Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Joyeux Noel

Today sees the start of a new challenge with Katzelkraft and this month our theme is DISTRESS.
My aim today was to create a natural, rustic Christmas Card set against a burlap background adding to the rustic natural feel of my piece.
The background of the burlap has been painted with Gesso to lighten the background and add a further layer of interest. I have then die cut the ornate frome from white card and embossed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder which adds to the distressed aged feel and adds wonderful texture too. I have added my focal image to the ornate frame and bleached out areas including his beard and hair.
I applied white embossing paste through Tim Holtz Star Layering Stencil and then added Vintage Photo Distress Powder to the stars. I love the texture this adds. I also included a Remnant Rub to the top of my focal image.
Rusty stars add a further layer of interest and add to the rustic charm. I also added the sentiment 'Joyeux Noel" colouring with Distress Inks and flicking the background with water to add to the distressed feel. I have also added touches of wax to the edges of my sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Winter Skates

I am always thrilled to be published in the Making Cards Magazine and this time around I thought I would showcase two of my favourites from October's Edition.
The first card made it onto the front cover of the magazine which is a huge thrill for me.
I love how detailed the skates are and look so textural. Obviously I will not go into details re how you make the card as that is in the current issue of the magazine.
Here is a copy of the magazine, my pumpkin card also appears on the front cover too.
I also created a second card to complement the first.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a lovely creative weekend. Tracy x x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Enjoy Today!

Today I am showcasing the fabulous COLLAGE EQUINOXE stamp plate from Katzelkraft.
To create the background I mixed turqoise and lime paint (Dina Wakley range) with white embossing paste and applied to the background using a palette knife, I love the textural feel this gives to my background. I then dried with a heat tool.
I die cut an ATC from white card using Tim Holtz ATC & Corners die, brayered the background with paint and then stamped the image with Black Archival Ink. I also matted the ATC onto a piece of black card so that it popped against the background. I also included a Botanical Remnant Rub "enjoy today" to the design.
Die cut leaves have been added which I then painted with lime and turquoise paint. I also added random stamping to the background using the text from the COLLAGE DRAGONFLY stamp plate. I also applied white embossing paste through a stencil and added random circles to the background for added interest along with delicate black splatters. I highlighted some of the wonderful texture and dimension with silver Treasure Wax.
Small roses and butterfly embellishments (a gift from Sandra, thank you) were added for further dimension and interest. I also included some coordinated twine for further texture.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop - Autumnal/Fall

Today it is time for our Artistic Outpost monthly blog hop and this time around we are showcasing Autumnal/Fall colours or Artistic Outpost stamp sets that work with this theme. I decided to use the  SERENITY plate and the TYPOGRAPHY plate.
I decided to create an artist trading block colouring the sides with Archival Re-inkers Orange Blossom and Potting Soil and then stamped the image with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I love the combination of the warm Autumnal tones and the detailed image. I also added an 'autumn' Chitchat sticker for added interest.
I added some die cut Frameworks which I coloured with Distress Paints Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge.
I adore this sentiment and I love the font too perfect for an Autumnal piece I thought!
Another wonderful sentiment from the SERENITY plate added to the opposite side of my block.
I stamped 'Life is good' to the top of my block and added some die cut Tattered Leaves coloured with Distress Paints, bending each of the leaves to give movement and colouring the edges of each of the leaves with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I also included three mini pumpkins to my design. I have also coloured the inside of my block with Archival Re-inkers, making it perfect to house a gift for someone who has a birthday during Autumn.

My fellow Design Team members have made some fabulous pieces to inspire you, please pop along and visit their blogs and be inspired along the way.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Do More Of What Makes You Happy!

I have used the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate against a mixed media background this week for my DT piece for Artistic Outpost.
I have gone for a more vibrant colour palette this week using Dylusions Ink Sprays and added layers of stamping to the background along with a few stencilled areas.
I stamped my focal image with Black Archival Ink and added black tape across the bottom to ground my image. I also added a few delicate paint splats with Black Soot Distress Paint.
I love how all of the layers are visible in my design, I love adding layers to my backgrounds.
The sentiment has been stamped onto white card with Black Archival Ink using the TYPOGRAPHY plate. I did not add any colour to the sentiment as I thought it made a lovely contrast to the background . I also used a charcoal pencil to draw around the sentiment and added black circles using a lid and Black Soot Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Under The Sea

Time for this weeks DT creation for Katzelkraft and this week I am showcasing the fabulous Seahorse
Décoratif plate.
I decorated the background of the card with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Inks, applying the inks to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water and then mopping up the ink with my card and drying with a heat tool.  I also dipped the top of one of my paints into Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and added random circles to the background. For further interest I also included random background stamping and some delicate splats of Black Soot Distress Paint.
I cut three panels from white card and coloured with Broken China Distress Ink adding a touch of background stamping using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I stamped the Seahorse image with Archival Ink and matted each piece onto a second layer coloured with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
I also included Label Letters to add 'SEAHORSE' to the background, I love the bold black against the more colourful background and stamping.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Tracy x x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 11 - Effect Powders

I am really enjoying the Compendium of Curiosities challenges and this time around we are shocasing Effect Powders page 52 of Tim's book. As always the Curiosity Crew have some fabulous artwork to inspire you along the way. The winner of the challenge wins a fabulous prize package courtesy of Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi and there is also a very generous $50 prize from Inspiration Emporium .
This time around I decided to create a spooky tea light holder which I have showcased on a chunky ATC. I began by covering the ceramic skull with Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste and allowing to dry overnight. I then painted the skull with Black Soot Distress Paint and allowed to dry and then dry brushed with orange to give a rusty appearance.
I made my skull a funky top hat from black card and then covered it with a good covering of Embossing Paste and allowed to dry completely. This made my hat really strong and sturdy (I cannot tell you how long it took me to make this hat, I seem to be fiddling with it for an age!) and I then die cut pieces from white card using the Graveyard On The Edge Die and adhered to the top hat, applying Embossing Paste around the die cut pieces so that it blended into the background. I also added a Crossbones Adornment to the centre of the hat. Once everything was completely dry I then painted the hat with Black Soot Distress Paint and dry brushed with orange. I adore the texture and rusty appearance!
I sat the skull onto a chunky ATC which also had the same paint treatment and I then added 'BOO' to the base showcasing Tim Holtz Effect Powders technique.
I added a skeleton to the base which I coloured with touches of paint and added a witches hat along with a spider balloon. The spider was die cut using Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Die and again the Effect Powders technique was applied.
From this angle you can see all the wonderful texture, dimension and detailing on the hat.  This piece is so tactile!
I adore the rust effect the powders give to my spider. This will look great on my table in the lounge.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate you popping by.