Clique Kits July 2018 Main Kit

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Here is the first of a series of layouts to come using my Clique Kits July Main Kit: Regatta.

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I started with a sketch I had of a dragonfly, which I scanned in to my new toy the Brother Scan N Cut 2 machine. I then created a repeating design in the machine, which I cut from 12 x 12 white cardstock and then layered on some mixed media. To create a variegated blue splatter design I started with some Tim Holtz distress oxide ink from the shop, followed by some ink sprays in different shades of bright blue.  When I was happy with my dragonflies, I bent the wings up a bit to give them some dimension when adhered only down the mid section.

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The rest of the layout came together really quickly with one piece of Kesi Art patterned paper, one card cut from the Carta Bella cut apart paper, and one rubber piece  and several chipboard pieces (Freckled Fawn) from the kit.

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And there you have a very fast and easy mixed media layout! I hope you enjoyed this layout and stay tuned for lots more to come using the Regatta kits and more!

-xGia

DIY Watercolor Embellishments with The Ink Road Stamps

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Hi guys. Today I am sharing another traveler’s notebook spread using my Clique Kits Riga Traveler’s Notebook and Main kits and a little bit of my process using a new stamp set from The Ink Road to create some watercolored embellishments. I actually did this because I had mixed some watercolors to use on a scrapbooking layout which I shared here and had leftover paint, which of course must never go to waste.

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I started with a blank sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Some people ask what the difference is between cold press and hot press watercolor paper and it has to do with the process of how it is made, and the outcome in terms of the texture or “tooth” of the paper. Cold press watercolor paper is the most commonly used and has a bumpy texture. This paper tolerates lots of water as is needed for doing washes. Hot press, on the other hand, is a nice, plump, thick absorbent paper that is smooth and therefore is very practical for drawing or stamping in combination with watercolor paint, mists, inks, or other wet media.  133755_x

So there you have it-if you enjoy using mixed media on your layouts or in your journals, I highly recommend keeping some hot press watercolor paper in your stash. My favorite is Fluid: an economical brand that is not as expensive as a brand like Arches but for my purpose is high quality enough. It also comes in square as well as rectangular shaped pads! So you can buy 12 x 12 for layout backgrounds, and you can also buy 8×8 which you can turn into traveler’s notebook pages, and even 6×6 pads.

Another important pearl of wisdom for combining stamping with watercoloring is that you have to remember to use permanent, waterproof ink such as Ranger Archival ink. If you use regular water base dye ink your stamped design will certainly smear when you add any water media.

Once I added fun color to my stamped phrases and designs I fussy cut them with a small scissors. I also used a scrap of the painted black stripe paper that I had used in the previous layout, again waste not want not.

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Finally, I wanted to use a couple of houseplant embellishments from my Riga kits because they were gold foiled and added a little pizzaz to an otherwise very simple layout.

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Thanks for stopping by today I hope you will come back soon or better yet follow me.

-xGia

 

 

 

 

 

 

#The 100 Day Project

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Step 1: Choose an action and commit to doing it every day for 100 days.

I am choosing creative play with mixed media/collage as my action. I will be working on 4 x 4 index cards but in some cases may adhere other surfaces to them if needed to support my media. 

Step 2: Share your projects on social media with the hashtag #the100dayproject and your own unique hashtag.

My hashtag will be “Gia’s Creative Play”  #giascreativeplay

Step 3: Don’t focus on quality- be as free as possible to experiment and learn. Watch the projects pile up!

I plan to blog a recap for every 10 days of the project! Therefore there will be 10 posts (I don’t want to make it boring- the posting part) Here is my first installation. Notice there are not 10 cards done- well actually there are but I am only sharing some of my favorites. 

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Dragonfly collage: gesso, acrylic paints (Pebeo), white Posco pen, black sharpie, gold and patterned cardstock from Pretty Little Studio. Mandala wood block fabric stamp
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Pineapple collage: Stickers from Amy Tangerine , pattern making stamps from Ashley Goldberg, acrylic paints (Pebeo), stencils (honeycomb and round sequin waste)
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Textural Pineapple: Glass bead gel medium, gesso, watercolor wash, pineapple stencil, washi tape from American Crafts Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
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Honu Collage: Gesso, Shimmerz vibez mist sprays, patterned papers Crate Paper Oasis, texture paste, Mandala wood block fabric stamp, black sharpie
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Illustrated Girl: Cut from a piece of Kaisercraft cardstock, layered on top of colored vellum, background is acrylic paints (Pebeo) and  same old mandala stamp but used with gelli plate to create a monoprint instead of a stamp.
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Triangle Abstract collage: Triangles cut from a Hawaiian postcard, same background as the previous project.

 

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Hibiscus: Sparse acrylic paint spread without gesso and using a brayer. Hibiscus stenciled in acrylic paint and then embossing powder.

This project would not be possible if I did not commit to waking up 1 hour earlier each morning to dedicate the time. After only one week I already feel better in so many ways. There is no such thing as finding time to create, there is only making time to create. I am blessed to have supplies, space, and a supportive family. See you again soon!

-xGia

Happy Home Layout

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To create this look I used gelato water soluble pigment crayons with a waterbrush to get a watercolor wash effect. Then I used a fringe scissors on strips of paper from the Paige Evans Pick Me Up 6×6 patterned paper pad and stitched them down vertically. This layout was the perfect place for the mini weaving embellishment from the Clique Kits February release. If you would like to pick one up, use my code to save 10% GIA10

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I am really glad that I finally have a layout about one of my happy places in life- my comfy bed. Have you made any layouts about your home sweet home?

-XGia

Mixed Media Monday: Monochromatic

 

 

Happy Monday! Tonight I am heading to Salt Lake City for the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media show excited to scope out new products for Clique Kits. I thought it would be apropos to share a mixed media layout today!

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A quick and easy way to get appealing results from a composition is to use a monochromatic or analogous color palette. This layout combines yellow and green gelatos from the Clique Kits Mixed Media shop colored on and then stroked with a wet brush, together with some great stamps from Precious Remembrance layered on with Altenew Crisp black ink. I know that this stamp set is currently out of stock but is hopefully going to be back in stock along with other great stamps soon!

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I dripped some Prima watercolors in blue and green as an accent to tie in the “Fierce” design on my daughter’s shirt in the photo.

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Here is a listing of the rest of the supplies used on this layout!

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Precious Remembrance stamps seem to fly off the shelves as soon as we get them in, so please check the website often for new releases and make sure you follow Clique Kits and all of our associated blogs! Don’t forget the amazing Design Team!

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You can find more colors of upcycled embellishment grab bags pre-organized by color to make your scrapbooking layouts easier in my Etsy shop.

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See you soon!

-xxGia