Saturday, 16 December 2017

2017 #19 Fave Things: Easy Tags and Xmas Cards with I&D {by Autumn Clark}

2017 Topic 19: My Favourite Things

I'm about a month behind Christmas this year, so I need to learn from this post! Autumn has some quick and easy last minute card ideas - what a life saver!! Shhh 10 days!! WHAT!!!

Hi friends!  Autumn Clark with you today to share some last minute greeting cards and gift tags inspiration featuring my favorite thing, stamped backgrounds.  The PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog Collection: Noel is right up my grungy alley, with timeless icons and sentiments.

With less than ten days until Christmas, many of us will find the need to hand deliver a few cards that didn’t quite make it in the post.  Take a couple of hours to unwind and get inky, with these simple techniques in mind…

The process for each card is basically the same.  Tap your Distress Inks onto your kraft mat and spritz with water, then dip your panels into the wet ink.  Let the colors pool and spritz with more water if needed to help blend.  Dry before dipping into another color.  Use your sponge tool to sponge color where needed.  A good flick of water onto the panels and dabbed off with a cloth produce great variations.  Here I used a background stamp from PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog Collection: Noel Plate 4 and the largest image as my focal element, with simple layered cardstock to create “Santa’s belt.”

Ink and the Dog: Noel Plate 4 (N4)

Embossing becomes one’s new best friend when making backgrounds.  A simple 'bundles string' compliments the silver powder.  Sponging allows you to add multiple colors without muddying your color.  Repeating images is a great trick.

I was inspired to create an assortment of colors representative of a traditional Christmas.  The stamps certainly lend themselves to the desired effect.  This regal, more masculine design features a favorite sentiment and background (which can be used all year long, needless to say) from PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog Collection: Noel Plate 3.

Ink and the Dog: Noel Plate 3 (N3)

The more I worked, the merrier my designs became.  I broke out the tinsel embossing powder and did a trio of colored baubles with PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog Collection: Noel Plate 6, using the same background stamp from Plate 4.  I added some punched greenery and flecks of Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Snowflake)

Ink and the Dog: Noel Plate 6 (N6)

It was just as simple to make a few gift tags to coordinate with my cards.  I think these will easily hang over a bag handle or bottle top.  There are so many ways to mix and match these beautiful stamp sets.  Perhaps you’re inspired to play with the images in a different color palette?  Our current topic, Favorite Things gives you just the opportunity!  Thanks so much for your visit today, Autumn

Instagram: @sewpaperpaint

These are my go-to stamps for quick cards at Christmas too!! I have used them year after year for tags, cards and wrapping paper! Lovely to see your take on them!Awesome as ever! Have a lovely Christmas Autumn! Thankyou ~ Leandra

As this is the final topic of the year, there is not a challenge as we know you are all super busy, so sit back, enjoy and be inspired.

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Friday, 15 December 2017

2017 #19 These are a few of my Favourite Things with EKD {by Lucy Edmondson}

  2017 Topic 19: My Favourite Things

Lucy has made some beautiful things for the blog in the past year, and this is a culmination in the things she does so well. Enjoy!

Hi everyone, it's Lucy from Lucy's True Colours with you today, and I'd like to share with you a pencil case, which could also be a make up bag, which could be given as a present at Christmas. Yes, there's still time!

When I did my last post, I used fabric medium and I said what a revelation it was and how I wanted to do much more stamping on fabric. This time I have mixed the fabric medium into the Fresco for the background as this keeps the soft handle of the pencil case, whereas when I have made similar items before it has become stiff which is not very pleasing to the touch. This worked really well and made quite a tactile item.

I wanted as many layers as possible so I started off by using Kim Dellow's stencils 048 ...

... and removing the Mermaid Fresco layer with a baby wipe to give a ghost image.

Then the leaf from the same stencil set, using Fresco Finish Zucchini and a stencil brush. I love this layer!

I used the same paint and cut n dry foam but now moved on to a stamp layer, using the sprig from Kim's EKD 06 and positioned it roughly where I knew I would want my shrink plastic flowers to sit. It's such a dainty sprig stamp! The stencilled flower is in Lavender and Wisteria Fresco Finish.

Now to those flowers! You get such a lovely selection across the two sets, Eclectica EKD05 and 06
 Eclectica Kim Dellow Set 05 (EKD05)

Eclectica Kim Dellow Set 06 (EKD06)

I stamped them across two sheets of frosted shrink plastic using StazOn Jet Black. I always like to stamp on the shiny side and colour on the frosted side as this gives you a rougher texture to take the colour, and a glossier side to show. I used alcohol ink markers and of course they didn't react with the StazOn as I was using the reverse.

Another of my favourite things! I love the way Treasure Gold 'takes' on a variety of surfaces. Even the alcohol pens hadn't worked on the zip, but the Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold was the perfect finishing touch. I wanted a little text so I used some words from ELB24 

in a mix of Haystack and Autumn Fire.

I added some more stamping from the two sets with Snowflake fresco and adhered the shrink plastic pieces with gel medium. As a finishing touch and to tidy up the edge, I stitched lace just below the zip.

For the other side of the pencil case, I used a different colour scheme, with a background of Fresco Finish Candy Floss!

I really enjoyed making this, and in fact made several whilst I was 'on a roll'  and I think they would make such useful gifts for make up, or for storing stationery, paint brushes, or in my case, my Crayola crayons. As an alternative I think it would be fun to punch a hole in the shrink plastic charms before heating and make them into dangles to hang from the zip. Thank you so much for looking and for your comments.


Blog: Lucy's True Colours
Twitter: @CraftyLuce

This is gorgeous Lucy! Awesome embellishments and gorgeous stencilling! What a useful little bag, I can think of so many uses for it! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

As this is the final topic of the year, there is not a challenge as we know you are all super busy, so sit back, enjoy and be inspired.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

2017 #19 Fave Things: Flower-Face Canvas with ESC {by Liz Borer}

2017 Topic 19: My Favourite Things

It always fascinated me how Liz builds up her backgrounds and colours. She has a great eye for composition too, and here is another masterpiece to enjoy!

Hi everyone, it's Liz here, nice to be with you again.

It's probably fairly clear by now that my favourite things are flowers. Whether I'm painting or stamping or creating mixed media projects , flowers seem to pop up in most of my work!  So this project is unashamedly floral and pretty!

I've made this wall hanging out of two pieces of MDF which I then fixed together. On the base MDF, I used Grunge Paste through three different stencils around the edges. I positioned these so that the texture would show up behind the front piece. I used washes of Jade (in Tracy Scott's Limited Edition Paint Set) and Blueberry around the edges.

Next I painted the whole thing with Sage paint and added more washes of Blueberry and Jade at the edges for depth.

 Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 04 (ESC04)

I stamped the words from ESC04 using Blueberry paint and added some flowers from ESC03 in Jet Black Archival ink. Finally I rubbed some White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas and edges. The centre of this piece looks rather messy but it doesn't show when the front is added.

Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 03 (ESC03)

This is the base of the front piece which I base-coated with Nougat. I then applied lots of colours by dabbing them on randomly with a wet wipe. I started with Jade and Spanish Mulberry and then used Blush, Mermaid and Honey Dew. I finished with Sage so that the base and front colours toned together. I then washed Jade around the edges for a darker edge.

Again I used Grunge Paste through a stencil. However this time I added a little Mermaid paint to the Paste to tint it. I rubbed more White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas.

Lots of stamping here using the black ink. This is the lower half of the panel.

Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 01 (ESC01)
I've used flowers from ESC01 and ESC03 (on the top part of the panel too)  and also flowers and butterflies from ESC04 on the lower section. Yes, it looks really messy at this point.

The face is stamped onto card painted with Nougat.

I added two more stamped images as shown to fill in spaces that I realised would look odd after the next step. I added a little colour to her cheeks and eyes.  

I found these MDF flourishes in my stash and decided to make a frame for the face out of them. So I painted them Jade and then added more coloured Grunge Paste, Jade this time through a stencil. Once dry, I rubbed more White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas. I attached the flourishes around the face and then had to remove the excess paper to leave just the face in the frame.

This is the finished front panel showing the frame and all the lace and flowers that I've added. Any metal pieces had more Treasure Gold on them to keep the same gold throughout the project. I've attached the front to the back of the hanging by adding a piece of foam board between them. It makes a solid smooth connection but is very light.

As I said this is very floral and feminine, showing a different way of using these lovely stamps.

By for now, 

I love how you've framed her face with those MDF pieces, and all the additional embellishments look stunning. Just shows how one small stamp can be expanded so cleverly by giving yourself the space to expand into a bigger zone like this. ~Leandra

As this is the final topic of the year, there is not a challenge as we know you are all super busy, so sit back, enjoy and be inspired.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

2017 #19 Fave Things: Useful Backgrounds with EAB {by Chris Dark}

2017 Topic 19: My Favourite things

This topic is purely for you to kick back, relax and get a breathing space in among the lead up to Christmas. So no challenge for the next 2 weeks, just eye candy and our bloggers sharing what they like to do most. The entries are wide and varied, as you might expect, so prepare to be inspired!

Hi everyone, it's Chris here with you today, and I'd like to share three makes that include some of my favourite things. I was drawn to this topic because it's always a pleasure to make things with favourite things, be that products or techniques. When you use favourites you tend to become proficient with them and so the process is very enjoyable which is a great mood booster.

I always enjoy creating a mixed media background, a favourite technique which also incorporates some of my favourite products and I've used the gorgeous Alison Bomber EAB05 Christmas Sentiment set to make Christmas cards with a vintage feel to them and also a more contemporary bright styled card.

Kay Carley's lovely stamps and stencils worked beautifully for the background stamping and texture.

Grunge paste, well it just works so well and I've used it for the texture underneath the paint.

Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints are the perfect basis for a background and of course with the addition of glaze they don't have to have a chalk finish, I've used them as they are but also with matte glaze for the technique on this 'bleak mid winter' card. I've mixed my light coloured opaque paint with an equal quantity of glaze and allowed it to dry off a bit before removing some with a baby wipe to give me my snowy backgrounds, I did this on both of the vintage cards. I've found that this technique also works beautifully with the translucent paints in the range which are already glazes when I wanted a dark glaze over a light background for a more grungy finish.

My second card shows a little more of how the glazing looks when finished, this time I rubbed back a bit more of the glaze and love how it looks more patchy where it had dried completely in places. The sentiment looks great in brown and the beauty of stamping over paint is that you can wipe it off if you don't stamp straight first time which I had to do.

Something to give richness to vintage style projects is Treasure Gold gilding wax, it gives the perfect finish, catches texture better than any other I've tried and remains my favourite product for highlights together with a bit of Stickles glitter glue of course, Star Dust is my favourite in that line!

A firm favourite product this year is the range of Distress Oxide inks, I find I'm using them a lot for another favourite technique of creating distress backgrounds, they've also been good for crisp stamping and worked perfectly for the sentiments over the paint. I've created a more contemporary looking Christmas card using brighter colours and Alison's Stamps as a background rather than a focal point which is another favourite thing of mine, I like to get lots of value from sentiment stamps.

In conclusion I've scored on making some Christmas cards that I'm very happy with for some special people and I've worked with some of my most favourite products and techniques. Oddly for me there is no pen work, everything I used combined to give me a level of detail I was happy with but there is paint and ink splatter :-) .....yet another of my favourite things! I hope you'll give some of these products or techniques a go if you haven't already and that they'll become some of your favourites too!

Thanks for joining me, I wish you a very creative week and a very happy festive season.

Chris x

Instgram: @chrisd999

I love your cards too Chris! Those distress inks are certainly a game changer when it comes to crafty backgrounds - yours is a stunner! merry Christmas, see you in the New year!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

2017 #19 My Favourite Things

Topic 19: My Favourite Things...

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, it looks like you had a great time with the last challenge. you all got very creative with ripping and burning. 

Let's see who won the Topic 18: Torn, Ripped and Burnt Challenge...

The winner is: Asia from Lemon Creation with her fantastic journal spread inspired by Lynne Moncrieff. 

Email Darcy to claim your prize.

So, with Christmas almost upon us, we figured the last thing you needed was a challenge for the next fortnight. Our next topic 'My Favourite Things'  is a chance for our bloggers to share with you their favourite things; how they interpret this is over to them. They might be looking back over the products they most like to work with, or perhaps how they find inspiration from others.

So, we would love you to continue to join us on our regular blog nights as we will have lots of inspiration for you. These posts will be packed with creativity and inspiring photos, and we hope that they will encourage you to make something just for you, with your favourites. 

As we all start to slow down a little in time for Christmas it is the ideal time to create without the pressure of a challenge deadline, you can take your time and just enjoy the process. So keep tuning in as we have lots of great posts by our fantastic guest bloggers coming up.

Merry Christmas 


Saturday, 9 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Art Journal Page with EEV {by Wanda Hentges}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

This is a masterclass in stratgic tearing of paper!! Lots of products, lots of tearing, and awesome tips too!

Hi everyone, it's Wanda Hentges (ArtByWanda) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a fun art journal page.

When I saw this topic the first thought, besides tearing paper which I love to do, that popped into my brain was an old technique done by Suze Weinberg using fusible webbing and embossing powder.  It's not really burning but it does involve melting (which is like one step away from burning, lol) and since I hadn't thought about this technique in years I decided it must be revisited.

I've used stamps from Ellen Vargo's sets EEV05, EEV06, and EEV10.  The quote is from the Sara Naumann set, ESN14.  The leaves use Kay Carley's stencil, PS061.

I love Ellen's flowers set and knew I wanted to use a flower along with a window torn into the journal page, but first, the background.

I stamped across the page first and then added layers of brayering with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints adding one color at a time (Haystack, Sage, Limelight, Nougat, Hyde Park, and finishing with Zesty Zing).  I love the depth this gives with the stamping peeking through all those colors.  

I cut a piece of fusible webbing (specifically I used Wonder Under but I don't think the brand would matter) a little bigger than my page.  Take the fusible webbing from the liner, if it has one, lay it on the page, add heat with a heat tool.  At this point you just want it to heat enough to start sticking to the page. You don't want to actually melt it.

Once it's sticking to the page you add embossing powder in whatever color or colors you want (I used Ranger's Liquid Platinum here), dump off the extra tapping the page to remove whatever isn't sticking.  Now you heat to melt the embossing powder and as it heats up, the fusible webbing will also melt more creating a random assortment of holes.  Is that not way cool!!!!

An oval cutting die and marker worked perfectly to give me a pattern to follow for my window.

I cut some slits in the center and then tore the page in lines out to the oval line, tearing off the center part of each section.

I chose Toffee to paint on the back in the hopes that it might look a bit heated or singed when the paper was rolled.  I did think about actually burning the edges of the oval and if the page wasn't attached in the book I might of done it but chickened out in fear that I'd catch the whole book on fire.  LOL  

My fancy rolling tool, a toothpick.  I keep a box of toothpicks in my creating area and use them for lots of things, rolling paper, poking out bits from cutting dies, moving itty bits around on a project, etc.

A stamp platform was perfect for the flower.  I could stamp it, be very messy about painting it (Zesty Zing, Toffee, Banana, Candy Floss, Bougainvillea)... (took the picture before painting the stem and used Hyde Park for that).....

put the paper back into the platform....

stamp it again, take it out, dry it.... 

and cut it out for a gorgeous flower!!!

But that flower needed a better background!!!  (Zesty ZingEEV06,  Archival Inks - Dandelion, Sunflower)

Much better but more wow was needed....

So I also sprayed it with Mica Spray.

I used sprays and a scrap of copy paper to make a matching piece to stamp the quote on.

More tearing, then inking to match the oval, layering, tearing, inking.   

To add more to the background I stenciled using grungepaste mixed with paint.  I did add too much paint.  I used one color, then decided to add some of another color and it got too thin so the paste did spread some.  Once dry I still wasn't happy with the color, it should have been darker but I just put the stencil back on and added ink.  It worked well!!!

 A row of stamping along the bottom using just one row of circles from the image in set EEV06.  Finally I adhered the two pages I'd worked on together to make one page. 

I really love how this turned out!!!!  If I was to do it again, I might add some stamping or stenciling on top of the brayered paint before putting the webbing and powder on but at the same time I kind of like the peacefulness of it the way it is.  It makes me think of walking through a forest or heavily wooded area with all it's green, the sunlight peeking through and bright spots of color where a flower shows up.

I do hope you've enjoyed today's project!!!  There is still time to get an entry into this topic.  I'd love to see what you are creating and maybe you'll even win the random draw.  Who doesn't love shopping!!!

Hugs, Wanda

I love how you just keep working at it until you get everything just right! The toothpick seems to be one handy tool!! And the torn frame worked a treat!! Thanks Wanda

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