Category Archives: Claritystamps

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have the card I made for father’s day for my Dad to share with you as my design team entry for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I started with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped Postscript over it before then adding the turquoise ink with a clarity stencil brush. Then I added a piece of the patterned paper as a contrast. Sometimes that’s all you need for a patterned paper to do. Next I stamped and cut out and watercoloured the plane from a Creative Stamping stamp set.

To add the sentiment I used the Claritystamp alpha stamps … forgot how much I love these so it was good to dig them out and use them!

So this is my design team contribution for this month… don’t forget to check out the blog and why not join in?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

6 bird themed ATCs

Today I have six different bird themed ATCs I created for a swap. I decided to change things up completely with each one… using different techniques and mediums.

First I started with alcohol ink and yupo and foiling and then added the silhouette stamps from Claritystamp …

Love how this came out.

Then I went for patterned paper and cute Jofy stamped image coloured with promarkers. I also chose to create the background behind the paper with promarkers so it all tied in.

Next up I decided to use the Waterfront stamps to create a scene for Darcys flying birds… and then heat embossed the whole panel to give it a glazed finish.

Then onto a Hot Picks stamp and some distress oxides in the background… again the heat embossing came out for a fun texture.

Next up I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso followed by gelatos to create the background. Another hotpicks stamp for the focal image.

Finally some simple stamping and colouring using watercolour pencils. Love these funky Kim Dellow stamps.

All of them mounted onto black card for stability and to finish off. Love them all and how different each one is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Millie B

The princess’ best friend is a unicorn obsessive so I made a unicorn card for her birthday!  Her birthday was actually at the beginning of December but rather rubbishly she has only been given her card and present today.

I used one of the gelli plate backgrounds I made a while ago as the starting point and added some additional colour to the Claritystamp unicorn. Then I added plenty of wink of Stella to make it brilliantly shimmery! 

I added lots of layers of pink and blue cardstock and then some blue and purple thread wrapped round and knotted. 

So happy belated birthday Millie!

I also have quite a few backgrounds left that I have not had a chance to turn into cards yet… hopefully will be able to soon.  So do watch out for the rest of the backgrounds in the future.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

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 

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 

Masculine card overload starts here!

Firstly can I say I hate making male cards.  Unfortunately for me June is a bad month for male cards… both my dad and father in law have their birthdays, plus it’s fathers day and this is before I add in our friends birthday too! Grrrrrrr! 

I find them so hard to get the balance of masculine and arty.  Brushos though make them easier… as do silhouette stamps. 

So today I start sharing the cards I made with a masculine theme!

This is also an entry for the Claritystamps challenge blog where the theme is Masculine.

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I made a one layer card using the garden stamps and some brushos… kept it nice and simple! Perfect for the father in law who in addition to being a father, celebrates his 82nd birthday on Sunday … so yes I made him a card for that too… but will share that another day.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #18 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I chose to use the Watercolour wash and shared some reasonably fussy shabby chic style cards on Sunday. This time I was inspired by the card class I held last week and went for a Brusho stamping technique instead based on something Helen had suggested.

I tapped out the colours in a rainbow/colour wheel sequence, then spritzed water.  I then stamped the stamp into the colourful puddle and then stamped directly onto the card blank. 

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I changed the order slightly for the second and third cards at the bottom as I need the colour to cover more of the stamp and this time got a bit more coverage.  The stamp itself is sketchy and also the extra water means it doesn’t have the colour all over but slightly puddles.   But for this stamp this was perfect!  Three backgrounds done and dusted in a matter of moments.

To finish off I grabbed different stamps and my black Versafine (important to make sure the card is completely dry when stamping to stop bleeding!).

First one was made for my work friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday.

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Used Claritystamps and the sentiment from Sky’s the Limit stamps.

Next a card made on behalf of my parents for my great niece who turns 6 in a few weeks time (I’m ahead on my orders for my parents for once!).

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This time Lavinia stamps for the fairy and stars, skinny alpha for the name and 6 and the sentiment is an old Blonde moments one.

Finally a card for the stash…

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Indigo Blu stamp is just perfect for the colour wash rainbow!

Love all of these, pleased I remembered Helen’s idea and these quick cards were so easy and fun to do!  Love brushos!

Confirmed as well that this stamp is going nowhere!  Definitely a keeper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

A quick gelli plate play

It has been an age since I’ve used my gelli plate with paint and so when this was announced as the next Paperartsy challenge I knew I had to get back into practice.  I had a few duff attempts on pieces of scrap and a few good prints that will work for another project and one which was a very clean simple print using a Clarity framer stencil so decided to make a card from this.

Piece of 5×5 mixed media cardstock and although there are some vague patterns in the paint it is pretty much just the stencil that I printed.  I then masked off the centre of the square with a postit note and added some ink in Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade.  Then masked off the area where it wasn’t white and stamped the Clarity girl (Annabel).  I masked her off too (I have the coordinating mask so that makes it easy), added a moon mask and then brushed in a background using ink left on the stencil brushes.

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I coloured Annabel in with the Spectrum noir pencils and added the doodled line to create the frame and some shading to give it some depth.

Mounted the print onto a kraft card blank to finish it off.

A lovely little arty print and loved my gelli print play! 

Entering this into the Paperartsy blog challenge and inspired by Barbara Gray as referenced in the original blog post.  I love her art work using the gelli plate and must now rewatch all her youtube videos.  I did use the torn paper trick on another print… wonder if I will get round to blogging that soon. I am also entering this into the Claritystamps challenge too where there is an Anything Goes challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine