I'm happy to be celebrating week two with Melody Ross's great products from GCD Studios – available at Artsy Findings! This week I used her Artsy Urban line as well as the Chip Art. Oh my gosh, I cannot rave enough about Melody's Chip Art! It is one of the most fun things I've EVER done in my years of crafting. I love banging with a mallet!
This tool set is all about embossing chipboard, and rather than listening to me go on and on, you should watch this video that explains everything. Once I learned about this set, I had to create something with it, so here's my first attempt at a mixed media piece using the Chip Art as well as Artsy Urban.
Now here's how I did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Canvas – 9″ x 12″
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Coastal Blue, Brilliant Blue, Medium Orange, Sunny Yellow, Bright Green,
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Chip Art Tools
- Chip Art
- Artsy Urban Paper and Embellishments – I used one large sheet of 12″ x 12″, small pieces of two other 12″ x 12″ sheets, four borders and three buttons
- Fiskars Edger
- Flat Paintbrush
- Craft Knife and Mat
- Craft Glue
Paint the edge of your canvas with a base color – mine is Coastal Blue. You don't have to paint the center (as long as your papers are thick enough, which these are) because it won't be seen. Make sure you cover the edges well and set aside to dry.
Now to the mallet! Used the birds chipboard pieces and then the mini shapes – I also put “Fly” and “Soar” in the middle of the two larger birds with the uppercase Sparrow font. As I said before, you are going to want to watch this video to learn the entire process. Then you can play like I did!
I didn't want to bore you with tons of pictures of the embellishment process, so just know that I trimmed my borders, adhered those with Mod Podge and then allowed them to dry. I then sealed them over the top with Mod Podge. I glued my birds down with craft glue, and then I added some words cut out of another sheet of paper, a chipboard piece in the center and some buttons. It took me awhile to like it, but I really do. It's bright and make me happy!