Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Steampunk Theme for February at Scrap FX

Hi All,
I wanted to share all my steampunk creations for the Scrap FX Design Team
for the month of February in this post.
More fabulous inspiration can be found on the Scrap FX blog.


This canvas panel features a treasured photo of my Dad on service leave
from the Army in the early 1950's.
Love how the Steampunk & Vintage styles go so well together.




More pictures & information about my creative process can be found here.






Even cards can be made using this theme.


For something a little different I decorated this wire dress form.




You can check out all the Steampunk goodness over at the Scrap FX blog.
Thanks for taking the time to read.


Saturday, 7 March 2020

You Are Beautiful Tag for Paper Rose

Today I am sharing a special tag I created using fabulous stencils & die cuts from Paper Rose.


The base is a scalloped edged chipboard tag from my stash
which I firstly coated with white gesso & let dry.
Crackle paste was then swiped through the geometric stencil & also left to dry 
so perfect cracks developed.  
Blue Mica Spray in areas then highlighted the cracks & texture of the background.


I had been playing with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals on watercolour paper
making beautiful dreamy papers.
So I die cut one of these papers with the Lots of Circles die  with interesting stitched feature as a focal point on the tag. Elevated this with foam tape.
I die cut the Layered beautiful die from a pink section of the same papers with a shadow of vellum.
Extra stamping for the sentiment comes from the Beautiful words stamp set.



Prima Leaves & Flowers were coloured with Magicals & white gesso.
Pink & Purple Ribbon & pale pink jewels complete this lovely tag.
Hope this inspires you to make something pretty too.
Cheers Deb



Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Succulent Birthday Greetings

Hi There 
Today I am sharing cards made featuring the gorgeous Cacti Greetings Stamp set from Paper Rose.


These cards evolved as my stash of Paper Rose products has grown. 
Parts and pieces were made separately then eventually came together in perfect harmony.


Quite a while ago I played with background techniques using my gelli plate, 
alcohol inks & stencils with acrylic paints.
There are lots of You Tube videos on this topic. 
I recommend Kate Crane from Gel Press: Just Add Alcohol Backgrounds

This background was made with the Moroccan stencil. 
I love the distressed terracotta look of this.
Matches well with the cute succulents which I heat embossed then water coloured 
before  die cutting.
The card layers & Happy birthday stitched sentiment were cut from thick cardstock 
I had previously coloured with spray inks in greens & blues. 
I keep any thick cardstock or white packaging that I receive.
 I spray ink a whole lot at once with combinations of colours that complement.
So I then have sturdy custom papers 
for using for die cutting sentiments & background papers when required.


My second card features a very different gelli printed background.


This background was created with a 6" round gel press plate.
I applied sprinkles of Magicals powder then spritzed with water & printed onto thick cardstock. 
The Cacti image was stamped on top in black Archival ink & clear heat embossed.  
Extra light colouring of the Cactus was done with Watercolours.
Sentiment & backing card cut from matching green ink sprayed cardstock & white vellum.


I love how the background colour adds to the colouring of the plant pot.
Sending hugs to you with a cactus is probably a contradiction in terms!!


Paper Rose Products used to create these cards were: 
Cactus Greetings Stamp set #17886, Cactus Greetings die set #17887, Happy birthday stitched die #18442, Moroccan lattice stencil #18138, Hugs Layered die #18300, Happy Birthday to you die #17631

Other products: Gel Press Plate 6" round & 8 x 10" rectangle, Acrylic Paints, Alcohol inks (yellow blue red) Blue & Green ink sprays (Distress oxides, Distress spray stains), 
Meeden watercolours & watercolour brush.

These stamped images are really cute.  Will definitely be making more of these.
Prickly Cheers for now 
Deb




Thursday, 16 January 2020

'Cheers' Travel Mug

Hi There,
Today I am sharing my creation for Paper Rose using die cuts to decorate a travel mug.


Originally the plastic travel mug contained an image of Freddo frog. 
Not very appealing, but I knew the mug was functional & had potential.


Firstly I removed the lid, applied masking tape around the screw top above the rim.
The whole surface was painted with Black Gesso & left to dry while I die cut some patterns to apply.
I made sure that I painted in a cross hatch fashion to give more texture to the surface.


