Thursday, 19 April 2018

It's a complimentary colour palette ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I wanted to create another non card project and unusually for me I remembered to photograph it before adding the die cuts, anyway here it is before …

A 15cm square panel
 
Lots of lovely textural details
And here it is after ...
Love the new die cutters!
Lots of lovely texture and depth
Lots of lovely bold bright flowers!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Bling it Up
I’ve used a recycled panel 
Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes optional dies/punches
 


I am seriously hoping this fits the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, because I am seriously challenging myself creating these off the page projects incorporating lots of texture and lots of colour. I deliberately created a project with lots of jewel tones by using the following colours: turquoise blue, emerald green, peridot green, garnet, ruby red and a smidge of gold and I also added amethyst coloured die cut butterflies so there is plenty of jewel tone colour in this project.

I’ve been unhappy with some of my older mixed media projects because the acrylic paints look they have a plastic film on top. I was bemoaning this fact to my lovely hubby so he told me to purchase some non plastic like acrylic paints. I wanted to try the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints because I have heard nothing but good things about them so I purchased a couple to try and loved them. Then lovely Hubby purchased me several more, lol, so a huge thank you goes to my lovely hubby! I know I am lucky and spoilt because he encourages my artistic side and I try to not take that for granted.


This is my first proper project with these paints and I have to say they are awesome! Such rich or soft colours that cover beautifully. I love the fact that they are matt paints and that they are opaque or semi opaque or translucent and you can use them to create washes! I should have invested earlier in these awesome paints! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Tim Holtz THS077 Floral Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz 661190 Wildflowers Thinlits die set
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
MDF 150mm square plaque
Snippets: velvet paper (butterflies); Sheena stamping card (die cut flowers)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints: Turquoise; Tinned Peas; London Bus
DoCrafts gold acrylic paint
Spectrum Noir Sparkle 2016 Holiday pen set
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo gesso
Pebeo texture paste
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Black, white and one other

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve had an experimental stamping session layering stamped images and I added a little stencilling detail in at the end for a change and here is what I created …

An A5ish tag
Lots of lovely texture and details
All the details
The beautiful stamp
The final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #463 Spring Flowers

Artastic Challenge April Black, White & One Other


Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes optional dies/punches

Penny Black & More Challenge Black, White & One Other
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes optional spring flowers


Here’s my steps:
1. Cut A4 card to A5.
2. Ink up an old background stamp with Pumice Stone Distress ink pad and cover the whole piece, inking up in between each stamping.
3. I dried the ink.
4. I put the Penny Black cling stamp into my MISTI and I inked up the branches and leaves with a black felt tip pen and I stamped the image. The felt tip had dried so I lightly sprayed it with water and stamped again and it worked beautifully.
5. I carefully removed the background card from the MISTI and dried the stamped image. I returned the card to the MISTI.
6. Very gently and very carefully I cleaned the Penny Black stamp with a baby wipe and then inked up the stamp with Twinkling H2O watercolour and I stamped it. Again the paint had dried a little bit so I sprayed the stamp with water and stamped again and achieved lovely pink blossoms.
7. I removed the card from the MISTI and dried the stamped image. I returned the card to the MISTI.
8. I cleaned the Penny Black stamp thorougly and repositioned it for where I wanted the second stamped image to go. I then followed steps 4-6 again, being very careful not to move or knock the stamp.
9. I removed the background card from the MISTI and dried the final stamped image.
10. I cut the tag to size then I used ink blending tool and foam along with Pumice Stone Distress ink on all of the edges. I lightly sprayed the whole tag with a layer of water and then dried it immediately.
11. I attached the Penny Black stencil to the tag and added Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint through the stencil and left it to dry.
12. I tied a Bakers Twine bow, glued it in position and then added three white sequins and three white pearls and the tag was finished.


I learnt from the steps of creating this tag. The felt tip ink spread a lot more rapidly than I expected, however, thankfully I had a tissue ready to mop the excess water. In the end I actually love how the felt tip ink has spread out and how it looks – it works perfectly for my oriental inspired tag lol! I stamped the background with a light ink and then overstamped with another stamp – oh my goodness why have I never tried that before!?!! It’s gorgeous and gives so much more depth. The final thing I learnt was to not leave it so long in between bouts of using open tubs of paste or crackle paste as it has a habit of drying up lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Penny Black 40-535 Magnolia Rhapsody halftone slapstick cling stamp
Penny Black Intertwined 4” x 7” stencil
La Blanche silicone script stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Pumice Stone
Black Felt Tip pen
Twinkling H2O watercolour
Embellishments:
Baker’s Twine
White sequins
White half pearls
Adhesives/Mediums:
Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 16 April 2018

Crackling rusty goodness ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I decided to see if I could create a dimensional canvas piece with lots of crackle, rust and texture and here it is ...
A 148 mm square plaque
Lots of lovely texture and depth
The beautiful roses
The layered butterflies
All the yummy details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #18 Mixed Media Anything Goes
A Vintage Journey Challenge Rusty & Crusty April
This was a board I had previously decorated but with acrylic paint 
and Sparkle Medium, it was boring so I decided to upcycle it!
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Elegant Jewels:
The red/orange background was inspired by deep rich garnet and rubies, 
my favourite jewels, and the stencilling by smoky quartz
Love to Create Challenge #7 Mixed Media Anything Creative Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge Round in Circles
UnstampaBelles Challenge April Use vellum or acetate


Here is what I did:
1. Apply two layers of gesso to hide the old design and Sparkle Medium.
2. Mix red, yellow, to create the orange rust. I wasn’t completely happy with the colour so I added a smidge of brown then mixed the paint with Prima Finnabair texture powder. Awesome textured rusty paint which I applied to my wooden base.
3. Attach the stencil with washi tape and apply the crackle medium. Remove the stencil and clean it, leave the paste to dry overnight.
4. I cut a piece of white cotton lace to size and coloured it with silver Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to sge it. I left it to dry then glued onto the panel.
5. I coloured the edge of the rose petals with my silver Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and left them to dry. I then adhered five roses and six leaves onto the panel over the lace.
6. I die cut three butterflies from snippets of vellum, layered them up adding a little glue in between each one and adhered them to the panel.


Oh so much fun! I now know that I can make my own textured paint, which is a bonus as I don’t think I’d use a pot of rust textured paint often so making a batch as I need it seems the best way to go. I was very surprised with how much the Prima texture powder altered the paint, once it has been added the paint becomes a paste, a really thick paste, the way it changes its viscosity is amazing lol! I think I may be playing more with that texture powder and purchasing another bottle so that I don’t run out lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Dutch Doobadoo A5 Circles stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Signature Range Butterfly Lullaby: Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
MDF plaque
Snippets: vellum
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paints: brown; orange; red; yellow
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen: silver
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Pale peach mulberry paper roses; rose leaves
Cotton lace
Adhesives/Mediums:
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients: Texture Powder
Viva Decor Brionze Croco Crackling Colour Texture Paste
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Myths & Snippets #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I wanted to enter a couple of challenges again with a second entry and here it is …

Another 148mm square card
Lots of lovely texture and depth
All the details
He is a beautiful beastie!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Inspired by a Myth or Fable
Please see here  for The Unicorn in the Garden a modern fable for our time


I used several coloured backgrounds snippets to cover the card front and to then further embellish it with my lovely new dies, courtesy of a challenge win, thank you Frilly & Funkie lol! I used the following items:

1. Card with texture paste applied through a stencil and then the background was coloured with acrylic paint and once dry I coloured the flowers, the branches and leaves with Distress
Crayons set 1.
2. Card painted with Distress Re-inkers, to give the look of a landscape.
3. Lots of varying sized snippets were used along with the new dies and then glued onto the landscape.
4. The unicorn was stamped with black Versafine ink pad onto a snippet of Sheena stamping card then I used my heat tool to dry it.
5. The unicorn was coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and once dry fussy cut out and positioned.
6. I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set onto a die cut tag and added that to the card.


I created a very simple collage background this time to try and achieve a different look because I currently only have one Concord & 9th stamp set but I wanted to enter the challenge a second time lol! Lots of snippets were used though which is always a good thing! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you have a lovely weekend with plenty of time to do what you love, hopefully crafting, lol! ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Concord & 9th Unicorn Awesomeness stamp set
Tim Holtz THS077 Floral Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz 661190 Wildflowers Thinlits die set
Sizzix Sizzlet Tag die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 1
Distress Re-Inkers: Stormy Sky; Mowed Lawn
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Holiday 2016 pen set
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo Texture Paste
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 4D glue gel