ArtJourney.nl, Claritystamps, Embossing Folders, Gelli Plate

Three claritystamp gelli plate cards

Three more cards from the massive stash of gelli plate playtime finished off… This time I decided to use the ones I had stamped with the castle and the one I had stamped with the row of houses. Both of these are claritystamp images.

So first… a couple of birthday cards that I thought would work as masculine cards.  This first one I took Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and did a bit of stamping using the World Map stamp. I then added an overlay of vellum that I had embossed with the World embossing plate. I then kept it simple and mounted the topper in the middle with the sentiment heat embossed on the inky background. 

The next one I decided bright was best and added a strip of Lemon lime zest cardstock with a piece of dictionary book print torn across the middle. I love the contrast of the old book print against the bright card. I also added a corrugated card embellishments and some thread to finish off.

The house one I decided to add a little more colour to the image and added a pink panel underneath, some pink thread and a pink shiny heart.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Art Journey Stamps and decided that I would also give the house a little extra definition with some glossy accents.

Love how delicate but modern this is.

So three more cards finished… I started with 24 panels and I think that’s 11 done so far! So almost half way! 

Hope you are enjoying this little series of cards I am making with the fun gelli plate watercolour backgrounds.

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 

Brushos, Claritystamps

Brusho birdie inchies

Hi… just a quick post today… I feel like death warmed up with a rotten cold so doubt much crafting will get done after work today… so instead I will share the inchies I made for a swap using Brushos to make a fab background. 

With backgrounds like this very little is needed … just a super silhouette bird and I was happy to call them done! I did heat emboss the birds to give them some shine and dimension.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, Claritystamps, Distress oxide ink, Sheet Music

Christmas in August… decking the halls

Another card to share today from the mass card making session from two weekends ago. I used distress oxides to create the background and then added Sheet music stamping before heat embossing the main sentiment from Carols of Christmas and then the holly corners using my Claritystamps. 

I adhered this onto a pre embossed scalloped card blank from the stash. 

So nice.  Will definitely be making some more like this in future… although I don’t have any more of these card blanks so will have to improvise on that part. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Claritystamps, Papermania stamps

Christmas in August… keeping it easy

Today I have a simple solution to making multiple cards… 

In my stash were some patterned cards which I imagine came with a magazine or something to add as card toppers originally.  I of course have no idea what they were meant to be like so I kept life really simple and heat embossed a large sentiment in gold across them. 

On the red one I also added some white snowflakes and to the trees one I added some glitter glue to feel like they have the unfinished touch! 

Neither of these are exactly what I would normally do but it used up some of the stash and was a simple solution that added to the pile of cards I was making for the parents.  I actually had a few of these but did them all the same so no need to photograph them all! 

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 

Claritystamps, Distress oxide ink, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy Lynne Perrella stamps, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Distress oxide fun!

Well this post is a bit bittersweet for me as it was meant to be accompanied with a YouTube video. The only problem is that during the edit I managed to delete some of the video which meant it no longer made sense. So now no video! 

I loved playing with these inks for the first time and came up with some interesting backgrounds. This first one is the usual wrinkle free distress background but using distress oxide.

I then used a Lynne Perrella stamps and water coloured it using the same inks and made this card. 

Next up is a splash background…. I saw this on a Jennifer Maguire YouTube video. This provided a fun confetti background … perfect for this Zinski stamped bird and sentiment. Once stamped the bird was coloured using the oxide ink too.

This next one was using the oxide inks and blending tools… I love this so much as so creamy and smooth a finish. I then also stamped with the oxide ink and again when adding a small spritz of water they also oxidised. 

Whilst playing with these inks also did some comparisons with distress inks and stains… 

From that I ended up with a really interesting panel which I finished with the bird from the Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

And finally I also did a distress ink version of the wrinkle free distress background. 

This I finished off with these Clarity stamp garden stamps… love it! 

So yes I love what I made just frustrated that the video didn’t work… of course I couldn’t let it be… and so late on Saturday I filmed another video… 
And from that made a card and a background for another project I can’t share yet! 

 here is the link to the video!

Happy crafting!

Catherine