Saturday, 23 September 2017

September Mixed Media Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. The months are really shooting by at the moment, well it feels like that to me, lol. So I have been playing with my mixed media supplies again and this time I used lots of acrylics mediums on the background and I really love the end result …

 
I am so happy with the end result and you can see the depth
All the yummy details 
It's a small stamp but it is very versatile
I think this is becoming my most often used butterfly stamp lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #13 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #280 Seasonal: Autumn
 MMW#29 Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #74 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Spellbinders dies
I have lots of glitter glue added to my stamped elements that can’t sadly be seen
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Take a Little Colour


Here is a quick how I created it:
1. I grabbed a new piece of A4 white card and added a blob of white gesso to it and using my brayer I made sure it was as even as possible. I dried it with my heat tool.
2. I attached the stencil to my piece of card and applied DecoArt Sand Texture Paste. I did this on both sides of the card and left it to dry overnight.
3. The next day I went through my bag of coloured snippets and found a piece that was large enough to cut two circles from. I then cut another circle this time using a green coloured piece.
4. I used one of my little Hero Arts stamps and inked it up with my Distress Oxide ink pad and stamped the seed heads.
5. I then started to colour the tag. I’m not sure what colours I used but I love how the shades of brown and pink have blended to create that beautiful coloured background.
6. Another dip into the snippets bag and I found the lilac velvet paper and a piece of red/orange coloured card that I stamped the Prima butterfly using Versafine ink pad.
7. I die cut the beautiful frame from velvet paper and attached that to my tag.
8. I glued the die cut and stamped circles onto my tag and used my Distress Stickles to add detail to the seed heads and the circles on my butterfly.
9. I tied a bow with burlap ribbon and attached that and the Prima butterfly to my tag!

It appears my stubborness for forcing myself to learn about and use acrylic paints and acrylic mediums is starting to improve my understanding of these products. I know that acrylic paints will never be an easy for me, but there are reasons for that and I understand them. I have used either or both inks or watercolours exclusively for over twenty years now. I was using inks and watercolours before I started my card making and stamping journey so it’s no wonder they feel normal to me. Learning new products and techniques is paying off but it did take time and a lot of mistakes too. I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and when I learn new things it makes me look at my other knowledge and skills in a different way too. What’s happening for me is that I’m blending the new mediums and techniques with the older ones and it’s finally paying off, at last. I hope you are learning and enjoying just as much too! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp & Stencil:
Tim Holtz Flourish stencil
Hero Arts
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders large classic circles die set
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey Orate Frame die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; brayer; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Distress Oxide IP: Wilted Violet
Acrylic paints: black; buff; brown; pink
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Grunge
Embellishments:
Burlap ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Friday, 22 September 2017

Welcome Fall ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I think this month I’ve created more mixed media pieces than anything else, lol, and it’s great! Anyway here is a canvas I created to celebrate Fall (in the UK we say autumn but I love the American’s word so now I call it ‘Fall’) …

A canvas to welcome the season
It has lovely depth and texture
All the details
You can see the lace peeping through here
The beautifully delicate branch and leaves
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge September Masculine
Given that my husband loves this one I think I can say it’s masculine friendly
Emerald Creek Dares September: Celebrate Canada
I hope you can see that my leaves, colours and texture are all about your beautiful country
Frilly & Funkie Challenge To Everything There is a Season 


 MMW#29 Anything Goes


Unstampa Belles Challenge 
Theme: sets of threes twist: use cardboard
I made sure that the different shaped leaves were added in sets of three and the cardboard was coloured with acrylics before adding


This canvas started out life as an experiment on my part. I added a thick layer of gesso and then pushed two ribbon pieces into the gesso, one at the top and one at the bottom. I then sprinkled Flower Soft over the canvas to see what texture it might add. I won’t be doing that again lol! Once it was dry I added watered down acrylic paint to colour it. I tore a piece of cardboard off a box and removed the top layer so that the ribbed bit would be visible. I then coloured that with watered down acrylics. I used a lot of snippets to die cut lots of leaves adding them in batches of three. I coloured a die cut chipboard branch with acrylic paints and once dry I attached it to the coloured cardboard and glued that piece in position.

A quick and easy explanation from me for a change, lol, and hubby loves this one too. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 Autumn: leaf dies
Crafters Companion Die’sire Ivy leaf
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; pallette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Box canvas
Piece of a cardboard box
Snippets: patterned papers; coloured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: titanium buff; primary magenta; primary yellow; translucent white
Pebeo acrylic paint: brown
Embellishments:
Chipboard branch and leaves
Snippets cotton lace
Flower soft
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall dimensional glue

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Birthday ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Rather than creating a new background I decided to delve into my multiple bag of snippets to today’s project. I found the embossed background and a stamped snippet ready and waiting to be used and here is the end result …

  
An A6 birthday card
All the yummy details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #37 Anything Goes
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #56 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #74  Anything Goes
I used a Memory Box die, a Whimsy Stamps die 
and a Couture Creations Embossing Folder


This was a really quick one to create because I had stamped the lovely candles using the solid stamp that is part of this very versatile set and then I used my heat tool to quickly dry the candles before stamping the black solid outer edge. I also stamped the lovely bubbles/circles from this set. The background was already dry embossed so I wrapped satin ribbon around the stamped panel and added Stickles to the flame of the candle. The Happy Birthday and butterfly were also cut from coloured card snippets. I’m definitely polishing my halo right now lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Paperbabe Birthday Wishes stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Memory Box butterfly die
Whimsy Stamps happy birthday die
Couture Creations embossing folder
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Kraft card; red pearl card; 300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Broken China; Peeled Paint; Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide ink pads: Wilted Violet; Fossilised Amber
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Stickles glitter glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Upcycled again ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I have to say upfront I had no idea what to call this post. I started out with a piece of packaging and the end result is so much more than I ever dreamed to hope for and here it is …

An A5 home decor piece
It has lots of lovely depth!
All the yummy details
 
I love the depth I achieve with this beautiful mould
One of the beautiful chipboard hummingbirds
I really adore this one too!
I have to say a big thank you to my hubby too!
Because he gifted me a bigger die cutting machine I purchased this really beautiful huge die, which I'm also going to use on my fabric projects too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn


Altered Art: I used old product backing for the base layer



I was inspired by the multiple layers of paint and the numbers so I stamped and stencilled them onto my canvas once painted
I used two of your beautiful hummingbirds to embellish my canvas.

Creative Inspirations Challenge #280 Seasonal: Autumn
To Everything There is a Season Challenge


 MMW#29 Anything Goes


If you don’t want to know all the ins and outs of how I created this one please just move on. I’m trying to make my posts easier to read for some followers and labelling and laying it out like this works better for them and me lol!

So here is a rough idea of the steps I took to create this:

1. The piece of packaging backboard I decided to recycle was not very firm so I added a couple of layers of white gesso first and left to dry between each coat and before the next step.

2. I attached the flourish stencil and applied Ranger Texture Paste and left to dry.

3. I watered down my DecoArt Primary Magenta mixed media fluid and coloured the background. It was a little too pale so I grabbed some silver acrylic paint to add some metallic highlights and left to dry.

4. I attached the number stencil with and used Primary Magenta with an ink blending tool and foam and stencilled the numbers over the whole thing.

5. Once dry I re-attached the flourish stencil and used a blend of silver acrylic paint and Titan Buff to colour the texture paste (I’m trying to create my own metallic paints as I’m awaiting an order of them but I really wanted to play).

6. I stamped the dogwood rose four times onto white snippets and coloured the roses with watered down Primary Magenta and the leaves with Brusho Leaf Green. I love that deep rich red colour of the roses. Once dry I fussy cut two of the roses with leaves and two of the roses only. I applied a layer of Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents to the roses without leaves and once dry I decoupaged the crackled roses using silicon glue gel so that they have depth.

7. On another project I altered a piece of white card by attaching a stencil with Washi tape and applying a layer of black Dreamweaver embossing paste. I removed the stencil then randomly sprinkled three different colours of UTEE onto the black paste and left it to dry overnight. The next day I used my heat tool to melt the UTEE.

8. I coloured this snippet with Blue-Black Pebeo Dyna Interference acrylic paint to darken it and I adhered it onto the board. Once the glue was dry I coloured the torn edge of it with watered down MM fluid.

9. I adhered the decoupaged dogwood roses with the stems tucked under the UTEE card.

10. I retrieved two beautiful chipboard hummingbirds (thank you so much Creative Embellishments). Normally I would add a layer of gesso to the birds but I knew I wanted to use the Pebeo Dyna interference and I know that worlds better on dark surfaces. So I coloured the chipboard birds with Pebeo Dyna interference.

11. I retrieved one of my air dry clay hummingbirds and coloured him with my Luminarte H2O watercolour paints. Once dry I randomly splodged Pebeo Dyna iridescent with my fingers, yep I’m finally loving the acrylics, so I used my fingers to colour my air dry clay bird lol!

12. I used my huge tattered florals die to cut six layers of patterned paper to create the beautiful blousy rose and used snippets of green patterned paper for the leaves.

13. I sprayed the huge die cut flowers and leaves with water and scrunched them up in my hand and left them to dry overnight.

14. The next day I prepared my Twinkling H2O watercolours and flattened the two die cut flowers that were going to be at the very top of the flower stack and I coloured the reverse of them with H2O’s because they were white. Once the paint had dried I used a bone folder and an embossing tool to heavily curl the two petals.

15. I flattened the rest of the flowers and leaves then lightly curled the ends of both of them. I put the flowers in the order that I was going to use at the end and made a large hole with my pokey tool.

16. I threaded several strands of pearl stamens through all the layers of flowers and added a splodge of glue to the back. I also added another piece of paper over the top of the stamen threads and left it to dry.

17. I figured out the rest of the layout then attached everything and this canvas was finished!


I hope you all like it as much as we do. Hubby was very, very complimentary and he loves that flower too lol! I have to say I have a good one as he indulges and encourages me and my arts and crafts obsessions. I hope you are all enjoying yourself and creating art no matter what form that takes. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
La Blanche Dogwood Rose
Stencil:
THS032 Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil
Pronty Stencils: 15cm square Numbers; 30cm square Characters
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Silicone mould; palette knife; spray bottle filled with water; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Packaging backboard
Various patterned papers from my stash
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna Interference: Blue-Black; Blue Green Violet-Blue
Pebeo Acrylics
Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s watercolour paints
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: Primary Magenta; Titan Buff
Brusho Watercolour Crystals Leaf Green
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel: red; gold; brass
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments: Chipboard Hummingbirds
Fimo light air dry clay
Wild Orchid Crafts white pearl stamens
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents
Dreamweaver matt black embossing paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape