Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vintage ATC's

These ATC's are for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum.  The theme this time is 'A Vintage Affair'.  The backing was cut from plain card and then covered with some printed papers in three colourways.  I then used a swirl Glimmer Screen and coloured through it with a stencil brush and black soot Distress Ink.  The inked portions were then heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder.

Next I used a selection of  stamps from a new plate by Toodles & Binks called Very Vintage Set one - Gone Postal.  The set was compiled by Katy Fox of Craft Stamper.  Inks used were Archival Black, Versafine and Brilliance in a selection of colours.  Each ATC was edged with dark brown chalk ink to finish.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Overdressed Chair ?

Believe it or not, there is a chair under there somewhere !  Really have to put that stuff somewhere else.  Once more a quick peek at my messy room.  If you would like to see others rooms why not pop over to Julias Blog for 'What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday'  It's great to see others craft areas and makes you feel easier about your own too !!

Sid xx

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Peace in Silence Hanging

Here is my entry into the Freestyle Tri-Colour Competition running on UK Stampers Forum.  We have to use 3 colours as in the swatch below, showing the colours on both a white and a black background.

I started with a piece of unassuming printed background paper which had leafy swirls on a pale greeny-blue background.  I then used 3 liquid acrylic paints in the colourway and a foam circle stamp to apply the 3 colours in circles with some overlapping (leaving a space to add the text stamp later).  The paint was allowed to dry and then I filled in some stems in black Posca pen, assuming that the circles were going to be abstract flowers, that is !

I then stamped a solid flower in the centres of a number of the circle flowers using Stazon ink in azure, eden green and olive green.


Next I filled in the open centres of the flowers with black Posca pen and highlighted a lightspot on each with silver pen.

I bought the bee stamp recently from Lavinia stamps and I  stamped this with Versafine onyx black ink as shown.  I applied a bit of glitz with Stickles on the body stripes and added Glossy accents on the wings after colouring blue with Marvey Le plume II water based pens.  Once the Glossy Accents had dried I then stamped the text (using a PaperArtsy stamp) also in Versafine onyx black ink.  I added the swirls with black Posca too !

The finished plate was edged with broken china and forest moss Distress Inks applied with cut'n'dry foam before mounting on a piece of moss green card edged in more broken china ink.

The roof portion was cut from stout printed paper, edged in the same Distress inks and embellished with a Tim Holtz hitch fastener.  This was stuck in place with more glossy accents.  Finishing touches were to add a piece of blue bobble edging and to tie some gold twisted twine around the fastener to hang.

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beautiful Postcard

There is a monthly postcard challenge over on UK Stampers Forum.  This months if to use a them of 'Beauty' so this is my entry.

I cut a piece of blue cardstock to 6 x 4 inches and attached a piece of text printed paper from My Minds Eye called Mabel.  Once done I stamped an image in archival black ink using a rubber stamp from the Aspects of Design Butterfly Beauties plate by Tracey Coates.

This was coloured with mica paints in various colours to add a shimmer and subtle colour.  A little swirl was inked in dove grey Stazon around the edge and the text was added as a rub-on.

I roughly edged the card with gold Krylon pen before giving the card a coat of Ranger matte medium to seal and make it resilient to being posted to the recipient.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Workdesk Shambles !

Here is a shot of my desk taken this morning just to show you the shambles that it is !  I try to tidy but all I seem to do is move stuff around..........does that sound familiar?

Anyway I have not taken part in WOYWW for a while and for those that know me, my desk always looks like this.  To see others (more tidy) desks go to the lovely Julias blog where all will be revealed.

Sid xx

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Beautiful Mystery

I love pearlescent embossing powders, in fact I love anything with a sheen or a shine and this was the inspiration for this little 6 x 6 inch plate.  I found a swirl stamp on my workdesk and used this as the main stamp.

I started with a piece of 6 x 6 inch double sided printed paper with an intricate design in maroon and cream on one side and a distressed ledger print on the reverse (My Minds Eye - Stella Rose/Mabel).

In the bottom left corner I used the swirl stamp (?) and inked with Versamark and stamped 3 times, heat embossing each time with a different pearlescent embossing Powder.  I overlapped the stamped image in a few places.

I then folded the opposite corner of the square toward the front exposing the reverse print and scored across the fold.  I used fired brick Distress ink and cut'n'dry foam to apply an edge colour and then stamped a couple of times with the same stamp and ink.

I then cut a piece of textured cardstock to 6.25 inches square and inked a PaperArtsy architecture stamp of arches with fired brick and stamped this top left, drying with the heat gun to show where the folded paper would be when matted.

The words are from the same PaperArtsy set and were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder on a piece of the maroon textured card. This was matted onto a piece of cream card.

Before assembly I cut a final mat of 6.5 inches square from the cream card and matted all three pieces as shown.  The triangular fold was held in place with foam pads and the wordplate was embellished with a gold swirly clip before applying on foam pads.

The final touch was to add a fab brass mask as shown.

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Mailart ATC's

Here are three ATC's done as part of a swap over on UK Stampers Forum.  The theme this time was 'It's In The Mail'

I used spray mica inks for all the backgrounds in different colourways.  Some were homemade using distress re-inkers and mica powders whilst others were Glimmer Mists. All were applied in layers, dried between coats until I was happy. with the effect.

Most of the rubber stamps used were from Invoke Arts and I also used a variety of inks including Stazon, Brilliance, Versamark, Archival & Versamagic.  Each ATC was embellished with a brad or metal frame, stickers and punched paper.  They were all edged in Chalk inks to finish.

Sid xx

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