When I first considered this wednesday stamper theme I wondered how Tim had an influence on what I make, and I immediatly thought of distress inks, so of course I started with a distress ink background, using the houndstooth background from the artistic stamper, but then I realised how much more of an influence tim had had, as I distressed the edges of my black card with my scissor blade and added some random ephemera. The flourish and family stamps are also from the artistic stamper. This is my last official Artistic stamper piece as my term on the DT comes to an end this week, but I'll still be using the stamps plenty, especially the gorgeous backgrounds and the cute mabel lucie atwell images!!
This is the first time I've attemped anything remotely "steampunky". The birds challenge at Crazy Amigos made me want to play with this cool "tweet tock" stamp from Scrolls work stamps. All of the other stamps are from Scrolls work too.
These box cards are surprisingly easy to make, this was my first attempt. It measures 3.5"x5.5"x 1.25" so can be easily made from an A4 sheet of card. The stamps are by the artistic stamper, and the background and front of the cards are done with spun sugar and tumbled glass distress inks.
The best thing about this style of card, is that although it's very dimensional it folds completely flat to go into an envelope
( I use the term "art" loosely!) I have been wanting to have a go at these for ages, but never got round to getting the pumps and pens to do it. Yesterday I was in American Apparel where they sell sharpies individually, and I decided to go for it. I chose three colours I liked (and a black of course) and then went to Primark and got two pairs of plain white pumps (£2 a pair) Then I played....
I learned a lot from my first mistakes, so I will share that in case anyone wants to try it.
Sharpies run into each other!! as you can see here..
to reduce this 1. don't use brand new sharpies, they are too wet. use them up a little first. 2. be patient, you have to allow bits to dry before you colour the bit next to them. 3. don't colour adjacent areas, either side of a black line, at the same time. even if they are the same colour.
so here's what I did, first I drew all the flowers on a shoe and left it to dry for about half an hour. Then I decided which bits were going to be what colour by just adding a dot of colour to each area. (you do not need to leave this bit to dry.) Colour all of the centres, trying not to go over the black lines just up to them. leave to dry. then colour as many petals as you can without doing any two adjacent areas at the same time.
repeat this step until finished.
as you can see, patience results in a much cleaner effect.
While I was in Primark, I was lucky enough to find a scarf almost the exact colour of the pens I chose, this is what I photographed the shoes on.
sooooooo..... the big question... will the colours run in the rain. I experimented with a small area and a very wet sponge, and yes the was some running. not loads, but definitely some. so I decided to try heat setting it, with my heat gun and then I sprayed it with some shoe protector (kiwi power protector). Once I have given that chance to thoroughly dry I will test them again......
I have made this for tag tuesday, where the theme is inspiring quotes. Now, I'm not sure this could be classed as inspiring, but I love it. It's one of Scrolls works new stamps. as are the large apple blossom and floral flourish.
the theme at theme thursday is hats or crowns, I just received this newspaper hat stamp from scrolls work stamps, so of course I had to try it on Erica!! The layout of this card started out much bigger, but I couldn't make it work so I went back to what I know: cramming it all into a 2 inch square!! The bunting is the same stamp as the background, with freehand triangles. I have done the background with one of the new distress inks: victorian velvet. All stamps are available from scrolls work
The stampotique challenge this week is to make a girly card, not too much of a challenge for me, I love girly! I did challenge myself, however, to experiment with the new ultra fine flower soft (this colour is raspberry fizz). This is produces more of a flocking effect than regular flower soft, but still textural rather than strokable, if you know what I mean. I attached it with double sided tape and quickie glue pen on this piece and both methods worked fine.
Just kidding!! I'm just sharing the pictures of the balaclava I just finished knitting. I had been talking to a friend about balaclavas, and I wondered how hard it could be to make an attractive balaclava that didn't make you look like you were about to rob a bank. I am quite pleased with how it turned out, and it was so, so easy to make. And if you start to scare people you can wear it as a bobble hat!!
On our forum we are running a collaborative tag project. This tag was made for Paula who chose the theme Time and Place. All the stamps are by PaperArtsy, and the papers are by K&Co, I added some lace as a trim so I am going to enter it for Sunday stampers' Lace theme.
It feels like coming home! The very first design team I joined was Inka stamps, and now Inka stamps are available at Scrolls Work stamps it feels like I've come full circle in announcing that I am on the Scrolls Work DT. You can meet the rest of the new design team HERE I have made this quick card with one of the brand new stamps from Scrolls Work.
I am happily married with two wonderful sons. I work full-time as a radiographer. I like to make stuff. Cardmaking, knitting, crochet. I'll try anything crafty.I also have an unhealthy love of maths: I did a degree for fun.
I post on my blog in the hope that I will inspire others to create. I am more than happy for you to be inspired by anything I post, and make it your own. Likewise, I get inspiration from all sorts of sources including the blogs of other crafters, although I would never knowingly directly copy another's work I visit so many blogs I pick up inspiration all over the place. Please know that if you are in my blog lists then you inspire me.
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