Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while but I have been busy with a few things and I’ve been on holiday! Yes, I have recently got back from a wonderful two weeks visiting Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. But back to work… I have just bought some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Paints and tried them out on this page for my sample book. I covered the card with Picket Fence paint and then, while it was still wet, covered the surface with Picked Raspberry and just a little Broken China, then spritzed the card with water. I was pleased with the final result I achieved and once dry you have a lovely smooth surface for stamping onto. I have used Tim Holtz stamps and black Archival ink.
I’ve finally got around to making two more pages for my sample book.
On page 9 I have not used a new technique, but some new stamps and a new stencil. The background was sprayed with glimmer mists and then I stamped the bottles in grey ink. These are part of a Hampton Art stamp set which includes the four bottles plus a variety of different labels. I then added a little texture by sponging ink through a tiny dots stencil. Finally I stamped Stampotique’s Stella on white card, added colour and cut her out. I have glued her to the page so that she is sitting on the bottle.
On page 10 I have used a technique that is described by Paula Whittaker in the May edition of Craft Stamper – sponge various colours of Distress Inks onto white card in blobs of colour, then spray lightly all over with water so that the colours blend and merge. When the card was dry I stamped the art quote stamp (by Stampers Anonymous) in red, then added Dina Wakley’s Silhouette Script which was stamped in black on white paper and cut out.
On this latest page of my sample book I have tried another new technique that was featured in Craft Stamper magazine recently – a die cut collage. I cut a circle of watercolour paper and then die cut the flowers, leaves and the bird also from watercolour paper. The shapes were glued to the circle using gel medium and then painted with acrylic paint.
Here are a couple more pages of my book.
On page 6 I have tried out an intriguing technique that was featured in a recent edition of Craft Stamper magazine: to create a crackled background using embossing powder. First of all you stamp, colour and cut out lots of different small images such as flowers, or butterflies as I have used here. Then, using a sheet of self-adhesive label (for inkjet printers), you cut a piece to size, remove the backing paper and arrange all your images onto the sticky side. Pour black embossing powder all over, ensuring that all the spaces between the images are covered, then heat as normal. The embossing powder reacts with the adhesive on the label sheet and crackles. The butterfly stamps are by Hero Arts.
I have used acetate for page 7 which I cut to size from the book’s packaging. I was inspired to try out this technique after reading Helen Chilton’s acetate masterclass in the November Craft Stamper. I stamped onto the acetate using StayzOn ink and then embossed it with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade folder. Alcohol ink blending solution was then dribbled into the indentations on the back of the acetate, followed by various colours of alcohol ink. It was fun to do but very messy… it is difficult to control the blending solution and inks, they roll about all over the place, including all over my fingers!
A good tip by the way: hand sanitizing gel is quite effective at removing alcohol inks from your hands.
This is the 5th page of my book and I’ve used another new medium – Goosebumps, a clear texture spray. I have used three Distress Inks on the background: first I covered the card with squeezed lemonade, then sprayed the Goosebumps over; when that was dry I then inked all over the surface with ripe persimmon, and lastly I stamped in festive berries with a bubble wrap background stamp. The images have been stamped in jet black Archival ink, the bird is Strut Your Stuff by Stampotique, the other images are by Paper Artsy.
I bought a small, round chipboard book at a local shop recently – it was reduced to half price and so how could I resist? I have been debating what to do with it and decided that I am going to decorate each page with something new … that is, a technique or product that I have never used before. I have completed four pages so far:
On the first page the new technique I’ve used is to create a tissue tape background. I cut a circle of card and blended inks over it to colour, then covered the entire piece with tissue tape. I added the stamped and coloured image of the 2 women and an adage ticket attached to a memo pin. The flower trim has been coloured with Dylusions spray.
My second page has a background using Winsor & Newton iridescent medium. I bought some of this last November at the NEC and have just got around to using it! I painted the background with Distress Stains mixed with a little of the iridescent medium and also stamped with the medium around the edges of the page.
On page 3 I have gone all metallic! I saw this technique using aluminium tape in Craft Stamper quite a while ago and have been trying to find some of this tape ever since. Then recently I managed to find some in a local pound shop! The strip across the middle of the page is a piece of card to which I glued some grungepaper numbers and shapes. I then covered this with the metal tape and coloured it with alcohol inks. The flowers were made in a similar way: stick some tape onto card and stamp flowers using StayzOn ink. Cut them out and emboss with a Cuttlebug folder, then colour with alcohol inks.
I’ve used canvas as a background on page 4, and a technique that the owner of one of my local craft shops told me about a couple of days ago: paint the canvas with white Picket Fence Distress Stain and allow to dry; then use one or more colours of Distress Stains over the surface. I’ve decorated this page with an image of a girl (by Paper Whimsy) behind an acetate overlay, and finally some laser-cut flowers which I sprayed with Glimmermist. The small accents at the bottom are square jump rings glued onto patterned paper and then filled with Glosssy Accents dimensional glue. I added these partly for balance, BUT mainly to cover up a couple of unwanted glue marks!!