One down, yes it’s Xmas card …..

Oh my word, a Xmas card already!!! I always leave my Xmas cards to the last minute so will I do better this year? Who knows but one down already so it’s a start lol

 

Sweet Poppy Stencils - Baubles

 

I used the SP stencil Holly Baubles with the SP white dimensional paste on white linen effect cardstock. Whilst the paste is still wet I used various SP glitters, the Sweet Poppy glitters are so so yummy.

Using the same white linen effect cardstock I stamped a sentiment, from a Clearly Besotted stamp set, using Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder. I cut the sentiment out using a die, also from Clearly Besotted, and edged the banner with a gold pen.

Once the stencil paste was dry, I matted and layered onto gold mirri card and white linen effect cardstock, and finally adhered to an A5 card blank, also made from the white linen effect cardstock.

 

I’ll be entering the follows challenges –

Brown Sugar Challenge – Anything Goes #183

Jingle Belles – Bling On The Holidays 

Winter Wonderland Challenge – Pastel Colors

 

Digi Choosday – Week 4 – In Bloom

 

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Morning, it’s Tuesday so it’s the start of a new challenge over on the Digi Choosday challenge blog, this weeks theme is ‘In Bloom’.

I decided to use use of the fabulous artwork from Work and Play 9 – Love & kisses, available on CD-Rom here or as a digital download here

I wanted to create a cover for one of my Art Journals, using acrylic fluid inks so I needed to use my laser printer rather than my inkjet printer. This was because my inkjet printer whilst it will take heavier weight cardstock the printer ink won’t take kindly to the use of the acrylic fluid ink sprays, however, my laser printer is not keen on heavier weight cardstock. What to do, I remembered The acetone method of transferring laser prints, Nikky did a piece recently using this method using Stampbord and a digi image – you can see Nikky’s blog post here, problem solved πŸ™‚

I wanted to create a vintage feeling piece but with nice bright colours. I just love how the transferred images have turned out, very clear but with a shabby and antique look, definitely going to use this technique again πŸ™‚

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started by taking the images I’d chosen from the Work and Play 9 -Love and Kisses collection into a graphics program. I created a couple of corners using the flowers, flipped the ‘Love’ text so it would read correctly when transferred and sized the wings to fit the die cut I would be using. I also created a larger border/trim with the flowers to create the first layer of the journal cover. I printed the images onto cheap photocopy paper, you don’t need to print on your good quality papers because you want the acetone to penetrate the paper and transfer the laser print onto your choosen medium.

I roughly cut out the pieces and arranged on my watercolour cardstock, using the acetone on a cotton wool ball, I rubbed over the images. I then started getting messy with the acrylic fluid inks, I used a mini mister with water and added the acrylic fluid inks, I sprayed the image generously with the sprays and dried with a heat tool. I then added more interest to the background with rubber stamps and stencils, using Archival Inks. I also sprayed the mannequin die cut (from a Trimcraft First Edition die set) , I used the same watercolour cardstock, using a heat gun to speed up the drying process and used Antique Gold Buff-it on the stand and top of the mannequin. For the wings, also transferred onto watercolour card using the acetone method, sprayed again with the acrylic fluid inks and added some bling with the Wink of Stellar pens in clear and gold glitter.

I glued the wings to the mannequin and glued to the background with ArtDeco Matte Medium. I made the mannequin and wings pop by using a Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pen around the die cut. To add a little more texture I splattered black acrylic fluid ink on the piece, I sealed the whole piece with the ArtDeco Matte Medium once the splats had dried.

I matted the focal piece onto black cardstock and trimmed with the Anne border die, from Tattered Lace, and embellished with some black paper flowers and yellow flat back pearls.

I matted the focal piece on the larger floral background using 3D foam tape, matting the whole piece onto black cardstock and I trimmed the bottom of it with the Anne border.

Finally I used red super sticky double sided tape onto the front of the Art Journal. 

Don’t forget to get the super, smashing, great discount code, available for today and today only, for use against digital downloads at Polkadoodles.

 

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I’ll be entering the following challenges –

 

Crafting From The Heart – challenge #96

Craft Your Passion – challenge #296

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog – challenge #70

Mixed. Media Monthly Challenge – challenge #20

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Floral Tag Card

Morning everyone, hope you had a good weekend? Quiet weekend here, I’m still not sleeping well so Sunday I spent most of the day watching The X Files. Hubby bought me the box set, which is 202 episodes and the 2 movies, don’t think I’ll get to watch everything before the new series starts in February, which I’m so excited to see I lurveeeeeed The X Files πŸ™‚

Anyway enough about The X Files, back to crafting. Here’s a tag card I made recently, I used the very elegant Sweet Poppy Stencil, Leafy Flower, as the focal image for the tag card.

 

Floral Tag Card, Sweet Poppy Stencil - Leafy Flower

 

Step by Step

1. Create a background, using watercolour card and spray inks. I made my own spray inks, by diluting the acrylic fluid inks with water in a mini mister. 

2. Use SP Stencils Dimensional Paste in Glossy White with the SP Leafy Flower stencil and allowed to dry naturally.

3. Stamp around the edge of the tag, with an Indigo Blu stamp, using a Memento ink pad.

4. Stamp a sentiment, from a Clearly Besotted stamp set, using a Versamark ink pad and heat emboss with white detail embossing powder.

5. Use a white marker to dot around the edge of the tag.

6. Use a Versamark ink pad around the edge of the tag and heat emboss with white detail embossing powder.

7. Adhere to a dark blue tag card blank, punch a hole with a cropadile on the front of the tag card.

 

To create the tag shape I use a Tim Holtz stencil to draw round and then trim the additional layers using the tag shape as a guide.

 

Thanks for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment.

 

I’ll be entering the following challenges –

613 Avenue Create – challenge #160

Sparkles Monthly Challenges Blog – challenge #76

Craft Your Passion – challenge #296

Stamps and Stencils – challenge Oh So Blue 

 

Getting Organised…… well trying

Evening, thanks for stopping by.

Thought I’d share a recent make, I’m entering challenges on a regular basis now so it can get a bit confusing tracking them and planning for the themes etc. So in an effort to try and get a little more organised with the challenges I decided to create a little planner, it was a plain black A5 notebook with lined pages, that I picked up at the supermarket on sale so dirt cheap 😦

 

 

 

 

Step by Step

 

1. I used Gold Dimensional Paste from Sweet Poppy Stencils with the Sweet Poppy Stencil Leaf Flowers on plain black card stock.

2. Used Sweet Poppy Stencils Mica Lustre Powders, in Glitter Gold, Bronze and Olive Gold. I wanted the flower to look like aged, distressed metal so heat set the Dimensional Paste which meant the paste bubbled.

Sweet Poppy Stencils Gilding Flakes in Sunset Red.3. To edge the black card stock I used red super sticky double sided tape and Sweet Poppy Stencils Gilding Flakes in Sunset Red.

4. I took a piece of textured black cardstock and ran through an embossing folder, I rubbed Buff It polish in Antique Gold over the embossed card, buffing to shine.

5. Finally matted the Leaf Flowers onto the embossed cardstock and adhered to the front of the notebook.

 

Thanks for popping by and taking the time to leave a comment, it’s always nice to get feedback πŸ™‚

 

I’ll be entering the following challenges 

Crafting With Friends challenge #12 

Creative Fingers challenge #101

Daring Cardmakers challenge – Fools Gold

Simply Papercrafts challenge #21 

 

Discover Your Passion – Indigo Blu

Discover Your Passion - Indigo Blu

 

Afternoon, hope you’re all well today!

I’ve been playing my acrylic inks again, I think I need to get some more colours πŸ™‚

These are the same inks I used for the Dream Art Journal page, you can see my blog post here, but as you can see the colours are much brighter for the Butterfly card above. I used a different mix of acrylic ink to water for this project, the ability to mix up the sprays as I want is going to be so useful πŸ™‚

I started my spraying the background with the acrylic inks, whilst the ink was drying I created several masks for the butterfly stamp. I then started stamping the butterfly in Black Archival Ink, from an Indigo Blu stamp set, masking the stamped butterflies as I went. I stamped the sentiment using Black Archival Ink, highlighting some areas of the text with a white pen. I intensified the colour of some of he butterflies, painting them with the neat acrylic inks. I emphasized the sentiment by dotting around it with white markers, various nib widths, and adding some glossy accents sprinkled with clear glitter (although the sparkle isn’t showing up much in the photo!). I also added a border to the project using a white pen, before adding the decoupage butterflies for some added dimension. The decoupage butterflies were stamped onto a piece of card that I’d already covered with the acrylic ink sprays. Finally matting onto black cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

 

I’ll be entering this in the 

 

Indigo Blu Challenge #35

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #20

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Anything But Cute Challenge #9