Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Mixed Media Journal

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a Spring Mixed Media Journal that I created using corrugated board and a card front that I previously created for a texture project. The journal measures 7 x 7 and each page inside is gesso'd corrugated board. All layers of the journal were adhered with Xyron adhesive. Creating this was very simple and fun. I enjoy projects that are no fuss, but still have the look of many elements and techniques.

This journal is  ready for some fun new spring mixed media pages. The possibilities are endless, but I think I will make various flowers as the focus for each page inside of the journal with some wonderful quotes and a few pics....We shall see...:)

The following pic is another view of the texture and thickness of the Journal. I love chunky albums and journals, so this is going to be amazing fun to work in.
Spring Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close to My Heart; Patterned Paper:  Stampin Up!; Hemp: Close to My Heart; Stamp: Heartfelt Creations; Ink: Tsukineko; Markers: Copic; Embossing Folder: Cricut; Gesso: Liquitex; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Corrugated Board, Embossing Powder, Stencil
Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's "Not Xyron But Should Be" Project Week...

Hi there,

It's "Not Xyron But Should Be" Pinterest project week. The Design Team was challenged with choosing a piece of art from Pinterest to use as inspiration in creating our own art using Xyron. The inspiration for my canvas was this beautiful 7 Gypsies Canvas ...

I loved the variations of the hearts coupled with buttons. I just had to try to recreate my own variation of this canvas. I used several Xyron products: 1.5 Sticker Maker, 3" Sticker Maker, Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive, and 3/8 Adhesive Dots. I loved this project! My tutorial for it is below.


Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker

Xyron 3" Sticker Maker

Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive by Xyron

Xyron 3/8 Adhesive Dots

Canvas Panel

Stamps (Worded)

Black inkpad


Big brush marker

Foam Brush


Black artist PITT pen

Water mister

Heart Punches (3 sizes)

Patterned Paper

Step One: Apply gesso to canvas panel as a base for the gelato application. Applying the gesso will enable the gelatos to flow and blend nicely.

Step Two: Begin applying gelatos to the top of the gesso’d canvas panel. I used colors: red, orange, gold and yellow.

Step Three
: Spray water using mister onto canvas panel and stand canvas up allowing full drippage of the gelatos and water.

Step Four: Use your finger to continue the blending of the gelatos as desired. Let dry.

Step Five: Punch hearts out of patterned paper.

Step Six: Edge each heart with a black big brush marker and rub to create a little shading around the heart.


Step Seven: Run the hearts through 1.5 “ and 3” Xyron Sticker Makers.

Step Eight: Adhere hearts to canvas.

Step Nine: Randomly layer scored medium hearts onto each other using Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive. This creates a 3-D effect.

Step Ten: Stamp hearts using worded stamps with black ink onto hearts.

Step Eleven: Add faux stitches randomly to hearts using black pitt artist pen.

Step Twelve: Run button through 3” Xyron Sticker maker and adhere to canvas. Use Adhesive Dots to add additional layers of buttons on top of another.

 Step Thirteen: Finish canvas as desired.

Cherish Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Canvas: Artist’s Loft; Stamps: Stampin Up; Buttons: Foofala; Ink: Tsukineko; Gelatos, Marker, Pen: Faber Castell; Gesso: Liquitex; Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Hugs, Karen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Harmony Card with loads of Texture...

Hi there,

I made this card for SNR Magazine. The navy and gold patterned papers and die cuts were the inspiration for this card.  They were perfect layered on top of each other. I loved the physical and visual texture also. It's amazing how different patterns flow beautifully together.

I can't remember where I ordered this luscious paper from, but it came in a bundle of several patterns and several colors. The paper is perfect for cards and also specialty gift boxes.

Harmony by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: My Mind’s Eye; Stamp, Ink: Stampin Up!; Silk Ribbon: May Arts

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Xyron and Anna Griffin Blog Hop & Sneak Peek

Hi there,

The Xyron Design Team received some of the cutest Anna Griffin products that will be debuting on HSN on Monday, March 24th during HSN's 24-hour Craft Day.
I created 3 projects: 2 cards and 1 (5 x 5) keepsake.  All created using Xyron products. I decided to create all masculine projects, because the Anna Griffin die cuts that I received were absolutely perfect for Father’s Day and/or masculine in general. I used my Xyron 5” creative station, 1.5 sticker maker, Teresa Collins Mega Runner and 3/8 adhesive dots to create my projects. All of the projects were super fun, super quick, and easy to replicate for Father’s Day.

The Xyron Design Team will be having fun with new Anna Griffin products all week long. Check out everyone's art daily, here and don't forget to watch HSN on March 24th.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Projects

Hi there,

I wanted to stop in share some St. Patrick's Day projects that I created  for Scrapbook News & Review.

When I create mixed media art, I love to use many mediums. I like to create texture in various ways and I absolutely love to age them.  Both of these projects were created using digital patterned paper that I found on Etsy and I used many products.  The journal was constructed with my Cinch and the pages inside were torn from a novel.  I prepped the pages to be used with future mixed media art.

Imagine Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close to My Heart; Patterned paper: Gallery Cat; Ink, Paint: Ranger; Medium: Faber Castell; Modeling paste: Golden; Gesso: Liquitex; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other: Ribbon, metal charms, book paper, drywall tap
I created this Vintage Pennant using a pennant die, patterned papers and ribbon.  The Banner is super cute on my Stamp Room wall.

St. Patrick’s Day Pennant by Karen Jiles Supplies Digital paper: GalleryKat; Ink, paint: Ranger; Other: Ribbon

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shamrock Wall Art Tutorial

Hi there,

This is the perfect month to share this Shamrock Wall Art that I created for SNR Magazine.

Wall art pieces can be so much fun to create. I enjoy creating them because they give me an opportunity to use techniques and embellishments of choice. This wall art is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To create the freestyle looking hearts that formed the shamrock, I used a steel die as a guide. My tutorial is below...


Canvas Panel
Dylusions ink sprays
22 Gauge wire
Floral tape
Vintage photo ink
Black ink
Heart die (steel)
Script stamp
Copic markers w/ airbrush tool
Metal embellishments
Glue gun
Heat gun

Step One: Cover canvas panel with gesso. Let dry. The gesso creates a random white wash effect when the inks are applied and dried.
Step Two: Randomly spray Dylusions inks on to canvas panel. I used colors: Fresh Lime and Cut Grass. Note: Make use of any loose or excess ink by soaking it up with tags or scrap cardstock. You can use the inked tags or cardstock for future projects.


Step Three: Randomly stamp script onto panel. Your stamping doesn’t have to be even or perfect.  The idea is to apply script in various places of the panel to build up the background.


Step Four: Spray Lemon Zest Dylusions ink onto the stamped panel. This will add just a pop of color back into the panel.



Step Five: Using paper towel, soak up excess ink.  Note: the towel will remove ink in various places on the panel creating a more worn and distressed effect. Apply heat with heat gun.

Step Six: Directly apply vintage photo ink to panel.

Step Seven: Using stencil, airbrushing tool, and copic markers, create pattern on panel. Apply light and dark patterns for contrasting effects. I used Copic E59 (Walnut). Set aside.


Step Eight: Fold 36 inches of wire in half. Insert floral tape into folded wire center and begin wrapping the wire around the completed folded piece- creating 1 wrapped piece of wire. Note: Repeat this 2 more times to create 3 wrapped pieces to form 3 hearts.


Step Nine: Shape all three wrapped pieces of wire into a heart shape. Use the heart shaped steel die as a guide. The use of the heart die is optional. Your hearts should look free formed and not fully structured.


Step Ten: Wrap the base of 1 of the formed hearts around the other 2 to combine them together, and use a pen to form swirled ends.


Step Eleven: Using glue gun, adhere the wired hearts to the panel.


Step Twelve: Add ribbon and metal embellisments. Adhere to panel. Finish wall art.

Shamrock Wall Art by Karen Jiles Supplies Canvas Panel: Mister Artist; Metal embellishments: Advantus; Key: Recollections; Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko; Markers: Copic; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other: Ribbon, floral ribbon, wire

There are so many wall art pieces available in stores, but there is something so much more special about a piece that you create yourself. You have the opportunity to add special techniques, products of choice and sentimental embellishments that interest you.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)