Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Two artist trading coins

Last night I had a spare hour whilst the hubby watched men kicking a ball up and down a field and the child was doing a similar activity in the garden with her friend so decided to make a couple of coins from some mountboard I had leftover on the desk.

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and added that with a coat of gesso over it. Then I added distress oxides in Fossilized Amber, candied apple and peacock feathers.

Next I added some stamping using one of the Kim Dellow Paperartsy sets. Then chose to add versamark through a stencil … forgetting that the oxides would also grab the powder … but as I had no definite plan and was just creating a background I didn’t mind. The powder I chose was a mixed batch I have in a pot when I mixed a few colours together.

I then cut out the coins using the sizzix die… one moved slightly and it has a small flat bit on one side but not enough to matter!

Next I stamped and cut out the Kim Dellow flowers and also die cut some stems from black cardstock for in the background.

I coloured the flowers with the same colour of distress oxides as the background and then stuck them all down. I also added some highlights with a versamarker pen and added more embossing powder.

I then added the sentiments and decided I wanted to coat them completely in clear embossing to create a glazed tile effect. Three layers later I was happy with these… although they are difficult to photograph due to the shine and dimension.

A question about sealing your artwork came up on a facebook group I am a member of … this is by far my favourite way of doing it and it can completely transform the artwork, especially if there is dimension involved. Love it!

So another set to satisfy my new obsession for these little works of circular art. And don’t forget about the Facebook swap group …. there is still time to get your Light and Dark coins to me! Check it out here!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Happy Celebrations, Magical day

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inktense, Derwent, Modern Medley

Happy Fathers day!

Yes its fathers day so I have a card I made for the hubby… because although he’s not my father he is the best father I could have asked for to raise our princess with!

He is sci-fi mad so couldn’t resist using this digi image to create the focal image. Then teamed it with black and cream papers for a monochrome look with just the little pop of red on the astronaut! I added a little red heart to the flag to finish it off too!

On the visor and the heart I also added glossy accents to give it dimension and shine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, Spectrum noir pencils

Playing … always fun!

Today I have a card I made just because I was playing at my desk!

After layering up the main sentiment focal point I decided I wanted there to be another image so chose this lovely digi from All Dressed up that I had coloured in spectrum noir pencils.

I’ve been colouring in front of the tv quite a bit the past few weeks so I have a stock of digi images coloured in and ready to craft with now!

Anyway finishing touches were the sequins which I filled with glossy accents as it adds an extra element of fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Masks/Stencils, Sweet little something

Welcome to the world Clover

Today I’ve the card I made to celebrate the arrival of my latest Great Niece …. Clover Nicole Elizabeth.

I used the lovely rabbit stamps for the focal image. I then created the background by brayering ink and then adding glimmer paste through the flower stencil from Claritystamps.

Love this gentle card.

So welcome to the world gorgeous little girl and congratulations to my lovely niece, her partner and Clovers big brother’s Finlay, George and Jax.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DYICAD

#DYICAD2018 catch up

Hi there…

Twelve days of this year’s #dyicad2018 to share with you tonight.

I’m loving taking a few mins every day to create in some way even though they are not perfect pieces or even in some cases finished pieces of art… it’s just the time for creativity that makes them special.

Hope you enjoy them and are also taking time to create!

Happy crafting!

Catherine