Friday 1 July 2011

GDT for Crafts 4 Eternity

Yay my second post for today and it is my first contribution to Crafts 4 Eternity where I am Guest Designer for the month of July. It's fabulous to be creating alongside these different teams and learning from their styles. Thanks girls for having me.

The theme this week is a sketch recipe. I have flipped it on it's side and taken a seaside theme. Well it is summer isn't it?

I stamped the image twice, once on the 'sea' paper and once on white card. I painted the lady with DIs and paper pieced it onto the background and also stamped the seagulls. White acrylic was then painted around the edge and on the seagulls to make them look more realistic. The watercolour paper was made using DIs and sea salt and the final backing paper is a collage of sea shells I made using images from the Graphics Fairy. Other elements added are a self generated saying and a sentiment from Crafts 4 Eternity. The shells and bits I have collected from the Isle of Wight and Swanage.

Supplies used -

Stamps - Crafty Individuals
DIs - walnut stain, chipped sapphire, tattered rose, antique linen, black soot
Ranger Inks - lettuce, cranberry, eggplant
Paper - from box of bits
Acrylic paint - white
Sentiment - Crafts 4 Eternity and computer generated
Shell images - Graphics Fairy

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Alcohol Inks with The Stamp man

Ooooh I have been trying to catch up with myself this week and I got right behind, mainly because at last I am in negotiations for some work next term. Having not been in paid work since the end of March, I am really quite excited. I'll tell you more once it has been organised.

This is a scheduled post as I should be at LB Crafts today with my sister where Lin has a workshop on making a frame and small canvasses. Also my Stamp Man teamie, Sue should be there as well - so we will get to meet - looking forward to seeing you Sue.

So on to business. At the Stamp Man it is my turn to host and my challenge is to use alcohol inks. I have also provided an optional sketch for those who would like it, but it's not compulsory. Sadly the Stamp Man store is closing but Jill is staying on-line and continuing with her internet sales - yay, thank goodness for that. There are sales items that are very good value - so go take a look.

I have decided to use a steampunk theme this week, mainly because I wanted to enter the Just for Fun challenge but knew I wouldn't have time, but their steampunk work inspired me. So you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised to see yesterday they have an 'Anything Goes' challenge this week, so I can still enter this.

I have also used the sketch, which has been kept very simple on purpose so that it can be embellished in any way you like.

Adirondack alcohol inks are the inspiration of the great Tim Holtz - check out his blog and this video to see how to use them and for more inspiration.

I have used -
Papers - TH crowded attic
TH embossing folder - collage
TH dies - gadget gears, ticket strip
TH stamps - steampunk
Alcohol Inks (AIs) - sunshine yellow, ginger, raisin, copper
DIs - vintage photo, walnut stain, tea dye
Walnut Hollow metal roll - aluminium, copper
ranger embossing ink and clear embossing powder
Ideaology embellishments and bakers twine
Coloured drawing pencils

Quick recipe
Stamp edges of paper and clear emboss - ink over.
Run metal sheet through embossing folder and use alcohol inks and TH dabber to cover.
Blend DI and then AIs and blending solution over paper strip.
Die cut gears from metal, texturise and again alcohol ink over them.
Stamp small tag, blend with DI, sprinkle with water, heat dry and colour with drawing pencils.
Edge piece of gold card with AIs.
Create wording in Word, distress with DIs and AIs, glue on.
Colour the bakers twinr with walnut stain DI.
Distress edges, mount pieces and add metal embellishments.
Assemble all pieces together.

 You can see the alcohol inks on the gold card here which edges the whole piece.

I also made this to enter the following challenges -
Simon says Stamp and Show - A word - mine is Inventors
Grungy Monday - Alcohol Inks.
Ink on my Fingers - Words

If I haven't got to see you recently hopefully I will get to catch up with you sometime over the weekend, but I am also off to the Stamp Show at Newbury tomorrow. Maybe I will see you there?

Take care and hopefully you have got some lovely things planned for the weekend.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox