Mixed Media Birthday Cards

Hi guys! I’m still playing catch up to bring all up to date with some of the projects I’ve been making lately. This is another project from one of the local classes I’m running, which are still going well and are continuing to grow. For this class I wanted to do a feminine and a Masculine birthday card, for the masculine one I decided to demonstrate an earlier project, Steampunk Vintage Card, that was very popular.

The feminine card I chose to make a pink one, which honestly is a little out of my comfort zone but i’m really pleased with how it turned out. I began with a card base 5x7inch, I then cut a piece of patterned card slightly smaller than the card base. I gave it a thin coat of gesso so the pattern is still visible but the paper is prepared for mediums to be added to it. The next step was to add some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (pictured below) in small patches. Once the texture paste was dry I began adding some colour, I used a combination of Lindy’s sprays Prima Donna Purple and Frozen Jack Frost. I also added a little water to help the ink flow and make the colour less intense. After drying I added splats of Lindy’s Frozen Jack frost and Dylusions Black spray.

I then adhered the patterned card to the card base and it was time to add the embellishments, first a small piece of cheese cloth and some craft paper wrapped wire with a coat of gesso. For extra layering I stamped some images with black Archival ink on a spare piece of the patterned card and fussy cut around them, using the Tim Holtz Curiosities stamp set. I also Die cut some leaves using white card and the Tim Holtz Bigz Garden Greens die. After attaching all these elements I wanted to adds some paper flowers that I also coloured using the Lindy’s sprays mentioned above and a little of the Jazzy Jivin Purple spray. The final embellishments I added were buttons and a die cut sentiment from the Tim Holtz Handwritten celebrate thinlits set cut from white card.

Although cards are not my go to craft, the class (pictured above) seemed to really enjoy making them. I hope the description I have given inspires you to create your own mixed media cards, if so put some pictures on your social media accounts and tag me using #winstoniancrafts. I would really love to see your projects. Happy crafting!


Mixed Media Altered Coffee Jar

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while but I have been super busy setting up my local craft classes, that are currently going really well. This project is one we did in the second class and it seemed to go down well so I though I would share it with you too. I began this project with a clean empty glass jar, the first step was to paint it with white gesso in order to prime it for other mediums.

For texture the first medium I added after gesso was Finnabair clear crackle texture paste, but we didn’t use this in class as it takes a while to dry and you can’t speed up the process with a heat tool. Once the crackle paste had dried I added some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Prima stencil shown above. I then added more texture with Prima art stones and mini art stones which I attached to the jar using 3D matte gel.

Some of the embellishments I used on this project I coloured before I attached them ,such as the paper flowers as they are quite delicate. The Tim Holtz Bigz dies Gadget Gears #2 and Garden Greens are cut from mount board and coated in gesso which made them fairly strong so I attached them before adding ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach all the embellishments purely for how rapidly it dries so we can move on quickly in class. Given more time I would use Finnabair 3D matte gel to glue everything on as it is a much more reliable and stable adhesive. I also added some paper clay pieces before inking that I made using a Prima mould and then coated in gesso. Then it was time to colour! For this project I used Lindy’s sprays, Tebetan poppy teal, Sassy sapphire, Gator gumbo olive and Buccaneer bay blue. I also dripped some Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Mushroom and Mermaid, from the top of the jar to run in between the art stones. Once I was happy with the colour I added the rest of my embellishments to the project, paper flowers, buttons, a Tim Holtz clock face and game spinner. All that was left was to add some highlights, for this I used Creative Expressions Graphite and Chocolate Bronze gilding polish, which gave the project definition and a nice metallic finish.

As you can see by all the smiley faces, this was a popular project. I hope this post inspires you to create your own mixed media altered jar? If it does, tag me in your social media pictures of your awesome projects using the #winstoniancrafts as I would love to see them. Happy crafting!

Winstonian Crafts local classes

Hi Guys. This post is a little different to the previous ones but its definitely something I wanted to share. Last night I held a craft class in my local village hall, it was an amazing turn out! I had prepared a canvas for the group to make with my guidance but I really wanted then to create their own piece which they certainly did.

The canvas I prepared (above) included techniques using gesso, ink sprays various brands, prima art stones and so much more. everyone seemed to enjoy it and they are looking forward to the next class as much as I am. Here is a few of the wonderful people who attended and their beautiful projects.

This is a new venture for me, hopefully it will be successful! I’m so happy to be able to do what I love as a job alongside caring for my mum who also attended. Thank you to all those who came and I look forward to seeing all of you again at the next class and perhaps some new faces too? Happy crafting!

