As we all know metallics are really hot right now, they are SO perfect for fall! So while I was testing out this set of Gelatos® from Faber-Castell I whipped up some more 3" x 4" pocket card backgrounds.
As a mixed media artist there are very few projects I do that don't have some Gelatos® on them! I just love them. They are so rich and creamy that they blend really well with or without water so it's a great way to add translucent color to your work.
Done on cardstock and gesso
Lately I've been really into making my own pocket cards for scrapbooking...here's a peek into some backgrounds I made with the Bright set of Gelatos onto 3"x 4" cards. Keep in mind, these are just the backgrounds I can still add doodles, paint, ephemera, and other embellishments to them.
There are so many reasons why I love this piece created by Satchel & Sage for Uncommon Goods, one of my favorite places to get wall art! They have such an eclectic mix of art using all different mediums...like this one that is screenprinted wood:
Seriously cute, right?! I love the positive message of surrounding yourself with love, and if there is one place I want love to flourish is our home.
Ever since I hung it up I can't stop looking at it as I pass it by. It not only reminds me of all the fun I had screen printing on wood way back when, but it is just so me! I love the natural look of the wood and the clean design of the art...it really just makes our house feel even more a part of our home. See more items for your home HERE.
Now Uncommon Good carries a whole lot more then just art. It's also a great place to shop for those hard to shop for people. You know, the ones how have everything, or are just plain picky. If I didn't love the scent of this candle so much I'd give it to one of my fellow book lovers with a gift card for a new book!
Speaking of gift giving, stay tuned because I am going to be whipping up some handmade gifts this Christmas! Let's be friends on social media so you can get a sneak peek at what I'm up to before I even blog about it!
Uncommon Goods was nice enough to send me some products to spice up my home this fall, so thank you to them for that. But, truth be told, I've loved Uncommon Goods for home decor and gift giving long before they showed my home or online home any love. They endeavor to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. They run all of their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including their warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. They make it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is their responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way. -It's no wonder I love them. :)
Disclosure: Erin has received products from Uncommon Goods to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.
Are you like me with a bunch of scrap papers left over from scrapbook pages, and extra pre-cut pocket cards just waiting to be used? I'll admit, in the past I've thrown out perfectly good scraps and given away pocket-cards I knew I was never going to get around to using...because really how many “best day ever” cards can a girl have and use? But now I've decided to stop buying cut back on the amount of artsy stuff I'm buying an make do with what I already have...hello, I can paint over those best day cards or even just use them to practice new techniques on!
So in order to use up the stuff I have I started cutting down white textured cardstock scraps to 3" x 4", which is the perfect size for pocket cards. Now originally I used these papers for testing out some fun products for Faber-Castell and wound up having a bunch of them with the same stencil pattern gesso'd onto them. So today I'm sharing with you what I did with two of those cards...you can check out this short video below to see the process of how I created them.
As I said, I started by using a stencil and applying gesso over it. After I removed the stencil I let the gesso dry.
Next, I rubbed some Gelatos® from the Bright collection over the gesso and activated it with a wet paint brush. I love how easily the color spreads and how well the colors blend together.
Easy peasy! Now I have a great background to work with in my pocket page scrapbooking.
Next up is another white cardstock card that had the same stencil & gesso technique done to it. Once it was dry I just used my handy-dandy fine point Sharpie pen to outline the raised portion of the gesso.
Notice it's NOT perfect! Perfection is over rated. ;)
Once I finished outlining the sectioned I just made quick hash marks down each of the "aisles".
It's not even or straight...which makes it perfect in my book. While you probably can't see it in this photo, the gesso texture is really cool in real life. It would be fun to mix in some colored paint or Gelatos in the gesso too to give it another look.
How are you stretching your supplies and making authentically YOU art to use in your projects? I'd love to hear your ideas so comment below.
Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received products from them to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.
This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony).
Use your photo editing program and any font you desire to create the text you want on your clipboard...save it as a .jpg. Open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the Image Tracing function to import and trace your text. Add other designs if desired and then save as an .fcm file onto your USB stick.
Pop your USB stick into your ScanNCut and retrieve your design. Flip the text so that when you apply it to the back side of your clipboard it will be readable. Cut out the design using vinyl.
Weed out the vinyl to remove the negative area. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl onto the BACK side of your clipboard.
In a well ventilated area spray paint the backside of the clipboard making sure to be careful not to get any paint on the front side. Allow to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.
Remove the vinyl and allow to cure overnight.
Decoupage mixed media papers (I used deli papers that I had created with my gelli plate) or patterned scrapbook paper, etc onto the back side of the clipboard. Allow to dry overnight.
Tie a coordinating ribbon onto the clip.
This clipboard is so fun to make and is long lasting so it will really hold up to being used daily!
sponsor: Brother International
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.
This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)