Friday 31 July 2009

UK Stampers Challenge 50

Here's my entry for this week's challenge on UK Stampers The theme is G for Graffiti and it gave me much food for thought. I decided to go for something in the true spirit of graffiti as it also gave me a chance to try out the plate of grunge backgrounds that I bought at Newbury from the Craft Fairy. I'm so glad I got these stamps as I can see that they're going to be really useful for all sorts of things-just the sort of thing I like!

I made the tag myself from white card and gave it a rounded top. I stamped on the brick background and cracked paving in VersaFine Smokey Gray ink. I stamped the Art Impressions Manhattan Skyline at the top in Onyx Black.

When all the ink had dried I got to work with some Distress inks (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, China Blue and Peeled Paint) and sponged until I was happy with the colour combination.

I then doodled on the brick wall something that means a great deal to me-art does rule OK!!!
I then added the graffiti word which was given to me by my elder daughter who, when hearing that I was doing something with a graffiti theme, said she had just the font on her computer.
I inked the word up with Distress inks and cut it out. I then stuck it on with tape just at the ends so that it stood out from the tag a little. Finally, I stamped on a further grunge background at the base of the tag in the grey ink.

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Larrie's Lambanana ATC Swap

These 3 atcs are for the July Technique Swap hosted by Larrie. I decided to use up some of the scraps from my hand decorated background paper box.
Face the Music is made from a piece of altered music score, treated in the same way as my watercolour crayon technique from an earlier post. The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Allegro folder and coloured with Broken China Distress ink.
Rough Diamond is made from a piece of watercolour crayon paper and over-stamped in black with an Impression Obsession stamp. The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Diamond in the Rough folder and coloured with Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress inks.
Paintball is made from a piece of glossy photo paper (Tesco Value) coloured with alcohol inks in Purple Twilight, Wild Plum and Sage. The background paper is embossed with the new Cuttlebug Herringbone folder and coloured with Peeled Paint Distress ink.
A rather wacky but very enjoyable swap.
Fliss x

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Hobby Art Stamps Cards

I designed these cards for a class I taught last weekend using some of the new Hobby Art stamps.

The blue and orange card uses the insides of envelopes and I have found that even if the envelope is rather crumpled, this disappears when you emboss it using a Cuttlebug folder. I stamped the orange envelope paper first with a Hobby Art flourish stamp and embossed it using the new Victoria folder. The white square was embossed on one side with the Frills set of borders.

The blue and purple card uses scrapbook paper, one Anna Griffin and one unknown. The corners are punched with a Woodware punch and the butterfly was cut from an old illustration book I found (a real bargain at £2.50 with over 300 butterfly coloured sketches).

The orange and cream card has a manila tag embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile folder, a panel stamped with the Hobby Art Shakespeare Sonnet stamp and an orange embossed panel. The flower has been stamped on orange, peach and white card and pieces cut out to layer up. The white leaves were painted with Olive Vine H20 paint.

Sunday 26 July 2009

My Vintage Heart

This is my entry for the Sunday Challenge on UK Stampers the theme of which is V for Vintage.

I made my own tag in an arch shape from textured card and scribbled on gold leaf with a Krylon pen. I painted over the top with several layers of watercolour paint and removed the excess with a baby wipe. I stamped the tag with some of the squares from a Magenta cling set with Memories art print brown ink.

I made a heart template and cut out a thin card heart. I covered it with pressed pansies and trimmed off the excess when the glue dried.

I stamped the Elusive Images Gibson Girl in VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils. I cut her out and glued on a pressed daisy.

I stamped the words with the VersaFine ink and Hero Arts letter stamps. I inked the cut out words with Tea Dye Distress ink. I assembled the tag using some Laura Ashley Love Song Harmony sticky ribbon and a butterfly cut from an old illustration book.

I added a copper brass stamping at the top and some wire as a hanger.

Fliss x

Sunday 19 July 2009

A Life On The Ocean Wave

I made this card for my father in law's birthday as in common with all the men in my hubby's family, he likes anything to do with the sea.
The background paper was made using Tim Holtz's compass mask on light blue card with coffee acrylic paint. I then stuck the square to a blue card blank.
I added a torn piece of map and topped this with a piece of recycled corrugated packaging painted in various shades of blue acrylic paint with touches of copper and antique gold. I stuck on a picture of the ship from Master and Commander, from my hubby's book about the film and shrunk on the copier. I hung sea themed charms from the bottom of the panel.
To finish I added a favourite line about the sea, generated on the computer.

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Old Fashioned Girl for Cheryl

I made this atc for Cheryl as she kindly agreed to swap her beautiful Mask atc with me.
This atc has quite a few techniques on it. The background is watercolour paper which has been scribbled on with a Krylon gold leafing pen. I then painted over the top with green and yellow watercolour paints. When dry, I sponged the paint off the gold leafed areas with a baby wipe and stamped on it in black Memories ink using a Hobby Art flourish stamp (I was partly responsible for Chris designing this particular stamp after nagging him for more background designs lol)
The heart is card cut from a paper template I made and is covered in dark red pressed bougainvillea petals. You just glue them on all over with a clear drying glue and trim off the excess round the edges when it's dry. I love the soft textured look of the petals.
The girl is stamped. She's part of a Crafty Individuals stamp as is the title. The pieces are coloured with Prismacolor pencils.