10 July 2019

PaperArtsy - New Stamps Release - Seth Apter Mini's

July 2019 New Products
Eclectica³ Collection {Seth Apter}






Hi everyone, I'm sharing my projects with Seth Apter's new mini's #41-48 for the release tonight on the PaperArtsy Blog.  I very much admire Seth's art which is all about layering and his new mini's are perfect for making that easy and enjoyable as they all go together so well.

You can create depth and textural interest with the stamps by stamping in different colours and overlaying with black and further down the post you can see how I created my base layers with very quick and easy techniques. 


My first make is a large Birthday Tag. I stamped with all of the stamps over my base layer in various coloured inks and finally with black. 


Outlining some of the stamped images in white pen helps to bring them forward and add interest. Glossy dimensional glue has been added to the die cut letters and on the circles on the focal star from Seth's stamp set ESA 03 for extra shine.



I used a couple of Seth's embossing powders to create yet more texture on the die cut scalloped frame and on the wood star embellishments. 


I cut a smaller tag from the same base layer outlined in white and also die cut some stars to add to the painted and glossed wood stars. I cut out the word 'create' from EM42 and used it for my sentiment.


I love the grunginess of some of the mini's in this collection. EM47 has those lovely grungy lines!


Similar to the tag above but slightly differently embellished and using the text 'your story' from MA46.


For this tag, I used the stamps with a gel plate print and the bolder design mini's work particularly well with the gel plate. The words are taken from MA46.


I love the texture you get with mono prints, I used thin brayered layers of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics for this tag.



A die cut mono print is decorated with the same technique of outlining and this time made into a card, I like the more feminine colour scheme from this part of the print, colours tend to get mixed on the gel plate so you can end up with quite a variety of colour schemes which is perfect for batches of tags or cards that all look a little different.


The die cut heart is covered in glossy dimensional glue which I used to highlight areas of most of the samples.


Another card from a mono print.


All the ribbons I added were dyed with Infusions; damp the seam binding ribbon, sprinkle with Infusions powders and dry off. 


I started off with a master board base layer adding various complimentary colours of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics with a large brush, a few sprinklings of Infusions and finish with a lighter colour or two on top to bring it all together. This is a nice base for stamping all over with all of the stamps in various colours of ink.


The final touches are stamping in black and some outlining in with fine liner pens.



My second substrate is an easy splatter and squish method! Spatter watered down Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints Blue LagoonTerracotta and Claret on to two sheets of Heavy Weight Smoothy cardstock, smoosh them together paint sides facing, pull apart then allow to dry.



Repeat the process using Infusions in SlimeRoyal BloodVioletta and Olive Tree diluted in water. I stamped in black over these pieces and used for some of my layers and die cuts.



I usually keep a few paints in this little wood crate on my desk, it's patiently been waiting for some colour and pattern and the Mini's are lovely for creating random abstract patterns


I didn't mount the stamps on a block just dabbed on Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and randomly stamped around the box, overlapping and not thinking about it too much. I really enjoyed finally getting some colour on this crate and I have another slightly bigger one to do next, perhaps I'll use the orange and pick selection I already have in the box and add a selection of blue/green paints to that one.

Chris x

5 July 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 97 - Sketch


Hi every one, hope you've had a good week. There's a new challenge starting on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog today and this fortnight the theme is a Sketch which can be interpreted in many ways. s


I made a card with the  Female Face Dinky Stamp SetMixed Media Templates ~ Portrait Face Dinky Set and a Roses Stencil.


Although it's not that obvious I started off with gel plate print which gave me a duotone of pink and blue, the pink at the bottom gave me the background colour for the face.


I used pastels for colouring, distress oxide inks through the stencil and created the bottom diagonal section from the sketch by using a die cut stencil and adding lots of glitter glue on and under it.

Hope you can join us in the challenge, as always there's a lovely prize from Kim.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x




2 July 2019

Craft Stamper August Issue - Cover



Hi everyone, just popping on to share that the Craft Stamper Magazine August Issue is out on Friday.  To buy subscriptions,  www.craftstamper.com www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.com, overseas subscriptions are available too!

I'm thrilled as always to have my project on the front cover, it's always exciting to find out when Trish sends out the email (thanks Trish x).



I had a lovely time making the tag with gorgeous MDF embellishments from Samantha K Designs, Stamps, Paints and Infusions from PaperArtsy and Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Have a good week.
Chris x

21 June 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 96 - Spots and Stripes


 Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week. There's a new challenge today on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog where the theme this time is 'spots and stripes'.



I made a card for a lovely friend using the gorgeous new Profile Face Right Dinky Stamp Set and the Mixed Media Template Set Profile Face Right these are for sale at an incredible price at the moment.



I started off this project with a left over gel print that had some splashes of gold paint in with some pink and peach toned distress Oxide inks. I'm enjoying using some WOW Pearl Gold Sparkle embossing powder at the moment as it's the first one I've found that keeps it's sparkle. I used it for the spots element of the challenge sponging embossing ink through a medium spot stencil and then embossing with the powder. 


The stripes element is added by scraping out some stripes with a craft knife from the gold cardstock which has kraft core and I really like the texture this gives. The colouring is Prismacolor Pencils over a base of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic in Nougat and Terracotta.

I hope you'll join us in the challenge, there's a lovely prize from Kim for the winner.

Have a great weekend!
Chris x

10 June 2019

PaperArtsy Blog - Topic 9 - Arty Wood Blocks - Monster Mash


Hi everyone, I have a post on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for topic 9 with a theme of Arty Wood Blocks. I really enjoy making these, I've done a few in the past and this one with the gorgeous new Zinski Art  Zini's was really enjoyable to make. There are more photo's and description on the PaperArtsy Blog and lots more interpretations of the theme during the next fortnight. I hope you'll join us if you have some wood blocks in your stash!







Chris x

7 June 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 95 - Picture Inspiration - Floral Constructions & New Release


Hi everyone, there's a new challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog today where we have a lovely inspiration photograph to work from.



There's also a new release of stamps and templates in great new dinky sizes just right for all the smaller projects such as cards, tags and ATCs so I'm sure they're all going to be flying off the Paperbabe shelves. I'm sure they'll be very popular for cards especially as with a set of face stamps and a set of templates there are many options and combinations to put together for a new look every time.



I enjoyed putting together my concertina booklet to show some variations in the figures using different hairstyles and skin tones and using the different face/template shapes. The new roses and leaves and the little daisy type flower, crown and alphabet sets are the perfect accents.


I started off my project by cutting and scoring my card each panel of which is roughly ATC size. After that I've used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and a baby wipe to apply several different colours over the entire piece which is a very quick way to start off. I find I get a better result if I don't think about it too much, just dab it on and re-work when it's dry if I don't like parts of it.


The new Dinky templates are my starting point for the figures, I used them to put paint through and then I stamped over them and added a bit of rough sketchy shading with pencils.


There are all the hairstyles in the Dinky templates and some new styles too, I mixed and matched around my figures and sometimes used different hair stencil parts from different sets to create my own hairstyles, it's very easy to make the figures your own. I love that the dinky face stamps are a complete face stamp too, very easy to work with at this size.

The little flowers and the new alphabet stamp sets are great accents and I added some paper clipping words to meld into the background. I coloured all the negative space around the figures, the word stamping and roses with black pen and stamped the little daisies over the top of it. Some doodling and glitter glue finishes everything off.

All the new releases are now in the Paperbabe Stamps shop ready to fly off the shelves and there's lots of inspiration from my team mates on the Paperbabe Stamps Challenge blog.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chris x

30 May 2019

PaperArtsy Blog Post - Topic 8 - Put a brush on it


Hi everyone, hope you're well. I have a post on the PaperArtsy Blog, this is after the event unfortunately as my draft post didn't get to be posted on the correct day but I've linked to the actual post if anyone would like to have a look at the process for my stone effect background with Fresco Finish Chalk acrylics and Infusions powders.



I've used Lynne Perella's gorgeous Egyptian themed set LPC 038 for the stamping, I love the incredible amount of detail in her stamps.



My take on putting a brush on it was to doodle some brushes in the background.


My dyed with Infusions seam binding ribbon, this treatment always works a treat and you get automatic vintage because of the walnut crystals in the Infusions powders.

Have a good weekend.

Chris x