Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Home-Made Fabric Paper

Last night on the PaperArtsy blog there was a fab set of instructions on how to make this type of fabric paper, well I just had to give it a go.

To follow the method and instructions of Anneke De Clerk click on the link here.

Items Used

Paper Napkins and tissue paper
Matt Medium
White Kitchen Parchment
Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Nougat and Hint of Mint
Archival inks in Sepia and Watering Can
PaperArtsy Stamp sets ECL01 and Flora and Fauna 3
Inka Gold in platinum
Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze
Tim Holtz Remant Rubs - Life Quotes
Fine Black Micron Pen

I followed Annekes instructions completely and then once completely dry ( I left this over night and went back to it after work today) I added the Inka Gold and Treasure Gold and I was surprised how the paper stood up to the buffing of these waxes. Then played around adding swirls of black dots with the pen and finally added a few rub-on words.

I really like how the black and white medallion napkin melds into all the other  pieces of tissue.

It wasn't the easiest of things to photograph, but I hope you can get an idea of the colours and textures.

I am not sure what I shall use this for, maybe some bunting for a garden party we are holding in the summer for my in-laws joint 90th birthdays ! It will definitely be used for something as I am 'chuffed to bits' with it. So a big thank-you to Anneke for the idea and inspiration Jane x

Monday, 12 January 2015

Card With a View

I've had an idea in my head for some time but never got round to trying it out, so when Crafty Individuals announced their theme for the January blog challenge I felt this was the time to try it out.
To see the wonderful scene Coco has made to kick the challenge off click here. Ok so the theme is 'Scenic Stamping'.

Then open the doors / gates ---

To begin with I stamped C.I. 249 in Archival Watering Can onto watercolour card. I then expanded the text for the wall using InkyDoodles text background stamp. 

Colour was then added to the scene by brushing watered down Distress Inks in Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye and Stormy Skies.

Another set of doors were stamped onto medium weight paper and coloured in the same way to be cut out and stuck onto the inside of the doors.

The ivy was stamped in Forest moss.

The doors were cut using a craft knife and lightly scoring down the hinged edges. I then felt it needed  some steps, so these were made from watercolour card and coloured with Pumice Stone, Tea Dye and Shabby Shutters.
The edges were lightly inked with vintage photo.

Next Tower Bridge was stamped from C.I.221, I masked the 3 other scenes before inking. This was also stamped in Watering Can, the sky and river were coloured in Weathered Wood and Stormy Skies. The colour was added to the bridge using watercolour pencils.

The tree branches were added using a Distress Marker in Walnut stain and then I over stamped with a few ivy leaves.
This was attached to the back of the doorway using foam pads so as to add a little depth.

Now onto the flowers-- these were stamped onto card coloured with Pan Pastels using a Crafty Individuals stamp that was a free gift with an order using Versa-Mark ink and then white embossing powder. These were then punched out and the petals curled to form a type of 'Clematis' flower.

Black gems were added for door knobs and the whole picture was mounted onto a piece of Graphic 45 paper before attaching to a kraft card.

I am pleased with how the card turned out and hope it fits the criteria for the challenge. Thanks to Coco for giving me the nudge I needed to see this idea through.
I hope you all have a good week and hopefully some time for a little crafting--- its good for you!!!!

Take care and thanks as always for stopping by, Jane x

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Canvas using 'Fragile Papers'

Hi everyone and a very Happy New Year to you, I hope 2015 has started well for you. Today I have made a canvas that was inspired by the PaperArtsy New Challenge over on their blog titled 'Fragile Papers'. To see the DT's wonderful creations and view the video click on the link here.

To begin with I stamped the main image from LPC010 stamp set onto tissue paper using Archival Watering Can and just touching the edges of the stamp with Sepia. Once dry I tore around the edges and then coloured the cheeks from the underside using Distress inks in Worn Lipstick for the centres of the cheeks and Spun Sugar to highlight the skin.

The lips and eyes were coloured using Sakura jellyroll pens in ruby and blue.

Then onto the canvas - for this I used a 5 x 7 inch cotton canvas board. 

I added torn pieces of old dress making patterns and some drywall tape to the top. This was then given a coat of watered down white gesso. 
Next using a fairly dry brush I started to add colour, starting with Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Seaweed and Chutney.

The brush strokes went either up and down the canvas or across not in all directions. Then I introduced 3 other colours- Chartreuse, Autumn Fire and Tikka and these were diagonally across the canvas.

A regal flourish was stamped in Watering Can using the stamp from Crowns and Castle 5.

Then using the border stamp from ECL01 set I stamped the 2 side edges in Brilliance pearlescent olive and then brushed on some Perfect Pearls in perfect pearl. 

The flower was made using vellum for the centre petals and stamped using the 2 flower stamps from the same set ECL01 in watering can and then heat embossing with clear powder. The outside petals were made using Crunchy Waxed Kraft paper which was cut using the grunge flower die and then passing through Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder which had Versa-mark ink on the upper part of the folder. Once embossed it was then brushed with copper mica powder and then scrounged up. 

The leaves were stamped onto copier paper that I had coloured with mica sprays and then scrunged up whist still wet. These are very fragile when you unscrunge them---- and can colour your hands!

The centre of the flower is a wooden button and the ladies head dress was made by crocheting some fine jewellery wire and adding tiny beads as you go along.

Well is great to get back to the craft room after the Christmas and New Year festivities and to start the new year off with such a different type of challenge, thanks PaperArtsy.

Thanks to you all for your lovely comments last year, I hope to be worthy of some in 2015. Take care and have a good week Jane x