Sunday, 20 September 2015

Mushroom magic

Hi there
Whilst waiting 3 hours for my computer to update my iPhone I thought it was a good chance to crack on with my Craft Barn calendar challenge for September.  The theme this month is brown trees/leaves.  The mushrooms and leaves were stamped and embossed in white (with a little bit of masking).  The Brusho was applied a little at a time by wetting the area and sprinkling a colour on.  While wet the colour can be moved around or lifted off with a paper towel.  The mushroom stalks and shadows were added with Promarkers.

The good news is we seem to be set for a few days of sunshine so we can enjoy the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Materials used:
Dylusions stamps: doodle parts, further around the edge
Stampendous embossing powder: detail white opaque
Brusho: light brown, crimson, lemon, gamboge
Distress Ink: clear embossing 
Promarkers: burnt sienna, oatmeal, satin

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Gelli plate soup

On the very last day of my long summer holiday I finally had time to revisit the fabulous Journal Soup 2 tutorials by Kate Crane.   I had an enormous amount of fun getting messy with the Gelli plate and returned to work with paint encrusted fingers and nails.

People who know me will no doubt agree that I can't follow instructions without making my own changes and this was no different!  I chose the option of stamping on tissue paper, not to avoid mistakes, but because it allowed me to paint colour on to the back.  The result is that my creations are probably not as bold as Kate's.  I blended some Stabilo All pencil with water around the images to create a faint shadow.  I also used Fresco Finish Chalk Paint which dries quite quickly and so the background colours are not as blended.  Overall I was fairly pleased with the results and would definitely use the techniques again.

Materials used:
Gelli Plate
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk paints
The Crafters Workshop stencil: mini circle explosion
Stampers Anonymous: stuff to say
PaperArtsy: EDY05
Pam Carriker stamp: Ophelia
Katzelkraft: KTZ118, Chatool KTZ63
Kaisercraft Clear Stamps: edges, film edges
black and white gel pen, Stabilo All pencil

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Leave a trail

The August issue of Craft Stamper features a free camper van stamp...very handy when you know someone with a camper van with a birthday coming up in September!

The sunshine was created using Brusho through a stencil and blotting to get second and third generation images.  The road was added using distress ink through the same stencil.  The van is decoupaged and the windscreen is cut out so that the background shows through.  The IndigoBlu sentiment is one of my favourites and I've used it many times before.

I can't decide whether I like the top card best with the stronger colours or the bottom one with the van coloured in more traditional colours.  It might depend on if you're a VW purist...what do you think?

Materials used:
IndigoBlu: Grand Tour III sentiment
PaperArtsy: EDY10 flying birds
Kaisercraft texture clear stamps: chevron, edges
The Crafters Workshop: mini sunburst mask 
Brusho: scarlet, ornage, yellow, lemon
Ranger Archival Ink: jet black 
Distress Ink: faded jeans
Promarkers: ice grey 2, capri blue, sky blue, orange