Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Gothic Hanging by Mandy C


This week I wanted to get right away from winter and Christmas. So what could be less wintery? A little spooky fun!


White Pen
Distress Paints in Antique Linen, Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Crushed Olive


·       Cut your white card into a gothic arch shape. 

·       Take your Distress paints ~ Antique Linen, Broken China and Picked Raspberry and add the smallest bit onto a craft mat and spray with water…. Drag your piece of white card through it. Dab most of the colour off with some kitchen roll. It gives a nice vintage background even with the bright colours. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Stamp 5 pumpkins onto some spare card using the Black Archival as well as the words from the Gothic 31 set. Colour the pumpkins, and then apply some Rock Candy Crackle. Leave to dry.

·       Using the black Archival, stamp the frame and silhouette centrally onto your arch shape. Add some stamped leaves at the bottom and half a spider at the top. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Add some crackle using the Sheena stamp and coffee Archival, gives a more subtle effect than using black.

·       Add some depth using watercolour pencils to your arch. Use the Crushed Olive Distress paint around the edge of the arch and then the dark brown chalk ink.

·       Glue onto a piece of black card and trim around so there’s a very small border around your arch.

·       Glue the words into place and then arrange the pumpkins along the bottom of the arch. I ended up using just 4 of the 5 pumpkins I stamped out.

·       Add some colour to the word strip.

·       Using the white pen, highlight bits of the black stamping.

·       Finally, fill the frame with some Crackle Accents. Leave to dry naturally otherwise the crackle doesn’t appear.

Mandy C

Monday, 30 December 2013

Renew Your Mind by Deborah



The chalkboard look is a popular trend in crafting right now and this card not only features Artistic Outpost's Chalkboard Wisdom stamps, I've also extended the chalkboard look to the entire card.

After dabbing on the Picket Fence paint, I stamped each of my images two or three times onto the IndigoBlu card so I could choose the best imprint. It helps not to press too heavily on the acrylic block on your first print to help ensure a clean impression. You are aiming for chalky and distressed, not clogged and blotchy.

Once the paint had dried I cut out the words and background stamp with deckle edge scissors (simply because I found them, lying forgotten, at the bottom of a box of stuff) and used the paint to edge both pieces. After sticking them onto my card blank, I added the stars and circles.

Don't  forget to clean the paint from your stamps as soon as possible!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Our Design Team are having a well earned break this week
 but will be back next week, starting 30th December.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Peaceful Christmas by Lynne Moncrieff


My final DT project for 2013 sees me using some beautiful metallic paints from Martha Stewart. I am very impressed with the paints, they have lovely depth of colour and such a fabulous range to select from.



Martha Stewart Paints:- Champagne, Rose Gold, Rose Chrome
Big Boss Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Extras:- Corrugated cardboard (old box packaging), lace, wax paper, metal frames, 8”x8” cardbase, twinkling embossing powder, French book page, sheet music stamp (I used Oxford Impressions Season of Giving), fragment of stained seam binding.



With the Nordic Snowflake stencil and Maimeri Light Modelling Paste create pattern on 8”x8” cardbase.

Once dry apply Champagne paint. 

Add a band of lace to the card then lay aside.

Apply all three metallic paints to the snowflake then apply the Iridescent Paste. I applied several layers, creating texture at the same time. 

Apply Gesso and the same paints to a metal frame and Rose Gold to a Studio Calico Starburst and Tiny Star. Once dry adhere all to create a luxurious embellishment.

While you have the paints in front of you apply them to guipure lace, wax paper and more stars.

Ink up Madonna and Child with Archival (I use a Speedball brayer). Stamp onto glossy cardstock. Edge image with Vintage Mica Flakes in Precious Gold.

Layer onto the painted wax paper and in turn layer onto corrugated cardboard which has been dry brushed with Gesso and randomly swiped with an embossing ink pad and heat embossed with twinkling embossing powder.

Heat emboss sentiment onto painted book text. Adhere to panel.

Trim panel with the painted lace.

Adhere panel to cardbase and embellish with the snowflake.

Beside me I had a fragment of stained lace and stamped sheet music so I also added those to the card. 


Finally paint Tiny Stars with the metallic paints and adhere a scattering to the cardbase.


Festive Wishes to all of you and I hope to see you all in the New Year when I will be sharing my next DT project. 



Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Wonderland by Paula Whittaker




Other items:

Book Pages
Bird Embellishment
Wooden Snowflakes


·       I’ve used the back section and one frame section from the triple arch layered frame kit – which means, there are plenty of other parts left over to create more arches.

·       I’ve painted the back section and frame with a rough coat of Beach Hut. Once dry (which should take about 5 mins naturally) add bits of torn book pages across the inside of the arches. Then glue the back section and frame together.

·       Add some of the Frantage, the small normal looking embossing powder and heat that on to the arch but please beware the stuff will fly all over the place as you really should heat it from the back! I glued the larger pieces from the Frantage kit on to the arch.

·       Rub the Brilliance ink around the edges of the arches.

·       Add all the foliage and moss to the frame.

·       Rub some of the white remnant wording on to some stiff clear packaging (acetate) and then cut round the words. Glue these to the frame.

·       Stamp the Alice image using the grey ink on to some paper, colour with alcohol pens, cut out and add to arch.


·       Finally, add all the other embellishments to the piece.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Voyage of Discovery by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, I have a card for you this week which came about because my other half spotted the cover of a book I was reading (I’m a big fan of Victorian steampunk type novels) and yelled “dirigibles”! He was apparently reading a book about airships at the time so what else could I do for his birthday last week but a card involving dirigibles.


Here’s What You Need: 

Distress Stains – Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge
Kraft Card Blank
Photo Corners


Here’s How To:

Stamp the flying machines collage on the stamping card with the coffee ink, leaving a fairly wide margin so that you can tear the edges later on. Ink up the acrylic block with the Antique Linen ink and press down on to the stamped card to add colour. When you’re happy with it, allow to dry off a little.

Paint the flying machines with the Distress Stains, adding a little colour to the background areas with the Tumbled Glass. Tear the edges for a distressed look.

Cut a piece of kraft card to fit the clock embossing folder and dry emboss. Trim if necessary then attach photo corners and stick to the left side of the card blank.

Add the flying machine panel to the right side of the card and finish off with some of the chit chat stickers. I chose words to fit the theme but there are loads of other words which would fit the image panel just as well.


Here’s hoping you have a lovely Christmas with lots of crafty pressies.


See you on the other side!


Fliss x
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