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VIDEO: Mixed Media Mania Hop News and Magazine Articles Catch-Up

I thought I would just quickly put together a news catch-up video today. I will let you into a secret, I don’t do a lot of these types of videos, the more vlog – style to camera videos, as I find them quite hard to do! But I want to practice and get better at them so here is a little announcement about the Mixed Media Mania hop winner results and also I just thought I would get you all caught up with some of the magazines that I am in at the moment and give you a peek at the amazing free cover gifts that come with them too, because I know you like them! So I hope you enjoy my mini May 2018 art vlog. Don’t forget to scroll down for the links to the magazines and also to the hop winners announcement and other arty/ crafty bits and bobs that I mention in the video!

And more importantly a HUGE thank you for joining in with the hop, I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly did!  Carisa Zglobicki and DeeDee Catron put the whole thing together so a massive thank you to them for their hard work and to all the companies who gave a giveaway!

 

VIDEO: Mixed Media Mania Hop News and Magazine Articles Catch-Up

 

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Creative Stamping 54
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Creative Stamping 55
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Die-cutting Essentials 35
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Papercraft Essentials 158
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Craft Stamper May 2018
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Craft Stamper March 2018
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I hope that you enjoyed that magazine articles catch-up. Now if you are looking for the Mixed Media Mania hop winners visit Carisa’s blog or DeeDee’s blog.  And if you still want to soak up some of that hop inspiration then here is the full Mixed Media Mania Hop video playlist for you!

Here are the links for a few other things that I mentioned in my video: Do go visit Crafti Potentials YouTube channel! I have a full DIY Stamp carving demo on my channel and another video with my favourite DIY Stamp carving products if you missed it!

And also don’t forget the free extra project for Papercraft Essentials.

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VIDEO: Using Embossing Powder With Stencils

VIDEO: Mixed Media Technique - Using Embossing Powders With Stencils by Kim Dellow

 

I’m back today with a technique for using embossing powder with stencils. But I am not just using one embossing powder, oh no, that would be too easy! I am going to use three and I’ve got the whole process for you in my video today. It is a great technique for your mixed media, art journaling and even your card making too so have fun trying out this embossing powder with stencils technique!

Now, I’m using some lovely free gifts that I got from magazines for my make today. So hopefully this will give you some ideas for how to use them if you have them, or a heads-up if you haven’t and you want to get them! There might also be a shameless plug for one of my recent articles too! Oops!

I’m using the Dragonfly Dreams Die and Stamp set from Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 171 and the Hexagon Stencil from Apple Blossom Magazine and kit issue 2 and you can find both of these over at Craft Stash (they ship worldwide!) and I’ve put direct links to each of the magazines in the supplies list below.

Remember, there are close-up pictures of the project at the bottom of this post!

 

VIDEO: Mixed Media Technique – Using Embossing Powder With Stencils

 

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Junk Journal

Hexagon Stencil from Apple Blossom Magazine and kit Issue 2

Dragonfly Dreams Die and Stamp set from Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 171

Golden Matte Medium
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Liquitex Gesso
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Brush 1/2 flat (Whole range)
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VersaMark Ink
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Buy from CraftStash UK  or try the Emboss ink
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Embossing powder
I used Clear AltNew, Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold and Cosmic Shimmer Denim Lilac Aurora but really you can use any colors, or brands, you want to!

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(…Buy from Amazon UK  The only place I could find the Denim Lilac)

Heat Tool
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Cuttlebug Die-cutting machine
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MISTI
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Buy from Oyster Stamps UK
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Vellum
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Antistatic powder
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Golden Regular gel (Gloss)
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Palette Knife
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Beadsmith Awl
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Tweezers
Pencil

For the printed paper I used these products:

Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint (Naples Yellow Red, Quinacridonerose Light)
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Gel Press 6″ x 6″ plate
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Fabriano Accademia Paper is great for printing as it is cheaper but if you can’t find it then try other student art or drawing paper. You can also use the Strathmore Printmaking paper but it is more expensive.
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Close-up of the right hand page from the Embossing Powders With Stencils Video by Kim Dellow

Close-up of the left-hand page from the Embossing Powders With Stencils Video by Kim Dellow

So if you want to visit Sue Hughes you can find her on facebook or on her blog, pop over and let her know how lovely her article was!

And if you haven’t seen my video about printing with gel plates then you can find the playlist here.

 

I hope that you enjoyed the embossing powder with stencil art journal page process, I am really looking forward to hearing your word suggestions for this piece today!

Have fun creating!

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Magazine And Sale News!

