Thursday, June 19, 2014

Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog - Challenge #10

(If you are looking for my The Rubber Cafe guest post, please click HERE!)

Today, I am sharing my project for Challenge #10 at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge! Challenge #10 closes June 29th at midnight PT. 

This week the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog is changing it up...with a blog hop! Challenge #10 is ready at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog but we are doing things a bit differently this time! We are doing a week-long blog hop with STENCIL GIRL!

Each day this week you will visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog see the fabulous designs of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Team, and then you will visit the StencilGirl Talk Blog to see what their team is doing! 

Today, join Jan Marie Ennenga, Karen Zueger, and me as we strut our stuff! For a full designer list, see the end of the post.

Now, for the challenge!

Challenge #10 Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!
Show us your inner mixed media diva! Use spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalk, and whatever messy media you can find! Let's dig into that hoard, pull out some of that "messy stuff," and use it up! There is a mess-maker hiding in all of you! Let her/him out to play!

I love to play with my messy stuff! I don't do it as often as I wish, because I hate cleaning up the mess when I'm finished! I created a 12 x 12 inch home decor piece, with a scripture focal point. I love how this turned out!

This was the first time that I tried the "gesso" technique that I learned from Arlene at Butterfly Kisses. I love the blue and white, with pops of black.

My favorite part is the modeling paste "doily"! 

I bet you want to know how I created this project! {grin} I will tell you, before we get started, that this project has approximately 8 layers! And there is A LOT of dry-time! So be patient!

To start, I used WorldWin Papers Tube cardstock in black. The Tube cardstock has a matte finish that is similar to chalkboard paper, and it is also a heavy weight cardstock. I coated the paper with a thin layer of white gesso.

Once the paper is covered with gesso, I allowed it to dry. Then, I added Distress Stains and Paints in blue and silver, with white to tone down any colors that got too bold. I dabbed the ink and paint on, and then spread it with a foam brush. However, during the process, the Silver Distress paint dabber popped off and I spilled an entire bottle of paint on the center of the project! I blotted it up, spread it around, and made the most of it! It gave a unique, shimmery look to the paper.

Once the paint and ink was dry, I sprayed the paper with a few mists in clear and white, just to add some sparkle. The piece is messy and blotchy and perfect!

I allowed the piece to dry overnight. Then, using Liquitex Modeling Paste, I spread paste in some areas, using the StencilGirl Stitch A Doily stencil as a mask. I used Distress Stain with the StencilGirl River Rocks stencil to add some "bubbles."

I allowed everything to dry completely. 

While I was waiting for the base page to dry, I used some of my die cut templates to cut various shapes from WorldWin Crafty Board Heavy Weight Chipboard. (Purchase HERE.) I painted all of the chipboard items, plus a few metal items with white gesso. I allowed everything to dry.

The next step was to attach the base page to a 12 x 12 inch piece of the WorldWin heavy weight chipboard to give the project stability and make it easy to frame or place into a shadow box. I then stamped some text and other images randomly with Staz-On Jet Black ink. 

I then began to glue the chipboard and metal elements onto the the base page. I added some white and cream paper flowers. 

Once I had the layout the way I wanted it, I sprayed with various mists in blue, white, and clear. I allowed some of the ink to pool and then drip down the page. In some areas I used a baby wipe to blot off some of the ink.

Once the ink was dry, I added a bit more stamping and stenciling, plus a few more elements, such as glass light bulbs. I sprayed again in a few areas, and basically fussed until I got the look I wanted. 

For the focal point, I trimmed a doily shape from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky Black cardstock. I stamped the sentiment onto Smooth and Silky White cardstock with black ink, then trimmed it out with a circle die template. I rubbed some blue ink on the edges of the sentiment circle.

I attached the doily and sentiment to the page with foam tape. I added a few blue flowers, that I pained with gesso, to get a bit of a "reverse effect." 

I continued to add bits here and there, like the black gem for the bird's eye. If I needed to add more spray, I covered the sentiment with a piece of paper to keep it "clean."

I love seeing the stamped text image peeking out, and all the texture of the modeling paste, plus the metal and chip items!

I added a bit more texture with some white paint and the River Rock stencil. I am so impressed with how well the WorldWin Tube cardstock accepted all the wet media! The paper did NOT buckle or pucker! Likewise, the WorldWin Chipboard worked perfectly.

I hope  you enjoyed this mixed media lesson! Thanks for visiting the blog hop! Check the list below to visit the rest of the designers!

Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge! Challenge #10 closes June 29th at midnight PT. Link up your project here to Challenge #10.

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Stencil Girl and WorldWin Papers.

Stencil Girl stencils are made by artists for artists. Unique designs for people who LOVE stencils like we love stencils. Owned and operated by artist Mary Beth Shaw. Visit the Stencil Girls Website and Blog, Stencil Girl Talk

Visit the WorldWin Papers website, for more information. To locate a WorldWin retailer near you, call 1-888-843-6455 or email Visit the WorldWin Blog for more projects.

This Week's Blog Hop Order:

June 18
WorldWin Papers Cardstock: 
ColorMates Smooth and Silky White, Black
Tube Black
Crafy Board Heavy Weight chipboard

Stencil Girl:
Stitch a Doily Stencil
River Rocks Stencil

Stamps: My Favorite Things Distressed Background Blocks, Typewriter Text Background; Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 1
Ink: Ranger Distress Stain Broken China, Faded Jeans; Staz-On Jet Black; Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk French Blue
Spray mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang Frozen Jack Frost, Teeth Chattering Teal, Twinkling Tinsel; Ranger Dylusions White Linen, Vibrant Turquoise; Ranger Color Wash Stream; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Moonlight; ColorBox Spritzers Glacier Lake
Paint/Media: Liquitex Modeling Paste; Liquitex Gesso; Ranger Distress Paint Picket Fence, Brushed Pewter
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Light bulbs: SkyBluePink
Pearls: Recollections; Melissa Francis
Metal items: Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Circles; Taylored Expressions doily; Sizzix Tim Holtz flourish, feathers, bird/birdcage, weathered clock
Adhesive:Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. Oh I loved your home deco project, it's such a wonderful teal blue!

  2. What a fine job you have done!

  3. HOW BEAUTIFUL GLORIA!!! Your work looks WONDERFUL!!! I will HAVE TO get some of that "paste!" LOL It looks totally FUN! AND your colors are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!:) Thanks for showing us the how to's!!!! :D

  4. HOW BEAUTIFUL GLORIA!!! Your work looks WONDERFUL!!! I will HAVE TO get some of that "paste!" LOL It looks totally FUN! AND your colors are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!:) Thanks for showing us the how to's!!!! :D

  5. You ROCK with this home décor piece!!! I love your fabulous colours and all the elements you put in and specially the black doily with the sentiment:) Just Loooove it!!!

  6. Anonymous7:42 AM

    Beautiful. All of the shading, the different textures and items used. Blue is my favorite color so I'm in love with this page.

  7. WOW!! This is an amazing piece of art!! I love all the layers, the colors, everything!

  8. Sigh….I love this. Everything about it makes me so happy to look at. You can sure create works of art!

  9. very awesome, I love the color choice. This is an amazing project!!! Just beautiful.

  10. Lovely home decor piece. I love SG stencils, distress stains, and molding paste but your piece is much lovelier than I have ever produced!

  11. Breathtaking! I literally gasp when I look at this, it is so beautiful with all its layers and texture and harmonious colors. The black die cut and stamped sentiment pop against this background. I just have one question: is there nothing you can't do?

  12. GORGEOUS blues!
    I do love the modeling paste doily, too! :)

  13. You really rocked this challenge, I love the doily too and the colors are amazing!! xo

  14. Beautifully done. The gesso stencils add so much to the background. Love it.

  15. Absolutely beautiful piece of Home Decor you made Gloria! The colors and textures are just fabulous! Thank you for using my stencil design in such a gorgeous way! We have loved playing with everyone at Craft Hoarders this week!!!

  16. It's so fun to get to see the process of your creating. What a lovely project.....sensational colors and details, and such a wonderful verse for the focal point.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  17. A perfectly stunning piece of art work Gloria!

  18. I really like monochromic pages and this one is beautiful.

  19. Beautiful creation! love the blue and all the 3D items you used!

  20. lovely project. have a great day

  21. What a beautiful quote -- and how fitting the setting that you created for it! It's a lovely work of art in every possible way.

  22. Great Texture!...bea

  23. 8layers!You are very patient:)Stunning masterpiece!

  24. Love the molding paste and the colour. Lovely!

  25. Wow Gloria this is just beautiful. Love all the textures and the color is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!

  26. Fabulous project! I love all those elements. The texture is amazing. Bravo!

  27. oh my word! your project is GORGEOUS! I love all the texture in the background and the distress inks you used to give it color! Thanks for the tutorial.

  28. This is an amazing canvas Gloria! I love all the textures and the color. I love the verse in the middle too!

  29. This is absolutely gorgeous, Gloria!! Jaw dropping, show stopping, gorgeous!! Love how you the scripture stands out so brilliantly from the monochromatic background that is layer about layer of awesomeness!

  30. This is beautiful and perfect for home décor! Love all the textures and the stencils especially! Just gorgeous work!

  31. Gloria this piece is just gorgeous! I love all the texture and colors as well as the chipboard die pieces you chose. The Stencil girl stencils are just perfect for your project.

  32. Love the layers in this. The stencils came out great and the colors are fantastic! Great job!!

  33. I like the embellishment and the color of your work.


  35. You have just showed me your talents know no boundaries! This is absolutely stunning; I love all the attention to detail. Lots of wonderful techniques and elements!

  36. I love this amazing canvas, thanks for this grat tutorial!

  37. Love what you did with the background! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Gloria! What an amazing canvas! Truly a beautiful piece- and made up with stash?!! Crazy pretty!

  40. It was a lot of layers and drying time but so worth it to end up with this spectacular piece! WOW....

  41. Wow, so lovely! Thank you for sharing how you did this!

  42. Beautiful! This is one of my all time favorite scriptures!! I love how you used modeling paste with the doily stencil. Everything is so balanced. Great work, Gloria!

  43. Stunning gorgeous layers, textures and embellies love it Thank for dropping by earlier tonight have a lovely Sunday :)