Today I have finally got my swaps for the ATCoin group sorted. The theme is fanciful florals so I went for colourful watercolours and a flower stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine set.I added the colour to the flowers first then some round the edges using distress oxides then a spray of water followed by Dylusions sprays.Next I embossed the coins but concentrated on the centre so it gave this cool texture.Happy crafting!Catherine
A few days ago I shared a card for the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog where the challenge is to use a Spray.
Well once my hands were stained from one lot of Dylusions ink I might as well make another card!
This time I used the reds and pinks and yellows (it also had a little of the teal it picked up from a stencil!).
This time I used water to ghost the ink and create a subtle pattern in the background.
I then did some stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp, the Timeless Textures, the Be Crafty Banksy inspired stamp and some Alpaca Pals text stamps.
You can’t see it too well on the picture but I also sprayed the resist spray and added some embossing powder to it on one side through a stencil. It didn’t work out well but it adds some fun texture regardless.
I added lots of marks using black and white pens and I love this urban graphic themed card.
Today’s blog is a design team contribution that I made at the very last minute and still have stained hands as a result.
The challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond is to Use a Spray and I’ve used my good but very messy Dylusions sprays!
So I started with a piece of card and a stencil and some cool colours of inks…
And I have no control using Dylusions so this saturated the card, bled under the stencil, and made the desk very messy!
But still a cool effect once dry. I did also try a little imprint of the stencil using the excess ink which was fun.
Next I used the white Dylusions ink and a different stencil.
This again puddles ink a little but some areas the circles were more defined.
I then added more yellow ink using a circle aperture to make it only in the centre.
I dried the cardstock and trimmed it down to become a card topper and then started stamping and doodling to create this card.
I used stanps from Alpaca Pals and a Tim Holtz die to finish off.
Love how this looks.
The variance in colour in the background and the subtle patterns are really cool.
Hope you like my experiment with sprays. Please grab your own sprays and join us on the blog.
The theme for this month at UK stampers forum ATc swap was winter… and I wanted to use up some book print I had added Dylusions to so I created these using the book print strips as a background on the black gessoed ATC blanks.
I added the white embossed star and then the sentiment embossed on black card. I also added the copper thread to add more texture.
Love how these came out.
Hello! Glad you have popped by. I have new goodies to share with you…
I love the first set I’ve received. So I immediately went to work playing and made the following 4 ATC’s.
Embossing and Dylusions sprays for this fun blue card.
This one is using the Distress stains to create an Monte effect and then stamped the girl three times and then again onto some other card and fussy cut it out. The sentiment came from a digistamp set.
This one was using the heart stamp to emboss and then the girl stamp. I then created a simple dress and decorated it with the little dash stamps. I coloured it using SU inks.
I also added the flower and a wooden circle embellishment from Artful Days Goodie box.
Absolutely love this stamp set… so fun and such a joy to get a lovely surprise through the post every month of funky stamps!
I had a play with the supplies from the Artful Days goodie boxes… check out the video I filmed. Loved making this layout. Such fun… and of course my gorgeous chubby girl!
Here are some close ups…
Hope you enjoyed watching my process … I certainly enjoyed playing to create this.
My craft room had got VERY out of hand. And the parents visit was looming. These two things mean a major tidy up was required (my craft room is also the spare room where the parents stay!).
I thought I would document the process with my ProjectLife app.
I did make a promise to myself not to create anything until it was sorted!
At this stage I did create a little something from the stash I found… I needed a notecard to go in a parcel I had put together for a friend. The piece of card with paint/ink on it was found in the mess. I added the stencilled feather with spray Dylusions and the quote I found in the stash too. Just a couple of doodles and a nice little notecard.
Right back to it…
I spent the last hour of the time I spent in the craftroom cutting up an old atlas into usable sized papers. Wow I know how to spend a Saturday night!!!
And then finally…
So the bed is clear and just needs some clean bedding putting on before the parents arrive and they should have some room to move around the room too!
Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far!
This first step was getting inky….
In fact I got very inky!
Then it was time for paint play…
Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards…
Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum!
Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course).
We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage. I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these.
Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place. I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too.
And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed.
This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new.
I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start!
And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them!
Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.
I’m participating in a project through my mini marvels Facebook group. Each week we are given an instruction and we need to spend less than 10 mins on doing that on the tag… or whatever substrate you want to work on.
Here is my tag and the progress pics…
Weeks 1 and 2 saw me adding gesso, then some Midnight (with a brayer and a stamp) and Amethyst fresco finish paint. I also added to scribbles in the paint with the end of my brush to add pattern.
Week three had me adding texture paste through a stencil (I then added some Infusions over it too whilst the texture paste was drying). The week four instruction was to collage onto the tag. I chose some papers and scrapbook stickers that happened to be on the desk at the time and worked well with the colours.
Now at week 3 I decided to do a second tag too as a comparison! (Yes one challenge was not enough for me!)
I only have pics of it from weeks 3 and 4 but promise I followed the instructions the same for weeks 1 and 2.
Week 5 was a simple instruction… add a layer of translucent paint…. so I did all over both!
To this I added a purple deco arts fluid acrylic.
And for the blue I grabbed the south Pacific Paperartsy fresco finish paint which is a translucent finish.
Next week the instruction was to add or drip ink or paint.
For the purple tag I added Dylusions white spray ink and the blue tag I added green acrylic ink. Like both of them although drips are not usually my thing. But like that this challenge is challenging me to do something different.
Next instruction is to add some more stencilling.
I chose copper paint for the purple one and a very pale blue for the blue/green one.
Then the instruction came to add clear gesso. Problem # 1 is I don’t own clear gesso. So used Matt medium instead. Problem # 2 is white Dylusions ink did not stay put and so ended up with smears all over the tag and dulled down the copper stencilling. Grrrrrr! Ah well, sure it will be fine with another layer of something or other on top!
The next week’s instruction is to add stamping so I can try and rescue that Dylusions mess!
I added stamping to both projects using black gesso.
And I am really happy with how this looked. It also distracts from the streaky white Dylusions on the purple one.
I must admit I couldn’t resist edging the tags too. It just felt like the time to start doing that.
Week 10 saw us adding a focal image… I had a hunt through my box of tricks and found two things that called to me to be used; a butterfly die cut I received in a swap and an image I’ve had in the stash for so long I have no idea where I got it! Of course I forgot to take photos at this point. The following week the instruction was to add doodles.
And then today the final instruction was posted…. add a word from a book or magazine!
So my tags are now finished…
Love how they both came out and glad I’ve kept the instructions on layers to remind me for other future projects.
Thanks Chris for organising this fab challenge.
Happy crafting !