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Sunset coins

These coins were an experiment really … I was just playing and this is what resulted…

I started with a paint background and added stencilling, then some more paint using a bottle lid and a credit card. Next I did some doodling.

And then I decided it looked a little like a sunset and added the silhouette tree.

Like how these came out and hope the recipients do too as they are for the UK Stampers Forum swap.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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The eyes have it ATCoins

This month the theme over at my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group is “the eyes have it”.

And this is what I made….

I used the a text stamp and some grey paint for the background and then edged the coins with the same grey. Then I stamped the faces using Jane Davenport stamps and drew in the hair.

Next I watercoloured the faces using stampin write markers. I love how different choice of colours for the hair and eyes changes the faces.

Next I added the Tim Holtz stickers to finish off.

Love how these finished up.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Halloween artist trading coins

Today I have 4 coins I have made for a swap where the theme is Halloween.

I started with distress oxides and the coins cut from mountboard. I chose all Halloween colours for the coins and created a smooshed background making sure to dry between each layer so the layers stayed the right colour and didn’t turn to mud!

Then I went to town stamping with all my Halloween stamps, both magazine freebies and my Tim Holtz ones.

I made sure to edge the coins, using th mowed lawn green colour and then coloured some cardstock with the same colour to stamp the focal images on.

I cut out the images and then added them to the coins with foam tape for dimension.

Love how they turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

This season artist trading coins

I am late again with my coins for the coin swap group I run over on Facebook this month. But better late than never. This month the theme is “this season” and I decided to go with an autumnal feel for my coins.

I started with a smooshed distress oxide background on the coins I had cut from mountboard.

Next, using the same colour inks, I add stamping of lots of different leaves around the edge.

Then I wanted to add some gilding flakes and so dug out the flitterglu and stamped another sprig stamp onto each coin and then added the gilding flakes.

I LOVE these gilding elements!

I finished the coins with an inked edge and a stamped sentiment.

So these are my coins for the swap.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Animal AT Coins

Another swap I made last weekend… And this time it was a set of Artist Trading Coins with the theme of animals.

I actually made a bit of a boo boo making this as I actually made three to start with then realised that I should have made four. So had to make another one.

So I started with the background that I made the journey coins from and cut out the coins.

I then added more colour using twisted citron and faded jeans to give them more of a vintage look.

Once they were dry I then added the stamped cats that were outline stamps but wanted to colour them in using a black pen. I then went back over the outline with a black posca paint pen.

I also added more stamping in the background using the tiny stamps that came in the same set as the cats (Making Cards magazine set).

I also framed the coin with the posca pen and some dots.

This last one was the extra one I had to make when I realised that I hadn’t read the requirements of the swap correctly… So glad that there was enough of the background left!

Love these cat coins!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Eye eye inchies

Today I have a swap to share with you. After struggling with my mojo for a while I managed a few hours crafting this past Saturday and although it took a while to get into it I was pleased to have some swaps I had to make to force me to continue rather than just give up. And in the end I was happy with my makes.

So the first was a set of inchies with the theme “Eye eye”.

I chose to go for distress oxide backgrounds and then these fun make a monster stamps. I kept to the same set of eyes on each row but on a different monster body.

I highlighted the eyes with white and black paint pens. Then I gave each inchie a coat of clear embossing powder to give them some shine.

I love how these turned out. I stuck them to a card for the recipient.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Journey ATCoins

Time to kick off the challenge for the swap group I organise where the challenge this month is “journey”.

I also teamed it with the Birgit Koopsen gel printing challenge on Instagram.

As prompt for yesterday was colours of our flag and so I created a background using candied apple and faded jeans distress oxides and the small square gel press onto mountboard.

I added stamping in the background using some travel themed stamps.

Then die cut the circles and edged them with the faded jeans distress ink.

I then stamped and fussy cut and coloured the focal images.

I also added wink of Stella and some glossy accents to some parts of the campervan.

I love how these came out.

Now to see how others interpret the prompt.

Happy crafting!

Catherine