Distress stains and dylusions ATC 180!!!

180 ATCs made since Jan 1st. Wowsers! 

And here it is… 

I started with a piece of mixed media cardstock and soaked it in a mixture of distress stains although mainly Picked Raspberry. 

Once dry I added a stencil and babywiped a little ink away so those are the faint hearts in the background. 

Next I added the strips of punchinella using some fun coloured staples.  Then the main feature of the Dylusions cat which after stamping in archival I also coloured with the distress stain.

I added doodles and the PURR title and jobs a good’un!

So there we go… 180th ATC! Almost halfway through my challenge (well ahead of schedule) and still enjoying it. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Long time no see… three ATCs to share today! 176-179

I’ve been away for a few days so no blog posts from me. I’ve been to York for a few days with the princess… including a trip to the beautiful York Minster….

Where we made it up the 273 steps to the top of the central tower.

We also managed to get to Jorvik viking museum 

And the railway museum …

And the theatre and shoe shopping and icecream eating and yummy food eating… Oh and to York Dungeon to be scared silly too!

We came home on Friday and then after one night back in our beds we set off for an overnight jaunt to New Brighton with the hubby and princess to see Remembering Fred and then today a lovely walk at Hoylake, and lunch and an ice cream at Parkgate.  Lovely! 

But glad to be home now and I got a bit of creative time in the craft room this afternoon. 

I had dumped everything after Tuesday’s class in the room and so it took a bit of clearing and tidying during which I managed to unearth what I had made during the class and turn them into atcs! 

This was using distress oxides to watercolour the Mediterranean Moments stamped image. It was originally on a circular card but I decided to cut it down to make an ATC instead. 

Again instead of keeping this as a card identical to the sample I cut it down and the background card too to make the ATC and then added the stamped sentiment. 

And finally the ATC I made in the class… 

I chose a different sentiment and colour scheme from the sample. Very grungey!  I love it. 

Looking forward to staying at home for the next couple of nights in my own bed … just a shame it’s back to school for the princess and work for me. Ah well… happy memories made! 

Maybe I will scrap some of the pictures at some point too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide class

Tonight I’m welcoming friends to my house to play with distress oxide inks. I am in love with these inks and am sure they will love them too! 

Here are the samples I have made for the class … 

Distress background technique….

Watercolouring…. 

Blending and splatters…

Stencilling…. 

Heat emboss resist…

Yes of course I couldn’t resist adding an ATC into the mix.  A fairly ambitious set of projects for a couple of hours but hopefully we will get there fairly easily. 

Will post with the results of the class another day! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Happy birthday KJ!

Today is one of the princesses best friends birthday… so we have been partying this afternoon. 

Of course I had to make her a special card. 

I chose to play with distress oxides (again!) because I just can’t get enough of playing with them. I made a background by swiping the colour on the cardstock and then spraying it to blend. This provides a stronger depth of colour. I still did some more inking on top to create more layers though. 

Then once it was dry I inked the Swallowtail stamp with Versamark and then heat embossed it.

I then made a second background using the same colours and did a blended background and splattered on the Wilted Violet ink and some water droplets. 

I mounted both of these onto Basic Grey cardstock and layered them up. 

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far! 

This first step was getting inky…. 

In fact I got very inky! 

Then it was time for paint play… 

Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards… 

Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum! 

Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course). 

We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage.  I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these. 

Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place.  I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too. 

And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed. 

This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new. 

I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start! 

And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them! 

Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Tempus fugit ATC swap (174 & 175)

Hi there. Hope you are well and thanks for making time in your day to visit my little space in blog land! It’s appreciated. 

Today I have two atcs I created for a swap with the theme of “tempus fugit” which apparently means time flies! 

So here are my time related atcs. 

This first one I actually created on video… so check out the video if you have time and want to see the process. There is basically a distress oxide and then gilding wax theme going on with this.

The second one also features my favourite medium … distress oxides. I also used iridescent medium through a stencil and gave a glossy sheen to the clock with embossing. 

Stamps used are from a mish mash of sets for the second one but the first one is mainly Indigo Blu stamps. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Butterfly birthday card

Today the princess went to the birthday party at a trampoline park for a school friend so a card was required. I decided to play with butterflies, masking and the big Woodware Happy Birthday stamps.

I used distress oxides to watercolour the butterflies and the letters.  Then I stamped the little star using the same colour inks. I then added some stickles to both the butterfly and the stars. 

Hope the birthday girl enjoyed her birthday… I know the princess enjoyed her time trampolining! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Happy ATC 173

Is 173 a happy number? Well this ATC certainly is! 

A simple ARC made using a woodcut from my Artful Days goodie box, some scrap distress ink and painted paint, bookprint and ribbon. All mounted onto the fresh mint ATC blank. 

Cute and simple!

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxides… I just can’t get enough of them (172)

I really can’t stop using my distress oxides. They are so lovely to use I just can’t put them away. 

Here is a card I made just when I was playing! 

You can probably tell this actually was an ARC but I wanted to offset the butterfly more than would normally be accepted so turned it into a card instead. 

This was the starting point. A painted piece of paper (probably brayering off during gelli plate play) and a scrap of patterned paper. I love those rich colours of the paints and the texture the layers create.

Next up more layers. Book print and tissue wrap layered over the top. Some of this is translucent and others not. Love the effect this creates. Then added distress oxide on the top. 

Next the panel for the topper to sit on.  A piece of mixed media cardstock which has plenty of oxide smooshed on and layered up. I also added a little stamping using the World Map stamp. 

Next is the butterfly. I added gesso to the chipboard embellishment and then added distress oxide onto it with a little water. I then heat embossed the whole embellishment to ‘set’ the colour and make it glossy. 

I finished the card off by mounting this into a Navy cardblank I made and it is just waiting for a sentiment or a reason to give/send it. 

Lovely! 

Just adore that background… and counting this in my ATC challenge! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine