Saturday, 18 March 2017

It's Moroccan Lantern time...

at The Craft Barn next Saturday.
We're going to be putting together an MDF kit made especially for you by Tando and rusting and patina-ing it to make it look like old and worn metal:



Can't wait - it's going to be fun.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Bag it....

The theme on the Craft Barn blog this week is 'Bag it..." and I've decorated a kraft bag with Kay Carley's new stamps.
Here's a sneak peek:


Head on over to see the whole project.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Friday, 10 March 2017

Lots of lovely paint and bright colours....

Just up my street!
Next Wednesday in Inky Fingers we're making a Kate Crane Planner where you can record your stash/stamps/techniques or whatever you fancy.
I've gone for DecoArt Mixed Media acrylics, Lin Brown stamps and lots of stencilling etc. Here we go:
Front and back covers (quite restrained!):


and then the dividers - lots of bright colours:










It's going to be fun. So if you'd like to join us at The Craft Barn, just follow the link above.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Monday, 27 February 2017

Infusions, Lynne Perrella and bleach!

What a lovely mix!
I've got a post over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight using just this combination on glossy card. A bit of an experimentation to see what would happen.
Here's a sneak peek:

Here's another card I made for a class using the same techniques with LP036:


This one is on matte stamping card rather than glossy and I've spritzed the background lightly with bleach before stamping over it. I just love how the leaf sprig (from ZA06) bleached out.

You can also use the bleach technique with very different style stamps. Look at these Zinsky flowers:


The background here was coloured with Black Knight and Violet Storms Infusions - the colour left behind after bleaching is beautiful. Those walnut crystals do very interesting things!

Thanks for looking!

Helen


Thursday, 23 February 2017

New Infusions from PaperArtsy.....

Yes, you can now see all the new colours and lots of artwork if you head on over to the PaperArtsy Blog.
Meanwhile here's a step by step to show you how I made my Flower Tag:

 

For this project I'm using a Stamp Positioner as I want to overstamp my image. Ink up with VersaMark:


Sprinkle on the Infusions - I've used Sleight Blue, In the Navy and a touch of Golden Sands:


Rub them into the stamp:


Spritz about 3 times:


and stamp. I love this bit - it's always great to see the detail you can get even though you're using a watercolour medium:


Add details in black - I coloured the eyes and round the features and face - to add definition:




Next for the background. Using a JOFY stencil I sprinkled Violetta and Golden Sands through the stencil and spritzed:




So it looks like this:


Then I flipped over the stencil and stamped with it on another piece of card:


You get two quite different effects:


Just repeat over and over to create a background. You can also mix the two techniques on the same background:


I added a bit of stamping in Sleight Blue :


Then finish off as you please!

                                     


Thanks for looking!

Helen


Rice paper....

Over on the Craft Barn blog the theme this week is rice paper - it's actually like printed mulberry paper and is great for decoupage techniques.
I made a canvas:



Head on over to the blog for the step by step instructions.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Monday, 20 February 2017

PaperArtsy new launch - Kay Carley 05,06,07

Over on the PaperArtsy blog you've got a week of new product launches - exciting stuff!
I was lucky enough to get to play with the new Kay Carley stamps which are just beautiful and here's a video of the new products:


Below you can see the samples I made in more detail. This first one uses EKC07 with the lovely bluebells. I've stencilled the background first, then stamped the flowers in paint and finished with some cut out flowers stamped in grey. I didn't use black as I thought it would be too harsh.


This sample has a more shabby chic feel to it - the background is crackled to look like peeled paint. I wanted the flowers to look as if they were growing up and old wooden door. I've stamped with paint again in the background, quite watery this time and then added painted flowers over the top. This uses EKC06.




This wall hanging uses EKC05 and I've gone for a soft focus, watercolour effect, building up stencilling and stamping in the background. That tiny flower you can see is really useful and is typical of the attention to detail that Kay brings to her stamps.


The glossy touches are made using Ranger enamels.


Those were my main samples, but I couldn't resist a couple of 3D ones using a mixture of the stamp sets! Firstly a framed montage:


And finally this wooden heart that I thought was just crying out for some bunches of flowers:





Many thanks to Kay for choosing me as a wingman and to Leandra and Mark for all the supplies.

I hope you've enjoyed the new product launch of Kay's stamps - don't forget to keep on looking on the PaperArtsy blog all week as there are more lovely things to see.

Helen