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Faber-Castell product review

2 Mar

Guest Blog Post by Design Team Member Venisa Gallegos

Comments in italics by Deb


Blue Twig Assignment for February

This month, I got several items from Deb to try out including a set of a new kind of cardboard stencils from Faber Castell and some dimensional paint also from Faber Castell.  The set of stencils are simply called Mixed Media Stencils and contains 10 different stencils at a very reasonable price.  There are several sets of stencils and Deb gave me Set 102 to play with.  The metallic paint is called Texture Luxe and comes in Copper, Silver, Gold, and Pearl.  It’s basically an opaque paint designed to work with Stencils and is Permanent.  I’ll say right off the bat I tested it on fabric and washed it and it didn’t wash out. Yay!!! (good to know!)




Figure 1 – Set of Stencils and dimensional paint from Faber Castell


First I’ll talk about the Stencils.  I read that some people first coat the cardboard stencils with a glaze to help them last longer.  I actually did this but after using several stencils I decided it wasn’t worth it because the paint actually did a good job of coating the stencils.  They are also very strong and I had no problem using them over and over again.  (Side note:  Deb actually told me that I didn’t need to coat them with glaze but I had to see for myself.  Guess I could have saved myself some time if I listened to Deb in the first place.)  (Ha Ha – you should always listen to me. At least that is what I always tell my husband. )

What I loved about the set of stencils was that you can get 10 really cool stencils for a very decent price.   So if you didn’t have any stencils and wanted to try them out this is a great investment. (Plus once they are all coated up with paint and paste and stuff, and not really usable as stencils anymore, you can cut them up and use those pieces in your art!)

I spent most of my time using the Texture paint.  It has a very buttery texture and was easy to apply.  I tested it on paper and fabric as you’ll see in the next figure.  On paper it came out very crisp but my first attempt on fabric I had some leakage under the stencil.    You see that my next attempt came out better but I still had some leakage.

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Figure 2 – Texture Luxe on Paper and Fabric

On my second attempt I tried to stitch around the petals of the leaves to see if I could make them stand out.

As you can see in Figure 3 the stitching didn’t quite show up that well.  This is the piece I test and you can see that the paint stayed on perfectly.   I decided that the dimensional paint would be good on T-Shirts but that I’d have to make sure I had a stencil that really stayed down on the fabric.  (You may want to try to adhere the stencil down with a temporary spray adhesive like 505.) 




Figure 3 – Second attempt at Texture Luxe on Fabric with a close up of some added stitching 


You’ll see in Figure 4 that when I used a very tight stencil I got a very crisp image with no leakage on fabric so I know it’s possible to do.



Figure 4 – Texture Luxe with Stencil



Figure 5 – Texture Luxe on Hand Dyed Duck Cloth

Finally, I decided to stencil the flowers on some hand dyed duck cloth that I had previously dyes.  I really love how the copper color popped on the fabric as shown in Figure 5.  I’m thinking of leaving this just as it is and either adding it to a collage piece of maybe even sewing it onto a canvas bag.  I will definitely look into using some of the pearl colored metallic paint and add my own color to the paint.  I can see that with this technique I can make some fun pieces to add to other types of art projects.  I also can see getting some more stencil sets because they have such a great variety.


Thanks for another great product review Venisa. I always love seeing what you do with the products. I love the Faber-Castell products, and the stencil sets and Texture Luxe are great! 


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Dylusions and Distress Sprays and texture

23 Dec

Guest blog post by Design Team member Venisa Gallegos

Comments in italics by Deb

I got some wonderful products to play with this month from Blue Twig Studio. Deb gave me two bottles of the Dylusions Ink Sprays and two bottles of the Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains. I’ve used the Dylusion Spray Inks before and absolutely love them so now I was given the opportunity to compare them to the Distress Spray Stains. They are both Ranger products so I wasn’t worried that they wouldn’t blend well with each other. In the past, I’ve sprayed the Dylusion Inks over stencils designs that I first created by spreading Light Molding Paste over the stencil. After it was dry I went to town spraying color after color on the design. I decided for this month, I’d do the same thing with the Dylusion and Distress Inks but use them across a variety of molding pastes. I also decided to add some white paint spray from DecoArt called Shimmer Mister.

I pulled out the different pastes I had collected including, Fine Pumice, Coarse Pumice, Natural Sand, Fiber and, of course, the light molding paste. Golden produces a variety pack of different pastes so you can try a lot of different types to see what you like. There are also a variety of pastes available from Liquitex. (I do have a number of different paste products from Golden and Liquitex , but they are available in-store only)  The colors of sprays I had to play with was Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape from Dylusions and Mermaid Lagoon and Lucky Clover in the Distress sprays. (there are lots of colors in both Dylusions and Distress sprays)

What did I learn? Well, I found that all the pastes did well with fine detail stencils except for the Coarse Pumice. I had the hardest time spreading the Coarse Pumice over the fine detail stencils but it did fine over the less detailed stencils. That said, I loved the result from the Coarse Pumice the best.

I used a variety of different stencils (you know we have a gazillion stencils to choose from) to first lay out the designs I wanted to spray. Remember to let them dry for at least 10-15 minutes or so. It doesn’t really take long in this dry Colorado environment. I happened to be at Deb’s store while I was creating the designs and she wanted to know how each ink dripped down after being sprayed. So, she grabbed the Dylusion Ink and I grabbed the Distress Inks and with a paste stencil design propped up we sprayed at the same time. The Delusions had a much more powerful spray and the ink dripped down the stenciled design nicely. The Distress sprays had a much more finely mist spay and the ink didn’t drip down all that much. Of course, you can spray the Distress inks multiple times and get more of a drip. On several of the stenciled designs, I first sprayed the white Shimmer Mist paint and then sprayed over this with the inks. I also sprayed first with the inks and then spritzed it with the DecoArt white paint. One key step to take if you don’t want the colors to fade in the sun, you need to cover the design with a Glaze. I used the Vintaj Glaze.  (there are numerous Glaze products you can use) The results are shown below.

fine pumice paste

fine pumice paste


fiber paste

fiber paste


coarse pumice

coarse pumice


natural sand paste

natural sand paste


molding paste

molding paste


As I’ve mentioned above, I love the texture I get with the Coarse Pumice and can see using this texture if I need to create an impression of rocks. (all the texture pastes are pretty cool though)

I think I’ll convert some of these into small Thank You cards. On the Natural Sand one, I cut up the design into segments and then glued them to some Black Paper Card Stock. Then, I attached several of the segments with jump rings and made Christmas ornaments. For the Fine Pumice design, I grabbed yet another stencil and traced out the design on the back and then cut out the pieces. I again glued this to Black Card Stock and cut out certain sections of the design and turned it into a Christmas ornament as well.




I think in the future I’ll probably just randomly cut up all the stenciled designs and create a mosaic. There are a lot of options with the inks but what I like the most in being able to blend the colors together. Have fun playing.



Thanks Venisa for another fun tutorial. I love all the textures you created. And of course, playing with color is the BEST part. 🙂

Venisa’s samples are at the shop if you want to see them in person. 


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Gelatos Tutorial

23 Oct

Guest Blog Post from Design Team Member Pat Mathes

Comments in italics by Deb


I am so excited to be a part of the Design Team at Blue Twig Studio.  That means I get to play with “STUFF”.



My first bag of goodies had a set of gelatos (Manhattan set) – Gold Champagne, Silver Ice, Iced Rose, Metallic Icing, a dot dauber and stippler brush.  My only experience before this with gelatos (we have lots of gelatos available in many colors at Blue Twig Studio – Deb) was to use them on stencils with a stencil brush.    So I had to do some research, and some playing and experimenting.


One of the other items in the bag was an Artist Pad.   This is a pad perfect for Artist Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels.  The awesome thing about this pad is that there is a sheet of tissue separating the pages so the pastels don’t smear.  It is a nice weight of paper.  I decided to try it using gelatos with a stencil brush.  It performed well – no buckling, even with the baby wipes – and kept its stability.




