Oct 26, 2013

"It's Raining Men"

It's Raining Men

I was browsing through fb this morning and came across a link  
to a blog exploring Mixed Media called "Contadinak".
I watched the video and it showed how you can use a heat gun in your artwork.
(along with heaps of other gorgeous techniques too)
Well...I got thinking...
I should be able to adapt that aspect to a card.
What I did had nothing to do with the video
(which I highly recommend!)
but it reminded me of how we can use techniques, take bits and pieces
 and change them to suit our own styles.




I loved the effect of using the heat gun, 
so I will give you a step x step tutorial on how I made this card.

1.  Cut a piece of glossy cardstock (14.5cm x 10cm). Use Alcohol Inks following Tim Holtz's mono-print technique from CC102.  I used a squiggle of Copper mixative with Rust, Butterscotch and a couple of drops of Caramel AI. This dries within seconds.
2.  Drop 3 or 4 drops of blending solution into the center of the cardstock. Let it spread. This creates a spotlight effect. 
3.  Stamp the boys (from the "Friends 2" stampset by Art Journey) in the center of the card. Then stamp again each side of this to form a row of men.
4.  Cut out 3 masks of this image and place over your stamped images.
5.  Flick white acrylic paint over the background. I found that by picking it up on a medium sized brush and tapping it firmly onto the back of my hand worked fine.  This part of the process was quite messy, so allow plenty of room and use newspaper under your card.  Flick Mocha Mouse and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish acrylic paint until you are satisfied with the effect. I also flicked the bristles with my finger for a finer splatter effect.
6.  Using a heat gun, holding it close to your card, and in a continuous motion, randomly apply the glue along the top of your card. Start at one side of your card and work your way right across to the other side. You can move it backwards and forwards as you go to create more interest. Then turn your card around and repeat along the bottom.
7.  To finish the card I squirted some Rust AI onto a piece of felt (just folding it over, there is no need for a blending tool) and in a dabbing motion apply some colour along the top edge, using the glue as a boundary. I rubbed the glue carefully with this colour to make it stand out more.  Dab the colour in this area as much as you like as it created a mottled effect which looks great.
8.  Mat onto some black cardstock.

Enjoy!


Oct 20, 2013

"For the Love of Paris"

"For the Love of Paris"

Welcome to a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This fortnight it is to make a card...
so it can be any style of card that you like, any technique, any theme ~
 as long as it is a card...and of course uses stamps!

For my card I decided to have a go at 
a vintage Parisian theme.  
So romance, vintage/shabby chic, femininity and softness are what came to mind for me to create.
I've admired this style so many times and finally found the stamps to do it with.


The main technique is masking with only a few embellishments.
I borrowed the stamp (isn't she beautiful), and created a one layer design.  
I had fun water colouring her with DI's 
and creating some interest with the folds in her gown.
The background is built up using Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord
on shiny cardstock.  I like the soft effect of bright colours on this card.
Stencils were used to add the diamonds (clear embossing before the inking)
and then a little over-stamping with Watering Can Archival - added for interest.
I looove this colour! 
Butterfly tape was incorporated down the sides.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Oct 15, 2013

Tim's Class Day 4

CC 102...Day 4

I'm just a little slow getting started with my technique pieces for this class,
but I have made a start!!!
And with Day 4 as I have the stock for this one.

The "Monoprint Technique"
really caught my eye to start with and I looooove it!!!
So I made 3 very quickly


Each one uses the same colours in different amounts.
As they had a different feel about them I gave them
a different topic each.

The moment of magic for me was when my son 
reluctantly came over to give his opinion on it
and spent the next 5 minutes in awe of each one and
twisted his head from side to side to revel
in the hologram effect that was created.

It was a hit!
Thanks Tim.



Enjoy! 

Oct 12, 2013

"A Touch of Autumn"

"A Touch of Autumn"

It is Spring in my part of the world, 
however the autumnal cards that are around in blogland
at the moment have been so beautiful and inspiring.

This card is just a muck around piece combining a lot of different ideas
that I have come across. 
The colours though are what I love the most.

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Stamping inside of a stencil is a really fun thing to play around with
(this one is a stamped Darkroom Door leaf which I cut out).
I've left the background fairly plain as I wanted the focus to be on the
leaves and images in them.

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Oct 10, 2013

"A Little Flirt"

"A Little Flirt"

I was in one of those cheeky moods when I made this card.
A little on the sassy side, but all in good fun...


I have used a new stamp from the Stampsmith which just cried out 
for a little attention!

And I love the colours.

The techniques are ripped paper and then colouring,
 using a heart stencil 
and also using bleach.


Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Oct 7, 2013

"Feminine Beauty"

Feminine Beauty
is the new challenge this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

I have some gorgeous silhouette stamps from Flonzcraft
and I had the idea of using them in white instead of the usual black.
This then lead to the idea of a Wedgwood type of card.
Simple elegance is the look that I was after.


For this card I have inked up the background and front panel
in a mixture of blue DI.
I stamped the crackle onto the background to break it up just a little.
The flowers I made myself (yes, I am slowing getting the hang of it!)
The main image can be found here.
Being in a Wedgwood style, it was extremely difficult to not add 
extra bits!!!!!!!!!!! It was all about the white on blue.

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Enjoy


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Oct 6, 2013

"Out On The Farm"

"Out On The Farm"
It is time for another challenge over at 
and the theme this time around is Stenciling/Masking.
And it is World Card Making Day too...so a great time to join in the fun!

This one is for my friend Glenda ~
she lives in a shed out on her farm and always
has eggs for me ~ I love seeing her chooks
just wandering around every time I go to visit.
Especially when there are little chicks!
I'm always greeted with hugs, a chat, coffee, 
her latest cooking invention, laughter 
and a wander through the gums out the back of her property.
Time always flies and we both get to stop and relax a little.


For this card I have used the mini gears stencil which I strayed with some
dylusional ink and then went over the top of it with
the mini cells stencil with DI.
I masked off the shed and chooks and water coloured them with DI.
The colours were chosen to represent the harshness
of the Australian outback and its relentless heat.
I have used a little bleach on the barn and chooks to add some depth.
The gum leaves add the contrasting colours.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Thanks Glenda for being such a good friend.

Enjoy..And happy World Card Making Day everyone xxx


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Oct 1, 2013

"Secret Love"

Secret Love

I was asked, for the first time ever, to be a guest designer by
They surprised me with an email inviting me to be their GD
for the texture challenge (with a twist of glimmer/shine).
I gave this serious thought...like for 2 seconds...
then jumped at it with both feet!!!


I am really loving the texture of corrugated card at the moment and this time 
after covering it in tissue tape I gave it a light gesso wash...
I will definitely be doing this again as it makes a gorgeous background.
Then some torn and ripped papers, 
embossing and grunge paste make up the rest of the texture.
There is a little ink on the papers but I liked the way the colours played off each other,
so I haven't added a lot.



The glimmer is on the heart, the beads, metal and rhinestones.
The heart is made up of an image stamped onto tissue paper and glued on,
embossed on one side with glossy accent highlights
and pearl glimmer mist sprayed over the top.


I just thought I would add this pic to show the glimmer on the heart piece.

Pop on over to the C2CU blog and be inspired by this months challenge -
the team have some awesome inspiration to share!
It is such an honour to be involved
and I thank the team for the opportunity to do something different.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges...