Designer Series Paper, Gorjuss, Petals and more

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: paper piecing

So it’s time for a paper piecing project for the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge and I really wanted to use the Gorjuss Girl stamps to do this… so I went a little overboard and made a few cards.

First off I stamped them all onto white cardstock for colouring the skin and hair with promarkers…

And then again onto the patterned paper… although wasn’t as worried about the whole image stamping as I only needed the clothing to be stamped.

Then set to on colouring and paper piecing.

Then I added some more shading to the images to make sure that they don’t look too one dimensional.

And then I made up the cards.

This is the one I’ve linked on the blog ..

I love the cluster of bits and pieces I added and the rounded corners.

I kept this clean and simple and just added a few gold edged layers under the image.

This one had a piece of inky paper behind that was an experiment for a class I was teaching at the beginning of the month… Love how it pulls out the green on her dress and socks.

This one I ended up going shabby chic and inking everything. Again more of the green paper and a cute tag I found in the box.

Finally a simple one with layers and scribbles to frame and a cute butterfly to embellish.

I am super happy with all these paper pieced dolls. They were a little fiddly to cut out as they are so small but totally worth the effort!

Would love to see your paper pieced art … Please come and share with us at the blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Designer Series Paper, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petals and more, Stamps, Swirly Scribble thinlits

One sheet wonder playtime

I decided to grab one of the many pieces of 12×12 papers that was reasonably neutral and make a one sheet wonder.

No idea where this paper came from originally but it is a marbled and mottled effect with blue, teal and pink tones. So I teamed it with aqua, pink and brown.

I will sort out the cut instructions and post these later.

I also grabbed some glimmer paper and foiled cardstock to add into the mix.

Then I started making the cards up. I decided to keep to a theme and used the Art deco style stamps which were a magazine freebie a long time ago.

So here are the seven cards I made.

Layered pieces with the different coloured cardstock and the silver glimmer paper and then fussy cut two of the stamped images. Coloured both of them using Inktense blocks and a waterbrush. Stamped the sentiment in versamark and used white embossing powder.

Heat embossed the main image onto the paper and also the same with the single rose image onto the back panel. Then added colour with the distress oxides to give more definition to the bird. Also stamped and embossed the sentiment and mounted that onto the brown card too. I love this bird image so much.

Most of the one sheet wonder templates have a diagonal cut in them. I balanced this one with the diecut in the background.

I love the copper foil background I added with the elegant embossing.

I edged the patterned paper with both the stamp and a line of white embossing, then added the sentiment in the same. Next I added the flower image with some copper thread to add texture.

I went with a brighter pink for this one and grabbed this hot pink doily. It worked with the colouring on the flowers.

This one I went with lots of edging in black pen to give each panel a distinct edge. I also embossed the white panel with the embossing folder.

This final one I embossed the patterned paper, adding versamark to the folder first and then adding some jade coloured powder and heating it. This created a fabulous texture.

I then coloured the cardstock underneath with the same embossing powder.

I am super happy with all of these. I still have a couple of pieces left but not quite worked out how to use them…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Concord & 9th, Petals and more, Rainbow Builder, Sunshine & Rainbows

Turnabout sunshine

I love the Turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th. They are super clever but also super easy to use. I own two of them and for this card made use of both of them.

I used the confetti and the Radiate ones to create the background. It was perhaps a little busy by the end but still I think it’s fab.

Then I added the sunshine and the circle of glitter embossed card to the centre and added it to the red card. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment and die cut that using a banner die from the Petals and More die set.

I decided to finish the sun off with the wink of Stella and glossy accents to add dimension and shine.

Love the look of this as the finishing touch.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Handcarved, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Postscript, Promarkers, Letraset, Tim Holtz

6 one colour atcs

Today I have 6 atcs to share which I’ve made for a swap where the rule is to use mainly one colour. I chose purple as my colour and made 6 different cards based on the same background.

I started with a piece of mountboard and added colour to it using a dry brush and my fresco finish paints and also using the Seth Apter printing technique to get a few layers into the background. Then I cut out the 6 atcs.

I know they look a little pink here but in natural light they are more purple.

Then I treated each of them differently to create the individual ATCs.

This first one I added the Postscript background stamp with white heat embossing and then the feather with purple embossing. I then added distress ink to add more colour to the feather area and add more focus.

