Thursday, 31 January 2013

Altered Wooden Heart by Carol Fox

Hello, this week I have an altered wooden heart to share with you. I painted a base with Fresco Finish paints to create a crackle finish.
I stamped the images in black Archival ink and then masked them off before laying a Crafters Workshop Template - Mini Spilled Hearts over it and using a piece of Cut and Dry Foam, sponged Claudine Hellmuth Modern Red to give the heart background shown. I painted the imaged using Claudine Hellmuth paints applied with a water colour brush.
Once dry, I stamped the quote in position using Black archival ink, I inked the edges of the heart with a black dabber.
I have used the Alice Palace stamps by Crafty individuals for this. I have an article in this months Craft Stamper using these same stamps and also some more from the recently released range. All of which can be seen on the That’s Crafty Site HERE.

I used:

Alice Palace Stamps
Crafters Workshop Template 
Claudine Hellmuth Paints 
Cut and Dry Foam 
Water Colour Brush 
Black Paint Dabber 
Fresco Finish Paints

Thank you for visiting and I will see you next Thursday,

Carol x

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fairies are The Keepers of the Forest! by Alan Scott

Over the past few weeks, I have been having a sort out. Like us all, I think we buy things then use them the once or twice maybe and then put them away and move onto the next new stamp set. I wanted to do a project where I re-visited some old stamps and did something new with them, so I went back to some Prickley Pear stamps called: 50’s Bodice, Lady Bodice, Asian Bodice and Celestial Bodice. I also dived into my Dylusions stamps sets. I have taken elements from several of the collections, just to show how well they work together. For this project I used: Doolally Dorris - Love Struck Lucy - Tallulah Tripp and How Does Your Garden Grow.
12" x 12" Cheap Canvas Board + Gesso + Butterfly Napkin (optional - see below)
Selection of  Crafters Workshop 12" Templates (Add to your collection as you can. They are tool that can be used in every project)
Archival Ink Jet Black (waterproof ink pad)
Collection of Watercolour Marker Pens - AquaMarkers/Tim Holtz Distress Markers
If you're using Alcohol Ink Pens ProMarkers/Spectrum Noir to colour then use a Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad 
Silver Border Peel Off (I know we have used a peel off! whatever next?)
Good pair of sharp tipped scissors
Craft Knife with a new blade (Be xtra careful when using this)
Craft Mat - Cutting Mat - Heat Gun - Baby Wipes - Mister/Spray Bottle (filled with water)Tweezers - Selection of Royal and Langnickel Brushes
Black waterproof Marker Pen
Post-it Notes
Good White Stamping Paper/Card
Mod Podge - Matte
Selection of acrylic based paint mediums - I have used Claudine Hellmuth Paints here. However, I have just bought some PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints, so will show you how they look in the coming projects later next month
Selection of Distress Inks plus a Blending Tool 

Just a quick word first...
I understand that you may not have every item that I use when making my projects. That's why I have not said use this template or that colour. I don't want to make fellow crafters feel they can't do this kind of project because they don't have this colour or that template. 
Alot of the 12in Crafters' Workshop templates are on offer @ That's Crafty and I have snapped up a few and added them to my template stash while this great offer is on.
Now then, let's make a project. We have to, as in all our projects, break it into sections so that we are not hanging around but getting involved in the work.
Part 1: Prep work the canvas. As we are going to be using acrylics, then we have to put a layer of Gesso onto our canvas to help with the movement and depth of colour that they are going to give us.
Part 2: Prep work stamping out our imagery so that we can build up the story. We are going to have to do some masking here. The main body's are the bodies stamps and then using the post-its, we use the other elements from the various Dylusions stamp sets. Don't worry about getting it 100% spot on. That's why we have the black waterproof pen (0.5 size), so that we can join up and correct any small misplacements. I also used the pen to add some simple arm - nothing special and there was no real definition and the hands were just circles. If you're not comfortable just getting on and doing this, then use a pencil and lightly draw the lines. You can always take a eraser to these lines after you have drawn them in. After they have been constructed and coloured, just take a light grey pen, go around the image and then using sharp tipped scissors, cut them out. Again don't get serious about this, don't worry if you're cut lines are not .03547 mm away from the stamped edge. All we aim to do is cut them away from the rest of the paper. Take a closer look at my cutting - it's not perfect.
Part 3: Colouring the canvas

Part 4: Colouring our stamped image

Part 5: Building up our story
Parts 1 and 2 are self explanatory. Part 3, building up the canvas, is where we can have lots of fun. In my minds eye, I divided the canvas into 2 - the sky and the ground and I laid down colours reflecting this division. Using baby wipes and your mister bottle, you can dictate how much colour is laid down. By using good quality acrylic paints, this gives you this freedom. Also you don't have to use a lot of them, so they last. Don't go thinking that cheaper is better when you're doing this type of art/crafting. After each layer had dried, I added another one, using my templates to leave lines and marks, then building up over these marks using a watered down colour. Baby wipes can be your best friend in helping you remove paint and to help spread it around. If you're not happy, then Gesso over it and start again.
Now then the PEEL OFF - yes it's there. I thought it would make a wonderful garden fence while not looking like a garden fence (did that make sense? lol).
The next part of this project is to colour in our stamped imagery, again have fun you're not going to have to make skin tones look like real skin on this project, as we are going for flat which is completely different from the built up background. I did try to keep the 'fairies' in colour themes, as it's fun to have a Pink Fairy, Yellow Fairy etc. This also goes with the birds - have some fun use those pens, close your eyes and just pick up 3 pens while they are shut. That way you're not going to worry that this colour will not work with that.
Let's build this project up. We have our background - I did make an error, that's why at the 2nd to last moment, I added the butterflys from a napkin that I had. I wasn't going to start all over again, so after a few moments of panic, I remembered that I had this, so the day was saved. Using the Mod Podge, I started to secure the stamped images onto the canvas. After I had placed the items down dry, I secured the mushrooms at either side of the canvas, followed by the wings of the central fairy, followed by the body and hat, then now as l had given the dimensions for the rest of the images l started to secure down. The birds were then secured down, lastly followed by the flowers at the edge. I allowed the flowers to over hang the edge.
There you have it, a project that's made up of stamps that were a mix and match, just to show that you can re-visit old stamps and mix it up with newer stamps.
If you have any questions then please send me a message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Field Notes Notebook by Mandy C



I love these original Stampers Anonymous stamps. The new sets have been put together with words so when I saw this set I knew I wanted to make a little ‘field notes’ book. For this project I’ve used the Stampers Anonymous Classics Favorites 1 for the main image, as well as the word ‘journal’ For the leaves at the top the stamp is from one of the Wendy Vecchi stamps ‘It’s Face Art’. 

The book started out as a very cheap 20p notebook from Asda. I covered the front with a page from an old book from a second hand shop. I coloured the background with a selection of chalk inks. I love the effect of the chalk inks and they blend perfectly and keep it looking a bit vintage.  

I stamped the word and the pear image twice onto some card. I coloured the pear on one of the stamped images with some h20s (Cosmic Shimmer have similar paints), left to dry and then cut the pear out. The other stamped pear image I attached to the notebook and then coloured with watercolour pencils. I also cut out the word ‘journal’ and coloured it to match the overall notebook.  

The word and the cut out pear were stuck onto the notebook with 3d foam, for a bit of dimension. 

Finally I added a few leaf stamps from the Wendy Vecchi set, which finished it nicely.


Monday, 28 January 2013

Top Hat Tag by Deborah


I still seem to be a in a green phase, but this time with touches of its opposite: red. This piece started off as a card topper but then I added the semi circle, cut from the same painted background, and it morphed into a tag.

The background is pale blue card painted with Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paint: Pistachio and stamped using bubble wrap pressed into Eggplant. I stamped the jewelled swag from Lynne Perrella Collection 02 and the crown motif from Lynne Perrella Collection 011 in VersaFine Onyx Black.

The woman in the top hat from Lynne Perrella Collection 02 was stamped separately in the Versamark, coloured and cut out, as were the medallions from Lynne Perrella Collection 04 - the flower in her hatband is the centre of the medallion.
I edged all the pieces with the chisel tip of a Black ProMarker and added bits of netting and ribbon from my stash.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Saturday, 26 January 2013

By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Laura

Items Used:
Black Embossing Marker
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Tando Creative Grab Bag - Circles
Stix2 Clear Foam Pads - 7mm x 7mm x 1mm 

I first stamped the Lost Coast Tall Trees background stamp onto some IndigoBlu black card using VersaMark. I then sprinkled this with Sticky Stuff and heated with a heat gun. When the Sticky Stuff had melted, I added Silvery Moon gilding flakes and removed the excess with some scoochy foam. 

Next I stamped the owl from the IndigoBlu Hocus Pocus stamp set on white card using VersaFIne Vintage Sepia Ink. This stamp features a castle in the background but I only wanted the owl, so I cut him out. I then stamped the image several times on copier paper because I was going to be decoupaging his feathers, so I cut out several different layers of feathers too. I coloured in his eyes and beak with a black embossing pen and embossed with clear gloss embossing powder. 

I then stuck all the different layers of feathers onto the owl image that I had stamped onto card, making sure not to stick the bottom of the feathers. I then curled the feathers round the end of a thin paint brush, to give them more dimension. 

