No more pencils, no more books…


Last week I had the pleasure of attending a workshop in Cambridge with the very talented  Anna Dabrowska. She is a mixed-media artist, designer & teacher from Poland, and Karen Ellis, owner of The Art House was fortunate enough to host this 5 hour class, where we created mixed-media journals, learning Anna’s collage style of using rich layers & details. The time flew as I gessoed, painted with my fingers and learned new uses for masking tape and tea bags!

Since I am not the apron-type, and we were asked to bring them, I dug deep and found my university lab coat. Speaking of school, I have to admit I love learning. Sign me up for a class every week and I’d be there (if money grew on trees — which incidentally it doesn’t in Canada anymore). Sometimes you learn new things, sometimes you realize the way you are going about it is good too. I love walking down the business and school supplies aisles — don’t even get me started on back to school sales.

Here is my latest business card — made using Avery shipping tags:

I have a hard time sticking to one business card. As I evolve, I try to incorporate new products & techniques that I am using into my business cards. It is cost effective and people seem to love them. So here is a little tutorial on how I create them:

STEP 1: I make them in batches using AVERY 13035 Shipping Tags size 5. The cards are placed on a Ranger non-stick Craft Sheet. 

STEP 2: I use Ranger Adirondack Colour Wash dyes. All the colours coordinate, so you can’t mess up — they blend beautifully.

STEP 3: Spray 2 squirts of 3 sprays onto the craft sheet.

STEP 4: Smoosh the tag across the colours, checking the tag as you go until it is full of colour.Then either air dry or use a heating tool (I use the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool) to quickly dry the tags.

STEP 5: I choose a stencil then along with Ranger Distress Stain in Picket Fence, I stencil on the tag.

STEP 6: To use up the stain on the stencil, I  flip the stencil over and press it onto another tag to transfer the residual stain. Dry.

STEP 7: Choose a stamp, ink it & stamp on image on tag.

STEP 8: Place pertinent information on the flip side. I used AVERY 18663 Clear Mailing Labels. Tie on raffia or ribbon to finish.

Thanks for checking in!

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4 thoughts on “No more pencils, no more books…

  1. So cool! Having a good workshop is so motivating! Like a shot of creativity in the arm!

    keep up with the wonderful work!

    elvi

  2. Loving your mixed media business card Nadya. Those are awesome! Must give me one the next time we get together!

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