Friday, 8 February 2019

Rusty Faceted Heart card - Brenda

I had a craft day with a friend recently and she brought over her new die which creates this fabulous heart shape and is one of the new range from Sizzix and Tim Holtz for the Chapter 1 release and out and in the shop now. I also used the fabulous new wildflower stems and fun large funky florals dies from the same release and the stacked deckle frames which I think were released last year.

To me there's nothing nicer than creams, whites and browns together and to help achieve the look I layered together (from the bottom) card , patterned paper patterned, faux shabby floorboards created with paints and inks and a deckled frame on the top.

The wildflower in the background was cut from media paper, acrylic watercoloured and distressed whilst the funky florals were cut from a piece of leftover card from sometime when I had experimented with layering acrylic paints to achieve the shabby look.

The faceted heart was also cut from a left over rust effect piece of card that has been lying in my bits box for ages - this box can be a mine of fabulous inspiration sometimes when an oddment and a die just fit together so perfectly.

The die cuts the multi-faceted shape with score lines which need to be folded and pushed into shape to get the design. You can see the wonderful height and dimension and as a card it is best given to the recipient by hand as it wouldn't survive the post in just an envelope.

I love the way the neutral palette becomes shabby with the textures and the scuffed floorboards, I must make some more pieces to be ready to use for more new creations.

Here you can see the top of the heart and how the rust enhances the contrast in the colour palette.

The same here with the lower part of the heart.

I'm looking forward to experimenting more with the heart shape to see how else I can use it.

Thanks for stopping by and if you like the new dies please go to the Country View Crafts shop website and search for new products for January 2019 to find them or click here.

See you again soon.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 21 January 2019

Sweet Cottontail mixed media card

Hi it's Brenda and I'm with you today to share a card with some of the new Tim Holtz products coming out for Creativation. The dies are sizzix chapter 1, the first release for 2019, there will be three more to come over the year

I loved this cottontail as soon as I saw him and will be using him for a workshop coming up soon.

Process steps
Dip and dry the die-cut cottontail in a watery wash of burnt umber and dry.
Repeat with burnt sienna, then raw sienna finishing with raw umber.
Darken the edges with ground espresso distress ink.
Cut another cottontail and paint him black and copper.
I just love the shape of this cottontail and there's a bow to go with him too.

Take a piece of worn wallpaper and give it a watery wash of white gesso and dry. Repeat if necessary.
Stencil with a mix of cerulean blue mixed with titanium white and another stencil with  sap green and titanium white.

Brayer a couple of layers of titan buff over the whole background ....

and then dip and dry in the light blue, light green washes with a tiny drop of raw umber in them to vintage them. When dry splatter with some titanium white and  burnt sienna finishing with a tiny amount of monoprinting with watercolour paper using titanium white and titan buff mixed together.

Cut some of the lovely new Tim Wildflowers Stems from media paper and paint/watercolour using fluid acrylics and a water spray.

Make a greetings embellishment and dye some cheesecloth using watery raw umber and titan buff.

Assemble the card.
The Beauty is in the Details

Once I had put the main pieces together I then played with some flat backed glass domes and a mirror star. With some white gesso, raw umber paint. metallic lustres and mate medium I altered them to look like these.

I also used Tim's new 'bone' mixed media powder to die. cut the bow. I sanded the edges and blended in ground espresso distress ink.

Yep I'm really happy with that now.

Thanks for popping by, I hope you like this fun card and if you have a go at using my process steps please leave a comment below with a link back to your post.

Have a great week.
hugs Brenda xxx

Dies - Sizzix Bigz - Tim Holtz - Cottontail. Sizzix Thinlets - Tim Holtz -  Wildflower Stems #1, Sizzix Thinlets - Tim Holtz -  Garden Greens
DecoArt Media Acrylic paint - burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, cerulean blue, sap green, titanium white, titan buff, carbon black, pyrrole red
DecoArt Media Mediums - white gesso
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - copper
DecoArt Metallic Lustres - white frost, cosmic blue and iced espresso.
Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper
Stencils Tim Holtz
Mixed Media Powder - Bone - Tim Holtz
Flat backed glass domes and mirrored star

Monday, 10 December 2018

Vintage Santa cards - Brenda

Hi it's Brenda with you today and I have been using the fabulous Yuletide stamps by Tim Holtz which are available in the shop.

I made a set of 7 cards in different colours and I'm sharing the green ones with you today. The original set which are blue can be found over at Bumblebees and Butterflies here and I will be posting a pink and grey set on my blog as well on Wednesday.

These don't take too long to make and I'v kept them flat so they can easily be posted.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 13 October 2018

October Visible Image stamps release

Hello it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today to showcase the fabulous brand new Visible Image stamp release.  This new release has something for everyone.  There are 6 new stamp sets and 3 new stencils. Grab a cuppa and take a seat and I'll walk you through them all. I am on the DT for Visible Image so I will first share some samples I made, which have been shared on social media.
First up is "One kind word ".

 This fab set features a vintage typewriter, 4 sets of words that fit the paper plus 2 sentiments.
(If you would like to see a step by step for any of these projects you can find them on my blog.)

There are 2 dance sets, which are perfect for those always difficult teenage projects.
The street dance boys
 And the hip hop girls.
The 3 new stencils are
and Two tone
In the sample below I used 1983 and Grate-ful to make a funky background for the hip hop girls to dance on. 
The Daydreamer is a set has an almost comic strip feel .
I added glossy accents to her glasses and the "what if" sentiment.
 There is one new background set
Set the tone
and last but not least is the awesome "You are not alone". 

This is such a versatile first design was a galaxy card..using distress oxides on black card.

Finally I wanted to show how well the new and existing Visible Image sets work together.
First up is a very Hammer Horror Halloween tag using
Mr Bone Jangles
and the skull stencil

which I shared on my blog this week.

As we are approaching Halloween I thought for a new project for today's post I would share a step by step for a different tag using Mr Bone Jangles but this time using the
Dark heart's stencil to make the spooky background.
 and one of the sentiments from the Queen of Hearts 

 I blended Carved pumpkin and Cracked pistachio distress inks onto a tag then blended black soot through the stencil. I also added the moon from the Believe in unicorns set.
This was the background for my tag.
I flicked on some water and organic leaf stamping and glued on a die cut spider's web
I added brown paint and texture to some die cut branches and stamped and matted the sentiment. "Treat me" works so well for Halloween treat bags. I make a whole serious of treat bags for my big and small kids every year and each has a handmade tag attached.
I stamped out one of the skulls and stamped and gold embossed the hands from You are Not alone. These were fussy cut out. I blended some Vintage photo distress ink onto the hands to darken them up (you can see this in the final photos).
It was then time to put my design together.
Here is my finished tag.

and one last shot.
Thanks so much for reading to the end of this very long post. This is such a great new release and works so well with the existing catalogue of  Visible Image stamps and stencils. The ones Susan stocks are all on the Country View Crafts website here. If any are out of stock just add your email and Susan will contact you when she has them back in. Also remember that there is FREE UK postage on everything you buy.

Have a creative and inky weekend ahead, the sun is still shining here and it's due to reach 22c today...crazy October (but lovely) weather.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 27 August 2018

Stamperia patterned papers

Hi Brenda here today with a quick and easy card that lies flat for posting. I don't use my papers enough so I really enjoyed putting this together.

Using the Stamperia 'Time is an Illusion' collection ....

...... I cut two pieces to fit a 5 x 7 card.

I also took out my scrap box of papers and pulled out some that complemented and contrasted with the stamperia ones and cut and punched elements to layer up. I also found a piece of ephemera that fitted the bill too. I used several of the Tim Holtz punches which helps in putting a quick design together.

I always ink the edges of my pieces with a dark brown distress ink to frame them and to make them stand out from each other when layering them up.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx