Saturday, 19 December 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
These cards are very simple, as I haven't had much time for crafting lately - both images are coloured with Inktense pencils, and the backing papers are from Artylicious. It may not show on the scan, but there are glitter spots around the snowman, especially in his broom.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Cynthia's latest challenge is for a Christmas card with at least one stamp and a star....I wanted to make the lovely star from Elusive Images Christmas fusion plate the main image, then decided it needed something else added................ in the chaos that is my craft room I couldn't find the stamp I wanted to use of the 3 kings (still haven't come across it despite a tidy-up in progress) so tried the village scene and the nativity stamps instead. On the whole, I prefer the village scene, it looks much more atmospheric.
Anyhow, both cards were basically made the same way - star stamped and embossed in white EP, backgrounds coloured with inkpads and cut'n'dry foam. Village card used pale and dark turquoise from a Marvy blending block , then weathered wood and old jeans distress inks, with the village (Personal Impressions) stamped in the old jeans.
Nativity card, the image (Angie Bhatia from Friends Stamps) was stamped in Memories chestnut ink,,clear embossed and coloured with distress inks then clear embossed before the background was inked using blues from a kaleidacolour pad. The star was painted over with mica powder, and I tried to use the powder to suggest rays of light, but not very successfully
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
After a pause for lunch - mine came from Mr Buns, the mobile sandwich van that arrives each morning on the industrial site, and I can thoroughly recommend the tuna salad - Lesley let us loose to create a reflection using Clarity stamps. This was slower going, but we all managed to get a decent reflected image using the brayer to transfer the image, then adding water via cling film,the moon and finally foliage round the edges. It was surprising how different they all looked, even between the two of us who used the same waterfall ink pad - several had almost surreal and alien effects, but they all looked great! I only had a very basic camera with me, and the photos I took were rubbish, which was a shame.
Next, Lesley showed us how she created a landscape using rubber bands round the brayer - after a morning remembering not to put pressure on the brayer, we all found it awkward to press hard enough to get a decent image this time, so we got through quite a bit more card before we all had something we were ok with. After a lot of work with sponges and Elusive Images tree stamps, we ended with a sort-of park scene. It was surprising how many effects you can get out of one inkpad, even if it was a five colour one to begin with. As a finale, we all created a stampbord pendant, using UTE , metallic ink pads and a fairly large Clarity stamp. Mine used a bronze UTE, sprinkled with silver and red dragon powder on the final layer, before stamping with gold metallic encore ink.
Those who used black UTE as a base ended up with very dramatic results
When Glenda and Lynn came to see the results, they couldn't believe how inky I got - I couldn't either, especially when I realised just how far up my arm the ink went! I did eventually work how how I had done that, though I still can't quite believe how inky my hands got - and yes, it did all come off eventually!
All in all, I had a lovely time at Graphicus - even if I did have a slight shock when my bill was added up after a browse round the shop, and I didn't even make a dent in the wish list! Most of it was essentials, like the brayer, ink pads, glossy postcards but I did treat myself to the Christmas tree stamps after ruthlessly ignoring the lovely Christmas bears.
(ignore the date stamp on the horror photo - I dropped the camera and it chose its own date)
Monday, 17 August 2009
This actually was the second card, the first attempts drove me mad, so I opted for the easy way! The dragon was inked with black brilliance ink and stamped into a piece of triple embossed card - well, more like 5 layers actually! The card was stamped with an Encore metallic inkpad called enchanted evening, then clear embossed 3 times; a layer of chunky embossing crystals in verdigris from Once Upon a Stamp was next, then a final layer of clear before the stamp was used. I used the sketch from this week's Corrosive Challenge blog for inspiration - the backing paper came from my Graphicus Guild pack (I really must start printing some out, rather than being lazy).
