Swooshy Background #373

PaperArtsy topiary stampAnother swooshy background again today that has been created with the Distress Paints.  If you work with wet card and spritz water into the paint on your mat, you can get some beautiful swooshy blended backgrounds.

The stamps are PaperArtsy Topiary set and are again coloured by Distress Paints (are you detecting a theme with my posts at the moment haha?).  The white highlights are with the Sharpie white paint pen. (more…)

PaperArtsy Snowman #372

PaperArtsy Snowman StampLove this little chap!  This piece has been done with JOFY02 Snowman PaperArtsy Stamp set.  I started this piece by stamping out all my elements as I wanted to know where the snowman would be so I could work the background colour around him.

Once stamped I spritzed my card with water and applied some Broken China Distress Paint to my mat and watered it down a little.  Then with a wide brush I stippled the colour onto the background.  As the card is wet, it softens and disperses the paint to give you a snowy sky. (more…)

PaperArtsy Tulip #371

PaperArtsy Tulip StampThis turned out to be such a pretty piece.  The background has been created by using Distress Paints.  I have been demonstrating with them quite a bit recently, which has meant I have a lovely stash of backgrounds ready to work on.  This soft background is the second pick up – by that I mean that I have applied the paints to the non-stick mat and then picked up the colour with my card.  Then I have spritzed the paint and a new piece of card with water and picked it up again.  On this second swoop your colours will be much softer, more watery and you get some pretty results. (more…)

Happy Accident Butterfly #370

Memory Box Vivienne ButterflySome projects go perfectly to plan.  Some projects don’t!  I had an idea in my mind to make a glittered delicate acetate butterfly.  I used Stix2 Double Sided Tape Sticky Sheets and cut it just larger than my die, and a piece of Stix2 Acetate to the same size.

I stuck one to the other and  then cut my Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly with the die facing into the sticky sheet side.  The intention was for it to cut right through.  I cut back and forth through my Cuttlebug 3 times. (more…)

PaperArtsy Door Hanger #369

PaperArtsy Door HangerThese wooden door hanger blanks are great to decorate.  They are easy to paint and stamp and you get a good size surface area to put your design on…. and they are only £1.25 each – bargain!

I’ve painted it with a mixture of acrylic paints – Cosmic Shimmer and Distress Paint.

JOFY PaperArtsy StampsI’ve stamped with the JOFY38 PaperArtsy stamps.  I have additionally used one of the fragment stamps in the background from Chocolate Baroque and stamped in pumice stone distress Paint to create texture on the background. (more…)

Colourful Cornflower #368

Chocolate Baroque Cornflower

Lots of Chocolate Baroque stamps on this little piece of artwork.  The background has been created using Distress Ink Pads applied with Cut n Dry Foam.

The stamps I’ve used are all Chocolate Baroque – Cornflower, Artistic Affirmations and the Seasonal Fragments set (perfect for background texture).

Chocolate Baroque Cornflower StampI’ve also used a mask in the background to add some additional detail and then of course, my favourite white gel pen to make the cornflower pop out from the background.

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Grungy PaperArtsy #367

PaperArtsy StampsPaperArtsy with a bit more of a grungy feel today.  The background is Distress paint applied with a Brayer.  I’ve kept the top layer very simple as there was so much colour on the background I felt more on top would make the image get lost in the background.  Therefore I have just used white gel pen to lift the flowers into the foreground.

PaperArtsy StampsAlways nice to use a set of stamps in different ways!  This has been created using the JOFY Topiary style set.  The greeting has been stamped in two stages – converting a long stamp to fit into a rectangle box.

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Caution Trees! #366

Chocolate Baroque Patchwork Trees StampThis piece was created as part of the workshop at the last Inky Addicts Club.  We focussed on using Distress Ink Pads with Chocolate Baroque stamps.  The background is created by applying Distress Ink with Cut n Dry foam.  I’ve added on some stencil detail too.

Chocolate Baroque Patchwork Trees StampThen the elegant tree from the Chocolate Baroque Patchwork Trees stamp set has been stamped in Archival Black and then coloured by picking up some Distress Ink from my crafting mat with a water brush and painting in the colour.  A final bit of highlighting and a drawn border finishes the piece.  It’s obviously a scary tree, so caution is required! 🙂

If you would like to come and join us at the next Inky Addicts Club – it’s open to any level crafter who likes to play with inks, paints and stamps.  Our next club is on Sunday 9th August, 10-3pm at Garnier Hall in Eccles.  Reservations for seats are now being taken.  It costs £20 for the day (bring your own lunch) and we have a mini workshop – this month its Distress Paints with PaperArtsy stamps.  You then spend the remainder of the day crafting on your own projects, or playing with the workshop supplies.  I also take a mini shop with me too, so its an ideal opportunity if you can’t get to the shop to stock up on some goodies.  Just call or email to reserve your seat!

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All Spots and Dots #365

Distress Stain

I love this fun technique.  Take your Distress Stain and get them flowing well on your craft mat and then using a bit of speed and pressure, splodge them down onto your card to get these fab splats.  Its a great technique to use to create kids cards too.

Distress StainI then just doodled in each of the splats with a fineliner and added the words.  Don’t be afraid to have a go at putting on your own wording onto your artwork.  If you see my handwriting – it’s like an injured spider has limped across the page, but when I am doing lettering, I do a practice run on spare cardstock to work out how big a space I need and then just take it slowly when I write to get it as neat as I can.  A little random letter spacing is all part of the fun.  So that’s my challenge to you today – create something with your own lettering on – be brave – give it a try!

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Birds in a Row #364

PaperArtsy StampsA fun little PaperArtsy playing piece today.  I’ve had a delivery of new stamps – so they just have to be played with!  i thought it would be fun to combine the JOFY Topiary Trees along with the Squiggly Ink birds on a wire.  The background is Brusho, as is the painted in detail too.  Loving these trees, although they are known at the space alien trees in the shop because I think the tall skinny ones look like an alien with antennae!.. watch this space for an alien piece at some point haha!

PaperArtsy Stamps

I painted the birds in brighter colours to make them stand out a little more.  Sometimes its nice just to play and experiment with your stamps!

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Don’t forget the next Inky Addicts club is on Sunday 9th August at Garnier hall in Eccles – reserve your seat now!