Nov 25, 2014

Wallowing amongst the Flowers.

Hello Everyone,
This is my second creation for Country View Crafts; 'Bugs Bees and Butterfly' Challenge which can be found here.
 And I have made a Tag.
I do not often make Tags as I never know what to do with them, this one will be placed in the Tag box with all the rest no doubt, nevertheless it was fun making it and I can understand why Tags are so popular amongst card makers.

At first glance one cannot see the bugs, but as you read on they will be identified.
First up, my substrate that I created, using fluid matte medium and Acrylic paint.
 Attached a torn off piece to a painted Tag and added the die cut.
My ladybug was not happy being stuck at the bottom... she crawled her way up through the flowers....
...scaring  the butterflies.
The metal Bee has been highlighted with treasure Gold.
 I coloured up the lace in chipped sapphire distress ink which matched perfectly with Squid ink paint. 
The glamour is courtesy of Prima

There is plenty of time to join in the Challenge Here.

Nov 15, 2014

Magpie Day at Country View Crafts

Hello Everyone.
It is Magpie day at CVC!
For those who do not know what this day is all about, let me explain. This is separate to the main Challenge, and it is just a bit of fun, if you would like to participate...(by the way there is going to be some blog candy; chosen randomly.) All you have to do is make something 'using up your scraps' and enter it here.

This is my colourful card for your inspiration.

The Bg is made with splotches of distress stains and dry embossing; left over from a  masterboard that I had made ages ago. I inlaid the  embossed butterfly, many of these Lepidoptera are lying about my desk in one form or another.
The sentiment again was found in my scrap box, I just inked it up to match my palette.

I made a few more.
Alcohol Inks on Glossy cardstock.

I have put this up to show you how the little diecut (left bottom) is too close to the corner....not good to the eye, the rule of thirds is all very well, but it has to connect and my little flower there is lost in space, it just needs to be closer to my others and would look much better, but someone will like it. 

My fellow Dt have made some inspiring pieces, so if you feel inclined look around your workspace and see what you can put together and join in for a chance to win.


Nov 13, 2014

The pros and cons of Black speciality Inks.

Hello Everyone,
I remember when I first started stamping I was very confused with all the different Black Ink pads on the market.
So I thought I would tell you my thoughts on some of them and why.

This is one of my favourites and my go to Ink pad.
It does bleed on Tissue paper and mulberry paper underneath and it smears on foil. Other than this it works well on all sorts of Card stock, including Glossy.
This dye based permanent Ink is a work horse in my craft room.
I have used it in conjunction with Alcohol Inks and had great results.

It is perfect over all sorts of mediums including Acrylics, the secret is to dry each layer and there are no problems with bleeding.
It is waterproof, and has great resist methods on coated paper.
This is a versatile Ink Pad, and it never leaves any residue on my stamps, you always have a clear bright image. 
Very much an all purpose Ink pad.
Easy to clean off on your stamps, which I find a huge plus.

Versafine Archival.
The lid is on a hinge, which I find fiddly and not user friendly.
the stamp pad is raised, this is especially helpful if you are inking large stamps or want to use a direct-to-paper technique.
The ink goes on evenly and smoothly and shows all the detail with no bleeding. 
Versafine really captures more intricate details, and it lasts a very long time with no need to re-ink frequently.
If you are quick it will take embossing powders.
It is oil based so it will not dry and also smears on coated card stocks,  or any non-porous surface.
It is also not completely stable for use with alcohol markers or alcohol ink.

                                                            Ancient Page Ink Pad.
This is a great little Dye based Ink Pad.
I have never had it smear on me, it is perfect for Glossy Card.
Use a stamp cleaner after use.
A fabulous raised foam pad, which I really like, I have had it for years and have only re inked once.

Staz On
This is a fast dying solvent ink
Best for non -porous and semi -porous surfaces; vellum, acetate, metal,  glass, plastic, clay and more.
No good for wet embossing.
You need to re-ink the pad frequently for good effects.
I suggest replacing the ink pad once it feels sticky, re inking  after this happens does not make a difference.
But it is a must in the craft room.

Dye Ink and fade resistant.
Fine impressions and coverage.
Very stable with alcohol inks, Copics and Alcohol markers.
It does not smear, your image stays dark and detailed, works with most papers.
It will not dry on many non-porous surfaces like glass or metal.
Personally I do not use this one very often.

This ink dries naturally on smooth surfaces such as vellum or coated papers, but it can take time. I have used the heat gun with success.
I love this ink for wet embossing; it is fantastic.
This pad needs to be re-inked regularly.
It has a squishy feel to the foam pad and it is easy to over ink your stamp which results in a messy stamped image, a light hand is required for this pad.
Not great on metal.

 There are many more out there but this is what I use.
And one last tip, dye ink is thinner in consistency than pigment ink and will typically dry more quickly, you don’t necessarily need to press hard when stamping to get even and complete coverage. Make sure the stamp is completely covered with ink and then lightly but evenly apply it to your card stock. Having scrap paper nearby to test on is also helpful.
I prefer to store my ink pads right side up and re ink when necessary.
 A properly inked pad is one of the most useful tools you own. 

And now a little Tag for you to look at after all this information.
And no Black ink to be seen!!!! Ha

Have a great day and thanks for the visit.

Nov 6, 2014

What you make with buttons.

Hello Everyone,
It is another Challenge at The Mirror Crack'd and this month we want you to make a Christmas decoration, now I make a different ornament every year for Precious, who has just turned 6 yrs. Some of you know that this is a pet name, her birth name is far more pertinent to her character; Scarlett.
 But to me she is my 'Precious.'

So with her in mind I made a little tree out of painted buttons.

The first stage in this construction was to paint up the buttons and wooden cotton reel.
I covered them in Gesso as they were all different, and then I painted them in fresco paints and iridescent Gold.
Using a glue gun I stacked them, I decided to add burlap as a different texture.
Nearly there...can you hear my sigh, I dislike the glue gun intensely as the strands drive me nuts!!!!!
I wanted a large star as that is what she is to me...huge in my life.

To complete the look I added some glitter on the burlap, she loves glitter.
This is going to be perfect for hanging on her little tree with all the others I have made her since she was born.
I hope this simple little project will inspire you to make a decoration for someone special in your life...put a smile on their face as it is so rewarding to see see their reaction.
And then enter it into the Challenge: Here.

I am on a little break for 6weeks, I will try to pop in on times for a visit, while I freeze my but off in the UK visiting family .


Nov 1, 2014

A mini book.

Hello Everyone,
Today at Country View Crafts, our lovely Trace has set a theme and  it is all about
 'Bugs, Bees and Butterflies'.
I am not fond of Bugs or Bees and neither is Scarlett (Gd) and as this little book was for her as a learning reference to these insects, it had to relate at least  some attractiveness as well as interest. So colour and texture are the go-to in the first instance.

I started with constructing the inserts for the book.
Using a Cornflake box and gesso as my substrate before painting.

Paints, Inks and stencils applied to the inserts.

Printed out the Title and diecut, then inked up.
... these are all the inserts.
Painted cardstock in Red, stamped two Lady bugs and cut them out.
Attached it over the stamped Lady bug, added a Bumble bee and the Butterfly.
This is the book cover.
First page.
Adding the texture with flowers, leaves and stencils.
Doodling work on each page.
Second Page.
Attaching the Bees more stencil work and texture paste.
If you click on the pics you will notice glossy accents on the wings.
Third Page.
Diecut two different Butterflies; one inked and the other inked and Utee applied. 
More texture with the chrysalis and the word.
Last page.
Here a serviette is applied with matte medium, with more doodling and stencils.

This is the finished size....perfect for a little hand.
Scarlett I am pleased to say loved it.

Of course there are more wonderful creations to see over at Country View Crafts, if you are inspired by anyone's work please feel free to join in the fun this month.