Saturday, 31 May 2014

Butterfly Sparkle by Donna Ratcliff


Well we’ve had so much rain over the last week that I thought we could do with a real splash of colour. Was going for a Pop Art feel for this but a touch of grunge crept in in the background as well!

IndigoBlu – Flutterby
Kaisercraft Clear Stamps – Numbers, Confidence

Distress Ink –
Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn

Crafters Workshop Template –
Mini Specimens

Memento Ink –
Tuxedo Black

Clear Embossing Powder

Cut ‘n’Dry Foam


White Card

Heat Gun

Black Card


What I did….

1. So first of all I inked up Flutterby with a mixture of Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, stamped it onto some white card, quickly sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed.

2. Then using some Cut ‘n’ Dry I added colour to the background using Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn Distress ink.
3. Then I added another layer of interest with a bit of background stamping using the numbers stamp and by putting a bit of colour through the Mini Specimens mask.

4. Then I layered the panel onto some white and then black card before attaching to a card blank.
5. Then I stamped the quote from the Confidence stamp set and glued in place. To finish off I added three little rhinestones.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Grungy Tag by Carol Fox



For a change this week I thought I would use a stencilled image as my focal point, instead of using it as part of my background.


This is what I did


·       I painted a couple of layers of Gesso onto my tag, when this was dry I applied quite a thick layer of Grunge Paste through my stencil using an old store card. I carefully removed my stencil and let the Grunge Paste dry.

·       I painted my whole tag with Distress paint. I dry brushed the colours on mixing the colours on the tag as I went, until I was happy with how it looked.

·       Using a small spot stencil I added the dots using white paint. I dried the whole tag  thoroughly with my heat gun.

·       I re-laid my stencil over the top of the Grunge Paste and gently applied black paint to the exposed area where the raised Grunge Paste was.

·       I finished by running the black paint round the edge of the tag I added a quote, machine stitching and a short length of ribbon.


I used 



See you next week,
Carol xx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Do Princesses Clean?! by Alison Hall


Hi there! Here is my final guest designer art for May. Although, I'm excited to tell you that Laura has asked me to guest in June also So, in the words of Arnie... 'I'll be back!' :-)


Here are the ingredients... 

              Dylusions - Say It How It Is (On special this week!)
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Bora Bora, Inky Pool, Autumn Fire & Chutney
Sizzix Tattered Lace Die
Distress Embossing Powder - Tea Dye


Here are the instructions...

1. Use the palette knife to apply Grunge Paste through the Mini Harlequin stencil, then dry thoroughly with a heat gun.

2. Base coat the board with Bora Bora Fresco, then paint Inky Pool over the top. Mix a little water with some Autumn Fire Fresco to create a milk-like consistency, then use a flat brush to apply a wash over the board. This gives a nice rusty look.

3. Die cut some tattered lace, paint it with Chutney Fresco, then once dry, emboss with the Tea Dye Distress Powder. Use Glossy Accents to glue pieces to the top & bottom of the board. Trim the edges.

4. Stamp the Princess Doll & the words onto white card, using Jet Black Archival Ink. Colour with Antique linen Distress Ink, then use a small brush to paint the Doll with Inky Pool & Autumn Fire Fresco. Cut the Doll & Words out.

5. Use Glossy Accents to glue the Doll & Words in place.

6. I finished off by painting the edges & back of the board with Chutney Fresco.

Thanks for all of your lovely comments & support this month, I'll be back next Wednesday with another piece of art.

Alison xxx

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Oriental Bookmark by Mandy C




·       Stamp out the long stamp and two of the decorative strips onto the stamping card with the black Archival.

·       Measure the width of the long stamp and make the bookmark slightly larger than the stamped image, using the thick white card.

·       Take the bookmark and scrape (with a credit card) with a mixture of orange and pink paint. Dry with a heat tool. Using the mask, and some contrast paint (I’ve used yellow and turquoise) sponge through the flowers at the top and the bottom of the bookmark. Stamp the crackle onto the centre of the bookmark. Leave to one side.

·       Using the same paint colours, paint the background of the stamped image around the focal image on the stamped piece. This will blend the stamped image into the bookmark background.

·       Colour the remaining image with the watercolour pencils, as well as the decorative strips.

·       Adhere into position.

·       Add some PanPastels in gold. Edge with turquoise paint.

·       Finally add a tassle to the top.
Mandy C

Monday, 26 May 2014

Viva Frida! by Deborah



A recent television programme about Frida Kahlo reminded me to dig out my Lost Coast Frida stamp and I set about making this tag.

For the background I cut into a large sheet I had sprayed with Dylusions inks and a number a Crafter's Workshop stencils. I like the stamp with the inky side of the stencil for variation and to fill in gaps. Once I had glued it to my tag I filled in the rest of the white space with water soluble pastels (eg Gelatos).

I stamped Frida onto a scrap of painted paper (from cleaning my brayer during a gelli printing session) and positioned her on the tag. Frida Kahlo is often shown (in photographs and her own self portraits) wearing elaborate flowered headdresses so I stamped the flowers from the Paisley Road Flower stamp set onto scraps of painted paper, cut them out and glued them onto her head. I added extra colour to them with pencils and pastels.

I stamped the same flowers randomly around the edge of the tag, words onto her shawl and a lace border (Vintage Vanity) at the top. Rather than add any ribbon or braid I glued a wood veneer shape on top of the hole.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Hot Chocolate, Drinking Chocolate by Lynne Moncrieff



To end the month of May, I am sharing another Artistic Outpost card. This card picks up on elements used in the other cards I have shared this month, using stencils, modelling paste and paints to create backgrounds. 

BTW, the title for this post harks back to my childhood when those words were part of a jingle, advertising what was, at the time, one of the most well known brands of Hot Chocolate on the market. It was so lovely, especially as it cooled, a skin formed on top! I still love hot chocolate but you will be glad to read that my taste buds are slightly more sophisticated than they were back then!



TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Distress Paint:- Pumice Stone and Tea Dye
Manila Shipping Tag (substitute with Ranger ManilaTags)
White Cardstock and 7”x5” Cardbase
Extras:- Dissolved walnut ink crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Stain), wooden button and burlap.



Onto watercolour paper apply Maimeri Light Modeling Paste to Mini Ledger Stencil. 

Once dry apply dissolved walnut ink crystals, Distress Paints and Twinkling H20s.  Manipulate the paints as you dry with the heat gun. Adhere watercolour panel to cardbase. 

Stamp blots (Times Past) with StazOn. Lay panel aside for the moment. 

Apply paints to shipping tag. Stamp advertisement with StazOn. Re-ink Houten’s, stamping onto bottom edge of tag. Abrade and ink edges of tag and stain the string with the dissolved walnut ink crystals. 


Apply dissolved walnut ink crystals and H20s to white cardstock. Stamp various stamps. Ink all edges.

Gather the tag, stamped elements, burlap and large wooden button, creating a collage on the cardbase.


Until next week,


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