I covered a Tando chipboard circle with Silver Leaf (again using VersaMark and Sticky Stuff) and coloured the edges with a Letraset Metallic Marker. 

Finally, I added the owl image and the moon to the Tall Trees background, using clear foam pads and then mounted the finished image on some white card.


Friday, 25 January 2013

Steampunk Skinny Card Toppers By Fliss Goodwin


Hello everyone, my project this week is based on a Ready Steady Stamp challenge (I wonder if you miss those as much as I do?) from ages back when we had to make a skinny, this being a 3x5 inch piece of artwork. I took up the challenge and found the size particularly good for making card toppers. It’s really handy to have a few in reserve, so that you can knock up a complete card in a matter of minutes.
I’ve chosen a steampunk theme, as I have quite a few friends that appreciate a slightly quirky style and of course, it lends itself well to both masculine and feminine so I’ve done both! 

Here’s What You Need


How To:


Infinite Possibility

·       Stamp the side facing steampunk siren with black ink on white card and colour with ProMarkers. I used a variety of plums and blues using terracotta for the leather sections. Cut her out to leave a narrow white border.

·       To make the background, cut a piece of white card to measure 3x5 inches and then stamp on the barbed wire, stamping twice before re-inking for a faded effect. Repeat at random all over the card.

·       Ink the panel up with Distress inks and an applicator – I used Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves. It came out a little darker than I wanted so I added Picket Fence Distress Stain, spritzed with water and blotted it with a paper towel. This gave a misty effect, which I rather like.

·       I added the image with low foam pads and finished off with the text stamped in black and cut out.  
Glamour Time

·       Stamp the glamorous lady siren with black ink and colour with ProMarkers. I used a variety of reds and plums on this one. Cut her out to leave a narrow white border.

·       To make this background, cut the skinny as before and stamp on the cog and clock image, this time stamping 3 times before re-inking. Repeat to cover the card.

·       Ink the panel up with Distress inks and an applicator – I used Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon.

·        Add the image with low foam tape to finish. 


Clockwork Bird

·       Using the Oxford Impressions set, stamp the bird and smaller hat with the VersaFine ink and emboss both with clear powder. Stamp the smaller key with the black ink and emboss with gold powder. Cut all the images out to leave a narrow white border.

·       Cut the skinny out and dry emboss with the clockworks folder. Ink the panel all over with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress inks and swipe Vintage Photo over the raised areas.

·       Assemble with low foam pads and add the stamped text at the bottom.  

Come Fly With Me

·       Again using the Oxford impressions set, stamp the balloon and the Gimbrel Brothers plate with the black Archival ink. Colour the balloon with orange and red ProMarkers and the boat with brown. Cut the images out to leave a narrow white border.

·       To make the background, stamp the latitude chart on 3 times with black ink and then stamp on some cogs. Ink the panel with an applicator and Distress inks – here I used Tumbled Glass, Crushed Olive and Stormy Sky.

·       Assemble using low foam tape and add the text near the top, stamped in black on white card.

I’ve now made a card sample to show how quick and easy it can be to make a card with one of the toppers – this one took just over 5 minutes! 

Clockwork Bird Card 



I’ve used a kraft card blank and simply stamped some cogs diagonally across the card with black ink. You could add a greeting if you like as there’s space near the top. Easy peasy!
Have a great weekend.

Fliss xx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Flying Pigs at 6 O’Clock by Carol Fox



I thought I would have a bit of fun with this Tando clock and really punk it up. It was one of those project that were a while in the making, not because it was particularly time consuming, but it was something I was doing between other “stuff”. 

The die cut cogs I cut from the chipboard that came as the packing for the clock. I laid the top bit of the clock with the holes in it, onto a piece of paper and drew inside the cut-outs to get the shapes to stick the cogs onto, I cut these out and then stuck the die cut cogs to them and then trimmed them from the back, these then fitted perfectly into the recesses once the front was glued onto the base.

I  painted it all with Eco Green paints in Bronze and Green Patina, I just squidged them onto the base and then mixed them with the brush as I applied them, this way you get a mottled and uneven look.

All my images were stamped onto card, coloured, cut out and then stuck to the clock face. It was at this point I decided to add the numbers, and of course the pig was in the way for the 6. So I decided the best way was to off set the 6, and add a random 5 to balance it a bit more, and in the end I actually like the way this has made it look, it adds to its quirkyness. The numbers are die cut from 10 Second Studios Rock Star Black, run through my Big Shot with an embossing folder and then sanded to remove the black from the raised areas.

I added a large stamped clockface to the center, finishing this off with die cut cogs, coloured as before.

I added the butterflies last, finishing them with Glossy Accents to make them pop a little bit. I have used one of the dominos from last weeks project.
I used:

Tando Clock
Graphic 45 Stamp Sets
Crafty Individuals Clock Face CI354
Eco Green Paints
Ten Seconds Studio Metal – Rock Star Black
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Clockworks
Glossy Accents
Ranger Archival Ink

Carol x

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Boxing Match by Alan Scott

I wanted to do something different for this canvas. I have been given the opportunity to own a lot of highly illustrated Books. The illustrations that are inside these books are just a wonderful decades worth of imagery that I can bring into this wonderful media that is Altered Art. Apart from the main images, the layers that are beneath them are just as important in the overall finished canvas. A lot of people just see the flower.. the stamped and cut out main image but miss the wonderful textures and layers of colour and markings that have been done to make up the final piece. So if anything comes out of this project, I hope that you start to see the building blocks that an artist has done to make their art piece.
This canvas contains lots of stencils, stamping, colouring, by the use of sprays, markers and ink pads. Below is a complete list of materials used. I know that you don't have the main imagery. You can substitute these with anything you have in your crafting arsenal.
The male figure head that's at the base is a stamped image! It doesn't look out of place amoung the printed images, so don't think 'Oh I can't do this as I don't have those figures'. The last thing I want from you is to make a exact copy of this. What I would like you to do is take hints, tips and ideas from what you have seen and then bring them into your own art pieces. You can take stamped imagery and use them. The Lost Coast Design Stamp - Boxer would be a good stamp to use on a project like this. If you are not into stamping but like to build up your art materials, you can use cut outs. That's Crafty is not just a place for stampers and scrapbookers, it's a place where anyone who has a crafting idea and would like to build up a collection of materials, can do so.


Now then, if you're looking at the list above and saying .... 'OH I CANT DO THIS LOOK - AT ALL THE MATERIALS NEEDED!' then I feel I have to say something at this point. Like all the Design Team members of That's Crafty and a lot of crafters out there, we have built up our crafting arsenal over many, many years. I started collecting my crafting bits way back in the mid 1970's, when I started on my career path as a Photographer/Graphic Designer. One tip I was given was to always buy the very best quality that you can afford, as it will last. So much so that 100% of my water brushes are now over 30 years old. Look after them and they will give you years of service and crafting memories. You do need to buy materials - that's a given. I store my rubber/acrylic stamps in plastic containers and they are stored away from sunlight. I always clean them after I have use them, wash my brushes, clean my mats etc.

Now then, this time I didnt cover the canvas in Gesso. I took some old print outs of old papers. You can search the net, there are lots of FREEBIES for this kind of thing, however please respect the designers copyright if there is one. 
After I laid down a layer of paper using the Matt Medium, when dry I took the Gesso and started to block out areas. I didn't want the background to take over but for it to reveal areas when viewed upon. If you have placed to much on, then use a baby wipe to remove or give a quick spritz of water and then use the paper towels or your brush to move the Gesso about the canvas. When you're happy, a blast of hot air from your heat gun will aid in the process. Gesso will also help when it comes to laying down colour. It will keep that depth of hue and will not be over taken by what is below.
Build up layers of interest. The templates can make wonderful lines or use them as a mask with the spray inks. When you have laid down a layer of colour, always get into the habit of then placing a layer of Matt Medium onto this new surface. This will fix it and it will not be affected by the next later. You can use a heat gun, however I like it to air dry. Heat and glue can cause bubbles! While it's drying, move onto another part of your altered art piece. Stamp out your imagery and then spend time using colour to build up a story. I printed out my main images and using the grey ProMarkers.
The idea when making an art piece like this, is to split it up into sections. That way, while one part is drying, you can move onto something else, this way you're not hanging around with nothing to do when you want to be crafting.
When it came to build up the picture, I had to look at it and experiment with placement. This also included the stamped images, that looked as if they were sewn or stitched on. The one at the base gives the two boxers a grounding. The images on the left of the picture, gives the men sitting something to ground them - if I had just put them there, it would have looked as if they were floating. That's why I always try things out before I secure them into place. When I was happy with the placement, they were secured using the Matt Medium and given a layer of the same.
I have to hold my hand up now and say that the male's head at the base, covers up a dreadful error - I tried to give the base some hand drawn decoration. Looking back, I should have selected a mask/template that I have and used that.
The main images were lifted from the canvas, so that they would have a shadow and I also gave them a slight curve, so that this would be seen from any angle.
Taking the font stamps, I stamped out a title, placed a black box around them and then cut then out. Using the distressing tool and the different foam pads I had used with the distress ink, I 'skuffed them up' then secured them into place.
The last thing I did was take some black Gesso and go round the edges of the canvas - it had become tattered and not looking nice.
Any questions, please send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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