Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A little birdie

I am thrilled to share a page in my Dylusions Journal. I wanted to use a tag as the central image and to create a background that was complementary but the reverse... I hope that makes sense!
I used an old store card to spread paint on a tag.
Then I sanded the tag and added some brown Distress Ink.
I forgot to take a photo of the next stage of the tag but I did the same on the journal page! After putting paint on the page (as before) I added the darker colour through a stencil. When dry I added white over the top and then sanding when dry.  
Then I added a little stamping to the tag and it's complete! The stamps I used were Zinski Art for PaperArtsy - ZA05, ZA07 and ZA08
Thank you, as always, for popping by.

Monday, 24 April 2017

More oxides and butterflies

Hi it's Brenda here with you today.

I so love playing with the oxide and butterflies together I have another design for you today.

 I found some pieces in my bits box that I was really happy with when I did them and I'm still happy with them now and rather than let them just sit there I decided to retrieve them and make a couple of cards. I thought these infusions and stencil backgrounds would make the perfect backdrop.

Whether it's because of Spring I don't know but I seem to have butterflies on my mind and I took one of Tim's stamps and his oxides and using peeled paint, broken china and walnut stain I stamped two mixed colour butterflies and before I knew it I had spritzed one with water - I just wanted to see what it would do .......

....... my brain was working overtime so I quickly heat dried the watery mess and re-stamped the butterfly again over the top and look what happened once I had cut them both out  ........  one beautiful crisp and multi coloured butterfly and one beautifully smudged looking one - I don't think I can choose between them so I'm pretty glad I had enough backgrounds to make two cards.

I continued on with some more edge inking and sentiment gathering until I was happy to assemble the cards together.

I kept it fairly simple even though I sat for ages trying to add other embellishments and stamps that I knew would clutter the design and spoil it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

hugs Brenda

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hippity Hoppity

So Trace here today with some Easter cards that I have created using lots of yummy distress oxides and lots of other goodies..

I started by applying some matte texture paste through Tim Stencil, no 034 and leaving to dry. I applied at top and bottom of piece of card to fit card front in opposite corners...I love the crisp design it creates .

So I will carry on with all the details for the orange card and all the steps are the same for the greeny toned card and the tags  - yes I made matching tags too...

I started by smooshing some distress oxides onto my craft sheet and spritizing with water..( here I used worn lipstick,fozzilised amber and spiced marmalade ditress oxides )

I swiped my card through and dried, spritizng with a little water and repeated this dipping and dabbing and drying between each layer, spritzing a bit more water until happy...I just love how the colours layer and the effect of water is something special!

I used the left over oxides to dye some seam binding, spritzing, dipping in left over colour and scrunching in a ball, leaving overnight to dry as I like the crinkle you get but you can gently heat dry if you're in a rush.

For the green colours I used peeled paint, fossilized amber and a smidge of cracked pistachio distress oxides.

Mr Bunny was cut from a movers and shapers Tim Holtz die and covered with a layer of grit paste which I dabbed my palette knife into to create texture...once dry he was coloured with ink and distress crayons and his little bow added.

The flowers were cut from a piece of card already coloured with the same technique using the distress oxides as for the card from without texture paste ...I then used the new Tim Holtz thinlits - small tattered florals die cut lots of flowers and leaves that were edged with brown distress ink.

I added some distress ink in brown to the edges of the card having added coloured panel to card front, I used ground espresso distress ink.

To completed the card I added a stitched oval piece, also coloured in same way, Mr Bunny, the hand dyed seam binding and the flowers and leaves with potting soil enamel accents for centres and finally a stamped greeting using black soot archival and Tim Holtz crazy talk stamps..

and here is the completed green tones one...

I also made some matching tags , minus the paste in the same way ...

And people are always asking how I use my tags here is how...this was part of an Easter gift for my Mum and Dad...and I think the tag looks so much nicer than a bottle bag...

so there you have my Easter makes
Have a Happy Easter

trace x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter card

Hi Everyone - Brenda here with a Spring Easter card for you using the lovely Distress Oxides.

I began with the wrinkle free distress technique using just broken china and iced spruce distress oxides ...... 

and then splattered over some ground espresso and hickory smoke DIs to get a sort of speckled egg effect.

For the oval I used broken china DI direct to card using the ink pad and then stamped with water to create the ghost effect. I blended hickory smoke round the edges.

I stamped and cut out the bird colouring it in with watery hickory smoke and broken china DIs ..... 

... and I stamped the nest onto the oval.

I created the egg by again using the wrinkle free technique this time with pumice stone and scattered straw DIs and stamped with frayed burlap.

Although I stamped four I only used one on the project, but it leaves me with some to tuck into other projects if they fit.


To bring some contrasting colour into the card I die-cut some of the small tattered florals from yellow and orange offcuts of core'dinations paper, spritzed them with water and scrunched them before leaving them to dry.

I also triple dipped some seam binding ribbon into broken china oxide.

I used the hashtag sentiments for my sentiment word but I cut the actual hashtag sign off of it (don't tell Tim!) but I do like the words on their own and I cut the legs off the bird so she could sit neatly on the nest.

There we have my Easter card, I hope it brings you a little inspiration to create your own Spring card.