Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils, Off the Grid, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #16 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use! This week I am playing with the Off the Grid background stamp and decided that I needed to see it in art journalling mode to see if changed my mind and became a must keep!

A few weeks ago I had some paint left on my palette from other play and decided to start adding it to a page that already had a fair amount of pattern and stuff applied!   I always add any bits that are leftover from other projects to random places in my journal and this had some paint, ink and glossy texture paste already applied through stencils.

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So I added some pink, lime green and pale blue paint.  None of these are expensive paints and all quite translucent which means that all the pattern and other colours are still very visible.  I have no idea at this stage where I am going with this but I am loving the colour and the patterns.

The next time I went to play I decided to make use of some scrap paper I had used underneath an ATC project and as a palette for my paints… I drew some rough circles on the interesting colours and patterns.
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Then I cut out the circles and started laying them out in the journal.
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Love the contrast between the page and the circles… gorgeous.

I decided it needed more though and decided that circles would be the enduring theme. At the same time as all this play the lovely Helen lost her Mum and this very much was on my mind as I played in the journal… and certainly made me choose the quote for the page.

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Anyway…. I smeared some gelatos in circles around the page and then added some gesso to them and created a few others with just gesso.
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More gelatos added and smeared around… then time to add some black.
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I used some Indian ink and a paintbrush to added the lines around the circles. Love the way this worked, even though it was scary that the black could go very wrong.

Next I added the Off the Grid stamp in archival randomly round the page.

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Next I added the paper circles and adhered them with matt medium. I felt they needed more definition so out came the Indian ink again.
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I added connecting circles and dots of the ink all around the page and then chose the quote.
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I first hand wrote the quote using a fountain pen and purple ink but it didn’t work well enough so back to the ink and paintbrush again.

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Love how this page came out and love the totally random way it developed. Love the grid contrast with the circles but still thinking that the stamp needs to go.

Well I suppose this is what this challenge is about … do I really need what I am trying out. And in this case even though I like it, no I don’t need this stamp.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Late edit… my friend Chris commented to me that she like the use of white space in this layout… which I hadn’t thought about at the time of posting. Now you might be looking at my layout and thinking where is the white space… well the entire background becomes the white space whilst the circles become the none white space …and guess what the current Paperartsy
blog theme is… yes white space… as Darcy reminded us in the explanation and example post, white space doesnt have to be white, or devoid of pattern! So I am linking this to the challenge over there as an example of non white and not thought through aka unintentional white space!

Gelatos, Faber Castell, Off the Grid, Stampotique, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #16 Off the Grid

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I thought I would see where the small background stamp Off the Grid would take me.  I haven’t used this stamp anywhere near as much as I thought I would and no idea why.

I decided to build some backgrounds using it and some gelatos.

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The first lot of stamping was using Old Olive ink and then just started building up the gelatos in layers.

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A few different colours… and then some more stamping, this time using the gelatos to stamp with.

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I left this to dry and grabbed some Stampotique flowers I had stamped back in February when I was at Art from the Heart.  I coloured them with gelatos and cut them out.

I then added some silk thread and a sentiment and edged the panel and the Old Olive mount.  Perfect modern, fun and arty cards.

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So what do I think of the stamp? Well even though I love the results of this I could easily have used another background stamp and the grid stamp still doesn’t strike me as one I would grab time and time again (unlike dictionary or hand carved) so I think this might be going in the lose it pile.

Will give it one more play later this week and then decide for sure.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bliss, Hello Doily, Masks/Stencils, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them re evaluation

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

A few weeks ago I was undecided about two stamp sets… hello doily and Bliss.  I wasn’t sure if they really needed to be kept or not.   As I felt like doing a journal page I decided to use these stamps within the journal and give them a re-evaluation!

I started with a double spread I had added grunge paste through a finnabair stencil on it.  Then stamped the Hello Doily a few times round the pages in Watering Can archival ink.

Once that was dry I chose some distress stains and added them but tried to leave some ‘white space’.  I struggle with white space when I do art journalling as I seem to want to add colour and pattern everywhere.  So I was pleased I remained restrained and left some of the page untouched.

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This was the page when the inks were still wet.  I had used Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio and blue Lagoon distress stains.  Love the way the colours blend even without adding water. 

