Patina lady - Prima Marketing

Moikka! How's your week been so far? Have you joined the blog hop yet? If you don't know what I'm talking about, take a peek at this post (link) as Mixed Up designers are a part of a blog hop to introduce ourselves! 

This piece is something I created for Prima for a special Patina Paste post. You can find Prima's blog here (link). The inspiration came partly from the Patina Paste itself but also from the lady canvas I did some time ago (link). It seems like I have a thing for red heads! In this piece I chose the color because of the contrast for the Patina Paste. 

As Patina Pastes create such a beautiful texture on a project, I decided to make them the star of the piece. They are the only medium I used for the background. I treated the background mainly with the teal and mint colors. For the crown of the lady I used all the colors, starting with the copper and then adding the patina on top. 

I painted the base layer for the portrait with Impasto acrylics and then finished it with pastels. The composition needed something more than just a profile, so I added the hand later – Gel makes adding things so easy!

Thank you for your visit! 

Materials from Prima Marketing:

964351 – Patina Paste set 
961367 – 3D Gloss Gel 
961459 – Heavy Gesso Black 
964382 – Mechanicals Lotus 
963422 – Mechanicals Rustic Washers 
963354 – Mechanicals Mini Stars 
960391 – Mechanicals Bottle Caps 
961053 – Mechanicals Gears 
960339 – Mechanicals Roses 
960322 – Mechanicals Mini Flowers 
960254 – Mechanicals Mini Numbers 
960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numbers 
963323 – Melange Art Pebbles 
963965 – Art Alchemy Metallique wax Aged Brass 
964559 – Impasto Acrylic Paint Poppy Red 
964566 – Impasto Acrylic Paint Raspberry Pink 
964535 – Impasto Acrylic Paint Lemon Peel 
964641 – Impasto Acrylic Paint Cobalt 
583057 – Carte Blanche Vintage Wall Décor Base 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Pan Pastels


Bunch of flowers card - Wow Embossing Powder

Hello there everyone! Today I'm sharing a flowery card I did for Wow Embossing Powder with you. I was planning to do a real summer card but somehow the project took a turn to the autumn side while I was making it. I guess it's the color scheme so just by changing the powders you use, you can make the card filled with exotic blooms or sweet meadow flowers or last blooms of the summer!

The idea to this came from the flower die I used but also from the magnificent new colors of Wow powders. I ended up using quite a few new ones here. If you want to see how I made the card, please see the step by step for it at Wow's own blog (link)! As you might see from the step by step, there's a lot of preparing for this card as there's several pieces you need to die cut for it but when you have all the elements cut and embossed, the putting together part is really quick! You can even make a bunch of these at one go as it takes almost the same time to prepare eight flowers than four. 

So, have you tried the new Wow colors and products yet? What was your favorite? I really like the deep, rich Metalline colors! Can't wait to play more with those!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great week! 

Wow products used: 

Big Words Clear stamp set
Wall Art stamp set
Metalline Kiwi Krush embossing powder
Metalline Greengage embossing powder
Metalline Himalayan Musk embossing powder
Metallinen Flame embossing powder
Primary Ebony embossing powder
Opaque Bright White embossing powder
Hero embossing glitter
Primary Dovetail embossing powder
Primary Pink Robin embossing powder
Primary Bird of Paradise embossing powder
Melt-It Powder
Melt-It Case
Wow Embossing Ink
Wow Heat Tool

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Prima Marketing


The heart of the tin man - Mixed Up magazine blog hop

Hi there and welcome to my blog! We are having a blog hop day today with the Mixed Up team - I hope you are enjoying meeting everyone!

So maybe a few words about me to introduce myself? My name is Riikka Kovasin and I'm a mixed media influenced crafter from Finland. I do layouts, cards, canvases and altered items. I so enjoy getting my fingers to paints and relax by creating after a full day at work. My favorite color palette is turquoises, blues and greens - kind of reminds me of the sea which I adore. I design for several companies such as Prima Marketing and Wow Embossing Powder and I'm a brand ambassador for 7 Dots Studio as well as for Finnabair. I craft in our living room as I don't have a craft room of my own. If you want to see some of my favorite past projects, try this link (link) for example or if you want to see my so-called craft space, try this (link). Delighted to see you here!

As you might know already, each of us is sharing our favourite makes for Mixed Up today. I wanted to share this canvas with you. I've been saving it for a while for this occation. It was published in March on the Mixed Up site with a step by step tutorial which you can even download as a pdf.

The inspiration to this piece came from Valentine's Day as I wanted to do something sweet and love related. So I made a little canvas with a tin heart. Do you know what's the medium I used to make the background? Embossing powders! You can also "paint" with them if you know a few tricks and what you are doing.

The Mixed Up website has tons of mixed media projects, including these you see during the hop and many more! If you want to know more pop on over to the website (link).

Make sure you visit everyone’s blog to be in with a chance of winning the Grand Prize - a one year subscription to Mixed Up plus 10 Mixed Up Printable resources of your choice! Here’s the hop list:

Mixed Up Magazine
Leslie Lineberry
Riikka Kovasin (you are here!)
Erica Evans
Debs Wainwright
Carol Fox
Corrie Herriman
Nikki Killinger
Fiona Potter
Mags Woodcock
Lisa Taggart

Hop Rules:

Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blog for a chance to win a fabulous mixed media prize! The draw is open internationally. The draw closes 31st May 2018 at midnight GMT.

Thank you for stopping by today! It was great to see you, I hope you come again! 

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Tsukineko


In the mirror

Hi there and sweet Sunday! How's your weekend been so far? Sunny and crafty, I hope! Today I'm sharing a workshop sample I did some time ago when keeping a workshop over at Varalusikka. The piece is done on top of an old book cover and the title - "Kuvastimessa" is the title of the book. It translates "in the mirror" or maybe even more "in the looking glass" as the term is a bit old fashioned. 

I chose a moss colored cover for my piece and that partly decided the colors I used for me. Really surprising that I chose turquoise to add to the green, right? I got the book cover and the lovely spoon from Varalusikka. I really liked doing this piece and even more visiting the Varalusikka! Such a great place and sweet people! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great start to the new week! Be sure to stop by tomorrow, too  - just hinting!

Materials: Varalusikka, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio


Celebration ATCs - Sizzix

Celebrate good times, c'mon! The little ATCs are done using several new Sizzix supplies - there's the Essentials but also new dies. You can see all the new dies here (link) and familiarize with Essentials here (link)

The base for the cards is cut from a kraft colored cardstock using "Pocket Frame" die. Then the techniques in both stay the same, but colors and embellishments change. I used the "Valentine" set for the pink one and the "Birthday" for the one in green and teal. 

First I textured a piece with the little embossing folder that's in the set. I inserted this to the pocket and then added some gesso on top. While the gesso was still wet I added a die cut circle in and then added some water color to add a touch of color on top of the white. After the paint mediums had dried, I added a confetti looking tiny dots using the permanent felt pens. Then I decorated the card with die cut elements - chocolate box, letter and hearts for the sweet pink one and cake, balloon and candle for the green one. Lastly I inked the edges using a brown ink. 

If you'd like one of these, please let me know by sending an email! Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Sizzix supplies used: 

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Pastel spring cards - A Flair for Buttons

Sweet Friday! It's Riikka here today to share a couple of spring cards with you. The inspiration to these came when I was looking through the flair buttons for my previous layout and had some Bee flairs, a pale blue bicycle flair and the lace looking yellow flair on the table next to each other. The color palette looked sweet and I thought to use that in some cards.

I made these cards a bit differently compared what I normally do. I used white cardstock as my base and also cut the leaves and blooms out of white. Then I first colored the background with watercolors and inks, glued the leaves and blooms in place and added watercolor to them as well. 

As you can see the center of the flowers are flair buttons. The yellow is from "Sweet" set and the beehive is from "Vintage Bee 4"

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a sunny spring or early summer!

Sets used: 


Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Shine brightly - 7 Dots Studio

Moikka! Here's a layout I did as a 7 Dots Studio ambassador this month. The inspiration for this page was not only the photo of my daughter but also the beautiful colors of this month’s challenge board (link). I loved the sweet and soft colors that made me think about summer and ice cream. My page took a turn for the stronger palette along the way, but that’s where the inspiration rose.

The picture is taken when we were just leaving for a weekend in the country side. The light was so perfect, so I just grabbed my camera and took several photos of my younger daughter. She’s a fun mixture of tomboy girl and princess style. She loves her black leather jacket and dinosaur hoodie but also tulle skirt and faux fur bolero. 

I started the page with some paper layers, gesso and paints. The chipboard shapes I covered with glimmering gold paint. If you want to see how I made the page, please see the video below! 

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a great day and lots of inspiration!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Cold Country: Clear Stamps 
Homegrown: Flower stencil
Homegrown: Chipboards 

Um Wow Studio: Dreamscapes – Tell Tall Tales flair

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger

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