Saturday, 29 September 2012

Halloween Project 3 by Gabrielle

I wanted to use the Graveyard on the edge die and so I covered a tag with various DistressInks (e.g. Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood) adding layer upon layer misting some with water to create new effects until I was happy with my sky.

I then added a layer of PerfectPearls mist over the top which gives a really fabulous effect like lots of twinkling stars! I cut out the Graveyard and added Vintage Photo and Black Soot DistressInks to it and adhered it to the bottom of my tag. I then added the sentiment from the Apothecary set in the sky. 

Whilst admiring my handiwork I wondered what it might look like at sunset and so I made a similar tag using the same techniques as before but this time using Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Halloween Project 2 by Gabrielle

Gabrielle is back tonight with the second installment of her spooky trilogy... 


I have noticed that there is a trend for pop up cards amongst some bloggers and I wanted to see if I could make one too! This is quite a simple version! 

I cut two headstones from Grunge Paper and had great fun covering them with many layers of Distress Stains, starting with Picket Fence and using pretty much all of the browns as well as Black Soot Distress Ink. In between layers I misted them with water to create the impression of them being weathered! For the front I wanted to keep it pretty plain so I cut out RIP using the Word Play die and Grunge Paper and inked them as before.


For the inside I stamped the front of the other Tombstone with the script stamp from the Apothecary set and the ‘Happy Halloween’ sentiment on the reverse of the first tombstone. This needs to be upside down so it shows correctly when opened!


The skull was stamped onto white card and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink before being misted with water to give it a little patina. A final mist with Perfect Pearls Mist and it was finished! I then added a little strip of Grunge Paper to the back so it ‘pops’ out when opened.  

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Halloween Project 1 by Gabrielle

We have an extra special treat this week as Gabrielle gets the creative juices flowing with not one, not two but three Halloween themed projects. We'll post one tomorrow (27th Sept) and one Friday (28th Sept) and here is the first one...enjoy :-)


Halloween has come early in my house and I have been playing with some of Tim Holtz’s new dies and newly released stamps! I’ve made a few projects as once I’d started I couldn’t stop so this is the first!

I wanted to use the fabulous Bell Jar die and so Cut the base from Grunge Paper and the ‘glass’ dome from the packaging the die came in. I then added Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks to the base and covered it with a thick layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and let it dry. 

The dome I added black ink to the sides to make it more visible from the background. I cut a portion of the graveyard die from Grunge Paper and covered it with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks as before. I stamped the Halloween ticket from the Odds and Ends set onto a little more Grunge Paper and covered with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. The skull was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto shrink plastic and shrunk with my heat gun. I find shrink plastic fascinating as you are never quite sure of the result you’ll get! I then punched a hole in the ticket and skull, added eyelet and a jump ring and tied it to the top of the Bell Jar with a little twine.

The tag was cut from strong card and covered with metal tape. I embossed it and covered it in Black Soot and Sunset Orange Alcohol Inks. I then sanded the tag quite hard to reveal the metal beneath the raised areas and adhered the completed Bell Jar on top.
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Monday, 17 September 2012

May You Always Be Inspired - By Gabrielle

Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous post with the new Stampers Anonymous stamps. They were lovely! I promised something a little different and I thought I might show a different way to use the new Metallic Distress Stains with masks.
The new Metallic Stains are so incredibly versatile. There are lots of ways to use them, much as you would use the rest of the stains in the range. They react with water and you can stamp with them too! There are many videos and tutorials on the internet with ways to encourage you use these stains so please do look out for them.

I started by cutting a tag from white card and adding Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. I then laid two masks from the Mini Floral Masks set over the top and misted water over the top. This left an outline where the masks had been... There are lots of different mini masks in the range - do look them out. My favourite is the postage stamp on the Best of British set - just perfect for layouts commemorating this summer’s incredible events! Why not check out the Leaves, Christmas or Antique sets too?

I then squeezed some Brushed Pewter Metallic Distress Stain  onto my craft mat and painted the stain over the leaves with my water brush . For the flower I used Antique Bronze . I also added some pewter to the edges of the tag by swiping the bottle directly on the edge.

I then stamped a little script in Sepia Archival Ink and some dots in Tarnished Brass Metallic Distress Stain to finish the background. The main sentiment (from Seriously Art ) was also stamped in Sepia Archival Ink.


For the flower I used Clearly for Art and die cut a flower and added Wild Plum and Gold Alcohol Inks to it. I then curled it with my heat gun (watch your fingers!) and added the silver button  centre. The flower at the top was made from floral Ideaology pieces and Paint Dabbers (Snowcap , Citrus, Silver  and Gold ) with a little Picked Raspberry over the top of the white to tone it in.

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