Pocket Size Art Journal: Dude, That’s Crabby!

Happy Weekend Everyone! Heather here for my very last post as a guest designer for Sweet Stamp Shop! I can’t tell you how bittersweet this is for me! I’ve really loved this community and have learned so much from the team! Nicole is totally SWEET too! She’s pretty awesome and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her the past three months and work with her.

OK… so I made this little pocket sized art journal totally for my last post. This pretty much sums up how I feel about this awesome gig ending so soon. I also know that we have some pretty crabby days around here so it will be perfect to add into my weekly scrapbook album. LOL

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HAHAHA!!! It totally makes me giggle! I just adore that little crab!

1) Gather your supplies… I had a piece of 4″x6″ watercolor paper that I had painted with gel medium and spray inks, some old book paper that I had gesso’d, and some scrapbook paper.

I totally loved the lacy pattern on the scrapbook paper, it made me think of netting. For the mixed media I used spray inks in blues and greens to give it a water texture. I also love using old book paper on my art journal pages rather than the stark white. I totally think about these kinds of things when I’m creating.

2) Stamp your images on the scrapbook paper and old book paper.

3) Color in the illustration(s). I used a Faber-Castell big brush to color in the crab and clear wink of stella for the shell and claws. To color in the speech bubble I just used the left over sponge that I was using to make the mixed media watercolor paper.

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4) Fussy cut out your stamps.

5) Glue them on your 4″x6″ card. I ended up deciding I wanted to do a 3″x4″ card so I glued them over to the side.

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6) Add embellishments… For some reason, the pattern in the scrapbook paper and crabs always make me think of twine or netting, so I stapled on the twine.

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I still didn’t think it looked right, so I ended up adding acrylic paint to the bottom to make sand. While the paint was still wet, I added some gold embossing powder and heat set it. I love using embossing powder with paint, it gives it a cool texture as it kind of bubbles up and isn’t as smooth. It made it look more sandy.

To give a little more texture, I used some distress ink to color the twine and rubbed it around the edges. I just love all the texture in this card!

I used Fishy, Just The Basics, and Speech Bubbles Sweet Stamp Shop stamp sets to create this fun mixed media card.

Are you interested in mixed media or art journaling? Every Friday, I post a new mixed media tutorial on my blog. I’m also sharing inspiration all the time on Pinterest and sharing my works in progress on Instagram.

It’s time for me to say goodbye, actually more like SEE YOU LATER, because I’m following Sweet Stamp Shop on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! ARE YOU? I can’t wait to see what the new design team is going to share with us!

One Response to Pocket Size Art Journal: Dude, That’s Crabby!

  1. super cute…loved your posts!

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