Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Experimenting with hot pink...

Why I bought hot pink embossing powder, I don't know! I can't think of any reason I would have chosen to buy it apart from it being reduced or something...but I am SO GLAD that I did, Bless this little pot of powder, in my box unloved and unwanted for years, it came into its own with this card! Just the colour I needed to bring this fabulous stamp to life

Singer, SING - Visible Image 'Sing' stamp set Soundwave - Visible Image 'Music Speaks' stamp set


This is serious messing....


3 Distress inks -  Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves  - 
and a piece of 6x4 white card, I just smudged and
 rubbed ink all over then dried it, and stamped and
 embossed 3x silver soundwaves, (from the Music Speaks stamp) and 2 x singers in raspberry distress ink again, along with a few 'sings' in black soot distress ink.


Then I just went mad with my stencils 
(These are the only 3 funky ones I have!)

Some I inked through with Versamark , applied embossing powder and heat embossed, others I kept more subtle and just inked through lightly with distress inks. I got very excited about the 'rain' effect of the silver drops falling - It reminded me of those fancy falling firework effects you get on X Factor !

I embossed my singer and the word on black card in my now much loved hot pink powder and arranged them so she had something to stand on!



I had a brainwave at the end to wipe round the edge of the card with Versamark, and catch a bit of spare pink powder, heating it to  frame the mess, before matting onto black, then silver, and onto a blue 7x5 card.

Monday, 25 April 2016

It got messy....

Something very new and different for me this week - I couldn't resist some musically inspired stamps from Visible Image, and as soon as they arrived I set to work playing and making a right old mess. I'm such a clean crafter by nature (not tidy - that's very different!) but I tend to shy away from inks and splots, but this kind of creativity relies on that, so, in the name of research and experimentation I had a go. 


Visible Image  'Music speaks' stamp 
 I dug out some white  embossing powder and first worked on the background, embossing some plain white paper with stars, which once heated and set, made a fabulous resist to a blue and red distress ink I just carefully rubbed on.

I have just a few arty stencils - honeycombs, stars, pindots, that kind of thing, so I used what I had and played, literally!

 For the top panel I used some Tim Holz distress stains and literally splatted them onto a bit of card. I LOVED the effect! Although it looked like I had a red and blue rash up my arms for a bit there. 

I stamped the guitars with the usual clear Versamark and embossed with blue and red powder, then a bit of cutting. After that it was just a case of trimming it all, layering onto white and finally onto a 15x15cm top-fold red card blank I made. 

I am so excited about these stamps - I love the different effects you get from distress inks, stains, powders...I shall be playing some more. With a household of musicians who gave their seal of approval I may have a market for these kinds of card. Drums, guitars, singers, would-be sound engineers - these stamps have it all! 

Friday, 15 April 2016

One stamp, two drummers!


With not one but TWO drummers in the household, when I find a good drum kit stamp, I grab hold of it! This one cost an incredible 40p from a sale bin somewhere (I LOVE to rummage!) It came with the words 'Brother' and 'Happy Father's Day' so I will need to find at least a third combination for it for June! 

In the meantime here are two takes on it - so simple, honestly, each card took less than half an hour to put together. A few papers, a couple of ink pads....


For this card, a top fold, I found some scraps of appropriate paper from my black and white stash. I chose a diagonal cross pattern because at that very moment someone held up a card in this style on the TV and I thought 'oohhhh!' that'll do. 

I stamped the three features onto a scrap of lined Kanban card, digging out some old typewriter button style letters for the 'DAD' (It looks like I've only ever used the D and the A so I must have done this before! A bit of matting and layering and a bit of silver for zing....and it was done! 

The central image for this is from a Hunkydory Little Book, Tots to Teens, I think, which I love. I sat and looked at the stamps and thought 'hmmmm.... borders?' and they fitted perfectly - a complete fluke! 

Red memento ink for the drumkit, black for the wording, and a couple of Hunkydory teeny toppers to finish off. 

Thanks for dropping by! 

Nicky x

Thursday, 14 April 2016

I had a bee in my bonnet

Sometimes you just dream of crafty things....well I do at least! The other day I had a vision of black and yellow stripes and bees, so I had to make something up with them ( good job I'm on holiday at the moment!)
So this is what happened...

For this one I got the tapestry stamps out again, and having cut my shapes from the Tonic Studios Twisting Veranda die set, I did my stamping, finally adding a few little bees from a random little stamp set I forgot I had. A slight waft of pale blue pan pastel round the edges brought the colours all together...
This card came about as I found yet more bees in a different set of stamps, and I literally just randomly stamped them on pieces of card cut to size to fit this centre stepper card. A drop of yellow watercolouring was all they needed to bring them to life, then I thought to stamp a few extra on spare card, and dot them over the central topper.
I was quite buzzing when I'd finished these!

Old meets new...

I've been digging out my old tapestry stamps and making my own pretty backgrounds with my brand new Tonic dies - these are Twisting Veranda. Tapestry stamps are tiny single images, the old style ones are mounted on wooden pegs, and you just ink them up and dot them around your shape. They are such fun as it all starts off a bit messy and then suddenly you have a pattern, or a sea of colour, and it just feels right!

 From the very same set of dies - can you see the  two stripey effect dies that change the impact of the card quite considerably. I've kept it 'pretty' but I can definitely see a use for these on male cards!