Sunday, 15 April 2018

Floral Bookmark

Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a sweet little Vintage Bookmark to share with you today, I created it for the CBDT blog '15 Minute Cards' post today.  I have used just one stamp from the Serenity set; colouring pencils, grey Versafine ink, some lace, fibres and a button from my stash.

I often have strips of card left over from cutting a panel or whatever, and I NEVER throw anything away - which is probably why I can't get into my craft room half the time lol!  I took one such strip of Neena Dessert Storm colouring Kraft card and stamped a beautiful Water Lilly image with grey ink.  I then coloured the image with pencils, shading and blending where necessary.

Next I added a piece of lace from my stash.  I used red double sided tape to attach it to the back of the focal panel, as I find that this tape is the quickest and best way to attach things like ribbons, lace etc.  I then took a little button in a contrasting colour, threaded a piece of fibre through it and  tied a knot.  I then attached the button to the lace, and matted the panel onto another piece of spare card which was slightly bigger than the panel and longer.

I cut the corners off the longer end, punched a hole and threaded some more fibres through it.

I'm really pleased with the result of this little project.  It's quick and simple to create; it's a great way to use up all those spare strips of card, and they make lovely presents or keepsakes.  Of course you can use any stamped image you like, any colours and whatever media you like - pens, pencils, paints etc.  You can also personalize them on the back with the recipients name.  
Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :) 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Tag from the Orient

Hi and welcome to my blog  :)    I have another sample from the Chocolate Baroque 'Eastern' shows last month to share with you today.  For this project I have used stamps from the Eastern Grasses and Artistic Affirmations sets; Distress Oxide inks, black Versafine ink, gold pen, gold Liquid Pearls, gold and black Stickles, dies and embellishments from my stash.

 I took a piece of white card and blended the inks onto it, then used a large tag die to cut it.  I stamped some grasses along the bottom of the tag and on both sides of the top in black ink.  I stamped a word at the top of the tag and a bird next to it.  I added gold Liquid Pearls around the images and added gold pen around the edges of the tag.  I then took a piece of acetate and stamped the image of the grasses in a frame in black ink, and embossed it with clear powder.  I cut the acetate into a strip a little bigger than the stamped image and wider than the tag by about half an inch each side.  I scored the acetate, a little bit in from the edges, and attached it to the tag with red double sided tape.  The acetate forms a dome over the stamped grasses on the tag.  I added black Stickles to the flowers for extra sparkle and texture.  I then matted the tag onto black card and cut around it leaving a border.

I then punched a hole in the top of the tag and added a chinese coin and some coloured fibres to finish the tag.  This pretty tag would make a lovely present, a piece of home decor or a door hanger.
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Oriental Garden

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a lovely card to share with you today, one of my samples for the Chocolate Baroque 'Eastern' shows last month.  I have used stamps from the Eastern Grasses, Serenity and Artistic Affirmations sets; Distress Oxide Inks, Versamark ink, black Versafine ink, gold embossing powder, gold pen, gold Liquid Pearls and a stencil from my stash.

Next I stamped the focal images that I wanted to use onto white card  and embossed them in gold.  I then coloured the images using the same inks as I used for the background, except the lady's skin which I coloured with alcohol pens.  

I took a white base card and stamped foliage and small swirls along both sides of the card using one of the inks, then blended the same ink around all the edges.

I matted the background panel onto black card and then attached it to the base card.  

I then attached the focal images to the card with 3D glue.  

I stamped a word in a top corner of the background panel with black ink and added gold Liquid Pearls around it.

I wanted to create a sense of calm for this card, with the Serene lady meditating in a cool, calming garden.  I have LOVED creating with these beautiful stamps, they are so versatile that I think they would suit any occasion and recipient.
Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :)  

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Unlock Your Destiny

Hello there, welcome to my blog  :)  I have another piece of mixed media art to share with you today, a canvas featuring the fabulous Andy Skinner Illusionary Artists stamps.  I have used stamps from the Gothic Grunge and Spook sets and also from Andy's Steampunk set; Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints, black gesso, Pebeo gilding waxes, white embossing powder, Versamark ink, black Softform paste, black sand texture paste; acetate, wooden cogs, a stencil,clay and metal embellishments from my stash.  

I began by taking a white canvas board and arranging the various elements and stamps  that I wanted to use for this project on it.  I moved them about until I was happy with the composition then I took a photo so that I would remember where everything went.  I added some white texture paste through a brickwork stencil and let it dry.  

I took a couple of architectral images and spread black Softform paste over them, then left them overnight to dry completely.  When dry I just peeled the paste off the stamps and all the detail of the stamps had been captured in 3D. 


Meanwhile I had been busy whilst waiting for the paste to dry, I attached all the embellishments to the canvas and painted everything with black gesso.   I added the metal bird when the paint was dry.  

I wanted to add some stamped images too, one of which was a clock from the Steampunk stamp set.   I decided to stamp all the images that I was going to use onto acetate, and heat emboss them in white.  I wanted some texture behind the clockface and to have it in 3D from the canvas, so I drew around the stamped and embossed image which I had already cut out, onto a piece of cardboard.  I cut the circle out and peeled some of the top layer of card from it.  I then painted it in black gesso and attached it to the canvass.  

I wanted to add some rough, almost rusty texture to the cogs and the clock, so I added a little black sand texture paste to them and left it to dry. 

 Once all the paint and texture pastes were dry it was time to add some colour.  Using the dry brush technique I added some  Red Blue Dyna paint to the stencilled wall and the die cut wall.

I used metallic copper paint on the cogs, clock and tree, and gold on the single clay face and the padlock. I also added a little gold paint to the texture paste wall.  If there was any colour where I didn't want it I just painted black gesso over it.

The next step was to add silver gilding wax to create some highlights to the different textures.   

I also added silver gilding wax to the Softform paste embellishments which really brought all the lovely details of the stamps out.  I then attached them to the canvas.

On a piece of Kraft card I stamped the Ouija board image and embossed it in white EP.  I tore the edges of the card and blended Vintage Photo DI onto them.  I then attached it to the canvas, and added the rest of the stamped images on acetate.  

And here is the finished canvas.  I have had so much fun creating this, doing all the techniques, making the embellishments, and playing with colours.  I love mixed media and it is a while since I created something like this.  I have loved playing with Andy's stamps too of course!  I like to try and find different ways to use all my stamps, and these images  have lots of detail and interest which have enabled me to adapt them to create this lovely mixed media piece.
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back again soon  :)