Thursday, 12 October 2017

'Tis Near Halloween for Frilly and Funkie


Today I am fortunate to be a guest designer at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog and the theme for their next challenge is 'Tis Near Halloween, you can click HERE to go to the challenge blog.

I decided to go for both a Halloween theme and Halloween colours...

I created a textured background on an MDF artboard from Bee Crafty by sticking on chipboard and metal elements as well as spreading some crackle paste and a bit of stencilling.  Once this was dried I painted it all over with black starlights paint from Imagination crafts and then added patina and gold gilding wax to enhance the textures...

I wanted to create a witches lair type of effect so filled a small glass bottle with green micro beads, then used the poison bottle stamp from Bee Crafty with alcohol pens to create a colourful focal point...

To add to the Halloween feel I stamped some bats also from Bee Crafty and edged with a bit of the same gold gilding wax.
Once these had been added I found some suitable sentiments from a sheet of 7 Dots Studio stickers (Writer's Block) and stuck those on as well.
I hope you have enjoyed a bit of early spookiness and maybe inspired you to enter the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.
Thank you for reading,
Jane xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Da Vinci Cards for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I thought I would share a few cards that I made for the recent Da Vinci shows on HOCHANDA.

The products used were...

* Da Vinci Background - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Science of Beauty - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Wings - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Vitruvian Man - Art Stamps
* Art Is Never Finished - Wordage Stamps
* XL Script - Backdrops Stamp
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads
* Distress Ink Pads

This card was created using the distress oxides to create a piece of background card by squashing it onto a heatproof mat, spritzing with water then swooshing the card into it.  This card was then used to stamp on to with the wings and cut out, then a piece cut to size as a background and stamped with the background stamp.  The sentiment was stamped onto black card then embossed with white powder before being cut into sections.

The diorama card was created using 2 pieces of card which were cut and scored.  The XL crackle stamp was used to create a patterned paper effect, and the vitruvian man stamped and the square part cut out with the wings used at the sides.  A mat and layer was created for the inside and attached with foam pads.   A die was used to cut the aperture and a piece of acetate was placed inside which was lightly stamped in places.

I wanted to create an aged sepia toned card as I thought it suited the stamps well.  After stamping the science of beauty onto a piece of card that was coloured with distress ink, I cut it into 4 sections and matted them onto brown card.  The background was also stamped onto a distress inked piece of card and then water flicked on to create lighter spots.  I chose just to use a couple of words from the sentiment stamp and added these to the top and bottom.

Thank you for reading, I hope you are looking forward to the next Bee Crafty shows on Thursday!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Creative Artiste: Azoline ATC's


I am back again today as it is the first Friday of a new month which means that Creative Artiste has a new challenge which this month is being sponsored by Decoart...
This month I decided to try something a bit different to usual.  I wanted to decorate some grey board ATC's to go into my recently decorated ATC box, and I also wanted to try out a different technique using Decoart Media products...

There are a great series of short videos by Andy Skinner available on YouTube that highlight ways to use the various Media products by Decoart and I wanted to have a go at one using the crackle glaze and the interference paints.  So after painting the board with gesso and then a coloured paint I put crackle glaze across them then dropped in the interference paints...

Once dried I wanted to match my rather funky backgrounds with quirky stamps so first stamped some of the Azoline stamps straight onto the boards using black archival ink and then used Pitt pens by Faber-Castel to colour them in...

I then cut some card using one of the Tim Holtz mixed media dies and painted them with gold interference paint.

The main focal points were also stamped and then cut out and coloured using Pitt pens before having glossy accents applied with a sprinkle of glitter.

Finally I used some of the Tim Holtz small talk stickers adding a bit of dark pen to the sides and then put gold gilding wax around the edges of the ATC's to frame them.

I hope you enjoyed my little bit of difference this month!  If you are interested in seeing how some of the Decoart Media products can be used it is well worth having a search on YouTube, alternatively if you click on my Pinterest link button and go to my Decoart board there are links you can follow from there.

Please also go on over to the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, you can find all the rules plus inspiration from the rest of the design team, click HERE to go straight there.

Thank you for reading and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn Memories Wreath for Tando


I am on the Tando blog today with my take on the weeks colour challenge...

I love the colours of autumn particularly the way the leaves look so beautiful as they change colour so I felt I had to make a leafy project...

I started with a Tando wreath shape and decided to make it into something that could be a piece of home d├ęcor, maybe for someone in a new home, so I used one of the whimsical houses set 2 alongside leaves from the mini sets 2 and 3 and the memories word. 

After coating all the pieces with gesso I used the Tando mini stencil leaves 1 with some modelling paste all around the wreath.  I then used Decoart Media acrylics to create a blended look across the wreath then used the colours to paint the rest of the pieces (titan buff, diarylide yellow, hansa yellow light, pyrole orange, quinacridone magenta and burnt umber)...

