Cards, Design Team

Watercolor Christmas Card

Can you all tell I’ve been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately!  It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project – must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me.  Today I’ve created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment.  You can grab the yummy goodies I’ve used from Lulu Art of course!  The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to create this pretty card.

Tape off the edges of your watercolour paper and then use masking ink to draw on some snowdrift shapes.

Use watercolours and create a wash for the snow drifts and a darker wash for the sky.

Once the background is dry, remove the masking ink and stamp some trees using watercolour paint as the ink for the stamps – let this dry thoroughly.

Add opaque molding paste through a stencil and leave to dry.

Use a Sharpie pen to splatter white paint over the sky for stars and then add a second layer of splatters using the Pearl color from the Gansai Tambi pearl paints.

Paint adhesive size over the molding paste and wait for it to become tacky, then add silver foil over the size.

Brush off any excess foil and trim and scruff up those edges with a distressing tool, before mounting onto some backing card.

Your finished card is elegant and ready to send.

I’ve also recorded every step so you can watch and create your very own Watercolour Christmas Card.

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Grab those watercolours and make your own simple and elegant watercolour Christmas card oxoxo

Kate

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Textured Mixed Media Card with Rust Paste

I’m back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art!  Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair – go grab what you need to create this from the Lulu Art Store!

There are a few steps involved in creating this card – but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each section.  Why so many steps, because each element helps build texture and layers of colour that you could just not achieve any other way (believe me I’ve tried!)!

Basic Process

Glue vintage papers onto a piece of thick base card using Matte Gel and allow to dry.

Scribble Neocolor in Gold and Ochre over the paper, spritz with water and spread with a paintbrush – this will add a more vintage look to the papers and give a consistent colour.

Add layers of paper, ephemera and material using Matt Gel and then add even more texture using stencils and Light Molding Paste.  Once this base layer is dry add Liquitex ink in Transparent Raw Umber to darken the background and collaged elements, spritz with water to vary the strength of the color.  I left it dark on the material and lighter on the background.

Using the dry brush technique, add a light layer of gesso over the background – you could stop right here it’s so pretty!

Add some stamping and stenciled images for a little variation, using Distress Oxide and Archival ink pads.

You can see exactly how the textured mixed media background was created in this process video.

 

The create the embellishment collage, add a layer of 3D elements (make sure these are chunky, eg: flowers, buttons, leaves, papers, vintage or ornate metal embellishments).  You can purchase pre-made embellishments or create your own, I’ve used a combination of purchased and hand-made elements.  Arrange in a pleasing layout and then glue onto your background.

Carefully cover all of the embellishments in Rust Paste – Dark Brown, make sure to coat the top and bottom of flower petals, also brush a little of the paint over the background.

Then using a fine brush or sponge (or both) add the yellow and orange Rust Paste and Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique Art Alchemy paints.

To finish the card panel add Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique paints to the background and spritz with water to make the colours run.  This visually separates the background and the embellishment layers, plus it looks so pretty!!!

Add some mini beads and text embellishments, mount the panel onto neutral coloured cardstock to finish, then sit back and admire the pretty colors – and they really are VERY pretty colours!

You can see exactly how each layer and colour was added to create the Rust Effects on the embellishments in this video.

 

and here are a couple of close-ups so you can see how absolutely yummy this looks.

 

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Challenges

Monthly Challenge – Inspiration Card

We’ve had this idea brewing where we wanted to do something really positive with the business that would help others in some way. This month we have decided to introduce a regular monthly challenge which you all can participate in for the chance of a prize but also to do some good out there.

After reading about the Truth Card exchange put together by the Brave Girls Club we have been inspired to set up this inspiration card challenge that will result in helping others in a similar way. A simple card or tag with a quote which might just brighten someones day or potentially make a huge difference to someone who is doing it tough.

So here’s the deal – Decorate a small piece of card (example ATC size 2.5in x 3.5in – or similar) or even a tag including a positive uplifting message.  Photograph the item and email the picture to admin@luluart.com.au with “April Challenge” in the subject line or post it on our Lulu Art & Friends facebook page (a page we’ve set up where we can share interesting things we come across and you can all share photos of your art and mingle with each other).

After you’ve photographed the card we want you to give this card away — yes, give it away! – You can either give it directly to someone you know who needs a pick-me-up, you can leave it somewhere for a stranger to find, or alternatively you can send it to me (Lulu Art, PO Box 1769, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567) and I will pass it on to a dear friend (one of our design team mebers, Monika) who puts together cosmetic bags for women who have had to flee to shelters after domestic violence. Imagine how much of a difference it could make to one of these women to see a beautiful positive message.

Each month we will showcase some of the entries and choose a winner which will be published on our blog and the facebook page. Below is an example of one of these inspirational cards (or in this case a tag) made by one of our design team, Karen Knight. Thanks Karen for sharing this pic with us.

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I’d love for you to join us in this challenge and help make a difference out there. Our monthly winner will receive a store voucher to the value of $25.

Entries close on Friday 25th April and the winner will be announced on Monday 28th April.