Vintage Floral Birthday Card

Hi guys! I thought I would share this birthday card with you today, I made it for a close crafty friend so I put in a little extra effort. I began by cutting out a card base 5×7 inches and putting together some pieces of scrap card that complemented each other. I roughed up the edges of all the pieces of scrap card and then distressed then further using the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also used the Vintage Photo ink to distress a piece of lace and burlap I selected to embellish the card.

After layering the scrap card, burlap and lace onto the card base I selected some embellishments to for create further layers. The paper flowers I used are cream so I added some more Vintage Photo Ink to blend them with the project. I also chose to used some corrugated cardboard as its one of my favourite textures to use in mixed media projects due to its dimension and natural colour.

After assembling the card I decided to add some metal embellishments and a happy birthday banner that was from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings stamp set and then die cut using the Tim Holts Tag Collection. I brought the metal embellishments from Ebay in a bulk lot a long time ago but they fit perfectly in this project. I hope you enjoyed this project, if you did, why not have a go at creating it? If and when you do take some pics and post them on Instagram or Facebook using the hash tag Winstoniancrafts so I can see them. I would love to see your take on this project. Happy crafting!

Burlap Journal Page

Hi guys! This page is created in my Dina Wakley Media Journal on a burlap page but is inspired by Tim Holtz. I don’t really share many journal pages but i really like this one and I hope you do to? The burlap pages within the journal can be a bit scary for a start but they really are the most fun to create on once you get over that. I began by sticking down some ephemera from the Tim Holtz Emporium, Thrift Shop and Expedition packs on the page using the Vintage Collage Medium. Once that layer had dried I pushed some Ranger Opaque Matte texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, to add some raised interest to the background. I also roughly applied a small amount of texture paste to the burlap that wasn’t covered by ephemera. To help blend the page together I added some Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the texture paste and Walnut Stain Crayon around the edges of each piece of ephemera.

The background was now complete so I added a large feature image from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives pack which I tinted with a wash of Walnut Stain Distress Paint and stuck down with foam pads for added dimension. The next step was to add some wording, I used a metal panel from the Tim Holtz Quote Bands pack which I attached using some string that I tied through the burlap page. I also used some stickers from the Big Chat book in black that I edged with the Walnut Stain Crayon. The final part of the project was to add some brads from the Tim Holtz Dapper Fasteners pack that added further dimension to the page. This project turned out to be super fun although it started out very scary, I would defiantly recommend the Dina Wakley Media Journal to anyone having difficulty creating different journal pages. The various surfaces within this journal pushes you out of your normal way of creating and helps diversify your creativity. I hope this inspires you to create something a little different and out of your norm? if it does post a pic on social media and use the #winstoniancrafts so I can have a look and we can share our experiences. Happy crafting!

Dina Wakley Joy Of Scribbling Class

Hi guys! I just wanted to pop a quick post on here about a class I attended at the Art From The Heart shop on Thursday the 30th March titled The Joy Of Scribbling with Dina Wakely. I had such an amazing time as Dina is so funny and of course talented! I went with the hope of learning some new techniques to use with her new Scribble Sticks she released with Ranger this year and hopefully getting some tips on drawing faces. I came away with both and so much more, I would definitely recommend her classes to anyone with an interest in journaling. As you can probably tell I’m really glad I went and I just wanted to share a little bit of that happiness and excitement with you.

Bee You Journal Page

Hi guys! This weeks project is a little different as I wouldn’t normally post pictures of journal pages due to their personal nature, but this one was too cute not to. I created it in my new journal from Dina Wakley with various surfaces to work on such as watercolour paper, craft card and burlap which I love.

I began by sticking some torn up book pages down with gel medium and then covering my page in a thin layer of white gesso to prepare it. I then added some texture paste through the Tim Holtz circles stencil to look like honeycombs and then through the Tim Holtz sunbeam stencil to add interest to my page. I then stamped some Bee’s in the background from the Tim Holtz Oddities Stampers Anonymous set using black Archival Ink. I also used the Archival to create a shadow honeycomb by adding it through the circle stencil beside the texture paste circles. It was now time to add some colour, I used some Dylusions sprays, Black, Lemon and Satsuma. This gave me a beautiful combination of colours that I also used to colour my die cut and embossed bee from the Tim Holtz Bigz die named Layered Bee. After attaching my die cut bee to my page I stamped some wording on some white card that inspired me at the time, and stuck it on to complete the page. I hope you enjoy this post and perhaps it inspires you to create something in your journal? If it does share it on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook using the #winstoniancrafts so I can see it. Happy crafting!

