Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Use Your Wings by Alison Hall

Hi everyone! This week I have been using Dina Wakley's paints, a new Crafter's Workshop stencil, and a variety of stamps, to make an arty card.


Stampendous NK Studio Stamp Sets - Wired and Marks
Dina Wakley Media Paint - Lapis, Sky, Lemon, Ruby, Black, Penny
Old Store Card
Stencil Brush
Soft Black Pencil
6 x 6 White Card Blank



1. Cut a piece of card approximately 5.75 x 5.75 inches. Squeeze 3 or 4 dots each of Lapis, Sky and Lemon paint, randomly on the card, then use an old store card to blend the paints on the card in a downwards motion. 

2. Apply Ruby paint to the mesh image from the Wired stamp set using a brayer, and stamp it on the background. I didn't use a block for this as I wanted partial stamping. Do the same thing with the tyre tracks image from the Marks stamp set, this time using Sky paint. 

3. Position the Crafter's Workshop stencil on the right of the background, and apply Black paint through it with a stencil brush, making sure not to overload the brush with too much paint. I added some more stenciling in the bottom left corner and at the top.

4. Use black Archival ink to stamp the butterfly from the Scribbly Insects stamp set, then stamp it again onto a painted scrap of paper. I always have scrap paper underneath my work when I use paint, and I used a piece of this, as it co-ordinated with my background. Cut the butterfly out, then use glossy accents to glue it in place.

5. Outline the butterfly with a soft black pencil, then smudge with your finger to give a shadow effect. Stamp the phrases with black archival ink.

6. Apply Penny paint to the circular barbed wired image from the Wired stamp set using the brayer, and stamp it over the top of the butterfly. There was still paint on my brayer, so I added this to the edges of my work. The Penny paint is a lovely metallic coppery colour. Here's a closer look at it's shimmer.

7. Attach the artwork to a 6 x 6 inch white card blank to finish.


I hope I've inspired you to apply paint in a different way. I love this effect!


Alison x


  1. Yes we are Alison, not been on Wordpress for a little while as i am finding it a little difficult to leave comments so sorry for not leaving you comments...

    Gorgeous colours and textures :-) xxx

  2. this is stunning with the vivid background colors, the dimension and the beautiful buterfly. love it! xo

  3. Beautiful card, Alison!!great background

  4. Super colours on your background....just fabby ;)
    xoxo Sioux

  5. Positively stunning in every detail Alison
    and the words are oh so true.
    You take care! oxo

  6. this is gorgeous - love all the details - wonderful x

  7. Wonderful card Alison,love the colours and scraping paint does give such a great background,beautifully done ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  8. Love the mix of colours and mark-making stamps, Alison - so impactful x.

  9. Love this, great colours and fab background
    Amanda x

  10. A truly stunning card, Alison. I so love that butterfly against the background. xx

  11. Stunning background and a beautiful butterfly - what an amazing card, Alison!
    Alison xx

  12. Playing catch up Alison and glad I did as this is an amazingly grungy and bright creation - love it!
    Fliss xx


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