Thought I would share with you today a one layer card and
practice my watercolour techniques. I wanted a simple monotone look for this
Here’s How I made it:-
Mixed Media Card to work on, I first stamped my image from Carabelle Studio
Stamps in black Versafine ink. Once the ink was dry I masked off the whole
image with masking gum. Once that was dry, I leave about 10 mins, which gives
you ample time to make yourself a cup of tea, I lightly sprinkled grey Brusho
Crystals on top of the masking gum. Using Tim’s Distress Sprayer I then sprayed
water in outward directions from the centre of my masked image, I also moved
the colour around with the Distress Spritzer as it blows the colour around.
Once I was happy with the effect that the Brusho’s had made I took a paper
towel and mopped up all the water that had pooled on top of the masking gum.
You need to make sure that you have removed any trace of Brusho from the masking
gum or else when you rub off the gum the colour can contaminate your stamped
image. Do not attempt to remove the gum until the Brusho is entirely dried,
another opportunity for a second cup of tea.
you are happy that the Brusho is dried, rub off all the masking gum revealing
your protected image below.
coloured my image using a variety of grey/black Distress inks, I’m trying to
improve my water colouring techniques. I always pat my Distress inks onto a
white tile and apply using a water brush. I chose to add colour, again with
Distress inks, to just the eyes and lips adding a little spot of white gel pen
for highlights. Finally I stamped the text using Watering Can Archival ink.
then mounted onto a piece of grey cardstock.
I often make backgrounds and images/ elements in
batches and later play around, putting them together in pleasing (pleasing to
me, anyway) arrangements. That's how this graphic, somewhat quirky card came
When I first bought the City stencil- which features 6 different cityscapes - I
experimented with different media/colours on copy paper. In this case I 'stamped
' with the stencil to use up the excess spray ink - so the spaces and not the
line art is randomly coloured blue and red.I glued it onto the square card blank, leaving a substantial white
In a separate session I had brayered Mustard Seed
distress paint onto my 8" x 10" Gelli Plate, which still had paint
residue from previous use, and pressed the stamping card on to it. The slightly
patchy effect you get when the plate is 'dirty' is more interesting to me than
flat colour. I also used the gelli plate
to 'ink' my stamp, using Paper Artsy's Blood Orange. I filled the sheet up with
different images - this man was just one of them - for future use. Once I'd cut
him out I placed him breaking out of the city into the white frame.
Then I searched through my Tim Holtz sticker book
(That's Crafty! stock several) for a suitablephrase and cut it into pieces before sticking each piece down. I've found that if you stick them on top
of paint you can peel them off and move them around, which I find quite useful
as I often change my mind.
This is my last Monday with the That's Crafty!
design team. After three brilliant years
I've decided it's time to let someone else in on the fun. I'd like to thank
Laura for giving me an amazing opportunity back in February 2012 and for being
a fantastic 'boss'. I shall continue to
follow the blog - there' s so much talent here -and the shop (there are exciting things
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you Deb for all your hard work and fantastic creations over the years. We are very sorry to see you go and wish you all the very best for the future. :-)
Star Fish, oyster charm, lace, muslin, pearl bead
Prepare Rowing Boat with Frescos, working with
Toffee as the base layer before adding the Crackle Glaze then mixing the
remaining Frescos for the top layer.Assemble the Rowing Boat then lay aside for the moment.
Onto white cardstock stipple Nougat and Caramel. Once
dry stamp image from LPC001. Re-ink, stamping once more.Fussy cut shell from the second image and
also cut her face on the vertical, layering both pieces onto the main
Continue stamping, this time the crab and starfish
from The Deep stamp set. Fussy cut then ink the edges with Distress Ink. More
stamping, this time stamping the sentiment onto cork. Then cut the sentiment
into sections, once again inking the edges. Now, moving onto another different
surface, this time the cream Tissue Stock, stamp seaweed and coral. By stamping
onto the Tissuestock it lends a lovely floaty texture to the stamped seaweed
and coral especially as they waft when a breeze catches them.
Now to begin the composition. For a touch of whimsy
I added the crab to the woman’s head, creating a spectacular headpiece for her!
Embellish the artwork with scrap pieces of muslin
painted with diluted paint.Along with
the various mica flakes I also added an oyster charm, tucking a pearl bead
inside and a lovely little starfish embellishment. Finally adhere the
here today with a tag for you all using one of Tim Holtz’s flower garden
Here’s What I Did:
took a size 8 tag and scraped some DecoArt white crackle paint (tinted with a
red DecoArt paint to create the pink shade) on it and put to one side to dry
I scraped a light blue shade of DecoArt paint onto the tag background, dry
taking a letter based stencil, just pounce some white paint through it lightly,
used a Prima stamp to randomly stamp on the background using black memento ink
then slightly wiped it back as I wanted it to fade into the background more.
your poppy and stem onto white card (using black Memento ink) I coloured mine
with ProMmarkers. Adhere to the tag and then go around image with a black Stabilo
or charcoal pencil to create some depth.
add a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Small Talk
sticker book, edged around the tag with black Distress ink and outlined the
sentiment with a micron pen.
love this flower set, it’s so pretty and perfect for any type of project.
Hi there, I have a little piece of nature to share this week, which was inspired by the routes our Sat Nav took us on last year on our holiday to Wales. Some of them were somewhat hair-raising but the views were worth it.
I cut a piece of mixed media paper approximately 18x21cm and a piece of greyboard the same size. The flower stamps are quite large so you need something fairly large to balance them.
I used an old store card to apply the Paper Artsy paints to the mixed media paper, spreading with my fingers where necessary. A bit messy but I was aiming for a fairly textured, grungy look. Allow this to dry.
The next thing I did was to build up a meadow scene, which I created with the Martha Stewart acrylic paints applied with the side of the store card, swiping the paint down the lower half of the painted paper.
you can see, this is how it started out and I just carried on swiping with the
green then the red paint, adding smudging (with my fingers again) until I was
happy with the effect. When the paint was dry I stamped the script image on the
top half using mostly second generation stamping for a softer effect.
then stamped 6 poppy images on the thin, white card as I wanted to do some
decoupage to make the poppies more dimensional. I painted them with the watered
down remains of the red and green paints and cut them out when they were dry. I
cut out just part of 3 of the images to use as the extra layer.
assembled the panel by sandwiching a piece of green ribbon between the painted
paper and the greyboard. I stamped some stalks on the panel and then added the
layered poppies. I finished off with the scenic route small talk sticker.