Last month the theme for my swap was Under the Sea but I was very last minute getting my swaps sorted… I made them on Monday! Ooops! Well they were just in time for the deadline!
I used some indigo Blu stamps I’ve had for a while.
I created a blue background using three colours of fresco finish paints and stamped one of the shell stamps in the background but it is barely visible. I then stamped the bubbles image using white embossing and the seaweed stamp using the Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder.
Next I stamped and embossed the seahorses onto kraft card stock and fussy cut them out, then I stamped the sentiment onto some spare card and cut them out.
I die cut the coins and layered up the elements. I then sanded the edge to lighten the colour and frame the coins.
Ooops… I forgot to finish off sharing the cards I made when following the basket challenge back in February… so I have a couple more to share today.
This one I started with the purple brushos which I applied to a wet piece of card. I then added two layers of music print, one of which I added paint to, and both I edged with black.
Next I added a fabric stamped element from the stash of embellishments I had placed in the basket. I also decided to alter the canvas sticker heart with embossing using the baked texture embossing powder. After adding a couple of layers, I then stamped the text stamp and added white embossing powder. This created an interesting effect when heated as it absorbed into the Deep Sea one.
I also added the white embossed sentiment.
Love how it came out.
This next one is completely different but also uses one of the canvas sticker hearts.
The background I stamped the Gummiapan text stamp in paint but made sure I only stamped part of the image. I then edged the panel with the same paint.
Next I used a piece of book print which I had used to remove some ink from a gelli plate when creating a previously shared card. I added this to a tag and then edged it with a posca pen.
The heart I coloured with the blue paint and then added the posca outline. Once again I added the white embossed sentiment and then some gems to finish off.
Love these Hearts… so versatile.
Photos didn’t show off the colours properly… so here are daylight photos…
More of the cards I made crafting out of one basket of supplies.
This one was lots and lots of layers of paint and then after stamping the flower I created a mask and overstamped using black versafine the Badass artchick stamp which gave a fab background. I decided the flower needed to look different though so stamped it onto bookprint and used the brushos to colour it.
Once dry I fussy cut it out and added it to the card and added posca pen doodles.
I kept the card quite simple as it was such an intense background and focal image so just added doodled lines.
The next one I took the same image and made a very different looking card.
This time i stamped the image onto a piece of paper I had been using to add paint to the previous background. It was originally a piece of map paper so very smooth and originally glossy.
I again added posca doodles.
I chose to add it to a piece of card I had simply stamped one background stamp on and then edged.
To the card I then added some embellishments… a little corrugated tag, and some chipboard hearts I had given the embossing powder treatment using the Deep sea baked texture embossing powder.
A much more simple card but equally fun using the large flower image from Jofy.
My lovely and super creative friend Chris runs a group on Facebook called mini marvels. To start our mojo off she challenged us to create from a basket of goodies we were urged to put together over a few days… e.g. choose three colours of distress oxide and three paints in the same colours on one day, grab stencils and stamps on another. Once the basket/bag was full we had to stop.
Here was my filled basket.
And when tipped out onto the desk there was a lot to choose to play with. We were allowed one thing extra we forgot and three main tools… pens and basic tools were ok. My main tools were a paper trimmer, heat tool and gelli plate.
I decided the thing I wanted to make were cards suitable for teenager girls as I had run out in my stash and the theme for my focal image stamps was flowers so this influenced what I could do for some of my cards. I had also chosen some butterfly greyboard embellishments so they got used too.
So I won’t share all of the cards I made today… hopefully over the next couple of weeks you will see them all.
I will share the first two I made here today though.
I started with a distress oxide smooshed background and built up some layers of stamping. I also added some posca pen doodling.
The butterfly I painted and then added the Deep Sea embossing powder to create a shiny embellishment. I gave it a piece of bookprint to sit on and added some gems and the sentiment label.
Love how zingy this is.
The next one is similar in terms of background was started in the same way. But this one I added stencilling plus different stamping.
The star was a textured finish embellishment which I added layers of the Deep Sea embossing powder to. It maintained it’s texture but love the glossy finish.
So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.
Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.
I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…
Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.
Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!
This month the swap over at my UK swap group on Facebook the theme is “Back to Black”. I love the Amy Winehouse song and when I heard it on the radio I knew that it would be an interesting theme for the group.
So I made my coins mainly black with a tiny touch of blue and the white stamped image!
I used the mdf coins and coated it with black gesso. Then I die cut the swirly image from black cardstock and added that. Next I added stamping and embossing first in black and then with the Deep sea Baked Texture embossing powder (This is the touch of blue as it is translucent but blue tinted).
Then I added the main image which is a Paperartsy inage which I stamped in White pigment ink onto shrink plastic.
I finished with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed onto black cardstock and wink of Stella added for shimmer.
Finally I used black puffy paint to add dots around the edge of the coins.
This last photo shows all the shine and the dimension on these coins as the sun caught it perfectly!
This year I am going to try and do more art journal pages in my own art journal as I neglected it last year in favour of swaps … so I’ve started with this page.
There was some stencilling on the page already in bright pink which started me off and determined the warm colour choice. I added the fossilized amber distress stain all over the page and then added some spiced marmelade and abandoned coral in a few places.
Once dry I added the partial stamping of some random stamps from the bits and bobs stamp box using archival inks. I also added some stencilling using distress ink.
Then I used some ephemera pieces from an old Artful Days goodie box which I inked using the distress stains and then distressed further to give them even more of a shabby chic look.
I also added the image stamped on fabric which I sewed around as per the art weekend we had last year with James Sharpe. I added them together along with stamped tickets. Then I added some flicks of distress resist spray to which I added some baked texture embossing powder so add even more grunge.
I added this to the background and then started adding stickers and the title (cut from some more ephemera) and added doodles using both a gold and a white posca pen. I also added a little bit of additional sparkle using a spectrum noir sparkle pen.
Really love how this came together and it was good to play in my own journal for a change.
I joined in with the ATC swap at UK stampers forum where the theme is Locks and Keys.
I used some mountboard to cut some ATCs and then coloured them with distress stains and then used the same colours on photo paper. I then did some stamping on this and then added some heat embossing to add texture.
I also did some random stamping on one side…. and on the backgrounds I also added some of the baked texture embossing powder too.
The key image I stamped and embossed before I added more distress stain in the ground espresso. I then cut them out and added them to the ATCs.
I then added some stickers as the finishing touches.
Today is my brothers 50th birthday and here is the card I made for him…
I went for a textural finish with texture paste through a brick wall stencil and some distress oxide splattered and loosely painted and then lots of embossed elements using a mixture of powders including clear, gold, and baked texture embossing powder.
I really enjoyed putting this together… and the vinyl records really reminded me of Jonathan as he was really into music when he was a teenager.
So happy birthday big brother… hope he has had a fab day!