Egyptian Canvas Duo created for Powertex UK

I so enjoyed helping out with samples for the Egyptian themed shows recently on Hochanda – and WOW the set looked amazing with so many wonderful creations from the team. I think that we all had a huge amount of fun. It really did look like an archaeological set.

AW Nefertiti Canvas

AW Tutankhamun Canvas

I created this duo of canvases featuring Nefertiti and Tutankhamun to tell a little of their story. Although their likeness was well known to me I really had little idea of their history, so I did a little research. I really enjoyed finding out more about these characters and I had so much fun immersing myself into their mystical world when creating these canvases.

I hope that my creative journey gives you some inspiration for your own ideas. There is a full materials list at the end if you need links to any of the specific products used xxx.

The creative journey:

The canvases were first coated with a layer of Ivory Powertex, and the plaster busts with Bronze Powertex.

 

AW Nefertiti Canvas 4

AW Tutankhamun Canvas 1

The textured embellishments were made with air dry clay and small clay cutters from my stash. The Hiero Heaven and Scarabella stamps were pressed into the rolled out clay to add texture. Additional texture added to some pieces using a texture mat, and I made the little snakes using a mould (both from my stash). Strips from corrugated card were used to create pillars. I laid out all my elements to get a rough idea of placement and to assess space left for adding text.

 

AW Nefertiti Canvas 3

Note: I used an air dry modelling clay that I had in my stash. It is fairly strong when making chunky items but I did find it very brittle when rolled thin. I left it to fully dry overnight and coated it with Ivory Powertex. The Powertex did sink in well (as it remained porous) and considerably strengthened my embellishments. So I was happy to use them on my canvases. However, I would fully recommend using Stone Art Clay if you want hard wearing items, and certainly if you need them to be weather proof (it is designed for this).

Following my bit of historical research I decided on some text to add to my canvases. Nefertiti was the chief wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten who was the father of Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun). Originally Akhenaten was named Amenhotep IV but he changed his name when he banned the worship of the old Egyptian gods and instated Aten (Sun Disc – an aspect of the sun god Ra) as the one true god. I therefore depicted the Aten symbol (Sun Disk with rays in gold) on Nefertiti’s canvas.

I used gilding wax around the edges of my canvas and on the Sun Disc (Atan) and gold relief paste to create the Atan rays.

Nefertiti was also known as ‘the beautiful one has come’ (translation of her name) and ‘the lady of the two lands’ – I included this in the gilded text.

Nerfertiti may have ruled for a time as Neferneferuaten, and for a short while alongside Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun) but there is some debate on this. She disappeared not long after her husband’s death and it is unsure where her body lays. Although interestingly there is some evidence that she may be in a secret chamber behind the tomb of Tutankhamun. Still a mystery.

Tutankhamun became king when only a boy (‘boy king Tut’) and as mentioned above he was originally named Tutankhaten (‘the living image of Aten’). After the death of his father there was an uprising and the old gods were eventually reinstated. He reinstated Amun-Ra (fusion of the gods Amun ‘the hidden/invisible one’ and Ra the ‘sun god’) and changed his name to Tutankhamun (‘the living image of Amun’). There is a lot of debate around the identity of his mother but it is fairly certain that she would have been a close relation to Akhenaten (sister or cousin, maybe even Nefertiti?).

I hope that I am not boring everyone with history but I found it all fascinating (but also very confusing with all the name changes and the various gods worshipped at the time).

AW Nefertiti Canvas 1

AW Nefertiti Canvas 2

The sentiments were printed on a laser printer (copy paper) and foiled with gold sublimation foil using my laminator. I stamped over the background using Memories Ink and the Hiero Heaven stamp. I then scrunched up the paper and further aged with distress inks.

The background textured paper and sentiments were glued to the canvas using Easy Coat.

AW Nefertiti

AW Nefertiti 2

The card pillars were coated (back and front) with Black Powertex. Bister was used to add depth to my textured embellishments. I also mixed various Powercolor pigments into Ivory Powertex and rubbed over the top of the embellishments to give the effect of faded chalk paints.

AW Tutankhamun

AW Tutankhamun 2

Elements were glued in place using Powertex and a little Easy Structure for some of the more uneven textured pieces. A little Easy Structure paste was also applied with a palette knife for filling and more texture.

A little Ultramarine Powercolor was mixed with Ivory Powertex and painted into the crevices of the pillars. Gold Colortricx pigment mixed with Easy Varnish was dry brushed onto the surface ridges.

The busts were also coloured with gold varnish, applied fairly liberally for an opulent effect. Where I wanted areas of strong colour (blue, red, green) I applied a base of Ivory Powertex first and then painted over with coloured varnish. Black Powertex was painted into the eye area.

AW Nefertiti 3

Materials:

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Fun cards for the guys

Thought that I would give you a short break from all the butterflies posted up earlier.

 

I had 2 male friends with special birthdays this weekend so I came up with a couple of fun cards that would appeal to their sense of humour. Thankfully they loved them and I haven’t damaged my friendships – tee hee.

 

The first is for my friend who was 70 this weekend. We had a great party and he had his guitar out for a sing along too. He has fond memories of the 60’s so I thought that the Day of The Dead Collection from Sheena Douglass would be perfect, done in ‘Flower Power’ style.

AW Peter 70

 

  • The image stamps and dies are from Sheena Douglass (Day of The Dead) coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquatints and Distress Inks.
  • I added some foiling bling using a Zig 2 way glue pen and transfer foil. The foiled sentiment was done on the computer with toner sublimation foil and my Minc machine.
  • The curved ‘happy birthday’ , shaped card blank and bunting created with dies are from Tattered Lace. The letters cut using Create and Craft Couture dies.

 

The second card is very tongue in cheek. Shall I just say that my friend is renowned for being a bit ‘windy’!

 

AW Bill 65

 

  • I used an Embossalicious folder and coredinations card to create the background – sanding it back to reveal the ‘vintage’ sentiment panel.
  • The pipework and beer bottles were cut with dies from Robert Addams, the jug from Heartfelt Creations. The lettering dies are from Create and Craft Couture. The cogs dies are from a variety of sources including Robert Addams, Trimcraft, Sheena Douglass and Tattered Lace.

Quick and easy birthday cards created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Floral Mandala CAS

Good morning. Today I am sharing a set of quick and easy cards using lovely floral single stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

Materials:

How to make them:

Stamp the images with Versamark and heat emboss with Mica Boss powder. Take care not to overheat as it melts very quickly. The embossed image remains sticky allowing you to apply gilding flakes, transfer foils or mica powders etc. I used mixed coloured gilding flakes for these.

You could take them a step further by colouring with water based media – the embossed areas will resist the colour.

Cute Penguin Christmas Place Setting created for Tattered Lace

Good evening. I am sharing some instructions for some of my TV show samples today. This one is using the Penguin die from the Christmas Cuties range.

Penguin place setting

A special Christmas Cuties Multibuy bundle is still available on the Create & Craft website.

Materials:

  • Christmas Cuties Penguin die
  • Decorative Centre Stepper – for the little branch and mini tag dies
  • Black and white card
  • Sentiment stamp from my stash
  • Versafine inkpad (Onyx Black), alcohol markers (black and yellow), Stickles glitter glue (Diamond), PVA pearls (black)
  • Organza ribbon
  • Sentiment for tag printed on a laser printer
  • Optional: Holographic silver toner transfer foil (such as Midas Touch) and Minc Foiling machine (or laminator)

How to make it:

The procedure is a little complex to explain in words but hopefully it will become clear as you try it. If you are unsure then try it out using some cheaper card or paper first.

  1. Cut the Penguin in white card. Score the card along the line of the small edge cuts from the die and fold. To create the table place setting trim to approx. 3.5cm high X 11cm using a craft knife.
  2. Where the Penguin has cut from the back there will be a hole. Cut another piece of card to cover the back (3.5 X 11cm). Place the bottom part of the Penguin onto the top edge positioning to correspond with the cut Penguin on the place card. This is done so that the base card will not show through the lacy tummy of the penguin on the finished card. Glue to the back.
  3. Cut the Penguin in black card. Snip away sections (eyes, beak, tummy, feet) and glue down onto the white Penguin. Colour the beak and feet with alcohol pen.
  4. Stamp the sentiment and edge the place card with black pen.
  5. Cut the little branches in black card.
  6. Cut the printed sentiment with the tag die. I has used a laser printer and foiled my sentiment with toner foil. Alternatively use a plain printed or stamped sentiment.
  7. Outline the tag with black marker and add ribbon. Glue the tag and branches onto the place setting. Finish with touches of glitter glue and black PVA pearls.

