Thursday, 26 April 2018

Snippets #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been digging into my boxes of snippets and I have stamped images, die cut then stencilled and from all of those little snippets and very old stash items I created this card …

A 148mm square card
Lots of lovely texture too
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
A Inky Mess Challenge #20 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes 

Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge



I stamped the flowers onto three different sized pieces of white card snippets so was able to use up some small pieces creating this card. I used a larger snippet to die cut the stitched banner and after I had cut it I applied texture paste to it. The texture paste on the banner has taken on the colours of the inks used on the card but in muted tones. As I was experimenting with the layout of this card I realised that the stickers would work perfectly with it as would the doily. The doily was white so I coloured that with Peacock Feathers distress ink pad. The doily and stickers are more recently found old stash that just seemed to work with this card so I am a happy bunny because I used both old stash and snippets lol!

Once I had stamped the flowers onto the white snippets I coloured them with my Polychromo pencils and fussy cut them out leaving a white border so that they would stand out from the patterned paper. I then decided to colour the white border with a similar shade of blue ink that is on the banner die cut and that has worked beautifully. The Polychromo pencils are a newish acquisition and I am experimenting colouring with them. I have to say that I am happy with the finished flowers, which is a change for me with my colouring 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:
Leonie Pujol Entwined Collection: Beautiful Bloom stamp set
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Lace
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs: Stitched Nesting Banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Prima 6x6” patterned paper
Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Antique Linen; Peacock Feathers
Distress Re-inkers: Salty Ocean; Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry
Polychromo pencils
Embellishments:
Stickers and paper doily from my very old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Black, White and one other version 2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been inking and stamping a couple of new stamps to see how they look. To be honest this stamping was going to be just a practice project and I didn’t think it would be good enough to use on a card but wham the stamps clicked with me immediately and the idea in my head was what I stamped firsst try, anyway here is my card …

A 148mm square card
Good to post
All the stamped details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Artastic Challenge April Black, White & One Other

Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes



Penny Black & More Challenge Black, White and one other
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes optional twist spring flowers


I recently purchased a new to me Penny Black wood mounted stamp. A very lucky find on Ebay that just happened to be a bargain too, lol! I really do wish that I could find these Penny Black brushstroke stamps at a bargain price more often! Anyway the stamp was mounted on a wood block and I knew that when I received it I would probably remove it from the mount because I wanted to use it in my MISTI and it is easier to ink up the stamp with multiple colours in my MISTI. When I took the stamp out of the package it was hanging off the mount which was a real time saving bonus.

I used my Versafine grey ink pad with a new set of Tim Holtz stamps to stamp the background by stamping first onto scrap paper then onto the card and I dried the ink. I used some very cheap WH Smith brush tip felt pens to ink up the stems in black and the flowers in red. I then stamped the iris but the ink had dried so I lightly sprayed the stamp with water and stamped again and achieved a lovely juicy black and red iris. I left the stamp in position and painted the iris flowers with Luminarte H2O Twinling watercolours in a lovely deep rich red and stamped the flowers again, I repeated these steps four more times so that there were five iris flowers stamped onto the panel and I left it to dry.

The next day I trimmed the stamped panel to size and wrapped the rich red velvet ric rac on one of the sides, securing the ribbon on the back of the panel with double sided tape. I trimmed a snippet of black card to fit on the front of a 148mm square card and glued that in position before gluing the stamped panel. I decided not to add any die cuts or sentiments because I wanted the iris flowers to be the star of this card and I think I achieved that lol! You will be seeing much more of this stamp, it’s stunning and works beautifully with my old and new Penny Black stamps. 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 2663K Single Iris wood mounted stamp
Tim Holtz CMS241 Ledger Script cling stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: grey
Luminarte H2O Watercolours: red
Brush tip felt pens
Embellishments:
Velvet ric rac ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape


Monday, 23 April 2018

April Tag #4 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with my stamps and stencils and I created what I think is a beautifiul tag and here it is …

A mixed media tag, incorporating acrylic paints, distress re-inkers, ink pads, resist spray, watercolour paints, a stencil and two stamps - not too much then lol!
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the details
The beautiful bird
I managed to capture some of the sparkle

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #464 Pearls
Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes 

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes optional spring flowers
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Flower Power 
Southern Girls Challenge Triple F: I went with florals 
Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge April Springtime


After creating this tag I’ve now realised I want to create a canvas just like this too. I’m just not sure I can do it or if it’s in my skills to do it lol! I love the lovely softs pinks and lilacs on the background tag and then the two layers of stamping on the white watercolour paper gives it interest and makes that stamped panel really pop. I used one of my air dry clay birds and even as I am typing this my brain is whirring away trying to figure out a way to have the stamping and the background on the one panel – I have to go play now 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:
Prima Finnabair Elementals 6½” x 10¼” Harlequins stencil
Penny Black Brushstrokes Half Tone Slapstick Magnolia Rhapsody (40 535) cling stamp
La Blanche silicone stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; silicone mould

