Friday, 13 April 2018

Heart - Journal Page

Hi everyone,

I made this journal page earlier this year, January in fact, but I held back posting it until today (it's the last of my catch-up posts) because of the heart and the date.

Friday 13th is a superstitious date for some but not for me. I met, got engaged and married on Friday 13th, so it holds entirely different connotations for me.... happy ones. 

Another reason is that as I've been playing catch-up posting my work from earlier in the year,  I've been filing them away to make room in my craftroom. My tags go in these.....

Tag storage boxes. I make one a year, covered it in Tim Holtz's Botanicals 12 x 12 paper pad and the tags of that year hang inside, on tiny coat hangers, like clothes in a wardrobe.  

The tiny coat hangers thread easily through the back of the ribbon at the top of each tag.

Any loose journal pages I make get pasted into my then current Moleskine Art Journal.

This journal page was a very easy and simple make, but one that I was happy to have left lying around in my craft room until the very last.  

It ticked all the right boxes for me:  I love the blending and mix of Payne's Grey and Indigo together,  not least when I'm using watercolours. The Sweet Poppy pearlescent stencil paste is a frequent go-to of mine (I'm sure you've noticed), the subtle shimmer is so soft and doesn't dominate a project and yet addes dimension and interest. The stencil I used for this page was a CraftersWorkshop 6x6 stencil (Mini Specimens).

The top layer on the page was a small piece of test card from an earlier project, backed onto to black card and held in place with dimensional foam pads. The gauze was coloured with a wash of  the same indigo watercolour paint used on the page. 

The coloured wire, from my stash, was wound round the cap of a  bottle to form a circle and then glued in place with Glossy Accents, along with the gauze.  The tiny heart was coloured using Stamping Up marker pens (I made a batch of these at the start of the year and can't recall the colour combo now... sorry). It has a thin glaze of  Ranger Crazing Collage Medium on top to give it some texture.  Again, Glossy Accents was my preferred choice of glue to secure it in place.

So that's my lot...... I'm up to date with my posts now.  This is what they looked like or at least some of them looked like, a couple of months ago;  stacked up, waiting to be finished off and/or posted.   

Guess what?  I now have a clear shelf and plenty of room for new projects... YEA!!!!

Have a wonderful day and don't give it a thought if you're superstitious about it being Friday 13th. Lock yourself away and play with your inks, paints and paper.

Happy crafting.

Carol. xx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Kindness can Change the World - Tag & Journal Page

Hi everyone,

something a little different today. I take part in an heART Swap every few months and this was one I did recently. The theme was kindness so I decided to create a postcard using the Tim Holtz's world Die by Sizzix, Distress Oxides and Stampendous Fran.tage embossing powders and this is the result......

As it was a while ago when I made the postcard I can't recall what  inky oxide deliciousness I used (sorry). But I suspect there's Wild Honey, Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade in the background, Iced Spruce for some of the landmass and Faded Jeans and/or Broken China with Walnut Stain and/or Frayed Burlap for the oceans. These were the only oxides I had then so it will  have been a combination of one or other of those colours.

To pick up some of the lovely warm orange hues from the background, I decided on Aged Gold (an opaque embossing powder) to create similar warmth elsewhere on the card. To do this I randomly touched a Versamark ink pad to various places on the die cut, added the embossing powder and heat set it with a heat tool.

The range of embossing powder I used was Stampendous Fran.tage embossing powders which comes as a set of five in a kit.  They are all really lovely to use.  The colours in the set are: Aged Silver (opaque), Shabby Blue (opaque), Shabby Pink (pastel), Shabby White (opaque) and the Aged Gold, which I used in this project.

I doodled a freehand border and the sentiment using a Micro pen (black 01). The sentiment, 

            "Never deny that a simple act of kindness, 
             however small, can  help to change the world"

was one I made up. I wrote it freehand trying to follow the curvature of the world.

As I had an extra die cut world left over I decided to make a tag and practise a little more using the same Distress Oxide combo. 

As you can see the tag is very similar to the postcard but on the tag I limited myself to just the Distress Oxides. My sentiment was computer generated this time but made a little shorted to fit the tag. Again, a touch of random doodling around the edge and also the sentiment boxes.

Although the picture doesn't show it, I did make my usual tiny date tag which I attached to white seam binding dyed with DO (Faded Jeans) to match the background.

I really do find the chalky finish of Distress Oxides very appealing and satisfying to work with. Whatever the colour combination they all blend gorgeously together and work equally well on their own or mixed with Distress Inks.... Well done Ranger.

As ever, thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy Crafting

 Carol. xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Calm in the Storm - Tag

Hi Everyone,

this is another rainy day tag from late January....

The top layer was a scrap of card that had been lying around on my desk from an earlier project.  Originally it had been a test piece   but I liked it too much to consign it to the bin when that project was finished and it had been floating around ever since. I decided to make use of it by layering it onto a tag.

Using 300 gsm white card, cut to the size of a Ranger #8 tag, I smooched it with Ranger Distress Oxide Ink (Hickory Smoke) and then dripped Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Paint (indigo) down it, to create my background.

Next, using Pebeo Mirror Effect Gilding Leaves I added random touches diagonally across both the background and the top layer.

My label was computer generated and edged with Hickory Smoke before being backed onto black card and layered onto a piece of gauge, which was also coloured using Hickory Smoke.

Finally to add a pop of colour, I added one of my tiny red handmade hearts, backed my tag with black card and added my tiny date tag to ribbon from my stash.

I loved how the well the indigo worked with the chalkiness of the Hickory Smoke and the effect the Pebeo gave splashing diagonally across the tag. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll do so again.

Happy crafting...

Carol. xx 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Way to my Heart - Journal Page.

Hi everyone,

I've had a bit of a run using the Sweet Poppy Pearlescent Stencil Paste and decided to add a rougher texture to my next project, a journal page. 

I dug out my Ranger Grunge Paste which has been in my stash so long that it had to rehydrate before I could put it through my Ranger Layering Stencil (Rays).

I wasn't sure whether I'd the Grunge Paste after the smoothness of the pearlescent stencil paste but, when it dried, I really liked the effect. To accentuate the texture and roughness  even more I used Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paint (Payne's Grey) over the top. Then more W&N watercolour paint (Indigo, Sap Green) mixed with water for drippage, allowing it to track alongside the dried Grunge Paste and puddle to one side.

Yet again I decided on a heart as my focal point (I can't seem to stop making them).  A piece of scrap card was coloured using the same W&N paints as the background, edged with a Faber Castelle Big Pitt Brush Marker (black) and covered with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Rock Candy). I left it to aid dry and curl.  Whilst it was drying I also added a daube of Rock Candy to the background where I wanted my heart to go. 

I was thrilled with the gorgeousness of how the inks blended and the chalky rough texture of the Grunge Paste....but I really must stop adding hearts to my projects!

Thanks for letting me share this post with you.

Happy crafting.

Carol. xx 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Heart - Tag

Hi Everyone,

I'm still playing catch up sharing some of my tags from earlier this year.  This lovely little tag was a quick hit one rainy afternoon in late January.

Using Veerle's ( A Coloured Mind Blog ) 'go to' technique yet again, I coloured my background very lightly with Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paints (Sap Green & Indigo).

To create texture to the background, I added Sweet Poppy Pearlescent Stencil Paste through the Crafters Companion Mini Tie Dyed stencil.

When dry I activated Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent water colour paints (Golden Aqua, Golden Malachite) with a little water and let it flow and track down the paste and puddle to one side.

A small piece of torn Mulberry Paper with a tiny heart formed my focal point.  

I've mentioned these little hearts in previous posts: they're hand made, coloured using Stamping Up markers and gazed with Glossy Accents or sometimes Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Rock Candy).  This one was slightly different as I used Ranger Collage Medium (crazing) to create the very fine crazing on top.

The ribbon was from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting

Carol. xx 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Splatters -Tags

Hi everyone,

I've mentioned a couple of Visible Image stamps recently and today I'm going to mention another, the Ink Splats stamp set.

Splatters are like marmite, you either love them or hate them.  I happen to be a bit of a soft touch when it comes to spatters. That being said it took me ages to find the right stamp set to add to my collection... well, that was until I saw this one by Visible Image.  It's gives the perfect array of spatters or at least it does for me. There are five stamps in the set so you have plenty to choose  from. 

Here are a couple of tags I made using this set:

Both used Veerle Moreels' 'go to' technique for the backgrounds (A Coloured Mind blog).  For my paint I choose Windsor & Newton Cotman water colour paints (Sap Green, Indigo Blue).

On this tag...

I layered a small piece of card onto black card before mounting it onto dimensional foam pad and attaching it to my tag.  The splatters were added to the top layer by using both Sweet Poppy Pearlescent Stencil Paste through the Ranger splatters stencil, as well as being stamped using the Visible Image Ink Splatters stamp.

A tiny ceramic heart tile was added for focus using Glossy Accents.

On my second tag the spatters are more extensive.....

Again I used Sweet Poppy Pearlescent Stencil Paste through the Rangers Splatters stencil to create my spatters and to give some texture to the background.  To added a little more depth, I went round each splatter with a charcoal pencil, gently blending it out with a stubby. 

On top on of the main splatter I added a little piece of torn Mulberry Paper, a circle of green wire from my stash and a little red heart, coloured using Stamping Up markers and glazed with Glossy Accents.

Both tags were backed with black card and a tiny date tag added to the ribbon on each with a jump ring.  To remind myself that Veerle had provided the inspiration for my tags I added another tiny tag to each jump ring.

I really enjoy working with these two Newton & Windsor watercolours, they blend and compliment each other so well.  I also love how this pearlescent stencil paste gives a faint shimmer and texture to my projects, without being too prominent and leaves the overall look soft.

Thanks for letting me share my post with you today.

Happy crafting.

Carol. xx 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

It's a Bug's Life -Tag

Hi everyone,

here is the tag I promised to share in an earlier post which uses both the Visible Image How Fragile and Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp sets... my current favourites if you've not already guessed.

I'm not going to go into detail on the making process as the background was made in exactly the same way as my earlier post  Shattered  

But this time I added a small piece of card to the centre of my tag on dimensional foam pads. I stamped the beetle from the Entomology stamp set in the centre in Archival ink (black), coloured him in and then added a coat of Glossy Accents  to his torso.

Ranger Remnant Rubs (Numbers, Botanicals) added a bit of interest around the tag.  White acrylic paint was used in the recesses of the Ranger Word Band before it was secured into place at the bottom of the tag with a couple of Ranger brads.

Before backing my tag onto black card I inked the edges very gently with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) to frame it.  The tiny date tag was threaded through chiffon and taffeta ribbon from my stash.

Happy crafting and  I'd love to hear from you if you fancy leaving a comment.

Carol. xx