Today I am sharing four coins that I made for a swap where the theme was hearts and layers… so yes it needed to have layers and feature hearts!
I started by stamping and masking and stamping some backgrounds onto some thick cardstock. I used Darcy stamps from Paperartsy for all the hearts as I love the different types of hearts she designed. I stamped the word hearts in memento and the circle hearts in Candied Apple distress ink.
I had loosely drawn around some coins so I knew how much to cover of the cardstock I was using.
Next I started colouring them in… promarkers for the word hearts…
… and the background…
Once these were finished I cut them out and added some embossing using a different heart themed stamp from Darcy’s collection. These I clear embossed to give texture to the coins.
Next up was to do some layers and focal images… I chose to use scraps of this fabulous textural wallpaper and then another Darcy heart which I embossed and then coloured using the shimmery watercolours in shades of pink and grey.
I love how shimmery and shiny these are. I also edged the coins in Black to frame them.
Next I added the embellishments… a shrink plastic ticket I stamped and cut out, a gemstone and some stamped words from another Darcy stamp set.
Ok now to show the real colours in daylight and not just the orange look they get under the desk lamp…
Love how they came out!
So these are my coins for the swap… I think there were enough layers and enough hearts to satisfy the conditions of the swap! Hopefully Janet who I made them for loved them too!
I’ve been using shrink plastic in my twinchies and coins a lot recently and so when I saw this was the challenge for Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog I was happy… and then puzzled on how I would incorporate shrink into the card.
I decided on the art deco stamps…I stamped, cut out and coloured the rose image and then shrank them (original size on the left before shrinking).Then I set about making the rest of the card.I made this panel and coloured it with promarkers. I mounted it onto cardstock with a doily to soften the harsh lines.Then I added glossy accents on the flowers and the shrink plastic flowers on the top. I also used the shrink plastic for the sentiment.Love this.
Another set of butterfly coins, this time for UK stampers forum.This time I chose papers from the Making Cards magazine scraps from the desk and added them to the wooden coins. Then I added washi tape across each and a diecut border in a different colour for each which I got as a gift in a swap.Next I heat embossed the coffee stain stamp onto each and then added some more texture across the bottom using another Timeless Textures stamp.I edged each with worn lipstick distress ink and added a little stamping too.Next on another piece of the patterned paper I stamped the Watercolour Wings butterflies in similar colours and cut them out.I added some gems to each.And then using shrink plastic I added the sentiment Fly using a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp.Love how these came out. Really love the Watercolour Wings stamps… so lovely to work with and come up with different colour combos.Happy crafting!Catherine
Yesterday I revealed the theme for the swap in my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group over on Facebook… Butterflies.
I figured it would be an easy theme for people to join in with as there are so many butterfly themed crafting things around and not the hardest things to draw or paint either!
I decided to use a lot of supplies that were hanging around on my desk to make mine.I chose papers from Making Cards magazine kit that I had never got round to putting away for covering the coins and then added another layer of a partially die cut wall (Tim Holtz dies). Then I die cut book print using the leaf die from Petals and More. Then took a shiny leaf from the stash, copper thread and some little flower embellishments.
Then for the butterfly…. Butterfly basics little text butterfly which I white heat embossed on some bronze cardstock and stuck it down. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto shrink plastic and heat it so it became a cute embellishment.Absolutely love these textural and layered coins with fun embellishments.
Twinchies to go with the coins that are swapped are such fun to make. I really enjoy making these little gifts for the participants. And I like doing them in small batches till I have enough for all the people taking part.
This first set I embossed into the thick cardstock one of the Tim Holtz dies. Then coated the whole piece with the pebeo fantasy moon paint.
Next I heat embossed the star (Craft Stamped magazine freebie) with white onto the Tissue wrap.
Then the sentiment is a Kim Dellow one which I stamped in white craft ink onto black shrink plastic and heat up.
This makes such a cute sentiment embellishment.
