Saturday, 27 June 2015

Claire's Stuff

Blogging two weekends in a row!  Must mean I'm winding down at work and gearing up for some holiday crafting.  I'm off on a course next week and it occurred to me I might need a notebook.  The perfect opportunity to try out a technique that Lindsay Mason introduced me to.

First I masked off the spine on a cheap supermarket notebook.  I stuck on embossed paper, die cuts, metal embellishments and metal studs, then painted everything with a coat of Little Black Dress (sorry I forgot to photograph that step).

I then covered the background with Viva Decor Maya Gold, working the paint in to all of the nooks and crannies.  When the base was dry I used two more colours to paint the letters.

To finish off a little Treasure Gold was used to highlight the edges and bring out some of the texture.

No chance my notebook will get mixed up with anyone else's!

Have a lovely day x

Materials used:
assorted die cuts and embellishments
Cosmic Shimmer glue
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: little black dress
Viva Decor Maya Gold paint: gold, cacao, turquoise, emerald
Treasure Gold: white fire

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Lavender Dragonfly

Hi there
I don't seem to be getting much crafting done at the minute but an unexpectedly free Saturday (thanks to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters) meant I could get my Craft Barn June calendar challenge done.  This month the theme is lavender and dragonflies.

I was messing around and experimenting with Brusho and my new Spectrum Noir aquamarkers and not thinking about making anything in particular so there's only the final photo.

I started by sketching a dragonfly and used masking fluid to protect some white areas.  I watercoloured with Gelatos and Spectrum Noir aquamarkers then masked over the whole dragonfly and used Brusho sprinkled over a stencil, blotting on the dragonfly card for the background.  A little bit of touch up with a Promarker and a swipe of shaded lilac around the edges finished it off.

Thank you for stopping by.

Materials used:
watercolour paper
Clarity leafy swirl stencil
Brusho: purple
Gelatos: acqua dolce, snow cone, blueberry, boysenberry, metallic grape, grape
Spectrum Noir Aquamarkers: teal, purple, marine
Distress Ink: shaded lilac