Good morning. Today I am sharing my contribution to the Colour Challenge this month. I am just loving these colours. Did you catch any of the shows recently on The Craft Channel where Lesley demonstrated the use of Angelina fibres? The butterfly stamps are just perfect for this technique.
I coloured a decorative card blank and tag with spray inks and made the floral embellishment from the waste pieces. I used stamps from Just Butterflies, Butterfly Blush and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets. The sparkling 3D butterfly was created by inking the stamp with black ink, overlaying with Angelina fibres and baking parchment, then ironing briefly on a hot setting. Note: Lesley recommends Black Archival Ink (Ranger). Mine did not work too well. However, I did manage to rescue it using a fine tipped alcohol ink pen to redraw my rather faint image.
I used a die cut scalloped circle (dark blue), ribbon, faux gems and glitter glue to finish.
Decorative card blank, watercolour card tag, dark blue card
Spray inks (light and dark blue, lime and yellow)
Dye based inkpads (dark blue and black) – important: see note above
Glitter pens (green and blue)
Angelina fibre (Mint)
Baking parchment and iron
Organza ribbon and faux gems (blue)
Alcohol marker (dark blue) and fine tipped marker (black)
Glitter glue (light blue)
Scalloped circle die (Tonic)
High tac acrylic glue and 3D glue gel
How to make it:
Spritz the tag with light and dark blue inks. Stamp the sentiment with dark blue ink. Edge the tag with alcohol marker to frame.
Spritz the card blank with green, light blue and yellow inks. Note: I thought that the waste elements would make lovely petals. I left them in place while spritzing then used them to make a 3D flower. Alternatively you could spritz a ready-made paper flower to match.
Stamp the butterflies and sentiment with blue ink. Colour with glitter pens.
Ink up the large butterfly with black ink and overlay with Angelina fibres. Cover with baking parchment and iron on a hot setting without steam for a few seconds. If using the recommended Archival Ink you should see the image appear through the parchment – it will then be ready. Peel away from the parchment and trim out the butterfly. I made a bit of a mess of mine! I used Memento ink and it left a fairly feint image. To rescue it I used a fine tipped black marker to go back over the image and make it more visible. I made 2 butterflies to layer up.
Add a dark blue scalloped circle behind the decorative card front, add a ribbon and bow, glue everything together and finish with glitter glue.
Good morning. I have so loved creating projects using the Challenge Colours this month. Here I have used the gorgeous Baroque Orchids stamp plate. I stamped it twice in pale blue on the background panel, and in black for the foreground panel. I stamped it again, coloured and cut out 3 of the orchid elements, shaped them and decoupaged them onto the main panel. I blended some die ink around the edges, added ribbon and a couple of die cuts and faux gems to finish – ooh and a bit of glitter glue of course (I go through gallons of it – tee hee).
Note: I actually used acrylic paint for stamping here, which will resist the dye inks blended in from the edges. I made these panels whilst doing some stamping on fabric so created some spare backgrounds on card to use up the paint. Heat embossing powders would give a similar effect. If you use dye inks for stamping you will lose the stamping detail on the edges of the lighter coloured panel.
Sea themed or textured stencil (I used Fossil from Andy Skinner)
Alcohol marker (dark blue) and fine tipped marker (opaque white)
Glitter pen (mid blue)
How it was done:
The card was spritzed with water and the blue inks (I used Mr Huey’s and Lindy’s Stamp Gang spritzers). The stencil was immediately laid on top and the card left to dry naturally. The inks get ‘pulled’ under the stencil surface by capillary action (so you get a negative image).
The card was then spritzed with white ink, the seahorse and sentiment stamped and embossed with blue powder, coloured with glitter and white pens.
The panel and card were then edged with the blue marker to frame the image.
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.