Mar 1, 2015

Layered Butterfly.

Hello Everyone,
March 1st and if you live in Wales you will be celebrating St Davids Day.
Probably means absolutely nothing to most of you, but being Welsh I have wonderful memories of this day growing up.
You have come across to see a card not to read about my heritage, so I will proceed expeditiously with my post.

Country View Cards Challenge this month  is 'Anything Goes.'  which pleases the masses as one is not restricted by theme or design. It is CVC's second anniversary, and to celebrate there will be two winners this month!!!!

My Bg was painted up using Acrylics, stamped in script then dry embossed.
The butterfly was stamped onto painted paper three times and layered up, stitched onto card to include the antennae. The body is a shape fussy cut from G45 paper.
Another element is the collage, just scraps that I saved after a tidy up, I added the weeny buttons and lace for interest.
You can pick up the embossing here with the Inka Gold applied.

Entering: 'The Artistic Stamper'  Challenge -Spring. 
               The Mixed Media Card Challenge-Hints of Spring.
Butterflies are always synonymous with a new beginning, and Spring time is the prelude to warmer weather. (I am basking in hot sunny days here in Auckland.)

You will find all my talented teamies here, if you have a few moments hop across and say hello.
Have a great day,

Feb 25, 2015

Shabby meets Drips and Drops

Hello Everyone,
The Challenge over at Country View Crafts-(Drips and Drops) is just about coming to an end, and so far we have had some wonderful inspiration not only from my fellow Dt's, but also from our entries. I have one last card to entice you to join in, it is my favourite genre Shabby-Chic and I have included some mixed media.
 I may upset a few Shabby-Chic enthusiasts in doing so, but I think it works wonderfully well.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

I enjoy making these cards as it always makes me feel as if I have accomplished something.

The process in making the Mixed Media Background.

The previous photos show the stages of applying the paints, below I have dry embossed and added white drips and drops.
Now for the Shabby part.....
....and the Glamour
Marrying them together.
Front and finished view.

Remember you can click on the pics for a more detailed look.

And I am entering this into:
 Simon Says Monday Challenge -'Anything Goes' .
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -'Think Pink .'

Thank you for the visit, you can find the CVC challenge HERE.


Feb 7, 2015

Visual Journal Page.

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to my new friends, hope you enjoy following me.

Here I am with another double spread for my Journal and Brenda's Feb link up of her 'Visual Journey' record. I try really hard not to think about what the page should look like, more towards where I want to go with my far I have no answers that is why I have left the text open ended.
But looking at it now it could be finished off as -This Year I will... 'Smell the Roses.'

Apologies for no steps but my Journal is more about me than anything else and I do not want to pause frequently to take snaps.

The roses were cut from a magazine and blended into the Bg with gel medium and Charcoal pencil.

The Bg has Gesso, Acrylic paints, tissue paper, stamps.

 Challenges:  The Mixed Media Monthly-'Think Pink' sponsored by Ellen Hutson.


Feb 6, 2015

A substrate using Tissue Paper.

Hello Everyone,
I have been around long enough for you all to know that I am crazy about texture, I find any technique that creates 'lumps' and 'bumps' or relates a tactile quality then you will find me looking at the screen salivating profusely over the keyboard; I literally drool......
So naturally I am always experimenting to obtain the said effect; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

The days when I decide to be creative with mixed media, I place myself in the Garage where I have set up a work bench, as like all people who believe they are Artists it can get real messy once the brush finds the paint, or in my case the hands.
Common sense would tell me to where gloves!

So here I am after another session in the Garage altering this Book cover, 'Cover' being the apropos word, it did get a little chaotic and messy, but we are all cleaned up again... well the work bench is tidy, not so my hands they will take a little longer.

This month at The Miror Crack'd  the challenge is: Album/ Journal Cover.

Tissue Paper Technique for my substrate.
Let me take you through the process on how I obtained the texture.

First cover with a thin layer of Gesso.

Begin by applying the Tissue in workable pieces onto the dried gesso with Mod Podge.
Start in the centre and work out.

Once it is covered let it dry.

Apply White Acrylic Paint

Make sure you get into all the crevices and folds.
 Let this dry.

Start the first layer adding more texture; plastic netting and Paint.

Second layer.


More Paints and Metallics.

Applying the treasure Gold with my fingers!

Glazing liquid applied to seal.

Preparing the frame- Gesso


Butterfly coloured with Alcohol Inks.

Placed this on a Prima Label.

Last view close up.
Remember you can click on any pic for a closer view.

If you are still with me you have to agree that the tissue paper makes wonderful texture.
Also if this inspires you then why not join in this months Challenge at The Mirror Crack'd. 
 Pop over to see what my fellow teamies have created for you to salivate over.

Have a great day,