Dylusions spray inks, Magical day, Magical Mates, Masks/Stencils

Rainbow and unicorn postcard

OK so today’s blog is actually a project I started way back in November (as in that’s when the swap should have happened and I gathered the supplies and the idea) but only finished last weekend.

The postcard art swap group I belong to on Facebook had the theme of unicorns and rainbows for November but due to a busy old time, and then Covid and then Christmas my recipient Pat only actually got my postcard this week. Ah well better late than never!

I also forgot to take a pic of the postcard before I sent it… so this pic is the one Pat posted when she received it!

I took some cardstock that was a bit glossy and used both Dylusions spray inks and distress stains to add the colourful background. Once it was dry I added texture paste and black gesso through the stencil (aall & create) to create the rainbow arch.

The unicorn is from the Magical Day set and after colouring with promarkers I added wink of Stella and glossy accents.

Once dry I adhered it on the panel and then chose the sentiment from the Art by Marlene sticker book which I mounted and also added the glossy accents to.

I then double mounted the panel to make the postcard nice and sturdy.

Love this colourful and whimsical postcard.

Now for my slice of life… brunch, meal prep, a walk in the ice and snow, crafting, tea time and Wandavision… a fab chilled out day! Need I say more? And I’ve made this months postcard swap before the month ends ready for posting tomorrow and blogging next week. Result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.s. thanks Pat for the pic 😀

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions spray inks

Fanciful floral artist trading coins

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

Alpaca Pals, Be Crafty, Dylusions spray inks, Gorgeous Grunge, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Timeless Textures

Another spray background card

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond challenge: Use a spray

Hi!

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dylusions spray inks, Emma Godfrey

Winter atcs

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions spray inks, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

New goodies ATC’s 228-231

Hello! Glad you have popped by.  I have new goodies to share with you… 

… Badass chick stamps! A friend of mine Pat subscribed to this Dutch stamp monthly set and I couldn’t resist so I joined in too! 

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.

The final one is using distress oxides and a bit of paint…. oh and embossing again. 

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! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dylusions spray inks, ProjectLifeApp

Craft room clear out and reorganise

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! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dylusions, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine