How to Preserve Leaves

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Preserved Leaves

 

 

How to Preserve Leaves

By: Rebekah Meier

 

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Mixed Media Foam Sheets

I found a way to preserve leaves and flowers I collect every fall.  Follow along and I will show you how I used Mixed Media Foam Sheets to permanently save them.  I made a trio of leaf squares of different varieties.

 

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Maple Leaf

 

Leaf Collection

Here a just a sample of my leaves.  The “raggy” the better.  I like them to have character!

 

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Peel one side of Mixed Media Foam film

Peel off one side of the film to reveal a very sticky material.

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Center leaf onto sticky Foam

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Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background

Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background.  Let dry completely.

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Paints

I used a variety of paints and applied the color with a cosmetic sponge.

 

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Apply sepia to cracks with cosmetic sponge

 

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Keep adding paint colors, drying between applications

 

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Once paints are applied, add a coat of satin varnish to seal the project.

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Outline leaf with black pastel pencil

 

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Maple Leaf

 

For the maple leaf, I also incorporated my Rosetta stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  Simply apply molding paste through the stencil before applying the crackle glaze.

 

 

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Forever Card

Forever Card

by Rebekah Meier

easy diy card

Materials:
ScanNCut Machine

Standard Mat

2 Coordinating Patterned Papers

Markers (2) any kind

Lace embellishment

5”x7” pre-cut watercolor card blank

Paper adhesive

Pigment Inkpad

Instructions:

Set the ScanNCut to draw a pattern design using one of the markers.

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Set the ScanNCut to draw the word Forever #LO-AO22 from the Menu screen.

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 Cut one sheet of patterned paper 4 3/4”x6 3/4”. Center and adhere cut paper onto the pre-cut card.

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Cut one 5 1/4” x 7 1/2” sheet from remaining patterned paper. Adhere paper to the inside of the card.

 Cut around Forever to measure 1 1/2” x 4 3/4”.

 Cut paper that was designed with the marker to measure 2 1/4”x4 3/4”

 Ink edges of Forever and marker designed paper. Mat Forever with marker designed paper.

 Center Forever onto the card. Refer to photo and adhere lace.

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Disclosure: Rebekah is a paid consultant and has received products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

Re-purposed Heart Tote Bag

finished bag

finished bag

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Being that I am a little frugal, I love to recycle things whenever possible. This canvas bag is a great example of that. The bag is from a previous project that did not turn out how I wished. At the time, the acrylic colors bled through from the other side and did not work for what I was creating. We all have those days, don’t we! I kept the bag because I loved the organic color combination, and hoped to use it one day. Using the ScanNCut to cut out a word and hearts made this project so easy. I hope you will enjoy creating your own “Sweet” bag!

Supplies:

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12×12 inch
Brother ScanNCut Standard Cut Blade
*Canvas bag
Sticky Back Canvas Sheet 8 1/2”x11”
Red acrylic paint
6 red buttons
Red sewing machine thread
Sewing Machine
Embroidery needle
Fabric adhesive (optional)
Seam ripper

*Create a similar bag by diluting acrylic paints and dripping them onto a similar blank canvas bag. Dry paint between colors to ensure the colors do not mix and create a “mud” color.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

using a small knife blade, remove one of the side seams of bag.

Step 1.
Using a small knife blade or seam ripper, remove stitching from one of the side seams of bag.  This step will allow lines to be stitched on the bag later in the instructions.

 

place canvas sheet on mat

place canvas sheet on mat

Step 2.
Place sticky backed canvas sheet onto mat (canvas side up).  Set machine for blade depth of 7, pressure of 9, and one time to cut.  Load cutting mat into the ScanNcut.

pick heart shape

pick heart shape

Step 3.
Select heart shape from shape menu.  Adjust height and width to desired size.  I made mine approximately 5.25×3.25 inches.  Touch set.  Repeat, creating two, 2″ hearts.  Touch set.

Cut word and hearts

Cut word and hearts

Step 4.
Select the word Sweet from the word menu, keep the preset setting for height and width.  Touch set. Load mat (with canvas) and press cut, cutting out the hearts and the word Sweet.

 

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

using a sponge, paint word and hearts with red acrylic paint

Step 5.
Peel cut elements from mat and paint with red acrylic paint.  When dry, peel off film from the back of hearts and word.  Press elements onto bag with firm pressure.

 

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

machine stitch straight lines onto bag

Step 6.
Using a sewing machine and red thread, stitch straight lines randomly onto bag.  For extra security, machine stitch through hearts and word (if desired) as well.

Step 7.
Refer to photo and sew or glue buttons to bag.

finished bag

finished bag

New Mixed Media products by Rebekah Meier

 

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Projects created with Mixed Media Art Paper Sheets & Mixed Media Foam Sheets

Projects created with Mixed Media Art Paper Sheets & Mixed Media Foam Sheets

 

Hi everyone!  I’m so happy and excited to announce my partnership with  thermoweb.  We have been working for months on My new program.  The new products are Mixed Media Art Papers, Mixed Media Art Tape, Mixed Media Medium, Mixed Media Foam Sheets, and Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets, and luscious Foil Transfer Papers.  All you design yourself!  I have also designed techniques to go along with each product.  Please stop by the thermoweb booth #513 and see me and I will show you all the details.

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Rebekah

 

 

I am a guest on Make It Artsy!

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Hi everyone!  Last spring I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to tape three segments for the new  Make It Artsy show hosted by  Julie Fei Fan Balzer.   Here are some behind the scenes photos I took while there.  So much prep goes into getting ready to tape each segment both by me and the production staff.  Most of the steps I complete at home, but there are  always last minute things to do.  I really do not get nervous taping the segments, as long as I am prepared. Julie and everyone at KS productions are very helpful in keeping us all on track. Did I mention Julie is a stitch? Yes, she is!   The set of Make It Artsy, is so cool.  The background is a brick wall which makes  for a great back drop.   We all also taped a “teaser” of one of our segments.  Mine is promoting my Mixed Media Mandalas segment.  Here  is the clip, and I am such a dork in it, but the technique and project rock.  The episodes begin airing on PBS stations tomorrow 9-29-16.  My segments are #103, #112, #113.  Check your local listings for details.  Note sometimes it can be a short while before all the stations air it.  You can also watch the show on-line at makeitartsy.com and follow Make It Artsy on fb.  I would love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

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