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.
I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.
I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.
I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).
Next I made page two …
Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…
Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.
Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.
The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.
I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.
This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.
I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!
I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.
Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.
I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.
I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.
Yup it’s the heart day! We don’t really do anything exchange cards for valentines day… although this year it being all weird with lockdown etc I did order a special cheesecake to celebrate!
Anyways I did make a card for both the hubby and one for the teenager… because well why not?
I used a scrap of the Tim Holtz collage tissue paper and then some stamping for my card for the hubby. I added some sewing and some splats of Cherry Cobbler and Black gesso.
As the focal point I added the embossed heart which is my favourite Darcy heart. I coloured the heart with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blends and then adding the ink around the edge of the panel. I found an old stamp with the right sentiment and added that too.
I added the panel and then some doodles round the card. I also added the star sequin for a finishing touch.
For the teenager I went for a completely different look but also a Darcy heart and some sewing!
I used dsp from the stash in several layers with a layer of the white cardstock. I also added some lace tape some stamped and inked card and a Darcy heart which I raised on dimensionals. I love the sewn element with the contrasting pink thread. I also added the gem and the sentiment.
Whilst I’ve been doing a massive clear out in the craft room I’ve come across a few random pieces that I decided to make into a card to break up the tidying task!
This one was a piece of tissue wrap already torn off and a fab arty piece I think I was gifted in a swap at some point.
I started by adding the tissue wrap to some mixed media cardstock cut into a 5×5 panel and dry brushing copper acrylic paint onto it. Then I used a Paperartsy stencil to add the block pattern down one side using some deco art fluid acrylics and a sponge.
Next I adhered the arty panel and then used the sewing machine to add texture around the edges.
Then I added stamping using a couple of Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps and black sparks paint.
I finished by rubbing the leftover sparks paint round the edge to frame it and then added it to a 7×7 card blank.
I love how this came out… elegant and funky all in one.
Last night I had a spare hour whilst the hubby watched men kicking a ball up and down a field and the child was doing a similar activity in the garden with her friend so decided to make a couple of coins from some mountboard I had leftover on the desk.
I started with a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and added that with a coat of gesso over it. Then I added distress oxides in Fossilized Amber, candied apple and peacock feathers.
Next I added some stamping using one of the Kim Dellow Paperartsy sets. Then chose to add versamark through a stencil … forgetting that the oxides would also grab the powder … but as I had no definite plan and was just creating a background I didn’t mind. The powder I chose was a mixed batch I have in a pot when I mixed a few colours together.
I then cut out the coins using the sizzix die… one moved slightly and it has a small flat bit on one side but not enough to matter!
Next I stamped and cut out the Kim Dellow flowers and also die cut some stems from black cardstock for in the background.
I coloured the flowers with the same colour of distress oxides as the background and then stuck them all down. I also added some highlights with a versamarker pen and added more embossing powder.
I then added the sentiments and decided I wanted to coat them completely in clear embossing to create a glazed tile effect. Three layers later I was happy with these… although they are difficult to photograph due to the shine and dimension.
A question about sealing your artwork came up on a facebook group I am a member of … this is by far my favourite way of doing it and it can completely transform the artwork, especially if there is dimension involved. Love it!
So another set to satisfy my new obsession for these little works of circular art. And don’t forget about the Facebook swap group …. there is still time to get your Light and Dark coins to me! Check it out here!
The theme for this month at the Postcard art swap group was flowers in my garden… well I don’t really have many of those so I’ve used some creative licence and used the flower from Butterfly Basics to add the floral element to this postcard.
I added the Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso to the panel and then lots of brushos using the Matt medium to make them less reactive. I stamped in archival and coloured using the Brushos again. Then I added some subtle texture and pattern stamping too.
Next I added the glitter paste through a stencil to create the chicken wire type fence. I mounted the artwork onto some pale kraft cardstock I had stamped with hardwood to give it a frame.
One of my online crafty friends (who I have been lucky enough to meet in person) had a special birthday last week… so I made her a card. I chose a very mixed media style as I knew she would appreciate it. I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap to the Lemon cardstock and then added two gelli printed pieces I had on my desk. Then I added some Bistre powder and some gesso to blend and tone them together a little more.
Then I chose some images from a printed sheet I had to create the collaged girl. I added some pen work to add definition and then added the printed sentiments.
Next I added the piece to a piece of gelli printed book print (I actually think the book print came from Pat originally!) And then added this to a piece of white cardstock.
I also added some treasure gold in a few places to give it some rich shine.
I then forgot to take a pic of this mounted onto the card blank (a5 sized blank) because I was keen to get it in the post.
But before I did I also decorated the envelope.
I added some gelli printed circles, stamping and lots of doodling to finish it off and then the address was in the centre where I had kept the space clean with a post it note mask.
I know Pat received this late… but hey better late than never!
Rebecca’s envelope journal was a strange but wonderful construction and she had not bound the pages which made this a lot easier to work on.
I actually videoed the process so here is the link to that.
And the page…
I had no plan before I started but wanted a page with lots of texture… and of course my medium of choice recently… Brushos!
I then decided it was the perfect canvas for Darcy’s new stamps.
What I didn’t show on the video was the stitching I did to frame the piece using the sewing machine. I used a couple of different colour threads and different types of stitches.
Also after the page was finished I had to do the flaps that fold in… so I chose to stick to the Darcy stamps but chose an older set and did some basic painting to make them contrast but work with the art on the inside.
There was also the front and back to be done… but that will have to be for another blog post.
Hope Rebecca likes the whimsical gentle page I did for her.