Music, as Longfellow says, is the universal language of mankind, and I have to say I agree. Music can build a bridge between cultures despite language barriers, help you wind down after a crazy day at work, make you feel like you are 16 again when an “oldie” comes on the radio, and so much more. Music is a huge part of a lot of people’s lives, so it makes sense that music often finds its way into our other creative ventures, such as scrapbooking, card making, holiday crafts, mixed media canvases and more.
Next Wednesday, crafters will be trading Artist Trading Cards with a Music theme here at P&P (click here for more information, we would love for you to join us!). With an awesome theme like Music I am sure the ATCs created will be gorgeous and as unique as the maker. Here’s some great inspiration if you haven’t started on yours yet.
Get inspired to create cards with a musical theme.
Or perhaps, you want to scrapbook a musical event.
Another great, creative idea is to make a musical inspired mixed media canvas. Check out these fun projects for inspiration.
Have you tried paper quilling before? These musical themed quilled projects are absolutely eye-catching.
Celebrate His word in your bible journaling and get inspired by these musical pages.
Add some “music” to your decor at home (or classroom if you are a teacher) with these ideas.
And lastly, just some really cool imagery I came across while pulling this blog together – music and inspiration are truly everywhere!
We hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as you enjoy turning up a favorite song!
For our Christian Customers it is a good time to reflect and think about one’s devotion and faith with it being the last week of Lent - Holy Week. One thing a lot of Christians, especially the crafty ones, are exploring are Bible Journaling entries that reflect the message of the selected scripture through artistic expression.
Here at Palette & Paper we love fostering one’s faith through creating, and have a great selection of stencils, stamps, stickers, paper and more that can be used in Bible Journaling. Also, we host a monthly Bible Journaling session lead by our Creative Team Member, Cindy. During this 90-minutes per month, Cindy guides the group through a Bible Journaling entry and educates participants on various techniques. Be sure to click here to get signed-up for our second quarter of Bible Journaling.
If you need some ideas on how to get started with Bible Journaling (keep in mind, this doesn’t have to be done in a bible - you can use a journal, hymnal and more), read our blog post on the subject. If you need inspiration for a Holy Week or Easter themed page look no further than below.
Below is a tutorial on how to sketch "Risen". It would be great incorporated into a Bible Journaling page to celebrate Easter. Click here for other great "doodle" tutorials.
Below is a reading plan for this week and scripture to focus on for your Bible Journaling.
We wish all of our customers, of all beliefs and faith, a wonderful week and weekend! Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at P&P soon (please note, P&P will be closed Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15).
I'm still "seeing green" around the Shoppe. I just had to share a few more products along with inspiration on how to use them again this week (don't miss last week's post featuring some of my other favorite green products).
Product 6: Dylusions Ink Sprays
Dylusions Ink Sprays are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more.
You can spray some on a page in your art journal to make a cool background or leave some white space and be inspired to create a design based on the formation the spray makes.
Stamp and emboss images on tags or cards and spray color over it. The embossed area will act like a resist and remain the color of the embossing powder.
Load up a waterbrush with the spray ink and have awesome “watercolor” like markers for hand lettering and adding details to your art journal pages.
Products 7 & 8: Distress Paint & Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim Holtz and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.
You can use Distress Paints to create awesome backgrounds for your creations.
By using canning salt with distress paints you can create the cool “splotchy” look (more details here).
Create an awesome spring themed frame and paint various elements with Distress Paint. Check out the Ranger Ink Blog for all the details.
Make gorgeous backgrounds to use in your cardmaking by striping on various colors of Distress Paint. Lightly mist the cardstock (watercolor cardstock works really well), apply stripes of color, spritz with more water and then blend the colors.
And since you are going to want to be sure to get every color of Distress Paints, be sure to download a color chart to fill in and keep handy!
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints are artist quality opaque paints available in a variety of bold colors, metallics and neutrals. Richly pigmented, these paints feature a thick buttery consistency that holds brushstrokes, peaks and tool marks and can be easily smoothed. The paints blend well with other media colors, creating an endless palette. They come in both 1 oz. and 2 oz. bottles/tubes.
You can create delicious, bold mixed media creations with these paints as you can see in the examples below.
And don’t feel limited by the 25 colors that are offered. You can mix these paints in a multitude of ways to create additional colors. Download your own color mixing chart here.
Product 9: Bella Blvd. Puffy Stickers
Much like my love for enamel dots, I love puffy stickers to add to projects. Bella Blvd. just released an assortment of stickers in star and heart shapes and letters in an array of colors.
They had fun to a scrapbook layout. Just look at the layering and dimension they add!
They work so well on cards with other decorative embellishments.
And they add such a sweet pop to a bible journaling page.
Product 10: Nuvo Glimmer Paste
This product is perfect for the “gimme all the sparkles” motto I have for my life. Nuvo Glimmer Paste adds a fabulous layer of glitter to any craft project help add a 3D look to your cards or mixed media projects by using a stencil. Glimmer Paste works on a number of materials such as fabric, acetate, glass and wood – they are great for any crafting project, not just paper crafting.
Nuvo Glimmer Paste can be spread through a stencil using a palette knife to create gorgeous dimensional patterns on cards. It is such a simple technique, but creates a tremendous impact.
Multiple colors can be used together. When the colors “mush” together you will get amazing results.
Create your own “glitter paper” to use in die cutting and other projects.
So are you now seeing green too? What are you inspired to try out first (it’s okay to say all of them!)? See you at Palette & Paper soon!
If you follow Palette & Paper on Instagram and/or Facebook you saw that the new Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Ink Pads are in stock!
So, what is a Distress Oxide? How does it differ from Tim’s other distress products?
Distress Oxide Ink Pads are a water-reactive dye and pigment fusion. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. They come in 12 colors including Tim’s gorgeous colors of “Worn Lipstick”, “Cracked Pistachio”, “Vintage Photo” and more.
Since they have pigment in them they work well on darker paper also. Check out the various colors on white, kraft and black paper.
When it comes to stamping, Distress Oxides work better for stamping giving an opaquer look vs. Distress Inks that tend to be “blotchy” when stamping.
You can check out Tim demoing the Distress Oxide Ink Pads while at Creativation here:
Want to be inspired on how to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads? Check these projects out:
You need all 12 colors, rights? Be sure to tag us on Instagram and/or Facebook if you share what you have created with Distress Oxide Inks!
We’ve all seen the cute little packages of enamel dots at the Shoppe, but how do you use them?
Enamel dots can add a lot of visual interest to a scrapbook layout, bible journaling, cards, tags and more. Just look at some of the “awesomeness” that was created with the help of enamel dots.
They can help join elements together into a cohesive design. See how this adorable tag becomes part of the card front with the addition of a couple of enamel dots.
They can be used as bullet points in memory keeping.
They add the perfect finishing touch to the center of flowers in designs.
They had fun pops of colors to designs!
So, you’ve pretty much decided that you need ALL OF THE ENAMEL DOTS now, right? Well, don’t forget that you can make your own enamel dots also! We carry these great Nuvo Crystals Drops in an array of colors, and you can make enamel dots directly on your project in all sorts of sizes or pre-make them to have on hand.
If you are making them ahead of time use a craft sheet so they don’t stick and adhere them with glue dots once fully dried.
Another great thing about the Nuvo Crystal Drops is you can also make shapes and squiggles to use in your creations.
We would love to see your creations made with enamel dots so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
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