Thursday, February 23, 2012

Domino Reflections

I have decorated a domino !   The shot above makes it look huge but it is actually only 2in x 1in, just wanted to show the detail...........

I started by sandpapering the plain side of the domino to afford a key before painting with 3 coats of pearlescent emerald Lumiere paint, ensuring it was dry before applying each successive coat.

I then stamped a small flower stamp in black Stazon several times as shown and infilled with a gold Posca pen.  The word 'Reflect' was stamped in gold Stazon.

Once thoroughly dry, Glossy Accents was applied to all sides of the domino as a strong glue before dipping in Ranger calypso Beadazzles to afford a bit of glitz.

Sid xx

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Stripes Rule !

Here is the beginning of a small (21cm x 13cm) Moleskine Art journal I am making.  It's a bit daunting when you first open the journal and all the pages are empty, stark and glaring at you.

Once you get going it's a lot easier to move through and decorate the pages at random although I still have a thing about handwriting and could do with some tuition before I actually do it.

The background is made using various stencils and coloured ink sprays (Sticky Fingers)  which I have had for an age and which were laying unused on the shelf.  Believe me, when you get going though, you soon end up being very inky and the background soon comes together.  The last photo shows how the background looked before adding layers and images.

I have used a variety of stamps with black Archival Ink on the background from Tim Holtz & PaperArtsy and added some doodles with Posca green, gold and black pens.  A few self adhesive numbers were added between Alberts hands.

The words are printed on the printer and coloured with Alcohol inks.

I did some stamping with Zetti Albert and Zetti legs onto copy paper with black archival ink and coloured these with Marvey Alcohol ink brushpens. Alberts head and body were then collaged with the legs.

All items were stuck in place as shown. All that remains to do is date the piece now.

The pic above is how the background looked before stamping and collaging.  Loved making it and now onto the next !

Sid xx

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Book of Life

I have been meaning to have a go at making this this piano hinge book since I was inspired by the  extremely talented Sue Roddis in her book 'Handmade Decorative Books'.  I like the way this turned out and the book measures approx 4 x 6 inches.  It lends itself to all sorts of size variations and colourways to suit the mood and purpose.

I have had the materials in stock for ages but it was suprisingly easy to make.

The front and back covers are made from royal blue card and it has four sets of 8 pages inside.

The pages are in 4 blocks of 8 in alternating buff and gold paper and all is held together with 7 painted wooden kebab skewers.  I have used fancy wool to bind the ends to stop them coming out of the hinges of the book.

The main image is by Stampotique Originals and is entitled 'Queen of Life' by Daniel Torrente.  This was stamped in black Archival ink onto white cardstock, dried and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens.  Once coloured I trimmed out the image and added a small amount of Posca gold pen on the crown and book.

Before assembling I stamped the fromt cover of the book with a Tim Holtz background check stamp inked with Stazon gold ink and overstamped with another TH circles stamp, this time inked with pale blue Versamagic chalk ink.  Some more of the circles were added to the back cover too.

The skewers were painted in Martha Stewart beach glass satin acrylic paint.

Sid xx

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Circles Postcard

Postcard time again !  This is a postcard as part of a swap over on UK Stampers Forum.  This months subject is 'Circles' so I have made a collaged card.

The background is backing paper and I have used various stamps and Archival black ink to stamp a hotel/holiday based theme.  The Hotel Mondial stamp is one of Tim Holtz travel tickets.  This was stamped onto a die cut circle of spotty paper before sticking in place.  Other elements are made from digi images.

Some circles have been added in barn door Distress Ink with a glue stick lid and the message is dymo tape over coloured self adhesive Washi tape.  The whole card has been edged with more barn Door DI.

This postcard will be sent naked through the post at the end of the month.

Sid xx

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