Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Steampunk Canvas

Nothing for ages, then two blogs in a day!

As promised here is my finished creation from the stash of goodies I pictured this morning.  I've had such a fun time creating this canvas, one of those projects I've had in my head for a while and so glad to get something created!... and I've done the background of an 8x8 steampunk canvas too, ready to be embellished - but that can wait for another day's blog!

If you fancy having a go at these canvas pieces, we now stock 12x12" and 8x8" canvas blanks.  Don't know where to start?  Join us on our all day mixed media workshop and create your own canvas on whatever theme you like!  It is on Sunday 7th July 10-3 held at our shop in Attleborough.  It costs £40 per person and includes a goody bag worth £10.  Call 01953 454976 or email me to book.

I've included a product list with links to the website if you want to add any of these goodies to your stash!

Products used:
12x12 Blank Canvas
White and Black Acrylic Paint (Eco-Green/Art Proff)
Chicken Wire Stamp from Creative Expressions
Steampunk Dreams Stamp set from Creative Expressions
Teal Wash and Silver Cosmic Shimmer Spray
Patina and Pewter Gilding Wax from Creative Expressions
Cogs Border and Clockface mask from That Special Touch
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste - White
Watch Cog Steampunk charms
Sprightly Sprockets Spellbinder Dies
Elegant Posts Spellbinder Dies
Large silver butterfly charm
Ranger Crackle Accents
Black Jump rings and chain




oops sorry guys... I've been a lapsed blogger this month!  it's been busy busy busy sorting out new deliveries, planning new workshops and planning lots of samples, so I've not had time to share them!

Today is a playday.  I'm busy preparing another canvas sample for our All day workshop on 7th July which is a mixed media workshop - where you'll be creating a canvas using paints, inks, papers, embellishments, texture pastes and much more! (it's 10-3, £40 per person and you can book by calling 01953 454976).

Here is my picture of goodies I've gathered to play with.... so excited to have new stuff to get creative with... and yes.. you might just detect a bit of a steampunk theme there!

Will share my creation later on!

hope you get some crafting time today too!

PS... if you want to follow the creation of my canvas... visit our facebook page to see regular pictures of the stages appearing over the course of the day!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

An Abundance of Love....

I am sticking with the elephant theme this week...  you know what it is like when you get a new set of stamps.. you just want to play!

I started with a Cosmic Shimmer Spritzed background...  this one had been done some time ago in my book ready to be decorated.. I tend to prepare a few pages so they are dry to speed up my creations.  I used the Chocolate Baroque Indian Elephant stamps for this page.  The paisley flower stamp was stamped at the top using Versafine Olympia Green.  I then stamped the elephant and the flourish design underneath him in the same ink.  I stamped the wording from Chocolate Baroque Artistic Affirmations set.

I then started to paint in details on the elephant using Eco-green paint Aged Gold.  I then added highlights through all the stamped designs using White gel and Gold gel pens.  I just loved the detail in the paisley pattern stamp - particularly once it had the white highlights.  As a final touch I drew in a few white gel pen stars in the background and added a few stick on gems here and there to add some sparkle.

This was a really chilled out piece to create .. it was lovely to sit and just pick out the detail with the white pen.

happy crafting!
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Elegant Elephant

This week's project is using Distress Inks and a fabulous set of Chocolate Baroque stamps - Indian Elephant.  I've worked this project to fit an 8x8" card... here's your step-by-step...

1.  Ink up your white card square using cut n dry foam and blend together Distress Ink colours - Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.
2.  Spray some water into your hand and splat the droplets over your card stock, count to ten then dab off using an old tea-towel or cloth.
3. Ink up the silhouette of buildings using Plum Archival Ink and stamp along one edge as a border.
4. Ink up the floral motif using the Spiced Marmalade and stamp randomly over the background, making sure that some images go off the edge of the cardstock.
5.  Ink up the right facing elephant with Archival Jet Black ink and boldly stamp in the middle of your cardstock.
6.  Ink up the small leaf in the Black and stamp a layer of leaves so your elephant has something to stand on.  Turn them at different angles and overlap them.
7.  Ink up the pretty flower with Archival Jet Black and stamp a few in the top right corner.
8.  Use a waterbrush to brush over the elephant and lift some of the colour off using your cloth.  This will lighten the colour of the elephant to help him stand out from your background.
9.  Add accents in Gold, Silver and White gel pen around your designs - on the elephant, leaves and the corner flower.
10.  Mount onto dark brown cardstock
11.  Cut two lengths of cream lace.  Fix one across the corner of your panel and mount.  Spritz the other with Cosmic Shimmer Bronze Blush and thoroughly dry.  Then stick this under the panel so it will line up with the one already mounted across the corner.
12.  Finally add a few amber colour gems in each corner and you are done!

If this inspires you to create something..  feel free to link in the comments or post it up on our facebook page - we love to see your creations!

If you need some help with how to blend Distress Inks - we are holding a workshop in Attleborough on 26th July. Email me for info!

happy crafting
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