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Mixed Media Artwork by Marsha Valk from Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Squad

Hi, Marsha Valk here from Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Squad.
I have piles and piles of prints sitting under the desk in my workspace, waiting for a fun project to use them on. So for this month’s theme, I dug out a couple of prints I made previously using Nathalie’s Buenos Aires Tile and Santa Fe Positive Negative Art Foamies!
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but whilst sorting through the pile of prints, I came across an illustration I did a couple of years ago. I decided to use it for my project.
I scanned the illustration, loaded the image into the Silhouette Studio software on my laptop and traced the image and made it into a cut file. ​
Then I mounted one of the stamped sheets of paper onto a Silhouette cutting mat, fed it into the machine and let the machine cut out all the little houses.

I let the Silhouette cut the same houses from three different sheets of stamped paper. I added more stamped images with black ink to two of the sheets before cutting.
With all houses cut three times, I started arranging the little village onto a blank piece of paper, mixing parts from all of the different background papers. ​
Once I was happy with the arrangement I glued everything down.
I wanted to add black outlines to the cut-outs, but because some of them are super tiny, I was afraid my pen would slip. I didn’t want to mess up the original, so I scanned the collage and doodled on top of a print instead.
Supplies used:
Buenos Aires Tile Foam Stamp 
Santa Fe Positive and Negative Foam Stamp Set
Various Nat Kalbach rubber stamps
White cardstock (I used A4 size)
Acrylic paint
StazOn Jet Black
Silhouette electronic cutting machine (I have an old one, but I believe it’s similar to the current Silhouette Portrait)
Black fine liner

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  • Janna L Rice on

    Your detail work is so incredible in this piece! Oh how I love your vision for it! The end result is stunning!

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