Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Stencil Mania !

We're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge which I'm hosting, and as you know I love stencils so couldn't resist and chose the theme Stencil Mania !


I started with a flat canvas and painted it with Chalk Fresco Finish paint. I then used the Wendy Vecchi Ornate Dots Overlay stencil with Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint.


 I replaced the stencil but just moved it slightly to create a slight shadow when stencilling over the top with Guacamole Fresco Finish. I started to build up the layers and next came the Wendy Vecchi Add a Stencil using Green Olives Fresco Finish.


I gave the canvas a wash of watered down Guacamil then used the Dina Wakley Spinners stencil, and layered the colours by stencilling with Chalk, drying it and replacing the stencil.  I did this three times to create a gradient in the colours. I then used Leaf Green Archival ink with the Prima Checkered stencil. The greens really blend together beautifully. 



 I wanted to use a stencil as my focal point and decided to use the gorgeous Wendy Vecchi 2 Fancy Flowers stencil. I started by stencilling with Chalk, and then used the same technique that I used for the spinners. Adding a colour, drying it and replacing the stencil.



Here you can see the first flower finished ! I stencilled two further flowers and then decided that I needed to add another level so stencilled a fourth flower onto some card and cut it out, which you'll see in a later photo.


The flowers needed pots, so I grabbed the Wendy Vecchi Mat Mini's Flower Pots. I used Orange Blossom embossing powder and while I was heating it I sprinkled on some bronze UTEE and some Ultra Thick UTEE to create some texture, I was aiming for terracotta !



 I wanted the pots to look grounded so used a stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art set with Watering Can Archival ink.



Before gluing the pots in place I did some stamping using the Wendy Vecchi Script and Lots of Leaves background stamps using Fern Green Archival ink. The circles are made using a bottle cap dipped into som Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint.




I used a black pen to outline some of the detail on the cut out stencilled flower and glued it over the top of the middle flower. The butterfly is die cut using hte Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die and I've painted it with Guacamole Fresco Finish then stamped it with Leaf Green Archival ink using the Wendy Vecchi Reverse Dots background stamp. I added a spinner and a little metal embellishment which I covered with Orange Blossom embossin powder. 



The little bird on the plant pot is die cut from black card using the Tim Holtz cage and bird die. I've added a little stamping across the bottom of the plant pots and these wonderful little metal embellishments that Linda sells on the Funkie Junkie Boutique.



I love Wendy's sentiments so it was a struggle to pick just one, but I settled for this one as it seemed to strike a chord for me. I wanted to highlight the last two words so used a Stabilo pencil and smudged it with my finger before sticking all of the stamped text into place. To finish off I framed the piece using a black Posca pen and drew lines around the edge and added some dots.

I had a blast using my stencils and hope you will too ! Do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.

I'm also entering this project into the Simon Says Monday Challenge which is Anything Goes. 


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Springtime die cuts !

Hello and welcome to Wednesday and the start of the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Springtime Die Cuts ! The lovely Nicole is our host and here's what she has to say:

Springtime Die Cut Challenge. I'm sure there's some foliage, flowers or butterflies somewhere in your stash! Just think SPRING!


I started by painting an MDF frame with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint, then spread Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste around the edges.



 I used some Satin Glaze with Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint and spread it over the frame using my finger.



While I was drying the glaze I got carried away and these little bubble appeared in the paste ! Love the effect ! 



I then used the Crackle Paste with a Prima stencil and while it was still wet I spritzed it with Spray Distress Stains Abandonned Coral, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade. I felt it was a little too bright so I then mixed some more glaze with Chalk Fresco Finish paint and rubbed it over the top using my finger again. Much better !



 I was definitely on a crackle roll and decided to crackle some leaves too ! I used the Tim Holtz Garden Greens and spread the Crackle Paste over the die cuts before taking them out of the rest of the card.


 I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die to make the flowers and I used Leaf Green and Fern Green Archival inks to colour the crackled leaves.



 The birdcage is a Kaisercraft piece and I've used Tea Rose embossing powder on it. The butterfly is a Prima Ingvild Bolme piece and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paints.



 I used some alcohol inks on two pieces of Industrious Stickers and glued metal corner pieces over the top.


I wanted to bring some Tea Rose into the flower cluster so I took some pearl stick pins, rolled them on some Embossing Ink and then dipped them in the pot of Tea Rose embossing powder. After I heated them I glued them in place. I've also added a Prima clock and a Tim Holtz buckle. The art is stamped using the Wendy Vecchi Licence Plate stamp set.



 Here's another close ip of the crackled leaves and frame.



This is the final piece, which I think says Spring, I hope you agree !

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

Friday, 10 April 2015

Fairy house !

The project I'm sharing today is one that I've been dabbling with over a few days and it's been great to just play for fun ! I bought this Tando house from PaperArtsy when they were at a show, I can't remember where, it's that long ago ! It's sat on the shelf waiting for me to decide what I wanted to do with it and when I acquired some of the new Darcy Wilkinson stamps, ping ! The idea took shape !



Now, unfortunately, I've not taken photos of the process to get to this stage. So, I'll do my best to take you through it using the finished photos. What you see above are the separate pieces that needed to be decorated, plus one extra that I made too !


The colour palette that I've used is all done using Fresco Finish paints. I started by painting all of the pieces with Guacamole Fresco Finish paint. It's an opaque so you don't need to prime the surface.



I then grabbed Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste and swiped it across some of the panels. I wanted the cracks to show so used Satin Glaze and mixed it in with the Frescos and using my finger rubbed it over the surface when the paste was dry.



Here is the additional piece that I made from cardboard, a little door ! I didn't like the idea of the fairies that live in this house not being able to shut a door. I've just noticed that I've forgotten to paint the little stamped circles, must rectify that ! Before I started to stamp, I decided that I needed something to lift the colour a little so I used the PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze. This stuff is wonderful ! It adds the most beautiful shimmer !



I've used Darcy's EDY12 and EDY13 sets to stamp over the panels, the little grassses are a Lin Brown stamp from the ELB20 set. As I'd stamped directly on to the panels I didn't want the stamping to be covered up so have painted the images using Fresco Finish paint mixed with Satin Glaze. This makes the paint translucent but still keeps the colour. I masked off some of the images and stamped again to make it look like a tangled garden. 


 You can see on the back panel the shimmer from the Metallic Glaze, even on the chimney !


 I carried on stamping and masking on all the panels and painting using Fresco Finish paint mixed with Satin Glaze.



To created the pattern on the roof I used Wendy Vecchi's brick stencil and Crackle Paste. When it was dry I rubbed Fresco Finish paint mixed with Satin Glaze over the top with my finger. I love how the colours blended and how the cracks are highlighted by the paint.


The last piece to finish off the house is the floor ! I've painted it with Guacamole Fresco Finish paint then used a TCW stencil with Wendy's Crackle Paste. When it was dry I've used the same technique as on the rest of the house finishing with the Metallic Glaze. So there you have it, a house for the fairies to live in !

It's another busy weekend ahead, but best of all I get to spend a day with two very special crafty ladies! Whatever you're up to this week end I hope you get chance to get messy !

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils !

Today is a very exciting day as it's the start of the very first challenge at Stamps and Stencils! I'm the host for this challenge and I've kept it really easy with Anything Goes ! We're a monthly, mixed media challenge and as long as you include some stamping or stencilling you can make anything !


I bought an A3 pad of Canson paper recently and decided to have a play ! I also had some stencils that needed to be played with too so that's where I started ! After a coat of Gesso I then used one of the new Lin Brown stencils with Grunge Paste and stamped into it with the co-ordinating stamp. I used a Viva stencil with more Grunge Paste and when it was dry gave it a coat of watered down Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint.



Now my intention was to take a few more stepped photos, but as you can see that didn't happen ! Is it just me or is it that when you start on something and your mind goes into a whirl of ideas remembering to take photos flies out the window ! After the Chartreuse coat I knocked everything back with a watered down coat of Chalk Fresco Finish paint. Next up were my Pan Pastels ! I haven't used these in ages and as I'd treated myself to one or two new colours I was itching to use them. I used Versamark ink through variou TCW stencils and then rubbed the Pan Pastels over the top, I'd forgotten how wonderful they are they blend so beautifully !


I've also added some stamping using a Wendy Vecchi background stamp and used Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. The three flowers above are made using another of the Lin Brown stencils and stamps. I stencilled the colours first using Fresco Finish paints for the flower heads then stamped over the top. I stamped the stalks and extended them slightly by matching the stamp up again and used my Inktense pencils to add some colour.


The Grunge Paste flowers have been painted using my Inktense pencils, as have the stalks which I've stamped using a Darcy Wilkinson stamp from one of her latest sets. The little grasses are stamps from the new Lin Brown sets and I've added colour to them using Inktense pencils. I used Pan Pastels again to colour the two cut out flowers which are a Lin Brown stamp. I used a black Posca pen to add some definition to the stencilled numbers then a white Sharpie to highlight them. The sentiment which you'll have seen in an earlier photo is also one of the new Lin Brown stamps.

I have to say this page was a pleasure to do,  I've been able to use all sorts of things that I've been itching to have a play with.

You have a month to join in with our challenge and do keep an eye on the Stamps and Stencils blog for more insirational projects througout the month. Make sure you hop over to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !