DT: Fab’n’funky : Winged Things

Hello! This week it is my turn to host the challenge at Fab’n’Funky and I chose Winged Things! Be it fairies, birds, butterflies or planes I want to see things featuring wings!  So please pop over to the blog and join in.

This week Lacy Sunshine are sponsoring the challenge.  I used this image called Rory Catching Butterflies which is ever so cute.

I decided to go for a big image and to make a change from the usual white cards so instead printed onto cream laid paper and use a cream card blank as the base.

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I cut the image out using a fiskars oval cutter and coloured the image using spectrum noir pencils because I love the way the colour picks up the texture of the paper.  I creates a lovely effect. I really think it works well when colouring fabric.

I edged the oval with ink and then chose this striking paper from the stash that was from an old Halloween themed set called Howlstooth and scaringbone.  I softened it by adding the seam binding and flower from the stash though.

The sentiment came from an art deco magazine set and I thought it worked well with the image.

So please do come see what everyone else made and make me something with wings!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Make your own sunshine

I have another sample made for the Art journalling session theme of weather and or seasons.

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I chose to work on a page in my Dylusions journal and it was one that had some ink wiped off onto it from other projects.  Looking at this I decided I wanted a watery look to the page.  I did however have some bits of scrap paper on the desk so I decided to get these onto the page first.

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I tore them up and placed them fairly randomly around the page. Then gave it a coat of gesso to tone it down and give it some tooth.

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Next to add the watery colour… I couldn’t resist getting the Brushos out.

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Turquoise and yellow brushos applied quite generously and with plenty of bursts of water.

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Then added some aquamarine too in a few places to give a different tone of colours.

After ten minutes it was drying nicely.

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And after a few hours it looked fabulous.

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Next it was time for some more texture.

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I coloured some texture paste with some yellow brusho to make it a light yellow colour. I used a stencil from Balzer designs and stencilled some of the circles.

Then I took a Paperartsy stencil and added some gesso through that to create some white elements.

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Once the texture paste and gesso were dry I added some ink to a Tim Holtz embossing folder which is like sun beams and then spritzed it and used it like a stamp so the beams come from the centre of the page.

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This looks better once dry than it does here. Then I added some stamping using the Timeless Textures stamps to add some more pattern and texture.

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I then chose my title based on something pinned on Pinterest for the group.  I used lots of different alphas to create the title and them used a white pen to finish it off.  I also added some bits of washi tape to add more colour and texture to the page. 

The last addition was a bit of green spray ink I had in a little Tim Holtz spray bottle. Think it might have been aquatint but not sure… anyway I gave a few spritzes and jobs a good’un!!!

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This is the finished page.  How lovely and fresh. 

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Hope that you like the finished page.  I am pleased with it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Incy Wincy Designs: inspired by a film or book

Hello!

Another Incy Wincy Designs challenge starts today to make something inspired by a book or film.  The challenge is sponsored by Sami Stamps and they kindly provided me with the image I used Bird in the Hand.

I must admit I struggled to remember later why I had asked for this one to meet the challenge.  Fortunately a friend of mine came to my rescue and suggested the film South Pacific and the song Happy Talk.  Perfect!

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I chose some bright and beautiful papers, die cuts and brads to go with the image.  I coloured the image using my watercolour pencils and a bit of water on my brush.

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Love how this looks.  And big thanks to my friend for the suggestion. 

Now pop over to the blog and see what everyone else has been up to.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Paperartsy challenge journal – resist

So I have another resist journal page to share that I made this afternoon whilst trying to get up to date in my Paperartsy challenge journal.

So I decided today to grab some Hot Picks stamps… and went a little crazy busy with the stamping. Not my usual style at all but this is all about trying new things.

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I used candle wax through a stencil for the first resist. You can probably see it shining a little on the page above.  But when I added the distress stain it resisted brilliantly. 

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There is also a big smear of wax on the right page which kept the white of the page underneath it.

Next I chose another stencil and added a bit of micro distress glaze through that and added more distress inks.

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This was a more subtle resist and barely visible in the final page.

Next I took a new clarity stencil and decided to add Versamark through it and the clear emboss.  This would add another layer of resist over which I added the brown distress stain.

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I think the one on the right didn’t work well because I hadn’t let the bottom layers dry enough so the powders tuck to more than the Versamark but still this journal isn’t about being perfect, it’s about experimenting.

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Next I found a Secret Garden quote (I love this book and have an urge to read it again!).  I wrote out the quote on cream paper and added it with matt medium and it picked up some distress stain colour and blended nicely. 

Final touches was some outlining and some paint splatters in Bora Bora and white gesso.
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Loved the experiment and will repeat the candle through the stencil again plus Versamark through the stencil.  A cool way of revealing pattern and in this case a scene.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

PS I have started the reviews topic of fabric hardener but not finished it yet … will share as soon as it’s done!

Use them or lose them #16 Off the Grid

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I thought I would see where the small background stamp Off the Grid would take me.  I haven’t used this stamp anywhere near as much as I thought I would and no idea why.

I decided to build some backgrounds using it and some gelatos.

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The first lot of stamping was using Old Olive ink and then just started building up the gelatos in layers.

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A few different colours… and then some more stamping, this time using the gelatos to stamp with.

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I left this to dry and grabbed some Stampotique flowers I had stamped back in February when I was at Art from the Heart.  I coloured them with gelatos and cut them out.

I then added some silk thread and a sentiment and edged the panel and the Old Olive mount.  Perfect modern, fun and arty cards.

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So what do I think of the stamp? Well even though I love the results of this I could easily have used another background stamp and the grid stamp still doesn’t strike me as one I would grab time and time again (unlike dictionary or hand carved) so I think this might be going in the lose it pile.

Will give it one more play later this week and then decide for sure.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them re evaluation

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

A few weeks ago I was undecided about two stamp sets… hello doily and Bliss.  I wasn’t sure if they really needed to be kept or not.   As I felt like doing a journal page I decided to use these stamps within the journal and give them a re-evaluation!

I started with a double spread I had added grunge paste through a finnabair stencil on it.  Then stamped the Hello Doily a few times round the pages in Watering Can archival ink.

Once that was dry I chose some distress stains and added them but tried to leave some ‘white space’.  I struggle with white space when I do art journalling as I seem to want to add colour and pattern everywhere.  So I was pleased I remained restrained and left some of the page untouched.

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This was the page when the inks were still wet.  I had used Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio and blue Lagoon distress stains.  Love the way the colours blend even without adding water. 

Once it was dry I added some stamping in Twisted Citron distress ink using the Bliss flourish I love so much.
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I also added the Bliss stamp used Peeled Paint. Again it was just for background and what I needed.
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Next I added some gesso to tone down the colour and add some more layers

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I kept this quite patchy as I didn’t want to get rid of too much colour.

I grabbed a stencil to add some more pattern in the background. It is very subtle but adds to the final finish.
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I decided I wanted a bit of spray ink so grabbed the Dylusions yellow spray and added a doily as a stencil and then the white over a squiggly stencil.
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Time to add some features and a title. It’s the butterfly from the Bliss which I stamped in the watering can archival in a set of three. I also added some washi tape. Then I decided it needed something else as a pop of colour… so out came the gelatos and some red and metallic green and yellow.

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I added the title using stamping and then a wooden word which I added the Pebeo Fantasy paint to. I did plenty of splattering in black and white and then added a little white paint on some of the raised texture.
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I also used another happy stamp randomly round the pages.
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Love how this came together and although not exactly as white space as I had wanted, I managed to not cover ever last millimetre with colour!

Now are these stamps for keeps or not? I’ve decided no matter how much I like this page I am going to add both stamp sets to the lose them pile as don’t imagine using them again.

Entering this into the challenge over at Anything but Cute as my Earth day themed challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Resisting art journal page

Today I made an art journal page… It was an unexpected desire to create a page using a resist technique. 

I pushed some multi medium matte through a stencil with my fingers, let it dry and then added distress stain which of course resisted where the medium was.

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I then added stamping, some paint and gesso.

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Finally added words and some black thread.  Love how the resist worked with the distress stains.

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So here is my impromptu page for the Paperartsy blog theme of resist.

Happy crafting!

Catherine