This time I took a patterned paper and cut it into panels and then heat embossed in glittery gold the patterns from an Emma Godfrey set. I then used the same Kim Dellow sentiment and heat embossed that in gold onto the cream card.
This was a mixed media heavy panel… Dylusions covered with Tim Holtz tissue wrap with copper paint and then heat embossed the Kim Dellow pattern. Then cut it into the panels and added the same shrink plastic sentiment embellishments along with a little bit of a sparkle pen in black… because it needed more shine!
All in all 18 twinchies (all mounted on black card) ready for the swap.
But then… another 9 swaps arrived… so another 9 twinchies were made!
This time I used a die cut scrap as a stencil for adding the background stars using white embossing powder onto twinchies I had added Black Soot distress oxide to. Then the edges I added the black sparks paint using a sponge. Then I chose a Darcy Paperartsy star and embossed it onto the tissue wrap and cut them out to adhere on top.
Then a scrap coloured with the black sparks paint and embossed the word shine using alpha stamps.
Simple but effective little twinchies to finish off the most popular swap so far!
It’s another of the princess’ friends birthdays… how they are all becoming teenagers already is frightening… Anyway here is the card I made for Kizziya.
I used distress oxides to create the background and added a stencilled pattern using Versamark and some clear embossing. I also added some foil whilst the embossing was hot and this added a bit of a silver shine to the texture.
Next I created the star in the same way using a star stencil and then added some white pen to add edges to the star and the panel.
I then added the shrink plastic embellishment sentiments for the front using both the Happy Celebrations and alpha stamps for including Kizziya’s name.
I finished off with some glitter gems… cute!
Hoping Kizziya had a fab birthday and liked the card I made for her.
So this month’s swap I’ve decided to contrast the UK weather with a bit of winter sun and gone with the theme of
I mean November weather is just asking for a return to the beautiful balmy weather of the summer … so why not tropical?
So I decided to create a background of brushos and then stamp the palm tree from totally tropical on top and then heavily emboss it so it was all shiny.
Next I stamped and watercoloured the flamingos and fussy cut them out. Then added them and the shrink plastic sentiment to the coins to finish off. I then added green embossing to the edge as I thought it gave them a different look.
The finishing touch was to add the little gems as I thought these coins needed the sparkle.
Can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this month’s prompt.
Thought I had left music themed art behind after last month’s coin swap but the theme for this month’s atc swap at UK stampers forum is “Music to my ears” so out came the music images again.
But I kept with the theme I had used for the other swap items this month with both the colour scheme and the use of Badass artchick stamps.
I did however have to use some Creative Stamping magazine stamps for the focal image and the sentiment and the Sheet Music stamp for the background.
I also kept to the idea of using the shrink plastic for the sentiment. It’s such a cool substrate to use and be able to fit larger sentiments onto these smaller pieces of artwork.
I created backgrounds with the oxides and water to create some fun backgrounds. Sheet music was then stamped using the faded jeans ink. Then the pieces of glossy cardstock with the oxides on for the topper. I sewed these pieces into place to add texture and heat embossed the focal image on.
And this rounds up all the September swaps for UK stampers forum… And they look so fun as a collection…
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!
Catherine (sloping off to bed to rest the brain cell now x)
Another month and another swap over at Artist Trading Coins Uk swap group that I host on Facebook. The coins everyone made last month for the music theme were stunning!
This month the theme is “Let’s face it” … so it will be interesting to see how people interpret this.
For my contribution I decided on the faces I had stamped onto fabric back in July at James Sharpe Art weekend. I happen to have three of the same face which meant it was easy to choose… and I videoed the process of making them… so you can watch that here.
So I made three coins…
Quite graphic and the backgrounds were super easy to make.
Kept with the theme from the James Sharpe weekend and the sewing machine came out to play again!
Love that I got my shrink plastic out to play too… that was fun making the little titles on the coins. Going to try and remember to do that for a couple of other projects in the future too.
If you fancy joining in with the swap then all you have to do is join the Facebook group… but it is only for UK residents… Sorry but I know that there are international groups out there but this is UK only.