Even if you don’t want to enter the challenge I would encourage you to do something like this to make a difference in someone else’s life.  We often have no idea what people around us are facing and receiving a gift like this could really brighten someones day. You never know what a simple gesture like that could mean to another person.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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Design Team

Mixed Media Copic Cards by Robyn Wood

RobynHi, it’s Robyn here. Join me as I combine some simple mixed media techniques with Copic markers to create four gorgeous cards.  You will learn how to create four basic backgrounds with your markers, using variations on a technique and then incorporate them into cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

One supply that you might need to source is rubbing alcohol, in Australia it is available in supermarkets and pharmacies as ‘Isocol’. If you have it, Copic Colorless Blending Solution is perfect. Please do not substitute Ranger Blending Solution (for alcohol ink techniques) in your spray bottle as it can be dangerous to spray.

Inspired

Enjoy

Follow

Birthday

Watch the instruction video here:

Supplies used in each project:

Live a life inspired

Enjoy the Day

Follow Your Passion

Birthday Wishes

Keep an eye out on the blog this coming week as we are about to announce our first Lulu Art challenge!

Robyn

Design Team

Christmas Cards by Robyn Wood

Christmas has totally crept up on me!  How is it Christmas Eve already??  The good news is that I finally got around to decorating the tree, the gingerbread men have been made and I have actually finished my Christmas Shopping!  There might be time to put my feet up this evening and watch the Carols on the telly.

To celebrate this wonderful time of year, today we are going to have two Christmas design team items.  This morning it is a fabulous tutorial by Robyn Wood showing us how to make a variety of Christmas Cards and this evening I’ll be putting up a sweet Christmas art journal piece by Anne Cahill.

So let’s hear from Robyn first …

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I always want to create something really special for family and friends each year and wanted to share with you the cards I have created this year. I hope this set of cards gives you some inspiration for the future!

RobynSome of the backgrounds were made using the embossing resist which is a great technique if you like to emboss without the worry of creating a perfect image. You stamp an image using a Versamark embossing pad, sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat. You are looking for the image to go glossy and slightly raised. Once cool, you can go to town adding lots of colour and the embossed image is easily revealed again with a wipe of tissue or baby wipe.

Another interesting technique is to use molding paste through a stencil. It can create a huge range of effects, depending on what you add underneath or on top of the paste.

For most of these cards I used watercolour card for the background image – it stands up better to mixed media techniques. The Lulu Art Strathmore Mixed Media pad is perfect!

I have created a set of seven cards and the basic techniques are described below.  Leave me a comment if you need more info!

Card 1

Merry Christmas

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door Music & Stitched Christmas, Gelato – red

Scribble red Gelato over the image and either rub with a finger or spread with a wet paint brush. For this one I added a touch of gold Perfect Pearls to my paint water to create a lovely shimmery effect.

Card 2

Joy to the World

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door – Music & Stitched Christmas, Book Sheets – Collage Pack, Silks – Love Struck, Tim Holtz tree diecut, Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Stamp the Flourish image onto text paper from the Lulu Art Book Sheets – Collage Pack and paint with Silks Love Struck.  The trees were diecut using a Tim Holtz die and some Distress Glitter added for extra sparkle.

Card 3

Merry Merry Merry

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door French Script, greeting – Hero Arts

Try out some non-traditional combinations this year with green & orange.  Smoosh some Distress Paint in Barn Door & Spiced Marmalade over the script image, spritz with water to spread the paint a little & allow to dry.  Draw a rough tree shape using Distress Paint in Peeled Paint, trim closely and adhere buttons all over.  A strip of dark orange ribbon finishes if off.

Card 4

Christmas Greetings

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Stamps used – Darkroom Door – Music, greeting – Hero Arts

Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the image and allow to dry well. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Card 5

Believe

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Supplies:  Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Silks – Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste and allow to dry well.  Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue so that the effect is a little patchy looking.  Stamp a greeting in Brilliance Pearlescent Blue ink, layer with red cardstock, add some gold toned ribbon and the card is complete.

Card 6

Magic of Christmas

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Supplies:  Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal, Hero Arts greeting.

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste in a haphazard fashion. You want a scattering of stencilled stars for this stage. Allow to dry well.  Spritz with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal and rollover with some paper towel to remove excess colour.  Allow to dry and then replace Stars template and spritz lightly with water.  Again, you are after a haphazard effect – the water will remove some of the Dylusions colour and you will get a gorgeous variegated effect.  To add a little pizzazz to this very easy card, I embossed the greeting with gold embossing powder.

Card 7

Silent Night

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Supplies:  Pan Pastels Metallic Set, Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative, Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal, Turquoise Deep acrylic ink (Liquitex), Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue.

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste and allow to dry well.  Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue so that the effect is a little patchy looking.  Apply metallic Pan Pastels all over the Silks, you can use one, two or more of the metallic colours. I used a little of each.  Spritz the Pan Pastels with Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative and allow to dry.  Drizzle some turquoise ink along the top edge of the image and spritz with water, the ink will run & mix with the Pan Pastel colour and Dylusions layer to create a lovely shimmery effect.  Allow to dry.

Hope you enjoyed these gorgeous cards by Robyn.

I’ll be back later today with another special Christmas piece by Anne Cahill.

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