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Altered Wall Art

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very fun project to share with you! A few weeks ago, I was thinking I needed something for my wall in my scraproom. I searched online for something pretty with lots of color and shapes/patterns and saw some paintings that were a few hundred dollars…and I didn’t even like them that much! So, I sat at my computer searching other websites and I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I talked to Wendy for a little bit on the phone and was like, I gotta go… LOL, I have an idea. hahaha, I just love when that happens.

I didn’t waste any time. I pulled out a piece of white cardstock and applied lots of Bad Girls Couture’s gesso to it. While it was drying, I pulled out stencils, paints, mists, Nuvos, stickers and buttons. I had a vision!!

When applying gesso to cardstock, I don’t worry about making sure it’s completely smooth because I want to add some texture to my project. Notice the messy look… You’ll see what I mean later in the post. 🙂

I used several stencils on this piece with a variety of different bright colors. I started with the darker color (blue) first using a mini circles screen. The brayer helped flatten the acrylic paint. Then I added some orange mist and blended it in with a baby wipe. Initially, I was going to use a pink butterfly. If you look closely, it’s there… but isn’t really clear. I decided to use the white paint to mute it down some. I used the cap to add a few bigger circles in the background, here and there. I used a scribble stencil at the top left-side of the paper using the orange mist to give it a rougher appearance. Once the paint dried, I added a little bit of lime to break up the orange, blue and pink a bit by applying a small dot on the brayer and rubbing in on the layout… By using a little at a time, I had more control over the color.

Here is a glance at the stencils I used…

I used Bad Girls Couture’s Molding Paste and a triangle stencil to add more dimension to the background. I decided to keep it white so it would pop off the page more… rather than mix it with some acrylic paint.

I was going to stamp a girl with wings to the center and it didn’t turn out well… so I covered her up with some more paint and splashed some more orange paint to the background. That is one thing I like about creating a mixed media piece…you can easily cover up your mistakes!

I love a little touch of black with bright colors… So I used this splatter stamp and some black ink. Then made swirls in the center of the splatters. Once the Nuvo dried, I added Jillibean Soup Buttons to the center using Tombow Glue. This glue is awesome… Nothing is coming off this page with this glue.

As an after thought, I added the chipboard hearts as well. I left them in their natural color since I had enough color… These chipboard hearts are by 7 Dots Studio. I glued some Doodlebug rhinestones to the center of the buttons just for fun.

And here is the final piece! I just love this piece and I especially like the fact that I didn’t have to pay a few hundred dollars for it! What do you think?

And here’s what it looks like framed. I was looking for a 12 x 12 metallic frame, but then I decided to just go with a gray frame.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your mixed media products. It’s sooooo therapeutic and fun. I totally want to try this again. 🙂

Junque it Up: Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor

Hello friends!

It’s me, Rae, and today I am sharing a project that I made using items from the October Mixed Media kit, Paris Flea Market, and some broken embroidery hoops I had bought for a different project some time ago, and accidentally stepped on the bag the y were in and cracked them. I knew I’d be able to use them for something else, so I didn’t throw them away. All I had to do was cover up the broken parts, and that huge purple flower totally works!

Here’s the finished project:

In the kit there are pieces of canvas and some amazing transfers. I love this one with the birds, so I used the Bad Girls Couture Matte Gel Medium to transfer it onto the canvas. It was a pretty, bright white, but I wanted it to be somewhat dingy, and even looked a little stained, so I added some light brown mist to achieve that look.

I painted both of the hoops with blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam, then added some brown ink for an antiqued look. I added the canvas to the smaller hoop, then adorned it with pearls that I glued on individually, and I also added the resin “shell” that I painted with the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam, also in this mixed media kit.To complete the design of the smaller hoop, I added this amazing vintage purple flower and leaves.

I traced the larger hoop on the 7 Gypsies paper, then cut out and glued to the back.

On the outer hoop I added the beaded trim, also in the mixed media kit, so it would hang below once it was hung up.

There are still some of the Paris Flea Market kits in the store and it is FILLED with amazing stuff, so be sure to grab one HERE!

 

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture Blog today!

 

March Bad Girls DT Challenge

Welcome! We are ready to inspire you with challenge projects that we created using the March Kit! This month, we let the designers challenge themselves… to create whatever inspired them at the moment with no limitations or boundaries. We wanted them to have fun and just create… and enjoy the process. We are excited to share these fabulous creations with you! These projects will blow your minds.

This month, I challenged myself to play with the acrylic paint and screen. I created this gorgeous background by squeezing three big globs of acrylic paint on to white cardstock. Then I took another piece of cardstock and placed it over the acrylic paint and smeared it a bit. Once the paint was dry, I toned the colors down by applying gesso on top of the paint. I used a credit card to smear lime paint around the edges of my layout.
Nicole Martel
 
Irina
 
 “Hello Gorgeous” Frame – I made this one for this month’s challenge.  I challenged myself to sue the chipboard pieces in a different and functional way.  I knew I wanted to make a display type piece for a photo or one of the word cards that was in the kit but I needed to figure out how to make it functionally possible so that the card would stand on it’s own.  I figured out that I could stand the chipboard pieces up and make sort of a rail for the card to slide in and out of so it’s changeable.  I painted and altered one of the silk flowers in the kit then layered some green moss to form sort of a nest.  I then painted a plastic egg with the blue paint from the kit and speckled it with some brown ink.  For the photo/card “rails” I stood the chipboard pieces up and glued them down and slid the card in.  The card itself is just decorated with some of the canvas resist letters that were lightly brushed over with a green ink pad and sewn on the card.
Michelle Sanders
 
This is my attempt at creating a simple layout! I started with a piece of white card stock that I added some stenciling to with Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste. Then, I sponged on some of the blue paint from the kit onto the stenciling. I cut 4 circles from the blue papers int he kit in various sizes and used black chalk ink on the edges. The chipboard from the kit was painted white and stamped with the coordinating stamp with black archival ink, then slightly inked with teal chalk ink. I added some black accents from my stash (the flowers and crystal swirl).
Rae Moses
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Altered Chipboard Album

Happy Friday Bad Girls!! I am excited to share my altered chipboard album with you. I used Bad Girls Couture’s molding paste to create a variety of textures throughout my album. The quality of this mix medium is amazing!!! Today, I am going to share with you how easy it is to use stencils and molding paste to create a one of a kind piece of art. I must admit, I am not an expert when it comes to working with mixed media products, but I am not afraid to just wing it… I kid you not, most times, I just look at the product and just do whatever comes to mind, whether it’s right or wrong. If I make a mistake, I cover it with an embellishment or two and I move on. 🙂

 

 

Products Used:

Maya Road Chipboard Album

Crate Paper Patterned Paper

Crate Paper Chipboard

Prima Marketing Inc. Color Bloom (Summer Sky, Sunshine)

Prima Marketing Inc. Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Paste (Rose Gold)

Prima Marketing Inc. 6X6 Stencil (Pochoirs Stampini Schablonen)

Bad Girls Couture Gesso

Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste

Buttons

Scissors

Palette Knife

Fabric-Tac Ribbon Glue

Mini Stapler

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Remove the chipboard album from the bag. Then remove the chipboard pages from the album and set them aside. Use a palette knife or a credit card to spread the molding paste over the stencil. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way. Carefully, spread the paste all over desired screen. Once the screen is completely covered in molding paste, gently lift the screen to avoid smearing the paste. Set the album aside for an hour to dry. And repeat the process using the chipboard pages.
  2. Once the molding paste is dry. Remove all of the pages from the chipboard album. Use a paint brush to cover each of the chipboard pages (front/back) and the chipboard album using white paint or gesso. Once the paint is dry, use a paint brush to paint the chipboard album and pages using the Sunshine Color Bloom. While the mist is still a little wet. Prop the chipboard album and pages on a plastic bag or in a box and spray the album and pages using the Summer Sky Color Bloom aiming down with the nozzle pointing down to create a dripping effect. Once the mist is completely dry, rub your fingers over the wax paste and gently rub the wax paste over the molding paste where the stencils appear to make the images pop. Then gently rub the wax paste over the album and on each of the pages to add a little rose color throughout the album.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, cut 6 book pages from the Crate Paper. Then add gesso to the edges of each paper to add a small white frame. Cut small strips of fabric about 1”x1”, fold the fabric in half at the top of the book pages and staple the ribbon to the pages using a mini stapler. Then thread string through a few buttons and tie the string into a cute little bow. Use glue to adhere the buttons at the top of each page. Then glue each page on the chipboard pages on the right side of the album.
  4. Using a Word Document, type your words of wisdom and print them on white cardstock. Cut the words out using scissors and glue them on the left side pages throughout the album. Use a foam square to add a piece of chipboard embellishment above or below each of your words of wisdom strips. Add a label and butterfly chipboard to the front of the book using foam squares. Then feed the white ribbon mesh through the binder rings, wrapping it around the bookbinding to create a nice bow for the album. Use scissors to trim the bow.
  5. Add other embellishments throughout the album as desired.

What do you think? There were a lot of steps to creating this project and I hope that I was able to inspire you to try using your stencils and molding paste on your chipboard album!! This project was very therapeutic for me. I just took my time and enjoyed the process. Thanks for visiting today!

You are my happy

Good morning baddies!!! We are sooooo excited to share the February kit with you. If you love mixed media kits, this kit is perfect for you! This month’s kit includes Crate Paper, a chipboard album by Maya Road, Prima Marketing stencil and flower, a variety of vintage fabrics. And last, but not least, Bad Girls Couture’s molding paste. Our molding paste is premium quality made in the United States and it works well with stencils. What do you think?! Are you ready to get your scrap on?!!

Before you go, check out this layout I created using the kit. I love using circles on my layouts, especially when I am working on a mixed media layout. They add so much impact to a layout. I used Creative Memories Custom Circle System, but you can use a bowl and pen to trace a circle around your layout. Before I traced the circles on the cardstock, I covered the paper using white gesso. Once the gesso dried, I splashed a few colors of mists and paint onto the cardstock. Then I traced the circles once the paint and mist dried. I used the pink Glimmer Glam paint and a paintbrush to paint another circle around the circle to add more color.

 

I love the packaging of the flowers in this kit. The flowers are adhered to a hard plastic sheet that has doilies on it! It was too pretty to throw away so I cut a few of them out to use on my layout.

I cut a piece of doily in half and tucked behind the bottom of the photos. I used the chipboard frame to frame the picture of my sister and used foam squares to adhere the “You are my happy” chipboard to the bottom of the frame.

I added a few jewels, metal stars and buttons from my stash to decorate the circle. The chipboard hearts were part of the kit. I added a few other pieces of chipboard to the layout to help frame the photos nicely.

Thanks so much for visiting today! We hope you love this month’s kit as much as we love it!! If you love what you see, subscribe today, here!

Live Inspired

 

Hi everybody! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Today I am back with another layout I created using the January kit. For this layout, I decided to play with my stencils, mists, acrylic paint and thread to create a fun layout! I just love the vibe here!! Such a fun layout! There’s so many little details I love about this layout. Let me share them with you.

I used the triangle stencil from the December kit to create multiple triangles. Once the paint was dry, I splashed some teal mist to add more color. Then I hand stitched little plus signs randomly throughout the layout. I matted the base of the layout onto teal cardstock to help frame the layout. I had a tag in my stash that I used to frame my photo that is approximately 2″x2″. I love this photo of me with my little man.

I grabbed some buttons from my stash to embellish my layout. I don’t know what it is about me and buttons this month… I went a little crazy with them… I’ve had them in a jar on my desk for awhile now, untouched until this month.

I added a few buttons at the bottom of the layout and on the tag. I love how pretty the word stickers look on this layout. The stitched plus signs really adds so much charm to this layout. I just felt like the triangles were missing something… and then I thought of the plus signs, thinking about Edward PLUS me… and it totally worked.

I layered two buttons and tied them together to create a fun, unique embellishment for the tag.

Here is a closer look at the triangles, misting and stitching!

What do you think? Is there anything in your stash that you have not touched in awhile? Why not pull them out and think of a creative way to use them with your kit!

Thank you for visiting today!

Altered Art Journal

Hello everyone! I am back today with a fun altered art journal I created using the chipboard from this month’s kit. I love creating mini books/altered art journals. They give me a chance to just paint, get messy and have fun. When I first pulled the album out, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do so I turned on some Taylor Swift, pulled out my paints, stickers, buttons, chipboard and just started painting some of the pages with the Glimmer Glam. The butterfly on the cover was a stamp that I stamped on to patterned paper then cut it out to use for the cover of my art journal. I cut the “art” sentiment from the Hambly vellum paper and glued it to the flair.

And for a few of the pages, I added white gesso so the paint really stood out… Then I painted the splattered chipboard pieces in pink. Wendy will be proud… I am normally not a pink person, but I like this shade of pink and it looks great with the teal!

I glued several pieces of the splattered chipboard throughout the journal. Then I added a few stickers that were perfect for an art journal. And I love buttons… so I added a few of those as well to add a certain charm to my journal. Some pages were left blank so I can go back and write down my journey…

I love the lotto pages! Totally vintage and cool!

What do you think? Honestly, this journal is super simple to make once your pages are prepped! I just love the green, teal and pink with a touch of black.

Thank you for visiting! Don’t forget to add your projects to our gallery. We’d love to see what you create using this month’s kit!

Use that Junque Wisely!

One of my favorite ways to use up the “junk” on my studio desk is to collage it all up! And, thats exactly what I did for this project.

To get started, I grabbed the binder ring from the mini book included in this month’s kit, and a couple of the old bingo cards.

I then just started layering up lots of bits…

Under paper from my desk, chipboard pieces from the kit…

I even took the plastic packaging from the flair badges in the kit, filled it with sequins, stitched it on, then hung some ribbon (that I dyed using the simmer paint from the kit) from it! What a fun addition to this collage!

Lots of paint, plenty of stitching, some face sketching, a couple of feathers, and some splatters pull it all together!

A magazine clipping inspired the title… “Wise.”

Now, all I need to to is frame it up in a lovely shadowbox and hang it!

I love turning “Junk” into something pretty!

Have fun getting junky today!

January Bad Girls Couture DT Challenge

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the January Kit! There are so many possibilities with this kit. It is chocked full of gorgeous patterns, florals, fabric, a mini book, chipboard, flair and paint! This month, we challenged the girls to create something awesome using this sketch!

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?! We’ve also included their thoughts on the sketch; what inspired them to create the layout they created using the sketch as inspiration.

 Ashli Oliver
I love working from a sketch! It is always the perfect starting point for a layout. For this page, I turned the sketch on it’s side. I took a literal approach to the floral element and then layered up my photos. For the long rectangular element under the flower, I used one of the cool old bingo cards that came as a mini book in the kit. I was also inspired by the border element of the sketch and used one of my border punches to create some texture along the left side of the layout. I just love the way it turned out and it was the perfect jumping off point to scrap about hubby and I clearing out the creek on our property!
Nicole Martel
For this layout, I was inspired by the trio of frames and the scalloped edges of the sketch! Lots of layers and textures make me happy! 🙂
 
Michelle Sanders
The sketch inspired me to use multiple photos.  I used four photos as in the sketch and Sizzix dies to cut paper flowers and leaves to create a little bouquet as in the center of the catch but it didn’t really work in the center of my photos so I placed it more to the left of my photos.  I also took a little grouping and placed it at the bottom similar to the illustrated beading or string on the bottom of the large photo square in the sketch.    It seemed to come together well without looking too  literal and has a very natural flow.  Using the sketch really helped me gather my thoughts in my process.
 

 

Rae Moses

Sketches are so much fun! As for my take on this one,  I started by creating the background layers- I used the Daisy D paper for the base, which I “gutted” a 10X10 square out of so I could use it for the background and also for the layer on the left side. I used a Martha Stewart Border punch in a distressed way on the pink 7 Dots paper, and then curled it up with my fingers ro to make it more dimensional. Instead of using three square pictures, I decided to cut out some doilies from the grey 7 Dots paper: I inked them with black chalk ink, and added some of the Northern Lights circle stickers. I also added three flowers on top of the doilies- the light darker pink ands purple ones are from the kit- I took the brads out and out of the layers, and then reshaped them so they were more dimensional and smaller. The lighter pink flower is from my stash, as well as the resin corner. I added some pearl trim from my stash for a border around the design, and completed the layout with a light whitewashing of everything with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!! Don’t be afraid to flip  sketches to make them work for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Your Muse…

It’s Wednesday! And, you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time to get colorful!

I recently went on a little day trip to a local/not so local knit shop with a dear friend of mine. It was as fun and inspiring as it was colorful!

With the shimmer paints included in the kit, I was well on my way to scrapping this colorful adventure!

I layered up a tag from my stash, a scrap of the fabric from the kit, a flair badge (also from the kit), and created a happy little grouping.

I also sprinkled around a couple of the 7Dots stickers, added plenty of watercolor, the Chipboard paint splatter shapes, and some gesso…

TA DA!

I just love how it turned out!

So, how will you get colorful today?