Saturday, 18 October 2014

Autumn Leaves Card by Alison Hall

Hello Stampers! I was inspired by the beautiful colours of the Autumn trees to make this card.

Here's what I used...

Round Paint Brush (or waterbrush)
Cardstock for matting & layering - Green & Gold
7ins Square White Card 
Double sided tape

Here's what I did...

1.  I cut a piece of smoothy white card 5 1/2 ins square, used all three distress stains to ink the leaves, & stamped them on the card. I stamped the phrase, using potting soil archival ink

2. I dabbed some distress stains onto a craft mat, then used the round paint brush to pick it up & splatter.

3. Next, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder over the leaves & melted it with the heat gun.

4. I layered my artwork onto some green and gold card, then onto a white card blank to finish.

I hope this inspires you to make some Autumn cards.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xxx

Friday, 17 October 2014

The family is a little home.

I have a wonderful stamp with collage - it illustrated happy family and relevant inscriptions ...

Despite the fact that the stamp is good in itself, I wanted to make with it something interesting, but better - something a bit philosophical.

Therefore, this image appeared on the big house, made ​​of gypsum.
As well as butterflies began coexist with this family - as if hinting at ease and a wonderful family atmosphere.

To make the background a little more interesting, I added to it the structural paste, in which I've put the stamp "Stars", as well as a little spray of vintage colors.

And so a great decoration for the home is ready!

Due to the design features, it is not too heavy, but it looks very imposing)))))

And, sorry, one more photo)))))

I hope you liked the idea of ​​a large decoration for home)

See you)
And have a good day!

Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Memories - Journal Page

Hello Everyone, Happy Wednesday!!
Shilpa here,
Couple of days back I shared with you my new journal and how I created it's vintage cover. If you have not seen it, here is the link- Layered Journal cover

And today, I created my first journal page in it. This is inspirational project as we have 'Memories' theme for this month's challenge.

I have used 'Faces' stamps from Artistic Stamper. They have vintage look and perfect for memories journal page.

I had fun playing with layers and texture. I started my first layer with book pages. And next layers were - washi tapes, design paper strips, canvas strips, lace. After this, I applied white crackle texture paste through Tim Holtz Star stencil.

I applied gesso at some places and when it dried I stamped with texture stamps and Ranger black Archival Ink. Next, I spritzed inks in various red, golden and brown colors, I dried them between each layer.

I created same texture on both sides of page.

Middle part of the page has various paper layers which I created with stamping, distressing, coloring. 

here are some of the close- ups......

Hope you liked my project, do let me know your views in comments.
Don't forget to join us for our monthly challenge to win beautiful Artistic stamper stamps.

Supplies used:
Artistic stamper stamps: FacesCalligraphy Mat 13,
Tim Holtz Layering stencil - stars
From my stash Washi tapes, gauze.

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Book Of Halloween

Hi everyone how are you! anyone who follows my blog will know that I attended the Artistic Stamper Birthday BBQ @ this event I met the talented Mark Gould who was demonstrating
the new Deco Art Media Range and I had a chance to play. To cut a long story short I have
fallen in love!!! with this product so this post is all about the range and Tim Holtz texture
fades and stamps All products can be purchased through the Artistic stamper
if you can't find them on the website then e-mail Jenny,
 she will be able to get them for you.

1. Tim Holtz Halloween Night,  Poison texture fade & Compass texture fade.
3. The compass stamp of indigo blue Grand tour 111.
4. stampotique  bat wings
10. Treasure gold.

Firstly I used Tim Holtz texture fades and plain white card which I ran through my
Vagabond machine. I did quite a few sheets of card as I was 
covering the two books with them.

I mixed the prussian blue media fluid with white acrylic paint and then
painted the entire book with it.

Next I used white antiquing cream knocked it back with damp cloth then buffed up 
with a soft cloth I then covered it with black antiquing cream
 and heat dried with my gun.

Once I was satisfied with the look I brushed the entire surface with Americana 
Decou Paige matte medium to seal it. 

Firstly I used grey board and put Tim's Halloween Night fade through my machine
I coloured it with a mix of prussian blue and yellow to make a green
a bit of gold as well. Once dry I covered the entire piece with
 black antiquing cream dried then knocked back with a damp cloth. I then sanded it 
to make it stand out. I Sealed the entire panel with matte medium.

I stamped the wings onto card with black versa fine and then clear embossed them I
 coloured with watered down media fluid and sprayed with a mica 
spray to make them shimmer and glow.

I stamped the skull from Tim's plate onto craft coloured card then highlighted the teeth 
with white paint. I stamped the artistic stamper clock onto white card and covered
 in rangers crackle glaze, once it had crackled i run the edges with versa
 mark and then copper embossing powder.

I finished of the front panel with black fimo clay stamped and 
coloured with treasure gold.

 Here is a view of the back of the box as I was working 
on it 

The back finished I just love the way you can layer up 
the Media range the possibilities are endless.

The inside of the box I used the compass texture fade. I painted the
 base with the blue then used red oxide antiquing cream then a
 bit of white in area's.

The faux pages I used burnt umber watered down then treasure gold
I followed the same process for the second box. just changing
 the mix of colours.

This is the back view.

