Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Handcarved, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Postscript, Promarkers, Letraset, Tim Holtz

6 one colour atcs

Today I have 6 atcs to share which I’ve made for a swap where the rule is to use mainly one colour. I chose purple as my colour and made 6 different cards based on the same background.

I started with a piece of mountboard and added colour to it using a dry brush and my fresco finish paints and also using the Seth Apter printing technique to get a few layers into the background. Then I cut out the 6 atcs.

I know they look a little pink here but in natural light they are more purple.

Then I treated each of them differently to create the individual ATCs.

This first one I added the Postscript background stamp with white heat embossing and then the feather with purple embossing. I then added distress ink to add more colour to the feather area and add more focus.

Next is the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird. I coloured the bird with Distress inks and a waterbrush (Kassa style) and then cut it out. I added a layer of vellum underneath the bird which I raised up on foam pads to give it some dimension. For the background I added some stamping using the handcarved stamp and distress oxide which I added clear embossing to. I finished it off with some glossy accents for the the eyes.

Card number three I added a diecut hot air balloon. I die cut this from card I had coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced the white elements. Then added some wink of Stella and a little bit of pink to the heart. I raised this up onto foam tabs for dimension. The background I added lots of shimmer using mica and then heat embossed it in clear before I added some stencilled letters using the same purple paint and a Dylusions stencil.

Card 4… I stencilled using a darker purple the flower stencil and when that was dry I replaced the stencil and added the glitter paste. Kept it simple for this one as that glitter really does the job on making an impact!

Card 5… I decided to make a posy jar. I found some cute jar tags in my Artful Days goodie box stash and cut the top off so I could add my posy and then gave the kraft tag lots of layers of distress oxides. I stamped and die cut the Petal Palette flowers from some inked card and added more colour to the actual flowers using the inks. I also added distress inks and oxides onto the background which gave it a more watery look and a little bit of washi tape to added a different texture. I finished with the wink of Stella all over the jar and some white paint pen.

Final card… I added more stamping using distress oxides and the handcarved stamp in the background. Then I stencilled the oxides and heat embossed the stars. I loved the subtle texture this gave.

Then I added a Trish Latimer girl which I had coloured using the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and promarkers for her skin. I cut her out and added with foam tabs for dimension and then added glossy accents to the star.

So that’s all 6 cards…

Super happy with all of them! Hopefully the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Embossing Folders, Everyday Enchantment, Gummiapan, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Postscript, Stitched framelits, Tea for Two, Tim Holtz, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder

It has been a while since I did a one sheet wonder but I felt like having fun with paper and set to on this one sheet wonder project.

I tried to use up bits off the desk as I was building them after the initial cardstock mats etc. I built them up bit by bit too rather than just rushing in to get things stuck down.

So here was the starting point…

A piece of retired Stampin Up Tea for two dsp that I happen to love both sides of.

I teamed it with Early Espresso and old olive cardstock. The early espresso is also the coredinations cardstock so wonderful for distressing.

Next to start adding focal images…

A real hotchpotch of stuff going on… scraps of vellum, die cuts, images from magazine kits and embossing. I had so much fun popping images and scraps from the desk in with these.

So then I started assembling and decided I wanted sewing to feature on most with the quilted type paper as the inspiration. So I added machine stitching to most but not all and the started with the assembling and finishing off.

So I started with some images leftover from making cards magazine…

These first two don’t have any sewing but instead added some twine and ribbon. The next two however have sewing and the lovely cute images.

Now I move onto my fave stamp set… petal palette…

More die cutting and vellum and embossing and some pretty cards were created.

And finally three different cards … the gorgeous watercolour wings…

This one I created some inchies using the butterfly basics stamp set and heat embossed in clear the post script background stamp on the early espresso cardstock.

The last one uses a die of the white rabbit as a focal point. I adore this die and it was gifted to me by a kind friend… thanks M xxx

So there we have it… all of the cards from my one sheet wonder! Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did making them.

Such fun playing with this paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Burlap, Butterfly basics, Dictionary, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge, Handcarved, Hardwood, Postscript, Timeless Textures, Watercolor words

Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Postscript

Playing with paint cards

I really needed some painty time last week so I took some spare cardstock and started playing. 

I mainly used decoarts fluid acrylic and Americana paints. I added the paint with sponges and a gelli plate and then a paint brush. I then used a stencil too. 

I love all of the different layers I created. I also added some stamping with Postscript background stamp.

Next I added some sparkle using the Art Alchemy sparks paint.  Then I cut it into two panels for card topper backgrounds.


I then decided that I would raid the Artful Days goodie box and assemble some cards. 

The first one I used a metal embellishment and a paper flower and leaf.  Then some stickers and a heat embossed stamped sentiment.

The second one I added a wooden circle and some flowers and sequins.  I also added the heat embossed sentiment too. 

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Awesomely artistic, Beautiful You, Bitty Banners, Brushos, Burlap, Distress oxide ink, Handcarved, Hardwood, Masks/Stencils, Postscript, Stitched framelits, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Watercolor wings

Background stamp class

Last Tuesday I hosted a crafting session at my house where the focus was on background stamps. 

I designed four cards using different background stamps. 

1. HARDWOOD

This is a perfect design for any woodgrain stamps and I love this Hardwood stamp from Stampin Up. I masked part of the background and then added another colour cardstock for the raised panel.  I then used the Awesomely Artistic set to embellish and then an old sentiment stamp.

2. POSTSCRIPT

An old but still very good technique of triple time stamping. This time using the Postscript stamp and a mix of colour inks. 

I used a mix of Sweet sugarplum, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig to ink up the stamp and then Fresh Fig for the mounting card. I then added the die cut swirl and stitched framelit before adding the Watercolour wings butterfly using the same colours. 

The sentiment was embossed just to make it pop! 

3. BURLAP

This time I grabbed the gelli plate and Distress oxides to add the fun background for this card. 

Using one colour of the oxide for the first print with some water and then added the burlap to it for the second layer created a nice rustic but imperfect print. 

I then added stamping for the glasses and then created the tag using the new Half Full stamp set from the autumn winter SU catalogue.

4. HANDCRAFTED

This is a retired stamp but I love it, especially for stamping with Brushos. I created a palette on my craft mat and then stamped into it and then straight onto the card blank. I love the mix of the colours and the watery stamped effect.

I then mopped up the remaining colour and die cut that using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I also stamped and die cut the Beautiful You inage with the stitched framelits and added colour with some brusho. I edged panel and the sentiment with some purple from a blending tool.

So four different background stamps each used differently to create some fun cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine