Monday, 6 July 2015

Product Focus - Artistic Outpost

Morning and welcome to our monthly Product Focus with Artistic Outpost. This month we are focusing on stamps in the NATURE and OUTDOORS category.
I made a selection of projects this time around using one of my favourite stamp sets BIRDS OF A FEATHER. I have had a dabble at doing a video for you, simply showing the projects in more detail and highlighting how I use the Drawing Gum (the video is at the bottom of this post). I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pamellia for all her help and ecouragement in creating my first little video.
I have used two sets of products to colour all my backgrounds, Color Bursts and DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters. The video highlights the Color Bursts.
On each of my pieces I have added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle, applying in thick and thinner layers randomly around my pieces and then highlighting all the cracks with DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. Before applying the Clear Rock Candy, I applied a coat of DecoArt Matte Medium to seal the layers below; this also allows me to draw around the imagery with a Pitt Pen and smudge with my finger to create a shadow.
This piece showcases perfectly the finer and larger cracks the Clear Rock Candy gives and the added texture to the design.
I created an accordion card to fit in my matchbox, tiny gift cards, coordinated card and my matchbox with mini easel sitting on the top.
All stamps in the NATURE AND OUTDOORS category are ON SALE for 20% off through to Saturday, 11th July 2015!  No code is needed to shop in this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart. (Retail Customers only).

My fellow Design Team members have more projects to inspire you along your journey. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Be Yourself!

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 created a mixed media card using one of my favourite images from Stampers Anonymous. The backgroundhas been coloured with PanPastels Diarylide Yellow and Orange.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and then used a mask before stamping the number in the background. I added further dimension to the wings and hat, leaving these stamped pieces in white to give a contrast to the background.
I added a touch of stencilling to the background applying black texture paste through a stencil. I also added a few scratchy lines using the end of an old credit card along with a few delicate black paint splatters.
I also added Imagine and DREAM to the bottom of my card using Visible Image stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Tracy x x

Thursday, 2 July 2015


It's time for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am focusing on the Wander and Dream stamp set.
I placed a circular piece of paper in the centre of my card to act as a mask. I then added Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade to the Stripes Layering Stencil, simply press the inkpads directly onto the stencil and then spritz with water. Lay the Stencil onto the card and dab with a piece of kitchen towel and then remove and dry with a heat tool. Repeat to add detail to the whole of the background.
I then began work on the central aperutre, applying Wild Honey and a touch of Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink the the circular area. I used Wendy Vecchi's Frames to create this and placed the mask over the background area to mask off my coloured background.
I stamped the gent into the centre of my aperture using Black Archival Ink, stamped him once again onto scrap paper, cut it out and then used this as a mask. Witth the mask in place I then stamped the desert in the background. I then added the sentiment 'DREAM BIG'again from the Wander and Dream stamp set.
I added delicate paint splatters to the central aperture using Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and I then added scratchy lines to the background by simply pressing my acrylic block onto my Black Archival Inkpad and then pressing onto the card. I love adding layers to my designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Inspire, Imagine, Dream

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 create an artsy card using an image I love from Tim Holtz. The background was created by applying scribbly lines with Drawing Gum and allowing to dry completely. I then coloured the background with PanPastels Turquoise Tint, a touch of Turqoise Shade and Turquoise Extra Dark around the edges. I then added a few grains of Brushos in red to the centre and spritzed with water and then blew the ink with a straw and then dried with my heat tool. I then rubbed away the drawing ink to reveal the scribbly resist areas.
I stamped the girl with Black Archival and added a small heart to her dress for added dimension. I also added a piece of rusty wire across the bottom to ground the image, secured in place with the Tiny Attacher.
I coloured her wings with Permanent Red PanPastel and then coated each of the wings with Triple Thick by DecoArt to give a glass tile like finish., I then stapled rusty wire into place to echo the shape of the wings.
I stamped the crown onto a separate piece of card, coloured with Permanent Red PanPastel, cut out and then added a coat of Triple Thick and added to my image.
To complete, I stamped Inspire, Imagine, Dream with Black Archival using stamps from Visible Image.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop

Welcome to the monthly Artistic Outpost Blog Hop. This month the Design Team are showcasing imagery from the Holiday Stamp Category.
I am showcasing the MIDWINTER stamp set this month, set against a brayered background. I placed one of Wendy Vecchi's Frames into the centre of my card and then brayered over the frame with Broken China followed by touches of Brushed Pewter Distress Paints. The Brushed Pewter adds a wonderful shimmer to the background. I then flicked touches of each paint to the background to give delicate splatters. I then removed the Frame which leaves an aperture for my focal imagery.
I placed the Star Layering Stencil into the centre of the aperture and applied Broken China Distress Ink over the stencil. I then stamped the stag with Potting Soil Archival Ink, placed  a mask over the first image and then stamped him once again. I also added the sentiment to the top of the aperture.
I added a decorative bow, coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and I added touches of SnowTex to add to the frosty/snowy feel of my piece. I also attached a token and addes some foliage which is covered with Distress Glitter adding yet more shimmer to the design.
This picture highlights the shimmer from the glitter a little more and you can also see the layers added to my design with the stamping and stencilling.
I die cut 25 from card and then coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and then added a coat of Clear Rock Candy. I also added touches of SnowTex to the aperture.
I also decorated the inside of my card, again with a brayered background and stamped the stag and sentiment once again.

My fellow team mates have created fabulous pieces of art to inspire you along your journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dream a little dream

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.
Today I opted for a red and black theme with touches of rust, something a little different image wise which I thought was perfect for today's challenge as we are celebrating Father's Day in the UK.
I coloured a piece of white card with Permanent Red PanPastel and then added Permanent Red Shade around the edges. I stamped the focal image (one of Tim Holtz) with Black Archival .
I added a touch of dimension to my focal image on the wings, text and crown and kept them white, which I love against the more prominent red background. I also included a touch of stencilling, applying Black Coarse Pearl Medium PanPastel over a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.
I wanted to add touches of rust to my design and so included a circle of wire around my focal image along with two strips of rusty wire down one edge, all stapled into place with the Tiny Attacher.
CREATE and DREAM has been added to the top of my card, applying VersaMark Ink through a stencil and applying Permanent Red Shade to the top for a tone on tone effect.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Friday, 19 June 2015

Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey

I was delighted to receive an email from Brenda asking if I would like to be a Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey, The theme this time around is 'Celebrations' hosted by Sandy who describes the challenge as follows:-

Share your celebrations with us. It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father's Day, A Wedding or a special Anniversary. Use any of Tim's products or techniques.

I was inspired by Tim Holtz tag for June which you can find HERE. I use this technique with the stencil many times and I love the look and I particularly liked the green this month.
I decided to create a canvas this time around for a family birthday celebration, inspired by my garden along with Tim's June tag.
This is how the canvas looked without any decoration, I love the colours.The only difference from Tim's June tag is that I used Distress Spray Stain in Antique Linen in the backdrop as I just wanted a subtle touch of colour.
I love layers in my designs along with texture so I added a further layer to my background using the Dot Fade Layering Stencil along with Texture Paste.
I adore that subtle layer of texture to the design, so tactile!
To add definition to the edges I applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Once I was happy with the background I then set about creating the decorative elements, beginning with two feathers cut from white card using the Feather Duo Die, coloured with Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain Distress Inks, applied to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then picking up the beads of ink with the feather die cuts. I then dried with a heat tool and then spritzed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.
I love this bird which I die cut from mountboard using Tim Holtz Bird Silhouette Bigz Die, also cutting the top layer from the Wildflower Paper Stash. I then added touches of red using Fired Brick Distress Ink through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and stamped 'Special Delivery' using the Correspondence stamp set and Vermillion Archival Ink. I then applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the bird to hide all the white edges.
To embellish I added a Collage Key coloured with Alcohol Inks Rust and Ginger.
To add a few more touches of red, I applied Fired Brick Distress Paint to a non-stick craft sheet, dipped a wet paintbrush into the paint and flicked the paint onto the background.
The subtle splatters pop against the green backdrop. I also die cut three hearts from mountboard using the Heartfelt Bigz Die, coloured with Fired Brick Distress Ink.
From this picture you can see all the wonderful layers to my design.
I also included a couple of Remnant Rubs to add further interest.
I love how the subtle colour in the backdrop is still visible through the stencilling and splatters.
I addede the key to the bottom of my canvas along with some Burlap for a natural touch to the design and to add further texture.
I also included a ring of rusty wire, another element to add texture and dimension to my piece.

A Vintage Journey is a monthly challenge which is sponsored by Country View Crafts and there is a fabulous £20 gift voucher for one randomly drawn winner. Good Luck.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x