Sunday, 1 May 2016

May's Creative Challenge- Collage

Welcome to our monthly blog challenge!
A big thank you to everyone who joined in last month's challenge. We had lots of fabulous entries and I will be announcing the winner of April's challenge in the next couple of days.
This month the challenge theme is Collage.

You can interpret it any way you like, as long as there is rubber stamping in it.

To join in with this challenge (we are limiting the challenge entries to 3 per person), is simple; all we would like you to do is, make a piece of artwork, making sure that you include the theme and some rubber stamping. Pop back here to link up using the Inklinkz at the bottom of this post, so that we can see what you've made and then, leave us a comment to let us know you have joined in with the challenge.
 As always, there will be candy for one randomly picked entrant - the winner will receive a stamp of their choice from The Artistic Stamper
In addition, you can enter the same challenge on Facebook!  
To join us on just go to our new Facebook group, and send us a request to join in. 
There will be a prize for the Facebook challenge, as well as the blog challenge!
And don't forget....if you use The Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry, you will entered into the draw, twice!
Here is a little bit of creativity for you from the Creative Team to help you get started....

Here is my inspiration for this challenge. 
I used a load of Background  stamps and my Gelli Plate to create the papers,
 that I ripped and cut up to create this canvas.



To decorate this sardine can, I have used stamps 
from the Seaside  No. 1 # 018 plate
that I have stamped on to gelli plated papers
Details on my blog

I have created a paper collage from some embossing folders, white embossed stamping, and Distress inks. I used Botanical Plate 3, and Insects and Butterflies 1  

We hope that you will join in this month's challenge, and also join us on Facebook too, and we look forward to seeing your creations. Don't forget to add a comment when you have posted your entry.
Have a creative month

Friday, 29 April 2016

Dancer Tag by Gemma

 Hello Everyone

I wanted to share this fun tag with you today, using Distress ink and embossing powders.

I blended three different distress inks over a piece of card and then stamped over the top with the same colours using calligraphy mat 4. As I was heat embossing on this, I had to make sure it was completely dry. Once it was, I stamped and heat embossed a circle from the decay journalling  stamp plate.  I then stamped a dancer above that and heat embossed two Flourish Ornate 1 flourishes behind her (every time I look at the new flourish ornate stamps, I see wings).

 On a tag from my stash I blended the same distress inks that I used before, this time sprinkling water on top, so it reacted to the ink. I then stamped over that using calligraphy mat 4, I only re- inked the stamped every few times as I wanted some of the text to be lighter in colour.

I then ripped the card into bits and glued them onto the tag.

On the opposite side of the tag I stamped the swirl/circle from the decay set twice. On kraft card I stamped one of the dancers and heat embossed her with white embossing powder. Once I had cut her out I stamped the same calligraphy mat I had used on the background inside the image and glued her to the tag.

To finish I cut the words you are important from book paper which I glued into place and added some ribbon to the top.

Everyone's comments and challenge participation is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading
Gemma (inkykittty)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

"Journey with Dragonfly" by Shilpa

Hello Everyone,

I am sharing with you a creation with Artistic stamper Dragonfly stamp and Swirl stamps.

As we are celebrating all things distress this month here at Artistic stamper, I've used distress inks and stains to bring the colors on my page.

I started the background with stamping Dragonfly and flourishes with Jet Black Archival ink. Next I applied fossilized amber and wild honey distress stains on the surface, spritzed water to spread the color and heat set it with heat tool. With honeycomb stencil and Walnut stain distress ink, I created texture. Further I stamped text with Calligraphy Mat 3

Dragonfly is die cut from Sizzix Tim Holtz design.

Hope you liked my creation and got inspired,
You have 4 more days to join our "All things distress" challenge this month.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Franswar says Journal, believe, grow - Distress Page by Debs

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all enjoying this months challenge, I certainly am!

I had great fun with this page, believe it or not i have only used two colours plus black and white!

I started with a book page and added Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the whole page

Then I added some of the new PaperArtsy Infusions, these are quite simply little pots of magic!! They work a bit like Color Burst or Brushos, however the more water and powder you add the browner the colour gets as they have walnut stain pigment in them.  The above photo shows just two corners with a bit on each corner

Here is the page after i had finished playing, as you can see i have yellows, orange, pink as well red and Brown  I used Sunset Beach, basically you sprinkle them onto the page add a spritz of water and voila!

I added some to the back of a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue by putting some infusions on my craft mat, spritzing with water and then pulling the paper through the colour 

I wanted a lot of texture so i made sure that when i adhered both the tissue and the sheet of paper that there were lots of wrinkles in it, which for me is quite hard as i found myself smoothing them out and then trying to pull the wrinkles back!

I also did the same thing to a piece of Jennies wonder printed material ribbon

The original piece next to a piece coloured with infusions 

On another book page covered with Ground Espresson Distress Ink I Stamped Neil Walkers Franswar and coloured him in using the infusions, the Distress Ink and a water brush again added it to my craft mat and lifting the colour with my brush and adding it

The I added some white pen around the stamped image and around the piece of paper with the stamped image and then stamped Two shapes from the Urban Decay set in black Archival and again edged with white pen

Added some gears around Franswar in Picket Fence Distress Ink

I stamped some words from the Journaling Words 4 Set onto a scrap piece of Distressed Ink Paper

And added some white pen to highlight the words and around the edge of the paper.

Looking forward to seeing more of your creations and don't forget you have two chances of winning a prize if you enter on the blog and the Facebook page.

Happy crafting Debs

Friday, 22 April 2016

Kate Crane inspired projects By Dee

Hi everyone I hope you are all well and joining in with us with this 
months challenge all things distress.
I was lucky enough to help Kate out recently when she was doing
 a class.

As she worked I listened and very unusual for me remembered
 what she said and the steps that she takes to create
 her amazing pieces.
One thing I have noticed about her art is how relaxed it is how 
you just immerse yourself in it.
For mine I used Fresco Finish Acrylics white and black pens.
For the small book I used shades of blue beige and plum
The bunny boy I used green's blues and yellows.
Artistic stamper stamps used were Mini Backgrounds #1, Sequin Waste open,

Kate Crane is going to
 be doing a workshop at The Artistic Stamper on Saturday
25th June & Sunday 26th June there are still a few place available if you would like to go.

That's it for today folks hope you enjoyed this post I can't recommend Kate's workshop
enough if you get a chance go.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Fabric book by Titbelsoeur

Hello everyone !
This month is all about distressing !
And my fabric book page is made of distressed stuff, such as old bed sheet, old dresses...

To make this page, I have used my gelli plate to make ghost prints of butterflies from Butterflies & Birds on to the piece of sheet :

and I have sewn the printed butterfly  :

on to pieces of old dresses, and then to the printed page :

Thanks so much for stopping by,
your comments are very much appreciated, 
here, on my blog, or on the Artistic Stamper's Facebook page.
Do not forget to participate in our 

April Challenge-All Things Distress

 to win some fabulous Artistic Stamper stamps.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Cog note book by Gemma

Hello Everyone

I have a little note book to share with you today. 

The cover was made from a paracetamol box. I removed the top, bottom and one of the side panels, before wrapping the card with part of a brown file. Before gluing the file to the box I places a piece of ribbon between the layers, so the book could be closed once it was finished.                                              

The whole book was completed using Distress Ink and Distress embossing powders.  I started by stamping over the whole book with calligraphy mat 11 and then in places with square wire.

I then stamped out and heat embossed a clock face and a few cogs from the Tick Tock stamp plate. I dragged my finger through the embossing powder on a couple of the cogs before the embossing powder had completely cooled down and hardened. I then stamped the same calligraphy mat over the clock face and then the Punk Plaid and Hatched background stamps on a few scraps of paper.

Once I had edged everything with a little black ink I arranged them on the cover before gluing them into place. To finish I added a few gems and a boarder around the edge to frame everything.

This months challenge is Distress. There is still plenty of time to join in, both here and on the new facebook page. We really love looking at all your entries and reading your comments. 

Thank you for reading
Gemma (inkykitty)