Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Two artist trading coins

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Butterfly basics, Hardwood, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Timeless Textures

Flowers postcard

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Treasure Gold

Happy birthday Pat

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape

PATWITS circle journal for Rebecca

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - JOFY, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, YouTube video

Brushos ATC’s flower numbers

Hello.

It’s been a little while since I shared a video with you… so today I have one making three ATCs for the UK stampers forum swap. And as per the theme of the last few days I have been a bit brusho mad!

So follow along with my process on the video.. and here is the final results

Really happy with all of these and how bright and cheery they ended up.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Trish Latimer

A play in my journal – make a wish and sparkle

Another play in my Dylusions journal last weekend led to this spread….

I used a mixture of distress stain spray and distress oxides to create the background using stamps and stencils. As the colour was added over gesso it gave it a lovely pale and creamy texture.

I added the stamping of the circles from #badassartchick stamps across the bottom and then added some of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap in the centre of the two pages. I then added the swirly sizzix die cut and then the cute Trish Latimer fairy. I had coloured her with promarkers and then added the Art Alchemy Sparks paint to her wings and the star. I also splashed some of the sparks over the page to add the sparkle. 

I absolutely love the sketchy nature of this focal image against the washy nature of the background so super happy with this page.

And yes another creation for the Paperartsy challenge over on their blog for using Hybrid inks.
Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Mediterranean Moments, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Postcard art: coffee, tea & prosecco

Another postcard swap… and this time a choice of drink for the theme! 

I decided to go with the idea of a cafe when I spotted the stamp on Mediterranean Moments.

I started with a piece of packaging and added gesso in both white and black. I then added the Tim Holtz tissue wrap using the Matt medium. 

I then started adding the distress oxides and then used some more gesso in one patch in particular where I then stamped the image.

Around the edge of the image I added more stamping using the distress oxides. I also added some edging with the black gesso. I then stamped and heat embossed the title. 

Finally I added some clear texture paste through a stencil. Hopefully the recipient liked it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine