October 31, 2014

Scrapbooking with Mixed Media+ Process Video

Hey! Today I'm sharing another layout I created recently. I really love how this page turned out, and the whole process was fun, well, playing with gelatos and pretty colors always is... 
Here's the finished page-

I started this with my October Hip Kit Club kits. I wanted to use this photo of my daughter. As I played around with the papers, I loved how the photo looked with the Elle's Studio blue patterned paper. That basically led to the color scheme of this page. I used the soft pinks and grays that were in the kit, with that pop of blue.
Here are the gelatos I decided to use here-

I covered the middle part of my white cardstock with gesso. Then I added some stamping using the stamp and ink from the Stamp kit add on. My Favorite Things' hybrid ink is perfect for using with gelatos or watercolor, cause it's waterproof and once dry will not budge.

Then came the fun part of applying the gelatos. For that dripping look, just spray with water! Because there's gesso on the cardstock, the colors just flow beautifully.
The last thing I did on the background was use the star stencil that came with the Color kit add on and a baby wipe. Gelatos are not permanent, so the baby wipe removed them, but not the stamping. I love the texture that creates.

Here's the process video-

Finishing touched were some stickers and little embellishments like puffy stickers and buttons, all in matching colors, of course! And the big statement, those vellum Prima flowers. Love how they are semi transparent so all the other layers show through.
Thanks for visiting and I'll be back soon with more mixed media fun!

October 30, 2014

October Hip Kit Club Layout Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek of my next project for Hip Kit Club, using the gorgeous October kits-

I really had fun using all the dark gray elements in this kit. And that star stencil... Can't get enough of it! Be sure to check back on Monday and see the layout and the video!
Thanks for visiting!

October 27, 2014

October Hip Kit Club Kits+Process Video

Hi! Here's another layout I created using the October Hip Kits. I love all of Maggie Holmes's collection, and Open Book is no exception.

The main kit this month contained the ephemera die cut package which is packed. And although I really like all the images, some are harder for me to use. In this case, the more vintage floral ones, and the occasional wild animal... So I used those die cuts to create texture and interest on my background. I applied gesso on top, but very lightly, so the images still show, but toned down. Then I added some gelatos, and of course, some stars using a stencil and texture paste. Here are some close ups-

I like cork embellishment, but the thing is, I like the texture cork has, but not really the color. So here I used some white mist, and then gelatos to customize it. I added some glossy accents on top to give it a finished look. It also prevents the gelatos from rubbing off. I also wanted to use some left over metallic accents from the September kit, but I only had the silver ones left, and they didn't really go with my color scheme. So I used some distress paint, which also works on metal to color them. Love how they turned out!

I can't stop using that star stencil!
Here's the video-

Thanks for visiting!

October 25, 2014

Scrapbooking Layout Using Studio Calico's Color Theory Inks+Video

Hey! So I took a short break from playing with kits, cause I wanted to try and join the challenge for October over at Nicoljones911 FB group. The challenge was to use 10 packages of embellishments. Well, I'm nowhere near that, but it was a good effort. No, seriously, I'm hoping to use some of my stash on my layouts this week before November arrives.
Here's my layout-

I started with some Studio Calico inks in sunny day, mint hint, emerald city and glass slipper. Love those colors! Then I dug into my stash of Oh Darling supplies, an older Crate Paper collection, and tried to use as much of it as I could...
Here are some close ups-

You can see everything in the video-

Thanks for visiting and I'll be back on Monday with a layout using the October Hip Kits and a process video. Have a great weekend!

October 22, 2014

Techniques Using Gelatos- Hip Kit Club October Kits +Video

Hi everyone! For today's post I prepared something different from my usual layout. I made a video showing you some techniques you can use with Faber Castell's Gelatos. Here's what I played with-

Almost all of these supplies are from the October and September Hip Kit Club kits.
You can see everything in the videos-
Part 1

Part 2

Here are some still photos, for a quick reference.

This is what happens when I use gelatos directly on paper that has not been primed with gesso- Big mess. Somehow when Wilna Furstenberg does it, it looks amazing, but for me it just doesn't. You can see the lines where I applied the gelato, and the paper starts to fall apart when I try to blend it with a baby wipe or water. Conclusion- Big no no for me.

This is how I like to use gelatos with cardstock/patterned paper that has not been primed with gesso- I use some packaging to apply the gelato, you can see exactly how in the video. You get this beautiful watercolor look. Love this look.

And now we move to using gesso. Gesso is a primer and it protects the paper, as well as prepares the surface for paint. The paint looks brighter and you need less of it because it doesn't sink into the paper. When you've primed your paper with gesso, you can apply the gelato directly to your paper, and it will still blend and move beautifully. With your fingers or with lots of water. I used here a spray bottle, the paint just starts to move and run, and you get a beautiful more bold watercolor look.

You can also stamp with gelatos. Apply them directly to your stamps (you can use more than one color of course!), larger stamps without tiny details will work better
here. Spritz some water on the stamp and stamp away. The look you get it more of a watercolor look, it won't be perfect.

Since gelatos are not permanent, you can also remove them easily, when you've applied gesso to your surface first. Here's an example- I did some stamping with water proof ink, I used My Favorite Things' hybrid ink and Elle's Studio Sycamore lane stamp set.
I applied gesso directly to the paper, and added some water, letting the colors run. Then let it dry. Next take a stencil, and with a wet baby wipe, rub over the stencil. The gelatos will be removed. And you'll get this pretty look-

You can also use gelatos to color mediums like gel medium (matte or glossy), texture/molding/modeling paste or gesso.
In one of my layouts using October's Hip Kit I colored Ranger's Texture Paste with my gelatos. Here's a close up at how that looked (click here to see the process video for this layout)-

Here I colored some matte gel with gelatos, and used My Favorite Things' star stencils to apply it. When the gelatos are mixed with gel medium, after it's dry, it will be permanent. In the example here I added more gelatos on top of it. But if I took a wet baby wipe and rubbed it on this, the stars would stay the same (they are the matte gel part), and the background will go back to white (it was primed with gesso===> the gelatos can be removed from it).

