Friday, 25 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals: ATCs with ESA {by Josefine Fouarge}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals


We give a warm welcome Josefine to the blog today. She has masterfully used some of the largest stamps from Seth Apter on tiny ATC's ...check out her gorgeous use of paints and infusions too! Enjoy! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone. I'm Josefine, a new blogger here at the PaperArtsy blog and I'm super excited to share my first project with you. 

The "Vintage Neutrals" theme was a challenge for myself, but I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone and work with colors that I normally would not use as the main palette. I might have cheated a little bit by using the Fresco Finish in Claret and the Infusions in Sunset Beach, but see for yourself.


I started by picking three different papers for my ATCs. In order to meet the vintage topic brief even further, I decided to use some old paper pieces from a music sheet, a ledger, manual and some more. Then I covered everything with Fresco Finish paints in Buff FF96 (as my main tone), Glacier Ice FF132 (for my highlights) and Mud Splat FF61 (for my dark tones).

To add a little more contrast, I decided to use just a little bit of Fresco Finish paint in Claret FF31 and Infusions in Sunset Beach CS07 with a lot of water.

I also stamped a few of the images from the Eclectica stamp sets ESA07 and ESA08 using coffee colored ink.


Then, I stamped a few circles with grey ink to the background and started decorating all three ATCs after that.




All of them needed some text, so I picked the three words that were part of the ESA07 and ESA08 stamp set and stamped those in black Archival ink.

 
Next up, I stamped my focal images, adhered them to the ATCs and surrounded them with some vintage decoration - actual postage stamps for one ATC, a film strip for the second and a key pin for the third ATC.


Here are all the Fresco Finish paints and Eclectica stamps that I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my first project for PaperArtsy and feel inspired to create some ATCs on your own. They are so much fun to make and perfect as a little gift for friends and family.

See you soon. Josefine.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals with EEA {by Miriam Grazier}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals



If you follow this technique that Miriam shares, it opens up the whole world of colouring with opaque paint and deliberately not worrying about the lines, because there is a quick fix! You need to know about this Such a useful idea! Oh and of course a beautifully project in stunning opaque shades too! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a card that I have made using Eclectica Everything Art stamps, giving them a soft and vintage look.

I wouldn't put myself in the camp of favouring bold and bright colours, but at the same time, I don't tend to use many subtle colours.  I also used a technique demonstrated by the very talented Lauren Hatwell at Stamperama, which has widened the colour choices that I make when using detailed stamps like the wonderful image from EEA01.

 




When the Stamping Platform was released I didn't think I needed one, but I got one because I felt I should (we all do that, don't we?!). Learning a new way to use it has totally blown my mind because I can now use opaque paints with detailed images and not worry about the detail in the image.



I used the Stamping Platform to stamp the image using Coffee Archival and then, leaving the card in it's place on the Platform, I painted over the image details.  As you can see in the image above, opaque paint does just what it says on the tin, and covers up the detail. So until now I have always been careful about what paints and colouring mediums I choose. 



But not any more!!  Once the paint was dry, I kept everything in place and re-stamped over the image.  Cool, eh!  When Lauren demonstrated this I was delighted!



The background was brayered using Sage, Buff and Stone Fresco Acrylic Chalk paints.  And I stamped over this using the small text stamp from EEA04, using Shadow Grey Archival ink.  I loved how the grey was subtle but gave the background texture.




To finish my card I stamped a quote from EEA02 using Coffee Archival ink.



I really loved how I was able to maintain the detail in the image while using opaque colours.  I also loved how using neutrals such as Chalk, Buff and Stone created a beautiful and soft effect, adding only a small amount of Blush and Sage to give a hint of colour.

I hope that I have inspired you to have a go yourselves.  And definitely get your Stamping Platform out and try this technique if you haven't done so already!  My Stamping Platform is being used so much now it is never stored away - a massive thanks to Lauren for demonstrating that technique.

I am looking forward to doing this again using other colours, maybe swapping the Sage for a lighter blue, or even a touch more brown to create a more vintage effect.

Thanks for joining me this evening.  Pop along to my blog post to see more information about how I created this project.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals: Time for Tea with ETS {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals



Well, Helen earns the title Lady Tea bag after this post! You won't believe what happens when she starts staining with different types of teas! Now you know what do do with those cold cups of tea! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a tag made in a vintage neutral colour palette, not what you might immediately associate with me but it was a challenge that I very much enjoyed.

Vintage neutrals made me think of tea staining so that's what I did, after a fashion. I started with some regular tea and then raided my husband's coffee van for some more interesting ones such as green tea and berry tea. It was the latter that was the real surprise - on the fabric and tissue paper it produced a beautiful vintage pink/purple, but on card or paper this dried to a lovely grey.


Everything on here is either coloured, stamped or stencilled with tea, except for one of the hearts and a little bit of background stamping. I chose Tracy's stamps for this as I love the scribbly and loop the loop effect.






Here's my selection of tea.


And here's what the three different ones looked like - see what I mean about the Berry tea?


I put some into a mini mister and sprayed through a stencil which I then flipped and stamped with.


When wet it's pink.....


...then dries to grey. The green tea gave a lovely soft green colour.


Then I added some ordinary tea stencilling and some stamping.


The first two hearts were stamped with the tea - I was quite surprised it worked using a tea bag as an inkpad, but it gave a lovely watercolour effect.That's stained tissue paper behind the first two.


I wanted to show you this as you can really see the stencilling and the lace and calico stained with tea too.


I had great fun adding all the beads - the little ones were actually bracelets that I cut, knotted to the right length and stuck down - easier than sticking each bead separately.

I love this sort of project as there are so many tiny details plus it's fun to use products that you don't normally and see what they can do - I like the unpredictable! I'm expecting you to get out all your different tea bags to see what colours they produce! Of course, if you dry out the tea bags you can use them as well. A bit of stitching would go nicely too - didn't have room for it on my tag but it would certainly fit the theme.

Helen

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals: Modern Vintage Panel with Urban Snapshots {by Lauren Hatwell}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals


Lauren is rocking the neutrals in this post with a gorgeously subtle background that you could take in all kinds of directions.Starting dark, then adding light layers seems to be her trick to get that lovely depth under the neutrals! I love it! ~ Leandra


Hi everyone, it's Lauren here. I love all things vintage and it was awfully tempting to put together something classically vintage for this topic as I do have a lot of vintage ephemera around the place from my parents and grandparents.  Then I came across the phrase Modern Vintage and I thought it would be fun to see if I could represent that in my project. 

To me, modern vintage would probably be the 70's and 80's so I put together a muted colour palette and thought about textures, world events, things we worried about and things we were influenced by in the 70's and 80's... I was aiming for a feeling from that time.

I love this Urban Snapshots set of stamps (USPT4 : Urban Snapshots: Passing Time Set 4). It's perfect for the feel I'm after. 

I also used Mini's 76 and 72


I think these colours are great together...
 

I really like the way the grunge paste splats almost suggest a map.... I let the paste dry out a little to get that rough texture. I've got a new pot of paste so it's actually lovely and smooth. If you let it dry out for ten minutes or so on your craft sheet you get a much thicker chalkier texture.



I really like the contrast of the metal stars alongside the plaster-like background and the edgy stamped image of the girl with her graffiti-like backdrop of words. 


Gotta love a bit of crackle... I love the way the paint has picked up just a little on the edges. As before, I wanted the stencilled frame to be quite rough and aged so I let the grunge paste dry out a little bit before applying it through Scrapcosy's PS064 Stencil...



...which is one of my favourites. The paint accentuates the crackle and the rough texture of the paste beautifully.


I always love playing about with layers of this and that. I confess I loved my background SO MUCH, I found it extremely hard to cover it up.  I rag rolled the background. Something I've not done for YEARS! A really nice effect though. I like it.


I've really enjoyed this topic and it's been interesting to think laterally when approaching it. The neutral colour palette is not something I'm usually drawn to but it was fun to explore it and it made me focus more on textures.  It made me wonder if I could make anything look vintage just by using certain colours. It's definitely something I'd like to experiment with; vintage Zinski's perhaps! Vin-ski's!! LOL 

What's YOUR vintage? 

Lauren Hatwell

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals: Discovering Contrasts with ESA {by Nikki Acton}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals

Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

I really love how Nikki leads you through the process of how she creates gorgeous contrasting layers to bring this fantastic frame to life! Ink and Paints each play their part, and of course the little finishing touches are spot on! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Nikki from Addicted to Art with you today with my take on the vintage neutrals theme using Seth Apter stamps. 

Vintage colours work for me, but using neutrals can be a bit of a challenge. The lack of contrast can make composition a little difficult - so much easier when using more colour !! I decided layers were the way forward with subtle variations of colour.

Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

I used a selection of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Little Black Dress, Chalk, Blue Oyster and Steel Grey - from Seth Apter Paint Set 4. The background panel is full of texture incorporating these colours. I stamped into Grunge Paste using the script stamp from ELB30 (Lin Brown) and once dry also added some Crackle Glaze before more paint and dry brushing.


Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

The same colours were used on the other layers with different paint techniques, stamping and both dry and heat embossing. I used Seth Apter stamp sets - ESA08 and ESA05. 



Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

The word Discover is part of the larger stamp on ESA08 but I cut this out to just incorporate the word. The white embossing on white card is contrasted by a watery wash of Steel Grey Fresco Paint.



Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

The keyhole off ESA08 was stamped in Watering Can archival over some of the blue/grey painted background. I added some white pen to highlight.

Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

The layers frame the focal image and provide some contrast along with the cheesecloth for a bit of a shabby feel.

Vintage Neutrals with PaperArtsy / Seth Apter stamps by Nikki Acton

I never tire of a bit of crackle! Steel grey with Crackle Glaze was finished with Chalk paint for a shabby, crackled frame.


In the end I achieved more tonal variation than I thought I would, although I think the photos are perhaps accentuating the darkness a little. The reduced neutral palette certainly made  me think how to build the composition!

Nikki

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