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Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

I wanted to share a piece of Encaustic Art that I made (using beeswax medium, both in natural and pigmented red.) If you’ve ever wondered if you can use three dimensional objects with beeswax collage, I’m here to show you that you can! And buttons make nice embellishments.

I used a kit to make this piece along with some Buttons Galore and More buttons, (you can read more about that on the Craft Test Dummies blog).  I found out that if you want to add heavy bits-like the buttons- you’ll want to build a base of wax where you want them to go, and then keep it warm with a heat tool. Then place your buttons and immediately drop some hot wax on top, so that it drips through the holes and bonds with the wax underneath. Let it cool completely- it’s hard not to keep fussing with it!

Bottom line: don’t be afraid to add your favorite buttons to Encaustic art- they add a wonderful texture and dimension.

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Start Ups – Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

It may be a little early to start thinking of fall leaves… but maybe not.

Last week I introduced you to Start Ups here and I made an easy “metal” piece to put on all sorts of Mixed Media or Scrapbooking projects.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

This week I used the Start Up Leaves and my trusty collection of Ranger Alcohol Inks to create multi-colored fall leaves.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

The colors I used were Oregano, Butterscotch and Red Pepper.

Oh, the possibilities!

What would YOU use Start Up Leaves on?

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Start Ups: Metal Look ID Tag

Start Ups

“Amazing Plastic Crafty Goodness” is what they really ought to be called! :)

What are Start Ups? They are small, white plastic shapes. Perfect blanks for lots of scrapbook, mixed media and even jewelry projects.

Button name plate

Button name plate

My very first Start Ups project. :)

I spray painted the blank silver and let it dry, then I rubbed my thumb over it to take out some of the shine. I stamped VICKI with a small set of alphabet stamps and Staz On ink in black. Finally, I gave it a quick spray with a Matte Sealer and it’s all ready to go on… well, WHATEVER I want to make!  I love that it looks like an old piece of metal. Cool!

Keep checking back as I continue to explore all of the crafty fun to be had with these little gems!

And click HERE to see the available shapes of Start Ups that Buttons Galore and More Carries!

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Composition Book – Summer Journal

journal and pencil boxes

A few months back, I made some boxes to hold my colored pencils. I loved the design so much that when I was doing my summer journal, I chose to make a matching journal to coordinate with my boxes. Cute, huh!

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Envelope Booklet Hostess Gift

Make an Envelope Booklet to hold coupons, photos, or stationery.

I love little gifts that I can make with items that I’ve got on hand and give as hostess gifts, thank you tokens, and teacher’s presents. Usually it’s on short notice- and I can whip up one of these Envelope Booklets in an hour. WIN!

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Studio De-Stash – Party Favors

 Studio De-Stash - Party Favors and Gifts

All around the web I’m seeing that fellow crafters, designers and artists seem to be taking time out to clean up their creative spaces.

It’s also a GREAT time to be thinking of little gifties and gift tags that you could use the rest of the year. Don’t think so? Read the rest of this post that was originally published on my blog. (You can visit my NEW blog here: www.vickiodell.com)

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Felt Button Thank You Card

I love a simple grid arrangement when creating a quick card. In this case, the grid combined with a neutral kraft cardstock really lets the texture and color of the Fiesta Felt buttons take center stage. Tie embroidery thread through button holes, or leave them open as I did to make the card even more quickly.

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