Category Archives: Sizzix

More play Artist trading Coins

Hi… another coin video for you to see… and more for the theme of play as I got a little carried away and fancied making more!

So this time robots, spaceships and toy cars are the feature images and the colour scheme is blues and greens… I started with a masterboard.

And then die cut it and moved it onto the features.

Here are the finished articles…

Really cute! Love these so much and love the fact making a masterboard like this gives you the easy option of making multiples… and I also have an ATC background too to finish at another time.

So fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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

More Artist trading Coins for fun

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins … a new swap group

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.

I love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bunny rabbit ATCs

The theme for this month’s ATC swap at Artful ATCs is rabbits and I chose to be a little creative in my interpretation and do one hare ATC and one rabbit ATC.

I used scraps of green patterned paper to create hills and then used my sewing machine to adhered them together and define them.

Then I added some distress oxide with a blending tool to add some more defintion.

The little rabbits were left from the Making Cards magazine papers that I used for theEaster cards I shared a few days ago.

The hare is a Sheena Douglass stamp that I haven’t used before and have had it in the stash waiting for the perfect moment to use it.

I stamped it straight onto the mountboard ATC using archival ink in Sepia. Then I got out the Brusho to colour the hare using the light and dark brown colours.

I finished it off with a little sprinkle of the light brown brusho so some of the separate colour crystals dilute as individual colours.

Love how this came out. And loved playing with brushos again.

So these were my swaps for April.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Upcycling positive vibes!

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

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