30 June 2018

ICAD2018 with PaperArtsy Stamps

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good start to the weekend. I've done a couple of things for ICAD2018 (index card a day) which finishes soon, I haven't managed to produce something every day but this is the third, I'm counting that a success :-D! The substrate should be an index card and there's a theme for each day as well although it's really about being creative every day, there's more info here.

I've been trying to use stamps that I love but haven't used much, may be I'll continue after the project is finished, I like the small format of it.


On the card above made for a lovely friend I stamped a gorgeous image by Lynne Perella from the PaperArtsy set LPC023 and coloured with markers and a bit of pencil. I added an extra piece to create a cape effect to extend the figure stamped with another stamp from the set. The background is made using a Tim Holtz 3D embossing folder, PaperArtsy Infusions and Gilding Wax. I finished off with Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers.
This little ZinskiArt Zini06 is stamped over a brayed Fresco Finish Chalk acrylic background with a bit of pencil colouring and is framed with a pretty Kay Carley stamp EKC05 highlighted with white pen. Doodles, a bit more stamping, washi tape and Tim Holtz stickers finish off.

More PaperArtsy stamps on this one by Lynne Perrella with a gel plate printed background of Fresco Finish Acrylic finished with a collages butterfly and doodling.
Have a lovely weekend!
Chris x
 

 

24 June 2018

Paperartsy Blog project - Topic 11 - Enshrined

Hi everyone, hope your weekend has been a good one. I have a post on the Paperartsy blog tonight for their enshrined topic and using Kay Charley's gorgeous new stamps and stencil. When I saw the topic I immediately thought of a built up die cut aperture with the little dragonfly from the stamp set hidden inside.

Eclectica³ Kay Carley 018 (PS018)

PaperArtsy Stencil {EKC} 096 (PS096)

My starting point was master board using a pretty colour combination of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Prawn, Butternut Squash, Sherbet, Caribbean Sea, Snowflake, Granny Smith and Infusions in Are you Cerise, Blackcurrant, Golden Sands, A bit Jaded,with Kay's beautiful new stamp set EKC18 and her new stencil PS096.(both new products available from stockists now - list here
I enjoy seeing what I get when playing with these products together in multiple layers, it's very satisfying.
The infusions are the base layer.
Stencilling over the infusions.
A it more infusions to incorporate the stencilling.
I stamped with dye inks over the masterboard.

There is brayered white paint before the focal stamping which helped to bring everything together and make the white stamping stand out. I often do this if I feel things are becoming lost in the background colour but I go very lightly and not everywhere so that I don't obliterate everything.

The focal images are stamped in white adding details to some of the stamping with dots of paint and fill in colour in some of the flower heads. I was pleased that I managed to line up the stamping over and under the doorway I created to hide the treasure within.

The die cut heart is cut from a piece of the masterboard plus two layers of thick corrugated card, the cut out from the masterboard decorates the inside of the door.

A lovely design detail of this stamp set is the sentiment which is widely spaced so that you can easily cut it apart, thanks for that Kay, it's a great idea!

In finishing off the I roughed the edges with a craft knife and added gilding wax but in hindsight I think a plain base layer might have been a nice addition but overall I love how the grasses and other focal stamping are lined up above and below, inside and outside the doorway making the doorway merge in.

If you haven't joined in with the enshrined challenge I hope you'll give it a go, there are so many ways it can be interpreted and so many styles of PaperArtsy stamps that will suit it.

Chris x

 

1 June 2018

Paperbabe Stamps New Release

Hi everyone, hope you're all well! On the Paperbabe Stamps blog there has been a fantastic release week with some gorgeous new frame substrates, stencils, masks and stamps!

I've worked with a brilliant dimensional frame set that works perfectly with the Mad Hatter template as the additional pieces are themed around a pocket watch, teacup and cogs. The set is perfect for all sorts of mixed media treatments and I've used one of my favourite techniques with gesso, inks, antiquing cream and gilding wax.

The base substrate is perfect to create a portrait using the Paperbabe Portrait templates but on this occasion I wanted to create a lot of texture on the base with the new stripes and cogs stencils so I created my Mad Hatter on mixed media card using the male face stamp set, cut him out then applied him over the substrate. I used Inktense pencils to colour with a bit of added pencil and black pen. There is a new set of eye masks which makes layering up the eye stamps very easy and saves all that cutting out.

I added gesso to my board first of all, then used the stripes and cogs stencil set with modelling paste on the right had side and added all the accent paces to the left of the frame where the pieces match up perfectly with the cut edge of the frame, I added more texture with various mediums, gems and glue dots, more gesso was applied when everything was stuck down and dry.

Finally the antiquing cream is applied, the portrait stuck down and everything is highlighted with wax.

All the new products go on sale tomorrow in the Paperbabe Stamps Shop.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chris x

 

 

 

17 April 2018

Paperartsy Blog Topic 7 - Kraft Card


Hi everyone, hope you're well! I have a post on the PaperArtsy blog tonight using a gorgeous flower stamp sent, and mini birdhouse and birds by Kay Carley. I always love colouring her flowers and they're perfect for the pencil technique I've used and is explained on the blog. It's an oldie but goodie and I still use it often. 


It's very satisfying to have something I've already made as my starting point, a gel print is what I started with here but it could just as easily have been some coloured random stamped pieces which can help to spark a colour scheme or an idea for composition. 



I loved layering up all the flowers and they were very quick to cut out as the shapes are nice and rounded.

Enjoy your evening and I hope you can join us in the Topic 7 Challenge on the PaperArtsy blog.

Chris x

17 March 2018

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge - Topic #4 - Whimsy





Hi everyone, I have a couple of projects on the PaperArtsy blog tonight where the current topic (4) is Whimsy so I've used some sweet stamps from the Squiggly Ink range. My first set of PaperArtsy stamps many years ago was from this line so I had a look back at that project to see what I was doing back then and that post you can find here



My two cards are entirely different in style, I love working with bright colours which is how my first card went but I was particularly pleased with the softer more feminine finish of the second card. There are more photo's, thoughts and explanations over on the PaperArtsy blog and details of how you can join in the challenge.



Have a lovely weekend,
Chris x

16 March 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #69 - Inspiration Photo


Hi everyone, we have a new challenge starting today on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have an inspiration photo as our theme.





You can take from it whatever you wish to join us in the challenge and there's a great prize on offer from Kim.

I used the  Mixed Media Template White Rabbit Portrait and the Rabbit Face Stamp Set to create the focal image.


Lots of white pen and pastel and all this over a journal page where I'd brayered off excess paint after some gel printing last week. The final step was the text in the background which I free handed within wavy pencil lines, they are quotes from the Alice in Wonderland book.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Chris x



2 March 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 68 - Anything Goes!


Hi everyone, we have a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this time it's anything goes...everyone's favourite with a lovely prize from Kim for the winner.

The mixed media templates are the perfect size for a large Dylusions journal and I've used graphite, Inktense pencils, pastels, black pen and some distress ink with the Queen of Hearts Portrait Mixed Media template, Doll Face and Ornate Crown Stamps to make
my page.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge, have a lovely weekend.
Chris X

1 March 2018

Craft Stamper April Issue Cover


Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week so far and if you're in the UK that you aren't too snowed in! The Beast from the East is still playing with us here near the South East Coast.

I just wanted to pass on details for Craft Stamper purchases today, I'm thrilled as I always am to have my project on the cover of the April issue which goes on general sale tomorrow and if you're already a subscriber you should have it by now. www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk
Overseas subscriptions are available too!

I'm back tomorrow with my make for the Paperbabe Stamps challenge so see you then.

Chris x

26 February 2018

Paperartsy Blog Challenge - Topic 3 - Watercolour with Zinski Art









Hi everyone,


Hope you had a good weekend.  I have a post appearing on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for the Topic 3 Watercolour challenge and I'm using some of the gorgeous Zinski Art stamps I was lucky enough to help to make samples with for the release a few weeks ago.






I made a little Art -Zine, you can see a little of how I did that here but there are  more photo's and explanation on the PaperArtsy Blog,



I think the sheep are my favourite set still from the release.




I also made some ATCs.

and a tag.

There is lots of really gorgeous inspiration from other PA bloggers on the subject of watercolour which is a varied and interesting topic as there are so many routes you can go down for this.

Have a good week and hopefully it's a creative one!

Chris x

24 February 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Alice Collection Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm delighted today to announce our blog hop celebrating Paperbabe Stamps BRAND NEW Alice Collection Mixed media Release! 
Five wonderful new Characters including two animal sets to add to your collection, join us for tons of inspiration, and a giveaway as well!

These are already available in the shop..

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole Alice collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win. 
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Monday, 26th Feb to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 28th Feb to see if you are one of our lucky winners. 
Here's a sample from me...


Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration!

Here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't miss a single stop...

Chris (you are here)

Have fun on the HOP!

Chris x