Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cry Me A River

Hello everyone, Alison (butterfly) here with a hanging icon to share with you today.  It all started because I wanted to play with my new Croco Crackling Colour, and ended up taking on a musical twist... singing the blues again!

I guess my Our Creative Corner challenge to use a song title or lyrics has infected me more than I'd realised!  Part way through, the project just started to take on the flavour of the brilliant Cry Me A River (sung by the extraordinary Julie London in the link I've given you).

I began by smearing the Croco Crackling onto opposite corners of the hanging board with a palette knife.  Mine's white to start with, though it also comes in gold.  I left it overnight to crackle, though I don't think it needed that long - but I had several other things on the go at the same time, so there was plenty to be getting on with.

I love the chunky crackle effect - I put it on quite thickly to get this, and I didn't intentionally create that river flowing down the centre, but that's what it turned into once it was blue!

Once it was completely dry, I added various colours of Distress Stains, all shades of blue, over the top, blending with an occasional spritz of water as I went.

The woman is one of my favourites from the Faces No.2 stamp plate.  She's stamped in a combination of Cobalt, Cornflower Blue and Hydrangea Archival inks, and inked with at touch of Faded Jeans Distress Ink, so as to tone in with the Distress Stains.

I mounted her over some swirls of white water (otherwise known as cheesecloth), frothing as it charges downriver.

And the chains of grief still surround her, echoing the path of the river of tears (those would be Idea-ology Lace Chains of grief).

The Idea-ology Enamelled Tag is adorned with some Tim Holtz rub-ons.  The eye was a must, and some of the damask flourishes seemed to work well with the whole look of the piece.

And the words...

... the pay-off line of the refrain...

... always with me the words!

Everything pours over the edges, of course - you know me! - so the swirling waters continue in three dimensions.

So that's me for today - singing the blues (though that's not necessarily a sign that I'm unhappy - I have an ex-boyfriend who used to complain that I sang sad songs when I was happy and when I was blue, so how was he supposed to tell?  What can I say?  I like sad songs!).  I hope you like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget, there's still almost a week to join in with our Embossing and Texture challenge here at The Artistic Stamper - hope to see you there!

Ingredients used:
Artistic Stamper stamps: Faces #2
Distress Stains: Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Idea-ology: Enamelled Tag, Lace Chains from my stash
Archival Inks: Cornflower Blue, Cobalt, Hydrangea
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans

Monday, 21 April 2014

Background stamps part II by Titbelsoeur

Hi crazy stampers !
2 weeks ago, I showed you how I had made an original background spraying ink on my stamp instead of inking it with a pad.
The card I am showing you today was made with the 2nd use of the stamp, I had just sprayed some water to revive the colors, hence the shadows here and there :

I then enhanced my background applying Broken China and Worn Lipstick Distress inks through the Dot Masks with foam.

Since my Architecture stamps were on my table, I stamped the word "Art" and the column again, and completed with Chevron Elements, Messy Art arrows and "I made this", a clock and a Gibson girl on to a book page :

To make this card, I used :
Dot masks
Archival ink
Dylusions Inks  
Distress inks and foam
and stamps :
Chevron Elements
Background stamps : Linen and Calligraphic Mat 13
Architecture plates : Art and column
Gibson girls

And I have tested this technique on to other supports and with other stamps. Some results looked great, others were not convincing or simply ugly, it really depends on the stamp you use, anyway I am sure I will use this technique again, using the stamps that match with it... Some outlooks :


 and I have swept the leftover on pages of my artbook :

I would be very happy if my technique does inspire you, 

thank you so much for stopping by, 

I am looking forward to reading your comments !
Do not hesitate to ask for any help !

A tout bientôt,

Friday, 18 April 2014

Inspiration Hanging by Alison (Craftytrog)

Hello Stampers! Today I have a piece of hanging art to share with you.
I actually took some step-by-step photos for once! Lol!
Here's what I started with, a piece of corrugated packaging, & some leftover strips from Gelli prints & other projects.
I began by brayering some Snowflake Fresco Finish paint on my packaging. Then I used a mini brayer to apply some colour. As you can see, I used Zesty Zing, Beach Hut & Autumn Fire.
Next, I stamped in a few places, using Calligraphic Mat 11 & Black Archival Ink.
I then used Ranger Glue & Seal Matte to glue down my painty strips, alternating positioning them vertical & horizontal.
I used the Crafter's Workshop stencil, Dina's Mini Boulders, which at the time of writing, is on special offer HERE, & applied Grunge Paste through it.
When the GP was dry, I re-positioned the stencil, & sponged Autumn Fire paint over the top.
I stamped the Journaling Mini Words onto white card, then cut out the words I wanted to use. I used Glue & Seal Matte to attach them to the circles, then added shading to the words & circles, using a black aquarellable pencil.
I inked the edges of my artwork, then matted it onto black card.
I finished by adding some metal eyelets & some ball chain.
Here's my finished hanging again...
Thanks for dropping by,
Alison xxx

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Roman Trilogy by Dot's Dabbles

is my second DT piece/s for this month at

I have been absolutely blown-away by all the past projects 
presented here at The Artistic Stamper. Amazing!
But, I am a card maker, so with this in mind 
I thought I would make a card...
and to take it a step further, I have created a trilogy,
which was originally inspired 
by the beautiful architecture set of stamps.

 I am calling this my "Roman Trilogy".

It is a set of three cards based on the same theme
and with a leaf that floats from card to card to bind them all together.  And then ...oplà (hey presto)

Card 1:
This stamp of "The Kiss" is one that I just couldn't resist using.  Red and green were colours chosen by my boys as they thought these were roman colours. I wasn't actually going to listen to them...but for some reason it went in this direction naturally.  This card was lots of inky fun to make!

Using re-inker I created a marbled background as a base.  Then added the stamp using Versafine ink. I made masks for the statue and leaves.
Mask the statue and randomly stamp the leaves all around - I have used archival watering can ink for this.
Then, using rubbing alcohol, very carefully remove some of the re-inker from the statue so that it stands out more.  You need to be a little careful so that it doesn't react with the ink.  I also did this around the outside of the statue to add a little glow.
After masking the leaves I added some distress inks to the outside area to add some richness to the background. 
Stamp some crackle randomly around the edge.  I also stippled around the edge with a little archival geranium ink to give it a border.
To finish this off I have stamped 2 more leaves on an inked background, cut them out and edged with gold.

This is a picture of the statue stamped onto the marbled background before adding the extra ink and leaves.

Card 2:
I like the idea of using a marbled background because it seems to suit the idea of statues.

Create a marbled background as a in card 1.
Then stamp the roman statue,mask it and stamp the ivy...mask this as well and then stamp the column.
While the masks are all still in place stamp the script and splatter a little re-inker over the background.
Then, again, use the rubbing alcohol to lighten the statue.
To add some more colour and depth I have added some distress ink...then drip a little water in places to add more depth and the aged look.
Another leaf is made from the off-cuts, cut out and edged with gold to tie this card to the first one.

Again, I thought it might be interesting just to show the original masking before working up the final play with inks.

Card 3: 
I wanted to use some stamps from the gorgeous "Garden Plate"  What I liked about the background stamp here is that you can turn it upside-down the design lines up beautifully.  So you have choices on how you use it.

I have inked up the background with alcohol inks using the monoprint technique.
The stamped the background stamp 4 times, side by side...and added gold pen to some of the ribbons.
The front panel is done in black and white to contrast with the bright background.  I have added gold pen to the flowers in the girls hair and watercoloured some black soot distress inks on their dresses.
Cut this image into 4 equal parts and layer onto some black cardstock and layer over the background on some magic mount.
Again, I have used off-cuts to stamp the leaves onto and add...bringing the leaf theme through to the third card.

Although this background doesn't look very fancy, it shows that random colour is just that, and only a backdrop to the gorgeous stamps.

The Artistic Stamper Stamps ~

Other Items ~
- Archival re-inkers - forget-me-knot, watering can, dandelion, red geranium and fern green
-Archival Inks - forget-me-knot, fern green, watering can and jet black
- Alcohol Inks - metallic gold and assorted colours
- Distress Inks - vintage photo, wild honey, peeled paint, mustard seed, broken china and black soot
- Paper - Specialty paper, black/red/white cardstock
- Gold pen
- Rubbing alcohol

Other Stamps ~
Penny Black Ivy Corner


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Embrace Possibility

Hello everyone, Astrid here, happy Sunday to you all!
When this post goes live I will be at Ally Pally and hope to catch up with some of my team mates including Jennie who I have never met before! Meanwhile, here is a pocket tag I created, with a Springtime feel to it....
I started with a size 10 manila tag and created a background using Distress Paints in Picket Fence, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Bundled Sage. I then did background stamping with Archival Inks in Leafgreen and Treebranch using the Katie Fox Numerical stamps. I then inked around the edges with Coffee Archival. I also did some stenciling with Gesso using my finger through some sequin waste.
Next I added the top layer of a paper serviette to add more interest and blended it into the tag with some more of the Distress paints.
As you can see, the bottom end of the tag is quite bare because that's where the pocket will go. I created that out of another tag, and cut the edge with a Sizzix bracket die.
I added some subtle colour to the pocket with Bundled Sage Distress Paint (mainly to act as a resist to further inking that would follow and to provide some texture) I added some stamping along the bottom and deepened the colours with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap. Next I stamped one of the flowers and a butterfly from the Katie Fox Encyclopedia Botanica plate.
I coloured them with Distress Markers.

Then I stamped onto  two Journaling Tickets to fit inside the pocket with other stamps from the Encyclopedia set:
I will fit a small gift card behind these, so I can use the tag as a gift for someone.

Here you can see them inside the pocket. The top was finished with a decorative brad from my stash and I also added a couple of Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment. A bit of added shadow with a Black Soot Distres Marker and a water brush finished it all off.
Hope you like my tag, have a creative, inky Sunday and a good week ahead. Thank you for visiting!