Friday, October 30, 2015

Playing with Acrylic Inks

Hello creative people I hope you are doing well.

I was playing with Acrylic inks on a tag and ended up adding one of Designs by Ryn's beautiful birds from her Hummingbird 2 unmounted set.

I added copper acrylic paint using Ryn's Maidenhair Fern stencil and white paint using a Memory Box dotty stencil over the background of acrylic inks.   The black circles were 'stamped' with a small empty bottle and black acrylic paint.

I coloured the Hummingbird with Tombow markers, cut him out and added white highlights with a pen.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Frosty Trees

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.    It's very dark with heavy rain and winds today so it's nice to stay inside and play in my craftroom :)

I have another Christmas design to show today using beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque.  The matting and stamping is navy not black as the photo shows.

I sprayed Goosebumps over the background and let it dry.  Next I added Picked Raspberry and Coral Distress inks using an acrylic sheet and water. I stamped over the background with snowflakes from A Child is Born (I love these negative snowflakes and use them frequently).

I stamped the trees from Frosty Trees with cobalt Archival ink on a separate sheet.  I use mixed media paper when using water, ink and paint.    I added colour with the Distress inks again using water on my craft mat.   When dry I covered the trees with Glossy Accents and added white highlights.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Blue & White Christmas

Hello creative people, I hope you had a great week.

I have more Christmas designs to show you that are flat for easier mailing.  This group of cards were created from one large master background sheet created with Dylusions Inks and Glimmermist.

I won't go into details on each of these cards but you can see that I used different stamps on most of the backgrounds and embellished with white die cuts.  All dies are by Memory Box which I was determined to use as they have been sitting in their folders for a while. 


This last one isn't quite as blue, with more of the fuchsia ink showing :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Serena the Christmas Angel

Hello creative people, I hope you had a great weekend.

I could not resist ordering some of the new Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps including the gorgeous Christmas Angel Serena.  The actual image has Christmas Roses at the LH bottom corner but I've changed it a little by adding the die cut Poinsettias over them.

I stamped Serena with Majestic Blue Versafine ink over a background that I created using Distress Inks (Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers) with water on my craft mat.  Using a brush I added water to her face and neck and highlights and then blotted with a paper towel to remove the ink.   I coloured her with Prisma pencils and added white highlights with a pen.

I coloured the Spellbinder die cut Poinsettias with Distress Inks (Picked Rasberry & Wilted Violet).  I use a small finger dauber when adding ink to die cut flowers.  I molded them with a stylus on  the back on a foam mat.  I added beads to the centres with Glossy Accents.  The frame is also a Spellbinder die cut.

This is the actual stamp image:

Here is a closer look at the flowers, I used clear Wink of Stella to add glitter to them.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tattered Poinsettia in Purple and Blue

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving weekend here, the weather was sunny, warm and the leaves are beautiful in their Fall glory.

I have been creating a lot cards that are flat for mailing but this one isn't.  I've used a bunch of Tim Holtz products to create this design.

List of products used:
  • Dylusions spray inks in the background
  • Distress Inks on the flowers
  • Clear rock candy Distress crackle paint on the flowers
  • Holograph Glitter over top of the Distress crackle paint
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies:  Tattered Poinsettia, Tag Collection, Holiday Greens
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stencils:  Christmas THS030, HollyBough THS015 under the tag, hard to see)
  • Holograph embossing powder and Wilted Violet Distress Paint on the Holiday Greens die cuts
  • Embossing enamel on background
  • Viva Kristall Gel with Christmas word stencil
  • Viva Inka Gold Platinum rubbed over the words
  • Prima crystal - center of flower

My husband asked me "what does it mean 25 Holidays?"   It's just the part of the stencil I used without thinking so I darkened the 25 after I took the photos.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week,

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Not only at Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.
I have been working on a lot of Christmas cards recently and keeping them flat for mailing.  Postage is getting expensive, especially overseas, and if the cards have a lot of layers and rhinestones the cost is the same as a small package.

I have a few to show today using Design by Ryn's Snowflake set and a lovely Impression Obsessions' sentiment - 'Not only at Christmas'. 

The background (above) was created using Raspberry and Coral Distress Inks.   I made a stencil from a Memory Box die and blended more ink over top.   I stamped with Designs by Ryn's Snowflake set and then added some die cuts by Memory Box.  Instead of rhinestones I added holograph stickers to the snowflake centres to keep it flat.

The next two are in the 'Shirley colours', a favorite colour combo but I do love other colours as well :)

The background (above) again is Distress Inks and I used a stencil that I made with a Memory Box die and Distress Ink.  I didn't use Ryn's snowflakes on this one, but over stamped with Penny Black's Star Poinsettia and added some gold enamel embossing.  The snowflake die cuts are by Joy Crafts.  Again I added holograph stickers to the snowflake centres.

The background (above) was created with Peacock Feathers and Citron Distress Inks.  I stamped over top with Design by Ryn's Snowflake set with the same inks and embossed Seaweed set with gold glitter powder.  The die cut is from a Memory Box - Holly Holiday Frame set.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my Canadian followers.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Experimenting with Modeling Film

Hello everyone and Happy Weekend!

I couldn't resist purchasing Clearly for Art Modeling Film by Arts Parts and below is the result of my first experimental play using it for flowers.

I needed to use a shim with my cutting machine so wasted some of the clear film on the first try.

A heat gun is used to shape the flowers.  It takes some experimenting as it cools quickly and then hardens, but you also have to be careful not to burn your fingers when it's first heated. I found heating in sections to work better but had to be careful as re-heating shaped areas will flatten again.   So a bit tricky but also fun to play with something new.

However, I'm not sure how often I will use the film as I enjoy working with paper flowers more, but the effect is pretty cool.  I coloured the flowers with alcohol inks and Wink of Stella.

The background started with a sheet from my stash that I had sprinkled Brushos and spritzed water over top.   I die cut the background using Tim Holtz's - Tag Die set.   Next I stamped the circle designs (from IndigoBlu's - Limor Circles set), embossed the entire tag and then added paints & inks.     I added crackle paint to the piece with the sentiment.

'Just a note' is from Chocolate Baroque's Mackintosh Sentiments set.   The flower die I used was from Heartfelt Creations, - Tattered Blossoms.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend,