Monday, 18 April 2016

You're Out of This World Mobile Phone Shaker Easel Card

I started by die cutting the phone from pearl card and the backing piece from plain white card.

I used the rocket and earth from Captain Awesome and the other planet from Alien Invasion to build up the scene. I then coloured the scene and the phone case with alcohol markers.

I fitted acetate behind the phone front then created a shaker using 3D foam tape to sandwich the pieces together with sequins inside.

I created an easel base and cut a second piece of card to cover the front. I covered this with a selection of patterned papers overlapping at an angle for interest. Leaving space for the phone I stamped the sentiment in white StazOn ink then attached the phone alongside.

Using the embossing folder and some off cuts of the patterned paper I decorated the front of the easel base and created a ledge to support the easel.

I attached the design piece to the easel and finished the card off with a sprinkling of sequins.

  • Visible Image Alien Invasion stamp set
  • Visible Image Captain Awesome stamp set
  • Marianne Designs Collectables mobile phone die and stamp set
  • Sizzex Tim Holtz steel flooring embossing folder
  • Crate Paper DIY Shop paper pad
  • Studio Calico Thataway paper pad
  • Square white card base
  • Plain white card
  • White pearl card
  • Acetate
  • Memento inks
  • White StazOn ink
  • Alcohol markers
  • Sequins
  • 3D foam tape

You Rock Mobile Phone Shaker Card

I embossed a square white card base with the bricks folder which didn't cover the whole front then used the crackle folder to finish it off.

I dragged my beige and tan ink pads lightly across the raised areas to highlight them.

I stamped a selection of positive words on the bricks to create a graffiti look.

To complete the sentiment I stamped You Rock and the chain which I cut out and attached down the left between the stamped words.

I die cut the mobile phone from pearl card which I coloured with an alcohol marker and filled the screen with acetate. I applied 3D foam tape leaving no gaps and ran an anti static tool along the inner edges so they weren't sticky. I then filled the phone with a selection of black sequins and a couple of spiders.

I cut white card to fit the back and stamped the design inside using more of the Max Rocks stamps and some of the mobile phone stamps. I fixed it to the back of the phone sealing in the sequins to create the shaker element.

I attached the phone at an angle to the right then accented the card with some strategic sequins including a spider and web. I drew his thread with a silver glitter gel pen.

  • Visible Image Max Rocks stamp set
  • Marianne Designs Collectables mobile phone die and stamp set COL1359
  • Design Objectives brick wall embossing folder
  • Darice crackle folder
  • Square white base card
  • Plain white card
  • White pearl card
  • Acetate
  • Memento inks
  • Alcohol marker
  • Sequins
  • Halloween sequins
  • 3D foam tape

Life Is What You Make It Mobile Phone Shaker Card

I die cut the mobile phone from pearl card and coloured it with an alcohol marker, then cut the background area from plain white card and stamped the butterfly repeatedly with memento ink in shades of pinks and purples.

I took a piece of acetate that filled the screen area and stamped "Life is what you make it" with black StazOn ink.

I backed the phone front with 3D foam strips leaving no gaps and ran round the inside with a powder tool to prevent my selection of small lilac and bright pink sequins from sticking.

I enclosed them by attaching the background piece to the foam tape; this creates your shaker element.

For the card I took a plain white card base which I embossed. I ran the lower 2/3 through with the butterfly folder first then overlapping with the sewing folder at top.

To highlight the effect I dragged my ink pads lightly over the top graduating from pastel pink to pale lilac.

I affixed the phone at a slight angle and trimmed with a few sequins.

  • Visible Image Butterfly stamp
  • Visible Image Be Happy stamp set (Life is what you make it)
  • Marianne Designs Collectables Mobile phone die and stamp set COL1359
  • Sizzex Hope sewing embossing folder
  • Craft Concepts Wings embossing folder
  • White card base
  • Plain white card
  • White pearl card
  • Acetate
  • Alcohol marker
  • Memento inks
  • StazOn ink
  • Sequins
  • Foam tape

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sing This Is Me

One step up from the previous post.

I created a colourful boka background using the large and small orbital stamps. I coloured them with distress inks in colours from yellows through greens to blues.

I stamped the singing bear on kraft card and coloured him with pencils.

I took a white card base and created a side stepper card then cut the background card to fit the panels, running black ink down each side to define edges.

Once I knew where the step would overlap I stamped Sing This is Me on the panel.

I sandwiched the bear between a small disc of card and the background attaching with a brad before adhering all the panels to the card.

I left the area behing the bear blank for a personal message.

Sing Happy Birthday

I stamped the singing bear on kraft card and again on white card then coloured them with coloured pencils.  

 I then cut them out following the line of the spotlight.
On white card I masked a strip for the sentiment and repeatedly stamped the daisy in a a range of ink from pale yellow through orange to deep red. I repeated the process using pinks and purples.

I secured each character to the coordinating card using a brad.


 I stamped happy birthday to the right of them and a small arrow to the left.

I then rotated him out of the way and stamped sing in the space behind.

I finally 3D mounted each panel on a standard white card base leaving a border visible at each end.

  • Visible Image Happy Birthday set
  • Visible Image Sing set
  • Visible Image Tala Catching Dreams set (for arrow)
  • Visible Image Small Daisy stamp (free with Craft Stamper magazine)
  • Kanban Wooly Bears - Make a Noise stamp set
  • Memento inks
  • Caran D'ache Aquarelle Pencils
  • White card bases
  • Plain white cardstock
  • Kraft cardstock

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Clara Time Canvas

My makes tend to be very colourful, either bright or pastel.  I wanted to try something outside my comfort zone with this and took my colour scheme from a metal clock face I found in my stash.

I built up texture with torn corrugated card, texture paste stencilling, cut up wooden stirrers and wooden cogs.  I sealed it all with gesso.

Now for the brave bit.  I covered the who thing in black emulsion.  Then I picked out all the raised areas in gold acrylic paint.  I cut up small strips of patterned paper, crinkled and distressed them, edged them in gold and used them liven up the flat area.

I stamped Time twice on black card, heat embossing alternate letters so I could cut them out individually.  I heat embossed Clara and the wings on kraft card, coloured them in a mostly neutral pallet with alcohol markers and cut them out; removing the umbrella.

I adhered Clara with wings, Time and the clock face using glossy accents and foam tape.  I coated her wings and outfit in a wink of stella

  • Visible Image Clara stamp
  • Visible Image Time After Time stamp set
  • Cogs stencil 
  • Metal clock face 
  • 7x5" canvas board 
  • Gesso 
  • Texture paste 
  • Wooden cogs 
  • Wooden stirrer 
  • Corrugated card 
  • Emulsion (DIY tester pot) black 
  • Wink of Stella

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Colours of the Wind Canvas

I painted gessoed canvas with blue emulsion and ensured it was dry before coating in crackle glaze then almond emulsion.  I dried rapidly with heat gun to get large cracks.

I stamped a trio of leaves, sentiment and a background accent of winter tree direct to canvas then random stencilling of first grey ink then clear embossing.

Living with it for a while it felt too flat; so I restamped the leaves and The Colours of the Wind in autumn colours on kraft card. I crinkled and distressed them then adhered them over the original stamping, allowing edges to curl up for dimension and texture. It felt top heavy so I stamped the dragonfly twice on kraft and layered them up.

Finishing touches were a Wink of Stella on dragonfly and a scattering of candi minis.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Shay Life Is What You Make It

After keying the canvas with gesso I coated it in Almond emulsion. Once dry I applied first crackle glaze then Powder Purple emulsion and left this to dry.

I stamped Shay on the canvas in black, then repeat stamped the large butterfly in grey and bronte script in mauve. I coloured her with distress markers, then stencilled clear embossing paste in areas for texture.

I stamped Life is what you make it, Shay's outfit and the butterflies on patterned paper. I tore around sentiment and adhered in flat along with some random torn paper strips. I built up her skirt in layers and used 3D pads to add depth. I also 3D mounted the butterflies over the large butterflies to create extra shadow and dimension.

I completed the piece by adding a wink of stella to the butterflies and dress then a scattering of candi minis.

Edgar Life Is A Journey Card

I stamped cogs along top and bottom of a landscape kraft card base in sand ink.

I trimmed pattern paper to fit card width and about 1/2" less depth then distressed the edges.  I stamped Life Is A Journey, then built up the background stamping cogs in a diagonal pattern. Panel is 3D mounted on the Base.

Edgar was stamped on white card and coloured with pencils. I partially cut him out then mounted him to the panel flat on one side and 3D on the other.

  • Visible Image This Is Me stamp set
  • Visible Image Edgar stamp
  • Miscellaneous cog stamps
  • My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper pad
  • Memento inks
  • Caran D'ache Aquarelle pencils

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Audrey Create Your Imagination Canvas

Hello all. Welcome to my very first blog post.

After prepping the canvas with gesso I coated it in red emultion and dried it with my heat tool. I then coated it in crackle glaze then whilst still wet a coat of almond emultion. I was a little too impatient and some of the red was still wet hence the pinky top tone, I just went with it. I used my heat gun again because I wanted large cracks.

I built up the background texture with the feather and bronte stamps in muted tones. I then stamped Audrey and Create Your Imagination in black. I coloured her with distress markers.

For extra background texture I applied clear embossing paste using the Peacock mask. Whilst it dried I stamped and cut out Audreys outfit building up layers for extra dimension on her skirt and added a Wink of Stella.

I felt the lower right corner needed something so I sketched out some bags on matching papers and layered them together.  A few Candi minis completed the look.