Friday 31 July 2015

It's a scribbles and splat card

Happy Friday! It is a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey so here is my little creation - a tag card, made for my niece.
For the first time in ages I have actually taken some process shots - so be prepared, I have my first long post in quite a while......

I decided to use Tim Holtz's Scribbles and Splats thinlits - I haven't really done much with them since I got them. I started with spritzing some card stock with Victorian Velvet Distress spray and when dry added Distress inks in the same colour plus Milled lavender. I cut out my splats and added Dusty concord around the edges. I also cut a splat in white for the layer underneath.

For my tag I took the same three colours and played around with inking and flicking water until I was happy with the result. 
I cut some foam out of the scribbles die to create a stamp and glued it to my acrylic block. I stamped this is glacier white on the tag and also on some coordinating cardstock.

Finally I used the same scribble stamp and stamped my base card around the edge with dusty concord. I also created my words out of Ideology Label letters.

A little seam binding and my tag was complete.

While I had the foam stamp I also made a couple more cards using the same idea.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday 30 July 2015

Crazy Idea

Just a bit of fun and a quick post! Crazy birds on a plaque accompanied with a phrase from the small talk stickers but I cut the Trust letters and gave them some altered surfaces treatment.
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Thursday 23 July 2015

Rusty old plane!

On your Travels is the theme this month at Country View challenges and here is my second creation. 

I found a couple of tags in my box from play sessions just waiting to be used. The base tag is distress inks with a water flicked over it and a little stamping. I can't quite recall what I did for the smaller tag - looks like I was playing with distress inks and stencils with a few stamped splodges! I added some additional vintage photo ink over it and layered it to the base tag with foam pads.

I took some die cuts (plane and clouds - thanks Chris Warner!) and an artful arrow and decided to use some of the techniques I learned at the recent Country View Crafts workshop on Eroded Metallics. Brenda Brown took us though lots of ways of creating metallic effects using Deco Art products.
Here are some useful links:
Brenda's Deco Art Posts - there are several - well worth a peek - here a couple if you missed them.
No 1 and No 2

Here are some close ups of my rusty embellishments - not quite as Brenda showed us - I didnt have the exact colours and, well, I always like to change things a little bit!

Rusty clouds.....

 Rusty plane..

 Rusty arrow...

Have a great day.
Nikki x

Thursday 16 July 2015

For the love of glossy accents

Hi everyone. Can I just say, once again, thank you for your support of late. Some of you will know I lost my Mum and life has been a little difficult. I am also playing catch up with lots of things and haven't been able to visit your wonderful blogs recently. I really hope I will get a bit more time soon; in the meantime I am very grateful that you still pop to see me here.

Today I am sharing this project over on the Country View Crafts project blog, so do pop over for the 'what I did' bit! I also created a version 2:
The main difference here is before adding the glossy accents I added Deco Art crackle glaze - the poor butterfly was a little overloaded with this and it started to fall off so the layer of glossy accents held it all in place.


Sunday 12 July 2015

Hearts and gilding flakes

I am sharing a project on the CVC projects blog today - using gilding flakes. Not often I use them - I forget how great they are (and messy!).
See you soon

Friday 3 July 2015

Love my Home

Hi everyone. Today sees the start of the July challenge at A Vintage Journey and we are looking for Tim Holtz inspired projects with the theme of destinations. I have had a difficult few weeks and I wasn't sure I would be able to get a project done for this one but I am so pleased that I have. What has been really important to me recently is the comfort and security my home gives me so I decided this was my destination of choice.

I haven't been on blogger much recently but I did catch a post from the fabulous Paula Cheney which inspired me to make this little plaque. You can find Paula's post here. There are quite a few differences, Paula was working on canvass and included a lot more colour than me and her letters were sticky back canvass too. But I loved her piece so much I adapted it for my MDF plaque.

I painted my plaque the lighter blue and then cut an oval out of a masking sheet. I placed this in the centre before added a darker blue around the outside of the plaque. Once dry, like Paula, I took gesso and dabbed it through a layering stencil and then removed some with kitchen roll.

I cut my letters from greyboard using a bigz die and added various paints with dabbing and a bit of splattering. Once dry I added glossy accents. A few remnant rubs finished the project.


Wednesday 1 July 2015

Travelling with a country view

A new challenge starts today on the Country View Crafts challenge blog - our theme is on your travels.
I have made a layered tag with the base being a mop up tag stamped with the tyre track stamp from Tim Holtz road trip set. The top layer was also a mop up - very dark and grungy but had some metallics in it so once I had embossed it and added a little treasure gold I really liked it.
My cogs were cut from one of my dark wood effect painted master boards. I then treated them with a little dry brushed gesso followed by some Deco Art translucent paint.

Do check out all the design team makes today over at Country View and of course we will be back throughout the month with a few more ideas.