Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Divided Box for Tando Creative


It is Anything Goes week on the Tando Creative blog so I decided it was about time that I decorated my Kate Crane Divided Box that has been sitting waiting for a while!

I always need more storage and it will also give me somewhere to display my decorated tags and boards when they are made...

To complete this I did all my painting and stamping before sticking the box together at the end.
First I gave all the pieces a light coat of tinting base as I didn't want anything too thick that would stop the elements fitting correctly.
Next I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint.  I used 3 colours and dried each layer in between to stop the colours from muddying together...

Once the paint had been dried thoroughly I used the Marks stamp set by Stampendous with Archival ink.  I started by using some of the stamps with coloured ink that matched the paint then finished with the crosses in black ink for contrast. 
Then I put the box together using a strong white glue and added gold gilding wax to the edges.
The final touch was to cover the book plate with gilding wax and then use some clear backed word stickers on the front, putting one behind the book plate.  To finish I added a couple of enamel dots...

Here are the links to the main products used...

* Divided Box
* Marks Stamp Set

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Silhouette Samples for Bee Crafty


I hope you were able to tune in for the first Bee Crafty show of the year this week and I thought that today I would post my DT samples for my Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog post.

All of the samples use the new silhouette trees, safari animal and horses, as well as the new larger everyday sentiments...

This square MDF art board had crackle paste and antiquing cream applied as well as acrylic paints before adding the stamping.

This tall art board was so quick to achieve!  I used dylusions paint straight onto the MDF (something I never usually do) then added some pattern with the circle stencil before stamping and heat embossing the tree with black powder.

This was my favourite card sample as it was so simple and elegant looking.  I wanted to show how just using one stamp could still be really effective.  I used black and a glittery copper embossing powder on pearl coated and black card.

I also wanted to show how scenes can be built up so used distress inks to create my background before adding the stamping. I used the torn edge of a piece of paper to add some darker green for the shadows.   I often like to create an easel card as they are so simple to make but add a slightly different look to your cards.

Another simple to create card but this time I wanted to emboss in a different colour.  The background was made using distress oxide inks, then the tree and lion simple stamped and embossed with gold.  I am also a big believer in layering up to create frames and went a bit more extravagant than usual with the number of layers for this one!

Finally a different sort of background this time using acrylic paints brayered onto card with a bit of stencilling using regular dots and sunset d'inkables.

Thank you for looking and the shows on HOCHANDA will be available on catch up for a couple of weeks if you missed them or need a refresher!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Clockwork Bird for Tando Creative


When thinking about what I wanted to use for my faux metal project for the Tando Creative blog, I had a look through my fab Tando goodies and when I saw the whimsical birds I knew that was what I wanted to create with!
Whenever I think of metal and birds I am always reminded of the clockwork owl in the original Clash of the Titans film, so that is what I used as my inspiration for this hanging tag...

I started by using the criss cross stencil and some modelling paste onto the tag as it gives a great metal look.  Then I painted all the pieces with black gesso as the base...

I did not want all my 'metal' to be the same so decided to use silver, gold and copper to create some contrast and got out my metallic paints and some chunky embossing powders.

The paint was stippled on with a stencil brush to give a more metallic look and then versamark randomly and roughly applied from the pad around the edges of the pieces.  Then the powder was added and heated (a bit of a messy affair with the chunky powders!)...

Once it had all cooled and dried the pieces were layered up onto the tag and stuck down with glue gel.

The sentiment from Dylusions was stamped and embossed with detail silver powder onto black card before being cut out and added.

Finally two holes were punched into the top using a crop a dile so that a metal wire hanger could be added...

I really love these quirky birds and think the faux metal look gives them a bit of a different feel.

I used the following products available on the Tando Creative website...

* Whimsical Birds 2
* Tag
* Cogs Minis
* Black Gesso
* Decoart Metallic Paints
* Stampendous Embossing Powders

I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and thank you for looking :)

Happy Crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Butterfly Mini Journal Cover for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project with you today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and I decided this week to decorate a little journal book that I found in a local stationary shop...

To start I opened up the binding carefully to remove the covers which were a kraft coloured board.
After preparing them with gesso I brayered on 3 different colours of bright acrylic paint, drying each layer in between...

Next I added some background stamping using archival inks.  I used the stamps in my hand rather than on a block and was fairly random! I used Splat 1 and the numbers and alphabet that were on the recent Banksy shows...

Following this I added some stencilling using two of my favourite d'inkables, Regular Dots and Circles.  I used black and white gesso with these...

Then I used some gelatos to colour some of the circles and added doodling with black and white posca pens as well as some splatters...

Finally for the finishing touches I stamped the Large Butterfly using versamark and heat embossed with black powder then coloured it in with alcohol markers.  The wording from Ticker Tape Stamp Set 1 was stamped in the same way and then the pieces cut out...


It was quite easy to then put the journal back together.
To make this project I used the following products from Bee Crafty...
* Backdrops - Numbers
* Backdrops - Alphabet
I am really going to enjoy creating in my new little journal and hope that you all have great fun this year with your crafting too.
Jane xx

Friday, 5 January 2018

Creative Artiste: Crackle and Colour with Tando Creative!

Happy New Year!

As it is the first Friday of the month and also of the new year it is time for our next challenge over at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog!

Thank you for all the beautiful entries last month, it is always a pleasure to look through them, and to see who won in December and check out all of the rules and design team projects you can click HERE.

This month we have a brand new sponsor to the challenge but one who I already know quite well, and that is Tando Creative! There are two prizes of a 30% discount off Tando products on the Tando website and there is plenty to choose from!


Here is my contribution to the design team this month using two ATC's from Tando Creative, one in grey board and the other in MDF...

I started by painting both of the ATC's with black gesso and then coated them with a layer of crackle paste by Decoart.  These were left overnight to allow the cracks to develop naturally.

Once they were ready I used my brayer to apply a layer of Hansa Yellow Light, then Cobalt Teal then Quinacridone Magenta (all Decoart fluid acrylics) to the surface, keeping the layers quite patchy and light.

Next I used the numbers stencil with white gesso and the distressed sequins stencil with cobalt teal paint (both from Tando).  After these were dry I added some stamping using archival ink.  I used a teal colour with the Marks stamp set by Nathalie Kalbach and then black ink with the script from the Steampunk set by Andy Skinner.

The final layer to my background was a bit more stencilling.  This time I used a sparkle paste through the criss cross Tando stencil.
Using the same paint colours I painted some greyboard pieces from Tando, adding a bit more stamping to the hearts.

Once these were all stuck into place I chose two sentiments from the Small Talk stickers by Tim Holtz that I felt went with the style of the ATC's and added them to the boards.

I hope you have had a great start to the year so far and that you will be inspired to take part in the challenge this month!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Funky Flowers Art Journaling for Bee Crafty


I hope you had a fantastic Christmas however you may have celebrated and we have now almost made it to the start of a brand new year.

For my blog post today on Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty I thought I would do a bit more art journaling using lots of layers with Bee Crafty products. 
For these pages I had a clear idea of what I wanted to create which was some funky looking flowers, but as I didn't have any stamps to do this I decided to use the style wire circles to help me...

I started by preparing both the pages of my journal with white gesso, then used my brayer to apply layers of acrylic paint (yellow, teal and magenta) making sure each layer dried before adding the next.  I then dry brushed on some more white gesso to tone the colours together...

The next layer to be added was background stamping.  I used archival inks as these are ideal over the acrylic paint and used colours that matched in with the background.  I used the bubble wrap positive, distress diamonds and script XL until I was happy, they were not mounted onto a block as I wanted a patchy and distressed type of look.

After these had been given a quick dry with my heat tool I added the next layer which was stencilling.  I used the same paint colours from my background and stencilled on some blue using the metalwork alpha inkable and yellow with the regular dots d'inkable.  Then I used the circles d'inkable with white gesso in a diagonal pattern across the pages...

Once I was sure the gesso was dry I coloured some of the circles in using gelatos and then added white and black pen doodling...

At this point I felt that I needed a bit more black in the background as a contrast so used black archival ink with the retro dash and dots backdrops stamp.

To create my focal points I stamped all three sizes of the style wire circles onto white card using black archival ink and then cut them out.  To make them look like flower centres I used yellow and orange gelatos to colour them and then added some stencilling using the circles d'inkable again (one of my favourites!) and permanent marker pen...

Once I had placed and stuck them down I used a permanent black marker to draw in the stems and petals around each flower.  More doodling was then added with black and white pens before adding a few splatters with my white paint pen...

Finally I chose a sentiment that I thought would be good as a saying for 2018, I stamped it out then chose the parts I wanted to use and coloured them before sticking them down and adding some shadowing around the edges.

If you would like to see any of the products that I used here are the links...

* Style Wire Circle - Large
* Style Wire Circles - Small and Medium
* Distress Diamonds
* Script XL
* Retro Dash and Dots
* Bubble Wrap - Positive
* D'Inkables - Regular Dots
* D'Inkables - Circles
* Inkables - Metalwork Alpha

Thank you for taking the time to look at my post today, and I wish you all a very happy new year!

Jane xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Something Seasonal for Bee Crafty


For my last post before Christmas on the Buzzy Goings at Bee Crafty Blog, I thought that I should definitely create something for the season. 
A few weeks back I created some ATC's using some of the Beautanicals and butterflies, so I decided to continue my set with two more on a similar theme but with a wintry look.  This time I also took photos of the different stages. 

This is how they looked once completed...

I used two greyboard ATC's for this project and after coating them with white gesso used my mini gelli plate and brayer to apply 3 layers of different tones of blue paint.  I put the paint on my mat first then used the brayer to add it lightly to the gelli plate, I was aiming for a patchy look and printed each colour one at a time starting with the lightest...

Next I used the circle d'inkable by placing it onto the gelli plate, brayering one of the darker shades of blue over the top then removing the stencil and placing the ATC onto the plate to pull off a print...

After that was dry (a quick blast with a heat tool was enough) I used the regular dots d'inkable in the same way, but this time with white gesso...

To create the next layer I wanted to add some stamping.  As I had already used acrylic paint I needed a permanent ink so I used a blue staz on ink pad with one of the snowflake stamps...

To create a really contrasting silhouette I then stamped one of the wildflowers using a Versamark ink pad and then used sparkly white embossing powder (I made sure to use an anti static bag first to stop any specks of powder sticking elsewhere)...

I wanted to create another layer with some more dimension and texture, so used the snowflake d'inkable with some blue sparkle paste in a couple of areas on each ATC...

For a finishing feature I coloured a piece of card with one of the paints used in the background and then stamped one of the butterflies in Versamark then covered with white sparkly embossing powder.  This was then cut out and cut in half so that it could be on both of the ATCs...

The very final touch was to use the same technique with the sentiments, I also added some dark blue ink to the edges to create a frame for the words...

These are the links to the products that I used...

* D'inkable - Circles
* D'inkable - Regular Dots
* D'inkable - Snowflakes
* Beautanicals - Wildflower 2
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* Yuletide - Snowflakes (Spikey)
* Yuletide - Everyday Christmas 1

I hope you all have a peaceful Christmas and are able to enjoy it whatever you are doing.

Jane xx