Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sparkle Medium and Acetate: A Spring Themed Easel Card!

Good morning all! So, we had a 'kiss' of snow here, enough to be annoying and icy, but not enough to go sledging! Never mind, next comes my favourite time of year: SPRING!! With this in mind I decided to do a bright and cheerful card for this week...

Now there are a lot of photos in this post, but hopefully these will serve as a better explanation of the 'mechanics' than me typing furiously! Here we go...

First, I took two identical 7x7 card blanks (strong ones!) and on one, folded one side in half again and creased with a bone folder.


I  chose a die from my stash that gave me a clear centre point. I secured this in the middle of one side of the card blank using my newly created score line. Once I was happy with the position, I took the other card blank (without the extra score line) and lined this up perfectly underneath.


Once this combination was run through the machine, I had the top card with the shape cut out, and the shape only indented into the bottom one. This was important as I wanted to ensure that all the panels aligned later on.


Taking the top card away and folding the intended blank in half, I used the indention line to position the die back into position and ran it through the machine again.


Now the shape was cut in one side and the bottom was indented. Lining the die up again with the indented side, I ran it through for the last time.


This is what I was left with....bear with me, it will all make sense in a minute!


Now to make an acetate panel to fit into the panel in my easel card. I cut some acetate slightly larger than the aperture and secured the Imagination Craft's Daisy and Butterfly Stencil onto it with Stencil Tape. I used several colours of Imagination Craft's Sparkle Medium (Sage Green, Diamond, Pastel Yellow and Lavender) to create the picture, applying it step-by-step. It is a personal preference how you apply it. but I did not want the colours to mix, so I waited for one colour to dry before applying the one next to it. If you want more of an ombre effect you can apply all at once!


Whist the Sparkle Medium was drying and with a clean stencil, I used some Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some grass detail to the front outside of the aperture.



Using the Dragonfly Flight That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil, I also added some dragonflies with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.


Wanting to make sure there were no blank boring bits showing when you look through the panel, I added some more grass to the back section. To create a 'stopper' section for the card, I cut some coordinating matts and layers and created a matching top layer with the same stencil.


Reaching for my dragonflies, I used some of the same Sparkle Medium as earlier and spread this through onto some more acetate.


Once these were dry, I cut around each one and bent the wings up for some dimension. As the Sparkle Medium is bendy, it is perfect for this!


Turning back to my original acetate panel, I looked at the flowers. I had used Pastel Yellow Sparkle Medium for the middle of the daisies, but I wanted there to be more contrast...


Having a play, I grabbed a yellow Promarker and coloured the Sparkle Medium with it (on the bumpy side not the smooth acetate side). The Sparkle Medium coloured really easily and it allowed me to add some more dimension! Who knew?!!


Final touches - I made a matching panel for the very bottom of the card (you have to write somewhere!)

I also added some inked butterfly detail to the back sections to make it tie-in from all angles.


Now to apply some ribbon, a sentiment from my stash and my little funky 3D dragonflies! )I used red-liner tape to apply the dragonflies).


So, what do you think? (Be kind!) Make sense? I like both these stencils a lot (you may also recognise them both from last week's make too!) They are great all-rounders and you can use them, or parts of, in so many ways!

That's it from me this week folks! Thank you for reading, and look out for Lisa's One Day Special shows on Hochanda this Saturday! You might even see a sample or two that I've made!!! OMG!!!

Lots of love
Martina
xxx

 Repositionable Tape    Butterfly & Daisy IMST  Pastel Yellow SM Lavender SM  Diamond SM  Sage Green SM  Dinky Stencil - Dragonfly FlightBundled Sage - MiniAcetate Sheets




Monday, 16 January 2017

That's Crafty Acrylic Stacker & Starlights



Hello everyone, Kirsten here with another of my acrylic stacker projects, this is the Panel 1 stack..........



I used Deco Art chalk paints & That's Crafty Dinky stencils to decorate the MDF panel..............


I stamped the Stampendous Field of Poppies stamp with Jet Black Stazon ink on to one of the acrylic panels & began painting with Mediterranean Sky & Sax Blue Starlights..............



Here are the three finished panels. The butterflies are from the Imagination Crafts'
 Timeless Floral Elegance stamp set............






Panel 1 Stack   Dinky Stencil - Bubbly All Over   Dinky Stencil - Hole in the Wall    Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Delicate Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Innocence  

Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Escape Field of Poppies    LIFE IS ART  Timeless Floral EleganceMediterranean Sky SL

Sax Blue SL

Thank you for visiting the Lisa B Designs blog today, see you next time. 

Kirsten



Thursday, 12 January 2017

Starlights, Fabric and a Practical Make!


Good Morning all! Is it a snowy one for you? There is a chill in the air, but I give up hoping for a go in the sledge! While I am waiting, and to cheer myself up from the post-Christmas lull, I decided to make something totally for ME and not to give away! (Daring I know!) It does have a practical use though, so its allowed!

I was lucky that Santa bought me some lovely new pens this year, so I wanted to find a pen wallet to keep them in. I looked all over the internet for one I liked, but in the end I decided to buy a boring one and jazz it up...


    See... very dull!
 So, where to start? I rummaged around and found some stencils that I liked, all from lots of different companies. I knew I wanted to use lots of Imagination Crafts Starlight Paints as they would look fab against the black (I did not have the fabric ones, so I used the normal ones, but I am not intending to wash this so it's fine). I wanted to start in the middle on one of the flaps, as I thought if I made a whoops, then I could hide it better (or the pens would cover it when they were in!) Good job I did...


Once taped and masked off with Repositionable Tape, I started stencilling using Cut and Dry Foam with Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint in Cyclamen. As the fabric was rough and bumpy from all the elastics, I thought this would be the best way. I was a little heavy handed...


What a mess! Calling myself a few names, I thought I could go back over the words with a black pen to create a bubble/graffiti look (that is what I am calling it anyway!) Not perfect, but then we live and learn and I quite like it!


I grabbed a stencil brush and this time stippled lightly through with my paint...too lightly this time!!


So, not a problem, I went back over building with another layer.
In the photo below you can see me using a purple stencil brush, but I later realised I had my green handled one which is domed....doh! So much better....right tools for the job and all that. Or does a poor workman blame his tools?

Once I had added more and more bits to the inside, I started on the outside too. These are the stencils, or parts of, that I used:

TCW - Mini Whimsical Shrooms, Mini Live Laugh, Love, Mini Random Stars,
Creative Expressions - Inspired Crafter (and one other wordy one)
Tim Holtz - Traveller
Indigoblu - Weird Science


I didn't have a plan, but it built up nicely I think...


 
Once I got comfy again with the stencilling using Starlights (using the right bloomin' tool for a start), I played with colours and put some on top of each other. The colours I used were:



Done! I was going to do some more on the inside, but then I remembered the pens had to go somewhere!

I hope you like it. Yes I made mistakes, but we all do sometimes and usually we can get around it! It will help me to remember next time though, and I have a very boring brush roll that needs a seeing to!
I have decided I am going to jazz up lots of things this year, I have bought so many stencils I think I might start using some of the ones I have bought and forgotten about! Lisa has some fab stencils, have a look and see if you can be inspired...

See you next week
Love
Martina
xxx

Cyclamen SLDiamond SLGreen SLLilac Mist SL Pearl SLPlatinum SL

Sax Blue SLWhite Gold SLRepositionable Tape Cut-n-Dry Foam Domed Stencil BrushButterfly & Daisy IMST Field Flowers CEST A5
Dinky Stencil - BubblesDinky Stencil - Dragonfly Flight