Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Forgotten the words

I recently bought a new Dylusions a small Creative Flip Journal. This page was one of my first experiments in it!
I started by spraying the pages with Fresh Lime (my very favourite colour!)
Then I added areas of Calypso Teal and used some kitchen roll to mop up the ink
Next I added some diamonds using a stencil and Slate Grey ink. Again I used kitchen roll to mop up the ink.
Finally I added some Picket Fence through an alphabet stencil
Using a leaf stencil I added Dirty Martini ink (decanted into a water brush). I wasn't super careful as I wanted the ink to bleed a little under the stencil as it looks like watercolour. When the ink was dry I used a black pen to drawn the leaves in. Notice how the green ink highlights the Picket Fence beneath - gives your leaves a really lovely extra detail
I added some tape for my Zini to stand on and stamped the Zini on the page and on some white card. There are some lovely details on the stamp that would be really difficult to cut out so if you stamp the image on the page then you don't have to worry about those additional details!
Then it's a matter of adding the extra images and sentiment. The arrows are from this Emma Godfrey for PaperArsty set and the spider is from this one. The bird is from an Elenazinski set.
The birds on this page are from these stamps sets (Set 5 and Set 8). The text stamps are from the Emma Godfrey set above. A few white paint circles and Black and Gold lines using an old lid and gift card.
I hope you like the journal pages. I love making them!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Mixed Media Layers

Hi it's Brenda here with a mixed media background and I'm still using the colours of the challenge theme for this month. You can find that here if you would like to enter it.

Begin by covering a piece of card with tissue wrap, decoupage paper or stamped tissue paper, (I chose to stamp my own design on tissue paper), adhere it with decoupage and when dry sand the edges to get it to size rather than cut it with scissors.


Scrape white gesso over the surface with a piece of plastic card or palette knife.


Paint painty layers of washes through the gesso and dry each layer before adding the next. By painting the washes you have complete control as to where they go on the substrate, the thickness of the paint and you can dab areas off with kitchen roll. This is so different to the dip, drip and dabble techniques I often use.


Take a little white gesso and a blending tool and foam and then apply through a stencil - dry.


Make up a 'dirty wash' using pin point amounts of paynes grey, phthalo turquoise and raw umber paints with plenty of water ....


  ...... and paint it over the surface and you will see how it immediately tones down the white gesso.


Mix some white crackle paste with some of the paints (I created a light blue and a light green) and taking the same stencil apply it over some of the clocks already.
 there. After it dries you will see the cracks appear.


To help the cracks show make a wash of raw umber and apply it lightly over the clocks and see the cracks appear and also create a more grungy appearance.


This is now ready to use for a journal pane or card background.

I will be using this for a journal page, if you would like to see how it is finished please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where I have completed it ready to be inserted into the new journal when it's finished.

Thanks for stopping by today.

hugs Brenda xxx


Monday, 14 August 2017

Card with PaperArtsy Zinski stamp

Hello everybody, it's Monika here.

When I first saw the PaperArtsy Zinski stamp (ZA13) I knew I needed that. 
First I have made a card with a lovely creature/fairy/girl (whatever you like) from this set.


The basic card was cut out from a fuchsia cardstock with Sizzix Framelits die (658610).

The top was cut out from a white watercolour paper with a one size smaller rectangle die and I painted pink with DecoArt Poodleskirt Pink.


After drying I tapped watered white acrylic paint onto the pink card and I also spritzed with water.


Then I stamped circles with one of the stamps of the PaperArtsy EEG24 stamp set and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

As for the fairy... I stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black stamp and after I used clear embossing powder.
I coloured the fairy with Ranger Distress Markers (Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry) and Zig Clean Markers (Flesh Colour, Blush).




The text (EEG18) was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink then I added clear embossing powder.
I cut it out with scissors irregularly and I glued onto the card.




I hope you like it! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

We are a normal family

I have been using my Dylusions Creative Dyary every week since February and have occasionally shared my decorated the right hand page. I thought I'd share my process in case you have a Dyary too!
The next page in my Dyary is this purply one. I have masked the left hand page so I don't get any ink on it but of course you can decorate both pages if you'd like to.
I started by adding a thin layer of white paint (Snowflake) to the page using a plastic card.
I sprayed Slate Grey Dylusions Ink through a stencil.
This is what it looked like after I removed the stencil and before I dried the ink.
I then added Crushed Grape Dylusions Ink through a numbers stencil.
Not sure the next stage will show up on the photos but I misted the page with water and allowed the ink to run slightly.
I added some white paint stars and some black stamping.
I then added some Chatter tape and stamped two characters for positioning when the page was compiled.
On a piece of white card I stamped four characters (one was stamped twice as I hadn't stamped it evenly). These stamps are: Zini 11, Zini 12Zini 13 and Zini 15
Colour the characters in however you prefer and adhere to the page. I wanted the page to have some whiter areas (as the background was quite dark) so left some white areas on the stamped characters. I added a sentiment and some white and gold painty marks.
Thank you, as always, for joining me today.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Mixing the old with the new

Hello it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today sharing some of my newest Tim Holtz buys. I am super excited that in September I will be attending his workshop and will be  playing more with his Distress oxides but for my post today I wanted to share a vintage tag I made using his Distress Oxides and the fab paper dolls , mixing them with some of my older products in my stash, particularly Tim's layering stencils .


If you would like to see the inspiration for my tag today I have linked my own blog post up here sharing a day in London seeing the "old" and the "new" in my favourite city in the world. You will see lots of photos of a sunny day out. I make "Moments" for my physical Jane's Journal to remember special occasions in my life. Sometimes I make art journal moments, sometimes I make tags. It was our wedding anniversary and we celebrated over lunch in the Fenchurch restaurant of the Walkie Talkie building. For this "Moment" I decided to make a tag.

I have provided links to the shop in my post and if any of the products I am sharing are out of stock do fill in the email request and Susan will email you as soon as they are back in stock.
I took a size 8 tag (I cut my own with the Framelits set here ) and made a background using the wrinkle free technique and 3 oxides; fired brick spiced marmalade and broken china and as these were the predominant colours I saw on our sunny day out. I kept the blue at the top to represent the blue sky we looked out to from our table.



I stencilled in some sunny rays using the rays stencil and fossalized amber oxide to represent the sunshine streaming in that day.




I used some of Tim's older stamps to stamp a random love letter background using sepia archival ink.  This is to celebrate our anniversary and 36 years of love and fun...yes I married my soul mate and I know I am very lucky.

 I also wanted to use one of the great paper dolls. As I looked through the pack I found a vintage bride and groom and I thought it was perfect for my old and new tag

I  die cut an old Sizzix house, bought from the year round CVC sale page (you can find lots of bargains here all year, there are lots of Tim products there too)  a while back and snipped off the bits I didn't need and used some snippets of paper from my stash and a piece of tissue tape to anchor everything together as a mini collage.

I also used the mini heart stencil from set 6 and added some more fired brick oxide to leave "lots of love" on the brides dress and at points on the tag.

 I also added some remnant rubs from the life quotes  set. I thought this saying was perfect.

I finished off with some words from the Ideaology small talk pad and a little red heart from my stash.

Here is my finished tag.
and a few close ups. I love using the Oxides through stencils, they layer up perfectly. 





I really am enjoying playing with the oxides and mixing the old with the new.

A little heads up...Susan is expecting the new colours of Distress Oxides in very soon...I have some on pre-order and cannot wait to play with those too.  Remember that for the UK your orders are also  posted free. These inks really are a game changer in my books, I love crafting with them.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bye for now,

Jane x