Monday, 29 April 2013

Church Windows Canvas by Deborah



Being a fan of anything Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance, I love the church windows stencil by Crafter’s Workshop. I’ve been playing with it a lot while gelli printing.  However for this project I decided it would look good with a raised texture and lots of gilding. So I got out my texture paste and scraped through the stencil onto a canvas using an old store card.
I sprayed the canvas with Dylusions inks in yellows, reds and oranges then zapped it with a heat gun which made it bubble up. I recommend doing this outside or in a very well ventilated room (probably you should wear a mask). I painted round the edges with distress paint then decided it needed more spray ink.

Next I rubbed the gold gilding wax onto the windows.
Nothing was really standing out, plus there were gaps on the canvas, so I added the texture paste stripes and stars, heated it, sprayed again. Added gold paint, plus more gilding wax in Patina and Deep Red.
Getting better... but it was now all a bit too golden so I propped the canvas up and sprayed Dylusions Black Marble over the lot, blotting over the windows with paper towel. Hmm, needs more gilding wax in places...
And thus I continued faffing about with it until I was happy.  As you may have guessed, this is all about building up layer upon layer until you get the effect you want.
It’s not perfect (the stars are a bit misshapen and too close to the windows) but it was fun to create.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Muse by Lynne Moncrieff



Oxford Impressions Times Past 
Oxford Impressions April In Paris 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Vintage Lace 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Moonlight 
PaperArtsy Crunchy Tissue Paper
Tim Holtz Mini Attacher
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (various) 
StazOn Jet Black 
VersaFine Onyx Black 
Chipboard Tag
Re-cycled Corrugated Cardboard
White Cardstock 
Found Paper
Mini MOP Heart Button
Silicone Glue 
Craft Knife


Tear a piece of re-cycled cardboard larger than chipboard tag. Paint cardboard and tag with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Vintage Lace and Moonlight. Heat set.

Tear pieces of Tissue Tape and adhere to tag. Apply paint over the tape, almost obscuring the tape. Stamp handwritten tag from Oxford Impressions April In Paris onto tag.

Apply Fresco Finish Vintage Lace paint to white cardstock. Stamp girl from Oxford Impressions Times Past. Cut out and adhere to tag with silicone glue. Stamp a word and adhere to tag. Embellish the tag with lace and a heart shape button. Lay aside.

Paint PaperArtsy Crunchy Tissue Paper with Fresco Finish Vintage Lace. Stamp a postal mark and once again the handwritten tag (see above). Tear into pieces. Now layer the stamped Crunchy Tissue paper and embellished tag with lace to the corrugated cardboard. Attach one strip of prepared Crunchy Tissue Paper to the bottom of the corrugated cardboard with Tim Holtz Mini Attacher.


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

Soar Burlap Canvas By Fliss Goodwin



Hi everyone, it seems like Spring has finally arrived this week at last and I’m hoping I will soon see one of my favourite creatures, the butterfly, in my garden as we have lots of the type of shrubs they like although they haven’t long had leaves on this year.

I’ve made a canvas for you this week with one of the new Tim Holtz burlap canvasses with of course, a butterfly theme. If you haven’t tried one of these canvasses yet, they’re really fabulous as unlike others on the market, they have a stiff backing panel, which means you can stamp on them with paint or stencil easily – if you can bear to cover it up that is!

Here’s What You Need 

Here’s How To: 

·       Using a palette knife or an old credit card, apply a fairly thick layer of Grunge Paste to the canvas on the top and left with the leaf stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and wash immediately with warm water to remove the excess paste. Allow the paste to dry. I left mine plain as I like the raw colour but you could apply some paint through the stencil if you want more colour. 

·       Whilst the paste is drying, stamp some butterflies on to cream card with the Adirondack inks. I chose the largest and the second smallest and stamped 3 of each butterfly in both colours as I was unsure how many I would need. Cut them out and bend the wings with scissor blades.  

·       Attach a piece of lace across the bottom of the canvas and add the paper rose at the bottom left. Using a finger, dab on some of the Liquid Pearls for a little shimmer.

·       Die cut some flourishes from the patterned paper scrap – I cut 3 for my canvas. Stick a trimmed Soar Adage Ticket in one of the ornate plate frames and add the supplied brads in the holes. Attach this to the canvas with foam tape and strong glue, roughly in the centre of the remaining uncovered space. 

·       Arrange the flourishes and butterflies on canvas, flowing up the right side and round the top right corner. When you’re happy with the arrangement, stick them on. Finish off with a small butterfly added to the left side for balance.

Have a great weekend.

Fliss x

Thursday, 25 April 2013

UTEE Paper Flowers by Carol Fox



Step 1


Cut your flower shapes. I cut mine using the Tim Holtz Flower Garland die, but if you don’t have a die cutting machine, cut your shapes by hand.


Step 2


Melt copper and clear UTEE in your melt pot and dip your flower shapes into the melted UTEE, carefully remove them and lay them on your craft mat.


Step 3


Reheat the UTEE covered flowers and gently press a rubber stamp into the melted UTEE, repeat until you have enough flower shapes.

Step 4


Use a selection of Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax to colour your shapes, rubbing it gently over the surface to highlight the raised areas of the UTEE.
Layer the shapes up to make the flowers as shown in the main photo.


I used:
Cool Tools


Carol  x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Celebrate the Dream by Alan Scott


For this project I went back to a wonderful set of stamps by Lynne Perrella for PaperArtsy called Collection LPC005.  I also went back to a card design that I have not explored for a long time: The Stepper Card. It a design that does allow us to be creative and build up a picture.





The first thing we need to do for this project is to make a stepper card. For this card we need to have the centre part as the one that comes to the front. If you don't have a template to cut out a stepper card, let me know and I will see if I can upload one or send one via your email.


Start to stamp up the imagery that you want to use. As you can see, the banner set from this set of stamps does allow you the opportunity to bend the stamp and make, as usual with Lynne Perrella stamps, the perfect impression. Like all stamping, it's the paper that you're going to stamp on. So if possible always buy the best stamping paper/card that you can afford.  

After you have stamped out all the imagery you want for the project, we can now start one of the best bits in the wonderful world of stamping, selecting the colours we want to use and then colour and start to build up the story we want to show.

After I had placed a layer of colour onto my stamped out imagery, I took my mister and a roll of paper ready to start the next process. I had to spritz a layer of water on the side bars and the main topper. The reason for the paper towels was to soak up as much water as possible. As the distressing pens react to water and will 'spread', by soaking up the water as quickly as I could, stopped the colour from dissipating and leaving just a mess. Once I had used the paper towel, I grabbed my heat gun to dry the stamped and coloured image as quickly as possible. When I was happy with the result, I took a golden gel pen and placed some colour along the crown and frame. 
To make thing easy for myself, I took some metal dies from a Spellbinders set and then ran them through my eBosser. When it came to cutting out the gold mirror card, all I had to do was to select the next die up in the set. I opted to use a die rather than use a pair of scissors and a corner edge punch. I just opted for this option to save some time.
After I once again used a metal die, the next step for all the mirror card cut-outs was to distress the edges. I wanted to do this so that it looks worn and aged. It also, when the next step is done helps a lot.
To make the edge of the mirror card stand out, I used the edger to distress the edge. When I then used an inking tool on the edge of the card that had been inked up with Rusty Hinge (a wonderful deep rich colour), as it was worn, the ink took to it a lot easier. It also makes the edge 'pop' out, giving it depth. Also it can act as a layer behind the card you have distressed. I like to use a lot of ink so that it has a depth of colour.
Taking the main image, I wanted to bring this into the colour scheme and not to be 'white and new'. To do this, I used a Tea Dye ink pad. Then using the Glossy Accents, I placed a layer on the face as I wanted it to be slightly 3D when looked at. 
For the banner, I had to build up a clear building block. Acrylic glue is the perfect way to do this, as it can build up a firm block of glue that when dry, can be then re-glued and secured to where you want it to be. I could have used dimensional pads bit I would have had to use a lot to build up the depth that I wanted. The banner had to stand out so I wanted depth.

Now then, this could be the part that will scare a lot of you. I have to admit it's one of those 'in for a penny in for a pound' moments. You just have to have faith in your crafting ability. The aim is to let paint drip down from the top edges - if you get the paint to be like double cream you're going to be okay. Mix up your paint and then take your spatula and scoop some up. The aim is to use the spatula as if it was a knife and you are spreading butter on some toast. If you want to help it form drips, pick up the card and just bang it carefully on to the table. Using a heat gun will help stop the paint and dry it, so you do have some control over the action of the paint. You want to do this using your 3 colours, just do the same and take your time. If you are not comfortable practice - I have used up quite a few sheets of old card trying to get this right. The card was never thrown away but became backdrops to other projects.  
I have been lucky enough to buy a set of 350 words. The only downside to this purchase, was that they were all in their own box and were magnetic. At first I was a little disappointed when I bought them as I was after something else. But now they are a important part of my crafting. 
There you have it, a stepper card that was able to be embellished how I now do my crafting. I always thought that this style and others would only fit into the way we normally use them. I have to hold my hand up and say I think there is a reason now to revisit all the other card designs and see what I can now do with them. 
I hope that this might inspire you to have a look and maybe explore what you can do with an 'Old style' card design. I say old but then isn't everything old as it's all been done before? My old lecturer at Uni once told me, that in fashion nothing, is new it's all been done before. The only real 'New' idea was the Mini skirt back in the 60's.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Alice Memo Pegs by Mandy C



Wooden Pegs

Paint your wooden pegs with the Lake paint. Leave to dry. It looks effective with one coat as you can see the wood through the paint but I gave it another coat.

Once dry, use your red StazOn and the harlequin stamp and stamp over the peg.

Then,  paint over your Glue and Seal (I this stuff ~ its amazing and a must have).

Stamp your Alice images onto some card ~ I use 315 gsm smooth white. Colour with watercolour pencils. Cut out.

Using the Glue and Seal, attach the stamped images to the pegs. And do another coat over the top of the image. Leave to dry.

Edge with chalk ink.

Attach some magnetic strip at the back of the peg and voila! You have yourself some magnetic memo pegs!

Mandy C
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