DT Varalusikka: Valentine's Day Inspiration by Riikka

2020-02-13
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Un peu, beaucoup Hello lovelies! It’s Riikka here today to share a quick card with you!This one was inspired by Valentine’s Day and also by Jani’s wonderful Christmas card, which I saw at Paper Garden’s Instagram account.  I didn’t use much mediums in this card, but there’s still several of them. I used double sided tape for collaging this time, but coated the layers using clear gesso. This is because I like to have a little bit of open time with watercolors – with the gesso layer especially the soft vintage papers don’t absorb the color right away, but I can shuffle the colors around a...
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How to Use Mixed Media Part 2 - Adhesives & Soft Matte Gel

2020-02-06
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How to Use Mixed Media – Part 2:  Adhesives & Soft Matte Gel   (* This series of tutorials is aimed for beginners, but of course advanced mixed media artists are very welcomed to peek how I use these materials, too. *) When I want to attach papers to my journal page, I have two options as adhesives. Glue or Soft Matte Gel. Which one I choose, depends on how I want my papers to go into the journal. Glue is my usual choice, when attaching little details, flowers, lace, or just maybe one or two papers or prints into a page. It’s easy. But. If I want to have an even base on my page, for...
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Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media, Part 1: Basic Tools

2020-01-28
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Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media – Part 1:  Basic Tools (* This series of tutorials is aimed for beginners, but of course advanced mixed media artists are very welcomed to peek how I use these materials, too. *) Before going further into the world of mixed media, there are few basic tools that are, if not necessarily vital, then handy and convenient for crafting within the world of mixed media.   (Scissors are an obvious one, and sharp, good scissors are a treasure, but I won’t be giving them much attention here, you probably have a pair at your home anyway.) Baby WipesI always...
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One Step at a Time: Taming the Idea of Using Mixed Media in Journaling

2020-01-28
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Most of you probably know mixed media better than me, but as I have had so many questions, enquiries, and kind pleas to share how I use mixed media in my (art) journaling, I decided to do it in a very simple way. One step at a time, I will introduce my favourite media to you, and show how I use them.  For you already mastering the art of mixed media, this is no news for you, but for those who has only a vague knowledge what it is (something messy, something too laborious or hard, something to be afraid of), this series of tutorials is for you. We are going to tame the idea of using mixed...
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 25

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 25 We wish you a Merry Christmas! Happy, Scandinavian Christmas Inspiration by our Design Team member Sofia of @fishearring
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 24

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 24 Hyvää Joulua! Merry Christmas!  This is the day we celebrate Christmas in Finland. Today our Design Team member Sofia of @fishearring inspires us all with her stunning Christmas card collages. These beautiful Christmas collages and the harmonious flatlay photos are perfect way to set the mood for celebrating peaceful, wonderful Christmas time. (Pssst! The Paper Garden Create Magic rubber stamp will be available for sale after Christmas!)
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 23

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 23 It's the most wonderful and busiest time of the year, but here's a lovely, light, easy, and quick idea for last minute decorations, or better still, for a moment of your own, to relax for a few minutes. This tutorial is for the vintage paper baubles, but with the same technic and idea, you can use laces, any papers, or like I did for one bauble, old Finnish vintage Markka banknotes... Tutorial video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uuqhwyb9L-g Materials used:- paper mache baubles- gesso- Finnabair Soft Matte Gel or other medium, like decoupache...
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 22

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 22 Our Design Team member Taru of @jehkotar has a special tutorial for you!Today I'll share with you another tip of using Distress oxides for creating vintage backgrounds.YouTube tutorial here: https://youtu.be/_fCDiAv9HfE  Materials used: - Distress Oxide inks: Vintage photo, Ground Expresso ja Candied Apple - Old background stamp (Hero Arts) - Ink blending tool  - Spray bottle for water - Vintage lace, lace flowers, feathers - Tim Holtz Christmas stickers - New Classiky label cards - Rubber stamps - LCN stamp for framing - Jieyanow Atelier In the...
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 21

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 21 Easy Christmas ornaments using Tim Holtz & Sizzix dies. You'll need: - cardboard (from a cardboard parcel etc.) - book pages - Finnabair Soft Matte Gel or decoupage gel - Gesso (Finnabair) - Distress Ink (walnut stain, gathered twigs or other brown ink) - glitter (Distress Glitter) - embellishments & lace- Sizzix Christmas ornament die or similar Tutorial on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wkv34GmVDyU
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - 20

2019-12-12
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A Little Christmas Cuppa - Day 20 Greetings from our Design Team member Riikka of Paperiliitin! I was thinking about hellebores when creating this card. I know, the rose pictures I used look nothing like hellebores, but the idea came from the Finnish word of the plant – jouluruusu, “Christmas rose”. So, when I realized I had a bunch of glossy rose pictures, I thought to turn them into a rosy Holiday greeting!  I used pink cardstock to make the card base, then added a piece of patterned paper on top and on top that I added an old invoice. I made the base for the composition using washi...
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