Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Birthday with Oxides!

Hello Mixed Media Mojo fans! Cathy here with another birthday with a balloon twist project! I am loving the new Oxides, I want to use them on everything and I kind of do!! LOL But I also still love my embossing powders and use them on so many things! Here is my newest project! Please check out the original post HERE and join in the fun!

Happy Birthday Balloons!

I started with a manilla tag and smooshed around my Distress Oxides to get nice colours for my balloons. I then embossed my Emerald Creek Charms with Charred Gold and Hammered Metal. I used a piece of paper from my stash and oxided it up!

I went over my balloons and my stash paper with the Crazing collage Medium, I seriously love this stuff!

Hammered Metal balloon

Charred Gold Balloon

Used my Small talk stickers to add to the birthday sign

Just look at the itty bitty crackly from the crazing medium!

I went over this crackle part with my Wilted Violet Distress Crayon and it just rubbed in so nicely!

On the edges of the balloons I rubbed a quick touch of Finnabair's new Opal Wax to give it some shimmer, it doesn't photograph so great but in person it's a gorgeous shimmer!
All of the wonderful supplies I used for this Oxidey birthday card!

Thanks so much everyone for stopping buy and don't forget to get your Birthday with a balloon twist entry in!! Can't wait to see all the projects you share with us!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Hi everyone, I'm Christina.

As most of you know I'm a Tim Holtz addict! One of the many products I have is the ever popular Sizzix die The Lost Zombie. I knew when I received this die that there would be high hopes for him. You can switch it up for any occasion.

For the March Challenge I decided to create a mixed media tag using The Lost Zombie die.

Meet Rusty. He's got big plans! Tracking through the twigs, with a present and balloons. It's a bit windy, but it's not stopping him form enjoying the celebration.

After dressing the zombie, apply distress ink Walnut Stain around the edges for a tattered look.

Apply a thin coat of gesso to a #8 manilla tag. Let it air dry. It doesn't take long because there's not a lot of gesso on the tag.

Now the fun part begins....using any color of distress crayon, I used (Abandoned Coral and Vintage Photo) start colouring in random areas on the tag and blend with your fingers till the tag is covered. Hint: if the color is too dark, you can always buff it out with a baby wipe. Next place stencil (Dot Fade) on top and apply texture paste over in random areas of tag. Let it air dry.

Apply distress ink Broken China on top of Dot Fade, to give a hint of color.

For the zombie's (aka - Rusty) accessories I used Stampers Anonymous CraZy ThiNgs and the coordinating sizzix Framelits die, then coloured with distress crayons in Abandoned Coral, Feathered Peacock and Mermaid Lagoon.

This is one of my favourite dies - Sizzix thinlits die Twisted. It was used for the grass. 

The saying - Eat More Cake - is from the Stampers Anonymous - Handwritten Sentiments. I really enjoy playing with this set, because of the expressive lines.

Notice the brush strokes from colouring - it gives an effect of woodgrain in the background. It's pretty cool right?!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you want further inspiration check out the other talented design team members projects on this blog.

We want to see your creations for the March challenge: Birthday with a Twist Balloons. So, grab your tea/coffee, supplies out and use your imagination. The possibilities are endless!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Masculine Card

The March Challenge continues at Mixed Media Mojo and for my second project I went with a masculine birthday card.  The challenge runs to the end of the month and the theme is Birthdays with Balloons as the twist!  So let's get started!

I wanted to show a quick easy way to make a card for someone by using an embossing folder and dies.  Often times I overwhelm myself with over thinking a card, tag, mixed media project or art journal.  I liked the clean lines of this card and the two colors of silver and black.  It doesn't necessarily have to be given to a man and one could just change the background black card and it could be used for a woman's card as well.

To start all I did was a cut a piece of black cardstock (I used Bazzill card stock) and Tim Holtz Kraft Core silver paper into the size of an A7 card.

Then I took a Happy Birthday Embossing folder from Darice and ran the silver cardstock through my Vagabond 2 machine. I was going to leave the black card stock plain but decided I liked the embossing and ran the black through as well.

Since our challenge had a twist with balloons, I used my balloon die from Tim Holtz Crazy Things Die set and cut out 5 black balloons with strings from the Bazzill card stock.  Then I cut a thin strip of the black card stock and embossed it. I then placed it horizontally across the card along with another strip of silver card stock. I glued everything down with my tombow adhesive and voila!

This card was super easy to make and I like the clean lines and simplicity of the card.  A good technique that can be changed with different colored card stock.  I hope you enjoyed this fast and furious tutorial!  You can see more of my work on my blog-

Thanks for looking! Juli

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bring on the Celebrations - March Design Team Project

Hey everyone! I am back with my March Design Team post with this month's theme of Spring/Celebrations with the twist of balloons. I thought for this one what I would do is show you some video tutorials on how I made the birthday cards with the fun balloons I did for my design team project. I am new to doing videos so not sure how good my video is, but hopefully you can follow along and make some of your own balloons for your projects!

So, for the first part of my project - the Balloon Twist for this month - I wanted the balloons to pop and have a 3D feel to them. So here is a short video tutorial on how I made them. Please excuse the shadows in the video - as I said I am still learning and obviously have to get some better lighting in my craft room!

Then, for the background of the cards, I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I originally thought of doing a short video of this as well, but as you can hear in my video above I realized that there was no point doing this when Tim Holtz does a much better job if it than I would. So here is a link to the video that I used to do the backgrounds.

I ended up making several more cards using this technique and all the balloons that I made for my original project. Here are the cards I made - some with balloons and some without (using Tim Holtz's tutorial I ended up with a LOT of paper for card backgrounds). 

I hope you enjoy my tutorial and use it to make your own balloons and/or cards! And don't forget to enter this month's challenge!! 

Take care and have a very crafty day everyone!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mixed Media Trinket Box

Good morning everyone,

Sunila & Aditi here and today we have a fun tutorial on a mixed media trinket box for you'll. Everyone needs a box to store their trinkets, tit-bits, etc.. This also makes a great gift.

Lets begin..

Supplies used:

White Gesso (any brand)
Mod Podge
New paper
Gauge/cheese cloth
Paint brush
Palette knife
Stencil - Tim Holtz Scribbles
Art Basics White Crackle texture paste (can also use modelling paste)
Liquitex glass beads texture (can substitute with sand texture, grit paste, mix any beads in gesso)
Dylusions Sprays- Campso Teal, Cut Grass, London Blue, Polished Jade (Can use acrylic paints or any other sprays)
Mont Marte Acrylic Paint- cerulean blue (can use any brand or chalk paints as well)
Inka gold Old Silver or any other wax based pain to highlight the texture.
Embellishments of your choice

Step 1:
Apply a layer of mod podge on the lid and four sides of the box. This layer needn't be thick and go side by side, sticking randomly torn pieces of newspaper. You can over lap them.

Step 2: Cut pieces of gauge/cheesecloth and stick it randomly creasing it on all sides over the paper using a little mod podge. 

Step 3: Cover all sides with gesso. This will also help stick the gauge pieces and prime our surface for further texture.

Step 4: Some more texture. Using a stencil and crackle paste go over all the sides. Here we went over the complete surface, you could also do it at random places. Since we used crackle paste, its important to let it air dry a bit before using the dryer. This gives us great cracks.

Step 5: Using the glass beads texture go over the surface randomly with your finger and dry it. This add more interest to the existing textures. You could use sand texture, grit paste, or mix beads in gesso. 

Step 6: Once dry, we are ready to play with our colours. Like mentioned above, here we used the dylusions sprays, however you could also use acrylics paints and spritz them with water to blend.

Step 7: Paint inside and the bottom of the box and the back of the lid with an acrylic paint. Go over with inka gold on the glass beads texture, the cracks and the gauge to highlight the texture.

Step 8: Add your embellishments and the box is ready!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

We are having a fun challenge this month, do check it out and participate:)! 

Sunila & Aditi

Monday, March 6, 2017

Birthday wood heart Photo Frame tutorial

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by today.
Ann here and I've got a quick tutorial for you on how I made my heart Photo Frame for our current challenge, Birthday with the added twist of Balloons. Enjoy!


This is what my project looked like:

Step 1 : Apply a layer of gesso and then another layer of acrylic paints on the frame. Let it's dry. To lighten the acrylic paint color, I add a bit of white paint to the sky.

Step 2 : What a fun time I've had this week playing with my new Distress Oxide pads! It's so easy to blend on Venus Wove. I love the oxidized effect when spraying it with water.

Step 3 : Stamp the balloon images and cut them out.

Step 4 : Fix the iron wire on the back of the balloons. Pierce a hole in the wood base. Insert the iron wire into the hole.

Here are the close up of the project.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope this inspires you to join in our March Challenge. Can't wait to see what you make to link up and as always, happy creating!

Hugs & Love