Use them or lose them #8 part 2

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!

Something Lacy is this week’s stamp of choice and boy have I struggled.  In the end I made this tag using the stamp in the background. 

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I used Distress inks to blend the colours on top.  Then added some gesso before adding some bookprint and cardstock over a patch.  Then I added some grunge paste and the sentiment. 

I then added the hearts and painted them with a shimmer paint and the stars were glued down.  Then found the present in the JOFY stamps and coloured that with distress inks too.
Not 100% happy with this … nor can I see myself using the something Lacy again… I have far more interesting background stamps, this is just too prescriptive I think… so yes it’s another for the lose it pile!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Wax page in my Paperartsy journal

The third topic this year for Paperartsy blog was wax… wax! Not something I felt confident about.   Gelatos were mentioned in Leandra’s blog post introducing the theme though so I started with them and started on this page way back on 9th February!

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So these photos show the first stage of play… gelatos scribbled randomly in blocks.  Water added with fingers to blend.  More colour added and blended.  Gesso added randomly with finger and blended.

Later that day I added a stamped border on each page using some Dylusions stamps Karen let me use.  I also added more gelatos and more gesso.
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Starting to build a nice background. But not exactly wax in my book! Off I went to watch You Tube videos and of course keep my eye on the Paperartsy blog design team contributors.

I love Darcy’s completely fabulous wax poppy picture which showed lots of wax techniques. I also loved a You Tube video someone posted in the Patwits group showing papers being waxed and sewn. These took me down the route I ended up taking.

But first I used some grunge paste mixed with a purple paint through a stencil to provide some texture.

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Then I added some shavings of kids wax crayons in splodges and melted them with my heat gun with a piece of paper over the top to stop then from moving about too much.
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I must admit this wasn’t really going well. I was struggling to control the wax but I do think it adds some interest to the background.

Next time to do the feature image.

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I stamped the mannequin in Watering Can archival and then the text in Seedless Preserves distress ink onto some photocopy paper and tore it into a nice shape. Then I put the piece on a tray and melted a Yankee candle onto the paper until the whole piece was covered. I then set it aside to dry. The benefits of using a scented candle is that it smelt lovely in the craft room as a result! 🙂

I then took the rest of the photocopy paper and tore that as a mount, crinkled it up and inked it with the distress inks (seedless preserve and abandoned coral).
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Round the edge I stamped the zip stamp from the same Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

I then used my sewing machine to sew these together in my usual scruffy sewing style.
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I then added this to the journal with matt medium and left it to dry. I then felt that the title should be in a similar colour to the mounting panel. I stamped that onto the scrap, tore it out and inked it up.

At this point I felt that it needed something else.
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I grabbed some teal coloured gilding wax and added in a few random areas. This gave it some more depth and shine and also incorporated another wax!

Decided it needed some more stamping…
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The scissors were stamped… and then words!
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I grabbed the ink and the Dog buttons plate and stamped words from that in the distress inks randomly which I think really finished the page off nicely. I then edged the pages with Midnight Muse ink and added the topic and month at the bottom.

A really long post showing all the steps so of you got this far… well done! I am trying to show stages as best as I can so people can see how I work when putting together a page. It also helps me document how I got to where I am. Next topic to be tacked is image transfer which is not my best skill… may take some practice!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Using the pieces left from class

As regular blog followers know, I attended a class in Harrogate with Karen Hayselden where I decorated a cute bird house.  I also made some backgrounds as part of the class and stamped some images as options for the birdhouse.  Today I am sharing what I did with these…

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This one had a little extra black added to provide a shadow for the Kate Crane Stampotique girl.  I then layered the image up and added more shading with the Pitt pens.  I also added stencilling with the Tim Holtz stencil I bought on the day of the class..  This is definitely my favourite stencil of the moment.

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The next one…

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This I mounted up on a few layers and added black as an outline on the panel.  I added the sentiment from my Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamps and a button brad.  I also added some card candi as a further embellishment.  Again I shaded with pens and paint.

