Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorials

I’m so excited to launch my You Tube channel with a fun, technique packed and fabulous new video tutorial series  Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA!   Join me every Saturday in creating projects of mixed media, scrapbooking, card making, altered art and so much more! Drum roll…. The first project in this wonderful series is… Home mixed media canvas. Materials list:* 12X12 canvas* Tissue paper: Aqua and Script* 2 pieces of white cardstock* Embellishments: Prima – Candy Gems Melon, Flowers – Essentials 11 Romantique* Acrylic paints of your choice: yellow, aqua, orange* Stamps: Susan K. Weckesser – Family, Fly away; Prima – #555115, Checkerboard * Modeling paste* Sprays: Lindys stamp Gang Starburst – Tainted Love Teal, Sea Mint GreenLindys stamp Gang Moonshadow mist – Smoky Sapphire, Treasure Island TurquoiseGlimmer mist – Wheat Bear, Golden Terracotta, Key Lime Pie* Gel Medium: ranger* Stencils: Crafter’s Workshop – Punchinella, Mini Circle Explosion* Ink: Ranger – Archival ink – Sepia, Distress ink – Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans* Adhesives: I love to Create – Tacky Glue, 3D …

A long time ago

I recently found some old photos of me as a child and it made me really nostalgic. I decided to create layouts for them and then bind them into an album. This is a layout with a photo of me and my mom when I was tree years old. I started the layout with a little dripage, stamping and spraying a Prima patterned paper. Then I cut flowers from the One-Up patterned paper from the Doodle Duex collection by Prima which I love and added them to the layout.   I cut the leaf shapes from the same collection’s ribbon and also added one large flower. I added the title and the layout was done. Now I have to do the other layouts….   Have fun creating! Einat

Technique Corner: What do you need to make a great layout?

What do you think is needed to create a great layout? Lots of fancy embellishments, many new and cutting edge techniques or maybe expensive materials? I’ve asked my self that question and the answer surprised me…you actually need very little of those embellishments, techniques or materials. You can create a fabulous layout with paper, ink, gesso and mask! This layout is paper based with a simple easy technique. I started the layout with a circles mask gesso and a little distress ink. I first used the gesso and then the ink to create a continuation in the pattern of the circles. I hit set it to dry the gesso and then puffed some of the gesso with the hit gun.   I then layered paper and paper tags to create dimension as well as different fussy cutting shapes.   Finally I created different sizes of paper flowers and gave them a little more dimension with small touches of gesso around the edges.   Try to challenge yourself …

Key to my heart

I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Limor Webber and see her in action! As a designer and teacher my self I always enjoy and appreciate being inspired by a fellow scrapper. Here’s my interpratation to a layout created by Limor.  I used Prima’s beautiful papers, metal embellishments, flowers and little trinkets from my treasure box. I especially love the metal keys I added (thanks dear Ola) to compliment the layout’s title.   This layout has it all…a lot of layers, hidden surprises and many techniques: distressing, inking, fine cutting, stamping and taring. I also used techniques such as adding gesso accents and embossing the metal with the great Lindy’s Stamp Gang two tone embossing powder.   Have fun creating! Einat

You and Me

Taking part in Prima’s BAP is always fun and it’s even better when my layout is featured in their blog! In this layout I used a few mix media techniques that gave it more dimension and texture. I used  two kinds of circles masks. I started with molding paste to create white raised dots on the background. Then I added more dots using two colors of distress ink and a mask. I sprayed the layout with glimmer mists to add a little more color. I also stamped the backgorund with brown distress ink to add even more depth to the layout. I used two copies of the same photo, onein color and the other in blck and white and then I added embellishments like ribbons and flowers. Finally I added a title and inked the edges of the layout. Have fun creating! Einat

Technique Corner – Flow with it!

Creating movement on a page is really easy. The best way is to avoid corners and squares and design a layout with flowy shapes such as waves , swirls or circles. This layout is all about circles! circles of all sizes and materials. I wanted to create a flowy layout to echo the flow of water in the photos.   To create that I cut the photos into circles and added different round embellishments to complete the look. I put all of the elements on my layout in two opposite corners, like two river banks.   Have fun creating!Einat

Technique Corner: Fine Cutting

My students say I’m crazy. They say if there is no fine cutting in a project it’s not Einat’s class.My crafty friends say it’s impossible to find a project of mine that has no fine cutting in it.And I say…I love cutting! When I look at a patterned paper I see exactly that…patterns, patterns that I can cut and use in a project! Fine cutting is not that scary! Here are a few tips: 1. Start with big patterns and after a little practice work your way to more complicated shapes. 2. Use small scissors or scissors that you can hold comfortably and move easily in small corners or turns. 3. Play with what you cut – ink it, embellish it or give it dimension. 4. Fine cutting is a great way to maximize your leftovers and scraps. Have fun cutting stars, flowers, birds, abstract shapes and more,sometimes you can find just the right embellishment in a patterned paper!   Have fun …

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Einat Kessler


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