Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone…

After walking the pupsters this morning I headed into the craft room to have a play.  I was meant to be tidying it up but pffffft!  Why tidy when you can get messy!  I decided to make a canvas for Craft Stamper’s May Challenge and here it is…

There are so many layers to it and it took me quite a few hours, mainly because I procrastinate way too much! The canvas already had a pinky/purple wash on it so I gave it a quick coat of Gesso, added some strips of tissue paper with text on before adding fresh colour.

I used a brayer to add a soft orange and a mid-tone pink and then added some white in the middle to lighten it slightly before splattering on some white Gesso for texture.

To contrast with the warm hues, I’ve heat embossed on Wow’s! gorgeous Primary Bluetiful Embossing Powder after just wiping a Versamark Watermark stamp pad on the top left corner and the bottom. I heat embossed it twice and rubbed away the areas I didn’t want the colour. Then, while it was still warm, I used a pointy tool to scratch away some of the colour to reveal the pink/orange below the surface.

After rummaging in my various (rather large) boxes of stamps I found an old Kaisercraft stamp with a butterfly and the numbers ’36’ on which I stamped in various areas.  I particularly love the little swirl on the end of the stamp as it echos the butterfly antenna which I have to admit was a happy coincidence!

While rummaging, I also found (another Kaisercraft stamp I think?!) which was teeny tiny polka dots which I’ve added using a gorgeous teal colour acrylic paint.  Using a dry brush, I’ve then added DecoArt’s Rose Gold acrylic from their Dazzling metallics range and this gives a beautiful warm sheen.

The white dots come courtesy of Visible Image’s Two Tone stencil and I lightly marked where the  the MDF butterfly would sit so I could stencil the dots around the butterfly.

The MDF butterfly was painted in a teal colour acrylic and once dry I added DecoArt’s Crackle Paste.  I had intended to leave it white but it looked bare so I’ve wiped on Prima’s Metallique was in White Gold for warmth.

For the butterfly wings, I’ve used Wow’s strawberry Sundae embossing powder with Visible Image’s Count Me In stencil on Crafter’s Companion Vellem (fabulously thick!) and added white Posca pen to grunge up the numbers.  This was then glued to the back of the butterfly.  I’ve twisted some copper wire to make the antenna and adhered them in place before securing the butterfly over some cheesecloth which I spritzed using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray.

I kept the text simple and used the wording from Visible Image’s Wings of Change.  ‘Transform’ is heat embossed onto acetate before adhering to Vellum and gluing in place.


‘Metamorphosis’ was stamped onto tissue paper before being secured to the canvas using matt gel medium.  To finish the canvas, I used a palette knife to add some crackle glaze just for some extra texture and a slight gloss.

And there you have it!  I rather love this canvas and might actually pop this one up in my craft room.

Catch you again soon… H x

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Visible Image and Gelli Printing

Hello, hello everyone…

I’m back again sharing not just one but three makes I made for the Visible Image DT!

I had a Gelli plate for my birthday last year but I’ve not really spent much time playing with it. After seeing some gorgeous makes on FB, I felt inspired to dig it out and see what I could come up with.  Have you ever Gelli-plated?!  Just gather your acrylics in your chosen colours and a multitude of mark making tools.  In the past I’ve used bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard and anything I can get my hands on but for this make I used elements of the following stamp sets: Live in the Moment, Elemental, Scripted Streets and Mesh-ellaneous.

The first ‘pull’ has the majority of the colour and images

The 2nd print, or ghost print, is fainter and has much more white space

Once the prints have dried, you can select areas to use for making your cards.  The first print, I cut an area 8×8″ and matted it onto black card stock.

After heat embossing the three butterfly silhouettes in black, I added a hint of sparkle using Ink Splats to add areas of silver and to highlight the main sentiment, which I embossed over the coffee stain stamp.

To add extra dimension to the project, I heat embossed the butterfly detail in copper onto Vellum, which is such a lovey, soft paper to use.  Once fussy cut, I adhered them to their silhouette with their wings slightly aloft.

I love the contrast between the background and the softness of the Butterflies

 

I almost prefer the ‘ghost’ print as I’m not good at putting white space into my makes.

Fabulous textures on the ‘ghost’ print

I love the delicate wings on the dragon fly from the Live in the Moment set and his wings look incredible over the background splatter from Somewhere in Time. 

The second card also used the background splatter from Somewhere in Time but this time has the fabulous eye from Where Dreams Take You .

The silver embossed circles are from the Live in the Moment stamp set

I’m rather chuffed with these makes and I def want to explore what my Gelli Plate can do as the textures and layers you can create are very much my style.  Why not hop on over to the Visible Image Blog page to see what everyone on the DT has been making lately!

That’s all from me… have a great week and I’ll see you soon.

H x

 

 

 

 

Textured ‘Visible Image’ Hanger

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you!

Today I have a little hanging to share with you that uses so many of the gorgeous new Visible Image stamps.  They may not be that ‘in your face’ (so-to-speak!) but they are definitely there when you look a little closer.

Firstly I applied modelling paste through the ‘Fibres‘ stencil and then added acrylic paint to give an ombre type effect.  I’ve then used the new ‘Fibonacci‘ and ‘Elemental‘ stamps’ to add extra interest while also applying some Art Alchemy wax in Brushed Iron to some of the raised texture.

The Fibonacci stamp is just awesome for background interest

The backgrounds for the florals are made using using distress oxide ink pads and the ‘Tattered Floral’ Bigz die.

Tim Holtz’s ‘Tattered Floral’ die was perfect for this project

I’ve loaded different colours onto and craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged the card through the colour.  Once dry, you can add yet more colour and get fabulous texture before die-cutting. To add the detail onto the flowers, I’ve used the new stamps (and some of the old) to add texture and more colour and then shaped and layered then up.

Fibonacci

Organics

The florals are joined together using brads or buttons sewn on

Once stamped, I’ve edged the florals using a Vintage Photo Distress ink pad and given them a little spritz with gold ink and splattered lightly with white gesso.

For a sentiment, I chose to use the ‘Creativity’ off the ‘Creativity’ stamp and heat embossed it onto a strip of vellum.  This was then tucked around the hanger and secured using the florals and some small dabs of hot glue under the sentiment itself.

I love the contrast in textures between the crisp vellum and the background

Visible Image products used in this project:

Hope you’ve been enjoying looking at all the design teams inspiring projects over the last week or so… I know there are still some stunning makes to come so keep a look out over at Visible Image!  The Visible Image folks are currently out in Phoenix exhibiting at the wondrous Creativation and I have an inkling it’s going rather well so big up #teamawesome!!

Thanks for looking…

H xx

Mixed Media Make

Morning all,

Just the one card to share today and I have to admit that I think it’s my new favourite card (for the moment anyway!)

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A 7×7″ card blank has been used for this make and I began by stencilling the background using Tim Holtz and Sheena Douglas stencils.  Fairly light distress inks were used to begin with; Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemonade and Lilac before moving onto Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo.

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You can see the stencils peeking through the overlaid inked tissue paper and the spritzing ink.

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I’ve added an old Visible Image butterfly stamp to the corner using a mix of inks ranging from a dark blue to a purple to this lighter metallic blue.

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Lastly,  the main focal point has been to the card.  I love adding texture to my makes and saved some small corrugated card I found in a box of crackers for cheese at Christmas! Having painted it in three different acrylic paints, I added the loose hemp square and ribbon before winding round bakers twine. The feathers are embossed using the A4 Peacock Feather embossing folder from Xcut and are cut using the Feather dies also from Xcut.

I’ve used the same acrylics as on the corrugated card and poked them through the twine.  To finish, a painted little MDF bird has been secured atop the pennant!

I just love the bright and cheeriness of the finished card… I’m tempted to pop it in a frame and hang it in the craft room!

Catch you next time!

H xx