Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Trying something new for the new year


 It's my first post of the new year for The Artistic Stamper Creative Team, and I wanted to try something new. So I had a play with air drying clay. 


 I shaped the skull and upper body from air drying clay. Air drying clay feels very different to normal clay and much closer to paper clay. The biggest difference I found to normal clay was that it was much harder to join pieces together and to make it nice and smooth. It was my first try so with practice I am hoping the joining and smoothing will get easier, as well as my very, very basic sculpting skills. The lower body came from my sofa which unfortunately met with an accident over the Christmas holiday ( I am all for recycling/ upcycling) 



While waiting for that to dry, I laid out several strips of masking tape onto one of my glass mats. After painting a coat of PaperArtsys French Roast over the top, I took the Randon Dots stamps and stamped randomly with Eggplant, and white paints. After that dried I decided to go over the top with the same stamp and black Archival ink.


Once the clay was dry, I painted the body and skull with base layers of eggplant, white and black paint.


I then repainted the skull and body with the same colours, before giving the girl some hair and a hat made from air drying clay.


 I then painted the hair with PaperArtsy French Roast and the hat with eggplant. I also painted white spots on the hat and top with white paint using the end of a paint brush. I used a black paint pen to make dots on the skull.


Once the masking tape was dry I glued them individually to the base using gel medium, I then stamped on the ribbon with Archival ink and the Random Dot stamp before gluing and wrapping the ribbon around the middle section.



I had fun with this, it's great to try something new. If you haven't ever entered the monthly challenge before, maybe that can be your something new for the new year. This month's theme is anything goes, I have loved looking at the entries so far 

Gemma x


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tick Tock Birthday Card by Debs Smith

Happy New Year everyone

I have done a birthday card for you today! Its nice and bright and cheerful to take my mind off the miserable grey weather we have here at the moment!


The background is brayered and to see how i achieved the look read on.  The flowers and the sentiment were stamped on a mop up sheet.

 I started with a piece of white card and bartered a small amount of Fresco Finish Mahogany to cover the card

I then applied Terracotta and Tangerine Twist over the top of the Mahogany.  At this point i wasn't quite sure if it was quite the colour i was looking for so i took the Snowflake

 and covered the whole thing with white to knock the colour back a tad
I then added Bouganvilla over the top of the white in places and it was starting looking so much brighter
I had used a spare piece of card to mop up the excess paint with some water expecting to put it in my stash for future use.  I have just noticed a red indian in the paint  wish i had seen it before!!

I then stamped tick tock flowers with black Archival onto the mop up sheet and cut them out using two of the large flower and one of the small.
I then added some background stamping to the main piece by using the number stamp from  the Family Values plate and then stamped one of the flourishes from the Swirls and Splats plate these would be under the flower so it didnt matter that they hadn't lined up completely 
I added the flower onto the top of the flourish and popped a button from my stash on the top and then stamped Happy Birthday from the Grungy Greetings plate onto another piece of the mop up sheet.

Added this piece to a white card and voila!!

Thanks for popping over and i am looking forward to seeing all of your entries this year!
Happy creating 
Debs




Saturday, 7 January 2017

Another greeting card by Titbelsoeur

A very happy new year to all of you !
And a new card very easy to make, feel free to follow my pattern and participate in our

January 2017 Creative Team Challenge -Anything Goes


I have first splattered watercolor drops here and there on the card, let dry and splattered again and again, then I stamped my wishes with Decay stamps
To finish, I have shaded the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, and here it is :



Thanks so much for stopping by,
your comments are very much appreciated, 
here, on my blog, or on the Artistic Stamper's Facebook page.
Do not forget to participate in our monthly challenge
 to win some fabulous Artistic Stamper stamps.

Have a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year !
Titbelsoeur

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Winner of December's Creative Challenge

Hi!
WElcome to our first winner's post of 2017. AS always, such gorgeous entries, and if we didn't get around to saying thank you , please know we saw them all.
Thank you for joining in, but there can only be one winner, so please tep up to the podium

with this lovely card
Congratulations, and please email me so i can arrange your prize with you.

Don't forget our new challenge is here, and is Anything Goes this month. 

Have a very creative month
Jennie x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

January 2017 Creative Team Challenge -Anything Goes

Hello and Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2017, and our Creative Challenge kicks off with a bang, as it is ANYTHING GOES!


To join in with this challenge (we are limiting the challenge entries to 3 per person), is simple; all we would like you to do is, make a piece of artwork, making sure that you include the theme and some rubber stamping. Pop back here to link up using the Inklinkz at the bottom of this post, so that we can see what you've made and then, leave us a comment to let us know you have joined in with the challenge.
 As always, there will be candy for one randomly picked entrant - the winner will receive a stamp of their choice from The Artistic Stamper .

In addition, you can enter the same challenge on Facebook!

To join us on just go to our new Facebook group, and send us a request to join..  There will be a prize for the Facebook challenge, as well as the blog challenge!

And don't forget....if you use The Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry, you will entered into the draw, twice!
To get you started here is some creative gorgeousness from some of the team....


I created this altered book page with spray paints and Lesley's large flower stencil. The shrink plastic niche was made using Lesley's Flower stamp and shrink plastic.



To wish you a very happy new year, I have made this card using
Happy new year from christmas Greetings # 2 # 021 A5
watch from Time and Keys


  

Hope you all had a fab Christmas.  This journal page was a wipe up page which I have just added lots of stencilling to, using Designs by Georgina Dahlia Stencil, random dots, mini chevron, words   The numbers and the bricks were just from my stash.

We hope that you will join in this month's challenge, and also join us on Facebook too.
We look forward to seeing your creations. Don't forget to add a comment when you have posted your entry.
May 2017 be a very creative year for you.
Hugs   
Jennie

Thursday, 29 December 2016

My Favourite three creations 2016 by Gemma



This is my second year doing this for The Artistic Stamper. My time to look back on the things I have made and pick my top three.  It is always hard looking back, we all have those, what was I thinking moments, those I should have done this instead moments and those I just plain don't like that any more moments. Anyway below are my top three for 2016





I still love this, it still lives on my wall. One of my first cleaner, less messy canvases. I remember how much I enjoyed making this and looking at it always makes me want to get my paints out.



This tag combined many of my favorite things, tearing, distress ink, calligraphy mats, and the beautiful dancer stamp. Still love it and often wished I still had it! 



This card is still a keeper, I just can not seem to give it away. It was something very different for me and if I am very honest I'm not sure how it came to me. I just sat down to play and then this happened. 

Thank you for reading,
 I hope everyone has a great holiday 
Gemma





Saturday, 24 December 2016

My three favourite projects for 2016

Hi All

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges this year.  It has been great to see all of yours as well.  So here are my three favourite projects 2016

In reverse order this is Junes post, had great fun creating this tag I really like all of the colours and textures 

This reverse canvas from May was great fun and lots of texture, with hessian, felt, tissue as well as pastes


This journal page from May was layered with old book pages and has a lovely grungy look to it.

It is really hard trying to pick just three projects i could easily have chosen another couple.
I hope you agree with me, although if you have another favourite let me know 

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas i shall look forward to seeing all of your projects in the new year.
Debs