Inside view of the Colouring Card blanks article by Kim Dellow in Papercraft Essentials Issue 153

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I’ve a double shout-out for you today! First of all I thought I would let you know that I have a stash stretcher article out in this month’s issue of Papercraft Essentials (Issue 153). It is full of ideas on how to make your own coloured card blanks, all you need is some white cardstock, some inks, like Distress Oxides or even some pencils and pens will do the job! And you will find all my favourite techniques plus tips on how to do it in the magazine.

My second shout-out is some sale news! If you are looking to grab a bargain then now might be the time to do it! CraftStash have some super offers for you this week as part of their Black Friday sale. Starting with their offer today of 20% off all Altenew Stamps and Inks.

It only lasts until 11.59 pm UK time then tomorrow there is a new deal, so if you want some new Altenew get it now! I have my eye on that Happy Dreams stamp set, it’s totally on my wishlist!

 

Happy Dreams Altenew stamp set (On Kim Dellow' wishlist!)

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And whilst you are over at CraftStash you can get your hands on Papercraft Essentials Issue 153 if you haven’t got it already. This issue comes with a lovely Mandala stencil and super useful sentiment stamp set plus there is also a 52 page supplement featuring the All Occasions Collection and if you buy this issue at CraftStash you also get 10% off the All Occasions Collection just use the code: PE153AO10 at the checkout.

Papercraft Essentials Issue 153 with a stash stretcher article by Kim Dellow

 

Anyway I just thought you would want to know!

Have a fun Monday.

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New Projects With Old DIY Carved Stamps

I’m in the middle of a major craft room reorganisation and I’ve been going through my magazine collection and cutting out the articles I have written to archive them. I love magazines and am in awe at the amazing people who work hard to put them together, as you probably guessed if you visited my blog yesterday! When I last did a rough count of how many articles I have written it was over 320, so I think a re-sort is super long overdue!

It’s a work in progress but during the re-sort I came across some stamps I carved for an article for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 way back in 2012, although the magazine itself came out in 2013. I know! It is kind of making my eyes water just thinking about how long ago that was.

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A card using DIY Carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I don’t even think you can get the magazine any more it was that long ago. But I thought it would be fun to ink up the stamps again and make a couple of new cards with them. What do you think? Have the designs aged well? They are pretty naive but I quite like that style.

I have used them for a couple of other projects one on my blog which was an art journal page and for a stamp carving tutorial over on the Blitsy blog, although I carved a new leaf for that project to the one I used in the magazine.

These stamps are made from Speedball Speedy Carve and Soft Cut Lino but I have also carved stamps into erasers before as well.

Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 had a stamp carving article by Kim Dellow

You know, this project revisit is making my want to do some new stamp carving! There is something really satisfying about carving your own stamp designs although I would not say I was that good at it. There are some truly phenomenal stamp carvers who share the work on instagram.

For instance I love the work of Viktoria Åström, her work is gorgeous and so detailed, you can see her on instagram or on her website. She often uses nature to inspire her work but her designs have so much character too, so do go check her out!

A floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I quite like using double printing and that is how I made the chequered background. They are two different stamps, one I covered a square grid into and the other that I carved a line grid but you can layer them to make the chequered pattern.

The leaves are also a double print and if you pop over to my tutorial on the Blitsy blog you can see exactly how I made that print.

Another handy tip if you do use the Speedball Speedy Carve or erasers to carve into, they are thick enough to cover a stamp on both sides so two for the price of one. The Soft Cut Lino is much thinner, or at least the ones I have are, so you can only carve on one side.

More details of the floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow

close-up of the lightbulb design card by Kim Dellow

So how about you? Do you carve your own stamps? What was the last design you carved? What do you use? Or do you have a favourite stamp carving artists?

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Free Project With Papercraft Essentials 145

Birthday Flower card by Kim Dellow for Papercraft Essentials Issue 145

[Photo credit: Practical Publishing International]

Are you looking for a project to do this this week? Or perhaps it is a Bank Holiday where you are so you have a beautiful Monday to fill with some creativity? If so then I’ve got a project step by step over on the Papercraft Magazines website that you might find interesting.

It is an extra project for the DIY Create Your Own Foam Stamps article that I wrote for Papercraft Essentials issue 145. Have you got a copy yet? If you haven’t then you might want to pick up a copy, just look at the amazing free cover gift. So cute! It was designed by Vicky Welsby and it is adorable, I’m really looking forward to getting some time to play with them.

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Papercraft Essentials Magazine Issue 145 and cover gift on Kim Dellow's blog

If you do have a copy do let me know if you have used the cover gift set yet or if you have been inspired by my article, either way I would love to hear and see your projects.

