Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Happy Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Halloween and just do a quick recap of my Halloween projects this year. This is one I created for the Compandium of Curiosities Challenge and you can find more details HERE.
Here is the second of my projects again completed for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge and you can find all the details HERE.
The third project was for my DT piece for the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge which I also combined with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. All the details are HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Winter Wishes

This week for Artistic Outpost I am using the SNOWY WOODS stamp set.

I decorated the background with Tim Holtz star layering stencil using Pine Needles Distress Ink, blending a touch of colour around the edges.. I also added a touch of background stamping using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a second layer again with stencilled stars, applying background stamping to the stars and matting onto a piece of brown Core'dinations card stock. A central panel has been added along with Winter Wishes using Tim Holtz Holiday Words.
I cut out three stars from white card stamped the Father Christmas image onto one of the stars and added a touch of shading with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Two further stars have been cut from white card and this time stamped with images from the CHRISTMAS CHALK stamp set stamping each of the images with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Floral Wish

I decided for a more feminine make this week for Katzelkraft using the Collage Equinoxe stamp.
The background has been embossed using the Faux Letterpress technique. Simply apply ink, in this case Picked Raspberry directly to the embossing folder, place kraft card inside the folder and then run through a die cutting machine to emboss.
I stamped the focal image with VersaMark ink and then embossed with white embossing powder. I then coloured the image with Prismacolour Pencils and blended the colours together with a white pencil. I also added a touch of background stamping, applying Snowflake paint to the stamp and stamping randomly around the backround.
I added a small tag stamped with a wish sentiment using Tim Holtz Hashtags stamps, stamping with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.
For a further layer of interest I also included a few delicate splatters of Picked Raspberry Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop

It's time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and this month we are showcasing WINTER/CHRISTMAS sets or thinking outside the box and using sets with holiday colours. I chose to showcase my favourite plate, Snowy Woods.
I am loving using neutral tones for my Christmas cards and kraft is perfect to add a rustic touch. The background has been embossed and sanded to reveal the core.
I applied embossing paste through a Tim Holtz layering stencil onto kraft card and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I love adding lots of layers of interest to my designs. I added 'believe' using a ShadowPress and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I die cut two baubles from kraft card and then stamped the Father Christmas image onto each bauble using Potting Soil Archival Ink, blending Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I also tried my hand at some metal stamping and added two circles to the top of each bauble stamping 'joy' onto each and ageing with Black Soot Distress Paint and a touch of Alcohol Ink.
My fellow Design Team members have made some fabulous pieces to inspire you, please pop along and visit their blogs and be inspired along the way.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rustic Charm

I am still concentrating on making a few Christmas cards and today I am using the Christmas Tree stamp from Katzelkraft.
Once again I am working with kraft card and to create my background I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to Tim Holtz Star Layering Stencil, spritzed with water and then placed the stencil onto the card. I also added a touch of background stamping with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
The Christmas tree has been stamped onto kraft card with Potting Soil Archival Ink and matted onto a dark brown card stock. I have also applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges for definition.

I placed the Layering Stencil over my Christmas Tree image and then used Tim Holtz spritzer and a Distress Marker to add subtle stars to the background and I sprayed all my layers with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist to add a touch of shimmer.
I added a further layer of interest to my design applying embossing paste through the Layering Stencil for added texture applying Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges. I also died some seam binding with Distress Ink and added to the top of my card along with a Tidings Token. A also included a small 'believe' banner using Remnant Rubs.
A rust star also adds another element of texture to my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

BELIEVE

I am working on my Christmas cards at the moment to try and get ahead and today I have created a festive card for Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Pine Needles Distress Ink, applying both to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink. I then embossed the background piece to add further interest and highlighted the texture and design with Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax.
I added some seam binding which I coloured with Pine Needles Distress Ink along with some natural twine and a Tim Holtz Tidings Token.
I added the Father Christmas image from the Snowy Woods plate to a die cut frame die cut using the Our Daily Bread Elegant Oval Dies. Natural twine has been added behind my focal point for added texture and interest.
I used Tim Holtz ShadowPress to add 'believe' to the bottom of my card along with mirrored stars which I coloured with Alcohol Inks to coordinate with my design.
A monocle has been added to the focal image, adding touches of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the monocle so that it blends with my design. I also added a further Tidings Token attached to the monocle. From this picture you can also see the shimmer from the wax added to the embossed design.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Friday, 10 October 2014

Believe

I am making a head start on my Christmas cards this year so that I am organised and can enjoy the festivities in December. With this in mind I have created a Christmas card for Artistic Outpost using the fabulous Snowy Woods stamp set.
I love using red for Christmas and I love the combination of red and white and that was my inspiration for this card. The background was created using Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Layering Stencil, embossing the design with white embossing powder onto red card.
I stamped the focal image onto a heart stamping with Vermillion Archival Ink and adding touches of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
I used the Christmas Layering Stencil to add 'believe' and 'joy' to my card using Vermillion ink .
I cut out two further hearts stamped one with 'joyeux noel' and the smaller heart with 'Dec' adding a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of each heart. I also added touches of a snowflake garland to the top and bottom edges for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x