Sunday, 7 October 2018

Black ice... Honor the Seasons and Bloom and Grow

Hello and welcome

I can't believe we are in October already and it's whizzing by so quickly too. Quite scary. This really is my favorite time of year and on a long drive out yesterday as passenger instead of driver, I was able to take in the beauty of all the amazing colours as the leaves on the trees are turning. Stunning. I really to need to make something with those colours. For now though it's all about the cracked ice technique.

I managed to grab a little time earlier in the week and have been wanting to re visit this technique. I managed to find one piece of silver foil and made these two cards along side each other. So quick and easy but I must admit I'm not as in love with the look as I was when I first stumbled on the technique.
All that's needed are stamps of your choice, black archival ink, versamark and embossing powder.




Here's what I used...

Stamp Set... Leaves. Both sets are very old and I believe they are by Creative Expressions but any you have will do.
Stamp set... Bloom and Grow by Visible Image.
Archival Ink Pad... Black.
Versamark Ink Pad.
Embossing Powder.
Heat Gun.
Black Card.

Here's what I did...

Cut the silver foil to the size you would like. Take the black ink pad and holding it lightly, drag it down the silver foil. repeat all the way across the card.  Turn the card top to bottom and repeat. To darken the edge just gently drag the ink pad down a few times and do the same at the bottom.

Take the verse from the leaves set and stamp it into the middle of the foil. Take two or three of the leaves and using the same ink, stamp randomly over the foil. My ink pad is drying out so the solid images were not easy to do. I did use my stamp press which helped as I was able to repeat stamp. Set aside to dry. I did the second card exactly the same but using the Bloom and Grow set.

Once the ink is thoroughly dry, take the versamark pad and very gently and without pressure, drag in down the card in the same way as the black ink, making sure you try and keep it even across the foil. Apply the embossing powder and heat set. This gives the look of ice. Quite effective and the photos really don't do it justice.

I mounted onto black card and then onto white. I then mounted once again onto black before mounting onto the card base.

I hope you like them. I think you either love this look or hate it but if you've never tried it have a go, it's all good fun :-)

All for now.

Bev. xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Sing your own song

Hello and welcome

Back here again. Grabbing any spare moment I can to create something at the moment. This is a very quick and easy one and way smaller than my usual makes. It seems to be all about words and feelings at the moment. I think of or choose wording and find something to put with it. 


I have taken a pic of the items used to create this card once again to save time :-)


Here's what I did...

I began by blending over the spun sugar over the whole card and then darken the edges with the victorian velvet. Take the dinky stencil by That's Crafty and a baby wipe and take off some of the ink in a couple of places. Blast with a heat tool to ensure dry before placing the stencil back over and blending through randomly with victorian velvet until happy with the look.

Take the Visible Image stamp and ink up with Archival Rose Madder and stamp onto the card. Take the microphone from the Sheena stamp set and ink up with Versafine Blck Onyx and stamp onto the card. Take the verse from the same stamp set and stamp with the same black ink. No stamp for the other wording so I used my P-Touch to type out the wording. I stuck the wording to white card and trimmed. Glue into place on the card and draw round the edge with the black Posca pen.

Mount this onto black card and then onto a piece of matching pink card stock and then onto a card base.

How easy was that. So no matter what people think... Sing your own song.

Thank you for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

All for now.

Bev. xx

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Focus

Hello and welcome on this lovely sunny Sunday.

I hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend. I had a little spare time yesterday and really wanted to visit a past technique which I have been thinking about all week but found I had run out of the main item needed to make what I had planned. I even tried a substitute material which was going quire well until I had to heat it. Sadly it all went wrong so made this very quick tag instead. It's all about the words for me lately and had these words in my head so this is this is the result.


To save time listing, I have taken a photo of products used to make this tag.


Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of card and blended the Tea dye and Bundled Sage over the tag until happy with the depth and blend. I took the Harlequine stencil and using a baby wipe, dabbed through the stencil randomly to remove some of the colour. I did the same again dabbing through with the Tea dye. Working out roughly where the camera was to sit, take the PaperArtsy stencil and applly Tea dye and Weathered Wood at the bottom of the tag. I took one of the elements from the Seth Apter stamp set and the Victorian Velvet ink pad and stamped part of it all the way around the edge. Then blend around the edges with Vintage Photo to darken.

Stamp the camera onto a spare piece of card using Baked Brown Sugar ink and sprinkle over the embossing powder and heat. Once cooled take the Antique Linen and blend over the whole camera. Cut out carefully. Glue the camera in place on the tag and set aside.

I did't have a stamp for my chosen wording and I didn't want to use an alphabet stamp so typed wording into the P-Touch and printed. I didn't want to stick this directly to the tag so applied to spare card and cut out. Glue in place on the tag and draw in some stitching using a black micron pen.

I found a little flower in my stash so glued this to the lens of the camera. To give the look of shadow in front of the camera I used the dots pen. I have to admit this is one of my favourite tools and use it all the time. Fantastic for shading and shadows :-)

Mount on to brown card and then I chose some card to pick up the colour of the rose. Mount on to tag base. Punch a hole for the ribbon.

No matching ribbon in my stash so used a piece of off white ribbon and applied Tea die and a little Vintage Photo to a craft sheet and spritzed with water. Dragged the ribbon through and dried. Thread a piece through the hole and then make a bow.

So make sure you focus on what you want and maybe you will get it. I hope you like it and as always, thank you for dropping in. 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a fabulous week ahead.

All for now.

Much love, Bev. xxx


Thursday, 27 September 2018

People in Life

Hello and welcome

I have made another quick and easy card. I didn't actually know where I was going with this. Had an evening to myself last night and had this verse that I really love and just stamped it to the side on a piece of card and went from there. This was the result. I wasn't that keen at first and it very nearly went in the bin but I thought no, keep going and see what happens.



Here's what I used...

Inkylicious stamp... Some People in Life.
Deep Red stamp... Alice Standing.
Inkylicious stamp... Moon complete with stencil and mask.
Carabelle Studio stamp... Rabbit from Alice and Wonderland I think. Had ages and bought as is.
Leonie Pujol stamp set... Feathery Flourish.
The Crafters Workshop stencil... Mini Microbial.
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black and Smokey Grey.
Ranger Archival Ink Pad... Shadow Grey.
Ranger Distress Inks... Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China and Weathered Wood.
Posca Pen...Gold.
Signo Pen... White.

Here's what I did...

I began by stamping the verse on the right of the card with black ink. Then stamp Alice to the left and the moon between the two. Stamp Alice onto masking paper and carefully cover the stamped image. Now use the mask for the moon and carefully cover that. Using the distress inks in squeezed Lemonade and Broken China, blend gently using brushes to get a soft even colour blend, leaving it very light over the wording. Once happy with the colour take the stencil, place over Alice. Take theWeathered Wood distress ink and blend across the stencil to give some interest.

Remove the masks from Alice and the moon. Place the negative of the moon stencil over the moon so that you can easily position the moon stamp. Stamp the moon using the Shadow Grey. Now take the rabbit and stamp him onto the moon using the Smokey Grey ink pad. Brush over very sofly with the weatheredd wood.

Colour Alice using any medium you have. I used Whisper water colour pens. I felt I wanted a border for this card so took one of the elements from Leonie's stamp set and stamped around the edge of the card with black ink. Take the small flower from the same set and stamp one in each corner of the card. 

I found a clock in my stash so decided to hang this from the moon. Glue into place and then draw a gold chain using the gold Posca pen. Add some white highlights to Alice using the Signo pen.

Mount onto a piece of complimentary blue card stock and then onto some lemon card. Mount onto the blue again before mounting onto the card base.

A very easy card to make and shows this awesome verse off well. I am sure we all have someone in our life that fits with this verse and I hope we can all be one of those people. Life is way too serious sometimes.

Hope you like it. Thank you for dropping in and have a fabulous weekend.

All for now. 

Much love, Bev. xx



Sunday, 23 September 2018

Life Is Too Short

Hello and welcome

Well this is getting a bit of a habit lol. I am back here again with another really quick and easy make. I have to say it has really done me good to get back in the craft room. I need to try and find more time throughout the working week I think. 


Here's what I used...

Large lolly sticks from my stash.
Inkylicious stamp... Birds on a wire.
Inkylicious stamp... Life Is Too Short.
Stampin Up Ink pad... Basic Black.
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics... Nougat, Smurf and Blueberry.

Here's what I did...

Take a scrap piece of card and glue the lolly sticks onto it. Using a dry brush, blend over the lolly sticks with a good coat of Nougat. Blend in some Smurf out towards the top and bottom. Now blend in some Blueberry very lightly. Go over again with some Nougat and keep layering until you get the look you want. Blast with a heat gun to ensure the paint is dry.

Take the birds and ink up with the black ink pad and stamp onto the lolly sticks. I used a stamp press as I knew I would need to repeat stamp. Do the same with the verse. This stamp is one stamp so I masked off the bottom part of the stamp before inking up so that I could split the verse in half. Repeat this when stamping the bottom part of the verse.

Stamp a small love heart top and bottom twice and draw in the line with a black micron fine liner to hang the hearts. Add some red colour with a felt pen.

My original plan was to make this a hanging but changed my mind so mounted onto a matching piece of blue card stock. I then mounted onto black card before mounting onto my card base.

I really love this verse and it's a good way of thinking if you can. I sure need to take note. Anyway that's all from me today. I hope you like it and may be got inspired.

I hope you all have a great week ahead and hope to be back soon.

All for now.

Much love, Bev. xx


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Believe

Hello again :-)

Well there I was filing away my new stamp used in my previous post when I came across the Leopard Prowl which I have had forever and not actually used. It's quite scary when you start rummaging through your stash, just what you have and often haven't played with. Well I had to have a go and decided on this very quick and easy make. I rather quite like the look on this Kraft Card. Gives it an organic feel I thought. 


A quick pic of the items used to make this card to save time.



Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of Kraft Card and placed the stencil onto the card to give me a rough idea where to stamp the leopard. I used the stamping press so that I could remove the stencil and have the stamp exactly where I wanted it. Remove the stencil and then stamp the leopard onto the card using the black ink pad.

Place the stencil back onto the card and tape in place using low tack tape. Now take the distress oxide inks and an ink duster and blend over the wild honey, taking it over the top part of the stencil. Make sure to apply a good amount of ink. Do the same with the peeled paint at the lower part of the stencil all the time making sure you don't go over the stamped image.Take some spiced marmalade and a blending tool and blend around the edge of the stencil to darken the edge slightly. Take the ink duster and pinch the brush tightly to apply a few darker lines through the wild honey.

Once dry take the verse stamp and stamp at the top left using the black ink pad. Take the willow twig stamp and using the black ink pad, stamp along the bottom edge of the card using just the top part of the stamp. To give a little depth, do a few second generation stamping impressions too.

I decided the edges needed a little interest so I had a little look for something simple and decided on one of the elements from the Seth Apter Mark Makers set. Again use black ink and stamp just part of the stamp all the way around the outside edge of the card.

I felt the leopard needed an outer edge which the stamp doesn't have, so simply take a black micron pen and very carefully draw around the leopard. This actually makes quite a noticeable difference to the end look so rather pleased I did it.

Mount onto a piece of black card and then a piece of complimentary card stock and then onto a white card base.

I hope you like it and appreciate you stopping by. 

All for now.

Much love, Bev. xxx


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Believe in the Magic

Hello and welcome.

Well here I am on a weeks break from work. The weather is not bad but blowing a gale today. Sadly this seems to be the only real time I ever get to play in the craft room these days. Felt a bit lost and couldn't find half my stuff since a lot of it has been moved around but couldn't resist a play with a new stamp purchased at Ally Pally at the weekend. Yes I still went although a don't get the time to play. Hard habit to brake after 10 years plus. Never miss it. So here I am with a play with this awesome unicorn stamp from Inkylicious.


Here's what I used...

Inkylicious A5 Stamping Card... 350gsm.
Inkylicious Stamp Set... Unicorn Wish.
Inkylicious... Believe in the Magic.
Lavinia Stamp... Birds.
Lavinia Stamp... Moon.
Inkylicous Mask...Twin Peaks.
Inkylicious Masks...Hills I think, Unsure as very old.
Ranger Distress Inks... Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves..
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black and Imperial Purple.
Vellum Paper.
Cosmic Shimmer... Silver Lustre.
Stampendous... Silver Halo Mix.

Here's what I did...

I began by brushing over the whole card with Spun Sugar. I then began building the foreground using different pinks and the hill stencil. I masked off the moon before building colour for the sky. Taking the Twin Peaks I began building the mountains in the background. Taking the Seedless Preserves and a blending sponge, blend around the outside of the card. Once happy with how it looked, I removed the mask for the moon and stamped a moon using the Imperial Purple, second generation stamping so as not too dark.

Now to stamp the Unicorn. I decided to try this out on vellum and emboss with ball tools from the back to whiten the image and give depth and texture. I think it worked quite well. I stamped first with the black versafine. Turn over and emboss from the back and cut out carefully.

Now stamp the wording and birds using black versafine. Allow to dry for a moment and then glue the unicorn into place. Dab lots of silver lustre and sprinkle over the silver halo mix and tap off the excess.

Mount onto black card and then onto matching card stock. Finally mount onto the card base.

A nice fairy tale card with a little bit of magic.

I hope you like it and thanks for dropping by.


All for now, Bev. xxx

Black ice... Honor the Seasons and Bloom and Grow

Hello and welcome I can't believe we are in October already and it's whizzing by so quickly too. Quite scary. This really is my...