Friday, 28 April 2017

An Afternoon With The Gelli Plate

I am learning to LOVE my Gelli Plates! I recently saw a fabulous You Tube video by Brigit Koopsen.  It inspired me so much that I couldn't stop creating Gelli prints!

I won't show you how I created the prints as Brigit shows this in her video.  I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints which worked a dream.  This is what I created....

It really was addictive!! I just couldn't stop printing.

I then used Brigit's technique and created a birthday card for my bestie, Caz.  The main image is an Everything Art stamp from Paper Artsy.

I had loads of prints left over and so have started to create a background in my small journal. 

I'm not sure what to do with this page yet so will probably come back to it!

I really think that you should have a play at this technique - it is so much fun!

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rusty ATC

It's my turn over at the Country View Crafts Challenges blog.  The theme of the month is rust - and I can't get enough of it!

Today I am sharing an ATC that I have created.

This project started off as an embossed sheet of card which I then painted in Little Black Dress Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint.

I then set about creating a 'rusty' background in the same way that I did for my project earlier in the month.

I love the effect that you can create with these paints!

Once I was 'happy' I added a little bit of treasure gold to make some of the rust stand out.

I then cut a section of this to create my ATC background and set it aside.

My next step was to create more texture for the ATC.  For this I used Paper Artsy Sara Naumann ESN02 stamp set.  This is one of my favourite sets and gets used alot!

I started to stamp using black Archival ink onto tissue paper, then once heat set, tore around the stamped images as closely to them as possible.  I also created a Paper Artsy infusion background and then stamped text onto the background.

Scraps of the tissue paper were adhered to the ATC background using Matte Medium.

Next, I gathered embellishments together.  I  brought another element of rust in my choosing some ready-made rusted embellishments.

The butterfly and rusty screw head were adhered using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

To finish I added words from the Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers.  These were actually one sticker which I cut in half and then edged in Walnut stain distress ink.

And finally - a closer look at some of the layers on the ATC.

I had so much fun creating this ATC.  And even better is the fact that I have embossed background and tissue papers left over to use in another project!

I really hope that I have inspired you to take part in the monthly challenge.  Don't forget to share your creation on the CVC challenges in blog to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking......

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


It's my turn over at the Paper Artsy blog tonight.

Pop over to see my project.  The theme is Resin and I have used Hot Picks stamps
in my work. 

I hope that my resin butterfly inspires you to join in with the challenge and be in for the chance of winning £50 worth of Paper Artsy vouchers.

Thanks for looking.....

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Country View Crafts Challenges #50 - Rust

I was excited when I saw the theme for this month's challenge as I have recently saw Seth Apter demonstrate a rusting technique using just paint.

This is my finished project:

And here's how I created it.....

I started off by using the new Distress Oxides, which I blended onto a tag and sprinkled with water.  I love the feel of the ink - they are softer than original distress inks.

Just look at the effect the water has on the ink - awesome!

Next I die cut a Tim Holtz bird cage in plain white card and painted it in black fresco finish paint.

I then took the 2 sets of Seth Apter colours for Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and set to work at creating rust.

I layered up Mahogany, Terracotta, Green Patina and Smoked paprika.

I kept layering the paints until I was happy with the 'rust'.

I then started to construct my tag.

I took a lady from the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and added some colour using a marker.

I then attached everything to the tag and added a quote and metal chain.

I really enjoyed making this tag...Pop over to the Country View Crafts challenge blog and see what the other design team members created.

I hope you join in with the challenge.

Happy crafting!