Today I’m sharing a card created with a pair of Hero Arts stamps. Check out how I trimmed around the edge of the leaves so I could then layer them and have a little bit of leaf poking over. The leaves & berries were coloured with Copics.
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X-Press Graph-X Blog Hop
Do you know who you are?
Today I’m participating in another blog hop! This time it is with the girls from the X-Press Graph-X design team. We’ve all been working hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win!
My project is a canvas created with a variety of techniques and using lots of yummy X-Press Graph-X products – Triple Tac, Canvas, Copics, Atelier Interactive acrylic paints, Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask and Chromacryl mediums. Our theme was to create a canvas that represents us – it gave me a bit to ponder. At 47 I’m still working out ‘who’ I am! Wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, volunteer, MSer, scientist, artist are all words that come to mind but my life is so multilayered that it was hard to pin down something simple. Hence, this colourful, multi-layered canvas!
I started with a lovely layer of dictionary paper stuck down with X-Press It Triple Tac Glue and then added a bunch of paint layers using my Gelli plate, Atelier Interactive acrylic paints (awesome with the Gelli plate!), stenciling and doodling.
I used a tracing of a girl in my art journal for the main image, added a freehand flower, then it was time to set the wording out using Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask letters. A wash of blue tones finished her off.
- X-Press It 12 x 12 canvas
- X-Press It Triple Tac Glue
- Chromacryl Gesso
- Chromacryl Texture Paste
- Aterlier Interactive acrylic paint
- Copic Multiliner, brush tip
- Copic Markers
- Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask, Central Park Alpha
- Gelli plate & various stencils
- Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil
I decided that as I had a bunch of photos and the steps are a little complicated that I would make a YouTube video as well. Enjoy!
Did you know there are prizes in this blog hop??
As part of this blog hop, we would love to know what inspires you! Leave a comment on this post and you could win an awesome bundle of goodies like the one above.
Make sure you hop over to the other blogs and the Inspiration Lane Facebook page where you could win more prizes, valued at over $500!!
The next stop is Teresa Abajo!
The hop is open from 9am AEST July 9 until 11:59PM Monday July 14, 2014. Sorry, Australian and New Zealand residents only.
If you happen to get lost along the way, hop back to the start at the Inspiration Lane blog.
Compendium of Curiosities 3–Paint Marbling Challenge
In the world of papercraft the name Tim Holtz certainly causes you to pay attention, the man is always coming up with something new and interesting, often totally amazing! Following on from his previous two books, Tim has released another – number 3 featuring a whole extra world of techniques and information. As for the previous two books, Linda Ledbetter is running some challenges, based around various techniques that are described within the book. The first cab off the rank is ‘paint marbling’, a technique I’ve done heaps of times but never into my art journal – so here goes for a project with a difference!
I used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade to create the initial background in my A4 sized, hardbound journal. Having the extra space to do it was great, although a little awkward to control.
Next came some torn strips of dictionary paper and some stencilling. I used a new Dina Wakley stencil and sponged each part of it with Archival inks – I didn’t want the colour to move in the next steps. I drew around the outside of the shape with a paint pen to define it a little.
I added a few swipes of texture paste through the dot fade stencil and got onto Copic colouring my butterflies while that dried. I had stamped the various Darkroom Door butterflies onto plain paper so I didn’t get too much ‘bulk’ – made blending a little difficult but it worked.
I also stamped a stacked set of butterflies onto some pale green tissue paper & Copic coloured them. Once they were adhered onto the page, the tissue paper almost disappeared.
Extra colour and shading was added with Gelatos, watercolour crayon & sponged ink. I added a few dribbles of watercolour crayon using the Ranger spritzer tool – more on how I did that in a later post!
I hope you liked learning how I created this layout. Perhaps you would like to join in the challenge? You can find out more info on Linda’s blog here.
- Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly
- Darkroom Door Wings stamp set
- Darkroom Door Wildflower stamp set
- Darkroom Door Discover stamp set
- Ranger Archival ink – Forget-Me-Not, Chrome Yellow, Manganese Blue, Jet Black
- Momento ink – Tuxedo Black
- Tim Holtz stencil – Dot Fade
- Dina Wakley stencil – Mod
- Copic markers
- Copic multiliner
- Liquitex texture paste
- Liquitex matt medium
- Liquitex gel medium
- Liquitex Paint Pen – Brilliant Blue
- Neocolor II watercolour crayon – Azurite Blue
- Ranger Spritzer Tool
- Gelatos in blues & yellow
Marvellous – a tropical postcard
In Australia it is Autumn, but in Brisbane where I live you would never know that the season has changed. It is as warm and sunny as ever but the flowers in my garden are disappearing and getting ready for the transition to Winter.
I thought this cheery card featuring frangipani’s might bring a bit of sunshine for your day. I love the quote it features – nature really is marvellous!
For this card I’m using one of my new stamps from Darkroom Door – Postcard Frame. It is fabulous to use, so versatile and just the right size for a tag or card front. Once it was stamped in red, I trimmed it out and layered on my card front with some patterned paper. Then came a bunch of frangipani flowers stamped with Momento ink and coloured with Copics. I’ve listed the colours I used down below to make it easy. Most of the flowers were coloured with the tip to tip Copic colouring method to give a bit of colour graduation. They were trimmed out and given a bit of dimension and glued down by just the centres so that the petals can stick up a little.
I hope you enjoyed this card. I’ll be sharing more on the Darkroom Door blog using the new stamps as will the rest of the design team – make sure you come and check us out!
Darkroom Door Full Bloom stamp set
Darkroom Door Postcard Frame stamp
Ranger Archival Red Geranium ink
Momento Black ink
Copic blending cardstock
Patterned paper – Simple Stories Snap Life
Copic markers – Y04, Y18, Y38, R24, R17, Colourless blender
Life Lessons – ATC Accordion Folder
Today I’d like to share my most recent project for LuLu Art – an ATC Accordion Folder. This was such a sweet project to make and a bit different for me as I usually use stamped images – the ATC’s in this one use collage sheets. Available from LuLu Art of course!
If you would like to see full details – hop over to the LuLu Art blog to find my project here. You can also watch the YouTube video I made showing details.
While you are there – check out the Design Team call! I have had a ball of fun designing for Lisa the past 6 months so give it a go.
May All Your Dreams Come True
Today I’m sharing a cute Copic coloured card on the Lime Tart blog. Pop over here and check it out.
Today I’m sharing a card posted on the Lime Tart blog. This magnolia stamp is so pretty and easy to colour. Read detail about how it was created here.