Saturday, 26 April 2014

A Monochrome Card - With Just a Splash... of Colour

The theme for the next fortnight over at That's Crafty is Black and White with a Splash and I have to say it's still the theme for my wardrobe but I'm bringing in more splashes all the time.

For some reason in this photo the card looks as though it's been embossed with silver powder but it hasn't.  I tried taking the photo from different angles and in different light but it came out the same.  The ink used for all the stamping is Distress Ink in Black Soot, no heat embossing or silver.

I used a frame cut from Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge to frame my focal image which is an Inkylicious stamp.  I masked the centre of the card before stamping over the top with a music score stamp and then the central image. 



Friday, 18 April 2014

Do You Come Here Often?

Annoyingly, I've run out of time to enter this little hanging into THAT'S CRAFTY!'Circles' challenge but check out their current theme of 'Black and White With a Splash'.  I haven't run out of time to enter it into the following two challenges though:

Now favourite technique was difficult because I have so many but when I thought about the one thing I incorporate in nearly every project, it was spraying Glimmer Mists and Cosmic Shimmers to make my own backgrounds onto which to stamp and embellish.
So that's how I started.  The backing was cut from a 12" x 12" sheet of chipboard.  I bought this as a pack from a well-known TV craft channel and was surprised at how thick it is.  Originally I wanted to use it in my Cricut Create but it's actually too thick but perfect for this project.  I used DI Tea Dye and a flower stencil to ink the small circles randomly, then the same mask and some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium in Diamond to add some texture.  Once this was dry I sprayed lightly with Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple then inked the edges of the card with Tea Dye.  The hoops and large circles were also sprayed.
The Crafty Individuals' image was stamped on white card that had been inked with Tea Dye, using DI Black Soot.  I offset this onto a piece of Adorable-Scorable card which I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dot embossing folder and then sanded back to reveal the white card.  The music was stamped using DI Vintage Photo onto white card inked with Tea Dye.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Altered Art Becomes Nature's Beauty

Nature's Beauty is the theme over at CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS this month which seemed perfect for the Tando Creatives Must Haves mini printer tray I bought from CI ages ago.  A collection of natural objects in a display case, like the ones you see in museums or on collectors' walls.  I wanted to make this a hanging display so rather than use the whole kit, I decided to split it into three and just use one section of the tray and backing.  By doing that I get three frames for the price of one. 

Having decided whether to hang it portrait or landscape, I painted the frame and backing with Vintage White DecoArt acrylic paint then stamped everything with CI-017 script stamp and Tea Dye DI. 
For the individual elements I used:
The large butterfly is CI-061, stamped twice in Spiced Marmalade DI. 
The small butterfly is CI-347, in Rusty Hinge. 
The dragon fly is CI-364 using Broken China
The dragon, in Black Soot and the bird, in Brushed Corduroy are free stamps from CI.
The shell in Pumice Stone was free from Craft Stamper Magazine 
The trees in Olive Green StazOn  (I can't remember where I bought this one)
Once the main elements were placed, I cut out the second large butterfly and glued this on the top of the first one to create more dimension as with the smaller butterfly, shell and bird.  The addition of some raffia and a tiny pink shell completed the collection.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Wise Old Owl

I've been making a lot of cards lately. Not something I usually do but with each one I've tried to do something a little different, whether it's with the colour combinations, images or style.  I opted for a cascade-style card this time and partly took inspiration from last month's Craft Stamper Magazine and the project by Jane Elizabeth France, Card Cascade.
I used: 
2 sheets of Kraft Card 16cm x 17.5cm,  scored 3 times to give 4 panels of equal size
1 sheet of Kraft Card 18cm x 17.5cm
Spiced Marmalade; Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo DI
Silver embossing powder 
Crafty Individuals CI-255 clocks stamp; CI-017 script stamp; owl stamp (make unknown) and WoodWare sentiment stamp
Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple
I cut the 2 smaller pieces of card from the top of the first score line down to about 1/3 on the outside edge of each piece, then folded these in opposite directions so they made a mirror image of each other.  Then I stamped over both sides of these with the clocks in Vintage Photo.  The larger piece was stamped first with the script stamp and Brushed Corduroy then with the clocks and Vintage Photo.  All 3 pieces were then inked with the Spiced Marmalade and sprayed with the Glimmer Mist. 
To assemble the card stick the longest panels of the cut pieces to the backing, lining these up with the edges.
The clocks were then stamped again several times using Vintage Photo, Black Soot and embossing powder and cut out.  The frame for the owl was cut from cream card, inked with Spiced Marmalade and the sentiment is mounted onto a piece of acetate so it looks as though it's floating, although not in the photo!!


Friday, 4 April 2014

Definitely a Challenge

This month's challenge theme over at CRAFT ROOM   'Is this humour?' is an unusual theme and at first I didn't think I would come up with anything. Then hey presto! I found some  packets of ATC cards which I bought years ago from a craft catalogue.  Called 'Memories in the Making' they're made by Leisure Arts Inc. and one of the packs was funny quotes.  Then I remembered a small empty yeast tin I've been meaning to alter for holding paperclips and Bingo! 
 The light-bulb came on and I was off.  The perfect combination to bring some humour to my office desk.  Here's a view around the finished tin.

I started by cutting a strip of white card to fit round the tin and stamped this with Broken China DI and Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp.  I ran this through a crinkle machine to give a concertina effect and stuck it round the tin with double-sided tape.
Having chosen the quotes I cut and inked the edges with Broken China and stuck them round the tin.  The quotes are attached to the pictures but I cut some of them away to position them on the tin. 
The left-over strip with the scipt stamping on was used for the sentiments.  These were stamped using Black Soot DI and Tim Holtz Stuff to Say and a free Craft Stamper Magazine stamp. 
If you want to see what the quotes are, here is a close-up of three of them,