Next is the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird. I coloured the bird with Distress inks and a waterbrush (Kassa style) and then cut it out. I added a layer of vellum underneath the bird which I raised up on foam pads to give it some dimension. For the background I added some stamping using the handcarved stamp and distress oxide which I added clear embossing to. I finished it off with some glossy accents for the the eyes.

Card number three I added a diecut hot air balloon. I die cut this from card I had coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced the white elements. Then added some wink of Stella and a little bit of pink to the heart. I raised this up onto foam tabs for dimension. The background I added lots of shimmer using mica and then heat embossed it in clear before I added some stencilled letters using the same purple paint and a Dylusions stencil.

Card 4… I stencilled using a darker purple the flower stencil and when that was dry I replaced the stencil and added the glitter paste. Kept it simple for this one as that glitter really does the job on making an impact!

Card 5… I decided to make a posy jar. I found some cute jar tags in my Artful Days goodie box stash and cut the top off so I could add my posy and then gave the kraft tag lots of layers of distress oxides. I stamped and die cut the Petal Palette flowers from some inked card and added more colour to the actual flowers using the inks. I also added distress inks and oxides onto the background which gave it a more watery look and a little bit of washi tape to added a different texture. I finished with the wink of Stella all over the jar and some white paint pen.

Final card… I added more stamping using distress oxides and the handcarved stamp in the background. Then I stencilled the oxides and heat embossed the stars. I loved the subtle texture this gave.

Then I added a Trish Latimer girl which I had coloured using the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and promarkers for her skin. I cut her out and added with foam tabs for dimension and then added glossy accents to the star.

So that’s all 6 cards…

Super happy with all of them! Hopefully the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Sizzix

Another Art coin

This artist trading coin was made because I had some yupo on my desk and fancied playing with alcohol inks. I made the background first and let it dry and then added texture paste through a stencil.

Once that was dry I die cut the circle and then added more of the ink and included the gold mixative. This created a fabulous rich finish.

I sanded back the texture a little to see if that made a difference to the numbers… it did but only a bit.

I added the sentiment sticker but then I decided to sew the yupo to a backing piece of cardstock to make sure it stuck well.

Once I had done this I added the die cut flower and then stamped and die cut the bird from the petals palette stamp set. I used oxides to stamp and colour the bird.

I love how this came out and enjoyed playing with my alcohol inks and combining the different textures. And that gold mixative is fabulous!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Petals and more, Stitched framelits, Watercolor wings

Happy birthday Sue!

Today is the birthday of my lovely work friend Sue and I made her a card from all of the team.

I chose a large A5 card and used Everything Eleanor swirl stamp to add some colour to the background.

I used some old Hunkydory papers layered up and then some die cuts.

I then used Watercolour Wings to create the focal butterfly.

I love the foiling on the papers and the layers and different textures the die cuts create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Embossing Folders, Everyday Enchantment, Gummiapan, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Postscript, Stitched framelits, Tea for Two, Tim Holtz, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder

It has been a while since I did a one sheet wonder but I felt like having fun with paper and set to on this one sheet wonder project.

I tried to use up bits off the desk as I was building them after the initial cardstock mats etc. I built them up bit by bit too rather than just rushing in to get things stuck down.

So here was the starting point…

A piece of retired Stampin Up Tea for two dsp that I happen to love both sides of.

I teamed it with Early Espresso and old olive cardstock. The early espresso is also the coredinations cardstock so wonderful for distressing.

Next to start adding focal images…

A real hotchpotch of stuff going on… scraps of vellum, die cuts, images from magazine kits and embossing. I had so much fun popping images and scraps from the desk in with these.

So then I started assembling and decided I wanted sewing to feature on most with the quilted type paper as the inspiration. So I added machine stitching to most but not all and the started with the assembling and finishing off.

So I started with some images leftover from making cards magazine…

These first two don’t have any sewing but instead added some twine and ribbon. The next two however have sewing and the lovely cute images.

Now I move onto my fave stamp set… petal palette…

More die cutting and vellum and embossing and some pretty cards were created.

And finally three different cards … the gorgeous watercolour wings…

This one I created some inchies using the butterfly basics stamp set and heat embossed in clear the post script background stamp on the early espresso cardstock.

The last one uses a die of the white rabbit as a focal point. I adore this die and it was gifted to me by a kind friend… thanks M xxx

So there we have it… all of the cards from my one sheet wonder! Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did making them.

Such fun playing with this paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine