Sunday, 11 October 2015

See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil.

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
 This week I decided to alter an Artist Trading Block which I have die cut from mountboard using Eileen Hull's Block Cube Die. I then cut pieces to fit all the sides of my block and coloured each one with a layer of PanPastel Turquoise Tint, to lay down a first layer of colour.
I then placed the Tim Holtz Splotches Layering Stencil onto the background and then applied Turquoise Shade and touches of Turquoise Extra Dark PanPastels over the stencil and then sprayed with a light spray of hair spray to fix the pastels. I added touches of background stamping using the 'Rugged Edge' stamp set, stamping with Watering Can Archival Ink, using first and second generation stamping.  I then stamped the fabulous 'Jane' image from IndigoBlu with Black Archival Ink.
I repeated the stencilling and colouring with PanPastels around each side of the ATB and again stamped 'Jane' but this time only stamped half her face to this side. I added text to all sides of the cube, see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil. I also added delicate splatters and scratchy paint lines with Cadmium Red Hue DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic. I love the pops of red against the background.
On a couple of the sides I have added circles applying DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic to a lid and stamping onto the background, then painting the circle with Titanium White Fluid Acrylic and drying with a heat tool. I then coloured the larger circle with Gelatos and blended using my finger. I stamped ART (a Wendy Vecchi stamp) with Black Archival Ink.
To add a touch more texture I also applied DecoArt Crackle Glaze to each of the panels.
I stamped 'Jane' onto a piece of scrap card and then die cut pieces using Tim Holtz postage stamp thinlits label and added shading with PanPastel Turquoise Shade.
I added two broken paintbrushes to the top of the ATB and added drips of paint and rusty wire for added interest.
I would also like to enter my ATB into the Craft Stamper October Take it, Make it Challenge which this month is:

October Challenge:
'Take A Technique' 
Use one or more of the following processes in your art:
Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper
(and include stamping somewhere!)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

New Release from Artistic Outpost

We have some fabulous new releases this week from Artistic Outpost. All the details can also be seen on the Artistic Outpost Blog.

My first piece is created using the fabulous Vintage Fashion stamp set, a trio of pieces with a real vintage feel to them; each one coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I created two small suitcases using Eileen Hull's Suitcase die which I coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink; applying the ink to a non-stick craft sheet and then picking up the ink with the die cut and then drying with a heat tool. I then dipped the die cut into any remaining ink and dried once again. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then applied to the edges to darken and add definition.
The bodice was then stamped onto each of the Suitcases using Black Archival Ink and I also added background stamping using the text stamp from the Vintage Fashion stamp set using Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
I created an accordion which fits inside the Suitcase, again coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I stamped the focal images with Black Archival Ink and then overstamped with the background stamp using Ground Espresso Distress Ink. I also included some random machine stitching for added interest.
Circles have also been included using the top from one of my paints; applying paint to the lid and then stamping with the lid. Each circle was then painted with Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic and dried with a heat tool. I then applied colour to each of the circles using my Gelatos, blending with my finger. Stamping has also been added inside each circle.
I love using stamps, inks and paints to add several layers of interst to my pieces and the machine stitching adds a touch of texture.
The second of the new releases is "Go Team"
I continued with the vintage theme again using Vintage Photo Distress Ink but this time I applied the Distress Ink to a piece of acetate, spritzed lightly with water and then dabbed the acetate onto my card. Using the Distress Inks this way means I can apply the Ink exactly where I want it and still achieve that watercolour effect. I then dried the ink with a heat tool.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and then applied Raw Sienna DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic to a paint lid and stamped the lid over the focal image. I then added shading to the circle using a Gelato.
I added 'TOUCHDOWN' to the bottom of my card and also included some scratchy lines with an old credit card using Raw Sienna Fluid Acrylic and added delicate paint splatters using Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic.
The third and final release for this quarter is "Toy Emporium" and I will be showcasing this stamp set over the coming weeks so stay tuned!

My fellow team members have created fabulous pieces to inspire you further.

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, towards the purchase of AO Stamps.  You have until October 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM CDT to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the AO Blog on October 10, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!
You can also order your favourite Artistic Outpost stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs website HERE to save on shipping when combining products.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Eileen Hull Art With Heart Challenge

This month the team are combining Graphic 45 Papers with the fabulous Eileen Hull dies and the challenge theme for our Art with Heart Challenge is October Hauntings and Holiday Calendar.
This month I was inspired by Eileen Hull's paper trail; she is visiting many places in her own Trailer and demonstrating to many shops all over the USA. I thought I would create my own Halloween Travel Trailer combined with the Book, Passport.
I began by die cutting the Passport Book from mountboard which I had covered with the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Papers. The front cover has also had a niche cut from the centre using Tim Holtz Sized Arches and I added shading to all the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
I added a Prima mini magnifying glass to the skeleton's face on the inside of my aperture and created a box to fit at the back to create a niche that would house my skeleton's and clay bony  hand. The mini plastic skeletons and clay bony hand were painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics; first painting each piece with Titan Buff, drying with a heat tool and then adding a wash of Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold mixed with water and once again drying with a heat tool. I also included a small Tim Holtz Heirloom rose which I again coloured with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and added to one of the bony fingers. I die cut "Rare Oddities" from the Graphic 45 paper using a Tim Holtz Thinlits Label, again adding shading with Distress Ink around the edges. To add a touch more texture I machine stitched the front and back cover to the spine.
I added three sets of pages all decorated with Graphic 45 paper and all the edges shaded with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. I think Eileen's Passport Book would be perfect to add pictures to from your Halloween Celebrations that you could then look at year after year.
I added BOO to the top of my book using Alpha Parts along with a few white Remnant Rubs for added interest. I also nestled a die cut bat, which I cut from book pages and then used Fimo Liquid to do an image transfer of the text page. The Fimo Liquid dries clear when baked in the oven and gives a 3D like appearance.
The die cut Trailer has also been covered with Rare Oddities paper and I have added a metal strip across the trailer for added interest and die cut windows from the Trailer using Tim Holtz Mini Openings Set. I then added little wood strips to the windows to give a type of log cabinn feel and added skulls to the windows which were once again coloured with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.
I added wood strips/twigs to the top of the trailer, once again to add to the log cabin type of feel and I also added three plastic skulls which I painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. The outside areas of the trailer were painted with DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic. I also added Label Letters to add "Halloween Trail" to the Trailer and then applied a coat of DecoArt Matte Medium to protect all the areas.
Hope you can all join in with the fun challenge this month.

I would also like to enter this piece into the DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge running through until the end of October. The DecoArt Design Team have produced wonderful pieces to inspire us during October.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Adventure Awaits

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
I decided to opt for a masculiine card this week using my favourite PanPastels, the Metallics.
I cut a panel from black card and then embossed with an embossing folder. I then applied VersaMark Ink directly to the embossed card and then dabbed the card with Rich Gold, Light Gold, and Bronze PanPastels and then blended with a PanPastel Art Sponge, adding more PanPastels as desired until I achieved the depth I required. I then added Silver PanPastel lightly over the embossed raised areas and then sprayed lightly with hairspray to seal the Pastels.
I die cut a Pocket Watch Frame from white card and then coloured the die cut piece with Vintage Photo Distress Inl, applying the ink directly to a non-stick craft sheet and then spritzing with water and mopping up the beads of ink with the die cut and then drying with a heat tool. I then dabbed the die cut piece into any remaining ink to add a further layer and then once again dried with a heat tool. PanPastel  Black Coarse Pearl Medium was applied around the edges of the die cut for definition. Numbers were stamped onto the background of the die cut piece using a background stamp from Tim Holtz Merchantile Stamp Set, using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, for a tone on tone effect. I then stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink. I added a Monocle for added interest along with a found token and Remnant Rubs. I also included two old rusty pen nibs for further interest.
Rusty wire has been added around the outside edge of the die cut piece and stapled into place. I also included Tissue Tape added randomly around the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Joyeux Noel

Today I have my weekly post for Artistic Outpost.
I thought I would get a head start on a couple of Christmas Cards so today I am showcasing one of my favourites the Snowy Woods stamp set. The background of the card has been brayered lightly with Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints; the Tarnished Brass gives a touch of shimmer to the backdrop. I dried the layers of paint with a heat tool.
I die cut two hearts from scrap card, placed the hearts onto the background and applied Permanent Red PanPastel over the heart die cut and I then stamped the focal images into each of the hearts using Black Archival Ink, adding touches of white with a wax crayon. I also added the sentiment from the Snowy Woods stamp set to one of the hearts. I added twine across my card, securing in place using the Tiny Attacher. I added the sentiment on top of the twine. To add a further layer of interest I added delicate splatters of Tarnished Brass Paint to the background.
Touches of stencilling have been added using the Tim Holtz Stars Layering stencil, firstly applying Crackle Paste over the stencil and then adding more stencilled stars using Fired Brick Distress Ink to give a tone on tone effect.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x