Distress oxide ink, Gummiapan, Visible Image

Happy birthday Hannah and Matthew

I promised to share the cards I made for the birthday girl and her twin brother once they had been handed over… And so here they are.

Hannah loves dancing and so I thought this Visible Image stamp, with the little dancing people from a Creative Stamping magazine set worked well with lots of layered Distress Oxides worked well for a funky card.

I also added some splashes of shimmer on the background but that’s not visible on the photo.

There is also plenty of shine as I stamped the main image in versafine and then clear heat embossed it.

Matthew’s card has a similar vibe… albeit smaller!

The skater image is a Gummiapan stamp and the tyre tracks on the background are from a Creative Stamping magazine set. Again I heat embossed the image and then went to town on the distress oxides choosing blues and black soot for the colour scheme.

I decided to give the impression of a ramp for the skater using the sentiment stamp.

Even though this is only a 4×4 card it has plenty of impact with the graphic image and the layered oxides.

And so whilst I have a house full of girls (who are incredibly noisy!) it’s now time for me to put my feet up and relax as I’ve fed them and done the whole cake thing! Wonder if any of us get any sleep tonight.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Watercolor wings

More gelli print fun

I’m still going with the 31 days of gel printing challenge over on Instagram. Here are days 3-5.

Day 3: stencils

So I decided to change things up a little and use ink instead of paint for this… Love the funky nature of this print using just two stencils and three different distress ink colours.

Day 4: texture

Still going with ink and this is using the Marbled stamp to create a delicate texture for this print.

Day 5: crayon resist

This was another ink experiment which although it didn’t exactly go to plan still ends up as a fun result. I did 2 layers of gel printing using inks and some punched circles. I then used a crayon to outline the circles and add a line between them before adding another layer of ink. The above picture shows the result.

So now to turn them into something. Well I decided to make some more little hello cards from them.

I added white paint pen marks to this one to brighten the resist elements. Then I added the stamped and embossed image of the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap stamps and added some watercoloured shading. A graphic and fun card.

I kept with a delicate theme for this and stamped the beautiful Petal Palette roses and then paper pieced them before adding additional details in watercoloured ink. I added the sentiment using some alpha stamps.

I decided that this needed some doodling and then a die cut circle in calypso coral helped to tie the colour scheme together. Next I took a die cut butterfly from the stash of gifted bits and pieces and using Seth Apter embossing powders I used the watercolour wings stamps to add colour and texture. I also finished off with some black glossy embossing too. Then added the cute little hello stamp from Gummiapan and some more doodling around the panel.

Love all three of these. And fun to try new techniques like the crayon resist too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Petals and more, Woodware stamps

Gelliprinting challenge

Hi… Yes two blog posts in one day… And they couldn’t really get more different from the Christmas cards I shared earlier…to gelli printing mixed media joy now!

So I spotted via my lovely friend @craftytrog that there was a gelli printing challenge going on in March… And of course I immediately wanted to join in! @birgitkoopson is hosting the challenge… but the best way to find all the lovely prints people are making is to follow the hashtag… #31daysofgelprinting on Instagram. That’s what I did.

So here are the first two days of prints I made…

First prompt… circles. This was a print using Seth Apter paint onto black cardstock and I used stamps and a bottle lid to create the circles. Then I added a little smoosh of distress oxide left from another project on top.

Day 2 prompt… peek through

This time I used Decoarts Americana and Crafters Acrylic paints and used stencils to create some pattern and then punched some circles to use as masks to create the peep through circles. As this is quite translucent paint it shows the layers beneath even with the ‘solid’ print on the top.

In both cases I then made something with the print…

First one I made a card. I heat embossed the Woodware image onto the background and then added Distress Oxides as watercolours to add some colour to the image. Nice and simple.

The second one I am going to frame and hang in my craftroom.. just need a box frame as it is quite dimensional.

I added some stamping to the print along with some doodling. Then mounted it onto the lime cardstock. Then I chose some flowers from the Artful Days goodie box and a resin Eiffel tower. I added some distress resist spray to the flowers and inked them with Distress stains and oxides to give them a more textural and mixed media appearance. Then added the sequin centres.

The Eiffel tower I painted using black gesso and then added layers of paints including some art alchemy sparks paints to give it shimmer and shine.

I did cut some of the lattice die cuts from the petals and more set and added these and adhered everything to the background. Finished with some splatters of paint (of course!) and mounted it onto black cardstock.

Love how both turned out… looking forward to more gel printing projects during March!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Gummiapan, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Finishing off a journal page

Quite some time ago I wiped off a few stencils onto a page in my Dylusions journal and also added some texture paste that I had coloured through a Seth Apter stencil and then just left it be… well on Friday I decided it was time to finish that page and this is what I ended up with.

I added Inktense over the full page using the blocks and then adding water to give it a wash. I also added some white gesso and then more Inktense using the pencils and waterbrush to activate.

I added a little bit of stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp and archival inks. I also added some doodling with charcoal which added some interesting effects.

Then I added some sentiments/titles using the distress oxides and clear embossing powder. These are some Visible Image stamps.

Of course I also added splashes … I’m addicted to my fan brush! … of both white gesso and the dark blue inktense.

Super happy with this page and how it ended up… not bad for a work in progress of about 18months!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Visible Image

My favourites of 2017 pt 4

Final list of favourites for 2017 today… And today it is techniques! Yes what techniques have been my favourites for this year?

Well first has to be masterboards! Whether for ATCs or cards I have been churning out masterboards rather a lot and love creating them so much… want to see some… Here goes… 

I mentioned embossing yesterday in terms of products…. well embossing has been high up on the list of techniques this year.  Even if only embossing the sentiment the versamark, powder and heat tool have been to hand rather a lot! Here are just some of the embossed projects! 

And of course stamping remains my go to technique regardless of what type of project I make. I rarely make anything without a stamp making an appearance somewhere. I don’t really have a favourite stamp but new companies I’ve enjoyed this year are the #badassartchick ones which I subscribed to for funky and interesting stamps and the Gummiapan text one I bought I love too. I also have a few Visible Image stamps I bought this year which are fun.  Of course I’ve loved Paperartsy and Stampin Up stamps too and continued to add to my collection of those too. And I must mention that Creative Stamping magazine have had some fab sets this year too. 

Finally sewing… not exactly featured heavily this year but I have been known to add sewing to the list of techniques especially when doing mixed media. It might only be a small project but this landscape ATC comes to mind when I think of sewing.  So it’s on this one piece of artwork I will finish my favourites of 2017 series. 

Hope you have enjoyed my slightly different round up of the year and will be joining me for more creative fun in the next year. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Decorative Dots, Gummiapan, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Petal Palette, Visible Image

Painty cards

More painty background cards. These were made with the paint left on the palette from the cards I shared yesterday and another project I am working on. They were made in a couple of stages and finally got finished last night. 

The backgrounds were lots of different paints all from the pink and purple colour family with a little bit of blue thrown in… especially with the extra paint from the other project. I love all the layers this created. I’d also added some stamping although kept that quite simple with some stars and the Gummiapan text stamp.  Then I had to decide what to do with them. 

The first I decided to use a new Visible Image stamp of the camera and stamped and cut that out. I used my stamp platform to ensure it stamped perfectly as it’s quite a large and detailed image. 

I decided it needed some relief to the background so added the diecut wonky circle from black cardstock and then the sentiment that I embossed and affixed using a brad. I mounted it onto black and then decided to emboss some vellum to create a textured background.

The second card I decided to add a strip of the vellum that I had cut off the first card and again used a brad to affix it. 

I decided to heat emboss the main image onto the background directly and used the beautiful leaf sprig from my new Stampin Up Palette of Petals set I got on pre order from the new spring summer catalogue. 

I also chose a sentiment from that set and heat embossed that onto a label and mounted that on black card along with the whole panel.

With all the art alchemy paints added to the backgrounds and the feature images I think these are fun modern and edgy cards but still full of sparkle and shine. 

Happy with these … And my new stash. I’m going to have lots of fun with the new stash I have recently purchased.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Gummiapan, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown

Pink heart inchies

A quick post to share the inchies I made for UK stampers forum as today has been a bit busy doing shopping, gift wrapping and ironing… so it’s time to share something pre prepared!  

I painted the card with metallic pink paint and then stamped the pattern using a Lin Brown Paperartsy stamp. Then I added copper thread and the heat embossed and fussy cut Gummiapan heart. 

They are soooooooo cute! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine