Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Swallowtail

Butterfly postcard art swap

This month I joined in another swap over at postcard art Facebook group and the theme was butterflies… so of course Swallowtail had to come out to play!

I started by heat embossing it with a dark red/brown embossing powder onto the mountboard panel. Then added colour to the butterfly using a mix of Aged Mahogany, worn lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide. After a few layers of the oxide applies with a water brush I then also added the fossilized amber to the rest of the background and flicks of the aged mahogany. I heat embossed the sentiment from Crafters Companion and also edged the card too with archival inks. I then added a generous amount of wink of Stella to the butterfly.

Then to seal I heat embossed the whole panel with clear embossing. I did this several times especially over the butterfly. This gave it a smoother feel in the centre.

Hopefully from the close up you can see the smooth texture and some of the shimmer to the butterfly.

Love how this came out and very tempted to make another to keep. Hope the recipient likes it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Embossing Folders, Everyday Enchantment, Gummiapan, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Postscript, Stitched framelits, Tea for Two, Tim Holtz, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder

It has been a while since I did a one sheet wonder but I felt like having fun with paper and set to on this one sheet wonder project.

I tried to use up bits off the desk as I was building them after the initial cardstock mats etc. I built them up bit by bit too rather than just rushing in to get things stuck down.

So here was the starting point…

A piece of retired Stampin Up Tea for two dsp that I happen to love both sides of.

I teamed it with Early Espresso and old olive cardstock. The early espresso is also the coredinations cardstock so wonderful for distressing.

Next to start adding focal images…

A real hotchpotch of stuff going on… scraps of vellum, die cuts, images from magazine kits and embossing. I had so much fun popping images and scraps from the desk in with these.

So then I started assembling and decided I wanted sewing to feature on most with the quilted type paper as the inspiration. So I added machine stitching to most but not all and the started with the assembling and finishing off.

So I started with some images leftover from making cards magazine…

These first two don’t have any sewing but instead added some twine and ribbon. The next two however have sewing and the lovely cute images.

Now I move onto my fave stamp set… petal palette…

More die cutting and vellum and embossing and some pretty cards were created.

And finally three different cards … the gorgeous watercolour wings…

This one I created some inchies using the butterfly basics stamp set and heat embossed in clear the post script background stamp on the early espresso cardstock.

The last one uses a die of the white rabbit as a focal point. I adore this die and it was gifted to me by a kind friend… thanks M xxx

So there we have it… all of the cards from my one sheet wonder! Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did making them.

Such fun playing with this paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy - JOFY, Paperartsy Hot Picks

Finishing off Rebecca’s journal

Last piece for Rebecca’s journal…

This time bright and warm fresco paints over a patterned paper piece…

Lots of text stamping and some stencilling. Splatters and grungy edging to provide a graffiti style page.

Love how all of the art work works together but also are completely separate pieces.

Hopefully Rebecca likes them as much as I enjoyed working on them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Rebecca’s envelope journal continued

So continuing from yesterday’s art journal page I have one of the other pieces I made which is for the back of the piece…

The rule that Rebecca had was that I should choose colours in opposition to the page before it … well I had navy and black on the page before and so I went orange and brown for my page to face.

I actually painted this onto a separate piece of patterned paper and stuck it to the page afterwards (which I had edged in black gesso).

The page itself has lots of layers of fresco finish paints … buff, mahogany, cheesecake, autumn fire and mermaid to name but a few! It then has stamping in archival and distress oxides and some embossing with clear emboss. The main image is the Darcy seed flower which I stamped in versamark and then used the Seth Apter baked texture embossing powder. I also added shading to it with a big brush pen and some white highlights using a white paint sharpie.

The bottom of the page I added two layers of the baked texture embossing powder and one of the clear emboss to create some ground.

I then added the Tim Holtz stickers that spoke to me.

Mama Elephant, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday KJ

So one of the princess’ best friends had a birthday party yesterday for her birthday that is actually tomorrow… and here is the card I made inspired by her lovely dog Lottie…

I had to use the Dogs Woof stamp and stamped it a few times before trimming it down and colouring with ink and a water brush.

I then stamped one of the single images and diecut and mounted this … and then inside the same image.

Hope KJ likes her Lottie inspired card. And here is a pic of the lovely Lottie dog!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape

PATWITS circle journal for Rebecca

Rebecca’s envelope journal was a strange but wonderful construction and she had not bound the pages which made this a lot easier to work on.

I actually videoed the process so here is the link to that.

And the page…

I had no plan before I started but wanted a page with lots of texture… and of course my medium of choice recently… Brushos!

I then decided it was the perfect canvas for Darcy’s new stamps.

What I didn’t show on the video was the stitching I did to frame the piece using the sewing machine. I used a couple of different colour threads and different types of stitches.

Also after the page was finished I had to do the flaps that fold in… so I chose to stick to the Darcy stamps but chose an older set and did some basic painting to make them contrast but work with the art on the inside.

There was also the front and back to be done… but that will have to be for another blog post.

Hope Rebecca likes the whimsical gentle page I did for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine