Saturday, 20 July 2019

Sunflower Notebook Cover for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a notebook cover that I have made for one of my son's teacher gifts as it is heading towards the end of the school year...

I started by cutting two pieces of mount board with a journal die that I have and coated it with white gesso.  Then I used crackle paste through the Mandala 5 inkable and the circles d'inkable and left it to dry naturally...

As this is a gift and an item that will be handled I wanted to use colouring mediums that are permanent and not water reactive, so I painted on acrylic paints but added water to make sure the crackles were still visible...

To help the pattern to stand back out I got my inktense pencils in orange and grey and added shading which I activated with my water brush.  If the colour got a bit too intense I added extra water and blotted with a paper towel...

Once I was happy with the shading I used the Script XL stamp to add extra detail and I used watering can archival ink to match the pencil colour and also because it is a permanent ink...

The Doodle Art Sunflowers were stamped out in both sizes.  Once cut out I coloured them using permanent markers and then added glossy accents over the top, this was to create a nice finish but also as another layer of protection...

When creating journals or notebooks I love to add long dangly charms to the spine, so I started by stamping the sunflowers onto white shrink plastic before cutting them out, adding a hole to each and then shrinking them with my heat tool.  After that I used alcohol markers to add some colours and coated with glossy accents...

Using my stash of beads and jewellery findings I put a selection of beads in matching colours onto head and eye pins to create my dangly charms...

The project was finished off by adding eyelets and ribbon for a closure and the elastic to put my pre bought notebooks inside and also to add my dangly charms to...

To create this project these are the products I used:

* Inkables - Mandala 5
* D'inkables - Circles
* Art Stamps - Doodle Art Sunflowers (regular and XL)
* Backdrop Stamps - Script XL
* Archival Inkpads
* White Gesso
* Glossy Accents
* Shrink Plastic

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 19 July 2019

Alcohol Ink Tag for Tando Creative


It is 'Anything Goes' week on the Tando Creative blog so I thought I would have a go at something a bit different.  I am really loving my alcohol inks at the moment and wanted to use them on one of the greyboard technique tags but as they would not work on the board surface I decided to cover my tag using YUPO paper which is a special synthetic paper that works with the inks as it is non porous...

I started by drawing around the tag onto the YUPO paper and then cut it out.  I used Decoart Decoupage Matt to stick it to the tag.  Using a selection of pink, yellow and orange alcohol inks I applied the ink and blew it around until I was happy with the look, then added gold foil which adhered to the tacky areas...

The tag was left to dry overnight and then I used alcohol lift ink from the re inker bottle onto a foam blending tool and placed it through the distressed diamond mini stencil.  I then dabbed off the residue before burnishing the areas to lift the ink...

Next I used some red archival ink with a script stamp...

As the background was quite bright I wanted the focal points to have more of a silhouette look, so I chose a butterfly from the Tando butterfly grab bag as well as two Tando flowers with stems.

These were painted with black gesso then I added a couple of layers of black embossing powder which I stamped into with the same script stamp from earlier.  To help the texture stand out I rubbed on a little bit of gold gilding wax...

These were then adhered to the tag using glue and foam pads for extra dimension and a Tim Holtz sticker added as a finishing touch...

Here are the products that I used:

* Tando Creative Technique Binder and Tags
* Tando Creative Flowers with Stems Grab Bag
* Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag
* Tando Creative Mini Stencil - Distressed Diamond
* Decoart Mediums - Black Gesso
* Decoart - Decoupage Matt

Thank you for looking and do check out what the other design team members have been making this week.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Doodle Art Christmas for Bee Crafty


I am back on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today to share with you the samples I made for the HOCHANDA shows last week using the Doodle Art Christmas stamps...

MDF Circular Art Board with XL and regular Poinsettia sets

Kraft card using regular Robin set

Dylusions tag using snowflakes d'inkable, snowflake 2 inkable and XL Poinsettia set

Square card using regular Robin set and holly from the Poinsettia sets

Aperture card using the XL Poinsettia set

Thank you for looking and you should still be able to watch replays of the shows over on the HOCHANDA website where Bev and Sam show some great demonstrations using the stamp sets.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Layering Flourish Media Board for Tando Creative


Today on the Tando Creative blog I am sharing one of the large media boards that I have decorated using one of the new layering stencils in different ways...

I started by using the second layer of the stencil with texture paste onto the board, then coated it all with white gesso.  To add colour I used brusho powders.  To create a more vintage feel I sponged over some glue then put on gold foil...

For more background interest I used the third layer of the stencil with clear ink and gold embossing powder. 

To create a focal element I drew around the first layer of the stencil on metallic card then cut it out.  The second layer was added with black gesso then the third was clear texture paste sprinkled with black glitter...

On the background of the board I added some script stamping using black archival ink before painting some clay pieces that I had previously cast with black gesso then rubbing over gold gilding wax...

Once all the pieces were adhered I then added some sticker sentiments.

Here are the products I used:

* Large Media Board
* Flourish Layering Stencil
* Decoart Mediums
* Brusho Powders

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Sunday, 7 July 2019

'Dancing Dolphins' for Craftascope Monthly July Blog Hop - Sea & Beach


I am here today with my first participation in the Craftascope monthly blog hop!!  Nick has a fab group over on Facebook called 'Craftascope Makes' which you can find here...

There you will find a wonderful group of crafters that share all sorts of projects in many different mediums and from lots of various companies. 

Within that group the fabulous Jacqueline has started a monthly blog hop to help spread the craftiness and this month I am taking part.  If you have a blog and want to join in the fun just let her know.

This month the theme is 'Sea & Beach'.  This could be influenced by the colours or the images that this evokes, whatever the theme makes you think of.  The star of the project must be from Craftascope but other products and companies are allowed.

 I decided to do some art journaling in my 6" watercolour journal which I love, and the theme immediately made me think of blues and dolphins...

I started by collecting together all the distress oxide pads that I had in shades of blue.  The pads were squished onto an acrylic block then spritzed with water before placing on the spread, I did this a colour at a time, drying in between.  The colours I used were Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers...

Next I added some stamping using my favourite Craftascope stamp set 'Such A Card'.  I selected some of the stamps that made me think of swirls in the water and stamped them with the same distress oxide inks plus Faded Jeans.  I also added some of the text as I love the look on the page and used archival ink to create a stronger impression...

After the stamping I felt that some stencilling was needed.  So I used the 'Fancy Flourish' stencil with white gesso over the centre of the spread, his made me think of the waves crashing...

Finally I created my focal images.  I started by making a distress oxide background on watercolour card using the same colours, then stamped the dolphins and sentiment from the original stamp set that Nick brought to Craftascope onto the background using Cobalt Archival ink.  These were then all cut out and adhered to the page.  I added some white cambric under the sentiment for a little bit of extra texture then as a final splash (as it was a sea theme!) I added some blue acrylic paint splatters...

If you are interested in any of the products Nick brings you can visit his ETSY shop at:
Thank you for looking and to continue on the blog hop please click on the button below where you can visit the next blog...
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It would be lovely to see more people join in next month, so if you are interested please let Jacqueline know in the Craftascope group.
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Saturday, 6 July 2019

'Expressive Circles' Art Journal Spread for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing some art journaling with you...

This spread was one that I did with no expectations or idea of how it would develop when I first started.  I went with the flow and did what I felt as it emerged!
To begin I applied acrylic paint in circles starting from the centre and moving outwards, then I spread it with a brush and my fingers, adding extra colours as I wanted.
Once I was happy with the main base I used the alternate circles inkable with black gesso then once that was dry added doodling with my white posca pen...
Next I felt like adding stamping and decided to stick with the circle theme.  I used one of the style wire borders as fronds emerging from the centre then added parts of the circle border stamp.  To create a brighter look I used colourful paint pens and I thought this made the border stamping look like pieces of washi tape which I really liked...
Finally I needed to add some focal elements and as the background was so bright and abstract decided that the doodle butterfly would be ideal.  I stamped and cut them out and used the same paint pens to colour them.  I did not want an actual sentiment but as soon as I looked at the creative words stamp set, 'expression' seemed perfect as it reflected how I felt about the spread...
This was one of my favourite art journal spreads to create and if art journaling is something you feel you would like to try I would say just go for it, there are no rules and it is really freeing and enjoyable!
Here are the products I used:
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!
Jane xx

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Flower Girl Tag for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing another tag where I used up some of the alcohol ink pieces that I used on my previous tag which you can read about here...

I had lots of small pieces of the background left so decided to use it for a collage to make the base on this journaling tag...

Once I had added all the small pieces to the background I stamped the large girl face onto acetate and coloured parts using paint pens before attaching to kraft card...

I also had some flowers already stamped and cut out from the other tag so coloured them with pens before adding glossy accents and some fine glitter.

There needed to be a bit of something else so I used crackle paste through the metal alpha d'inkable and once that had dried added the flowers and mounted the tag onto black card...

On this occasion I decided not to add a sentiment or phrase as I think this tag may become part of a larger project or be placed in an art journal spread.

Here are the products I used:

* Art Stamps - Doodle Art Girl XL
* Art Stamps - Doodle Sunflower Regular
* D'Inkables - Metal Alpha
* Dylusions Journaling Tag #10
* Alcohol Ink

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx