Monday, 14 September 2015

Mixed Media Heart

This afternoon I've been putting the final touches to a mixed media heart I started yesterday, and I would like to enter this for Crafty Individuals bi-monthly challenge titled "Anything Goes in September". If you have 5 minutes do pop over to their blog and view the other entries and perhaps enter yourself. Crafty Individuals

I started with a large Tando Creative heart which had a base coat of Fresco Acrylic paint in Stone, then once dry the righthand edge had a coat of Evergreen. This was then followed by a coat of Weathered wood crackle medium just on the green paint, once dry the heart was given another complete coat of Stone.

Next I added some tissue tape to the top curves and stamped CI 430 on the righthand side in Versa-Magic Ocean Depth. This was then embossed with clear powder. A hole was drilled in the middle for threading ribbon through later.

Then using a 3ply napkin I painted one of the medallions in London Bus and Inky Pool, tore around the edges and peeled away the 2 bottom layers.

This was then attached to the heart with matt medium. The edges of the heart were then inked using Versa-Magic Sea Breeze.

I tore a piece of patterned paper of similar colour tones and attached a small piece of lace underneath on the right-hand side. Added some grunge paste through an alphabet stencil and once dry applied some Inka-Gold in Platinum.

The bee was stamped in black ink and clear embossed, colour was added to the body using haystack paint. Odd areas around the edges were touched with the Inka-Gold as well.

Using CI 005 I stamped this once on white card in Ocean Depth, twice on mottled orange card in Archival Watering Can and then clear embossed and finally the ticket area was stamped onto a card ticket in black ink.

Next I stamped the Jolly Duck from CI 433 in Archival Jet Black onto Shrink Plastic, once dry colour was added to the underside using Promarker pens and then cut out with scissors. This was then heated  to shrink with a heat gun ------ oh I do think he is adorable!

He was then mounted onto a small white tag.

The flowers were stamped in black onto some card I'd coloured with various paints using CI 206, and then cut out and shaped before attaching to the heart with Pinflair glue.

The butterfly was cut from the 2 stampings so as to layer the wings, an old dipping pen nib was attached for the body. A button was placed where the stamped one was on the card.

Well that's all from me tonight, hope you all have a lovely evening and hopefully we can meet here again soon. Take care  Jane x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Hot, Bright Colours

Hello, and welcome, today Ive been making a card which I would like to enter for Lavinia Stamps challenge titled 'Hot, Bright Colours'. To view their DT's beautiful samples and the other entries click on the link Lavinia.

                          All the stamps used in this project are from Lavinia Stamp's range.

To begin with I coloured some smooth white card with various colours of Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints.

I love the texture you get from using the brayer as opposed to brushes.

Next I stamped the edges with the flower border in Archival Watering Can and then brushed with Cosmic Shimmer's Iridescent Mica in Black Pearl.

Using some of the spare card that had been coloured I stamped the border on the edge and the Fairy words which were embossed with clear powder.

Then using Treasure Gold in Ruby, lightly rubbed the embossed words. This was then cut out with a die and a corresponding one cut in a deep red. A small metal flower was threaded and knotted to add dimension.

Next I made a mask for the bottom edges so as not to over stamp the border.

To get a thin edge I tore the stamped outline, this prevents a gap forming when stamping the main images.

The flowers, and pixies were stamped in Versa-fine Onyx Black, the poppies were then embossed using clear powder. The small slender mushrooms were stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Copper  (these don't show up particularly well in the photo) and Stickles were added for fairy dust.

I made 2 holes in the corners of the bottom border and threaded some fancy yarn before mounting onto glossy black card.

I was really pleased with the contrast of the border on the painted card and I'm now thinking of using this colour combination for some Christmas cards. Oh gosh it's that time again!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope it has given you some food for thought/ ideas. All comments  are read and very much appreciated. Take care and have a good weekend when it arrives, Jane x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Many Uses of Word Cards

Good evening and welcome to you all, tonight I'd like to share with you a little gem that was given to me by my husband. He spotted these wonderful pads/word cards and bought one for me and one for himself, he has now ordered another 2 !!

I have been using mine to try out inks, paints, stains, pan pastels, embossing etc and he is a big fan of fountain pens so is using his cards for experimenting with inks and nibs.

Unlike ordinary journals or pads these unclip so each card can be used individually without soiling any previous work.

And the ink/medium used can be listed on the back.

This keeps everything clear and neat for referral at a later date.

Easy to take 1 or 2 out if you want to match a colour.

Wow who would have thought that there was so much colour in fountain pen ink!

I suppose these are a bit like ATC's that you can keep for yourself.

And they hang on a hook beautifully !

These great word cards have a fantastic texture, I only wish they came in other sizes.

If you are wondering how to obtain your pad of 100 cards you can click on the link which will take you straight to the item at The Journal Shop here. ( No affiliation, just a happy customer)
You can also buy them on eBay post free!

Well there's many hours of experimenting with colour combinations and various mediums left in my first pad so I shall leave you all now. Hope you all have a good week, take care Jane x

PS. If you have any questions about these cards please don't hesitate to leave a message at the bottom and I will endeavour  to answer them asap.