Friday, 3 January 2020

Eileen Hull Notebook for AVJ

Eileen Hull Notebook Die
Happy New Year!

We begin 2020 with the theme 'We are all getting older'! at A Vintage Journey. Well that is true !

Time for weathering and distressing, or some ageing and antiqueing. Make a project using techniques for making the new look old, whether that's paper projects, altered art or mixed media. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby,mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I have created a vintage notebook using Eileen Hull's notebook die. I began with the die cut book and covered in some Tim Holtz paper and added washi tape to help reinforce the spine. I started with washes of gesso to tone down the paper before stencilling, stamping and splattering to finish the cover.
I used distress paints to alter the little butterflies, corner pieces and letters.
The inside was simply done with a little paint and stamping before the signature was secured with some outer pages.
I cheated a little with my pages - using a stapler to create the signatures - which I then secured together with some calico down the spine.
Eileen Hull Notebook Die

Eileen Hull Notebook Die
Do head on over to A Vintage Journey where the lovely and talented Alison Bomber is our host for this challenge. There is lots of ideas to get you inspired if you would like to join the challenge.
Nikki


Thursday, 5 December 2019

Dressed for Christmas


Hi there. I have been having a bit of fun making some Christmas Tags for PaperArtsy. I have used non Christmas stamps and tried to 'dress them for Christmas'. All the details over on the PaperArtsy blog.
Nikki
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Monday, 25 November 2019

Gell Plate Tape Embellishments for Christmas

Christmas cards with Gelli plate and sticky tape embellishments

Hi everyone. It's my final week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp. Thanks to the team for having me, it has been great to be back! This week the theme is Tape. I decided to try an old technique using a Gelli Plate and Sticky tape to create some embellishments for Christmas cards.
 There are quite a few videos out there on this technique - most recently from Birgit Koopsen. I used both normal sellotape and also clear parcel tape so I had different thicknesses to work with.



I started brayering bits of paint (I used Dina Wakley) onto the gel plate, followed by stamping in both paint and archival ink. I predominantly used Psychedelic Grunge from Tim Holtz. It is important if you want to use Mica later to leave some space on the plate - just random gaps that will be filled later.

I then took my selected tape and placed across the plate in strips - ensuring it is lightly burnished to remove any air. When you remove the tape the paint and mark making is transferred to the tape. I then brushed mica powder into any spaces - its hard to see in the photos but it adds some Festive shimmer sparkle!

The mica removes the stickiness that is left on the tape so I used Matte medium to adhere to white card before die cutting or hand cutting shapes for my Christmas cards.


I cut my tree and presents by hand and punched a little star for top. The greeting is from Tim Holtz Scribbly Christmas.


The bauble was cut with a die from my stash and the banners hand cut.



Again simple shapes were hand cut to create my present.


I hope you like my little cards. Thanks again to the Simon Says Stamp team for having me for the month! 
Nikki
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Friday, 22 November 2019

Vintage Easel Card with Tim Holtz products

Vintage style Easel Card with Tim Holtz
Three posts in a week for me! Haven't done that in a long time. Over at A Vintage Journey I am sharing a tutorial on this Vintage style Easel card today.... lots more details and photos here!
Nikki
xxx

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ooooh Shaving Foam!

Oh yes I have tried paint marbling with shaving foam! Very messy! To see more I am over at PaperArtsy sharing my attempts!
Nikki

Monday, 18 November 2019

Recycled Cardboard Mini Book

Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set


Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set

Hello! Hope your weekend was good. I am back for my third week as a guest designer over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog. This week the theme is Recycle.



 As I was thinking what to make I noticed an empty cat food box waiting to go to the recycle bin - so I decided to create a mini book out of the packaging.



I started with five 2.5 inch squares (quite roughly cut) from the box and stripped them of the glossy marketing. I created little tabs to join them together and added extra glue along the spine. 

I used old book pages along with Gesso and Distress paints in Black Soot and Walnut Stain to paint the surfaces.
Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set


I then started collaging scrap of materials and paper to the pages - including Dina Wakley collage paper and left over bits from Tim Holtz Journal cards. I finished each page with a quote from Tim Holtz Theories stamp set.

Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set

Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set

Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set

Recycled mini book with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set

As always, there is a $50 voucher for one lucky winner each week - so do join in for your chance to win.
Back next week for my final week!

See you then
Nikki





Monday, 11 November 2019

Tim Holtz Large Stems - Thinking of You


Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz die

Hi everyone. Today see's my second week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp. Our challenge this week is Thinking of You.



Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz die

I decided to make a card using Tim Holtz Bigz die - Large Stems as my focal point. However I started with the background, as I often do to ensure I get the right balance of colours. I added some Transparent texture paste in places through Tim Holtz Latticework stencil on my card and sprinkled lightly with Seth Apter Baked Texture. Once the paste was dry I heated the embossing powder. I then added Distress inks in various blues to the surface, followed by some stamping with the Lattice stamp from Tim Holtz Lattice and Flourish. 


Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz die

I die cut my flowers and used Distress Paints in Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass to colour. I added some random stamping and splattering too! I die cut again in black to create the shadow. Mt words are from Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz).


Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz die



Thank you so much for your visit, see you next week!
Nikki 

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