New bundles coming on Create & Craft TV tomorrow for ‘Tiny Tubs’ – dies or SVG files for electronic cutting. Great scene building elements and cute animals. Here are my samples for the shows using the cutting files and the Brother ScanNCut. I will blog some instructions over the weekend.
There are so many lovely scene building elements useful for many different styles of project too.
I have some news. My 3 months ‘trial’ on the Tattered Lace Design Team has arrived. I also had to make extra samples as part of the final round. I have been holding my breath and keeping my fingers crossed and hoping ………………….. and I am through! Yay! Not only that but I am on the ‘fabric DT’ and the ‘Brother ScanNCut DT’ too. OMG!!! Terrified but delighted. Here is a sneak peek of my first assignment for the Brother cutting machine – something coming on Saturday on Create & Craft TV – maybe something cute? A little different for me!
Did anyone see the Brother ScanNCut show today on Create & Craft TV? Fabulous Style Boutique CD of images and USB with SVG cutting files. Loads of images for building scenes and for ‘dress up dolls’. I raced a couple of samples through for the shows – another on tomorrow if you missed it. Such fun.
SVG format means that you can use them in many other cutting machines too. I have a Silhouette Cameo and they can be opened in Silhouette studio Designer Edition. The CD has jpegs and png which you can edit, resize, re-colour etc, in My Craft Studio, or they can be imported into Serif Craft Artist – or whichever is your favourite digital software.
I will blog some step by steps for my projects over the weekend.
Watercolour or acrylic transparent shimmer paints (blue, green – for dragon)
Recycled jewellery pieces (chains, pearls etc.)
Iridescent glitter glue (pink)
3D glue gel
Dies to cut seaweed – mixed branches (Heartfelt Creations) and leaves (Couture)
Stencils with swirls or water patterns (optional)
How to make it:
Add a coat of white gesso to the canvas. Note: The canvas was already primed but I find that the gesso adds a bit more of a key for adhering acrylic gels etc.
Paint the background with streaks of blue and green acrylics. Add some texture with stencils (if you like).
Stamp some of the weeds etc. with dark blue ink. Stamp the mermaid silhouettes in black ink. I used a heat gun to aid drying.
Apply the crackle paste all around the edges using a palette knife and leave to dry overnight. Rub over the crackle texture with some pink metallic paint. Add some sparkly streaks into the water. Rub a little teal metallic in some areas.
Die cut a range of seaweed shapes using dies from plain card (colour with pens) and teal glitter card.
Stamp the dragon, seaweed, shells and starfish onto white stamping card using black ink, and brown ink for some of the shells. Colour with watercolour pencils and a damp brush. Add some shimmer paint to the dragon. Cut out and shape slightly to give them dimension.
Glue on the die cuts and stamped images using 3D glue gel. Add some ‘treasure’ – chain, pearls etc. Add PVA pearls to some of the shells, and extra sparkle with glitter glue.
Finishing your artwork:
Optional: Spray the canvas with acrylic varnish. This will protect the canvas, particularly the watercoloured images.
I used a Tim Holtz BigZ Easel die to cut a stand from mount board (attached to the back). Alternatively punch some holes and hang with cords.
I initially created this for the Colour Challenge but when I heard Lesley was going to have sea themed shows on The Craft Channel this week I thought that I would send it in for her. It certainly stands out on TV! I definitely would like to make another of these but in more dreamy colours next time.
Here is another project created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24. I am a little unsure about this one but it is certainly Fairy tale and vibrant. If I made it again I think that I would make the sea colour and the mermaids little paler. This would give a little more depth and less clash.
I love the soft colours of this month’s Colour Challenge. I hope that you like my offering. I got lost in a fantasy world creating this one.
I am looking forward to seeing all your entries. It is always amazing to see the range of styles and techniques used by out talented Chocoholics. My teamies have created some lovely projects as inspiration too.
Good luck with the Challenge. Happy Crafting, Anne xxx.
A4 card folded to create a central stepper card (main panel approx. 6 X 6 inches)
White stamping card
Crafty Individuals Background Paper Pad (Book 6 – The Seaside) 6 X 6 inch pad
A4 sheet of thick cartridge or watercolour card, 11 X 14cm cream card blank, 15cm square card blank in cream and white, cream stamping card, Crafty Individuals 6X6 inch backing paper (Travels in Italy)