Sunday 26 February 2017

Monster hugs

Just a quick card that actually took me under 30 minutes to finish, so I thought I would enter it into the Country View Challenge this month, which is create something in under 30 minutes!
A little birthday card for my brother, it actually looks a bit girly in the picture but those pink parts were actually more of a purple paint. The wording was embossed with a sparkly black powder - still needing to practise my embossing skills as sometimes I accidentally find some embossing powder has escaped over the page and then once I have gone in with the dryer, well.. it's just too late then! Not too sure what everyone does to combat that? 

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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Somebody to love

This is my 2nd picture for the song challenge over at the Craft Barn blog - the idea is to create art incorporating a song title and singer/band, highlighted every 3 weeks (I think) on the blog.
As I have planned to use this challenge to practise drawing people I thought I would use my one and only new die as the focus of the girls love - a pretty bird!

I started off using a piece of card that had brayer 'wipeoff' (not sure that the computer has ever heard those technical terms before, there are a lot of red lines under the words lol) from a gelli-print session - these pieces of colourful card full of interest are proving very valuable, a pre-made background!

I hand-drew the girl and enjoyed painting her with a mixture of paint and Neo-color crayons - her top was cut out of scrap paper and the bird has been coloured blue and embossed with white. I thought it needed some stamping in the background, so I added some purple arrows and butterflies in a colour that wouldn't be too prominent.

...clever thinking to lay the birdie down OVER the hand, hence hiding my failure to draw a decent hand! 

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Sunday 19 February 2017

February hearts

I've created another page in my handmade journal, it's only a couple of pages per month and is always started off with gelli prints and then added to.
On this page over the gelli printing, I spread texture paste through a heart stencil and then added red, pink and purple paint - I added scribbles in a block down through the hearts with a white Posca pen, I got the idea from Jo Firth-Young and I like it. Added some stamped circles in white paint, stencilled February words and ta-da!

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Monday 13 February 2017

Flower mask

Well I really enjoyed making this journal page and it finished as something very different from my first 'vision'.
I started on a double spread that I had already made a background for previously and just left, you can see pieces of it with pale pink and blue circles. I thought that I would use my flower mask - so I placed it down and sponged some grey and silver paint through the slits, then overstamped with a circular scribble stamp I have from Visible Image.
I built up various shades of green around the petals (they look more blue now in the picture though). I added a sparkly pink shimmer to the petals, although it doesn't show! I hand scribbled a border and added a little quote 'do what you love'.

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Wednesday 8 February 2017


So I have made a Valentine's card - I stencilled using a gold paint through a flower stencil onto a red background, stamped using some background script stamps and created a texture paste heart in the middle. I have just received this beautiful script stamp as an early birthday present and decided to use it for the message, I think I will be using it alot!

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