Enjoy your Monday and if you are having some Bank Holiday fun then I hope you have a lovely creative day!

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Published: DIY Stamped Washi Tape For Creative Stamping 32

I don’t know about you but I am a bit of a pushover for Washi tape. I know! Still!

I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. My draws are quite literally stuffed with Washi tape. I’m just a sucker for the cute little designs and fabulous colours, they attract me like a paper-hoarding magpie. Is that just me or do you have the same problem?

Well in my article for this month’s Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32, I’ve got some tips for making your own fabulous Washi tape designs. 

Peek at Kim Dellow's DIY Washi tape article in Creative Stamping 32

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It is super-easy and means that you can totally bespoke your Washi tape to your heart’s content and make it in bulk to use later too. So now we don’t have to buy any more Washi tape. Yeah! Right! Who are am I kidding? We will still go and buy Washi Tape won’t we? But we will just be adding our own designs to our collection too won’t we?! Oh yep! Well I know I will anyway!

If you fancy making your own Washi tape then all the details are in the Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32 and you might want to check the stamp set this month too. It is a Summer themed set, just perfect for the rest of July and into August. Hopefully we will get some sunny weather, but if not you can make sunny projects instead!

Oh and don’t leave me hanging here, let me know if you are a Washi tape fanatic too in the comments below. Washi tape sisters and brothers have to stick together! Ha Ha, Did you see what I did there?

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Published: PaperCrafter Magazine Issue 96 PaperArtsy Summer Stage

Do you get PaperCrafter Magazine from Aceville Publications Ltd? Well if you do and you are a regular then you might have spotted a couple of makes from me over the last few months. I started working for them at the end of last year and I have had makes in issues 92, 95 and now in the current issue – 96.

So that is my article heads-up today – my project in PaperCrafter issue 96!

Kim Dellow's Stage box from PaperCrafter Magazine Issue 96 using PaperArtsy Stamps

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For this article I made a cute sunshine and Summer-inspired stage box with the lovely stamps designed by Jo Firth-Young from her PaperArtsy JOFY stamp set 42 plus some of the flowers from her PaperArtsy JOFY stamp set 41 too. I mean I really could not help myself! Have you seen how cute her stamps are? I just love her girl stamp and so versatile too, change her hair style or the way her head and body tilts and you have a different girl.

You can find these ladies on their Sunshine stage with steps showing how to make the whole project in issue 96 of PaperCrafter Magazine. It might look complicated to make but I assure you that it isn’t! What do you think, they are at a summer gala aren’t they? Or perhaps it is a Summer craft show?! Mmm I really should have put some paper cakes in there somewhere!

Do let me know if you get the magazine and are inspired to make your own Summer stage, I would love to see it so pop on back and leave me a link to any photos you have of your project.

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Published: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Tutorial In Simply Cards And Papercraft 151

Hey guys, I am pretty excited about my share with you today! It is my latest article from the new issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 151.

If you have ever wondered why I struggle to post regularly to my blog, and why sometimes it can be a little quiet around here, you pop on other and you can almost see the tumbleweed running across my blog! Well most of the time it is because I am making things for clients that I just can’t share.

But now, thanks to some of my lovely clients, I CAN share some of my article work with you once it has hit the shelves. Which is just great for me because I do get a bit excited about my art and craft and what I do, so I love sharing with you guys as I know you are just like me in that respect!

Kim Dellow's Distress Crayon Article for Simply Cards and Papercraft 151

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I’m kicking this off today with an article I did for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 151 using the newish Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.

I totally wish I could say that I took that photograph but I didn’t and you have hopefully already spotted the photo credit to Practical Publishing International under the photograph?! *Mutters To Self* This is SO going to make my usual blog post photography look a bit pants, I am so going to have to up my game *Ends Muttering*.

If you get Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine, from Practical Publishing International, then you might have spotted that I am a regular contributor for this magazine, you will also know that it is edited by Amy Gray and you really must go visit her amazing blog!

I’ve got step by steps for each of the projects in the magazine and some tips and ideas to help inspire your Distress Crayon makes. Plus don’t forget my recent YouTube video comparing the Distress Crayons with the Crayola Twistable Slick Stixs too.

I’m looking forward to sharing some more heads-up for article work with you soon.

Oh and before you go, if you have been using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (or the Crayola Twistable Slick Stix) how have you been getting on with them? I would love to know!

Catch you later
Kim

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Learn How To Draw And Paint Mixed Media Faces

You all know that I’m pretty much obsessed with drawing and painting faces don’t you? If you are a regular to my blog then you can’t have helped but notice the weekly community art share link up that I host called Show Your Face. Well if you are fan too of drawing and painting faces on your mixed media projects and in your art journal then you are going to love this new Creating Faces video from the people who bring you Craft Stamper Magazine.

Trish Latimer, editor of Craft Stamper, along with three other designers Tracy Scott, Clare Lloyd and Kim Dellow (Hold on! That is ME!) are sharing how they create their mixed media faces in ‘Creating Faces’ the video, coming to a DVD player, Bluray player or the Traplet online streaming/ download site NOW!

Creating Faces Video showing how to add faces to your mixed media work

Ok so I might be getting a bit excited, I could hear that deep film announcer guy’s voice in my head just now (could you hear him too or was that just me?).

Anyway, I AM pretty excited because, well 1. I’m one of the designers sharing how I make one of my illustrative faces and 2. I’ve seen all the videos and they are pretty fab! Each designer shares all their tips and tricks and you get to see the whole process in real time.

If you are new to face drawing and painting each designer goes through all the steps they take from start to finish so it is a great place to start. If you are further along with your own face art there are plenty of techniques and tips to add your mixed media toolbox and adapt to your own practice.

 

Back cover of the Creating Faces video

Creating Faces is available in a choice of formats: £14.95 Bluray, £12.95 DVD £2.50 single download or £8.95 for all four downloads and you can find the Bluray and DVD in the Traplet shop and the downloads on the Traplet streaming/ download page.

But you might want to get yourself along to the Craft Stamper Facebook page as they are doing a GIVEAWAY!

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Kim

 

*** 12th April 2018 Update – I am sorry to say that this video is no longer available. But in happy news, keep your eyes on my blog or my YouTube channel as I have some face videos coming later this year! ***

 



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Behind The Scenes Tips From Wonderful Wall Art Creative Stamping

Have you seen the wonderful Summer Collection stamps that come with the current issue of Creative Stamping yet? When I first saw these stamps I was immediately transported to summer holidays and bright colours.

A sneak peek into Creative Stamping issue 25

I don’t know if I am allowed to have favourites from the set but I really love the flamingo stamp (flamingos are SO hot right now!) and the bird of paradise. I mean the rest of the stamps are pretty gorgeous too but those popped out first for me.

My article was all mixed media wall art inspiration using the collection and you can see all the details and projects in Creative Stamping Issue 25. But I do have a picture that didn’t make it into the magazine just for YOU.

Using mock ups to design wall art

It is a little peak into how I set about designing the Bird of Paradise project from the article and a couple of handy tips for your projects:

1. Mock It Up!
I often mock up my makes before glueing down to give me an idea about placement of the elements. I use the items themselves or, like in the case of the stamped bird, I stamp it on spare paper, roughly cut it out and use it to help decide where things need to go.

2.  Don’t Freak Out!
Later in the process I stamped the bird of paradise on the canvas board then proceeded to cover it up with paint. It can be a bit scary to do this. But don’t freak out about losing all the lovely stamp details. You will lose a bit of the detail but you will also add a bit of your own details that will make the final project unique to you.

Two general rules of thumb that can be applied to a lot of situations really, I use them a lot.  For pictures of the finished wall art and instructions on how to make them check Creative Stamping 25 and when you do come back and give me a shout as to which of the stamps from the Summer Collection are your favourites!

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Papercraft Essentials Thursday!

Wahoo! Look at me with my issue of Papercraft Essentials before it went on sale! Yay!

Ok so I woke up this morning super-pumped and motivated, so I’m sorry if I get too over excited! But I am excited ‘coz issue 121 of Papercraft Essentials is in the shops today and I’ve already got my issue so I can share with you one of my favourite projects so far this year.

Wot Kim? Another favourite project? I know, I say it a lot but it is true.

So this is the issue that I’m talking about…

Papercraft Essentials Issue 121

You can find it in your newsagents, supermarkets or online and this month I’ve expanded on my Get The Look – Gold blog series from February and March into some Gold-A-Licious greeting cards.

Ok, I warned you I was over-excited today, if the making up of words isn’t warning enough.

I’m sure that coffee was decaf…

If you want some more Gold in your life then check out some of these posts for some inspiration…

Go Gold with transfer tapes, the easy wayGold Leafing Pen drawings to spice up a notebook coverA gold touch added to a vase with gilding flakesAdding gold embellishment to watercolour cardsAdding gold leafing pen abstract designs to notebook coversAltered Dominoes with gold leaf edgesUsing Gilding wax to add gold to projects

Catch you later Gold-inators!

Kim

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