Sunday 31 March 2019

Tim Holtz Crochet Die by Lynn Bean

Today we are sharing the Sizzix Chapter 2 new release from Tim Holtz, Crochet die

Lynn Bean has created this beautiful project using this die

Lynn also used the Wild Flower Stems #1, Texture Fades Embossing Folder, Washi Tape, Lace & an Old Button. Using her sewing machine to add some texture and Tea Dye Ink Pad to add some light watercolour.
Lynn likes the fact that it doesn't have an end cutting edge so you can make your lace as long as you like
Wow Lynn - this is really gorgeous, thank you for sharing. The die is available at Country View Crafts along with all the other Chapter 2 Sizzix dies

Saturday 30 March 2019

Using Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt media paints and mediums

Hi it's Brenda with you today. I love using the Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt products so here are all the steps to make this plaque.

Backing board
Using a piece of mountboard I sealed it with gesso, dried it, sprayed with water and quinacridone gold mixed, laid on washers with neat quinacridone gold on the back of them sprayed and dried.

Next I blended raw umber round the edges, spritzed with water and dried again before dipping in watery paynes grey.

When this was dry I stamped using some of Andy's Illusionary Artists Tech Trauma background stamps ....

 ... and then spread crackle paste through Andy's Old Film stencil (which I have cut into pieces) and left it to dry.

Later I rubbed in some english red oxide antiquing cream and rubbed it back to blend it in more with the background.

Arched frame
I took the frame from the Sacred Secrets set and sealed the frame itself and the backing with gesso, dragging a piece of plastic down it on this second piece. When the frame piece was dry I brushed on some white crackle paint and left it to dry.

On the backing piece I spritzed with water, painted on some paynes grey and spritzed it again before drying it, then stamped the arabian arched window from the Gothic Grunge set restamping the edges with just the wall parts of the stamp.

Later I painted in a little colour to give it more definition.

I took the frame painted on patina green antiquing cream, rubbed it back and then sanded and distressed the edges with ground espresso distress ink.

I stamped King Spook (from the Spook stamp set) on a leftover piece of painty card and cut him out.

Taking a large piece of watercolour paper I spritzed splattered, dripped and dried quinacridone gold several times. I also dipped some steel washers in the paint and laid them on the paper to get the circular marks.

When fully dry I die-cut the tattered florals bigz die and a couple from the thinlits small tattered florals to make up the flowers. I dipped the reverse side in some water quin gold and then rolled and scrunched each one and left them to dry before unrolling them and layering them up.

Once I had assembled them I stamped using Andy's text stamp from theTech Trauma set and dribbled and spritzed more quin gold to give them light, dark and contrast.

I use a bigz die to cut the flourish from bubbalux foam, daubed it with texture sand paste and a mix of quin gold, raw sienna, paynes grey and raw umber paints. 

I love the way this product softens and moves and can be formed into bends and shapes before it goes cold and hardens again - please be careful when it is hot, handling it can cause burns.
I lengthened the flourish .....

... and bent it to fit the space I wanted it to go in.

I assembled everything together adding some of the washers that had been textured and rustified.

It came together really well although this was not quite like the hazy picture I had in my head to start with lol, but I'm still pleased with the outcome.

I hope you like all the textures on this.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 22 March 2019

Visible Image new mixed media stamps and stencils

Hi it's Jane here, I am back as promised with my "part 2" showcasing the new Visible Image release. 
I shared a post here  a few weeks back showcasing the fab Wizard of Oz stamps and dies. Today I am going to walk you through the brilliant new mixed media stamps and stencils. There are live links to the Country View Crafts web site throughout this post and if anything is out of stock just add your email address in the box and Susan will email you as soon as she has them back in stock.

There are 6 new stamp sets and 3 stencils.
These are the stencils;

 I will point out the stencils in the projects where they have been used in the backgrounds.  Some of my projects were made for my design team work for Visible Image and others for CVC DT posts.
So here we go with the first stamp set, the very funky
I made an art panel which also used one of the sentiments from the new art inspired sentiment set

 The background is a gelliplate print, these stamps are such fun!
Next up is Random art of kindness
 and See everything 
 I made an art panel and used See everything on the vase. The Atomic flower stencil is in the background.
the flowers are great to layer up and colour.

The Atomic flower stencil also features in the background of my daughter's birthday card and one of the flowers from the Random art of kindness is there together with an old favourite of mine, the hummingbird from Life is beautiful
Next up is
Here are a couple of projects I have made with them
 Below you can see the entwined butterflies stencil in the background
In the sample below you can also see I have used the butterfly flourish and shadow from the Live life now set and another sentiment from The world needs art
and the 6th set..the gorgeous 
My cards below show 2 colourways of a very similar design where I used book pages to decoupage the flower.

Finally I just want to show how versatile the new stamps and how they work so well with other stamps.
I made the background of this card with a gelli plate using blue acrylic ink and silver paint. I simply stamped the Random art of kindness set into the ink and pulled the print. I embossed the smile, sparkle, shine sentiment and added some die cut stars.
Here is a close up
I also have one more card I made using a gelli print and the wake up awesome sentiment stamp but you'll have to pop over to my own blog here to see what I's a little sneak peek...
Thanks for getting to the end of this post and I really hope that I may have inspired you to add some of this fab new release to your stamping stash.  Whatever your style of crafting these new stamps and stencils are great additions to your stash. There is something for everyone. 

Remember that Country View Crafts offers FREE UK POSTAGE on everything you buy!
You can see the whole Visible Image range that Susan stocks here and if anything is out of stock just add your email in the box and she will contact you as soon as they are back in! 
Now that is win win in my books. 

Enjoy your art....

Bye for now,