Monday, 27 July 2015

ATC - A little bit different The Artistic Stamper August Challenge

Hi All

Something a little bit different from me today, an ATC.

I stamped the bird onto Kraft card, masking off with a piece of paper the heading on the stamp so that none of it showed on the ATC in black Archival and in green Archival stamped one of the swirls around the edge so that it looked like leaves

Coloured him using various markers

Went around the edges of the leaves with a white uniglo pen to make it stand out.

Stamped in versa mark and embossed using white embossing powder onto a heatproof acetate, the same size as the original ATC . Don't try and do that on normal acetate it will crinkle.


Fixed the acetate over the top of the ATC with mini staples I used my Tim Holtz stapler but you could easily use brads or even washi tape!

Have a lovely weekend and don't forget to join in this months challenge - Anything Goes!  We love to see all of your projects.

Take care and do let me know your thoughts


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Artistic Stamper Post Sneaky Peak

Hi All

Hope you are all having a crafty week.  Here is a sneaky peak at my latest post for The Artistic Stamper  For full details on what it is and how to make it check out the tomorrow

Thanks for popping by

Take care and happy crafting


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

An Altered Clock PaperArtsy Challenge #13 Time

Hi All

Something a little different for me today.  I love the PaperArtsy challenges and i have been a bit too busy lately to enter any.  So when I saw the latest challenge was Time and I had an old clock of my sons that i had promised him i would do something with, this seemed like the ideal opportunity especially after seeing Joanne Allisons altered clock!

I decided to immediately put all cleaning on hold till tomorrow, ideas were forming quickly and they really couldn't wait!!  As my sons clock was originally an old blue chelsea football club clock it was going to need a good paint!  I had already decided it was going to have a black base, so out came the Black soot Distress Paint. I covered the whole of it with the paint and made a coffee whilst it was drying.  As I hadn't put any gesso on the clock I wasn't sure how quickly it would dry, i needn't have worried it was really quick!!

I popped on another a coat and whilst that was drying got out die cut Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die and cut it out of grunge paper.  That won't fit I  hear you shout, no it won't, but it will if you cut the roman numerals out and stick them around the outside of clock.   After the second coat had dried I noticed that the original numbers were still showing, excellent I thought i don't need to guess where to put the numbers now!  Stuck them down and then added some dry wall tape and added a touch of brushed pewter to the hands.  Added some grunge paste through Crafters Workshop mini harlequin stencil and added another coat of black all over. 

Whilst this was all drying I got out my metal embellishments and selected everything with a clock theme, cogs, clocks, watch faces and watch pieces then stuck them to the clock, painted them with black gesso and once again covered them all in another coat of paint. 

Once this was dry I painted the numbers in brushed pewter and added some Treasured Silver to highlight and finish around the embellishments and around the sides of the clock and also onto the numerals.

I hope you like it and as always do let me know your thoughts! Unfortunately the treasured silver doesn't show up terribly well on the photo.

Thanks for popping by, take care.


Friday, 17 July 2015

Dragons Dream Tag entry

Hi everyone

One of great things about being on a design team is visiting other people's blogs, blogs that you may not have come across before and that spark interest or very often inspiration.  This has happened in abundance this morning and whilst this tag was posted on a card I posted a couple of weeks ago I came across this blog
via another this morning and I felt compelled to enter my tag on its own.

The challenge was to put a 1 on a tag, hopefully 21 will count ;-)

Apologies for those of you who have already seen the card with the tag on, and for those of you who are kind enough to be visiting for the first time, thank you for taking the trouble to pop by.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Quick Color Burst Card

Hi All

Thought i would share this card I have just made.  I needed a quick card as having returned from holiday last Friday rather jet lagged realised i needed to send one to my sister-in-law.

Unfortuantely as I was trying to be quick i didn't think about taking any step by steps.  Although the background and the flowers were all done using some papers i had been experimenting with a while ago.  I decided to try different types of paper to see if the effects changed.  The blue background was made using blue and pthalo green Color Burst on Chinese rice paper, this is designed for use with lots of water, but is also quite thin and absorbent.  The orange flowers were done on standard cold pressed watercolour paper.  The only real difference i could find was the difference in the white embossing.

I had initially stencilled Rangers embossing dabber through The Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil with the intention of it being nice and white and raised.  However, i didn't take into account the properties of the rice paper, and how absorbent it is.  I did actually really like the way some of it has taken and some of it has soaked into the paper.  So much so that i ended up putting more flourishes on than i had originally planned.

The flowers and sentiment were done using the yellow, orange and red Color Burst on watercolour paper and then stamped on with Versamark and Wow white embossing powder.  The stamp was the flower off of last months Craft Stamper magazine.

So enough of my ramblings here it is.

The card edge was done with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink.

As always do let me know your thoughts and if anybody would like to see a particular technique used do let me know and i will see what i can do.

Thanks for visiting and see you soon

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Green Gunge Tag!!

Hi All

Here are some quick details on how to achieve the tag I have done for The Artistic Stamper.  i used the latest two new Distress Inks Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke and just had a bit of fun.  I first blended the two inks onto a manilla tag and then spritzed on some water from a mister.

Then I just used three sets of stamps the Decay Journaling stamps and the Decay Alphabet Upper and lower case letters. 

The only thing i added was some Wow clear embossing powder, Distress inks are so versatile we often forget some of their properties and uses and one thing i love about them is the ability to be able to emboss with them, as they are a slow drying ink you have time to add a touch of embossing powder to them and thats what i did with the lettering and the shiny stamps

This was a fun tag and the new Decay Alphabets are fab!

Hope you can join in with the challenge over at The Artistic Stamper

As always please do leave me your comments