Alpaca Pals, Artist Trading Coins, Fancy Phrases, Washi tape

Tell a story stamped ATCoins

Today I have a swap I did in September where 4 coins had to be stamped.

I chose myself the theme of “Tell a story” using sentiments from an Alpaca Pals stamp set and the background using the Fancy Phrases stampin up set (that slipped into my basket on my last order!).

Each of the coins was stamped with versamark and then coloured with water colour pencils. I wanted each coin to have a different colour but kept the colouring quite simple and loose.

I then added the glittery washi tape and a scrap of dictionary paper before adding the stamped sentiments.

I added little gems to each coin to add sparkle.

And finished each off with a black edge to frame them.

Really happy with these coins. They aren’t challenging, but I think look quite beautiful!

Hoping the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Fancy Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Washi tape

UK Stampers Forum swap… fancy phrases coins

Another day, another set of coins… this time for UK stampers forum swap…

I went with a bit of simple stamping using the beautiful flower stamp from Fancy Phrases.

I started with base painted with Cheesecake and Prawn fresco finish paints. Then stamped in sepia archival. I then added a little more paint using the cheesecake and guacamole to define some of the Flowers and leaves.

I also added some sparkle with the shimmer ink and splattering it all over them.

I decided to add a strip of washi tape and the sentiments which I’d stamped on prawn painted cardstock.

I also added some gems I found in the stash.

Love how delicate these are. They are sort of vintage with a pop of modern with the prawn and the glitter.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Boho Indigo, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Blue AT Coin swap

I took part in a pocket letter swap and received an amazing one made by Karen with the Boho Indigo kit. She was generous to also include lots of extras in the back.

I decided to create my artist trading coins for the Artist trading coin swap where the challenge for this month is BLUE using some of the bits and pieces Karen had gifted me.

I layered up the vases and added some of the leaves and then layered it onto coins I had painted with fresco finish paint.

I added the hello sentiment using gold pen to edge the sentiments.

I used the same gold pen to add dots around the edge of the coins.

I finished off with sequins and added some wink of stella to one of the leaf die cuts in each coin.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern coins

I decided to play with Forever Fern stamps and the Forever Flourishing dies for the coins I made for this months UK Stampers Forum swap and as it’s a SU project it works for this week’s Stampin up Sunday post too!

I started with a piece of water colour card big enough to die cut three coins (2.5″ diameter) from. I added a mix of Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana on the background just to colour it. Then stamped and die cut the leaves from another piece of whisper white.

Next I added the die cuts to the part of the cardstock I knew would be part of the coins to create a background. This is easier to add them now and then die cut the circle using the Bigz die I use.

Next I added some rich raspberry ink to the remaining whisper white scraps and die cut the little leaves out. And on another scrap of whisper white stamped the Hello sentiment.

I then die cut the coins out and adhered them to some scrap thick cardboard I had already die cut as the coins to give them some strength. I like my coins to be quite sturdy.

I adhered the sprigs to the sentiment and then added them to the coins. I also edged each coin with the coastal cabana to frame it. On two of the coins I had done the same with the sentiment (I forgot on one!).

Next I added the sequins from the stash that work colourwise with the coins.

Love how these came out… and for regular followers of my blog you might work out that I was actually using some of the leaves I had stamped and die cut for a previously shared project … so it was nice to use up the leaves on this as the backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gilding flakes

Autumn Leaves artist trading coins

Today I have the coins I made for the swap I organise on Facebook. This month the theme is Autumn Leaves…

I had a hunt through the stash and found these fab metal leaves from an old Artful Days Goodie box.

I took three precut coins and gave them a coat of paint using mudsplat and autumn fire. I also stamped onto them using mudsplat to give a textured background.

Next I stamped in flitter glu the swirl from timeless textures and added gilding flakes. I love the effect this gives of a mottled metal.

Next I added the leaves with some linen thread. Then finished off with the sentiment stamped in fired brick distress ink.

As the leaves are so cool I didn’t think it needed much else.

Entering this into the autumn mood challenge at Challenge up your life and the anything mixed media challenge at Creative artiste challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Baked Texture embossing powder, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Under the sea artist trading coins

Last month the theme for my swap was Under the Sea but I was very last minute getting my swaps sorted… I made them on Monday! Ooops! Well they were just in time for the deadline!

I used some indigo Blu stamps I’ve had for a while.

I created a blue background using three colours of fresco finish paints and stamped one of the shell stamps in the background but it is barely visible. I then stamped the bubbles image using white embossing and the seaweed stamp using the Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder.

Next I stamped and embossed the seahorses onto kraft card stock and fussy cut them out, then I stamped the sentiment onto some spare card and cut them out.

I die cut the coins and layered up the elements. I then sanded the edge to lighten the colour and frame the coins.

Love how these turned out.

Now this month the theme for the coin swap is Autumn Leaves and I must not be so late this month in my makes! Anyone UK based fancy joining the swap join our group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/188698838620167/?ref=share

Anyway… here they are…

Entering these into the atc challenge over at Happy Little Stampershttp://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2020/07/design-team-call-all-teams-for-2021.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Aall & Create, Artist Trading Coins, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Circle artist trading coin

This month we have another ‘virtual challenge over at my coin swap group… maybe next month I will move back to postal ones … but will make that decision nearer the time.

So the theme for this month … circles. This was inspired by the stamp and stencils I recently bought from Aall & Create.

I used a gelli print that I had leftover from another project and added the stamping on top in black.

I added some details with pink posca pen and then added the die cut wonky circle which was cut from some funky wallpaper. I then added the title from a magazine cut up.

I then decided that the coin needed a bit more so grabbed some black gems.

I decided once I had made the coin to turn it into a little notecard as a little hello for a friend.

I decided that a pink panel would be a good idea … but then grabbed my pokey tool and some thread to add some sewing around the coin. I used a template for the holes which I recently rediscovered. Perfect fun!

Hope you like what I made.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Elenazinski, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Crazy coins

This month and last we switched to virtual challenges for my ATCoin group. Last month I chose the challenge of Bright and this month Crazy. I actually combined both for these coins.

I used gelli prints for the background which had lots of doodling on, and then the bird is a Paperartsy Zinski stamp which I added watercolour for the colouring.

I also added some glitter gems for added fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Use up scraps AT Coins swap

Today I’ve got the coins I made for the Facebook swap group I run. Each month we do a swap with a theme. This month the theme I chose was “use your scraps”.

I chose this as I had lots of mini scraps on my desk of gelli prints and wanted to use them.

So I collaged the scraps onto coin bases and then mod podged them to give them a glossy finish.

I then embossed the Tim Holtz butterflies onto other scraps and fussy cut them out.

I then added gems and the sentiment which I embossed onto black card. I edged the coins with black gesso and called them done!

Love them!

And the project that I made to create the scraps … well I will be sharing that in another blog! Consider this a sneak peek!

Here are the daylight pics to show the colours better!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Darcy, Promarkers, Letraset, Shrink plastic, That's the Ticket, Watercolour paints

Hearts and layers coin swap

Hello!

Today I am sharing four coins that I made for a swap where the theme was hearts and layers… so yes it needed to have layers and feature hearts!

I started by stamping and masking and stamping some backgrounds onto some thick cardstock. I used Darcy stamps from Paperartsy for all the hearts as I love the different types of hearts she designed. I stamped the word hearts in memento and the circle hearts in Candied Apple distress ink.

I had loosely drawn around some coins so I knew how much to cover of the cardstock I was using.

Next I started colouring them in… promarkers for the word hearts…

… and the background…

Once these were finished I cut them out and added some embossing using a different heart themed stamp from Darcy’s collection. These I clear embossed to give texture to the coins.

Next up was to do some layers and focal images… I chose to use scraps of this fabulous textural wallpaper and then another Darcy heart which I embossed and then coloured using the shimmery watercolours in shades of pink and grey.

I love how shimmery and shiny these are. I also edged the coins in Black to frame them.

Next I added the embellishments… a shrink plastic ticket I stamped and cut out, a gemstone and some stamped words from another Darcy stamp set.

Ok now to show the real colours in daylight and not just the orange look they get under the desk lamp…

Love how they came out!

So these are my coins for the swap… I think there were enough layers and enough hearts to satisfy the conditions of the swap! Hopefully Janet who I made them for loved them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine