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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Using Your Glue Gun to Create Stencils!

Hello and happy day everyone!  Today we are starting a New Challenge over at the Sisterhood for Snarky Stampers, and Edna Says: "T" is for Technique! Now, if you are a regular visitor to my little blog space you know that I LOVE to try and share new and wonderful ways to use what you already have on hand in different, and sometimes unusual ways.
... and that is what I am going to share with you today - So raise your hand if you have one (or six?) hot glue guns hidden away in a drawer collecting dust.  I Do! I Do!
But I pulled them out at Christmas and discovered, totally by accident, that the hot glue on my craft mat, once dried, peels off easily and perfectly intact - and my creative brain exploded with ideas!  "Why can't I make my own stencils with hot glue?  But I CAN!"

Now I am not the first person to discover this and if you search YouTube you will find many, many videos of people sharing this technique, but for a few minutes it felt good to think that it was ME that discovered this wonderful way to make me some background stencils using stuff I already have!
So in a whole bunch of photos to follow I am sharing my process, a few of the backgrounds I created and of course a few cards I made using those backgrounds... Enjoy!!
Use a craft mat and a hot glue gun, that's pretty much it!  I sectioned off an area with masking tape to create a 6x8 inch stencil space, but it really was not necessary... I free handed the first few; circles are totally easy and for me, so are hearts... just make sure everything is attached.
Here is the circle stencil after it had cooled and some backgrounds I created using it with my sprays.  Usually I do not use my sprays with stencils because I am never happy with the results, but because the glue stencil is so heavy it worked beautifully with my sprays, very little seeped underneath, like it usually does.  I was quite pleased with how these backgrounds turned out.
Then I decided to get fancy and instead of winging it I drew a pattern on my craft mat with a marker. (Note: Do NOT use your alcohol ink markers if you want to remove the pattern from your craft mat after you are done.) 
It worked beautifully and I used this stencil to create a background in my art journal.  I love the lumpy, bumpy, imperfect-ness of this pattern.

I think I had the most fun with the two heart stencils I made, a vertical and a horizontal, and using all my red, pink, fuchsia and gold sprays...

I am not sure which I like better, the backgrounds I created or the inky paper towels that are left behind - SWOON!
So, if you are not hung up on perfect images, there really is really no limit to what you can create with your glue gun.   I think I will try to make some word stencils my next go around.  And now here are the cards I created using these backgrounds.

Suzi Blu - Mademoiselle
You might think that the colors are too vibrant and the patterns too loud, but actually those same colors and patterns enhance the images I painted and cut out and mounted on these card bases... Note:  All images used are Unity Stamps created by Suzi Blu.

Suzi Blu - Serenity Angel
Suzi Blu - Chickadee and Me

Suzi Blu - Spring Flower Chic

Suzi Blu - Gypsy Warrior
Suzi Blu - Party Love
Suzi Blu - Serenity Angel

Suzi Blu - You Are Loved
So that's it for today... quite enough for one read I think.  I hope you enjoyed this New-To-Me Technique and that it inspires you to pull out that old glue gun and give it a try.  And if it does, why not link up your New Technique-inspired project to our "T" is for Technique Challenge... you have until Friday, January 26th and we always choose a Queen of Snark and her Princesses.

As always, thank you for popping in to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing. 

Lynne Mizera, 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Mixed Media Tag for the BEST-est Friend EVER!

Hello Peeps and welcome to my first post in 2018 and a brand new Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations, where it is always Anything Goes except a card and you use a stencil, ANY stencil.  Here is my creation for this month... you can probably tell that I LOVE Valentines Day... Smile.

I created this tag for a dear friend and I am still swooning over the results.  Who knew you could get gritty texture AND a glossy, shimmery metallic background on the same bit of paper?

It is so yummy that it makes me drool!!

I will give you a tiny peek at how I created this bit of loveliness, but you really must come back for my tutorial this month to see more. (Oh My... it's just like a movie preview!)
The grit comes from using Snowflake Paste through a stencil.

It dries surprisingly quickly with a wonderful, ice-like glitter - hence the "Snowflake" handle.

I used my Pebeo glass paints to create the shimmery, metallic background. (Who says you can only use glass paints on glass?)

The hardest part of the entire making was having to WAIT for the paints to swirl and merge as they dried. I  have learned from experience that if you don't want to end up with an icky mess you really cannot hurry this process... Walk Away, Lynne, Walk AWAY! (grin)
And I finally created a project worthy of inking up my brand new STAMPlorations stamp - It's All About You, (the only red rubber stamp in the store).  And here it is one more time:
And for those of you that need to know, here are all the products I used...
So I hope this little project of mine inspires you to go play with your stencils mixed media style, and if it does please do link up your projects to this month's Mixed Media Challenge.  You have until the last day of the month and there are prizes!!  Go HERE for all the details....

As always thank you for popping by to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!
Lynne Mizera
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

STAMPlorations Products Used:
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Hearts All Over-Mini
It's All About You

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: "N" Is For Naughty Christmas

Hello and Happy CHRISTMAS everyone!! I love that I am ending this year of snarky, card-making fun as  a Sister in the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers with the (now) traditional Naughty Christmas Challenge... and isn't it just fitting that this is also our 100th challenge!  
And here is my creation using the JJ Christmas Box digital stamp from Bugaboo Digi Stamps - where they just happen to be having a 50% off EVERYTHING sale until December 31st (just Sayin').  
This was a pretty easy to make card since all I did was print off the image, color it in using my Copic markers and cut and mount it on a card base... and of course I added a wee bit of glitter with my gold gel pens... I think she kind of looks like me! (grin)

This challenge is open for an entire month so the design team can spend the holiday eating and drinking well into the new year... so you have until Friday, January 19th to link up your Naughty Christmas creation, and please do consider joining us because we love seeing your creative, snarky brains in action.  Also, don't forget to pop on over to the Sisterhood to see what Naughty creations the team has made for us as we ring out 2017!
Thanks for popping in today to see what I am up to and wishing you and yours a WONDERFUL
Christmas and holiday season.

Lynne Mizera
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers


Friday, December 22, 2017

Out of Christmas Wrap? Then Let's MAKE SOME! A Tutorial by Lynne Mizera

Hello Everyone!  Today I am here to share my last STAMPlorations tutorial for 2017.  And we are Down to the Wire with Christmas Eve just around the corner, which is always when I run out of wrapping paper!! So I want to share with you how I quickly turned some brown parcel paper into my own personalized Christmas wrapping paper using my stencils with acrylic craft paint and a foam brayer.
It only took me about 45 minutes to make one 4-foot piece and three 3-foot pieces of customized paper and it was enough to wrap all of these gifts, so let's get started...
Now before I get into it, here are a few things I have learned along the way... 
1.  If you don't like your pattern you are  NOT finished yet... just keep layering.
2.  Gold fixes EVERYTHING!!
3.  Clean the sponge brayer between EVERY color application.
4.  You only your pattern to run down the centre of the paper, the edges are usually cut off so don't waste time and paint going right to the edge.
Now, for my first attempt, I tried sponging on red spray dye ink over top of this Holiday Words stencil, but it was too much work and I did not really like the look - there had to be an easier way...  and there was, the foam insert for my brayer!!
My brayer came with three rollers, a hard plastic solid one, a softer roller that I  use for ink and this sponge roller which I had never used before now... and now I know it is for pushing paint through a stencil evenly and QUICKLY... (who knew??)  While it too me almost 15 minutes to sponge this 4-foot piece of paper, it only took me five minutes to add this coat of white paint over top of the red ink with my sponge brayer!
And the coverage was so smooth and even.  Now you can make yourself crazy trying to brayer each image perfectly and even, but Why?? Because this is wrapping paper so the overall effect is what  really matters, not the individual details... and remember this will probably be going into the garbage after the gift is opened.

This piece was still not quite bright enough for me and I wanted those words to really pop, so I brayered a strip of white paint down the centre and re-did that stencil in a dark red over top so the words popped right off the paper, and then I cleaned off all that red paint in my sponge by running it all over the top and bottom of the paper to make it a bit more red...
Now this is the look I was going for... and you will notice that nothing is perfect or lined up and the images are not even straight and it still looks GREAT!  this piece of wrapping paper took me about 30 minutes to complete, but now that I knew what I was doing the next three pieces took only about 15 minutes.
Using the sponge roller was exactly like using a paint roller on your walls, just smaller.  I used a piece of wax paper for my paint pallet and made sure the sponge brayer was loaded with enough paint to get good coverage but not so much that it squished out everywhere.
I also discovered that gold paint does not make a good bottom layer, it just doesn't show up enough against the brown paper, but it makes a magnificent top coat.
And just look at how lovely this piece is after I used my gold ink spray and dripped all over those dark green holly leaves.

And in the light it shimmers just like those expensive foil papers.  Now this next piece I went in a slightly different direction, applying different colors of paint through the Christmas Trees stencils...
Until I brayered over top the entire piece with my gold craft paint... SWOON!!
This picture really does not do it justice... the gold paint softened the colors of the trees and pulled them into one cohesive piece and totally shines in the lights under the tree!
And finally this final piece, done in under 5 minutes, using only one of the Christmas Tree stencils, gold on the bottom and a light green on the top in an evenly repetitive pattern. Lovely isn't it?
Here are the papers under a light so you can see the wonderful metallic shimmer achieved using gold craft paint as an accent...
And here are the seven gifts I wrapped using all those papers I made... each have one piece of that awesome wire ribbon that makes my bows look like a professional tied them and one of the gift tags I created in my last post... aren't they just STUNNING!  (the gifts, not the tags...grin)

So that's it for my Tutorial this month and this year!!  Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2018... And looking forward to sharing even more of my creativity with you next year!
Lynne Mizera
For the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
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STAMPlorations products used on the project:

Christmas Trees stencil

Holly Background stencil

Holiday Words stencil

Other Products Used:
Plaid Pure Gold Acrylic Craft Paint
FolkArt Acrylic Color - Shamrock
Americana Snow White Craft Paint
American Decor Chalky Finish "New Life" (green)
American Decor Chalky Finish "Rouge" (red)