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Glitter in silver and gold

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 in ,

Another goal for this years cards was to use up old stashes. Despite really wanting to delve into new paper stacks, I resisted the urge and used up ghosts of Christmas paper past. That lead to me to digging up some of my other supplies I hadn't used in a while, including my glitter ritz!

These are two cards I made in the same style. Adding a little glitter and sparkle to a relatively simple card turned out really well, and they were both super simple to make.

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Supplies

Cardstock - Bazzil
Peel Off Stickers
Sentiment Stickers - Kodak
Stamps - Stampin' Up
Ink - Colorbox
Glitter Ritz
Punch - Stampin' Up

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Red Glitter Tree

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 in ,
Here is another simple Christmas Card that met my goal of making mail-able Christmas cards. It doesn't hurt that it's red, and red IS my favourite colour.
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Supplies

Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV Immortal Love Cardstock
Stamps - Stampin' Up
Punch - Fiskars
Embossing Powder - Stampendous

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Joy Card

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in ,
I had a goal this year of making Christmas cards that could travel through the mail easily, without needing padded envelopes or extra postage. To that end, I saw some cards on Pinterest that had this unique two piece cover joined by either large letters or images, so I decided to give it a try.

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This card didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. It looks ok, but getting the letters to stick well was difficult. I tried a variety of adhesives and some worked better than others, but in the end I was somewhat disappointed. For me, it's a little plain - but the paper is so pretty. It actually has a little shimmer to it which is hard to capture on camera.

Supplies

Paper - TPC Studios
Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV Immortal Love Cardstock

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Happy Holidays Tag Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, December 22, 2014 in ,
So apparently the post-Halloween wrap up and pre-Christmas ramp up have kept me insanely busy - which is why I was terribly behind this year on cards, decorating, shopping, wrapping and baking!

However, I did finally get the cards out in the mail and hopefully they will make it to everyone on time. Here is my first Christmas Card of the season.


This is a fun card because it's so bright and cheery and doesn't use the typical Holiday colours. I hope you all like it.

Supplies:

Paper - Creative Imaginations Glitter Ritz Sookwang Double Sided Tape Punch - Stampin' Up Ribbon - Unknown Stamp - Stampin' Up

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Halloween Window Card

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 24, 2014 in ,
I got the idea for this card from a series of cards by Jackie Perkins on her "Just Stamp It" blog.

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Supplies:

Paper -Stampin Up
Bazzil Cardstock
Dylusions Ink Spray
Stamps - Inkadinkadoo and My Minds Eye
Ink - Stampin Up
Die - Poppy Stamps
Ghost Ribbon - May Arts

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Halloween is October 31st - Tag

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in , ,
Another Halloween tag using the new Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamp "Valentina". I just love it!

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Supplies:

Paper - Stampin Up and Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Sizzix Pumpkins Die
Martha Stewart Spider Edge Punch
Stamps - My Mind's Eye and Prima Marketing Paper Doll stamp by Julie Nutting "Valentina"
Inky Antics Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits
Ribbon - unknown

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Trick or Treat Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 20, 2014 in ,
When someone is just getting started in scrapbooking and looking to make Holiday cards I always advise them to get a good paper pack with some great patterns but also some pages that have cut outs for tags, text, etc. It keeps costs for new scrapbookers down and can create some beautiful projects just with paper. Here is an example of one of those "one paper pack" cards:

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Supplies:

Paper - Halloween Multi-pack
Silhouette Cameo
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch
Bazzil Cardstock

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Danse Macabre Card

Posted by Susan on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in ,
I love this background stamp from Stampendous, and a project over on the Stampendous project page inspired me to dig it out again and try it with something new - Dylusions Ink Spray.

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The really funny thing about this project was the border - it's a negative I turned into a positive. I tried printing a spiderweb border using my Silhouette Cameo, but it wouldn't cut all the way through the cardstock - I suspect because I need a new blade (my machine is well used). But because it didn't cut all the way through, it created a really neat etched type of border. Rather than waste the cardstock and the effort, I decided to keep it. I accented it with a mix of some black, orange and green glitter and then some My Mind's Eye chipboard elements and voila.

Supplies:

Bazzil Cardstock
Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - Versafine Black
Dylusions Ink Spray
Chipboard Elements - My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found - Halloween"
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Silhouette Cameo 

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Scary Wall Hanging

Posted by Susan on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in ,
This is a great project that you could do for any Holiday, and a fun one to share with the kids. Plus, it's a great use of scrap paper, or if you're a paper hoarder like me it helps get rid of some of those pieces you've been hanging onto. So make room for some new paper and give this project a try.

For more info - check out the full project tutorial on YouTube »

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Supplies:

Cereal Boxes
Black Acrylic Paint
Halloween Paper - Multi-Halloween Pack
Martha Stewart Spider Punch
Jolees Boutique Embellishments
Michaels Dollar Bin Ribbon
Silhouette Cameo

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Halloween Tag

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 17, 2014 in , ,
Giving out treats at Halloween isn't just isolated to the kids in costumes. Sometimes you might want to make batches of goodies for friends, family, neighbours or co-workers. What a better way to finish off your present than with a Halloween gift tag using my new favourite obsession - Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps by Julie Nutting.

This project is out for publication.

 

Supplies:

Paper - Stamping Up and Me and My Big Ideas
Stamps - Prima Mixed Media Doll (Valentina) by Julie Nutting and My Minds Eye "Lost and Found - Halloween"
Silhouette Cameo
Inky Antics Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
Ribbon - unknown

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Wicked Witch Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in ,
This card was so quick and easy to thanks to my Silhouette Cameo!

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Supplies:

Paper - Echo Park "Apothecary Emporium" and Misc. Halloween Stack
Silhouette Cameo
Ink - Stampin' Up
Bazzil Cardstock
Ribbon - Unknown

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Boo To You!

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in ,
This is another great project to help you get through your paper stash. And it's quick and easy - a fast way to add a very nice home made project to your Holiday home decor.

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Supplies:

Letters - Michaels Black Wooden Letters
Paper - Stampin Up and The Paper Loft
My Minds Eye - Chipboard Elements
Echo Park Stickers
Sizzix - Pumpkins Die
Jolee's Boutique Stickers and Chipboard Embellishments
Ink - ColorBox
Mod Podge
Silhouette Cameo

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Spooky Halloween Card

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in ,
I love Halloween! It's just such a fun Holiday and the kids are so cute in their costumes. I love the fall colours and the Halloween decorations - the cute kind, not so much the gory kind. And because I love Halloween so much, I like to send out Halloween cards to a few of my friends and family that I know also enjoy the spooky holiday.

So to start Halloween week, I am sharing one of my Halloween cards.

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Supplies:

Paper and chipboard accent -My Minds Eye "Haunted"
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
Silhouette Cameo

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Thanksgiving Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 06, 2014 in ,
I don't typically make Thanksgiving cards, but I had a few card making friends over, and I had seen a few techniques in different places that I wanted to try - so I combined them all into one and gave it a try. Overall I like the way it turned out - and those leaf stamps from Stampin Up are one of my favorite stamp sets.

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Supplies

Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps and Ink - Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Darice
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Raffia and Hemp String

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Prima Paper Doll Blog Hop

Posted by Susan on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in , ,
Hello and welcome to the Scrapbooking Cafe Prima Paper Doll by Julie Nutting Blog Hop. You are at stop #5. If you have arrived here from Czarownica's blog, then you are in the right place. If you have stumbled across this by chance and want to follow the blog hop trail, head over to stop #1 at the Scrapbooking Cafe Blog.

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I'm just loving how these dolls have inspired me to make all these tags. So many options and so many themes to choose from. I would love to hear your comments and welcome you to subscribe (just click to Join this site button on the right).

Thank you for following our blog hop - we hope you have enjoyed it!

Blog Participants

Scrapbooking Cafe
Amy
Laura
Czarownica
Susan --------------- You are here

Supplies

Prima Paper Doll Stamp by Julie Nutting
Paper - DCWV Nana Nursery Stack
Dies - Cheery Lynn and Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers
Sentiment Stamp - Studio G
Stampin' Up Blendabilities
American Crafts Ribbon and Button

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Feather Thank You Card

Posted by Susan on Monday, September 22, 2014 in
Feathers and chevrons are really popular in scrapbooking right now, and I decided to combine the two to create this lovely thank you card featuring the colours of the season.

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I love how the orange and black worked out here to create a nice autumn colour palette but doesn't lean toward Halloween. Funny enough, two of the papers I used for this card are from Halloween paper packs, but I think they were generic enough to work on this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Supplies:

Paper - K&Company and miscellaneous Halloween paper stack
Cardstock - Bazzil
Dies - Die-namics (feather) and Tim Holtz/Sizzix - (Plaque & Poster edge die)
Dylusions Ink Spray - Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange and Tangerine Dream
Stamps - Just Rite and Hot off the Press
Ink - Colorbox, Versafine and Stampin' Up
Hemp Twine

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Beautiful Fall - Prima Paper Dolls

Posted by Susan on Monday, September 15, 2014 in ,
More new supplies to play with brings more new projects! I have been resisting the Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting trend for a long time thinking I had no idea how I would use them. But seeing other great projects online inspired me to pick one up - and once I started the ideas began to flow and now I can't wait to get more.

Here's my first Prima Paper Doll project - a great fall tag I plan to use on a nice little thank you gift!

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Join the Scrapbooking Cafe Online Blog Hop featuring Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting »

Supplies:

Prima Paper Doll "Eleven" by Julie Nutting
BoBunny Forever Fall paperline and label embellishment
BoBunny Stitches Stamp
Liquid Pearls in Bisque
E6000 Spray Adhesive
Memory Box Die
Just Rite Stamps (Sentiment)
Tonic Studios butterfly punch

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Fall is in the air

Posted by Susan on Monday, September 08, 2014 in
I love the fall season! I love the temperature. I love the colours. I love Thanksgiving and Halloween. And I love pulling out all my favourite fall paper lines and playing with projects.

Today I got to play with some new supplies - A sunflower stamp from Stampendous and my new Blendabilities markers from Stampin' Up.

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Tags are such a great way to play with your new supplies on a small canvas - and when they're done, you can use them on all sorts of things - birthday gifts, thank you gifts, a nice bottle of wine hostess gift, you can put them on layouts or add them to a card! I just use some cardstock and a hole punch to make the tag base - fast, easy, and I can make it any size or colour I need.

If you'd like to join the Scrapbooking Cafe's "Tag, You're It" project share this week, please head over to the Cafe Blog »

Supplies:

Bo Bunny - Forever Fall Paper
Bazzil Cardstock
Stampendous Sunflower Stamp
Ranger Embossing Powder - Copper
Crafters Workshop templates
Heartfelt Creations Text/Script Stamp
Spellbinders Hexagon Dies
Stampin' Up Blendabilities Markers (although you could also use Copics)
Brads - unknown
Basic Grey Ribbon

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Art Journal - Wings to Fly

Posted by Susan on Thursday, September 04, 2014 in
This was a really fun project because I got to play with some great new tools that made parts of the creative process a little easier (ie. the Tsukineko Squeegee), and I really liked the way it turned out.

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I'm also really happy because I was able to use this project to create my first walk-through video for the Scrapbooking Cafe, and I would like to share the project and video with you. I'm hoping to do these "Mixed Media Moments" a bit more often, so if you like it, please comment here or on YouTube, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog and my YouTube channel for more videos to come!

Supplies:

Dylusions Art Journal
White Gesso
White and Gold acrylic paint
Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Light Modeling Paste
Memory Box and Crafters Workshop Stencils
Tsukineko Squeegee
Hot of the Press feather stamps
Glitter Ritz
Versamark watermark stamp pad
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Inka Gold by Viva
Lace and Ribbon - unknown
Key embellishment - K&Company
Flowers - Prima
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Summer Sisters
Dylusions White Ink Spray

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Life is a Beautiful Journey

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in ,
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It might have been better if I had named this layout "Life is a Beautiful Accident", because that's totally what this layout started out as.

I had a vision, I wanted to use the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square paper line to create a cut-out background as my base. So I pulled out the paper and ran it through my Silhouette Cameo (how I ever lived without this machine I will never know!). But....the background I ended up with was too delicate. It didn't fit "the vision", and now I had used an entire piece of paper and created something I might never use. So.....I downloaded an individual shape pattern and created my own, more spacious background instead using the Silhouette Studio software and my trusty Cameo. Voila! Vision achieved.

Then I wanted to stencil over the top layer using a lovely Memory Box damask stencil. So I pulled out my grey and black paint, but fortunately, before I could apply paint to paper I decided that would be too dark. So I grabbed a nice crimson red instead. I sponged my paint with different pressures through the stencil and I was a bit skeptical about the result at first, but I pressed on.

I added my other paper layers, also from the Union Square paper line, distressed the edges and added my photo and I was really liking the direction, but something was still missing. And then I pulled out the original background paper I had cut......what a great little extra layer of dimension it added, by snipping out pieces of it and applying them. And then, I got extra points by using the negative bits left over from the original background cuts. I sponged the edges of them, popped them up on pop dots, and adhered them in little groupings around the photo. Below is a photo of the tile pop ups:

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In the end I love how the whole layout turned out, and I hope you like it too! Comments are always welcome, and don't forget to follow us here on the blog by clicking "Join this site" over on the left!

Supplies

Paper: My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Union Square, Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Silhouette Cameo
Colorbox Ink - Black
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool
E6000 Spray Adhesive
K&Company word stickers
Memory Box damask stencil
Acrylic paint

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Pretty in Pink

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in ,
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Hey folks - I'm back with another 12x12 layout for you. Clearly the weekends are turning out pretty productive for me lately.

This picture is just so pretty, with the pastel tones and country cottage feel, that I knew I just wanted to put it in a layout. I know my style can sometimes be a bit busy, so I tried to dial back a bit on the embellishments this time round and I think the result is pretty successful. Hope you like it too - comments are welcome :D

I also used the E6000 Spray Adhesive glue for the first time. Although it took me a bit to get the pump on it working properly, once I did I have to say this stuff is soooooo easy to use, and makes gluing on those pesky intricate dies so much easier. I will definitely be pulling this out more often.


