Alcohol Inks, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Inchies and Twinchies

Map twinchies for a swap

I decided to join in on a map twinchies swap where the rule was to make 4 twinchies with a map theme.

I have quite a lot of old atlas pages in my stash so used some snippets of those as the starting point cutting each to 1.75″ square as I wanted to mount them with a frame.

Then I added a thin layer of gesso and then distress oxides in aged mahogany, vintage photo and walnut stain.

Next I took a stencil and sprayed the distress resist through the stencil and this creates an interesting texture and meant when I added more oxide it created pattern too as it resisted the colour where the spray was.

Then I added some sepia archival to the edge of each panel.

Next for the mounts I created a panel with alcohol inks and the mixative to create a shiny and metallic red and brown background and cut that into 2″ squares.

I mounted the map pieces onto the alcohol ink background twinchies.

Next to choose my images for my twinchies… I chose a Creative Stamping magazine travel themed stamp set.

After stamping I used my Prismacolour to add colour to them…

Then I did some fussy cutting…

Then I added the compass image onto each of the map pieces…

And arranged the pieces I had as focal images to check I was happy with them before adhering them and in the case of the signpost snipping off the extra bit.

I decided that the words needed some more emphasis so tool leftover of the alcohol ink panel and mounted them onto this and then jobs a good’un!!!

Super happy with my map themed twinchies… And hope the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!


Baked Texture embossing powder, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress resist spray, Ellen Vargo, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - stamps

Etiquette art journal page

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.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Distress resist spray

Postcard art… And using a coin for embellishment

So regular readers of my blog will know I made a boo boo in making coins for a swap a few days ago and ended up with an additional coin I had made and didn’t need… well I found a use for it and here is how.

The coin I made used the Badass artchick stamps that are Frida ones…

I followed the same process for this as I did for the others and used distress oxides and baked texture embossing powder and distress resist to add pattern and texture in the background. I also used shrink plastic for the sentiment which worked perfectly to get the sentiment to fit on the coin.

So I then took some mountboard and blended distress oxides onto it. I kept to the same colours, picked raspberry and shaded lilac.

Then I used more Badass artchick stamps to add pattern in the background. Then splattered the art alchemy sparks paint over the background.

Then I took the coin I had made and added it with glossy accents as the glue to the top as an embellishment.

I finished with stamping the Frida onto the postcard. I also sprayed this with fixative so it should be good to go through the post.

So mixing up making for the swap turned into a perfect embellishment for the postcard swap I made.

Also I get to enter the Paperartsy blog challengeagain!

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Badass Chick, Baked Texture embossing powder, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Shrink plastic

More coins …

So after blogging about the coins I made last night I had a realisation … the swap was to send the three coins to the same person … And I had made three the same (very very very similar!) So I needed to make a few more so that the recipient had a set of similar but not the same coins!

So I made three more … because yes I didn’t think that I only needed 2 and 1 original! Doh! (Little note to explain I’m not feeling 100% at the moment and hence the complete lack of brains!).

I kept to the same idea and colours and to the same stamp company although I did switch sets of stamps… but all were the Badass artchick ones! And I kept to the faces as the images.

I realised whilst making them I would only need two so I reserved the other for another project I will share on another day.

So the good news from this blog post … I realised before it was too late and could correct my mistake… I have two coins for trading which aren’t already destined for a partner … So if you fancy a trade let me know… the third coin worked perfectly for the other project I have coming up… And I can enter thePaperartsy blog challenge again!

So even massive brain fog issues can result in good news! Ha ha ha!

Happy crafting!

Catherine (sloping off to bed to rest the brain cell now x)

Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Eclectic Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Sheet Music

A gift ATC

You may recall that last month I made a background where I then cut out three circles to make coins and one ATC… well I finished the ATC in a similar way to gift with the coins as a surprise for the recipient.

Once the coins were finished I used the same set of stamps to find a rectangle one for the ATC. Just like the coins I added colour with the distress oxide and added some wink of Stella and then added it to the card.

I finished it off with a dotted border using the white paint pen and some black enamel accents dots.

Love how this came out and how it complimented the coins…

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Eclectic Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Sheet Music

Three more Artist Trading coins

UK Stampers forum have joined in with the new craze of Artist Trading Coins … and this month there is an anything goes swap where we make three coins for a swap partner. I decided to make mine into a set that were similar themes…

I started with this background using distress oxides, distress resist spray and some stamping.

Then I die cut three circles (and an ATC) from it…

Next I stamped and embossed the images I wanted to use from an Art deco set I got a few years ago from Creative Stamping Magazine. After heat embossing them I added colour using the same distress oxides and cut them out and added them to the coins.

Next I added sentiments and a little shading using a big brush pen. I decided they needed some more white so I also added the faux stitching using the white paint pen.

For a finishing touch they all got some wink of Stella on the main feature and then lots of dots of enamel accents which I think added some drama and tied in the black embossing and black sentiments.

Hopefully the recipient will like them too.

Happy crafting!


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


Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Embossing Folders, Foiling

Postcard swap

Another gloriously sunny day… so I spent some of it inside crafting! Lol. Mainly because the princess and her friend were outside having a water fight so I retreated to the craft room.

So I made this postcard for the UK stampers forum swap.

I love all the texture I created using distress stains and an embossing folder, distress resist and foil and embossing powder and distress oxides.

Then the image I stamped, added embossing powder and then watercoloured with oxides. I then fussy cut it out.

I added some definition with pencils.

I added the whole piece to mountboard and then edged it with ink.

Love how it finished up and it was a really enjoyable play time for me.

Entering this into the swap at We love 2 create blog where there’s an anything goes mixed media challenge.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Foiling, Inchies and Twinchies, Petal Palette

Inchies playing with Distress resist

Today I have the inchies I made for UK stampers forum using distress oxide, distress resist spray, foiling and one of the Petal Palette stamps.

I also videoed the process in this quick little video.


Happy crafting!