I also used this Artist Pad with pastel pencils on a different piece and it is a great paper!  I am able to keep the drawing in the pad until I am ready for it and it won’t smear.


Back to the gelatos.  There are numerous ways you can use gelatos – (1) directly on paper with stencils, (2) a reverse stencil where you put the gelato on the paper and use a baby wipe with the stencil to remove the gelato (the bottom left one above), (3) smear some on your craft mat, and using a water brush, mix it to add as paint [you can also water it down to a consistency to put in a mini mister and use as a spray], (4) put it directly on paper or fabric or canvas, and blend either with water or baby wipes, (5) do a smear of gelatos and blend along the top of a journal page, mist it and let it drip down the page creating a great background for a journal page.  These are just a few – it is really a versatile tool.


The first thing I did was blend the gold, silver and rose on a piece of watercolor paper.  I then used the poinsettia stencil and did a reverse stencil , removing the gelato with a baby wipe, and then painted with a red gelato (#3 above)  to give some color back to the poinsettias.  Nice overall effect.  The second sheet was basically blending the rose, silver and gold gelatos on black artgain paper, and doing a total reverse stencil.  Made a beautiful background piece. (I like the black paper)



I decided to do a mixed media Christmas canvas with the items given.  Besides the gelatos, I had a length of green cord, a package of Tim Holtz wreath adornments, and a poinsettia stencil.  So I got out a canvas – 6” square and 1 ½” deep.  I started with the gold, silver and rose gelatos and blended across the canvas.  I spritzed with water and used a glove to finger blend.  (I don’t usually like using daubers, I would rather use my fingers. I have more control and I can give it some dimension).


Then I did a reverse stencil, using a baby wipe to remove the gelato along the left side.  I then used a red to add some color back in, but not much.  So I had my background set.  I then decided  to make two poinsettias out of scrapbook Christmas paper.  I don’t use a die cutter, so found a picture of the die set to make the poinsettias and made a medium and small poinsettia – 4 layers of petals.  I trimmed with gold metallic gelly roll. When I placed it on the canvas – it needed something, so I had some red feathers and made a background embellishment with them, and then attached the poinsettias using a brad which I dipped in pink glitter.  I drilled a hole through the canvas to put the brad through so they didn’t need glued and could have a bit of mobility and looseness.  I printed a Happy Holiday greeting on tissue paper, and  used matte medium to place on the canvas.  I then highlighted the lettering with a red metallic ink pen.   I ran a walnut distress ink pad around the edge of the collaged piece to give it some character.  Once it dried, I used the Metallic Icing gelato and rubbed it over the collage, blending it with a spritz of water.



I took one of the Tim Holtz wreaths and colored it using green and red alcohol inks to give it some character.  I attached the green cord, tied on the wreath and added some small silver jingle bells for more “bling”.

Here is the finished piece.  As you can see in the second picture, I also did the same technique on the sides as I did on the front of the panel.


Thanks for a great tutorial Pat. It is fun to see how other people use the same products. I love how you added some feathers to the flowers.

Most of these products are available at Blue Twig Studio. ~Deb

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Easy Mixed Media Tutorial

12 Nov

Guest blog post by Deborah Pace – Design Team Member

comments in italics added by Deb at Blue Twig Studio


 Deborah created this beautiful mixed media piece, which is really easy to do. I hope it gives you some ideas for your own projects. 



Apply a thin coat of gesso to your surface.


Rub metallic gelatos and Aquarelle watercolor pencils onto watercolor paper (Deborah started with the Mixed Media Sampler). Blend with water using a paintbrush or your fingers.  Dry with a heat gun.


Apply metallic gelato over a stencil.


With another stencil, mist watercolor, remove stencil and let drip. Outline with watercolor pencils and Faber-Castell Pitt Pen.  Add additional colors and dry with a heat gun.

Mixed media project by Deborah Pace

Mixed media project by Deborah Pace

Embellish with the Prima Free Spirit paper flowers and the flair buttons.


Faber-Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler (yellow used here)

Gelatos (come in packs or singles)


Pitt Pens

Big Brush Pens

Prima Free Spirit embellishments (there are lots of other embellishments available to use)

Gesso (I have the FC gesso available on the website)

watercolor paper (I don’t have any listed on the website, although I have some in the shop)

heat gun



I adore how beautiful this looks. I know you can make something similar (perhaps making some holiday gifts?). Thanks so much to Deborah for sharing this project idea. 


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Tea lights and a Postcard

3 Nov

 Guest Blog Post by Lynnita Knoch – design team member

 Italics comments posted from Deb


My name is Lynnita Knoch, a member of Deb Prewitt’s Design Team for her shop, Blue Twig Studio.  I feel very honored that Deb chose me. (I am happy to have you here and I look forward to seeing what you create.)


For the month of November, I tested a few products and used them in two projects (a postcard and tealight holders) that will be displayed at Blue Twig Studio.  I started with quick, easy projects, so these could be done for the upcoming holidays – a handmade postcard you could send someone special or tealight holders for gifts or to decorate your home.


The products I’m specifically testing and reviewing this month are:

  1. Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint in brushed pewter  and victorian velvet (pink).  These are acrylic paints dabbers for multiple surfaces.
  2. Viva Croco Crackling Color in blackberry (purple color) Viva Croco comes in a wide selection of colors.

    Viva Croco Crackling Color

    Viva Croco Crackling Color

  3. a Mini Navaho, 6×6 Stencil by The Crafters Workshop.com, Designs by Jaime

    Navajo stencil

    Navajo stencil

A couple other products I used to help create the projects were:

  1. Dylusions Ink Spray in bubblegum pink

    Dylusions spray/Martha Stewart glass paint

    Dylusions spray/Martha Stewart glass paint

  2. Martha Stewart Crafts: Fine Glitter Translucent Glass Paint in antique silver (gold color) (Sorry, Blue Twig Studio doesn’t carry this product at this time.)

The postcard is Strathmore 140 lb 4″ x 6″ acid-free, cold-pressed watercolor paper. I coated the postcard with the brushed pewter distress paint, leaving a shiny gray surface.

Postcard with pewter paint

Postcard with pewter paint

I added the victorian velvet (pink) paint through the stencil, but it didn’t work as well as I hoped.

Adding paint through the stencil

Adding paint through the stencil

The paint bled under the stencil, leaving a fuzzy pattern. I ended up smearing the paint over the entire postcard, so the postcard has a mottled background of pewter and pink. (sometimes you have to just go with the flow when you are creating)

Layers of pewter and pink paints

Layers of pewter and pink paints

I decided to try the glittery translucent paint that I have in antique silver with the stencil.

Glittery paint through stencil

Glittery paint through stencil

Some of the stencil pattern isn’t well-defined, but I like the texture and color it adds to the matte effect of the distress paints. I like bright colors, so I sprayed Dylusions Ink Spray in bubblegum pink through the stencil over one corner of the postcard.

Dylusions sprays through the stencil

Dylusions sprays through the stencil

To see how the cracking colour works on paper,  I added it to just a few of the stenciled areas for more interest, texture, and value.

Crackling color added

Crackling color added

After the crackling colour dried for 24 hours, I zentangled the word JOY using black Sakura micron pens in sizes 0.01, 0.03, and 0.05. (I love the micron pens and I have many sizes in the shop.)

Added JOY with microns

Added JOY with microns

For further embellishment, I added a large opalescent sequin and a pink fabric flower over it the “O”. (You could use almost anything to embellish your postcard – buttons, flowers, gears, sequins, charms, etc.)

Postcard front

Postcard front


The back of the postcard looked naked being bare of any paint or designs. I painted the back of the postcard with the distress paint dabbers, again creating a mottled pewter and victorian velvet (pink) background.   I added these quotes about JOY to the back once the paint was dry.

Postcard back

Postcard back

  • “Choose JOY” – Sara Frankl
  • “JOY, being happy, is a choice that you make every day.” – Dawn Camp
  • “I will take Joy in the God of my salvation.” – Habakkuk 3:18

I addressed it to myself for Deb to mail to me when she is done with the sample.


Second Project: Tealight Holders

I also made tealight holders with the crackling color. I started with a pair of 2″ square glass holders.

2" glass tealight holders

2″ glass tealight holders

Initially I painted them with the Martha Stewart Translucent Glittery Glass Paint in antique silver, which actually was more gold in color.

layer of glitter paint

layer of glitter paint

After that dried, I painted them with the blackberry crackling color.

adding croco color

adding croco color

It needed to cure for 24 hours, although the crackle started to appear after a few hours. (sometimes it is really hard to wait for stuff to dry)

after the croco has dried for 24 hrs

after the croco has dried for 24 hrs

The tealight holders would look fine this way, but I decided to embellish them with a ribbon (you know there is lots of ribbon at Blue Twig Studio), a couple of leaf-shaped sequins, and a circular gold crystal, which I hot-glued to the tealight holders. They look beautiful with the tealights glowing through the crackling color.

Golden glow of candlelight through the crackling colors

Golden glow of candlelight through the crackling colors



These tealight holders will make nice, inexpensive gifts for the upcoming holidays or can be used to decorate your home. I love the soft, golden glow showing the crackling effect.


Notes about the products:

Tim Holtz’s sponge dabbers were easy to use the first time I opened them. The paint rolled smoothly over the surface of a watercolor paper postcard.  However, there were a couple days between using the Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint dabbers on the front of the postcard and the back of the postcard. I had no problems with the victorian velvet color, but the brushed pewter dabber would not allow paint to flow onto the dabber sponge. I found the ball for mixing the metallic paint was stuck in the opening where the paint flows. However, even after removing it, I still could not get paint to flow onto the dabber sponge. I ended up using removing the dabber sponge cap and dipping a paint brush into the bottle of paint and knocking it over in the process. Thankfully, I was able to save most of the paint. The bottles do say to store them upside-down, which I did. I would advise if the dabber will not work, to pour a couple drops of paint into a palette and close the bottle.  (Do NOT work with an open bottle of paint! lol!)

The directions for the crackling colour say to use a thicker layer to get the best crackling effect, with 1-4 mm being the optimum range of thickness.  The crackling on the postcard and the glass tealight holders came out best where I layered the colour closer to 1mm than the 4mm of thickness. The thicker layers on the glass did not crackle as well. On the other hand, too thin a layer does not crackle at all  – this happened on one place on the postcard, where I got the layer too thin. (Like most things, it probably takes a little practice to get it just right)


Other thoughts:

I had never used the Viva Croco Crackling Colour before, although I have used Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint previously. The victorian velvet and brushing pewter created a challenge, as these are not colors I normally use. But I had fun creating the postcard. I plan to create more postcards to send to family for the upcoming holidays. I love the tealight holders, but  I enjoy lighting candles especially when we have guests. I will be making more sets of these to give to my daughter and daughters-in-law for Christmas.


I hope you enjoyed the review and projects. Try these products, if you haven’t already. Experiment and have fun!


Keep creating!!



 Thanks so much to Lynnita for this blog post. I hope you can use these ideas to create your own projects. 


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Tim Holtz Distress Paints

Viva Croco Colors

Navajo Stencil

All Stencils

Dylusions Sprays

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Stencil Play #2

24 Nov

Finally finished another stencil play video for your enjoyment. (Thanks Eric!)



I enjoy using stencils and typically grab one for just about every project I do. They are so versatile to use, with all kinds of ways to make your art more interesting.

This video shows how to use gesso and modeling creme to add texture. Then you add fun colors with Inka Gold. Of course you know you can use any kind of coloring techniques to add color, but the Inka Gold is particularly fun!

Now go get some stencils and start playing!


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Stencil Play

15 Nov

I confess that I filmed some You-Tube videos many months ago, and then they sat languishing waiting for editing. Then we realized that the microphone hadn’t been working so all my voice instructions weren’t there. We added music and it works, so we have several videos with only music and no voice. I will remember to check the microphone in the future. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the video. It is really all about the fun and being able to just play! I hope you are taking time to play too!


I’d love it if you subscribed to my You-tube channel. 🙂

Of course I hope you can visit the shop and pick up some supplies to have your own stencil play fun time. Or visit the website to order on-line.

Links to supplies used:

Inka Gold

Dylusions Sprays




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Dylusions Ink Sprays

23 Sep

Dylusions ink sprays are so yummy and luscious to use. The colors are fabulously saturated, and they mix well with each other too.  I belong to a journal group and we had a recent play date where we really did just play with the sprays. We used a watercolor paper and also a heavier weight drawing paper. Both worked really well.

We started by mixing various colors together to see what would happen. Blues & greens. Reds & yellows. Black & blue. Brown & orange & pink. Green & blue & turquoise. And on and on and on.  Just playing with the color mixing was fun. Splashing with water drops. Using a paper towel to blend the colors.


Then we added using stencils and water. Just lay a stencil down on top of the colors you already sprayed and then spray water through the stencil and blot it with a paper towel. The water activates the ink sprays and lifts it creating a wonderful effect. You can also use baby wipes with a similar effect.

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We also used the stencils and other ink colors to spray on top.  The black was a popular color to use. When you spray on top of the other Dylusions colors you get a nice bleed effect. This was a word stencil and I loved how it turned out. Fun fun fun!


And what about using drips. I love drips. Now I have a stack of vibrant colored papers that can be used as backgrounds for art journaling. These could also be cut up into shapes and added to other mixed media art. Or maybe used as ATC or postcard bases. Lots of ideas. What could you do with these papers?




Have you played with the Dylusions Ink Sprays? They are so wonderful to use. You do have to be aware that they are water activated, so if you add any wet medium on top, you will change what you started with. Of course, I like that. The surprise of what might happen if I add something else makes it interesting and exciting.

Blue Twig Studio carries the Dylusions Inks Sprays and lots of stencils too. You can buy the Dylusions Ink Sprays here and the stencils here. What kind of art will you create with these lovely colors?


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How To Make ATCs, Cards, Journal pages in one afternoon

14 Oct

We have a guest blogger here today sharing a demo with us. Many thanks to Linda Logan for helping out.

Mixed Media ATCs to Art Journal pages
By Linda Logan

Medium texture Canvas Pad – 3 sheets
#120 Bristol Plate Paper – 2 sheets
Rubber stamp(s)
Black StazOn Stamp Pad
Bubble Stencil
Tim Holz tissue tape
TapeSwell, Butterflies
Radiant Rain – Sunburst & Ocean Wave
Twinkling H2Os: various colors
Gold Gelato
Various Embellishments
Favorite adhesive

materials used

I work full-time and sometimes have a hard time fitting art into my schedule.  When I do get some dedicated time to create and get all the supplies together, I like to get the most out of the limited time. This demo will show you how to create ATCs and then expand on that design to create cards and move on to art journal pages.

Easy background.  Take the 3 sheets of canvas and spray with Radiant Rains Sunburst.  I Love the Radiant Rains and have been using them like crazy since I purchased my first colors. Instead of buying the expensive “spraying boxes,” I just use the cardboard bottom of a case of sodas.  Next use the Bubble stencil and spray with Radiant Rains Ocean Waves.





For my purposes: I cut one sheet into 4 (for cards), 1 sheet in half (for Art Journal pages) and the last sheet I cut 3 ATCs (2 1/2 “ x 3 1/2 “) and one 8” x 8” piece for another Art Journal page.

cut canvas pieces

I used the Gold gelato on the edge of the cut pieces and then I added stitching in black thread to the cut background pieces.  For the cards, I sewed the piece right to the card which was made from the #120 Bristol Plate Paper.

decorated edge

sewn edges

Next, stamp the main image on dictionary or atlas pages.  I shop the thrift stores to find old dictionaries and atlas books. You can also purchase collage packs.
Assemble ATCs:
Apply tissue tape to the left side of the ATC and cut the stamped image to fit the ATC.  Assemble the components for the ATCs.  Cut out Butterfly wings from TapeSwell tape.

stamp & images


ATC materials

Attach butterfly wings and stamped image to ATC.  Color stamped image with Twinkling H2Os and markers or pencils of choice.  Add saying or other embellishment of choice.


