Saturday 30 November 2019

A Snowy Christmas card

It's only three weeks until Christmas! and the Christmas spirit is in full swing at my house! Here is one of my favourites and super easy...

I used three colours of paint to create the background.  I painted the darker colour around the edges first.  I then painted a lighter colour in the middle ensuring that there were no harsh lines between the two. To achieve this, I had only a little paint on the brush whilst I brushed it backwards to blend the dark and light colours together seamlessly!  

I then stenciled with several stencils using paint and stencil brushes. The trick for success is to use a little paint otherwise it oozes out  through the bottom of the stencil and you get a sloppy mess with no clear lines!

Now for the best part....Creating the snow! I can hear jingle bells now!

Expandit is honestly one of my favourite products by Colourcraft, especially for snowflurries and snowflakes. I did this by smearing a thin layer of Expandit onto my work surface with a palette knife, then stamping lightly into it with a stamp on an acrylic block and then onto my card. I then heat it with a heat gun and voila; puffy puffy fun!

It only takes a few moments. Take care not to heat it for too long otherwise it can burn

Next I created the snowflakes by dipping a pointy tool into the Expandit and lightly tapping it onto my card at random intervals. Again a light blast with my heat makes the little circles puff. 

For this card, I added some die images which I had painted with glitter glue and mounted onto the card!

Would love to see what you make with Expandit, you are not limited to just snow!! 

Happy playing!

Friday 29 November 2019

Forest Layers

This week I've been having a play, building up layers on a cotton fabric base, although you could use a base of heavy paper instead.
The process used some yarns, screen printing, a couple of stencils and couching stitching. Oh and I thought the forest needed some sparkle too!

Here is my finished picture, but you could use the same techniques and products and come up with your own unique picture. 

Screen printing can be messy so protect your surface. I like to use several layers of newspaper over a plastic sheet which gives a little give which helps the printing.

I used some yarn and some net from lemons to add design. Having taped them across the fabric I mixed some adva print pearl binder and  Adva-Print concentrated fabric colours brown and white. I then placed a screen printing screen over the fabric and a dribbled the mixed colour across the top area. 

Tips for screen printing:

Holding the screen firmly down with one hand, place the squeegee  (or an old plastic credit card) above the ink and, applying some pressure, pull it down the screen, taking the ink with it pull at a 45ยบ angle  Repeat, and then put the squeegee to one side, being careful not to drip excess ink.
 Holding the fabric down with one hand, lift the screen up from the bottom edge and then away.
You can mix the Adva print colours to get the shade you want (I mixed a green to use next).

 When you have finished wash the screen with cold water. Scrub it lightly with a sponge or nylon washing-up brush to make sure you get all the ink out.
 Leave the screen to air-dry before printing again.

Once the screen printing was dry, I decided I wanted to have a little sky showing through the forest tree design. I mixed a little Brusho ost. blue with water and dabbed it onto the area I thought needed to be the sky. I added a little SprinkleIT   Iridescent Violet to the wet blue to give the effect of light sparkling through the trees.

I then started to build up the layers of the forest.
In my palette, I mixed a little Brusho moss green and a little Brusho thickener with some water to form a paste. 

I then dabbed this over some of the TCW "Jungle Vines" mylar stencil  Colourcraft do stock this so give them a phone call (01142421431) if you would like one

When dry, this is the picture so far:

Wanting to add more layers and create 3D, I put the fabric in an embroidery hoop and couched some yarn down.

I stood back to view the composition and was not entirely happy. I decided it needed some sunlight shining through part of the trees onto the forest floor.
 I mixed some thickened Brusho Yellow Ochre and dabbed it through the TCW "Burst" mylar stencil. This is the same as I used for the bag design a couple of weeks ago.
I added some 
SprinkleIT  Iridescent Gold to the wet yellow paint before I removed the stencil.

When dry, I ironed the design on the reverse to remove any creases. I did this on a makeshift "ironing surface" consisting of folded newspapers covered in foil so as to not get any paint or sparkle on my ironing board!

I then tried a mount on the design to check I was happy with the design. I decided to stop there.

What do you think?

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Follow Your Dreams Hoop Art with Suzi

Good Day All, It's my pleasure to be here again to share my latest creation with you featuring some lovely ColourCraft products.  After doing a little sewing on my Inspiring Love Canvas I've been bitten by the sewing bug.  So for my project today I've created a piece of Hoop Art using Fabric paints to stamp onto some cotton before adding some details with hand sewing along with a few buttons.

I took a piece of cotton fabric and cut it to slightly larger than my embroidery hoop.  I then used a mix of opaque fabric paints and metallic fabric paints to stamps some patterns in my background ( stamps used, Dripping paint, Cracked Background and Dotties from Crafty Roo Designs).  I then used the Gold Metallic Fabric Paint to stamp Stars using the Star Poly Plate from Crafty Roo Designs.

I then added some embroidery around the stars using thin gold metallic thread.  I also added some wooden flower buttons from my stash.  To finish the project I used some Fuchsia/Magenta Foil to the Hoop and Wooden Buttons using my Mini Iron Tool. I also added some Ribbon to form a hanger for the Hoop which I secured with a Wooden Button.

To secure the fabric to the hoop I used hot glue, making sure to add the glue to the wooden frame rather than the fabric, so that it wouldn't show through on the front.

This is the first piece of Hoop Art I've created, and I'll definitely be creating more.  I really enjoyed the fabric painting too, and combining it with the embroidery gives such a lovely finish, it's something I definitely want to experiement with more.  You can find lots of different Fabric Paints in the ColourCraft Store, including Opaque, Pearl finish, Metallic and Fluorescent; they are all intermixable, so you can have great fun creating your own custom colours, or blending the colours on the fabric.

That's all from me for today. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Don't forget to share your creations in the Create with ColourCraft Facebook Group, we love to see what you create.

Thanks for visiting with us today
Bye for now

Monday 25 November 2019

Christmas Tag with Brusho's

Hello Colourcraft friends.   Christmas is coming and I'm feeling the jingle.  I've made a tag using Brusho Powders, some cute stamped houses, a santa sleigh die cut and some ribbons and bells.

I started by sprinkling Cobalt Blue, Ost Blue, Ultramarine and a little touch of Black Brusho Powder on a piece of white card and spritzing with water.  Then I cut my tag from part of this sheet for a perfect night sky.

I stamped some Textured Houses from Rubber Dance and watercoloured them with Brusho Powders, which I diluted in water.  I've used a variety of Brusho colours; Yellow, Rose Red, Ost Blue, Yellow Ochre, Ost Red, Orange and Leaf Green.  Then I fussy cut the houses and arranged them at the bottom of the tag.  I added the santa sleigh die which I cut from black card.  It was quite a big die cut, so I had to rearrange it a bit, removing two of the reindeer.  

I used a tag shaped metal brad to attach a couple of bells, some ribbon and silver twine and done!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to share your makes using Colourcraft products in the Create with Colourcraft fb group. 

Saturday 23 November 2019

Fabric-Paper Julbockar (Yule Goats!)

One of the techniques which I find quite fun and useful to do within Art Quilting is something called
"Fabric-Paper". Basically, this is a method of adhering decorative papers to fabric which makes the paper more durable for sewing with. I wouldn't use this technique for something that needs to be washed- but it certainly makes something which can be more easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

I started by decorating my own paper- some of them I sprinkled some Brushos on for more depth. I used a combination of every day objects for doing my printing! The ends of a thread spool, an eraser- whole and also carved, a rubber stamp from Rubber Dance, a piece of recycled rubber- the options are endless!
I poured a little of Colourcraft's Eco Acrylic Paint onto a sponge to apply paint to my objects and stamped away!

After these had dried, I cut circles out of my papers- slightly bigger than the figure I was going to cut out later, and adhered these to calico fabric using Fabric Medium as a glue. The nice thing about this medium is that it gave a nice matte texture to my pieces.

I then traced my "Julbock" template onto the backs of these circles and cut them out.

Now I have a bunch of fun critters to sew onto Christmas cards or whatever!

If you want to find out more about what exactly the Julbock is- check this link out!

See you next time!

Friday 22 November 2019

Metallic Layered Cards by Teresa

I love to add texture to my projects and simply layering different colours and materials can add so much richness and interest to a card.

I began by painting some metallic paint onto watercolour cardstock.

Next I took some Tissuetex and sprayed several colours of Brusho spray. I finished with some gold shimmer spray.

Once dry, I stamped and heat embossed some abstract patterns.

I tore of pieces of Tissuetex and pieced them over the metallic background before stitching in place.

I die cut apertures from black card and added a little detail with a gold pen.

Once the stitched panel was fixed in place behind the aperture I added a gold die cut sentiment.

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