Because I Care Poppy Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was another of my recent show samples for Hochanda using the lovely poppy themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I used Brushos on this one to create a loose watercolour background.

 

AW Because I Care Purple Poppies

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How it was made:

  1. The border panel was cut from hammered card and glued to the card front.
  2. The pink card was trimmed to fit and the sentiment stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. Faux stitching and little dots in the background were added with white pen.
  3. The poppies were stamped onto watercolour card, ‘inking’ the stamp with the pink and green watercolour pens. To get the lovely watercolour effect the card was spritzed with water to get the stamping colours to bleed slightly. Brusho crystals were then dropped onto the background.
  4. After drying the image was overstamped using Versafine (Vintage Sepia) to bring back some definition. I used a black pen to enhance some of the stamped outlines. More colour was added using watercolour pens and a damp brush. The sentiment was stamped with black ink.
  5. The image was trimmed and glue to the card front. Finished the card with a few PVA pearls and yes …. obligatory glitter glue. Just cannot help myself x.
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Mixed Media Glue Gun Art

This one was inspired by Ruth Sadler. I had a play after watching her demos on Hochanda.

The background was coloured with acrylics plus a bit of texture paste through a stencil (Sheena Douglass). I used my Tec glue gun and various coloured glues (turquoise, glitter green and blue). I also threw in some sequins, seed beads and glass nuggets. I added a little Pebeo gilding wax (silver) to finish.

AW Glue Gun Canvas 1

AW Glue gun canvas 2

Sneak Peek of show samples created for Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda Tomorrow

Good morning. Here is a sneaky peek at some of my samples created for Chocolate Baroque. Lesley Wharton will be bringing some lovely stamp sets to Hochanda TV tomorrow (Freeview Channel 85 or watch live online from their website). I think that the shows are scheduled for 4pm and 7pm – check their schedule for confirmation xxx.

AW Floral Sneak Peek

Airship Pirate Steampunk card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Airship Pirate

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my recent samples created for the Steampunk shows recently on Hochanda. I used a few of my dies to create this nautical themed card. I hope that you like it.

Materials:

  • Steampunkery and Punky Expressions stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank; white, blue and brown kraft card; recycled acetate from packaging
  • Versamark and Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • WOW embossing powders (white plus mix of Copper and Gold Rich)
  • Koh-I-Noor Charcoals (White)
  • Sakura Glitter and Glaze Pens (red)
  • Dies to cut a circle frame (approx. 16cm diameter – TODO), steampunk cogs (Tattered Lace, Trimcraft) and nautical themed embellishments (Couture Creations)

How it was made:

  1. I trimmed the blue card to fit the card front and leave a small white border. The sentiment and airship were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the white powder.
  2. The circle porthole frame was cut from Kraft card. A piece of acetate was cut to fit behind.
  3. The cogs and wheel were cut from Kraft card and coloured with gold embossing powder or red glaze pen. The gulls were cut from white card.
  4. The scene was built up and coloured using the white charcoals. A little red glitter pen was added to the boat and a small die cut gull stuck down. The frame was glued over the top using 3D shaker foam. Note: you could add some sprinkles or glitter for added fun.
  5. The scroll was created from a rectangle, rolling the ends around a paint brush to curl. A little Distress Ink was added to the edges to age. The die cut embellishments were used to decorate.

Forget Me Not quick and easy card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Forget Me Not CAS

 

Good morning. This one is a quick and easy make using a pretty decorative background paper.

Stamps from Key to My Dreams set. Stamped with Versamark and embossed with detail white powder onto Crafty Individuals background paper from the ‘Shades of Summer’ pad. Applied Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) around the inner edges of a heart stencil and over the text using a blending brush. The images were also lightly coloured with Distress Ink picked up from the mat using a damp brush. Mounted onto a 6 X 6 card blank and finished with a little glitter glue and PVA pearls. A little Glossy Accents was also added to give the keys added dimension and shine.

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

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