Saturday, 23 March 2019

Grunge 'v' Glitter and Gloss (Altered Tin) for Bee Crafty


Today I am on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog with an altered tin project.

I love to alter different objects and it is even better if that object can then also be useful as well as fun to create.  My children have been decorating tin cans for a while to store different things in so I decided to get in on the act and use a tin to hold my watercolour brushes.

The styles that I like to use in my crafting are very varied and I love both the grungy look as well as very colourful and pretty so I decided to combine both within this project...

I started by making sure my tin was really well cleaned and I used one that required a tin opener rather than a ring pull as it seems to leave a safer edge.  Once clean I painted it with 3 layers of white gesso, drying between each...

To add texture I used my palette knife to put on some crackle paste and allowed it to dry overnight...

I wanted some background stamping but as this was a curved and uneven surface I used archival ink with the numbers stamp and stamped onto tissue before applying it to the tin using matte medium...

Next I added colour by applying watered down acrylic paint in washes.  I used silver, light and dark blue and quinacridone gold...

To try to highlight the crackles I added black antiquing cream from Decoart which you apply, let dry then rub off the areas you don't want.  As this does not ever truly set I added a layer of matt varnish afterwards.  It didn't work as well as I had hoped so I decided to add some gilding wax as well...

To add some stencilling I used the metal alpha d'inkable with some black modelling paste.  Once this had dried I added a lighter gold gilding wax over the top to bring out the details...

At this point the tin had become much darker than I had wanted so I decided to add some more stencilling, this time using the chevrons d'inkable with white gesso.  I also then dry brushed some of the white across the tin...

To completely contrast with the grungy tin I wanted to add some very pretty focal images.  The large rose stamp from Beautanicals was stamped 3 times in full then the head another 3 times.  Once cut out I coloured them with shades of yellow and orange and coated them with glossy accents, sprinkling in a little bit of fine glitter whilst still wet.  Once dry they were layered up and adhered to the tin using glue gel...

Here are the products that I used:

* Backdrop Stamps - Random Numbers
* Beautanicals Large - Rose
* D'Inkables - Metal Alpha; Chevrons

Which do you prefer grungy or pretty?  Or maybe you are like me and love both!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 22 March 2019

'Handy Helpers' For Craftascope Design Team


Well today is very exciting as my crafty friend Nick is over on the HOCHANDA craft channel with his second collection of stamps and stencils and this time also a die set!

I was very honoured to have been asked to help make some samples for his first collection and now I am proud to say I am an official member of his Craftascope Design Team :)
I am joined on the team by some very talented crafters and I will link their blogs at the end of this post.

One of my favourite stamp sets that Nick has created is the 'Handy Helpers' set, so I thought I would share the samples that I made with it here today...

This stamp set is excellent quality and I have used them with ink, embossing powder and also stamping into triple thick molten powder.  You may also have spotted some of the new stencils in the background of one or two samples. 

All of the products can be found over on the HOCHANDA website and Nick will be demonstrating how to use them in his shows at 10am and 3pm.

To see what the rest of the design team have been up to you can check out and follow their blogs from these links...

Nick - Barnsley Crafter
Katrina - Katrina's Crafting Blog
Natalie - Tilly-Anne
Bryan - Geezer Crafter
Cheryl - Chez101CraftyWaftyDoodah
Nicola is also on the team but does not have a blog however you can find her work on Facebook.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 16 March 2019

'Everything is Possible...' Art Journal Spread for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a step by step photo tutorial of how I created an art journal spread using some of the beautiful stamps that are part of this week's Wednesday Wow! and the gorgeous Rosie stamp...

* I started out on the first double page of a new 6" square art journal and painted on a strip of colour using 2 different shades of pink acrylic paint.  Before this had a chance to dry too much I used the sunset d'inkable to wipe some of the paint away...

* Next I wanted to add another bright colour so used orange through the stars d'inkable...

* I wanted to add a contrasting colour to the orange so chose turquoise paint and although I tried really hard to choose a different stencil I was drawn back to the gorgeous circles d'inkable...

* To tone down the blue I added some buff coloured paint and white paint pen to the circles...

* For the stamping I wanted to echo the circle shapes so chose two of the stamps from the Texture, Film Strip and Circles set.  I used the edge of the grungy stamp with teal archival ink and one of the circles with black archival ink...

* At this point I felt I needed some more white elements so added some splatters using watered down white paint.  Then I stamped the film strip twice onto tissue paper and cut them out, they were then applied to the page using matte medium...

* Finally I created my focal points using Rosie from the Fashionettes (these stamps can be found at a reduced price in the discontinued stamps section!) and the words from Boy, Girl, Work in the Wordage stamps...

To create this spread I used the following products:

* D'Inkables - Sunset, Stars, Circles
* Art Stamps - Texture, Film Strip and Circles Set
* Wordage - Boy, Girl, Work
* Fashionettes - Rosie
* Archival Inkpads

The Wednesday Wow! will continue through until midnight on Sunday (17th March) and they have a fantastic discount on them!  Also do check out the discontinued stamps section where there are great bargains to be had.

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Marvellous Wildflowers for Bee Crafty

I am sharing a card today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog that was made using distress oxide inks and a range of Inkables...

* I started with a piece of white card approximately 5 and a half inches square and chose 3 colours of inkpads...

* Using sponges I applied the colours in strips across the card.  It was then spritzed with water all over to activate the chalky effect.  Once dry I splashed some more droplets of water and blotted it off with some kitchen roll...

* I chose 3 Inkables that are different styles (perspective, metal alpha and mandala 5) that I felt would layer together well and applied the ink colours through each one at a time, making sure to dry the ink between each layer...

* Once this was done I felt that the stencilling needed to stand out more from the background so used a white signo pen to add some lines and dots...

* I wanted to add a focal point that would really contrast to the background so as it is a silhouette chose the Wildflower 2 stamp and used it with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder...

* Finally I chose a sentiment and stamped and embossed it in the same way as the flowers before putting the card together...

Here are the products that I used:

* Inkables - Perspective; Metal Alpha; Mandala 5
* Beautanicals - Wildflower 2
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Distress Oxide Inkpads

Inkables are currently part of the Wednesday Wow with 25% off until tomorrow night (10/3/19) so a great time to stock up!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Vintage Butterfly ATC for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I wanted to create and share with you a mini piece of art in the form of an ATC. 

Artist Trading Cards are pieces of art that measure 2 and a half by 3 and a half inches, and they are usually made to be swapped with others.  However I have to admit that I rarely swap mine, unless I have made it specifically for that purpose.  I enjoy making them as sometimes it is a quick and less daunting way to create a project, especially if you want to try out new products or techniques, I then keep mine together in an ATC box and enjoy flicking through them from time to time.

Here is the ATC I made this week...

As Bev has been highlighting the use of Distress Oxide inks in her 'Try it Out Tuesday' Facebook lives I decided to use these for the background of my project.
* I pressed the inkpads onto my craft mat and added water before dabbing the ATC into it.  I did each colour a layer at a time, drying in between layers - Antique Linen; Vintage Photo; Walnut Stain; Fossilized Amber.  I sponged some of the darker ink around the edges to create a framing effect.

* Then I used the Walnut Stain with the XL Script to add some stamping to the background.

* Next I applied some clear versamark ink across the bottom right hand corner and added some vintage beeswax embossing powder.  Once this was melted with my heat tool I added more powder until it had been layered 3 times and was really thick, then I stamped into the molten powder using the script stamp.

* Once this had cooled down I added gold gilding wax across the texture...

* I stamped the butterfly form the 'Dragonfly and Butterfly set' and the largest nib from the 'Inkwell and Nibs set', both using sepia archival ink.  These were then coloured in the same way as the background using Distress Oxide inks.

* Then I added clear ink and vintage beeswax embossing powder to the butterfly, making one side thicker and stamping into that same side as I had with the background.  Again gilding wax was added to bring out the texture.

* I love how Bee Crafty have different sizes of sentiments, so the smaller version of 'Never Regret' from the 'Friendship Selection' was ideal for this project.  It was stamped in the same archival ink and Antique Linen and Vintage Photo inks used to colour it.  A gilding pen was run around the edge for a vintage look...

Here are the products I used:

* Art Stamps - Dragonfly and Butterfly
* Art Stamps - Inkwell and Nibs
* Backdrops - XL Script
* Wordage - Friendship Selection
* Distress Oxide Inkpads
* Archival Inkpads

There is lots of inspiration over on the Bee Crafty stamps group on Facebook and on the Bee Crafty page.  There is also a Facebook Live each Tuesday where Bev shows different stamps and techniques through demonstrations, do please pop over for a look :)

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 23 February 2019

HOCHANDA samples for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing my DT samples that were made for this weeks HOCHANDA shows. 

Bev went bonkers and shared loads of fab techniques (some of which I will definitely be trying out soon) along with these beautiful new floral stamps designed by Tilly...

MDF tag with background created using d'inkables and inspirational words.  Petunia stamped, coloured and cut out, then layered back up with glossy accents and glitter.

MDF arched stand using one of the mandala stencils in the middle.  After applying colour with archival inks through the stencil I added glossy accents, liquid pearls and pen to different areas.  Finished off with the petunia stamp.

Large MDF tag with d'inkables and mandala stencil in the background.  Carnations stamped with distress ink and then some petunias also added in.

Campanula stamped and then extra pieces stamped and added for a decoupage effect.

Allium in three different colour ways.  Background created using distress inks and then a final touch of crackle paste through the chevrons d'inkable.

Shaker card using the smaller campanula.  The shaker pieces are dried flowers behind a piece of acetate with foam tape double layered to create the aperture.

Here is where you can find the products used:

* Beautanicals Stamps
* D'Inkables
* Inkables

Thank you for looking and the shows will be available on the HOCHANDA website on rewind if you would like to catch or recap some of Bev's demos.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Techniques Journal for Tando Creative


I am really excited to be a part of this project with Tando Creative and the rest of the design team bringing 24 weeks of technique and journaling tags to you all.

To get it started the design team have been sharing their binders and here is the techniques journal that I decorated...

I started by creating the background using a brayer to add layers of acrylic paint.  Detail was added using background stamps with archival ink and then gold paint through the long rings stencil.  I did the same on the inside as well...

To create my title for the journal I decided to use both the inside and outside pieces of the words.  They were painted with black gesso then highlighted with gold gilding wax...

I wanted to add some decoration that matched the idea of it being a journal about techniques, so stamped and cut out the paintbrushes and pencil from the Tim Holtz Crazy Things set, which I then coloured and added to the bottom of the journal...

Here are the items used:

* Tando Creative Binder and Tags
* Tando Creative Long Rings Stencil
* Decoart Mediums
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics

The 24 weeks will be getting underway next week from Thursday 28th Feb at 7pm and will be a mix of Facebook lives, videos and photo tutorials, I hope you will be joining in!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx