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Saturday, September 26, 2009

'Swirls' Twinchies

Here are a set of twinchies done for a swap on UK Stampers Forum. The theme this month is swirls.

I used a single swirl stamp from The Artistic Stamper and black card for the base. I inked the stamp with Versamark ink and stamped randomly on a 6 x 4 inch piece of black card. I then first heat embossed with a gold opalescent Pearlustre embossing powder. I then stamped again with the same stamp over the original embossed images and used violet ep this second time and finally did the same again with blue ep. This layered up the ep's over each other and left bits of the black card showing through in places.

I then edged all these spaces with a white opaque pigment pen. The card was trimmed into six 2 inch squares and these were edged with purple chalk ink.


This close up shows a little bit of the detail and I liked the layered look I achieved.

Sid xx

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Foliage Inchies

Here are my inchies for this months swap whose theme is 'Foliage'. I have used part of a fern image from PaperArtsy. I stamped in Versmark and heat embossed with three different shades of green embossing powder.

The background colours are whispers dye inks applied with cut'n'dry foam. I have also infilled with See D's morsels leaf stamps in the same dye inks.

The inchies have been edged with Krylon gold pen.

Sid xx

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Monday, September 14, 2009

'S' is for Spooky Tag



Here is my tag for this weeks challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. This weeks theme was 'S' is for Spooky. Wanted to create a dark and bleak effect on this one.

I began with a dark brown card trimmed to size. I first used a stamp of a bare tree (PaperArtsy) and inked the stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with detail silver embossing powder. I then used a cloud stamp (A Stamp in the Hand) and inked this with Brilliance moonlight black ink and stamped the cloud background. The moon (A Stamp in the Hand) was stamped in Brilliance moonlight white in a gap in the clouds.



The bird stamp (PaperArtsy) was next inked with black Stazon and stamped onto white shrink plastic 3 times, and trimmed and shrunk with the heat gun. The stamp was then inked with Versafine onyx black and stamped along the bottom of the tag. I used a Stewart Gill Artaglio stamp inked with Brilliance starlight silver to fill in the gap under the words.



The chipboard letter S was coated in Versamark and heat embossed twice with Marcasite embossing powder. The tag was then assembled by sticking the shrunk birds on the tree as shown with Glossy Accents. The chipboard letter S was stuck in place followed by some K&Co black letters (mounted on foam pads) to spell out 'Spooky'. The whole tag was edged with Brilliance graphite black. A black eyelet was applied with the crop'a'dile and 4 short lengths of silver metallic cord were tied through the hole.


Sid xx

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Clowns - Love 'em or hate 'em


Circus Clowns are one of those weird things that you either love or hate. Most of us have childhood memories of the circus and my own memories (being brought up as a kid in Blackpool & The Tower Circus) were that I was petrified of them. They always managed to put the fear of God in me for whatever reason.

With that in mind I recently bought a set of 'build a clown' acrylic stamps (Basic Grey) and as part of my monthly swap with Diane over in the USA we decided to do a Triptych ATC this month, hence the inspiration for this one.

I started off with pale blue base card and cut two ATC sized pieces. I then cut the arch shape freehand across both bases and cut the top ATC in half lengthwise to make the 'doors'. The front panels were made from a background I had made previously with mica sprays. I used a polka dot stamp from Tanda to stamp the dots on the fronts and the insides in vintage sepia Versafine ink. The flowers on the bottom of the fronts was a border stamp (?) inked first with black cherry Stazon ink. The clown stamps were inked with onyx black Versafine and the clown was built. The words were stamped similarly on the inside right 'door'.



I then used Nick Bantock inks in cerulean blue, prussian blue and damson plum applied with cut'n'dry foam to colour the inside of the card. The clown itself was coloured with Copics and a flower stamp was inked with prussian blue and stamped around the clown.

Next the hardware was added. I used two brass hinges and attached the doors with eyelets applied with the crop-a-dile. The door knobs are two brass effect brads.




Final touches were added with Stickles glitter glue in crystal and diamond.



Hope that Diane likes my little Triptych (even though she might hate clowns !).

Sid xx

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Upcycled Packaging - Cottonwool Bud Container !!


Everyday we dispose of endless amounts of waste packaging. Everything from food cans, cereal boxes, plastic meat containers to clothing tags. Why not just look in the bin for inspiration. I challenged members of UK Stampers forum to alter a piece /or pieces of packaging of any type and turn it/them into a piece of art.

I chose a Johnson & Johnson cottonwool bud container which had a cardboard base and a polythene lid as my piece of art, and here it is.



The body of the container was first gessoed (I applied a couple of coats), and allowed to dry. I used Whispers dye inks in orange and red applied with cut'n'dry foam to the bottom half of the container. I masked this with a Tim Holtz mask of a fence and applied more red ink over this until it looked ok. I used green dye ink to colour the top half of the container by the same method. When happy I sprayed the base with cheap hair laquer to seal the dye inks onto the gesso.

A striped self adhesive ribbon (DCWV) was applied to cover the join between the two colourways. Next a very small dragonfly stamp was inked in black Stazon and stamped along the sides above and below the ribbon in a random fashion. When the ink was dry some pink Stickles glitter glue was applied over each dragonfly image and allowed to dry.




Next I made the flower embellishments. I used die-cut flowers from mulberry paper in green, blue, ecru & pink. I laid these down on a non-stick craft mat and sprayed liberally with mica spray with silver mica. Once dry the flowers were stamped with vintage sepia Versafine ink using a small flourish stamp from Elusive Images (Graphicus). Each flower was then assembled with a pastel brad and shiny sequin, the legs of the brad folded back to hold the flower together. The flowers were then adhered to the box as shown in groups of three with sticky dots to secure.



Finally I had the lid to decorate. I took various alcohol inks and dropped them onto the lid top and sides, quickly blowing the ink around with a drinking straw ( the ink can fly, so if you do this protect yourself and the area around you). Once happy with the effect the whole lid was coated on the outside with matt acrylic varnish and allowed to dry. The inside of the lid was given two coats of cream acrylic paint acting as a backdrop to the colours and allowing some of the uninked areas to be highlighted. I think the lid reminds me of Moocroft pottery actually !




Finally the lid lacked something, I thought of adding a metal knob of some type but ended up making another flower (as described before but with more layers) this time with some sequin leaves and a pastel flower brad.



The last pic shows a top down view of the embellishment on the lid. Very interesting to alter something that would have definately been binned.
Why not try it?

Hope the one receiving it is pleased !

Sid xxx

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

'C' is for Child Tag


Tag time again !! This is the 'C' for Child Tag I have crafted as a challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. I thought the Klimt image was appropriate and it looks really cool on the metallic card that looks very much like copper !

Pale blue card was used as the base tag. This was then coloured with Distress inks applied with cut'n'dry foam in shabby shutters & vintage photo. This was then stamped with vintage photo and a diamond stamp from PaperArtsy at the top and was heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Two background stamps (dots & sticks ?) were inked in Distress pine needles and vintage photo and stamped as seen. A mask (Heidi Swapp) of a tree branch was applied at the bottom right and more Distress pine needles applied over it. That completes the base tag.

Next a Klimt image of a mother and child(Cherry Pie) was inked in black Stazon and stamped onto a two-tone metallic card. This was trimmed out and applied to the tag with foam pads as shown.


A chipboard 'C' and a star were coloured with Distress vintage photo and applied as shown with Glossy Accents. The pre-printed 'precious' and letters (K&Co) were inked with vintage photo Distress and applied as shown. Finally the whole tag was edged in dark brown chalk ink and an eyelet and satin ribbons threaded through to decorate.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

'Pets' Twinchies


Here are a set of twinchies done in the theme of 'Pets'. I have spray coloured the backgrounds and stamped with some little stamps on the backgrounds in Versafine onyx black and then used Copics to colour in selected bits of the images. The animals were printed on the inkjet printer as sadly I have no real stamps of pets !! These were then trimmed out and applied with glue stick.

Sid xxx

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

'Ladies' Inchies


Here are my Inchies for our monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum. The theme was 'Ladies'. I used a stamp from Tanda and stamped this in onyx black Versafine onto dark peach cardstock and then trimmed this out. The white background was cut out with a punch and coloured with Distress inks in mustard seed, worn lipstick & shabby shutters applied with cut'n'dry foam and was then stamped with a text stamp from PaperArtsy using vintage sepia Versafine. The ladies were then stuck onto the coloured bases and 5 blobs of pink Stickles applied as shown. When dry each inchie was edged with Versamagic perfect plumeria chalk ink.

That's it.

Sid xx

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