Thursday, 2 February 2017

Texture,Crackle and Paint! at Stamps & Stencils

Hi everyone, time for our February challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and Rachel is our lovely challenge theme setter this month; here's what she has to say about it.

This month I would love to see what you come up with using texture, crackle and paint! Anything goes using stamps and/or stencils - make it mixed media please. 

Great challenge! Apologies before I start as I have no step outs, the light was very poor when I was making it and so it's just the finished project with closeups and a little explanation along the way...

I started with some Prima paper I've had in my stash for a while and spread gesso through a harlequin stencil (one of my favourites), next some Lake Wanaka and Antartic paint was washed over the area before adding book text and a further layer of crackle embossing paste through the same stencil...think that's ticked all the boxes at an early stage.

Splashes and splatters of Space Cadet and Lake Wanaka paint and then some aged silver embossing powder powder was melted over the area.

Stamping in black archival and splashes of white and black ink completed the base. Next buttons dry brushed with white paint before tickling with silver treasure gold and silver micro beads were added.

Finally the butterflies, the small ones were trimmed from the paper but the larger one is a PaperArtsy stamped and embossed image and the mixed media card is finished in shades of blue...ooh and I added some stitched detail around the edge.

Hope you'll have time to join in the challenge, can't wait to see what you create, crackle and texture is one of my favourite challenge themes!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please hop across and see what my other talented teamies have made for you.


  1. Wow Ruth, this card is absolutely stunning. Love the shades of blue and you definitely ticked all the challenge boxes.

    Hasn't the light been dire for photos recently! Not much difference between night and day here for most of the past week....roll on Spring!
    Lesley Xx

  2. Gorgeous Ruth ! Love the textures and fabulous restrained colour palette. Toni x

  3. I love this card so much Ruth! It hits all of my happy buttons. LOL! Tremendous inspiration, thank you. Hugs, Autumn

  4. So very beautiful, dear Ruth, I really love the texture of crackled harlekins, micro beads, and the lovely bytterflys . Wonderful colors and paper, too,- your card is gorgeous !! Hugs, Dorthe

  5. omg stunning ,beautiful, gorgeous ,whats not to be impressed by this , the mirco beads and buttons just add to the beautiful card - lucky person who gets thisx

  6. Your card is gorgeous Ruth, I love the gorgeous subtle colours and those beautiful butterflies! Anne xx

  7. I just adore this Ruth- absolutely beautiful! You always work so well with different mediums- truly you are the queen of mixed media in my eyes!
    May I ask what you use, or how you apply those micro beads? Mine seem to roll off if there are not gobs of matte gel,which you can see afterward. ick!
    thanks for sharing! hugs,Jackie xo

    1. Hi Jackie, what a compliment...thank you so much xxx I use matte gel medium and sparingly brush it on in places, add the micro beads and if there are too many just gently brush some off whilst wet till you get the desired effect. If there aren't enough let it dry and repeat. Any spare go back in the pot. Hugs Ruth xxx

  8. That is absolutely stunning. I love the muted tones & the different textures look great.

  9. Beautiful Ruth, gorgeous subtle finish to what is a quite grungy look. Love it. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  10. this is so delicate and so very beautiful Ruth - I love it to pieces! Hugs rachel x

  11. Oh My! Such fabulous colours and textures! This is beautiful Ruth! Trying to keep up with visits and failing miserably, hope to catch up soon! Chrisx

  12. A fabulou make Ruth x love the layers of deliciousness complete with buttons and butterflies. Really enjoying the online course and about to start using encaustic wax today.....yay!!! Have enjoyed the exercises and different techniques/tips too

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  13. And this one's even better - utterly lovely in its deliciously delicate colour and lightness of touch. Those butterflies are ready to take flight.
    Alison x

  14. Gorgeous delicate layers and I adore your colour palette Ruth, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo


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