Failure is not an option

At OnStage in April, Sara Douglass (our CEO) demonstrated an awesome technique to make a mixed media medium. It dries hard and creates an amazing texture. It really gives an incredible 3D look, specially with the stamp set that she used. Here is the sample she that she made to show us. Seriously SO cute!

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I love the dimension of the frosting. She knew we’d all want to recreate this technique and gave us her recipe: corn starch, white glue, acrylic paint, reinker to color, and water until you get the desired consistency (it should be really thick and not drippy).

At our Demonstrator Meeting last Thursday, our Make & Take was to attempt recreating her medium. Poli did a fabulous job pre-stamping all of our Make & Takes and then we were to add the final layer of the medium.
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Hmm… not quite as pretty as what Sara created. We did figure out that less is more when it comes to this technique. The above sample used a lot of the medium and you can tell it was way too much. It just looks blotchy. But, the awesome part is that it did harden with a 3D texture. So we were on the right track. Below is a sample that we had towards the end of the Make & Takes. It took about 8 tries to get this look.16-5-17We used quite a bit less of the medium this time so the stamping looks better. However, you kind of lose a bit of the 3D look. It could be that this really isn’t a great stamp for this technique because of the detail of the butterfly.

The cute cupcake stamp that Sara used will be in the new catalog in June. The set is called Sweet Cupcake and will be available to order 6/1 (Item #141498). It’s definitely on my wish list! I will have to try this technique again when I get the set. It’s just too cute to not give it another try.

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