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

Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Treasure Gold

Numbers ATCs… Artful ATC group

Yes I know I’ve been sharing at lot of ATCoins recently but it doesn’t mean I don’t still love ATCs. So I am still doing the usual swaps each month too.

Here are what I made for the numbers theme for June over at Artful ATCs.

The first one is this painty piece which I added Hot Picks stamps in the background with ink and paint. Then I added the strip of paper with numbers and map references on. I had a rummage through my magazine collage papers and found this illustration I liked. I then added the sentiment.

Next I went for lots of texture. This started as a piece I had brayered off colour onto and then I added texture paste through a stencil. Once that was dry I added some white over it and then started adding colour with Distress oxides. I then used another stencil and sprayed distress resist through it. Then wiped the colour back again so this protected some of the colour under the resist.

Next I added more stamping and the Treasure Gold to add some shine and depth.

Then I rummaged in my Artful Days goodie boxes and pulled out the watch and the bingo ticket that I cut up to add the numbers to the top. I distressed one edge and added it to a die cut piece of the patterned cardstock.

Really happy with both of these and hope the recipient is too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Brushos, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Clare Lloyd, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Envelope circle journal for Tricia

So another journal landed and I immediately set to and in a few hours of wonderful playtime had created two pages. I really just ploughed on and got there so quickly (one side aided by the gelli print piece already done). I videoed the process (A little bit didn’t record due to camera issues) so I’ve put that onto YouTube here for those that fancy watching the speeded up process!

Loved playtime and how these all came together so well. Hopefully Tricia will like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Tombola gift making

So last week I contributed to a tombola stall and in addition to the bottle of something nice to drink I also decorated a little box I thought would make a nice prize.

I started with glacier ice fresco finish paint… Then added guacamole.

Next I added some die cut text print…

And then more paints… this time adding some stamping as well as brayering and adding some through printing.

When I was happy with the background I layered some flowers, pearls and the sentiment.

Super cute and hope the winner liked it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Designer Series Paper, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Marbled, Masks/Stencils, Panda Party, Stitched framelits, YouTube video

Making Cards magazine catitude set

I obsessively watch YouTube videos where the artist takes a subscription stamp set like the ones from Simon says stamp or Hero Arts, and makes 10 cards. I would love to have those subscriptions but given they cost around $40 and then add on the additional $15 for postage to the UK it’s not going to happen!

So as I do have a monthly subscription to Making Cards magazine and this month there are some stamps in the kit… I did my own video… but as you will see it’s a long one! Lol! Think if I was to do it again it would have to be in two parts.

Anyways… the cards I made.

A simple stamped one to make my own patterned paper using the stamps.

Using the bright paper and a stencil to make the focal image pop.

A floating image using acetate and the fun paper. You will have to watch the video to see what a mess I made of this when making it! Lol.

This time one of the fab and funky motivational type pieces with the patterned paper and some embossed card and a flower.

A fresco finish painty background and simple die cutting of the paper and card. Love this bright and cheery background.

Another simple exercise of cutting and sticking. Love this cute stretching cat!

And more paper pieces and fun patterns. Added clear embossing to the sentiment to give it shine and texture and love the little bit of vellum too.

Love the oxide background with the white embossed cats … even if the Whisper white is the wrong paper entirely for adding water based mediums to! And those blobs of enamel accents were a pain to get right!

Added some stamping of the Marvled background stamp to this … I thought it was the perfect touch with this quote panel.

Quirky cats mean a quirkly placed focal images! Love this fun card and the cut out chevrons.

So I have loads of the papers left but figured 10 cards was enough given the video was already ridiculously long!

Sorry about the shadows from the window frame but here they all are!

Let me know if you enjoyed this different crafting adventure. Oh and I have to also leave you with my hubbys version of a crafting video… He was slightly drunk and wouldn’t stop interrupting me video until he had done his own version! Just love the sound of the princess and her friend laughing at him!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, Dylusions paints, Finnabair, Foiling, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Playing in my journal

On Sunday I treated myself to a few hours of play in my art journal… here is the result.

I videoed the process which you can check out on YouTube. It really wasn’t going to plan at one point with the page disintegrating but I pulled it back from the brink and happy with the results.

Love the bright colours and fun textures I achieved and most of all enjoyed playing with paint and paper.

Love love love playing with no agenda.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Go Fish swap!

I’ve joined in a swap with a Facebook group called Mini Marvels where the theme is go fish! So I decided to do something with a 6×4 box canvas …

I started with some layers of paint in blues and turquoise and then added some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry… Then I added some lime paint splashes too.

Then I worked on the feature images and finished off the canvas without in progress pics.

I chose to add a laser cut wood veneer shape from an Artful Days Goodie box and added layers of Art Alchemy Sparks paint. I then added some patterned chiffon that had been in a goodie box too as a bag. I thought it looked quite sea themed.

I then added some stamping onto some bookprint using the Badass art stamps and colouring them with Distress Oxides. I then added some sparks paint onto the seaweed. The fish I then added a layer of versamark and then clear embossed powder which made it all shiny. Then I added some spots of white paint pen.

The title for the canvas is also a Badass artchick stamp. I cut it out and added some shading with Inktense pencils.

I then added some glossy accents to the sentiment strips and added some drops to the artwork as clear drops.

Finished off with some splashes of white gesso and some archival ink to the edges.

Happy crafting!

Catherine