Monday, 18 September 2017

Metallics at PaperArtsy!

Hi everyone, I'm just sharing a sneaky peek of a project I'm lucky enough to have over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight. The new challenge is Metallics and with Christmas looming on the horizon I've created a little home decor project using Ellen Vargo stamps. Hope you'll hop across and take look.


Thanks for stopping by x

A card...

Well that's an exciting title isn't it? I just couldn't think what to call it...I am very lucky and excited to have a couple of projects in the October Craft Stamper and whilst I can share a sneaky peek of one I don't have any photos of the other Stamping Contrasts feature which included a tag and a card...however I so enjoyed making the card I made a variation on the theme (different colours, different stamps). Of course I can't share how I made it as you'll have to read Craft Stamper but I thought you might enjoy seeing this version anyway.




This is the sneaky peek I can share of my other project....yes I may do brights occasionally but I keep returning to vintage!


This makes it a very short quick post though! I do have another sneaky peek post coming up tonight so hope you'll pop back for the link. Thanks so much for stopping by x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Metallics at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's the September challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and this time the very creative Rachel is testing your metal, here's what she has to say.

   This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

I've created another journal cover using the Eileen Hull die, no inserts to share just yet as they are a work in progress.


I opted for a neutral colour palette this time and used metallics in a subtle way, instead of gilding the lily, I've gilded the butterfly. Lots of texture and layering and definitely a Finnabair inspired piece.


I started off by scrunching up tissue paper and gluing on to the journal, sealing with more matte medium.


Next I layered up fabric, buttons, leftovers, art stones and a prima butterfly I had been hoarding. I've used sculpture medium to adhere and firm up all the pieces and coated with nougat fresco paint. I had wanted to use some crackle paste through a stencil but all of my pots had dried up, so made sure I included some stamping somewhere, although with all the layering of paint it kept going into hiding!   

  Next lots of dry brushing and stamping.

 
 From subtle to overload for the inside covers! Love the richness of this though.  



The layers of dry brushing are starting to build up and this last layer of french roast fresco paint which is translucent is wonderful for highlighting all the details. I could have left it at this, but we were going for gold so a little gilding would be perfect. I've used a mix of gold fresco paint, gold embossing powder and treasure gold to add lustre and shine to this cover.


Still some evidence of stamping to see.


I was in a bit of a rush to thread the elastic through and ended up with the knot on the outside....happy accident, 2 bits of lace on my desk came to the rescue and I tied them in....think I might do this again.  I have to say this was difficult to photograph, the subtle neutrals have shown up fine, but the gold highlights that shimmer so much in real life aren't showing up very well, maybe they are too reflective? The photos don't really do it justice, but hopefully you get an idea of my gilded butterfly book.  


 Are you inspired to explore all things metal yet? Hop across and see what all my talented team mates have created and hopefully you'll join in our challenge, looking forward to see what you create. As always thanks for stopping by. R x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A Paris Journal

Hi everyone, well I've finally finished my first journal using Eileen Hull's Journal Die. It started off as funky but quickly turned shabby chic...so I tried to create a little vintage style Parisian elegance. It's more of a Traveler's notebook than a junk journal with lots of room for making notes and it's not too chunky so will fit in a bag easily. Am I going to Paris? Not that I know of..but it will definitely be going with me when I do!


I've also created a little flip through video which I'll share at the end of a rather long photo heavy post. Before I start though I want to thank Anne Redfern for her generosity and helping me out whilst I waited for my die to arrive and also for her many inspirational posts, this one is a particular favourite and Jenny Marples has been fairly busy herself creating gorgeous inspirational videos like this one, which is where my I picked up the tip about using a band of Sari silk ribbon to close the journal. THANKS to both of you!

This may be the first of many journals as I really like this die...

The cover was asking for grunge paste through a large lacy stencil, this is one I've had for ages, picked up in a sale and I'm not even sure who made it. Once covered I use Fresco paint in Nougat and then sprinkled infusions on and spritzed with water before heat setting. A little archival ink and treasure gold highlights the texture. Stitching and metal foil to finish.


As you can see lots of stencils and all my french or elegant style stamps came out. The stamps in the top left are an elusive image set and unfortunately aren't available anymore but photo realistic stamps would work brilliantly. Why Paris, well I was looking for a word to 'bump' stencil onto the plaque and the Scrapcosy stencil showing the word PARIS just sealed the deal as it fits perfectly over that wonderful crackled paint effect. Raquel of Scrapcosy has also made several videos using infusions and the link here covers infusions with Fresco paint.


I used walnut ink to stain the ribbon and white cartridge paper for a lot of the pages as I find it works beautifully with infusions.


The crackle effect on the front can be changed into gorgeous large cracks just by applying the paint thicker. I've used infusions a few different ways, the first page is spritzing water through a stencil having sprinkled the area with infusions, then monoprinting other areas with the infusions remaining  on the stencil.



Stamping and embossing on tissue paper pockets.




Stamping with versamark before brushing on infusions and spritzing, extra stamping in gold and brown archival and a few splashes of walnut ink.


All those punches I've been hanging onto were put to good use and splashes of white paint helped to age parchment writing paper. Stamps I've hoarded from childhood that hopefully aren't worth anything came in use.


As well as scraping white paint over Kraft paper as a base for journalling, it was very effective just stencilled on.


Several different colours of Infusions were used, think this is Violetta....love!


Waxed Kraft paper embosses beautifully and made some lovely stitched pockets for tags.



Another way of stamping with Infusions is to sprinkle them on to the stamp, rub in and spritz the stamp with water.


I imagine writing across in this journal starting at the edge of the images so there is a curvy flow of memories flowing down the page.


Of course there is room for tags and little souvenirs to be tucked away in flaps and pockets.


I'm itching to make another one but will content myself with leafing through this one for a little while longer....and if you want a walk through of the journal then here's the video.


Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the weekend. R x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

2nd class post...

Hi everyone, I have an inspiration post over at Stamps and Stencils today, it's another envelope journal which I think you may have had an accidental sneaky peek of if you caught the video in my last post! It's all about technique school this month so I hope you'll hop across and peer in through the classroom window as there's still plenty of time to join with our challenge.



I've really been caught by the handmade journal bug recently and will be back soon with another one to share. Whatever you're doing....enjoy it! x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Technique School at Stamps and Stencils!


Hi everyone, over at Stamps and Stencils this month the theme is ... 


The lovely Autumn is our talented host this month and here's what she wants us to do...

'This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both! '

I've recently had great fun making envelope journals so thought I'd share a short video on how to assemble one (apologies if I sound a little quiet towards the end...think my family would say I'm muttering again!)


Brief step outs now and lots of photos...brayer any paint on before assembling....and yes the paint is called London Night NOT London Fog as I said in the video...oops!


I used crackle glaze underneath snowflake and chalk paint just to add a bit more texture.


I used a 'bump' stencil technique to create a shadow effect with the Seth Apter stencil, squid ink underneath gold fresco paint.



I wanted a contrast to the almost aubergine tones and chose chartreuse adding little flecks in. I used a Lin Brown stencil here and of course a little gold had to creep in too..


Stamped skeleton leaves and lace



Love this motif


Book text and UTEE




Lace, skeleton leaves and journalling




The final pages



I really hope you're tempted to join in and share a favourite technique..you only need to show one process shot....for even more inspiration please hop across and see what the rest of the DT have created but whatever you're doing...have fun! R x

Thursday, 27 July 2017

cards...

Hi everyone, sharing a few more cards, some using infusions and a few using leftovers...


Infusions on gloss card and using an alcohol spritz...


same technique but a more diffuse background



Leftover leaves...


and petals




and lastly a painty background.



Thanks for stopping by...R x