Assemble Cards:
Now that you have the backgrounds done and all the materials out it is easy to adapt the design to make cards.  Apply tissue tape to the left side of the cards.  Cut the stamped image and the butterfly wings out of the TapeSwell.  I stamped extra face images and used a PoP-Dot to raise the face on the stamped image.

card materials

Attach butterfly wings and stamped image to cards.  Color stamped image with Twinkling H2Os and markers or pencils of choice.  Add saying and other embellishments of choice.

finished card

Assemble Art Journal Pages:
Further expansion of the design process.  Basically the process is the same as for the cards, with more embellishments and additional stamped images.

journal pages

journal page

By doing all the backgrounds at once and using the same materials for all three projects, you can get the most out of your crafting time.  I did all of these in a little more than an afternoon of dedicated time.  Cheers and Happy Crafting!!!


15 Aug

Let me just say that if you are going to Textile Evolution, you may want to skip this post as I am going to go over how I made my ATCs for the Retreat. Just a heads up for those of you who would like it to be a surprise.

Just a quick little tutorial about my ATCs that I am taking to the Textile Evolution Retreat this week. We always have an ATC swap the first night. It is a great way to break the ice and get to know some of your fellow campers. And it is so inspirational to see the various techniques and ideas and colors that everyone uses. It’s a fun way to get those creative juices flowing to start the Retreat Adventure.


grungeboard base


The first thing I did was start with a base of Grungeboard. I love how this product is so very easy to use and extremely versatile. You can paint it, distress it, cut it, glue it, sew it, alter it, etc.  I painted mine white (both sides) and let it dry. I’m in Colorado where it is very dry, so this part doesn’t really take very long. I like the idea of Grungeboard for ATCs, as it is thick enough to be used alone (so I don’t need to add extra layers) and doesn’t need to have any kind of edging done (like stitching or tape). Perfect!


cutting the ATCs


Then I cut the Grungeboard to ATC size. The Grungeboard is 8″ x 5″, and ATCs are 2.5″ x 3.5″, so you get 4 ATCs on each sheet, plus some little extra bits to use for something else.


ATCs and extra bits


The extra bits are 1″ x 2.5″ so you can make a bunch of inchies from these pieces. Or you can cut out shapes or paint them and use them to add another dimension onto some other project or journal page you are working on. You know we don’t throw anything away, we try to find some other use for it.


using molding paste with stencils


Next I laid out some various stencils onto the ATC blanks and added some molding paste by spreading it with a popcicle stick. This is super easy to do and a great way to add texture and dimension to whatever you are working on.


molding paste added


I know it is white on white so it is hard to see at this point. But take my word for it, there is stenciling on the ATCs now. You can always add color to your molding paste before you spread it. I wanted to do it later.


spritzing done


Now I have just added some spritzing with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. I added several colors to the ATCs. It’s a fun way to get just a bit of splashing color on your backgrounds.


coloring some of the cards


Next I added a bit more color to the raised surfaces (where I used the molding paste and the stencils). I colored with both the Copic Markers and the Pitt Big Brush Pens. Both are easy to use for this process. I just lightly rubbed the color over the raised areas. You can see the texture starting to pop now.


using stamp pads to color


Next I used some different stamp pads in various colors to add another layer of color to some of the raised areas. I also used the stamp pads to ink the edges of all the ATCs so they are smudged. I also used more than one color on most of the cards to give it a more dimensional look.

starting to look good


Now I have some layers of color and the texture on all my cards. Now I will add some words to them.

stamping words


I used some letter stamps I have and added some random artsy words to each of the ATCs. I always like to use words whenever possible. Then of course I had to sign and date the back of each of the cards.


Beautiful ATCs to Trade


Here are the completed TEVO ATCs I made. I like them to be similar but different, so everyone can choose the one that truly speaks to them.

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