Atmospheric Sky #389

Chocolate Baroque StampsDo you always plan your creations?  Or do you like to just pick up a few things and see where it leads you?  I tend to do both.  Sometimes I’ll just start playing either with a stamp or certain paints or inks and see where the creation flows – but other times I have a picture in my head of what I want to create and have to work out how to achieve it!

I love running workshops and demos because my customers challenge me to create something out of what I’ve made.  My favourite it when I’ve created a background which is really pretty and the customers say how much they like it – but what would I do with it?

May28aWell this piece started from that.  I was demonstrating how to use Alcohol inks with the metallics.  I worked a small strip (you can see it at the bottom) using bold colours and only a hint of metallic, and then use the rest of the card to demonstrate using a little colour and a heavy metallic so the contrast could be seen.  So then what do I do with it! …. well make it into an atmospheric skyline of course!  By stamping a tree in black and a few plants and flowers in brown at the bottom – suddenly you can see its a skyline.  So much fun to see what you can create!

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happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

Birdcage Collage with Alcohol Inks #388

Chocolate Baroque Birdcage Collage StampThis is such a lovely stamp – it has so much detail in it.  Whenever I use it I try to keep my composition quite simple so you can appreciate it fully.  It is Chocolate Baroque Birdcage Collage.  I have created my background using Alcohol Inks.  The stamp is stamped with Archival black and set aside to dry.  Around the outside I stamped a leaf design using a stamp from another set using Fern Green Archival to create a subtle frame.

Next the fun bit.  Sitting highlighting the details using white, silver and gold gel pens.  Very relaxing!  This was created in my recent Alcohol Inks workshop – and was so well received by my students I was asked to put it onto a card straight away so she could buy it for a birthday the next day!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

Blue PaperArtsy Flower #387

paperartsy blue flowerI recently attended a training weekend with PaperArtsy and then time has just whizzed past and I haven’t had a chance to do anything with the stamps I got on the day.  I’ll be soon getting these new designs in stock – once time allows!!  So a quick and easy tag idea for you.  I started by stamping and embossing my flower stamp in White embossing powder (have you seen we now stock loads of Wow embossing powders – they are fab!!)… sorry – easily distracted…back to my design.  paperartsy blue flower2So, once you have embossed, then go over the top with distress inks – I’ve used Blueprint Sketch and a mix of the other paler blues applied with my applicator for smoother blending.  A final addition of some ink through a stencil adds a bit of further detail.  Finally take a soft cloth and buff up your white embossing to remove any distress ink resting on top of it.
Its a fun technique that can be ideal for a quick card idea.

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

Alcohol Inks Sunset #386

Chocolate Baroque StampsHave been having a play with my alcohol inks.  I just love the vibrancy of colours when I work with them.  I was challenged by a customer to create something with the Chocolate Baroque Landscape Edges stamp as they really loved the design but couldn’t quite picture how to use it.

I started by applying Orange, Yellow and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks to create a gorgeous sunset (sunrise?) type background.

Chocolate Baroque Landscape EdgesThe stamps were then stamped using Archival Black ink (be careful as they are large area stamps and stamping onto glossy cardstock can be slippy!).  Leave aside to dry (it will take a little while as you are stamping onto glossy).  Add a few highlights with a white gel pen.  A really quick, simple design but oh so lovely!  I think my favourite detail is the white highlights on the fence… it just brings it to life!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge Cornflower Tag #385

Chocolate Baroque Cornflower StampBack again for another entry to the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge blog.  It’s great fun to challenge yourself with colours that you wouldn’t always use!

Today’s tag uses Distress Paints in Mowed Lawn, Antique Bronze, Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber.  I started by creating a background with the paints using a brayer and swiping different colours.  Then I have stamped using fossilized amber and the Chocolate Baroque Damask Panel stamp horizontally across the tag and then added some detail using the Open Weave stamp and Floral Weave Stamp.  The wording is from the Artistic Affirmations set.

Chocolate Baroque Cornflower StampNext I stamped my Chocolate Baroque Cornflower stamp in Archival black and coloured using my Koi Brush pens.

Some white highlighting with my White sharpie marker finishes the piece nicely.

You can join me at my workshop on Thursday 26th May 5-7 to make one of these lovely flower tags.  Just contact me to book your place.

Back in a few days with an alcohol inks piece!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

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Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge Peony Tag #384

Chocolate Baroque Peony StampIt’s been ages since I’ve done a blog challenge – and the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge caught my eye!  So here is the first entry – and I have another one to follow on tomorrow (yes I know.. no blogs for ages then two all at once!)

So I’ve used Distress Paints – Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, Antique Bronze, Aged Mahogany along with Distress Inks – Fossilized Amber, Aged Mahogany.

I’ve given the tag a base colour with the Amber, Linen and Bronze paints using a brayer.  Once dry I used a Tim Holtz mini stencil with the Amber and Mahogany distress inks to apply a little texture to the background and then stamped with Amber onto the Chocolate Baroque Open Weave Stamp.  Next I stamped by Chocolate Baroque Peony Stamp in Black archival and the Art word (Chocolate Baroque Artistic Affirmations).  Chocolate Baroque Peony StampNext was the leafy border – I tried to stamp this in mahogany – but it wasn’t bold enough (probably because my 10 year old ink pad needs re-inking!!!) – so I overstamped using Plum Archival – that was much better!  The stamp is from Chocolate Baroque Floral Edges.

I then coloured my Peony using green shades of Koi Brush pens and added a final touch of highlighting with my Sharpie White Poster Paint pen.

If you would like to join me in making a tag like this – we will be doing a colour challenge Chocolate Baroque tag in my next workshop on Thursday 26th May 5-7 at the shop.  Contact me to reserve your seat!

Back tomorrow with the next tag for the challenge!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

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Lavinia Stamps Tag Video Tutorial #383

Lavinia Stamps TagIt’s been a while since I blogged.  It’s been so busy at the shop I haven’t had a chance to stop by.  I’ve found some time to create so watch out for lots of new posts over the coming weeks.

I’m back with a new tutorial video featuring the lovely Lavinia Stamps which I now stock at the shop.  Click here to view the video.

The tag features the following products..Lavinia Stamps Fairytale

Lavinia Stamps Lily, Lavinia Stamps Fairytale, Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron.  Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Lattice and a White Sharpie Paint pen and Stickles Crystal

Happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

 

PaperArtsy Birdies #382

PaperArtsy Bird StampsI’ve started this collage panel just on a piece of greyboard.  Either use the backing sheets off your paperpads, or you can buy the grayboard precut to size from us.  I started by stamping my PaperArtsy birdhouses and the tweet tweet words.  I then added the basis of the tree around the edge.  I then added colour roughly around the shapes using Distress Paints and painted in the detail of the birdhouses.

PaperArtsy BirdsI stamped the birds and loads of leaves onto dictionary paper and coloured them with Distress Paints and cut them out.  I added my flowers to my tree and then assembled my birds and leaves to finish the design.  A few white highlights with the White Sharpie finishes it nicely.

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

#paperartsy

Stampendous Bird and Blossom Stamp #381

Stampendous Bird and Blossom Stamps and DiesThis is one of my favourite creations I’ve made in a while.  The stamp is the lovely Bird and Blossom stamp from Stampendous that also has a matching die set too.  I started by stamping a selection of flowers and leaves as well as the bird and the branch and coloured them in bright colours using my Koi Brush pens using a waterbrush to get the lovely watercolour effects.  I then used the dies to cut them all out – they cut really close!

Next I used the Stampendous Pop-Up die on the blue cardstock and then stamped with a bubble effect stamp in the background in blue ink and stamped and embossed my greeting (a Stampendous stamp).  I also used the die on my backing cream card too.

Stampendous Bird and Blossom StampI’ve found it is easier to cut your card slightly larger than needed, use the die and then trim to size – much easier than trying to position the die dead centre.  By using the die on both layers, they will easily match up .  Then push out the tabs you need and build up your flowers and bird design.

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

#woodware #stampendous

 

Woodland Forest #380

Stampendous Forest Stamps and DiesThis gorgeous pop-up card was made using the Stampendous Forest Stamps and matching Dies together with the Stampendous Pop-up Die.

I started by stamping all the animals and lots of the bushes onto Woodware Watercolour Card.  I added colour using the Koi brush pens and blended with a waterbrush.

I used the pop-up die to create the pop-up structure and then layered up my tree and animals over the top.  This makes such a lovely fun card!

Stampendous Forest Stamps and DiesI love the way that the die set cuts so precisely, and there are three different dies to cut out the one bush stamp so you can vary the shape of the foliage in the tree.

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

#woodware #stampendous