Monday, March 21, 2011

Layered stamping

Had a go at layered stamping after watching this Hero Arts video.

Anita's A6 card blank
Watercolour paper
Hero Arts stamps - La Lettre, Delicate Leaf, Butterflies, Find Joy
White embossing powder
Distress Inks
Ribbon, button, string

Ger x.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Been Beading

It's been a while since I pulled out the beading wire and beads.  First Communion Card and Rosary.

Anita's square card blanks
Anita's alphabet outline stickers
Pinflair fine line outline stickers
Reddy Crafts image
Ribbon, string pearls, tiny cross, banner from stash.

Ger x.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthday flourish

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire. White card heavily inked with Chipped Sapphire, Flourish stamp sprayed with pearlised water, Blossom Art flowers black embossed and inked with Mustard Seed and Barn Door, also sprayed with pearlised water. Sentiment: Hero Arts Find Joy. Ribbon, seed beads, string from stash.

TFL! Ger x.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cracklin' Rose

Hi bloggers, goodness it's a while since I posted.

Have you all been watching the bould Sheena Douglass and her folk art techniques?  I sat on my hands so they wouldn't reach for the credit card.  Then I drove up to Woodie's DIY and came back with some goodies.

In a local Euro shop I found a pack of black card which was practically the thickness of mount board.  Quite a find.  I painted the blue coat first on a rectangle of the black card.  This was followed by a coat of slightly-watered-down PVA glue which was dried just until most of it had a skin.  Not too much drying.  Followed by a coat of matt emulsion from the cream coloured tester pot.  A few seconds of heat gun later ...... crackle!

Next, I stamped with Hero Arts Blossom Art  stamp set.  Not happy with the placement of the leaves.  So naff.  Then I borrowed eldest son's Studio 3 acrylics and had a stab at the techniques demo'd by Sheena.  She does say ordinary acrylic paints are too thick and need to have some water worked into them to get the right consistency.  Patience is not my strong point however and I went for it.  Without having the sense to practise on spare paper first.  Not perfect by any means but still .....

I then overstamped the images with sticky ink and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmers Olympic Gold.  Some Cut n Dry Foam and a little Vintage Photo and Chipped Sapphire. Enough of a result to encourage me to have another go ...... Hopefully I'll get better with practise!

If you want proper Folk Art paints Kerry got some in to An Siopa Bui just last week though they might not be listed on the website yet.  She tells me they are just Euros1.99 a pot.

Oh and something else I picked up in Woodie's - a sturdy tool bag, Euros 19.99, with loads of pockets inside and out, perfect for holding the craft stuff I use every time, and a dinky little floral hammer with 4 screwdrivers in the handle. LOL.  Screwdrivers perfect for opening little tester pots, hammer ideal for closing them again.  That's my excuse and I'm not changing it for anyone.

I even got some string for my cards there.  Did you know your local DIY shop had so much cardmaking stuff?

Ger x.