These were then stamped with the Dinkie Script stamp from IndigoBlu using sepia archival ink and then gold gilding wax was added.

For the house I first embossed the main part in a stone wall embossing folder then painted the pieces and gilded...

Once it had all been placed and stuck down I added some gems for a bit of sparkle then flicked the whole piece with watered down gold paint to tie it all together...

The products used were as follows, you can click on them to link to a more detailed product description...

* Whimsical Houses Shape 2
* Memories Word
* Minis - Leaves 2
* Minis - Leaves 3
* Leaves 1 4" x 4" stencil
* Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics

Thank you for reading and I hope that it has ignited your love of autumn!

Happy Crafting,

Jane xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Altered Eclectics - Bright and Quirky ATC Box


Well yet another month has passed by and we are already in October!  I don't think I am quite ready to let go of summer yet though, so for this months DT project over at Altered Eclectics I decided to create something bright and just a bit quirky...

If you want to take a look at the challenge blog to see all the design team projects and are thinking about entering then you can click HERE.  The main rule is anything goes but no cards or ATC's, but you can read all the rules over at the blog.

I recently bought this MDF box over at That Craft Place as I thought it was so cute.  It came in pieces but was really straight forward to put together.

Once assembled I coated it all in white gesso to prime the surfaces then used the Retro Circles stencil from Stamplorations with texture paste.
I then used Decoart Media Line fluid acrylics, cadmium red, pyrole orange and diarylide yellow, blending the colours together as I wanted a bright, warm feel to the project.  To tone the colours slightly I spritzed with the Decoart white shimmer spray and then highlighted the texture using gold gilding wax from Pebeo...

To create the decoration I wanted to use a variety of stamps that I don't always get a chance to use.  I chose a selection of different stamps (including the sentiment) from the Azoline collections by Carabelle, the Da Vinci Wings from Bee Crafty and flowers by Dylusions.

I stamped out the pieces I wanted to use with archival black ink and used spectrum aqua markers and water to colour them.  A clear sparkle overlay pen was then used over the top and on some pieces I added glossy accents with some Decoart glamour dust (crystal) sprinkled in whilst it was still wet...

Once all the pieces had dried over night they were glued on with glue gel and finally some sequins from Craft Box and a metal butterfly from Prima were added...

A bit of a difference to some of my more grungy projects, but I really enjoyed making this and will enjoy filling it with ATC's!

I hope you have been inspired to enter the Altered Eclectics challenge this month, do please pop over to the blog for a look :)

Jane x

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Unfinished Art for Bee Crafty


I am really excited to be posting my project today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog as it is also the day that Bee Crafty are on HOCHANDA (10am and 3pm) with their gorgeous Da Vinci stamps!

When choosing which of my design team projects to share today there was no contest.  I love working with MDF as it allows me to use so much texture and lots of different mediums so I had to choose this mixed media piece incorporating my favourite of the stamps (the wings!) plus two pieces of MDF...

To create this project I used...
* Art Is Never Finished - Inspired by Da Vinci
I started by creating the background on both pieces of MDF.  They were first primed with gesso then texture paste applied.  I initially attempted to stamp into the paste with the XL Script stamp.  This didn't really work as I think the paste was too thick and the design too detailed, but it did create a great texture which I really liked, and where the paste was thinner you could see some elements of the script.  I then used the paste through the diamond D'inkable for even more background texture...
I painted it all with brown acrylic paint and next used patina antiquing cream over the top which was  rubbed back after drying with a wrung out baby wipe.  Gold gilding wax was added to create highlights on the texture.
To create the background for the stamps I chose cracked pistachio and walnut stain distress oxides and coloured a piece of card.  The wings, portrait and sentiment were all stamped with sepia archival ink, a touch of gilding wax added to the edges and the pieces then matted onto gold card.  These were added to the MDF with glue gel for extra dimension...
I like to use moulds and resin so to continue the art theme I coloured one of my resin frames using gold paint and a bit of patina gilding wax and added it to highlight the face of the portrait.
The smaller tag was stuck to the main piece then when dry I added some rusty wire through both holes and coiled the pieces at the top.
Hopefully you will be able to catch the shows today, or if not they should be available on the website on rewind for a couple of weeks, I will certainly be watching!
Thank you for reading, happy crafting,
Jane xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Fragile Heart for Tando Creative


This week over at the Tando Creative blog it is crackle medium week!! One of my favourite types of product I have so many different varieties in my crafty stash :)  For my design team project I decided to go for quite a subtle crackle look which is why I have included some close up photos in my post...

At the moment I seem to have a bit of a love of wings, so I decided to create a winged heart using the heart shape from the Industrial Wings kit plus one of the larger wing sets.

I started with the background on the tag using the Industrial Elements stencil and texture paste, then created a pitted and rusted metal effect using paint and salt (as demoed by Andy Skinner).
On the wings and cog I used the Decoart crackle paint which gives a lovely egg shell type crackle effect, then used the patina antiquing cream and finally a wash of quinacridone gold to age it even more...

As I wanted slightly bigger cracks on the heart I used the crackle paste, which was also painted then antiquing cream added.
I was lucky enough to attend one of the days at Di's Tando retreat in August so used some of the circle grid that I had left and dipped it in watered down Prussian blue hue, as we had learnt in the workshop, for a bit of background detail.  Then the little nuts and bolts from the Industrial Elements set were made to look like rusty metal using Decoart paints and gilding wax...

Finally the main finishing touch was the sentiment from the Handle with Care stamp set, and to add a different sort of crackle that did not require any medium I used the crackle stamp from Bee Crafty...

Touches of gilding wax were then added and finally I punched extra holes into my grey board tag to create a rusty wire hanger!

These are some of the products I used, you can click on the links to see more details...

* Greyboard Tag Size 9 (Tando)
* Wings Set (Tando)
* Industrial Wings Kit (Tando)
* Industrial Elements Kit (Tando)
* Grid Round (Tando)
* Industrial Elements Stencil (Andy Skinner)
* Handle With Care Stamp Set (Andy Skinner)
* Decoart Crackle Paint
* Decoart Crackle Paste
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project and post, it is much appreciated :)

I would also like to enter my project into the following challenges...

* CountryView Challenges - Metal
* Craft Stamper, Make It, Take It - Anything Goes
* Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
* That's Crafty Challenges - Fly Away
* Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge - Anything Goes (Steampunk/Industrial)

Happy crafting and crackling!

Jane xx

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Autumn Tag for Bee Crafty


As the weather is turning much more autumnal now I thought that this week for my design team blog post at Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I would share one of the recent makes for the HOCHANDA shows that has a very autumnal feel...

The products used were...

* MDF Tags
* Birds and Butterflies Set 1 - Art Stamps
* Birds on a Wire - Art Stamps
* Moon - Art Stamps
* Ticker Tape Sentiments - Wordage Stamps
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables Stencil
* Maple Leaf - Inkables Template
* Distress Oxide Inkpads

My main aim with this tag (as well as to show the stamps) was to show the variety of ways that stencils can be used.  I started by using the stencil to put texture paste onto the MDF before painting it over and highlighting with gilding wax.  I then used the stencil to stipple paint through and finally I used the stencil as a template to draw around and cut out the leaves (these were then coloured using the distress oxide inks).
The tag was painted using a shimmery acrylic paint in autumnal colours and the birds and moon were stamped using versamark and then heat embossed.
To add extra interest to the background the d'inkables are ideal and on this one I used the regular dots with paint.

As well as the leaves I also wanted the beautiful bird to be a main feature.  I stamped and then clear embossed the bird before cutting it out.  Next I used alcohol markers to create some colour, choosing more autumn tones, before using glue gel to create dimension.

I hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies for Bee Crafty


Once again it is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and this week I have chosen my favourite design team sample from last weeks HOCHANDA shows...

There may be a bit of a pattern emerging with my posts in that it is becoming very obvious that I love butterflies!!  Here are the products that I used...

* Circle MDF Art Board
* Moon - Art Stamp
* Birds and Butterflies - Art Stamps
* Wildflower 2  - Beautanicals Stamp
* Ticker Tape Sentiments - Wordage Stamps
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables Stencil
* Acrylic Paint
* Crackle Paint
* White Embossing Powder
* Silver Gilding Wax

1) After priming the art board with gesso I put texture paste through the regular dots stencil, then added some blue acrylic paint to crackle paint and painted the whole piece.
2) Once dry I stamped on the moon and wildflowers using versamark ink then heat embossed with white powder.
3) To highlight the stencilling I added some silver gilding wax.
4) Then the time consuming part!! I stamped lots of the 3 smallest butterflies in black Versafine ink and clear embossed with powder over the top.
5) After cutting them out I coloured them using different shades of blue alcohol markers and then used clear sparkle pen to add a gentle shimmer.

6) I planned out where I wanted the butterflies to be, then attached them using glue gel.
7) I chose the sentiment I wanted from the ticker tape set and stamped using versamark onto black card, then heat embossed again in white.
8) I cut the words and phrases out then placed them where I wanted them to go.

I hope you were able to catch the shows last week.  If not they do remain on the HOCHANDA website to rewind for about 2 weeks so there is still time to watch them!

Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Shadow Frame for Tando Creative


I can now announce that I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as a new member of the design team for Tando Creative!  This means I will be making samples for their TV shows as well as making regular posts of my projects to the Tando Creative Blog.

Today is my first post as part of the team and this week the theme is Glossy or Shiny so I decided to use a bit of both...

I started by coating the shadow frame pieces with white gesso then the smaller bits with tinting base.
The background of the frame was made using a baby wipe with cobalt teal hue, hansa yellow light and cadmium red hue, blending the colours together with the wipe.  To make my first glossy area I squished a versamark ink pad through the distress harlequin mini stencil and heat embossed with clear powder...
The outside frame was painted with the red acrylic and then stamped with the other two colours using the Nathalie Kalbach 'Marks' stamp set from Stampendous.  To add contrast and some more glossiness I then stamped with black versamark ink and heated clear embossing powder over the top.
Once the frame pieces were stuck together I added shine using a pearl gilding wax.
The mini flowers were painted using hansa yellow light, diarylide yellow, pyrole orange and cadmium red hue and the mini leaves with green gold and yellow green light.  To help it stand out I used cobalt teal hue for the butterfly. Once the pieces were dry the marks stamp set was used with archival black ink to add extra pattern and then glossy accents applied and left to dry overnight.
I thought the word 'Reflect' would go well with the glossy theme so painted it in carbon black then coated the word with glossy accents.  While this was still wet I added a sprinkle of glamour dust (crystal) to make it shine as well...
Once these had all dried thoroughly overnight the finishing shiny touch was some gems for the flowers and butterfly and then it was all ready to be attached.
The products used were...
Thank you for taking time out to read my post!
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Life is a Colourful Canvas for Bee Crafty


Well after all the spooky goings on in last week's post I decided to go for a bit of colour this time on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog...

To make this card I used the following products...

* Life is a canvas - Wordage Stamp
* Script - Backdrop Stamp
* Ink splat 1 - Backdrop Stamp
* Ink splat 3 - Backdrop Stamp
* Spray Can - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Splatter Swirl - Backdrop Border Stamp
* Brick Wall with Hole - Inkables Stencil
* Distress Oxide Inks - Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Faded Jeans
* Versafine Black Onyx Inkpad
* Silver Acrylic Paint Pen

Here is how I made the card...

1) I started by creating the background with the worn lipstick, fossilized amber and broken china distress oxides.  The pads were squished onto a mat then water added and the card smooshed in it.  I dried with a heat tool between layers and kept adding the colours until I was happy.
2) Using the same inks I added the two different ink splat stamps randomly across the card.
3) The stencil was placed into the corners and I used a baby wipe to remove part of the colour, then in other areas added extra distress oxide ink through the stencil.
4) I splashed some water across the card and then dabbed off with kitchen roll to add lighter spots.
5) The border stamp was stamped all the way round the edges with the broken china distress oxide ink pad.
6) Then I used faded jeans distress oxide to add a little bit of the script stamp to some of the corners.
7) I stamped the spray can onto another piece of card with the faded jeans oxide and embossed with clear powder.  Next I used a silver acrylic pen to colour the plain areas that were left.  The same pen was then used to splatter some silver ink across parts of the card.
8) The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of card and clear embossed before dusting some of the distress oxides on with an ink duster brush.
9) The card was then mat and layered and the sentiment and can were raised slightly using foam pads.

 My main aim with this card was to create a layered background using stamps and stencils, and also to use the distress oxides in a few different ways.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look, happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Spooky Samples for Bee Crafty


Over on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I am back this week to share with you my design team samples from yesterday's Bee Crafty shows on HOCHANDA.  What fab shows they were and it was great seeing the wide variety from the design team plus the fantastic demos from Bev.

For my samples I used the following products...

* Skull Background - All Hallows Stamp
* Skull and Raven - All Hallows Stamp
* Skull - All Hallows Stamp
* Poison Bottle - All Hallows Stamp
* Big Eared Bat - All Hallows Stamp
* Trick or Treat - All Hallows Stamp
* Happy Halloween - All Hallows Stamp
* Danger Poison - All Hallows Stamp
* Metal Alpha - Inkables Stencil
* Regular Dots - D'inkables Stencil
* MDF Landscape Art Board
* MDF Tag
* MDF Victorian Standing Tag
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Wilted Violet, Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio

With this art board I used the metal alpha stencil in the background with modelling paste then created a pitted, rusty metal effect using a salt technique.

I really wanted to create an aperture card with a dangly skull so the middle was cut out with a circle die and I added a piece of card across the bottom of the card to make it more stable.

For the background of the tag I used the dot stencil but also the bottom part of the skull stamp for extra texture.

Distress oxides were used to create the main background as well as the card for stamping the other parts onto to cut out.

The skull background is stamped and embossed onto the tag but might not be easily seen beneath the bats!  The bottle was stamped onto acetate to make it more realistic.

The easel base was created using an oval die and the skull is also stamped onto the background of the card in antique linen distress ink, but did not show up as much in the photo.

Thank you for taking the time to look, I hope you have a great weekend and happy crafting.

Jane xx