Sunday, 29 November 2015

Art Journal

This morning we've had heavy snow, followed by brilliant sunshine and blue skies - so the perfect time to share this journal page.
 
 
The watercolour tree was part of a panel I painted for a Christmas card last year but unfortunately I made a mess of it.  Cutting this piece out was perfect for the page.
 
I started by using white texture paste and Tim Holtz tree bark stencil to form the tree on the left of the page, which I brushed lightly with DI Weathered Wood and used for all the stamping.  It's a very pale grey-blue which was perfect for the wintery look I wanted.


Just off centre I randomly stamped some pine trees to convey a snowy mountainside.A few large snowflakes and the sentiment finished the page.




 
 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Scandi Snowflake

I always buy a couple of home interiors magazines at Christmas as they're full of ideas for decorating the home with festive cheer.  A free gift with one magazine was this wooden snowflake, just crying out for a makeover.


So armed with some red acrylic paint, white embossing powder and some stamps I transformed it into this. Much better and obviously both sides are the same.
 
 
I used a swirl stamp to heat emboss the white pattern.  The sentiment was stamped onto white card, sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple.  I used a Darkroom Door word block stamp and DI Festive Berries and edged it with some Stickles in Ice.
 
 


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Last month I completely forgot to scan the ATCs I made before posting them off so here are the November cards  made for the UKATC themed swap group on Yahoo. 
 
For the vintage theme I stuck to beige and brown mostly, using collage and stamping.
 
 
The other theme was Black and Red and I've used heat embossing, stamping and paint.
 
 
The bottom card is my Mondrian-esque ATC,  painted in acrylics.  Well, it's nice to try something a bit different. 

 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Vintage Winter Frost

It's ages since I last entered a Crafty Individuals' challenge and their products are all so lovely to use but I just don't seem to have had the time.  So I'm delighted to share this entry with you and if you'd like to take part, click HERE to enter your own project on the theme of Winter Frost using at least one Crafty Individuals' product.
 
 
We've been busy clearing my late mother-in-law's house and tucked in a drawer I found a wonderful treasure trove of vintage linen and crochet doilies.  I washed and pressed them and decided to use one for the base of this wall hanging.
 
 
You can see why I chose this one; it could be a star or on this occasion, a snowflake and that's what I decided to go with.  First I needed to make the linen more rigid so it would hang properly so I cut the same shape from white card and used Mod Podge to glue it on the back.  I would advise trying a test patch first to make sure it doesn't discolour the front of the fabric.  Next I used an Imagination corner stencil and some diamond Sparkle Medium to create a shimmering snowflake background.



Using a piece of watercolour paper I heat embossed part of this lovely Crafty Individuals stamp  C-138 using silver embossing powder, masking out the snowflake in the top right corner first, then edged it with latte-coloured lace.  I attached it to the linen with 3D foam strips.
 
To make the large snowflake I heat embossed two images onto acetate using silver for the bottom snowflake and white for the top.  I spread a thin layer of the Sparkle Medium over the white one and stuck the two together.  A few dots of Stickles copper glitter glue and a pearl finished the snowflake. 
 
 
I'm really pleased with the way this turned out, especially as each year when we take it out of the box we'll remember it was Anna's doily.  That's one of the things I love about Christmas, the decorations given by friends and relatives no longer with us bring back happy memories and ensure they are never forgotten.
 
 
 

Friday, 6 November 2015

That Festive Feeling

Another art journal page to share with you today which reflects the Christmassy feeling I already have.  I know, sorry everyone but I love Christmas which I think has a unique feel all of its own. 
 
 
In the centre is a left-over piece of white paper from another project which had a wide silver border round it.  It looked like wrapping paper and seemed appropriate for this page, so I folded it before gluing down.  I then painted the entire page with teal chalk paint, although the photograph makes it look much darker, leaving it patchy in the middle.
 
I used an Imaginations corner stencil and white texture paste and added some stamped snowflakes using StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink so they faded into the background slightly.
 
 
The words are from a Darkroom Door word collage stamp which I cut up, using some of the phrases for another project.
 
 

 


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Festive Makeover

Finally I've begun some seasonal crafting, nothing major but after clearing out a drawer, mostly full of rubbish, I discovered these plastic frames lurking at the bottom.
 

I bought them about 14 years ago when I used to do cross stitch.  They have a cardboard and paper backing which made them ideal for stamping, so instead of throwing them out I gave them a festive makeover. 
 
 
Much better! 
 
I sprayed the paper backings with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple 
 
 
then used a music score stamp and DI Festive Berries to finish the background.  I used a Darkroom Door word collage stamp and Festive Berries to stamp onto a very pale biscuit coloured paper, then cut out the individual words and inked the edges in red.
 
 
I'll attach some nice red ribbon and either tie them onto some special Christmas parcels, or hang them on door handles.