Thursday, 31 July 2014

Blooming Marvellous by Carol Fox



Beer mats aren’t just for beer, they are to chop up and make pretty things from and I have used some this week for my project.


·       I used four beer mats. If you don’t have any just cut some sturdy card too approximately 3.5 inches square and round the corners. For this project I cut one of the four beer mats in half and rounded the cut corners to match the others producing the small beer mat at the bottom.


·       I gave them all a coat of Fresco paint in Bora Bora, dried this with a heat gun, gave it a thin coat of crackle glaze and when this was dry painted Nougat over the top, letting it crackle as it dried.


·       I stamped my images directly onto the painted surface and coloured them with Fresco paints. I also dry brushed a bit around the edges of the painted beer mats, drawing the colour into the centre so it faded as it got to the middle.


·       I stamped my words using black Archival ink and ran a line of black acrylic paint around the outside of the mats. I then gave it all a coat of Fresco Satin Glaze. Once this was dry, I highlighted the works with Glossy Accents to make them pop a little bit, and hand drew lines with a black pen round the edges.


·       I punched holes as shown adding eyelets and jump rings to join the mats together and a length of chain for hanging.


·       I added a length of ribbon trim to the outer beer mats.


I used 

Beaded Trim


Carol X

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Oriental Double-sided Pendant by Alison Hall


Hello crafty people! I've made a little pendant to share with you today.



Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chit Chat Stickers, Jump Rings, Crinkle Ribbon & Chain



1. I prepared a background, using a Gelli Plate & Fresco Finish Paint, keeping some areas light for stamping on.

2. I used Onyx Black Versafine ink to stamp the oriental lady & the row of flowers. I used a heat gun to dry the ink, then cut a 2ins square of the lady's face, & cut around the flowers.

3. I glued the flowers in place, then added the Chit Chat Sticker word 'Secrets'.

4. Next, I watered down some Bora Bora paint, & added some colour to the flowers & word.

5. I cut another 2ins x 2ins square of background, stamped part of the small lady image down the centre, then part of the flower border on either side.

6. I sandwiched my front & back images between two pieces of memory glass, then inserted it into the memory frame.

7. I coloured a piece of crinkle ribbon with watered down Bora Bora paint, crinkled it, dried it, then inserted it through the ring of the frame.

8. I finished my pendant off with a jump ring & some chain.


That's it, & I have another piece of wearable art to add to my collection!

I hope you're inspired to make a pendant for yourself,

see you next week,

Alison xxx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Believe in your Dreams by Mandy C



Cog Mask ~ here’s a couple ~ Cogs and Mechanical
Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Gilding Wax


Prep your tag first:

·       Apply some texture paste through a cog stencil in the corner of your tag. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Paint with orange paint. Dry. Paint with the crackle glaze. Dry. Paint with the lighter turquoise. Dry. Add some of the darker turquoise paint around the edges.

·       Rub some gilding wax over the raised cogs. Set to one side.


·       On some stamping card, use your black Archival ink and stamp out the gent, wings, ruler, ribbon and sentiment. Colour with watercolour pencils ~ for using these pencils I highly recommend one of these little beauties. Cut out all the images.

·       Adhere into place with the Cosmic Shimmer glue. Use the watercolour pencil to add some shadow and depth around one side of the man.

·       Edge with your Archival ink.

·       Add Stickles to the wings.
Mandy C

Monday, 28 July 2014

Gelli Face by Deborah


Gelli Plate
Ranger #8 Tag
Acrylic Paints (I used Dina Wakley Heavy Media: Magenta and Eco Green: Waterfall)
Speedball Brayer
Paintbrush (use the wrong end)
Water Soluble Pastels eg Gelatos
Black Watercolour Pencil
Sharpie Poster Paint Marker: White
Instead of using stencils with a Gelli Plate, as I usually do, I decided to draw a face in the paint, pull a print and then enhance the image with pastels and pencils.

I used my 10 x 8 Gelli Plate and slipped a tag underneath to give me an idea where to spread the paint (you don't need to cover the whole plate). I then drew a face with the tip of a paintbrush handle (with Gelli Plates you need to be careful not to use anything that will cut into the surface).


The poor girl has an 'interesting' face, to say the least, and when I pulled the print there were a few patches where paint had not transferred. But that's okay because the next step is embellish the print. You could stamp or stencil or whatever you like - I drew over the top with black water soluble pastel and a black watercolour pencil, deliberately keeping everything loose and scribbled. I also used pastels to fill in the gaps but left some of the bare tag showing. I drew some beads and added some white sharpie pen around the beads and for the whites of her eyes.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

If Something Made Sense For A Change by Lynne Moncrieff


Some weeks ago I shared a journal page where I used one of the stamps from Oxford Impressions’ My Story. For this week I returned to the same stamp with a slightly grungy meets feminine.

I was always the child who coloured within the lines and whose handwriting was neat (although many a time there was the statement that I must write larger!) and would neatly erase mistakes. I liked the idea of the woman writing in her diary/her journal and as she is trying to make sense of the thoughts which pour from her mind onto the page, instead of carefully erasing her written thoughts, she scribbles over the handwritten words which make no sense to her.



Oxford Impressions Stamp Sets My Story and Wonderland
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint:- Alice Blue, Jasmine, First Bud, Shallow Sea
Golden Gel Medium
Golden Gesso (That’s Crafty has several brands)
Black Stabilo Pencil
Extras:- white tissue paper, pink paper flower, old credit card (or similar), rose lace ribbon and lace



Apply Gesso to art journal page. Adhere torn pieces of lace and rose lace trim. Leave to dry before randomly applying paints using old credit card, palette knife, baby wipe and of course, fingers.

Mix Alice Blue and Shallow Sea with texture paste. Apply to page with Mini Love Stencil (Love Post). 

Stamp woman and Alice In Wonderland text onto tissue paper, adhering to page with Mod Podge. Once dry, scribble pencil onto first line of Alice text then swipe Black Soot over the pencil.


Randomly stamp Dina Wakley handwriting before randomly swiping on Gesso. 


Stamp Dina Wakley handwriting onto paper flower then apply Black Soot. Adhere a lace rose to the flower’s centre, dabbing Black Soot onto it.

Until next week,


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Prima Bloom Girl by Donna Ratcliff

A bit of Prima for you today…..

What I used

Kaisercraft Clear Stamps - Confidence
Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
Distress Ink Pumice Stone
Neenah Card

What I did

1. First off I took a gelli print which I had made a while ago. Can’t remember exactly what colours I used but it’s a mixture of pink/brown and ivory acrylic paint. I also used the Antique Clock mask from That Special Touch plus a bit of star punchinella.

2. Then I stamped the Prima Bloom Girl onto some Neenah Card (fabulous card if you’re using alcohol markers!) and coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens, added a little more depth of colour with Spectrum Noir pencils and cut her out.
3. Then I glued her onto the background gelli print, added a stamped sentiment and then added a bit of shading round the edges of everything with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Have a great weekend, see you next week :)
Donna xx
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