Thursday, 22 February 2018

A sketchy ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. The background I created on this card is the second part of my resist technique background experiments. The background on this one was created with Tim Holtz new Distress Resist Spray and here is my card …
 
A 148mm square card
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the yummy details
I love these differences!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Ally’s Angels Challenge #3 Stitching Faux or Real: I opted for faux
Butterfly Challenge #95 Spin the Wheel for letter P: 
Purple and Pearls were my choice


Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #66 Sketch
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #320 Snippets: 
the base layer isn’t a snippet everything else was


I am going through a very bright phsase at the moment and seem to be attracted to shades of blue and purple, whatever it is I’m enjoying it. Here’s how I created this card:

1. I created the background late at night so that I could leave the Distress resist spray to dry naturally. I used a piece of A5 card and positioned my stencil over the top. I did not stick it in position. I used the Distress resist spray and applied a layer onto the card.
2. Because there was a lot of resist spray on the stencil I took a print from the stencil then washed it with warm water and washing up liquid. I left it to air dry.
3. The next day I created washes from my Distress re-inkers in a paint palette.
4. Once the card was inked I dried it with my heat tool. I popped it underneath some dies to flatten.
5. I used snippets to die cut the stitched banner and to stamp the flowers onto. I fussy cut the flowers out then stamped the butterflies onto the stitched banner.
6. Following Kim’s sketch I dug into my snippets bag and found a piece of card that had DecoArt Crackle Paste added to it with the Harlequin stencil and I then coloured that with Luminarte H2O watercolours.
7. I inked the edges of the stamped die cut and the card using ink blending tool and foam using Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans Distress Oxides.
8. I die cut the sentiment from snippets and coloured them with Luminarte H2O watercolours. I added ribbon and pearls to further embellish my card.
The sketch made creating this card so much easier and it’s always fun to play along like this as I usually end up finding something that I really love that I will use in future too. Thank you Kim! 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:
Paperbabe Stamps: Pieridae stamp set
Prima Marketing Finnabair Elementals 6.5” x 10.25”: Harlequin stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs: Stitched Nesting Banners
My Favourite Things Stamps Die-Namics: Hello There die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide IPs: Wilted Violet; Faded Jeans
Distress Re-inkers: Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry
Luminarte H2O watercolours
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: pearls
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Distress Resist Spray
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Resisting Distress ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I was playing with a new stamp and experimenting over the weekend so I do have a couple of projects to share this week and here is the first one …

A nice large A5'ish tag
It has lots of lovely depth and texture
All the details
The stamped flower
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Dare to Resist 
Make My Monday Challenge #65 Messy Backgrounds
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Make your own Background 


There are so many products used to create this tag so I will try to keep the steps short. Here is roughly how:

1. Attach stencil to card with Washi tape. Use Versamark IP to tap through the template.
2. Remove the stencil and apply embossing powder, heat set. I did this step until the whole card was covered.
3. I added some Distress re-inkers to my paint palette and watered them down. I then applied them to the background and where the embossing powder had set resisted the inks.
4. I had some Pebeo Dyna inteference paint left in my paint pallette from another project and I didn’t want to waste it so I experimented with it. I painted the flowers and buds with the Pebeo paint and stamped them. I applied two layers of the paint to get the coverage I wanted.
5. Being very careful to not move the stamp in my MISTI I cleaned the flowers and buds and inked up the branches of the stamp with Walnut Stain ink pad, I cleaned most of the excess from the flowers then stamped.
6. I removed the stamped panel from the MISTI and used my heat tool to dry the ink and paint. 
7. I used a Peacock Feathers re-inker wash and coloured the background, using my heat tool to dry.
8. I added splatters of water to the card, mopped up with kitchen tool and then used my heat tool to dry.
9. Using my ink blending tool and foam and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide I added colour to the edges of the tag.
10. Repeat Step 8 again.
11. Roughen edges of the stamped panel and cut the background to tag shape.
12. I ripped some mesh and glued that onto the tag and then played around with a layout I was happy with.
13. I used the ink blending tool and foam along with Faded Jeans Oxide and inked all the edges of the tag.


I created this tag because I’m comparing the different resist products and techniques. For this tag I used Versamark ink pad and clear embossing powder, I have more projects on the go where I have used Tim Holtz resist spray, white gesso, matt medium etc. Lots of different backgrounds are being created so that I have several references for future projects. I got very filthy inky fingers over the weekend, lol, which was so much fun, however my back is in a really bad place right now and that means computer time must be kept minimal and I’m beyond happy that I was able to get inky over the weekend because my back is so bad right now, grrr, always happens when I am having the most fun! 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 Half Tone Slapstick Cling stamp: The Unfolding
Prima Marketing Finnabair Elementals 6.5” x 10.25”: Harlequin stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Scalloped Classic Circles Large dies
Sara Davies Together Forever Range: Graceful Swirl dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti static pad; ink blending tool & foam; Tag mask; spray bottle with water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; patterned paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Re-Inkers: Peacock Feathers; Shaded Lilac; Picked Raspberry
Pebeo Dyna Inteference: Red Blue
Distress IP: Walnut Stain; Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide IP: Faded Jeans
Clear EP
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Fern mulberry paper leaf; Sweetheart Blossoms; Forgetmenots
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall Sequin Mix
Bakers Twine; mesh lace & pearls are from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Love Notes ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been playing with my beautiful Simon Says Stamps More Spring Flowers stamp set, I can’t seem to get enough of this set right now, and some lovely ephemera that was a recent purchase and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
Lovely depth and texture
All the awesome details
That beautiful rose stamp
I managed to capture some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute


It has been by pure luck that I have had patterned papers that work beautifully with the ephemera and the stamped and watercoloured flower. It wasn’t planned in any way because when I first received this stamp set I stamped about three of these beautiful roses so that I could colour them when watching TV or like I have this week whilst watching the winter Olympics lol! The patterned paper on the card is one of the magazine papers so it wasn’t even a paper I had picked in my style.

So the roses were stamped and watercoloured without me checking they would work with certain papers. And I ordered the ephemera about two weeks ago independent of the papers and stamps. Although I knew the design and colour of the ephemera pack would fit farely well with what colours I love to use the most. The ephemera arrived last weekend and I started to play with that and my patterned papers and then I remembered I had some of these stamped and watercoloured roses – a very happy and lucky coincidence!

Whilst I was finishing the card I realised that the beautiful sequin mix with lovely lush copper leaves included with it would work beautifully with this colour palette too. I wish creating cards like this was always so easy 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:
Simon Says Stamp: SSS101703 More Spring Flowers stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK 150mm square card
Lemoncraft House of Roses Collection: Ephemera Card set
Patterned paper from my old stash
Snippets: Sheena Stamping Card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Distress IP: Peacock Feathers
Watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall sequin mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel


Saturday, 17 February 2018

February Journal #1 & #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you’re having a lovely weekend. I have been experimenting on some larger projects but unfortunately I’ve had several major fails and those projects have ended up in the bin. So I needed to create something to soothe my arty soul and journal play seemed the best possible thing and here is the end result …

This is part one of a double page spread
All the stamped details
I managed to capture some of the texture
The shine and texture is amazing!
Here's part two
All the stamped details
The beautiful textured heart
The completed look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #161 Have a Heart
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Dare to Resist




This double page journal spread started out with a piece of plain white card. I then used a couple of stencils to add stamped and heat embossed detail which I knew would resist any further colour. Once I had stencilled and heat embossed I started to stamp and then finally stamp and heat emboss. So many lovely layers of stamping and stencilling and lots of lovely texture too. I surprised myself with this page by the amount I had added to it once I finished. I’m also mega happy with the end result too. I’m hoping to create more journal pages than tags each month, fingers crossed lol! Here’s how:

1. Attach the Carabelle stencil to the RHS A4 white card and tape with ink pad through. Add the embossing powder and apply heat.
2. Attach the heart stencil to the LHS and apply embossing paste and then embossing powder and leave overnight to dry. Next morning apply heat.

3. At the top and bottom of the A4 card I used a stamp that looks like fabric with Wild Honey Distress Oxide.
4. I used a script stamp and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to repeat stamp to fill the rest of the white card.
5. I sprayed the card with a light mist of water and heat dried it. This spread the ink a little but not so much that the stamping wasn’t still visible.
6. I used an anti static pad over the card then repeat stamped and heat embossed the horse with lime green WOW EP.
7. I used Barn Door Distress and Distress Oxide, Spiced Marmalade Distress ink pad, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide with other stamps from the Visible Image stamp set to add stamped detail. I lightly sprayed the card with water and heat dried.
8. I cut the A4 card in half and added my journaling around the outside edges of both pieces of card using a Sharpie pen.


These Emerald Creek embossing powders are not like other embossing powders that are available. They have texture, and lots of it which I love. Extra texture and detail is always a bonus on my journal pages. One other thing that I have found with the page on the LHS in particular is that it looks totally different depending on how you hold the page, the Mirror Gold almost disappears when you look at the pages head on but the minute you move them POW – a gorgeously big textured shine hits you in the eyes. 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:
Visible Image: Revolutions stamp set
Rubber Dance: Retro Beech stamp set
Bearable Studio stencil
Ebay heat stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Rock a Blocks; heat tool; spray bottle of water; anti static pad; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick
Distress Oxide IPs: Peacock Feathers; Crushed Pistachio; Wild Honey; Fired Brick
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: Northern Lights; Mirror Gold
WOW EP:
Sharpie black pen fine nib
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape