home – where the mess is!

home - where the mess is on metal

What fun!
I saw on Pinterest (a truly dangerous place!)a super cute project transferring photos with a gel medium on to metal. They used metal roofing flashing (mine is 5×8) which is soooooo inexpensive (aka cheap!) and comes with a built-in stand for your project! So, I rushed out and bought a few and that was that….they sat.

Today, I wanted to make something for a friend and really wanted to use a wood block but I didn’t have one in the right size. In my search, I came across my metal friends! Before you wonder what kind of friend I am, this is not the project that I’m making for her! I wanted to test how the various mediums would work on metal before I started on hers.
Like so many mixed media projects, it has a life of its own! I started in one direction (wish I had taken a picture because it was so far from the finished project!) and almost threw it away because it went way South at one point. But one thing I really like with mixed media is that point where it just seems to come together.

This is a mix of gesso, Mod Podge, acrylic paints, distress stains, various stamp inks and Faber Castell pens with techniques including stamping, stenciling, paper piecing and just plain ole finger painting!!
I hope you like it and that it encourages you to get creating!

Fear is the greatest obstacle to creativity ….
Be fearless!


thinking of you!

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This post doesn’t seem to want to be written! I walked away for a minute and all of the text was gone and all of the saved revisions also contained just the image. So, let’s start all over, shall we?
This card is another installment for Online Card Classes – Stenciled. I Finally used my Gelli Plate and how much fun was that! image If you are not familiar with the Gelli Plate, check out this link: http://www.gelliarts.com. I do want to issue a warning though….use it and you will be hooked! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

I used Americana acrylic paint in Snow White, Sea Breeze and Milk Chocolate with a dash of  Claudine Helmuth Studio paint in Purple Palette. I did one print with the Clockworks stencil from Tim Holtz and then did another layer with the Moroccan stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I was having so much fun! I’ll post a few of the other prints I made at the end of this post.

I cut down the mono print (sounds so impressive doesn’t it?) to 3 panels. I rounded the top corners – which was an error but hey, life goes on! I intended to round the top left corner and the bottom right but I picked up the right panel upside down!!  (Sigh)

I used the Memory Box Dancing Tulips die to cut the center panel. I mounted all 3 panels on foam tape to add to the dimension. I stamped the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You set) and added a few fun sequins.

This card was so much fun to make – I hope you like it and it inspires you to play!

If you’re interested, some of the other prints I made with my GP can be viewed here!

Later –
On now to SUPER BOWL fun!! GO BRONCOS! 😀