Sunday, 23 November 2014

Wooden Post Christmas Wall Hanging

Hi everyone hope you are all well! I have a wooden wall hanging that 
I have made out of a wooden garden boarder post.

Sweet poppy snowflake stencil,
Wooden garden boarder post from any garden centre,
treasure gold. crackle paste,
Clear micro beads, white acrylic paint. Black pepper corns
Rag for knocking back, black fimo clay, white Gesso

I started by prepping the wooden post with white Gesso.

I used crackle paste through the snowflake stencil onto card.

Once dried I then tore up the paper and glued it onto the 
post at the top and bottom.

Next I painted the entire tag with white acrylic paint.

When the paint was dry I applied crackle paste to the top and down the 
right hand side of the post, I then placed the small glass beads
 into the wet paste.

I left the crackle paste to dry overnight. I rolled out the 
Fimo clay and spritzes the two stamps with water
 before placing into the rolled out clay.

Once I had cut out the clay I then baked it in the oven.

Now comes the best bit I gently paint around the snow flakes and the crackle paste 
with the Deco Art Cobalt blue and a touch of the quinacridone gold.
 Once this is dry I painted the crackle paste with carbon black 
then drying with my heat gun.  

Now I take my rag and dampen one end with water and start to work over the post till I am happy with the result. Out comes the treasure gold or your preferred product  to 
just highlight the areas that you want to.

I glued on the pepper corns to the centre of the snowflakes and attached 
a large brass ring from my stash, glued on the Fimo clay baubles 
that had been highlighted with treasure gold.

 I keep meaning to not have such longwinded posts and abbreviate them
 I will have to make it my new years resolution.

I hope you enjoyed my project and and hope that it inspires you to look at every day pieces 
and think how you can alter them. 
Please feel free to comment as your feed back helps to inspire me.
Cheers Dee x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Thinking of you...

Hi there, Titbelsoeur here with another card !
You know that I love to try new techniques, so here is another one. How have I made it ?
I first took a background paper from my stash, one I made while my last workshop. Then I stamped here and there letters and numbers from Family Values with Broken China Distress ink. After that I sprayed the Large Sequin Waste Mask  with a mix of Festive Berries and Pink Raspberries inks.
Thinking of you from Grungy Greetings was stamped with Archival Black and the Time & Keys clocks with Archival Plum
A spray of Lemon Zest Dylusions ink, then some white acrylic on the edges and on spots here and there.

And, of course, a personalised signature from the Handstamped set on the back of the card :

Do you like this card ?
Thank you so much for stopping by, I can't wait to read your comments !
See ya, 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Faux Dichroic Glass Domino Book by Alison Hall

Hello Stampers! I have a little domino book to share with you today, & I used a fabulous faux dichroic glass technique by Julie Dandy of It's a Scrappy Life.

Ingredients...( I used a LOT of stamps!)

Post-it Notes
Copier Paper
Glass Beads


1. Spread a layer of gold Viva Croco on the smooth side of the domino, about 1 mm thick. Allow it to dry & crackle, or use a heat gun to speed things up. You'll get better cracks if you let it dry naturally, but I was impatient! Lol!

2. Apply alcohol inks to the Croco, leaving some of the gold showing through. I also inked the domino edges & other side.

3. Press the crackled side of the dominos into embossing ink, then apply clear embossing powder and heat. If you use normal clear powder, you may have to do 3 or 4 layers, but with ultra thick, 2 layers should suffice.

4. Cut a piece of white card, 7 ins x 1 7/8 ins, then score & fold every 7/8 ins. 

5. Swipe Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the craft mat, mist it with water, then dip the white card in it. Dry & re-dip until you are happy with your background. Do this on both sides, then ink the edges & all of the folds with the Distress ink pad.

6. Use the black archival ink to stamp your chosen images, masking each segment as you go. Stamp both sides, omitting the edges you will stick to the domino. Stamp & cut out the phrases on copier paper, ink with vintage photo, & adhere to the pages.

7. Use extra sticky tape to adhere your domino covers to the little book.

8. Stamp the words from Journaling Mini Words onto copier paper, ink & cut out your chosen words, then use the extra sticky tape to adhere them to your front domino cover.

9. Thread ribbon through the owl charm, tie it around the book, gluing the owl in place with matte medium. Finish off with some contrasting glass beads.

I hope my project inspires you to make a little domino book of your own, they're a lot of fun! They also make lovely gifts for arty friends :-)

Alison xxx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Don't paint things


It's me, Maria Potapovich, here for you today.
Today I am not alone - I came with little card).

