I saved this Christmas project 'til last as I absolutely love these robins, another new Christmas stamp from Crafty Individuals. Again I've used watercolours to create a soft focus effect and I've put them on a wooden tag I picked up from The Range - originally it was a Christmas decoration and even played a tune - I just dismantled it all to make my tag! A nice bit of sanding gave it a real distressed look.
Thanks for looking, thanks for all your kind comments over the year and have a lovely Christmas!
I've got another experimental post this month over on the PaperArtsy Blog, this time with one of their flower dies, Scallop Flower. I thought I'd try it out in as many different materials as possible, layering them up, cutting into the petals, stamping on them etc.
Here's the finished project using Hot Pick 1305 and two of the flowers:
And a close up or two:
These images are stamped on acetate with white paint blocking out the back.
The background is a piece of scrapbook paper that's been stamped over and set in an embroidery hoop - it goes in really well, nice and taught.
To see all the different flowers I made, hop on over to the PaperArtsy Blog.
Yes, that's the name of my next class at The Craft Barn on Saturday 29 November.
We're going to be decorating these large letters to make a Christmas bit of artwork for your mantelpiece that you can keep getting out for years to come:
I've chosen a turquoise, red and green colour scheme, but you can choose whatever colours you like, so if you fancy coming along and having some fun, just follow the link above!
.... at The Craft Barn on November 9th, which is a Sunday.
The picture on the website is actually a prototype - we decided to do a slightly larger 12x12 canvas art board using lots of the Pebeo mixed media products.
So, if you fancy coming along and having a go at lots of different techniques, this is the sort of thing you'll be making:
Haven't tried these yet or want to try before you buy? Well, come along on Saturday 11 October to The Craft Barn and I've got an all day class trying out these fabulous crayons and various different techniques.
Here's a sneak peek of what we'll be making:
plus three other cards as well. Just follow this link if you want to join in the fun.
There's a lovely Christmas demo at The Craft Barn on Saturday with about seven demo'ers. There'll be all sorts of Christmas card ideas, so come along and have a look.
I'm demoing with the Woodware stamps and Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer paint - here are a couple of sneak peeks:
Here's the second ATC size piece of Stampbord that I made using a Stampers Anonymous stamp set from That's Crafty:
It's a very finely drawn, detailed collage so instead of using alcohol inks, I stamped it first and then coloured it in with Distress inkpads using cotton wool and cotton wool buds. There's loads of fantastic details to etch in. The buttons and the tiny metal leaves were tinted with Treasure Gold.
Not long ago I got hold of some ATC sized Stambord pieces and decided I just had to give them a go.
For this one I've used a stamp by Indigo Blu, some brown (yes, brown!) and green shades of alcohol ink and some embellishments made from a scrap of leftover real copper sheet.
Once the alcohol ink had dried, I rubbed it back a bit with a wet wipe, let it dry out completely then overstamped with black StazOn:
I filled the clock face in with Glossy Accents (not very well as it turned out - I forgot to pop the air bubbles!)