Hi Everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend and that you're ready for another fun week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Our theme this week is Nautical/By The Sea. This is a very long post because I created my mixed media panel using die cuts that I already had on hand and altered them to create my scene. I had a vision in my head of what I was going to create but I didn't have any stamps or die cuts to make it happen and that's when I got the idea to just look at what I had and see what I could do to create what I was envisioning. Sometimes you have to use what you have in your stash and for me this is an exciting challenge.......sometimes. I admit sometimes it's frustrating, but this time I really had fun with the challenge. I hope you enjoy this step by step tutorial and that you can take away a little something to add to your mixed media bag of tricks.
I decided I wanted to have a sailboat in my scene but didn't have any stamps or dies that fit the vision I had in my head so I decided to use dies I already had on hand and altered them to create the pieces for my sailboat. I cut shapes from Spellbinders Matting Basics A and Classic Large Ovals out of plain copy paper. I will use these as pattern pieces for cutting out the final shapes from white chipboard.
I cut them, as shown above, to create the pieces I needed for my sailboat.
After cutting the pieces I arranged them in the shape of a sailboat. Everything looks good, so I will use these shapes as pattern pieces on white chipboard.
After cutting the pieces from white chipboard, I adhere them to Simon Says Stamp Vintage Paper using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and cut off the excess around the edges.
I brush the top of the shapes with Ranger Vintage Collage Medium for a vintage look.
Here you can see by putting all the pieces together how I created the sailboat for my project.
I needed some waves for my project but didn't have any wave die cuts so I had to create some. I used one of the shapes from the Sizzix Pediments die set.
I cut the shape out of white card stock and cut as shown above. The top pieces will become the pieces for my waves.
Here you can see how I adhered them together to create the waves.
I wanted them to have some texture, but something soft and bright white, so I went with Dina Wakley White Heavy Body Acrylic Paint and brushed it on like frosting. These will take a long time to completely dry.
I begin creating my background by cutting a 6"x 8" piece of white chipboard and cover it with gesso.
When the gesso is completely dry, I spray the panel liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer.
Immediately, I sprinkle on Paper Artsy Infusions A Bit Jaded onto my wet panel and watch the colors move around. This is magical to watch! Look at the beautiful colors begin to develop and the little walnut speckles in the Infusions powder adds so much depth.
I add more water to my panel and pick it up with my hands and move the panel around so the colors move and mix.
I add a bit of Paper Artsy Infusions Violet Storm to the edges and add more water to move all the colors together. I then set my panel aside to completely dry or if you are impatient (like I am sometimes), you can use a heat tool to dry the panel.
While my panel is drying, I begin creating my waves. I used Bazzill Gumball card stock and tore three pieces across for my waves.
I used the specks stamp from the Tim Holtz Cracks & Specks stamp set to create some depth and movement to the waves. I stamped Lawn Fawndamentals Yeti Pigment Ink in random areas.
Next I added My Favorite Things After Midnight ink.
For the final color, I added Simon Says Stamp High Dive dye ink.
I adhere the torn strips to my panel using Ranger Multi Matte Medium being careful to only add the glue to the bottom of the strip so I can form the tops of the strips into wave foam and tuck in the waves I made from the Tim Holtz Pediments die.
I cut the excess off the edges using my Tim Holtz Scissors and curl the top of the paper to form the wave foam. Here you can see why it was important to adhere only the bottom of the strips of card stock to the panel.
I paint the top of the curled card stock with Paper Artsy Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint to create wave foam.
To continue the stormy sky theme, I stamp on one of the images from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink.
I used Black Soot Distress Ink mixed with water and splattered it onto my panel with the Distress Splatter Brush.
I tuck the "waves" I created from the Tim Holtz Pediments die set underneath the curled card stock and adhere them with Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
As my panel dries, I continue working on my sailboat. I want to give it some interest and texture so I stencil on the Tim Holtz ZigZag stencil using Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with the Dina Wakley Palette Knife. After that completely dries, I ink the edges with Dandelion Archival Ink.
For the hull of the sailboat, I stamped on the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink.
I cut out some clouds from the Tim Holtz Mini Airplane & Cloud Movers & Shapers die set and ink the edges with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Ink to continue the stormy theme. I adhere those onto my panel and then add my sailboat. For my sentiments, I used Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers.
I was really pleased with the final outcome of my project and enjoyed seeing what I could do with die cuts I had on hand. I hope you were able to take away something from this tutorial to use on a future project and I hope you join us for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp amazing store. Enjoy!