Friday, 31 May 2013

Parisian Tag By Fliss Goodwin


Hello there, I’m off to Paris again this week for my project so I’m sure you can tell how much I want to visit. Instead I have to make do with a little French flavour on the tag, which again features one of the very chic paper doll stamps designed by Julie Nutting for Prima.

Here’s What You Need:

Stamps Used:

Distress Ink – Tattered Rose, Antique Linen
Soft Brush
Selection of Paper Flowers – mine are various Prima

Here’s How To: 

·       To make the background on the tag, first apply Tattered Rose Distress ink with the sponge applicator. Dry this off well with a heat gun.  

·       Place the stencil over the lower half of the tag and sponge on Antique Linen Distress ink. Before it dries, brush the Kiwi Perfect Pearls through the stencil on to the inked areas. You could use clear ink here but I prefer to use a colour so that I can see where I have inked. Buff with a tissue to remove any excess. 

·       Ink up the lace stamp with the Moss ink and stamp this above the stencilled area with the scallops at the top. Stamp the Paris postmark at the top left of the tag with the Coffee ink. 

·       Using the Coffee ink, stamp the doll, Paris text, airmail letter and Eiffel tower on to some smooth stamping card. Colour the doll and the airmail letter with Promarkers. I chose greens and blue and coloured the doll’s hair with pinks and oranges adding a little detail with coloured pencils. Cut the images out, die cutting the Eiffel tower if you like to make a little tag as I did.

·       Assemble the tag using a mix of double sided tape and foam tape for dimension, arranging a cluster of toning flowers and pearls in a cascade on the left side. Add a pearl to the doll’s dress. Tie a piece of ribbon at the top.

As you can see, it’s much easier to make than it might appear.

Have a lovely weekend.

Fliss x

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Everybody Do The Funky Bird by Carol Fox


I have an ATC for you today. This started off as just a bit of mop-up sticky back canvas from a larger project, it then got used as a test piece to see how my sewing machine handled metallic thread and now it’s become an ATC, what a life it’s had!


What I did

·       The sticky back canvas is coloured with Distress stains in Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey, as I said I then tried out metallic thread on it, just running a random edge, but lucky it was a nice size now to cut down to an ATC.

·       Stamped the bird cage directly with black Archival ink and highlighted bits with a white pen. I also stamped the stars from the Fine Day plate onto the background as a filler.

·       Once I had stuck a strip of washi tape along the bottom, I again stitched that area so the gold line was still all around the edge. I drew a black line along each edge of the washi.

·       The large bird and words are stamped onto paper, cut out and layered on.

·       I filled the edge gap with the stripy bit of one of the edge stamps on the “Around the Edge” stamps.

·       I finished by dragging a black acrylic dabber round the edges.


I used 

Sticky Back Canvas (in ATC sizes HERE)
Distress Stains: Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey
Crafty Individuals Stamps: CI349, CI364, CI380


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

To Have and to Hold by Alan Scott


For this project I wanted to go back into my crafting stash and use some stamps that have been around for some time. I know when it comes to new projects that we all undertake, we like to play and explore our new crafting items and we build up the crafting box pushing older items back and further back. So for this, I dived in and used a set of stamps from Kanban.



12 inch Blank Cheap Canvas
Pages from an old book
Basic PVA White Glue thinned down for gluing paper to canvas base
Selection of Templates - here I have used Dylusions Stencils
Drawing Ink and Pens
Lettering cut from cardstock and an electronic die cutting machine



One of the best ways I know to cover a basic canvas, is to use pages from old books that I buy from Car Boot Sales and the odd Charity Shop. One of the cheapest ways to then attach the papers onto the canvas, is to use a thinned down PVA solution and an old brush. 


Begin by ripping the edges and then layering the papers so that at first they do not overlap.
After you have a base layer down by using the ripped sections as well as ripping the paper into segments, you can start to build up a layer of paper and text that's interesting. Try not to let the text flow along a line when you're layering up. Then the final thing to do when you're 'prepping' your canvas is to use a layer of Gesso. Now then, this is where you have a choice. Gesso comes in black, white as well as clear. The reason that a lot of artists use Gesso is that it lets you move colour on a canvas. It not only works for 'wet' mediums but also your dry mediums such as chalks and Pan Pastels.



Once the Gesso had dried, this is when you're starting to get creative. Select your colouring mediums and lay down some colour. I have used a lot of acrylic paints during my years of being creative and in Eco Green paints, I have found a paint that's very wet (by this I mean is able to be moved across a canvas and you only have to use a small amount) and the depth of colour or hue is bright and keeps its colour when thinned down.

Let's now get the templates out and whatever other colouring mediums you're going to use. I did use Dylusions Ink Sprays, however I didn't on this occasion take a photo of the ink bottles. Here I have shown the after effects.
Once the inks had dried (with the help of a heat gun), I took some India Ink and started to draw around some of spray ink marks.

Then taking another Kanban stamp from another collection (same style and theme) using an ink pad that fitted into the colour scheme, I started to make impressions onto the canvas. I wanted to do this so that it gave some depth in figures. The two stamped images that I used would just look lost, so by doing this, it added depth and followed the theme.



Here you can see the background stamping.


As I was using FlexMarkers, I had to pick the right stamping ink to use. So for this I used Memento, which is a nice clean black that works very well with these pens.

As it was going to be a 'Wedding Theme', I opted to use glitter pens to add some depth and colour. It would also lift the colours that I had used.


As I normally do when I stamp out images and then cut them out from white card, I use a blue grey marker to edge. This helps the stamped images to look as if they should be there and not just placed. 
Once I was happy with the overall finish of the figures, the next step was to emboss. This was done to give the figures some depth, as well as make them reflect the light, giving more depth. The male figure has been covered with ultra fine embossing powder ,ready to be heat blasted!

Using a gold coloured paint that had been thinned down to a thickness such as double cream, it was dripped down from the top edge. This was, in my minds eye, to look like a curtain that the Bride and Groom walked through. 
To give the 'drip's' some depth, I once again used a Sepia Indian ink and pen. Selecting which side the light was coming from and just added some shadows. When you're doing this, remember to keep the dark shadow layers going in all the same direction - if you don't, then it will not look right.
I have not used Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA Glues in a long time - they have been a forgotten embellishment tool in the crafting box. They will also give a lot of interest and cast shadows when the canvas is looked at. So a few careful dots were placed in the circles and along the lines of the drips. 

All that was left to do was to use my electronic die cutting machine and cut out the wording I wanted to use. In the past I have been searched round for good type stamp sets or I have printed out using my computer, completely forgetting that these machines will cut out any font that you have on your computer. This is the first time that I have used this style of lettering and it will not be the last, that's for sure.


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Summer Lovin’ Hanging by Mandy C


What I used:

Old book Page


·       Firstly, stamp the Lynne Perrella image onto some paper/card. Colour and then tear around the edge once dry. 

·       On your book page, use Dylusions spray and Spiced Marmalade Distress paint. Leave to dry. Once dry glue the Lynn Perrella image onto the paper, tear around the paper.

·       Stamp with Archival ink onto card, using the CI butterflies. Colour with watercolour pencils and then cut out and glue ~ the top butterfly rests on the ladies chin. Put to one side.


For the background:

·       Take a piece of card. Mine is 16cm x 9.5cm.

·       Using the Distress paints in Bundled Sage and Broken China, dab over the background card. I blended with my fingers, it gives a more subtle blend. Blast it with a heat tool.

·       Use the cathedral window mask, and the chalk ink… spritz through the mask. Dry with a heat tool.

·       The paler green is at the bottom of the hanging, holding the hanging upside down and using the Dylusions, gently spray the ink onto the bottom and allow the Dylusions to run down the hanging. Mop up excess with some kitchen towel. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Take the script stamp and the pumpkin StazOn… randomly stamp over the background. Do the same with the crackle and the raspberry Adirondack ink.

·       Use some punchinella and the Spiced Marmalade, paint to put random dots over the background, and then using the checkerboard from the Bo Bunny set and the Picked Raspberry Distress paint. Dry.

·       Using the Peeled Paint Distress paint and your finger, run a bit of green around the edges to bring all the colours together.

·       Edge with your Archival… it’s quite wet and I rubbed mine into the edge.

·       Using Cosmic Shimmer glue, stick your Lynne Perrella image into the centre.

·       Leave as is or make into a hanging like I have with a hole punch and some ribbon!
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