Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Paper craft project no. 444: Big Bloom Factory mixed media projects


This week over at STAMPlorations, we're releasing another set I designed: Big Bloom Factory. It coordinates with the ARTplorations Big Bloom Factory Large stencil. We've got a mini hop for it -- hop on over the blog and leave a comment on the special stamp release post, as well as on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win this set.

To showcase this set, I created two projects: a mixed media frame and a monoprint one layer card.

Mixed media frame
Last week, I picked up this rather plain 8x8 Plaid wood frame at Walmart for $0.88. I applied gesso and then white Dylusions paint once the gesso was dry. I also painted the sides of the frame with black Dylusions paint and I wasn't really being careful when painting because I wanted to give the frame a distressed look on the front. Then on my Gelli plate, I brayered my three favorite colors: purple, orange, and yellow. I took 4 of the flowers in the set and stamped them onto the paint to get an impression. Then I simply placed the frame on the Gelli plate, pressed it down a bit, pulled, and taaa-daaa -- a grungy, distressed sanding or anything fancy required to achieve the look ;o) I thought the edges of the frame needed something so I randomly stamped some bricks (Mixed Media Grunge) in black archival ink. I painted the inner edges with yellow to give the frame some sort of border. I sealed the frame with a couple layers of gel matte medium, and I finished with a photo of my little Kathryn -- this one was taken during her first photo session back in September when she was 19 days old. Yes, she was already very alert and could hold up her head when she was barely 3 weeks old! :o)


The world is a canvas monoprint one layer card
I didn't want to waste the paint that was left over on the Gelli plate after monoprinting on the photo frame so I decided to pull a few more prints (actually 3 prints). The print I used on this card is the second print I pulled and didn't really need much so I simply stamped the sentiment (Art Is...) and the card is done :o)

Check out what SusanneCarolTanjaIrit, and Asmah created using the Big Bloom Factory set -- leave a comment here, on their blogs, and on the STAMPlorations blog by Friday and you could win this set :o) And until June 15, Big Bloom Factory is 10% off.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


  1. You inspire me! Stunning frame and one layer!! :)

  2. How great to see that shot of K again - she was an amazing not-newborn newborn. I am crushing on your monoprint card!!!

  3. What - Wow Sherry. These are just WONDERFUL - both of them WONDERFUL. And you did it with your Gelli plate - AMAZING. I love your new stamp set - such adorable flowers. YOU showed them off to the MAX of SPLENDIDLY. Xj.

  4. Two beautiful projects. Must try this gelli printing thing. Hugz

  5. So very cool and artsy! What a darling frame design and great mixed media card! <3

  6. Such fun and vibrant colours and such a cute photo of your darling daughter. Thank you for the inspiration x

  7. Two fabulous projects I love the bright colours. Kathryn is such a cutie pie too xx

  8. Wow Shery, your projects are amazing. The frame is a treasure with her picture on it. The card is super cool!

  9. omg !!! The photo of little Kathryn is such sweet *love it
    and you gave her the right frame !!!
    Both projekts are great --- feld in love with the new blooms *gg
    CU hellerlittle

  10. love your frame and your photo of your adorably cute daughter!!!!!

  11. Love how you made the fabulous frame and the card too! I am off back to the hop now! xxx

  12. Oh, my! Your daughter is so cute!!!
    And the frame and card are awesome!!!
    The Leaf Studio


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