Monday, 22 June 2015

Finnabair inspired tag on a card

Hi All

Well the sun is nice when it comes out isn't it, just a shame it only lasts for a couple of days at a time.  It's my daughters 21st next weekend and so I wanted to do something a little special for her card.  She loves blue so colour decision was easy.

I started with a tag and added some Prima mechanicals flowers and trinkets some Tim holtz letters and numbers and some metal embellishments from The Artistic Stamper.

Then I added some gesso, waited for the gesso to dry then added various ink sprays i started with Lyndys Stamp gang and then used Dylusions and Tim Holtz sprays.  Put the tag to oneside to dry and then cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the 8x8 card I was using and  using a crafters workshop stencil put some grunge paste through it. 

Once this was dry I sprayed with just Dylusions London Blue, and Jade and Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Salty Ocean and  Peacock Feathers. 

So here it is, as its my daughters birthday on Sunday and we will be on holiday I needed to get this card done reasonable quickly and forgot to take step by step photos but here it is finished.  Just don't show my daughter 😉

As always, let me know what you think.

Have a fun week, hope it's a crafty one


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Color Bursts and PaperArsty stamps

This weekend my husband and I and some friends are off to London for the weekend.  We share the same wedding anniversary and we always used to do something together around our anniversary. This usually involved the kids as they were all much younger then.  This year we are leaving all the kids behind (well mine are 21 and 19 lol), and just the four of us are off till Sunday.  As I hadn't got round to making them a card in time on the day. I thought it might be nice to make a quick one this afternoon.  So here it is

A close up of the birdcage, so you can see how the colours looked.

The tag was made first and I started by stamping and embossing the birdcage stamp, once the embossing had cooled I squirted on a couple of squirts of path alto green and blue color burst. And then spritzed it lightly with water.  The birdcage itself came out much better than I had hoped. The rest of the background was done by squirting on a tiny bit of green and blue adding water using a mister bottle and also using some cut and dry sponge and blending it all over the rest of the tag.  There was some residue left on my craft mat and I picked this up with the sponge and went around the outside edge.

Once the colour was completely dry, which meant walking away and leaving it, as I had already embossed the birdcage I didn't want to risk melting the embossed image by heating it with my heat gun. I used the new ranger embossing dabbed through the crafters workshop harlequin stencil and used white embossing powder.  It doesn't really show up in the photo but there is sentiment stamped and embossed in silver.  I then added a small circle stamp randomly around the tag with jet black archival ink.

The background of the card was done using the sponge and residue again.  Adding more water to tone the colour down - which is why it's looking a tad curly!!  It needed something else once dry I stencilled mermaid lagoon distress ink through the harlequin stencil again.

Hope you like it and as always do let me know what you think, your comments are all very gratefully received.

Have a good weekend

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A Quick Card with a Double Purpose

Hi all

Sorry its been a while, things have been a bit manic here at Smith towers,  I have been making a scrapbook for a friends daughters 30th birthday.  It took a bit longer than I anticipated, I had a few little hiccups along the way!  The finished scrapbook was safely delivered on Sunday, so life can return to normal - well as normal as it can be here!

Here is a quick card shown on The Artistic Stamper today.

The background was painted with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise paint, these new paints from Dylusions are lovely to use its like painting with coloured chocolate, each time i pop a bit out onto my craft mat i want to dip my finger in and lick it!!  I used a dry brush and covered a piece of card with the Vibrant Turquoise and used some orange paint on a separate piece of card.  The orange piece was used to stamp the heart from the stictchels set on it and cut them out.

The background was made up with some stamps i had in a grab bag from The Artistic Stamper.   The Love mask was from the 6x6 word stencil from The  Artistic Stamper.  The small words were stamped onto card I had painted with Fresh Lime Dylusions paint and are from the journaling mini words set and each word was cut out.  The hearts after they had dried were coated with embossing ink and wow clear powder and heated!  I was hoping to use Glossy Accents but i was running out of time so I decided that would be the quickest option.

Well have a good week and I will see you all soon.  As always please do leave your comments

Take care

Monday, 1 June 2015

Summer Is On Its Way The Artistic Stamper Challenge

Hi All

Well i do hope that by the time you read this the weather is still as lovely as it is today, I do like a nice bit of sun.  Its fun and games here at Smith Towers today, after much negotiating with Sky, I finally secured a reasonable price for fibre optic broadband, which should make my life an awful lot easier, our current broadband speed is very slow, almost dial-up!! Just a little chappie round to see what could be done about our front door lock as its been playing up and by taking the  mechanism out its actually got worse and now we can't lock the front door!! as I said all fun and games lol!! So what better way to calm down than by doing a crafty activity !!

So here are the instructions on how I made the canvas featured over on The Artistic Stamper Challenge for June - Summer is on its way.

Take one blank canvas, die cut some honeycomb from The Tim Holtz Honeycomb Die i used four

The butterfly panel was used from an old baby wipe i had kept after wiping up some ink,  sometimes the colours are too muddy and really are not worth keeping other times you can get a nice blend of colours going on.  I then stamped a butterfly from the Butterfly#2 plate all over the baby wipe in Archival Jet Black ink. and stuck this onto the centre of the canvas.  Then placed the die cuts over the top and bottom opposite corners and when i was happy glued them into place.  I did keep all of the little hexagonal pieces of card left over from the die cut.

I then took the flower stencil and grunge paste and added a row of grunge paste flower heads from the flowers and leaves mask across the bottom of the baby wipe.

Then in the top left hand corner i used the left over pieces from the die cut to make a stepped pattern by sticking bits together and leaving a couple of single ones and once happy and in place glued them to the canvas.

Next i stamped two butterflies on card and one onto tissue with Archival Jet Black and then coloured them with Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio ink, and then did the same with the dragonfly. Cut them out and the two card ones were stuck together so that you could see the same image once the wings were bent up and also was easier than trying to line up the stamps on the reverse side! I then put these to one side

I sorted through my metal embellishments all brought from The Artistic Stamper  and arranged them around the canvas.

Next i die cut two complete sets of Tattered Florals die and coloured one set in Mermaid Lagoon and the other with Cracked Pistachio, when dry i then stamped and embossed in white the border stamps, and put these to one side with the butterflies.  Initially i did make two of these flowers but decided to discard one, once i had finished with everything else.  I found a mask sitting on my desk so that went on as it well.  I then used some more grunge paste this time using the new mini swirl mask and the splats and swirl mask.  I also added some of the leaves underneath the flower heads with the same stencil as earlier.  I then covered everything except the baby wipe with gesso.  Allowed it all to dry and then spritzed with Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain Spray.  You really have to be patient with this and wait for the layers to dry before adding on the next - I speak from experience as I am not terribly patient as i am sure my husband would confirm!!  I sprayed everything that was on the canvas including the baby wipe until i was happy with the colour.

Once this was all dry and i started to add the butterfly, Dragonfly and Flower, and before i glued them in place decided that one of the flowers needed to be orange to add some extra colour, and wanted it to stick out a bit further than the others so out came some more grunge paste and this time i tried adding some orange color burst,  that didn't work terribly well so once it was dry i added some spiced marmalade ink with a dry paintbrush.

Added some random beads i had in my box  for the centre of the flowers and some green beads to hide the edge of the baby wipe, stuck on the butterfly, dragonfly and flower to finish.  You will notice that in some of the photos the colour is much more vibrant than the finished article, this was down to my impatience and not adding enough gesso to start with, and also not waiting for the layers to dry before adding in more spray!  Although I was really pleased with the finished result!

As always do let me know your thoughts, and don't forget to head back to the The Artistic Stamper to add your creation to the challenge, you never know you might be the lucky one!!

Take care