Sunday, 23 June 2013

Get Messy With Anything But A Card Challenge # 22

For the next fortnight at Anything But A Card, we're asking you to Get Messy! Woohoo! I don't need any excuse to get the messy stuff out and have a good play. This time, strangely, I decided just to use paint and crackle medium which are probably my favourite two things at the moment. Only two ingredients but what a great mess I was still able to make.

My team mates are also showing you some inspiration today so please go and leave them a little comment or two. The second team will be up a week from now so it would be great if you could show them some support too.

As long as you stick to the theme of getting messy, you can make anything you like except a card. So, come on, you know you want to get even messier than usual! Let's see paints, modelling paste, crackle medium/paste, inks, pastels, crayons, gelli plates, stencils, masks, mica sprays and powders and all the other things I haven't mentioned!

I used lots of DecoArt Traditions paints and one of their crackle mediums to make my wall plaque for this challenge, along with a few Andy Skinner Timeworn Techniques of course!

I photographed the final piece against all kinds of backgrounds but nothing seemed to look right! I settled for this one on the lawn in the end even though it's not perfect. Why is it that close up shots are no trouble but taking a shot of something more than two feet away causes all kinds of problems? Think I need to check out the other button on the camera which I haven't tried yet!
The wonderful driftwood was found when we walked along Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk - no need to do anything to it because it's beautiful just as it is. The wonderful key is one of a bag full given to me by my sister Sandie which she rescued and I am so grateful to her for such a wonderful gift. I didn't even have to rust it myself either - how cool is that?!! The rusty wire wrapped around the key was bought ready rusted   and I just love it.
The heart was die cut then given an Andy Skinner treatment and ended up looking like weathered paint. All the layers of paint used on the heart were shades from the DecoArt Traditions range. Some archival ink was added to the edge of the heart to frame it.
The wings were die cut then embossed before being 'rusted' with a Timeworn technique and DecoArt Traditions paints.
Coiled rusty wire was placed either side of the heart too.
The 'crest' at the top of my plaque started life as a die cut and was then embossed and finally rusted in the same way as the wings. The little flowers were punched from card which was first coloured with water soluble crayons then crackled. The centres of all the flowers were made by painting clear gems with raw umber Americana paint (by DecoArt).

I think these punched flowers look like cracked china when viewed in close up. Problem is, I want to make them all the time . . . . . . . . 
For the base of the plaque, a piece of thick card was given a Timeworn treatment and made to look like aged ivory (I hope!!) followed by yet more crackle. Both were achieved using DecoArt Traditions paints and crackle medium as before.
Once dry, an oval was cut from the centre, a stamped and inked layer was placed under the aperture and the oval shape was raised from the background using foam pads.
I'm really pleased with how the embossed areas turned out. Before applying the crackle medium, they were dry brushed with warm white Traditions paint leaving the flat areas darker and more aged. 
You can see here how the oval with the heart stands proud from the background.
I would like to investigate the possibilities of using other colours for the peeled paint effect but these blue shades go so well with the colours used in the piece - it's hard to break the habit!

Thank you for visiting me - it really makes a difference that you do. Off you go now and get messy - it would be lovely to see lots of you enter a piece for this challenge at Anything But A Card!!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge - Letter U

Hi everyone. Seems like such a long time since I was here. All sorts of things have been getting in the way of blogging and creating. Life is sometimes like that isn't it? So much going on and the thing you most love to do has to take a back seat. Hopefully, life has settled down a little now and normal activities can be resumed!

I couldn't miss the Alpha Challenge at the Craft Barn. We are asked to use the letter U and depict the definition in a visual manner. I have chosen to work in a secondhand dictionary but you can use other ways to display your work as long as you include the definition.

For my letter U, I have chosen the word 'URBAN' as I happened to have a stamp plate which fits the bill perfectly designed by Sam Poole.

The word and definition were masked off. Two shades of DecoArt Traditions paint were then used to roughly coat the pages. I made sure that the two colours weren't mixed but used side by side on a craft mat then blended straight on the page.

The definition after the masking tape was removed.
The sketchy stamping was achieved using archival ink.

The letters were die cut, painted with Fresco snowflake followed by stencilling with DecoArt Traditions paint. Archival ink was then randomly applied with cut and dry. Once attached to the page, each letter was  outlined with a black waterproof pen and some edges were shaded with a black pencil.

the footprints were stamped onto old book pages, cut out and glued into position. Carbon black DecoArt paint was applied using an Andy Skinner stencil onto both pages.

More stencil work was added using the same paint. A white pen was used to outline the stencil work.

An image reflecting the word definition was stamped onto old book paper, cut out and attached. Black pencil was used around the edges to add shading.

Script was stamped in the background with DecoArt Traditions paint. It gives a great effect using the paint for stamping. You can also see the shades created with the two colours of paint used in the background.

Not entered the Craft Barn Apha Challenge yet? You can join in any time, so why not have a go?

Thanks for everyone's patience and I'm sorry to have missed so many wonderful pieces of work. I will catch up with you all again but please bear with me! 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Anything But A Card Challenge #21 - Masculine Or Something For Dear Ol' Dad. . . . . . . .

Hello everyone. It's time for a new challenge at Anything But A Card for the next fortnight. We are asking you to make a creation using a masculine theme or you can produce something for your Dad. Here in UK Father's Day takes place on Sunday 16th June, so the timing is perfect if you haven't yet come up with a little something for that special Dad. Just remember, we accept any kind of project as long as it's NOT a card.

Sadly, my Dad is no longer with us so I decided to make a holder for a gift card or cash present suitable for a boy/man. My holder takes the form of a tag with a little pocket which holds the card or cash gift.

I promised to bring out some more of my gelli plate pieces and I've used one of them for the background of my make - with additional stencilling, pencil work and other things!

The finished tag complete with gift pocket and stamped sentiment using DecoArt acrylic. The bottom edge of the tag was made more interesting by adding the waste card left over from die cutting the pocket.
The tag background, the pocket and the sentiment banner were all cut from one gelli plate print. The print was made using both Americana and Traditions acrylics by DecoArt and various masks. The rich colour around the edges was achieved using archival ink on some cut and dry foam. Some letters were stencilled here there using DecoArt's Americana paint.
Some chunky natural 'rope' was used to dress the top of the tag. Once in position, some rusty wire was added to keep the rope in position and to match in with the wire used elsewhere.
The pocket piece was cut to size and a Tim Holtz die was used to cut the top edge. The dark brown lines on the background were added with a brown pencil to highlight one of the masks used on the print.
I used two more of my little Fimo 'buttons' to anchor down the sentiment banner.
 A washer was given a slightly rusty look before being fixed over the tag hole. 
Stencilled modelling paste was applied in various areas of the tag. I used DecoArt modelling paste and when dry, some DecoArt Traditions acrylic was used to colour the design applied through the stencil. Two shades of Treasure Gold were smoothed roughly over the paste. The whole tag and the pocket piece were then given two coats of DecoArt Triple Thick spray.
Brown pencil was added to the gelli plate print to create depth and interest.
I love the effect of the Triple Thick on the background. In real life it adheres differently to the various areas of the tag. Over the stencilled letters it gives a lovely shine but where paint is thinner, it gives a more gentle sheen to the background. In this image, the treasure gold is easily seen and the Triple Thick gives the appearance of clear powder embossing - it's much quicker though!
The sentiment was stamped with carbon black Traditions acrylic paint and a Tim stamp.
Rusty wire was used on the tag pocket to add interest without covering up the gelli plate print.
Some sections of the gelli print are very subtle as in the image above. I just love how you can mix ink and paints to create a layered look. Now I really NEED some Inktense pencils for my work - I'm busy dropping huge hints!

I do hope you'll pop over to Anything But A Card and see what the rest of the team have put together for you. Check back halfway through the Challenge for some inspiration from our second team of designers too.

So, get those thinking caps on, make something which fits the theme and link up with us at  Anything But A Card. Can't wait to see what you come up with. . . . . . . . 

Friday, 7 June 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge. . . . . . Letter F

The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge continues with the letter F. The twist this fortnight is that we can only choose words between FE and FR.

I decided to choose the word 'Fellow' because I recently aquired a PaperArtsy stamp which shows a rather snazzy fellow and I thought he fitted the bill perfectly.

You can join in the Alpha Challenge at any point - it's addictive believe me!

I also wanted to use a little piece from one of my first gelli plate prints which I made at an Andy Skinner class recently - more, much more on that in another post!

Please don't expect too much because the print I used was one of the first I pulled from the gelli plate, but from that moment I was addicted. I never realised these plates were so much fun until I finally gave in, did the class and bought the plate!

Here is my double page spread:

The left page was made with part of a gelli plate. The right page was made using stencils and stamping. Both archival inks and DecoArt Traditions and Americana paints were used.
The word definition was left without paint/ink as required by the challenge.
My 'fellow' was stamped onto white card with archival ink. Most of the background was coloured with distress marker and a waterbrush. Some random acrylic paint stencil work was added to the image to enable it to fit with the page background.
The right hand page was covered with a light wash of Fresco snowflake. Script stamping was done with DecoArt acrylics. Stencilling was added with both acrylics and archival ink.
The gelli plate print was achieved using an Andy Skinner stencil and three DecoArt acrylic colours (both Traditions and Americana). A piece of fancy yarn also helped to add another dimension to the print by placing it onto the paint loaded plate prior to pulling the print off.
The die cut letters were cut from some card covered with a piece of gelli plate print. Once applied, some shading was added around the letters with pencil. Black pen was also used to define the letters.
All the die cut letters had stencilling applied to help them appear as an integral part of the design. 

A little extra shading was added below the foot to act as a shadow effect.
Thanks for looking at my pages - expect more gelli plate work soon but remember - I'm a beginner!! 

A big hello to new followers too. I've been a bit of a lazy blogger lately but never fear, I will get to you eventually!