Author Archives: Nicole Martel

BE HAPPY TOGETHER

Good morning everyone. I am back with a colorful Travel Notebook Layout I created using a stencil and Coloration Spray (Salmon) from Art Anthology. I’ve been itching to buy new papers and stickers, but before I do… I am determined to use up my stash! So far, it’s working and it feels great to save a few dollars…and use up the products I have on my shelf.

 

I mixed the Salmon Coloration Spray with Molding paste to create a pink shade. Then I covered the stencil using the medium. It steeped under the stencil a bit because it wasn’t think enough…but that’s OK. I just wanted to add some texture to the layout so it was fine.

I added lots of embellishments at the bottom to complete the layout. Since the photo was my main focus, I kept the design pretty simple.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Here’s a process video!

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WINTER TIME

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe another year has passed. People have told me over the years… time flies, the older you get. They are so right! It’s scary how fast time flies. I’m going to have a 10 year old (double digits) next month. THAT’S SCARY!

My little man loves the snow. Last year we only got a few inches. Hopefully, this year we will get a little more so he can really enjoy it. Today, I’m sharing a layout I created using Coloration Sprays (Sky, Granny Smith, and Salmon) and the Meridian Stencil. I love these colors together.

To begin, I prepped the page with Clear Gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I placed the Meridian Stencil onto the cardstock and then sprayed about 12 inches above the stencil using the Granny Smith. When spraying multiple colors, I start with the lightest colors first and work my way up to the darker colors.

After spraying the Granny Smith, I carefully lifted the stencil and moved it to a different area on the cardstock and sprayed over the stencil using the Salmon Coloration Spray. I repeated the same process with the Sky Coloration Spray.

I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. Once the ink was completely dry, I added my embellishments!

I used papers and embellishments from Studio Forty to design this layout. Love these chipboard pieces and the wooden enamel buttons.

I used an acrylic stamp to stamp the “Winter Time” title at the top of the layout and then I stamped “Joy” on one of the squares.

Products Used

Meridian Stencil

Coloration Sprays-Granny Smith, Sky and Salmon

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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DAYDREAMER Mixed Media Layout

Happy Friday! I have an adorable layout to share with you today. Isn’t my baby nephew the cutest? I can’t wait to snuggle him this weekend!

I kept this layout pretty simple, keeping the focus on the photo, using different shades of browns/cream.

To begin, I sprayed white cardstock using the Sandcastle Coloration Spray. I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time.

Then I grabbed the Sedona Coloration Spray to add some color to the layout. I sprayed the Coloration Spray onto plastic packaging and them placed it over the layout so I had more control of the ink.

I sprayed water on the packaging as well to help the ink blend easier.

I repeated the process a few times until I was satisfied with the background.

Once the background was completely dry, I added a few embellishments. I used the Rust Truffle Stone Effects and the Patina Copper Metal Effects to alter the veneer hearts.

Here is what they look like once covered with the mediums and when they are dry. Gorgeous! You can do this with chipboard too!

Here are a few close-ups of the layout.

Products Used:

Colorations Sprays: Sandcastle, Sedona

Rust Texture Set: Rust Truffle Stone Effects

Patina Texture Set: Patina Copper Metal Effects

Thanks so much for visiting today! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTubeJoin our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Artwhere you can share your creations

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Journey Mixed Media Layout

Happy Friday! I have another mixed media layout to share with you. I really got my hands dirty on this one… I had a few mishaps along the way, but nothing I couldn’t fix… The colors are sooooo vibrant!

To begin, I coated white cardstock with the Dazzle Sorbet Paint. Then I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. Once the paint was dry, I used the Bits of Grunge stencil and the Sandstone Stone Effects Dimensional Medium to create sand puddles for my background. When this stuff is dry, it totally looks like sand! 🙂 SO NEAT!

Initially, I was going to create some numbers in the background with the Mermaid Sorbet Dimensional Paint and a few stars using the Red Velvet, but the paint smeared… so I decided to mess it up…make it a bit grunge to cover my mistakes. It worked…

 

Here is a closer look at the sand puddles. Soooo neat. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate this medium.

I painted a piece of white cardstock using the Red Velvet Sorbet Paint to create a fun mat for the strip of photos.

Then I looked through my stash for a few embellishments to add to add dimension.

Products Used:

Colorations Sprays: Raider, Sandcastle

Stone Effects Dimensional Medium: Sandstone

Sorbet Dimensional Medium Paint: Mermaid, Red Velvet, Dazzle

Velvet Dimensional Paint: Tuxedo

Stencil: Bits of Grunge 6×9

Thank you for visiting today! When you have time, take a look at my video to see how this beauty came together! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTube.
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Joyful Mixed Media Layout

Good morning everybody! Nicole here with a colorful mixed media layout I created using a few Minx-Shimmering Inks by Art Anthology. This was my first time really playing with more than one color and I had so much fun. These shimmering inks are sooooo vibrant and pretty. So glad I bought them all because I see a new addiction happening… Lots of inky goodness.

To begin, I coated white cardstock using clear gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I used a scrap piece of plastic from packaging to smear the shimmering inks all over the cardstock. I used a heat gun in between colors so the colors would not bleed.

Once I was satisfied with the background, I added lots of fun embellishments.

Products Used:

Art Anthology Minx Shimmering Inks: Bankroll, Enchanting, Panache

Thanks so much for vising today! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTubeJoin our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Artwhere you can share your creations!

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Home Mixed Media Layout for Beginners

Hi everyone. Nicole here with another fun mixed media layout I created using a variety of Colorations Sprays. I just recently became an auntie and I am so excited! Edward is too. We just love baby Henry to pieces!

Before I started spraying and blending the Colorations Sprays onto the patterned paper, I gave it a good coat of clear gesso.

Once the gesso was completely dry, I sprayed the background using the Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless Colorations Sprays. After I finished embellishing the layout, I went back with a paint brush and added some more color all over the background until I was satisfied with the color.

I fussy cut the flowers out from patterned paper and used the flowers to frame the photos.

I added a few chipboard embellishments at the top to help pull the layout together. The top looked too plain to me without the added embellishments.

A closer look at the Colorations Sprays on the paper… SOOOOO PRETTY!!

Colorations Sprays: Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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October Mixed Media Layout

Happy Fall ya’ll! It’s been awhile since I played with my Pretty Little Studio embellishments and since I had some fall photos from the my trip to the farm last week with my family, I wanted to use their Potpourri collection. I love this collection. It’s my favorite collection of theirs, hands down. LOVE the HAPPY colors.

 

The die cuts and vellum leaves in this collection is sooooo pretty. I just can’t get enough of them. Most of the layouts I create include die cuts because they are my favorite embellishments.

I sprayed the “thankful” die cut using Art Anthology’s Timeless Coloration Spray.

I sprayed a variety of colors onto White Cardstock to create a colorful background for the layout since I was using a lot of bright colors. I wanted the layout to have a colorful and happy feel to it!

I splashed some Sky, Granny SmithSandcastle and Timeless Coloration Sprays in the background before adding the photos and embellishments.

I added some clear leaf stickers here and there along with some sticker words, jewels, vellum leaves and stamping. Lots of fun embellishments all over!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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Everyday Life Mixed Media Layout

Happy Wednesday all! We are halfway through the week. Who’s looking forward to the weekend? Raises hand. Until then, I would like to share this layout I created using the Border Stencil, Colorations Sprays (Ink Spot, Sedona) and the Silver Oxide Nickel Medium.

I snapped this photo a few months ago while I was at my little beach relaxing… They were soooo pretty. Their coloring was so gorgeous with a hint of turquoise blue… LOVE. Normally, when I scrapbook a layout, I do not plan anything… I find a photo that I love and just start working my magic!

I used Pink Paislee’s Indigo and Ivy collection to create this layout. Love the colors in this collection. It is a perfect fit for the photo.

 

Once the Nickel Medium was dry, I glued the buttons in the center of the flowers I Created with the border stencil to add dimension.

The Ink Spot and Sedona Colorations Sprays  look so pretty on this layout. The colors are so vibrant.

 

Products Used:

Border Stencil

Colorations Sprays: Ink Spot, Sedona

Here’s a video so you can see how this layout came together. Thanks so much for visiting today!

If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTube.
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My Choice Mixed Media Layout

Hi all. I thought I’d mix it up a bit. I tend to create lots of layouts of my son… but every now and then, I’ll look at my sister’s Facebook photos to see if I can find some pictures to scrap for her! I really had no idea where this layout would go… but it turned out perfect. It matches her personality perfectly!

My new favorite thing to do is playing with Art Anthology’s Minx Shimmering Inks! The colors are soooooo vibrant.

To begin, I covered white cardstock using clear gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I sprayed the cardstock with water to water it down and then I added 2-3 drops of each of the inks separately. I waited until one color was dry before applying the others so the colors would stay true to their original color.

Once I was satisfied with the background. I used Art Anthology’s Silver Metal Effects Medium. This medium works great with the 8″X12″ Lotus stencil!

I really like how the minx shimmering inks looks mixed with a bit of water on the cardstock. Love the different shapes in the background.

I used Pinkfresh Studio embellishments to embellish this layout. The flowers were hand-cut from patterned paper and then painted using the minx-shimmering inks.

Isn’t this beautiful? I might have to frame this for her…

Here is a process video so you can see how much fun minx shimmering inks are! You might be running to Art Anthology’s shop to buy a few colors of your own once you see how fun they are to play with.

Products Used:

Art Anthology/Minx-Shimmering Inks (Panache, Bankroll, Stargazer)

Art Anthology/Metal Effects Medium

Art Anthology/8 1/2″X11″ Lotus Stencil

Pinkfresh Studio Embellishments

Thanks so much for visiting today! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTubeJoin our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Artwhere you can share your creations!

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Fun In The Sun Mixed Media Layout

Hello everyone. I hope you’re having a fabulous week! Today I have a fun mixed media layout I created using a few Colorations Sprays (Patience, Salmon, Sky and Gilded Gold) and the Double Flower Stencil.

To begin, I applied clear gesso all over the white cardstock to prevent the cardstock from tearing. Once the gesso was completely dry, I placed the stencil down on the cardstock and then sprayed some Colorations Sprays here and there in the colors of Salmon, Patience, Sky and Gilded Gold. This color combination is so pretty!

I sprayed a scrap piece of cardstock using the Patience Colorations Spray to mat the photos. Then I punched a few wholes in a scrap piece of cardstock, sprayed it with the Sky Colorations Spray to create a few more layers… I love layering papers to create a fun background. Also, I rarely buy colored cardstock because I prefer using sprays to create the exact colors I want. Simple, but fun…

Love the black and white ribbon on this layout. It really makes the colors pop.

I added a few puffy stickers, gems and wood veneer embellishments along with some thread to make this layout more interested.

Products Used:

Colorations Sprays: Salmon, Sky, Patience and Gilded Gold

Stencil: Double Flower Stencil

Come see how this layout came together!

Thank you for stopping by today! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTubeJoin our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Artwhere you can share your creations!

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