Supplies

Paper:Echo Park- Victorian Garden, My Minds Eye - Lost & Found Madison Avenue, Bazzil Cardstock
Dies: Tim Holtz Plaque & Postage, Cheery LynnVine/Leaf Die
Silhouette Cameo
Echo Park stickers from "Be Mine" collection
Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Petal Pink
Martha Stewart Swirly Lace Punch around the Page
Lost & Found Madison Avenue flower embellishment
E6000 Spray Adhesive
Lace trim
Dollar store flowers

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In The Garden

Posted by Susan on Monday, August 11, 2014 in ,
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I have a confession - I love to scrapbook, but I'm not a great photographer and sometimes you have a paper pack that just cries out to be used but you have no photos to use with it. In those instances I will sometimes print a nice picture I have found online, just for the sake of being creative and adding a pretty layout to my personal album. Such is the case here.

I was inspired to do this layout by Gabrielle Pollacco (see her layout and video tutorial here). You will probably see a lot of similarities between the two because I absolutely loved her layout - but I also tried to make it a bit my own.

Hope you like it. Comments are welcome.

Supplies

Paper: BoBunny "Enchanted Garden"
Stamps: BoBunny "Stitches", Stampendous, script text stamp (I can't remember the company)
Martha Stewart Swirly Lace punch around the page
Jolee's Boutique Lilac stickers
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Sizzix Flower Layers #7 Die
Cheery Lynn Large Lace Fairy Queen Butterfly Die
Cottage Cutz Garden Fend & Gate Die
Provocraft Embossing Folder "Texture"
Crafters Workshop Template/Mask
American Crafts Ribbon
Prima Mini Roses
Gelato Squid Ink
K&Company Dragonfly embellishments
Studio18 Chipboard Elements
Stazon in Dove Grey and Stone Grey
Silhouette Cameo for the title

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The Red Viper

Posted by Susan on Thursday, August 07, 2014 in , ,
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Any of you Game of Thrones fans will recognize this character from the show - Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne. I loved this character, so I thought I would try a layout for the Red Viper!

I'm starting to realize that I really like the rough, distressed style of scrapbooking, so you will probably see more of it in the future.

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Here is a close up. I love the suns - these are various jewelry bits and a pair of earrings I had kicking around.

Paper:
Reminisce - "World Map"
Creative Imaginations
S.E.I - "delicacy"
DCWV - "Tradewinds"

Inks:
Ranger Distress Ink
Stampin Up

Other:
Prima flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Studio18 - Chipboard accents
Acrylic paints - black, dark chocolate, bronze and pure gold
EK Success gems
Mosaic Tiles
Jewelry bits
Fabric Trim - unknown

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Bitten

Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in , ,
I had an idea I wanted to try. I wanted to create a velvet flocked black damask pattern on a red background. At first I tried applying Mod Podge through my damask stencil - that created a blotchy mess so.....pull out the baby wipe and remove all that. Then I tried acrylic paint and a palette knife. Again, a blotchy, undefined mess. Try number three was acrylic paint and a sponge, dabbing the paint that was lightly applied to the sponge through the stencil worked better. Again, I lost some definition to the pattern, but it was still usable and I kind of liked the "un-perfectness" of it!

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So, black acrylic dabbed on, velvet flock added quickly while the paint was still wet, not worrying if the whole design took the flock, since I had now decided to go in a distressed direction.

Once that was done I just started adding elements - rub ons, stamps, pictures, chipboard elements from the DCWV Immortal Love collection, jewelry bits.

In the end I like the result, although it doesn't photograph as well as I would like because of the vibrant red background. Here are some page close-ups.


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A Day at the Office

Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in , ,
I'm going to let people interpret the title of this piece however they choose. It's meant to be humorous, and if you look at each layer piled on top of each layer then you can apply it however you will. 

This layout started out heading in one direction and turned into a rather "Halloween-like" piece. Again, kind of an allegory for how a work day can go :D

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The Elements

Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in
Okay I haven't posted in forever. Sorry folks.....I'm working on getting back into the creative groove. To that end, I've been playing a lot with mixed media and my art journal, so you're going to see a lot of new types of work from me.

Below you will see 4 new art journal pages that kind of work as a set. Years ago my Mom did some Artex® paintings that I have always loved. They are of the 4 elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

I decided to do an art journal page for each and get them displayed. I glued them to the page using Mod Podge, then added light molding paste around the edges which I then painted with gelatos and acrylics.

Here is the result:


Wind:
Earth:


Fire:
Water:

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