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DIY Dollar Store Transparent TN Christmas Dashboards

Mounting Unmounted Stamps

Hello my crafty peeps! After receiving several comments and questions on Instagram about how to mount full sheets of unmounted stamps, I thought I’d film a quick process video.

The stamps that I’ll be mounting in the video are from Invoke Arts on Etsy. I’ve had mixed feelings about this shop in the past but decided to place another order and I’m happy to say that shipping was really fast this time. I had my stamps in about 4 days.

I purchased my EZ Mount from Amazon. You may not need a 10 pack, but it’s handy stuff to have on hand.

The DVD cases that I use to store my mounted stamps can also be found on Amazon.

Thanks for watching my video. Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

Transparent Valentine’s Day Dashboard

Hi and Happy Monday. We’re already half way through January and in the planner world that means that Valentine’s Day planner set-ups are likely under way. I’m not exception. Today I have a fast and fun Valentine’s Day dashboard tutorial to share with you.

For this project you’ll need a laminator, window clings from the dollar store, laminating pouches and of course a planner. I’m using my In The Moment planner from my My Prima Planner.

First thing you’ll want to do is turn your laminator on and let it warm up.

While that’s heating, grab a laminating pouch and one of the inserts from your planner. Your going to use the insert just as a guide for proper sizing.

Place the insert underneath your laminating pouch then just open your pouch and start placing your window clings inside. Use the insert to help you with placement. Your end product is going to be roughly the same size as your insert.

Once you have everything placed where you want it, close up your pouch and smooth out any air pockets, if there are any.

Run your pouch through the laminator. I like to do the sealed end first. If you’d like, flip it over and run it through your laminator again. Doing so is a matter of personal preference, but I always run it through twice

Next, using your insert again, line up your laminated to judge the size and trim accordingly with your trimmer.

Now take that insert, place it on top of your trimmed dashboard and use the holes as a guide to also punch holes into your dashboard.

Slip it into your planner and there you go, a whimsical Valentine’s Day dashboard to add a little extra pop of fun to your planner.

The Planner Kit shown here is “Heart Day”, available from Le Pink Sprinkles.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. For more inspiration, follow me on social media!

Wishing you a wonderful week & Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

 

 

 

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Guest Designer on StencilGirl Talk

Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.

I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.

Planner Charm by Posh Pieces by Melissa on Etsy

Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!

Thank you and Happy Stenciling!

xo,

Belen

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Tutorial: Hand Dyed Ribbon

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I have a quick little tutorial to share with you today. I’m going to show you the process that I’ve been using to dye my own ribbon. For the longest time I’ve been using sari ribbon but thanks to the gals over at Art5Academy I’ve now started using Seam Binding, which is so much more economical.

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To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

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Cut your desired lengths of ribbon.

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Place the ribbon into your plastic bag.

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Spray your choice of ink into the bag. I use Dylusions. They’re wonderfully vibrant and blend beautifully with each other. Just keep in mind that they react to moisture so you don’t want to have your ribbon come into contact with anything wet.

I would suggest to add just a few sprays of color to start, you can always add more as you go along. For the purposes of this tutorial I used Lemon Zest & Bubblegum Pink.

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Introduce other color inks for a cool effect.

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Close the bag up, taking the air out, and scrunch it up with your hands. Don’t be afraid to really manhandle it. Scrunch it, rub it between your hands. You really want to distribute the color.

If you want more color, just open up your bag and add a few more sprays and repeat the scrunching process.

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Once your ribbon has the desired color and coverage that you want, just turn it out onto some parchment paper or a Ranger craft sheet to dry.

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And that’s it, vibrant hand dyed ribbon that you can create in literally a couple of minutes.

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Use it in your art journals, craft projects, mixed media pieces, art tags, or tuck a bit of it into happy mail to really brighten someone’s day.

Thank for reading, I wish you a colorful week filled with art and whimsy.

xo,

Belen

Creating Custom Stamps With The Silhouette Mint + Review

Not too long ago I received a Silhouette Mint Kit from my Beloved as a gift and have been meaning to share it with you. I’ve had such fun creating custom stamps with my Mint and have used them in a planners, in happy mail and for outgoing orders in my Etsy shop.

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Everything you see here is what comes in the box. This is enough to make 2 stamps and refills are available through the Silhouette America store and through Amazon.

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This is the first stamp I made. I’ve since made return address stamps, planner stamps, and just yesterday I made a stamp for One Little Word 2016.

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Aren’t the stitched journal spots so cool? They were created by my friend, Katie. You can find her on IG at FiveFingerArtStudio . Thank you Katie!

A couple of things about the Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit refills. While it could be argued that the refills are a bit on the pricey side, not having to wait for a custom ordered stamp to arrive in the mail and having the flexibility to customize my own design or use one of the preset designs in the Mint Studio software more than makes it worth it.

Also, once you own the block mounts for whichever stamp sizes you wish to make, you don’t have to buy additional of the same size mount because the stamp head slides on and off, making them interchangeable. You can then just buy the Silhouette Stamp Sheet Sets. This also makes storing your stamps a lot easier than traditional wood mounted stamps.

As someone who enjoys mixed media and does a lot of art journaling, I tested the Silhouette Mint Ink that’s required for use with these stamps to see how it played with other wet mediums. While I really like the stamped results with this ink, i did find that it will smear if you apply something like gel medium over it. That’s really just a very minor inconvenience in my opinion and I have no problem working around that.

For the price, what you can create with it and for the ease of use, I give the Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit my Art & Whimsy stamp of approval and look forward to making many more stamps.

Thanks for reading,

xo,

Belen

 

 

 

Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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