Wednesday 30 January 2019

Painting with Water by Karen

Did you have those 'magic' books when you were a child, the type that, when you painted water over the image, the colour magically appeared? You had to be careful not to let the colours run in to each other to keep the colours strong and not end up with the same colour all over! I loved those books and I was reminded of them when I made this card.

I stamped the boy and girl on to watercolour paper with water resistant ink and masked them to add background features and then painted round them with water before adding my Brusho crystal colours. I pushed the colour around with a brush but it only goes to the wet parts of the image: Magic!

This needs to be dried thoroughly with a heat tool before painting in any details or the colours will run in to each other. For the smaller details on my images, I mixed the Brusho colours with some water and painted them in with a fine brush.

Once dry, I mounted this paper on to a card to finish.

There are a few tips and tricks for this in the video I made of the process:

I hope this was interesting and helpful to you. I am sure you have stamps that would lend themselves to these techniques: Enjoy!


Monday 28 January 2019

Upcycling my storage - Ewelina

Despite being an extremely organised person, my craft room is always extremely messy.
I blame it on the fact that I like seeing what I have so that I can grab it when I'm in the zone rather than having to look for it... 
I didn't want to show the extent of my messy studio to the wide public so you get to see only one of the shelves - on this one, I store some of the bases for my projects (small canvas, boards, wood slices, disassembled albums and other bits and pieces).

Here is the before and after ^^^ 

I started by grabbing one of my spare Dröna boxes (yes, I have a stash of those too!) and Tattered Angels Mixed Media Origins paper called Masquerade Ball (I love those dressed up ladies!!!).
To top it up - both Opaque and Metallic Fabric Paints ... and I was ready to start,

I cut out the ladies and glued them onto the box.
CONFESSION: It wasn't the best decision and proved slightly messy afterwards. Don't make the same mistake!!! You should do your background first and then glue the ladies onto it.

I chose of my Artistcellar stencils and Blue Metallic Fabric paint to do the background.
I used washi tape to keep the stencil in place while dabbing on the paint.

Using a range of greens and pinks/purples I coloured the ladies - the Mixed Media Origins paper is a little bit like canvas so fabric paints are perfect for it! 

Once everything is coloured and dry, you should assemble the pieces together using fabric glue (I used spray Crafter's Companion Stick'n' Stay).

I think it looks pretty cool, don't you?

Saturday 26 January 2019

Valentine ATCoins

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a great start to your weekend!

My project today is Artist Trading Coins.   I used some jelly plate background papers made using Colourcraft Acrylic ink, and I also used some lutradur and Acrylic Spray mists.

Step 1

Take a blank ATCoin and your Gelli plate printed background papers and using some tombow stick adhesive glue your disc to your paper.

Step 2

I took a script stamp and some Neon Red Hero Arts Ink Cube and stamped over the top of the Gelli printed paper.

Using the same ink cube, I ran this around the outside edge of each ATCoin.

Step 4

Take some lutradur and skim a very thin layer of expandit over the top and dry with a heat tool until it expands and dries, once dry spray with brusho acrylic spray mists, dry with your heat tool and die cut a heart shape.

Step 5

Time to embellish!.. I used some cotton ribbon, pink lace trim, wooden hearts, epoxy hearts

I hope you enjoyed todays project and make some of your own ATCoins, they are fun to make

Have a great weekend and see you all again soon

Sarah x

Friday 25 January 2019

Valentine Greeting Card with Brushos and Rubber Dance Stamps

Hi there!

It's time for another Valentine Card. This time I used the embossing resist technique. I stamped the Rubber Dance heart with WOW! Glintz powder onto mixed media paper. I coloured everything is with my beloved Brushos.

Here is a video tutorial:

Here are some close ups:

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Susanne



Wednesday 23 January 2019

Heart Brush Pot with Suzi

Good Day All, Today it's my pleasure to share with you my latest creation using lots of gorgeous products from the ColourCraft Store.  I decided I needed a pot to keep my paint brushes and similar tools in, so here's what I made;

The pot is an old stain remover container, which I'd been keeping for a while as I knew it would be perfect for upcycling at some point.  I had lots of fun adding texture to it, and here's how I did it.

To start off with I gave it a coat of white gesso then applied a layer of Tim Holtz Decorative Tissue Paper followed by another coat of white gesso.  Once dry I added some Liquitex Modelling Paste through a Heart stencil and allowed it to dry.

The next step was to add some colour, I chose the Rose Red Acrylic Mist Spray for this project;

I then set about creating some embellishments for my pot, so the first step was to spray some corrugated card with the Rose Red Acrylic Mist Spray.

 Once the card was dry I added some Copper DesignIT Paste (formerly Soft Form Relief Paste) and left it to dry.  Once dry I cut some hearts.

Then it was time to start adding the embellishments to my pot.  I took some cerise twine and wrapped it around the top of the pot, where the lid had screwed on.  I adhered it with a hot glue gun.  I then added some turquoise jute ribbon around the centre of the pot and hot glued on my hearts.

I then decided the hearts needed a little more sparkle, so I added some lovely pink floral gems to the hearts.

The only thing left to do was to fill the pot with some of my brushes.  Here it is along with some of the products I used to decorate it.

I love how this project turned out, lots of colour and texture, and perfect for it's chosen purpose.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I upcycled this container.  It's so easy to do and was lots of fun.

Thanks for visiting with us today
Bye for now

Monday 21 January 2019

Quirky Cat - A card wth Brusho's and Aztec Paints

Hello.  Gail here.  Today I am sharing a card of the seasonal variety made using Brusho's and Aztec paints.  I have decided that this year I will be ready for silly season with a sufficient stash of handmade cards to cover my Christmas requirements, so I intend to make a few every month.

I started by sprinkling Cobalt and Turquoise brusho's on a piece of card and spritzing with water.  I let the water pool and dry giving different depths of colour.

Then I roughly sponged Blue Aztec paint onto the card.  It gives a lovely shimmer and adds more depth to the colours.  

I sponged Silver Aztec paint through Stamplorations Swirly Bloom stencil and cut out a panel using a stitch rectangle die.

IO Sassafras With Hat was stamped on a scrap of patterned paper and fussy cut.  I coloured with Koh-i-Noor Intense colours and a waterbrush and added iridescent glitter glue to his hat and scarf

 I painted some card with Silver Aztec paint and cut out the snowflakes using Sizzix dies.  The sentiment is another Stamplorations die and inside I have stamped 'and a Happy New Year'.  Just to cover the whole season.  To finish I added a white mat and a dark blue card base.  

I hope you feel inspired to get out your paints and inks and create today.  Hugz
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