Sunday, 22 November 2015

My latest little creation

Hi All

Me again, I know i am a bit like a London bus today you don't see me for ages then two come at once lol!  Lots going on over here in Smith towers but lets not get into that its quite boring lol!

So here is my latest creation, i had just taken possession of the latest release Distress colour - Lucky Clover and whilst i was testing it out to see how the colour came out i had this thought.  The thought was that maybe whilst trying to get the colour for Cracked Pistachio, maybe, just maybe Tim and the Ranger gang also came across Lucky Clover!  So i thought why not put the two together and create and ombre effect.  Here is what I came up with

Here is a quick step by step  I would like to point out that i did actually try to video this canvas however trying to paint one handed whilst trying to video at the same time is not really that simple lol!  Think i will add a tripod to my Christmas list ;-)

Firstly i painted cracked Pistachio with a dry brush up to about 3/4 of the canvas

 Then added the Lucky Clover paint in the same way blending as the two met

 I drew some flowers with a pencil got a bit carried away with excitement and gesso'd over the top before i could take a pic - duh!!

 I went around the edges of the pencil lines with Black Soot Distress Paint and a very thin detailer brush and then painted the petals in abandoned coral

 Where i had changed my mind on the size of the biggest flower i repainted over the gesso with both greens again to cover

Next out came the Grunge Paste and some white paint through some crafter workshop stencils.  There were a few white bits showing through where the stencil and been as you can see from this photo

So I waited until they were dry and then went over them with the relevant green and a fine brush added a chipboard phrase these from Scrapiniec and are wonderfully delicate.  I love this phrase and wish i had ordered more although I am sure i will be placing further orders with them lol!!  To finish i added some white dots to the centre of the flowers using a white sharpie paint pen and a dotty stencil.

As always do let me know your thoughts. I do love to hear from you.
Take care and happy crafting

Altered Book Page

Hi all

I was playing around with my Inktense pencils the other day and decided to try doing a whole piece with just Intense.  Admittedly i had just read the latest edition of Craft Stamper and seen Kim Dellow's wonderful article using her watercolour pencils and was feeling a tad inspired to say the least.

This is what i came up with hope you like it.  I have used this technique on my latest post for The Artistic Stamper so if you would like to see the basic step by step check out the Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog on the 24th!

The Stamps are all Finnabairs, and apart from using Archival to stamp the rest was all done with the Intense pencils

As always thank you for popping by and please do let me know what you think I do read all comments and aim to reply to all of them thanks again

Monday, 9 November 2015

Artistic Stamper November Challenge Sneaky Peak

Hi All

If you would like to see what this is check out The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog tomorrow to find out exactly what it might be!!

Thanks for stopping

Happy Creating in the meantime

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Artistic Stamper November Challenge - Fabric

Hi All

If you have come over from The Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog here is the step out for the little mini book i have created if you have just popped over anyway, I hope you enjoy this little lengthy post.

Now this little book and i mean little it works out at 2 inches x 2 inches once its finished cute eh?

First make up a selection of Gelli prints I used Distress Paint and Dylusions for mine you will need four complete sheets to make the same amount of pages as mine, plus one for the cover.  Obviously you can use more or less sheets but if using more be careful not to make it too big for your cover.

Next cut down each piece to 8 x 8 squares or if you want it smaller 6 x 6 and cut each square into half (sorry i seemed to have missed taking a photo of that bit)

Fold both pieces in half

then in half 

then back on it self 

Then again and you should have a  folded square 

Do that for each piece and then line them all up and trust me as silly as this seems and looks it really is helpful so don't move them once you are done!  

the next step is starting to stick them together, firstly open up you first page and glue down one side, sorry i forgot to take a pic of this bit then fold it in half and slot the next sheet into it so it should look like the image below

carry on adding the pieces together until you are finished

once it looks like this clasp it together and glue down the spine 
As you maybe able to see i did have a bit of an accident with the glue here lets just say it went splodge!! You actually don't need that much just enough to hold it all together and stick a clip on it whilst it dries - avoiding the glue of course ;-)

Next take the sheet you want to use as the cover and cut it to the same size as the original pages so it should be 8 x 4 if you have made the same size as this.  

Now at this point my fingers really were sticking to everything so i was unable to take a pic of the next bit as i needed a clean up and then forgot again  but you fold the piece in half open it up and then fold each long side towards the folded line leaving a smidge of room.  Place it around the dry pages and fold around to make the cover making sure you burnish around the spine nicely.  Then add a piece of ribbon - i used fibres if you want to hang it up and glue down the spine of the cover and stick over the spine of the pages then once in place slot the end page into each of the cover

This is where the smidge of extra space comes into play ;-)

Hope you have as much fun making yours as i did mine and don't forget to pop back to The Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog to upload your challenge for this month!

As Always please do leave your comments on here or on The Artistic Stamper blog or even better on both I do appreciate all comments and they are all read.