves over the entire card front with Stampin Up Slate Gray ink. I stamped some off first on a piece of scratch paper then onto the card front. 
I then stamped the mushrooms down at the bottom of the card using Stampin Up Real Red Ink. I stamped the house in the middle of the mushrooms using Colorbox® Color Pop Archival Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser in Mystery.
I colored the leaves using Prismacolor Pencil in True Green.
For the mushrooms and grass I used Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint. The house I used Distress Ink Weathered Wood. 

For the sentiment: I actually have seen this sentiment on a few signs in friends homes and I thought it would fit perfectly. So I wrote it across the card front. 

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Have a wonderful rest of your day friends.

Larissa Pittman