Thursday, 20 October 2016

Vintage Christmas Art Stamps with a Personal Touch

Good morning crafters! Who has been watching the Imagination Crafts shows on Hochanda? Have you seen the new Starlights colours? Loving the thinks Santa may like to visit Imagination HQ and while he's there, I rather like the Black Stars Sparkle Medium too...hint, HINT!!

This week I am using one of the Imagination Crafts Art Stamps to create a more vintage style card. I love this look at Christmas, the old fashioned traditional feel with muted colours and a flash of colour. For this particular card I also took a trip down memory lane...

When I looked at the Winter Robin Art Stamp, I immediately thought of him as a pure silhouette against a patterned background. I had the idea to dig out some of the sheet music I had inherited from my dad. I am not musical, but I do love the look of sheet music and I was itching to use some! It definitely made me smile, looking though the old books and imagining my dad singing along to it all. Right, apologies for the tangent there, back to business! Because I wanted a vintage feel, I decided to stamp the Winter Robin Art Stamp in Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink rather than black. I then embossed this and used a die from my stash to cut out the image and create a topper.

Once cut out, I used an Ink Blending Mat and Ink Blending Tool with some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to frame and age the topper.

I wanted to add just a small amount of colour to the card, so I kept the same two brown inks to colour the image slightly, but also added some Fired Brick Distress Ink for the robin's red breast. Again I used the Ink Blending Mat to do this, adding some of the ink to the mat and then shading using a brush and a tiny amount of water.

Right, now to make some background paper for my card. I cut a piece of Super Smooth Card to size and used an Ink Blending Tool to colour it with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then used the same inks to randomly stamp some of the tiny flourishes from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp Set using the second and third generations of ink. Wanting to bring a tiny amount of the red into the background to make it all tie-in, I used the Merry Christmas sentiment from the same set and stamped all over with the Fired Brick.

Once I was happy with my background paper, I wanted to add just a touch of sparkle. To do this I reached for my favourite type of bling - Sparkle Medium! Not wanting to over-power my card topper, I used the Imagination Crafts Snowflake Stencil and placed it towards the top left-hand side of my card. I masked off a section I wanted to use with  Masking Tape and then used Welsh Gold Sparkle Medium through the stencil. I love this colour, it goes perfectly with browns and craft card...a hidden gem!

Whilst waiting for my sparkle to dry, I created a final dimensional piece for my card. I stamped the main poinsettia flower from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp several times on some Watercolour Card. This was really for me to have a little play with some different ways of colouring! At first I water coloured the poinsettia with Fired Brick Distress Ink, then I used Welsh Gold Sparkle Medium and my finger to see what this would look like. I liked it, but thought that with the sparkle already on the card would be too much and would take away from the main topper. At this point I had a happy accident...I water coloured another of the poinsettias and noticed that it was slightly sparkly. Oooh er? Well, this was because I had been playing with my Starlights Paints and my paint water was all sparkly too!! (yes, you could say I was too lazy to go and change my water, but hey, ho!). I loved it. A slight glimmer, but not too much. Perfect.

Once dry and cut out, I made sure I added some of the brown inks to the back of my flower. This was primarily because I wanted to shape the poinsettia, and I hate the stark white peeking through if someone likes to have a good poke! (yes, perhaps a little mad, I know...)

I coloured a second flower to layer, this time cutting away the bottom leaves. Can you see the difference in sparkliness (is that a word?) when I used clean painting water for the top layer?! Some beads to add a raised middle and some shaping completed my flower.

Wanting to add a little tag, I made one freehand to fit the Merry Christmas from the Hobby Art Set, colouring, stamping and embossing as before.

With all the main elements created, and a bit of matting and layering...all done!

I hope you like it, and I hope dad doesn't mind about the music!

Lots of love

PoinsettiaWatercolour Card Art Stamps - Winter Robin Mini Ink Blending ToolsSnowflakes  Vintage SepiaWelsh Gold SM

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Imagination Crafts Snowman Art Stamp......

Morning all......

It is a scheduled post for me today as I am away on my hols taking it easy for a change!
It seems a little weird that I am away in Spain in hot sunshine and just about to show you a snowman Christmas card, lol! 
However Christmas is looming up fast and will be upon us before we know it, I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by.......

Anyway on to todays make......

Here is a simple little card below that I made using the Imagination Crafts Snowman Art Stamp. He is a really cute little fellow and is a great stamp to use with Distress Inks for batch card making.

I used Stormy Sky Distress ink and stamped him onto a 4" square of white card. I then used a damp paint brush to draw out the colour from the edge of the stamped image to add some shading.
I then repeated this on to another piece of white card and then cut away the snowman and 3d'd him on top of the first one. I added some clear gems for his buttons and some Cracked Ice with Cosmic Shimmer glue to add a little sparkle to the image.......

For the background I chose to use the Imagination Crafts Snowflakes Stamp Set.....

Again I stamped it with Stormy Sky Distress Ink using random sizes all over the background.
I then mat and layered it using silver mirror card and blue pearl card and lastly added some silver gems to sparkle up the centre of the snowflakes....

