Monday, June 14, 2021

YOU'VE STILL GOT IT! by Fran C


Hi everyone!

Today I have made a card which is topical here in the UK with the Euro Championships in football in full swing (soccer for the US fans!)


 



First of all I smooshed some colour onto my card - Distress inks in Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass -- for the background.




Then I stamped the main image onto some card, coloured her in and cut her out.  I stamped her on my background as well, and also stamped another football and cut it out.





I stamped the net at each side of the card, so that it looked like the football was going straight through the hole.



I added some words, mounted on black card, and added the extra football on top of the main image with sticky pads to make it 3D.  Finally I mounted the whole card onto black card.



I've got my fingers crossed that England win!




Stamps used:

Soccer Lady (18181)

Jagged chain link fence (19140)

Other items used:

Distress Inks (Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass)

Memento Ink

Copic pens

Glue and sticky pads


Happy crafting, until next time!


 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Zombies By Tracy Blackwolf

Hello! 

Hope none of you melted during this dreadful heatwave....any how, here is my next blog post..

more mixed media!! enjoy!


Today I did a Zombie canvas panel.. I love doing these! To start I used a pallet knife and spread texture medium all over so it was not smooth. Then I spritzed on color with glimmer mist and disstress sprays. Let dry overnight...I then stamped the biohazard and radioactive stamps onto the canvas. While that dried, I die cut my zombie hands, and stamped and colored my zombies. Then cut them out.



I then sprayed the hands with some Disstress spry and added "dirt" and "moss" for that from the grave look.


I used foam tape to pop the zombies on the canvas tile and put them in place then put my creepy hand strip on. And that's it! Creepy art tile!! You could add a pic of you in your Halloween zombie make up behind the zombies for a scrapbook tile ...sit on a stand or add a ribbon to the back for a wall hanging.

Stamps used:
Zombie man   944
zombie     1944
Biohazard   18960
Radioactive    18958

Other supplies:
Glimmer mist sprays...various colors
Disstress ink sprays... Crackling campfire, stormy sky
zombie hand die ...impression obsession
moss... Minitures section at craft store
dirt...sawdust dyed with antique walnut disstress spray
Hope you feel inspired... until next time!!!
 


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Words of Encouragement

 Is it possible for time to feel like it is moving at a snails pace and then realize we are almost halfway through the year???!

As things start to open up and resemble a little normalcy where I am, I have to believe that there IS light at the end of the tunnel AND that it brings some PEACE.  Inspired by this I have created a postcard...  a change from tags and into something I do not normally create.  But hey, I'll give anything a try.


I have used stamps from the newest release:  Three images from Plate 1531 and one from Plate 1532.

You know how I love to pull from my stash of backgrounds, well this is another that was created with Distress Inks.  


A perfect spot for the drippy painted peace sign!!!  A little bit more watered down drippy Distress Ink creates the feeling of glorious wet paint!


Our painter is colored with Jolly colored pencils and fussy cut to be adhered on the background.  The collage stamp makes a PERFECT sidewalk!!  A bit of doodling on the edge and DONE.


What are you inspired by these days???

Until next time...get inky!

Index card - Into the abyss

Hi everyone,

It's June and that means for me it's ICAD time! If you are not familiar with this, it stands for "index card a day" and is about doing something creative on an index card every day for two months. This is the third year I'm participating in the challenge and I decided to follow the weekly prompts. This week is about typography, text and poetry and so today's card contains a few text and letter elements.

When I started, I knew I wanted to do something a little "steampunky" and had a rough idea for my focal point. With an eye towards the weekly theme, I started with this fantastic steampunk alphabet stamp set. I got out my quite dry Archival Ink and stamped the words "brave hearts dive deep", not caring too much about a perfect stamp impression.


I wanted to add some color and therefore chose two Moonshadow Mists. I sprayed them on top and also dipped the card into the puddles on my working surface to get some additional texture. When building layers with these sprays (or any other water soluable colors) it can be helpful to dry the piece in between as it adds some interesting textures.

Next, I stamped my focal image - the whimsical diver - with Versafine Claire Ink and used watercolor brush pens to color it in. I used some brown and orange/gold tones first and went over parts of the image with a very light blue wash then. Doing this wash is easy: Instead of adding the color directly to the page, I scribbled some on my glass mat and picked it up with a water tank brush. The blue wash created this pretty greenish metal look.


I cut my image and inked up the edges with a black marker. Then I decided where to place it on my index card. For more interest in the background I added some messy stamping with the "into the abyss" text stamp. As I wanted a stonger impression as I had with my first layer, I used my juicy Versafine Claire ink pad again and made multiple stamp impressions without reinking the stamp very often. With this technique I did two areas around the diving helmet and one in the right top corner.


To finish my card, I did two more steps. First, I glues the image down together with some washi tape to avoid a weirdly floating focal point. Of course I could have simply glued the image to the bottom, but I just liked it to be a little higher.
Also, I collected some text fragments from books. I have a few old/used books (novels and poetry) that I just keep for this purpose. I went through them quickly (just a quick skimming) and through the snippets I already cut from some of the books and chose some fragments to form a new text. I love when you can see that the fragments are taken from different books, and to be honest, I love that it turned out a little oppressive.

So heres my finished index card again, as well as a few detail images:

Stamps used:
Steampunk Alphabet Unmounted (5888)
Whimsical Diver (19354)
Into The Abyss (19352)

Other material:

- index card
- Archival Ink (jet black)
- Versafine Claire Ink (nocturne)
- Lindy's Moonshadow Mist (buccaneer bay blue, moonlit mulberry)
- ZIG watercolor brush pens
- washi tape
- old books / text fragments


See you soon!


Friday, June 04, 2021

Am I cute? - postcard by Arwen


 Hi Lovelies


Here I am again with a new project.

This time, I created a postcard with different images to make a new creature :)


 

Close-ups:




All stamps, I used:

- Bird Skull

- Flying watch

- Whimsical Fairy Lady

- Writing circles background

- Am I cute or what

 

Other materials:

- Staz on

- Canson paper

- Distress Ink

- Distress Oxide

- Stickles

- Brushos



See ya soon 💜



Sunday, May 30, 2021

Art meets Function ►Majo

Hi Peeps!

It’s me again with a little excursion into 

AMF - Art meets function“.

 

You know that I very often combine art with something functional either as home decor and something useful as pen holders or boxes for keepsakes.

Today I show you the new covers of the vaccination passports of JJ and Charly.

I used a water colour paper I had created some time ago; I always have some in my stash. I stamped the cat silhouettes and my most favorite stamp, the doodle dots as well as the sentiment on my panel.

After stamping the scrabble letters, I cut them out and glued them on the cover. I repeated that step to give them some dimension.

Adhered to the passports I must say that I really like the new covers. I bet my vet will be a bit surprised.

 






Wanna see how dull they were before?
 

Sneak of Charly and JJ?


I have used the following stamps:

Scrabble Alphabet

Doodle dots

Cats silhouettes

You are beautiful

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Please stay safe, take good care of yourselves and find joy in your art.

Luy ya ♥

 


 

 

 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Poe by Tracy Blackwolf

Hello Everyone!! For my blog post this time, I did a tag. So many things you can do with them, from adding to an art page to attaching a gift card... I put them on book rings and hang them in my studio for inspiration....

To start I put a few drops of lucky clover and peeled paint Distress Oxide ink on a glass mat, sprayed with some water and smooshed my tag at random all over until it was covered. I then added some black soot Distress ink spray. once dry, I used a brush to put leafing glue here and there. Once tacky, I put on the copper leaf. Once that was dry I Put the tag in the Typeface 3D texture fade folder and ran it through my machine.

I then stamped and cut out Poe and his Raven and painted them with Twinkling H2O's. While they dried I took some copper wax paste and rubbed over the letters so they would stand out.


I then found some tiny words and assembled everything onto the tag. I hope you like it!

Until next time.... keep on creating!!


Stamps used:

Poe  19900

Raven looking up   20269

Other supplies:

Distress Oxide ink Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint reinkers

Distress ink spray   Soot

3D texture fade folder  Typeface

Copper leaf

leafing glue

Twinkling H2O's paints

Copper wax paste

















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Monday, May 24, 2021

Pure Imagination - A bookmark by Fran

Hi everyone

Today I've made a bookmark for my daughter.  She loves reading and can get very engrossed in a book, which always makes her imagination go wild. So I have called this bookmark "Pure Imagination"!


First of all I stamped these lovely faces and embossed them with clear embossing powder.



I then used Brushos in Purple and Alizarin Crimson mixed with water to paint around the faces - I wanted them to remain white.  When dry, I flicked water on the brushos to give some texture.


I coloured in the details on the faces only in shades matching the background




Lastly I stamped the words "Pure Imagination" 


Hope you like it! Happy crafting and see you next time!


Stamps Used:
Pure Imagination   SKU 19041
Faces all from SKU Plate 1517

Other Items used:
Versafine Clair Ink in Nocturne
Clear Embossing powder
Brushos
Polychromos pencils
White card (which works well with water)