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December 2017

A Layered Mixed Media Decor Piece


Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for a layered mixed media decor piece perfect for the Holidays! 

Before I walk you through the steps, let me list the supplies.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft-

Gelatos® Colors -

Textural Accents -

Tools -

Other - 5x7 inches canvas, silk leaves, thread, chipboard, palette, paper trimmer, scissors, heat tool (optional)


Rub Gelatos colors Iridescents Blue Moon and Odyssey generously on 5x7 inches canvas and blend with your fingers or a smudge sponge. Seal with a top coat of Gel Medium applied lightly with a silicone spatula and let dry.


Layer the feather stencil from the Mixed Media Paper Stencils (Faith) near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


Rub a little Gelatos color Blueberry around the feather design and blend with water. Let dry.

Pick up a slight bit of Texture Luxe Gold and gently rub over and around the feather.


Color a 2.5x5 inches chipboard with Gelatos colors Mars and Iced Rose. Blend the colors with Gesso. Let dry. 


Mix three parts Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one part Texture Luxe Gold thoroughly in a palette.


Apply the mixed medium through the Sing His Praise stencil from the Faith collection on the colored chipboard. Let dry.


Apply dots around the stenciled phrase on the chipboard with Texture Gems Gold. Let it dry.


Color a 4 x 6 inch chipboard with Gelatos color Boysenberry. Apply Gelatos Color Iridescents Odyssey through the floral stencil, also from the Faith collection.

Trim the chipboard into two pieces -  2.75 x 5.25 inches and 0.75 x 3 inches.


Now, let's assemble the pieces on the canvas.

Cut some 18 inches of thread and loosely wrap around your palm. Pull it out and attach near the bottom left of the canvas with Gel Medium.

Attach the 2.75 x 5.25 inches chipboard piece on top of the thread layer as shown.

Layer a pair of silk leaves so they extend beyond the canvas on top of the chipboard piece.

Mount the Sing His Praise chipboard on top with Gel Medium.

Add the 0.75 x 3 inch strip below the Sing His Praise chipboard.

Apply some more Texture Luxe Gold through the flower stencil around the canvas to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will reach for your Design Memory Craft stash for creating handmade Holiday decor and gifts!







Keepsake Holiday Doodled Ornaments


Whether you're trimming a tree, decorating your mantle, or just want to add a little extra cheer to your gift packages,  keepsake holiday doodle ornaments are a wonderful addition. The best part is that the whole family can join in on the fun!


I picked up a set of plain ceramic ornaments at my local craft store for a couple bucks and enjoyed a bit of quiet time turning them into keepsake pieces with my Holiday Pitt Pen Set


I'll be the first to admit that drawing really isn't my thing and I'm not much a doodler, but I didn't let that stop me!


Sometimes you just have to give your inner child permission to come out and play and just have fun!


With all three ornaments doodled, all that was left to do was to tie some ribbon or jute to each one so they'd be ready to go, once the gift wrapping begins.

I hope that I've inspired you to grab your set of Holiday Pitt Pens and enjoy some time creating your own keepsake ornaments.

xo, Belen




Holiday Happy Mail

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Hi friends! For many, this is the time of year when we send cards and letters to loved ones, to let them know that we're thinking of them. Today I'm going to share with you an easy way to make that happy mail even merrier!


I started with white card stock that I coated with a light layer of gesso. Once it was dry, I used stencils from the Stencils 101 Collection and a Red Cherry Gelatos.


I used various stencils from the same stencil collection and repeated the same technique on 3 pieces of card stock. To give my greeting cards a more rustic look, I hand tore the edges to give them a nice deckled edge.


Once they were trimmed to size, I used gel medium to adhere the torn decorative card stock to the front of a plain white greeting card.


I repeated this same step for all three cards.


Next, I used the Holiday Pitt Pen Set to decorate white die cuts that I cut using my personal die cutting machine. If you don't have a cutting machine, you can find a nice selection of die cuts at your local craft store.



The Holiday Pitt Pen Set comes with red, black, green and gold Pitt Pens, and I just went for it, losing myself in doodling colorful patterns.

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When I had my die cuts doodled on, I used dimensional sticky dots and adhered them to each of the cards.

Thanks for joining me as I created handcrafted holiday happy mail that's sure to brighten anyone's mailbox!

xo, Belen