Monday, 31 March 2014

Girl with Apple by Deborah



Owing to the serendipitous nature gelli printing all I can tell you is the name of the stencil and the paint colours I used. So hopefully it will inspire you to buy yourself a gelli plate (or crack open the one you've bought and haven't used yet) and get cracking.

If you buy yourself a pack of bog standard copy paper you can make tons of prints very cheaply. Just make sure not to put too much paint on the gelli plate (or brayer the excess onto another sheet of copy paper).

I made several prints using both stencils in the Apple Girl set and this was the best one. All it needed was trimming and mounting onto some red paper, which is actually the backing paper that comes in the Clarity stencil packaging (it just happened to match - serendipity again!).

I'm not sure whether I used Eco Green's Pistachio or PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chartreuse because I used both during the gelli printing session.

I finished the card by stamping 'wonderful' from the very wonderful - and endlessly useful - Ali Edwards Incredible stamp set in Red Geranium. Archival ink seems to work best on top of acrylic paint.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Once Upon A Time by Lynne Moncrieff


Although I have owned Lynne Perrella stamps for some time now, since I started to get serious about stamping, it is only now that I have received my first set of Lynne Perrella Collection by PaperArtsy.

This canvas sees the first inking up one of the stamps.



Daler-Rowney Square Canvas (you will find other canvases at That’s Crafty)
Gel Medium 
Extras:- muslin, vintage crochet lace, lace rose cut from trim 



Apply Distress Stain to the canvas.

Stamp Lynne Perrella stamp onto muslin. Fray edges then adhere to burlap with Idea-ology Mini Fasteners. Adhere panel to canvas with Gel Medium.



Note:- A good substitute for the burlap and canvas would be a Tim Holtz Burlap Panel.

Apply metallic paint to cardstock. Stamp images from Castle Keep stamp plate. Adhere to panel. 

Embellish the canvas with various vintage crochet lace. Create an embellishment by applying Distress Stains to any leftover pieces of muslin cut from the stamped panel.  Adhere with Gel Medium, embellishing with a lace rose.


Until next time,


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Poppies by Donna Ratcliff


Morning all! I‘ve been playing with IndigoBlu stamps again……
IndigoBlu Stamps – Blazing Poppies, Live Laugh Love 
Sam Poole Stamps –
Alpha Writing
Distress Inks – Persimmon, Pumice Stone, Mowed Lawn
Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
….and now we’ve collected the supplies, here’s what to do….. 
1. So for my background I’ve actually used a piece of scrap paper that had been used to clean off my brayer and by the looks of it a bit of a mask!  Would love to list all the colours …….but……no hope there I’m afraid!! Just remember that sometimes those bits of scrap/clean up paper can be rather useful!!
Anyway once I’d trimmed it down a bit I stamped the Blazing Poppies to one side of the sheet and also randomly around the edges, also added a bit more random stamping using Alpha Writing and some butterflies from the Live Laugh Love set. 

2. Then I stamped the flowers again and coloured them in with a bit of Cut ‘n’ Dry foam and some Persimmon and Mowed Lawn Distress ink, then cut them out and layered them onto the background. Also added some colour to some of the butterflies.

3. Stamped the Live, Laugh, Love sentiment onto a piece of white card in black, cut out the individual words and then edged them with a little Pumice Stone; then I glued these in place to the side of the flowers.


4. To finish off I added a bit of shading round the edges with Pumice Stone Distress ink and a bit of doodling with a white and a black pen.

So have a great weekend and see you again next Saturday.
Donna xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

Dream, Hope, Create by Fliss Goodwin




Hi there, I’ve been playing with my Stampendous Creative Palette again this week and got exceedingly paint covered whilst applying the paint to the mono printing plate Trish Latimer style, using my fingers. The end result is a lot more splodgy and textured than using a brayer. Read on to see how I got on with the technique.


Here’s What You Need: 

Memento Ink – Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint – Vintage Lace, Sherbet, Guacamole
Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers (I really love these at the moment)
Braid or Lace
Fine Glitter (optional)


Here’s How To: 

Cut the watercolour paper into manageable sized pieces – mine were A5 size when cut down but you could use A4 if you like as they fit the printing plate well. Starting with the lightest paint first, apply patches to the mono printing plate and then smoosh the paint as shown below. Try not to mix it too much as slight gaps won’t matter.



Brush the paper with water and press down into the paint to pick up the colour. Set this piece aside and mist the remaining paint on the plate with water. Repeat with more paper until the paint has run out. You should be able to pull around half a dozen prints, getting paler as the paint is used up. Here’s what one of mine looked like when dry. 


Leave the painted papers to dry and if they’re a bit curly as mine were, iron with a dry iron to flatten them down. Trim a piece to fit your chosen card blank then stamp on the batik background twice in opposite corners with the Fern Green ink. Stamp the butterfly on the bit you trimmed off (if it fits) with the Memento inks. Cut the image out.

Stick the background paper to the card blank and add braid or lace across the centre. I have a tip to share here too, which is why I added glitter to the list above. I’ve found that sometimes when you stick lace on you get bits that stay sticky and my solution is to sprinkle on a little fine glitter. This will stick to the sticky bits and add a little subtle sparkle. Add the butterfly to the card together with some Chit Chat Stickers to finish.


Have a great weekend.

Fliss x

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hey Baby by Carol Fox



I have done a page in my smaller journal this week using the Betty Grable stamp by the Deep Red Cling Company. 


This is what I did


·       I misted my page with water, sprayed it with white Dylusions followed by Bubble gum Pink while it was still wet and let this dry.

·       I first used a Honeycomb stencil and gesso on my page, and when this was dry various other stencils and paint to add interest and texture to the background. I finished with black paint through the star stencil also using this to add the details in the corner of the page.

·       I stamped my image onto cream paper and glued this into position before colouring it in, using my favourite Neo-colour for the skin and Gelatos for the rest of it.

·       I added three strips of washi tape to the page.

·       I added stitching with my sewing machine.

·       I have a very old plastic stencil that I used to lightly pencil my words onto the page, I then went over these with Black Enamel Accents to really make them pop off the page.


I used 

Cut and Dry to apply the gesso and paint
Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Alice in Wonderland Altered Notebook by Mandy C



Distress Inks ~ Stormy Sky and Mustard Seed
Small notebook to alter (can pick up cheaply in supermarkets)


Make a Distress ink wrinkle-free background using the Stormy Sky and Mustard Seed on your paper. Dry. Choose which piece you would like to use as a background on your notebook. Adhere to the front cover of the notebook using D/S tape and trim so it fits neatly on.

Stamp the script onto the background using saffron Archival ink. Then lightly use the cutlery from the TH set and Cornflower Blue to add some texture/interest to the background. Add a border around the notebook using the Distress paint. Set to one side.

·       Stamp out one of the Alice’s from the Illustrated Alice set as well as the Alice words, plus the teapot from the Wonderland set. Cut out and colour with watercolour pencils.

·       Position all your cut out images onto the notebook before adhering with the Cosmic Shimmer glue.

·       (I added some old book page as I had cut the backing paper too small, however, I didn’t really need to as the teapot covered it).

·       Add your 3 hearts using the stamp from the Illustrated Alice set and the red geranium Archival ink.

·       Edge using the blue iris chalk ink.

·       Set with spray varnish if desired.

Mandy C
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