Category Archives: Badass Chick

Happy birthday ickle cus

This is a very late posting of the card I made for my ickle cus!

I started this with my friends a few weeks ago using a different colour scheme from the previous version.

I decided to add lovely flowers from the Artful Days Goodie box stash and some sparkly bakers twine as I knew I could personally handover the card when I saw my cousin rather than having to post it.

Love how dimensional this is and those cream sequins really finish off the card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Distress oxide cards

A couple of weeks ago my friends Karen and Mara joined me for some arty fun and we played with distress oxides (at Mara’s request).

I didn’t do much prep before the session due to a lack of time but managed to get some projects done during the night regardless using the usual techniques for using distress oxides.

Firstly we started with simple stamping!

This was using the Badassartstamps to create a panel in one colour family and then a focal point from some contrast colours with an overlay sentiment.

Second project was to do some blending and stencilling and water reaction.

This card has yet to have a sentiment added but hopefully I will be able to add one soon to finish it off.

Next up I created a background using the fabulous smooshing method.

I also added some stencilling, blended edges and of course the stamped wildflowers.

This was a bit of a two for one card too as I also created this next background by using the photo paper as a mop up.

This makes such a dramatic background and fab way to showcase the Visible Image stamp.

Love how different the same inks look on the different types of substrate.

Finally some gelli plate work onto different substances created this (albeit unfinished) card topper!

Had such a fun time crafting with my friends. Wish we could do this more often, but life is so busy it is not always easy to get together!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK stampers forum postcard swap

Last month for the Uk stampers forum I made this postcard.I really wanted to use the Tracey Day Alpaca Pals stamps again but this time used all the elements type stamps, the sentiments and the hearts rather than the cute animals.

As my focal image I chose a Badass artchick stamp instead which I stamped and embossed on bookprint and added a little watercoloured ink.

The background was a blend of Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio distress ink and the stamping was a mix of different archival and distress inks.

Super happy with this.Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: salt technique

Howdy readers…

This week we have a technique based challenge over at Back to Basics and Beyond … salt technique.

I haven’t used salt with my watercolours as a background very often so it was fun to experiment and ended up with three panels…

I cut them down and used each in a different way. One I used an indigo Blu stamp set and heat embossed the fish and the sentiment.

I then added a little more colour onto the fish using distress oxide and my waterbrush.

Then I added layers under the panel in contrasting colours including the ribbon and the pearls.

Now the second card I kept quite simple with a silhouette stamp and added gold edging and some patterned paper and then sequins to finish.

Then the final one I used as a piece of actual patterned paper.

I added the stamped image and some other layers of patterned paper. I added the kraft tag to balance the kraft in the coffee cup colouring.

Love all three of these cards… And love being reminded of what a lovely effect the addition of salt is to the watercolour background.

Can’t wait to see how everyone else used the salt technique in their creations! Here is the blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Frida ATC swap

Over at artful ATCs there is a Frida Kahlo swap which I’ve joined in with.

These are the two I made.

The first one uses stamps from Badass artchick stamps and the second I did my own version of a Kahlo portrait.

Both of them were backgrounds with fresco finish paints and the one on the left I stamped and embossed the leaves with distress oxide and to add colour to the portrait and the stamped image I added both fresco finish paints and oxides.

Love how they both came out… even if my sketchy portrait isn’t brilliant I think she is still recognisable.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Music to my ears ATCs

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…

Happy crafting!

Catherine