Friday, 22 March 2019

Recycle it

The lovely Svenja is setting our challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers and she'd like us to do a bit of recycling. It could be a failed project that you've given a makeover to turn it into something fabulous or it could be bits and pieces you rescue from the recyle bin and put to good crafty use.

I used three bits of "recylcing" here: a magazine page to make a print using a gel plate, my sentiment word is cut from a piece of tomato paste tube and I used a "stencil" that is actually a piece of plastic that came on a computer keyboard as a protector while in transit.

If you have a gel plate and haven't played with the magazine transfer technique it's a fun thing to do - this video is a good introduction if you want to have a play! Premium weight copy paper seems to make a good surface to pull prints and it's not expensive so it doesn't feel too awful if something doesn't work!

I used a white pencil to add some gentle highlighting and a charcoal pencil for some grounding shadows.

This is for a friend with whom we enjoy the odd wine tasting!

Page from Decanter magazine
Gelli plate
Acrylic paints (black, yellow green, turquoise)
White pencil
Charcoal pencil
Happy Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts)
Tomato paste tube
Keyboard “stencil”
Tim Holtz Distress ink (Mowed Grass) 
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Black Copic marker
Corner chomper

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Stitch it

Shabneez is setting this week’s challenge over st Daring Cardmakers and she’d like to see some stitching - hand or machine, real or faux, a little or a lot!

I needed a card for a friend’s daughter who’s turning 13. I dithered over whether unicorns might be too “young” but decided this realistic one would be OK (yes, I know it’s not really possible to have a realistic unicorn, I suppose I mean in the sense of not cutesy cartoonish!). I’ve added a little bit of stitching with silver thread to attach the banner element of the sentiment, stitched the embellishments into place and added a faux stiched border with a tracing wheel and a silver gel pen.

The background piece is from a stash I made a while back with a shaving foam technique.

Believe in Unicorns (Visible Image)
Happy Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts - die is also in the set)

Bristol board
Copy paper
Silver glitter

Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Delicata by Tsukineko (Silvery Shimmer)
Distress reinkers (for the shaving foam background)

Detail white embossing powder
Confetti die (Mama Elephant)
Silver thread
Tracing wheel
Silver gel pen

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Mad March hare

It’s my turn to set the challenge over at Daring Cardmakers this week and I’d like you to be inspired by the phrase “mad March hare”. Take a look at the DCM blog for some suggestions and to see what my lovely teamies made of it.

I found some fabulous downloadable colouring pages in this Etsy shop that’s run by a tattoo artist who has a beautiful illustration style - she has several animals and birds that would be perfect for the adult colouring craze and I think they’d be good for the kids too, maybe a family colouring session?!

I spent some happy time with my Copics and then just cropped the image to the size of the card front and added a simple die cut sentiment. I added some two-way glue to the moon with a Quickie glue pen and used metal flakes over it once tacky then added some more sketchy lines with a silver gel pen (that don't show up well on the photo, I'm afraid, maybe because the metal leaf is so reflective). The flower centres are dots of gold 3D paint.

I remember hearing a documentary about hares on Radio 4 that used Maddy Prior singing The Fabled Hare in its soundtrack. The final verse says

"I'm a symbol of endurance
Running through the mists of time"

I really hope that's true, hares are such magnificent creatures and with the recent news that a strain of myxomatosis has crossed from rabbits to hares, their future might not be quite so assured. 

Hare colouring page
Copic markers
Gold gel pen
Silver gel pen
Quickie glue pen
Mega Flake by Indigo Blu (Sheffield Steel)
Gold 3D paint
Corner Chomper

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Link in the chain - February

It's time for the reveal of the Card Chain Challenge for February! As usual we had lots of options to play with - I chose the theme of birds and the colours (honey, raspberry,  strawberry). My card has gone to Gail who does a fabulous job each month as part of the team who keep us all organised!

I inked up my circular Gel Press Petite rather like a big stamp (I will get round to using it some other way soon!) and then sponged extra ink over the impression to blend a bit more. I thought the colour combination was quite reminiscent of a sunset.

I added tiny speckles and "twinkles" in faint colour by stamping off on scrap first.

Spring Bird (Bloom Art Stamps)
Believe in Unicorns (Visible Image)

Bristol board:

Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry)
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Watermelon)

Gel Press Petities
Charcoal pencil
Black fineliner
Hello die (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)
Pinflair gel glue

There are a still a few days to sign up if you'd like to be a link in the next chain - make and send one card to the person "up chain", receive a card from the next link!