Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween Pocket letter 354-362

Spooky goings on in my craftroom… well spooky stamps and stencils at least. 

I joined in a project letter swap where the theme was Halloween as I wanted an opportunity to use my limited Halloween supplies! 

And determined not to just use my trusty oxides I decided to grab a selection of distress inks instead and my mini rectangle gelli plate. 

I love this technique for adding a simple background for atcs which has plenty of interest.

I added the ink and then sprayed water to the gelli plates and made all nine panels by layering the different colours.

Next I cut them up, masked the white edges and started applying black Dylusions paint through stencils.  I kept a few without stencilling too.  I made a mess on the one with the web later so made another one and didn’t add the web the second time.

Next it was time to add stamping… some were stamped directly onto the cards, some embossed and others onto pieces of white card and then cut out.

I then added a few extra features to some of the elements.  The pic above is before loose pieces were stuck down. 

I added hand drawn elements for embossing using the orange, clear and black embossing powders.  This added some extra fun to some of the images. I also added a little bit of water colouring for the witches face.  Next it was time to assemble and put them into the pocket letter.

I decided that a few needed some additional elements…. for some it was additional stamping and others it was some added bling… the cat even got some googly eyes! 

Here is how it finished up… 

I really love how it looks with those arty backgrounds and the white edges.  I’m going to have to keep playing with the gelli plate to make more like this… maybe for Christmas ones? 

I added goodies to each pocket and a little note in true PL style and hopefully the recipient likes the full gift!   

And as for the challenge… well that’s another 9… taking me to 362! 3 more to go! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, YouTube video

Playing in my journal… out of the box

Today I’m sharing a video of last weekends playtime in the craftroom. I had nothing in mind when I sat down to play other than I needed to do something with colour! And the result… well I’m very happy with the final page. The video doesn’t cover the doodling which I did the day after to allow for everything to dry properly.

Here is the link to the video. 

Hope you enjoy watching the page emerge. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Crafters Companion flourish, Infusions - Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Sizzix, YouTube video

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween card swap

Hello

Today I have a card I’ve made for a swap with UK stampers forum. The theme for the card is Halloween.

I inked up the panel using Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade distress oxides. I then added some splodges of water and dried off the panel. I then used a stencil to add the cobweb. 

Next I embossed the sentiment using Black embossing powder.  The skeleton I then heat embossed using white powder onto the black cards and cut it out. 

I added it to the card using the pinflair glue gel.  

I am also entering this into the challenge of Anything Goes at http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-178.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Deb’s Patwits circle journalĀ 

Hello there

I have another circle journal page to share for the Patwits envelope journal. This time it is Deborah’s journal and her construction is similar to mine but bigger! 

I decided to go all Teesha Moore style. I started with painting the envelope with the Bora Bora paint.
I then cut a piece of paper to the size of envelope (not the base where it opens) and added a base of Autumn fire Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then added all the magazine collage papers.  I then added stamping to them using a mix of number and word stamps from my Hot Picks stamp sets. 

I then stamped the queen stamp onto some paper I had coloured with Paperartsy fresco finish paint. I then added that to the envelope and added black paint for the borders and then some doodling and the sentiment.  I used white paint pen to add the dots. 

I then added some dots through the stencil for the inside part of the envelope still visible as it needed some pattern too!

Next I decorated a tag to peek out of the envelope.  The envelope is partly sealed which means it fits perfectly in the gap and sits in the middle! 

I decorated both sides … but the back gas a message for Debs so only showing the front of the tag here…

I used brushos and distress stains to add colour and then black paint through a stencil to add the zig zags.  Then I used gesso to mute a bit of the colour and pattern and added Darcy’s feather stamp and gilded it with the gilding flakes.

I added the tiny dots to add some interest to the left hand zig zags and then stamped the sentiment from the same Darcy stamp set onto a scrap of paper I had stamped a background onto with Distress oxide. I cut that out and added that on the top. 

And a sneak peek of the other side of the tag…  I used distress oxides and another Paperartsy stamp set to create this autumnal leaf tag! I stamped the leaves with a mix of archival inks to make it a red and brown leaf and then clear embossed… I love my stamp platform for making these techniques so easy!

So there you go… another Patwits circle journal page complete. I hope Debs likes my experimental Teesha Moore style page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Big and beautiful ATC swap 338 & 339

This month the swap at Artful ATCs was big and beautiful and I must admit I was a bit stumped… but then I remembered the dylusions die cuts packet I had never opened and then the badassartstamps girl with the big head! 

The background I made by doodling on the patterned paper I had already cut to size.  I then decided to just add colour to the eye section to go with my choice of title! 

The next one… I took a gelli plate print background as the starting point.  I kept it simple with just a few touches of colour added to the stamped girl.

So these are my contribution to the swap this month… and another two towards my ATC count. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Timeless Textures

A random tag

Today… as with the last few days… I am struggling to be upright for more than a few hours at a time due to a rubbish cold. I wish I was able to craft during the upright time but instead chores and real life needs to be achieved in the time when the energy allows.  Fortunately I have some stuff to blog that I made a while ago…. 

Like this tag for example…. 

This is a background I created a while ago using the fab distress oxides and some texfure paste through a stencil.

I added some stamping and then I used a stamped butterfly to add some contrast colour. 

I love how this came out. And now the blog post is done… time to crash out for an hour before the next chore is required to be done. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine