Gina has another TV show on The Craft Store on Sat (23 Oct at 10am). It’s going to be a special show celebrating 10 years of Gina appearing on crafting TV shows with a brand new book launching too, featuring one of her specialities – thread wrapped buttons.
Here are a few of my thread wrapped buttons using techniques from Gina B Silkworks – I am going to put some of these into a journal so that I can keep a reference.
National Button Day is coming soon – 16th November. I will share more of my buttons and projects made with them over the next few weeks.
I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.
The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island) using the newly released looms and instructions from Gina-B Silkworks. I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first (until I read the instructions properly – tee hee), plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. My technique soon improved but I wasn’t sure what to do with these first experiments. They nearly went into the bin! However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.
Water based sparkle pens (red, gold, purple, green)
Gelato stick (Lemon)
Glitter glue (gold)
Shaped die for sentiment topper
How it was done:
The edge was stamped directly onto the card front with Versamark and heat embossed with gold sparkle powder. Coloured with sparkle pens. The yellow Gelato was dissolved in water and painted around the border.
The topper was stamped with Versafine and blended with Distress Inks. Glued to the card with 3D gel for added depth. Finished with…
This 6 X 6 inch card was created with the Fantasy Woodland along with the verse from the Tall Trees stamp sets. Images were stamped with Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink. Colouring was really quick and easy using watercolour brush pens. A small ‘dab’ of colour was quickly laid down onto the darker areas of the image, indicated by the stamp detail. A damp brush was then used to draw out the colour giving shading and tonal variation, really quick and easy. The edge of the stamping card was inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and the roughed up using the edge of my scissors. PVA pearls and faux stitching was added. I then added Glossy Accents over the apples for added shine. Just about achievable in 15 mins x.
Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick and easy card using stamps from the Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets. The background was created by spritzing and splattering with lime green and bright pink ink sprays. I then quickly stamped the trees with lime and dark green ink. The sentiments were stamped in dark green ink. I used green alcohol marker to frame the image before gluing to the card and added faux stitching with a fine tipped pen. I finished with the obligatory PVA pearls and clear glitter glue for sparkle (I just cannot help myself – tee hee).
The house was first painted with black and white gesso to seal and prime the bare wood.
Recycled corrugated cardboard was used to cover the roof, make the chimney and extend the bottom sides. I used a punch to create the scalloped roof edging from black card. Highlights were added using gilding wax. The ceilings and some walls were painted with orange acrylic.
The sparkly clouds and wispy spider webs were created using Angelina fibre. A fine mesh of fibre was laid out and ironed between two sheets of baking parchment. The fibre melts and bonds to itself creating a fine…