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The next two were the smaller pieces cut off the others…

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This I kept quite simple with just a bit of extra black for shadow and layering on black paper and the card candi.

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The last one I used a different stamp.

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I also took the other off cuts to create some different panels and added a little stencilling on the base card too to bring it all together.  Love the Tim Holt crazy birds and cats collection … so it was good to stamp a couple of these out at the class to play with them.  The sentiment is a Dylusions stamp that I bought on the day 
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So plenty of fun from the 1 piece of a4…

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Hope you like what I did with them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another spread in my Paperartsy challenge journal:hearts

Hi all

The second challenge for 2016 on the Paperartsy blog was hearts! As soon as I saw this post from Wanda I knew I wanted to have a go at masking and stencilling texture over the mask to provide the main feature. 

I started by cutting out of scrap a heart and placing it in the centre of my double spread.  I then used the Clarity dotty wave stencil to swipe the grunge paste through.

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This left the shape, and provided an extra piece to be saved for another purpose at some point. (I actually used this a few weeks ago on a card I made).

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A few days later I came back to this as the grunge paste had then completely dried. I started adding colour with distress stains… Starting in the middle and working my way out.

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Next I added some stamping using Indigo Blu stamps (the numbers). Then added the honeycomb stencilling.

The second heart I cut out of book print and added distress ink to it with a blending tool. Then added the image if the winged clock. The quote I had already printed, I just added some distress ink and then outlined it.

I thought the colours needed some softer blending so decided to add a sprinkling of Red brusho and to add plenty of water. Then I left it to dry!

About a week or so ago I went back to this journal page. It was just after I had been to the Karen Hayselden class at art from the heart so many more splats and layers and ink and paint got added. Karen has inspired me to layer up more than I was doing before and to add more and more colour… This is still tonal but still plenty of additional colour.
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I then thought it needed some sparkle too!
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So stickles in two colours added all over and on the wings and some glossy accents to the clock face.

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Just LOVE this page. Not at all like the canvas that Wanda inspired me with in the first place but completely love it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them stamp challenge #8

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

This is actually a two for one card… Summer Silhouettes and Something Lacy.

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I stamped pieces of Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy cardstock with the Craft white ink.

I mounted the navy on white cardstock and then mounted them up.

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I decided to die cut a sentiment from a gold cardstock to add to the top and then added some card candi to finish off… oh and added another mat of cherry cobbler card.

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Finished off the envelope with some stamping….

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Love the final card but must admit I am struggling to love the Something Lacy stamp.  Just can’t see that I would ever use this much…. so think it might be one for the lose it pile.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fun in my journal

A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a play in my journal with inktense blocks and a water brush using the reverse image of another page as the guide.

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I really like how this came out as it was a very loose painting.  Particularly pleased with the love.  I used a die cut as a guide and then painted it in with the inktense.

Then last week I had some more fun in my journal using my new Kim Dellow stamps from paperartsy… They are fabulous! I wanted to create a layered watercolour background so created this with layers of gesso and watercolour. I then stamped the images on tissue paper and coloured them with watercolour and then mod podged them in. There was also a layer of stamping with distress ink that I then blended with water and smudged some gesso over the top. Of course also plenty of splats and splashes of watercolour too
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Loved creating this and loved I had no reason to do it other than to play!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #7 Tap tap tap

A day late with this as the decorating took over… but last night managed to get into the craft room and do some creating… sooooooooooooooooooooo. …

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 have been trying to use a new to me set… Tap Tap Tap… This is my second pair of cards made with the set.
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Again I used bits and pieces from the desk that were leftovers from another project with a little bit of Whisper White.

I couldn’t resist some stencilling and splattering of paint though (I was in an art journal frame of mind and wanted to splatter paint after the precision of painting walls!).

Love this set of stamps and will be using them lots so they are for keeps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine