Thursday, 31 December 2020

Stamperia Winter Tales Canvas- Artful Days Challenge Inspiration Post

 Happy New Year everybody. Let's hope that 2021 brings us better things than 2020 did! Personally I fully intend it to bring a LOT of crafting! With all that is going on in this Covid crazy world right now, my craft desk feels like the safest place to hide!

I am kick starting the year by sharing an inspiration canvas that I have made for a mood board challenge over on the Artful Play Days Facebook group. Do join us over there and play along if you can. The theme is Winter Blues. 

There is a prize, chosen at random, of £10 off your next order via the Artful Days website. Definitely worth getting creative for!

I was very kindly gifted the absolutely stunning Stamperia Winter Tales paper pad for Christmas, and I just couldn't wait to play with it, so have used this as the theme for my canvas as it ties in perfectly with the board. 

I will take you through my process step by step ( and amazingly for me I actually  remembered to take pictures for most of the steps!)

I am the kind of crafter that can never envisage a finished project before I start, and rarely have a plan. I tend to just faff around (alot!) , create an almighty mess rummaging in boxes for things as I go, until I eventually pull something together that I like. I have never worked to a mood board before, so for me that in itself was a challenge, and I decided the most sensible first step was to gather various bits and bobs together that fit the theme and colour scheme. 

I grabbed an 8x8 canvas to use as my base and started to play around with a layout. 

With a rough plan forming, I tore the edges off of a piece of backing paper and adhered it to the canvas. 

When the mod podge was fully dry, I added more dimension with a smowflake stencil and some texture paste. I also used crackle paste on some for more texture. 

I added some text with a script stamp and Fairy Dust Wow embossing powder. So sparkly!! 

While the paste dried, I used gesso and acrylic paint to colour the metal leaf stems. 

And I also added Fairy Dust embossing powder to the metal wings, creating some continuity  between them and the canvas. 

I had previously made some snowflakes with Stamperia clay, and the mould from the Winter Tales Collection. I have to say, the clay is amazing! It is so soft and light. Better than any clay I have ever used before ( note to self - order some more!) . I painted these in blue metallic paint, and brought out the details with Stamperia Cerantica wax ( also very light and smells fabulous!).

Its always good to draw the eye to the centre of a piece by edging it in a darker colour and framing it. To do this I took the same paint that I had coloured the leaves with, and applied it with a sponge. Once dry I also added some navy crackle paint around the edges. 

Then it was time to start laying out my pieces again,

Once happy with the placement I adhered the main pieces, adding some fine mesh fabric behind them for a soft effect.

To finish I went to town around the focal pieces with and array of goodies from the Artful Days Textures collection ( I will pop the product links at the end of this post ). They finish any piece of art off beautifully, adding texture, colour and giving lots and lots of details to look at and really capture interest. 

I am so pleased with how this canvas came together. We haven't had snow yet here in the south of England, but I am secretly hoping that this winter fairy can make it happen for us!

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The Artful Days Creative Team would love it if you could pop across to Artful Play Days on Facebook and join us. It's a lovely creative corner of the internet, where you are welcome to share all your crafty projects.

Hope to see you there!



Saturday, 12 December 2020

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is almost upon us and this is my last official Visible Image post for the year. And what a year it has been! I think we are all ready for a rest and some good cheer, and who better to bring it than Santa Claus himself, and so he had to feature today. 

I started the card by smooshing and spritzing some distress oxides on mixed media card. 

I then used Luna Paste through the Boot Prints stencil. Sooooo sparkly!!! 

I stamped a few snowflakes from the Jack Frost set once the paste was dry,  and the 'Ho' fron the Santa Claus set then set to work creating a snowy effect around the prints.

 I use Get Crackled from Pretty Gets Gritty and Pinflair Gellitex for added sparkle, and adhered some Polyballs from Artful Days into it for added texture. 

While that dried, I stamped and coloured Santa with Copic markers and embossed the sentiment.

I assembled with 3d glue gel to add more dimension and mat and layered onto mirror card to finish off. 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas, however you choose to celebrate it. I will be back with fresh inspiration for Visible Image in the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, 27 November 2020

Phoenix Rising by Visible Image

Today I am sharing a clean and simple card for Visible Image using the new release stamp set Phoenix Rising. I think in these worrying times, with a long winter ahead with Covid restrictions, we all need a little hope and to be understanding of others, so the sentiment is particularly poignant right now. 

To create the sun on this card I used my small round gelli plate, distress oxide and versafine clair ink, and the fabulous Fibres stencil. I brayered on a layer of Versafine, lay the stencil over the top, and added another layer in distress oxide. This created a lovely flame effect. 

I then used distress ink to stamp the flames along the bottom edge. 

Once the ink was dry, I stamped and embossed the phoenix and sentiment, and added some white highlights, and mat an layered it on black card. 

I can't lie, leaving so much white space on a card is really out of my comfort zone, but this stamp is so striking that it really stands out without any need for anything too busy and fussy. Wouldn't you agree? 



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Friday, 13 November 2020

Follow Your Heart by Visible Image

Did you catch Visible Image on Create and Craft this week? If you did you may have spied this sample from me of the new release Follow Your Heart. It's such a gorgeous stamp with so much detail, and is proving very popular not surprisingly. So many uses- from anniversary to Valentines, to wedding cards . Definitely a must have set! 

This card has lots going on, but was actually really simple to make. I started with a spray stain background, and using the Strobes stencil and distress ink , blended outward from the centre. I also added some dots from the Cosmic Skies stencil in lilac. 

I stamped the main image onto the background and heat embossed it. 

I repeated this on another piece of card and fussy cut it out. 

I did the same for the flower in the centre, stamping onto a contrasting colour 

Some higlights and pearl dots on the circles made it pop and added dimension. 

I stamped, embossed and coloured the small hearts around it, and using my platform again stamped the heartbeat stamp along the bottom. 

To finish I mounted the elements with glue gel to add  more depth.

Do keep an eye out on the Visible Image Facebook page and group as there are more live demos planned, and as always lots of inspiration to whet your appetite and get the creative juices flowing. 

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Friday, 30 October 2020

Into The Woods

If you managed to catch the Visible Image shows on Create and Craft this week you may have been eagle eyed enough to spot this sample from me on screen. The shows were fabulous and as always Marks demos were so inspiring so I hope you managed to watch. If you didn't, never fear as Visible Image will be back on screen in November with some brand new stamps, and they are INCREDIBLE so do keep your eyes peeled for that.

This card features the Into the Woods stamp set. The detail in the trees is stunning, and makes cards so atmospheric. 

I started with a distress oxide spray background.

Using a die cut circle I created a moon by spraying more ink over the top to darken the edges, and then used white gesso on a sponge in the cut out, to lighten the area.

Then I went in with some pastels over the top to add more colour and depth. 

I did a second generation print of the background trees, and them stamped and embossed the foreground ones. 

I stamped the branch across the moon, and the owl and embossed. Then to finish I darkened the edegs and added the sentiment and some white highlights to make it pop.

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