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

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!

Monday, 4 November 2019

Flourishing Vases Thank you card

AALL and Create Tracy Evans Flourishing Vases and Digital Bubbles stencil

Hi everyone. I am very pleased to be back on the Simon Says Stamp Monday blog in the Designer Spotlight this month. For my first week the theme is Thanks / Thanksgiving - featuring products from AALL and Create.

AALL and Create Tracy Evans Flourishing Vases and Digital Bubbles stencil

I used Flourishing Vases stamp set by Tracy Evans and the Digital Bubbles stencil along with paints from PaperArtsy  (I used Bougainvillea, Forget Me Not and Mulled Wine.)
For the background, I add a couple of colours to my Gel Plate and brayered. I placed the stencil on top, lightly pressed and then removed. I then took my print off the plate. I used a similar background for the vase and flowers but in lighter colours.

I fussy cut the flowers and vase so I could raise them slightly.
AALL and Create Tracy Evans Flourishing Vases and Digital Bubbles stencil

'Thank you' was stamped in 2 colours using my stamp platform.  The stamp is from Darkroom Door.
Do pop over to the Simon Says stamp blog where there is, as always, loads of inspiration from their talented design team. And if you join the challenge there is a $50 voucher for one lucky winner.

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

Friday, 18 October 2019

Medallions and more.....

PaperArtsy stamp set EGL01 - by Gwen Lafleur with Gelli Plate printing
It is another of those redirects from me tonight - over at PaperArtsy using some newish stamps from Gwen Lafleur along with my Gelli Plate.
Happy crafting

Thursday, 26 September 2019

New stamps - Christmas with PaperArtsy / Sara Naumann

I am sharing some ideas over at PaperArtsy this evening using the new stamps from Sara Naumann. I have also used some of the new colours of Fresco Finish Acrylics creating my background.

There are also a couple of quick videos demonstrating the background creation  (using a gelli plate) and also two tone image stamping. 

Nikki xxxx

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.



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