Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Trio of Butterflies for Bee Crafty


I am back again with another project for the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog. 

This week I decided to use distress oxide ink pads as these are a recently acquired medium for me as well as some new stamps that I got in the recent Bee Crafty summer sale (I can't resist a stampy bargain!) :)

Here is the 6" x 6" card that I made...

The products used were...

Large Butterfly - Art Stamp
* Script XL - Backdrops Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Oxide Inkpads - Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio
* Versafine Inkpad - Onyx Black
* Clear Embossing Powder

I wanted to see how versatile the oxide inks are so used them in 3 different ways for this card.

1) First I created the background by smooshing (technical term) the ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzing with water then placing watercolour card into it.  I dried this layer off before adding extra dabs of the other colours using the same technique, making sure each layer was dry before adding the next.
2) Using the same 3 ink pads I inked up the script background in patches and then stamped right across the background.  I kept a spare piece of the background without stamping ready for the sentiment.
3) The big butterfly was stamped 3 times using the Versafine and then heat embossed with clear powder.  The sentiment was created the same way but stamped onto the spare piece of the original inky background.
4) Once the butterflies were cut out I coloured them using the oxide inks from a mat and a water brush.
5) I decided to add a few mats and layers to create a frame for the background, then added the sentiment and butterflies using foam pads and 3D glue gel.

This was quite a quick card to make, but the oxide inks create really fab backgrounds very easily, and with the beautiful stamps made this card very easy to create.

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Butterfly Blues for Bee Crafty


Today it is my turn to share a design team project with you at Buzzy Goings On at Bee Crafty Blog and I decided this week to use some MDF...

To create this piece I used the following products...

* MDF Art Board
* Teasels - Beautanicals Stamp
* Wildflower 2 - Beautanicals Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Butterflies Set 1 - Winged Things Stamp
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables
* White Gesso
* Crackle Paint
* Acrylic Paint (Blue and White)
* Gilding Wax - Silver
* Embossing Powder - Silver and White
* Permanent Ink - Blue
* Heat Resistant Acetate
* Spray Inks

This is how it was made...

1) Stick the MDF plaque to the base and coat with white gesso to prepare the surface.
2) Paint the whole plaque using crackle paint tinted with some blue acrylic paint.

3) Once the crackle has been allowed to dry naturally put on some stencilling with white paint and the regular dots d'inkable.  Add some stamping using the distressed diamonds and permanent blue ink.
4) Add some darker blue paint and gilding wax around the edges to help frame the piece.
5) After using an anti static bag, use clear embossing ink and silver powder to heat emboss the wildflowers directly onto the MDF.
6) To create extra depth and layers, stamp the teasels onto heat resistant acetate using white embossing powder and cut it to size.
7) To soften the white embossing to blend it into the plaque more, add a small amount of blue permanent ink to the teasels, then put glue onto the places where it will not be seen from the front to add the acetate to the plaque.
8) On a piece of water colour card spray a selection of blue and purple inks and once dry add some more stencilling with white paint.
9) On this coloured card stamp 3 butterflies using clear ink and white embossing powder.  Then cut out and add to the plaque.
10) Stamp the sentiment onto card and mat onto the same card before adding as a final touch.

Thank you for reading, I will be back next week with another project.  Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Up, up and away for Bee Crafty


Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my latest DT project for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog.  Here is the card that I made...

To make this card I used...

* Distressed Harlequin D'inkable
* Regular Dots D'inkable
* Laugh, Live, Dream - Wordage Stamp
* Balloon Girl - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Decision to Try - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Ink - Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Black Soot
* Versafine Black Ink
* Clear Embossing Powder

I started by using the broken china, festive berries and mustard seed distress inks on watercolour cardstock.  I blended the colours using an ink blending brush to create extra shades where they crossed. 
Water was then splashed onto the card and lifted with kitchen towel to create lighter spots.  The distressed harlequin d'inkable was then used with the same distress inks, some of the inks got a bit mixed so created different colours with the stencilling.
To add a bit more drama I then used black soot distress ink with the regular dots d'inkable and then added extra ink around the edge of the card to help frame it...

Using the 'Laugh, Live, Dream' stamp, I added some stamping with black ink to create another layer to the background...

I then repeated the same colours on a smaller piece of card and again added the water splashes.  Making sure this was totally dry I then stamped the balloon girl with Versafine and put clear embossing powder over the top...

Both pieces were then mounted onto black card and added to a 6" card blank.

Finally the 'Decision to Try' stamp was stamped in black and clear embossed as well, then cut up into sections to add to the card.  I decided to leave these white to stand out against the background.

I hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Creative Artiste: A Vintage Romance


Today I am posting my latest design team project for the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog...

To take a look at all the design team projects, have a read of the rules and enter your fab projects, you can click HERE.
This month the fantastic sponsor of the challenge prize is Maja Design...

Last year I was fortunate enough to win some of the fabulous papers from Maja Design, so I had to use them for my project...

Starting with a greyboard tag from Tando Creative I used Decoart matt medium to stick on some of the paper from the Vintage Romance collection.

After sanding around the edges, to fit it exactly, I added some tea dye distress ink to the outside and some champagne sparkle paste by Imagination Crafts through a Scrapmatts crackle stencil across the main part of the tag.

To add even more interest to the background I used my Indigo Blu dinkie script stamp and then cut off part of a snipart chipboard mandala which was painted with diamond coloured starlight paint before adding a touch of gilding wax and attaching to the tag...

