Monday 24 August 2015

Adorned and adored

Last year I treated myself to the extra large bottle of Dior's J'adore just so that I could have the marvellous gift box with the magnetic clip!  Finally I have had time to work on it just in time for a friend's birthday.  Inspired by the work of Giovanna Zara and her blog, Scrap in Progress, I set to.  The first stage was sticking on die cuts and embellishments, giving it all a coat of gesso and then using Dylusions ink sprays to create a coloured base.

I added a little yellow and orange paint to the base layer and the box was dry brushed with white paint to knock the colours back a bit and create some highlights.  I used Viva Decor Maya Gold paints to bring out the letters and using a sponge, added a slight shimmer over the whole box.  Further highlights were added with gilding waxes. Et voilĂ !


Materials used: 
various die cuts and embellishments
Ranger Multi Medium: matte
Dylusions Ink Sprays: funky fuchsia, post box red, squeezed orange
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: yellow submarine, autumn fire, snowflake
Viva Decor Maya Gold; magenta, lilac
Treasure Gold: white fire
Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax: patina

Sunday 23 August 2015

In the Pink

This month's theme on The Craft Barn calendar challenge is Pink and Butterflies.  I layered die cuts to make the background then painted over with Maya Gold paint, adding detail with Treasure Gold and white paint pen.  The paint is so metallic and glossy it's hard to capture how rich the colours really are.

Materials used:
Viva Maya Gold: magenta, turquoise, lilac
Treasure Gold: white fire
Spellbinders die: flying beauties
assorted die cuts
white paint pen
wire and gems

Thursday 13 August 2015

Coming up roses

I'm not usually a big one for die cutting as the main focus of a card, but recently I bought some bargain dies and thought I'd see what I could come up with.  First a watercoloured background using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.

Then colouring the die cut roses and the border.  I layered up the roses as I didn't really want the gaps.

 Then put it all together with a bit of background stamping...

...maybe more experimentation needed!

As it does feature colouring I'll enter it in to The Craft Barn weekly challenge using colouring / pens.

Materials used:
Spectrum Noir Aqua markers
Sizzix dies: rose vine,  Marrakesh tile
PaperArtsy: EDY10 bird stamp
free sentiment stamp

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Who Me?

A quickie for the weekly challenge over at The Craft Barn, where the theme is Pens!  I stamped the main image and masked it using masking fluid.  The background is created with Distress Ink and the hearts and spirals were stamped on top.  The masking fluid was gently rolled off and the images coloured with Promarkers.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo I couldn't get the camera to not focus on the button...need a camera tutorial...happy to get any tips...

Materials used:
Doo Lally Pip/Lindsay Mason stamp:  cute as a button
various background stamps
Ranger Distress Ink
Letraset Promarkers
Memento Ink: tuxedo black
ribbon and button