Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Postscript

Playing with paint cards

I really needed some painty time last week so I took some spare cardstock and started playing. 

I mainly used decoarts fluid acrylic and Americana paints. I added the paint with sponges and a gelli plate and then a paint brush. I then used a stencil too. 

I love all of the different layers I created. I also added some stamping with Postscript background stamp.

Next I added some sparkle using the Art Alchemy sparks paint.  Then I cut it into two panels for card topper backgrounds.


I then decided that I would raid the Artful Days goodie box and assemble some cards. 

The first one I used a metal embellishment and a paper flower and leaf.  Then some stickers and a heat embossed stamped sentiment.

The second one I added a wooden circle and some flowers and sequins.  I also added the heat embossed sentiment too. 

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 15

Today I have some different types of ATCs for my Christmas card topper challenge. 

I wanted to create some full on textural 3d ATCs. I started with a sheet of cardstock and created a fun background using some rich coloured fresco finish paints… mahogany, chocolate pudding, Bourganvillia and guacamole. I also added some of the Art Alchemy Sparks paint which is a green gold colour (fairy wings). 

With layers of colour down I added some stencilling and some doodling and plenty of splats of the Sparks paint and some gesso too to add some more white.

I just love all the details… 

Then it was time to cut it up into the ATC panels…. it’s always a breath holding moment when I do this to a piece of background I love so much.

But now there are six beautiful bits of art to play with! 

I had a rummage through my Artful Days Goodie box supplies and hunted out a few things to play with… starting with the frames.

But although there are clearly two different types of frame going on I still wanted them all to look different so chose different ways of finishing them off. 

1. Frantage frame and Angel

I used lots of layers on the frame of frantage. I find it so annoying to use this stuff as it tends to blow away with the heat tool so creates a lot of mess on my desk… but I love the result. I added the gold Angel hair and then the Tim Holtz die cut (from a piece of card I wiped off the paints on whilst working on the background).  I added some gesso to the resin angel and then sprinkled some of the frantage on that too.  Finished off with edging it with brown ink.

2. Mahogany circle wreath

This one I decided to use the small circle frame and keep it simple so gave it a coat of the mahogany paint. I then die cut the deer and the little bits of greenery out of some cardstock I had wiped my brush off when creating the background. I edged the deer with brown ink though to give it a little more definition and then added the sentiment using a stamp.

3. Feathers and gems

The next one I wanted add a soft feather. I decided to jazz the circle frame up a little and added gold embossing to the dictionary print I had stamped on it once the initial coat of mahogany paint was dry. Then I added the feather and gems and the little Tim Holtz sticker to finish. 

4. Tree and glitz

For this frame I added lots and lots of the Sparks paint on top of a coat of mahogany and it is super sparkly. As a result I kept the rest of it fairly simple. I painted the tree die cut with a mix of the green patina paint, guacamole and the Sparks paint to provide a fun finish.  I edged the Tim Holtz sticker with Inktense pencil to add depth too.

5. Winter Friends squirrel

I had to dig out my favourite stamps of the year and add in a squirrel for this one. 

I rotated the ATC to make it landscape and added the angel hair along one edge and added the frame at an angle. The frame I added lots of layers of paint and sanded it back. This created a really mottled distressed finish. I coloured my squirrel with promarkers and gave him a generous coat of wink of Stella to finish.  Again I used Inktense to add depth and shadow round the sentiment sticker.

6. No frame star

For the last one I decided against using the last circle frame and instead chose to use a wooden star as the main element. I painted it with chalk paint and then lightly added the Sparks paint and stamped a timeless textures stamp in mahogany lightly. I then also embossed some tiny gold dots onto it. I layered it up with some Angel hair.

Then I decided to die cut some holly leaves from a scrap of card I had painted with the green patina and the Sparks paint. These worked perfectly to surround the sentiment. Again Inktense pencil added some shading.

Super happy with these very 3d ATCs. These are not likely to get posted but instead made into cards for people I can hand them to. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Elenazinski stamps, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Distress oxide zinski fun! 

I wanted to play with my Paperartsy stamps and distress oxides and so I grabbed some linen cardstock, black cardstock and the inks and started playing. 

This is what I made… I used Emma Godfrey stamps for the background and then used glimmer paste through a stencil to add sparkle. 

Next on a separate piece of card I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added a lot of the distress oxide in a wetter format. This provided a lovely vibrant colour. I did the same for the flower and fussy cut that out. 

I then added the sentiment on a strip of white that I edged with black and layered it all up onto a card blank. 

Love the cute flower and the font for the sentiment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Stitched framelits, Word Window

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 10

Another post in my Christmas card topper stack of ATCs….

Today I have two bright pink and purple ones to contrast the last couple of posts where it has been more vintage in cokour and style.

Plenty of yummy distress oxides, stencilling and the cute Winter Friends stamps coloured with promarkers.  I also added some punchinella with a couple of coloured staples. 

I love that the sentiment I chose from the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy set fits in the word window punch too!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Dasher, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 9

Some more for my Christmas card topper stack… 

Just like yesterday I wanted a more vintage feel… but a different colour scheme today…

I went for peeled paint with frayed burlap and walnut stain.

I did two different pieces of cardstock as I went along so I could make three in total! 

I decided to go for a ripped panel and heat embossed the fabulous Dasher stamp in a dark emerald green.

I also added heat embossing round the edge before adding all the layers. I added some copper thread to one of them.

The other one I added the heat embossed trim stamp across the panel and then added the cute Winter friend fox and a sentiment.

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt8

Hi

Two more for the Christmas card topper stash! 

This time I went back to distress oxides but changed the colour scheme. I’ve done a lot of fresh colours so far so wanted more of a vintage look. 

I started with this background using frayed burlap, fired brick and walnut stain.

Then I added stencilling using a Tim Holtz stencil. 

I then added a little stamping with some dots and cut it into the two atc panels. 

Next to choose the feature image. I decided on altenew stamps that had been free with a magazine. I chose the stamp and heat embossed it in a dark burgundy that I thought worked with the colours in the background. I then flicked some shimmery ink onto the card and added the sentiment.

Love how different these are from my previous ones. ATCs are such fun to make. They don’t take long and each one can take on its own individual personality. Love it. Might have to continue this series for quite some time as it is inspiring me time and time again. Hope you are enjoying it too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine