Friday, 26 February 2016

Lily's Surprise

This canvas is a gift for my sister when I visit her and knew from the start that I wanted to use my newly-acquired Lily Elsie stamp from Oxford Impressions as the focal point.  
 I've never used photo stamps before and was a bit puzzled to find the image was barely visible on the stamp.  Not knowing what to expect I inked the rubber with black StazOn and as if by magic, the lovely Lily appeared.  Just like developing a negative and very exciting (I don't get out much!).
I started with a spray of Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread and used a dry baby wipe to smudge some of the ink to colour the canvas.  Next I used a lovely corner stencil and Imagination's Sparkle Medium in Diamond.  Once this was dry I realised it had magically absorbed some of the Glimmer Mist to give a subtle faded effect in places. 
The thick chipboard pieces were cut to size and after spraying with glimmer mist,  I gave each a coat of gesso to tone down the colour.  Then I inked them with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo before stamping the sentiments (Tim Holtz Stuff to Say) and the image.  To finish off, I used the sparkle medium on the corners of the image and edges of the sentiments before hot-gluing to the canvas.
I really enjoyed using this stamp and look forward to using the other images from the set.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Red Romance on an Artist Trading Cards

The themed swaps for this month at UKATC were red or romance and I chose to make cards for both.
First of all the romance theme.  The card top left has been posted before as I entered this into the Crafty Individuals' January Challenge, 'lace, buttons, bits and bobs'. 
For the card top right I used CI crackle stamp and DI Pumice Stone on white card and silver texture paste with a heart stencil to add interest.  The image is from a CI stamp, using StazOn black ink, stamped onto glossy photo paper.  It gives a really interesting etched effect but you do need to clean the stamp immediately as it can lift some of the gloss from the paper.  You also need a solvent ink for this paper otherwise it won't dry. 
For the bottom card I used dictionary page entries for romance and romantic with a wooden heart painted in lilac chalk paint threaded with ribbon to finish off.
For the red-themed cards - top left is stamped with a music score in DI Fired Brick with a CI die cut birdcage.  For top right I ran some red card through the Cuttlebug using the swiss dots embossing folder, then lightly sanded to reveal the white dots.  The image was stamped using DI Fired Brick and a stamp from Crafter Stamper Magazine.
For the bottom ATC I used a small piece of leftover card printed with large butterflies. Then I used a CI butterfly stamp and DI Festive Berries, cutting out three small butterflies to add to the background with Stickles glitter glue in red for the antennae. 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Artist Trading Cards

Here's my selection of cards made for this months' UKATC partner swap.  Each card must be different but any theme or technique is acceptable.
Top left - the carnation was stamped onto cardstock which had been inked with DI Spun Sugar.  The dictionary entry for the flower was pasted underneath and the flower on the stamp was painted with watercolour.
Top right - I used a scalloped oval die cut from the Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge, stamped with Crafty Individuals' crackle stamp and DI Broken China.  The dress form and umbrella, also a CI stamp, were cut out and added using small 3D foam squares.  Some buttons and tape measure ribbon finished the dressmaking-themed ATC.

For the bottom card I used a CI ticket stamp and DI Black Soot, cutting out the individual tickets and adding the typed sentiment.  And no, I wasn't inspired by the Beatles' song but it was certainly in my head for the rest of day!
I'll share the cards made for the themed swap on UKATC in a couple of days.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Family Albums

A few years' ago I made a scrapbook album for my sister of old family photographs, mainly our parents.  I still have the originals as I used scanned copies for my sister and they have been in a box ever since.  I finally decided to make an album for myself to house these treasured memories and thought I'd share it with you.

 I have blanked out names and personal details.
I started by cutting large 12" x 12" squares of thick card to give me two 9" x 9" covers.  I then covered both sides of each cover with white cardstock using Mod Podge and trimming the paper to fit once dry. 

Starting with the front cover I lightly inked all over with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then lightly sprayed with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  Next I used a Crafty Individuals' crackle stamp and DI Brushed Corduroy and stamped randomly over the cover. This was followed with a CI clock stamp and DI Pumice Stone.  Finally I used a fob watch stamp and DI Black Soot.
The faux book plate was made using a paper frame covered in Stampendous Frantage Aged Bronze heat embossing enamel.  I aged the white paper insert with DI Old Paper and Vintage Photo after printing our surname on the front.

 The inside cover was given the same treatment except I didn't stamp onto this.  I added a larger bookplate without the embossing but with the same aged paper.  This displays names, dates of birth and marriage as well as names of grandparents.

Finally I punched and bound the covers together with my Bind-it-All and will use removeable plastic page protectors to add my pages.  These are brilliant as you can add as many pages as you want and  can include different sizes to add interest.

I think it's so important, now more than ever, to record as much family information with photos as possible. Not just so future generations can take a peak at how 'life used to be' but to act as a vital link to the present, enabling someone to recall precious memories.