Monday, 21 May 2018

Tribute to Tracy

Hi all, JANE here. Well I am sure by now that you have seen the new set of stamps released, a collection of background stamps designed by the amazing Tracy Scott, her work is so inspiring, vivid, and alive, I just adore her style. So I have made a tag in homage to Tracy's kinda style....lots of vibrant colour, I used the dylusions paint, and I have used one of her new background stamps too, you will find all eight of them HERE, I have used the background 6, I love love love it, I also used the dragonflies from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES set, and the verse from the DRAGONFLY WORDS stamp. I hope you can join in the fun of this months background challenge, you can download your entry HERE.


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Tags with new stamps by Titbelsoeur

Hello everyone !
I have started using our fabulous new Artifacts stamps. First of all, I would like to present you this technique I have imagined : I make my own masking tape with "magic" tape in placing the sticky face to the inked stamp :


Quick tip : you want to place the tape from the top to the bottom to avoid the image to be blurry.


This way, the inked image cannot flow, since it is captured under the tape :


You can use these long stamps to make your own masking tape, this time I have sticked duct tape bits to a plastic surface and put the stamps to the non-sticky face, here is what it looks like :


And to make a very quick and simple tag, I have peeled a cardboard piece, then applied some gesso with my fingers, and stuck the tape on it. I could have sprayed ink to colour it, but I didn't.


I also had a try with tea bags (one of my favourite supports). Same quick tip : do not press the bag on top and bottom at the same time but from the top to the bottom.


Here is the result :


Then I wanted to add a dressmaker in the middle : I stamped it to the teabag, and cut out the same image to hide it, and then stamped the artifact stamp on to it :



Here is my finished tag, to make it I have used 
- distresse cardboard,
- home made masking tape,
- stamped teabag,
- lace, thread and fabric,
-  text artifact stamped half to jeans fabric, half to paper


I used the following stamps :
Artifacts - Spirit of Adventure (cut out and mounted on cling foam)
Dressmaking No. 1 A5 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)



Do not forget that you can win these fabulous stamps, just participating in our challenge 

May's Creative Challenge - Backgrounds


 for 3 chances to win !

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Your comments are very much appreciated here, on my blog
Bye for now and happy creating. 

Titbelsoeur

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Fun Flower Canvas by Gemma

Hello

It is midway through the month and there is still plenty of time to join the challenge here on the blog and on the Facebook page. I am loving the entries so far and can not wait to see more of them.

I have a bright green canvas to share with you all today. The focus was the bright green background made with a calligraphy mat and Harlequin mask 


What I did 😊


I started by applying texture paste through the Harlequin mask. Once that was dry I applied layers of green paint, some I mixed with water for a thinner consistency, and some I added white paint to for a different tint of green, while they were still wet I wiped the paint away on some of the Harlequin patterns.


Once dry I repositioned the Harlequin mask back over the texture paste and applied a very small amount of very watered down paint. When I did this I made sure not to completely cover the layers underneath knocking it back with a wipe if I needed to.
The background was finished off by stamping in a brown ink with a calligraphy mat stamp.
Then I doodled the flowers on and a border around the edges.

Thanks for reading

Gemma

Sunday, 13 May 2018

"Believe in yourself" tag by Angie Coomber

Hi, Angie here with a tag for this month's Background Challenge.

First of all I coloured my tag with Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers). I swiped some ink on my craft mat, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink with the tag. I did this a number of times until I had the colours I wanted, drying in between applications. I also added some additional colour with a blending tool at the end to intensify the colours. (Please excuse the bad photos - I was working in the garden and hadn't realised that they weren't great until it was too late to take more!)



Next I added some stencilling with The Artistic Stamper Stencils (using the same colours).




I also added some background stamping, again using the same colours, and a focal image (a Paperartsy Stamp by Tracy Scott) with black ink which I coloured  in with Neocolours II and a water brush.


Lastly, no project is complete for me without some white doodling and a quote, so I picked a fitting one from my quote collection.

I really hope you like it!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Backgrounds with Lisa - the mini version....

Hello folks! Lisa here and welcome to My post for The Artistic Stamper. This month's theme is 'backgrounds'.

The Artist Stamper have a fantastic collection of stamps which can be used for backgrounds. 
I love making my own backgrounds - starting with a white piece of card and adding colours, textures and layers to create a background. 

And this is what I did for this creation...




I started with a white piece of card - size 7" x 7" and coloured the white card with a selection of blues and purples Distress Ink.
I then added a couple of squirts of water and let the water run down the card. 

I used The Artistic Stamper Mini Backgrounds A6 stamp set, Mini Backgrounds A6 #1 and Mini Backgrounds A6 #2 by Neil Walker
(These stamps do all come as individual A5 stamps. But with the Mini Background set, there are 4 stamps in the set which I find gives me much more variety as I can never make up my mind which is my favourite...)

I used stamps from all three sets and stamped using the same Distress Inks, layering and overstamping the patterns.
I then stamped the butterfly from the Insects and Butterflies A5 stamp set on to the background with black ink. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
To finish I added a sentiment sticker.










Thanks for popping by the blog today.
Toodles for now,
Lisa xxx 

Here is everything I used...


Mini Backgrounds #1  size A6 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)       Mini Backgrounds # 2 size A6  ( cut and  mounted on cling cushioning )       Mini Backgrounds size A6  © Neil Walker (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)   Insects and Butterflies 1 A5  (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)      


Monday, 7 May 2018

Canvas by Titbelsoeur

Hello everybody,
I have recently led a workshop in a retirement home, teaching trainees to make a mixed-media canvas that would highlight a personal picture. And I have chosen to add a stamped image as my personal picture. Obviously, I have used a Gibson Girl stamp, which are kind of my favourite stamps at the Artistic Stamper ! 
I first wanted to add a customized tag, like those I have shown to you here : Tag customization by Titbelsoeur and here was the result :


but I decided to use another technique :
I have first stamped it on the canvas to make a shadow, then on a watercolor paper with Archival ink, that I cut out and sticked on to the stamped image, with a slight shift for more depth.


And here is the canvas :


Do not forget that you can win these fabulous stamps, just participating in our challenge 

Using Backgrounds


 for 3 chances to win !

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Your comments are very much appreciated here, on my blog
Bye for now and happy creating. 

Titbelsoeur

Friday, 4 May 2018

Lepidopterist???

My hand is in the air..."Hello, my name is Jane and I have a butterfly stamp addiction!!"....so that makes me a environmentally friendly lepidopterist, I dont collect the real ones, and put them in glass cases, I just have an obsession for the rubber sort!!....along with other tiny obsessions of cardboard, circles, stencils..etc..lol. Anyway, This months challenge title is backgrounds, and as I have said previously, I have a huuuuge pile of them, but do I go to them when I need one...oh no...I go and make another pile!!!


I  started off this piece by stamping the SEQUIN WASTE BACKGROUND stamp, then put clear embossing paste through the A4 SWIRL MASK, left it to dry, spritzed with spray inks, then stamped the fabulous CALLIGRAPHY MAT 12 stamp, and to finish off, I stamped and fussy cut the butterflies from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Winner of The Birds and the Bees April Creative Challenge

Hi1
My pleasure of the month is always choosing the winner of last month's challenge. Thank you to everyone who joined in, and I am sorry not everyone can be a winner.
This month I randomly picked
 as our winner with this creative piece.

Congratulations and please email me so we can arrange your prize.
Please do enter this month's challenge which is backgrounds and can be found here.
have a creative month
Jennie x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May's Creative Challenge - Backgrounds

Hi!
Welcome to the May Creative  challenge. Thank you to everyone who joined in last month's challenge.. all wonderful entries.

This month the theme is backgrounds, and we have some sneak peeks in the Team's creations of some new stamps to be released on May 18th by a Guest Designer! 
 It can be interpreted any way you like, as long as it has rubber stamps on it.
 

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..
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 are creations from three of the team...




 I have made a super mini book (5x8 cm) book to share with you all as my inspirational piece for this months challenge. The base was some cereal packaging and some small cards I was given, I decorated these with Jennie's wonderful stamps and a mask, with a super sneaky peek of an exciting upcoming release, please pop over to my blog for more details and drop me a comment let me know what you think.


and of course, the stamp that's coming soon


Hands up all of you who have a huuuuge pile of backgrounds that you have made, either gelli prints or stamped or stencilled, or any other technique, just waiting for the right project to use it on...!!!!....I thought so...sooo that's most of us then!!!....Well...you are in for a treat when you see the new stamps that The Artistic Stamper are launching, and here is a sneak peek of one of them that I have used to make the background for my card. I simply added a butterfly from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set, then added a sentiment. Somebody stop me from using this background stamp....cos my pile is twice as high now!!!!!


 I had great fun with this piece, using Distress Oxides, an Artistic Stamper stencil ( small dots)  and a very small sneaky peek of one  of the new stamps coming your way this month. I added a quote to the piece, inking in Distress Oxide.

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.

Have a very creative  month, and watch out for our stamps launching soon.

Jennie xx

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Busy Bee Tag by Gemma

Hello

I have a tag to share with you all today, I made this tag using Artistic Stamper stamps, PaperArtsy paints, and chipboard.




My Process


Thank you
Gemma

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Birds and Bees month - with a twist...

Hello, Lisa here with another inspirational look at April's theme - Birds and Bees. 
But with a twist... I've used butterflies.

I used The Artistic Stamper A5 Insects and Butterflies stamp set, which has a gorgeous collection of winged creatures. 

My previous creations for this theme included bees and birds. So, this time I went with a more pretty version of a winged creature - butterflies. 

Of course, there is no limit to what winged creature you could have using this technique. 

Here is my creation...



I coloured a piece of white card with Distress Inks using Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio and Blueprint Sketch. I then sprayed the inked background with water and left to dry.



I used The Artistic Stamper 3 x 3 Harlequin Mask with the same colours of ink to add some depth.



I then stamped the butterflies and coloured them them with Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.


I stamped the word 'fly' using black ink then 
over-stamped with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink, and lightly brushed Blueprint Sketch ink over the top. 



To finish, I matted the background on to Kraft Card.


Thanks for popping by.
Toodles for now,
Lisa xxx




The stamps and stencil I have used are available on The Artistic Stamper website


Insects and Butterflies 1 A5  (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)   The Artistic Stamper Mask Harlequin 3" X 3"      Decay Alphabet lower case size A5 (cut out and mounted on cling cushioning)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Free As A Bird

Hi Guys, JANE here again with my take on this months "Birds and Bees" challenge.


I started off with a nice easy background, using the SMALL DOTS mask... by spritzing it then turning it over onto my paper, the SEQUIN WASTE OPEN background stamp, and the A4 SWIRL MASK.
I then stamped the bird and the cage from the FREE AS A BIRD stamp set, added the sentiment...et voila!!!
I am loving seeing your entries for our challenge, and you still have time to enter to win a stamp set, hope to see you THERE. xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Tag customization by Titbelsoeur

Hello there,
A quick idea to customize small tags like those of the Flow calendar : stamp Gibson girls with a tone on tone ink, just a bit bolder, an opportunity to use these delightful stamps.
Here are some templates :





Here you will find the stamps I have used :  Gibson Girls

Do not forget that you can win these fabulous stamps, just participating in our challenge 

BIRDS AND THE BEES


 for 3 chances to win !

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Your comments are very much appreciated here, on my blog
Bye for now and happy creating. 

Titbelsoeur