Having bought some Viva pearl pens on sale at Jarrolds a couple of months ago, I decided to live dangerously and try a tip from Glenda Waterworth on one of her recent shows on Create & Craft - basically covering a stamp with the pearl, leaving it to dry, then you get a triple-embossed effect. The first several goes resulted in bits of dragons - none big enough to be useable - then I discovered that you need to put the paint on thickly, and really leave it to dry, preferably at least overnight, then peel the stamp off very carefully. This time I got a useable dragon - admittedly minus the last bit of his tail! - so did another card, using the same sketch, before he got damaged any further, because I really liked the effect. Backing paper is again from the Guild pack Nett result is 2 empty tubes of pearl (copper and bronze), one heap of dragon bits, and 2 rather battered stamps - somehow the pearl got under the stamps in places, so now I need to remove the Klingon backing and remount them - grrr.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Elusive Images design team blog- there is a chance to win these gorgeous butterfly collage stamps that will be on C&C on Tuesday at 1pm - definitely one not to miss!
Monday, 26 January 2009
This is for 'celebration' - using the silhouette stamp from the EL birds plates, stamped in versafine and clear emboosed before spraying with glimmer mists to try to give the effect of a dawn sunrise. I think the colours I used eventually were sunflower, starfish. candy apple red and monnlight - there could have been a bit of spring violet as well - did several with slightly different combinations, and they all worked to some extent! The coloured image was trimmed down, matted onto silver mirri, and then onto a sheet printed from the Peacock summer party Artylicious cd, then onto a textured gold card before mounting onto black card - I know this is a strange choice for a new baby card, but I thought it looked better, and in Norfolk we du difrent! The wording is from a creative acrylics set free with a graphicus order, with a red ribbon behind it to make it stand out better.
The 'plum and gold' entry is dual purpose - I signed up to Lavendar's challenge on the Joanna Sheen forum to start making Christmas cards before March (thought I ought to after having to buy cards last year!), so this is my first card for next Christmas! I stamped the madonna image from EI in colour box eggplant ink onto pale gold card, then again onto white card with black versafine and onto plum card with versamark and pirate gold EP. The white image was coloured with brush pens and a water brush in varying shades of purples, then cut out and mounted over the image on gold card - the long cloak was cut from the plum card and glued on top. The gold card was matted onto background paper from the peacock summer party cd again, then onto plum card. It needs a greeting yet to finish it off properly, but I haven't got any gold peeloffs, so will have to wait for that.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
This is a sample of the New Year cards I needed in a hurry - that is what happens when you don't make enough Christmas cards and daren't send fellow crafters shop cards!
I had played briefly with the Elusive Images dawn chorus plates when I first got them, and thought this image would make a nice card. The image was stamped in black versafine and clear embossed before the background was glimmer misted with sunflower, starfish, spring violet and moonlight gm's - I was trying to get a rough impression of a winter dawn sky (not that I actually see many!). and was quite happy with the result. The image was matted onto gold and shiny black card, and then on to an ivory dl card as I had plenty of these left over from Christmas. Have to admit the originals went out without a greeting - this one will have a greeting added before it goes out.
The owl and the bird are also from the same set of plates - the bird was made in the same way as the dl card. but was spritzed with water after the glimmer mists had dried, which gave a misty watery effect. have to admit I wasn't too sure about the effect, then decided to leave it. The cuttlebug embossed leafy plate was originally white card, sprayed with meadow green, midnight and gold glimmer mists. Both panels were matted on gold card, then onto a square card cut from Bazzill card.
The owl was stamped first in black versafine and clear embossed. He was then coloured in with sakura pens, covered with versamark ink and clear embossed again. One of the tall trees from the arboretum plate from Elusive Images was stamped over the image to form the twiggy background,and then it was glimmer misted - can't remember the combination, but it did include midnight blue and I think meadow green and gold. The cuttlebug panel was embossed on core'dinations card in an olivey green, which was sprayed with gold then lightly sanded down. Both panels were matted onto silver mirri card, then onto more Bazzill card cut down to make a 6" square card.