Category Archives: Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz

Two ATC’S… one gets made into a card! 137 & 138

Two more ATC’S today made from scraps of scratch paper and bits wiped off… one of which got made into a card topper… the other is an ATC going into the general trading stash! 

Here it is all stamped up using archival and distress stain added to the background which had brayered paint on it. The bird was stamped and cut out of another piece of painted paper.  

I also added the metallic acrylic ink to the flowers to give it some sparkle.

This one became a card with a mount of white cardstock and then onto a navy card I made and then doodled a border with a silver pen and added some silver to the flowers too.

The second one I made a background adding distress oxide inks on top of the inky wiped off already on the paper. I then stamped the sentiment… this time with distress oxide.

This had some iridescent ink already added to it. So it wad already quite shimmery.  

I mounted it onto an ATC I had die cut and then stamped the Kim Dellow circle trees.  Then I added more colour using the distress oxides as a Watercolour medium.

Love how they both came out and both look different even though they are the same image and quote. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Brusho swaps! #131 – #133

I’m participating in another swap! This time it’s a Facebook group which focuses on Brushos and pigment powders. The theme for the swap is Spring. 

I started with this one…

I used the Brushos to sprinkle through a stencil. This was Gamboge and Lemon. 

I finished it with a simple silhouette stamp and a quote. 

Next I used Brushos to stamp the background. I love the way this works and the watercolour effect of the stamping.  I finished with a Totally Trees stamps and then a bit of water colouring.  

Now a background using the Brushos and then coloured in the stamped image using Brushos too! 

Love how all of these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Hats off to you… Artful ATC swap (126 & 127)

I’ve been playing with distress oxides again. They are fab inks and so many cool and easy results. 

I started with a piece of cardstock and then created two ATC’S for a swap where the theme was HATS. 

The top photo is a closeup of part of the main piece of cardstock that I started with. Then I cut it into some sections so I could make the atcs. 

The first one I took a Tim Holtz stamp  (Runway) and stamped the image.  I also added some stamped circles using the Kim Dellow paperartsy stamp wh8ch make it look a little retro. I tore one side and then mounted it onto an ATC made from corrugated cardstock than I had painted with black gesso. 

The title was a sticker from the stash and then some doodled edging and I called it done. 

The second one I wanted a completely different look. I added some texture paste through a stencil in the back and then found this image I had received in a swap. The colours worked perfectly so I added it on top using gel medium.  I wanted it to tone into the background though so I added some gesso as a very light coverage. 

I wasn’t convinced I liked it at this point so decided to take my white gel pen and add some dots and doodles.  

OK so it’s a bit strange but I liked it!  

I know the recipient has now received these so hopefully she likes them too… as for me..  I’m still loving distress oxides!  And two more ATC’s done! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

A bulk load of random ATC’S 107-116

I caught up with a few random ATC’S last weekend…. no themes… just playing with bits and pieces on the desk! 

Texture paste and stencilling and bistre powder and gilding wax… interesting combo! 

Gelli print on book print and a Crazy cat Coloured with Spectrum noir pencils! Fun! 

Painty background, stamping and some opal magic paint highlights.  

Same as above! Just different stamping.

Mish mash of backgrounds and techniques finished with heat embossing. 

A gorgeous butterfly embellishment I received in a swap with a few layers underneath. 

More embossing on painty layers. 

A fun flower on a Gelli print background. 

A piece of master board I created for a circle journal finishes with a rub on doodled flower. 

Paint and tissue and stamping … oh and a butterfly …. what more could you want? Love these Finnabair stamps. 

That’s me for today… another 10 for the tally… all of which listed onto swap sites so who knows where they will end up?!?

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Distress oxide fun!

Well this post is a bit bittersweet for me as it was meant to be accompanied with a YouTube video. The only problem is that during the edit I managed to delete some of the video which meant it no longer made sense. So now no video! 

I loved playing with these inks for the first time and came up with some interesting backgrounds. This first one is the usual wrinkle free distress background but using distress oxide.

I then used a Lynne Perrella stamps and water coloured it using the same inks and made this card. 

Next up is a splash background…. I saw this on a Jennifer Maguire YouTube video. This provided a fun confetti background … perfect for this Zinski stamped bird and sentiment. Once stamped the bird was coloured using the oxide ink too.

This next one was using the oxide inks and blending tools… I love this so much as so creamy and smooth a finish. I then also stamped with the oxide ink and again when adding a small spritz of water they also oxidised. 

Whilst playing with these inks also did some comparisons with distress inks and stains… 

From that I ended up with a really interesting panel which I finished with the bird from the Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

And finally I also did a distress ink version of the wrinkle free distress background. 

This I finished off with these Clarity stamp garden stamps… love it! 

