Monday, 25 January 2016

Stencilling 3 ways on one card

I wanted to share this card I made using Tim Holtz Stencils with 3 different products.

To create the background I first stenciled on water color paper with Antique Linen Distress Paint through the Tim Holtz Stripes Stencil.  I turned the stencil 45 degrees & repeated to form a random checker/plaid pattern.

Once dry I then swiped Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and Victoria Velvet Distress Stain across the paper. The colors blended beautifully & look like a sultry sunset.  The painted stripes resist the other distress products & appear to come to the foreground.

 Frayed Burlap Distress Ink was applied with a blending tool through the Measured Stencil.
The Stars were then randomly stenciled using Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste. 
I love the way they are semi translucent, so left them uncolored with the background peeking through in places.

I then stamped Tim's Bird Stamp in Black Archival Ink.   Printed & cut out the sentiment.
This piece was applied with other torn paper scraps to a 5 1/2 " Cream card base.

Cheers for now.

Best FriendS PostCard on Canvas

Hi Readers, I found this gorgeous postcard online & it brought back so many memories of my childhood holidays spent on the New South Wales beaches near Tathra & Bermagui in Australia.
We always holidayed with close family friends.  I decided to mount it on a canvas.

I had lots of Ephemera that suited an Underwater Theme, so I firstly made a rough plan by laying out the pieces on the raw canvas, marking the position of the Postcard lightly with a pencil.

I lightly applied some Distress inks to the Postcard to colour the Sky, Sand & Ocean.
I left the little girls uncolored from original so they would stand out from the Background.
I rolled & distressed the edges of the Postcard.

The Ephemera included Sizzix diecuts of Sea Horses, Starfish, Sand Dollars & Foliage that had been previously made using thick card stock color sprayed with Glimmer Mist. 
Texture was added to these with stamping & crackle medium.
Hero Arts Shell Stamps previously coloured in with Luminarte Silks & fussy cut out.

I started working on the Background  by priming the canvas with a good layer of White Gesso 
and letting it dry naturally.
Texture was then applied with the Stencils shown above & a combination of Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste & Crackle Texture Paste.
The WoodGrain Stencil was used to replicate an old wooden pylon from a pier that is shown on the edge of the Postcard.
Other stencils represent underwater plants, sand, & bubbles.

Once dry I applied colors using various sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang & Red Lead Artisan Inks in Mini Misters.
I dripped Alcohol Inks & Blending Solution on the Texture Paste. This created some vibrant effects.

I continued the Texture & Color onto the sides of the Canvas.

Here are some close up Pictures of the Lovely Texture...

& Ephemera Layers.

Small Pearls, Glass Beads & Microbeads as well as mesh were added to the layers.
The wooden pieces were brought back from a Caribbean Cruise.

The colors were softened & blended by spraying & blotting with water and splattering with white gesso.

I am entering this canvas in the Simon Says Stamp Blog MondayChallenge: Best Friends

Cheers from Deb

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Welcome to 2016

Looking forward to lots of creativity in 2016.

Stencilling with Texture, Crackle & Black Embossing Paste, 

I decided to cover a 'boring' plain Notebook & an alphabetical Address Book for use in our study.

The alphabetical pages will allow me to list all those log in details for social media and other sites. 
I wanted to dress them up so they are always easy to find in our office.

To give them a masculine feel I decided to use techniques I learnt at a Finnabair Workshop at 'Hobby Sew' in Echuca last November.


Black Gesso was applied to the outside surfaces with a paint brush & allowed to dry.

Tim Holtz Stencils were used with Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste randomly across the surface of the larger book.    
Tim Holtz & Prima Finnabair Stencils were used with Wendy Vecchi crackled texture paste on the smaller notebook.
Other paper die cuts were added with 3D matte gel from Finnabair Art Basics & extra texture added with Prima Art extravagance snowflake paste (which has a grit & glitter mixed in it) applied with a palette knife.

Once dry all of the texture on these covers was highlighted by dry brushing with Silks Acrylic Glazes & Mica powders from Prima Art Ingredients & Primary Elements from Luminarte.
Colours such as Nutmeg, Rust, Autumn skies, Emperor's Gold, Forest Green, Teal zircon were applied.

The effect is subtle but almost metallic to look at.  I can't stop touching the texture.


 Close up of the crackle circles & the surfaces.  Hope you try this out too.  


I am entering this project in the 

January 11th 2016