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: watercolour card for stamping
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Worn Lipstick
Distress re-inkers: Peacock Feathers; Shaded Lilac; Picked Raspberry
Pebeo acrylic paints: brown; buff; gold; pink
Embellishments:
Air Dry Clay
Velvet ribbon
Self adhesive pearls
White sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue

Thursday, 19 April 2018

It's a complimentary colour palette ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I wanted to create another non card project and unusually for me I remembered to photograph it before adding the die cuts, anyway here it is before …

A 15cm square panel
 
Lots of lovely textural details
And here it is after ...
Love the new die cutters!
Lots of lovely texture and depth
Lots of lovely bold bright flowers!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Bling it Up
I’ve used a recycled panel 
Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes optional dies/punches
 


I am seriously hoping this fits the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, because I am seriously challenging myself creating these off the page projects incorporating lots of texture and lots of colour. I deliberately created a project with lots of jewel tones by using the following colours: turquoise blue, emerald green, peridot green, garnet, ruby red and a smidge of gold and I also added amethyst coloured die cut butterflies so there is plenty of jewel tone colour in this project.

I’ve been unhappy with some of my older mixed media projects because the acrylic paints look they have a plastic film on top. I was bemoaning this fact to my lovely hubby so he told me to purchase some non plastic like acrylic paints. I wanted to try the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints because I have heard nothing but good things about them so I purchased a couple to try and loved them. Then lovely Hubby purchased me several more, lol, so a huge thank you goes to my lovely hubby! I know I am lucky and spoilt because he encourages my artistic side and I try to not take that for granted.


This is my first proper project with these paints and I have to say they are awesome! Such rich or soft colours that cover beautifully. I love the fact that they are matt paints and that they are opaque or semi opaque or translucent and you can use them to create washes! I should have invested earlier in these awesome paints! 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:
Tim Holtz THS077 Floral Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz 661190 Wildflowers Thinlits die set
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
MDF 150mm square plaque
Snippets: velvet paper (butterflies); Sheena stamping card (die cut flowers)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints: Turquoise; Tinned Peas; London Bus
DoCrafts gold acrylic paint
Spectrum Noir Sparkle 2016 Holiday pen set
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo gesso
Pebeo texture paste
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Black, white and one other

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve had an experimental stamping session layering stamped images and I added a little stencilling detail in at the end for a change and here is what I created …

An A5ish tag
Lots of lovely texture and details
All the details
The beautiful stamp
The final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #463 Spring Flowers

Artastic Challenge April Black, White & One Other


Creatalicious Challenge #137 Anything Goes optional dies/punches

Penny Black & More Challenge Black, White & One Other
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes optional spring flowers


Here’s my steps:
1. Cut A4 card to A5.
2. Ink up an old background stamp with Pumice Stone Distress ink pad and cover the whole piece, inking up in between each stamping.
3. I dried the ink.
4. I put the Penny Black cling stamp into my MISTI and I inked up the branches and leaves with a black felt tip pen and I stamped the image. The felt tip had dried so I lightly sprayed it with water and stamped again and it worked beautifully.
5. I carefully removed the background card from the MISTI and dried the stamped image. I returned the card to the MISTI.
6. Very gently and very carefully I cleaned the Penny Black stamp with a baby wipe and then inked up the stamp with Twinkling H2O watercolour and I stamped it. Again the paint had dried a little bit so I sprayed the stamp with water and stamped again and achieved lovely pink blossoms.
7. I removed the card from the MISTI and dried the stamped image. I returned the card to the MISTI.
8. I cleaned the Penny Black stamp thorougly and repositioned it for where I wanted the second stamped image to go. I then followed steps 4-6 again, being very careful not to move or knock the stamp.
9. I removed the background card from the MISTI and dried the final stamped image.
10. I cut the tag to size then I used ink blending tool and foam along with Pumice Stone Distress ink on all of the edges. I lightly sprayed the whole tag with a layer of water and then dried it immediately.
11. I attached the Penny Black stencil to the tag and added Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint through the stencil and left it to dry.
12. I tied a Bakers Twine bow, glued it in position and then added three white sequins and three white pearls and the tag was finished.


I learnt from the steps of creating this tag. The felt tip ink spread a lot more rapidly than I expected, however, thankfully I had a tissue ready to mop the excess water. In the end I actually love how the felt tip ink has spread out and how it looks – it works perfectly for my oriental inspired tag lol! I stamped the background with a light ink and then overstamped with another stamp – oh my goodness why have I never tried that before!?!! It’s gorgeous and gives so much more depth. The final thing I learnt was to not leave it so long in between bouts of using open tubs of paste or crackle paste as it has a habit of drying up 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:
Penny Black 40-535 Magnolia Rhapsody halftone slapstick cling stamp
Penny Black Intertwined 4” x 7” stencil
La Blanche silicone script stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Pumice Stone
Black Felt Tip pen
Twinkling H2O watercolour
Embellishments:
Baker’s Twine
White sequins
White half pearls
Adhesives/Mediums:
Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint
Collall all purpose glue