Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Wallpaper and dress forms

I thought I would make an easel card using the Tim Holtz wall paper and his inventor 3 set of stamps with the lovely dress forms. You could use the composition and ideas to make an ordinary card but I have gone with the faux encaustic again.

Cut some thin greyboard and adhere a piece of the wall paper onto it using decoupage and then seal it with the same product. You will see that decoupage is very versatile and can be used as a glue, a sealer between layers and as a finish (top layer like a varnish). Scrape a thin and random layer of decoart crackle paint over and leave to dry.

I stamped the dress forms using black archival and then took greyish blue and neutral grey Amsterdam inks to paint n some of the dress form bodies and frames.

I distressed the edges of the panel with a distressing tool and blended in ground espresso distress ink knowing it was likely to move and seep a bit with the layer of DecoArt clear modeling paste on top. 

I stamped the scissors onto matte silver card, cut them out and again blended the brown DI around them and then laid them into the top of the paste just very gently pushing them into it.

The next layer I painted the scissors with a little raw umber and yellow oxide to tarnish them a bit, added some words and the gave another coat of clear modeling paste and added half a snap fastener as an inclusion.

I coloured up a canvas board using cerulean blue, light grey, titan buff and titanium white with a wet wipe to blend the colours. I gessoed using a brayer to create some highlights and then gave it a 'dirty' wash using burnt umber, raw umber, cerulean blue and titan budd with some decou-page sealer and water. I'll have a mini tutorial in my next post at the end of the month to see this with photo steps, so keep an eye out for it.

Eh voila, I just needed to add a mount board easel and it's finished.

I love making these easel cards, they don't take much longer than making a card one but they certainly have more impact especially if you can hand it to a friend but even paying the extra postage is worth it for a special occasion.

 Thanks for stopping by, see you at the end of the month.

hugs Brenda xxx


Saturday, 30 June 2018

ATC inspiration

I have blogged recently sharing my gel prints and I just can't stop using my plate! Today I thought I'd share three quick ATCs that you could easily turn into a card, journal page or a host of other ideas! If you would like a reminder on how to use your gel plate, please see this post: Flowers are smiles
Using my gel plate I printed this A4 card in the following order:
  1. Print a layer of Caribbean Sea
  2. Print a layer of Snowflake
  3. Print a layer of Granny Smith
  4. Print a layer of Snowflake
  5. Add Banana using the Tracks stencil
  6. Add Bougainvillea using the Gothic stencil
Cut three ATC sized pieces from the page (reserving the rest for a future project!) An ATC is 2.5" x 3.5"
This little chap is from the fourth Zinski Art set. I stamped the chap on a piece of white card and the ATC so that you don't have to cut out his antenna!
This ATC was finished in the same way as the first. The quotations on all three are from Chatter Design Tape - I cut the phrase from the tape and adhered it to the ATC.
To tie the three together I used a black pen to frame each ATC, white pen for the highlights and the circle stamp.
Thank you, as always, for joining me!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Faux Encaustic Mixed Media

Today I would like to show you a new way to use the DecoArt clear modeling paste and I am using some Andy Skinner stamps and an old PaperArtsy one too.

Scrape medium layer of modeling paste over the board.
Heat dry until a skin forms but the paste must not be dry right through. Take your stamps. spritz them lightly with water and press into the modeling paste to create texture. Add some inclusions to add height. (Leave space for your fish to be added on).

Either heat dry or let the board dry naturally so that the inside of the paste is totally firm then paint it with white gesso.

Use colour sprays or paint washes to add some colour to the texture and again dry the board.

 When the board is completely dry again take a palette knife and spread a layer of clear modeling paste. Let it dry - I left mine overnight.

This is what it looks like when you come back to it. The modeling paste has given it a milky almost encaustic look.

All I had to do was add some something on top. I found an old PaperArtsy stamp which I thought was quite apt as I hadn't put any fish in the water. As the surface is rather uneven the stamp didn't quite come out as crisply as I wanted it to I went round the letters in pen.

If you fancy having a try at this technique you can find the clear modeling paste on the shop website HERE.

I hope you like the faux encaustic idea and if you use it please let us know.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Artist Trading Coin and more!

Hello! I'm sharing some more adventures with my Gel Plate today! An Artist Trading Card has been around for ages - the definition might be: a small piece of art (2.5" x 3.5") that can we swopped (traded) with others. An Artist Trading Coin is the same idea but is 2.5" wide and is the very latest thing!
I started by covering my gel pate with Caribbean Sea and printing on two ATCs. Then I added Snowflake (the picture shows the blue and then the blue with a white overprint).
Then add a layer of Granny Smith and a layer of Snowflake.
Follow that with a little Banana and Bougainvillea through a Splotches stencil. Finally add Slate through the Flames stencil.
I then sanded one ATC to reveal the colour beneath; die cut the other one into a circle 
and edge both with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The coating on the ATC means you can achieve a really interesting finish when you sand it!
(Sorry about the odd colour of this photo!) Stamp the bottom of the circle with the line stamp (from Zinski 01) and line up the stamp so you can position.
Then I added a figure and a saying and my ATC/ATCoin combo is complete!
Of course I couldn't limit myself to just an ATC so I made a tag alongside the ATC using the same techniques.
Thank you, as always for popping by!

Friday, 15 June 2018

Great cards using Collage Paper

There are times when you need some simple, quick and easy cards that have maximum impact. The Tim Holtz collage paper can do just that. Here are four made in one sitting.

To start I cut four pieces of Tim's papers 12 x 12 cms to fit a 5 x 5 card.

I then cut four pieces of the floral idea-ology collage paper exactly the same size.
The collage paper was adhered to the patterned paper with matte medium and I brushed a light layer over the top to seal it. The collage paper is very strong when it is dry, not at all like ordinary tissue paper but it needs some gentle handling once on the glued background then it does resemble tissue paper.

I think I needed more glue on the back as it didn't become as translucent as I thought it would. Lesson learned for next time lol.

I also think the striped background showed up more than the neutral text and picture backgrounds.

Next step - mix some white gesso on your craft mat with spritzes of water to create a watery white wash and dip and dry the cards

Roughen the edges of the cards with a paper distressing tool and adhere the background to the card. I usually blend brown distress ink along he edges but decided I wanted it cleaner to create a more shabby look.
I then glued them to the cards and added some butterflies downloaded as free images from the internet and a stamped greeting.
Here are the four finished.

For me making four cards in one day is a miracle - I just loved using the collage paper but be careful when gluing it, it's just as vulnerable to tearing as good strong tissue paper.

There are three patterned designs and one blank one for you to stamp your own images on and they can be found in the shop here.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Wednesday, 30 May 2018


My latest addition is to my Gel Plate - there is an unlimited amount of fun to be had printing your own backgrounds and making a whole range of things! This month I have made two different backgrounds for my large Journal using the same equipment. The first journal page I made I shared last week.
Before I start, a couple of things to note: I made this on a really hot day so I wasn't able to photograph everything as the paint was drying so quickly! The second is that the sunshine created some shadows on my photos so please forgive these!

I brayered Bougainvillea paint and created my first print
The second print used Snowflake
Then a print using Banana
Then a print using Caribbean Sea in just part of the paper
Then I used Teresa Green - I didn't intend to over print the blue - doh! But the joy of this system is that you can just keep adding layers!
Another layer of white fixed that problem!
Then the first stencil - Tracks with Banana
I added two more stencils Gothic (using Slate) and Splotches using Bougainvillea. Then I sanded the page and trimmed it.
In completing my page I used off cuts from other projects using the same paint colours
The final piece included stamps from Everything Art and Emma Godfrey. The quotation (typed on my ancient typewriter!) says:

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. Oscar Wilde

Thank you, as always, for popping by - and do have a look at my first project here.
Gabrielle x