Saturday, 27 January 2018

A Vintage ATC for Bee Crafty


I am back today with another project for the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and decided to create another ATC to add to my Bee Crafty set...

This time I went for a more vintage theme and started by coating the ATC with white gesso then used my distress crayons to create the background.  I placed the metalwork alpha inkable over the top and took some of the colour away using a baby wipe...

To add some extra detail to the background I used the ledger stamp with sepia archival ink...

Next I added some acrylic paint through the regular dots d'inkable...

I wanted to make the whole thing more vintage looking so added a layer of Tim Holtz vintage collage medium over the top...

For the main focal points I stamped out the nibs using Versafine and clear embossing powder before cutting them out.  I then added a bit of extra colour to them and stuck them onto the ATC...

Using one of the everyday sentiments I stamped out the words in the same way then used distress inks to colour the card.  Next this was also added to the ATC.  At this point I felt that the bottom corner looked a bit empty so added some extra stamping of the ledger but this time in the darker brown and embossed it...

To complete this project I used...

* Art Stamps - Ledger
* Art Stamps - Inkwell & Nibs
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1
* Inkables - Metalwork Alpha
* D'Inkables - Regular Dots
* Distress Crayons - Set 3

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

Jane xx

Monday, 22 January 2018

Stencilled Butterfly for Tando Creative


This week the theme on the Tando Creative blog is Masks and Stencils, which are some of my favourite items to craft with!

I used one of the greyboard butterflies that were on the recent Hochanda shows and the Tando Creative 4" x 4" stencils to do all the decoration. 
First I used the flourish stencil at the top of each wing with modelling paste.  To make them symmetrical I turned the stencil over for the opposite wing.  I then did the same using the distressed diamond stencil and crackle paste at the bottom...
Once both pastes were dry I painted over the whole butterfly with tinting base and then with metallic gold.  Using black paint I brushed gently over to catch the areas that had extra texture.  Using the same black paint I stippled through the numbers stencil...


Next I added some gold and silver gilding wax, before stamping a butterfly onto a piece of watercolour card that had been coloured with gold paint.  This was then cut out and added to the centre before finally adding a few splatters of gold...
Masks and stencils are so versatile and I only used a few techniques in this project, I am sure that there will be lots of other ways of using them shown this week and look forward to seeing the other projects.
Here are the products that I used...
* Large Greyboard Butterfly
Thank you for looking and happy crafting,
Jane xx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Butterfly Journey: An Art Journal Page for Bee Crafty


I am back on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog today with some more art journaling, this time in my little journal that I decorated the cover of...

I have been wanting to create some pages with a bit more white space so first I stamped the positive bark backdrop in a triangle shape on each side using black archival ink.
Then I used spray inks and some water to create the colour. I started with my lightest shade then built up the colours, tipping the pages and dabbing with kitchen roll to get the effect I wanted.
Using some purple archival ink and the XL script backdrop I added some more stamping...

Next I spritzed some of the darkest purple ink onto my glass mat and used my finger to add it through the circle d'inkable.  I then used a purple watercolour pencil and a white pen to add detail to my circles...

Using the same inks I sprayed a piece of card and then stamped out some butterflies from the bird and butterfly set.  These were then cut out and after sticking them down on the page I added some dark pen around the edges...

I stamped out the word border 1 and cut out the words I wanted to use, these were then also stuck down and highlighted with a dark pen.  Finally I added some extra darkness to the edge of the pages using a purple gelato and also some glitter glue in areas, although it is a bit tricky to see in the photos!

Here are the products I used...

* Backdrops - Bark Positive
* Backdrops - XL Script
* Art Stamps - Words Border 1
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* D'Inkables - Circle

Thank you for reading and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Divided Box for Tando Creative


It is Anything Goes week on the Tando Creative blog so I decided it was about time that I decorated my Kate Crane Divided Box that has been sitting waiting for a while!

I always need more storage and it will also give me somewhere to display my decorated tags and boards when they are made...

To complete this I did all my painting and stamping before sticking the box together at the end.
First I gave all the pieces a light coat of tinting base as I didn't want anything too thick that would stop the elements fitting correctly.
Next I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint.  I used 3 colours and dried each layer in between to stop the colours from muddying together...

Once the paint had been dried thoroughly I used the Marks stamp set by Stampendous with Archival ink.  I started by using some of the stamps with coloured ink that matched the paint then finished with the crosses in black ink for contrast. 
Then I put the box together using a strong white glue and added gold gilding wax to the edges.
The final touch was to cover the book plate with gilding wax and then use some clear backed word stickers on the front, putting one behind the book plate.  To finish I added a couple of enamel dots...

Here are the links to the main products used...

* Divided Box
* Marks Stamp Set

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Silhouette Samples for Bee Crafty


I hope you were able to tune in for the first Bee Crafty show of the year this week and I thought that today I would post my DT samples for my Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog post.

All of the samples use the new silhouette trees, safari animal and horses, as well as the new larger everyday sentiments...

This square MDF art board had crackle paste and antiquing cream applied as well as acrylic paints before adding the stamping.

This tall art board was so quick to achieve!  I used dylusions paint straight onto the MDF (something I never usually do) then added some pattern with the circle stencil before stamping and heat embossing the tree with black powder.

This was my favourite card sample as it was so simple and elegant looking.  I wanted to show how just using one stamp could still be really effective.  I used black and a glittery copper embossing powder on pearl coated and black card.

I also wanted to show how scenes can be built up so used distress inks to create my background before adding the stamping. I used the torn edge of a piece of paper to add some darker green for the shadows.   I often like to create an easel card as they are so simple to make but add a slightly different look to your cards.

Another simple to create card but this time I wanted to emboss in a different colour.  The background was made using distress oxide inks, then the tree and lion simple stamped and embossed with gold.  I am also a big believer in layering up to create frames and went a bit more extravagant than usual with the number of layers for this one!

Finally a different sort of background this time using acrylic paints brayered onto card with a bit of stencilling using regular dots and sunset d'inkables.

Thank you for looking and the shows on HOCHANDA will be available on catch up for a couple of weeks if you missed them or need a refresher!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Clockwork Bird for Tando Creative


When thinking about what I wanted to use for my faux metal project for the Tando Creative blog, I had a look through my fab Tando goodies and when I saw the whimsical birds I knew that was what I wanted to create with!
Whenever I think of metal and birds I am always reminded of the clockwork owl in the original Clash of the Titans film, so that is what I used as my inspiration for this hanging tag...

I started by using the criss cross stencil and some modelling paste onto the tag as it gives a great metal look.  Then I painted all the pieces with black gesso as the base...

I did not want all my 'metal' to be the same so decided to use silver, gold and copper to create some contrast and got out my metallic paints and some chunky embossing powders.

The paint was stippled on with a stencil brush to give a more metallic look and then versamark randomly and roughly applied from the pad around the edges of the pieces.  Then the powder was added and heated (a bit of a messy affair with the chunky powders!)...

Once it had all cooled and dried the pieces were layered up onto the tag and stuck down with glue gel.

The sentiment from Dylusions was stamped and embossed with detail silver powder onto black card before being cut out and added.

Finally two holes were punched into the top using a crop a dile so that a metal wire hanger could be added...

I really love these quirky birds and think the faux metal look gives them a bit of a different feel.

I used the following products available on the Tando Creative website...

* Whimsical Birds 2
* Tag
* Cogs Minis
* Black Gesso
* Decoart Metallic Paints
* Stampendous Embossing Powders

I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and thank you for looking :)

Happy Crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Butterfly Mini Journal Cover for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project with you today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and I decided this week to decorate a little journal book that I found in a local stationary shop...

To start I opened up the binding carefully to remove the covers which were a kraft coloured board.
After preparing them with gesso I brayered on 3 different colours of bright acrylic paint, drying each layer in between...

Next I added some background stamping using archival inks.  I used the stamps in my hand rather than on a block and was fairly random! I used Splat 1 and the numbers and alphabet that were on the recent Banksy shows...

Following this I added some stencilling using two of my favourite d'inkables, Regular Dots and Circles.  I used black and white gesso with these...

Then I used some gelatos to colour some of the circles and added doodling with black and white posca pens as well as some splatters...

Finally for the finishing touches I stamped the Large Butterfly using versamark and heat embossed with black powder then coloured it in with alcohol markers.  The wording from Ticker Tape Stamp Set 1 was stamped in the same way and then the pieces cut out...


It was quite easy to then put the journal back together.
To make this project I used the following products from Bee Crafty...
* Backdrops - Numbers
* Backdrops - Alphabet
I am really going to enjoy creating in my new little journal and hope that you all have great fun this year with your crafting too.
Jane xx

Friday, 5 January 2018

Creative Artiste: Crackle and Colour with Tando Creative!

Happy New Year!

As it is the first Friday of the month and also of the new year it is time for our next challenge over at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog!

Thank you for all the beautiful entries last month, it is always a pleasure to look through them, and to see who won in December and check out all of the rules and design team projects you can click HERE.

This month we have a brand new sponsor to the challenge but one who I already know quite well, and that is Tando Creative! There are two prizes of a 30% discount off Tando products on the Tando website and there is plenty to choose from!

Here is my contribution to the design team this month using two ATC's from Tando Creative, one in grey board and the other in MDF...

I started by painting both of the ATC's with black gesso and then coated them with a layer of crackle paste by Decoart.  These were left overnight to allow the cracks to develop naturally.

Once they were ready I used my brayer to apply a layer of Hansa Yellow Light, then Cobalt Teal then Quinacridone Magenta (all Decoart fluid acrylics) to the surface, keeping the layers quite patchy and light.

Next I used the numbers stencil with white gesso and the distressed sequins stencil with cobalt teal paint (both from Tando).  After these were dry I added some stamping using archival ink.  I used a teal colour with the Marks stamp set by Nathalie Kalbach and then black ink with the script from the Steampunk set by Andy Skinner.

The final layer to my background was a bit more stencilling.  This time I used a sparkle paste through the criss cross Tando stencil.
Using the same paint colours I painted some greyboard pieces from Tando, adding a bit more stamping to the hearts.

Once these were all stuck into place I chose two sentiments from the Small Talk stickers by Tim Holtz that I felt went with the style of the ATC's and added them to the boards.

I hope you have had a great start to the year so far and that you will be inspired to take part in the challenge this month!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx