Monday, July 13, 2015


Hi, everyone! My name is Susanne and I am so proud and happy to be part of the new STAMPlorations mixed media design team. Today it's time for my first ARTplorations mixed media tutorial.

I am a fan of home decor and I love creating it on my own. Of course, there are many pretty pieces you can find in stores, but I really like it if each creation can tell something more than just bought decor products. I'll give you some step-by-step instructions on how I created this beach sign wall decoration:

First of all, I started with a piece of balsa wood and primed it with a thin layer of gesso. If you use too much gesso, you will lose the wood look.

When it was dry, I applied some Gelato colors (chocolate and iced chai) and blended the colors with a wet baby wipe.

To add texture, I used the Some Birds stencil and a clean wet baby wipe to remove some of the Gelato color through the stencil.

I also used the Shutters stencil to add more pattern.

I definitely needed more interest, so I stamped some sentiments as well. I used the Subway Art Builders: DARE with some coffee Archival Ink. I stamped the sentiments randomly and three times with one layer of ink.

My letters are cut with the Silhouette Cameo out of white cardstock.

I cut the flip Flops with the Silhouette Cameo as well.

To give the flip flops some texture, I used the Nestled Circles stencil and some gesso. I also painted the edges with gesso and a sponge.

I punched holes with the Crop-A-Dile to adhere the ribbon.

Here are some more images of the finished piece. I used the Crop-A-Dile to make the
holes to hang it onto the wall. They are reinforced with eyelets.

And here is another reason that makes the creation even more special: everybody will have a closer look to read what the flip flops say! I stamped the two sentiments onto banners with coffee Archival Ink. By the way, I added some "sand" to the flip flops and to the shells with Distress Embossing Powder "weather-worn".

ARTplorations Products:
Shutters Stencil
Some Birds Stencil
Nestled Circles Stencil

STAMPlorations Products:
Subway Art Builders: Dare

Other supplies:
Noor! Design Dies (Banner,Shells, Starfish, Lighthouse and Gull)
Patterned Paper by Folia
Balsa Wood
Archival Ink (coffee)
Gelatos (iced chai, chocolate)
Distress Embossing Powder (weather-worn)


  1. This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! I'm definitely pinning this tutorial because there are such great techniques going on here! So cool!

  2. this project really makes we want to go to the beach

  3. AWESOME !! I liked that inspite of being mixed media project you actually used the base wood look and enhanced it rather than covering it completely .The birds are fab and the flipflops are SUPERB..amazing detailing of adding sand :)

  4. Oh my aching heart...this is so lovely. All the detail is amazing and so well done. Kudos.

  5. Super fabulous! I love those flip flops

  6. Gorgeous, I love this. What beautiful details....I have a friend that would love this. I agree with you that it means so much more when you create it yourself.

  7. This is AMAZING!!! Love how you used the gelatos, stencils and baby wipes, great technique. You have created a stunning piece of home decor. ☺ xxx

  8. This is AMAZING!!! Love how you used the gelatos, stencils and baby wipes, great technique. You have created a stunning piece of home decor. ☺ xxx

  9. Wow! I am speechless :) you are so creative

  10. really great projects! wonderful personal decor!

  11. Thank you all so much for you lovely comments!!!

  12. The beach sign looks awesome and the flip flops are just adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial,Susannel!

  13. Ooh your beach sign is fabulous! I love the flip flops xxxx

  14. WOW!! So pretty!! The beach theme is perfect and so is the tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Suchi xx

  15. Very clever! Love the flip flops: )


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