I used the fimo clay here to do the compasses. I rolled out the clay,
and stamped into it with the Compass of tim's classic plate and the
indigo blue compass. 

I used Spanish Topaz once they had been baked in the oven, to highlight.
I assembled the skull with a screw brad through a cog and a 
circle of coloured card.

The clock and wings were fixed to the top of the skull. I used a silk
rope that I glued around the edges of the main box to finish it off.
Please remember to seal with a media varnish the media range
 has a few to choose from.

The final layer of this project is a book which sits inside the 
second box.

As this post has gone on and on how to make this the book and how to make the pages 
inside can be seen over on my blog  @

I hope you have all enjoyed this blog as much as I have enjoyed creating it. 
Don't forget you can e-mail Jenny for any of the supplies that 
don't show up on the website. I would love to hear what 
you all think! so please feel free to leave a 
comment or two.
cheers Dee x 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Layered Journal cover

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,
I got plain Art Journal for myself recently. And when I decided to make cover for that, I  could not think other than my lovely Artistic Stamper stamps. And I used many to create this Vintage Journal cover.

I started with stamping some images

I've used Gibson girl plate # 1stamp, Waches, large Butterfly stamp from Insects and Butterfly N0 1 , my favourite small bird from Birds of Feather set,
I stamped them with black and Coffee Ranger Archival Inks.

I took design paper from Prima Vintage Journey paper pad. Applied gesso and dried it with heat tool. With crafters workshop stencil and Clear Crackle embossing paste I created texture. If you click on this photo you can see beautiful crackles. Then, I spritzed Lindy's stamp gang inks in various blue, red and brown colors, created some drips. They made beautiful layers.

Here also you will see the background texture and layers.

Next on the base I created layers with stamped images, design papers from Graphic 45 couture pad, diecut doily, Tag. I gave these paper vintage look with spraying inks and applying Distress inks - Vintage photo, Broken China, Walnut stain. I distresses edges with Tim Holtz Paper Distresser.

Here you will see cute lil' birdie, vintage charm, wooden button and  flowers as my embellishments.

I am totally in love with these Gibson Girls stamp set. Images are lovely and we can add them on any project. I adhered the stamped image of this girl on diecut frame, which I distressed before with broken china distress ink. Other than flowers, you will see Prima jute trim which is perfected suited here. And colored butterfly is perfect fit in the corner, it has beautiful design on it.

In the middle, I've created tile with floral stamp. I colored it again with distress inks - Peeled paint and Broken china, vintage photo.

And this is the final look of my Journal cover. Do you like it? Let me know in your comments.
The theme of this Month's challenge at Artistic Stamper is 'Memories'. Use your favourite Rubber stamps and Distress Inks to create something beautiful from your memories. 
Thanks so much for your visit today.
Supplies Used:
Artistic Stamper Stamps: 
  Gibson girl plate # 1stamp Waches,  Insects and Butterfly N0 ,  Birds of Feather set,

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Inky Wishes by Alison Hall

Hello Stampers! I have a bright & cheery birthday card to share with you today.

Here's What I Used...

Prima Paper Flowers
Pearl Brads

Here's What I Did...

1. I started by cutting two pieces of 6x6ins water colour card.

2. I spritzed one piece of the 6x6 ins card with water, then with lemon zest Dylusions ink. Then I laid the other 6x6 ins card on the top to mop up some of the ink, and then dried both pieces with a heat gun.

3. Next, I laid the Retro Bursts template on one piece of card, spritzed with fresh lime Dylusions ink, then laid the other card on top to pick up the ink on the stencil. So, after drying, I ended up with two nice inky backgrounds.

4. I took the left hand background, and used aquamarine archival ink to stamp Calligraphic Mat 13 on it.

5. I used jet black archival ink to stamp 'Happy Birthday' from Grungy Greetings Plate No. 1, onto the right hand background. I cut my greeting out, then matted it onto water colour card, coloured with calypso teal Dylusions Ink.

6. I glued my greeting to the background, added some co-ordinating paper flowers & brads, matted it on calypso teal inked card, then attached it to a 7x7 ins card, to finish.

My other half has nabbed this card for his sister's birthday this month! :-)

Thanks for dropping by,
Alison xxx

Monday, 6 October 2014

Guess what...

... the background of my card is made of...

Actually, Jennibellie showed us the technique on her forum, and I had a try (just like I try all weird techniques I view !). You just want to take 4 or 5 kitchen roll used sheets, glue 2 of them together, then another one on top of it and one or 2 again. The glue must completely wet the towels, thus you either want to use your home-made glue (with rice or flour), or add the same volume of water to your glue and mix.
Once dry, here are your sheets, all different and unique :

Now you want to stamp on the sheets :

Encyclopaedia Botanica Size A5 © Katy Fox  
 outlined with white pen to highlight the stamped images

Encyclopaedia Botanica Size A5 © Katy Fox  

And then I stamped the
Grungy Greetings #1 
on to a watercolor paper

 And Grungy Greetings #1   on to school book pages I glued on the inside of the card for the sender to write down some sentiment !

Please let me know whether this technique did interest you, I am looking forward to reading from you ! And don't forget to participate in the Artistic Stamper monthly challenge... talking about memories !
See you !