Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Trick Or Treat Double Tag by Mandy C



Mandy’s Must-haves ~ these are the items I always use in my projects


Card for making the double tag ~ draw and cut a double tag shape. My tags measure 4cm along the base each and 8cm in length. So if you cut out an 8cm square and score at 4cm and then cut some triangles at the top corners you have your double tag shape. 

Oxford Impressions Stamp Set ~ Trick or Treat. Stamp out the elements you want to use. I used the pumpkins, the girl holding a pumpkin, the moon, the cat, the calendar, and trick or treat words. Use the black Archival ink. Blast with a heat tool then cut out ready. 

Distress Ink ~ overstamping using Spiced marmalade Distress Ink and Kaisercraft Dictionary Stamp
Selection of Gelatos and Pan Pastels ~ to create your background

You should have your double tag and stamped images ready

·       Arrange your stamped images onto your tag shape. When you are happy where you would like them to be, do some stamping around the edge with the pretty star branches.

·       Adhere the stamped images into place and then stamp a couple of bats into some of the ‘empty’ spaces. Blast with the heat tool to heat set the ink.

·       Start adding colour, I initially used some watercolour pencils, added some Gelatos and finally some Pan Pastels to blend altogether. It creates a nice effect. Make sure you add some dark colour to add shadowing to focal images. Also, use a darker colour around the edge of the tag too.

·       Once I had finished the tag, it lacked some texture so I then got my Spiced Marmalade and the Kaisercraft Dictionary stamp and just added a bit of stamping around the tag where it seemed most empty.

·       Finally, add some Crackle Accents to the eyes of the pumpkins, the bow on the cat and the bats.

Mandy C

Monday, 29 September 2014

Wonder Woman by Deborah




For the monoprint:

Artist Cellar: Sacred Hearts - Divine
Gelli Plate
Speedball Brayer
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish: Zesty Zing, South Pacific


For this week's card I stamped the Dylusions Survivor image in archival ink onto a sacred heart monoprint from my stash of gelli printed papers. I had already used watercolour pencils to colour the heart.


Once I had stamped the image I cropped the print and then used part of the hair to stamp fronds along the bottom. I added more colour to the stamped images with the watercolour pencils and pastels. I wanted to cover up the word 'survivor' on her face so stamped 'wonderful' onto a discarded scrap from the gelli print and cut it down to form 'wonder'.


The sacred heart ended up pretty much incidental to the artwork, apart from adding some colour - it's the rays I liked. For me, it was an exercise in mixing new stash (the stamp) with old (the gelli print) to see what would happen.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

She Will Stay Strong by Lynne Moncrieff



The Dina Wakley Stencilled Women immediately caught my eye and I was eager to play with it, the result of the play time is this journal page.


Distress Paint Black Soot, Picket Fence
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint Hallow Sea, Spiced Raspberry, Tuberose
Artist Palette Knife  (or old credit card)
Extras: Lace, paper flowers, tissue paper


Layer torn pieces of lace and paper flowers to watercolour paper. Apply paint and Gesso – between layers mist with water before heat setting and applying another layer of paint with palette knife.

Stencil woman’s face onto page with Black Soot. Heat set. 

Stamp Stay Strong onto tissue paper. Discard Stay and adhere Strong onto woman’s face with Gel Medium.

Randomly stamp handwriting and textures with StazOn.

Paint polka dots of various sizes and flick pink Twinkling H20 onto panel.

Journal around the woman’s head.

Swipe Black Soot onto edges of panel. 


Until next time,


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Come to the Circus by Donna Ratcliff


Roll Up, Roll Up the Circus is in town! Had some fun playing with the Vintage Circus plate by Oxford Impressions this week.

What I used


What I did….

1. To create my tent I stamped the curtains onto some white card and drew a triangle shape above, then cut the whole thing out.
2. Then I stamped some of the images and cut those out as well. Then I gave everything a quick rub over with some Antique Linen on a bit of Cut n Dry, before adding more colours with other Distress inks. 
3. I wanted the tickets to look as if they were tucked into the roof so having stuck them together I laid them against the roof, noted where they came and then with a craft knife I cut a small slit following the lower line of the roof.
4. Once I’d positioned and glued the other pieces in place I added some more shadows with a damp paintbrush and a bit of Black Soot Distress ink.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Friday, 26 September 2014

My Blue Heart by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, I have a fairly simple card for you this week, which came about because I had a rummage through my bits and pieces box in search of inspiration. I came across a scrap of blue painty paper made during a session with my Stampendous Creative Palette and had a eureka moment!


Here’s What You Need: 

VersaColor Ink – Sky Blue, Turquoise
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints – London Bus, Sky, Antarctic, Baltic Blue
White Card Blank


Here’s How To:

·       I made the paper I used with the Stampendous Creative Palette. The blue scrap is leftover from a larger piece made by brayering the printing plate with the Sky and Antarctic acrylic paints, misting with a little water and pressing the card on to pick up the paint.

·       The red paper was made by spreading the plate with the red paint using my fingers (very messy but a lovely grungy result) and adding a small amount of the dark blue then misting with water as before and pressing on the card. If you mist on more water, you can achieve several prints with this method.

·       I then used the heart stencil and the larger heart to make a heart shape from the blue scrap, which was almost exactly the right size for this. I simply drew round the inside and then cut the shape out. I did the same with a scrap of the red paper and the small heart to make 4 small heart shapes.

·       Using the wired stamp set, stamp the barbed wire on the card blank in opposite corners with the sky blue ink, adding some dot images in the centres of the rings. Then stamp the circular dot image on both the blue heart and the red panel with the turquoise ink.

·       I tore the edges of a panel of the red paper and assembled the card as you see, adding the text stamped with red ink on a scrap of blue painted card.


Don’t forget you still have a week to enter our challenge, All You Need Is Love, with the fabulous prize of a £20 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.


See you next week,

Fliss x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Elizabeth Bennet Box by Carol Fox



I always tend to have a little pile of boxes in the corner of my desk ready painted to decorate with images and colouring. I have used a box from this pile for my project this week.

My box was painted with Fresco Finish paint, then crackled with the crackle medium and then a 2nd layer of paint added. I usually use Honeydew or another of the pale paints for the top coat as then it is easy to rubber stamp onto and the images show up well.

I stamped the butterfly and Elizabeth Bennet images directly onto the box using black Archival ink. I then masked these off and filled in any gaps with the Bubble background stamp. I heat set all these to make sure they were thoroughly dry before the next step.

I used Pea Coat which is a translucent paint from the Fresco range to add a bit of colour to my box. I did this by dry brushing paint onto the areas where I wanted a bit more colour. I avoided the images as I would be colouring these and I built up the colour slowly, allowing it to dry between applications until I was happy with the finished look, I brushed mainly along the edges and brushing inwards from the edge so the colour faded as it got inwards.



I coloured my images using Pea Coat and Eggplant. I put a small amount of paint onto my craft mat and spritzed it with water to dilute it a little bit, I them applied it with a small paint brush to the areas of the image I wanted to colour.

I now sealed the outside of the box with Satin Finish sealer. I painted the inside lid of my box with cream paint, added my stamped image and coloured as above. I added a paper scrap to the base of the box using glue to hold it in place.



I put some random dots of Glossy Accents onto the box lid and then sprinkled it with an assortment of small beads that I collect from broken necklaces and other odd jewellery items.

I finished with some beads for feet and an old button on the front to look like a knob.



I used the following items 

IndigoBlu Rubber Stamps Elizabeth Bennet, Bubbles Background and Wild Meadow
Wooden Box


Carol x
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