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.
Hope you liked seeing the final page too.
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!
Following on from yesterday I have the coins I made from the same masterboard…
So I cut the three coins and then added some book paper to each of them.
Next I stamped and coloured the Winter Friends wolf.
I stamped an extra one just in case I messed up… and I did… phew! I fussy cut them out. Next I added some baked texture embossing powder for added texture and shine.
Finished off with a stamped sentiment. Very cute I think!
Today I have something different… a big departure from all the Christmas crafting… my art journal spread in Rebecca’s circle journal.
This is actually the front and back of the spread… so when it is in the journal they are two separate pages…
I used the handmade paper I bought in York for the background and then added panels on top with black gesso and some other papers.
I still kept to the colour scheme with teals/blues and lines/greens. But took different tones for both of the pages.
On the inside I took another approach… but that will have to wait for another day! And if you want to know how it came together… I videoed it here.