Monday, 24 July 2017

Follow Your Heart

I have rediscovered my Dylusions Inks and my very favourite is Fresh Lime. This whole project was designed around this ink! The finished project looks like this:
I sprayed a tag with Fresh Lime and Dirty Martini. Dry the tag throughly.
Then, using a large Stencil with White Linen spray the tag. I didn't mind the extra ink in the bottom corner as it all adds to the whole aesthetic of the tag.
I cut out a large heart. I painted it in London Bus paint and adding some coloured pencil to the edges.
Using a Texture Fade I added some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the top part of the fade and then embossed the shape instantly giving it texture and a second colour.
For the final touches I added some shadowing to the largest numbers; Gathered Twigs to the edges of the tag; a paper doll; a pinecone die, a quote chip and a little torn dictionary page.
Thank you, as always, for popping by.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

I need cake

I love layering paint and often make projects with over 20 layers of paint in the background. I thought I'd share how I do this with you today!
Take a kraft tag and add Little Black Dress paint. I use an old gift card to add the paint and I don't try and get an even coverage because it's those uneven layers that help build interest.
Ok. This might seem daft but I then added a layer of Snowflake. The next paints I'm going to use are translucent and so the white paint helps make them zing!
Add a layer of Bougainvillea - again don't do an even layer 
Then add a little more white
Then some Beach Hut and a little more white
For the next stage use a little Cut-N-Dry foam and put white paint through a stencil
Then move the stencil a few millimetres in a diagonal direction and add blue paint
Do the same two processes with a star stencil (I used Bougainvillea  again)
Then I added numbers using the same two processes, a stencil and Banana paint
I love this little chap and the hat on the house from Zinski Art's new stamp set and I knew they would fit together! This is me cutting them out to make sure I was right! 
I coloured them in complementary colours.
Add a little black paint to the edges and white lines made from the side of your gift card. The arrows were die cut from black card using a old Tim Holtz die. I also added a scribbly line around the edge and some gold painty circles.
Thank you, as always for popping by!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rainbow Sprinkle

I have been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to play with Elenazinski's new stamps from PaperArtsy. I loved this little chap and as soon as I saw him I knew that this is what I wanted to make with him.
I started with a tag and lightly misted it with water. I then laid the stencil on top and sprinkled with a rainbow of Infusions (A Bit Jaded, Lemoncello, Golden Sands, Orange County, Are You Cerise, Sunset Beach)
I then misted it again so the colours ran. I took the stencil off and misted it again! I then added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges and... misted it again! The colours are fabulous - why did I cover them up?!
I stamped and coloured the chap in rainbow colours and cut him out. I glued him to the tag and added a sentiment and some scribbled lines.
Thank you, as always for joining me - I hope you love this new stamp release as much as I do!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Oxides backgrounds and quick cards

Hi it's Brenda here today from Bumblebees and Butterflies with some more doxides (that's my shorthand for Distress Oxides lol) backgrounds which were actually left over pieces from other projects and helped made some very quick cards that I needed a while ago. You may remember the background masterboards I made as my first outing using the new Distress Oxides (here if you missed it) and then the two cards I made using some of it? (Again here and here if you missed those too).

Here's a reminder of the pieces I'd got when I had finished playing.


And here's what I made from the left over pieces. I stencilled and stamped to create some depth and interest ......


I inked the edges and added it to a 4 x 4 card .....


.... and then just added a butterfly - die-cut from left over pieces ......


..... and a stamped sentiment.


The same process with this one ......


.... choosing the left over bits carefully to tone in with the background colours ........


.... and using a different sentiment.


I have to say the feedback from my friends was so lovely I am now making little sets of these to sell.


Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

I can't get into Inlinkz for the moment but here are the links to the Country View Crafts shop for the products I used.

Distress Oxides
Simple Sayings stamps set
Hashtags stamp set
Detailed Butterflies thinlits dies

Friday, 16 June 2017

Can you resist this?!

I love creating resist backgrounds using paint. It can be more versatile than using wax or embossing powder because you can incorporate it more into the background. Let me show you.

Using a tag as my base I put white paint through a stencil.
Lightly mist the tag with water and spray ink over the top of the paint. Love those puddles of ink!
When dry it looks like this!
Add some Distress ink to the edges (I used brown and black)
Next I wanted a 'pop' of colour so I cut out a heart shape from kraft card and and added some red paint. I didn't want a uniform finish. A little more black distress ink at the edges finished it off.
Finally I built up the final images on the tag and added it to a journal page. I used a Paper Doll, and a Quote Chip as well as a little torn book page.
I hope you like my resist technique and try it some time!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Scrapcosy radishes

Hi It's Brenda with you again today and I'm sharing a card made with those gorgeous images from Scrapcosy at PaperArtsy and her vegetable set. 


You may remember my cabbage one I made a little while ago and this is the radish design which I love. Here is the whole set.



I began by stamping the radishes on card using four different archival inks (colours below). I love doing this but I'm very careful where I place the ink pads and always work from the lightest to the darkest to help prevent contamination. I wanted the radishes to look a bit more earthy than they were so I painted in some aged mahogany and ground espresso distress inks and shabby shutters over the leaves.


But once I'd done that I thought it would look better if I added some extra radishes over the top to create dimension so I stamped them twice more and later repeated the aging process on them. 


I then spent a happy hour playing with two PaperArtsy infusions - Magenta and The sage and here are the beetroot coloured fingers to prove it (or should I say radish coloured?). I was using the technique I showed you back in January and because I was working with a text stencil rather than a patterned one I started on the reverse side first. Pop over to the January post to see what I mean.


These are the results of the infusion playtime and you can see there were quite significant differences depending how much powder I used, how much water and whether I dried them with a heat gun or rolled paper towel over them to soak off the excess.


As I started to put the card together I decided I needed some greenery in it and the gorgeous new scroll die from Tim Holtz had dropped through my letterbox that morning. I thought it would be ideal as to me the two scroll designs look like vintage leaf stems and needing a quick background for them I simply rubbed four green distress inks over it but bear in mind my pads are getting rather old and dry so there wasn't too much ink to soak into the card and it needed quite a bit of rubbing and blending to get it covered. (See colours in the product list below).


But it worked, after I had cut them I blended forest moss around the edges.


I knew I needed some appropriate words so I delved into my boxes of stamps and found a set from the lovely Lin Brown with this phrase on. It is perfect stamped in aged mahogany.


Whilst I was placing elements I kept thinking that this really wasn't working - and then brainwave, I picked up the blending tool that I had just used with the forest moss and rubbed it gently over all the white spaces and around the edges and eh voila it transformed the background immediately and made it look more vintage. Now I was much happier with it and the colors complement the image really well.


At last I had adhered everything on - you can see the dimension created by foam pads with the additional radishes .....


... and the word vegetables from the stencil showed through just in the right place to form part of the design


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this vintage card.

hugs Brenda xxx