Thursday 29 July 2021

2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling with TS {by Tracy Scott}

  2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling

It's time for another designer to share ideas with their own stamps, this time Tracy is here with a Christmas panel full of bling, shine. Her clever background gives an impression that strings of Christmas lights are turned on and shining bright!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Tracy here with you today, and I'm here to share with you my project for the current 'Baubles & Bling' topic......

For quite some time I have wanted to try my hand at creating a painted bokeh effect and the current topic gave me the perfect opportunity, blurred tree lights sparkling behind pretty baubles.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected and whilst my first attempt may not be perfect, I am thrilled with the effect and will definitely be trying this again in the future.

1. I wanted to create a dark background for this one so that the bokeh effect would be more prominent so I decided on Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Chocolate Pudding) and Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Mahogany) for my base colours, using an old brush to create a more textured look,  I decided to keep it darker on one side and lighter as it moved across the surface.

2. I wanted to start building the layers for my foliage so to create depth, I first started with my darkest colour which was Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Little Black Dress) and my leaves stencil PaperArtsy (PS226).

3. Next up I used the fern style leaf from my new stencil PaperArtsy, PS268 (stockists can be found at the bottom of this blog post here) and layered up, first stencilling with Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Chocolate Pudding) & Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Mahogany), as these are the same colours that were in the base layer. The stencilling is very subtle, but really helps to build depth. Finally, the top layer was stencilled with Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Toffee) to add structure. 

4. Time to start creating the bokeh effect. I began with my darkest colour first Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Chocolate Pudding), painting in various sized circles using a flat brush (of course if you have a circles stencil you could stencil these on instead).  You then repeat the process with the next colour, in this case Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Mahogany) ensuring that the circles are different sizes and overlapping in places. Continue to repeat until you have used all of the colours working from darkest to lightest... Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Toffee, Caramel, Gold Rush, Vintage Lace)

5. To add even more depth and sparkle, I next used my WOW embossing pen and WOW embossing powders, drawing over the circles with the pen and then heat embossing the powder.  I embossed with WOW (Gold Rich, Mojito and White).  I love the depth and detail using the metallic and glitter embossing powders add.

6. Next up it was time to create the baubles for my tree, I decided to use a couple of the stamps from my new stamp set Tracy Scott Set 62 (TS062), (you'll find a link to stockists at the bottom of this blog post here), even though they were certainly not designed to be baubles it turns out that they work perfectly. I used two of the shape stamps and then used part of the key to create the small bauble.  I painted my PaperArtsy Smoothy Card with Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Cerulean) and Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Deep Sea) before stamping directly over the top with Versafine (Onyx Black) ink.

7. Now it's time for finishing touches.... I added my baubles to my page using 3D foam to add a little dimension and once attached I went ahead and added detailing using gold, white and black pen work, drawing the hangers directly onto my page. All that was left to do was to ink up my edges with Ranger Inks (Potting Soil, Jet Black) and add some self adhesive gems to both the tree and baubles and of course splatter. For this I used Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Cerulean) and Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Gold) It certainly pulls it all together.

Here's a few close up photos so you can see the detail ...

Thank you for stopping by. I love how this page turned out. Although my bokeh wasn't perfect (it was my first time after all!!) it still conveys the feel that I was after for this piece. And whilst the background colours would not normally be my first choices they really do work perfectly for this project. I hope you enjoyed my step by step today and really can't wait to see what you create. I will definitely be creating more with this technique.

Instagram:  Tracy Scott


Tuesday 27 July 2021

2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling with I&D {by Helen Chilton}

 2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling

It might not be cool Christmas weather and Helen has brought 'heat' to the topic with warm fiery colours. She's definitely added the 'bling' but it still retains a beautifully restrained artsy style. I love how she's used the Relief Foil Paste on so many different elements and look out for the diamante leaves!
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'm here to share with you my Baubles and Bling project - yes, Christmas in June (that's when I made it!) I've not used my usual Christmas colours but bright orange and red, which are quite hot and summery, and teamed them up with icy white and silver. And boy, have I added bling! I figured if it was going to be sparkly I might as well go all out. I've used a lot of Grunge Paste stencilling, some of it foiled, some of it stamped over, some of it outlined and all of it creating great texture.

I started with an 8x8 canvas board and the Grunge Paste.

I'm actually using the reverse of the board and both text and image stencils.

Both stencils are by Sara Naumann - I like her designs. I don't know what it is, they just appeal to me, maybe because they contain different shapes and elements so you can use them whole or just in sections.


I wanted to get some colour on so have stamped right over the stencilling.

I don't bother with a block for this, just dip in the paint and go for it.

The stamps used here are Ink and the Dog. Love how the paint colours work so well together.

The baubles were stamped in coordinating inks and then painted with the same colours, using a stamping platform. Leave the stamps on there. To add some shimmer and shine I thought I'd overstamp with foiling gel. I used Rich Hobby 3D Relief Foil Paste. You could also use a sticky embossing powder.


Dab on lightly, let dry slightly...

...and then rub on the foil:

I was really pleased with the detail it picked up. 
I love the way these baubles have got dimension - you can see the curve.

You can add foiling to the Grunge Paste in the same way. Reapply the stencil and sponge on the foiling medium.

Don't expect perfect coverage - you're going for a textured effect.

Add definition with a Posca pen.

I wasn't sure if I liked that after I'd done it, so smudged it out a little.

I made a larger bauble using the same techniques.

And went to town blinging it up!

Bling the three smaller ones and wire them up.

You can really pick out the foiling here.

I decided to make the big bauble because it fits well into the circular stencilling...

..and you can get more bling on!

Finishing touches.

I have to admit when I thought of baubles and bling in June, my heart sank just a teeny bit. However it proved to be a really fun project, in part I suspect, because of all the bling and also because I used colours that were different for me. 
I also discovered that you can stamp and stencil with the foiling gel and get a good image, a technique I'm definitely going to use again. It also works really well with embellishments - see the foiled metal name plate. 
Believe it or not, the silk ties on the side go back to a project I made last year - the typography art doll with the torn silk skirt. Knew the scraps would come in useful!
Hope this has inspired you to get out your Ink and the Dog stamps (some wonderful images there) and your bling!