Category Archives: fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Use up scraps AT Coins swap

Today I’ve got the coins I made for the Facebook swap group I run. Each month we do a swap with a theme. This month the theme I chose was “use your scraps”.

I chose this as I had lots of mini scraps on my desk of gelli prints and wanted to use them.

So I collaged the scraps onto coin bases and then mod podged them to give them a glossy finish.

I then embossed the Tim Holtz butterflies onto other scraps and fussy cut them out.

I then added gems and the sentiment which I embossed onto black card. I edged the coins with black gesso and called them done!

Love them!

And the project that I made to create the scraps … well I will be sharing that in another blog! Consider this a sneak peek!

Here are the daylight pics to show the colours better!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

Today I’ve got a tag I made for the UK stampers forum swap. I actually created this using the basket goodies I have been sharing the cards I made.

I started by using the gelli plate mop up as a background start. I then started adding some stamping using some old stamps and the Badass artchick number background stamp.

I added some torn bookprint down one side. Then I added more ink using a blending tool.

Next I worked on the focal point. A stamped fabric piece, a frame I painted and stamped. Then I added the butterfly embellishment to which I had added paint and embossing powder to.

Quite a grungy tag and a bit different from my usual style.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 6

Final two cards made from the basket challenge… yes I managed 12 in total!

This one took a bit of time to make as I used glossy texture paste over the inking and that takes a while to dry. I started with a mop up piece of card from spritzing the gelli plate. Then I added the stencil and added more ink before then adding the paste over the top.

I then decided to use the small Jofy flower stamp onto bookprint and used brusho to add colour.

I added gems to the centre of the flowers. Love how the stencilling is all glossy and raised.

This one is a simple case of paint added to the background, onto which I had added a strip of bookprint, and then some stencilling. I then added the stamping to the front and used the white embossing powder.

I added some pink and white posca pen doodling too!

So that’s the 12 cards I made…

… not bad considering they were all made in the course of one afternoon!

Loved this challenge… and ended up with a smaller pile of stuff on the desk at the end. (See below). It was much easier to tidy up as I hadn’t been getting lots out and so could easily put it back so will definitely have another go at this again in future.

With a reduced amount of supplies or colours you have to just get on with the creating. It really helps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 5

Two more cards to share tonight…

This was a piece of book print on which I added lots of distress oxides keeping to the lime and the blue. I really love twisted citron.

I used stamping and added water to blend the colours.

I then added the stamped floral image from Alpaca Pals. I used a Pitt pen in grey to add shading to the image which gave it some more emphasis. I then added the sentiment to the card blank and some gems for added bling.

This is also using the twisted citron distress oxide for the background. I added stencilling and stamping.

I then added the stamped fabric panel, a painted canvas tag and the embossed butterfly embellishment.

Love these two twisted oxide dominated cards.

And here are the daylight photos to show the colours properly…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 4

Ooops… I forgot to finish off sharing the cards I made when following the basket challenge back in February… so I have a couple more to share today.

This one I started with the purple brushos which I applied to a wet piece of card. I then added two layers of music print, one of which I added paint to, and both I edged with black.

Next I added a fabric stamped element from the stash of embellishments I had placed in the basket. I also decided to alter the canvas sticker heart with embossing using the baked texture embossing powder. After adding a couple of layers, I then stamped the text stamp and added white embossing powder. This created an interesting effect when heated as it absorbed into the Deep Sea one.

I also added the white embossed sentiment.

Love how it came out.

This next one is completely different but also uses one of the canvas sticker hearts.

The background I stamped the Gummiapan text stamp in paint but made sure I only stamped part of the image. I then edged the panel with the same paint.

Next I used a piece of book print which I had used to remove some ink from a gelli plate when creating a previously shared card. I added this to a tag and then edged it with a posca pen.

The heart I coloured with the blue paint and then added the posca outline. Once again I added the white embossed sentiment and then some gems to finish off.

Love these Hearts… so versatile.

Photos didn’t show off the colours properly… so here are daylight photos…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… one basket crafting part 2

More of the cards I made crafting out of one basket of supplies.

This one was lots and lots of layers of paint and then after stamping the flower I created a mask and overstamped using black versafine the Badass artchick stamp which gave a fab background. I decided the flower needed to look different though so stamped it onto bookprint and used the brushos to colour it.

Once dry I fussy cut it out and added it to the card and added posca pen doodles.

I kept the card quite simple as it was such an intense background and focal image so just added doodled lines.

The next one I took the same image and made a very different looking card.

This time i stamped the image onto a piece of paper I had been using to add paint to the previous background. It was originally a piece of map paper so very smooth and originally glossy.

I again added posca doodles.

I chose to add it to a piece of card I had simply stamped one background stamp on and then edged.

To the card I then added some embellishments… a little corrugated tag, and some chipboard hearts I had given the embossing powder treatment using the Deep sea baked texture embossing powder.

A much more simple card but equally fun using the large flower image from Jofy.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Joy Christmas ornament

I did find another picture in my phone of a project I didn’t blog about… the Christmas ornament I made for the advent swap Christmas day recipient!

I painted the wooden heart ornament with fresco finish paints in lilac and pale blue colours and then stamped the snowflakes using both paints and embossing powder to give different textures.

I then die cut the sentiment and the holly sprigs to add a cute embellishment onto the front.

I finished the ornament off with glitter glue dots and ribbon and twine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas tree coins

The theme for the swap in December was Christmas trees… here is what I made…

Three coins featuring triangle Christmas trees

I made the coins by die cutting the mountboard and then added some gelli printed patterns using the fresco finish paints.

I then added the triangle trees using post it notes to block out the rest and using a dauber add the paint.

Next I added the doodling with white and black pens and a bit of pink!

Finally the stickers from the stash!

Love how these came out. Hope the recipients liked them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Decorations!

I’m grabbing 5 mins to blog whilst I have a coffee before taking the 13 yr old shopping for her Christmas presents (clothes!!!) … believe me, this coffee is essential!

So at the weekend I decorated my third (yes I have 3 trees) Christmas tree… but this year made some new decorations!

They started life as wooden hearts anf I chose Paperartsy fresco finish paints that worked with the purple dangler on the left hand side of the photo as these were the decorations I knew I was using.

I started by adding texture through a stencil.

I started 4 off with a base of Midnight and 3 with a base of Mulberry.

Next I built up the layers of paint…

By now you couldn’t tell which started navy or purple.

Next step was to add splatters and stamping and stencilling. Layers upon layers!

… and embossing…

I had to them one side at a time to allow for drying…. so here is the other side… similar but not the same!

Next out came the paint pens and doodling time!

I included silver, pink and white paint pens and a purple shimmery gel pen too for different finishes.

Super happy with how they ended up… and super pretty on my tree!

In the natutal light they are more of a cool purple than the in progress photos show!

Right, that is my break over… time to brave the idea of shopping at the Trafford Centre with the 13 yr old!!!

Deep breathes!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorated tag

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

I chose to use some bright autumnal coloured paints as the bottom later and then sone crackle glaze with a grey paint on the top.

Then I added some stamping with the dictionary stamp.

I then decided to add the little Gorjuss girl stamp.

After cutting her out and colouring her, I decided to paper piece her dress from matching orange painted paper.

I added splashes of the Art Alchemy sparks paint to the background behind the girl and then added the sentiment and then some doodles of white paint pen.

I added sari ribbon to the top and decided it was finished.

Happy crafting!

Catherine