Awesomely artistic, Beautiful You, Bitty Banners, Brushos, Burlap, Distress oxide ink, Handcarved, Hardwood, Masks/Stencils, Postscript, Stitched framelits, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Watercolor wings

Background stamp class

Last Tuesday I hosted a crafting session at my house where the focus was on background stamps. 

I designed four cards using different background stamps. 

1. HARDWOOD

This is a perfect design for any woodgrain stamps and I love this Hardwood stamp from Stampin Up. I masked part of the background and then added another colour cardstock for the raised panel.  I then used the Awesomely Artistic set to embellish and then an old sentiment stamp.

2. POSTSCRIPT

An old but still very good technique of triple time stamping. This time using the Postscript stamp and a mix of colour inks. 

I used a mix of Sweet sugarplum, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig to ink up the stamp and then Fresh Fig for the mounting card. I then added the die cut swirl and stitched framelit before adding the Watercolour wings butterfly using the same colours. 

The sentiment was embossed just to make it pop! 

3. BURLAP

This time I grabbed the gelli plate and Distress oxides to add the fun background for this card. 

Using one colour of the oxide for the first print with some water and then added the burlap to it for the second layer created a nice rustic but imperfect print. 

I then added stamping for the glasses and then created the tag using the new Half Full stamp set from the autumn winter SU catalogue.

4. HANDCRAFTED

This is a retired stamp but I love it, especially for stamping with Brushos. I created a palette on my craft mat and then stamped into it and then straight onto the card blank. I love the mix of the colours and the watery stamped effect.

I then mopped up the remaining colour and die cut that using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I also stamped and die cut the Beautiful You inage with the stitched framelits and added colour with some brusho. I edged panel and the sentiment with some purple from a blending tool.

So four different background stamps each used differently to create some fun cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Beautiful You, Distress oxide ink, Ribbons, Watercolor wings

Black tag butterfly time

Today I have a tag I made for a swap to share. I grabbed a black tag from Ranger and started adding distress oxides onto it. As they are slightly opaque they can be used on darker cardstock… just don’t expect the colours to be the same as when on light cardstock. 

So I started with a base of frayed burlap and layered up a few layers before then starting with the stencilling and stamping.

I added some dots from the Watercolour wings set and then stencilled some dots too. Then I stamped the main butterfly image with three colours of oxide. This created a subtle but beautiful feature. I then took a sentiment from Beautiful you and embossed it in white and doodles round some of the dots too. 

I decided the butterfly needed more emphasis… so out came the white gel pen again… 

Love how this came out. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Beautiful You, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorjuss, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 

Catherine 

Beautiful You, Oh so succulent, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, Tap tap tap, YouTube video

Stamp platform playing (201-204)

I filmed my first use of the stamp platform… but then messed up the editing and lost the video so it has now disappeared… however more importantly here are what I made with what I did on the video. 

These two ATCs were made from the handcarved stampin up stamp I did using the stamp platform.  This first one I added some fish themed stamps and then the embossed seahorse. I also added some washi tape and sewing just to add some additional elements and then the title. I finished off with a generous amount of distress oxide watered down for the edges and over the stamps.

The second one I did some paper piecing with the girl from Beautiful You stampin up set. 

I also added stamping onto the background using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps in a couple of blue colours. The title is stamped using clarity stamps.

I added the grey shading to the image and the edge of the letters using distress oxide in Iced Spruce.

This one I created with lots of layered stamping (only possible with the stamp platform!) and the Oh so succulent stampin up set.

Next is the one I created the multicoloured stamping in the background with the platform. 

I finished it off with some flowers I got as an extra in a swap and a little additional stamping of the title.

I also added the little pearl accents to the centre of the flowers for a little bling! 

Finally the card I made colouring the stamp with markers. I love the multi coloured stamping. 

So there you have it… a few finished projects! And I can safely say I love the stamp platform. So please I have got it and looking forward to more playing with it for some other techniques. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Awesomely artistic, Beautiful You, Butterfly basics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Wibble Wobble Gelli plate part 2

So last night was playtime at my house with Gelli plates galore. And I actually made stuff too not just demonstrated…. I made a couple of cards… the first one will be a mothers day card when I get round to adding a sentiment. 

The second I will also add a sentiment to and then it can go into the stash for me to give at some point.

Then I also made two small note cards. These were done using the small hexagon Gelli plate and paint.  I love these small 3×3 plates and the cute Geometric shapes. 

I also ended up with lots of bits ready to be cut up and used on other projects… still no got a clue what to do with the big piece I did yet but sure I will get there eventually. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine