Merry Christmas dear blog readers… hope you have a lovely day, however you choose to enjoy it. Clearly we all have had very different years all year and Christmas will no doubt be a different experience too. However staying safe is the most important thing and we will get to party and spend time with our loved ones another time as long as we stay safe!
OK… onto the crafting… today I have the cards I made for the child and the hubby to share with you. As usual they were the last cards I’ve made… always left until the last minute!
The Princess got a pretty wreath card with peach and green colours and lots of white.
Hopefully you can see plenty of sparkle on the words too and a bit of soft wool for the bow.
The hubby also had word dies feature, but I went for a wintery scene instead…
I used lots of ink blending and splatter for the background and lots and lots of sparkle on the trees too.
Almost at the big day… So time to get those last minute cards made.
Today I have my design team contribution for you for CHNC. Hazel’s challenge for this week was to use the word Christmas… not a challenge given its a Christmas card! Lol!
I used some making cards magazine patterned paper and used Magenta Madness to add a base and create strips on either side of the sentiment panel.
The sentiment panel I used a Claritystamps stamp and Versafine to get a good dark impression on the Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Then I decided to go funky and use my Tim Holtz moose die. I cut him from black twice and then added the extra elements using the leftover bits of magenta madness and soft sea foam.
I finished off with the little merry stamped image embossed onto black cardstock.
Really fun card and not too challenging to put together.
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!
Hello… I made two more ATCoins just for fun and inspiration for the swap group I have started. These were using some mountboard I had added some paint and stamping to for another project and thought why not make another couple of coins… after all I am slightly obsessed with them at the moment.
After creating the painty stencilled and stamped background I added the Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps using Versafine and clear embossing. Just love how the texture underneath the bird is still visible in places.
So these were so simple to make… and pretty much followed the way of making the previous ones but with a simple single image rather than collaging.
If you fancy having a go at making these Art coins and want to swap … pop along and join the group over at Facebook to find out more.
So the crafting world has a new craze… Artist Trading coins! And of course I’m loving this new little canvas to art away on a mini round scale!
I made my first ones a couple of weeks ago (here is the post about them) and now find I am making more and more of them … just because! So I thought why not set up a Facebook swap group and see if others are interested in this too. Turns out I am not alone!
So the Artist Trading Coins UK swap group was born. The rules are make three coins each month to a theme (May’s theme is light and dark), send them to me with an SAE and I will send you three back from different artists. Sound like fun? If you fancy joining pop along to the group and ask to join!
So have I made mine for the month of May? Of course not… but here are some of the coins I have been making!
I added paint using a gelli plate and stencils to mountboard then cut them out using a die.
I then added doodling, stamping, splatters of paint and some black paint edging and then found some printed collage images and started layering them up.
Next I added sentiment and more doodling. Then I added Versamark and clear embossing over the whole coin and this gave it a fab finish.
Today I have a card I made for a work friend who has had a major operation and is currently immobile. Just before Christmas she passed me a stack of inspirational quotes that she had cut from a calendar in case I had use of them and I love them all! Of course I needed to make her a card so grabbed one of them that seemed appropriate and made this card.
The quote piece was cut down a little and then mounted on both a piece of tranquil tide and some white edged with the same ink colour. Then I die cut the sprig from vellum a couple of times and added the bow in pool party ribbon from the stash.
A lovely positive card and of course a fab bit of upcycling aswell.