How To Create a Quick, Cute Mixed Media Charm-Using the Frog Dog Studio July kit

Good morning! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how you can create a really cute mixed media charm. You will be amazed at how easily you can make a cool piece of jewelry with minimal supplies or jewelry making skills 🙂 This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog.

I love fun, funky, interesting pieces of jewelry. To do this project, all you need is your July Frog Dog kit and a few inexpensive pieces of premade jewelry. If you’re really good at making your own jewelry, you can totally DIY this entire project. I will confess that I’m not very experienced at jewelry making (although I am trying to learn) so I cheated a bit here 🙂

I started out with a bracelet that I bought at Michael’s that was already constructed. With my 50% off coupon I picked it up for about five bucks. I also purchased a plain bezel. I had a circle punch that was the same size as the bezel and punched out one of the images from the Archix clip art.

Then I cut out the small letters from the sheet to spell ART. I glued those to the circle piece.

Next, I covered the paper piece with the crackle accents and let it dry.

I glued the piece into the bezel and let it dry. Once it was dry, I covered with glossy accents to create a high gloss protective finish.

The last thing I did was attach the charm to the bracelet. I also added a few more little funky charms that I found. I would have added more from the kit, but I used all of the birds–there was nothing left of that sheet when I was done with it! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this project, thanks for stopping by!

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How to Create an Art Journal Page with an Image Transfer-Using Frog Dog Studio’s July Mixed Media Kit

Good morning, I wanted to share a tutorial on how I created a page in my art journal using our Frog Dog Studio’s July mixed media kit supplies. You can also find this tutorial on the Frog Dog Studio Blog.

For my journal page this month I wanted to try and conquer my nemesis…the image transfer! I have books on techniques, have watched tutorials, and even had a lesson on this from the very talented Donna Downey and I still can’t seem to get this nailed! Practice makes perfect, right? So I decided to give it another go using the clip art and matte medium from this month’s kit. I started out by choosing an image from the sheet, cutting it out, covering it with the matte medium, and laying it face down on the page. I then burnished it using my brayer.

I misted the image with water, adding more as needed, and gently began rubbing off the back side of the image. The paper was really wet and crumbly, but I could see the image coming through pretty good.

Next I added some strips of washi tape around the image transfer. I also used the paint dabbers from the kit to add some color.

I wanted to add a punch of color, so I got out my Pan Pastels and used a foam sponge to work the yellow colors into the entire background. I used another Pan Pastel in red to blend in the edges and add some pop. Then, I used a circle stamp from Claudine Hellmuth and Ranger Archival ink to add some contrast.

Music often inspires me, and while I was working on this page the song “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn came on my mix. How perfect to go with my bird themed page! I cut out another bird and the letters for FLY and SWING from the clip art sheet, then got out my trusty cheap-o letter stamps to create the journaling on my page.

Well my image transfer still wasn’t 100%, but that’s the thing about art journaling–it’s a great place to practice, make mistakes, and experiment. Don’t be afraid to try something new today!

How to Create a Mixed Media Memory Box–Using the July Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit

Good morning, I wanted to share my tutorial on how I altered the cute little box from our July kit. This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio blog.

I love quotes. They make me feel good. I usually try and incorporate them into my journal pages and other mixed media pieces. This little box was no exception. The birds from the Artchix collage sheet inspired me to find a perfect quote. I was thinking of my sister at the time. She’s was going through a rough patch and I wanted to send some healing and positive thoughts her way. With this in mind I went to work on altering the box first.

The first thing I did was cut patterned paper to line the entire inside of the box. I used the Claudine Helmuth matte medium to do this. I should say here that I love this stuff! It goes on wonderfully smooth, adheres well without making your hands all sticky, and has no odor that I could detect. The last thing is very important to me, as I have young children who are almost always in the room with me when I’m creating. When that was complete, I marked the edges of the box and attached the Tim Holtz hinges. Then I wrapped the edges of the inside lid with the Prima washi tape to cover the brad prongs.

The next step was to cover the lid and sides using the Ranger paint dabbers. I just dabbed and mixed with the end of a dry paintbrush until I got a nice distressed finish. I also added some paint to the hinges. Then I created a mini collage using the Artchix clip art and a few bits of washi tape. Over the top I added the crackle finish and the little cabochon (from my stash) in the corner. I also used some leftover paper twine from the June kit to make the little bow. Everything was adhered using the matte medium from the kit.

I continued to collage the other sides of the box, using some papers from my stash, the paint dabbers from the kit, and washi tape.

I got all of the little cards together that fit inside of the box and laid them out. I decided to do little mini collages for each one, add a quote, and tie them all together like a fold out banner. Using the paint dabbers I started creating the background for each one. I then cut out images from the clip art sheet and inked all of the edges using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (a favorite of mine for sure!). I also used the Prima washi tape and a roller stamp to tie all of the pieces together. I made sure to use the same basic materials for each mini collage, but added something a little different for each one. I wanted it to have a cohesive look. I found a quote that I liked, printed it out, and cut it up into smaller bits to add to each piece.

To finish off the mini banner, I collaged some inspirational words that I cut out from a thesaurus and glued them to the backside of the squares. I punched holes in the pieces and tied them all together, again using the leftover twine from the June kit. I also inked around the edges using the green paint dabber.

And here is the final product!

Thanks for stopping by–have fun creating! 🙂

July Frog Dog Studio Kit Reveal

Hi everyone! I am so behind on my blogging…

First off, the new Frog Dog Studio July kit is out and it is a good one! Check out all of these awesome goodies:

Frog Dog July kit

The July Mixed Media Kit includes:

(1) Maya Road 3″ Vintage Memory Box with Coaster Album
(1) .5 oz Bottle of Crackle Accents
(1) Bottle of ‘Peeled Paint, Distress Paint
(1) Bottle of ‘Antique Linen, Distress Paint
(1) 4 oz Jar of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium
(1) Roll of Prima Washi Tape (colors/design may vary)
(1) Package Tim Holtz Hinges
(1) ‘Pretty Bird Notes’ Ephemera sheet from ARTChixStudio

Here are my Design Team projects that I created using the kit:

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Be sure to check out the Frog Dog Studio Blog for mine, as well as my fellow DT member’s tutorials on all of this month’s projects.

I also wanted to let you know about our Refer A Friend promotion. Check out the post HERE to find out all of the details. It’s a great deal and a fun way to share mixed media with friends.

I also managed to squeeze in a project from my LifeBook class-Week 18. A Page of Affirmations with Dawn DeVries Sokol. It was a quick and fun exercise-even though I struggle with praising myself for anything.

Page of Affirmations with Dawn DeVries Sokol

Thanks for stopping by!