I cut out the mirror and mannequin from another sheet of paper to layer up at the bottom of the tag, using glue gel to give it some dimension.

The tag was then finished off with a selection of paper flowers from my crafty stash, with gilding wax added to the edges of the petals.  The sentiments came from the Lost and Found collection by 7 Dots Studio.

To tie everything together I completed the project by spraying on some Prima Bloom tea dye ink spray...

The Maja Designs paper is so beautiful and very good quality, so do please enter your projects for a chance to win some!

I will be back tomorrow with my weekly Bee Crafty post, hope to see you then!

Jane x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Altered Eclectics: A 'Sweet' Project!


Welcome to a new month which means a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics!
If you would like to have a look at all the design team inspiration or have a read through the challenge rules please click HERE.

My design team project this month is on a very small scale for me.  One of my children had some candy sticks as part of a party bag (actually they didn't like so them so I had to eat them!) and I thought that the box was so cute I would like to try a bit of altering and mixed media with it...


I used white gesso from Decoart to cover the box to start with (it took a few coats as the colour of the original box was quite dark), then I used texture paste through a Scrapmatts hexagon stencil.  Some chipboard was added along with metal embellishments.

The hexagons made me think of honeycomb and bees so I added a metal one that I had in my stash and also thought that the micro beads and art balls could be pollen!
It was all painted with Decoart fluid acrylics then finished off with gilding wax.

The flower was added to break up some of the orange colour and the 'happy' (again from Scrapmatts) was intended to finish off the idea of 'Bee Happy'.

I hope that we will see some of your projects this month over at the challenge, until next time 'bee happy' crafting!

Jane x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mixed Media Pocket Watch for Bee Crafty


I hope you have all had a great week and hopefully got the chance to see Sam on Hochanda with the fantastic 'Time' products!  I loved using these as I really do like cogs and clocks (even though I am not at all mechanically minded) but my favourite had to be the new MDF pocket watches so I decided that this was the project that I would share with you today on the Buzzy Goings On At Bee Crafty Blog...

Here are the products used:

* MDF Pocket Watches
* Cogs Set - Art Stamps
* Time - Wordage Stamps
* Acrylic Paints
* Crackle Paste
* Crackle Glaze
* Sand Texture Paste
* Antiquing Cream
* Gilding Wax
* Versafine Ink - Sepia
* Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

1) I started by decorating the outside frames of all 3 pocket watches.  The largest was coated with crackle paste, the medium one with sand texture paste and the smallest with plain gesso.
2) Once dried they were all painted with acrylic paint in blue shades then I used patina coloured antiquing cream to add an aged look.  This was then wiped back to leave areas of different colour, particularly in the crackles.
3) The frames were finished off by adding gilding wax to complete the vintage look.
4) The inside pieces of the pocket watches were painted with a lighter coloured sparkly acrylic paint and then a rusty colour was watered down and dripped from the top of each to create a rusty drip effect.
5) Once dry I added quite a thick layer of crackle glaze to each clock face and then left them to dry naturally.
6) The same paints and wax were added to the clock hands and then I chose a variety of times to set them to.  Mine were not significant times for me, but these could easily be made personal for births or other special events.  Once the MDF pieces were all totally dry I stuck them together using a strong glue gel.
7) I then played around with different layouts of the watches until I was happy before sticking them together again with strong glue gel.
8)  Using the Cog set I stamped out some cogs and springs using Versafine and then cut them out before dusting with some distress ink and adding a touch of gilding wax.
9) The 'Time' wordage stamp was stamped using Versafine again, then cut into two separate pieces.  I added distress ink around the edges, making it more heavy right on the outer edges to create a frame effect.
10) Finally these pieces were all added to the MDF.

Here are a couple more close up pictures...

Thank you for taking the 'time' to read about my project!

Until next time, happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Gelli Plate Joy for Bee Crafty


It is time for my latest DT post for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty and this week I decided to get out one of my crafty tools that I bought a while ago but have not really used too much, my gelli plate!  I wanted to create a background in a different way and this seemed an ideal way to use some of my lovely Bee Crafty stencils...

To create my card I used...
* Acrylic Paint
* Black Ink Pad
* Gelli Plate and Brayer
Here is a close up photo so that you can hopefully see some more detail of the stencils and stamping...
Here is what I did...
1) I used my brayer to apply red and yellow acrylic paint to the gelli plate then took a print off onto card.  The one that I used with this card was made after 2 other prints had been taken.  I then added the damask stencil and took a print.
2) After cleaning the plate I added white acrylic paint and put the oval lace stencil on top.  Again this was the third print I made as I preferred the paler look this created.
3) Once this had been dried off with my heat tool I cut the card down to a 4 and a half inch square and inked around the edges using wild honey distress ink.
4) Again using the wild honey distress ink I added some more texture with random parts of the bubble wrap positive stamp.
5) I then stamped the splatter swirl border along the bottom.
6) After stamping the first coat of ink onto spare paper I stamped the wildflower 3 stamp a couple of times then added the teasels using the first generation of black ink.
7) The final piece of stamping was to add the joy sentiment straight onto the card.
8) To finish it off I layered the design onto black card and then onto a 6" card blank.
It was fun to get out my gelli plate and hopefully it will encourage me to have a go at using it even more with all my stencils.  Until next time I hope you have a lovely week and keep on crafting!
Jane xx