Friday 31 August 2018

Tag Friday at AVJ and post number 1500

Woo hoo I can't believe I have posted 1500 times - that really is amazing and an incredible feat methinks. I already have a giveaway going HERE so if you'd be up for winning a set of stamps by Andy Skinner pop over and leave a comment to be included.

It's Friday and a Tag Friday post is up over at A Vintage Journey with the explanation of what it is and some fantastic contributions from the wonderful team of artists and friends who love this opportunity to create for fun.

I'm pressed for time so no process steps today but a couple of process photos which are pretty self explanatory.

That's it my layered collage tag for today made completely from scraps and a beautiful Tim Holtz butterfly.


Monday 27 August 2018

Stamperia patterned papers - card

Using patterned papers from Stamperia I have made a simple flat card for posting.

Cut papers from the pad to size.

Find other similar and contrasting papers in your stash and cut and punch elements to build a layered collage. Pieces of ephemera are always useful too.


For the papers and other wonderful card making supplies visit Country View Crafts.


Friday 24 August 2018

Andy Skinner Creative Team sample

It's my turn to share a project for the Andy Skinner blog today and I have made a plaque that simply used mountboard as the main substrate for the backing.

Backing board
Using the mountboard I sealed wit with gesso, dried, sprayed with water and quinacridone gold mixed, laid on washers with neat quin gold on the back of them sprayed and dried.

Next I blended raw umber round the edges, spritzed with water and dried again before dipping in watery paynes grey.

When this was dry I stamped using some of Andy's Illusionary Artists Tech Trauma 
background stamps ....

 ... and then spread crackle paste through Andy's Old Film stencil (which I have cut into pieces) and left it to dry.

Later I rubbed in some english red oxide antiquing cream and rubbed it back to blend it in more with the background.

Arched frame
I took the frame from the Sacred Secrets set and sealed the frame itself and the backing with gesso, dragging a piece of plastic down it on this second piece. When the frame piece was dry I brushed on some white crackle paint and left it to dry.

On the backing piece I spritzed with water, painted on some paynes grey and spritzed it again before drying it, then stamped the arabian arched window from the Gothic Grunge set restamping the edges with just the wall parts of the stamp.

Later I painted in a little colour to give it more definition.

I took the frame painted on patina green antiquing cream, rubbed it back and then sanded and distressed the edges with ground espresso distress ink.

I stamped King Spook (from the Spook stamp set) on a leftover piece of painty card and cut him out.

Taking a large piece of watercolour paper I spritzed splattered, dripped and dried quinacridone gold several times. I also dipped some steel washers in the paint and laid them on the paper to get the circular marks.

When fully dry I die-cut the tattered florals bigz die and a couple from the thinlits small tattered florals to make up the flowers. I dipped the reverse side in some water quin gold and then rolled and scrunched each one and left them to dry before unrolling them and layering them up.

Once I had assembled them I stamped using Andy's text stamp from theTech Trauma set and dribbled and spritzed more quin gold to give them light, dark and contrast.

I use a bigz die to cut the flourish from bubbalux foam, daubed it with texture sand paste and a mix of quin gold, raw sienna, paynes grey and raw umber paints. 

I love the way this product softens and moves and can be formed into bends and shapes before it goes cold and hardens again - please be careful when it is hot, handling it can cause burns.
I lengthened the flourish .....

... and bent it to fit the space I wanted it to go in.

I assembled everything together adding some of the washers that had been textured and rustified.

It came together really well although this was not quite like the hazy picture I had in my head to start with lol, but I'm still pleased with the outcome.


The Arch from the Sacred Secrets set.
Stamp sets by Andy Skinner
Tech Trauma
Gothic Grunge

Stencil - Old Film
Kit - Sacred Secrets

Media fluid acrylic paints - Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Orange
Mediums - Decou-page Sealer, Texture Sand Paste, White Crackle Paint, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, English Red Oxide and Patina Green Antiquing Creams.

Monday 20 August 2018

Tando Stencil Binder

It's 'Crackle' week over on the Tando Creative Blog and I am sharing a binder I made Di.

I painted the binder in a Brenda mix of vintage pink. both inside and out, using the DecoArt Premium Acrylics.

Next I glued some tissue wrap on the front and back panels and when dry I dipped them in watery titanium white, titan buff and primary magenta several times drying between each dip.
I then vintaged it by mixing a dirty glaze using premium matte medium, burnt umber and dark grey together with some water and painted it all over.

I made the oval vintage lady embellishment and created the label by applying some titan buff acrylic paint to my craft mat and then squidged the chipboard shapes into it to get a bit of texture on them, then stamped with one of Andy's IA Tech Trauma texture stamps. I inked the edges of the photograph with brown distress ink, adhered it to the oval shape and then covered it all with a layer of clear crackle glaze. When dry I rubbed in some white and brown antiquing cream.

There's a magnet under the flap to keep the binder closed when it's not being used,

Now it's ready to be filled or given to someone as a special gift.

Friday 17 August 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal and collage paper

I love this little wrapped journal, it's perfect for passport size pages. I've used Eileen Hull's wrapped journal die with Tim's collage paper, ephemera and frame and it all went together really easily and is my sample for Country View Crafts Project Blog today.

Glue collage paper to back and front of the journal using decou-page sealer, let thoroughly dry.
Using a sanding block sand down the outside edges getting rid of all the excess paper.
Ink the edges with brown distress ink.
With sharp knife cut through the tissue along the scored lines (which is the outside of the journal).
Bend the scores round slightly.
Seal the inside and outside of the journal with decou-page. As it dries just bend the score lines a little to achieve those lovely rounded sides.

Glue magnets to the inside and outside of opposite covers - you choose which will be the front wrap and which will be the back wrap. I chose the longer side over the top to take the frame I wanted to add.

Take the small green backboards frame by Tim Holtz and sand the edges. Blend peeled paint then ground espresso distress inks around and over them.

Take a couple of the flower ephemera pieces from the Tim Holtz Botanicals set, ink the edges and seal both sides with decoupage sealer to make them stronger
Find a small butterfly - this was from my downloaded box of butterflies. Seal it as above.

Put the pieces together with some string glued to the back frame for tying the journal. Add other pieces to your collage if needed - I used some coloured cambric fabric and a single self generated and printed word.

Use a screw punch or pokey tool to remake the holes for the elastic .... 

.... and thread it through the spine.

I was lucky my front panel had some lovely flowers positioned perfectly to lay the frame over.

It's now just waiting for me to make or buy some booklets/signatures for the inside.

I think this would make a lovely garden journal, especially if you like going out visiting places like Kew and Wisley Gardens.

 This is going in my shop space, so fingers crossed I get a good price for it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy creating your own special art.

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.