Today I am sharing the last layout I have for this round of circle journals… And it is Wandas fab envelope journal that I get to work in. Her envelopes were a fab texture and purple colour and I didn’t want to cover that up entirely so I decided on a paint scraped background. When I was half way through applying gesso i remembered to put the camera on to record the process. So if you want to see that… here is the link.
Now the final pictures…
I decided to use the lovely Darcy stamps as I love this character so much and wanted her in a magical land of fun flowers and lollipop trees.
So I used lots of layers of colour and mediums to create these interesting flora and had the watercoloured girl with her heart in her hands in amongst them all.
I added lots of sparkly and shiny finishes and I hope Wanda enjoys this whimsical page in her journal.
This weekend I am at a class with some of the other circle journal participants so we will no doubt be spending some time pouring over the finished journals that make their way to the retreat along with creating new art of course!
I’ll share what we are up to here on the blog when I get a chance.
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!
Scraps off the desk always make interesting starting point for ATCs…. and here are some examples… These were using some pieces of paper I had wiped stamps off when playing with my gelli plate, distress oxides and the Burlap stamp. I added different stamps and different finishes to them to make these ATCs…
1. Dreams take flight.
The feather stamp and sentiment came with a magazine. It’s a two step stamp and I stamped the base and the top in different colours of distress oxide and then added clear emboss to the top layer. I had made sure I dried it in between to only add the embossing on the top layer as the distress oxide can stay wet a while. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Black to make sure it stood out.
I added a delicate amount of the black soot to the edge and then added a strip of turquoise gems down one side before mounting it on Fresh Fig cardstock.
2. Ruffle your feathers…
This is very similar to the one above but with a different colour scheme and some additional stamping using the Timeless Textures stamps and of course distress oxides again!
3. Map your dreams…
This time I added a torn piece of map paper and some machine sewing to add texture and some different effects.
Same approach as the one above but this time a die cut and some heat embossing of the gorgeous birdcage image. Then I added the label word to add a graphic element.
5. Layers with wine
This time I took several pieces of the leftover scrap paper, tore them, inked the edges and layered them up. The top piece j added the stamped image from half full stamp set and added a little bit of colour to the grapes and outside edge to add definition. Love how all the layers coordinate and yet provide distinct layers.
So that’s 5 different ways of approaching the scraps on the table and turning them into mini artworks. Very happy with these!
And now only 16 to go to the target… whoop!
Some of the practice sessions for designing cards for classes included this card which I wasn’t 100% happy with for the class but still liked the result of.
I used the gelli plate to add the distress oxide colour and the stamping of the burlap stamp and then added the burlap to the background of the card too. I also added some other colour with the Timeless Textures stamps.
I then used the fabulous Happy Celebrations stamps to finish it off.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.