Sunday, 8 September 2019

An Inchie and a Half

Hi - I am over at PaperArtsy with a quick post on this simple card on the theme of inchies and twinchies! Love a bit of geometry to added some circles to the mix!

Loving these stamps from Courtney Franich and was happy to do some samples for their release back in July. You can see the original post here or take a peek at the photos below!

Back soon - hopefully
An erratic blogger these days!

Friday, 6 September 2019

Gelli Printed Techniques Box

Gel plate printed box
Today sees a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - 'Box it Up. Julia is our host this month and describes the challenge:

This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. 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 been playing with my gel plates and monoprinting recently so decided to make a box for different techniques and ideas. The box is designed to fit ATC's so I can store my ideas or samples ATC size.

Box Dimensions
As ATC's are 2.5 x 3.5 inches my box was designed at 3.75 wide, 2.75 high and 2.5 deep.
So for the base my card measured 9.25 x 8 inches. I scored on the long side at 2.75 and 6.5 and on the shorter side at 2.75 and 5.25.
I make my lids 1/8 of an inch bigger.
So my card was 6 and 3/8 x 5 and 1/8. Scoring on the long side at 1.25 (1 and 2/8) and 5 and 1/8 and on the short side at 1.25 and 3 and 7/8.

I painted one side of each cut piece of card and added a little stencilling and stamping - these become the inside of the box. I sealed with matt medium as I was going to turn them over and make a mess so wanted to be able to wipe if any stray paint found itself onto the surface.

Next I worked on the card that would be the outside of the box.
I used a small gel plate, added a colour with a brayer (PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paint) and then added a pattern with either a stamp or stencil. I then stamped the gel plate onto the card in patches in different places. I repeated this many times with different colours - sometime working over a previously coloured area. I added a little sponged paint through a stencil (circles) to bring the varied patterns together a little bit.
The finished box with a few ATC samples!
Gel plate printed box
I hope you like my little box! Lots more box like inspiration at A Vintage Journey today - be good to see you there.


Friday, 30 August 2019

Dream It - Create It -Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone! My blog has been quite neglected of late but back today with a project for our Tag Friday post at A Vintage Journey.
I have been struggling with both time and motivation to create recently - which saddens me! Hopefully as the colder months arrive I will find more time and a little creativity.
I started with the background, Seth Apter style - building a few layers - dark then light without worrying too much about what went where as long as some of each layer was showing through. I then took some watercolour card and monoprinted additional layers of colour - this gives the slightly mottled appearance. A little stamping and stencilled circles to finish. All paints were Paper Artsy Chalk paints.
I created a few layers with die cut frames, and some altered patterned paper along with the altered clock face and clock hand - all using Distress paints.
I have no idea where the word stamp came from, but I found it my folder of random stamps and its seemed appropriate for my lacking mojo! I added some camera film and altered some strips of cotton material to finish.
I am sure there will lots of wonderful creations on the Tag Friday post at A Vintage Journey so do head over! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Not my normal style!

It's another of those redirect post - over to PaperArtsy - for a design using an old stamp PaperArtsy collection.

Nikki xx

Friday, 12 July 2019

New PaperArtsy stamps...

It's another of those posts just to let you know I am over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening sharing  these designs for the new release of stamps by Courtney Franich. 

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Paint and Patterns for PaperArtsy

There is colour, paint, patterns and quotes tonight for my latest project for PaperArtsy.... head on over to see more.

Nikki xxx

Friday, 7 June 2019

Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop at Country View Crafts with A Vintage Journey's owner Brenda Brown. Brenda is a great teacher, her projects are always so well planned with lots of techniques and always a gorgeous composition. I was inspired by this and adapted her ideas to create my Tissue Paper project for our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey.

This is Brenda's original design - and here is a link to her blog post.
By Brenda Brown
I changed mine slightly to use butterflies rather than bunnies!
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
Nikki's version
My new version incorporates Tim Holtz Botanical Collage Paper and other images stamped onto tissue paper for my background. This version is a little smaller and instead of card I used corrugated box card for my background. I added some gesso and crackle paint before adding my tissue papers to the surface. I then painted elements of the background - the leaves and berries.
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
My butterflies and frame used techniques from the workshop so it would be unfair to share them in detail here - but I am sure you can see crackle paint and lots of painty layers! 
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tissue paper is a great way to get stamped images onto a textured surface like corrugated card. The images may distort a little but on this sort of project it doesn't matter!

There is lots more Tissue Paper inspiration at A Vintage Journey today. Astrid is our host and this is what she says:
There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

So do pop over and take a peek!


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