Friday, 20 April 2018

2018 #7 Kraft card: Romantic Portugal with EEG {by Claire Snowdon}

2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card


So Claire had me hooked with the Blue and Ochre; one of my all time fave colour combinations! I love the pop of colour and on the Kraft card, these old doorways do seem to come from warmer climes, and share a taste of Portugal's beautiful doorways and cobblestones

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon here with you today, and I'd like to share with you a journal page created in my Prima Finnabair mixed media journal.

I've had this journal for a while and like to create in it when the mood for something different takes me - it has a lovely collection of different pages such as different Prima specialty papers, pockets, plastic insert pages......and kraft pages - which is what our current topic is all about!


I had fun creating lots of layers on the background - obviously using the kraft coloured pages gives a totally different look to the colours when compared to using a white background.


Lots of brayering, stencilling, stamping and general paintiness and I was happy with my background.  The Fresco colours I used were Toffee, Pumpkin Soup, Chalk and Beach Hut.




I took a scrap of card and used Distress Oxides to colour it for the quote - which is from Alison Bomber set EAB02.




The focal stamps used on my pages are all from Emma Godfrey's most recent release - stamp plates EEG25 and EEG26.  You will also be able to see numerous background elements from these sets which I either stamped using the paints or the potting soil archival ink.



To add a hint of colour to the main focal images I used a little bit of watercolour pencil.


For the sentiment I decided at the last minute to emboss it using Seth Apter's baked texture powders.  I used the Vintage Beeswax powder and 'baked it' twice to give a lovely glossy contrast to the very matt and rustic feel on the rest of my page.


Working on a kraft background definitely can be challenging but it is great to have a change and mix things up a bit.  Using the brayer to add the paint made it easy to get started and was super fast too!

I hope you enjoyed my kraft based journal page,
Claire

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

2018 #7 Kraft card: Like a fish in water with ESC {by Dounia Large}

2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card


Lets go diving with Dounia. She has some gorgeous fish lurking in among the sea lettuce and grasses. Lots of fun ideas and textures for us, and the fish, to explore!  ~ Leandra


Hi everyone, it's Dounia, sharing with you the joy of crunching kraft paper and an underwater scene.

I know this fortnight theme is Kraft card, but here in France, Kraft paper is readily available and is one of my earliest memories of crafting! I love its color and texture, so I wanted to share a few fun techniques with it.


My main inspiration for this art journal page was the fantastic stamps set ESC10 by ScrapCosy. It has everything you need to create an underwater world: spunky fishes, graphic weeds, elegant seashells and even a starfish!



One of the great thing about Kraft paper is its resistance. You can fold it over and over again, it does not tear. I used it to create a crackled effect, highlighting the raised folds with ink. Then a spritz of water and a good ironing and it's flat as new, but with an amazing pattern! I also love the weeds stamp in ScrapCosy's set. It's so graphic it gives amazing movement to a background.

I love the color of Kraft. I think all of us have memories we associate with it, like surprise packages in the mail or paper bags of pastries. It also automatically feels vintage. I therefore decided to keep that characteristic color, even if it does not particularly evoke the sea, and match the other elements to it. For me that means more of those lovely weeds in tones of sepia and yellow ochre.




Crunched Kraft paper is also great as a texture, here to mimic rocks and coral. I emphasized the creaks and peaks with Freco acrylic paints. Vanilla and Caramel go particularly well with Kraft (and sound like and ice cream combination!). To limit the bulk on my page, I run the piece through my Big Shot machine to flatten it. I love the effect!


I wanted the denizens of this Kraft sea to contrast with the background. I always think of fishes as shiny and iridescent so I wanted metallic colors. I used Treasure Gold in blues and purples on PaperArtsy's Crunchy Paper (an other use of Kraft paper, waxed this time!). I think the metallic/waxy finish and slight transparency are really well suited for fishes.


The blues scallops provide a refreshing counterpoint to the brown rocks an weeds. I wanted to includes the whole sea-floor stamp but couldn't mesh its detailed style with the stylised background. In the end only the starfish made the cut...


Finally I populated the sea with the most striking of my stamped fishes. I added depth by creating shadows with markers and highlighted them with a white paint pen. Against the vintage tones, those catchlights were far too bright so I toned them down with a pale yellow marker. I am quite happy with how lively they look!


Beginning this project, I was not sure how well Scrapcosy's very detailed and vintage stamps would mesh with my art journaling style but I'm thrilled by the result. The French saying translates to "like a fish in water", meaning something that comes easily and naturally, and I think it well describes my experience with this page. I hope this gives you some ideas to play with Kraft paper, as these techniques can be adapted to lots of projects.
Have yourself a very Krafty moment!

Dounia x

Blog: doudoulina.over-blog.com/


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Monday, 16 April 2018

2018 #7 Kraft Card: Spring Vase with EKC {by Chris Dark}

2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card


A great Spring idea to start off this topic from Chris. I had totally forgotten about using solvent with pencils to blend out, and of course how they pop so wonderfully on kraft card too! A great post Chris! Thanks ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Chris with you today and I'd like to share my project for the wonderful topic of kraft card! Kraft is a classic for me, some of my favourite projects have been a combination of kraft, white ink and blended pencils so this topic was a 'must do'. The technique is one that I love to teach, everyone always gets a lot of satisfaction from using coloured pencils with a artist solvent to blend out, you don't need to be able to colour to get really brilliant results from the outset and it makes me very happy that everyone loves what they've achieved. 


It's very satisfying to have something I've already made as my starting point, a gel print is is what I started with here but it could have just as easily have been some coloured random stamped pieces which can help to spark a colour scheme or an idea for composition. 


I had in mind a vase of flowers and I wanted dimension so I stamped out all the images in EKC15 plus EM25. I love this flower set by Kay for the variety of flower styles perfect for a bouquet. You can see that I used Zest-It as the solvent but there are other brands, Windsor and Newton's Sansodor and Gamsol are the two I see most. I find the Zest-it has a slightly citrus odour that I prefer and of course solvents should always be used carefully and in a well ventilated area.


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I apply the pencil in a light layer so that I can blend out to nothing and leave some of the kraft showing through at  the edges. I find a paper stump or tortillon works well, you simply dip the tip into the solvent and blend out from the centre.
The solvent melts the carrier holding the pigment in the pencil (this is wax and oil in my pencil brands). Just keep blending in a circular movement until all the pigment blends out.


Between colours if you have only one paper stump sand away the colour when the stump has dried out a bit which also helps to keep a good point.


Here you can see the images all coloured, in some I added a bit of white at the edges and some colours have been blended together as in the leaves. Have a little practice with solvent to get the feel of how much pencil you need to lay down to get the blended out to nothing effect. Also, don't soak up too much of the solvent, the excess will evaporate and be wasted.



I played with the composition at this point after fussy cutting all the flowers, cutting up the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic gel print to make a border mat and a vase shape.

As I mentioned before I always love white ink against kraft card and I used Kay's gorgeous stencil PS076 with a white pigment ink sponged through as a backdrop for the cut out flowers which gives a nice soft effect and extra dimension in the finished card.



Here are all the flowers layered up and fixed over each other with a dot of wet glue so I could curve up the petals. You have to love that little birdie and the sweet bird house too, I really enjoy Kay's flower stamps as they are great to colour and these particularly have a lot of space for blending out making them perfect for the pencil technique. 

I was very pleased with the contrast created between the matte pencil colouring against quite a textural abstract looking gel print [it's the small things :-) ] and that this left over piece cut down sparked the idea for a vase of flowers, initially I was thinking of a wandering garland of flowers over the stencilling. If you have the materials for pencil blending I hope you'll join in the challenge using this technique but there are lots of other wonderful ideas using kraft card coming up which I'm sure will spark your imagination.

Thanks for joining me tonight, have a lovely creative week!

Chris.

Blog: http://sketchingstamper.blogspot.co.uk/



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Sunday, 15 April 2018

2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card {Intro and Challenge Link}

 2018 Topic 7: Kraft Card

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, our new topic is a real challenge in colour coordination and composition. This week we are looking at how you can use Kraft card (the colour) as your base instead of the traditional white or cream. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 6: Banners & Bunting Challenge...

The winner is: Sue from Sue the Iron

Email Darcy to claim your prize. Darcydotneedles@gmail.com

Kraft colour  is a lovely neutral shade, it has some warmth to it but not too much as can look just as good in a cool colour scheme. For this challenge you can use card, parcel paper, kraft grocery sacks or even corrugated card as your base, whichever fits in with the Kraft colour. You will need to think about the colours that you put on top, and also consider composition.. will you load up the layers or keep it minimal?

Kraft paper, sometimes called 'sack paper' or card is the natural colour once the wood pulp has been squished and formed into paper, it is unbleached and is generally coarser than bleached white paper, Kraft paper is also quite strong. The Kraft process of producing wood pulp has been used since the late 1800's, this is a chemical pulping process, and it took over from traditional mechanical pulping. The name 'Kraft' refers to the process, and it is named after the German word 'kraft' meaning strength or force. 

So now we know it is good and strong, let's see what people have been making with it. 

The most obvious use is for cards, kraft works well with many colours. Here we have it teamed with red, but kept quite minimal, allowing the kraft colour to play a prominent role. 


Lin
Look at this stunning poppy card, you wouldn't think that red could pop quite so much against brown, but it does here. the white writing is a lovely elegant touch. 


Kath Stewart
This leads nicely into a Christmas card, you have probably used kraft paper with red before, it really does work great at Christmas time for an alternative to white. 


CornishKat
Now for another colour that pops, turquoise! Most of the lighter blues and blue/greens will work really well. Note how so many of these cards leave lots of negative space. 


Janet O'Brien
More blues, different shades mixed together, and this time some natural fabric has been added in for dimension and texture.


PaperSoupCards
Another project from Kath, very light delicate blues this time but they still work so well. Note the tone on tone stamping in the background too, this adds a great touch and an extra layer of interest to the kraft card. 


Kath Stewart
Another surprising combination is brown and purple, how can that work? but it does, our own Jo Firth Young shows how in this stunning card. 


Jo Firth Young 
Pinks  here are so soft and feminine, see the little soft halo of white around the character, that really helps to make it pop, but equally there is a shadow under her feet which helps to ground the character, so she isn't floating. 



Here we can see great combinations of colours, all popping beautifully on the kraft base. 


Julie 
As this is a great neutral base colour, why not layer it up with other neutrals! This one makes a great masculine card. 


Sara 
This one is so simple, but stunning; a fabulous use of embossing. 


Chrisssie
 Another beautiful card, accented with liquid pearls and ribbon, so elegant. 


Lisa 
So we can see from those examples that kraft card is so versatile as a base because it goes with just about any colour. Let's see some other projects. 

This fab little bird is actually a printable, but you could have so much more fun by zentangling your own bird. 


Rita 
While researching I have found some stunning books and mini albums make with kraft card, here is one to whet your appetite, if you follow the link there is a video on her page too. 


Alexandra
Of course this colour works brilliantly as gift wrap, parcel paper is so cheap and can be decorated in all sorts of ways. 


Rebecca


This flower bouquet is one of my favourites this week, the embossing on kraft is gorgeous and all grouped together makes this full of interest. 


Little Scrap 
How about something more architectural, this mobile is a fun decoration. 


Amy 
When making cards don't forget about the envelope, so often they are left undecorated, but it makes all the difference tot he recipient if they can open something like this. 


PaperWillowDesign

Finally a scrapbook layout, I found this on a site that appears to be ALL kraft paper, so if you need even more inspiration head on over to here. 


Kraft Plus

So many delicious projects and all using this humble brown card as a base, what will you do with yours? be sure to get creative over the next 2 weeks and link up your creations to show us. We do love to see them. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy and Leandra's Pinterest boards if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! 
I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!

~ Darcy



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