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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mixed Media Layout 1 comments  

March Cherry Box



The March Cherry Box is filled with Vicki Boutin Mixed Media goodness and in this layout, I wanted to try using as many types that I could of it. I ended up using the CreativeFX Glaze, art crayons, and texture paste that I used with a stencil. I backed the photos with the Ready-to-Use mixed media paper for an added mixed media look. I then embellished the layout with the ephemera and mini envelopes that are also in the Cherry Box. The only thing I used that wasn't in this month's Cherry Box was my 12"x 12" Mixed Media paper for the background.

This is actually my second attempt to make a mixed media background for this layout. My first one didn't turn out well, but that's okay. I just grabbed another sheet of paper and tried again. The second attempt turned out much better! Don't get discouraged if it doesn't turn out how you imagined on the first try!








Check out the video below for the process video!


Here are some close-up shots of this layout. I hope you enjoyed watching and have a ton of fun with this Cherry Box. I know I did!



You have until February 25 to subscribe to receive the March Cherry Box, which includes texture paste, mixed media paper, stencils, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Art Crayon Techniques  


Another item found in the March Cherry Box is Vicki Boutin water-soluble art crayons! These are so much fun to work with as there are so many possibilities and different ways to use them. So grab some scrap pieces of watercolor paper and follow along with these techniques!


Technique #1 Rubbing with your Finger to Blend


This technique does not use any water and therefore is a good technique to start with. All you have to do is draw on your paper with the art crayon as you would with a normal crayon. You can leave your drawings like this or blend them together. These crayons are highly pigmented and creamy like oil pastels so they can be blended. I am just using my finger and in a circular motion blending them together and adding more pigment as needed. 



Technique #2 Use a Non-Porous Surface


For this technique, you need a non-porous surface. This could be a glass media mat or even a plastic bag. I am using some of the firm plastic packaging from one of my stamps. Start by drawing directly onto the plastic. Add water using your paintbrush to turn the pigment into watercolor. From here you can use your paintbrush to paint onto your paper, or you can flip your paper directly onto the plastic for a spontaneous background look.


The watercolor can be manipulated with the plastic sheet and moved around on your paper until it dries. Play around with it until you like how it turned out. This process can be repeated multiple times to get the shade of watercolor you like.



Technique #3 Stamp It


Start by drawing directly onto your stamp. This technique works with a variety of stamps, even ones that are more detailed. Spritz with water before you stamp. You can stamp multiple times and just spritz again to continue using the pigments on the stamp. Each stamp will turn out a little differently but have a beautiful watercolor look.



Technique #4 Stencil Brush


Scribble your art crayon onto your non-porous surface and then rub your stencil brush over it until you pick up the pigment. Rub over your paper in a circular motion to slowly build up the color. You can do this over stencils as well.


Lightly spritz your brush with some water to get the most out of your pigment. You only need the tiniest bit of water to activate the watercolor. If you get it too wet the color will start to go underneath your stencil.



You have until February 25th to subscribe to receive the March Cherry Box, which includes art crayons, texture paste, mixed media paper, stencils, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!


Posted by Jessica.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Texture Paste Techniques  

March Cherry Box

Every March Cherry Box will include a jar of Vicki Boutin Texture Paste and one of her stencil sets from the Storyteller collection. You can use texture paste to add 3-dimensional elements to mixed media projects. It is such a fun and easy medium to play with.


All you need for this tutorial is texture paste, layered stencils, a palette knife, and some mixed media paper.




Start by pulling some of your texture paste out of the jar using your palette knife. When using multiple colors make sure to wipe off your palette knife in between each color to prevent mixing in your jar. Next, I mixed some of the colors together so I could create some gradients.



Tape down your stencil to your paper and workspace so it does not move around. Hold your palette knife parallel to your surface and begin applying the paste. When you are ready to peel off the stencil, start and one corner and slowly pull it off. Make sure you clean your stencil off right away because when it dries, it will become permanent. 


The sectioning technique is great for when you only want to use part of the stencil. All that you have to do to keep it looking clean is tape around the area that you are stenciling.


I mixed up red, pink, and yellow to make this peachy-orange



Tape on your stencil as you have before and cover the whole area in one color. Let it dry completely in between layers so you do not ruin your design. I am using a heat tool to speed up the dry time.


Add on the next stencil. This time do not cover it completely. This will allow the stencil underneath to still be easily seen. Let this layer dry and add on another stencil. This top stencil I sectioned off in a few areas and am using a contrasting color so it will stand out the most.



You have until February 25 to subscribe to receive the March Cherry Box, which includes texture paste, mixed media paper, stencils, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jar of Flowers Layout and Card

The February Cherry Box

For the February Cherry Box, we have teamed up with Sizzix to bring you a great selection of products for your February crafting. Some of the items that are in this box that we used for this project are the Jar of Flowers Die, Jar Shaker Dome...

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Flip Through my Flipbook

From the January Cherry Box

I have had a lot of fun with the January Cherry Box over the last couple of weeks. I just kept adding and adding to it until it has gotten to where it is now. I was challenging myself to see how many different elements I could add to it. This included every item that...

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Friday, December 18, 2020

3 Pocket Folder Page for Sn@p Flipbook

January Cherry Box

The possibilities for what you can add to a flipbook are endless when you start to think outside the box. You do not only have to add in pocket pages when filling up your book, you can also add full paper sheets to make a layout or a folder. This post shows how...

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Sn@p Flipbook Cover

Inside the January Cherry Box

Hello Cherries! Today I am showing my process of making this Sn@p Flipbook cover. Every January Cherry Box will have one of these flipbooks in a great shade of blue. I love these colors for a winter's flipbook! I think designing the cover is both the scaries...

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Friday, November 20, 2020

A Look into my Traveler's Notebook

From the December Cherry Box

Hello, Jessica here. I have been having so much fun working on and filling up this Echo Park traveler's notebook that every December Cherry Box will receive. The Cherry Box also comes with additional inserts, Stickles glitter glue, some of Crate P...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Holiday Travelers Notebook

Hey everyone! Rachel here, and I'm so excited about the December Cherry Box! It's so festive, and I'm all about the Christmas cheer right now. I created two double page spreads that I want to share with you - and most of the items I used were incl...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

DIY Tassels

For the Traveler's Notebook in the December Cherry Box

I am very excited about the upcoming December Cherry Box!!! It has so many great products in it including a traveler's notebook and Hey Santa charms. I knew right away I wanted to make tassels to embellish the sides of the notebooks. Check out the video below to s...

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Autumn Layout using November Cherry Box

I made this layout using items from the November Cherry Box. This box is filled with bright fall colors which were fun to use with these pictures.

Products Used:

Sizzix Distresser Blade, Distress Oxide Reinkers, Cream-colored Bazzil Ca...

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Friday, October 23, 2020

8 Background Techniques using Mini Ink Pads

There will be a set of 4 one inch ink pads in every November Cherry Box! These adorable cube ink pads from Pinkfresh Studio are so versatile and this post will show you 8 techniques using them. I like using these techniques as backgrounds, but they work great for a ...

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Monday, October 5, 2020

October Cherry Box Projects

An Echo Park Box!

The first thing I wanted to make using this Echo Park Cherry Box is a mini album. I love using mini albums to document a single event, trip, or time of year. They are so fun and quick to make. This is a 5” x 4” album which is smaller than my usual m...

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

6 Ways to Emboss 1 comments

Embossing Powder from the September Cherry Box!


Ready to emboss like a boss? Try out these 6 embossing techniques on your next project!

Embossing is a technique that adds dimension to a piece of paper. In this post we will be showing how to use embossing powder. To use embossing powder you ...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Making A Mini Album

Using Everything in the August Cherry Box













For the August Cherry Box we have partnered with Doodlebug to bring you a box with over $80 value! It is filled with summer ...

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