Friday, 24 March 2017

Hobby Art Framed Poppy

Hi there crafters, I hope you're all well and looking forward to Spring even though it's been quite cold this week.

Today's little card is made up of Hobby Art Stamps and Imagination Crafts Starlights.

So first of all I took a 7" x 7" white blank card and then cut a square of White Super Smooth card to about 6" x 6".  Then took the Hobby Art In The Cornfield Stamp set and stamped the largest poppy in the centre of the card using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the Stampeazee

I then stamped the image again onto some Mask-it and covered the poppy head and stamped another large poppy to the right.  I then stamped the poppy seed head on the second poppy and the small poppy to the left of the first poppy.  Once that was I done I stamped the little poppy head onto a post-it note and cut it out to use as a mask.  I covered the small poppy head and stamped the large poppy again but on the right.................phew, too many poppies sounds like I'd stamped a field of them.

I coloured them all in with a wash of Red Starlights and water to bring out more sparkle for the head and Menthol for the stems.  Left that to dry for a while then run them through with a die cut frame from my stash to create the frame.  I purposely made sure the frame covered the flowers.
I raised the frame with 3D foam pads before putting it place on the blank card then flat matted the main image inside the frame.
And there you have it, a simple and easy little card.
I hope you enjoyed it today and see you again very soon
Love Jan -x-



Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Hobby Art Scene in a Frame

Good morning all! How's you? Martina here with another card using those hares! I quick one from me today and an easy one to do...

Using the scene from the Hobby Art March Hares Set, I stamped onto Watercolour Card and coloured using Watercolour Pencils. The scene was not quite as wide as my die, but that didn't matter, as I drew in some 'extra bits'! Can you spot my additions?

Picking out the brown from my hares, I used some of the Anna Marie Designs Card and layered as a half and half arrangement. I did not need to cover the join in this case, as I knew that my scene was going to cover it all.

Layering my scene onto my die frame, I tilted the picture and fiddled with my layout. I stamped a sentiment from the Hobby Art Birthday Collection to one side and then decided I needed some flowers...Searching through my stash I found some large cream/brown flowers that matched my scene colours, but needed something to mimic the 'lavender' flowers (it would have been a wise idea to look at what I actually had in my stash before deciding to colour them purple!) Doh! At this point, I cheated. I grabbed some dried gypsophila and coloured with a pen...

Easy peasy, but I like it anyway! Next time I will check my stash before starting to colour though!

See you next week,

March HaresWatercolour CardRoyal & Langnickel Watercolour PencilsDottie Cafe Latte
 Birthday Collection HA

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Canvas tutorial with Hobby Art Stamps.......

Morning all, Lisa B here........

Well I hope you are having a lovely week, I was very busy at the tail end of last week and the weekend working for Imagination Crafts at the NEC HobbyCrafts Show in Birmingham. 
Thanks you so much to all of you that attended the show and came on to the stand and supported us by buying some of our fabulous goodies to play with. Remember, you can always post what you have made on our Facebook timelines as we love to see what you have made.....

I was working on canvases at the show which was really up my street as I love mixed media and playing around with messy stuff. 

 I promised you last week that I would post a tutorial this week of a canvas and this is one that I created for the last workshop using the gorgeous
Hobby Art March Hares....... 

So, let's start from the beginning........

If you have never had a go at a canvas before and you find the thought somewhat daunting, them sometimes it is best to size up to a slightly bigger project than just a card base and use something in between. For this one I used a That's Crafty White/Grey Board Square with rounded corners. These are the perfect size as a go between from a card to a canvas as they are 8x8" and a great substrate to work on......

Now it was at this point that I forgot to take the photos but lucky enough, I had just done a White/ Grey Board Tag in the same way and had taken photos of that, phew!!
So you would do exactly the same as I am about to describe on the square as I have done on the tag.....

I first coated the tag in Deco Art Black Gesso giving a nice thick even coat, this is a really nice gesso to work with and great quality. You can leave it to dry naturally or heat it with a heat gun.

Once dry, I added a thick coat of Imagination Crafts Crackle Medium and then let that dry. Again if you wanted to dry it with a heat gun, then you can.

Once that was dry, I then applied a thick coat of  white MDF Chalk Paint . Now one thing that you need to know about Imagination Craft Crackle Medium is that it works really fast. It is probably one of the fastest crackles that I have used, so you need to load up your brush with plenty of paint and start at the top and work down the page. If you miss a bit, don't be tempted to go over it as it will already be crackling and you will mess up the crackle and it doesn't matter if you do miss a bit as it is going to crackle anyway and show the black.  
So this is the effect that you are going to get at the end and I think it is fabulous and a great background for a canvas. 

So as I said, I did this with the square grey board and came up with a similar effect below.
I then added some Bundled Sage Distress Ink  to the bottom of the page and Tumbled Glass to the top of the page around the edges with a Blending Tool.
I then stamped on the march hare main image in Versafine Black Onyx to get an idea of where I wanted him to be.

I then repeated this on to white Watercolour Card and embossed the image with Wow Clear Embossing Powder.

I then set about colouring my image with watercolour pens and here is the result below, I was quite pleased with the result as I have not coloured for a while.....

So then I wanted to start on the background and decided to add some ghosting effects with the Imagination Crafts Bubble Background Stencil and some white gesso. It looks bright at this stage but really does sink in to the background as you can see later.

So next was to add some grasses using two stamps from the Hare set which I also embossed.

So at this stage I got so engrossed with my canvas that I actually forgot to take anymore in between photos, so I will explain the rest.....

I added some colour to the grasses and flowers with watercolour pens and added a moon that I stamped on to a piece of white card, coloured, cut out and attached to the canvas. I also added a Stampendous Message Life Is Art that I stamped also onto a piece of white card and the coloured and drew and cut around it to create a wood effect banner.

I added more stamping around the moon from the Hare Stamp Set in the way of foliage and coloured it with the watercolour pens too. Then I added some texture around the edge of the canvas using a dotty stamp from Hobby Art Texture Stamp Set and Versafine Black Onyx and then added some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edge to draw the eye in to the centre.

At this point I felt that the piece needed a little more detail, so I decided to add some butterflies and a mouse from the Hobby Art Bluebell Wood stamp set, this is one of my all time favourite set of theirs. It has so many lovely stamps in the set and you can create so many scenes from it. I stamped and coloured them in the same way and then cut them out and attached them to the canvas and then I was done.

I loved making this piece and took so much pleasure in working out what I wanted and where to place everything,it was so much fun.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it gets you in the mood to have a go as I have said many times. Canvases don't have to be scary, they are no different to making a card really, you just break down the stages......

I hope you have a lovely week and I will be back soon.

Love & hugs

Lisa B xx

White Greyboard Tags #8  White/Greyboard Panels - Rounded Corners

MDF Paint - Chalk WhiteMarch HaresBluebell Wood HA - NEW!!   Textures HA  Watercolour Card
LIFE IS ART  Bubble Background IMST    Clear Gloss WEP    VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black

     Gathered Twigs - Mini  Bundled Sage - Mini  Tumbled Glass - Mini  Mini Ink Blending Tools  Crackle Medium

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Hobby Art Sweet Peas ATCs

Good morning crafters, Julie here, I hope I find you well today?
Today I have 2 That's Crafty Acrylic ATCs that I decorated with Hobby Art's Sweet Peas stamp set to show you. I've made these for Mother's Day (coming up this Sunday for anyone who didn't realise) as I thought they were a nice little present and keepsake.

I'll just write one up for you, as both were very similar and the process is the same apart from the colours I used.

I've made a few of these lovely little plaques this year for special birthdays and I'm always really pleased with the finished project. They are not as complicated as they look and I think they make lovely little presents. I have some of the mini easels to go with these as part of the present (but you don't have to have the stands though, as they stand well on their own).

The kit comes with 2 thinner acrylic rectangles and 1 thicker one, an MDF back and 4 nuts and bolts (the holes are pre-drilled). Every piece of acrylic comes complete with a protective film on each side to protect from any scratches during manufacture and you must remember to remove these before you work on each layer (the first plaque I ever made I only removed one side and it wasn't the side I'd stamped on!).

I stamped my small sweet pea image from the Hobby Art Sweet Peas stamp set in Stazon Jet Black ink on the thickest piece of acrylic (remembering to remove the protective film from it first - I always leave the other side protective film on until I'm finished,  just in case they is something on my work space that could scratch the acrylic face).

Also don't worry if your stamped image didn't work out right the first time either -nothing is lost if you have some alcohol blending solution to hand, simply wipe this over the surface with kitchen towel, make sure it's dry and re-stamp until you get a perfect image. I then set this layer aside to dry.

I then took the next layer of acrylic removed the film and stamped 'With Love' from the same Hobby Art stamp set in Eden Green Stazon ink and set this aside to dry.

Then I was onto the final layer of acrylic which (after removing one protective film) I brayered this with Passion Flower Starlights and once dry added circle of interest using an old lipstick lid and some Apple Green Starlights, this was then set aside to dry. The MDF layer I painted with Americana Decor chalk paint in Delicate (pastel yellow) and set this aside to dry.

I returned to my first layer and painted the sweet peas in using acrylic paint and set this aside to dry. This is the only layer that I worked from the back on.
When everything was completely dry  ( I left overnight to be sure) I removed the other protective film layers and assembled my stacks (sweet pea layer, then With Love, then starlight brayered layer finishing with the MDF back).

Stacking ATCs     Mini Easels     Sweet Peas HA     Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Delicate  Passion Flower SL      Apple Green SL      

Alcohol Blending Solution   Stazon Jet Black 

Well. I hope you liked my make today....hopefully my mum and mother-in-law will too....

Happy crafting and have a good week, bye for now,

Love. Julie x