Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Meet the New ColourArte Design Team

Hello friends!  I am so happy to announce the new design team for ColourArte!  And I am thrilled to announce that I am once again a part of the team for the rest of the year!!!!  Yippee!!!  

I will be making video tutorials to hopefully inspire, and perhaps entice you, to "play" with these wonderful products.  My goal is always to inform and experiment with the products, and pass on what I learn to you!  It's not hard, of course, but if you have never used them, it is always fun to have someone tell you what to do, and sometimes, what not to do.  Right?  

The entire team will be doing the same on either the ColourArte blog or on the ColourArte YouTube Channel.  So check us out, because we are ready to share our projects with you!  

Here are a couple of links for you to stay up-to-date on all the goings-on, as well as special sales, and even monthly challenges and giveaways.  

Please visit the ColourArte Blog at

You can find all the video tutorials on the ColourArte Youtube Channel at

Like us on Facebook at

ColourArte products are available at

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey through the world of mixed media!

Barbara xoxo

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wall Hanging with Altered Pages and Rubber Stamp Depot

Hello all!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  This month, we are featuring some really fabulous rubber stamps from Rubber Stamp Depot and combining them with the awesome products from Altered Pages.

I made this cute 6"x6" wall hanging to use as a display piece or to give as a gift.  Enamorado means "In Love", and when I look at this, I see two loving friends or  sisters, reading books to each other.  Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift to a sister or girl friend.  

Cut a piece of black mat board and a piece of Olé Burrito paper to 6" x 6" square.  Distress the edges and ink them with the Leather Mix'd Media ink pad.  

Ink Sister Secrets rubber stamp with the Black Stazon Midi ink pad and stamp directly onto an ATC sized piece of Eco board.

Use peach and pink colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the girls' skin.

Use yellow and ochre colored Gelatos with a water brush to color their hair.

Use blue and pink colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the girls' dresses.

Use brown and black colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the bench, and green to color the girls' books.

Use pastel pink and pastel green colored Gelatos with a water brush to color the background.

Use black colored Gelato to edge the eco board and blend out with your finger.  

Use Ochre colored Gelato  to add a golden glow to the background to make it match the Enamored label.   

Cut a piece of the Adhesive Corrugated card stock slightly larger than the Enamorado label and edge with the Schoolhouse Red Mix'd Media ink pad.  


Adhere the label to the corrugated card and adhere the two pieces to the top of the mat board.  Leave room at the top to punch two holes and attach eyelets.  Glue the stamped eco board piece below that, as shown.

Thread a length of Sari Silk Ribbon through the holes for hanging.  

Cut a large pink flower in half and glue to either side of the eco board.  Glue a smaller blue flower in fourths and glue to the pink flower, as shown.

Glue the yellow flower on top on each side, and add a large pearl gem to each flower center.

Fussy cut two small flower bouquets, edge with a black Big Brush Pen, and adhere to the label with foam dots.


Sabor Papel:  Olé BurritoSentimentios Amor
Rubber Stamp Depot:Sister Secrets
Eco board
Big Brush Pens
Water Brushes
Sari Silk Ribbon
Double Sided Tape ⅜ inch for adhering papers
Black Stazon Midi ink pad

Assorted Flowers
Adhesive Corrugated
Dimensional Adhesives
Leather Mix'd Media ink pad
Schoolhouse Red Mix'd Media ink pad

I hope you enjoyed today's project, and be sure to check out the new products in the Altered Pages online shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Video Tutorial: Colorful Poppies with ColourArte

Hello everyone!  I have a new video tutorial up on YouTube using the fabulous ColourArte products and rubber stamps, and I share a some tips and techniques, as well as some insights on these wonderful paint products.  

ColourArte Supplies Used:

Silks Acrylic Glaze:
Coral Berry
Olive Vine
Pretty Peridot

Radiant Gel Dimensional Paint:
Emperor's Gold

Twinkling H20's:
Scarab Beetle
Copper Penny
Mustard Green

Other supplies used:

6"x6" Acrylic Paper (Strathmore)
6-1/2" x 6-1/2" Black card stock
Donna Poppies stamp set (Donna Downey - Unity Stamp Co.)
As I See It stamp set (Donna Downey-Unity Stamp Co.)
Rubber stamp positioner
Black archival ink pad
Black pen
Art Is stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)

I hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps learned a bit from it.  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look.  

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Card and Matching Tag with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello chipp-ie fans!  Did you know that Gypsy Soul Laser Cut chipboard works really well for card making?  Why?  Because you can get some dimension without having to spend extra postage.  How cool is that?  

So, today, I want to share a card and matching tag that can be used for any occasion, and the tag can be attached to a corresponding gift.

I die cut two decorative shapes from the coordinating papers and ran them through my Xyron Creative Station.  Then I cut a piece of green card stock to 7" x 10" and folded in half to make a 5" x 7" card base.  The two layers where then adhered to the front.

I aligned the  heart shaped filigree frame over the face image and traced around it with pencil, then cut it out.

I colored the face with colored pencils, adding shading with the white gel pen, and outlining around the eyes with the black Micron pen.

Next, I inked the frame with with the yellow, red, and sienna chalk ink pads.  When the ink dried, I added a layer of Clear Rock Candy crackle paint over the frame and let it dry.  Then I added walnut stain over it to bring out the cracks.  When dry, I adhered the frame over the face image.

The propeller, gears, and "Timeless" were also inked with the chalk ink pads, but finished by embossing with the ocher embossing powder.  A big brush black pen was used to edge the word to help it show up better against the background.

I also fussy cut some of the flowers from one of the papers and layered them with foam dots for added dimension.

Metal stickers were adhered to the center of the propeller and around the edge of the frame.

I covered one of the small tags with coordinating G45 paper and used the reverse side of the paper for the opposite side of the tag.  Remember to punch the hole at the top before covering the second side so you can find the hole easily.

I covered the corset and hat from the Ladies Choice Miniatures Set with walnut stain.  Then I inked the corset with the yellow, red, and sienna chalk ink pads. ending with the yellow.  The hat was inked with alabaster, then green, while the feather was inked with alabaster, then blue.  I used the black Micron pen to add a little pen work to the hat.

I cut out a strip of images from the coordinating paper and adhered to the tag first, then I inked a small gear with black, then gold ink, cut it in half, and adhered all to the tag, as shown.

I added a metal gear to the end of a swivel clasp and added the swivel clasp through the tag hole.  


Back (left blank to add recipient's name)
Supplies used:

Graphic 45 8x8 Paper Pad - Steampunk Debutante
Xyron Creative Station
Green card stock (7"x10"-fold in half to make 5"x7" card)
ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads: Yellow Cadmium, Warm Red, Burnt Sienna, Warm Green, Blue Lagoon
Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen: Black
Spellbinders S6-005 - 5x7 Elegant Labels 4
Ranger embossing powder: Antiquities Ocher
Ranger Distress Stain:  Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz swivel clasp with chain
Metal gear and round stickers

This was a bunch of fun to make.  I really love using chipboard shapes in my art work and card making projects.  I hope I have inspired you to give this a try and take a look at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop to see so much more fun shapes to suit every taste.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative day!


Festive Lantern with Sabor and CraftwellUSA eBrush

Hello everyone!  The Craftwell USA eBrush design team is still working with the beautiful Sabor Papel papers this month.  We just participated in a Cinco de Mayo blog hop with them, and if you missed it, you can find more inspiration by clicking here.   

However,  my project for today is a 3D festive lantern that would be suitable for any party or occasion.

The Sabor paper collections are quite beautiful, as you can see.  I die cut the lantern pieces in white card stock first to get an idea of how it goes together.  That way, I hoped I would not make any mistakes when cutting out my gorgeous papers.

So, when you are comfortable with the assembly, simply follow the directions given.  Below are the two pieces of the lantern.  Cut two pieces of vellum to fit behind the openings and adhere to the inside of the lantern.  The lantern comes apart so you can put a battery-operated candle inside.  DO NOT use a real tea light candle, only the battery-operated type should be used.

Punch two strips of white card stock along the 11" side of paper, as shown.

Trim paper about 1/4" from the punched openings on both strips.

Choose your marker colors to match your paper.  Adhere the two strips together and lay it onto a scrap of paper to catch the overspray from the eBrush.

eBrush your strip using all four marker colors, as shown.

Adhere strip around the bottom of the lantern top.  When you come to a corner, trim the strip evenly with the angle of the top, as shown.  Only cut the 1/4" section, not the decorative section.

When you turn the corner, you will have this tiny extra piece sticking up, which you will need to trim once again, following the angle of the top.  This will give the border strip a neat, mitered look.

Here are the three pieces finished from the front.

Here are the lantern pieces from the inside.  There is a little strip of paper that is glued inside to hold the battery-operated tea light candle.  This piece is then inserted into the larger piece, on the left, to close it up.

And here it is with the tea-light on.  I decided at the last minute to fussy cut a shape from the Amor Enamored paper and adhered it to the top of the lantern with foam dots for added dimension.  (See finished photo above).

Supplies used:

Craftwell USA eBrush
Sabor Papel:  Amor - RamitosAmor EnamoredOlé Sorpresa
Silhouette electronic cutting machine
Silhouette cut file:  3D Lantern
Copic Markers: BG15, R05, RV06, G05
Decorative edger punch
White card stock
Battery-operated tea light candle

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to stop by the Craftwell blog for more inspiration from the team. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas: Just One Drop with DecoArt Media and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello everyone!  Today, I want to share a really fun, easy mixed media canvas that, of course, uses the fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts line of products, along with the awesome DecoArt Media product line.  I am totally in love with them, and I know you will be too.

As I have said many times, I love quotes that make me think or inspire me.  This one really spoke to me.  I hope you feel the same, but of course, there are tons of quotes out there to use, so pick one you like, or that "speaks" to you, and make your own inspirational canvas.  This would also be a beautiful Mother's Day or birthday gift!


Step 1:  Paint an 8x10 canvas with DecoArt Media white gesso, let dry.

Step 2:  Paint three chipboard pieces with DecoArt Media white gesso, let dry.

Step 3:  Mix three DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic colors on palette (Blue Green Light, Cerulean Blue, Titan Buff).  Paint color mixture onto top and sides of canvas.

Step 4:  Paint chipboard frame with Titan Buff, let dry.

Step 5: Align frame over quote and trace around it with pencil.

Step 6:  Cut quote out around pencil lines, leaving about 3/8" margin for gluing behind chipboard.  Set aside.

Step 7:  Brush DecoArt Media Clear Crackle Glaze over frame, leaving some areas uncovered.  Allow to dry thoroughly to develop cracks.

Step 8:  To enhance the crackle effect, apply DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over frame with your finger or an almost dry wet wipe.  Use the wipe to remove or add more or less antiquing cream until you like the effect.

I think this looks like vintage ivory.  Set frame aside.

Step 9:  Draw petal lines with a pencil over the flower head.

Step 10:  Mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quin Violet and Titanium White to make this beautiful pink color.  Paint petals with the lighter mixture, then add details by adding more Quin Violet to the mix.

Step 11:  Mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold and Phthalo Green-Yellow and paint stems with mixture.  Add shading with more Phthalo Green-Yellow.

Step 12:  Place a dab of glue in the flower center and sprinkle nut brown Flower Soft over glue.  Let dry thoroughly before brushing off excess Flower Soft.

Step 13:  Apply DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over stems for an aged look.  Continue adding or removing the color until you like the result.  Set aside.

Step 14:  Paint chibpoard word "Beautiful" with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Silver, let dry.

Step 15:  Apply DecoArt Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream over the word, wipe off excess for an aged, silver metal look.

Step 16:  Back to the canvas, edge the canvas with DecoArt Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream to give it a framed effect.  This tends to draw the eye into the center of the canvas.

Step 17:  Glue quote beneath the oval opening in the frame, erase any pencil lines showing.

Step 18:  Glue frame to center of canvas, as shown.

Step 19:  Glue remaining chipboard pieces to the canvas, as shown.

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard:  Page Frame Art DecoYarrowWords and Phrases I
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Blue Green Light
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - TitanBuff
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics- Titanium White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Yellow
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
DecoArt Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
DecoArt Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - CarbonBlack
8x10 Canvas
Book of quotes
Assorted Brushes
Baby/wet wipes
Flower Soft - Nut Brown

I hope you enjoyed my project today and have been inspired to give this a try.  Be sure to check out these amazing products, too.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!