Artist Trading Coins, Baked Texture embossing powder, Hot Picks, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures

Coin swap: Back to Black

This month the swap over at my UK swap group on Facebook the theme is “Back to Black”. I love the Amy Winehouse song and when I heard it on the radio I knew that it would be an interesting theme for the group.

So I made my coins mainly black with a tiny touch of blue and the white stamped image!

I used the mdf coins and coated it with black gesso. Then I die cut the swirly image from black cardstock and added that. Next I added stamping and embossing first in black and then with the Deep sea Baked Texture embossing powder (This is the touch of blue as it is translucent but blue tinted).

Then I added the main image which is a Paperartsy inage which I stamped in White pigment ink onto shrink plastic.

I finished with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed onto black cardstock and wink of Stella added for shimmer.

Finally I used black puffy paint to add dots around the edge of the coins.

This last photo shows all the shine and the dimension on these coins as the sun caught it perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Collage card

Whilst I’ve been doing a massive clear out in the craft room I’ve come across a few random pieces that I decided to make into a card to break up the tidying task!

This one was a piece of tissue wrap already torn off and a fab arty piece I think I was gifted in a swap at some point.

I started by adding the tissue wrap to some mixed media cardstock cut into a 5×5 panel and dry brushing copper acrylic paint onto it. Then I used a Paperartsy stencil to add the block pattern down one side using some deco art fluid acrylics and a sponge.

Next I adhered the arty panel and then used the sewing machine to add texture around the edges.

Then I added stamping using a couple of Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps and black sparks paint.

I finished by rubbing the leftover sparks paint round the edge to frame it and then added it to a 7×7 card blank.

I love how this came out… elegant and funky all in one.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks

Sewing ATCs

Carrying on with yesterday’s theme… today’s ATCs all have a sewing theme.

I used the button stamp again over the fluid acrylics for this, along with some sewing zig zags. Then I layered the stamped fabric piece onto some patterned paper and sewed it into place with a mixture of stitches.

This uses the Bronte sisters stamp on acetate and some different fabric backing (canvas and denim cotton) with Paperartsy fresco finish paints and some buttons and lots of hits of sewing to adhere the layers.

This time some different hot picks stamps with the dressmakers model and some text and lace. I started with a background of inks and then stamped the images onto vellum. I then coated the vellum with wax and let it cool.

I then used handsewing (cross stitch) to add more texture.

Love how all three and different but all the same theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Hot Picks, Inchies and Twinchies

Button twinchies

Another swap… this time button twinchies… and I made this set of four.

The theme was buttons so I used a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp for the background over a piece of card I coated in Deco arts fluid acrylics and stamped the buttons image with black gesso.

Then I created the label with more painted card and stamping in black gesso. Then I raided the stash for buttons that I liked to go onto the twinchies.

Next I created a panel for them to sit on smooshing distress inks.

Hope the recipient likes them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Linda’s circle journal page… part two

Yesterday I shared the main spread I did for Linda but I also did some more pages for the fold in parts of her journal.

The video explaining it better is here. I say better… but the sound has gone all squiffy so sorry about that!

A change of pace from the other page but love this too! Also love I found a use for the twinchies I made and didn’t end up swapping… they worked perfectly on these pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Ellen Vargo, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Lynne Perrella, Masks/Stencils

Finishing off cards from the gelli plate play session

So I’ve finished off the cards I made at the beginning of the month for the gelli plate play session.

All of them I added shading using a big brush pen and Tim Holtz stickers for sentiments.

Some I added embellishment using sequins, card candi or stickles.

Love all of them and how they feel now they are finished!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Lynne Perrella, Masks/Stencils

Crafting play session with friends

Tonight I had a few friends come and get inky with me. We played with the gelli plates and inks and brushos and generally had fun making a mess and lots of pretty bright and colourful papers. We didn’t quite get to the point of making a card … I must plan sessions better to make sure we have finished projects! But after they left I sat and cut out images and made up six cards from the stuff I had created… even if they aren’t completely finished cards… they are at least nearly done!

I also still have the pile of images and a few bits of background I can use left too for other projects… I reckon a postcard or two might be featuring some of those bits sometime soon!

Anyway here are the cards.

I think with a little shading, a sentiment and a small amount of embellishing these cards are good to go… and from the stack of paper we gelli printed a good amount of projects can be made!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress resist spray, Ellen Vargo, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - stamps

Etiquette art journal page

This year I am going to try and do more art journal pages in my own art journal as I neglected it last year in favour of swaps … so I’ve started with this page.

There was some stencilling on the page already in bright pink which started me off and determined the warm colour choice. I added the fossilized amber distress stain all over the page and then added some spiced marmelade and abandoned coral in a few places.

Once dry I added the partial stamping of some random stamps from the bits and bobs stamp box using archival inks. I also added some stencilling using distress ink.

Then I used some ephemera pieces from an old Artful Days goodie box which I inked using the distress stains and then distressed further to give them even more of a shabby chic look.

I also added the image stamped on fabric which I sewed around as per the art weekend we had last year with James Sharpe. I added them together along with stamped tickets. Then I added some flicks of distress resist spray to which I added some baked texture embossing powder so add even more grunge.

I added this to the background and then started adding stickers and the title (cut from some more ephemera) and added doodles using both a gold and a white posca pen. I also added a little bit of additional sparkle using a spectrum noir sparkle pen.

Really love how this came together and it was good to play in my own journal for a change.

Hope you liked seeing the final page too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Hot Picks

Hand themed coins

There were a few of us feeling the need to get creative in this period between Christmas and New year so I arranged a quick swap for the coins group I organise… and the theme I chose off the top of my head whilst waiting to have a massage… hands.

These are the three that I made for the swap… I used distress stains to create the background along with the Paperartsy stamps.

Then I stamped the main image in Black versafine and then finished it with a little bit of inking round the edge and splashing some glimmer on them.

Not bad for an impromptu swap make!

Now all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy New year and to thank for you for supporting my blog in 2018. It’s been the best year for my blog stats wise with new followers and lots of hits … albeit for some older posts via Pinterest! But thank you to regular readers and infrequent visitors alike for popping to my corner of the internet to see what I’ve been up to! Let’s have a colourful and creative 2019!

Happy crafting!

Catherine