Monday, February 15, 2016

Challenge #7 - My Mixed Media Creation - Tutorial

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
This is a rather lengthy tutorial, so I will keep my narrative brief!  
Today's project was inspired by a tutorial from Tammy Tutterow

When I reviewed the supply list, I found I did not have most of the items listed, including the 4" x 6" burlap panel.   I decided to make my own using chipboard and corrugated cardboard.  Other substitutions were made to  the paints, stains and sprays. I encourage new crafters to use what is at hand. Doing so will stimulate your creativity and extend your crafting budget. 
I enjoy fabricating elements for my projects.  Using machines to cut patterns that are simply glued or stapled together, leaves me with the nagging feeling that I have not "created" anything.  This project gave me a fun, messy, inky time. It started as a wall hanging and morphed into an easel display.

Supply List
  • 5 (Four)   4"x 6" light or medium weight chipboard panels.  (If you have heavyweight chipboard, use 2 pieces.)
  • 2  - 4" x 6" pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • DCWV 6"x6" Burlap Paper Stack
Stencils, Stamps, Dies, Inks:
  • Layering Stencil (I used the Chevron from Hiedi Swapp's Mini Stencils Pattern Set)
  • Dies:  Lattice Frameworks, Mini Tattered Florals, Sizzix Mini Bird and Cage Set, Base Tray (Movers and Shakers) 
  • Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Broken China, Bundled Sage
  • Stains: Dylusion (Cut Grass, Cherry Pie); Adirondack Butterscotch Color Wash
  • Homemade Distress Stain Sprays: Picket Fence, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage, Vintage Photo
Mediums, Embellishments and Tools:
  • Mediums: Gesso, Luminarte Twinking H2O, Mod Podge, Aleene's Matte Sealer
  • Embellishments: Mini Cabinet Cards (I fabricated my own), Paper Clips, Crinkle Ribbon, Prima Flower Elements #11, Prima Wood Elements - Romance Novel,  K&Company Life Jou Metal Art Keys
  • Tools:  Cradt Sheet, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Sanding Tool, Stapler or Tiny Attacher, Die Pick, Misters, Palette Knife or Paint Scraper,  Cut and dry foam (I used make-up wedges), Big Shot or other Die Cutting Machine.
  • Misc:  Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, foam dots.
Fabricate Burlap Panel:
Glue 4 chipboard pieces together (1+1) to form the front and back of the sandwich.  Glue the two pieces of corrugated cardboard together to form the center of the sandwich.
Assemble the sandwich as shown above.  Your sandwich should measure approximately 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch wide.  Cut two chipboard strips to match the length and width of your sandwich.  These will be used as end pieces to cover the top and bottom.
 Remove one sheet of Burlap paper.  If you use burlap fabric instead of paper, cut your burlap so that it measures 6" x 8".
 Brush Mod Podge on the front of the panel and place in the center of the paper.  Apply even and steady pressure.  Turn over and smooth any wrinkles with a bone folder or ruler.
 Apply glue to the edges of the sandwich and use staples to secure the fabric.  I used a vice to hold in place until glue was dry.  It is not ncessary to do this.  I am just a little OCD.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the panel and adhere the last 4"x6" piece of chipboard.
Cover the back panel with Gesso.  Allow to Dry.
 Use a palette knife or paint scraper to apply Gesso to the front of the panel. 
 Apply a final thin coat of Gesso to the front and sides of the panel.  Allow the panel to dry.

Create your desired background using inks, stains, sprays and stencils.  When satisfied, apply two coats of  Aleene's Matte Sealant.  Allow 15 minutes between coats.

Cut a strip of manilla cardstock the width of the Framework Die and twice as long.   
Fold the strip in half and place the fold on the die just below the first cutting row.  This will give you and extended strip.
I did not have my fold down far enough and that caused the open design in the middle.  fortunately, it is covered up in this project.
Sponge Bundled Sage Distress ink over the Die Cut. While the distress ink was still moist, I used my finger to rub on LuminArte Sunflower for shimmer.  Dry with heat tool.  You can substitue TH Distress Glitter for the LuminArte.  My edges are not distressed, but if you want to distress yours, use your blending tool to apply TH Vintage Photos Ink to the edges of your lattice.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.  Or substitute paper flowers.  I die cut six red burlap flowers
 and used four Prima printed fabric flowers from my stash.
Straighten two small paper clips (or use TH Gem Clips).  Stack flowers as desired, insert end of clip through the fllower stack.  bend the end of the gem clip to form a loop making sure there is enough wire at the end of the loop to twist uderneath.  Place gem in the center of the flower.
Cover gem with Delmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Set aside and allow to dry.


Determine the size for your cabine frame or use the small TH Cabinet Frame.
Paint and stamp as desired.
Assemble elements and do a mock up before adhering to Burlap panel.


  1. Awesome mix media project. Love all the elements and the technique to achieve this look!

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