It's made for the artist.
You know, it's hard to come up with a wish for the artist - everything seems small and insignificant in comparison with the art.

So I've made a card on which are written Henri Matisse's words (slightly modified)  - "I do not paint things. I only paint the difference between things".

As it turns out, it's easy enough to illustrate these words - I only need one stamp from the Botanical Plate 2 (A5) set

Here it is:

I only put three times the stamp (leaf), carved them, painted the different watercolors on both sides and attaching them with the help of 3D-foam squares.

I think card turned minimalistic and creative.

What do you think?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Card

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,
Artistic stamper has got lovely Christmas theme can see them here.
 I made Christmas card today!!

I've some close view photos to share with you

I stamped Santa image from Artistic stamper Victorian Christmas plate #1 with Coffee Archival ink on diecut frame. I used barn door and vintage photo distress inks to color the edges of frame.

Sentiment stamp is from Christmas Greetings plate # 1

I made a card with red craft paper from Tim Holtz Kraft-core shattered collection. Distressed edges with distressing tool, we can see Kraft color paper and it gives grungy look!!
I also applied barn door distress ink at the edge .
Design papers which I've used here are from Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas collection.

 I made Poinsettia with same red kraft core paper and Cheery Lyn Poinsettia die. I've used golden beads for the center of flowers.
At the corner, you will find golden Jingle bells !!

Hope you liked the card!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Dont forget to join our 'Christmas is coming' challenge for November

supplies used:
Tim Holtz Kraft core shattered collection.
Cherry Lyn Poinsettia die and Spelbinders  Foliage die

Monday, 10 November 2014

Time's Up!

Hello all!  Alison (butterfly) here, and delighted to be back after a break.  I'm so grateful to Jennie for letting me take a sabbatical while I was busy with theatrical life in New York.  And I'm sorry that my first post back is a few hours late - computer troubles I'm afraid.  But (fingers crossed) it all seems okay, so I'm here with a timely tag!

I'm going to keep it quick today so as to get as close to the deadline as possible!  I created this using the fantastic Time and Keys plate and a tag background which had been floating around on my table for months.

I put texture paste (this was the new Ranger Texture Paste if I remember rightly) through the Tim Holtz Gothic stencil and then used Distress Stains in some of my favourite blues and greens to tint the whole thing.

I was inspired to create my platinum watch case by some fabulous pocket watch pendants I found at a street market in New York.  I stamped the back of the watch case in embossing ink and used platinum embossing powder to create a vintage sheen.  I blended over some Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks to highlight the intricate detailing.

For the watch face I stamped the front twice - once to create the platinum frame, and another version where I used fine detail black embossing powder for the numbers and clock hands.

I cut and layered them together and then mounted the front and the back on layers of padded tape to give extra dimension.

The quote was also embossed using the fine detail black powder, and I inked the edges with Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap.

I layered the whole thing onto one of the pre-printed Prima tags as it seemed to need a bit of a frame.

Some satiny ribbon from my stash tops the whole thing off.

I'm pretty pleased with my vintage pocket watch - and I can only apologise that it doesn't keep better time!  Still, I'm only a couple of hours late, so I hope you'll forgive me.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll find time to join in with our Christmas Is Coming challenge this month.  You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get two entries to the prize draw, so come and play along.

Ingredients used:
Artistic Stamper stamps: Time and Keys
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Gothic
Texture Paste
Distress Inks - Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap
Distress Stains - Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce
Embossing Powders - Ebony Superfine and Platinum
Versamark Ink
Treasure Gold, Ribbon and printed tag from my stash

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Mother and Daughter Love by Alison Hall

Hello Stampers! I met the lovely Donna Rodgers at The Artistic Stamper last weekend, which reminded me that I hadn't had a play with her designs for a while. So I got out her sweet Mother and Daughter set and created this little card. Quite handy, as it's my daughter's birthday this month ;-)

Here's what I used...

Black Card

Here's what I did...

1. I started by brayering green acrylic paint onto a piece of white card (about 12 x 12 cm), then sponged blue paint through the Retro Bursts stencil.

2. I stamped Donna's mother & daughter image bottom left, then the heart border underneath, & also at the top right (3 times). I also stamped the larger heart on the mother. I used a white pen to add highlights to the hearts.

3. I stamped the mother & daughter image & words, & the 'love you' circle from Katy's Greetings, onto white card, then cut them all out. I layered the mother & daughter over the image on my background, then inked the edges of the words & glued them in place.

4. I matted my artwork onto black card, then attached it to a square white card to finish.

I hope you like this simple little card.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xxx