Tutorial – Mixed Media Mobile

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I recently moved into my new craft room and whilst unpacking boxes I rediscovered lots of craft items that I forgot I had. This included a big stack of ATC’s, Twinchies and Artist Trading Coins. I also had to hand the lovely mixed media kit by IndigoBlue and just knew they would make a good team.

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First I took a selection of the papers from the IndigoBlu kit and added more colour to them using distress inks and oxides by Rangers. I used my mini blending tool to mix them all together. Once I was happy with my colours, I added texture by randomly stamping all over the papers with the stamps included in the kit. I also stamped a selection of items onto plain white cardstock and coloured them to match the papers.

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Once all my papers were dry, I glued all my ATC’s, Twinchies and Coins to the back of the papers before cutting them all out. I took a journal pen and doodled around all the outside edges. I set these aside for later.

Next, I discovered a pile of fabric in the craft room move and my sewing machine was now in a easy accessible place, so out it came. I took a piece of pink fabric and cut it into 2 rough heart shapes. I stitched on ribbon and lace to the front piece in a shabby chic style. I then took my favourite bubbly funk stencil and some white textured paste and applied it direct to the heart. I left it over night to dry. Once dry, I stamped on some text/images with a black ink pad. I then sewed the two hearts together before stuffing it with toy stuffing. I added a paper heart to the front made from some of the IndigoBlu papers.

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Next I took some yellow fabric and stamped 4 sets of wings from the IndigoBlue kit. I layed two sets of wings together with a thin piece of wadding in the middle. I then sewed around the wings on the sewing machine. I confess this was hard going, and was very free style, but I liked the shabby chic result. I made another set before carefully trimming away the excess fabric. I made two loops of ribbon and machine stitched them to the top of the heart, for attaching to the hanger. I hand stitched one set of wings onto the padded heart and added a small journal sticker to finish. I added the second set of wings to one of the twinchies on the mobile.

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Next I began to assemble the hanging. I took a piece of wood, drilled two holes either end. I slipped on the padded heart and placed it into the middle of the wood. I threaded thru my ribbon. I kept a large piece above for the hanging part. I took two long pieces of ribbon and began adding on my ATC’s, Twinchies and Coins by gluing them direct to the ribbon, then adding another ATC, Twinchie or Coin directly on top to hide the glue/ribbon. Once dry, I joined the hanging ribbon, and dangling ribbon together and hid the knot with a large wooden bead.

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To finish, I cut out some of the inked images and added them with foam pads. I also added journal stickers, and more wooden beads too.

I loved making this hanging, so many textures and techniques and it has pride of place in my window where I can see it from my work desk as I craft.

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Materials

Bubbly Funk stencil #14

IndigoBlu Mixed media Kit

Texture paste

Black ink pad

Rangers Distress inks and oxides

Mini ink blending tool

Ranger Tim Holtz Stickers

Tando Artist Trading coins

Journal pen

Ribbon

Foam Pads

Fabric

Toy stuffing

Wooden beads

ATC and Twinchie blanks

White Card

PVA glue

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I hope you like the mobile and have been inspired to have a wee play about with lost items yourself

Cheers

Sarah

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