25 January 2020

PaperArtsy Blog - Topic 2: A Hint of Spring - Spring Zing

Hi everyone, hope you've having a good weekend so far. I'm contributing on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for their hint of spring topic sharing my mini album using the JOFY stamps and stencils shown below.

I started off by making a masterboard, covering A4 card with Infusions in LemoncelloBlackcurrant and Terracotta andspritzing with water.

I used a lot of colours of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints in a mix of opaques, semi opaques and translucents, the zing you get from the translucents brightens everything up.

There are more process photo's on the PaperArtsy blog to show all the layers building up.

Back, soon,
Chris x

17 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps January Release - Flourish and Grow Stamp Set - Alphonse Mucha-resque

Hello again. Today we're showcasing the Flourish and Grow stamp set and such a great set it is too! Perfect for building your own sentiment combinations or for that bold large sentiment that says it all, there are endless possibilities. I've combined it with the Flourishing Hair Stamps and Templates and the Female Face 3/4 View Left Dinky stamp set

Since my teens I've loved the work of Alphonse Mucha, I think, the original designer of illustrative posters and product advertising. 

I was lucky to see his original art in his birthplace, Prague and also a couple of years ago at an exhibition of his work at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. I can highly recommend the Walker for pre-raphaelite art too. His four seasons series of posters have been the subject of a few stamp sets from various companies over the years. Anyway, I thought of  his artwork when I saw these sets and lots of possibilities for the stamps. This is how I ended up with a long panel card with the hair swirling down, it was easy to join in the separate curl stamps to the main hair stamp as well.

All of the new sets will be on sale in the Paperbabe Stamps shop tomorrow and of course there is some fantastic inspiration from Kim and all my teamies linked at the Paperbabe Stamps Blog.

Back soon,
Chris x

16 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps January Release - Flourishing Hair Stamp Set & Templates - Golden Eye

Hi everyone, It's my first post of this year, I hope you're well and have had a happy start to the new year. 

I have my first project for Paperbabe Stamps January release and this gorgeous new set is 'Flourishing Hair stamps' and templates, I've combined it with a sentiment from the new Flourish and Grow sentiment stamps which are showcased tomorrow, the  sketchy roses stamp set and the Female Face Dinky Stamps.

You can see from the examples below the templates are the perfect masks so I was able to ink and stamp my background whilst retaining the paper colour for the face, absolutely brilliant and makes everything so quick and easy! I used distress inks in fired brick and festive berries and stamped the outline rose stamp in fired brick and chipped sapphire, I used coloured pencil to highlight the petals and for the face. I love the shape of the hairline in the flourishing hair stamps and there are lots of extra curls so you can make it your own, there are some sweet flowers too that I've scattered about and lots of lovely small accent stamps across the new sets that are so useful and which is something I really love about all Kim's stamp sets.

There's lots of inspiration with beautiful samples from Kim (sigh) on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and links to teamies projects as well. I'll be back tomorrow with another project sample. 

30 November 2019

PaperArtsy Blog - Topic 19 - Cute Critters

Hi everyone, I'm contributing on the PaperArtsy blog today where I'm sharing Party Cats card for the cute critters topic.

You couldn't get cuter or more fun than Elena's Zinski Art Christmas stamp set ZA50, the purrrrrrfect party animals! 

My background is a mix of Infusions, they are Olive Tree and Frankly Scarlet.

I did my paint splatter with Iceberg and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and I also used the Snowflake to stencil in the background through Sara's Christmas stencil 114 with a stencil brush.

Intial colouring is with Inktense watercolour pencils, I've used a dabbing action to achieve the mottled appearance of the fur. You can see the stenciled pine leaves here, they make a nice border around the card. 

I added a touch of coloured pencil over the watercolouring here and there but I didn't need much. These two Infusions colours are gorgeous in the background and perfect for Christmas colour schemes.

There are more close up photo's and steps on the PaperArtsy blog and lots of inspiration over the two weeks of this topic if you love stamping cute characters.

Have a lovely weekend!

22 November 2019

PaperArtsy Topic 18 - Shaving Foam - Festive Foam

Hi everyone, I have a post to share on the PaperArtsy Blog today which is all about Shaving Foam! Something I hadn't ever tried for crafting and I very much enjoyed it. I was lucky enough to have some of the new stamps by Tracey and also some of the new paint colours which are very pretty. I've gone bold and pastel with some Christmas cards now made to add to my stash! There are lots of gorgeous examples from other contributors too, a really lovely topic that everyone enjoyed! More photo's and steps I took on the PaperArtsy blog post.

Have a great weekend!

Chris x

15 November 2019

Paberbabe Stamps November Release Day 2

Hi everyone, I'm back for the second day of the November Paperbabe Stamps release and today we're introducing the right facing three quarter view stamps and hairstyles.

This time I cut my image out and because of the way the hair falls it makes that really easy and 
I like that there are two different faces to choose from as well.

Everything will be ready for purchase tomorrow in the Paperbabe Etsy shop. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x

14 November 2019

Paperbabe Stamps November Release

Hi everyone, I hope you're well and welcome to the first day of the new Paperbabe Stamps release. We have some gorgeous new Dinky Templates and Stamps to showcase and today it's the left facing three quarter view, I love this pose, it's possibly my favourite now!.

There will be other sizes coming in future releases.
They coordinate perfectly with the previous 'dinky' scale so you can add to your collection and they will all work together. This size is perfect for your smaller projects, they will compliment your cards, atc's and other mixed media.

These smaller hairstyle versions are simplified with just two steps for most of the designs. 

There's more info and lovely inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and I hope you'll join us tomorrow for the next set of stamps and templates.

Back soon Chris x

30 October 2019

PaperArtsy - Topic 17 - A Vintage Christmas

2019 Topic 17: A Vintage Christmas

Hi everyone, on the PaperArtsy blog I'm sharing my take on topic 17 which is 'A Vintage Christmas'. I chose to work with gorgeous recently released Christmas stamps and stencils by Kay Carley. All the stockists for the stamps and stencils I used can be found on this post.  It's nice to do a pretty project like this now and again with lots of sparkle and a gorgeous palette of colours that I feel can reflect vintage from Tracey Scott's new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint release. Stockists for the paints can be found at the end of this post.

I enjoy decorating gift bags and making tags for my Christmas gifts and everyone seems to appreciate them which is nice so I feel it's worth the effort. This one will be for my mum, it can be easily pegged onto the top edge of the bag.

There's a gel print in the background using some of the paints listed above. The Fresco's  create a really nice base for stencilling and also for colouring with pencils, the mono print gives an even coating of paint on the card with a little tooth for the pencils to grab. 
Die cut holly, a silver skeleton leaf, silver mini clothes peg, and a silver glitter matting layer all help to add the vintage sparkle.

The gift bag follows on from the tag above in style with a stencilled and stamped mono print and then stencilling over the top. The die cut this time is cut from another mono print where real leaves were used on the gel plate.

The recipients name could be written in the heart instead of using a gift tag.

By using different parts of a gel print you can achieve a nice variance in the colours but they all co-ordinate and the new Fresco colours are so pretty together. 

A bit of glitter card is another favourite thing of mine to use at Christmas and some wrinkled seam binding too.

Have a good week.

Chris x