Category Archives: Art and crafting styles

Art coins January swap … use a stencil

The art coins swap I run over on Facebook has the theme of use a stencil this month and I finally got round to making my coins for the swap.

I chose to use bright paints and a range of stencils and paint pens for my coins.

Once the background was done I added some glossy texture paste through a stencil to add another layer of interest too.

I also added a flower, a gem and a sentiment on the top to finish off

Love how these came out… good fun considering I was just playing with stencils and colours.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: upcycle

Yes I am also lucky enough to stay with the CHNC design team this year and the plan is to get at least 52 cards done as part of the challenge!

Hazel’s first challenge is to upcycle something or use something old.

Well I used a scrap of ribbon off crackers at my cousins Christmas get together and a coin I received in a swap (I actually received two so hence me using one!). Thanks and credit for the coin go to Heidi Green.

The papers are ones from a gift I got in the advent twinchies swap so it was good to get started on that stash pile too!

Hope you like my card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Advent twinchies

I participated in a swap during the year where I made twinchies as an advent calendar swap and received some back in exchange to open during the month… so here is the set I made.I started with 4×4 panels of watercolour cardstock and added some distress oxides in lots of different colours.Then I took a few at a time and stamped out the numbers for the advent calendar and started decorating them. I made sure that the numbers weren’t concurrent so that when sending off a few they wouldn’t be too similar to each other!Then kept going so that the colours would be mixed up in each batch (we are sending them in threes…And there were four squares leftover in case I messed one up!So here are the batches…Super happy with how they all turned out.Now for packing them and sending them.Each was to go in its own envelope and a little pack of goodies to accompany them… so I made 4×4 envelopes from a very old pack of paper.After making them all up I stamped the number for the front of them from the scraps…And stuck those on. I added the twinchies in to their relevant envelope and then added some goodies into each envelope before sealing them up.I sent each three off to the relevant partner for each month and then received in response mine which I opened throughout December.It’s been a lovely project to be involved in.And I just need to find a way to display these for next year! I’m thinking of making them into a decoration or set of somehow… any ideas gratefully received!Happy crafting!Catherine

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

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