Saturday, 28 February 2015

Bright and Beautiful by Donna Ratcliff

Morning all! Got my beloved AquaTints out again for this week’s make along with the Scribbly Birds stamp set…

What I used

Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Birds
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils – Shatter
Kaisercraft Clear Stamps – Script
Distress Inks – Black Soot
Watercolour Card, White Card Blank

What I did….

1. So to start with I painted a big spiral with clear water onto a square of watercolour card. Then I simply touched the wet card with some AquaTint (only adding to the wet line), then I repeated with another colour.  I used two colours but you could use more or less, just as you fancy! I let it soak and spread slightly and then spritzed with a little water to get it to bleed outside the spiral.

2. Then I stamped one of the birds and a little script.
3. Next I painted the bird just by using a damp paint brush and dragging the colour out.  Then I added a little wash of green over him just so he stood out from the background a little more.
4. Once everything was dry I added a little stencilling with the ‘Shatter’ stencil (just might possibly be addicted to this stencil!). Just to add a bit of extra interest I also added a few white splatters using the white from the essentials set. (TIP: dry these with a heat gun to stop so much of the underlying colour bleeding through) Then I ran a black ink pad around the edge of the piece and mounted onto a white card blank.
5. To finish I added some doodling with a black pen and a white pencil.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Her Soul Danced by Carol Fox



I have journal page this week using one of my favourite stamps sets at the moment Silhouetted women by Dina Wakley.

I started my page by pulling a background with my Gelli Plate directly into my journal. I did this with shades of pink and blue and I used the Tumbling Pods stencil.

Once this was dry I added paint by stamping with the circle from the Kaisercraft stamp set Texture Stains, I used orange, blue and yellow paint. I then stamped the barbwire circle from the Stampendous sSt Wired Grillager using black Archival ink.

I stamped all my letters onto white lightweight card using black Archival ink and then used a babywipe to add the colours to them. I edged these in black and stuck them in place.

I stamped my figure in the same way and I used a stencil to add the colours to the figure so it was coloured in a haphazard way, adding each colour in turn through the stencil.


I then stuck this in place on my page.

I added some white paint with a lid to life the page a bit as it all looked to flat.

I finished with some stitching and by edging the page with black paint.

I used


Carol x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Funky House Key Chains by Alison Hall



Another surface that PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint works brilliantly on is shrink plastic, and Lin Brown's Funky Houses make fun charms for a key ring for your house keys!


Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Heat Gun
Paint Brush - Small, Round
Coffee Stirrer
Flat Nose Jewellery Pliers 


1. Use your chosen colour of Fresco Finish paint to stamp the house shadow image on the shrink plastic. An opaque colour is best for this. I used Bougainvillea for the large house, and Caribbean Sea for the small one. I find it easiest to use a sponge to apply the paint to the stamp. Be careful not to let the slippery paint covered stamp move on the plastic, and make sure to clean the paint off the stamp as soon as you're done.

2. Use a small paint brush to add colour to the windows and doors, then leave the paint to dry naturally. The paint dries quite quickly if you haven't put it on too thick.

3. Use the black Archival ink to stamp the house outlines, then once the ink is dry, cut out the shrink plastic houses.

4. Punch a hole through the tops of the houses. It's important to remember to do this before shrinking the plastic.

5. Place the houses on a craft mat, then, one at a time, heat them with a heat gun until they are fully shrunk. Use a wooden coffee stirrer to gently stop the houses from blowing away. Immediately the houses are shrunk, place a stamp block on top to flatten them fully.

6. Use flat nose jewellery pliers to attach a swivel clasp to each little house charm, to finish.


I hope you like these bright and funky little keyrings.


Alison x

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Find Your Own Wings by Donna Gray

Hello everyone,

Donna here today and I’m using one of the new Dina Wakley stamps. Oh how I jumped for joy when I saw this set, its fab!!

Here’s What I Did:


I used a PaperArtsy greyboard for this (paper side up). Next I covered it in a coat of gesso in order for me to apply various Gelatos and then spritz with water to blend them in.
At this point, I did actually use some Faber Castell Bead and Glitter Gel through a stencil but I made a bad mistake…..I used the heat gun on it……don’t do that! It dries all opaque and horrid, so I had to scrape it all off, although it does leave a nice sparkle in the background now!
Next, a spritz of the wonderful DecoArt Media mister in an appropriate funky colour and some more Dina Wakley stamps for the background. The little splodge type one is a Kaisercraft one.
To finish, I stamped the new Dina stamp on a piece of thick card, covered with Glossy Accents, allowed to dry overnight and then placed it in the freezer for a few minutes, then ‘cracked’ it. I then decided to add the wings from the Carabelle angel set as I thought she needed some wings….well don’t we all…. and I then used another Dina stamp for the sentiment.



Hope you like it


Donna x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sacred HeART by Deborah



Dina Wakley Media Cling Mount Stamps: From the Past; Primitive Icons
Speedball Brayer
Distress Ink: Festive Berries; Evergreen Bough
Watercolour Pencils (have you seen the lush new ones from Prima!)
Black Card (for the card blank)


For this card I started with a mono print I'd pulled using my 6 x 6 gelli plate and the Sacred Heart stencil. I had previously stamped a sentiment - wonkily! - onto the heart. I kept it though because I really liked the effect I'd got. So I cut out the middle of the heart and looked for something else to fill it.

I chose the stamped the woman in Festive Berries on to a piece from my paper scrap box (Dylusions sprayed through a stencil). Once I had fixed the image behind the opening with double sided tape, I added colour with various water colour pencils, smudging with my finger where appropriate.

I also used the watercolour pencils to enhance the gelli print, stamping the Primitive Icon circle in Evergreen Bough. 'Love' and 'Art' were stamped in Festive Berries on the remaining piece of the sprayed/stencilled paper and glued in place.

To finish I simply mounted my artwork onto black card, leaving a thin frame for definition.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Eternal Stars by Lynne Moncrieff


This week I have been playing with some new PaperArtsy products in the form of new colours of Fresco Chalk Acrylics and also new Designs by Sara Naumann.

The time intensive part and the fun part was the background where I literally gathered a bundle of paints, heat gun, spray and mica flakes.


Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics:-  Snowflake, Purple Rain, Blueberry, Wisteria, Lavender, Smurf, Blue Oyster, Glass Blue, Pewter  and Limited Edition JOFY Paint Set 3 (Southern Skies)
Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes:- Luna Silver and Tarnished Bronze
Palette Knife (or old credit card)
Gilding Wax in silver (I used Treasure Gold but That’s Crafty stock substitutes)
Extra:- scrap of lace and vintage Bingo card



Randomly apply Grunge Paste, only small patches here and there, creating texture while the paste is still wet. 

Apply Fresco Chalk paint, building up layers. I would mist the paint, allowing the paint to drip down the panel. Working with opaque and translucent paints creates a nice result. In between layers also stamp with paint.

For the final layer stamp with StazOn, script, linked circles and music score. 

Spray panel with Brushed Pewter, misting with water and allowing to drip down the panel. 

Dilute Snowflake with water and flick onto panel with watercolour brush.


Paint lace with Fresco Blueberry and Purple Rain, adhering to panel once dry.

Apply Smurf and Blue Oyster to white cardstock. Onto an area of the cardstock, large enough to stamp the star, apply Pewter. Onto the first area stamp two of the phrases and on the panel with the Pewter, stamp the star.

Cut around the star and words, edging with Black Soot and gilding wax.

Adhere star to panel, adding a fragment of the painted lace along with a scattering of mica flakes.

Have fun creating found poetry from the word tiles.  Apply mica flakes to the panel before adhering the word tiles.

Finally apply gilding wax to edge of panel.

Until next time,


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Flutterby Alpha by Donna Ratcliff


Morning all! I’ve got a simple little stamped and stencilled card for you today…

What I used

What I did….

1. First of all I took a piece of card and stamped the butterfly in black; then I stamped it again on a scrap bit of paper, cut it out and used it as a mask whilst I stamped the alpha letters.

2 .Then I painted it with some watered down Distress inks, also added a few inky splatters as well by flicking on some colour with my paintbrush.


3. Then with a fine black pen I added a few doodled lines down the side of the alpha banner, and then I also wrote the quote down either side. Then with some Black Soot Distress ink I added a bit of stencilled interest with the ‘Shatter’ stencil.


4. Finally I simply ran a black inkpad around the edges and mounted onto a white card blank.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week

Donna xx
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