Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #16

RW Dec 13 Card 2 (1)

There is a huge range of ‘tree’ dies around now and this one by Tim Holtz is one of my favourites.  It is so easy to make a veritable forest of Christmas trees!

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Start the card by stamping some dictionary paper with the Darkroom Door Flourish background stamp using clear Versamark ink and emboss with clear powder.

Paint with Silks pearlescent paint in Love Struck.

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Diecut a pair of trees using Tim Holtz die and edge branches with glitter.

Add a greeting from Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas set, raised on some foam tape.

Christmas, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #15

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Are you ready for another time consuming card? I thought I would show you a pretty, glittery one to celebrate half way point of my challenge.  This one is a little fiddly but the rolling part can easily be done in front of the telly.

Ages ago there were masses of different projects circulating around Pinterest which featured rolls of pattered paper in varying configurations. It gave me an idea for this rolled Christmas card.

Select a bunch of scraps that will work together. Sketch a tree shape onto some scrap paper so you have a basic plan to aim for. Start tearing and rolling and gluing until you have enough ‘rolls’ to create the tree shape, don’t forget shorter pieces for a trunk!

Add a little glue to the ends and dip into glitter. Arrange into shape, sprinkle a some extra glitter around the tree.

Add a Merry Christmas greeting and a pretty, sparkly card is ready for mailing.

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LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Life is….

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Goodness, two posts in one day! I have a new project up on the LuLu Art blog today and wanted to share it with you.  This time around I have created a sweet little canvas using mica tiles and a beeswax moulded face.

Come check it out here.  There is a pile of information on mica and how to use it on the LuLu Art blog.  I’ve uploaded a YouTube video showing you step-by-step how the canvas was created as well.

I’d love to know what you think – leave me a comment by clicking on the post title.

Christmas, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #4

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Often when you pick up a sheet of Christmas paper it carries the perfect pattern for trimming out and adding to a card. This Kaiser range from a previous Christmas was embellished with beautiful, foiled baubles which were easily folded into sparkly baubles.  Foiled, glittered or heavily embellished papers are great for this technique.

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To make the centre ornament:

– Circle punch or cut out five circles using a 1 ¾” punch or trace around a milk cap or similar.

– Fold each in half and adhere only one half of the first piece to a second, making sure that all edges are aligned. Keep adding folded ornaments until all are attached.

– Apply glitter glue to the edges and allow to dry.

– Cut a short piece of red pearlescent cord and affix to back of ornament.  Attach to card.

– Punch out two approx. 1 ½: circles and attach to card with more cord. Or trim into a bauble shape.

Of course this card is more challenging to actually send to someone – the bauble doesn’t really fold flat. Better suited to a hand delivered gift!

ATC's, Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #3

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Today I’d like to show you an ATC I made way back in 2011 for a Darkroom Door ATC swap – it seems so long ago! Rachel’s ATC swaps are still going and you can find all the details for them here.  This year the theme for the December ATC swap is blue & silver. I could almost make these again and fit right inSmile

I’ve often made a bunch of ATCs to give to the ladies in my craft group at Christmas – they are a perfect way of spreading a bit of Christmas cheer.

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This is a pretty simple ATC – Santa comes from a Darkroom Door set called Dear Santa Vol 1 and he is stamped with Ranger Archival black over a marbled background created with alcohol inks. A word on a tiny tag finishes it off.

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Backgrounds, Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #1

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.

I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series.  Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!

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Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect.  I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.

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Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.

Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Pop back tomorrow for the next one!

Art Journal, Gelatos, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Becoming a Butterfly

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Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.

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This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.

Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.

  • Dylusions – Creative Journal
  • Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
  • Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
  • Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
  • Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
  • Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
  • Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White Sharpie
  • Matte Medium
  • Tissue paper

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Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Monoprinting, Tutorials

Easy Acrylic Skins with a Gelli Plate

…and an art journal page to share!

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

It’s my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog this week and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how it turned out. I’ve created an acrylic skin using the Gelli plate and then added the beautifully layered skin into my art journal.

You know when you have a Gelli plate that gets so many, many layers of dried paint that they never seem possible to clean? This is the perfect technique for getting those plates clean and pristine again (ready to get gungy all over again!)

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I’ve popped the video link below but full details of my project and how I made the acrylic skin can be found here on the LuLu Art blog.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=xc14pRsi15Q&feature=vm