Thursday, 18 September 2014

Under The Sea

Time for this weeks DT creation for Katzelkraft and this week I am showcasing the fabulous Seahorse
DĂ©coratif 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.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wise Owls

I have just joined Kate Crane's Journal 2 Soup on line class and its fabulous, I am really enjoying just playing for fun and working outside my comfort zone.
I am loving the use of colour on the first pieces I created using Distress Paints.
I added painted circles dipping lids from my containers into Distress Paint and adding to the background, I love the black against the pop of colour.
I used Tim Holtz ShadowPress to add 'GOOD TIMES' to the background as I thought this card would be perfect for my daughter's birthday, along with small painted circles added with the end of my paintbrush for added texture and interest.
The background to this one has been created with Dylusions Sprays, I am loving the vibrancy and the whimsical feel to this.
I love adding layers to my pieces and I love how you can see each colour layer by layer, really appeals to me. I added 'HOOT' using Tim Holtz Label Letters and a few paint splats using black paint.
I found some small alphabet letters in my collection and used those to add 'wisdom' to my design.
I can really recommend Kate's on-line courses, they are great fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 10 - Assemblage Clock

I could not sleep last night so decided to join in with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, getting in just under the wire! The Curiosity Crew are showcasing some fabulous altered Assemblage Clocks and there is a fantastic $25 prize on offer from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and if you would like a copy of the book you can find that HERE.

I decided to create an altered Halloween piece using the Assemblage Clock adding it to a platform of wood that I found lying around in my hubby's collection. I painted both the clock and wooden base with Gesso, added some embossing paste around the outside of the clock along with the word 'SPOOKY' applying paste through the Halloween Layering Stencil. I then painted all the pieces black and dry brushed with orange paint to give a rust effect.
I used the Halloween Layering Stencil to add "BOO, WICKED and HALLOWEEN to the back of the clock colouring the background piece with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I then stamped the cats from Tim Holtz Halftone Halloween set in Black Archival Ink and added Remnant Rubs for added interest. A skeleton sits proudly inside the clock along with several mini pumpkins.
I added the large Pumpkin to the base die cutting several layers using the Pumpkin Parts die, adhering the layers of the pumpkin together so that it would stand, colouring with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon, applying Walnut Stain to the edges of the pumpkin and adding a few speckles using Walnut Stain Distress Marker and the Tim Holtz Spritzer. I added more spooky text to the base once again using the Layering Stencil and dry brushing over the texture with orange paint. I also added more mini pumpkins, a broom and a mini skull to the base.

I was inspired by Shelly Hickox to use the Found Relative and I gave her a spider balloon along with a mini spider belt buckle die cut from shrink plastic using the Mini Spider Movers and Shapers die and I also added a mini spider to the top fo the pumpkin too. I cut a hat from black card and added Remnant Rubs to her hat.

This picture shows the side of the clock and the texture I added using Embossing Paste and then dry burshing with paint to highlight the texture and design.

Not forgetting the back of the clock, I also added "FRIGHTFUL" and again painted with black paint and then dry brushed with orage to highlight the texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a fabulous creative weekend. Tracy x x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

One Of A Kind

This week I am using the fabulous COLLAGE SYMPHONIE along with the SEAHORSE stamp plates from Katzelkraft.
The background has been coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then flicked with water to add blotches to the background. I then added background stamping using the Collage Symphonie image using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
The central piece is 4" x 6" and I have decorated the background with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, applying both to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink with the card. The Collage Symphonie image has been stamped with Aquamarine Archival Ink and I have added a few splatz of ink using a Distress Marker and Tim Holtz Spritzer tool.
I added a circular spotlight to the background stamping the Collage Symphonie image a second time onto a circular piece using Potting Soil Archival Ink and Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I also added touches of Vintage Photo Ink to the shells in the background. I added "one of a kind" using Chitchat stickers again coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I stamped the Seahorse image with Potting Soil and Aquamarine Archival Inks and then cut out each image and added to the bottom of the card to add a touch of dimension along with a Seahorse embellishment for added interest.
A couple of shells add further interest along with a burlap material for added texture. Tim Holtz "One of a kind" sentiment has been added to the bottom and the completed design has been added to a matt coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Joyeux Noel

This week I am showcasing the Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost.
I created the background by applying Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink with my card and then dried with a heat tool. I then embossed the background with an embossing folder, applied Vintage Photo Distress ink over some of the raised areas, lightly brushing the inkpad over the raised areas. I also added touches of White Fire Wax to some of the areas to add a further touch of shimmer.
A die cut poinsettia cut from Glassine and spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist has been added to my card for added dimension and interest. I also crumpled the petals for added texture and to age a little too. I also die cut a small tag from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped with the Joyeux Noel sentiment.
I die cut an ornate frame from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adding touches of black soot to the edges for definition adding the wonderful focal image to the centre and spritzing with a touch of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. I also used a water brush to bleach out his beard.
The background is so tactile and I love the touch of shimmer achieved from the wax and mist along with the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain in the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 5 September 2014


My thoughts are definitely turning towards Autumn with this weeks card for Artistic Outpost.

As you can see those autumnal shades are making an appearance this week with a combination of Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Re-inkers in the background a technique from Wendy Vecchi which I absolutely love. A touch of background stamping using the stamp from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set and a few scratchy lines to add a further layer of interest.
I love the sentiment which is from the SERENITY stamp set stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I have stamped the focal image onto coloured card and die cut using the ODBD Elegant Ovals Die and then mounted it onto a larger oval coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a dimensional flower cut from coloured card using the ODBD Aster Dies adding a coordinated button to the centre for added dimension. I also cut a small tag from white card and added the Serenity text.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x