Happy crafting, Anne x

Secrets of the Deep Card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24

AW Secrets of the Deep Colour Challenge 24

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.

Materials:

· Underwater, Underwater Kingdom, Sea Dragon and Mermaid Queen stamp sets.

· Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, glitter pens.

· White card, yellow card (for die cuts), glitter card (orange), white stamping card.

· Zig 2 way glue pen.

· Pebeo Drawing Gum.

· Midas touch gold foil (for cold foiling with glue).

· Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black) and dye based (violet).

· Stickles glitter glue (Diamond).

· Circular nesting dies, largest 15cm (TODO Basic Circles), branch dies (Heartfelt Creations Leafy Branch), eyelet die (Sizzix Originals Red die – Eyelet Washers #1).

· 3D glue gel and foam pads.

How to make it:

1. First create a card blank using an A4 sheet of card folded in half. Cut through both layers with a 15cm circular die, overhanging the die at the top folded edge so that an attachment fold for the front and back stays intact. I also cut an extra circle of card to glue to the back and add strength. Trim the base of the card slightly to give a straight edge at the bottom so that the card stands up ok.

2. Cut a ‘port hole’ frame from glitter card using a 15cm and 11.5cm circular die. I glued another plain card frame to the back to give extra strength.

3. I used some scrap mount board and the Sizzix BigZ die to cut the thick eyelets. Alternatively you could glue together a few layers of ordinary card to make the ‘chipboard’ eyelets. Apply Zig glue (blue when wet) to the eyelets and leave to dry and go tacky (dries clear). Press foil, shiny side up, onto the tacky surface to add foiling. Glue to the port hole frame with 3D glue gel.

4. Cut another circle from stamping card. Stamp the foreground scene with Versafine ink and paint with Drawing Gum to mask. Stamp the embellishments onto spare card and cut out.

5. Colour the scene background with watercolour markers and a water brush. Stamp the background mermaids with dye ink. Dry.

6. Remove the masking fluid. Colour the scene details and cut out embellishments with watercolour markers.

7. Cut branches from yellow card. Add a little shading with pens.

8. Glue the scene flat to the card. Apply the frame with foam pads.

9. Shape the cut out embellishments slightly with fingers or a ball tool and foam mat. Glue with 3D glue gel. Finally finish with a little glitter glue for added sparkle.

My first set of samples for the Tattered Lace Christmas Shows

Hi all – I can reveal my first set of samples for the Christmas Cuties 4 day deal on Create & Craft TV. I hope that you like them. I will blog some instructions for you over the next few days.

Penguin place setting

Christmas Party place setting.

Penguin Rocker

Penguin rocker card.

A few with the lovely Twinkle die set:

Not really featured in the shows but listed in the show products at a sale price, A lovely die set.

Twinkle Card 1

Christmas card – I die cut the frame in wax paper and ironed onto stamping card to transfer the wax, then spritzed with inks to create this one.

Twinkle Card 2

I snipped into the frame to create four corners, mounted onto black card and coloured with glitter pens.

Twinkle Love Card

I combined with other dies from Tattered Lace to create this one.

Twinkle Tag

I cut the holly from foam to make a stamp. The little boots were created from waste pieces from the die cut.

Twinkle Scene Card

I snipped the frame and created an archway for a stamped scene (stamp from my stash).

Twinkle Bag

I treated some fabric with Terial Magic and cut the frame and flowers. This is fabulous stuff. I used an oil cloth effect fabric decoupage glue to glue on the frame and make a small make-up bag. It doesn’t have to be for Christmas.

More details to follow, Anne x.

Sneak Peek of samples created for the Tattered Lace 4 Day Deal Christmas Cuties Shows

I have been sitting on some exciting news – I am on the Tattered Lace Design Team – woohooooo!

Here is a sneak peek of my samples created for the 4 Day Deal Christmas Cuties Shows starting tomorrow at 8am on Create & Craft TV. Some fabulous cute dies and more lovely dies for Christmas projects.

I will be blogging full details and instructions for making over the next few days.

Penguin place setting sneak peakPenguin Rocker sneak peekTwinkle Bag sneak peekTwinkle Card 1 sneak peekTwinkle Card 2 sneal peekTwinkle Love Card sneak peekTwinkle Scene Card sneak peekTwinkle Tag sneak peek