Expressions in Ink, Masks/Stencils

Weird and wonderful postcard

I’m a little late in blogging about this postcard that was sent several weeks ago.

The theme was weird and wonderful and I chose to make a funky postcard for Becky using a Dylusions die cut image as the focal point.

I used some Expressions in Ink dsp as the background and added some stamping to it with some random stamps in my stash. Then I stencilled with texture paste. I also added the die cut which I coloured in and some embossing and some stamped sentiments and a sticker.. basically just played and thre things at the postcard until I was happy with the result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, For the love of stamps, Masks/Stencils

Artful ATCs swap… silhouettes

I joined in with the silhouettes swap at Artful Atcs Facebook group this month.

The theme chosen was silhouettes and I used For the Love of Stamps for both… one under the sea and one jazz themed.

Both ATCs were cut from packaging and then gessoed and Distress Oxide for the background. I stencilled onto the background and then did heavy black stamping for the silhouettes using the stamp platform so I could ensure coverage.

Love how they both came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders

Christmas in July challenge 7

Today I’ve gone a bit mixed media in my approach but the challenge I gave myself was to do ATC based cards.

A few years ago I set myself an ATC challenge and made 365 + in the year, some of which I used on Christmas cards. So decided to grab some ATCs cut from packaging and made up some ATCs and then worked out how to use them in cards.

These were the ATCs I made…

Gesso background, then texture paste through a stencil, onto which I sprinked some pearl embossing powder onto some parts whilst it was wet.

Once dry I heat embossed the powder to create some resist shiny elements and then added distress oxides in Speckled Egg, blueprint sketch, worn lipstick and picked raspberry.

I let them dry thoughly and then wiped off the excess where the resist was.

Next to decide how to use them. We’ll I love this deer image so stamped it 6 times in different dark blue and purple colours and then fussy cut them out.

I added one to each ATC.

Next I grabbed some white cardstock and cut 3.5×5.5 inch panels and embossed them.

I then grabbed three different coordinating colour cardstocks and made my card blanks.

I added the panels and the ATCs.

Then I added sentiments and sequins to finish off!

Some modern, dimensional and pretty cards to add to the stash!

Not sure how many challenges I cam get through this month and whether I will get to the 12 I originally aimed for but will keep going as best I can.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, JOFY, Joy, Masks/Stencils, Peace & Joy

Christmas in July challenge 3

Challenge number 3 for my self imposed Christmas in July thing… and today it is all about the Masterboard!

So I actually have a little confession … I made the actual masterboard for this weeks ago when testing out some new stamps I had bought 2nd hand off a friend but never got the time to do anything with it… so it was perfect for incorporating into the challenge and get something done. It is A4 linen cardstock that has had lots of stamping and inking and stencilling and doodling on it.

I cut it up into panels… although the one tip right got trimmed again to make the tag and the strip adding to the 2nd card as an extra element so didn’t let any of it go to waste and made these 6 cards.

I love the Peace and Joy set from last years catalogue so much. Don’t think I will ever tire of using it!

I chose scraps of cardstock I had in the scraps pouch to cut all of the words out with their mounts.

I also used some scrap white cardstock to stamp and fussy cut out some more stars using the Jofy stamps and the Peace and Joy word stamps.

I added some tiny snowflakes as embellishments and on the tag card a scrap of sari ribbon.

The finishing touch was to add glossy accents to the top of most of the word die cut pieces to add both dimension and shine.

Love how the cards came out. So cool!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Masks/Stencils, Papermania, Peace & Joy

Christmas in July challenge 1

So I have been neglecting making Christmas cards so far this year as I no longer could commit to CHNC and pulled out of the DT, so decided to boost my supplies for this year with a little Christmas in July challenge.

I looked around blogland in advance and couldn’t see any being advertised so I making my own challenge up instead. I’m not doing a daily challenge… just setting myself 12 themes and in some cases will make multiple cards for the theme. I am also aiming to use all existing supplies… no new purchases to do this! After all I have six zillion Christmas supplies!

So here goes… theme 1 … CASE a non- Christmas card to make a Christmas card

OK this one is easy… I am slightly obsessed with a card that Martin from Martin’s Mayhem made … so that was my inspiration. I grabbed VERY old Papermania papers to mainly make up these cards. I then took the card making on a slightly different twist by adding stencilling in the background and twisting the layout…. but I think the inspiration from Martin’s card is still fairly evident.

So super old stash used… and CASE of a non Christmas card achieved.

Check back in a couple of days to see what the next challenge… and if you want to join in feel free and just let me know so I can come and see what you made!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Hot Picks, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Sara Naumann, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape

Face postcard for Pat

This month at Postcard art swap group the theme was FACE. I made this postcard using Art By Marlene die cut for the focal image.

I decided to make my own background for the card using linen cardstock and distress stains for the base, and then lots and lots of stamping using stamps I bought in a sale recently from another crafty friend who was reducing her stash!

I then added washi tape and some strips of the Tim Holtz tissue collage paper.

Next I used modelling paste through a stencil. Love the puffy look this ended up with as I heated it with the heat gun.

Once it was dry I added the face and some strips which were from the top part of the body but I turned into little embellishments.

I doodled around the edges and added shading to the image so that I had some depth and felt part of the artwork. I also added glossy accents to the circles on the strips I added. Oh also some glossy accents on the heart on the face I think!

Finally I stamped the title sentiment and added that, again with a border and edging it so it felt part of the artwork.

I then mounted it onto the while postcard base I had made as I always like it to be at least 2 layers of cardstock for posting if I can.

Love how fun this turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I actually have 4 cards I made using the same stamp and die set from Avery Elle called Loads of Hello. It reminded of the Peace and Joy stamp set from SU at Christmas that I loved!

This is my design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

So I started by stamping the hello four times in Purple ink and then die cut it, and die cut a few extra in white so I could stack them and make the die cut have more dimension for some.

Then I decided to Team the die cuts with stencils as I wanted to try the new stencil brushes out.

The first one I went pink and kept it pretty simple with stencilling and punched hearts which I added the glossy accents to. I also added a pink mat to the word friend.

The next one I went simple with too. I actually created the boxes for the background from post it notes so I could adjust the size of the rectangles. I kept the whole card with blue tones with punched flowers, sequins and some pearl accents for the centre. This was probably the least involved of the cards.

The next one had the most amount of effort with a bit of colour added and then texture paste through the stencil and I did the whole front of the card. Love this funky alpha stencil. Then I die cut the oval stitched shapes and added flowers die cut from scraps using the Pierced Blooms dies. These are my go to dies for embellishments that’s for certain!

I also had a hunt through the gems stash and found these pale green gems for the centre of the flowers.

The final one I went delicate again and added just the light pink stencilling on the top right hand corner. The blending brushes are perfect for this kind of delicate finish.

Then I die cut the Butterfly shape from white and the filigree version in pink and layered them and the sentiment. I decided it needed something else so added some splatter using pink and purple inks. Then the gems to finish.

A lovely way to use the hello die and add different effects. Wonder which is your favourite… I am torn between the Butterfly and the hearts one… although the texture one and the rectangles I love too… ooohh I can’t decide.

OK off to see what the rest of the dt did for the blog, and looking forward to seeing all those that join in the blog too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Masks/Stencils

Mixed media Monday Collage masterboard #1

Today I have another You Tube video for you. This time making a collage masterboard for a swap. For this one I used fun bright papers, mixed with bookprint and then stamping and stencilling to finish off.

There is another one to share but made it separately so you’ll have to wait to see that one! 😉

Also the ones I have received are great. Amazing how everyone approaches it differently and you can learn from others art.

I have no idea what we will be using these for so looking forward to find out! Got to wait to the end of the month to find out though!

Edit… actually I do know what we used one for… chopping up and making some bits from it and sending back to the artist… such fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… more butterfly tags

Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….

Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!

Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine