Friday, 28 February 2014

A Breath Of Spring by Fliss Goodwin


Hello there, I have a card for you this week which again uses one of the mono printed papers I made whilst playing with the Stampendous Creative Palette a couple of weeks back. This time you’ll be able to tell I’m thinking of Spring which is coming closer now every day – or at least I hope so!


Here’s What You Need: 

Stamps Used: 

Distress Inks – Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn


Here’s How To:

·       Cut a piece of mono printed paper to fit your card blank and dry emboss with the leafy side of the embossing folder. Tap the raised areas with the Crushed Olive Distress ink until roughly covered. Don’t worry if you get any ink on the surrounding area as it just adds to the grungy effect.

·       Stamp the 2 birds image on to manila card with the black ink and add a little colour with the Aquamarkers. Trim into a circular shape with a circle cutter or die and add to a larger mat of kraft card. I chose to use a scalloped die for this.

·       Stamp several flower heads of your choice on to manila card with the black ink. Colour with the Aquamarkers in Springtime colours and cut out. Die cut some leaves and ink these with the Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

·       Assemble the card as you see and add a sentiment to finish if you like.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.


Fliss x

Thursday, 27 February 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow Journal Page by Carol Fox


I did a journal page on here a while ago that had a window cut in it, because of this I had to link the colours on the adjoining pages together, but that was a far as I had got with the two accompanying pages,  just laying down the colour. I have gone back and finished the pages off this week, linking some of the stamping into the previous pages so the 4 pages all flow together in my journal. The full details of page I had previously done can be seen here.


This is how I did my accompanying pages. 

·       My 2 pages already had a window cut in to use, (see the previous post) and the page was already sprayed with Bubblegum Pink, Sweetened Orange and  Pure Sunshine ink.

·       I used the Pomegranate stencil and spritzed through it with water lifting off the colour on the pages to give a subtle pattern.

·       I masked off the window area and applied Gesso using Cut and Dry through the mini Paint Lids stencil onto both the pages I was working on.

·       I carried the leaf stamping over from the adjoining pages onto my pages to give continuity.

·       I did the same with the black arrows which are black acrylic paint through a stencil. (this is a stencil I have cut myself)

·       I stamped a border around the window recess and around the same area on the page underneath, masking as needed.

·       I stamped and cut out the bunting and stuck it in place on the page, adding hand drawn lines to make it look like a line to hang it by.

·       I stamped and cut out the flowers and stuck these in place on both the pages.

·       The flowers in the background in the window area are stamped directly onto the page, the colour was lifted from the stamped area and they were re-coloured using Gelatos.

·       I stamped the two birds directly onto the pages and then stamped them again onto white card, cut out the body area and stuck them over stamped image.

·       My quote was stamped onto a piece of card I had kept from when I had cut the window when I did the original page. I cut the quote out and stuck it in place on the page as shown.

·       I coloured in the birds, bunting and flowers using Gelatos, adding Liquid Pearls to the centre of the flowers.

·       I edged the pages with black and added hand drawn lines to finish.


     I used 
Dylusions Rubber Stamps: Further Around The Edge, Bags of Bunting, Doodle Parts, How Does your Garden Grow, Quintessential Quotes
Dylusions Spray Inks 
White Gesso 
Crafters Workshop Templates: Mini Paint Lids, Mini Pomegranate
Liquid Pearls
Black Acrylic Paint


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Marie Antoinette Hanging by Mandy C



·       Stamp the Marie Antoinette image out onto Stamping Card, using the black Archival. Colour with watercolour pencils and cut out.

·       Edge with chalk ink.

·       Ink the whole image with Versamark and emboss using the Frosted Crystal embossing powder.

·       I added some punched border along the bottom of the dress.

·       Set to one side.

·       For the paper beads ~ Take a piece of paper, spray with the Vintage Mica Misters. Dry with a heat tool. I wanted the beads to ‘match’ the colours I used on the Marie Antoinette image so I added some Calypso Teal. (incidentally this turned out completely different to what I thought it would be lol) I also stamped the script stamp over it.

·       Using the paper bead template, I cut out a number of triangles. I rolled the beads up using a cocktail stick and stuck the end of the bead with some Cosmic Shimmer Glue. Once these have been made, apply some Versamark and triple emboss the beads using the Frosted Crystal.

·       Take some red tape and apply to the centre of the back of the Marie Antoinette image. Take some sewing thread and add some of the paper beads, then lay the cotton on top of the D/S tape to secure it. Use glue to adhere the whole of the MA image to some of the backing paper you make for the paper beads. Once secure and dry, add some more paper beads to the top of the hanging, make a loop.
Mandy C


Monday, 24 February 2014

Modern Jane by Deborah


Although it's a vintage image I wanted to use 'Jane' in a graphic way so I stamped part of her onto the tag in black and embossed her. Then I masked her and stamped (and embossed) the Kaisercraft phrase repeatedly in the background.

I coloured Jane with the ProMarkers and edged the tag with the black ProMarker.

I stamped and embossed the phrase onto a piece of card, cut out the second sentence and coloured in with Lime Zest ProMarker. I edged it in black ProMarker before attaching it with some foam tape.

My tag is die cut from packaging so the background is paler than a Ranger manila tag; if this bothers you just cover the Ranger tag with off-white paper.

Incidentally, 'Jane' is actually 'Lina'. Lina Cavalieri was a 19th century opera singer and beauty. 20th century artist and designer Piero Fornasetti used this image of her on his iconic ceramics, furniture and fabrics.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Nature’s Jewel by Lynne Moncrieff




This week I had fun with paperclay, creating a butterfly for the focal of my canvas, dipping into Twinkling H20s which brought a lovely iridescence to the canvas, suiting the theme of the butterfly.



Daler-Rowney Square canvas Canvas (a good substitute would be a PaperArtsy canvas)
Sequin Waste (or use a stencil)
Extras:- Vintage book page, sandpaper and a piece of painted paper



Starting with the butterfly:-

Use the Creative Paperclay with the butterfly mould. I allowed 3 full days for the butterfly to dry.

Adhere torn book pages to canvas with gel medium (use a brayer to ensure good adhesion). Distress the book text by gently sanding and rubbing with fingers to loosen the fibres. Apply a thin wash of Gesso randomly to the paper.

Create texture with the Texture paste and sequin waste. When dry randomly apply Twinkling H20s, heat set and apply a wash of Gesso. I repeated this process a few times.

Apply a wash of Gesso to the Prima bark circle followed with Twinkling H20s. Also paint the butterfly with the Twinkling H20s. Adhere to the bark circle.

Adhere to the canvas, layered onto a piece of prepared wax paper (leftover from a project I was working on, the colours were perfect for this canvas).



Until next week,



Saturday, 22 February 2014

Hummingbird by Donna Ratcliff

Morning all! So I have a nice painty project for you all today…… here’s what I’ve used….

That Special Touch Mask - Disco
That Special Touch Mask - Hummingbird
Claritystamp Stencil – Alphabet 7x7
Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint – Love Bird, Meadow Lark, Spring Pasture, Beetle Black

1. So start off by using your brayer to apply some red acrylic to your Gelli Plate, lay on your disco mask and then using a bit of spare card remove some of the paint by taking a quick print with stencil still in place. You won’t be using that for this project but keep it for future use. Now remove the mask and using a square piece of card approx. 7” square take a print.

2. Repeat the process but this time with yellow acrylic. You will end up with something like this…..

3. Now clean off your plate and then load up with green acrylic, lay on the alphabet stencil (NOTE lay on the alphabet stencil back to front that way when you take the print the letters will be the right way round! Learnt this the hard way!!!)………..

repeat the process of step 1 and you’ll end up with something like this……..

4. Make sure this is properly dry, and then lay on the Hummingbird mask. Mix a little black acrylic into some clear texture paste and spread it over the design, carefully lift the mask to reveal the picture…….

5. Once this is dry layer it up onto some black card and then mount onto some white card made into a card blank.

If you haven’t had a play with a Gelli plate then you should because it really is a lot of fun!!
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx
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