Once it was dry I added some stamping in Twisted Citron distress ink using the Bliss flourish I love so much.
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I also added the Bliss stamp used Peeled Paint. Again it was just for background and what I needed.
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Next I added some gesso to tone down the colour and add some more layers

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I kept this quite patchy as I didn’t want to get rid of too much colour.

I grabbed a stencil to add some more pattern in the background. It is very subtle but adds to the final finish.
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I decided I wanted a bit of spray ink so grabbed the Dylusions yellow spray and added a doily as a stencil and then the white over a squiggly stencil.
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Time to add some features and a title. It’s the butterfly from the Bliss which I stamped in the watering can archival in a set of three. I also added some washi tape. Then I decided it needed something else as a pop of colour… so out came the gelatos and some red and metallic green and yellow.

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I added the title using stamping and then a wooden word which I added the Pebeo Fantasy paint to. I did plenty of splattering in black and white and then added a little white paint on some of the raised texture.
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I also used another happy stamp randomly round the pages.
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Love how this came together and although not exactly as white space as I had wanted, I managed to not cover ever last millimetre with colour!

Now are these stamps for keeps or not? I’ve decided no matter how much I like this page I am going to add both stamp sets to the lose them pile as don’t imagine using them again.

Entering this into the challenge over at Anything but Cute as my Earth day themed challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

International Bazaar, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Use them or Lose them

One sheet wonder time

Time for another attempt at using up the massive stash of paper… so time for another one sheet wonder.  This time I selected the one piece of International Bazaar dsp I had left.  I actually only like one side of this paper so know they will all be blue cards.  I also grabbed dome soft sky cardstock for mounts as I had some slightly damaged sheets.

I followed a Osw cutting guide I found on Pinterest.
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I started with this and created some mounts to go with it.
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Next I popped them with some card blanks into envelopes. This way I knew I had an easy project to pick up and run with when I wanted to! Why not try this yourselves? It makes life easy!

I got this fab set of Art Deco stamps with the Creative Stamping magazine and wanted to use them so that’s where I started with these cards… three with the same panel and same pieces of dsp and cardstock… but put together three different ways.
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Next I decided that I wanted to use the butterfly stamp…
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And the Bird stamp…
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The Bird stamp is actually a circle with the Bird and flowers but you can’t see it against the patterned paper and I only wanted to paper piece the Bird and flower onto white cardstock and colour them with the ink and water.

I kept on with the Bird stamp but on these chose to do the whole image.
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This was using raspberry ripple as the other colour.
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This was using Daffodil delight and a little but of calypso coral for the shading. This is my favourite of the stamped images I think.

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This one I used a different panel stamp and then repeated the sentiment to go with the border stamp.
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This one I used that fab corner stamp again.

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This was another of the larger images which I created a panel from and then also added the border stamp. On this picture it looks wonky but doesn’t in real life so not sure what happened there.
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Finally I let the sentiment take centre stage and added the pretty roses to one side fussy cut and the bouquet onto the card blank on the other.

Of course I had to do them some matching envelopes too…
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I must admit I love these stamps and so I am glad this OSW allowed me a good trial with them. Thinking that some stamping and heat embossing would be good for these stamps too.

Well it’s another piece of dsp used to good effect and another project completed. This year’s Use it up is going well!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I already know these stamps are for keeps but pulled them out to play again… Festival of Trees.  Such fab stamps for easy christmas cards.  This time, in keeping with the Paperartsy blog theme of resist I decided to mix heat embossing with Brushos… They are a match made in heaven.

First the trees are heat embossed using white embossing powder and then it’s time for the colour explosion of Brushos.

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I used aquamarine, purple and Violet for these two panels.  Then stamped the baubles in Elegant Eggplant and also the sentiment.  Then edged and mounted them onto grey and the patterned card blanks my friend gifted me.

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Just gorgeous!

So yes these stamps are for keeps… wonder what next week’s play will bring…. oh and I am entering these into the Paperartsy resist challenge… no where near as exciting as all the inspiration provided by the DT but a resist project nonetheless! Go check out what’s been going on over on the Paperartsy blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15: Festival of Trees

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I grabbed Festival of Trees and decided to have a little bit of a Christmas craft!  I’ve not done as many christmas cards throughout the year like I normally do, mainly as I don’t need as many this year as I made so many last year… but still it was fun to be festive for thirty minutes.

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I chose three patterned card blanks that my friend gifted me and three grey hammered card panels from the stash.  I kept the design simple on all three cards with the tree stamped in smoky slate and then added colour for the baubles, pot and sentiment.  I used BlackBerry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Raspberry Ripple as the three colour choices.

I can’t see me getting rid of these stamps… I love them… and glad I did some nice clean and simple designs but will be interesting to try and mix it up a little for the next project… wonder what I will end up doing.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Hour, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #14, project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I am playing with the Happy Hour stamp set.  After letting the paper I chose for the previous project take over a little I decided instead to go for a stamping technique for these two cards.

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I used different shades of ink to stamp out the same glass and kept it simple.

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This time I chose to stamp a background from the word cheers using different shades of ink.  Love how this worked, but not as happy with the stamping over the top… might have been better to create a panel to do this?

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I added some dots of glitter to both of them although not sure that you can’t see that on the picture.

So I am happier with these cards for showing off the stamps but not sure I would use them much.  These are still an undecided set for this challenge… so will keep them for now and maybe try them again in a few months?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Masks/Stencils, Simply Sketched, Spectrum noir pencils, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #13 project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I’ve been using the Simply Sketched stamps and already know this is a keeper.  I did however want to try out a technique I’d never tried before.

I took kraft card blanks and stamped the image using white craft ink and let it dry.  I did this on the envelopes too.

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Once the pigment ink was dry I used my spectrum noir pencils to colour the images. 

As the images weren’t particularly big I felt the cards needed something else so grabbed some stencils, stencil brushes and light distress inks (wild honey and Pumice stone) so finish them off.

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This one is using the Clarity bubbles stencil and I tried to add more pumice stone on the bottom of the stencil to provide more depth.  I then added the sentiment last using the white craft ink.

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This one I kept to the circle shape but this time in addition to adding the Pumice stone down one side I also added the dot fade stencil too to provide a little texture.  This didn’t work as well as I had hoped but still provided some depth and interest.

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I kept the envelopes simple with just the colouring (these were taken before I added the stenciling.).

So most defintely a technique I liked and stamps to keep.  Win win!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ribbons, Simply Sketched, Use them or Lose them

Use Them or Lose Them #13 Simply Sketched

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I am playing with Simply Sketched which I have had for a while and used quite often. I must admit the sentiments get used the most and it is the only Sympathy sentiment I own so I know already I am unlikely to let this one leave. But still I fancied doing something a bit different and opted for some round card blanks and some distress stain for one and the distress glaze for both of them.
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I started by stamping both the cards, inside and out with Archival ink. One on watering can and the other in Sepia.
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Then for this one I created a border with the distress glaze, lightly coloured the image with watercolour pencils and then added some distress stain over the top.
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I did the same with the envelope and also created some splatters. Then added the sentiment and some seam binding.

The other card I watercoloured the poppy then masked it with the distress glaze before stamping a So Saffron background using a block and spraying some water.
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I then added some splashes in the yellow and some Crisp Canteloupe. I also added the Canteloupe trim.
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Love both of these very modern and different ways of using these stamps.

These are going nowhere!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dictionary, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #12, project #2

This week I have been playing with the  Dictionary background stamp.  On Sunday I shared a journal page where I had used the stamp three times.  Here I have a set of cards using the stamp to its full effect as a background stamp.

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I picked out some dsp with a subtle grey circle pattern and onto this I stamped the entire stamp using a grey ink.  I then cut the panel out so there was just a small border. Then I used the Clarity bubbles stencil to add the circles in Lost Lagoon and Bermuda Bay.   I then edged the panel with the grey.  I mounted this on a piece of striped dsp in the same subtle grey but edged this with the stencil brushes and the coloured ink as well as the grey ink.

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One I made much darker than the other. 
For the focal point I added the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap set using a Versamark ink and black embossing detail powder.  I also stamped it again on white paper so I could cut out the sheet of paper as a piece of contrast for the typing to show up on.  I then used the tap stamp to do the border.

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Love how these came out.  Perfect partners these two stamp sets.  Love them both.  They are not going anywhere!

Happy crafting!

Catherine