So yes I love what I made just frustrated that the video didn’t work… of course I couldn’t let it be… and so late on Saturday I filmed another video… 
And from that made a card and a background for another project I can’t share yet! 

 here is the link to the video!

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Paperartsy challenge … and for ATC’S sake … 38 – 43 !!!

It’s been a while since I managed to do a Paperartsy challenge … but I kept seeing amazing art both on the blog and from my friend Hazel who has made three different projects already (all of which are stunning) so I had to join in. 

Last night was the night to get in the zone and do this! The first DT project by Corrie I loved and although my make was nothing like hers it still inspired me to get my colour going! 

The first challenge for 2017 is a colour scheme… pink and orange! Lovely and bright and zingy.  Of course in keeping with this year’s challenge I had to make some ATC’S.  

So I grabbed some paper which I got in the sale at M & S as part of a stationery kit… and went to town with abandoned coral and carved pumpkin distress stains. I didn’t bother going to the edges as I knew that on this 8 x 8 paper I wouldn’t be using it all.

Next I grabbed some neon pink paint. This is DoCrafts fabric paint but I use it quite often on my papercrafts and never on fabric! I grabbed a stencil and added some onto the background but the paint is translucent so barely visible. So then I got out some gesso and an open design stencil so I could provide a base for the pink paint. 

That’s better.. more stencilling and stamping with bottle tops and credit cards and all that remained was some speckles! For this I used the metallic paints from Finnabair to also add a bit of a sheen. 

So I then cut up the pieces into ATC size and added stickers that were included in the stationery kit.

Right onto the focal images.  I wanted to keep them all in one theme and happen to have very recently bought some stamps that I knew would work perfectly… these Tim Holtz Runway ones… stamped in archival onto white cardstock and loosely coloured with the distress stains… perfect. 

I cut them out with a reasonable border and then adhered them to the backgrounds.  They are slightly larger than the atcs so they did loose legs etc… and in one case the dog! 

Then I decided to trim them down and add them to a cardstock base that I cut out of the postcards from the same kit… they had cute postcard style cards and they were perfectly 2 atcs for each… so I did half on the kraft side and half on the white. Oh I and so edged each of the panels with ink before sticking it down. 

Next up… doodling. A bit of doodling and outlining and then some stickers for sentiments. 

And here they are… gorgeous even if I say so myself! I also added a little bit of enamel accents on each just to add a little more texture. 

And here they all are in close up…

So that’s another six atcs made towards my challenge… I am way ahead of schedule (16 ahead already) and really enjoying this challenge.  I also love joining in with the Paperartsy gang for the pink and orange challenge… I do realise that I didn’t use any PA products this time … but I have an idea for another project using these colours and PA products so if idea get a chance in the next couple of days I will be back with that one too.  

In the meantime check out the Paperartsy blog and all the fab inspiration.  

Happy crafting! 

Lindsay Mason ATC swap  – all about autumn

The theme Lindsay chose for October’s ATC swap was quite open…. all about autumn. So I decided on three very different ATC’S but based on the same base…. cut up bits of scratch paper to which I added texture paste through a different stencil on each one.

I also decided to play along with the mood board provided for the challenge at the mixed media monthly challenge.

This first one I used a Clarity stencil of a seed pod and then added distress stains and nougat fresco finish paint over the top. I wiped it back once it was partly dry to reveal some of the background pattern and colors. 

Once that was dry I added some Inktense pencils and blended with water for the shading on the pod and some outlining. I also added the sticker for the title and some stamping in the background too.

Then I die cut some frilly bits, added distress ink and then stuck them down. 

Next I added some embossing using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and some metallic brown/red powder. This time stuck on the pod too but I like the effect it created. 

Finally I also added some embossing to the gold metal butterfly charm I found in my bits and bobs box. I added the embossing to give it a more vintage feel.

The next one I added colour using distress crayons to provide a rich autumnal colour scheme. I then stamped using the alphabet stamp from Tap Tap Tap set. Next I added the lovely wooden frame that was in some happy mail I got.

I then hunted through the bits and bobs box again and found a couple of flowers and some punched circles from dsp. I inked them all up and then used a screw top brad to fix them together. 

I chose my phrase from the Tim Holtz stickers and did some more outlining. Finished! 

The last one I went for a Halloween theme and used lots of black gesso through a stencil, then white and orange marker for the highlights and outlining. Finally the image is a Tim Holtz stamp and I thought the muslin behind it looked good with the image and the graphic background. 

Love how all three came out… all very different and hardly any of the background now looks like it came from the same piece of scratch paper. 

Looking forward to seeing the swaps I get back! 
Entering the halloween one into the atc around the world challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine