Category Archives: Awesomely artistic

Twinchies… words to live by

My twinchies for the coin swap group for last month’s ‘words to live by’ swap were made in a couple of batches… first lot were made using leftover gelli printed and brayered off book print. I knew I wanted to use the word grow again so I stamped the flowers from Serene silhouettes and there was enough for eight inchies.

I punched out the main part of the image (2 weren’t quite wide enough to be the full circle but I didn’t think that mattered in the end). I then glued them down onto the coloured cardstock twinchies I had made from scraps. I thought these two colours worked well with the colours on the backgrounds.

Next I added doodling on each and the stamped part of a Clare Lloyd stamp to get the word grow.

Again I doodled round the titles to make them work with the focal image.

Really happy with batch one… especially as it meant I used up some scraps… but of course 8 would not be enough for all the swap participants so I had to make some more… but that happened on another day.

A few days later I used some distress oxide on watercolour cardstock and then stamped and embossed the flowers with white powder.

I then added some additional colour onto the image using the oxides and a waterbrush. Next I added the sentiment.

And finally I made eight more to make sure there were enough for everyone…

These I used the Awesomely Artistic floral stamp for the focal images and coloured them with two colours of pink SU inks and a green for the leaves.

Love how this looked on the pink cardstock… And the splatter stamp worked well too. Stamped my word onto separate card and then cut it and adhered it onto the twinchies.

And then three more swaps turned up… so three more quick twinchies made…

All done!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol lift-ink experiments

I’ve got the new alcohol lift-ink from Ranger and made a rather lengthy experiment video … here it is!

And here are the two cards I made by the end of the video…

Both rather difficult to photograph … but hopefully you can see what I made…

Love the lift-ink… think it opens up so many more options with alcohol ink backgrounds and of course with multicoloured stamping. Very very happy with my playtime.

Will share, of course, the other experimental pieces once they get made into something.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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 

Additional dragonfly ATC swap (181, 182, 183)

I had missed a dragonfly swap over on the Artful ATC group as it was before I joined the group but when someone suggested a small additional swap I jumped at the chance as I love Dragonflies. 

I had to make three in total so here are my three… 

This started life as a scrap from an inky gelli print and had additional distress stains added and then the dragonfly embossed using an emerald embossing powder. Then mounted onto navy and doodled the edge. 

A distress oxide background which I then added a magazine stamp that has lots of writing scraps on it… Love this stamp a lot. 

I then then stamped with versafine and partially heat embossed with black fine detail powder. As it only caught part of the image this provides a more ethereal quality to the shine. I did the same with the sentiment. 

I then added a little gel pen colour to the dragonfly just to add some contrast.

And the final one… 

This was a gelli plate painted background that I loved as it was so I added the dragonflies to a piece of acetate using Stayzon and mounted the layers using brads. I then mounted it onto a base with some craft foam to raise it off the back.  

This is my favourite and yet it is also so simple. 

Lovely additional swap done and dusted. 

Happy crafting !

Catherine 

Wibble Wobble Gelli plate part 2

So last night was playtime at my house with Gelli plates galore. And I actually made stuff too not just demonstrated…. I made a couple of cards… the first one will be a mothers day card when I get round to adding a sentiment. 

The second I will also add a sentiment to and then it can go into the stash for me to give at some point.

Then I also made two small note cards. These were done using the small hexagon Gelli plate and paint.  I love these small 3×3 plates and the cute Geometric shapes. 

I also ended up with lots of bits ready to be cut up and used on other projects… still no got a clue what to do with the big piece I did yet but sure I will get there eventually. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Cafe cards… 35, 36 and 37

Hello there… another few atcs to share today that are part of the weekly challenge Marta sets up in Maremis Creative cafe fb group.  

These are the cards for weeks 2, 3 and 4…

Week 2 was bubbles… so bubble printing and doodling and quote about bubbles… perfect.  Then added the sparkly domes too. 

Week 3 was coffee… of course I had to use the perfect blend stamps… plus some beads and thread to add texture.

Week 4 was Dragonfly… the feature came from Awesomely Artistic and this was added to a pretty pastel background card to which I added the quote from Darcy’s stamps.  

Love how different these look and grateful for the inspiration in the fb group. 

Happy crafting ! 

Catherine 

Mixed media card class

Tonight it’s time for me and my friends to play card making mixed media style!  This time I decided to play with the large background stamps and see what I ended up with.

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This one I made a Brusho background using Positively Chevron. Then stamped beautiful birdhouse by Claritystamps.

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This time a distress ink blended background with water splodges and used the World Map with Sky’s the Limit stamps.

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Next a painty tag using handcarved and summer silhouettes and some gorgeous silk trim.

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Finally I used a stencil and stencil brushes to create this soft card.  I used the Dictionary stamp and then Awesomely Artistic stamps to finish in a mix of purples and browns.  Love the effect of the brush on the linen cardstock too.

So wonder how we will all get on making these at class… what I know will happen is that we will have fun and feel chilled out doing it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine