Apr 26, 2013

A little bit of magic...

Hello Everyone
I am back from a wonderful 10days on the Gold Coast Australia, the break from the usual routine has certainly rejuvenated and revitalised my thoughts and body.
Spending relaxing days with dearest one by the pool at the Sheraton Mirage and using the plastic for therapy has been rather pleasant to say the least.
Sometimes it is beneficial to step back and stop, walk away from the paints, brushes, papers and scissors, and change the routine for a spell.

So I suggest you sit back and scroll down to enjoy the tutorial I have for you today.
The transformation that takes place with this technique is magical and always brings a smile to my face. I hope it does the same for you.

First choose colours of Twinkling H20's and some stitched paper, this one as you can see is a yucky Brown  (there is obviously a name for this type of paper but I do not know what it is.)
 Using the water brush proceed to paint the paper.
 Mixing up your paints on the paper until it is covered.
Just like this.
Add some Gold paint.
And blend.

Add additional stitching.

Choose your embellishments and alter, this is Kwik Mesh.
I just used the same hues with my oil pastels. 
Dry emboss and ink (distress stains) up the corded frame.
Add a dyed ribbon, cut up some card stock in strips and glue in a row for some dimension and interest.
And here is the completed card.

You would never imagine it could look so different.

I would like to enter this card into
 Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Stitching (Real or Faux).

I hope to catch up with you this week and see what you have been creating in my absence. 


Apr 5, 2013

Distress Paints Background and Tutorial.

Hello Everyone.
This is a long post!  But hang in there I think it is worth it.
 I have a wonderful Local Stamp/Scrapbooking Shop called 'Scotties' and last month they held a competition.... to make a creation using a technique/product from the shop, well I was in for this, as I had just purchased the distress paints and Wendy had demonstrated a technique on how to use them with a 3d Spellbinders Embossabilities.

I did not have the 3d type folder but I did have a m-bossability folder.
The distress paints I used were Frayed Burlap, Salty Ocean, and Broken China.

The first step was to brayer up my folder with these colours.
I dabbed them on my mat side by side, then used my brayer to ink the folder and run it through the e-bosser.

The result was NOT what I was expecting, I tried again, thinking I used the wrong side but the same thing happened, the paint was not transferring evenly, then I thought perhaps it was because I did not have the 3d Folder.
 I gave up on this technique, and instead I used the inked brayer directly ontop of the embossed card-stock.  Aha....this is the effect I was looking for.
Next step is to use distress inks 

It looks dark here because I took the photo immediately after inking, as you all know it does dry to a lighter shade.
I applied some antique linen randomly over the Bg.
Inking the lace.

I cut a frame on my cricut and inked up in the same hues, the bird was also inked up using distress stains and glossy accents applied.

The heart is cut out of corrugated cardboard.

And at last you see the completed card.
You will notice that I did not use the lace in my tutorial, I felt it was too heavy when I looked at the card, so I changed it to this one, which was inked the same way.
The photo does not do it justice I'm afraid.
Well you have done well if you have got to here, and now the good news I was a winner!!!!
Yes the girls at Scotties liked my efforts, so I would like to thank them again for choosing me and for the lovely prize; a stackable storage container for my card-stock and a wonderful selection of flowers).
Scotties has an on-line store if you want to have a browse.

Find us

I am entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Show Challenge -"Anything goes"

Thanks for looking, I appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Apr 3, 2013

The Vintage Appeal..

Hello Everyone,
My Shabby Chic/Vintage card;  with it's muted palette relates a rich softness and has a calm elegance in the design (makes my heart melt.)
I began with Prima Pp and a zig-zag stitch. Then I placed a piece of gorgeous lace on top.
I sat looking at this for a day......who knows why, but I could not move forward.
I did return often to look and touch waiting for it to speak!!! I know this sounds insanely unhinged, but until I had done with the looking phase, only then could I begin to embellish.
The crinkly ribbon I love (thankyou Rosie) and I used this to display my pearl drop and sentiment.

Have a great day