Category Archives: Inktense, Derwent

Sewing the Christmas cards

My friend and I had some fun crafting together and as there was only the two of us I decided to play sewing and fabrics for a change!

I have quite a few of these squares of Christmas fabrics and figured they would make some fun backgrounds.

Now I don’t do neat and tidy sewing… so they are very much haphazard in their finish, but I like it!I especially love adding in the different textures too with the hessian and the ribbons.I added stamping onto fabric for the focal images and chose different stitch types for the cards.

Although they come from a similar set of fabrics each looks different due to the different focal images and the choice of layering fabrics.

Super happy with how they look.

Happy crafting !

Catherine

Eyes ATCs for UK stampers forum swap

The theme of the swap was eyes so I decided to use the Jane Davenport face stamp where you can choose the features. I’ve not used this stamp much but loved creating these three ATCs using the stamps.

I started with some mountboard cut using the Bigz die and gave it a coat of gesso. Then I dry brushed on some neutral colours of Paperartsy fresco finish paints (buff and taupe). I also added some of the smoked paprika so break up the background and because I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the hair colour too.

I then stamped using sepia ink the face and then the features using different eye stamps for each girls but keeping the lips and nose the same.

Then I added in hair for each using a mixture of browns and oranges. I also added colour to the lips and then the eyes I chose a teal/blue colour that really stood out.

I then used Inktense pencils and a waterbrush to add more definition to the eyes and some shading.

I also added a bit of subtle stamping to the background using yellow archival and a Gorgeous grunge stamp and then added the sentiment from a magazine set in the sepia ink.

I finished by edging them with archival ink to frame the panels.

Love how these came out. So different from everything else I have made recently.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Jofy tag for UK Stampers Forum

Here is the tag I made for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum.

I started with a gelli printed tag and added tissue wrap and then leftover bits from the gelli printed ATCs I made last month.

This made a colourful and patterned start!

I added some definition using Inktense pencils and a stamped image from Jofy which I embossed.

I then added colour into the image using the Inktense pencils.

I stamped the butterflies onto thick cardstock and watercoloured them using the Inktense pencils.

Next I added the butterflies onto the tag and added Wink of Stella to them to make them shimmer.

I added more white using a gel pen and white embossing for the sentiment.

Added some white ribbon and that’s the tag done.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Circle journal for Marie

Another of my teal and lime pages for a circle journal and this one is for my raggy doll sister Marie.

She created a fab bunting journal from canvas sheets. And that gave me the idea of fabric and sewing. And given how poorly I was meant that I could do some of this crafting whilst in bed.

I started strangely with a piece of felt and sewed each scrap of wool, fabric, ribbon and twine onto it using hand stitching.

Absolutely love this background and must remember to do something similar again as I have so many scraps of twine and ribbons.

Next I took a Jofy stamp and stamped it onto some fabric using Archival ink. Then used Inktense pencils to add some colour to some elements.

Which I then sprayed heavily with water to activate the Inktense.

Once dry I started sewing in some details and added some sequins. I am far from the best embroidery person… but still it was fun, and easy to do in bed!

I cut it out and gave it a reasonable amount of a border so it would stand out on the busy background.

Next to prepare the bunting background which I decided to use Sparks paint in the black to sponge around the outside.

Then I added some black gesso as contrast to the sparkle and break it up a little.

Time to put it all together…

An Art by Marlene sticker for the title… and lots of glue to hold it in place.

I am soooooooooooo happy with this piece and love all the textures I added. Especially considering that I am ordinarily not a sewer!

Hope Marie likes it too. I will share what I made for the other side in a couple of days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bunting for UK stampers forum

Last in our current round of bunting for UK stampers forum and there is an Anything Goes theme this month.

I started with a watercolour background and a bit of random stamping and then added some papers and edged them with Inktense pencil. Next I added some texture through a stencil.

This made me go for an underwater theme…

I chose to stamp the mermaid from Magical Days onto some glossy cardstock I had added distress oxides to. Then I die cut it out.

Next I found a die cut in the stash as a gift with a swap that worked perfectly… I heat embossed it and then added some bubble stamping on the background.

Next I adhered everything and then stamped and embossed a sentiment from another stamp set.

I then added some silver posca pen dots to frame the bunting.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Lime and Teal circle journal for Claire

Another circle journal page, this time for Claire and I fancied playing with texture… lots and lots of texture.

I started with some gesso to provide a sketchy backdrop. I loved the kraft cardstock that the journal was made from so wanted to preserve that for the edge of the pages.

Once that was dry I added texture paste through a stencil and left it to dry.

Next I added some more texture using the glass bead gel and again left that to dry.

Then I added colour using the distress stains in twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers. I then added some strips of papers and some twine. I also added some other stamping in the background to add some different areas of colour.

I also added the cute wooden birds which I added colour to using the oxide and some clear embossing powder to add shine.

I wanted to add some darker colour so I added some Inktense and some splashes of black ink in places to add a different contrast.

Then created the focal point of the stamped element and the sentiments for the titles with embossing and inking.

Super happy with the way this came out and how different it is from my previous pages using these colours… it’s amazing how the colours can lend themselves to these different pages.

And if you are interested I made a video of the process… here it is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Sarah’s circle journal

I have another circle journal contribution to share with you today… this is the first in the current round of journals and it’s in Sarah’s journal. And I videoed the process for you to watch.

My colour scheme is lime and teal for the whole year so this was the first of the journals to apply my colour scheme to.

I started with a piece of the handmade paper I had bought cut to the right size to cover the spread. Then I added gesso and then brushos for the background.

Then I added some Inktense marks too and left the page to dry.

Next I took the other special paper I had bought and die cut some rings and added them to the page.

Now I know these don’t look like the colour scheme as they have some purple and gold in them too but I couldn’t resist adding them! Hopefully they will blend in by the end and work with the colour scheme still!

Remember when I am working on this page at this stage I have no plan or idea as to what the final page will look like so it’s just a case of me adding layers and going with the flow!

Next I added more definition and shading with my Inktense before adding some modelling paste through a stencil. I then set it aside to dry again.

Once it was dry I added metallic art alchemy paint to the raised circles and a few splashes with the leftover paint. I also added some pen work using a metallic gelli roll pen to add further definition to the circles.

At this point I forgot photos… so it’s a good job I videoed so you can follow along. I decided to create some clusters of “flowers” using the Kim Dellow stamps water colouring them with oxides. I also added some stamping in the background in both ink and sparks art alchemy paint. I also added some white posca pen doodles and marks.

I then grabbed some leaves from my flower embellishment box to add to the clusters and also some blue gems to add more sparkle.

I finished off with some black gesso splat and lines to make sure it teamed with the edge of the page in the book which I had done in black gesso to frame the page.

And here it is, complete with some Tim Holtz stickers, in the sunshine.

Love the vibrancy of the colours and the textures I created.

It’s definitely not a specific image but instead a collection of colours and textures into a cluster. Hopefully Sarah likes what I made for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine