Monday, 14 April 2014

A Roman Trilogy by Dot's Dabbles

is my second DT piece/s for this month at

I have been absolutely blown-away by all the past projects 
presented here at The Artistic Stamper. Amazing!
But, I am a card maker, so with this in mind 
I thought I would make a card...
and to take it a step further, I have created a trilogy,
which was originally inspired 
by the beautiful architecture set of stamps.

 I am calling this my "Roman Trilogy".

It is a set of three cards based on the same theme
and with a leaf that floats from card to card to bind them all together.  And then ...oplà (hey presto)

Card 1:
This stamp of "The Kiss" is one that I just couldn't resist using.  Red and green were colours chosen by my boys as they thought these were roman colours. I wasn't actually going to listen to them...but for some reason it went in this direction naturally.  This card was lots of inky fun to make!

Using re-inker I created a marbled background as a base.  Then added the stamp using Versafine ink. I made masks for the statue and leaves.
Mask the statue and randomly stamp the leaves all around - I have used archival watering can ink for this.
Then, using rubbing alcohol, very carefully remove some of the re-inker from the statue so that it stands out more.  You need to be a little careful so that it doesn't react with the ink.  I also did this around the outside of the statue to add a little glow.
After masking the leaves I added some distress inks to the outside area to add some richness to the background. 
Stamp some crackle randomly around the edge.  I also stippled around the edge with a little archival geranium ink to give it a border.
To finish this off I have stamped 2 more leaves on an inked background, cut them out and edged with gold.

This is a picture of the statue stamped onto the marbled background before adding the extra ink and leaves.

Card 2:
I like the idea of using a marbled background because it seems to suit the idea of statues.

Create a marbled background as a in card 1.
Then stamp the roman statue,mask it and stamp the ivy...mask this as well and then stamp the column.
While the masks are all still in place stamp the script and splatter a little re-inker over the background.
Then, again, use the rubbing alcohol to lighten the statue.
To add some more colour and depth I have added some distress ink...then drip a little water in places to add more depth and the aged look.
Another leaf is made from the off-cuts, cut out and edged with gold to tie this card to the first one.

Again, I thought it might be interesting just to show the original masking before working up the final play with inks.

Card 3: 
I wanted to use some stamps from the gorgeous "Garden Plate"  What I liked about the background stamp here is that you can turn it upside-down the design lines up beautifully.  So you have choices on how you use it.

I have inked up the background with alcohol inks using the monoprint technique.
The stamped the background stamp 4 times, side by side...and added gold pen to some of the ribbons.
The front panel is done in black and white to contrast with the bright background.  I have added gold pen to the flowers in the girls hair and watercoloured some black soot distress inks on their dresses.
Cut this image into 4 equal parts and layer onto some black cardstock and layer over the background on some magic mount.
Again, I have used off-cuts to stamp the leaves onto and add...bringing the leaf theme through to the third card.

Although this background doesn't look very fancy, it shows that random colour is just that, and only a backdrop to the gorgeous stamps.

The Artistic Stamper Stamps ~

Other Items ~
- Archival re-inkers - forget-me-knot, watering can, dandelion, red geranium and fern green
-Archival Inks - forget-me-knot, fern green, watering can and jet black
- Alcohol Inks - metallic gold and assorted colours
- Distress Inks - vintage photo, wild honey, peeled paint, mustard seed, broken china and black soot
- Paper - Specialty paper, black/red/white cardstock
- Gold pen
- Rubbing alcohol

Other Stamps ~
Penny Black Ivy Corner


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Embrace Possibility

Hello everyone, Astrid here, happy Sunday to you all!
When this post goes live I will be at Ally Pally and hope to catch up with some of my team mates including Jennie who I have never met before! Meanwhile, here is a pocket tag I created, with a Springtime feel to it....
I started with a size 10 manila tag and created a background using Distress Paints in Picket Fence, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Bundled Sage. I then did background stamping with Archival Inks in Leafgreen and Treebranch using the Katie Fox Numerical stamps. I then inked around the edges with Coffee Archival. I also did some stenciling with Gesso using my finger through some sequin waste.
Next I added the top layer of a paper serviette to add more interest and blended it into the tag with some more of the Distress paints.
As you can see, the bottom end of the tag is quite bare because that's where the pocket will go. I created that out of another tag, and cut the edge with a Sizzix bracket die.
I added some subtle colour to the pocket with Bundled Sage Distress Paint (mainly to act as a resist to further inking that would follow and to provide some texture) I added some stamping along the bottom and deepened the colours with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap. Next I stamped one of the flowers and a butterfly from the Katie Fox Encyclopedia Botanica plate.
I coloured them with Distress Markers.

Then I stamped onto  two Journaling Tickets to fit inside the pocket with other stamps from the Encyclopedia set:
I will fit a small gift card behind these, so I can use the tag as a gift for someone.

Here you can see them inside the pocket. The top was finished with a decorative brad from my stash and I also added a couple of Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment. A bit of added shadow with a Black Soot Distres Marker and a water brush finished it all off.
Hope you like my tag, have a creative, inky Sunday and a good week ahead. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Inspire Journey

Hello all, Alison (butterfly) here with another tag which might inspire you to play along with this month's Embossing and Texture challenge here at The Artistic Stamper.  There was just no stopping me with this challenge theme!

I started by creating a wrinkle-free distress background with Distress Stains and Paints, and added some Distress Ink blended through the new Crafter's Workshop Specimen stencil.

I used Grunge Paste through different areas of the same stencil to create the texture, inking over it before dry brushing with white paint.

The beautiful butterfly is from the Insects and Butterflies plate.

He's stamped in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed for that sunlit shimmer.

I dry-brushed some more white paint onto an Idea-ology Muse Token to alter it slightly.

I stamped the gorgeous Calligraphy Mats #8 in Picket Fence Distress Paint to add more layers to the background.

And the two large words are from the Journalling Words #2 set...

... stamped in Potting Soil on and clear embossed, with some inking on the edges for definition.

It's all layered up on a piece of pale card and then onto some corrugated cardboard.

And the twine and seam-binding, delicately tinted with Distress Stains, provide the final touch at the top.

So lots more texture and embossing to inspire you... do come and play along this month.  Remember, you don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get two entries to the draw.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Ingredients used:
Crafter's Workshop Stencil: Specimen
Distress Paints: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Fresco Paints: Snowflake
Idea-ology Findings: Muse Tokens

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wild Abandon by Alison (Craftytrog)

Hello Stampers! Today I have a journal page to share with you.
This page started out as a bit of an experiment. I covered the base with DecoArt crackle paste, & then left it overnight to dry.
For the next stage, I painted it with Claret Fresco Finish, & sponged some Inky Pool FF around the edges.
Then I applied Grunge Paste through a Crafter's Workshop stencil, allowed it to dry, then sponged Inky Pool FF paint over the top.
I finished the background by using a soft brush to apply White Fire Treasure Gold around the edges.
The tag was a leftover from a previous project, using blue Fresco Finish paints. I used my finger to add a little Claret paint, sponged the edges with Inky Pool, then stamped the Script from Calligraphic Mat 11 with Sienna Archival Ink.
I stamped the image from the Nudes Plate onto glossy card, using Cobalt Archival Ink, then sponged on some Broken China Distress Ink. I distressed the edges, then glued it to the tag.
I used Sienna Archival Ink and alphabet stamps for the wording, inked the edges with Cobalt, then glued in place.
After gluing the tag to the background, I used the Karantha Elegant Lady mould & some friendly plastic to make the top left embellishment. I made the starfish & shells using a cake decorating mould & FP, & added a gold metal button to the top of the tag.
Here's my page again...
Thanks for visiting,
Alison xxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Another way to use your background stamps by Titbelsoeur

Hi happy stampers !

I was looking for another way to use Artistic Stamper background stamps. I then spritzed my Linen stamp with Dylusion inks (blue, yellow and pink), left my stamp on the table and applied the canvas onto it. 
Then I stamped the Calligraphic Mat 13 randomly with black Archival

And finished with 3 stamps from the Architecture plates : Art, column and statue. The column and word were stamped on the canvas, while the statue was stamped on a bristol paper to remain white.

I would be very happy if my technique does inspire you, 

thank you so much for stopping by, 

I am looking forward to reading your comments !
Do not hesitate to ask for help !

A tout bientôt,

To make this canvas, I used :
Background stamps
Architecture plates 
Archival ink 
Dylusions Inks

Friday, 4 April 2014

Winner of March's Blog Challenge

I am here again with the winner of March's challenge, which was Letters, Words and Numbers, and a  Big Thank you to everyone who joined in. We had some fantastic art!
I have chosen a winner by the way of Mr, and a big drum roll please for
with this gorgeous creation :)


Congratulations and please email me so we can arrange your prize.
This month's challenge is Embossing and Texture, and you can interpret it any way you like, as long as it has stamping in it. We look forward to seeing your art!
Have a very creative day

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A Secret Wish by Dot (Dot's Dabbles)

It is such a huge thrill to be asked to be a guest designer for The Artistic Stamper this month.
Thank you Jennie for such a great opportunity!
I had to think about it long and hard of course (like, for 2 seconds)
said yes, 
then panicked! 

My first piece is Spring inspired. 

I always seem to make things from the centre and then work back...
This is how it all ended up.

When I saw this gorgeous girl stamp I knew that I was going to use her on this.
And I wanted to just let her shine somehow.

The background is created with Wendy Vecchi forget-me-not and watering can re-inkers
 using her technique from CHA 2014.
The stamp is from the "Childhood Dreams" set and is stamped using Versafine onyx black ink.
The edges are distressed and matted onto black cardstock.

The leaves are done in the same style using forget-me-not and fern green re-inkers.
The stamped leaves are from the "Leaves" set and cut out and edged with black ink.

The butterflies were stamped onto some left-over inked card 
from the main image and cut out.
The stamps are from the "Insects and Butterflies" set 
and are cut out and bent in the middle so that the wings sit up. 

I just thought I would show the background before and after pics...
It started out with some torn book pages and grunge paste
and ended with more grunge paste, a little stencilling and hessian.
Then the whole lot was gesso-ed over and brayer-ed with Fresco Finish Paint.
I really wanted to keep it rustic and still have areas of white.

This is my favourite textured piece.
The other background was made in the same way...with a little experimenting...
The colouring was done with the re-inkers and alcohol rub...
I really like how it has creeped into the cracks and crevices and captured the texture.
Other off-cuts were placed into the corners to give it balance.

This is the main panel completed and assembled.

To finish off I mounted everything onto corrugated cardboard that had been painted black and highlighted with some gold, added some hessian and placed it onto a black canvas.

Then I went over the road, gathered some twigs...and made a rustic frame to set everything off.
I wasn't too sure about this in the beginning,
but I really like how the twigs form a frame and brings the depth out of the other pieces.
Those of you who know my work, I'm not really an embellishment type of gal
- so the twig frame was a nice compromise.

It was fun to play with grunge paste and colour...and to dabble and experiment...


The Artistic Stamper Stamps ~

Other items ~
- Archival Inks - forget-me-not, fern green and watering can (and re-inkers), jet black
- Alcohol Ink - gold
- Versafine - onyx black, 
- Dylusion Sprays - lemon zest & pure sunshine
- Paper- Specialty Paper, black cardstock, cardboard, book pages, tissue paper
- Grunge paste, Crackle texture paste.
- Fresco Finish Paint - lake wanaka
- Gesso - white & black
- Stencils - TCW Mini Gothic Romance, Grunge Hearts
- Hessian
- Twigs
- Canvas