You can also color texture paste once it's dry. I used a stencil and texture paste on top of gesso covered cardstock and let it dry. I then added gelatos in metallic mint and silver on top of it. Texture paste is absorbent, unlike gesso, so the gelato will settle better into it. You can add some water to help you spread the color around, or use your fingers.

For the last example I used cardstock without gesso. I colored my gesso with gelatos (just mix them before applying the gesso), and used a stencil to apply the gesso. This will give you messy results, especially if your gesso is more on the liquid/fluid side (as opposed to more heavy body gesso). Here I got a peachy shade (I mixed Mango, Guava and Metallic Melon), and I also threw in some glitter. Then I also did some stamping and embossing with white embossing powder. Last stage was to apply the gelatos, and since my surface was not primed with gesso, I used packaging and a little bit of water to apply the gelatos. Using a paper towel, the gelatos are easily removed from the embossed areas, as well as the gesso-ed ones. 

Here are some layouts I've made using gelatos-

The next two were made at a workshop Wilna Furstenberg taught, and are lifted from her designs.

This next layout is very much inspired and quite lifted by another Wilna layout, this time from her online Art class-

And the last one was inspired by that same art class.

So I hope you'll feel more comfortable to use your gelatos now! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.
Thx for visiting!

October 20, 2014

October Hip Kit Club Layouts + Process Videos

Monday is here. Again. But since Monday is my day to be on the Hip Kit Club blog, it has become a lot more fun. So here's my layout for this week, using the October Hip Kits-

Here's the video-

My second layout was made for Hip Kit Club's first online crop, that took place this weekend (18-19th October 2014).
All the challenges are still open, they'll close on Tuesday 21st of October at midnight EST. You have to upload your project to the corresponding album on the Hip Kit Member Forum FB page.
My challenge was to use mixed media and here's my page-

I had a lot of fun making this layout, playing with the texture paste and the gelatos. You can see exactly how I made this, from start to finish in the video-

Here are some close up shots-

I'll be back soon with more layouts and videos. Thanks for visiting!

October 17, 2014

Hip Kit Club Online Crop and November's Kits!

Hey! It's Saturday morning in Austria, and this weekend is Hip Kit Club's first online crop! The whole design team will be presenting challenges and project to inspire you on the 18th and 19th of October (2014). I hope you'll join us on the Hip Kit Club Member Forum page on Facebook.
Here you can find more details and sneak peeks of our projects.
Here's a sneak peek of my project for the crop-

 Yes, I'm playing with some mixed media!

And the November kits have been revealed this week, they are so pretty! Wintery and festive, but totally versatile even if you don't do themed scrapbooking (I don't do much). You can see all the details and prices here in the Hip Kit Club store.
Here's the main kit-

 My favorites? Those candy cane Thickers are too cute. But my absolute favorite- The puffy stickers. GOLD, PUFFY, CAMERAS!!! I need 3. And that gray paper with dots and hearts. Too cute!!

Here's the embellishments add on-

Silver thickers and word stickers?? Yes please! Those smaller alphas are also puffy!! Puffy stickers remind me of childhood:) And flair always makes me happy:)

And now... The one I'm most excited about... Color kit add on-

 4 amazing shimmery inks!! I'm actually amazed I do not own some of these, but soon I will:) All the colors are too gorgeous and they'll look so great with the kit! Can't wait to play:)

Here's the stamp add on-

 Silver embossing powder. That's all I'm gonna say.

Cardstock add on-

Love the soft colors.
Have a lovely scrappy weekend and I hope to see you at the crop!
Thx for visiting!

October 10, 2014

First Online Crop at Hip Kit Club!

Hey there! It's Friday here in Austria, and I can already smell the weekend. And while I'm (not at all) patiently waiting for my October Hip Kit to arrive, here's something fun to look forward to-

Here's the full announcement-

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to announce the unveiling of our brand new Facebook HIP KIT CLUB MEMBER FORUM. It is a great place to kick of your shoes and get to know other members, share your projects and inspiration.
To kick things off we will be hosting our first Hip Kit Club Online Crop on October 18th & 19th from 8am – 8pm EST daily. You can join in the fun by simply stopping by our Facebook Hip Kit Club Member Forum during that weekend and jump right into the festivities. There will be challenges, giveaways and our DT members will be there all day long to chat with you, answer questions and share special projects that they have created just for the crop. Our crop is open to EVERYONE – you don’t have to be a Hip Kit Club Member to play along. So… mark your calendars – and join us on the 18th & 19th for this fun filled weekend. See you there! xo Kimberly & the Hip Kit Club Design Team

So the October kits are sold out, that means that a lot of you will have all the goodies we'll be using for all the challenges! I will be focusing on mixed media, and using the October Color kit add-on. I'll be playing with texture paste, stencils and gelatos. This will be the 2nd challenge on Saturday, so morning for the north Americans and afternoon here in Europe.
You don't have to be a member to join the fun, everyone can participate, so I really hope to see you there (there is at the Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook)!
Thanks for visiting and I'll be back on Monday with a new layout and video!