Saturday 31 October 2020

Glitter Birds on Floral Spray Tag

I couldn't resist using some of the birds from the Birds and Flower Rows stamp set on this tag for the October challenge on Tag It Tuesday.  The four prompts were
1) Add sewing or embroidery thread or fibres; 2) Fussy Cut and attach something; 3) Green; 4) Add glitter.  As you will see, I used all four.
I started by adding the top layer of a paper towel that had been used to mop up ink to a #8 manilla tag. I used matte medium to glue and seal the paper towel and then dried thoroughly and trimmed the excess. The ink was mostly green so that fulfils prompt 3.
Next, I stamped the Clarity bird row onto book paper in Sepia Versafine ink and glued it to some stencil card.
I fussy cut the birds ready to add to the tag (prompt 2).
Using a stamp platform and Onyx Black Versafine ink, I added Tina’s original Floral Spray to the tag.
Three of the fussy cut birds were then added.
To fulfil prompt 1, I added some French knots to the small flowers at the bottom using Madeira metallic thread.
I added some hot pink glitter to the birds to go with the French knots, fulfilling prompt 4.
To finish, I added one of Leonie’s word stickers.

Friday 30 October 2020

Birds and Flower Row Rice Paper on Canvas Board

I have used this technique previously.  I love how the stamping creates a rich background when the rice paper is added to a canvas board with matte medium.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

WOYWW 595: Chilling Out

 Morning fellow deskers and welcome to the weekly contribution to Julia's link up over at Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

My desk is set up ready for my daily contribution to #inktober2020.  I still usually do a pencil underdrawing before going in with the ink.  I have been enjoying half term, relaxing, watching TV and Netflix and some occasional crafting.  All my samples made it in time so I will be looking out on air on Friday, Sunday and Monday to see if any get shown.
I had a day off from crafting on Sunday but had a fun time Monday making this 3D piece for a Halloween challenge (see HERE for details if interested).  Unfortunately Eva has not been able to visit as we went into tier 2 at the start of half term so no mixing indoors!

Here are the last week's worth of Inktober contributions.  I can't believe that there are only three more prompts after today.  I may have to participate in the weekly challenge in 2021.  It has been very relaxing starting each day with a quick sketch.

I am really looking forward to our Zoom get together for the 600th WOYWW in December.  Stay safe and happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Halloween Vignette Coffin Tray

I decorated this Vignette Coffin tray from Tim Holtz for a Halloween challenge over on Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art (JJAMMMA).  It also fits the criteria for the Halloween Mission on Mission Inspiration, so I will share it there too.
Draw round a Tim Holtz Vignette Coffin tray onto a piece of 12” x 12” Northern Lights designer paper. Cut out the shape and trim a little from each side to fit the inside of the tray.
Paint the inside and outside sides of the coffin in metallic black acrylic paint.
Add the backing paper to the inside of the coffin.
Draw headstone shapes onto black card. Fussy cut them.
Stamp lettering onto the headstones in Versamark ink using the Tall Letterbox Infill alphabet stamps and a discontinued alphabet from Clarity. Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
Add the cross to the bottom of the coffin. Add the smaller headstone in the bottom left corner of the coffin with foam pads.
Stamp two of the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Pumpkinhead stamps onto Clarity stencil card in Black Soot Archival ink.
Colour them with orange Ecoline pens picked up with a watercolour brush pen and fussy cut them.
Stamp, colour and fussy cut a third pumpkin in the same way.
Add all three pumpkins to the outside of the coffin at the bottom.
Add narrow Washi tape to the front edges of the coffin.
Lay the outer section of the medium moon mask from Clarity onto the backing paper and pounce white acrylic paint through it to create a moon. Remove the mask.
Stamp the individual owl from the Wise Owl set onto Clarity stencil card in Watering Can archival ink.
Colour it, using Faber-Castell Polychromos in shades of Warm Grey, Green (#166/#171 and #112) and purple to match the background (#134), add a touch of orange (#113), then fussy cut.
Stamp a small bat onto the background in Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat emboss with clear powder.
Add the owl to the top of the tall headstone with foam pads.
Add highlights to the headstones and pumpkins using a white gel pen.
To finish, add one of the Tim Holtz Halloween Quote Chips.

Monday 26 October 2020

Layers on Layers: Oxides, Archival inks and Gold Embossing

 This is one of my most popular blog posts and looking back one of my favourite projects too.  I wanted to use a layering technique on a card, using Distress Oxides for the base layer.  At the time, I had also received the fabulous Peacock and Peacock Feathers stamps designed by Linda Williams for Claritystamp and wanted to see how the new extra fine line art worked with embossing powders.  The results were amazing and the photos really don't do the card justice!

Sunday 25 October 2020

Pretty Poppet Projects

I thought I'd collect all my projects using the Pergamano Poppets designed by Marina Fedotova into one place.  They are so pretty and are also available printed on parchment.

Saturday 24 October 2020

New Home Pop-Out Card

The Town stamps, die and stencils from Clarity are my go to collection when I have a new Home card to make.  For this one, I used the die to create a pop-out aperture and one of the stamps for the front.

Thursday 22 October 2020

Mandala Madness

 As Clarity has recently released the Mandala designs from Tina Cox as Groovi plates, I thought it would be a good opportunity to gather all my stamp samples into one place.  They are beautiful designs whether used in part or in their entirety.

They are great for masculine cards.  You will find the step by step for this project HERE.
They look greaton stampboard (see HERE for details).
They can be used for all occasions with a change of colour scheme (see HERE).
See HERE for the step by step.

Wednesday 21 October 2020

WOYWW 594: Countdown to Half Term

 Back for another sharing of the desk and linking up with WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?) courtesy of our weekly host Julia at Stamping Ground.  I must admit to counting down the days until half term now.  I am so ready for a break from work.

My desk shows me getting ready for my daily #inktober2020 drawing as that is what I do each morning.  You can see Monday and yesterday's offerings in the sketchbook that I keep especially for these sketches.  I can't show you anything else at the moment as i am busy making samples for three different Clarity shows, ready for posting at the weekend.  I will share the #inktober drawings that I have done since last week in case you are interested.

The open evening/Saturday went well and the Saturday counts as one of our twilight training seesions for this year so that is good.  It may be the weekend before I manage to visit, sample making dependent.  Stay safe and Happy WOYWW everyone.