Thursday, 19 February 2015

Alphabet Soup !

Today we start the new challenge over at ATP Exchange, the lovely Ruth is our host and has chosen Alphabet Soup ! Here's what Ruth has to say:

I'm sure we all have alphabet stamps or maybe you have some chipboard letters that need using up. This time our challenge is about using letters or numbers in some way other than making a word or marking an anniversary with them. Maybe random stamping or use of die cuts to make a collage background, borders or do some pattern building with them? 


I started my journal page  by covering it with lots of scraps of book pages and Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap. Then I gave the whole page a coat of Clear Gesso to protect it from the layers of paint to follow !


I had some stamped pieces of tissue paper too which I stuck down with Clear Gesso. I recently bought the new alphabet Donna Downey stencil and this challenge was perfect for it ! The new colours, Blue Oyster and Slate Fresco Finish paints go really well together and I stencilled the letters first with Blue Oyster and then bumped the stencil and then used Slate.


You can see the stencilled letters a little clearer on the above photo.


I used the same colour Fresco Finish paints with a TCW numbers stencil, but this time I reversed the colour order, so used Slate first then bumped the stencil and used Blue Oyster. I then used several colours of Fresco Finish (can't remember which ones exactly!) to do washes over the whole page.


I then used one of the new Darcy Wilkinson stamp sets EDY12. The heads of the flowers have been stamped onto Smoothy card then painted using Fresco Finish paints. The little leaves have been stamped onto Smoothy card that's been painted with Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint and then I've cut them out.


The sentiment is from the same Darcy stamp set and I love it ! If you click on the photo you'll be able to see it better.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to ATP Exchange to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Wnter Blooms

Today is the start of week 2 of the Frilly and Funkie challenge which I am hosting. At this time of year there's not much colour in the gardens so I chose the theme of Winter Blooms. So this is an opportunity to create your own flowers! I've been enjoying working with metal again recently so thought I'd create a metal winter bloom !


I picked up a couple of those little canvases that come with a wooden easel. I was intending on making a pair, which is why you can see two in the above photo. I painted them with heavy black Gesso and while it was still wet I pressed a piece of card onto the Gesso and pulled it off. It creates the most fabulous texture!


When the Gesso was dry I then painted the canvas with Luminarte Silk paints.


I then die cut three flowers from metal using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die. I used metal working tools to emboss the metal. Then I used Alcohol Inks on the metal before layering the pieces up (which you'll see in a later photo.)


I then stuck some Ranger Foil to some black card then die cut some leaves using the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery strip die. Then I used a teflon tip metal working tool to add some leaf veins.


I used Lettuce and Stream Alcohol inks and dabbed them over the leaves.


I die cut the letter S from cardboard using the WordPlay die and stuck it to another piece of cardboard. I then stuck a piece of Ranger Foil over the tape and defined the letter using a paper stump and the teflon tip tool. I added some detail to the background of the letter before using Alcohol inks again.


I wanted to frame the letter and used one of the beautiful little  Prima frames and painted it with a mixture of Luminarte Silk paints.


I then assembled all the pieces onto the canvas. It was a bit tricky getting a good photo, metal is way too shiny !


I shaped the petals of the flower and stuck the leaves behind it.


Before I glued the frame to the letter piece I rubbed black Stazon ink over the letter to define it. You can see the detail I added to the metal foil around the letter on the above photo. I painted the easel black and then glued the canvas in place.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Bright on White !

So, after all the excitement of last week's new product releases, I'm back tonight with another project for PaperArtsy. The challenge theme for this month is paint so the fabulous Fresco Finish paints will be put through their paces for the whole month ! One of the techniques I love to do is Bright on White !


I love how the colours really pop and by using this technique it doesn't matter what colour you've got as your base layer ! So, for all the details of how this project came together you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Day 6 of PaperArtsy new products - Lynne Perella Stamps !

So tonight it's the PaperArtsy launch of the new stamps by Lynne Perella. They are gorgeous !








I have been very fortunate and got to play with sets LPC033 and LPC031. The theme that was mentioned was stained glass colours so with that firmly fixed in mind I started to play !


The first two samples are made using LPC031.The background have been covered with a piece of book paper painted with Gesso. I've then masked off the card and dabbed Fresco Finish paints onto each section, dried it slightly and then wiped back with a baby wipe. I've used the crown from the stamp on LPC031 and stamped it using second generation stamping onto some of the sections.




Then I stamped the little rose border stamp from LPC033 and painted it with translucents to keep the stamping visible. It's been stuck to a piece of ribbon and threaded through a buckle. The main image is stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Nougat Fresco Finish and then painted with translucent paints, again to keep the stamping detail visible.The key is from LPC031 and has been stamped onto painted Smoothy card and cut out, then mounted onto black card. I've added a little piece of the rose border to mount it on to.




 First I covered the tag with a piece of book paper which was painted with Gesso. Then I masked off the tag in a patchwork pattern, dabbed Fresco Finish paint on to the tag dried it slightly and then wiped back with a baby wipe. I then defined the different sections with a black Posca pen. Then I used the little rose border stamp from LPC033 and painted it with Fresco Finish paints, keeping to transulucents so the stamping would still be visible




This beautiful, regal image from LPC031 has been stamped onto Smoothy card which has been painted with Nougat Fresco Finish and then painted, again with translucents to keep the stamping visible.
To finish I stamped the key from LPC031 onto metal three times, cut them out and then slightly defined parts of them.





I started with a jumbo size tag and brayered over it using various Fresco Finish paints and finishing wih a layer of Snowlake Fresco Finish. 





I then stencilled over it, grouping the stencilling together. Then I stamped the rose border stamp from LPC033 onto some masking tape that I'd brayered also. This was then stuck to the spine of the card.


The main image is from LPC033 and is stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Nougat Fresco Finish. I then gave the areas around the face a wash with watered down Autumn Fire Fresco Finish. I added some more detailed painting using translucents. The border is made using the stamp from LPC033 and has also had a wash of watered down Autumn Fire Fresco Finish.
The paper flowers have been painted with watered down Autumn Fire Fresco Finish too and I've added a metal flower embellishment to the centre. To finish I've used some dyed seam binding for the bow. 



This wall hanging is created on  piece of chipboard that I've first of all painted with Beach Hut Fresco Finish. Then I used a stencil with matt medium gel and spread it all over the board. When the glue was dry I then started to layer up different colours of Fresco Finish paint finishing by brayering Snowflake Fresco Finish over the top.





Then I stamped the two main images, one from LPC031 and the other from LPC033, onto Smoothy card painted with Nougat Fresco Finish. I painted them with mainly translucents, though I did manage to use some China Fresco Finish on the stained glass area of the main image. The vertical panel behind the images have been brayered with Fresco Finish paints and then I've stamped it using the key from LPC033. The bottom layer is a piece of Smoothy card which again I've brayered then stamped with a script stamp. The little image behind the painted flower is from LPC031, I only wanted half of the book so have cut off one side then painted it with translucent Fresco Finish paints.

To finish I added a tassle which sits quite nicely over the top of the stamped tassle. 

Remember all of the new products that you've seen this week are available now at your favourite PaperArtsy stockist !