Saturday, 24 February 2018

ATC backgrounds using an Acrylic Chalk Mousse Medium

Two Artist Trade Cards made on a Tim Holtz distress oxide ink background with an acrylic chalk mousse medium and angelina fibre dragonflies.

Whilst in Lidl the other day some art stuff caught my eye. This box of pastel acrylic mousse mediums with a chalky finish, looked really interesting.

I had some of the background I made for my heart plaque left which I made using Tim Holtz distress oxides inks in frayed burlap, pickled raspberry, abandoned coral and candied apple.  I thought that this would make an ideal background for the ATCs especially as it also had a chalky finish.

Using a mandala stencil I first used the pastel blue mousse. I have a few craft boards for the various crafting I do, so that I don't get paint, ink and gesso over them all.

This was really easy to use and the mousse settled and dried quite quickly.  I then repeated this process with the lilac as you can see above.

While they were drying I made the dragonflies using some of the angelina fibres and film by Crafty Notion

Using some baking parchment underneath,  make a sandwich with the film (I've used crystal aurora) and the fusible angelina fibres ( I've used sugar plum).

Using a warm iron gentle smooth over the area. I have a small iron I use for crafting and temperatures vary depending on what you use.

It should look something like this, fused together 

On its own it would make a great background but it also die cuts really well. Film & Fibres is one of those craft products you buy for a project and often forget about. When you re-discover it again in your stash you remember just how versatile it is.  I have in the past used my stamps with this and made beautiful iridescent butterflies with it.  Something I will do again and put in a blog post for the future.

Once die cut it makes a beautiful rainbow coloured embellishment.

I used a small amount of the raspberry sparkle angelina fibres under the label Free which I stamped using the same backing paper. I glued the dragonflies and fibres to attach the label with a little pinflair glue gel.

With a parchment tool I pricked the edge of the label

The light catches the wings beautifully

finished off with a few pearls and backed onto some coordinating card.

Entered into:-

Allsorts Challenge

Simply Papercrafts

Happy Crafting

Monday, 19 February 2018

Birthday card made using Visible Image Face it Stamps & Dreamees Flowers

I made this card using the Face It stamp set by Visible Image and stencil along with a mix of  Dreamees, which has been stamped and heat embossed onto their patterned papers.

First I used the Visible Image Face Shape stencil in its complete form on cream stamping card and spritzed a mix of metallic mica powders onto the area around.

I added l little metallic lavender to this mix of colours.

I then lifted the mask and after the mica spritz had dried I stamped the open eyes Face It stamp into the centre using versafine black ink.

I coloured the eyes with Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress oxides and the lips with pickled raspberry.

For the flowers, I used a mix of Dreamees stamps which have been heat embossed using metallic super fine Wow embossing powder. I used  Pretty Pearls, Sensational Flowers and a charming cascade

After layering up a selection of these flowers I placed them around the stamped faced and mounted the panel onto a cream base card.

For the make up, I used the same metallic mica powders the eyeshadow and blush.
I absolutely love this Face It stamp set, it's so effective.

I am entering this into the following blog challenge:-

Stamping Sensations

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Creative Challenge Red/Roses/Hearts

The theme for this heart is red/roses/ hearts and this is what I came up with.

 This is what I used to start with:-

  • MDF heart
  • card gift tag & white watercolour card
  • Visible Image - Love you longer stamp
  • Crafty Individuals - distressed diamond background stamp
  • Leonie Pujol Typography mini embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz distress oxides inks in frayed burlap, pickled raspberry, abandoned coral

I made my inky background using the above distress oxides and included candied apple as it needed a deeper red.

I love the way all these colours just layer up so well together.

 I used the same colours on the tag but as the tag had a coating on it the colour dried a lot lighter.

Using a black stazon ink I stamped the sentiment onto the tag using the Visible Image - Love you longer sentiment stamp.

I drew around the mdf heart onto my inky background and cut it out.  Then I started to use the Crafty Individuals distressed diamond background stamp with the frayed burlap distress oxide ink.
I decided to add a little more texture with one of the Typography embossing folders by Leonie Pujol. These are absolutely brilliant for adding embossing to small areas.

I added the embossing to the corners of the tag also and then some mega gilding flakes by Indigoblu in Royal Peacock. Once I was happy with how it looked I stuck my heart to the mdf along with the stamped label.

I love the sentiment on this stamp and I'm happy how this plaque turned out.

Happy Crafting

Entered into the following challenges:-

The Artistic Stamper

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

After School Craft Club

At our after school craft club I have been making the following projects with a small group of children. The idea was for them to experiment with different mediums that they wouldn't get the opportunity to have a play with at school.

Due to the length of time we have for each weekly session, I made the pizza style craft boxes out of Kraft card ready for them to decorate.

Week 1  -     Decorate craft boxes
Week 2  -     Stamp and ink a postcard
Week 3  -     Make a heart plaque
Week 4  -     Make a set of ATCs (artist trade cards)

These are the samples made to show the group.

We had a lot to squeeze into our sessions so I made some adjustments along the way but these samples were made for inspiration. 

The heart plaque was made using card die cut from an Amazon box, along with the card for the ATCs. The ATCs had a layer of white card stuck to the top with its design. 
For example the first card with "Love" was stamped, the second "sprout" card was made with card around my Christmas crackers and the "watch" card a mix of stamping and inking the edges.
I used some pigment inks, stamps, sequins and pearl drops on the postcard.  All things that could easily be purchased from places like The Works, Poundland etc..  apart from the "creativity" stamp which is from Visible Image.

I wanted to show the group that you could use various things around the home to craft with such as packaging, cereal boxes, odd buttons, broken jewellery, even the ribbon strings of tops (that are there to stop them sliding off the hangers). Charity shops are also good places for lucky finds. You can pick up craft glue and other crafty bits with your pocket money from affordable craft places like The Works, which have a great selection from £1 (or less in the sale).

Week 1  -  the group experimented with stencils and using pigment inks to decorate their boxes.

Week 2  -  I brought in 3 of my distress oxide inks to show the group how these inks react when water is added and their chalky texture when dry. You can layer up the colour using these oxides as opposed to them mixing together.

I love the way how each one is very different. Once dry the boxes were spritzed with a metallic mica powder which they loved the effect. As there was some time left along with some unused ink, we made a start on the postcards.

Each stamped their postcard using the Creativity stamp by Visible Image and then used small pieces of sponge to ink their postcards. Some stippled the ink to get a more mottled effect and others sponged for a more intense colour. Again each postcard is very different, which is the great thing about art, it's your own creativity, there is no right or wrong way.

Once dry I gave each postcard a coat of water resistant modge podge.

Week 3  -   We made the heart shaped plaques. These were all die cut using an Amazon box I had and the white card (packaging) layer from my son's calendar. This card is lovely and smooth, ideal for crafting.

I made a pack for each of the group to use so that they had exactly the same materials but it was their choice what they used and how they wanted it to look.  They were shown how to make dimensional flowers out of the die cut flower shapes.  

They each had two large card hearts one brown from the Amazon box and one with a white side cut from the calendar packing card. When they sandwiched the two pieces together with glue and the piece of lace to hang it with, in the middle, they left the white side showing. This will form the back layer of the heart plaque as they covered the brown layer with pretty paper. When the heart spins around it then gives them a nice which base that they can easily write on or leave plain. As the medium shaped hearts were going to be covered and stuck down it didn't matter that they were brown. The box packaging also gives a little more of a solid feel to the plaque.

I thought they all made a really good job of their plaques, perfect to keep or even better for a Mothers Day gift.  I explained that they didn't need dies to cut these shapes out, they'd look just as good cut out by hand, I just happen to have them being a crafter.

Week 4  -   ATCs (artist trade cards). I used the same Amazon box for the base of these cards as they all had a set of 3 to make. They used either a selection of rectangular patterned papers or plan white card to decorate and stick to their ATC cards. 

They had a choice of die cut shapes, peel offs glitter glue, metallic pearl drops, some gems and pigment inks to create whatever they wanted.

I was really impressed with how they used what was available to them.  Week one, they hadn't used stencils before and some of them decided to use the peel offs, in the same way, to get a stencilled effect by inking through the peel off and then peeling it off leaving an outline which they could decorate around.

Some of them do need to put the finishing touches on them but sadly we ran out of time but they have enough materials to finish them off later along with the embellishments to decorate their boxes.

On the back of the ATCs you would put the following information:-

Made by:-
Title:  (what it is or if it has a theme)

ATCs are artist trade cards measuring   2 . 5" x  3 . 5  inches, normally in card. They are often made with greyboard, mdf, canvas and many other sturdy materials that can handle various mediums used on them.  They are made with the intention to swap or trade with other artists and crafters and not to be made to sell or be sold.

I made a set of these for each of my group to take away with them along with their makes.

I thought the ATCs  would be a great idea to introduce to this group whose ages range from around 7 - 11yrs old.  Children are always swapping trading cards of various different sorts so why not create your own and swap among your friends.

Creativity needs to be nurtured especially at this age where they tend to think that if something doesn't look perfect, that its rubbish. Hopefully, I have shown them that if they don't like what they have made that they can always change or improve it rather than discarding it.

It's been great fun. looking forward to the next group.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Recipe for a Crafter plaque

A lovely lady from one of the craft groups I am a member of sent me lots of crafty goodies along with an ATC we swapped. I decided to put some of these papers and embellishments to good use and to make her a plaque.

I selected which papers and and embellishments to use for this project first.

This is what I used:-

  • an mdf oval
  • selection of the red themed paper ( one being felt) sent to me
  • a few of her coordinating ribbons & bow
  • a few of her coordinating paper flowers & strawberry button/gems
  • a few of my embelllishments - charms/diddy buttons/peg/ladybird/paper butterflies.
  • 2 eyelets
  • Dreamees Divine Doily die
  • Dreamees Recipe of a crafter stamp
  • Stitched rectangular nesting dies
  • Lace edge border die

The Dreamees Recipe of a Crafter sentiment stamp was heat embossed with black embossing powder onto a piece of white stamping card.

Then I die cut all my pieces ready to layer up onto my plaque. I used the Dreamees doily die and the stitched rectangular nesting dies on the sentiment card and felt layer.  For the spotty rectangular piece of card I used the lace edge border die

Using one of the Dreamees red dinky inkies I inked the edges of all the card stock including the mdf piece which I had already stuck two of the pieces of cardstock onto.

I decided where I wanted all the pieces to go before sticking them down with a mix of pinflair glue gel and cosmic shimmer glue. I decided not to use a few of the embellishments I'd originally chosen  and save them for another project.

Happy Crafting

ATC backgrounds using an Acrylic Chalk Mousse Medium

Two Artist Trade Cards made on a Tim Holtz distress oxide ink background with an acrylic chalk mousse medium and angelina fibre dragonflie...