Month: May 2016

Oops… almost ruined it! #390

Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles StampI’ve had this stamp in my stash for a little while (Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles)- and it was still unopened and unused.  I absolutely love the detail in the stamp and just hadn’t had the opportunity to play with it!

I created the background with Alcohol Inks -Yellow, Red Pepper and Orange – keeping a firey colour palette.

Next I stamped that amazingly detailed pattern border – and I even managed to stamp it straight for a change!

May31aI placed some copy paper over it once dry and stamped my flower (the paper meant I didn’t overstamp the flower stems onto the border) – but I mucked up big time.  The flower on the left slipped as I was stamping it (one of the hiccups of stamping with archival onto glossy cardstock).  I was so disappointed.  it looked all thick lines and blotchy.  But, you know me, very rarely admit defeat and throw something away so I carried on stamping the pattern around the outside whilst the middle dried.

Out came the gel pens – white silver and gold, and by the time I had added highlights to the flower – it really wasn’t obvious that I had mucked up – hurrah!

So my lesson for today is to keep going.   Don’t assume a stamping mishap is the ruin of your design.  Have a bit of a play more and see if you can hide, disguise or accent it.  If all else failed, I would have at least cut off the strip at the bottom and used on another piece – it was too nice to waste!!

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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