Mail Art with Gel Press and Art Foamies

I have a pretty good relationship with my mailman. He drops packages off about three times a week. Since I work from home I am usually at home and answer the door. He often will wait for me to answer and we will strike up a conversation. It was during one of these chats that he told me postal workers love to see envelopes decked out in art! Ever since I have been stamping, painting, and drawing on my envelopes.

One of my favorite techniques is using the gel press with paint and a Rita Barakat art foamie stamp. To keep a nice clean area for the address I use washi tape to mask off the spot to write. I use three strips of the standard size tape.

I created this particular envelope for a card I made that I will be sharing at the end of the month. So make sure you subscribe and don’t miss out! I am going to mail this to one of you with the card šŸ˜‰

Here is how to create mail art . Make sure you check it out because it is a great tutorial!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

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Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

Make sure to hop through to other awesome projects created by the fabulous design team!

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas Blog Hop with Rita Barakat

I am so excited! Today is the Christmas Blog Hop with some wonderful designers. I am sharing a fun countdown I made for the hop and can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!45732298_1849648018465965_360526194845679616_n

So excited for this hop! A bunch of your favorite designers getting together to bring you Christmas early!
If that isnā€™t enough we have over $100. In crafty prizes including the entire line of Rita Barakat diecuts/ephemera and fabulous paints and glitters from @plaidcrafts! This is going to be awesome!!!
To enter to win you must visit and comment on each post! Bonus, stop by Plaid and like their FB Page! https://m.facebook.com/InspiredByPlaid
You have one week and Rita will announce the winner live on Facebook Monday, Nov 19, 8pm CST on Mixed Media Monday! @ritabarakat1

Christmas Countdown projects are so much fun! My Mom teaches Preschool and the children are extremely excited for Christmas. Rita Barakat’s whimsical stamps and sweet little fairies are the perfect combination for a countdown calendar for her class.

Paint a substrate green. I usedĀ Ā 7 gypsy Art BoardĀ andĀ Plaid Paint in Green

Take a napkin and remove the white layer. Using Clear Gesso adhere napkin to the board. I used Prima, but I likeĀ this one

Top it off with Color Shift in Green and a few fun confetti pieces.

Using a slow drying pigmented ink stamp images and emboss with Fairy Wings. Both can be foundĀ here

Find the rest of your supplies and finish canvas. The sweet little fairy is by Rita Barakat.Ā Canvas Corp BrandsĀ has great chalkboard sheets and Christmas pattern Paper.Ā Tonic StudiosĀ has a wonderful selection of glitter and clear drops.

Using craft foam sheets to adhere all the elements to the canvas, set aside to dry.

Here is a wonderful and informative video showcasing how to create this project as well as a ton of tips for creating mixed media masterpieces.

Countdown Calendar

The line up includes :
Joe Rotella https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.createncraft.com%2Fportfolio-items%2Fdiy-cookie-box-and-amaretto-apricot-chews-cookie-recipe%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1R3bJR56sWYS3wx7WYm9M95uBMt8ugvGgcnM9W4tXy3if8EBxjEzjqQAo&h=AT3Dz0jLE1xgDS-tNcHWf45Jcav_YT0o6E1TlHStEEO7LP9WAq7uQ06p4i_6c78huZ6q7UmuPK7GVxMnpaV1jd1MYw-Z9LoS5QeXFPMtHXose4WmeiWrudE5-XNDQTFi77ew0w
Candy Rosenburg: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcandyscraps.typepad.com%2Fscraps%2F2018%2F11%2Fholiday2018bloghop.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3jTp4GU3pARtAgwMXt2AoqSrDedQMC2CLld6WUxUUGfTaOr0PDTdpPcEo&h=AT21dAS7woPCJmR0ypS0pCzMt6Ygq1zEJmaA_GlIMKvxzGJ_Z72-0pJibyW-VVhN1k5ZX_lu2KiuuGRsKCy9gVW4VRE8E15XrOnpInCbIDNcP2Iio1A9IlHMPmsOzJx8qHoM
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Photo Shadow Box with Fuji Film and AC Moore

Nothing is more fun than a box of craft goodies full of surprises! AC Moore and Fuji Film teamed up with the Hello Lisa design team to create a Halloween Shadow Box. Each designer had to use only what was in the package mailed to us to create a shadow box. The focal point was a print of our choice by Fuji Film. Here is what I created with my box:

Ā This was such a fun project to create! I actually used two of the Fuji Film prints in my box. Here is a 1 minute and 15 second video of how you can create a similar box:

The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry! I live in the southwest and normally it is very dry here, but we have gotten a lot of rain. The air is humid and everything is taking hours to dry — something I am not used too! This is a really cute statement piece that comes together in under an hour (paint drying time may take longer).

The photos were by far the easiest to cut out! I thought for sure I would get smudges all over them, but they stayed looking great!
If you did a shadow box with a picture as the focal point, what picture would you use?Ā 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You are My Person

I created this piece for one of my dear close friends. I am super happy that it is a magnet and she can hang it on her fridge or at work. It was a lot of fun to make!

I have a friend whom I met about three years ago at a mixed media camp. Her and I hit it off quick and she has been an amazing person to me. For my birthday she found a company that specialized in gluten free cookies (I have Celiac Disease and can not have gluten) and had a box sent to me. She is thoughtful, smart, talented and loyal. She is my person and the inspiration behind this piece.
To create this I found a large heart magnet at my local craft store (It is 6 by 6!). I added a layer of clear gesso, let it dry and then painted it Victorian Purple by Plaid Folkart paint. Once it dried I stamped Rita Barakatā€™s background art foamie stamp on the heart with Plaid Color Shift Paint in Purple. As it dried I cut a circle by hand from a piece of cardboard that I used the pouring technique with Plaid Folkart paint and Extreme glitter. To see how I did it check out my video here:Ā 

Ā I inked the edges of the hand cut circle and heart magnet with clear embossing ink. I dipped all the edges in Rita Barakatā€™s Dragon Eggā€™ Embossing powder and heat set it. I stamped my sentiment and placed it in the circle adding some gems from my stash. Finally I stamped the BFF image, colored it in with Copics, cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it.


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden