Deco art fluid acrylics, Elenazinski, Family Journalling, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

Mixed Media Monday: Family journalling

Yes I have indeed started another journal, although this was one I bought which has really narrow notebooks in it. I chose the one with blank pages to start on (there are lined and grid page notebooks too) and decided to make it into a journal for adding pages about family members… and started with the youngest member of the family… my youngest great nephew, Hugo, born November 2020.

I have yet to meet him (or indeed my youngest niece who is 2) so I am reliant on photos I am sent or see on Facebook etc.

Decided to mainly use the soft green cloud paper I had cut into for another project and other papers on the desk along with the cute journalling card which I created into a flip so I could put some journalling behind it.

The Welcome sign was cut from some packaging I had on the desk and the heart stencilled piece was a Gelli print I made earlier in the day for another project but decided not to use … decided it was perfect for adding to this page, along with the wipe off from my brayer.

I stamped Hugo using some large alpha stamps from Paperartsy and love how that came out.

On the circles I punched and added, I also punched and added hearts and then used glossy accents to make them into dimensional embellishments and went to town with doodled lines etc.

Quite a quick page to put together and good that most of it was using up stash off the desk so required no new items or papers and pleased I could add in a bit of mixed media too with the Gelli print etc.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

Lovehearts postcards

Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)

First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…

I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.

I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.

The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!

Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…

I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.

Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.

I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.

I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.

So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!

So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…

Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.

Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.

I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.

Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.

OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Collage card

Whilst I’ve been doing a massive clear out in the craft room I’ve come across a few random pieces that I decided to make into a card to break up the tidying task!

This one was a piece of tissue wrap already torn off and a fab arty piece I think I was gifted in a swap at some point.

I started by adding the tissue wrap to some mixed media cardstock cut into a 5×5 panel and dry brushing copper acrylic paint onto it. Then I used a Paperartsy stencil to add the block pattern down one side using some deco art fluid acrylics and a sponge.

Next I adhered the arty panel and then used the sewing machine to add texture around the edges.

Then I added stamping using a couple of Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps and black sparks paint.

I finished by rubbing the leftover sparks paint round the edge to frame it and then added it to a 7×7 card blank.

I love how this came out… elegant and funky all in one.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks

Sewing ATCs

Carrying on with yesterday’s theme… today’s ATCs all have a sewing theme.

I used the button stamp again over the fluid acrylics for this, along with some sewing zig zags. Then I layered the stamped fabric piece onto some patterned paper and sewed it into place with a mixture of stitches.

This uses the Bronte sisters stamp on acetate and some different fabric backing (canvas and denim cotton) with Paperartsy fresco finish paints and some buttons and lots of hits of sewing to adhere the layers.

This time some different hot picks stamps with the dressmakers model and some text and lace. I started with a background of inks and then stamped the images onto vellum. I then coated the vellum with wax and let it cool.

I then used handsewing (cross stitch) to add more texture.

Love how all three and different but all the same theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Hot Picks, Inchies and Twinchies

Button twinchies

Another swap… this time button twinchies… and I made this set of four.

The theme was buttons so I used a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp for the background over a piece of card I coated in Deco arts fluid acrylics and stamped the buttons image with black gesso.

Then I created the label with more painted card and stamping in black gesso. Then I raided the stash for buttons that I liked to go onto the twinchies.

Next I created a panel for them to sit on smooshing distress inks.

Hope the recipient likes them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress Crayons, Gelli Plate, Neocolors II

Trades box… using up scraps and transforming the junk

I had this square box which a kit from Stampin Up came in a number of years ago and until recently have been storing scraps and playing cards in it which were for my 365 atc challenge of 2017 and 52 playing card challenge (which I didn’t finish) for 2018. Well I decided to sort it out and get rid of scraps and sort out the playing cards in it.

I tipped out all the contents and then had the idea of redecorating the box and turning it into the box I use for storing things I make for swaps before they head out … that way I can keep track of them. So rather than throwing away all of the scraps I used a random selection to cover the entire lid of the box. This is following the Nina Ribena idea of transforming junk into art.

I then added a thin layer of gesso to the whole box and this helps to knock back the mishmash of papers.

So next step was to start adding colour to it.. I chose magenta and ultramarine fluid acrylics for this and added them over the top of the box. Then using distress crayons and neocolors I defined some of the elements. And then started Stamping using white gesso and as well as the fluid acrylics. I had in mind at this point the moodboard that Nina Ribena had shared for her first week challenge… the top left in particular and the blue on the right mixed with the pink flower on the bottom.

My magenta might be a tad more red, but this is what I was thinking of with my colour choices.

Next I decided to get some woodchip letters for the title on the box… And added some distress oxide and some embossing to give them texture.

I carried on with some doodling and more definition on the edges of the panels and then stamped the Clare Lloyd sentiment to go with the swaps letters.

Super happy with how this looks now it’s finished. And happy to be able to keep swaps all in one place until they go out to their new homes.

Thanks for the inspiration Nina… I actually think I might have hit three of the four weeks of challenges with this project … mood board, scraps and junk! Not bad for an impromptu project clearing out my desk.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly basics, Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

UK stampers forum tag swap

Hi there

Today I have the tag I made for the swap over at the UK stampers forum.

I used a gelli printed tag for the base which provided a lovely background full of colour and details.

Then I added patterned papers and punchinella and another gelli print. O to this I added the stamped and fussy cut butterfly and the sentiment. Love the different layers and textures for this tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Embossing Folders, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Mediterranean Moments, Promarkers, Letraset

Hug in a card on a gelli print background

Gelli prints make some interesting backgrounds and I had to use this one on book print to create the background for the scene.

I added the stamped image from Mediterranean Moments and then added some subtle colour using my promarkers.

Next I added the word “a hug” which was on one of the pieces of book paper I had … perfect.

I took a piece of Whisper White and used my new wood texture embossing folder to add some subtle texture. Then mounted the artwork onto the embossed card panel, added the twine and then added it to the kraft card blank.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

AJSS, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

#ajss20 the cover

I’ve joined an online class … Art Journal Summer School 2018 … deciding that I needed some inspiration and guidance as my mojo had disappeared for a bit. The class starts 1st of July … but there were a couple of bonus videos just released so I’ve done my cover using the video as inspiration.

The idea is journaling with limited supplies so even though I’m not likely to do much whilst travelling (My hols rarely are the type where I can!) The idea is that this is the type of journaling that lends itself to journaling on the go!

As over the summer I don’t have full use of the craft room (the parents coming back to the UK means it has to become a bedroom again!) my plan is to construct the same kit as if I was travelling with it so I can have it accessible for crafting not in the craft room! So today I will be digging through the cupboards to find an appropriate sized bag to keep stuff in (ideally a toiletries type of bag!) and filling it with supplies.

As for the cover…

I’ve chosen a Daler Rowney ring bound journal and I masked off the edges with blue tape. I covered it with gesso, then added the fresco finish paints. Then I stamped some text in the background using the same colours and chose a stencil from the stash. I stopped through the stencil with Bourganvillia paint and then added splashes with the pink and the white gesso.

Then I used black decoart fluid acrylic for the lettering with paint brushes… scary to do (I hate my hand lettering!) but loved the effect I got in the end.

The best part was removing the tape to find crisp neat edges. I just need to varnish it to protect it and then I am done!

I will blog my AJSS exploits of course so you will be able to see what I get up to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine