Thursday, 22 March 2018

A Gothic Shrine

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I have something a bit different to share with you today, a dimentional Gothic scene that I have created featuring the fabulous Illusionary Artists stamps by Andy Skinner.  I have used stamps from the Gothic Grunge and Spook sets, and some gorgeous stamps from Chocolate Baroque's Gothic Fragments set, for the background I used a tree from the Spooky Tree set by Sheena Douglass; I also used Distress Oxide ink, Distress ink, Black and Sepia Versafine ink, Pebeo Dyna paints, Pebeo Deco Cream paint, clear embossing powder, silver Softform Paste, black gesso, Sparkle pen, alcohol pens, red Stickles; an MDF shrine from Crafty Individuals, a brickwork stencil, bramble dies and a tea light from my stash.  

 I began by giving the MDF pieces a coat of gesso, when that had dried I painted them with grey Deco Creme paint.

I spread the Softform paste over the Andy Skinner stamps as I wanted textured images for my artwork.  I left them to dry overnight then peeled the paste from the stamps.  All the detail of the stamps had been reproduced in a silver, flexible, dimentional medium.  I then trimmed off any excess with scissors, and dry brushed a little black gesso onto the shaded areas to emphasize their darkness.  I stamped the stone crosses in black ink onto white card and embossed them in clear powder.  I then used DOs to colour them and cut them out.

Next I took a piece of copy paper and painted it with gold Dyna paint.  I used an almost dry brush as I wanted an uneven, distressed effect.  I then used Sepia Versafine ink to stamp several  CB images, to give a Gothic church effect for the inside of the box. When the ink was dry I  cut the paper into panels to fit the box.

I wanted the inside of the shrine to look as old and distressed as the outside so I took a dry brush again with black gesso and applied it to the bottom of the box, to give the effect of damp and mould.  

I used a brickwork stencil from my stash to apply black gesso mixed with brown acrylic paint to the MDF pieces.  This is the start of my 'old brickwork' effect for the outsides of the shrine.  When the paint was dry I sponged some green Dyna paint all over the top of the stencilling to give an eerie irridescent glow to the shrine, as if some glowing moss had attached itself to the brickwork!  I attached the arched front to the box, then I used dies to cut some brambles out of white card which I then coloured with alcohol pens before attaching to the MDF. 

For the next part of the project I took an ordinary battery operated tea light and painted the base with black gesso.  I then took the silver paste skulls and attached them to the base, and added gems to the eye sockets to make them look like spooky glowing eyes.

Now it was time to attach the other silver paste embellishments to the shrine, I put one of the windows inside the shrine and the other one fitted nicely onto the arch.  I attached the Gargoyle /Demon to some card to strengthen it and attached that to the top of the arch, as though the Gargoyle/Demon had come to life and perched on the roof.  I added red Stickles to the eyes because ALL Demons have red eyes lol!  

I attached the stone crosses to the front , placing them amongst the brambles.

I decided to create a background scene for my shrine, I wanted a creepy, deserted old graveyard scene.  I took a piece of white card cut to size and stamped a knarly old tree image and the stone crosses in black ink, then embossed them with clear powder.  I then used masking fluid to mask all the images.  I used a dark blue Sparkle pen to colourwash the top half of the card as a night sky, Distress Oxide to create a hill in the distance, and a dark green aqua pen to create a grassy foreground. I used a wide paint brush to create the background scene, and I created the effect of long grass by flicking the brush upwards lightly when applying the aqua pen.  When all the inks are dry I removed the masking fluid and coloured the tree with an alcohol pen.  I coloured the crosses with DOs.  To create the moon I faux bleached a circle amongst the branches of the tree before removing the masking fluid.  I added clear Sparkle pen to make my moon shine.

I attached the background panel to some stiff card to add strength, then attached that to the shrine.  Here are some close- ups of the completed project from different aspects.

I have had an absolute BLAST creating this shrine project!  As those of you who visit my blog reularly will know - I LOVE mixed media, as soon as I saw these Andy Skinner stamps I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  I'm so pleased with the result - it's just as I envisaged it would be.  I made all this up from an idea in my head, no patterns, no guide - this is how I like to work.  The only pre-determined thing is the MDF shrine, I created everything else to fit around that.
Thank you very much for dropping in today, perhaps you'd be kind enough to leave me a comment.  I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :)   

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Distant Folly.

Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing another sample card from the CB tv shows which aired in February, featuring the beautiful Scenic Countryside stamps.  I have used stamps from the Sunburst Scenes, Country Views, Landscape Edges, and Fantasy Woodland, sets; alcohol markers and Distress Inks, Brushos, black Versafine ink, white charcoal.

I took a piece of white card and stamped the wall image with black Versafine along the bottom edge, masked it and stamped it again to extend the wall.  I removed the mask then used a paintbrush to add water to the stones and sprinkled black Brusho over the wall.  I wanted to have the effect of exploding colour but with more control.  I let the paint dry then masked the wall again to protect it.  

Next I stamped images of the Folly, the sun, the bridge and some trees to create a scene, and I used a black liner pen to connect the images and create some hills. 

I used alcohol markers to colour the images and the scene, adding shading where the images have dots and lines.  I added some clouds to the sky with white charcoal and some highlights on the river, then removed the mask from the wall, blended black DI around the edges of the panel and matted it onto black card.

I stamped a sentiment onto one of the hills in black Versafine ink.  I then took a white basecard and stamped several small worker images around the edges of the card using DIs, and blended ink along the very edges.  I then attached the focal panel.

This card is a great design for any occasion, and male and female cards.  I really enjoyed creating this design, these beautiful stamps make it easy to create scenes, and by changing colours you can choose any season for your scene.
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post, I'd love it if you leave me a comment and do pop in again  :)     

Monday, 12 March 2018

Morning Glory

Hello there and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing one of my samples from the February CB tv shows featuring the gorgeous Scenic Countryside stamps.  I used images from the Landscape Edges and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle sets; Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Black Soot and Wilted Violet, black Versafiine ink,  clear embossing powder,  a stencil from my stash.  

I began as always by working out a design using paper examples of the images.

On a piece of white card I stamped the country sunrise edge in black ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I then placed the sun ray stencil on the card and applied DIs through it.

I stamped the clouds edge with DI along the top of the panel then stamped and embossed  some birds  in black.

I matted the focal panel onto black card.  I took a white base card and stamped silhouette trees from the Country Views set along the top and bottom edges of the card in black ink.  

I added a sentiment in black ink to the focal panel. 

I'm really pleased with how this card has turned out.  I love the bright, cheerful feel that I have acomplished with these colours.  This design is a great card for any recipient celebrating a variety of occasions.
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post - pop in again soon!  :)

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Walk in the Moonlight

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing one of my tv samples from the Chocolate Baroque shows last month featuring the lovely Scenic and Countryside stamps.  I have used a stamp from the Landscape Edges, Silhouette Grasses and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle sets: black Versafine ink, Versamark ink, white charcoal, clear embossing powder, silver gilding wax, silver marker pen, silver embossing powder and dies from my stash.

I began with a piece of black card and stamped the image with Versamark ink, then embossed it with clear powder.  

I then used white charcoal to create a background of a large moon and some clouds.  I love using the white charcoals, especially for clouds as they naturally give a 'fluffy' texture.  I smudged the clouds a little with my finger and added highlights .

On some spare black card I die cut some branches and foliage then added silver gilding wax to them.

Next I took a white base card and stamped several images from the Sihouette Grasses set around the edges of the card.  I used black Versafine ink with first, second and third generation ink.  

I used a silver pen around the edges of the focal panel then matted it onto another piece of black card, and attached that to the base card.  I then attached the die cut branches and foliage.

On a spare piece of black card I stamped a sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with silver powder.  I cut the card into a banner shape and edged it with silver pen, before attaching it to the card.

I had a ball creating this card!  I love working with a limited pallette every now and again, and black and white designs are one of my favourite choices.  I also love creating moonlit scenes too as they are so atmospheric.  This is a lovely design that can be adapted for any occasion and any recipient.
Thank you so much for popping by today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and you'll call in again soon  :)