martedì 25 febbraio 2020

ICS#20.08 Spring is cooming by Francesca

Hi Everyone,
today I propose an easy project that you can try to complete also who have little time or those who want to enter the world of Scrapbooking and do not know where to start or those who have children who have a great desire to mess around ... just everyone!

The materials require a low budget and you can find them all in the Marte Store OnLine

For this project I started from the basic of scrapbooking and more precisely from the etymology of the name: SCRAP means CUT and from here I want to bring to mind every time in our childhood we took a newspaper clipping, torn pages of magazines, cut out old peices of threadbase cloth to play and stick them together ... today I really wanted to be a child again.

I took this beautifull pad of very spring in shades of yellow (not to forget that in addiction to having spring at the door, in a few weeks it will be March 8 and everything around us will be tinged with yellow). I used everything, even the cover page to add very nice details that cutting them out can serve as embellishments.

I really started by cutting the title of the collection from the covere and I got the theme of my home decor, then I chose among the papers those that most recalled spring; the background paper is perfect for this type of work (or for a LO) as it has decorations only on the edges, the cards that I went instead to tear obtaining strips are those that most recall the floral theme and I glued the strips tear horizontally on the paper chosen as the background.

Later I took the paper on which many very nice frames were printed which can serve the most varied uses and here I illustrate some of them.
IO cut out the frames that I liked most and on one I applied the stamp of the Prima Marketing thus creating an embellishment that I applied close to the them of the home decor (it served to cover the word "collection" from the title of the pad).

To the other frames I simply applied paper cutouts, almost as if the flowers were anclosed inside them and I then applied everything to my liking.

I then applied my home decor inside a frame ... and here it is!

Se you soon


martedì 18 febbraio 2020

ICS#20.07 Double Spread Art Journal by Nora

ICS#20.07 Double Spread Art Journal by Nora

I have a new project to share with you, I have used lots of stencils and stamps...

I prepared a video tutorial for you...

I hope you have enjoyed it!
Have a wonderful time!

martedì 11 febbraio 2020

PaperArtsy Dragonfly Tag by Jenny

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm so excited to have been invited to join you all here at MarteLAB alongside so many amazing designers. Today I've got a mixed media tag to share with you that features the wonderful designs of Kay Carley. Here's the tag;

And here's how it came together using the PaperArtsy stamp set EKC06 and stencil PS059;

After stamping the large flower stem on a piece of tea stained copier paper with permanent black ink I added the words from the set around the border. A little water was mixed to Insfusions 'In The Navy' and 'Violetta' so I could paint the flowers, first with the Violetta, then with the In the Navy over the top.

After repeating this process on extra layers of paper I cut around them and layered them onto the original to give the flowers more delicacy and depth. The stem was painted with Infusions 'Slime' mixed with water. To finish dots of white gel pen were added to the centre of each individual flower.

I covered a large thick board tag in layers of blue, purple and cream paint and then stamped more of the flowers and stems from the stamp set onto it with permanent black ink. Over the top I stencilled more flower heads with texture paste, painting it after with lime green paint to match the stem in the large panel.

To finish I added the stamped flower panel to the tag with lace trim underneath. The dragonflies were stamped onto painted paper stuck onto acetate so it could be moulded with some heat. To give the dragonflies a shimmery look try using PaperArtsy Metallic Finish Glaze. Finally I tied a large bow onto the top of the tag and glued some iridescent gems next to the stem.

Here are some close ups of the finished tag;

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project and can see the beauty in Kay Carley's stamp set. The stamps, stencil and Infusions are all available in the Marte store along with lots more PaperArtsy sets so make sure to check them out.

Thanks for visiting
Jenny (Pushing The Right Buttons)

martedì 4 febbraio 2020

ICS#20.05 Love journal by Marcella

Hi everyone,
here I am again on the blog with a new project ... looking towards Valentine!

I recovered some petals from a poinsettia using them to decorate papers previously colored with hibiscus.

I used watercolor paper gr320 folded with a spine to make the cover.
I stamped a watercolor paper with "Love" from Set#12 of AALL&CREATE stam set with StazOn Black Cherry.
Then I cut a 2mm cardboard label with Tim Holtz die 656938, filed and colored with dry brush technique.

With embossing tecnique, I filled the inside of the label with 3 layers of clear powder to create a vitrified effect.
The edges of the label have also been embossed with Seth Apter powder Patina Oxide to create an antiqued rusty effect.

I colored the cover with Distress Oxide in colors coordinated with the sheets and subsequently aged the edges and the cover with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.

 I used rubber stamps with the botanical theme to stamp the cover always using Distress Oxide.
I sewed two signatures inside the journal with waxed thread and pasted the label with Beacon Fabri-Tac.
And the journal "Love" is finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found something that sparked your interest.

All the products used can be found on Marte StoreOnLine at

You can enjoy a 15% discount by using the coupon ICS20XX at the checkout. The coupon is valid for the products used in all projects published on the blog!


martedì 28 gennaio 2020

Set of Three Mixed Media Journals by Claudia

Hi, servus and "ciao a tutti"!
Claudia (from Von Pappe II) here and I am so excited to share my first project as a new MarteLAB design team member with you today!

I was generously given some fabulous AALL & CREATE stamps and stencils to play with and I decided to use some of these together with black and white embossing powder, my favourite acrylic paints and layering techniques to create a set of three small journals in mixed media style.

I love to use the same colours and media on different substrates to create sets. In this case I used heavy black, white and Kraft coloured papers, ...

...three small cheap plain note books I had in my stash and these stamps and stencils from AALL & Create:

They're all designed by Autour de Mwa and are (from left to right): "Scribble it"A4 sized large stamp #58, stamp set #10 and stencil #10.

First I used one of the little note books to find the size for the covers. I simply laid out the open book, added about three Millimetres to each side and marked that with a white pencil on the black paper.

Then I used my guillotine shears to cut the cover to size. Afterwards I used that cover as a template to cut two more covers to size - one from white, the other from kraft cardstock.

Using a bone folder I folded the covers in half.

I started with my base layer and decided to use the large Scribble it stamp #58 and black archival stamping ink. As this stamp is an A4 size, I used it "the other way round". I fixed the stamp with its acetate backing to my craft mat using sticky tape and inked only those areas I wanted to get stamped on my covers.

Then I placed one cover at a time face down on the inked stamp, covered that with a sheet of printer paper...

...and rubbed across the whole area firmly. The printer paper made sure I didn't get any ink on my hand while rubbing the ink from the stamp onto the covers.

The black cover had to be prepped first so the black stamping would be visible. I used a palette knife and DecoArt media white Gesso and loosely scraped that across the front and back covers. I used a heat tool to speed up the drying time of the Gesso.

Then my black cover was ready to get stamped with gorgeous scribbles too:

The next layer I added was done using the #10 stencil and a mix of some drops of DecoArt media fluid acrylics Primary Yellow and Pyrrole Red with a bit of media white Tinting Base. I used my palette knife to mix the paints and medium on my palette and then took a cosmetic sponge to apply the paint through the stencil onto the covers.

The result looked quite pleasing at that stage...but that was only the start!

Next I went in with a bit of Pyrrole Red media fluid acrylic paint that I scraped onto the covers using the very tip of my palette knife.

So far the kraft, black and white covers were visually connected by the pink circles from the stencilling and the red scraped on paint, but I wanted all three to look even more as a set. So I needed a colour that would repeat the brown from the kraft cover on the two other covers. I decided to create my own mix of brown by adding a few drops of Raw Umber media fluid acrylic paint and about two drops of Primary Yellow to about a coffee spoon of white Tinting Base.

That mix was loosely scraped onto the white and black covers.

To repeat the white from the white cover on the kraft cover, I used plain white Tinting Base and scraped that on with the tip of the palette knife too.

And last but not least I also added black DecoArt media Gesso to the kraft and white covers. Now I had black, white and brown on all three covers!

For additional texture I used the numbers stamp from stamp set #10 and black embossing powder on all three front covers. I love how the glossy embossed areas contrast the matte black Gesso!

Time for some doodling! I outlined all the pink circle shapes with a black fine tip marker and also drew a thin border with it around the covers.

Then I decided to also do some heat embossing using the circles stamp from the #10 stamp set and white embossing powder! That definitely made a huge impact!

Finally I added word stickers and shaded these in by using my beloved Stabilo All aquarellable black pencil and a wet detail brush to smudge the lines I had drawn around the stickers.

The covers were done! The only thing missing was the binding. To do that I marked points for the two holes each on the covers' insides...

...and used my pokey tool and a thick piece of foam to create these.

Then I cut three pieces of rough cord - each three times the height of the covers long - and used an ordinary threading tool to get the cords' ends trough the small holes to the covers' insides. Then I simply placed the open note books inside the covers and tied a double knot in their very centres.


Some detail shots: 

...and once more the finished set of journals: 

I hope you like it! Everything you need to create this set of mixed media mini journals can be found in the Marte store. You can use bought cheap note books of any size as the covers can be easily customised to fit - all you have to do is add three to four Millimetres around all four edges of the opened and laid out flat note book.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Hugs and happy crafting!