Friday, 18 August 2017

Doxides and Watercolours ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have lovely weekend plans.  After I received my Viva Decor 12” square stencil I knew that at some point I wanted to create an A4 size canvas. I also knew I wanted to use my Distress Oxide inks with my Luminarte H2O’s, one or more butterfly stamps and my Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set. It has taken some time and planning but I finally got to to create this …

I created an A4 piece!
Lots of depth and texture
All the gorgeous details
The Paperbabe butterflies and Tim Holtz flower stamps have proved to be very useful
The pearl embossing paste, a bead and some H2O watercolour
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

 
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#28 Mood board

The flower and butterfly inspired me to use Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set

  
I was inspired by how the beautiful bright flowers pulled my eyes in as well as all the foliage against the fence


I’ve been able to incorporate the different mood boards/photographs from each of the challenges because of the light colours, flowers and nature themes. I wanted to push myself by creating on a larger scale than usual and I wanted to capture each of the photograph/mood boards, I hope I’ve explained that well lol! I’m lucky that it worked and that now I want to create A4 size again. I actually pushed myself creating this canvas because it’s not my usual comfort zone and it took me a lot longer to complete than I expected just because of it being bigger. I have been trying to use up my different Dreamweaver embossing pastes so I stencilled the butterflies with a lot more pearl embossing paste than I usually would. However I’ve finally used up my old tubs of embossing pastes, some of them have been around for eight or nine years so that was a great bonus for me. I’ve also been experimenting with how I apply colour through stencils and I think I’ve figured out a way I can watercolour through the stencils without any going underneath the stencil.


1. I used a piece of A4 watercolour card and attached the Viva Decor stencil with Washi tape. I lightly coloured the areas that were blank with watered down Distress Oxide re-inkers.

2. I applied the Dreamweaver embossing paste, removed the stencil and left it for forty eight hours to dry. I erred on the side of caution, making sure that the embossing paste was completely dry as I never apply it that heavily. I had already started to fall in love with how this canvas was shaping up.

3. Once it was dry I applied glue to the back of the watercolour card and then stuck it onto a piece of A4 chipboard (it was the backing part of a watercolour pad). I worked from the top and used my brayer, taking time smoothing it down. The chipboard was a little bigger than my A4 paper so I wasn’t overly anxious because I knew I had some wriggle/trim room.

4. I used three of the Flower Garden stamps and stamped multiples of them onto Sheena stamping card snippets. I coloured the stamped flowers with multiple mediums, I grabbed whatever colouring supplies were on my desk but I forgot to make a note of the colours or which product I used. I used Distress and Doxide re-inkers and Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

5. I left the stamped flowers to dry overnight and the next day I fussy cut.

6. I stamped the butterflies onto Distress Oxide coloured snippets which were left over from other projects and then fussy cut them and put to one side.

7. I tried different layouts but I felt the canvas was too flat so I decided to decoupage the flowers because I knew I’d then have depth and texture. I stamped more flowers on Sheena stamping card snippets and coloured as best I could until I was happy.

8. I then decoupaged the flowers and stamped the stems onto further snippets which I coloured with the three watercolour mediums. Before sorting out the layout I applied Luminarte H2O watercolours to parts of the decoupaged flowers as I wanted a little shimmer.

Once I was happy with the layout I glued everything in position and looked for some more things to embellish the canvas with. I used beautiful long glass beads to create the body of the butterflies and adhered those in position. I decided to add a little glimmer here and there too so I added some sparkle using the Luminarte H2O watercolours. I was finished, exhausted but happy lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden Stamp set
Paperbabe Pieridae butterfly stamp set
Stencil:
Viva Decor #08 Flowers and Music 29 cm square stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
A4 watercolour card
A4 chipboard sheet
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress re-inkers: Broken China; Shabby Shutters; Worn Lipstick; Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Broken China; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber; Cracked Pistachio
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold; white; jasmine pink
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Primary
Derwent Coloursoft pencils: Black; Pink; Red; Yellow
Embellishments:
Glass beads
Adhesives/Mediums:
Dreamweaver Pearl embossing paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape

Thursday, 17 August 2017

August Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For some reason I used an old Paperbabe sketch as the design for this tag as well as using several snippets of patterned paper and quite a lot of die cuts. It turned out better than I expected too, lol, I think I’m away with the pixies a bit too much right now and here it is …

I love the deep rich colours on this one
Lots of lovely details
Lots of colour, patterned paper snippets and dies
Luckily for me it all works with the papers and dies
The beautiful stamp
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#27 Mood Board:

I was inspired by the shades of blue, green, and yellow. The photograph of the small flowers really called to me

Mix It Up Challenge Blog 
 #MIUCB#3 Anything Goes optional Distressing


Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #54 Inspiration Photograph

Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes
I used Sizzix and Spellbinders dies


My last couple of posts have been all about the supplies, the techniques and the tools, lol! For this post I’m keeping it short. It is a mixed media tag in that I used Distress inks, Distress Oxide inks, Watercolours and wax crayons to create this tag. However it doesn’t have any texture paste or any overly shabby elements either so I’m happy to play along with any challenges I’m able to play along with where there are flowers, stamped and die cut, and a beautiful die cut two layer acrylic painted butterfly too.

I purchased the rose stamp from the lovely Kim a while ago and it was only when I went to check the name for this post that I found out that it’s a rose border, lol, I had cut mine up to use as separate stamps as I know I’ll use it a lot more that way. I may have to purchase another one though and keep it as one stamp to use as a border lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp:
Paperbabe rubber stamps: Rose border
Stencil:
Viva Decor #08 Flowers & Music 29cm square stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix: Sizzlits large Ornate Frame die; Thinlits small Tattered Florals dies
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle die
Free magazine two layer butterfly dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; snippets Prima patterned papers
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Caran D’ache Neocolour II Wax Crayons
Distress Oxide Re-Inkers: Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: bright & beautiful
Memento dew drop ink pad: green; pink
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Distress Oxides, Kraft card and Luminarte H2O's ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Over the weekend I moved on from playing with Distress Oxides and white card to Distress Oxides and Kraft card. OMGee I’m besotted! I had no idea I’d be able to create backgrounds and toppers like this! This deep rich lush patina is one of my favourite colours ever and here is what I have to share with you today …

I created a 150mm square card
Lots of lovely texture and depth
Lots of yummy layers of Doxides and Luminarte H2O's: yummy!
The difference between adding Doxides to white or Kraft is obvious.  
Kraft is the two base layers, the butterfly and flowers were white card.
However isn't this butterfly beautiful!!  It's a Pete Hughes design
I captured some of the bling for a change!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


Creative Artiste Challenge #29 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge August Anything Goes
Emerald Creek Dares August Challenge Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie Challenge On the Cutting Edge: use your dies or die to create your project.  This is my first time using this beautiful die which was part of my birthday present this year and it’s so very beautiful!

Mix It Up Challenge Blog 
MIUCB#3 Anything Goes optional Distressing

 
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#28 Mood board
I was inspired in particular by the beautiful colours on the peacock feathers, the flowers and the sky


Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes: Sizzix die


I decided to experiment with reject Kraft card from the wedding stationery. Our printer was not happy printing directly onto the card but we only found this out after hubby printed a couple, doing another test print before printing all of them. I grabbed the rejects for two reasons, lol, the first is that I wanted to see how the Doxides react on Kraft card and, to put it simply, I’m very tight where card and paper is concerned. My hubby and I were greenies before it was fashionable to recycle and we’ve done so for many years. The one thing I don’t like to recycle is my card stock. So if there is a teeny tiny chance that I can recycle it I do lol!

I applied multiple layers of Distress re-inker to the Kraft card and I thoroughly dried in between each layer before adding another. I then stamped the flowers onto the coloured Kraft card but they were hard to see so I grabbed some snippets of white card and stamped the flowers onto those and I coloured those with Luminarte H2O watercolour paints. Once dry I fussy cut them and decoupaged over the Kraft stamped flowers. I didn’t add loads of water to the H2O’s before painting the flowers and that’s why they are so rich in colour.

Once my backgrounds were dry I added Gold H2O splatters and added the colour to the edges too. The beautiful butterfly die is a new purchase, I managed to grab a couple of new dies in the summer sales and I die cut that from watercolour snippets and coloured it with H2Os. I adhered one of my panels to a card and then roughened up the edges of the stamped flowers panel before adhering that to the card too. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Rare Butterfly die, designed by Pete Hughes
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Kraft card; white card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Re-inkers: Blue China; Weathered Wood; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Luminarte H2O watercolour paints: gold; orange; pink; red
Versamark IP: Black
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue


Thursday, 10 August 2017

August Mixed Media Tag #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m still playing with my Distress Oxides but this time I also included new stamps and a new die too. I enjoyed creating this tag and it actually turned out better than I dared to hope when I had to alter the original idea, lol! I wish that would happen more often and here it is …

A chubby tag of course!
I love the side view of this!
All the yummy details
I love the distressed font on this set of stamps
The beautiful butterfly stamp and die
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #420 Colours of your flag: red, white & blue 
Butterfly Challenge #84 Y for you choose &/ the colour Wedge Wood Blue the Y is for You: I need to remember to follow my mad ideas sometimes! 
Cardz TV Challenge Cards Crazy Crafters Anything Goes #7



As requested I’m trying to write my posts in a more orderly way so that it is easier for you lovely peeps yes I know I ramble a lot, honestly I know I do!

1. I attached my Viva Decor stencil to a piece of Sheena stamping card and applied Distress Oxides through the stencil using an ink blending tool and foam.

2. I dried the inks then sprayed with water and I added droplets of water. I added a piece of kitchen towel to mop up the inks because I wanted to create a soft pastel background. Once I was happy with the look I used my heat gun to make sure the inks were completely dry.

3. I used the butterfly die on the card because I hadn’t realised how it works, lol! You can lift the butterfly wings up and leave the body of the butterfly attached to the base layer.

4. As I realised how this die works I decided to die cut the butterfly twice because the idea of a tag with windows through the butterfly wings appealed to me. That and the fact that I have a lot of card I’ve coloured with Distress or Distress Oxides inks. I didn’t stamp the butterfly at this point.

5. I traced around my chubby tag template and cut it out. I didn’t cut the top right butterfly wing off as I wanted to make sure it was still attached.

6. I stamped the ‘Beautiful’ sentiment three times with Distress ink and I dried the ink with my heat tool.

7. I attached the Stamplorations stencil with Washi tape and applied sand texture paste firstly on one end and then the other. I left that to dry overnight.

8. I stamped the butterfly onto another snippet of card and used the outer die to cut out the butterfly out. I did have to fussy cut a little to free up the butterfly and I know I’ll use this stamp and die a little differently in future but I do love how this tag turned out.


Please forgive my current lack of visits to anyone’s blog. We have projects on the go in the house, the garden and the craft room which means I am frazzled right now and very grateful I got my posts ready earlier in the week but I am hoping to return to more measured soon! Also thank you all so much for the positive feed back on my Fiskarettes posts, I am deeply touched and honoured by your lovely comments.

I was very lucky to win the beautiful Tonic butterfly stamp and die set from our lovely Mrs A’s Butterfly challenge because I used both of the prompts the random linky tool picked me lol! Thank you very much Mrs A I love, love, love my new stamp and die! Back when it was my birthday a very sweet friend mailed a birthday card with a set of Stamplorations Stamps inside. That set of stamps could not have been a more perfect gift for me because they’re going to get a lot of use in my journal and in my mixed media projects. So a huge thanks goes out to both of these lovely ladies, the second lady you know who you are but I don’t want to spill the beans so to speak! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Tonic Studios Butterfly Laura Rococo Die and Stamp set (pack of 3)
Stamplorations Stamps Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic stamp set
Stencil:
Viva Decor #08 Flowers and Music 29 cm square stencil
Stamplorations Stamps Artplorations: Bloom Silhouette stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tonic Studios die above
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; Distress water bottle; palette knife; ink blending tool and foam; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Broken China; Weathered Wood; Worn Lipstick; Fired Brick
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Gel
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape