Thursday, 18 September 2014

rubbernecker poppy

I was playing with the rubbernecker Poppy stamp day before yesterday and it's not quite as it seems.. it looks to be a solid silhouette on the petal part but it's not there's a very fine texture so I thought today I'd see how it inked up with different mediums.

This is a close up of using 2 red distress paints on a craftmat, squidged about a bit then stamped into.  

With the benefit of hindsight I'd have used the paint rather than SU real red inkpad on this brusho marbled background.  Bit gutted because I left all the pieces I marbled on the demo table at Taunton last Sunday.  If I try to zoom in on the texture the camera thinks it's a blur but in reality it's a very fine woven material texture which lessons the impact of a stamp pad ink.

Epic fail, and one that will teach me not to look at my pc screen when I have stamp in hand just because I've had a fb message ping.  Not thinking went on and stamped the sentiment upside down lol.  this was using 3 red Tombow type markers and huffing on the stamp.  Again I had the textured weave but was able to use a damp brush and blend the texture away. 

I think the general guide with this stamp is if you want a more even coverage you have to have the stamp wetter than before, either with paint or with misting.  If you want impressionist style, be a bit more heavy handed with the mist/paint.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

3rd in one day

 I'm definitely on a roll at the moment, 3 cards in one day and there's a couple more drying at the mo!

This one uses my newest stamp, Poppy from Rubbernecker bought from Oysterstamps.  It's a 2 part stamp and I dry sprinkled vermillion & scarlet brusho crystals directly on to the rubber and misted lightly before stamping.  Once dry I used my stamp positioner and added in the stems and vague outline in black versafine.

The script background is a very old magnolia stamp, the border a stampin up wheel.  Poppy Parade ink (seemed appropriate) and a Sue Wilson bow die.

same card two looks

One of our playday rules is if you go to a craftshow you have to bring something you've made using a new purchase to the next playday.  So seeing as I organise playday I have to lead by example and make something.

Despite playing with brushos so much lately I'm still in love with them big time and decided to see if they'd make a decent inkpad.  I didn't have any felt here so went with a folded dried up babywipe and sprinkled a few blue & purples over the surface before misting with water.

Because I wanted to challenge the paints I used my new wishing willow tree from Inkylicious.  This was the 3rd impression I'd taken with the pad, it wasn't the easiest stamps to get a good impression (I tried later with versafine) but it gave me the soft partially stamped effect I was looking for. 

I also used the "inkpad" to stamp on a strip of waste with some butterflies, and although you can't see it I screwed up the babywipe, gave a slight mist and used it to pounce lightly on some more card and stamped the Lily Of the Valley sentiment, it reads wishing you a magical birthday which I felt was very apt for the tree. The background card has been clingfilm veined with pale blue and pink perfect pearls, barely shows here and it's not as noticeable irl as I wanted.  Overall I'm fairly happy with the card, which is on an 8" base.

This is the same layout courtesy of sketchandstash challenge blog and using the same stamps.

This time I used a clingfilmed background of sandstone, light brown and yellow ochre with a gold perfect pearls.  Stamped with black versafine and I've glittered several of the beads on the tree with a soft gold glitter.  The background is actually cream with gold perfect pearls clingfilmed veins but the camera doesnt seem to like fine detail when it's layered, the glitter dots on the tree arent showing either.  Finally to finish off I cut 3 strips of brown stardream and the bow from another new purchase from Sue Wilson & Creative Expressions.

Monday, 15 September 2014

fab time at Sincerely Yours

I had a really great day yesterday at the Sincerely Yours show in Taunton, bit unusual though.  I normally go down with Jackie, June & Tracy but now my daughter mans the tea & coffee stand there's not really room in one car and to just tip the decision into taking 2 cars our other friend Sher was in need of a lift.  Normally she goes with her daughter but said daughter was leaving on her honeymoon that day and didn't want to take her.. bloomin ungrateful wretch wasn't flying out til 10pm she had plenty of time ;o)  lol.

So decision made I left early with Tiz and sort of pretended to help her set up for a few mins before the goodies were calling my name. 

I had said I wasn't going to buy any more prima dolls but Kitty had these reduced to £4 so it would have been rude not to buy any ;o)

Poor photo but the top stencil is a stylised teasel from Sweet Poppy, Mushroom houses below and one of Sue Wilsons paper bow dies.

These are my absolute favourite buys, Rubbernecker flower stamps and a Willow stamp from Inkylicious.  It shouldn't really look like this and somewhere on the floor at the show is the wrapper....  I didn't pinch it and it wasn't taken out the wrapper because I was pulling that old chestnut.. "I've had it for ages" routine.  But about an hour before I was chatting with Tracey while she was demoing brushos and she needed a loo break so asked if I'd step in for 5 minutes.  Well, she'd been demoing sprinkling brushos directly on to a red rubber leaf stamp, misting then stamping so I took a deep breath and had a go as well.  Must admit every time I stamped I had fingers crossed, metaphorically speaking, because not only was the light not great but I didn't have my specs and couldn't see if I had actually sprinkled any colour on the stamp!  Didn't help that Tracey had forgot the blocks so I was stamping freehand lol.  One of the ladies watching was quite impressed, or at least she gave that impression, and asked if it would work on clear or detailed stamps.  I couldn't see any of either in Traceys demo stash so seeing as I was buying the willow stamp any way thought I'd give it a go and grabbed one off of the stand... nowt like falling flat on your face in a totally untested demo lol.  As it turns out it did work though, it wasn't as impressive as using the chunky leaf stamp and the delicateness wasn't as obvious but it worked and I could breath a sigh of relief lol.

and my last purchases, I seem to be in a seasidey mood lately so added a sheet of indigo blu stamps to my collection and finally bit the bullet and bought the spellbinders tool to help clean the bits left in dies.  I've seen Martine use it loads and am always wishing I'd bought it next time I use fiddly dies so fingers crossed I don't lose it in amongst the chaos that is the playroom.

Fab day, spent with fab friends and fab stash to play with when I get chance, what could be better than that lol.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

clingfilm meets brushos

Well the caught in acetate didnt work very well with the brushos, they're too intense for the look I was aiming for, could have been that I was too heavy handed or that I really should have got proper wrapping tissue not kitchen towel.  The one that I flooded did lose the effect I wanted so I doubt I'll revisit the technique with them.

Back to playing with clingfilm as I'd enjoyed it so much and was determined this time to actually make a card rather than just post pics of the papers which you can't really see on screen anyway.This one was made with spring, leaf & olive greens.  Firstly I sprayed the clingfilm with biscotti perfect pearls mist, sprinkled the crystals, scrunched around a bit and left to dry.  It was only ever intended to be used for diecutting not as a background but I did make me wonder what I was going to use as a background for the card.

I had a bit of a eureka moment then.. cream card with mild gold streaks to complement the veins in this one, but how to do it... easy peasy when you think about it... clingfilm technique but with just the perfect pearls spray.

One spritz and a while later I had a square large enough to be the backing sheet and a strip to stamp the sentiment on.

Yet again blogger is rotating the image, grr.

The flower in the middle is a Tim Holtz tattered pinecone die that I used to cut some sandstone, yellow ochre & dark brown clingfilmed card.
Quick double bow from ribbon I've had in my stash for years, bit of matting and layering with a soft gold stardream and one finished card.
It's make your own background as this weeks challenge on Simon Says Stamp so I think this fits the bill lol.

Edited to add I've found how to cure the rotating pic problem.  When you go to insert a pic if it looks as though it's been rotated don't insert it, just go to your picasa album in another tab ( find the pic in amongst the folders, rotate and save it.  Now go back to the blogger tab and go to insert again, this time chose to upload from your picasa album and chose the pic you've just saved.

Monday, 8 September 2014

more brusho play

I havent had a lot of time to play in the last week, the chaos that was the rewire is still in force and with no end in sight.  On the upside Ade has now cleared a lot of his junk out of the box room ready for Nates cot, and hopefully some of his art supplies.  Box room is next to my playroom so it's going to be even easier to pinch borrow his stuff ;o)

As I'm typing this I've got a couple of experiments drying (going to take several hours) but I'll let you in on one.. I'm trying the brushos with floor polish aka caught in crystal technique.  I did have an omg this is going to be way too dark moment but it seems as though a lot of the colour is going to disappear into the excess tissue (I shouldn't have used so much polish.. oops) I "think" this is going to be one where you add a very thin layer of polish and sprinkle the powder on top rather than mist the acetate with perfect pearls, add colour then polish.  Mind you I managed to get a really cool effect when I was pouring the polish over, don't think it's going to survive the drying but we'll see.

Anyway I did get chance to play around this week and thought I'd have a go at being a "proper Artiste" lol.  Started off with a dl sized strip of white stamping card and I roughly coloured in a tree trunk with white wax crayon.  Next I used a large wet paint brush and coloured in a sort of circle at the top of the trunk, sprinkled a couple of the greens over the central area before a very light mist and a wobble.  Once this had dried I coloured in the rest of the area including over the trunk with plenty of water and sprinkled over cobalt blue & turquoise, a more generous mist and more vigorous wobble to blend.  Once dry you could see where I hadnt coloured in the trunk properly (where there's some blue splodges) but in the main it was nearly all white where the wax had resisted the paint.  Would have looked daft if I'd left it so I very carefully used my nails to gently scratch down the trunk to remove most of the crayon before going over with my favourite water, sprinkle wobble using sandstone and dark brown. 

Quick stamp with some black versafine, lavina toadstools and seaweed (I didnt have my specs on lol) and (I think basic grey) fairy.  I took the pic while the tag was still damp and have since added glamour dust fairy trails.  Renoir I'm not lol, in fact I think I'd even be booted out of nursery school art classes but I did have some fun with this one and I think the wax crayons will make a reappearance soon, possibly in connection with some wax paper embossing folder resist...

This one is where I curse and bemoan how difficult it is to get a true pic when using micas.  In real life these look like fantasy marbles with veins of shimmer running through them.  You'll just have to take my word for it this time.

For those who know the clingfilm ripple technique this is attempting it using perfect pearl biscotti mist and brushos.

The first one uses a blue, purple and an edging of red, sprinkled over some sort of scrunched up and smoothed out cling film before the card is pressed into place, turned up the right way and left to dry naturally.. (no speeding up with the heat gun and no pulling off the plastic every five minutes to see if it's dry yet, leave it alone for a few hours.)  Most people lift the cling film, turn over and lay on the card.. if I did it that way I know I'd end up dropping it straight in my lap lol.

The 2nd one uses gamboge and a red with the same technique but instead of using cling film I went with a plastic carrier bag that had been scrunched up and kept in a pot with all the other gazillion bags waiting for Jane to smuggle over the border into Wales.  Probably not visible in the pics but using the clingfilm gave me much closer together veins of shimmer and because it's see through you can push and prod the cling film around to concentrate and highlight areas. 

Regular readers will know I love my biscotti mist, doesnt clog and it's a nice subtle effect and for this it's even more luscious.  Never noticed it when spraying over coloured backgrounds but with this technique & these colours it appears silvery with the purples & blues but golden with the yellows & oranges.

On a slightly different note, storage.. if you're going to puncture a hole in the top of these pots it's most important to keep them from falling over and wasting precious crystals.  I used my trusty scal to come up with dividers to fit in to a5 storage boxes for them.  I've not quite worked out how to add svg files here so have converted it to a black & white jpg for anyone that uses a digi diecutter.

I never did like cutting thin lines to score because it weakens the fold so use small white dots as a scoring guide, this is my easy way to see where I need a ruler and stylus and it's not noticeable on the finished project.  This was created at 90dpi and was drawn to exact size, you might want to do a right click save target or email me for the svg.  You will also need to cut into the corner along the fold lines.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

experimenting with brushos

Warning, wordy & photo intensive post coming up, going to be written over a week or so so please forgive any jumping about and big spaces where the photos haven't stayed in alignment with text.

Back on our "girls wot behaves disgracefully in craft shops tour of Kent & Sussex 2014"  I treated myself Ade to a full set of Brusho paints at Oysterstamps.  For those that have never heard of them they're tiny little pots of crystalised paint pigment, each crystal is smaller than a grain of salt and often looks more like a speck of dust than a crystal.  The pots are extremely well priced (about £1.40 each) and the crystals are absolutely colour intensive, a teeny tiny amount goes a huge long way.  I cut tiny circles of card (so I could see the colours) and stuck them on the lids before piercing a hole to sprinkle them from.  Even with a tiny hole I can still be a bit heavy handed so am seriously glad Tracey told me to do this instead of opening the lid.

The crystals can be mixed with water in a dish to create a normal water colour paint (boring I hear everyone say) or they can be used dry..  when sprinkled on wet card the crystals suddenly release their colour which spreads out leaving minature blooms. Or you can sprinkle on wet or dry card and mist with water, not only will the colour release but this way you'll get a tiny tail appear from the crystal and depending on how much moisture you've sprayed you can play around with drips and run lines.  Still sounding a bit boring?  Well here's the weird thing.. when mixed with  water they're exactly the colour it says on the tub but when used as a crystal the secondary colours (purples, oranges, greens) split into the different component colours.  There's no way of knowing or even replicating how the crystals fall on to the card so the result will always be a surprise, even if you have got a good idea how it's going to come out.  Must add in, there is a thickening gel that you can use with the paints but I didn't bother getting any and haven't a clue what or why it's used.  I'll ask Martine & Tracey when I see them at the Sincerely Yours show at Taunton in 2 weeks lol.  Just like any other watercolour paints the effects and results will vary depending on the surface you are adding them to, watercolour paper will give a softer fuller blend than a highly pressed smooth cardstock.  For my experiments I've gone with a smooth highly pressed (and relatively cheap) white stamping card from Annamarie.  This isn't a great card for using with cricuts and trimmers because it blunts the blades very quickly and it's too thin for boxes but I thought I'd picked up of their old thick 300gsm white card and I have some (3 full reams, sob) that I wont really use for much other than inking on.

Very quick swatch to show what I mean with 3 secondary colours, purple which is made with red & blue, green which is made with yellow and blue, and orange which is made with yellow and red.  You might want to click to enlarge the pic as it shows better detail.

First column is the pure colour made by sprinkling on to dry card and using a damp brush to activate the crystals.  Mixed fully the crystals become one colour, mixed loosely you'll get striations of the component colours.

Column 2 was made by running a damp or wet brush over the card before sprinkling over the crystals.  The wetter the card the more the colour will spread, mix and run.

Column 3 was made by sprinkling the crystals on to dry card and misting with a water spray.  Again the more you spray the more the colour will spread.  You can get slightly different effects by using sprays further or closer to the card as well as varying which spray bottles you use, a mister with a more powerful force will push the colour tails further whereas a soft mist will give a gentle colour bloom.

One of the first successful experiments I did (totally by accident and btw don't bother experimenting with glycerine or flow improver with brushos) was mixing a couple of grains of turquoise with cheap white acrylic paint because I wanted a very pale blue paint to go over a copper/orange base I was intending to crackle and couldn't be arsed to hunt amongst all my paints for the colour I wanted.  When I say these paints are strong in pigment, just a couple of grains tinted over half a bottle of docrafts white acrylic!

Base of a malma mirror was painted with metallic copper & matt orange acrylic, covered with watered down pva glue and when I couldn't wait any longer for the pva to dry it was coated in a thick coat of the turquoise tinted white acrylic. (Brush strokes of glue & top coat must go in the same direction, which will determine the direction of the crackle, and the wetter the glue when you topcoat the larger the crackles.)

One of the first things I noticed as the top coat was drying and the crackles started to appear was that the brusho & acrylic seemed to "split" but not split in a curdled yucky way but the brusho seemed to sink slightly from the surface as if attracted by the pva and appears as shadows around the paler topcoat as well as created their own mini crackles.  I've put a close up pic here but it doesnt show how cool an effect it is in real life.  Must admit the effect was so unexpected I rang Tracey to let her know and to pass the deets on to her DT.  I did also say this wasn't a Martine type project because Martine doesn't like getting mucky hands, she'll seriously cry at the thought of the next 2 experiments ;o)

NB, to check that the splitting wasn't a one off random effect or that the pigment wasn't just unsuitable to be used as a tinting medium I used some of the left over paint on a small tag of card (I often make these anyway to create swatches), I painted half directly to the card and half over damp pva and the colour only split again over the pva.  It didn't have quite as vibrant a shadow effect as it did on the mirror but I am wondering if it's because I'd use splodges of metallic paint as a base coat on the mirror but a standard matt acrylic on the tag.  If I get time I'll add in another experiment with it but don't be surprised if I don't get round to it on this post as there's a lot I want to cover.   

Old brass stencil enlarged 4 times, and cut from card to make the lighthouse using distress inks.  Chocolate Baroque stamps (from 2 mermaid sets). Either stamped with blue archival ink direct to card or distress inks & cut from card.  Small glass vial that's waiting to be half filled with sand, a few pearls, some hessian and gold card.  I photoed this quite late in the afternoon out in the garden, the sun was quite low and has left a whooping shadow of the small glass vial.

My next experiment was to see if you could use brushos as a marbling medium on top of shaving foam.  Lots of youtube vids about the shaving foam technique using all sorts of inks & paints if you want to go have a watch.  In essence though you cover a plate/dish/tray with el cheapo shaving foam, roughly smooth the surface, add a few drops of paint/ink over the top, swirl the colour around using a kebab stick/toothpick, lay the card over the top, press down lightly then lift up and using a flat edge (old credit card/edge of ruler/pastry scraper etc) you drag off the foam to reveal a marbled pattern.  Although shaving foam is a relatively new invention marbling inks is a very, very old technique.

For my experiment I added about an inch of foam to the inside of an a5 plastic container, leveled the surface slightly, and sprinkled 3 colours of brusho.  I wasnt sure what to expect but the grains bloomed so slightly there was next to nothing to see in the way of colour so I gave the surface a good misting of water before swirling the colours around with the end of a crochet hook (I'd used all the kebab sticks at the last bbq) before laying the card on top.  When I pulled the card off rather than just scraping the foam off I sandwiched another piece of card on top the foam and lightly squidged the 2 pieces together until the foam was oozing out the sides, before splitting then scraping the excess off of both.  I did this same card in, squidge with another about 6 or 7 times until there was next to no colour left and I had next to no room to leave any more pieces of card drying.

A few things I found:

Don't go shaking the brushos as though it's a Friday night at the local chippie and the salt cellar is damp.  Little goes an awful long way with these paints.

Each impression gets paler and paler and the coverage less.

Unlike using liquid inks the foam doesn't  get too saturated with colour so the result is never muddy, even if you've been too lazy to change the old foam out when you want to use new colours.

Here are a few scans of one of the first, 3rd and 5th dip in the mix.  Turquoise, gamboge & one of the reds.

Just a couple of cards made using the marbled pieces when dry.  They're not the most imaginitive cards I've ever made.  Technically I might be ok playing with ink but creatively I can't just start with a patterned piece of paper and work from their.  Normally I start with the stamp, then dies & layout before I chose/make my paper to fit the theme.

This one uses woodware teasel stamps, docrafts sentiment stamp, seambinding ribbon and a kaisercraft sparkler. Just like the next card facebook & blogger want to keep turning it on it's side.  Not sure why as both were photoed the right way up and no amount of messing with rotation in psp or copying and pasting to a new image is working.

This one had the foam (a bit that had been more or less unused because it was close to the edge of the dish) dragged across from one edge using a ruler rather than being submerged. Because some of the crystals hadn't been swirled in it left quite pleasing intense effects irl.  Stamp is a heartfelt creations one, stamped onto the marbled card with black archival as well as paper pieced on red stardream using versamark & judikins black embossing powder.  Spellbinders corner and hey ho one finished card even if blogger keeps  rotatating it.

Tims runny distress paint drag technique.

Knowing the brushos worked quite nicely with acrylic paints and they'd marbled well I thought I wonder what they'd do if they were sprinkled over distress paints, misted and the card dragged through.  Some people might be wondering why I bothered when I could just marble but water colour paints are always transparent and when used on coloured card they either distort the colour or lose it all together if the card is dark enough.  A marbley/swirled/messed about effect can be quite effective used on dark card and using a light acrylic paint will allow the brusho colours to appear.

Couple of things to note, 

1, once they've been dragged through a time or 2 the distress paints become muddy so don't go putting loads of paint on the mat thinking you'll be able to get dozens of pieces from it.  Little is best.

2, the pigment in brushos is so intense they will totally overpower and dominate the distress paints if you arent careful.  Treat the brushos as the most fiery chilli powder imaginable and only sprinkle the teeniest amount you can.  Literally a couple of grains of each colour will go a long way.

3, if you think marbling is an unknown effect, this is impossible to even guess at the result you'll get.

4, don't ever throw out the muddy or not so good results, they might not work as a backing design but they're great to stamp flowers/raindrops on and they're fab for when you're diecutting and a flat single colour wont work.

5, I never did get on well with the technique even just using 2 distress paints so don't judge the results by Tims standard.  If you like using this technique try the brushos with it and you'll probably get a far better result than I did.

Here are a few of the pieces I made using the technique, most were too muddy or vibrant to bother showing, that was before I realised they muddied or that I needed a lighter touch.  I used tumbled  glass & spun sugar distress paint as the base.

By the time I got to this and the next one (which was actually made before this one) I'd worked out less is best with brushos on this technique lol  The crafters workshop stencil, peacock feathers distress ink.  Dyan Reavely sentiment, DesignsbyRyn raindrops.  The sentiment and raindrops were stamped on to another pale dragged through piece of card before being cut out.  I could have sworn I had a smallish snowdrop stamp which I'd intended using in the bottom right corner but turns out it's bluebells and wont work with the words.  Once I get hold of one I'll finish the tag and mount it properly on some dark card.

This is the first tag I went to make with previous tags design in mind.  It's a total car crash of a dogs dinner and a good lesson in how to much up a good bit of background then compound things by making it worse and worse.

Originally I'd used grunge paste through the stencil and decided it looked wrong and needed colour.  So I started to add cosmic shimmer gilding wax.. big mistake, it's not the best quality of wax and doesn't soften and spread very well even though I have quite hot hands.  Next up I went over with peacock feathers DI and just couldn't get the ink to cover all of the paste.  So I went from bad, to worse to omg what a bloody mess by trying to cover the mistakes with sparkle medium through the stencil.  With the benefit of hindsight I'd have either done the texture paste before dragging the tag through paint, or, would have tinted the medium/used coloured medium.  Seriously gutted because this was my favourite of the dragged pieces and I haven't been able to recreate it.  Ordinarily I wouldn't dream of posting huge booboos like this but oddly just yesterday a friend applied texture paste to a canvas before deciding it needed colouring... if I'd have posted the booboo before she might not have ended up with a similar quandry.. to colour and risk ruin or leave well alone.

That's it for this post, there will be another one but not sure yet what experiments I'm going to do yet, or what time I'll have over the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Another mirror

 We're doing altered mirrors at the next playday so I need to make plenty of different technique samples (that's my excuse lol)

This one was painted with copper and orange acrylic paint before being coated with pva glue and while still wet a coat of white acrylic tinted with turquoise brusho paint.  (If you zoom in at the crackle you can see where the brusho has reacted slightly differently than the white paint and it gives a bright shadow around the crackle and where over metallic paint it's got a high sheen).

Stamped images courtesy of Chocolate Baroque stamped with archival inks and coloured with distress ink.
 The lighthouse was made using an old american traditional stencil that I enlarged by about 4, then hand cut and coloured with more distress inks.  There's burlap and gold cord twisted behind the lighthouse, I think I could do to tuck a bit more in though as when I added the lighthouse it nearly got lost.  Shells cut by hand (from same Chocolate Baroque set), a few pearls & a glass vial (which is casting a large shadow)

And here's the finished piece.  I did have an omg I've totally ruined it moment when the mirror was just stamped on and I added the lighthouse but the shells seem to have pulled it all together.  Dead chuffed with this one although if I were making another I'd have just stamped images direct to the mirror as the brusho & acrylic mix took the ink far better than I thought it would.

Friday, 8 August 2014

simple sad card and a when you should have said stop

 My uncle Derek passed away earlier this week so I made this card for Aunty Dil. 

Nothing ornate, fancy or fussy, just a memory box die coloured with copics.  SU sentiment embossed with silver ep. White & lilac stardream card & a crafts too embossing folder.
This is one where I should have said stop when I'd finished the bottom right corner and left the top left bare.  Thought flourishes shadow stamped would look good but it didnt so I made a bad thing worse by adding some WV flowers and a cheery lynn swirl..  Think I'll whip the flowers off when I've got the jofy flower stamp I want ;o) 

Despite the pics awful colour it's a pale lilac graduating into a rich royal purple and deep aubergine.  The jofy flowers are paper pieced with lilac/blue/pink/purple metallic painted paper.  My own leaf stencil & a jofy stencil I enlarged.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Altered SMA tin

This is the prototype for next months playday project, an altered SMA tin.  It's still a work in progress (I ran out of yellow paper for the stamens and got fed up with spritzing white paper)

3 Prima dolls all paper pieced and coloured with copics & polychromos.

Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms flowers with various leaf dies & bits of pearl string.

I did learn a couple of things when making it... don't add trim around the top unless the lid is in situ.. you can see on the 2nd pic where trying to ram the lid on it's moved the pearls out of place.  Secondly.. don't add the flowers before the doll is in place.. I had to rip a few off as Prima dolls are quite tall and need the full length of the tin even after chopping off an inch or 2 from their legs.

This is the card I made for my future daughter in laws birthday.  Using an old creative expressions mandala stamp, copics,  spellbinder dies & some ribbon.  The butterfly has been 3d'd and is from a Prima paper pad.  TH rock candy glitter over some of the flower image, it hadnt quite dried when I took the pic.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

new & old

A couple using some old & new stash from me today.  I bought a new stamp & die set from Oysterstamps from Heartfelt Creations, Arianna flowers.  I had a play using calypso coral ink from SU and ripe persimon distress marker ink and decided to try for a monotone (ish) card to fit with the brief at createlicious challenge blog.  This one is using a sketch from KraftinKimmieStamps Blogspot
and is a first outing for Katherine.  She's stamped onto PTI card and coloured with copics.  SU papers and a couple of nesties.

This one is using a very old stamp from Elusive Images and is coloured with copics, cut with a nestie and some frantage enamels added.  First Edition Papers, SU cardstock and sentiment.  Bit of an oddity that I'm not sure about, I generally don't mix cream toned papers with white but seems to work this time rather than screaming wrong at me.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Old skool lol

Not quite sure how the convo started but a few weeks back I mentioned queree punches on a forum and no one had a clue what I was on about.. so I explained it was a decorative shape that was designed to be embroidered over.  Thought nothing more of it for a few days then had a hankering to get the punches out and see how they worked with a self made distress background..  I decided I wanted to make a large card to go with a prima doll I couldnt remember whether I'd inked or not and thought would be good for a friends bday.

I started off with denim, glass, tie dye & twig distress ink and gave it a blast with biscotti perfect pearls.  Then using a couple of flourishes from a Technique Tuesday stamp set I randomly stamped the flourishes with 2nd gen gathered twig.  Once I was happy with the background I used a queree punch to punch teardrop/leaf shapes into the background, perforated a few holes around them and battled with bad eyesight, a beading needle and gold thread.

 Pic isnt great but you can see where the embroidery was done over the queree punch.

Once I had the background finished I looked through my papers for something to match the colour ways.  I normally bitterly regret doing this as I've never got anything to match but as luck would have it I had Bo Bunny & My Minds Eye papers which worked well so I set about paper piecing the doll before mounting her, a SU sentiment on some SU card and adding the pearls.

I must own up on this one, the leaf pattern on the skirt, the flourishes & the shape of the queree punch makes it look as though I'd coordinated everything from the start but that was just a happy accident lol.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

On a roll

Definitely on a roll since I tidied the playroom, this makes 5 cards in a week, not bad seeing as I bet I hadnt made 5 cards in the last 6 months let alone blogged them.

This is a first outing for Kraftin Kimmies Eliza, I bought her ages ago just because she's pretty and I wanted her to live in my playroom.  I wasn't actually going to make a card today but a facebook posting from Kraftin Kimmie about their Wonderful Wednesday Challenge reminded me that I hadn't inked Eliza and one thing led to another lol.

Coloured in copics & polychromos on PTI cardstock she's cut and 3d decoupaged (yep, even the umbrella handle.. twice!) before having a coat of clear wink of stella over the umbrella and her ribbons.  Background papers are new bloom from First Edition, cardstock from StampinUp and I've used 2 dies from Spellbinders and a Martha Stewart punch. 

The layout is from SketchandStash Challenge Blog sketch 6,which I've taken the liberty of making a bit fatter and moving the sentiment.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

more bday cards

Nothing like a tidy playroom to make me a bit more productive here are a couple more cards made this week.

This one is using My Minds Eye papers, a whimsy stamp and it's the first time I've coloured with copics and gone over with polychromos.  

It's my lads birthday at the end of next month (get me being organised lol)  and I bought this Kenny K stamp at the last Sincerely Yours show just for him.  I did cock up the colouring and his forearm is now a sleeve and the bangle just a wrinkle lol.

Coloured with copics, crafts too embossing folder, burlap & sky distress ink with dimension fourth music script background.  Nestie star and a couple of gems.   Both images have sentiments from StampinUp.