Finnabair Imagine Art Transformations Online Class

Hi guys! I just wanted to put a little post on here to say how much I enjoyed the online class provided by Everything Art and Finnabair, the class was really informative and easy to follow. I’m super happy with the project I made (shown above) and look forward to incorporating the new techniques I learned into crafts I love. I found that the class was very affordable and much easier for me to take part in as I could do it from home in my own time. Finnabair is there to guide you through every step and she offers some great tips on products, composition, and encourages creative freedom. I would definitely recommend the class, especially to people who are interested in learning ways to create beautiful 3D mixed media art canvases. I have linked to the everything art site in case you wanted to purchase the class too. Happy crafting!

Steampunk Oxide Explosion Box

Hey guys! This project started out as just a bit of fun, playing around with my latest purchase the new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks. I really liked the effect from placing Distress, Oxides and water on a craft mat and then tapping card into it. But to start I’ll give you some measurements for the Explosion Box in layers, layer 1 (12 x 12 inch) being the largest outer layer, giving the box its shape. Layer 2 (11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch) being the first of the inner layers and layer 3 (11 x 11 inch) the smallest inside layer. The next step is to score each side of each page in at 4 inches and trim off the excess square corners to make your box shape. To make my explosion box a little more inventive, instead of trimming off the excess corners I used them to create pockets for tags and flaps that open for more space for photos. The final piece is the lid which measures 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 and scored in at 1 1/2 inch on each side.

To decorate layer 1 & 2 I applied Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a wet wipe for a smooth coverage. For layer 2 & the lid I dabbed the card into Walnut Stain and Mermaid Lagoon from the normal Distress ink line. And from the new Oxide inks Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio and Iced Spruce. This combination of colours and inks gave a rich depth and rusty look to the project that I loved, and that inspired me to decorate the box with a steampunk theme.

For decoration on layer 2 I decided to put in two corset pages using metal eyelets and turquoise ribbon from my stash (unsure of the brand) again carrying on with the steampunk theme. I also began sticking either turquoise or brown card photo tabs on each of my layers to eventually stick photos over the top of them. To signify their purpose I stamped a camera image in the centre of them from the Tim Holtz mini blueprints stamp set using the Oxide inks. I also used this stamp, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners and the Xcut Chronology cog dies to further decorate some of the other layers. After creating little pockets for tags in layer 3 I die cut some tags from the Tim Holtz Framelits die set to fit in them, trimming the bottom off as they were a little too large. I also cut a half circle out of the top of the pockets to make it easier to remove the tags using circle punch.

The final touch for this project was adding a cupboard door knob that I had found in a local DIY shop through the top of the lid, so it made the explosion box opening process a little easier. This project was really fun, and a great way to get used to using the new Oxide Distress inks for backgrounds and stamping. I’m sorry if the instructions are a little hit and miss but its not the easiest project to explain how to do and it’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to photograph. Overall though this is a project I would definitely recommend trying as they make great gifts and are easy to personalise. If you do give it a go use the #winstoniancrafts on your social media posts so I can have a look, I would love to see your take on it. Happy crafting!

Steampunk Tag

Hey guys, after playing around with the birthday card I made for my dad last week I came across some awesome card in my stash and decided to make use of it and create a little steampunk tag. I began by cutting out a tag using the largest in the Tim Holtz Framelits Tag collection set on white card, and the cog patterned paper from the Enjoy The Ride pack (unsure of the brand). Before sticking them together I tore off some of the edges of the patterned paper so I could stick some lace in its place. Giving the impression there is a layer of lace underneath the paper peeping through, pretty nice effect.


After sticking the two tags together and attaching the lace I distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink to make the whole project look aged. When deciding on embellishments for this project I just dived into some of my old paper flowers, metal cogs, cameo pieces and plastic flowers. Unfortunately all of these are unpackaged so I’m unsure of the brands, however I did also use some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clock Faces and game spinners

To attach all these pieces I used Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Body Gel to ensure some the heavier pieces wouldn’t fall off. The finishing touch for this project was to add some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat book, ‘Appreciate Beauty’ seemed to work. I hope you like this quick project and brief overview of how I made it, it certainly was enjoyable to make. Why not have a go at making something similar in your own style? If you do use #winstoniancrafts on your social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, I’ll see it. Happy crafting!