Category: Tutorials

Warm Wishes

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 19 – Simple Frosty Metallic Hand Lettered Die Cut Card

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

For our nineteenth project we will take you through our process of hand lettering with brush pen and turning what we letter into a digital die cut file for a stacked card stock card sentiment.

Merry & Bright

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 18 – Night Sky Holiday Card – Distress Oxides + Partial Die Cutting

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

For our eighteenth project today we are taking part in the CutCardStock holiday countdown with a tri-fold holiday card. Using partial die cutting, distress oxide ink blending, and of course lots of hand lettering.

Pigmentology Lettering Tut 2

Pigmentology Lettering – Tutorial 2 – Follow Along with Brush Style Capitals

Welcome to our second lettering tutorial in our introductory series.

Today I’m demonstrating brush script capitals with a tombow dual brush pen. Feel free to follow along with your own pen and paper.

In our first lesson we discussed how real brush pens help us with muscle memory and determining how much pressure to use. Tombow dual brushes are felt tip pens, so they are much easier to control.

This alphabet is my variation on a casual script style, often used in sign painting. Enjoy!

Mixed media wall decor.

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 17 – Faux Wood Reverse Canvas Holiday Decor

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

For our seventeenth project today we’re making a mixed media reverse canvas using red, white, and green card stock for holiday themed decor. We create a faux wood effect with collage paper and wood grain stamps as well as add silhouette portrait digital die cut letters/design elements.

Pigmentology Lettering Tut 1

Pigmentology Lettering – Tutorial 1 – Real Brush Pens and Muscle Memory

Welcome to our first lettering tutorial!

Today we are focusing on the importance of mastering pressure with real brush pens (or even just a brush and ink) when learning brush style hand lettering.

If you’ve learned something, give us a like so we know to do more. We’d love to keep this series going and get some input from you along the way!

Thank You Card with Distress Oxides

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 16 – Thank You Card with Distress Oxides and Halftone Stencil Technique

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our sixteenth project is another thank you card, created while playing with new Distress Oxide inks.

Travelers Notebook Art Journal Spread

Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal Process/Tutorial – Spread 2 – It’s Okay

Continuing on with my traveler’s notebook insert dedicated to art journaling, next is a spread using up a ton of paper scraps I have been hoarding. Most of them are left over from the coffee card set that was recently finished.

(I hope to record my process every time I open this insert, so be on the look out for more videos in this series in the coming months.)

Continuing on with the collage style, I started off-camera by throwing down a bunch of graphic washi tape and gesso with a palette knife. The rest sort of just built from there. Various paper scraps and a fluid acrylic “planet” created a mountain landscape and fantasy land. I love using my typewriter to create original titles for mixed media work. I had a lot of fun using watercolor pastels, too.

Please enjoy the process video below. Materials are listed in the tags on this post, as well as on-screen as they are being used.

Coffee Greeting Card

CutCardStock Design Team Update – Projects 14 + 15

We’ve been so busy, we’ve neglected our design team updates! So we’re including two in one here, but as usual, everything is always over at the CutCardStock blog.

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our fourteenth project is a set of fall themed coffee cards. I made them as a personal thank you to some coffee nerds, using lots of fun patterned paper and hand lettering techniques.

Our fifteenth project features thank you cards using origami patterned paper as a design element. We have two sentiments, one a basic “thank you” and a “cheers!” option for a more celebratory occasion.

Fluid Acrylic

#PigmentologyPour – Pastel Pink, Sea Foam Green, Violet – Acrylic Pour Painting Process Video

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered about acrylic pour painting, it’s that there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the painting I’d like. Nor is there enough paint in the world to feed this obsession.

I tried acrylic pouring for the first time because I had a lot of acrylic paint I wasn’t using and I thought it would be fabulous to play with when I came across the technique.

As a graphic designer and general mixed media artist (I’ve started to refer to myself as such because my hands are literally in ALL THE MEDIA all the time) it is sometimes hard to focus on one thing at a time when excitement is overflowing.

I go through phases where I can’t stop with one thing or another but no matter what I do, I generally like to hit all the same areas of interest: lots of color, room for design interest/problem solving, and I especially love working with mediums that encourage a level of spontaneity in the process.

So, that explains why I love making these painting so much. Like calligraphy, I find it incredibly therapeutic. There is a science to it, a groove to fit into once you feel it. And I’m so happy I found it.

If you check out #pigmentologypour on Instagram you will find pretty much all the process videos and photos we’ve taken when it comes to acrylic pouring. I try to make it a point to record process every time I do a painting, because it’s just so much fun to see the play back.

CutCardStock Design Team Project 13 – Thanksgiving Reverse-Pattern Fall Leaf Watercolor Card

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our thirteenth project is a watercolor thanksgiving card you can make without any die-cutting .. just draw out a simple leaf stencil to design a pattern you can cut with an exacto. Enjoy!