Wednesday, 30 September 2015

She Believed by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! Today, I have a mixed media card to share with you, using Dina Wakley paints and stamps.



Dina Wakley Media Stamp Sets - Scribbly Women, Textures, Primitive Icons
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - White, Black, Blackberry Violet, Sterling
Glass Bead Gel - make your own by mixing some Creative Expressions Small Clear Beads with Prima Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel
White Card Blank (6x6 inch)
Page from an old book



1. I started with a piece of mixed media paper, about 5.5 inches square, then used Ranger Glue N Seal to adhere a few small pieces of torn book paper, just enough to add a little bit of texture and interest to the background. Some of the pieces were glued off the edges, I just tore the edges off, to leave a rough edge to my background, but you could use scissors if you prefer a clean edge. I used a palette knife to add a layer of white paint all over the top. 

2.  Next, I mixed a little white paint with some Blackberry Violet. I used the palette knife to apply this randomly. I didn't want to cover all of the white. I also used the tip of the palette knife to add some scratchy lines in the paint. 

3. I used Blackberry Violet paint to partially stamp the mesh image from Dina's Textures set, then used black Archival ink to stamp some script. 

4. Time for some more texture. Mix some small glass beads into some 3D gloss gel. To add some colour to this, I mixed a tiny bit of black paint with some Sterling, to get a metallic slate colour, then mixed this into the glass bead gel. I applied this through the mini harlequin stencil, then left it to dry thoroughly. 

5. Once the bead gel was dry, I mixed a tiny bit of blackberry violet with some white paint, to get a pale violet colour, then used a brayer to apply this over my background. I brayered a little Sterling paint in places too.

6. I used cut n dry foam to apply black paint to the face stamp from Scribbly Women, and stamped it on the right. I used blackberry violet to paint in her body & add colour to her hair, and white paint to lighten her face and neck. Once the paint was dry, I outlined her arms with a black journaling pen. 

7. I used white paint and one heart from the row of hearts from Primitive Icons, to stamp 3 hearts, one on the woman and two in the background, then added some Diamond Stickles to them once the paint was dry. 

8. I stamped the phrases from Scribbly Women with black Archival ink, sponged the edges of my artwork with black paint, then glued it to a 6x6 inch white card.

I just love how the paint highlights the beads in the gel, but the gloss gel beneath is still shiny. I hope this shows up a bit in the photo below.



I hope my mixed media card has inspired you to get creative today,

until next week,

Alison x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Do I Look Like I Care? by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
I have a card for you today using some of the new Dylusions stamps.


Here’s What I Did:-


All this has first been created on a piece of mixed media card to allow several different mediums to be used without damaging or warping the paper. Fabulous stuff.

I first applied a gentle misting of water and then applied a small sprinkle of Brusho Crystals, a little goes a long way. As I am impatient I dried it off with a heat gun. I then added detail with contrasting paints through 2 different stencils. On a separate piece of mixed media paper I stamped my images with black Archival ink. I gave the ink a quick blast with the heat gun prior to colouring them in. The image has been coloured with blendable coloured pencils, blending solution and paper stumps. It’s all about layering up the colours with light strokes in order that you can lay and blend different colours together, this part I find extremely therapeutic.

Once I was happy with my images I cut them out. My sentiment was stamped on the same mixed media card and cut out.

I then glued my cut outs to my background with 3D gel glue to make him stand off the card.

It was then mounted onto navy card and then an 8” x 8” card blank.


What I used:-

Brusho’s – Prussian Blue & Orange
Adirondack Denim Paint Dabber
Coloured using Polychromos Pencils – Spectrum Noir pencils blend in the same way which I also use
Dylusions Stamps used:- “ How about Never”
                                     “The Fancy Four”
                                     “Legs Eleven” from my stamp stash

Hope you like it and see you next Tuesday
Amanda X

Monday, 28 September 2015

Rose Garland by Moira Sutton


Prima Watercolour Paper A4 
Prima Bloom Mother Stamp Set 
Brushos – Yellow, Turquoise, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine, Violet, Rose Red, Crimson and Scarlet
Archival Inkpad Watering Can 
Stencils: Donna Downey Alphabet Rerun
    Crafters Workshop Roman Letters and Harlequin
Prima Watercolour Pencils 
Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels 
Water Bottle 
Fude Pen 
Black Pencil

For this piece I’m working with Brushos on watercolour paper. Brushos give an intense water colour result and like water colours will always remain water reactive. I usually use them by sprinkling on paper and squirting with a water bottle to create backgrounds but I wanted to try them as a colouring medium. The watercolour paper is able to stand up to all the water that will go on it, but can still be put in my journal as it fits a double page spread, perfect.

