Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nature Elements

Hello Friends

I hope you are all staying safe and well.

With the warm sunny days we have been experiencing of late, I have spent more time than usual sitting in the garden.  It is such a joy at this time just admiring the flowers, birds and butterflies.  I felt inspired to create a summery coloured butterfly tag for my AALL & Create Guest designer project this week.

I used Tracy Evans' gorgeous butterfly stamp set together with a slight variation on a paint technique that I learned from Tracy in one of her weekend Facebook classes. I created a large size mixed media tag.
Tracy taught us a finger painting technique (messy but great fun) direct to card.  I changed it up a little by finger painting onto my Gelli plate, taking a print and then reverse stencilling on top with the Totally Dotty stencil #87 by Autour de Mwa, using white paint.
I added the background to the large tag, then stamped and fussy cut the butterfly, twice, from stamp set #267 Nature Elements by Tracy Evans.
I watercoloured the butterfly and added it in two layers to the tag.  I added some further stamping here and there using Tracy's Heartfelt #304 stamp and #350 Splattered Numbers.

I added some chicken wire, a sentiment and an acrylic dome to finish off my tag.

I really enjoyed making the tag and will definitely be experimenting more with the finger painting on the Gelli plate (thanks for the idea Tracy).

Worldwide stockists for the AALL & Create stamp sets I used can be found HERE.

That's all for today, thanks so much for your visit.  Please stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Iris by Tracy Evans

Hello Friends

I hope you are all still staying safe and well.  I have lost count of the number of weeks I have been cocooned in lock down, but I know it is for the best.  My lovely and talented friend Tracy Evans has been doing a series of Facebook Live sessions and also doing some closed Facebook classes, all of which have been keeping many of us busy as well as entertained.

Edited:  How wonderful to wake up today to find that the incredible Captain Tom Moore is to receive a Knighthood for his efforts in raising over 30 million pounds for our NHS.  Well done to Boris Johnson for nominating him and to the Queen for recognising such a wonderful achievement by a 100 year old man!  Congratulations Captain Tom!

Tracy's newest release of stamps for AALL & Create includes a gorgeous Iris stamp set (#333) and I have become slightly addicted to using it.  After doing a little research into colours of Iris, I used it for my Guest designer project for AALL & Create this week.
For the card on the left, I started by creating a background, brayering paint onto my Gel plate and then adding a layer with the Totally Dotty stencil (#87) in a contrasting colour.  Once dry I stamped the Iris where I wanted it to be on the background.

I stamped the Iris several times onto mixed media card and coloured it with Polychromo pencils, just as a change from watercolour pencils.  My plan was to decoupage the Iris to give it some dimension.

I fussy cut the Iris, shaped the petals and layered it together with 3D glue.
I cut the card down, then mat and layered it onto my card base.  I stamped the '829' and the sentiment from the same stamp set.
I made the second card in a similar way, brayering the background with paint and adding a touch of stencilling using the Broken Circles stencil (67).  The Iris was again stamped, coloured, fussy cut and layered up to give dimension to the flower heads.
I simply lengthened the stem on the second flower  and again added some stamping from the Iris set.
I ended up making 3 more cards but I will save those for another day!

A full list of worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencils I used can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.  Take care and stay safe.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Faded Grandeur

Hello Friends

Are you doing well since my last post, two weeks ago, and keeping safe?  I hope so.  Not much change here, we are still in total lock down but not complaining!

I have been doing lots of day dreaming lately about wonderful holidays in Greece, Spain and France, and so for my Guest Designer project this week for AALL & Create, I used a couple of stamp sets by Bipasha to create a mixed media board, attempting to show the faded grandeur of so many of the buildings we experienced on our holidays there.

The process was pretty straightforward to I condensed the photos showing you a few steps.
I started by colouring my base using Distress Oxides, layering them until I achieved what I thought looked like an old wall.  I stamped Bipasha's Shuttered Window #268 and then used her Archway stamp set #264 at the top and bottom to create some 'crumbling' stonework.

I watercoloured the elements and then stamped and coloured a separate window part which I added to create some extra dimension.  I also wanted the windows to reflect the sunlight, rather than create a dark interior.

The bottom part of Bipasha's Shuttered Window stamp set has a lovely key which I stamped, fussy cut and added to the bottom of the board. I just adore the little bird.

These are the stamp sets I used and you can find a list of worldwide stockists HERE.
Another look at the finished project.
Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.

Keep safe and stay well.

Hugs, Anne xxx
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