Sunday, 12 November 2017

Distress paint rust.

Hi again, I've been trying to make a rust effect with distress paints.

To start with I diecut the tag and embossed it with a distressed stripes folder
I don't have a lot of paint colours but used a couple of browns, antique bronze, fossilized amber and dried marigold. I added some grit paste and then more paint on top of that too, spritzed with water and dried off.
I brushed some walnut stain and black soot distress ink around the edges though it's hard to see in the pic.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto tissue paper and glued on with multi matte medium.
The butterflies are coloured with inktense pencils.

I'm adding another entry to the rustification challenge at Paper Artsy.
There are lots of gorgeous pics for inspiration and amazing projects by the DT.


I'm also linking up to Addicted to Stamps & More whwre the theme is to make your mark.

MFT tag dies: Distress paints; grit paste; distress inks; Stamplorations Noteworthy sentiment stamp; Cuttlebug distressed stripes embossing folder; Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; inktense pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Rust, distress paint and crackle medium = Mixed Media Experiment!

Hi everyone, I wanted to try something a bit different with rusting powder.
I've used it on corrugated card scraps before with distress spray stains, but wanted to add some colour into the mix. 
My family are quietly reserved in their opinions lol, but I quite like it!

I painted on a few distress paints and watered them down so they ran on the card. Next I thought I'd add some clear rock candy crackle paint.When that too was dry I added multi medium matte to spots  and sprinkled on the rusting powder. Tapped off the excess, then sprayed with vinegar. Some ended up in the cracks which was ok by me.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto tissue paper and used multi medium matte to glue it on.
The butterflies are coloured with Inktense pencils as I just thought it needed something else, well, butterflies!

This was my inspiration pic from the PaperArtsy Challenge, rustification. There are so many great projects from the DT too but I just love this pic!


I'm also adding a link to the creatures great and small challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.

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Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Night sky silhouette.

Hi everyone, hope you are able to get some crafting in on your weekend.
I've got a few chores done, so I could take a break in the craft room, always more to do though!!

I had a watercoloured panel in my stash that I decided would make a great night sky.
Here's a closer look at the silver paint specks that give a starry effect.

I stamped one of the Altenew to the moon stamps and embossed it with liquid platinum ep, then added colour with distress ink. I used a circle die to make it smaller for this scene.

The theme at The Male Room is silhouettes.

At Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge I'm taking the anything goes option.

Bizzy Bec's Store Challenge has an anything goes theme,

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I'm also choosing the anything goes option at Seize the Birthday.

Kuretake gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; Altenew To the Moon stamp; versafine ink & liquid platinum ep; Spellbinders card creator A2 borders die; Memory Box Twiggy Tree die; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Pearlescent shells.

Hi everyone, I've spent the afternoon playing with perfect pearl sprays and infusions.
I love this shell embossing folder and have never used it in this orientation on a card before, I think it works though!

I started out by embossing some 300gsm white card. This is a heavy duty folder so the cardstock needs to be strong enough to withstand not only the embossing, but getting repeatedly skooshed with liquids lol!

I added blue patina, biscotti and blush perfect pearls into some mini misters, added water and sprayed. It was a pearly effect, but too pale, so I sprinkled on some jade infusions and skooshed with pearl perfect pearls, and water. I heat dried then played some more til I was happy with the effect.

I ran the card back through the embossing folder a few times too as the wetting and drying affected the definition of the shells.

Here's another pic of the shimmer.

The challenge at Paper Artsy is to create something pearlescent.


There are lots of inspiring pieces by the design team and I loved the cards by Hazel Agnew, and was inspired by her use of mica sprays.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and the anything goes option at Seize the Birthday.

Biscotti, blue patina, blush and pearl perfect pearls; a little bit jaded Paper Artsy infusions; Spellbinders shell beauty embossing folder; Lawn Fawn happy birthday border die, versamark ink and liquid platinum embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Pink, gold and a touch of purple!

Hi everyone, it's a gorgeous Spring day here. We've had lots of rain so the brown grass has greened up and the flowers are happy!

I love this Everything Flower stamp by Hero Arts, it makes such a good embossed resist for 

The colours were inspired by this gorgeous moodboard at Scrapbook Boutique.

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I'm also linking up to the anything goes option at Seize the Birthday,

Hero Arts Everything Flower stamp, watercolour paper, versamark ink and white embossing powder; Memory Box Lunette and Oriel butterfly dies; gold card, vellum; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; Stampin Up petal burst embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Rustic wedding card

Hi again, it's been ages since I've posted, although I have made a couple of cards.

This one was for a work friend who wanted a rustic wedding card that included kraft and lace.
I didn't have lace but thought the paisley embossing and stamping might be ok, and it was!

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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It's also anything goes at Word Art Wednesday.

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At The Card Concept there is a gorgeous inspiration pic for autumn love.
I was inspired by the delicate texture on the white cake and the touches of brown and gold.


Perfectly paisley embossing folder; Annabelle stamps wedding medallion stams and sentiment; Stampin Up paisley stamp from the Wanted set; Hero Arts lace paisley stamp; versamark ink and white embossing powder; versafine ink and detail gold embossing powder; vellum and tag punch.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Just Breathe...

Hi everyone, I'm feeling this way as I'll be going back to work next week,
I should take this card with me and sit it on my desk lol!

I'm playing along with the challenge at Addicted to CAS with my favourite stamp which is butterflies. (I have a lot of butterfly stamps so can't pick just one lol!)

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday also want to see our favourite stamps.


At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is to make your mark.
I've coloured the butterflies with Inktense pencils and blended out with a water brush.

I'm also playing along at Word Art Wednesday where the theme is anything goes.

Grab our badge:

Stampin Up best of butterflies large image and Sonlight Impressions small butterfly:
Casual Fridays Breath stamp; versafine ink, clear ep and Inktense pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Flat cat!

Hi everyone, I've been working on some birthday cards for my stash.
My son loves our cat and she often gives him this look lol! So this will be for his birthday coming up soon.

I made an ink slip up on the white above the cat so fussy cut this part. I masked a strip from the black line down with large post it notes, and blended on some iced spruce distress oxide ink and some regular weathered wood distress ink. A spritz of water added the concretey texture.

The theme at Less is More is watercolour. I'm hoping inking and spritzing fits the theme.

This cat is one of the first Katzelkraft stamps that I bought, along with the scratching cat, but this is it's first inking so I'm linking up with my final entry into Darnell's NBUS challenge. To join in just make sure to use something new or old from your stash that has never been used before.


I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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At AAA Cards it's a sketch theme.

At Seize the Birthday I'm playing along with the anything goes option.


Katzelkraft cat stamp; Technique Tuesday sassy cat sentiment stamp; birthday sentiment sticker; versafine ink; iced spruce dox ink; weathered wood distress ink.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Gilded ornament.

Hi everyone, I bought a few colours of cosmic shimmer gilding flakes a while ago. Thought I'd do some experimenting while I started on my christmas card stash. I love these shimmery colours, but boy is it messy to play with lol!

Here's a closer look at the colours.

I'm linking up to Darnell's NBUS challenge where she encourages us to use our never before used schtuff! Not only are my gilding flakes new but the sentiment is from an Annabelle's stamp set that I bought years ago, when the company was sadly closing down, so it's being inked for the first time too!

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday is heavy metal.

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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's anything goes.

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It's also anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More.

I used a scrap of black card as my ornament base so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need to use 1 snippety piece to join in!

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Poppystamps Clarissa ornament outline and background dies; Memory Box Crisp Bow die Stately embossing folder; Annabelle stamps gifted swirls sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Cosmic shimmer flake glue and autumn leaves gilding flakes.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 30 September 2017

More embossed metallic feathers.

Hi everyone, I had a couple of metal feathers left from my last card so thought I'd make another design.

The technique I used was from Lin Brown's post from 2010. Her metal flowers are stunning and she has some great tutorials on her blog. I can't believe this technique has been around for so long but I'm just discovering it!

I stamped the feathers with black Stazon onto some metal sheet and diecut them. The stamping was really just to add a layer of colour so perfect cutting didn't matter.

Then I used my paper flower veining tool, a small ball tool and mat to emboss the details on the feathers. 

To add colour, I dabbed on some ground espresso distress paint, then rubbed some of it off. Next I added alcohol inks - stream, stonewashed and denim. A thin layer of dimensional magic was painted on top to seal the alcohol ink.

I've used a pin from a clothing label and a brad to secure the feathers to the tag. Love recycling!

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - heavy metal.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes.

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Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes.

The Male Room also has an anything goes challenge theme with the option of using technology.

Seize the Birthday also has an anything goes birthday theme, or you play along with the script or text background option.

Stampin Up feathers stamp and dies; MFT pierced tag stax die; Lifestyle Crafts metal sheet; stazon ink; ground espresso distress paint; alcohol inks-stram, stonewashed & denim; Modge Podge dimensional glaze; Glossy Accents as glue; Susan's Garden Sizzix flower shaping tools and mat; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x