I started by stamping the woman’s face onto a sheet of A4 copy paper to create a mask. I stamped the face image in black on the watercolour paper and placed the mask I’d made with copy paper over the top.

Next I created some background using the Watering Can ink and the stencils.

I then wet my watercolour paper with a clean wet brush in the areas I wanted to add the yellow, sprinkled a little of the yellow Brusho onto my craft mat, picked it up with my wet brush and moved the paint into the wet area. Brushos give a lot of colour for a tiny speck of powder so be careful. If you wet the area where you want the colour to go first it is easier to control it. Next I did the same with the Turquoise knowing that where the yellow and blue met it would make green. I did not want to colour the whole sheet I wanted to leave some white areas at the edges. Be careful to use different water pots and brushes to keep the colours clean as they will mix very easily.  

I coloured the roses in her hair using a mix of the Burnt Sienna, Crimson, Rose Red and Scarlet Brushos, creating tiny pool of each on my craft mat using a few sprinkles of the powder and water. With a small paint brush I randomly dabbed the colours through the roses so they had more light and dark than one colour. 

Next her hair was done with two colours Violet and Ultramarine I love that as the Brushos behave like watercolours they easily mix and blend but still leave distinct colour areas.  

For the nest and eggs I turned to my watercolour pencils as I would have more control and also I needed to use a brown and did not have one in the Brushos. You don’t have to use water with the pencils you can just use them as ordinary pencils too. I also used the pencils to tidy up any “missed” bits in the hair and roses, although leaving some white in the roses helps with giving some dimension to them.

Next I coloured the face, firstly I brushed the area with a wet brush, then again with the wet brush picked up the colour I wanted to use directly from the Water Soluble Oil Pastel, this again would give me more control over where and how strongly the colour was applied.

Final touches were made with pen and pencils to add some highlight and definition.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Something Wicked by Lynne Moncrieff

With just over one month until Halloween I thought it was about time I shared a Halloween related project. A Poe inspired card.



Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Dissolved Walnut Ink Crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Spray/Distress Stain Walnut Ink)
Detail Scissors
Watercolour Brush and Foam Brush
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Extras:- Fabric scraps and wooden clock embellishment



Apply dissolved walnut ink crystals or substitute to watercolour paper panel. Once dry flick the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to create splatters. At the same time stain shipping tag, fabric scraps, clock embellishment and watercolour/white cardstock. 


Randomly stamp, second generation stamping, the Ouija text stamp with Potting Soil and onto the shipping tag stamp Poe followed by stamping the Ouija stamp around the edges. For the Poe stamp I used a brayer to ink up the image.

Onto the prepared watercolour/white cardstock sheet stamp the ornate border twice, the sentiment and onto a piece of the stained fabric, stamp the word Poe.


Use detail scissors or a craft knife to cut the border as it is quite intricate. Cut the sentiment into word tiles. Ink all edges before beginning to assemble the card, with the addition of strips of the stained fabric at the bottom edge and also threaded through the shipping tag.  Finally adhere panel to pre-scored cardbase or form your own 6”x4” cardbase, again distressing and inking the edges.


Until next time,


Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Future is Bright by Donna Gray

Hello everyone,

Donna here today using neon DecoArt paints and yes they really are this bright!



Here’s What To Do:

Use a sheet of That’s Crafty! White/Greyboard, drop a few blobs of neon paint on the surface, apply a brayer over the paint creating a random texture, dry off.

Next, take the Donna Downey stencil and apply a black paint through the stencil (I used DecoArt paint for this too).

Use the Tim Holtz Crackle stencil to apply black Distress Ink to one half of her face for an interesting effect.

A That’s Crafty! stencil was used for the circles using blue neon paint, more Distress ink was applied through the Wildflowers Tim Holtz stencil and then use Crafters Workshop stencils for added interest.

A bit of doodling with a white Posca pen and there you have it….the future is so bright you have to wear shades!

Supplies Used: 


White Posca pen

Hope you like it
Donna x
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