Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Creative Expressions Couture Blog Hop

The Creative Expressions exciting Couture Creations Blog Hop is now live!

I have been working with the fabulous Couture Creations products over the past few weeks and I will be sharing all my creations each week. Today I have decided to showcase the fabulous ORNATE FRAME 3-in-1 set.

There are a fantastic selection of prizes to be won from each blog in the Hop, the winner drawn randomly from my blog will win:
1 x Doilies CO723401
Wedding Bells Pre Cut Stamp UMS057
Glitter
Cosmic Shimmer Clears Dry Glue
Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder

To be in with a chance of winning a prize, simply leave a comment on each of the ten blogs over the course of the hop. The winners will be drawn at random from all the comments featured on each blog and will be announced on the Creative Expressions NEWS page on Monday 25th November 2013. The Blog Hop will end on Friday 22nd November at 5pm.

Creative Expressions have some fantastic prize bundles to giveaway! Each prize bundle is worth over £10 and contains a selection of Glitters, Glue, Embossing Powders and Singles Stamp. The star prize will be the same as the other prize bundles, but will also include one of the 3-in-1 Dreamboat Collection Sets. The star prize is worth £30!

If you arrived here from CATHI O'NEILL's blog then you are in the right place.

I decided to create a canvas using the ORNATE FRAME 3-in-1 set.
Stamp the Ornate Frame onto a piece of Foundations White card using Black Archival Ink.
Apply Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritz with water.
Pick up the ink with the stamped piece of card, drying with a heat tool between each application to prevent any mudding of colours.
Spritz the canvas with a good coverage of water.
Apply Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Paints randomly around the canvas and then blend with a brush.
The Distress Paints blend beautifully with water. Once you are happy with the coverage of colour dry the canvas with a heat tool.
Add Beeswax to a Melt Pot and set the thermostat to the UTEE setting. Please remember to add a Project Pan to the melt pot when using Beeswax, keep the pan with the Melt Pot for Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. It is best to keep the Beeswax separate from the UTEE to prevent contaminating any of the Enamel.
Once the Beeswax has melted turn the thermostat down to approximately 120/140.
Apply Beeswax to the canvas using a good quality brush and then place the stamped piece on top of the Beeswax. Once the image is adhered then apply Beeswax to the top of the image working from the centre outwards until completely adhered. I did use a heat gun to brush over the area a few times to give a smooth finish to the image. I then dabbed Beeswax around the outside of the stamped image to give texture and raised areas for added interest and texture.
Whilst I was using the 3-in-1 set I thought it would be a good idea to create a mould of the butterfly die to use at a later date. Simply take equal parts of the Mold 'n' Pour and then mix together.
Both pieces mix together very easily.
Continue to mix together until you have one solid colour and no white showing.
Roll into a ball.
Then press the die into the putty and set aside until it hardens. You will know when the putty is ready when you can no longer leave a finger nail mark in the putty. Ensure the sides are built up slightly so that any UTEE does not flow over the edges of the mould.
Remove the die from the putty and you now have your own mould created from the die.
Apply Cosmic Shimmer Mica to the mould.
Then pour hot Cosmic Shimmer Black UTEE into the mould and set aside to cool. The enamel will harden, simply press the edge of a spatula or something simlar onto the enamel to check it has hardened and then remove the piece from the mould.
I also wanted to create an Ultra Thick heart. Simply place the stamp from the 3-in-1 set uppermost onto a flat surface, apply VersaMark ink to the stamp to act as a release agent, place the heart cookie cutter onto the stamp and then pour in the hot UTEE and set aside to cool.
Once cool remove the heart from the cookie cutter, the texture from the stamped image is fantastic in the UTEE. Apply Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powder to the UTEE to highlight the texture.
I also applied Enchanted Gold Metallic Gilding Wax to the raised areas to highlight evern further the wonderful detail.
I die cut a butterfly from white card using the butterfly die from the ORNATE FRAME 3-in-1 set, coloured with Distress Inks and then placed into the hot Beeswax.
Remove the butterfly from the Beeswax, allow to cool and then apply Mica Powder to the Beeswax. The Mica sticks to the Beeswax beautifully and adds wonderful shimmer.
Apply Mica Powders to the edges of the canvas along with Enchanted Gold Gilding Wax to highlight all the wonderful texture from the Beeswax around the edges of the canvas.
From this picture you can see the wonderful detail the Mica and Gilding Wax adds to the canvas. I really love how the Gilding Wax has adhered to the edges of my stamped piece highlighting all the detail. You can also see the shimmer on the butterfly. The Beeswax is so tactile.
I love adding Beeswax to the edges of the canvas by simply dabbing it onto the edges with the brush and then highlighting the lumps and bumps with Mica and Waxes, its adds so much to the canvas.
The UTEE heart has been added to the top of my canvas along with 'Celebrate' stamped onto white card and coloured with Distress Inks .
I added twine to the bottom of my canvas along with another UTEE heart for further interest.
I am the last person on the hop and I hope you have enjoyed all the inspirational projects along the way. Simply pop to the NEWS page and leave a comment to say you have completed the Hop.

I would like to thank you all for visiting my blog and joining in the Hop. I have included a full list of the DT members participating in the hop should you have missed anyone along the way.

Tracy Evans (You are Here)

Good Luck everyone!

Tracy x x x

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115 comments:

sandra carey said...

I remember seeing this on the show and loving it you are so Talented it sure is stunning Hugs Sandra xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Love all the different techniques and textures in this. Gorgeous.
Hugs
CraftyJacq
Xx

Mac Mable said...

It's great you've taken time to explain the techniques. I am not sure that I appreciated all that you did when I first saw it. It is just fantastic, love all the techniques, colours and you are one talented lady. Thanks for sharing x

snazzyoriginal said...

Fab project, so many layers and textures xx

Maggie said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a full explanation. This is such an impressive piece of art and I would be so proud to have made it. Your use of colour and the shine from the gilding wax and micas brings the whole thing to life. Magical. MaggieC x

Krafty Al said...

Thanks for the details instructions, I have learned some things here for my melt pot. You have worked hard on this, it is absolutely stunning. Well done. Alx

Lucy Edmondson said...

You are so talented, Tracy. Lovely to see all these ideas,

Lucy x

rachel said...

wow Tracy - this is amazing and the step by step is fanatastic - love the colours and the ornate frame but the thing I love the most is the use of the beeswax and the Utee - awesome project xx

Nikkinoo said...

A lot of work, but worth it!

lydia jordan said...

Wow! what a lot of work you have put into the wonderful project, thank you for the detail explanations of the techniques you have used.
Lydia

Sheila said...

Beautiful x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Oh my! This is gorgeous, love the colours and the butterfly is beautiful. Many thanks for the tut on how you did it.

Sheila xx

Evas Pyssel said...

Oh how much work you made with this card. Stunning technique. Lovely colours.The result is really wonderful
Hugs from Eva

Mrs B said...

Hi Tracy. What a lot of work, and using some of my favourite colours! I love it. Take care.

sue simonson said...

What can I say, completely stunning, I am intimidated but your detailed explanation gives me courage to try at least a few of the techniques, I must get a melt pot! Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of art.

darcydaydream said...

amazing project.....love using the melt pot.....xx

Jackie Durrant said...

I loved the colours used straight away but didn't appreciate all the different aspects until seeing the close up pictures and your detailed explanation. A lot of work but the end result is stunning, thank you, best wishes Jackie D

Pat S Witney said...

This is an amazing project. So many textures and layers.

CraftyJen said...

Fabulous project with so many different techniques. Really lovely!

Jen

Beryl Treble said...

Love the different techniques. Haven't tried a melting pot yet.

baconbits said...

Wow this has a very romantic feel about it and I just love the colours. You have used so many techniques to give different layers and textures. Fabulous.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Sarah Board said...

This is beautiful, I love the colours you have used it keeps it looking really fresh and bright.

Craftychris said...

Wow, this is stunning! so many techniques - thank you so much for the tutorials! Wonderful xx

Marleen Gallagher said...

amazing work. I love the hearts youve made. xx

Sammy said...

Oh this is fabulous! Thank you for the step by step on making the embellishments... I love them and have wanted to try something like that for ages, but I'm far too chicken to give it a go! lol. x

gwen70 said...

you are such a talented lady, simply stunning it is my favorite set out of them all

Jassy said...

Stunning. I love the use of utee, and thank you for the idea of using the dies to make a mold! xx

Jenny Shepherd said...

Wow - love these colours and techniques and have loved the blog hop

Meg said...

Wonderful card..I don't have a melt pot but might try the butterflies with my wax art card.

Really enjoyed the blog hop.

Thank you
Margaret O
xxx

Lisa Winnard said...

Love this! Love the colours, the frame, the butterfly, the bow..... Everything about it..... Simply gorg! Lisa xx

snowqueen62 said...

Wow so many techniques to take in. Just love the colour combination an absolutely gorgeous card.
Hugs Sue x

karenm said...

My favourite!

Pat L said...

Stunning piece of work with so many techniques
Best wishes, Pat

Patricia Youdell said...

Amazing piece of art with so many different things to try

UTs Hobby Time said...

You have created a master piece here. Love each and every elements in it.

Shirley Terretta said...

Pictures are absolutely brilliant to follow. Love everything with butterflies on. Thank you.

lucretia said...

Thanks for the chance to win a prize. Beautiful and different, I love it.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just amazing - a fab card!
a great workshop too!

Micky French said...

I love this card and I think this was my favourite set. xxx

Micky French said...

I love this card and I think this was my favourite set. xxx

Krisha said...

What a wonderful piece of ART!

Lili Sulastri said...

Very beautiful.

Craftydesigner said...

This is really different. Colours so bright.

hotpotato said...

Wow this canvas is gorgeous I love the stunning colours, would like to see this hanging on my wall.

Karin Lee said...

Thanks for the excellent instructions. Love the use of the butterfly.

anything with a needle said...

Great instructions. So many steps, but the final results were worth it! Beautiful.

Lea Brawn said...

What can I say. Beautiful canvas. Such fab colours x

Emma Burns said...

loving it, loving it. I think you have yourself a new follower xx

Linby said...

wow what a stunning piece of art, love the colours and great instructions too.
Linbyx

Carole said...

Just adore these colours and such a wonderful creation.

Janice K said...

What a stunning card! Love the colour and great detail.

Glennis said...

Wow! simply amazing!

englishrose897 said...

Wow love it. Thank for clear instructions

Janet Wilson said...

Love the frame, what a great project

kath said...

You have given me such a lot of insparation I have a melt pot your card if fantastic love every detail I also have this stamp ordered thanks x

Shazza said...

wow this is brilliant, love the colours and all the detail x

Carol Q said...

absolutely love this Tracy. thought it looked stunning on C&C.

Debbie Heenan said...

Wonderful canvas, beautiful colours simply stunning.

J said...

Lovely to see all the techniques. Still fighting the need to buy a meltpot, but with examples like this I am losing the battle!

Deborah Wainwright said...

I have just bought a melt pot so found this project great inspiration. Loved the colours and use of embellishments

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful card! I love how you've done the embellishments.

Thank for sharing your inspiration.

I'm enjoying the Blog Hop. Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

craftylisa said...

Stunning card so many techniques on one car,you are an inspiration x

Anne Macleod said...

Thank you for the step by step instructions I saw this on the show. You are so talented. I will now get my melt pot out of its package and try your techniques. Thank you for sharing all your skills,knowledge and ideas.

Crafty Nanna said...

Super card, very eye catching and so many new techniques for me to try, don't have a melt pot so will have to find something else to use for the wax

butterfly said...

Gorgeous inkiness, and the Mold'n'Pour looks like brilliant stuff. I love the beeswax, especially on the tiny butterfly. I've got a block of beeswax to play with, but no Melt Pot, so it's got to be ovens and tin trays for me! Fabulous creation, Tracy - just beautiful.
Alison xx

xxcalamityxx said...

Beautiful !! Time to dust off my melt pot me thinks !! xhugsx Nikki

Barbara said...

Fabulous card, a work of art! Really love what you did with the colours!

Annie Bluebell said...

Stunning card, loved the colours and techniques.

fame01 said...

really stunning really nice and gave me a lot of inspiration thanks
crafty hugs sarah xx

lorraine (classylady) said...

WOW what an amazing card. I love all of the techniques you list and have been beeswaxing quite a few hearts this week. Love your colours and glad to see that the stamps will withstand UTEE. Great work. Thank you

regards
Lorraine - Scotland

nattyboots said...

Fantastic
Thanks for sharing
Elaine H X

carol edwards said...

Beautiful card, so many different techniques. Thank you for insructions

Angela Radford said...

Lovely card and great techniques.
Crafty Hugs, Angela x

mabex said...

WOW!! 'nuff said. Thanks Mabex

Pat said...

Lovely choice of colours and a stunning piece of work. Really beautiful.

Couture Creations said...

Tracy your canvas is fantastic we love the colours ... we have pinned it onto our Dreamboat Collection board

SHAWN said...

Wonderful insight to the process. Thank you for sharing all the details. The finished piece is beautiful.

Vicki said...

Awesome and amazing! Thanks for the great tutorial, especially adding the beeswax. Gorgeous card.

Annie said...

Wonderful project Tracy and in your favourite colours too x the frame is gorgeous and the butterfly is stunning. Wonderful techniques as always. TFS Annie x

Teresa Melling said...

Your canvas is absolutely gorgeous. i love the colors.

Dianne said...

80 comments you go woman, well I said this was Couture card making at it's finest, Miss Tracy you are just so darn creative, you rock my world, thanks for the inspiration and the beauty you add to this world with your art, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

barbara macaskill said...

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! The colors, the butterfly, the lovely twine bow, the ornate frame and those hearts are so sweet! I love your canvas so much! Thanks for sharing it with me!

BridgetCG said...

An amazing canvas, would make a lovely gift, the colour combination and layout are very inspiring to try something different. Great detailed instructions. x

sonja_w said...

Amazing techniques, so much talent. Thanks for sharing

Sue Yorkshire said...

WOW what a fabulous tutorial, everything is so clear and well explained

Thank you

Sue x

Annie said...

An absolute WOW! So much work you have put in! It is just FABULOUS. Thank you!

Anne Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning piece of art! So many ideas and techniques used it's amazing, I have just bought a melting pot but haven't used it yet, your work has certainly whetted my appetite to try it.

Chris Curry said...

Wow. So many techniques, with great explanations. I have the bees wax and the melting pot and UTEE. Waiting for my project pan to arrive. Soooo excited. Thank you

hollyberry said...

WOW so much work,so many techniques and an absolutely amazing piece of art.Amazing!

jane stillman said...

A stunning project, love all the techniques you've shown us - thank you

Sue Halliday said...

I love this project. I am a melt pot girl so was drawn to this but I really like the way you have linked it all together. Super

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - what an EXCITING canvas!!!
LOVE the colours and ALL the DELIGHTFUL elements & techniques you have combined!!!
THANK YOU for the inspiration, I have added lots to my "techniques-to-try" list now :)

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - what an EXCITING canvas!!!
LOVE the colours and ALL the DELIGHTFUL elements & techniques you have combined!!!
THANK YOU for the inspiration, I have added lots to my "techniques-to-try" list now :)

Laura O said...

love the colours and lots of interesting methods used ,Laura O

Chris Patterson said...

A stunning piece of work Tracy, and thank you for the detailed instructions...xx

janet said...

My favourite colour scheme and using the meltpot -my new fav toy!! Must try it.
janet from Kent

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh wow this is gorgeous you have used so many different techniques to create it. I've so enjoyed hopping through the blogs I'm off to make something myself. Jackie

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Gosh what a wonderful creation using so many different techniques, I love the colours used too
Creative Expressions have a very talented design team :-)
Julie x

nannapat said...

Fantastic piece of art Tracy, I love the colours. The texture and dimension is amazing. Pat x

Dorothy Howell said...

Wow...how many different techniques did you use girl?! Thanks for sharing all your steps to this gorgeous creation!

yorkshiresue said...

Wow you are such a talented lady.
Thanks for the excellent tutorial.
I shall be definitely keeping an eye on your blog
Thanks again
Hugs Sue xxx

Kim Shaw said...

So many different techniques - a real labour of love in this one - when I first looked at the picture I felt it was oceanic - almost Atlantian - then when I read the blog and the colours you used I realised why it felt so oceanic….Fantastic card - have so enjoyed the blog hopping and what a wonderful card to end on! x

Maggie said...

Wonderful project great colours I am loving this frame, thanks for sharing in so much detail will be trying this one. :)

MaggieH

Pinksparklegirl said...

Love all the different ideas on how to use the meltpot to create this beautiful project

Cherished said...

Amazing Piece of Art. Love all the techniques.

Amanda Curtin said...

Love this, stunning

chris pease said...

wonderful card and instructions
wonderful work
thank you for sharing your ideas
and talent x

Debbie Smith said...

Oh wow this is really beautiful. The dreamboat collection is such a beautiful collection and cant wait to start to play with mine. Thanks everyone for all the inspiration and sharing your ideas with us.

liz spooner said...

So lovely to see what to do with the kits Thanks

BarbaraS said...

Fantastic project. Great inspiration

Jolene said...

Wow, such a fabulous project with so many different techniques.

lilymay said...

What wonderful techniques, using my all time favourite colours, thank you for explaining so clearly how to do it

Gemma said...

Love, love, love this beautiful piece of Art...the colours, the textures and elements are just amazing, thank you for sharing!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Pat said...

This is just my cup of tea. Love the colours and texture
Pat xx

Sam Smithard said...

This Card Is Awesome and Thank You for the very informative breakdown on how this project can be achieved, I Love The Fabulous Colours, the use of the Melting Pot and all those Amazing Produts.
Hugs
From Sam x