Dies, Festival of Trees, Gelli Plate, Papermania stamps, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Tree punch

Christmas in August… pretty pink! (310 & 311)

Another lovely pair of ATC card toppers and then some more scraps cards using resist technique and pink and purple colours…

All of the backgrounds were created using an old Papermania background stamp and stamping in versamark and then heat embossing with white powder.  I didn’t do a clean job of stamping it but it didn’t matter for the purpose of these backgrounds. 

Once I had heat set the embossing I started added ink in bright pinks and purples using a mini round gelli plate.  I love the effect this gave of overlapping the colours but keeping some defined edges a bit like patchwork. 

I then cut them into panels… two ATCs and two squares. 

The ATCs I made little embellishments from the Festival of Trees stamp set and matching punch. 

For the squares I chose die cuts to add features. I also die cut a little bit of the inked paper left over using the swirly scribbles thinlits to provide the contrast swirls against the white card blanks. 

I mounted the card toppers onto some pre embossed card blanks and added touches of glitter to finish. 

Love love love these modern and fresh cards. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tree punch, Woodware stamps, YouTube video

Christmas in July madness! Distress oxide masterboard ATCs – Paperartsy challenge 290-295

Yes I thought I would join in with the Christmas in July madness … but also enter the Paperartsy aqua challenge again… and make another YouTube!

So the plan is to make ATCs which will end up as card toppers for Christmas cards.

I started with a piece of card 6×11.75 inches and added the distress oxides (cracked pistachio and broken china) with a blending tool. Then added some water drops and lifted some colour. Next I added some stencilled elements. Then took another stencil and removed colour using water again.

Next more pattern using stamping using the Darcy Christmas stamps.

Then I cut up the panel into ATC panels. Then I added clear texture paste through a stencil and left them to dry.

Next step was to add some netting or some muslin and machine sewing to adhere them.

Finally embellishment and feature stamp time! First pictured are the stocking ones. I used a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine set and in one case I darkened it with some peacock feathers and the other I left white. The stamping was using Lost Lagoon SU ink.

The next are Woodware stamps… I love these modern deer. I used a mixture of watercolour and normal pencils to add colour.

And finally (I couldn’t not do a tree based one!) Festival of Trees and embossing to create the last two.

Super happy with these and in total (without drying time) they took about an hour. So that’s 6 card individual arty card toppers made in an hour towards the Christmas batch. Not bad!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cake crazy, Embossing Folders, Punches

Bright birthday cards with Helen

My lovely friend Helen held a technique based class tonight using 2 step stamping… and I made 4 fab cards. 

This top one was my own design made at the end of the class when we had a little time and so I could use up some bits and pieces of the kit. 

The others below were following Helen’s instructions (I may have done a couple slightly different!). 

I love these bright and zingy cards and although the stamp set is not one I would have thought of buying I can see how cool it can be to make these fab cards… so it’s tempting as I don’t really have anything else similar! 

Anyway… a lovely night crafting with Helen, Emma and Amanda. So pleased my headache had gone so I could play out after having to cancel last night’s class. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Butterfly, Dylusions paints, Masks/Stencils, Raggy Dolls

Raggy doll journal catch up

I played catch up at the weekend to get up to date with my raggy doll collaborative journal project. I had to do a Geometric shape themed page with the background Jackie had done and start a winged things background.  Here’s what I got up to…

Jackie had done this fab pink and silver background.  I started adding to it using shape stencils. First the triangles. Then I moved onto the block pattern and some black paint…

Then I got some stamps out and started stamping… I used quite a few including the Kim Dellow ones from Paperartsy. 

Next I chose to create some squares of texture using iridescent medium and then half way through the drying process I blasted it with heat to pump up the texture.

I then did some doodling and added my “quote” as I thought it worked with the theme. 
Next I had to create a background for a ‘winged things’ theme. I started with a base of white Dylusions paint and then a layer of black Dylusions paint.  Whilst that was still wet I added  stencil and wiped through with a baby wipe. 

This created a great diagonal to work with. I punched lots of butterflies using a punch from music and book print. I added these using Matt medium. Once this was dry I added a coat of the Art alchemy opal magic paint (which I am in love with) and this turned the whole page pink… or blue dependent on which way you look at it! 

I then added splatters of back paint and then some stamping in black archival to finished the background off for Leanne to finish. 

Loved working on these pages.  

Digital stamps, Martha Stewart punches, Promarkers, Letraset

Promarkers … alcohol markers challenge at Paperartsy. 

I rarely manage to join in with the challenge over at Paperartsy these days but spotted the theme was alcohol ink/markers… so I grabbed a digital stamp and coloured in using my Promarkers.  

Now I don’t profess to be a brilliant colourist…. Darcy is am amazing Promarker colourist…. but I am usually happy with the results I get using my Promarkers.  And they are perfect for colouring digital stamp printouts. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine