Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Mixed Media Gnome

Mixed Media Gnome

     What can I say? I love this little gnome die from Simon Says Stamp and I'm not ready to put him away just yet, so here's another one with a Valentine balloon and a crumbly sugar background! (Not really sugar, but it looks pretty darn close!)
     This sugary background is actually based upon this weeks Wednesday Challenge theme "Use A Stencil!" And the secret behind that sugary background (besides that fantastic Tim Holtz Honeycomb Stencil) is a bit of grit paste mixed with alcohol ink and some extra fine holographic glitter. That's it! So simple. Spread the grit past though the stencil, drop some alcohol ink into it; continue to mix and spread. Top with some glitter and you're done! A heat gun helped it to mush it all together and flake it in some parts. Like how I threw in those highly technical terms! Lol!
     The balloon has to be my favorite part about this card and it's actually puffy! It's made with two pieces of paper and a filling of foam adhered with one of those Simon Says Stamp Action Wobbles! And wobble it does!!!!! The cute little "love" circle, I'm excited to say, is from the new Tim Holtz "Circle Words Christmas" dies!  I always love it when a set is so versatile that it can be used throughout the year! Dont you?!! Some glossy embossing powder and a tattered ribbon inside finished it off. Tattered ribbons always remind me of my friend Stacy Hutchinson at Tattered Nest Designs. If you ever want to see some awesomely tattered things she's definitely the Queen!

     And there you have it; a mixed media gnome inspired by my love for all things shiny, sparkly, and with "the feels" (texture!)
***The little Gnomes featured in this post will actually be placed into my Etsy shop. They have done so well locally that I wanted to be able to share them with all of you! The shop name is 216 Alchemy Lane and it will be a collection of handmade items from my son and I. Those of you who have met him, already know that he is quite an artist himself and definitely one we will all be watching out for in the future! We hope to add more things weekly and this mother/son team thank you so much for looking!
 Until next time....thank you for taking a peek at this little guy and I hope it simplifies the use of grit paste and alcohol inks and inspires you to share your art with the World as well.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Floral Gnome

     When Simon Says Stamp came out with these gnomes, I saw so many different possibilities! And while the "cuteness factor" in card making had never really played a part in my own personal designs; I found this one irresistible! This little gnome found its way into my heart and opened another door to the thought of incorporating other imagery like this into my own designs. He is also the star of my entry for The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  
      Tim Holtz  refers to "making" as a creative journey and surprises like this lead me to believe that you never really know where you are headed. 
     So while your enjoying the scenery on your own journey, don't forget to look up at the billboard that reads "Never say never"! Gnomes, who would have thought?!!! I love these little guys!
      And as you're quite aware, I also love florals. So when I saw the "floral" theme of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, I knew this little guy was going on a wood swing...
                            in the middle of a flower garden...
                                 in a far away land!  
       First, can I call attention to this gorgeous paper from Adorn it! Oh my goodness! Might be my favorite paper pack (“Wildflower”)!     Ok, back to the tutorial...
I used Alcohol Inks to create a wood swing with the Tim Holtz "Lumber 3D Embossing Folder." I like to call it "turning paper back into wood!" Its one of my favorite effects because it's so easy and it looks so amazingly real! Just look at that wood!      
     My choice of alcohol ink colors for wood are Teakwood, Ginger, and Sepia. 
I used flowers from Tim's Idea-ology, "Bouquets" pack and I also handmade a few with the "Tiny Tattered Florals" die set. This is an older set that involves a bit of "quilling" to form 3D flowers. Ahhhh.... don't fret! Die cut a bunch, sit on the couch, and roll away! It's so worth it! I promise!
     Of course I used the left over alcohol ink from another project to swipe up a bit of color to tint the petals of the flowers! (Nothing wasted, even in art!) This Gnome was part of the Simon Says Stamp December kit that also came with a huge set of stamps.    
     I found that if you turned the Christmas trees over, they make nice little stems for flowers! 

     You can guess how many times I'll be doing that in the future as well as how many times I'll be using this adorable little gnome! I really hope you enjoyed this one! It was so much fun to create! 

   So much thanks to Simon Says Stamp for creating yet another die that adds endless possibilities to my own designs, to your amazing Design Team for endless inspiration, and of course to Tim Holtz for countless tutorials and support for all of us "makers" on so many mixed media techniques for every level. Until next time...
                                 stay creative and 
                                      Never say never!

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