I think you will agree it is a lovely simple but very effective, cheerful Christmas card....

Well that is all from me today my lovelies and i will be back next week with some more inspiration.
Have a lovely week....

Big hugs
Lisa B 

Art Stamps - Snowman    Cracked Ice Sparkling Glitter  Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue 125mlImage result for stormy sky distress ink

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Blue Deer

Good Morning crafters, Julie here with another of my Imagination Crafts' Art Stamps' Christmas cards, I've used the Deer Art Stamp this time. It's such a nice image and could be used for other occasions too. Today's card is quite simple but effective and a different colour from traditional cards.

First I stamped the Deer Imagination Art Stamp onto some super smooth card using blue Versafine ink and heat embossed using WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder, trimmed the image and matted it onto some silver Mirri card.

I then took a sheet of A4 white linen card and scored this down the middle and folded to make an A5 card blank, then stamped a Christmas greeting in the same blue ink in the corner and clear heat embossed it.

I put a strip of super sticky double sided tape around the edge just offsetting in slightly and stuck gilding flakes onto it, (haven't played with these in ages and had forgotten how much fun they were!), smoothing off with a bit of sponge to get the excess off for an instant border.

I painted two small Art-Cutz snowflakes with Pearl Starlights and attached them and some adhesive gems to the card with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear glue.

I  attached my matted deer with double sided sticky pads to my card, but the deer was lacking something so I gave the blue stamped image a wash with watered down Pearl Starlights and the image really came alive, I did wipe off the blue embossed areas with some paper towel as I didn't want the pearl effect on this. (Next time I'll do the Starlights wash prior to matting, but hey, you learn something new every time you have a play with crafting!)

Art Stamps - Deer    Art-Cutz Snowflakes    Pearl SL   Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Acrylic Glue - 30ml Clear Gloss Regular WEP   

Well, that's me done for another week, thanks for looking. Bye for now,

Love, Julie x

Monday, 17 October 2016

Acrylic Christmas Book

Hello, Kirsten here with a scheduled post, hope you had a nice weekend. My project today is an
acrylic book from That's Crafty!, I used Imagination Crafts' Santa Claus Art Stamp, Starlights, Sparkle Medium, stencils & chalk paint.

The first thing to say is that acrylic is NOT easy to photograph, so those of you who were at Lisa's classes in Maidstone the other week will have had a much better view of this...........

These books come with two MDF covers, three acrylic pages & three book rings & the idea is to create a dimensional, layered image. You can add as much detail as you choose, I've kept this one very simple. 

***When using any of the acrylic products from That's Crafty! always remember to remove the protective sheets from each side first.***

On the first acrylic page I applied Diamond Sparkle Medium through a snowflakes stencil...........

I stamped Santa Claus on to the BACK of the second page of acrylic, using a Stazon Jet Black ink pad. You must use Stazon, it's the only ink that will dry on acrylic/acetate, etc. 

(Stamping on the back will obviously reverse your image when you turn the acrylic sheet over, so make sure you work out the position of the image first). 

If you stamp incorrectly, or the image is not as clear as you'd like, or you change your mind about placement, remove the ink with alcohol blending solution/alcohol wipes, then wipe the acrylic with a soft cloth & start again.

When the ink was dry, it takes just a few minutes, I began painting, on the reverse again, with Starlights. I began with a very thin layer, let it dry, then added more layers. Doing it that way gives the paint something to grip on to. To highlight Santa's beard & fur trim I firstly added Diamond Sparkle medium with my finger, then painted with Pearl Starlights.

On the third acrylic sheet I applied Diamond Sparkle Medium through the Imagination Crafts' Christmas Poinsettia panel stencil & when it was dry I painted over it with Red Starlights............

On the inside of one of the MDF covers I first blended DecoArt's Escape & Refreshing chalk paints, then I added white gesso through the That's Crafty! Bubbles stencil. I let that dry thoroughly then stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black Versafine - I made the sentiment with part of the Stampendous 'It's Time To Celebrate...' stamp & part of the 'It's Christmas' from the Hobby Art Christmas Frosting stamp set.

I dried the Versafine ink with my heat tool then covered the MDF with Diamond Sparkle Medium by applying it with a brayer..............

On the back of the MDF I had initially applied a green Sparkle Medium through the Holly Corner stencil, but then changed my mind about it, so I painted the cover with Emerald & Rich Gold Starlights, leaving lots of brush strokes on purpose. When the paint was dry I replaced the Holly Corner stencil & added Light Copper Sparkle Medium through it...........

I've decided against using the front MDF cover for now, so here is the finished book again...........

Acrylic/MDF Book    Art Stamps - Santa Claus Christmas Frosting Diamond SM    Holly Corner IMST     Christmas Poinsettia IMPSLight Copper SM     Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Escape   Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Refreshing    White Gesso     Dinky Stencil - BubblesCelebrate Birthday      Mini Brayer     VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    Stazon Jet Black

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