Mini Landscape ATC

I thought that I would give a mini artwork a try and make an ATC (Artist Trading Card). Generally I work much bigger than this so it was actually a challenge for me. I tried to be less planned and to free myself up a bit too and just ‘go for it’. I was quite pleased with my bright and cheery landscape.

AW ATC

AW ATC side

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) for this week is ‘anything goes’ – so I have entered this one.

How it was done:

  1. I cut the ATC from a scrap of mount board and covered with white gesso to prime.
  2. I cut the flowers from recycled packaging and a punch and edged them with black pen to enhance. I layered up the flowers and then dunked them into molten UTEE to create the glossy flower embellishments. Finished with a sparkly sequin.
  3. I stamped the sun with StazOn and drew the abstract landscape with a marker. I coloured using watercolour pens and a damp brush.
  4. I added some texture using paste through the stencil and plus a bit of acrylic paint. When dry I rubbed over some of the areas with Gilding Wax.
  5. I edged the ATC with black marker to frame and added some sparkle over the sun and clouds.
  6. I finished with some Glossy Accents over the sun and rays.

Materials:

  • Country Views stamp set from Chocolate Baroque
  • Texturised Stencil (Crafters Workshop)
  • Scrap mount board, recycled multi-coloured card packaging
  • StazOn Inkpad (Jet Black)
  • Acrylic paint (turquoise)
  • Gesso (White)
  • Acrylic texture paste (Pebeo)
  • Fine tipped marker (black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Pens
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Melt pot (or small foil food dish and heat gun to melt UTEE)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tonic Petal Pairs Punch
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix BigZ die to cut ATC (Artist Trading Card 2.5 X 3.5 inch)
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Dreaming of the Beach card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. Here is another sea themed project. I have stamped, cut out and layered up the shells on this one. I grew up by the sea but now live inland. I really miss being able to walk to the ocean, clamber over the rocks and look deep into the rock pools. Simply magical. Maybe I’ll get to visit this summer?

AW Shell beach card

As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one. I have entered lots this week. Unlike me as I rarely get time but the themes just coincided perfectly with projects I have been working on this week so I thought that I would share.

Materials:

  • Seaside Dreams, Underwater and Mermaid Queen stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque
  • A5 scalloped card blank (cream), blue card and cartridge paper
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Versamark
  • Ultra thick embossing powder (UTEE clear)
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Daytona Sands)
  • Frantage Elements (Stampendous)
  • Polyester glitter (clear)
  • Ink spritzers (blue mica, opaque white, red, gold mica)
  • Coloured pencil (brown)
  • Alcohol marker (dark brown)
  • Acrylic paint (opaque white)

How it was done:

  1. The blue card was spritzed (blue mica and white) and clouds added by sponging white acrylic paint.
  2. Shells were stamped onto the background and onto cartridge paper using Versafine. They were coloured with inks and some pencil shading. The shell embellishments were cut out, lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel for dimension.
  3. When stamping the card background I accidently dropped the Versafine inkpad onto the foreground – eek! No problem, I just streaked more ink across to create added texture and depth to the foreground. I then added a layer of Versamark ink and covered with a layer of UTEE. I also embedded sprinkles of glitter, sand embossing powder and Frantage elements for added texture. Tip: When using UTEE with added sprinkles etc. it is best to apply heat from underneath the card surface to start the melting process (otherwise everything just flies off all over the place – yep done that many times – tee hee).
  4. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine onto a strip of blue card, cut out and edged with brown marker. Glued to the card with foam pads for dimension.

Take Me to the Ocean card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. The sun is shining here today so dreaming of rock pools and the fresh sea breeze – summer is on its way.

AW Take me to the ocean

This one was created by stamping and adding textural embellishments (created by spreading Soft Form Relief Paste over the stamp) onto a patterned background paper. I also added a little ‘step’ and layered up stamped images in the foreground for added depth.

As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one. I have entered lots this week. Unlike me as I rarely get time but the themes just coincided perfectly with projects I have been working on this week so I thought that I would share.

Materials:

How it was done:

  1. The front of the 8 X 8 inch card blank was scored at 4 and 2 cm up from the base (sorry that I tend to work in mixed units – depends on what I am doing – tee hee). A 4cm strip was removed from the base of the back. The side of the card was then trimmed away to make square. This created a stepper style card with an approx. 6 X 6 inch panel for the main image.
  2. Soft Form Relief Paste was spread onto the Ammonite stamp and left to fully dry. This generally requires overnight or sometimes 2 days (my room has no heating). When dry the flexible paste embellishment was peeled away from the stamp and rough edges trimmed away with scissors. I used a fine tipped pen to add back a bit of detail into the crevices, then rubbed over the top with gold gilding wax.
  3. The shell was stamped onto the patterned paper with Versafine ink and heat embossed quickly with clear powder. Thinned gouache was painted over the shell and parts of the background to tone down the printed pattern (gouache is basically an opaque watercolour). I then added some sparkle pen over the shell. Background weeds were stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink.
  4. Peeled Paint Distress Ink was blended around the edges. I also edged with brown alcohol pen to frame before gluing to the card front. The ammonite embellishment was glued with 3D glue gel for depth.
  5. The shell border and sentiments were stamped with Versafine and trimmed to fit the front stepper of the card. I used Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress Inks and a damp brush to add colouring. I also added a bit of gold mica spritz spray. Brown alcohol pen was used to frame the edges.
  6. The sentiment was glued with 3D gel for dimension. The decorative panel was glued to the card stepper. Frantage elements were also added to the base for texture (you could use washed and smashed up egg shells) using PVA glue.
  7. Finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue.

Dreaming of the Beach card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This one was created using Seashore Scenes and Seaside Dreams stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque. Card strips were torn and layered up to create the sea. Images were stamped, cut out and layered up for dimension. Puff paint was used to add texture to the sea and foreground.

As the theme on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) this week is ‘Layer It Up’ – I have entered this one.

AW Dreaming of the beach card

 

Materials:

  • Seashore Scenes and Seaside Dreams stamp sets
  • 16.5 X 10 cm Kraft card blank, blue card with white core, white stamping card, Kraft card
  • Versafine Inkpads (Vintage Sepia and Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Wild Honey)
  • Watercolour pen (grey)
  • Alcohol ink pen (dark brown) and fine tipped pen (dark brown)
  • Clear Sparkle Overlay Pen (Spectrum Noir Sparkle)
  • Koh-I-Noor White Charcoals
  • Colourcraft Expand-IT
  • PVA pearls

How it was done:

  1. Strips of blue card were torn and glued to the card to create the sea effect.
  2. The gulls were stamped onto white card with black ink and cut out (note: snipped away from their scene sitting on the post). A little grey watercolour was used to add shading. They were shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel.
  3. The sentiment was stamped onto Kraft card with brown ink, cut to make the flag strip and edged with brown marker. Foam pads were used to glue it down.
  4. Expand-IT was added along the waves and heated to make it bubble and create a sea foam effect.
  5. The shells were stamped onto Kraft card with brown ink and coloured with a little Distress Ink using a damp brush to blend. Highlights were added with white charcoals and shading detail emphasised using the fine tipped pen. The shell strip was then cut out and glued to the card using 3D glue gel for dimension.
  6. Expand-IT was mixed with a little Distress Ink to colour, applied along the base of the shells and heated to make the foreground sandy texture.
  7. Clear sparkle overlay was added to the waves and shells, and a PVA pearl added to the central shell.

Sea World Tag Card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. This mini tag card was created with Gothic Fragments (background), Mermaid Queen and Underwater stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Monday) this week is tags – so I have entered it into the challenge too.

AW Mini tag card

Materials:

How it was done:

  1. The background panel was an inked paper from my stash overstamped with the Gothic Fragments stamp. A tag die was used to cut the paper plus a background panel from scrap card (to support the paper), glued together and edged with black marker to frame.
  2. Texture paste was applied through the stencil with a palette knife to add a little texture – coloured over the top with sparkle pen when dry (the Pebeo Cement dries very quickly). The shell and weeds were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. Ribbon and the netting were attached before gluing to the card front.
  3. The seahorse and weed was stamped with Versafine and embossed with clear powder. The image was then cut out and coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens.
  4. The embellishments were glued down using 3D glue gel. A little glitter glue was added to finish.

Seaside Mini Hangers created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I made these mini hangers for the recent sea themed shows on Hochanda. I had so much fun making these, although one of them almost ended up in the bin – tee hee.

AW Hanger Dreaming of the Beach

On my first project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, Underwater and the large Ammonite stamp.

  1. I started with one of the white board panels (approx. 10.5 X 14.5cm) from a mixed media white board pack (Chocolate Baroque). I used a swirly stencil from my stash and spritzed through the stencil with blue ink containing mica. I then applied blue acrylic paint mixed with sand texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife for texture. When dry I added some sparkle with gold glitter glue and applied silver gilding wax to the edges.
  2. I trimmed a piece of greyboard to make the top panel, stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder (Detail White). Shells were stamped onto the background using blue pigment ink. The edges were finished with silver gilding wax and gold glitter glue. Holes were punched into the header and main panel and they were joined with string for hanging.
  3. I applied Hollographic Crystal Gel over the Ammonite stamp surface and left it to dry for several hours before carefully peeling away. I rubbed over the surface lightly with gold and silver gilding wax to emphasise the detail. I then painted the surface with DecoArt Antiquing Cream (Titanium White). After drying I rubbed away the colour from the surface with a damp cloth (this medium remains water soluble when dry – so can be used to add detail to crevices).
  4. I applied StazOn Ink onto the Ammonite and seahorse stamps, then I applied Soft Form Relief Paste (Silver) over the top and left to dry overnight. The embellishments were peeled away from the stamp and rubbed over lightly with gold and silver gilding waxes. The seahorse was glued to the background. I used a fine tipped pen to add in a little more detail (the ink didn’t transfer too well).
  5. I stamped the shells onto cartridge paper using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) and spritzed with orange/yellow and gold inks with mica to colour. The images were cut out and shaped lightly using a ball tool and sponge mat. I die cut a decorative star shape from black card and coated with gilding wax. The embellishments were glued in place with 3D glue gel.
  6. White pen was used to add highlights to the pearls and seahorse eye, then Glossy Accents added for shine. I finished with some small embellishments created with air dry clay and silicone moulds from my stash.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean

On my second project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, and Underwater sets.

