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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Week 38 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2019


The prompt for Week 32 is "Autumn Colours".


I started my tag by making the background using an assortment of Distress Oxide Ink, (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade and Crushed Olive).


Using a fan brush, I splattered water droplets across the surface and then blotted them with a kitchen towel, this leaves a bleached look to the area where the water droplets have been.


Using a Stampin' Up set called "Gorgeous Grunge", I added foxing marks using a splatter stamp and a Versafine Ink called "Vintage Sepia".  Using the same ink, I stamped the "Autumn Verse" at the base of the tag, this is a stamp by Sweet Poppy.

Using a Versafine Clair ink called "Chianti", I stamped the Lavinia Stamps Vine around the top and the right hand edge.

I stamped the basket in a Versafine Clair ink called "Shady Lane".  The basket, the pumpkins in the basket and the acorns in the border are all part of a Papertrey Ink stamp set, I'm not sure what the set is called, but it is  the "Tag-its #7" set.


I stamped the pumpkins, I used coloured pencil to give them colour, cut them out and adhered them to look as if they are in the basket.




Friday, 13 September 2019

Male Birthday Card using the Funky Fossil Mini Cube Stencil


I often struggle making cards for males.  Considering they are half the population I don't know why it is so difficult, but I find it so, especially if you don't want to go the typical route of sport and beers.


I used a Distress Oxide Ink in a blue/green shade called "Peacock Feathers" through Funky Fossil Designs stencil called "Mini Cubes".  I did it first on a pale blue background card and then again on the front of a white 5"x5" card blank.

I stamped the birthday sentiment on the pale blue background, using Hobby Arts Ltd stamp set called "Greetings for a friend - SC158D" using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink, which is a lovely black ink to use.  I then cut the panel down and mounted it onto black card before adding it to the top of the patterned front of the card.

I always clean my stencils after each use.  I usually use an off-cut of card to rest the stencil on, but this time decided to open up the card and clean the stencil on the inside right hand side of the card.  

Using a wet wipe I gently wiped the ink away, in doing so the ink on the stencil fills the pattern gaps creating a toned down replica of the stencil pattern, so it nicely matches the front cover.


I used a Papertrey Ink stamp from their "Stylish Sentiments" set for the internal sentiment, again using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Flying Hummingbird Tag (Designs by Ryn - Flying Hummingbird)


I part made a tag last week, but didn't finish it till this morning.  It is a tag of many layers!


I started by using two  Distress Oxide inks: - Antique Linen and Tea Dye using the swishing through the ink on the mat technque to cover the surface.


Using the "Peeled Paint" Distress Oxide, I stamped the Stampin' Up "Crackle Paint" stamp over the beige background.  

I used a Crafters Companion Script stamp in Versafine "Vintage Sepia" shade of ink on top of the cracked surface.

Using Versafine Clair "Chianti" ink, which is a deep red shade I stamped the Designs By Ryn "Flying Hummingbird 2" stamp.  I masked the bird off, then stamped random circles using a Visbile Image stamp set called "You are not alone" and the "Hope" word which is part of another Visible Image stamp set called "Peace, Love and Hope".  I then used a lines stamp from a Stampin' Up set called "Gorgeous Grunge" stamped using the same "Chianti" ink.

Finally, I inked the edges of the tag and coloured some of the bird using a gold metallic pen.  I used a white Signo Pen to highlight the bird and some of the "Hope" word.




Friday, 6 September 2019

Design Team make for "My Time To Craft Challenge Blog" #405 (using Visible Image and Funky Fossil products)


It's time for a new theme on the "My Time To Craft Challenge Blog".  Challenge #405 has a theme of "Anything But A Card", so I decided on a tag.  If you have a moment to spare, please do pop over to the challenge blog to take a look at the fab makes by my fellow Design Team colleagues.

I had some Distress Ink left on my blending mat in shades of Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean, so decided to swoosh a white tag through the ink to make use of it before I cleared my work space.

I decided for this tag, I would have several layers, so I started by using a script stamp in a shade of purple "Monarch" Versafine Clair ink, stamped over the mottled coloured background.

I used Distress Oxide ink in a shade of "Mustard Seed" through a Funky Fossil stencil called "Retro Starburst" to create the yellow stars.

Using Versafine Clair ink in the shade of "Medieval Blue" I stamped the Visible Image butterfly.  I used the same shade of ink to stamp the word "Love" which is part of the Visible Image word set called "Laugh Louder".

I inked the edges in two shades of Versafine Clair ink.  First the teal coloured "Warm Breeze" and then on top of that I used the purple "Monarch".  

Finally, I used a white Signo Pen to highlight some of the edges of the butterfly and also adds some white dots to the trails.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Week 37 - 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2019


I'm a little earlier posting my prompt and tag this week as I have a busy few days ahead.

The challenge prompt for Week 37 is "Faces".

For my tag, I decided on clean layers and something that looks simple.

I used the words "Perfectly Flawed" from a Visible Image stamp set called "Own It" stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist".  The darker is the usual colour, the lighter is when I have stamped using the ink that remained on the stamp, so it gives a nice tone to the words.

I used a Funky Fossil Designs Stencil called "The Look" for the face.  I used a low tack masking tape to hold the stencil in position over the background text on the tag.  I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink for the eye area, and a Distress Oxide Ink called "Candied Peel" for the lips - all applied with a blender tool.  I added a "Candied Peel inked edge to pull the eye in to the tag too.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Lavinia Stamps Monthly Challenge make for September 2019 - If you go down to the woods


Every month, Lavinia Stamps have a monthly challenge.  The theme for the September 2019 challenge is "If you go down to the woods".

If you enter the challenge and your name is randomly drawn, you will win £40 of vouchers to spend on lovely Lavinia goodies.  



I started by blending three Distress Oxides Inks:  Twisted Citron, Old Paper and Shabby Shutters randomly, deliberately leaving some areas lighter to add a little contrast.




I positioned a Sweet Poppy Stencil (SP6-109) Faux Dragon Leather Backplate using low tack masking tape and used a further two Distress Oxides in the shades of Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint.



Once the stencil was removed I filled the central area with darker shades of Distress Inks - Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn.




I then stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Green Man" in Versafine Clair "Acorn" Shade of ink.  The little leaves are also part of the "Green Man" stamp set and they are stamped in Versafine Clair "Chianti' shade of ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment "the forest so green" which is part of a larger Lavinia sentiment called "Forest So Green".



Using a blending tool, I inked around the edge of the card using the "Forest Moss" shade of Distress Oxide ink.  At this stage, I decided the card was too large, so cut it down a little so there was less border to fill.



Using the branches of the "Green Man" stamp, I multiple stamped them around the edge of the card to create a border using the Versafine Clair "Acorn" ink.


I then used two Lavinia Stamps from their "Pound Section", the "Mini Berries" were stamped in Versafine Clair "Chianti" and the "Mini Holly" was stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" ink.



Finally, I inked the edges using the "Chianti" ink.  I added some gold lines to add interest to the face using a metallic pen.  I used a white Signo pen to the eyes and to highlight areas of the berries.  I used a red Arteza Brush Ben to colour the holly berries.




Monday, 2 September 2019

Funky Fossil Designs "Whale of a Time" and "Wavy Grid" Stencil Card


As I mentioned in my earlier post, I was up early, deciding to get crafting making a couple of cards.  This is the second card of the session using Funky Fossil Design products.

I used Tumbled Glass shade of Distress Oxide Ink through the Funky Fossil Designs "Wavy Grid" stencil.

On a separate piece of white card, I stamped the whale image (part of the Funky Fossil Designs "Whale of a Time" stamp set), stamped in a Wow! Clear Embossing pad.  I then used Wow! Embossing Powder in a Super Fine "Metallic Silver" shade then heat embossed till the powder had melted.

Once the image had cooled, I painted the whale using two shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon).  I then cut around the edge of the whale and adhered to the bottom right of the card.

Using a Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" ink pad I stamped the sentiment which is also part of the "Whale of a Time" Stamp set.

(The small bubbles from top left to bottom right are a free stamp from an old magazine).