Baked Texture embossing powder, Butterfly basics, Distress oxide ink, Finnabair, Gelli Plate

Inchies … using up gelli prints

This month’s inchies I used up a random gelli print as the background and mounted it onto the mountboard and then cut it into the 1″ squares.

Next I stamped and embossed with the Seth Apter Patina Oxide embossing powder a text circle from Finnabair. I then decided to edge all of them with the same powder.

Then I needed a bright contrast for the focal and chose to punch the butterflies from paper and spray it with Distress stain in picked raspberry. Then I stamped using distress oxides on the top and this gave a variance in the colour and on some the text is visible (but not on all). I mounted them and added a gem to finish off.

Love these grungey and funky inchies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finnabair, Gelli Plate, Tim Holtz

Anything goes tag

Hello.

Time to make a start on the swaps for June… I had an ahead start on this as the background was done when I did a gelli printing session a few weeks ago… I printed onto book print which left a resist of the writing on the gelliplate that I then pulled off on the tag… although upside down! Lol!

Anyway I kept it pretty simple with the Tim Holtz wildflowers stamp and a Finnabair sentiment.

For finishing touches I added some enamel accents and bakers twine.

Love how simple this was but equally stunning with that gelli print happy accident as the background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Treasure Gold

Happy birthday Pat

One of my online crafty friends (who I have been lucky enough to meet in person) had a special birthday last week… so I made her a card. I chose a very mixed media style as I knew she would appreciate it. I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap to the Lemon cardstock and then added two gelli printed pieces I had on my desk. Then I added some Bistre powder and some gesso to blend and tone them together a little more.

Then I chose some images from a printed sheet I had to create the collaged girl. I added some pen work to add definition and then added the printed sentiments.

Next I added the piece to a piece of gelli printed book print (I actually think the book print came from Pat originally!) And then added this to a piece of white cardstock.

I also added some treasure gold in a few places to give it some rich shine.

I then forgot to take a pic of this mounted onto the card blank (a5 sized blank) because I was keen to get it in the post.

But before I did I also decorated the envelope.

I added some gelli printed circles, stamping and lots of doodling to finish it off and then the address was in the centre where I had kept the space clean with a post it note mask.

I know Pat received this late… but hey better late than never!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Sizzix

Artist Trading Coins … a new swap group

So the crafting world has a new craze… Artist Trading coins! And of course I’m loving this new little canvas to art away on a mini round scale!

I made my first ones a couple of weeks ago (here is the post about them) and now find I am making more and more of them … just because! So I thought why not set up a Facebook swap group and see if others are interested in this too. Turns out I am not alone!

So the Artist Trading Coins UK swap group was born. The rules are make three coins each month to a theme (May’s theme is light and dark), send them to me with an SAE and I will send you three back from different artists. Sound like fun? If you fancy joining pop along to the group and ask to join!

So have I made mine for the month of May? Of course not… but here are some of the coins I have been making!

I added paint using a gelli plate and stencils to mountboard then cut them out using a die.

I then added doodling, stamping, splatters of paint and some black paint edging and then found some printed collage images and started layering them up.

Next I added sentiment and more doodling. Then I added Versamark and clear embossing over the whole coin and this gave it a fab finish.

I love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Brushos, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Clare Lloyd, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Envelope circle journal for Tricia

So another journal landed and I immediately set to and in a few hours of wonderful playtime had created two pages. I really just ploughed on and got there so quickly (one side aided by the gelli print piece already done). I videoed the process (A little bit didn’t record due to camera issues) so I’ve put that onto YouTube here for those that fancy watching the speeded up process!

Loved playtime and how these all came together so well. Hopefully Tricia will like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Visible Image

You rock postcard

A painty postcard to share today. I created the background using paints and a gelli plate. I wasn’t really thinking about the final finish, more just layering up some colours lightly. Once I had the background done I heat embossed the Visible image stamp onto the card and then chose the you rock sentiment.

Next I added some stars using distress oxides to stamp them and on a few I also added clear embossing too.

I then doodles the border and added it to the Lemon Lime twist cardstock.

Hope the recipient in the swap likes what I made.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Watercolor wings

More gelli print fun

I’m still going with the 31 days of gel printing challenge over on Instagram. Here are days 3-5.

Day 3: stencils

So I decided to change things up a little and use ink instead of paint for this… Love the funky nature of this print using just two stencils and three different distress ink colours.

Day 4: texture

Still going with ink and this is using the Marbled stamp to create a delicate texture for this print.

Day 5: crayon resist

This was another ink experiment which although it didn’t exactly go to plan still ends up as a fun result. I did 2 layers of gel printing using inks and some punched circles. I then used a crayon to outline the circles and add a line between them before adding another layer of ink. The above picture shows the result.

So now to turn them into something. Well I decided to make some more little hello cards from them.

I added white paint pen marks to this one to brighten the resist elements. Then I added the stamped and embossed image of the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap stamps and added some watercoloured shading. A graphic and fun card.

I kept with a delicate theme for this and stamped the beautiful Petal Palette roses and then paper pieced them before adding additional details in watercoloured ink. I added the sentiment using some alpha stamps.

I decided that this needed some doodling and then a die cut circle in calypso coral helped to tie the colour scheme together. Next I took a die cut butterfly from the stash of gifted bits and pieces and using Seth Apter embossing powders I used the watercolour wings stamps to add colour and texture. I also finished off with some black glossy embossing too. Then added the cute little hello stamp from Gummiapan and some more doodling around the panel.

Love all three of these. And fun to try new techniques like the crayon resist too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine