Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quick Birthday Card

Welcome back!
Today's post is a short one about the quick creation of a birthday card.
I needed a quick card to send in a care package that would be heading off to 
my son at university.

I grabbed my Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink pad and Sprayer.
I applied some ink to my splat mat and sprayed it with some water.

I laid my watercolour paper in the ink then gave the ink a blast of canned air.
I love this splatter effect! I repeated this technique a few times until I was happy with it.

My focal point - the birthday hat - is the from the 2015 STAMPtember Blueprint Set.
I stamped it with Archival Ink on watercolour paper & coloured it with Distress Markers.

I stamped the image on my card base before layering the coloured birthday hat over it with
dimensional foam.

Products used to make this project:
I am an affiliate to Scrap 'n Stamp and and may receive a small commission, which in no way affects the price you pay. I only recommend products & retailers that I trust & believe in. Thank you for your support!!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Stamptember Blog Hop with Scrap 'N Stamp

Welcome back! I am so excited to be back as a guest designer for 
Scrap N Stamp's September Blog Hop.

This month Scrap N Stamp is featuring
The Postage Strip Die from Memory Box.
This is such a fabulous and versatile die that can be used in so many ways!

Here is my finished project - a vintage photo inspired 5 sided frame.

The 5-sided frame came from a project my dad was working on. I knew I would use it some day but was waiting for inspiration. To make the insert for the frame I first took a piece of 12x12 chipboard and cut it to fit my frame. I then used natural canvas and Aileens Tacky Glue to adhere it to the chipboard. This took a couple of days to dry completely.
Once it was dry, I applied a layer of white gesso to seal the canvas.

Next I took a couple of stencils: Prima Grungy Grid and Stencil Girl Encouraging Scribbles and used these with  molding paste to create my focal point.
I painted the entire surface with vintage white acrylic paint once the molding paste was dry.

To start adding some colour to my canvas, I took some cheap acrylic paint I bought at the dollar store in blues, greens and browns. I added the blue and green paints with a brush then sprayed them water, letting the drip over my stenciled images. Next I added the brown by dry brushing along the edges and splattering some across the canvas.

The help the raised parts stand out a little more I used some Distress Oxides: Frayed Burlap; Walnut Stain; Vintage Photo and Black Soot. I 'painted' the Oxides over the stenciled areas to help them pop off the background. 

Next I collected some ephemera: vintage photos,  post card, book page, ration stamps, lace doily and a Wildflower Bouquet chipboard die from Southern Ridge Trading Co.
I used the Postage Strip die from Memory Box to die cut out 6 pieces from my vintage postcard and painted the Wildflower Bouquet die with some black acrylic paint.

 I began to assemble these pieces into my focal point. Before using the postage stamp die cut I did use some Distress Oxides to grunge them up a bit. After I got everything adhered down I decided that the black Wildflower Bouquet was a bit much - so I gently dry brushed some light brown acrylic paint over it It was just enough to help the flower die blend a bit into the background.

Here is my finished project again.
Check out some more inspiration from the
Guest Designer Team.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Scrap Shotz September Kit Reveal . Pt 2

I'm back with part 2 of my September Kit reveal for Scrap Shotz.
Yesterday it was all about mixed media and home decor. 

Today its all about cards - and for these cards I used some of the paper scraps I had leftover from my mixed media projects from yesterday.

The double-sided pattern paper from the Carta Bella Transatlantic Paper Line are very thick and make great card bases. They score beautifully. On this card I used s sentiment that I cut out of one of the sentiment papers. These are also perfect for pocket scrapbooking. I added some brads that come with kits before inking the edges and mounting on some bazzill cardstock. And you got it, this cardstock comes in the kit too! 

Here is  a look at the inside of the card  - 

Here is another card that I made specifically for a globetrotting couple who will be celebrating an anniversary very soon. As soon as I saw this quote I knew it would be perfect!

Here is a look inside the card - 

Be sure to go check out the Scrap Shotz blog for lots more September Kit 
inspiration from the design team