Vacation Mode with n*studio

Vacation mode with Nathalie Kalbach

Last month’s n*studio topic “Vacation Mode” got me thinking. It’s been a while since I have been on a vacation and there is none in sight either. So, I decided for myself that if you can’t go on vacation, shopping is the next best thing. And trust me, I am good at that 😉 I was at one of the big box stores the other day and couldn’t pass the paint and paper aisles without grabbing a few items. To make sure that they don’t end up in a drawer unused, I incorporated them in my new art journal page. …

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She wears her smile as a disguise – art journal page with Visible Image

She wears her smile as a disguise art journal page

Woohoo, I received a new package from Visible Image and just had to play with some of the new to me stamps. One of them was the she wears her smile as a disguise sentiment that just resonated with me. Those types of sayings allow me to get my creative thoughts flowing in a totally different way and usually I’m really surprised with the end result. Same here. That art journal page turned out very differently than I originally thought and I think it fits to that sentiment very well. First off, I created the background. This is actually a …

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Introducing my first online mixed media class: Eat, Sleep, Create

StampNation Eat Sleep Create

I’m incredibly excited to share my first online mixed media class with you: Eat, Sleep, Create. As you know I love working in my art journal and using similar techniques for card making as well. In this class you’ll learn quite a few great techniques and it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned art journaler or if you have never opened one but always wanted to try. I take you through every step and explain everything in an easy to follow way. At the end you’ll have an arsenal of techniques for getting the first layer onto the page, adding …

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What is Earl Lube Paste? Test a new medium with me.

What is Earl Lube Paste? Test a new medium with me.

My favorite art supply store had it’s semi-annual art supply sale last weekend and of course I was there. Besides more paints (can you ever have enough?!) I also grabbed a bottle of Earl Lube Paste. It was not the first time I saw it in the store, but this time I recognized the samples next to it. They said that it can be used as a clear gesso, for decoupage and acrylic pouring. Could that be true? After I talked to the owner a little I thought I just have to try it – and here we are. I …

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Catherine Pooler blog hop day 2 – squared foiling

Squared foiling with Catherine Pooler

It’s day two of the Catherine Pooler release blog hop. Have you seen all the amazing projects from day one yet? They are amazing! The second day doesn’t need to hide though 😉 My cards for today are a mix of elegance and grunge. I love working with stencils and the new one is awesome. That’s why I wanted to highlight the pattern. I decided to foil the pattern, so I spread the Transfer Gel through the stencil. The first one is covered entirely, the second one just a little bit, because I wanted to create a grungy foil look. …

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Catherine Pooler Blog Hop Day 1 – Coloring with the Gel Press

Coloring with the Gel Press and Catherine Pooler

Woohoo! Welcome to the new Catherine Pooler release. Are you excited? I know I am 🙂 For day one of the blog hop I prepared two cards with color, mess and sparkle. I’m a huge fan of the calligraphy word dies, so I wanted to give them special attention. Every focal point needs a little bit of decoration and coloring with the Gel Press is a great option. I created a step-by-step tutorial video for you, so you can see how the cards came together. I had quite a few leftover prints, so I decided to whip up one more …

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Creating bright ATCs with Distress Oxides and Visible Image

Creating bright ATCs with Distress Oxides and Visible Image

Hello and welcome to a new post for Visible Image. I was in the mood for something bright, something very bright 😉 Because I haven’t used my Distress Oxide in a while, I decided to create a few bright ATCs using them. I started with a 3 1/2 x 9 inch piece of water color paper and smeared the Oxides directly onto the paper. Then I spritzed water on top, let the inks move and mix and heat set it. Next up, I used the smooshing technique where I put the ink directly onto my craft mat, spritzed some water …

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This must be the place – A project for Nathalie Kalbach

This must be the place Nathalie Kalbach

Even small pieces of art can tell a big story. I love working on tags and playing with the smaller real estate. This one was the perfect size to create some dimension without it looking too busy. Do you want to hear the story of this tag? Then read till the end 😉 I started with a mono printed background. I used a 5×7 Gel Press and added several colors of PaperArtsy paint on top. The second layer uses the same technique, but in a slightly different way. This time I used one of the Petite Gel Press plates and …

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St. Patricks Day Center Piece with Deflecto

St. Patricks Center Piece with Deflecto

Are you up for something different? I know, usually I do “mess up” my Deflecto projects quite a bit, but this time I decided to go with a different direction. Sometimes you have to follow your arty heart and see where it takes you and mine lead me to a beautiful St. Patricks Day center piece with the Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizer. While I was thinking about a project for St. Patricks Day, I thought about all the possibilities that I have. Somewhere between mono printed clovers and little 3D printed gold coins I had the idea for a St. …

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Galaxy background for Visible Image Zodiac Stamp

Galaxy background for Visible Image Zodiac Stamp

I bet you have tried several ways of creating a galaxy sky background. I did too. With water colors, Ken Oliver Color Bursts and now I also tried it with Paper Artsy Infusions. And what to do with it? Yes! Using it for the new Visible Image Zodiac stamp sets. For today’s card, I used the Gemini one. Why? Well, I’m a Gemini 😀 To show you how easy it is to create a galaxy background with the Paper Artsy Infusions, here is a quick tutorial. I picked a mix of blue, purple and pink colors. The exact ones are …

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