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 

Badass Chick, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Trish Latimer

Three fairy ATCs _ UK stampers forum swap

Hi

Some ATCs to share with you today that aren’t Christmas ones. These are my Anything Goes swaps for UK stampers forum over on facebook. 

I started with three mini gelli prints using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and the gel press petite plate.  I loved these mini works of art already! 

Next I added glimmer paste through a script stencil and let it dry overnight.

Next up some stamping. I used the Badass artchick studio stamps with the paints to add more pattern. These stamps were bigger than the panels but that’s ok as the rectangles for the ATCs are bigger than the mini gelli plate.

Then to choose a focal feature. I decided to go with the Trish Latimer fairy and stamped the top section three times using the distress oxide and then coloured them in with the promarkers. Then I fussy cut them out and trimmed each of the ATCs to size.

I then decided which dairy went with each panel and started the process of adhering them.

Next i grabbed a sheet of printed words and phrases and chose ones I liked for each of them and glued them down and finished off by edging each atc with some seedless preserve distress oxide and adding some wink of Stella sparkle to their wings!

Love how these three came together and the mix of mixed media background style with the clean and whimsical image. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Masks/Stencils

363, 364 & 365 ATCs in 2017

Well I have actually done it… 365 ATCs have been made this year! Here are the final three… 

I used pieces of the Artful Days Goodie box papers that I had left over from the cards I made a few weeks ago…. love how cute these are! 

So there we go… I have actually completed a challenge I set for myself and two months early too! I’m amazed! 

Don’t think that will be the end of ATCs here though… I have discovered I love making them and that they can make excellent card toppers too as well as swapping with others all over the world.

Hope you have enjoyed my ATC journey this year… have you had any favourites or particular techniques you’ve enjoyed seeing? If so… please do leave me a message and let me know. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Crafters Companion flourish, Infusions - Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Sizzix, YouTube video

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine