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Want to go for a ride?

I love the style of this old-fashioned bicycle.  It's one of the chipboard die cuts available at DIY Design Studio and it is a lot of fun to use.  

My first idea was to try and distress the image with ink.  The StazOn is good for distressing chip board because it's permanent and dries quickly.  It just wasn't the look I wanted today.  So I decided to paint them instead.  Perfect for my project.

I liked the gold bike so well that I decided to paint the other one, too.

I added some rhinestones just to blint them up a little bit.

For the gold bike, I chose the Life Time pad of Prima paper.  You've seen me use this one before.  It's one of my favorites because of the range of shades and splatters.  They are beautiful papers.

I needed a piece of paper 6 x 4 1/4.  I opted to make the darkest section the body of my card and then use the part with the sentiment as a layer.  

I added some light brown ink to the edges of each piece so that they stand out once they were pieced back…
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Happy Halloween!

I love this time of year!  I know for a lot of people Halloween means decorating their home inside and out, but for me it is a great time to make spooky art.  DIY Design Studio has several fun Halloween collages for your art projects.

Both of my cards started out with plain card stock and a piece of punchinella.  Green ink with green paper and white ink with black paper...just to give the blank space a little texture.

I used a strip of washi tape for a background element but a strip of scrapbook paper or a piece of ribbon would also be great.  I just wanted something fun behind the main collage image.

I added a few highlights to the Halloween damsel with a white gel pen.  There is shading on the pumpkin eyes and noses.  And tracing around the skull and crossbones on her cloak and the grid on her dress really make them stand out.  

A few Dew Drops make a nice dimensional highlight.  

For the card below, I used the washi tape again and also added embellishments to the skeleton's crown.


More Halloween Fun in my Journal


Hi everyone Danie here, today I pulled out my journal to play once more.  I love getting messy and it's the process more than the end result that I love.  So with Halloween in mind once more I started thinking dark and covered my journal pages with a layer of black paint.

I had some clean up sheets from the last time I used some stencils on my desk so decided to put these to good use and while my black paint was still wet, tore these stenciled sheets into strips and stuck them down.  My glue and my paint mixed together and glazed these pieces as I smoothed out any air bubbles from the sticking down process.

Next I took some white paint and a stencil and added some more detail, before brayering over the wet white paint to added further interest and pattern to the background.

I choose to randomly brayer purple and orange paint across the page for my next layer.

And to finish the background some more stenciling with Green Paint was in order.

I let all of this dry…

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November will be filled with Die Cut ART,  join us.
Embellish premade pieces art by Barbara Rankin

Cut your own pieces

Paint or Foil to add interest art by Lyneen Jesse

Combine Die cuts in a variety of mediums art by Jean Moore

Create with your manual die cutting machine  or buy premade

Cardmaking Inspriation

Simple yet extremely Artful cards.
Bold and colorful cardstock adds to the beauty of the compositions.  Layers and stamped images take us on a journey in our mind.

Please see our rubber stamp HERE. Ascemic writing is not new... Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content", or "without the smallest unit of meaning". With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.   The following is an example of Emily Dickinson Asemic writing.


Textured cardstock adds interest to the cards.  Reusing the stamp with existing ink allows for varied colors and transparency.

Mona is always good for a smile!   This was multiple layers of the same stamp with torn pieces for more visual interest.

Alcohol Ink blotted on gloss stock creates the background for the stamped Tower of Pisa, Ascemic writing stamp is layered onto …

Everyone is doing it

So did I!
Skellies are all the rage when you add gorgeous wings to them.  
We have wonderful Wing collages you can print.Order here.

Get your dollar store skeletons and have a blast! 

Add magnets to the back or add jute to hang them.  Give little gifts, hang them in trees, SPOOKY!

Thanks for having a giggle with me!