Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Eclectic Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Sheet Music

Three more Artist Trading coins

UK Stampers forum have joined in with the new craze of Artist Trading Coins … and this month there is an anything goes swap where we make three coins for a swap partner. I decided to make mine into a set that were similar themes…

I started with this background using distress oxides, distress resist spray and some stamping.

Then I die cut three circles (and an ATC) from it…

Next I stamped and embossed the images I wanted to use from an Art deco set I got a few years ago from Creative Stamping Magazine. After heat embossing them I added colour using the same distress oxides and cut them out and added them to the coins.

Next I added sentiments and a little shading using a big brush pen. I decided they needed some more white so I also added the faux stitching using the white paint pen.

For a finishing touch they all got some wink of Stella on the main feature and then lots of dots of enamel accents which I think added some drama and tied in the black embossing and black sentiments.

Hopefully the recipient will like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Affection Collection, Butterfly basics, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Sheet Music, Stitched framelits, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Timeless Textures

Background swap arty sessionĀ 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Promarkers, Letraset, Sheet Music

Another batch of masterboard Christmas cards

Another set of masterboard cards I made when crafting with the child. The decision was made she wanted to do a background with paint and it was to be green so we both did the same thing using the same colours and techniques and stamps but obviously our end results were slightly different for each of us.  Her aim was to use the background on the 4×4 card blanks so we then cut it up into panels… 6 3×3 ones, 3 2.75×2.75 and then three small rectangles left.

We stamped and coloured with promarkers lots of freebie magazine stamps that were easy for me to cut out as I knew I would end up cutting them all out… I did silently wish for a scan’n’cut at this point! 

Then we set to and layered them up. The princess added a stamped sentiment to each of the card blanks so she had to only put an image on a panel and then adhere the panel. 

I chose to use some card blanks from the ‘random stash box’ and then make a few from white cardstock and then one of the 4×4 cards… And here are mine… 

Most of mine I added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiments to make my life easier and then just adhered them all to one another.  Simple, fun and arty cards! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Ribbons, Sheet Music, Stampotique

Stampotique tag

Hello. Today I have a swap I made last night for a group on Facebook I am part of… UK stampers forum.  I used up some bits and pieces off the desk and my lovely distress oxides to add some fun too.

I started by just swiping the edge of the ink pads across one side of the tag in little stripes. I spritzed each layer with water and then dried it. Then I added the Sheet Music stamp with the black soot. This gave a very subtle effect. 

Next I added the scrap of yellow cardstock and dsp. Then I cut out this Kate Crane image I’ve had stamped for a while and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils. I added the little crown to the girl and then added the sentiment using my label maker. 

I am entering this in the anything goes challenge at Crafting by Designs

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, Sheet Music, Watercolor wash

Deck the Halls… I’m back on a Christmas vibe again

Ooops… I did say no more Christmas cards before the end of August… but then I accidentally made one! Ha ha ha! 

It started off as a scrap of card and before I knew it … it was a Christmas card! 

Using Sheet Music, Watercolour wash and the Carols of Christmas turned a few pieces of card onto a fun vintage themed card. Ah well so much for my leaving Christmas until after August had finished! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, Claritystamps, Distress oxide ink, Sheet Music

Christmas in August… decking the halls

Another card to share today from the mass card making session from two weekends ago. I used distress oxides to create the background and then added Sheet music stamping before heat embossing the main sentiment from Carols of Christmas and then the holly corners using my Claritystamps. 

I adhered this onto a pre embossed scalloped card blank from the stash. 

So nice.  Will definitely be making some more like this in future… although I don’t have any more of these card blanks so will have to improvise on that part. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, For My Family, Sheet Music, Swirly Scribble thinlits

Christmas in August … swirly scribble thinlits

I made these 5 cards at the weekend using the swirly scribble thinlits from Stampin Up to create fun wreath motifs.

I started by stamping the Sheet Music background onto the card blanks. I used Mossy Meadow for this and then set them aside. I then die cut the swirly circles in two sizes.

I then stamped and hand cut the leaves and the baubles from the Carols for Christmas set. This took quite a while as I stamped a lot of them! Good job I am patient!

I then started to assemble them and made little banners for the sentiments. To each of the baubles I added some dazzling diamonds clear glitter glue to add sparkle.

The last two I changed it up a bit and used the pointsettia flower instead of the baubles. I did add the glitter to the centre of the flowers on this one.

And on the last one I added some champagne shimmer ink to the die cut and then just added the pointsettia flowers.

I love how these came out and they were well worth the effort of fussy cutting out so many tiny pieces.

Happy crafting!

Catherine