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Stitched Journal Page: Altering Flowers with Gesso

Happy hump day all! How’s your week going? I’ve been having so much fun working with my art journal from Bad Girls Couture. Since I scrapbook mainly 8 1/2″x11″ layouts, the size of the journal works well for me! For this stitched journal page, I decided to use  white premium gesso on my flower to mess it up a bit. It was too pretty… LOL

To create this distressed look, I simply used a small paint brush and gesso and rubbed the brush along the edges of the petals and between the creases. Super simple and easy. I wanted the flower to blend in with the layout. The brown needed some hightlights.

I love this flair button that I bought awhile ago from 7 Dots Studio. It went perfectly with this journal spread. The butterfly was created by painting gesso onto white cardstock and letting the gesso dry. Once the gesso was dry, I punched the butterfly out using a punch and added the heart.

See, gesso isn’t so scary to use after all. I love that you can use gesso to paint different embellishments if you are out of white paint. It works just the same.

Thanks for visiting today!

 

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. :)

Splatters, Rips, and Flair, Oh My!

Hello, friends!

Today I’m sharing a grungy layout I made using the January scrapbook kit with the FABULOUS 7 Dots Paint Chips papers! My style is usually shabby chic-like, but I have two boys, so it’s fun to do some grunge-type layouts, and this kit was perfect for that!

I started out by adding some circle stenciling with distress ink, and also some faux stitching to the edge of the base layer. This is easy to do- if you have one of those sewing wheels, you can just run along the paper, and then pierce the holes with a needle, then trace it with a marker. I also ripped the paper and used some black cardstock in between those layers for added dimension.

I cut some circles from the blue/green paper, then stamped each of them using a stitched circle stamp with embossing medium, and added black embossing powder. I added flair to 3 of the four circles.

On the bottom circle, I added some stars, and some numbers from my stash, which is the title of the layout (15, because this pic was taken on my son’s 15th birthday).

I inked the paint splatters chipboard with black archival ink, and added the layout. I also added some  word stickers.

Lastly, I added many splatters over the entire layout, except for the photo. I added both black and white India ink from my stash, and some of the blue Tattered Angels Glitter Glam.

 

Thanks for checking out my project, and go to the shoppes and pick up a kit, if you aren’t already a subscriber!

 

 

Journey Layout with Junque!

Hello, everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the January scrapbook kit. This was the last project that I made with the kit, so it was the perfect time to come up with some junque to use because I had already used so much of the kit. I had already used the flowers from the kit, but those flowers really got me thinking about how I had some old artificial flowers that I had planned on tossing because they were falling apart, but I pulled them out to see what I could do with them, and they became the “junque” that I used on this layout.

Even though I pulled out these white leaves, I did not use them. The berry stems I did use however, after I painted them with some Bad Girls Couture gesso, which I also added to the photo, mat, and the rest of the layout to mimic snow.

I also added a broken resin frame from my stash, which was also “junque”! :)

In this closeup, you can see that I used some of the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam on some chipboard. I also used it on the white handmade roses.

I love how the Hambly Screen Prints Vellum paper looks over the 7 Dots paper! I also added some snowflake stenciling to complete the look.

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today to check out my layout that’s “All Junqued Up” with artificial flowers. If you aren’t already a subscriber, go to the shoppes and grab yourself a kit!

 

 

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!

Vintage Lotto Card Mini Album

Hello, friends!

This month, the January kit has an amazing vintage mini album made of vintage lotto cards! This was such a fun project to make with the rest of the kit including storybook images beautiful 7 Dots papers, stickers, flair, and chipboard.

I started with painting the lotto cards with the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam. Once dry, I whitewashed them with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso.

I cut up the fabric that came in the kit into strips and added them to the rings.

There were some fabric flowers in the kit that I took apart and made more dimensional by rolling them together and holding together with wire thread. Two of the flowers on the cover are made like this and the one closest to the rings is from my stash- I painted it with the pink Glitter Glam.

I added one of the pieces of chipboard (scribble) and a word sticker on it. I cut out images of the little girl from the storybook page that came in the kit.

I gave the cover a black and white splatter treatment with India inks.

I added some of the 7 Dots Paint Chips papers to the back of each of the lotto cards, and added an image of the little girl with some of the word stickers to each. On the lotto card sides I added some photo mats that I will add photos to at a later date.

On the lotto card sides I added some photo mats that I will add photos to at a later date.

 

I added some of the “Northern Lights” stickers to some of the pages with the photo mats, as well as some of the flair.

I left some negative space on each of the pages with the little girl so I could add some journaling later if I wanted to.

I added some of the “Northern Lights” stickers to some of the pages with the photo mats, as well as some of the flair.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my mini album, and get to the shoppes and pick up one for yourself! Then, you can post how you used it in the Bad Girls gallery!

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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance

 

Good morning ladies!! Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the January kit! This kit is sooooo pretty. I just love all the 7 Dots Studio Paper and stickers and the chipboard is totally fun! And let’s not forget the beautiful flowers!

I came across this photo from a long time ago… this was my 21st birthday party and it brought a smile to my face… occasionally, I like to scrapbook older photos to look back on those fun times!! And this was such a great night…one of my best birthdays ever.

For this layout, I decided to make my flowers work for my layout… and since using pink was out of the question, I decided to use the pretty Glimmer Glam paint to paint them! They add such a gorgeous shimmer too! I coated the flowers a few times to add a few layers of paint to make the flowers more opaque.

I love the word stickers in this kit. They are fabulous! I cut a few of the words from some of the sentiments to make them work for me. I used the circle stickers to create a fun little border at the bottom of the layout to help pull it together. And for fun, I added a button on top of the circle sticker below the flower just because I wanted more circles on this layout. :)

I coated the chipboard with a few coats of paint to use as a chipboard leaf. It totally works! Also, I painted the brad too. Yea, I got a bit out of control with the paint… I LOVE PAINT. It’s so fun getting messy after a crazy day of work… I was totally in my zone when I created this layout.

What do you think? Are you ready to get messy? You really can’t go wrong with paint, chipboard and flowers… just paint and have fun! Enjoy the process! If you are interested in subscribing, click here! We promise you deliver gorgeous mixed media kits to your doorstep every month! You will not regret it.

Thanks so much for visiting today!