Let Your Light Shine

In the past couple of years, there have been a lot of ladybugs in our neighbourhood in the late fall. Every once in a while one will get in the house, and my cat loves when that happens. She’s not much of a hunter though. I once watched her calmly look on as one climbed onto her paw and then she went right back to napping. She does like to play chase though, so when the lady bug flew inside the lampshade – the game was on! She was gentle enough that the lamp slowly tipped against the bookshelf and didn’t crash down. After that, she happily joined the little bug inside the shade.

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

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I bought some gesso and wanted to make a layout with some mixed media. I used a technique I saw Irit Landgraf use for getting a lovely smear of colour onto the page – put ink or paint onto some plastic packaging, add in a bit of water, mix, and press it onto your page. You can move around the ink by pressing on the back of packaging while it’s pressed against the paper. It leaves great colour with different gradations, and without the fuss of brushes or brush marks. She does amazing mixed media layouts and shares tips and techniques in her videos – check her out.

I added some gelatos and stamped images on top of the gesso, and I was happy with how it turned out. Most of it ended up hidden, but little bits peek out here and there. I found some scraps with the colours I wanted and cut out pieces that had light and electrical illustrations on them. I love when scraps end up being a perfect fit like that. I didn’t have such luck with finding letters for the title though. I ended up cutting four sets of the letters from black cardstock, gluing them together, and adding Glossy Accents on top.


  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Recollections, black cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Gesso
  • Faber-Castell, Gelato, gold
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Clay mist
  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities, Triangle Vellum Gold
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Let Your Light Shine, clear stamp
  • VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Wow, Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder
  • Marvy Uchida heat gun
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, clear alphabet stamp set
  • VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • WRMK Evolution Advanced
  • QuicKutz, “Lucy” Classic Alphabet Set
  • Tomboy Mono Multi liquid glue
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • misc: washi tape, cat paper clip, sequins, ATG, Fiskars trimmer



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