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, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Big and beautiful ATC swap 338 & 339

This month the swap at Artful ATCs was big and beautiful and I must admit I was a bit stumped… but then I remembered the dylusions die cuts packet I had never opened and then the badassartstamps girl with the big head! 

The background I made by doodling on the patterned paper I had already cut to size.  I then decided to just add colour to the eye section to go with my choice of title! 

The next one… I took a gelli plate print background as the starting point.  I kept it simple with just a few touches of colour added to the stamped girl.

So these are my contribution to the swap this month… and another two towards my ATC count. 

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 

Dylusions, Masks/Stencils

Distress stains and dylusions ATC 180!!!

180 ATCs made since Jan 1st. Wowsers! 

And here it is… 

I started with a piece of mixed media cardstock and soaked it in a mixture of distress stains although mainly Picked Raspberry. 

Once dry I added a stencil and babywiped a little ink away so those are the faint hearts in the background. 

Next I added the strips of punchinella using some fun coloured staples.  Then the main feature of the Dylusions cat which after stamping in archival I also coloured with the distress stain.

I added doodles and the PURR title and jobs a good’un!

So there we go… 180th ATC! Almost halfway through my challenge (well ahead of schedule) and still enjoying it. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Dylusions, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far! 

This first step was getting inky…. 

In fact I got very inky! 

Then it was time for paint play… 

Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards… 

Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum! 

Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course). 

We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage.  I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these. 

Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place.  I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too. 

And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed. 

This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new. 

I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start! 

And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them! 

Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dylusions, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Clare Lloyd, Paperartsy Kim Dellow

Pocket letter… 9 ATC’s in one go! (73 – 81)

Tonight I have something a bit different… but still ATC based! My friend Chris runs a fb group called mini marvels which focuses on small art… perfect for atc obsessed me. 

Anyway she has organised a pocket letter swap which consists of 9 ATC’s and they are all themed and put into a sleeve with a hidden letter… so as the meet my ATC challenge and are 9 in one go I couldn’t resist joining in. 

So here was my starting point… a piece of cardstock with layers of painty goodness! Stencils and splashes and card swipes galore! 

Then time for stamping… Kim Dellow and Clare Lloyd stamps. 

Next step is to chop it up into the ATC pieces.

I decided once I had chopped them up they needed more stamping to connect them so put them into order and tacked them to a piece of copy paper to keep them in place. Then out came the archival and some stamps.

I started with some Kaisercraft quote/affirmation stamps. I stamped these straight onto three of the cards. I then grabbed some Seth Apter stamps for the background of a few of the others… linking a few cards together.

Then I grabbed some white card and used some of the Dylusions stamps onto that so I could add those to three of the other cards… this is me trying out the layout. 

Next to decide on how to embellish and add features… pink hearts became my theme to go with the positive sentiments. 

These were punched out of cardstock painted with bougainvillea and then I added glossy accents to raise them and add some shine.

And now for more hearts … and circles.

Some Darcy hearts and some die cut and embossed circles. Then I decided to use a Gorjuss girl for the central feature.

OK onto the final steps… some doodling, some additional colour added to the circles and some stars. Sticking it all down and deciding if it is finished or not but putting it into the sleeve. 

I thought at this point it needs something else…. so I left it another day to think about it.  

Distress Crayons, Dylusions, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Stamps

For ATC’S sake … 28 & 29

Today there are a few blog posts to get through… the first of which is this about two ATC’S I made for the challenge…

They started off as a distress ink background I made a while ago with some stamps and blending of inks. Next I added some distress crayons and then removed a bit of the colour again with a baby wipe through a stencil.  

I then stamped using White acrylic both some little bits of texture and the main flower image. Next I added colour and shading using Inktense pencils and pen for doodling. 

Then I chose my sentiments and went for a different look for each of them.

Love both of these. 

Please pop back later to see the other posts I also have in store for you! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine