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Mixed Media Journal

Rebekah Meier’s Mixed Media Products with Therm O Web

 

If you are a retailer or designer and will be attending the AFCI Creativation Show next month, I still have a few spots available in my workshop, Mix It Up with Rebekah Meier’s Mixed Media Products. We will create a Binder Journal and Collage Cards loaded with techniques for each of my products.  You will learn how to design Art Papers and Art Tape, distress Transfer Foils, create mixed media stickers with Mixed Media  Foam Sheets, and layered collage papers with Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets.

Here are the details:

W216:  Mix It Up with Rebekah Meier’s Mixed Media Products

Friday, 1/19/17:   2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sponsored by:  Therm O Web

Instructor:  Rebekah Meier

Class level:  Intermediate (moderate experience)

I can’t WAIT to meet all of you and to show you some of these easy DIY crafts you can create yourselves at home! Sign up here to get updates on my schedule!

How to Preserve Leaves

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Preserved Leaves

 

 

How to Preserve Leaves

By: Rebekah Meier

 

preserve leaves

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!

 

preserve leaves

Peel one side of Mixed Media Foam film.

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Center leaf onto the sticky foam.

preserve leaves

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

preserve leaves

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

preserve leaves

Apply sepia to cracks with a cosmetic sponge.

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Keep adding paint colors, drying between applications.

preserve leaves

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

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Outline leaf with black pastel pencil.

preserve leaves

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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DIY 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.

easy diy card

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

easy diy card

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

easy diy card
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.

easy diy card

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.

Tropical Serving Tray

 

By: Rebekah Meier

Whether you are having a relaxing weekend or entertaining guests, this Tropical Serving Tray will be very handy. A purchased inexpensive plain wood tray can be transformed quickly with a built-in ScanNCut2 pattern design and a little paint.

Supplies

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut2 Standard Mat 12″x 12”
Brother ScanNCut2 Standard Cut Blade
Brother ScanNCut2 pattern AR-0030 & BO-A001
Wood tray, approximately 9” x 11”
White acrylic craft paint
Scrapbook paper, one 12” x 12”- tropical design
Thin acrylic sheet, cut to fit interior of tray
Craft knife
Ruler

Cutting mat
Craft glue
Paintbrush

Watch the video tutorial here!

Instructions

Place scrapbook paper design side up onto the Standard 12” x 12” Mat. Load mat into the ScaNCut2 Machine.

With ScanNCut2 Machine, set pattern design #AR-0030.  Adjust size to fit the interior of the tray.   Touch OK then cut, and start.

Repeat, cutting two of border design #BO-A00, measuring 11” x .75”.

Using the paintbrush, paint wood tray with diluted white acrylic paint (1 part paint to 2 parts water). Let dry.


Apply dots of glue to the back side of the cut doily design and center onto the inside bottom of tray. Repeat adhering one border design to each side of tray.
Using a craft knife, ruler and mat, cut acrylic sheet to fit the inside dimensions of the tray. Place ruler against acrylic sheet and score with craft knife.  Repeat several times.  Using hands, gently apply pressure to scored line, and break.  Repeat with other sides.  Remove film from both sides of the sheet and insert into the tray, covering the cut design.  Acrylic sheets can be purchased at home improvement, art,  and hardware stores.

Refer to photo, glue one border strip to each long side of tray.

 

Tips:

If you have room on your paper, cut additional sizes of border strips and save for future projects, such as card making.

Cut an additional doily shape to use as a stencil for another project.

If you have your own doily or other design, scan into the ScanNCut2 and cut.

Disclaimer: I am a paid ambassador for the Brother ScanNCut.  All projects and opinions are my own.

“Sweet”Heart Tote Bag

canvas tote bags

By: Rebekah Meier

Being that I am a little frugal, I love to recycle things whenever possible. These canvas tote bags are a great example of that. The bag is 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!

canvas tote bags

Supplies:

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12×12 inch
Brother ScanNCut Standard Cut Blade
*Canvas tote bags
Sticky Back Canvas Sheet 8.5 x 11
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. Let the paint dry between different colors to ensure the colors do not mix and create a “mud” color.

Instructions:

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

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

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

canvas tote bagsSelect 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.

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

canvas tote bags

Using a sewing machine and red thread, stitch straight lines randomly onto the bag.  For extra security, machine stitch through hearts and word (if desired) as well. Refer to photo and sew or glue buttons to bag.

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