May Mixed Media Challenge and Stencil Sunday

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Hello!  I'm so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and mixed media challenge.

Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 


Playing in my small art journal again.  After covering the page in gesso, I stamped several images from Mixed Media Elements around the edges in Cobalt Archival Ink. Next came some light modelling paste through my Retro Circles stencil.  When that was dry, I blended two shades of Distress Crayons on the page.  Then I added some Distress Ink through my Square Links stencil.  

The sentiment from Subway Art Builders Create was stamped on some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and adhered to the page with a matte medium.  My final step was to smudge some Stabilo pencil randomly around the edges and blend with water.


Cannot wait to see what you make!  Just a gentle reminder...this is not a card challenge...it's anything BUT a card.  To ensure that you're eligible for the prizes each month, simply create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and show the challenge graphic...it's as easy as that!

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - Day Three

Friday, April 15, 2016


Hello again, stencil fans!  It's day three of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

So are you sick of this technique yet?  Just had to try it again but put a different spin on it.  This time, I dried it with my heat gun, dampened it just slightly and dropped more color in with the stencil back in place.  And, I tried to be a bit more loosey goosey with my pen outlines.  Once it was dry, I smudged some glass bead gel over the flowers for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  See those little, blue dots?  That means someone didn't clean their stencil properly before starting this project :(



Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!, vellum and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Big Greetings
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Micron pen, glass bead gel.

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

This is also my reminder card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I'm the Featured Designer this month and wanted to share one more card for the challenge.  You'll find all the details for the CAS Mix Up right here.



STAMPlorations products I used today:

ARTplorations Old Rose Prints                            STAMPlorations Big Greetings
preview-web-stencil-013-old-rose-prints.jpeg                                             preview-SheryRussDesigns-BigGreetings

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - Day Two

Thursday, April 14, 2016




Hello again, stencil fans!  It's day two of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

I used the same technique as yesterday but changed up the colors and used the Flutterby stencil and added some gold splatters.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Flutterby stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi watercolors, large flat brush, Micron pen, Gold Colorshine Mist, foam adhesive

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Flutterby                              STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
preview-web-stencil-019-flutterby copy.jpeg                                     preview-STAMPlorations-Imagine  

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - April 13 - 15

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Hello, stencil fans!  It's time for another ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls.


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use stencils and this one incorporates another of my favorite things and that's watercolor.  Here's a link to the video tutorial I found on Joggles which explains how it's done. 

My Leaf Prints stencil was placed on some watercolor paper and using a large, flat brush I dropped in watercolor paint.  Once it was completely dry, I did a bit of rough sketching around each of the components with a waterproof fine pen.  And since I ended up with some tiny drops of watercolor, I outlined those two just for fun :)  There's a distinct possibility you'll see more of this technique in the coming days as I try to perfect it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine in Black Onyx
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Art Is
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi Watercolor, large flat brush, Micron pen, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, sequins, adhesive, foam tape

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have made to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Leaf Prints:                        STAMPlorations Art Is:
preview-web-stencil-001-leaves-large.jpeg                                  Shery_Russ-ArtIs-preview

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Stencil Sunday - The Realist Adjusts the Sails

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Hello, my stamping lovelies!  I'm back with another Stencil Sunday Project.

When I first saw the new Anchors Away stencil my heart went pitter patter as I knew I wanted to use it with the True North stamp set.

This is a small journal page...the pages in this book are 5.5 inches by 8 inches...a really nice size to work with!  After covering my page with gesso and drying it, I added some Prima Color Mist and misted it with water.  Next, I added the anchors with my stencil and some Archival Ink.  The sailboat and sentiment were stamped in black MFT Hybrid ink.  Then, using my Nestled Circles and some Distress Ink I added the feeling of waves/water.  And the final touch...a bit of Stabilo pencil smudged beneath the boat.

Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 



STAMPlorations               ARTplorations
True North                        Anchors Away                      Nestled Circles
SheryRuss_TrueNorth-preview         preview-web-stencil-068-anchorsaway             preview-web-stencil-026-nestledcircles.jpeg           

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Hope Tag Tutorial

Friday, April 8, 2016

Would love to have you join me for my tutorial over at the ARTplorations blog!



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Mosaic Dragonfly

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Just playing today; this tag is for a couple of challenges...

I've drawn some inspiration from the April 2016 Tim's Tag and as usual, it doesn't look anything like his, but that's the point...it's about being inspired right?  Also, I'm all about Earth Day 365 days of the year. So when I saw the current Anything But Cute Earth Day Challenge, I used that as my theme for my tag.

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Tim has used his new Distress Paper Mosaic Kit, which I don't have, so I used his directions from his March 2012 tag to create my mosaic dragonfly.  Instead of cutting up some designer paper, I dragged some watercolor paper through some Distress Inks and used that. Then it was topped with Glossy Accents for a faux tile look.

And, I used a totally different technique for my woodgrain background. It's made with a piece of woodgrain cardstock (like Tim's), but I used Distress Crayons and Distress Inks to create it.  Did I tell you I LOVE my Distress Crayons?  I rubbed several colors of the Distress Crayons into the cardstock, inked it with Distress Inks and splattered it with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I also drew some lines with a Distress Marker to imitate a wood floor or perhaps wood paneling.  Pretty happy with how it turned out :)

My "grout" was made with a matte embossing powder that I colored with some alcohol ink as I didn't have the "cement" embossing powder that Tim used.

Again, I've used a #10 manila tag simply because of the size of the dragonfly die and all the "stuff" I wanted to add.  The tail of the dragonfly is made with clear rhinestones, that I've colored with Copic markers.  Lots of shades of blue and green:


Here's what I used:
Paper:  watercolor and woodgrain cardstock
Ink:  Distress Inks
Stamps:  not a one
All the other stuff:  #10 manila tag, grunge board, Alterations Layered Dragonfly die, misc. rhinestones, Copic markers, Distress Crayons, Distress Paint, Distress Marker, Idea-ology Linen Ribbon, Idea-ology Souvenir Adornments, Remnant Rubs, Small Talk Stickers, Flashcards, Pocket Cards, WOW matte embossing powder, alcohol ink, Glossy Accents, splatter brush

Challenges entered:
Tim's Tags of 2016 - April
Anything But Cute #12 - Earth Day

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