  1. I started with one of the white board hearts (approx.) from a mixed media white board shapes pack (Chocolate Baroque). The background was spritzed with blue ink containing mica. The background weeds were stamped with blue pigment ink and the foreground weeds with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Clear Gloss).
  2. I stamped the seahorse and sentiment with Versamark and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Silver) and coloured with dark blue sparkle pen then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the seahorse. At this stage it all looked a complete mess and nearly went in the bin – tee hee. I stamped over the top using StazOn Ink (White) and decided to continue with ‘the mess’. Maybe it would be ok when other bits & bobs were added?
  3. A fine tipped marker was used to add a drop shadow around the sentiment lettering which made it stand out better.
  4. I spread some Viva Décor Crackle Paste (Teal) around the base of the heart and dropped in some blue seed beads for texture. When dry I rubbed over the surface and edges with a little silver gilding wax. I punched a couple of holes in the top to attach a hanging ribbon, and holes in the sides and base for attaching hangers.
  5. The seahorses and weeds were stamped onto blue card with White StazOn Ink, cut out and glued with 3D glue gel.
  6. The shells were stamped onto cartridge paper and spritzed with blue and gold inks with mica. The shells were cut out, shaped and acrylic modelling paste applied to the backs to make them a little more robust. I applied clear glaze onto the fronts for shine. When dry I created attachment holes and added them to the base of the heart using recycled jewellery chain loops.
  7. Finally finished by adding some glitter glue sparkle – just had to be done – tee hee.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean 2

Lighthouse Scenes created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of my recent samples using the Seashore Scenes stamp set (plus Mermaid Queen and Underwater for embellishments). The first is a sunset scene mounted onto a patterned background paper from Crafty Individuals, the second a mini wall hanging.

AW Lighthouse Sunset

Sunset Scene Card:

  1. The patterned paper was trimmed and edged with black pen to frame before sticking to the card blank.
  2. The background was painted with water based inks (orange and yellow) and the image stamped with Versafine (Onyx Black). Some areas of colour were lifted out using water and blotting. The image was coloured with watercolour pens and pencil. White pencil was used to emphasise highlights.
  3. The foreground was created using Expand IT tinted with watercolour pen, heated to puff and create the texture. Mounted onto black card to frame and glued to the card with foam pads for dimension.
  4. The shells were stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia), spritzed with blue and gold ink sprays, cut out and lightly shaped before gluing down with 3D glue gel.

Materials:

  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell embellishments) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 card blank, 6 X 6 background paper (Crafty Individuals – The Seaside), black card and white stamping card, scrap cartridge paper (for shells)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia)
  • Alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Watercolour pens and pencils
  • Water based inks (yellow, orange)
  • Ink sprays (blue, gold with mica)
  • Colourcraft Expand IT (puff paint)

AW Lighthouse Follow the river hanger

The scene looks so different done in an alternative colourway.

Follow the river hanging:

  1. The scene was stamped onto whiteboard with Versafine. A fine tipped pen and additional scene building stamps were used to extend the scene. Drawing Gum was used to mask the gull image while stamping the background images (i.e. grasses behind the gull and post).
  2. The scene was coloured with watercolour paints. Extra details and texture were added with coloured pencils. Drawing gum was used to mask some areas while painting (e.g. clouds, water highlights).
  3. Grey board was trimmed and cut with a rope edger die (top edge) and overlaid with red card cut to match. Holes were punched in the top to tie on the hanging string.
  4. The starfish and shells were stamped onto cartridge paper, coloured with watercolour and mica paints. After shaping they were glued to waste acetate pieces with 3D glue gel to make them more robust (particularly as they overhang the ‘canvas’ edges).
  5. The rope and ships wheel were cut 2-3 times each from Kraftcard, layered up and glued together to make them more robust. Colouring was added using Distress Ink, glaze and glitter pens.
  6. The scene, embellishments and string were glued to the hanging. Finished with PVA pearls and touches of glitter glue.

Materials used:

  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell and starfish) stamp sets
  • 15 X 10cm whiteboard shape (Chocolate Baroque kit), Grey board, red card, white stamping card, Kraft card, scrap cartridge paper and acetate
  • Watercolour paints and water based paints with mica
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • Glaze pen (red) and glitter pen (gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (black)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
  • PVA pearls and glitter glue (clear)
  • Bakers twine (red & white)
  • Dies to cut ships wheel, rope edge (top of hanger) and rope embellishment