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Friday, 11 March 2016

Flower Mask

 Hello Everyone

When sorting through my stash I came across a very strangely shaped bit of card and a stick. Who knows why I originally kept these, but I thought mask (as you do). A totally impractical make/mask, but I had such fun and I guess that really the point of crafting.


I backed the card on to a bit of board to give it some extra strength and attached the stick. Then I painted the whole thing with paynes grey acrylic. Once that was dry I took some tissue paper that I had stamped over with black archival ink and a speckled background stamp (I think it was speckled, from The Artistic Stamper)screwed it up into a ball so it was all creased and then glued it to the card with a gel medium. 


Once that was dry I painted over the top with Decoarts Quinacridone gold. I also coated with Decoarts black antiquing cream, wiping it back with a baby wipe. 



The flowers were cut from tissue paper and brown paper using theTim Holtzs tattered floral die. I then sprayed and painted them, stamping over the top. 


I added beads to the centres, and layered up the flowers, I like to add five or six layers.


before screwing them up and leaving them to dry


After opening the flowers out and adding some more from my stash, I positioned them where I wanted them on the base. I decided at this point to die cut some leaves, which I painted green and stamped over. 


Once I was happy, I glued everything in place with more gel medium  and added some metal charms.



I never normally do this, but below is a picture of my most favourite person, messing about with my new creation. In his words its silly awesome.


Thank you for reading
Gemma

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Bright and Bold- Andy Skinner Challenge


Hello Everyone

I left it till almost the last moment to enter, and there was a lot of ermmmmm maybe I shouldn't moments, but here is my piece for the Andy Skinner bright and bold challenge which you can find here.


My  Andy Skinner/ Decoart stuff is quite small and I think I used it all on this pieces. My base was just a bit of chipboard that I coated in Gesso. On my craft mat I mixed Prussian blue hue fluid acrylic, with different amounts of tinting base. I used these mixes on the background and on the rectangles and the stencilling (Industrial elements stencil). I then mixed Naphthol red light and Hansa yellow fluid acrylics with modelling paste, which I scrapped on with a knife, which gave me a very chunky effect.

Thank you for reading
Gemma

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Springtime- March challenge at The Artistic Stamper


Hi Everyone

This months challenge over on The Artistic Stamper blog, is Springtime. Springtime always makes me think of the colour green, and Butterflies. I hope you like this little accordion book, and it inspires you to join in this months challenge. Please pop over and see my team mates inspiring pieces as well.


I started by cutting a sheet of white card stock in half, and scoring the two pieces in three equal panels, which I then joined using washi tape. I also added washi tape on two of the score lines.
After that I scrapped clear texture paste through the petal masks. Once that was completely dry I covered all the card with green dylusions paint. Stamping over the top with a darker green paint and the swirl background stamp.


Once those layers were dry I took different butterfly stamps and the dragonfly stamp from the butterfly #2 plate and stamped the all over the card with orange dylusion paint and archival black ink. When stamping I made sure to alter the direction of the butterfly's and also to stamps some over the edges of the card.  


I printed out a quote by John Keats, cut it out and glued it into place. Making sure to plan out where it was going before I glued to to ensure I could cover all the panels.


I then went around the words with a black pen and added black spots in different areas around the edges. To make the covers for the book I cut two squares of cardboard just a little bigger than the book, once it was folded. I wrapped the cardboard with a thin pieces of kraft paper and glued them to the ends of the folded card. I then cut a piece of ribbon to tie the book closed. I only attached the ribbon to the front cover as I knew this would be hidden. I cut and decorated a small bit of card to match the inside and glued it onto the cover hiding where I had attached the ribbon.



Thank you for reading.
All of your comment are greatly appreciated and please join in the challenge I look forward to see everyone's entries.
Gemma