Category: Tutorials

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

#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!

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 12 – Anniversary Card – Ivory on White with Crayola Watercoloring

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 twelfth project features white and ivory card stocks, crayola watercoloring, floral stamping, and brush lettering – as always! It’s a delicate and simple DIY project.

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Neon Dirty Pour – Acrylic Skin on Silicone Mat Using Craft Paints and DIY Pour Medium

We’ve been making a ton of fluid acrylic skins to use in some new products that are currently in the design stages. While we’re not quite ready to show you the final result, we always love sharing our process. Stay tuned to see what we end up making with these wonderful fluid pours!

This video will take you through our typical process of creating a fluid acrylic pour that will dry into an easily-removable skin on the silicone mat. Once we peel it up, we use it to create all kinds of different mixed media art and products.

As soon as our line is done (which we’re super excited about) we’ll be launching the announcement here, on Youtube, and on Instagram. Can’t wait to show you more of what we’ve been working on!

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 11 – Birthday Cards – Watercolor Smooshing and Gel Crayon Stenciling

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 eleventh project is a set of birthday cards, using Neenah Classic Crest ivory card stock and Curious Metallics once again. We are also using the watercolor smooshing technique, gel crayon stenciling, perfect pearls, and sequin embellishments. Enjoy!