Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Happy Celebrations

Artful ATCS… the Beatles

So this month it was my choice of theme and for a reason I don’t really understand now, when I was asked to choose a theme, I chose the Beatles! Am I big fan? Nope not really. So not entirely sure what made me choose that. So I had to make two ATCs based on this theme.

I first went with a song I know my parents liked… Here comes the Sun.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder as a stamp using distress stain to create the impression in spiced marmelade onto the base I coloured with the fossilized amber stain.

I inked it again, this time with versamark and lined it up to stamp again. I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I then did it again and used gold embossing powder. I love the faint impression this gave and all the texture.

Next I inked the edge with versamark and added the gold to give it a nice border.

I stamped the words onto book print and added them to the front and when dry I went in with some watercolour pencils to add some further definition.

Next I went for another song inspired by the dancers stamp.

I started with the splodges stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped it with a few of the blue distress oxides until it was nice and solid. I then used the black soot oxide to stamp the dancers. I edged the card with black and stamped the song title.

Next I added versamark across the whole panel and clear embossed it. I did it a few times to end up with a lovely thick glossy card.

So why I chose this theme I will never know but happy with my creations none the less.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Embossing Folders, Foiling

Postcard swap

Another gloriously sunny day… so I spent some of it inside crafting! Lol. Mainly because the princess and her friend were outside having a water fight so I retreated to the craft room.

So I made this postcard for the UK stampers forum swap.

I love all the texture I created using distress stains and an embossing folder, distress resist and foil and embossing powder and distress oxides.

Then the image I stamped, added embossing powder and then watercoloured with oxides. I then fussy cut it out.

I added some definition with pencils.

I added the whole piece to mountboard and then edged it with ink.

Love how it finished up and it was a really enjoyable play time for me.

Entering this into the swap at We love 2 create blog where there’s an anything goes mixed media challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alphabet, Designer Series Paper

More Making Cards magazine cuties

Used some more of that fabulous bright fun paper in the latest Making Cards magazine to create some cards.

First I took an image and partially die cut this and then added layers of both mirror card and embossed vellum underneath at funky angles.

I added Wink of Stella and some glossy accents to the image to bring them to life and add texture. Of course I also added some sequins.

Next up one of the little flying unicorn images…

More mirror card and some white card to mat the main image.

Again out came wink of Stella and glossy accents to add the extra sparkle.

Again I love these cute and cheerful cards.

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

Art Alchemy paints, Decorative Dots, Gummiapan, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Petal Palette, Visible Image

Painty cards

More painty background cards. These were made with the paint left on the palette from the cards I shared yesterday and another project I am working on. They were made in a couple of stages and finally got finished last night. 

The backgrounds were lots of different paints all from the pink and purple colour family with a little bit of blue thrown in… especially with the extra paint from the other project. I love all the layers this created. I’d also added some stamping although kept that quite simple with some stars and the Gummiapan text stamp.  Then I had to decide what to do with them. 

The first I decided to use a new Visible Image stamp of the camera and stamped and cut that out. I used my stamp platform to ensure it stamped perfectly as it’s quite a large and detailed image. 

I decided it needed some relief to the background so added the diecut wonky circle from black cardstock and then the sentiment that I embossed and affixed using a brad. I mounted it onto black and then decided to emboss some vellum to create a textured background.

The second card I decided to add a strip of the vellum that I had cut off the first card and again used a brad to affix it. 

I decided to heat emboss the main image onto the background directly and used the beautiful leaf sprig from my new Stampin Up Palette of Petals set I got on pre order from the new spring summer catalogue. 

I also chose a sentiment from that set and heat embossed that onto a label and mounted that on black card along with the whole panel.

With all the art alchemy paints added to the backgrounds and the feature images I think these are fun modern and edgy cards but still full of sparkle and shine. 

Happy with these … And my new stash. I’m going to have lots of fun with the new stash I have recently purchased.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

ArtJourney.nl, Claritystamps, Embossing Folders, Gelli Plate

Three claritystamp gelli plate cards

Three more cards from the massive stash of gelli plate playtime finished off… This time I decided to use the ones I had stamped with the castle and the one I had stamped with the row of houses. Both of these are claritystamp images.

So first… a couple of birthday cards that I thought would work as masculine cards.  This first one I took Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and did a bit of stamping using the World Map stamp. I then added an overlay of vellum that I had embossed with the World embossing plate. I then kept it simple and mounted the topper in the middle with the sentiment heat embossed on the inky background. 

The next one I decided bright was best and added a strip of Lemon lime zest cardstock with a piece of dictionary book print torn across the middle. I love the contrast of the old book print against the bright card. I also added a corrugated card embellishments and some thread to finish off.

The house one I decided to add a little more colour to the image and added a pink panel underneath, some pink thread and a pink shiny heart.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Art Journey Stamps and decided that I would also give the house a little extra definition with some glossy accents.

Love how delicate but modern this is.

So three more cards finished… I started with 24 panels and I think that’s 11 done so far! So almost half way! 

Hope you are enjoying this little series of cards I am making with the fun gelli plate watercolour backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Claritystamps, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Happy Moments, Lacy Brocade, Oh So Lovely

Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine