Saturday, 26 May 2018

Surreal Dreamy Tree Landscapes created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of projects using the Rose Tree and Essence of Nature stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

My first is a surreal dreamlike scene using the pretty rose tree as the main focal point.



The theme of this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) is ‘use more than one stamp’ – so I have entered this one.

Materials:
  • Rose Tree and Essence of Nature stamp sets
  • 19.5cm X 14.5cm card blank, black card, white card (for backing), acetate (recycled packaging) and waste copy paper (to create masks)
  • Clear double sided sticky sheet
  • StazOn Inkpad (Jet Black)
  • Alcohol ink pens and opaque white marker
  • Bulb spritzer attachment to spray ink pen (similar to Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer)
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Glitters (green, gold and crystal)
  • Viva Décor Kristall Gel (Holographic)
  • Hexagon dies (Tonic)
How it was done:
  1. The scene was stamped onto the acetate using StazOn ink.
  2. Colouring was added to the reverse using alcohol ink pens. Strips of copy paper were used as a mask and alcohol ink spritzed using a bulb attachment for pens. Basically air is blown across the pen tip by squeezing the bulb, creating a spray. Some colour was dabbed away from the sky area using nail varnish remover.
  3. Double sided sticky sheet was then placed on the back and coloured glitters were dropped onto the scene, burnishing into the sticky sheet using a finger.
  4. A die was then used to cut out a hexagon shape from the centre of the scene. A little Kristall Gel was applied to the background panel for added texture and sparkle.
  5. White card was trimmed and glued to the back to make the images stand out. These were then backed with black card to create a border around the background and hexagon cut shape. White faux stitching was added to frame the images.

My second project uses the lovely butterfly tree as the main focus to create another dreamy scene.



Materials:
  • Essence of Nature stamp set
  • 15cm square card blank, cartridge paper, metallic satin card (blue/silver), pink vellum
  • Versamark Inkpad and pen
  • Embossing powders (aqua sparkle and detail white)
  • Ink spritzers (pink and green) and sparkle brush pens (deep pink and clear)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Diamond) and PVA pearls (pink)
  • Large decorative square die (Tonic)
How it was done:
  1. The background was created using ink spritzers. The image was stamped with Versamark, embossed with sparkly powder and coloured with sparkle pens. The embossing pen was used to draw in extra hills extending the scene and anchoring the tree.
  2. The image was stamped again onto the vellum, embossed with white powder. The butterflies were cut out, shaped and glued onto the tree.
  3. The image was then framed with the decorative die cut and finished with glitter glue and PVA pearls.
Happy stamping, Anne xxx.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Alice in Wonderland Clock created with Powertex


I have had so much fun joining the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party with Powertex UK. I love fantasy themes and wanted to make a working clock full of bright fun colours and sparkle. Hope that you like my Alice Clock. It certainly fills me with cheer and makes me smile.
I had an old heart shaped MDF working clock that really needed a revamp. I combined it with the Pocket Watch Kit to create my crazy clock. The kit contains a stand, solid back and frame to make up a 3D pocket watch. Also included are lots of smaller embellishments for decoration – great kit.
The stand was put together using Black Powertex to coat and glue everything together.

The open watch frame was coated with Black Powertex.

The back and outer rim of the solid pocket watch shape were also coated with Black Powertex. The central area was painted with Ivory Powertex ready for adding images. When dry, pocket watch images from a decorative Rice Paper were applied using Easy Coat Mat decoupage medium. The sheet I used does not appear to be in stock at the moment but the Victorian Steampunk sheet is similar. The surface was spritzed with a little Green Bister to knock back the harshness of the Ivory colour. 
I coated my recycled MDF clock with Ivory Powertex on the front, Black on the back. Again Easy Coat was used to add Rice Paper images. You can still see the original painted numbers on my old clock face.
A layer of Crackle Accents (Ranger) was added onto the clock face images to give an aged crackle effect. When dry, more Green Bister was added to empahsise the crackle (the wet colour seeps into the cracks). Texture was then applied using Easy Structure Paste through the Wonderland Stencil. I dabbed over with a little black Powertex to cover some of the bright white colour. Easy Structure Paste was also used as a strong 3D glue to attach the watch to the stand.

Rice paper images were also applied to my recycled heart clock. Layers of kitchen paper were applied around the decoupaged images using ivory Powertex to give added texture. I also added Easy Structure Paste through the stencil to add hearts.
Several of the new Acrylic Inks and Paints were used to add colour to my project (Acrylic Inks in Egg Yolk, Tangerine, Golden Metallic, Viola Metallic and Aqua Metallic; Acrylic Paints in Raspberry Sorbet, Orange Marmalade and Key Lime). The inks are gorgeous fluid transparent colours ideal for painting over other colours or patterned papers. The medium bodied acrylic colours are semi-translucent and are great for heavier colour and layering. I LOVE them.
A piece of tree bark was treated with Transparent Powertex. I have had this piece in my stash for years (so it was fully dried out) just waiting for a suitable project to use it on.
The pocket watch frame was glued in place with Transparent Powertex ensuring that it was well centred. Easy Structure paste was used to glue 3D elements onto the base stand. Bronze Powertex was used to cover and colour the Easy Structure Paste where needed. At this stage I checked that the clock hands would be able to move freely around the clock face (once it’s all glued and dry it’s well and truly glued!).
The small MDF heart (from my recycled clock) was treated with black Powertex. I added some 3D Sand and Balls into the wet Powertex for texture. When dry I coloured with Easy Varnish and Interference Lilac Pearl Pigment. Have you seen these new Pearl Pigment colours? WOWeeee!  I rubbed over a little Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold) to cover the edges and highlight the texture more.

Gilding Wax was also rubbed over the Pocket Watch tops and tree bark. A thick greyboard frame and rectangle was coated in Black Powertex to create a table. A piece of lace and scrap of knitted cotton was also coated in Black Powertex to fill in the base of the ‘tree’ and to create the table cloth. I started placing other MDF elements from the Pocket Watch Kit (but not glued down yet).
More colour was added with the Acrylic Paints. The metal clock hands were coated with Jade Patina (Ranger).
….. and yes my craft stash is encroaching inwards – tee hee.

I continued to build the scene, coating elements with Black or Ivory Powertex then colouring with Acrylic Paints before gluing down with Powertex.  
The MDF sentiments and Flamingoes were from the Alice Collection; the butterflies, dragonfly, numbers and spirals from the Pocket Watch Kit. The sentiment plaque was a greyboard piece from my stash. I added some 3D Sand and Balls to the Flamingo wings for extra texture.
A layer of Glossy Accents (Ranger) was applied over some of the painted elements and fine crystal glitter dropped into the wet surface for added bling and sparkle. The piece was then left overnight, propping it in a horizontal position.
I also added an MDF Heart Flower, Lion, cat and small bird from Mini Hieroglyphs, MDF flowers and leaves plus greyboard flowers (from my stash). The little signposts were made from recycled wooden canvas stretchers and black alcohol marker used to write.
Then I had fun with my dies. Each element was built up using 4 layers of either black or Kraft card and layers glued together with Powertex to make them thick and robust. Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger) was used to stamp the chairs (Sizzix). The cake stand, cupcakes, small cup & saucer, spoon & fork and teapot cut (Intricutz); the larger cup & saucer and top hat (Sheena Douglass); the chandelier (Crafters Companion) were built and glued in place with Easy Structure paste where needed to give added depth. More Glossy Accents and glitter were added over some of the elements.
Finally a little dry brushed colour was added over some of the textured surfaces using Easy Varnish and the Pigment colours (Iridescent Lilac, Violet Valentine, Rich Gold).
I will leave it for around three weeks for everything to fully cure, then finish with Easy Varnish to fully seal everything and give added protection to painted surfaces.

I’ve popped in some close ups for you. Ooooh sparkly flamingos.

I am always running late so this sentiment is perfect for my clock – tee hee.

You can see that crackle texture on the watch faces here.

Lots of layering and sparkle.

I absolutely love my new clock. I hope that you love it too, Anne xxx.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Quick and Easy Nature Tree cards created for Chocolate Baroque


Good morning. Here are a couple of quick and easy cards created with the Essence of Nature stamp set from Chocolate baroque.

The first is a small 7 X 13cm card. The background was created with pink and purple ink spritzers. A little sparkle was added with a clear sparkle pen. The tree and sentiment were stamped with Versamark and embossed with sparkle silver embossing powder. A little silver sparkle was also added around the edges.
The second card measures 11.5 X 15cm. The images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. The background was created by painting green and orange water based inks onto wet card. A watercolour pen was used to draw in some grasses. The edges were roughened with the edge of my scissors.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Essence of Nature created with Chocolate Baroque Stamps


Good morning. I have three makes to share with you today using Essence of Nature and The Rose Tree stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

I used one of my inky background papers from my stash. This was created by wetting a large sheet of cartridge paper and then painting over the surface with dissolved Brusho powders to make a blended watery background. Dishwasher salt crystals were then dropped onto the surface and the paper left to fully dry before brushing away the salt to reveal the lovely texture effect.
My first is using the lovely tree panel from the Essence of Nature stamp set (and bee from the The Rose Tree set).
The background panel was trimmed to fit the card front (21 X 14.5cm) and images stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. Faux stitching was drawn around the edge with an opaque white pen.
A white card backing panel was trimmed to approx. 9.5 X 15cm. The tree scene and sentiment were stamped onto recycled acetate packaging using black StazOn Ink. Double sided sticky sheet was then applied to the back of the acetate and the image ‘coloured’ using a variety of extra fine and chunky glitters in blue, green and crystal.

I have used the tree panel again on this one but this time to create a textured paper clay embellishment. The clay was rolled out and pressed with the stamp. After drying it was coloured by spritzing water based ink sprays with mica. Pebeo Gilding waxes were then rubbed across the textured surface.
The background was stamped and heat embossed with sparkly gold embossing powder, trimmed and mounted onto a 15cm card blank.

On my third project I went a bit off the wall – tee hee. Again I made some textured paper clay embellishments and thought that they resembled coral – hence a sea themed card was born.
I combined tree and leaf stamps together to make a jelly fish. The images were heat embossed with white powder and extra detail drawn on using pens, plus an embossing pen and white powder. A little white charcoal was used to add some shading to the jellyfish.
I further embellished with lots of sea themed die cuts and added some texture to the foreground with a mix of embossing powders and frontage fragments. Finished with lots of sparkly glitter glue – had to be done.
I hope that you enjoy my makes today. Happy stamping, Anne x.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Sunflower Project Tray created with Powertex


Today I am sharing a decorated recycled Balsa wood cheese tray (19 X 25cm) left over from Christmas. I needed a small project tray to collect together all my embroidery and sewing thread spools when working on one of my textile stitched paintings. I kept the 3D texture to a minimum as I didn’t want my fine threads catching and pulling on anything.

I chose one of the lovely Floral Rice Papers and the fab Duo Arty Quotes Mini Stencil from Powertex to decorate. I wanted to create something that would give me some ‘arty’ inspiration. I had a few grey board embellishments in my stash so added these too for a bit of interest.

I first used a water pen to dampen around the images enabling them to be torn and separated to form soft edged pieces that will blend into the background once decoupaged.

I coated the whole tray with Ivory Powertex and dried using a hair dryer. This provided a light background for the decoupage elements. Coating the tray with Powertex hardened up the soft Balsa wood and sealed it making it easier to keep clean too. I also coated the grey board elements with Ivory Powertex.

Decorative papers were then applied using Easy Coat Mat. Easy Structure Paste was then applied through the stencil using a recycled bank card. I also added a little more texture using a grid stencil from my stash.

The embellishments were stuck down with more Powertex and a little Easy Structure Paste where needed (i.e. onto textured areas).

In the background you can see a sneak peek of my next project in progress. I like to work on several things at once so that I don’t waste time waiting for layers to dry.

Next I used a white opaque pen (acrylic paint pen) to draw extra highlights onto the main sunflower image. Then I used the new transparent acrylic inks to brush over and add a bit of colour. These are fabulous as being transparent they don’t obliterate the layers beneath. I chose the Golden Metallic and Aqua Metallic Inks to blend in with the main colour theme of the decoupaged images and to add a little sheen. I emphasized the lettering using a brown fine tipped pen (suitable for going onto acrylic).

Where needed I also rubbed over a little more Ivory Powertex using my finger to blend in the colouring where I thought it was a bit heavy.

I also rubbed on a little gold gilding wax from my stash (Pebeo).




Finally I added a little clear PVA based glitter glue to bring a little sparkle. I just couldn’t help myself. Once dry I brushed over the whole tray with Easy Varnish.

Now I have a lovely inspirational project tray. Hope that you like it too.
Hugs all and happy creating, Anne xxx

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Make Time to Make Art cards created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a few cards created with Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

Full of Colour Card
Materials:
  • Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 9 X 21cm card blank, white stamping card, black card
  • Ink sprays (pink, purple, black – Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • Embossing Powders (pink, yellow, white – Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Border die (waste piece from a Sizzix strip die cut)
  • Alcohol marker (black)
  • Faux gems and sequins, PVA pearls (pink)
  • Straw to blow inks
How it was done:
  1. Inks were spritzed onto a craft mat and picked up onto the stamping card. The wet ink was spread by blowing through a straw.
  2. Images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with a mix of coloured powders. The sentiment was stamped onto a coloured strip. Black marker was used to edge the card and frame.
  3. The black die cut strip was glued to the top of the card. The sentiment strip attached with 3D foam for added dimension.
  4. Finished with faux gems and sequins plus a few PVA pearls along the die cut border.
 
Make Time Shabby Chic Card

This card uses the same stamp sets but looks totally different.

Materials:
  • Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 10.5 X 15cm card blank (turquoise), white stamping card
  • Versamark Inkpad and archival dye ink (purple)
  • Embossing powder (silver and gold sparkle)
  • Ink spritzers (purple, turquoise, gold and opaque white)
  • Fine tipped marker (black)
  • Faux gems and organza ribbon
How it was done:
  1. The card blank was lightly spritzed with opaque white ink. The stamping card was coloured with purple, turquoise and gold ink spritzers. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with silver powder.
  2. The background images were stamped with purple dye ink. Further images were stamped on top with Versamark, heat embossed with gold powder and outlined with fine tipped pen.
  3. The edges of the topper were roughed up with the edge of my scissors. A little turquoise ink was also sponged around the edges.
  4. Finished with a ribbon and faux gems.
Make Time to Make Art

My third sample was different again using a bright sunshine yellow backdrop.
Materials:
  • Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 inch square card blank, white stamping card, yellow card
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Embossing Powders (pink, yellow, purple – Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • Mylar stencil with polka dots
  • Alcohol marker (purple) and fine tipped pen
  • Glitter glue (yellow)
How it was done:
  1. I had some cheap glitter glues that were past their best. To use them up I embossed some of my stencils (through my die cut machine) then applied the glitter through the stencil using a palette knife. I used up my glitter glues and created a batch of textured backgrounds ready for my cards.
  2. The sentiment was stamped onto the textured card using dye ink (embossing with stencils only gives a shallow texture so it is fairly easy to overstamp – add just a little extra pressure on the stamp). Note the ‘I’ was left uninked.
  3. The mat was edged with marker and faux stitching drawn around the border of the card blank with fine tipped pen.
  4. The floral stems were stamped onto white card with Versamark, embossed with a mix of coloured powders and cut out.
  5. Cut outs were glued to the card front and finished with a ribbon.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Mixed Media Dream Canvas

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of mixed media projects created with Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

My second is a small canvas.
Materials:
  • Wisteria Lane, Tranquility and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 20cm square canvas board, white stamping card
  • Embossing powders (yellow, pink, purple – Lindy’s Stamp Gang) and WOW (Clear Gloss)
  • Viva Décor crackle colour (pearl teal)
  • Ink sprays (pink, teal, purple – Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • Inkpads: StazOn (black), Brilliance Pigment (variegated pink & blue pearl)
  • Sparkle pens (pink, purple)
  • Fine tipped alcohol pen (black)
  • Puffy paint (green)
  • Glossy Accents and silver gilding wax
  • Faux gems and sequins, 3D glue gel
How it was done:
  1. Crackle paste was applied to the outer edges of the canvas and left to dry overnight.
  2. The canvas was spritzed with coloured inks. Some pink spray was also applied so that it sunk into the crackle crevices, excess being removed from the top surfaces with a damp cloth.
  3. Images were stamped onto the background with Brilliance Ink and embossed with clear powder. Floral stems were also stamped onto white card, embossed with coloured powders and cut out for decoupage.
  4. The sentiment was stamped with Stazon and quickly embossed with clear powder. Black pen was used to enhance the sentiment (the canvas is quite textured so detail doesn’t stamp well).
  5. Images were coloured with sparkle pen and floral stems stuck down with 3D glue gel for added depth.
  6. Glossy Accents was added to some of the flower heads, and dotted over the background.
  7. A little silver gilding wax was applied around the canvas edges and over the crackle texture.
  8. Puffy paint was applied along the base of the canvas and heated to give extra texture.
  9. Finished with lots of faux gems and sequins.