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How To-sday | Gesso It!

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Guest Designer Kristina MacKeen. Kristina shows us what Gesso is all about! It’s certainly opened my eyes to a fun, new technique – I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Perfect for layouts, cards, altered projects, mini albums – you name it, you can gesso it!

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Hi! Kristy MacKeen here with a quick How’s To on using gesso with a mask. I love masks. They can be used in so many ways – with ink, with chalk, and in this case, with gesso. Gesso was used to make the sunburst pattern of my MWM-Pearl 4 layout.DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a maskWhat is gesso, you may be asking? Gesso is a base coat with a slight texture. It is ideal for priming canvas, wood, metal, plastic, chipboard, paper and fabric prior to painting. Gesso adds subtle texture (called “tooth”) when applied, allowing a surface to accept paint and other mediums more easily.I decided to use gesso as a masking agent because I wanted some texture in the white spaces. Also, it allowed me to ink over the outer edges of the gessoed area to give the final product a glowing look.

For this project I gathered the following items and got to work:

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

For this project, I *should* have used washi tape to hold down my mask, if not, be prepared to get your hands a little messy.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

Using a sponge brush, I applied the gesso over the mask. I tried using a standard paint brush, but found it left bristles in the gesso. Now admittedly, I don’t have the highest quality brushes, so that could have been part of my problem. ;-) But the sponge brush gives you full coverage, very quickly

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After pulling up the mask and letting the gesso dry fully, I grabbed my inks and sponge and started layering the colors over the areas covered with gesso. I allowed the inks to overlap to give the shading affect. The advantage of using this method over spraying the mask with mists, or inking directly on the mask, is the ability to go beyond the edges of the mask.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After I was done inking, I wiped the ink of the gesso using a baby wipe, leaving it white once again.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

As quick and easy as that, you have a fun background for your project. And any imperfections can be covered with your picture or other embellishments. But I live by the motto that the imperfections are just a sign that something is homemade.

Give this a try! Let me know what you think!

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Kristina, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I can’t wait to get started on a gesso project! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to melodee@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for my last Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #6!

How To-sday | Chalkboard Art Embellishments

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond. Cristine shows us just how easy it is to make your own faux chalkboard cards. It truly is a piece of art!

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Using chalkboard art on cards and other various projects seems to be all the rage right now.  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to put together a chalkboard piece to add to your cards.DIY handmade tutorial on chalkboard art with Cristine RedmondHere are the basic supplies you’ll need:
– black cardstock (scraps are great for this)
– white stamp pad
– white gel pen
– ruler (optional)
– make up sponge (not pictured – oops!)
For my first card, I just wanted to add a smaller chalkboard piece to a card, so I used my Cameo to cut out the tag shape.DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Next, I used a make up sponge to lightly apply ink all over the tag.  I have used pigment, dye and chalk ink for this step, and I have found chalk ink to be the most forgiving.  Pigment and dye inks get saturated into the sponge so they tend to leave more ink on the paper and are harder to blend in.  Chalk ink just seems to work better for this purpose.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

If I want to add a bit more definition to the eraser marks, I use a dry, stiff paint brush to add some ink, then I use the sponge to smooth them out a bit.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

At this point, I like to add a border around the tag with my white gel pen to give it more of a finished look.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Add a stamped sentiment and/or image with white ink (I used dye ink for this step) and it’s finished!

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Here is a picture of the finished card:

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I decided to make another card that uses the chalkboard piece as the main part of the card.  For this, I cut a larger piece of cardstock and used my corner chomper to decorate the top corners.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I added the chalk ink just as I did in the steps above, then added the border.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I decided to make a bigger statement with this card, so I used a bunch of cute sentiments on a bigger stamping block and then stamped them on to the card with dye ink.  Here is a picture of the finished card:

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Making chalkboard pieces is such an easy thing to do and adds so much to your cards.  I hope I’ve inspired you to try making one for yourself!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE the idea of a chalboard card! Thank you so much for all of your ideas and inspiration over the last three months – we sure will miss you! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an all new Mid Week Mojo sketch with a Guest Designwer – Amber #5!

How To-sday | A Scrappy Altered Book

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to alter a vintage book using your ordinary scrapbooking supplies to create some fantastic, dimensional embellishments! Simply adorable!

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Happy Tuesday!  Lisa here, to show you the How To’s of making this pretty altered book using your scrapbook supplies. I saw a photo of a similar one on Pinterest, (and I apologize that the pin didn’t take me to the original source) and I knew I had to make one with a vintage book I had laying around.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
First, gather your supplies.  I used a Maya Road envelope, some Pink Paislee ribbon, a Bazzill Basics rhinestone button, a Maya Road flower and leaves, a piece of chipboard from Crate Paper, a Jenni Bowlin butterfly, some twine, and some vintage paper. I later added a little tag from Pretty Little Studios and a banner from Elle’s Studio.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Next, make the ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Simply wrap the ribbon round and round until you like the flower shape, then glue it down to a circle of paper.  Remove the flower from the package but save the little plastic clip.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the shank of the button, push it down through the paper circle and use the plastic clip that was attaching the button to the packaging to secure the button to the flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Now you have a ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the twine, wrap it round and round the book securing the envelope and the vintage papers under the twine.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Assemble the chipboard, flowers, leaves, tags, and butterfly to your liking.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Add glue under the pieces to adhere them to the papers or envelope.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
And there you have it!  A beautiful altered book made with your scrapbook supplies! Enjoy!
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Thanks for letting me share!
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE this adorable vintage book – you have just transformed it beautifully! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an all new Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #4!

How To-sday | Altered Photo Frame

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Bev Code. Bev shows us how to alter a photo frame using different mixed mediums – and even throws in a video tutorial as well! Awesome Bev!

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ScrapbookSteals and How To-sday is so much fun. We get to share interesting, new, creative and also easy things with you. Today I am starting a project with a $2.00 board from the misc. crafty stores. It has a heart cut out for a photo. I thought it would be fun to decorate with all the great mixed mediums we have today. .. to play and get messy. So first I applied a coat of gesso to the base. Then using dollar store stencils I used gesso mixed with paint to mask the images.
DIY handmade tutorial on making an altered phoro frame

Here is my finished board …. all images done and ready to add photo and accents.

DIY handmade tutorial on making an altered photo frame

Today I have a video tutorial how to make a flower I call Quarter Fold Flower. I will be adding this to my project.

DIY handmade tutorial on making an altered photo frame
Here is my finished project and below is the close up of the floral section.
DIY handmade tutorial on making an altered photo frame
This homemade floral is perfect in the cluster of gesso masking florals and the metal and sticker florals. I added lots of stickles and glossy accents.
DIY handmade tutorial on making an altered photo frame
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.
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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE the You tube video! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the March Scrapbook.Steals.com Blog Hop! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Deborah Johnson, comment #38. The random winner of $20.00 to Scrapbook.Steals.com is Wendy. Congratulations! Please email danielle@steals.com and we’ll send you instructions. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an all new Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #3!

How To-sday | MistScape

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from our fabulous guest designer Charity Becker. Charity shows us a great technique for using your misting sprays to create a background that’s full of dimension with a dreamy quality! Super cool and easy to do – I just need to dig out my sprays now.

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Misting Sprays for scrapbooking are a great way to altar the look of patterned paper without obliterating the original design. Layering those mists creates dimension and a dreamy quality to the layout. Follow the steps below to create a landscape that will let your photo take center stage.

Supplies:

  • 3 sheets of 12×12 cardstock (2 to rip, 1 for the base of your layout.)
  • 4 colors of scrapbooking mist, (light blue, light green, dark blue, brown)

Step 1: Rip one 12×12 sheet of cardstock in half. Rip a 3 inch strip off of one sheet of cardstock. Rip slowly so that you get several “ripples” in the edge of your paper.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

Step 2: Lay the 9 inch piece of ripped cardstock over your cardstock base so that the bottom portion is uncovered. Spray with brown mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

Step 3: Lay a 6 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the cardstock base, again leaving the bottom portion uncovered. Spray with light green mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

Step 4: Lay the 3 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the cardstock base, leaving the bottom portion uncovered. Spray with light blue mist.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

Step 5: Lay the remaining 6 inch piece of ripped cardstock over the base so that the middle portion is covered. Some light blue and some brown should show on either end. Spray with dark blue mist. The resulting piece of cardstock will have bands of color that resemble a grassy hill and a sky fading to twilight.

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

Step 6:: Lay the base between 2 sheets of paper towel, inside two sheets of wax paper, and set under a stack of large books or heavy cutting boards. The paper should be completely covered by the books. Leave the base to dry for 24 hours. The weight will keep the paper from warping too badly.

Step 7: Remove all water from a clothing iron, set to a medium temperature, and iron the base cardstock to get any kinks out. Lay it under the stack of books to cool for an hour.

Step 8: Create a masterpiece and proudly display!

DIY handmade tutorial on layered misting on scrapbook.steals.com

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Charity, thank you so much for sharing with us today – it’s good to see you back! I am definitely going to be trying this one out! Thanks for the tips.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Amber #2.