Sunday, 30 September 2012

Haunted Postcard by Mandy C



On Sunday Postcard Art, we have a month long Hallowe’en celebration. This week the theme is HAUNTED…. If you’d like to come and join us… all you need to do is make a postcard in 6 x 4 “ size, upload to your blog/photostream/flickr/facebook and leave a comment with your link.

What I used:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mask – Borderline (I used the fence)
Tim Holtz Mini Ornates (the branch)
Creepy Fence stamp Black Archival
Collage Image

      Using the spritzers and the fence mask… create a background…. I used a couple of orange colours and lime. Leave to dry.

      Cut a collage image out ~ I’ve used this creepy looking woman. Use the image to decide where to stamp onto the postcard.

      Using Black Archival and the ‘haunted house’ from the PaperArtsy collection, stamp (around 1/3 of the way from the bottom) the fence along the bottom of the card and the branches from the Tim Holtz set across the top two corners. Stamp BEWARE centrally.

      Adhere the collage image.

      Colour the house with a white watercolour pencil.

      Draw around the edge of the image with a watercolour pencil… I used a dark purple on mine.

      Edge around the card with the chalk ink.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Octopode Steampunk Book Part 2 by Mandy C


I’ve made a 6 page tag book, featuring some of the Octopode Steampunk people. The dimension of the tags is 2.5cm x 4.25 cm. See Part 1 here.



What I used:

      Spritz a tag you have cut out of white card. Leave to dry.

      Stamp Viktor with black Archival, heat set and then colour with watercolour pencils. Leave to dry then cut out.

     Stamp the checker plate along one edge with the Aquamarine ink.

      Stamp the train from the Hero Arts set and the Steampunk corners (there’s a nice one on the above set).

      Adhere Viktor to the tag, go around him with a watercolour pencil.

      Edge the tag with the chalk ink.


What I used:

Octopode Steampunk Stamps ~ Words and Posy
Ranger Archival Ink Pad ~ Jet Black
Silver gel pen
Various misters/spritzers ~ for this one I have used blue tones

      Spritz a tag you have cut out of white card.  Leave to dry. Also use the mask on the background.

      Stamp Posy with black Archival, heat set and then colour with watercolour pencils. Leave to dry then cut out. I’ve also used a silver gel pen on her zip.

      Using the StazOn Dove Gray, stamp the little advert from the Vintage Treasure plate all over the tag.

      Stamp the train tracks along the bottom of the tag and the cog corner on the left-hand side.

      Adhere Posy and then stamp the ‘explore’ word along the top of the tracks.

      Using a watercolour pencil, go around Posy to make her stand out.

      Edge the tag with chalk ink.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Sing, Dance and Love by Alan Scott

I was in that mood when I thought, okay let's sort out the stamp collection and then just have a look as to what I have in the collection. We do sometimes forget the older stamp collections that we have bought and only used one or two of the stamps in a collection. This was one of them. It is a stamp collection called Music Hall and is made by IndigoBlu.

I have built up a wonderful collection of stamps from That's Craftyand I have a lot of projects planned with what I have added to my collection. The project that we are talking about now, was created by me thinking, "I wonder if I could stamp and then emboss onto a blank CD?" (okay it wasn't blank but one that came with an old printer or something - we never throw them away we just keep them!). So I set about trying different inks to stamp on the surface. The stamp then led me to this project. However I have to add that the text was 1 stamp and I took a sharp crafting blade (it had a brand NEW Blade in it) and carefully I cut the stamp down into 3 different stamps. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T do this if you're not comfortable with cutting out rubber stamps. The text is close together, so you have to be extra careful.
I also took this opportunity to play with my brand new Pan Pastels. I have to hold my hand up and say that when it comes to this kind of artistic colouring, I'm a complete NOVICE so if I can make something I'm proud of, then I know you guys can do it just as well as I can. So give it a go - you will be impressed. Also you can rub it out (YIPPIE!) if you make an error.
A4 Blank card made up
Backing Paper
A4 sheet of white stamping card
Gold mirror card just bigger than the CD
Spellbinder Square Dies (If you don't have these then cut out a square and then distress the edges)
Spellbinder Ribbon Buckle (If you collection of crafty thing does not include on
then just embellish with what you have)

1 blank OLD CD
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Dark Bronze and Olympic Gold Glue
1 large Button

1 gold Card Candi
Paper ribbon with text on it
Cut out bits from the Spellbinders Die
Dimensional sticky backed pads

Selection of Pan Pastels (my collection is mostly darker colours)
Good Strong Clear Glue
1 small can of cheap Hair Spray

StazOn Black Ink Pad
Stamp Cleaner
Black Embossing Powder
Heat Gun

Normal items from your crafting stash of equipment: anti static bag, craft knife (with a NEW Blade), ruler, edging tool etc.
Now then, the first thing we have to do is stamp onto the CD. I used several ink pads, however this was the best ink. It's also one of the inks that's highly recommended for non-porous surfaces just like what we are doing. I have to WARN YOU that you do need the stamp cleaner, not just for your stamps but for cleaning the surface of the CD. We will be printing on the reverse side of the CD. When you're ready to stamp, I recommend that you first clean the surface of the CD with the stamp cleaner and then when dry and no smears can be seen, use the dust buddy to help make the surface easier to remove unwanted embossing powder.
Take your stamp and ink up well. Right, we have stamped the image onto the CD and raised the stamp vertically we have to be right over the CD, so we can place it flat and then lift it off flat, if you know what l mean. Then take your embossing powder and lay down a good layer of powder. Lift the CD up and carefully tap the loose powder off. Place to one side. Now we have to clean our stamp.
Like I mentioned in the intro, I took a stamp and then split it into 3 different stamps. Now I could have masked off each stamp and stamped up that way. Using the dies, I cut out the text. As you can see, I have cut the text out at different angles, just to give a different look. When each wording image was cut out, I started to play with my Pan Pastels, going light to dark. When I was happy with the look, I used hair spray to 'FIX' it. While with playing with the Pan Pastel's, I backed the A4 card with the paper, I had picked and then started to change the colouring of the paper. The Pastel's blend so easily - just remember you go light to dark. However, saying that, I have added the lighter colour onto the edges of the dark and then 'blended'. There are lots of colours available and they also last a VERY VERY LONG TIME! I know they are not cheap but they are well worth buying the occasional pot to add to the colour section of our crafting.
The gold backing card for the CD came from a set of circle cut outs. All we have to do now is build up our card. Each crafter would have their own spin onto the way the card is constructed, so just use my finished project as a inspiration point and build your own. I added the Cosmic Shimmer Glue - which I'm so impressed with and while I have had them for a long time, I never used them..... now I can't stop, as they just finish a crafting project. I'm going to add to my small collection, so I can DOT AT RANDOM lol.
If you take a look at the ribbon on the card, you will notice that there is gold edging on the ends of the ribbon. These are the cut out bits that normally end up in the crafting space bin. I have become one of those who now look at everything that pops out from the die and says 'How can l use these bits?' Sue Wilson has a lot to be thanked for due to her skills and the way she has given us crafters the knowledge of what to do.
I hope that this project might inspire you to try stamping on other surfaces other than paper/card. Just look after your stamps and they will last you a life time.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Krafty Kristmas by Deborah


This card was made with My Mind’s Eye Kraft Funday - Everyday Fun and Happy Days 6x6 pads. It’s lightweight card, rather than paper. I used various Sizzix dies and the bauble and pine needles from Stampers Anonymous Classics #10. 

For the background, I stamped onto the ledger design from Everyday Fun, using Jet Black Archival and Barn Door Distress Stain. Then I coloured it in with Distress Stains in Wild Honey and Broken China. I also used the Wild Honey over the turquoise arch and several coats of Barn Door on the deer. I edged the die cuts with Black Soot Distress Ink before sticking them down with double sided tape. A black card blank sets it off nicely.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Bling Skull by Laura


Materials Used:

Firstly, I cut out my skull template and then used this to cut out my skull from the Clearly for Art Film. I used the clear, so that I could leave my template behind and see where to place my various elements.

I then filled in the eyes and nose with black rhinestones and then the teeth with Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue. When the glue was dry, I covered the whole of the back of the skull with IndigoBlu FlitterGlu and then covered this with two different types of gilding flakes.

When this was dry, I then started adding the rhinestones, pearls, microbeads and glass glitz in random patterns. I then added a Metal Foil heart that I had distressed and a screw top brad. The chin is a piece of clay that I had in my stash that I coloured with mica pigment.
Finally, I removed my template and covered the back with black card.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Oh Don't Throw That Away! by Alan Scott

This was yet another project that came out of the "mmm ..... I wonder If"? The main focal material was in fact a bag that came with our Chinese take-a-way meal! The main image is from a wonderful set of stamps by Dylusions called Doolally Dorris. I have also used Basic Backgrounds stamp set also from Dylusions.


A4 White Card Base made up
A4 Backing Sheet
A4 Backing Card/Paper

Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad
Selection of Dew Drop Ink Pads (for the background stamping)
Black Embossing Powder

Selection of
Alcohol Inks - Blending Liquid and a Blender Tool
Selection of Cosmic Shimmer Coloured Pearlescent PVA/Ranger Liquid Pearls
3 Buttons and Button Inserts
Anti Static Bag
Heat Gun

Lace width of the card
Good Sharp Scissors
Selection of Spellbinders Borders (or Border Punches)
For the Distressed edges, I have used a selection of
Distress Inks

Alcohol Ink Pens - just a few to highlight the image
ProMarkers or Spectrum Noir
Good Strong Clear Glue 
Glue Tape gun/Tape unit

First we need to construct our basic card base and then distress the edges - you can be as adventurous as you want. The edging will be stamped over by the backing stamps, so any small errors can be hidden away. Also, who's going to know? You can always say 'Its part of the Design!' So never be scared to distress edges, jump in and enjoy.
Now then, if this was the first time that you have edged your cards, just practice on some scrap card - take your time and just remember to build up the depth of colour and it's easy to add but you can't take away. Once you're happy with the edges, started to build up the backing paper using the Basic Background stamps. When you're happy with the results, put to one side to dry, as the backing paper could be a little wet.
Now then, let's stamp! I took the foiled envelope and cut it into a flat surface. With a damp cloth, I wiped it down and made sure it was dry. Then using my Dust Buddy, I gave the surface a quick going over making it ready for embossing. I have been told that if you don't have a Dust Buddy, then Talc will do but I can't say it works, as I've not tried that one yet. Making sure I had the surface in the right format (I used Portrait), I inked up my stamp and then carefully made an impression on the surface. Take your time as it's a non porus surface, so just press down and lift up VERTICALLY, you want to stamp over the surface you need it to be at least waist height.
When that's been done, take your black embossing powder and cover the surface. You don't have to rush but you do need to be quick. Then taking your heat gun, start to emboss the surface. I never get tired of watching this happen - it's such a wonderful thing (when it works hahahaha). Trust me, it works, so this now opens up a whole new collection of surfaces. I will show that in my next project!!
When it's cooled, take your alcohol solutions and your blender (you need to have FELT pads and not the foam pads) and start to lay down some colour onto the surface. Don't worry about going inside your stamped area that's not a problem.
When you're happy with this colour layer, take your selection of alcohol pens and lay down some more colour. I just did the lips, lines on the body and the boots, that's it. Even if they were not fully coloured in, I thought the streaky look was okay.
Now then this is where I made a mistake. I wanted originally to use my Spellbinders borders dies and cut out a nice edge. This was not what I picked up - I used a stand alone metal die. So looking at it, I thought if I did the other side and then lay then just off the outer edge of the main image, it would give me a balanced framed look. So don't worry if you make a mistake - stand back take a look and say "Okay this is happening WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE IT RIGHT"? You will find a result. So I took the purple backing paper, cut round the edges with my deckled scissors and a few drops of the Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue solved the problem.The lace was dyed using hot, strong black coffee in a mug. When it was the right shade, I dried it using my heat gun. Now then if you're not careful you can melt the polyester that's in the lace. You will see it start to buckle up giving you another surface. Play around with scraps first. I came across this by accident when I was force drying some lace. When it was dried, I looked at it and noticed that I could infact cut out the pattern this again made the lace a completely different look. 3 Buttons and some smaller Mother of Pearl Buttons were glued on top of the buttons and to cover the hole, I used a dab of Silver Liquid Pearls.
There you have it a card that was born out of a Chinese take-a-way meal.

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