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

Friday, 17 August 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal and Tim Holtz Collage Paper

I have been playing with Eileen Hull's new Wrapped Journal and fallen totally in love with the size and shape of it.

I have also used the Tim Holtz Collage Paper and his Baseboard Frames and Botanical Ephemera.

All the elements fitted together beautifully and all I needed to do was add some magnets and string to secure it.

I haven't added any pages yet but it is easy to cut some to fit under the elastic or to buy some ready made booklets - passport size.

 If you'd like to see the process steps you are very welcome to visit my blog at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Thanks for popping in.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folders & Antonis Tzanidakis

During our Workshops with Antonis Tzanidakis back in May he had a little play with the Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folders

He used DAS air dry clay and pressed this into one side of the embossing folder

 You can see the depth in the grains

He then painted using DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints

These embossing folders are really great and are only £5.99 each. They are available from the shop website now here

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The wonderful Visible Image world of Wonderland

Good morning, it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today and I am delighted to be showcasing the brand new Alice in Wonderland Visible Image release. It is being released today and is available on the Country View Crafts website here. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the stamp sets a few weeks ago, being on their design team. 
There are 7 stamp sets and 2 brand new stencils
If you have followed Visible Image for some years you may recognise 6 of the characters, as these were available a few years back. However every character now has brand new extra stamps with them and the words have been re designed ..making them perfect for mixed media work too. The characters are a really good size, easy to colour in and also to cut out. The stamp quality is second to none, they are really thick clear stamps which stamp perfectly on every inking.

Today I am showcasing a few of the new sets with samples I have made. You may have seen some of them already on Facebook and on my own blog, promoting the new release. I have put the shop links to the products within this post, just click on them to be taken to the Country View Crafts website. If anything is out of stock just add your email address and Susan will email you as soon as she has new stock in. Remember too that postage in the UK, for anything on the website is absolutely free.

Have you spotted the newbie set...
Isn't he amazing...he is so laid back that he is nearly sliding off his toadstool. The toadstool and caterpillar are separate stamps too. I can see myself also using the toadstool alone in my autumn crafting.
Here is my version which I coloured with Promarkers, but any inks, pencils or paints work perfectly.
This is the sample I made with him...with a distress spray background
I added glossy accents to his glasses and spots for more effect.
Next up is my sample for the lovely Alice set.
I even shrank her using shrink plastic..she must have drunk that potion! 
I also used the distorted chess stencil (which I know is out of stock at the mo but if you add you email Susan will let you know when she has restocked) as the background. I used black soot distress oxide
Next up is the brilliantly Bonkers Mad Hatter
My sample uses the  distorted chess stencil again but in the reverse colourway using white ink
I love the little teapot with skull...full of magical potion obviously!
Next up is the White Rabbit..always in a hurry
This set has all the larger number as separate stamps..perfect for ages etc.
I used the time tunnel stencil too.
This is my sample with an Infusions and Brushos background.

All the number have been individually stamped and embossed. I also added glossy accents to his fob watch.
Finally here is the sassy Queen of hearts 
I made a mixed media wall hanging for this sample.
The playing card stamp is such fun to create with. I added a ribbon to her dress and glossy accents to the hearts.
Today I am sharing a step by step here for my very first play with the awesome Dark Hearts stencil. 
I masked the stencil into sections and added candied apple and  black soot distress oxide
I worked on the centre first in red and then moved the tapes over to add the black. 
To make this cool background
I then added red Christmas red stickles to the eyes for a very dramatic effect...
 such fun!
I decided to use this background for a Queen of hearts card but I can see this being used at Halloween...I have so many ideas for this fab stencil.
This is what I got up to with my card. I coloured the Queen and 2 cards with Promarkers, adding some shadows and highlights with pencils. I then fussy cut everything out.
I stamped and embossed some slices of cake and keys from the Alice set, the teapot from the Mad Hatter set and some fish from the Cheshire cat set. I used red and white embossing powders

and gold ink for the keys.
I also stamped out the just the words "treat me or else" from the Queen of hearts set.
It was then time to put my design is my card.
You can see that she means had better offer her a treat or she might feed you a slice of that cake laced with the magical potion..or is it poison?
She has those keys jangling too...ready to lock you up perhaps..if the treat you offer is not up to her royal standards!
If you think this is just an idle threat take a look at what happened to the poor fish 😂
And if you look closely those skulls are keeping an eye out too....from under her arm!
Here is one more photo
Thanks so much for reading to the end.  I hope you might be inspired by some of my ideas to make your own Wonderland projects. This new release is such fun. 

 I will be back to share some more Visible Image samples soon. 

Bye for now,

Monday, 30 July 2018

Entomology board and simple background for mounting on.

I got the bug for this set of stamps - please excuse the pun lol, but the little creatures called to me to use them in a project so here is an easel board and yes my faux encaustic technique again.

Cut a piece of thin greyboard and adhere a piece of designer paper - mine is from the Tim Holtz Correspondence set - using the decoupage glue and seal the top with it too. When dry mix watery media fluid acrylics in three colours and dip, drip and dry random pools of colour and heat dry between each layer so the colours don't mix and produce mud.

Next mix some watery gesso and repeat the technique again.

Stamp three of the bugs - I used Tim's stamp platform and so glad I did as I was able to give it a second stamping to get very clear and sharp images.

I used the same colour paints I had in front of me to mix blends to paint the bugs and I adhered a plate name for each of them. (See my freebies page located just under the blog header to download for you to use).

I applied a thin coat of DecoArt clear modeling paste and left it overnight to dry.

I took some white gesso and transparent yellow iron oxide media fluid acrylic and blended them together to get a very light yellow colour and with blending foam I stenciled using one of Tim's mini stencils. This began to create some depth and interest. I also added a little text stamping using the gorgeous text from the Etymology set.
I also made a watery wash with raw umber fluid acrylic and dribbled and dried some round the sides and I distressed the edges and painted them with the left overs.I splattered a white gesso/raw umber mix covering the insects to begin with so they got barely any on them. I got so involved in the process I forgot to take a photo here.
I finished with a thicker layer of the clear modeling paste.

You can see how the layers are creating some depth.

To help bring the bugs nearer to the surface again and be more prominent I drew round them and added a little of the detail with a permanent black pen and added some asemic writing in white a also a white remnant rub. To encapsulate it all and seal it I gave it another thin layer of the clear modeling paste.

To create the simple background on the canvas board I simply took phthalo green blue, transparent yellow iron oxide, titan buff, titanium white and burnt umber and blended over with a baby wipe. As areas dried off I kept adding more colour and rubbing some away with the babywipe until I had a mottled effect.

Next with a small brayer I rolled on a little of the titanium white around the edges (remember the panel will sit over the centre). You could also add some very light text stamping if you wished, but I didn't want to detract from the central panel being the main focal point.

Create a 'dirty' wash (I use different colours according to how I want it to look) I used burnt umber, raw umber and titan buff to keep it light in colour - I didn't want a really dark one. I also just finger painted and added some darker areas on a few of the edges. If the brown comes out too dark you can always rub it back with a wet wipe even after it has dried for a while.

Finish by adding an easel to the back .....

... and you're ready to send it to someone special either as a gift or add a sentiment as a special easel card.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda