Saturday, 27 October 2018

Poisonous ATC's for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing something a little bit spooky...

This project really designed itself as when I started although I knew I wanted to create a couple more ATC's for my collection (artist trading cards) I wasn't sure of the theme. 

I started by preparing both with white gesso for the base then went for a few different colours of acrylic paint.  I applied the paint using my fingers and when I had finished had a background of yellow, green and orange. 

Still not sure what I wanted to do next I flipped through my d'inkables collection and came across the spider's web.  When I looked at the colours and the stencil I knew what I wanted to do! 

So next I stencilled with purple acrylic paint through the web d'inkable...

As this was now becoming a Halloween theme I looked at what I had available in my 'All Hallows' stamp collection and couldn't resist using the poison bottle which is one of my favourites. 

This was stamped out a few times and embossed with fine black powder before being cut out and coloured with watercolours.  I decoupaged a couple of the pieces to create extra dimension and then added them to the ATC's...

To add the finishing touch I chose the sentiment from the Art Stamps Nevermore Raven set and cut it into pieces to be read across both the ATC's.  A touch of black pen was added for a bit of shadowing and also smudged across the card to create a more grungy look.

The products used were:

* All Hallows - Poison Bottle;
* Art Stamps - Nevermore Raven Set
* D'inkables - Spiderweb

I hope you have enjoyed my slice of spookiness and thank you for looking.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Face Your Spidery Fears! for Tando Creative

It is heading towards that spooky time of year so this week on the Tando Creative blog we are thinking about all things spooky!
Autumn is always a time when spiders and cobwebs are seen a lot more, but they are also one of the things I think of when I imagine spooky old places.  So for this weeks project I have decorated the Tando cobweb arch including some grey board spiders for extra fear...

I started by preparing all the arch layers with gesso then once I had decided on my layout used sand texture paste on the outer layer for a more aged look.  Using texture paste and the mini cobweb stencil I added extra detail onto the back panel of the arch.  All the pieces were then painted using fluid acrylics and I used a mixture of colours to create a rusty effect at the front.  To bring out extra texture I added gold gilding wax...

To make the spiders appear even more dimensional I dabbed sand texture paste onto them too then painted them black with gold gilding wax added over the top...

I wanted the web to stand out against the background so used a small paintbrush with gilding wax to make it gold.  To create even more texture and dimension I used black micro beads and some other larger beads, adhering them mostly amongst the cobweb.  A few details were added to the spiders using gold liquid pearls and then to finish I stamped a sentiment from Andy Skinners 'Unexplained' set and blended black soot distress ink over the top.

Here are the products I used:

* Tando Creative - Layered Arch with Cobweb
* Tando Creative - Grab Bag of Spiders
* Tando Creative Mini Stencil - Cobweb
* Andy Skinner Stamp Set - Unexplained
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Mediums

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Da Vinci Mini One Sheet Book for Bee Crafty

Last week Sam was on HOCHANDA with the fabulous Da Vinci collection of stamps so this week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing with you this mini art journaling book that I made using one sheet of paper...

I started by using my 5" x 7" gelli plate with acrylic paint and pressed some of the d'inkables in to create pattern.  This was then stamped onto the paper and repeated, sometimes using the second and third generations of prints and sometimes adding new paints, until the whole sheet was filled...

Next I used distress inks and more d'inkables to create a more filled look to the piece...

At this point I folded my paper to create a book.  I used the instructions from a Dina Wakely tutorial that had been filmed at one of the big craft shows, however the technique is widely used and available on tutorials by many people across the internet if you search for one sheet books.  Once I had folded the book and chosen the front I added some plain washi tape along the open side edges...

The fun bit was then to decorate the pages.  To do this I chose a range of stamps from the Da Vinci collection alongside some other sentiments.  I also added more stencilling and extra pen details where I felt it was needed...

To finish the book off I added a metal jewellery blank that I stamped onto using staz on ink and attached this using a selection of beads on beading wire around the cover.

Here are the products I used:

* Da Vinci Collection
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Wordage - Creativity Words Large
* Wordage - True Hope
* D'Inkables

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Silhouette Tree for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a quick and easy card that could be used for a number of occasions...

I started by creating the background.  After spritzing the card with water I dropped 3 different colours of sparkle pen onto it and then added more water.  I blotted the colour off onto another piece of card then after drying slightly flicked water onto the colour and lifted it off with kitchen roll. 

To create the focal points I used versamark with black embossing powder and then mounted it onto black card before adding to the front of the card.

The stamps I used were:

BEAUtanicals - Silhouette Tree with Birds
* Art Stamps - Flock of Birds
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 2

Thank you for looking,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Craft Stamper Week for Tando Creative


I am here today on the Tando Creative blog to share with you the project that I decorated as part of the Design Team article for Craft Stamper Magazine...

I decided to use my box as a double gift box and as the magazine is the November edition I decided to go with a blue and crackly theme.  I used crackle paint and weathered wood as the base to create an aged look and also the Tando diamond mini stencil with crackle paste for even extra texture.
The colour was created using a range of blues from the Decoart Media fluid acrylics, watered down to be make washes of colour...
Stamping was added for extra detail and then I created the butterflies with a stamp and paint which were finished off with some glitter and liquid glass.
For the inside I wanted to create some gifts for the boxes so made two key rings to match the theme of the outside...
You can read about all the projects in the latest copy of Craft Stamper (November Edition) which is available now - and in other good retailers.
Thank you for looking,
Jane xx

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Banksy Mini Journal for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a sample that I made for this weeks HOCHANDA shows using the brand new Banksy XL stamps with one of the gorgeous MDF mini albums.

1) I started out by using my blending tool with Lemon Zest and Fresh Lime Dylusions paints and coloured all of the MDF pages. 

2) Next I added stencilling using Pure Sunshine Dylusions paint and white gesso through the Cracked Glass and Sunset d'inkables. 

3) Using archival inks I stamped with some of the texture circles and borders.

4) To frame the pages I used black archival with a sponge around the edges.

5) On each page I used one of the Banksy XL stamps with versamark and black embossing powder and to add a bit of extra interest to the cover I used the Ghetto Rat stamp onto shrink plastic.

6) Finally to add a bit of extra detail I tied some ribbon pieces to the rings to match the colours.

Here is a flip through of all the pages...
These are the products I used:
* Inspired by Banksy XL - Greatness Words, Swing, Little Friends, Caught In the Rain,
* D'inkables - Cracked Glass, Sunset
If you would like to see any of the demonstrations that Bev did using these stamps then they will be available on Catch Up on the HOCHANDA website for a couple of weeks.
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Friday, 5 October 2018

Creative Artiste: Unique Princess Juniper


The first Friday in October means a new month for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge!!

We had so many fantastic entries last month and it is so lovely to look at all your wonderful, please check out the Creative Artiste blog to find out who last months winners were and also to take a look at this months challenge.  This month the challenge is being sponsored by the fabulous Scrapmatts...

For my project this month I used some of the Scrapmatts chipboard pieces to decorate a greyboard tag...

I started by preparing the tag with white gesso then added pieces of music score from an old book.  I also coated the scrapmatts pieces with gesso (assorted words, ornate frames and triangles 03) and then stuck them to the tag where I wanted them to be...

Next I coloured the tag using Decoart Fluid acrylics (hansa yellow light, pyrrole orange and pyrrole red), watering them down to create drips and blends.  Once this was dry I added some gold Pebeo gilding wax across the raised pieces to help highlight the texture.  To create even more definition I added some black archival ink around the edges of the tag and also across the main word.  At this point I also decided to add a bit of extra texture using one of the texture border stamps from Bee Crafty.

The image was stamped using 'Juniper' by Aall and Create.  I cut out the character and the crown and coloured them using watercolours.  Some white highlights were created with a uniball gel pen and then she was added to the tag...

Finally I chose some extra words from the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers that fit with the theme and finished with some black organza ribbon.

Thank you for looking and do please go on over to the challenge to check out all the design team projects, it would be great to see yours there too!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Layered Tag for Butterfly Squad Creative Team


Today I have a personal project over on the France Papillon blog.  There is a step by step tutorial with photos of the different stages. 

Here is a sneak peek of the project...

Happy crafting!

Jane xx

Monday, 1 October 2018

Altered Eclectics: Shadow Box Frame


Well it is already October and autumn is well underway here.  The start of a new month also means the start of a new challenge over at the Altered Eclectics Challenge Blog, the theme is always anything goes, just no cards or ATC's please.  Thank you for all your wonderful September entries, to visit the challenge blog you can click HERE.

This month I have altered an MDF shadow box frame.  It had been previously decorated but I was no longer happy with the style so decided to revamp it...

The stencilling and some of the embellishments were already in place but the centre part was empty.  I added extra metal and resin parts to the outer frame and then painted the whole piece with black gesso.  When I was happy that all the pieces were totally covered and the whole frame was dry I used Lindy's Gang sprays to colour it.  I wanted more depth to the colour so dry brushed with acrylic paint and added gilding wax as well until I was happy with the finish...

I wanted to build up a centre piece that was slightly raised so started by adding some different materials to act as a base that I coloured with watered down acrylic paint.  I then stamped out the wings by Bee Crafty onto some card that had been sprayed with the same inks used on the frame.  I chose metal and resin embellishments and coloured some of them using different gilding waxes.  I then built up the centre using glue gel to raise the pieces and make sure they would adhere solidly...

Finally I added some micro beads and chose a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Clippings set that was layered onto brown card.

It is always lovely to look at everyone else's creations so do please visit the challenge and it would be great to see your projects this month. 

Happy crafting,

Jane xx