Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Illusionary Artists - stamps from Andy Skinner

Hi it's Brenda here and I have been having great fun with the new stamps from Andy Skinner, particularly the Spooks set from Illusionary Artists available on the website.

Using  DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints and DecoArt media mediums I made a layered background on an mdf media board, stamped with the alphabet letters and then stamped the gremlin on card, coloured him and cut him out.

The words were taken from the Word Up set of stamps.

If you like images a bit on the dark side - these are for you.

If you make something using these stamps please send an image through to me and I will look to use it in a future post.

Enjoy your art.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

New Visible Image stamps

Hello it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today to bring you some exciting news...Susan has now got some of the new release Visible Image stamps in stock here and also all of their fabulous stencils.

She now has an excellent range of their stamps and stencils and remember that all UK orders are posted free. Visible Image clear stamps are superb quality and stamp beautifully. Their designs are very unique in the stamping world. Mark Alexander, their designer, tries to bring something very different with each release. Whether you are a card maker, love journalling or mixed media there is something for everyone.

The February release was launched to huge acclaim at Creativation in the USA a couple of weeks ago.

I have had the pleasure to be able to play with several of the new sets and I thought today I would first share a couple of my projects I made for Creativation and then share a step by step for making a very unique new baby or baby shower card. I have combined the new Bloom and Grow set with the existing Imperfection is beauty stamp set.  I apologize in advance if you have already seen some of these makes in blogland or if you were lucky enough to attend Creativation, in person and saw them on display. Some of these, and other projects have also been shared on my blog over the last few weeks so if you would like to see my process notes for any specific piece do pop on over to my blog.

 I have added links which will take you to the specific items on the CVC website within this post. 

So for those of you who have not seen any of this fab new release... here goes...first up is the delightful seahorse from  Create your calm. He is a lovely large size, perfect for making a real statement and of course has a slightly grungy tail which gives him a real edge.

For this wall hanging I used alcohol inks to make the background. I teamed this up with the new Organics set, to make the seaweed, which Susan will have in stock soon. 

For my second seahorse piece I made the background with acrylic paints. The extra bubble/wave stamps make a really interesting background and the sentiment works with many stamps, even those in your own stash.

Next up is Aries (my own star sign) from the Aries zodiac set from the Written in the stars collection. All 12 star signs have been released and all have fab words which work with any other projects too.

Susan has most of this collection in stock and is ordering more soon,

I made an inky distress oxide background for this card, the moons I embossed are from the Believe in unicorns set  I gold embossed the large ram's head (each set has a small version too) and used gold ink for the 2 sizes of star constellations which come in the set. I am not sure if the words describe will have to ask my family!

Now onto my favourite of the new release...the totally unique bloom and grow set.

I love this set and every stamp in it also works by itself too...the baby, the fingerprint and the sentiment "Bloom and Grow" work perfectly with existing VI stamps and even any other stamps you own. The little flower inside the baby can be left as it is or it can be coloured in after stamping.

I made this mixed media card below for Creativation teaming it up with Organics (another new release which Susan will have in stock soon).
If you have the current (March) edition of Craft Stamper you will also see another design for this set as I am part of a Visible Image Design Team feature there. It's my Baby Love Plant card!

So here is my step by step for my New Baby card design ,which would also work really well for a Baby shower card. I made a pink and a blue one...but I have embossed the baby in lots of colours...white, gold. black sparkly ..they all look really effective.

I used distress oxides with clear embossing powder for the babies which I fussy cut out and distress inks for the backgrounds

I used the wrinkle free technique for the backgrounds. I added some stencilling to the blue version for some extra interest using the Visible Image fibres stencil an incredibly versatile stencil which I use so much.

I then stamped the finger print to 
cradle my baby using black ink.

Next I stamped several flowers from the Imperfection is beauty set onto inky mop up card and a couple I painted with distress inks. I then fussy cut them out. I also made some pink versions. I die cut some greenery using scraps of green card,
 I stamped and embossed the sentiment, cut it into pieces and distressed the edges and then put everything together. I raised the sentiment and flowers up on sticky fixers to give some more depth.

Here are my finished cards once more.

 If any stamps/stencils are out of stock Susan will be reordering very soon. You can add you email to any out of stock items on the web site and you will be contacted when they are available.

  I really hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the new release you have a favourite? I also hope to have inspired you to have a go at making a very "non traditional, non cute" baby card or indeed any other work.  If you do make something why not enter it into our current Country View February challenge here where our theme is "Anything but cute . It would be great to see you join us,  you might even win the £20 gift voucher to spend on some new crafting goodies on the website.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some ideas but really all you ever need is your imagination 😃

Enjoy getting inky!

Back soon,

Bye for now

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Fragile Winter - Brenda

I'm sharing a project with you today both here and over on my blog at Bumblebees and Butterflies. It is a mixed media canvas with layered snowflakes that I created for the Craft Stamper magazine last year, the process steps for the canvas background can be found HERE  and the steps for making the snowflakes are below.

Step by Step

1.    Die cut all the snowflakes from good quality card and seal them with a coat of gesso. Emboss them all using the embossing folder that accompanies the layered snowflake die.  

2.    Take each snowflake one at a time, spritz with water and dab on chosen colour of paint, add a second colour whilst still wet and heat dry. 

3.    Turn your snowflake over, you will see the colours seeping underneath the edges and being soaked up by the non-sealed card. 

4.    Continue to add layers of water and colours (and mix colours to create various combinations), until you are happy with the results. 

5.    On some you could add more interest and lighten the snowflake by rubbing white paint over it using your finger and keeping very little paint on it. 

6.    On others try adding transparent crackle glaze or gloss varnish, then white or black antiquing cream and rub the excess off with a damp cloth and finish with some gems given a quick coat of gesso or paint.

To finish seal the snowflakes with a coat of ultra matte or gloss varnish, stack some of them together and perhaps adhere some glitter. Add them to your Fragile Winter mixed media canvas where the process steps can be found at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Have fun with your Christmas crafting.

hugs Brenda xxx


Monday, 20 November 2017

Dear Santa -

Hi it's Brenda back after a break and no this isn't my list for Santa but it is a stand up card created using DecoArt Chalky Finish paints.

I began by using a brayer and had some fun layering the colours thickly so that I achieved alot of texture. Of course all the colours are opaque so we have to be careful where we brayer the colours as each one blocks out the one below, but by being careful and using less of the colours as we go we can achieve texture and colour. I finished this one with some subtle stippling using a natural sponge and then lightly brayered some white over the top before stamping the background using the chalky finish paint.

I also stamped the foliage using the chalk paint and olive archival in before distressing the edges and adding a shabby bow and some berries.

This lovely Santa image is the St Nick die from Tim Holtz. I used the brayer again with the chalky finish paints to create a slightly textured piece for Santa's whitish beard and moustache. I also used some colored texture papers for the other pieces.

It all came together beautifully and I added a stand made from two pieces of card so he can stand on the mantelpiece with the rest of the Christmas decorations and cards.

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well and if you'd like to see my other festive makes please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies between now and Christmas, I'd love to see you.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Guest Designer Project - Ros Jones

Today with have a project from Ros Jones who has created this beach hut made using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Houses die, PaperArtsy snowflake chalk paint, A Bit Jaded infusions and Prima Art Stones which are coloured up as the pebbles
Thank You for Sharing Ros it's lovely and a great use of the pebbles, I've always wondered what customers use them for
You can see more of Ros's projects on her blog

Thursday, 26 October 2017

October Dyary Page

I am very much enjoying creating a weekly page in my Creative Dyary. I don't get as much time as I'd like to to be creative each week (working full time gets in the way!) however ensuring I do something creative at least once a week is very satisfying! The Dyary has a week planned out on the left page Monday to Sunday but there are no preset dates/months so you can start your Dyary at any time. I started mine in February and haven't missed a week! On the right side, some pages are preprinted with black and white drawings, some with coloured backgrounds. Here I've adapted one of the coloured backgrounds.
The backgrounds are pretty fabulous and really need very little work but of course I just can't help myself...! This was the background before I meddled!
Add Lemon Zest and Bubblegum paint to the page through a number stencil and then Squeezed Orange through a dots stencil.
Dylusions have bought out a fab set of background stamps where you get a stencil and a matching stamp. There are leaves, brickwork and cobwebs in either 9 or 12 inches to match your projects.The idea is to stencil the background and the stamp the detail in the foreground. Now, it's a terrific idea but don't feel limited to use these in one way - you can try this idea! Lay the 9" leaf stencil upside down and the wrong way round (so the word 'front' is showing like in the picture)
Use Fresh Lime paint through the stencil - try to have different lengths of leaves to create a bit of interest.
I drew round the leaves roughly in white ink, but of course you could use black!
Then, using the bottom portion of the leaf stamp, add some leaves in black ink.
Using Black Marble ink in a water brush, colour in the stamped leaves.
I added some stamped details from this fabulous Zinski Art set. I stamp the larger images because there are details that are hard to cut out! 
This is the finished page with a small sentiment from a terrific Emma Godfrey Halloween set.
Thank you, as always for joining me! If you'd like to see more of the Dyary pages I've created this year - please click here.
Gabrielle x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Be Original

Well Trace here today , with another distress oxide and paperdoll creation...full of inky yumminess! So here is the card and all the details follow below:

If you are not able to get the paperdolls , you could still create something similar using a found relatives image cut out or a stamped image in its place...but they are gorgeous things to play with!

I have used many collage items, some dyed seam binding, idea-ology and some of the new Tim Holtz tape...

To create the background I applied broken china, cracked pistachio and vintage photo distress oxide inks onto the craft sheet, I spritzed plenty of water and swiped the card through the inky droplets... heat dry and then re dip and continue to dip and dry until you are happy.

I then applied some distress oxide ink ( vintage photo ) through one of my favourite stencils lattice stencil 019 - in the corners of the card front.

I edged the card in vintage photo distress ink using a mini blending tool.

To create the layered collage piece I placed some of the new snippets together and glued them into place ...having scuffed and inked the edges.

to complete the overall look, I applied some broken china distress oxide ink onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water and then dabbed in the collage pieces to pick up some of the gorgeous blue ink.

below shows the details of the finished card and shows where the collaged pieces have picked up the blue ink..

doing this with the oxide inks helps to tie all those pieces together.. and the oxides have such a gorgeous finish ..

To complete the piece I added some flowers cut using the new thinlits dies - small tattered florals from Tim Holtz, and I cut these from a piece of card coloured using distress oxides ink..

I added some of the gorgeous film strip from idea-ology , adhering using mini attacher staples..I added a paper doll, sanded lightly and inked around the edges with vintage photo distress ink..I also added some rub ons to add more layers of detail

I added more of these tiny flowers and a quote chip- these are fab as they create such great dimension

To the side of the card I added some dyed seam binding, dyed using broken china distress ink..

To give the paper doll dimension I added some foam tape behind the girl and added here on using this 

So there you have my inky and idea-ology filled card...

hope you like it!
trace x