Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Go Fish swap!

I’ve joined in a swap with a Facebook group called Mini Marvels where the theme is go fish! So I decided to do something with a 6×4 box canvas …

I started with some layers of paint in blues and turquoise and then added some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry… Then I added some lime paint splashes too.

Then I worked on the feature images and finished off the canvas without in progress pics.

I chose to add a laser cut wood veneer shape from an Artful Days Goodie box and added layers of Art Alchemy Sparks paint. I then added some patterned chiffon that had been in a goodie box too as a bag. I thought it looked quite sea themed.

I then added some stamping onto some bookprint using the Badass art stamps and colouring them with Distress Oxides. I then added some sparks paint onto the seaweed. The fish I then added a layer of versamark and then clear embossed powder which made it all shiny. Then I added some spots of white paint pen.

The title for the canvas is also a Badass artchick stamp. I cut it out and added some shading with Inktense pencils.

I then added some glossy accents to the sentiment strips and added some drops to the artwork as clear drops.

Finished off with some splashes of white gesso and some archival ink to the edges.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick

52 mixed media cards… let’s face it… week 8

So for week 8 Chris gave us the prompt of

Let’s face it!

So I chose to use this Badassart stamp which someone had gifted me in a swap (I actually own the stamp but am trying to use up the bits and pieces I’ve been given as part of this challenge!).

I added a strip of the paper I had gelliprinted and added some embossing to for another project and then not used onto the card which I had coated in black gesso.

I watercoloured the image using pencils and then fussy cut her out. Then found a quote I felt worked with the artwork from a box of bits.

I then added an embellishment I created using the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint to add another element of texture.

And what’s more you can watch me create this here…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Badass Chick, Happy Celebrations, Petal Palette, Treasure Gold

52 mixed media cards… week 5… Clear and transparent

The prompt for this week’s playing card challenge was clear and transparent.

I knew immediately I wanted to play with my alcohol inks on acetate and to create a window/frame. But it was yesterday before I got the chance to start.

I did a little playtime first and then remembered to film the process …

Here is the link.

And the final piece…

I love the texture and depth I got on this. And that lovely colour on the acetate layer too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Derwent Line painter pens, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap

Art journaling … 2018 page

Today I have a journal page I’ve been working on for a few weeks on and off and it was for a monthly art journal fb group and the theme for this month is to include 2018 on the page…

So I did!

The page came together using lots of different stencils and a few stamps and then the focal image which was cut from some wallpaper leftover from the princess’ bedroom wall… I had this to hand as I had used another piece for another journal page I’ll be sharing in a few weeks.

This year my one little word is NEW. As I want this year to be about new starts and new experiences so I decided to capture that with this page.

I love all the texture and layers of pattern and colour I got by making this page over a few weeks rather than in one go.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Visible Image

My favourites of 2017 pt 4

Final list of favourites for 2017 today… And today it is techniques! Yes what techniques have been my favourites for this year?

Well first has to be masterboards! Whether for ATCs or cards I have been churning out masterboards rather a lot and love creating them so much… want to see some… Here goes… 

I mentioned embossing yesterday in terms of products…. well embossing has been high up on the list of techniques this year.  Even if only embossing the sentiment the versamark, powder and heat tool have been to hand rather a lot! Here are just some of the embossed projects! 

And of course stamping remains my go to technique regardless of what type of project I make. I rarely make anything without a stamp making an appearance somewhere. I don’t really have a favourite stamp but new companies I’ve enjoyed this year are the #badassartchick ones which I subscribed to for funky and interesting stamps and the Gummiapan text one I bought I love too. I also have a few Visible Image stamps I bought this year which are fun.  Of course I’ve loved Paperartsy and Stampin Up stamps too and continued to add to my collection of those too. And I must mention that Creative Stamping magazine have had some fab sets this year too. 

Finally sewing… not exactly featured heavily this year but I have been known to add sewing to the list of techniques especially when doing mixed media. It might only be a small project but this landscape ATC comes to mind when I think of sewing.  So it’s on this one piece of artwork I will finish my favourites of 2017 series. 

Hope you have enjoyed my slightly different round up of the year and will be joining me for more creative fun in the next year. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Claritystamps, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Happy Moments, Lacy Brocade, Oh So Lovely

Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Brushos, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink

Out of this world ATCs

Hello. 

Time for another ATC swap with the Facebook group Artful ATCs and the theme this month is Out of this world. 

I chose to add some embossing to the card and then layers of brushos and then distress oxide. Then I embossed the rocket, fussy cut it and then coloured it with Distress oxides. 

The second card is a painty background and I added the embossed quote and then went over it with a gel pen to show up the writing more. 

Love these and hope the recipient does too! 

Entering these into the anything mixed media challenge at http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-16.html?m=1
Happy crafting!

Catherine