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Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

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Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art so that I could stick it in our guest room. I love how it turned out and how it's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique!  Here's how I created it...

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image (Altenew: Peony Bouquet) onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Next I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in any areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

And then I activated the watercolor with water.
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While that dried I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava colored Gelatos®, a pallet knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
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I really love the irregularity and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

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Next, I stamped on some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and watercolored them in with a Kiwi Gelato®. I also used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #152 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment (Altenew: Label Love) that I had stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to it and slipped it into the fame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Friendship Card {with Snowcone Gelatos & Texture Luxe}

Here's a card I whipped up the other day using Snowcone Gelatos and Texture Luxe...

Friends Card - Erin Bassett

 

To create this card I got started by applying Pearl Texture Luxe over a Mixed Media Stencil

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After that dried I rubbed Snowcone Gelatos  over it and then spread it around with a water.
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I then took a baby wipe and wiped it off of the Texture Luxe since it acts as a resist.
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While that dried I applied some to a white paper flower as well and also spread it around with water.
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I mounted the card base onto a cardstock card (Stampin' Up: Not Quite Navy) and then stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts Live Life stamp set onto the same cardstock and then embossed it with Cotton Candy WOW embossing powder 

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Once everything was dry I just assembled it all together.

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Altered Cigar Box

Today I'm sharing how I transformed a boring old cigar box I found at Goodwill into a fun artsy box.

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Below are the steps I took to create this, but you can also check out this video I made on the process to see it in action:

 

I started off by covering the outside of the box with Gesso and allowing it to dry.

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Next, I lightly dry brushed on some blue-green acrylic paint over the lid and then covered it in Copper Texture Luxe.  (If you've followed my artwork you know I'm obsessed with the Copper one! It gives such a fun metalic texture to my projects!)
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I taped off the beveled edge of the lid and then placed one of my favorite stencils on top. I then covered it with Whipped Spackle using my spatula.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Before removing the stencil I picked up an alphabet stamp I had and stamped into the Whipped Spackle to give it a bit more texture.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

I seriously LOVE how that looks!
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I took out my acrylic paints and randomly painted in each of the fractured pieces from the stencil.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

I also gave the sides of the bottom of the box an underpainting with the same colors of paint and then used the same stencil and paints to create a pattern. After that dried I outlined each of the fractures with a black PITT Artist Pen and then added copper dots using the end of my paintbrush and the Copper Texture Luxe.

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While everything was drying I took my metal embellishment, which was originally silver, and covered it with...yep, you guessed it...more Copper Texture Luxe! After that dried I filled back in the lettering using a PITT Artist Pen and then went to work stringing beads onto the copper wire and then adhering all of the beadwork, metal piece, some feathers, and trim onto the lid of the box.

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This was so fun to make!
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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Using Asphalt Texture Paste in Mixed Media Projects

FaberCastell Asphalt

I had so much fun trying out the new Asphalt Texture Paste from Faber-Castell.  It's a nice course, heavy weight paste that is opaque and dries with a matte finish. Here's a video I whipped up showing me testing it out on various materials:

 


I love testing out new products on Project Life sized cards (3" x 4") since I can then use them in my albums or just punch a hole in them and put them on a ring to reference when I need ideas.  Here's the ways I tested the Asphalt Texture Paste:

I used it on a transparency with a stencil....

FaberCastell AsphaltOn wood veneer with Texture cards.... 
FaberCastell AsphaltOn textured cardstock using a pallet knife...
FaberCastell AsphaltOn canvas using a stencil and etching in a heart with a paper piercer...
FaberCastell Asphalt

On chipboard with a stencil and then stamping a lid into it to create rings...
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Go try it out on your projects, it's fun!!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell  to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating A Mixed Media Card Using The ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Have you played with the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder yet?  I love it!!!
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

 

Here's a video tutorial on how I created this card:

Supplies:

 

I used the Universal Pen Holder to draw out the heart with a Distress Marker on watercolor paper and then used a wet brush to pull the color out of the heart and fill it in. I also added some splatter by watering down some other colors of Distress Ink and flinging it onto my page with a fan brush.

  Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

After that dried I put an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie into the Universal Pen Holder and had it draw the word "family" onto the card. I love that I can scan in the card and then place "family" exactly where I want it to go and then just have it draw it out! (Note: on my first test of creating this I used a Distress Marker to write "family," as shown in this photo, but it was a little too thick of lines for my liking so I did another one with the Sharpie and liked it a lot better)
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

And then I pulled out my favorite little alphabet stamps and added "our" to it and then finished it off with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Alphabet stamps and Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Here a peek at what else I did with this mixed media card, check out the full project tutorial and don't forget to enter to win a fun creativitE +ScanNCut giveaway HERE!

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Playing with ScanNCut2

One of my favorite things I got to do this past year was go to the Brother's USA offices for a craft day to check out the new ScanNCut2 machine!

Brother USA

 

Messy craft desk

The ScanNCut2 has some great new upgrades...

  • Enhanced scanning - RGB Color recognition makes it easier to scan low contrasting color patterns and you are now able to scan up to 24"
  • Larger LCD display screen - it's 30% larger than prior models at 4.85" wide
  • Computer Connectivity - has two USB ports 
  • Wireless Network Ready - (my favorite upgrade!!) You can now transfer cut files wirelessly
  • and more!

 

After getting walked through all the new updates and changes on the new machine we got to work playing with them. I was really excited to try out the new Stamp Kit and see how the improved scanner worked.

Brother Designer's Craft Together
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Ok, so for my project, I broke out my Plaid Fabric Creations Wood Block Printing Stamps, stamped each of the images I was going to use onto white paper and then scanned them into the machine and then had it cut out each of the designs so that I'd have a background stamp to use under the block print stamps.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

Next I used a sponge to pounce the fabric paint onto the background stamp I created and stamped it onto my fabric.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

After it dried I used the block printing stamp to stamp over the background stamp...I just eyeballed it and wasn't too concerned if it didn't line up exactly perfect.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps 

I kept going until the whole thing was complete. DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

I'm totally loving this project!
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

And my colorful trash.  ;)
colorful trash

And, if you're wondering what the end of the day looks like at Brother...
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Did you get a new ScanNCut2 for the holidays? How's it going? What have you made?

 

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Truth Scrap...THIS Saturday 1/31/15

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Have you been:

  • wanting to learn more about Bible journaling, faith-based art journaling, and spirit-filled scrapooking, mixed media, and more?
  • longing to grow closer to God?
  • needing to learn how to share your art AND your art more boldly?
  • desiring a more colorful faith walk?
  • aching to be bolder in your self-expression, eliminating doubt and fear from your art?

 Then we would LOVE to have you at our online event this Saturday... TRUTH SCRAP.

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Truth Scrap blends the best of live events with online education. With tons of opportunity to connect, learn, and grow, there is NO BETTER way to spend Saturday, January 31.

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Without leaving the comfort of your home, you'll be treated to seven hours of faith-based classes by seven amazing, talented instructors and produced by Lain Ehmann:

 

  • Stephanie Ackerman, “Hope Notes: Creating and Sharing Messages of Faith”
  • Erin Bassett (that's me!), “Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook”
  • Andrea Chebeleu, “Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal”
  • Heather Greenwood, “#ARTWORSHIP: Art Journaling in Response to Jesus”
  • Liz Hicks, “The Art of Being HUMAN: A Creative Exploration of Our Basic Being and Purpose”
  • Shanna Noel, “Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible”
  • Donna Salazar, “Cross-ology: Art and Heart for the Home”

 

You'll watch these classes in our state-of-the-art webroom, interacting with the students and teachers, learning and laughing.

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Not only will you leave with inspiration to last throughout the year, you'll get some valuable parting gifts:

  • FULL REPLAYS of all classes are included in your registration! You'll be able to watch again and again, as many times as you like.
  • PRIZES, PRIZES! We have a variety of drool-worthy prizes you can win.
  • BONUSES! Each instructor has created an exclusive handout (think cut files, Bible verses, and more!).
  • 10 percent of your registration fee goes to a faith-based non-profit!

 

Because our goal is to share this event with as many crafters and artists as possible, we are rolling back the price on Truth Scrap for 36 hours ONLY. Until Noon on Monday, January 26, you can save $40 off your registration fee with coupon code “MIRACLE” at checkout!

 

Head over to the registration page HERE and learn more about this one-of-a-kind event! You have until Noon on Monday to join over 300 other scrapbookers, artists, crafters, and seekers at the first ever Truth Scrap. We can't wait to meet you!

 

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How to create stencils & a fun mini art journal!

As a mixed media artist I love stencils...and I really love to create my own! They are great to use in art journals and on other crafty projects too. Today I'm going to share how I created one of the stencils I used on this mini art journal.

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Follow along with each of the steps in this short video:

 

Supplies Needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories
  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)
  • Stencil material
  • 11" x 15" watercolor paper
  • acrylic paint
  • markers and pens
  • letter stamps
  • old book paper
  • patterned paper
  • sewing machine and thread
  • any other embellishments you want to use
  • Download the FREE cut file for this stencil HERE.

 

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Step 1 - Create your own artwork. This can be hand drawn like I used for this project or you can use computer generated.

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Step 2 - Scan the artwork into the ScanNCut using the "Scan To Cut Data" option.

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Step 3 - Cut out the stencil. (Download the FREE cut file for this stencil HERE.)

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Step 4 - Paint the water color paper using the stencils you created.

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Step 5 - To fold and assemble the art journal, fold the paper as shown below.

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Next, fold it in half and cut only on the red dash line.
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Refold longwise. Holding each end, push to the middle to open up where you made the cut.
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Continue to push it all the way together and then fold the left edge over to create the cover. Use adhesive to glue together the individual pages.
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Step 6 - Embellish.  I jazzed up my book with bits of old book paper, bold patterned paper, some messy stitching with my sewing machine, and of course a good deal of doodling.

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 I added some of my favorite art quotes to the journal to finish it off.

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Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

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Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

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Sometimes life is hard...living life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
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Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.

 

Sponsor: DecoArt

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Art Journaling: Where there is love...

Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett

Here's the art journal pages I finished yesterday for another swap.  I really like this one and wish it was in my own journal LOL!

I took a couple of "in progress" photos while things were drying so you could see the layers.  Here's the fist layer...collaged papers...
Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett

 

Then I added some dripage and marks....
Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett

 

And then stuck a bird on it....
Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett

 

Ok, two birds.  ;)
Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett

 

And stamped out a great saying...

Art Journal Swap February 2014 - Erin Bassett
DecoArt Americana paint colors used: Kelly Green, Desert Turquoise, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Vivid Violet, Ice Blue, Melon, Dioxazine Purple, Razzleberry, Snow White, Cinnamon Drop, Yellow Green.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

sponsor: DecoArt

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