Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My Journey - Deep Ocean Challenge Blog GD post

Hello my dear friends!

I hope you are doing fine, and that you are having an awesome week! I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Deep Ocean challenge blog, and the theme of this challenge is a fun one : Die cuts and/or Punches.

Dies are currently the preferable choice we all crafters go for, but I think we all have those punches which we consider still useful and are still part of our craft space. When Karina told me what the theme was, I decided to think a bit out of the box and do something with dies and punches which varies from the frequent card creation. The result is the following...



Right now I am hooked by mixed media projects and the lovely techniques that it involves. But one cannot have every existing product, so I decided to show that we can create something beautiful, with the stash and the tools or products that we currently have.

I was inspired by the awesome Gabrielle in one of her posts, found.HERE.  But instead of stencils and lovely dies, I used what I have, punches, dies and embossing folders, creating a special journal cover to give as a gift.

In the coming photos you can see from where I started:
Some die cuts,  punched textured cardstock, and for the script, I had an embossing folder which I used and cut the piece of cardstock randomly on the front and back page of the journal. You can also observe the arrangement I created using them, together with areas painted with Ranger crackle paint (that green area).





This is the arrangement I decided to build upon (you can see the shapes, embossed paper, embossing paste using stencil, letter stickers, gesso mixed with some grit for added texture)


When I was satisfied with the background I covered everything with gesso, and built another layer of smaller die cuts and punched paper, gluing some directly on the textured background.  Some of the shapes were popped up with foam pads. Another couple of gesso layers were applied (I forgot to take a photo of this stage!). After that dried, came the fun part where I played with various shimmer sprays  and blended them into each other. The ones I used are called Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. I am not sure if they can still be found in stores, but there are similar products around.

Finally I used gold 3D paint, diluted with some droplets of water to add a more metallic and shimmering look on the raised parts of the journal cover.
If you would to see how it is done, you can learn from the awesome Gabielle herself, she is amazing, and you can find the video tutorial in the link I provided (I am not really good in taking video tutorials, so I opted for photos instead).

I also mixed my own embossing paste and used Tim Holtz dies as my stencil. I hope you like this journal cover as much as I had fun doing it, knowing it won't be my last mixed media project 😊

Some close ups for you:



Supplies used:

Dies: Tim Holtz, Nellie Smellen and flower punch (don'r know the name)
Glimmer mists colour: Fall Breeze, Olive Vine, Haunted shadow, Tattered Rose
Other supplies: Buttons, different rhinestones, Artemio clock hands, Tim Holtz Idea-ology adornment, Basic Grey letter stickers, Diam's 3D Paint, Ribbon and lace. Black Soot Distress ink pad.

Challenges I'll join with this project:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge : Touchy Feely Challenge

Noor Design June challenge: Summer

Allsorts challenge blog: Une at least two dies

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

More Mixed Media challenge; Anything goes/ optional purple

A bit more time to craft - Anything Goes

Creative artiste mixed media challenge  - Anything mixed media goes

Mixed Media world  - Anything mixed media goes


Blessings xxx 


  1. A very pretty mixed media creation and clever how you incorporated the dies, it's perfect for our theme, many thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week.

    B x

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Brenda! It surely was fun and the end result was worth it! :)

  2. This is absolutely amazing. Love all the different elements you used. Gorgeous colors and shimmer as well!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week!

  3. Beautiful journal cover- so much yummy texture! I love the idea of clock's hands being used and keeping it on the budget as much as possible! Thanks for playing with us at More Mixed Media Challenges! Hugs, Asia

  4. This is stunning! Thank you for entering it in Creative Artiste's Mixed Media Challenge blog this month. Hope to see you again soon
    Lynda x

    1. Awww thank you Linda!! It was fun and worth the process! Blessings

  5. A very great idea to use these punches. The result is gorgeous, with textures and lovely colours. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Challenge.

  6. FAbulous journal, love the subtle colors you used and the design is perfect! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara