Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Swallowtail

Butterfly postcard art swap

This month I joined in another swap over at postcard art Facebook group and the theme was butterflies… so of course Swallowtail had to come out to play!

I started by heat embossing it with a dark red/brown embossing powder onto the mountboard panel. Then added colour to the butterfly using a mix of Aged Mahogany, worn lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide. After a few layers of the oxide applies with a water brush I then also added the fossilized amber to the rest of the background and flicks of the aged mahogany. I heat embossed the sentiment from Crafters Companion and also edged the card too with archival inks. I then added a generous amount of wink of Stella to the butterfly.

Then to seal I heat embossed the whole panel with clear embossing. I did this several times especially over the butterfly. This gave it a smoother feel in the centre.

Hopefully from the close up you can see the smooth texture and some of the shimmer to the butterfly.

Love how this came out and very tempted to make another to keep. Hope the recipient likes it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink

Playing with distress resist

So I had a little bit of playtime using the distress resist spray and distress oxides on glossy cardstock.

I created this fabulous textured and marblised background.

I put this to one side and then needed to clear up the craft room and sort out some random bits and pieces.

I ended up grabbing some stamped images I stamped about 3 or 4 years ago at a crop and never ended up using and also a cute little image from the winter friends set that I was obsessed with in the run up to christmas.

I layered these onto a canvas tag I had painted some turquoise on previously… and then layered it onto a pale green background. I love the colours and the images together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Designer Series Paper, Distress oxide ink, Sheena Douglass stamps, Sizzix

Bunny rabbit ATCs

The theme for this month’s ATC swap at Artful ATCs is rabbits and I chose to be a little creative in my interpretation and do one hare ATC and one rabbit ATC.

I used scraps of green patterned paper to create hills and then used my sewing machine to adhered them together and define them.

Then I added some distress oxide with a blending tool to add some more defintion.

The little rabbits were left from the Making Cards magazine papers that I used for theEaster cards I shared a few days ago.

The hare is a Sheena Douglass stamp that I haven’t used before and have had it in the stash waiting for the perfect moment to use it.

I stamped it straight onto the mountboard ATC using archival ink in Sepia. Then I got out the Brusho to colour the hare using the light and dark brown colours.

I finished it off with a little sprinkle of the light brown brusho so some of the separate colour crystals dilute as individual colours.

Love how this came out. And loved playing with brushos again.

So these were my swaps for April.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, First edition dies, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Spellbinders, Stitched framelits, Succulent Garden, Watercolor words, Watercolour paints

Catch up from class

Earlier this month I held a crafting session with friends and I never got round to sharing the cards I ended up making during the class. As per usual I swapped things up so I wasn’t making the same as the samples…

The theme of the class was watercolour and florals and I love how differently these all ended up.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Stitched framelits, This and That Epic Day stickers

Playing in my art journal

I had a little play in my journal just because… and I used scraps of paper and some masking tape before adding gesso. Then I added lots paint using a brayer and my fingers.

I also used Inktense to define some of the borders of the papers and layers and then pen and doodles.

I then added some doilies, a frame i had made with the stitched square and a digital stamp I had coloured with promarkers. I also found some butterflies that worked brilliantly with the colour scheme.

I also added lots of stickers and some rub ons.

I love the fact I used lots of bits and pieces from the stash that I have had for ages and yet managed to keep the page working as a cohesive page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Sooner

Distress oxide ink, Gummiapan, Visible Image

Happy birthday Hannah and Matthew

I promised to share the cards I made for the birthday girl and her twin brother once they had been handed over… And so here they are.

Hannah loves dancing and so I thought this Visible Image stamp, with the little dancing people from a Creative Stamping magazine set worked well with lots of layered Distress Oxides worked well for a funky card.

I also added some splashes of shimmer on the background but that’s not visible on the photo.

There is also plenty of shine as I stamped the main image in versafine and then clear heat embossed it.

Matthew’s card has a similar vibe… albeit smaller!

The skater image is a Gummiapan stamp and the tyre tracks on the background are from a Creative Stamping magazine set. Again I heat embossed the image and then went to town on the distress oxides choosing blues and black soot for the colour scheme.

I decided to give the impression of a ramp for the skater using the sentiment stamp.

Even though this is only a 4×4 card it has plenty of impact with the graphic image and the layered oxides.

And so whilst I have a house full of girls (who are incredibly noisy!) it’s now time for me to put my feet up and relax as I’ve fed them and done the whole cake thing! Wonder if any of us get any sleep tonight.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz

Blue nature art journal page

Today I have an art journal page to share that I made a few weeks ago…

I added some distress stain onto some mixed media cardstock and then added texture paste through a Claritystamps stencil. I then added plenty of stamping and more ink around the edges.

I then added the sentiment to some scraps of bookprint.

I love the depth to the layers.

Next I added a tag I made separately using distress stains onto a canvas tag and then added another layer of tag which I used distress oxides to add colour and then added the stamping.

I added this to black cardstock to frame it and then found a page in my journal to add it to. I added some blue paint to the background with a baby wipe to add it like a wash.

Really happy with how this came out. Love all the layers and the how the different colours combined. And for those interested… here is the video of how I made it.

Originally this was supposed to be for a swap but the swap didn’t happen so happy to have this artwork for myself.

Happy crafting !

Catherine