Monday, October 26, 2020

Thank You Card with Darkroom Door

Hello Everyone this Mixed Media Monday we are making a Thank You card using Darkroom Door from Topflight Stamps! I created a card that makes a nice impact using only 3 steps. It is fast & fun to make multiples of these. 

Best part of this card is, it would be easy to change them up just by changing the color palette & filmstrip theme. Darkroom Door has some fabulous new Filmstrip stamps, so there are lots of options. All the supplies will be listed below.


Start By Stamping 

To get the background going simply use different inks on your stamp pad, mist with water & stamp. I did this a few times with the same inked stamp & choose one that was more faded. This technique is called "stamping off'.  Darkroom Door has many Word Block stamps so it is easy to make cards for all sorts of occasions. 

 Yes Embossing!

Using some embossing to make the frame stand out works really well. It is a quick way to add some texture too. Love this Spiral Notebook frame. 

Focal Image 

Lastly the Paris Filmstrip was stamped on some parchment looking paper. 2 of the images from the strip were cut out & adhered to give my card that pop of interest. I love how detailed these stamps are. I chose not to use emboss so as not lose that look.


I may have to get this one, called Butterflies. It has so many possibilities!

You could pair it with the butterfly background stamp. They would be great using the same technique as my Thank You card. Here is used in this brick making project.


Monday, October 12, 2020

December Pocket Card with Topflight Stamps

Today's Mixed Media Monday is a December pocket card for Topflight Stamps. This week the team is all about Christmas! Do you participate in December Daily, Journal Your Christmas or make a mini album for your Christmas & Holiday Memories? Making some cards ahead of the holiday makes these types of books easier to create. 

 This could even be the cover of a card for sure. Just love the attitude of this owl. I had a play with lots of products this week. As always the supply list is below & if you pop over to Topflight Stamps there are photos of all the products. Using the code karenbearse also gets you 12% off your order. 

Let's Go!

Start off with a stencil like this brilliant one by PaperArtsy & some spray inks. I used Prism Glimmer Mist which has a wonderful shimmer in it. Spritz randomly keeping the colors a bit separate. 
Making a few different backgrounds gave me a few different options. I used the leftover ink from the process above, flipped the stencil on a piece of card stock & just swirled it around to get the excess paint off. I call this smooshing.

Here a few of the backgrounds I ended up with. The smosh page I also cleaned off my stencil using a baby wipe. This added a pretty cool background to some of the white space. That was the one I choose for my card. 

Here you can see the background was cut out 4x6 & corners rounded. Added some background stamping using Red Brick & script stamp. Stamped out the brilliant Katzelkraft owl & fussy cut, note I cute off the feet to make it easier & stamped them back in on the background. The hat is so fun & is from the IndigoBlu Skullduggery set. You can also see the idea of placement for the leaf stamp. 

Let's walk through the rest of the card. The owl was painted with watercolor. You can see that I stamped on the background & placed my cut out on top so the feet are back. The cap was colored with markers. I made a sketchy border with a pen & colored in with the same markers from the hat.
The leaf was heat embossed using Seth Apter's Weathered Gold, gives a nice pop & metallic look to the piece. I added some of the brand new AALL & Create washi tape. Just adds that mix media look to the card. Finally a quote! This was from Visible Image set which has quite a few quotes with different fonts. It was stamped and the edges rolled then distressed with Roasted Coffee. Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you get the chance to get inky. 


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Eileen Hull Tea Box Caddy

Hello Fans of Eileen Hull, let's make a Tea Box, wohoo! I am moving on with the sneak peak that was shown last week. So today I have the tutorial of a great gift idea, making a Tea Caddy. You can so customize this for the gift receiver with whatever paper you choose. Imagine, mixed media, shabby chic or themed.  how about Alice in Wonderland?  *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.


I made this with 3 sections but you could add as many as you like. Hum what about a jewelry or Lego holder? Candy? The sky is the limit. 

Let' Get Making!

I made this box by decorating both the inside paper & the outside at the same time so I will give you those instructions. As always the supply list is at the end of the post. I will also give you a 2nd option that may be easier as a hot tip. Start with the Stacking Drawer diecut. I cut a part of a drawer & wrote the dimensions & notes on the piece as I engineered my caddy. Cut 3x strips of mat board 10"x2.5". If you want to cover the box in paper you will want 3 pieces for the inside & 3 pieces for the outside the same size 10"x2.5".

I used a lighter weight single sided paper for this so it would not be difficult to bend etc. Cover the mat board with double sided adhesive or a good glue stick like UHU. Here is a photo to show my strip of mat board on the die portion that cuts the drawer. I have my outside paper toward the die cut. The mat board piece with directions is just to a guideline. Cut 1 drawer at a time.

Here are my 3 drawers cut out. You can see that the paper that will show on the outside is a bit directional with the postmarks etc. If you have directional paper make sure it lines up with the half circle shape that is the top of the drawer.

You will also want to cut 3 of the bottom drawer pieces which are the rectangle piece on the die. Here is a pic of how they look in the finished sample. I just covered one side with the same paper line as the inside paper. I have had it for awhile & not sure but it may be Paperstudio. Assemble the drawers as per the directions using Redline tape. Glue the drawers front to back to create 3 sections. Hot Tip: Instead of adding the outside paper before you assemble the boxes, add it after. Assemble the boxes & glue them together then add the side pieces as one long cut. Use the die to cut the front and back pieces and adhere. That way your caddy will not look like the sides are sections. Just an idea!

Time To Make the Tea!


Using the new Teacup die let's make the best part of this project. I wrote the dimensions on a sample cut. I wanted to emboss the handle so I did not need my paper to cover that, just to cover the edge of the cup. The paper I used is a digital from Allegradigital on Etsy. The paper collection is called Tea Junk Journal. Adhere paper front & back with double sided adhesive to a piece of mat board. Place the paper you want showing on the outside of the project, down toward the die. 
For the second tea cup I decided to turn the handle in the other direction. All that meant was I put the paper that was facing the front (the girls & macaroons) side up on the die.

How About Some Embossing?

Gilding the handle & top of the cup seemed a good way to go & Eileen has the perfect embossing powder, Golden Rod. Simply sponge Clear Blends or Embossing fluid with a foamie around the edges. Then heat set. This is a view of the backside of the tea caddy.
Before it is time to add the teacups I felt my caddy needed some feet. This was accomplished with large wooden beads. Coat in embossing fluid & add Aqua Splash embossing, heat set & pow. Some of the edges were showing so copper paint was added to give it that antique look. You can see from this photo that linen tape was also added around the bottom. Yes I may be a detail girl!

All that was needed was some embellishing. I sized down some of the ephemera pieces from the digital kit, cut and adhered to the sides of my caddy. You can also do this before you assemble the boxes.
For the front tea cup the word "moments" was cut out. This was done by making a layer of card stock, double sided foam adhesive & DecoFoil & cutting out the word with Eileen's thinlet. I cut a 2nd one in black card stock & adhered them to the cup to form a shadow. It helps the word stand out from the background. The flower is also Eileen's. Also don't you love that kitten from the digital kit?  

The Cups were adhered using Redline double sided tape & we are done!! Here is the other side of the caddy. Thanks so much for joining me. I really hope I can inspire you to make your own caddy. I would love a comment if you enjoyed this post & please follow me on my social media links on the right side of the page. I post almost daily on Instagram.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Eileen Hull Chapter 4 Release Blog Hop!!!

Hello, it is an exciting day celebrating the newest Eileen Hull Chapter 4 release & blog hop!!! We have a lot of awesome designers for you today so I hope you take a look. If you hop along & post a comment on every designers blog you will be entered to win the new Postbox die. Be sure to check in on the Facebook Live Release Show. Details below. 

Project 1 - Decorative Tea Holder

I have 3 projects for this release which you can see close up on Eileen's Facebook Live Release Show, today at noon EST!! Check back next week for the 1st in a series of tutorials on how to make these amazing projects. First up is a total winner & only took about 9000 steps to make LOL. 

The good news is, as with any new die I learned a lot of short cuts, which I will share in the tutorial. For now lets take a sneak peak. I made this amazing decorative tea holder. This is exciting with Christmas coming, the potential for gifts is huge! Can you say Alice In Wonderland?

Project 2: Decorated Postbox 

My 2nd project is using the new Postbox die. This holds gift cards or cards that are 3x4 sized. Hum what shall we put in here? This project came together quick!  Stay tuned to find out.

Project 3: Mixed Media Postbox

I had so much fun making this box & it holds a lot of treasures inside!! I made 3x4 collaged art cards using all sorts of fun ephemera. Warning making these boxes is very addicting! 
Now it is time to hop, hop, & hop. Check out all the cool designs that Eileen's teams have come up with. Remember to leave a comment...welcome to the fun. 
*if you get lost along the way you can come back here or go to Eileen's blog to get back on track. Link list is below.

Hooray- two new ScoreBoards releases from Eileen Hull and Sizzix! Are you ready for a new 3D Bigz L Tea Cup die? Fill it with teabags and other assorted goodies or use the Tea Cup cutout on the front of a card- so many possibilities. Also new is the XL Post Box, a fun little box that goes together in 10 seconds and has a slit in the top to tuck a gift card. You will have fun embellishing in your style to create holiday treats for everyone on your list!  

GIVEAWAY: Comment on the Facebook Live Release Party at to be entered to win the new Teacup die. Comment on the Blog Hop under each designer to be entered to win the Post Box die. Random winners will be picked and announced on Tuesday's Facebook Live! 

Tonya Trantham

Elizabeth Robinson

Julia Aston

Pam Bray

Maggi Harding

Lisa Hoel

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Karen Bearse*you are here

Susie Bentz

Jenny Marples

Mitsyana Wright

Jennie Atkinson

Anita Houston

Madeline Arendt

Sarah Lizzie Dodd

Sue Eldred

Debbie Bankston


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