How to Create a Vintage Style Mixed Media Keepsake Box-Using the August Mixed Media kit from Frog Dog Studio

Good morning! Today I have a quick, easy, and fun project using our August kit items. I will show you how to make a vintage style mixed media keepsake box. (This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog)

I started out with a .99 little box from Hobby Lobby and painted it with magenta acrylic paint. Then I fussy cut out the vintage girl from the clip art sheet and adhered her to the lid.

In the next step, I added some of the iridescent Inka Gold to the rose in her hand and in her hair. Then, I went over the whole box and around the image with the Viva Glitter Paste to add some shimmer and shine 🙂

To complete the box, I added some blue bling trim around the edge of the lid that I had in my stash. I also added the little butterfly wings from the clip art to her back. Then I finished it off with a cute quote.

The finished product:

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ATC’s + Printer’s Tray + FrogDog Studio August Mixed Media kit = FUN!!

(This tutorial is also featured on the FrogDog Studio’s blog)
This month in our Frog Dog Studio kit we received several blank artist trading cards (ATC’s) to alter. Also in the kit was some awesome Viva Glitter Paste, which is fantastic for adding texture. For my main project, I wanted to create and show off my ATCs in a different way. So I started by making the ATC’s first.

For the first ATC, I painted the entire card with Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glaze. Then I placed a stencil from Heidi Swapp over the top, and using an old credit card, I coated the top of the stencil with the Viva Glitter Paste. When you put the paste on over a stencil, you want to have a light touch. It should feel like you’re icing a cake. The glitter paste reacted beautifully with the Silks and it really added a nice built up layer of texture for the background.

When the paste had dried, I embellished the card using the Maya Road sparkly buttons and some of the ArtChix clip art. Due to the thick texture on the background, I found it was easier to use a bit of hot glue to adhere everything. Below is the finished card.

Moving on to the second card I thought I’d try a different texture technique. This time I put a bit of acrylic paint on my palette, then scooped out a bit of paste and added it to the paint. I loosely mixed it up. I painted another ATC with the same dark blue Silk and when that dried, I used a paper towel and dabbed the paint/paste mixture in random spots all over the card. It added a nice rough but sparkly texture to that background. You can see it here:

I finished off this card using one of the cute wooden anchors found in the kit and a bit of blue ribbon bling trim that I had in my stash. I went back later and added one of the wooden buttons from the kit along with some cut out words from the clip art sheet.

For the third ATC, I really loved a particular piece of the clip art so I used the entire piece, then cut out the moon from another piece and added some of the iridescent Inka Gold to the moon to really make it luminescent. I also added the wooden wave piece from the kit to the bottom.

I finished off the project by purchasing a small printer’s tray and attaching the ATC’s in the top spots. We had just recently taken a trip to the beach for a week and I had this cute picture of all my girls together in the water that I wanted to display in the large opening at the bottom. I felt like it went with the whole evening, beachy, mermaid feel of the ATC’s. I further embellished the tray using other items from the kit like the blue trim, the wooden whale, and small window openings. I used some washi tape to cover all of the edges and tie all of the colors in together. Below is the finished product, along with a few close ups:

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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!

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! 🙂