The die cuts I used were the
I used quite thin cardstock for this.
The die cuts were applied with Soft Matte Gel Medium from Prima. 
Applied under and over the die cuts to seal them.
The textures were then highlighted with a dry brushing technique 
& Art Alchemy paints. I then applied some Art Alchemy waxes with my finger.
Wink of Stella was applied over the Cheers to give extra sparkle.
Finally I sealed the mug with a layer of  gloss varnish from Decor Art.


The finish has held up really well with hand washing.
Not quite game enough to put it in the dishwasher!
The finish is really glossy so was hard to take good photos.
A matte sealer would also work just as well.
Hope this gives some ideas for different ways to use your die cuts.
Cheers     Deb Adams



Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Silhouette Keyholes & Alcohol Ink Background Cards

Hi All,
My first post for 2020 for the Scrap FX Design Team
 is of two sweet cards that I have created featuring Keyhole Silhouettes & Alcohol Ink backgrounds.
really adore these colours & the textures of the alcohol inks & gold mixative.
My first card has a garden theme in lovely pinks, blues & purple.
Framing  of the page was made with flowers from my stash & the Clockhands frame.


The Alice Keyhole Silhouette really pops on the alcohol ink background.
The sentiments are from the Art Phrase transparency.
The butterfly was fussy cut from the Butterfly transparency sheet.


The Alcohol ink background is raised from the metallic gold base card
by 2 layers of mesh chipboard coloured in silver & gold.


The fronds of the fern flourish chipboard complement the curve of the keyhole.
The sentiment is also painted chipboard. Forever in my heart mini.
Pearls & Mini Art stones add some finishing texture.

Hope this gives you some ideas for projects to use those lovely alcohol ink backgrounds that we all hoard!

Cheers for now,   Deb Adams


Sunday, 5 January 2020

'Beyond Awesome' Galaxy Card for Paper Rose 2020

Hi There & Welcome to 2020.

I am very honoured to have been invited to continue on the Paper Rose Design Team for 2020.
For my first card I wanted to feature a Galaxy background, 
showing the moon, stars & clouds with fireworks for the New Year.


I made my background first on 300 gsm watercolour paper.
I used Distress oxide sprays & ink applied to my craft mat to layer up the background.
There are many videos explaining this technique on YouTube.
Here are a few links:- Jennifer Maguire Distress oxide &  The Craft Bunny.
It was fun to play around with this.  Better to make quite a few at once while getting messy!
I recommend to start with a light area in the middle & add darker layers around this.
Always dry between layers.  Flick water on to paper to give extra texture.


The colours I used were Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy sky & Black soot.
I diecut a circle for the moon from printer paper.  
Coloured it with Antique Linen & Pumice stone Distress Ink to resemble the moon.
 Icing Paste by Prima was applied through the Fireworks stencil towards the edges.
These stars & fireworks have a lovely sheen.  
The page was then crisscrossed with the Stitches Borders die leaving patterned impressions 
of fireworks trails on the paper.


The coloured moon was applied to the centre with matt gel medium.
The clouds were added after this with layers of white gesso & Prima Snowflake paste through the Clouds Stencil.
I love how the Stencils have absorbed some of the colours below.


The sentiment is from the Awesome stamp set & the Layered Awesome die
Wink of Stella shimmer & Glossy Accents applied over the black cardstock word makes it stand out.
Framed with the largest Square stitched frame cut from extra coloured card.
Mounted on 6x6" card base, sentiment stamped inside 
& extra stenciling on the envelope complete this set.
On a personal note:-
Fireworks have now become a controversial symbol for NYE.
Personally I would rather see money spent elsewhere.
This card was made prior to the catastrophic fires & with wishes of good will to all.
Looking forward to a creative 2020.
Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Paper Rose Stencil Backgrounds


Hi There,
Today I am sharing some cards that feature backgrounds created with Paper Rose stencils


For this first one I used the Distressed Mesh stencil with some soft Distress Oxide colours.
Pumice stone, Tumbled glass, Weathered wood, Peeled paint, Faded jeans 
& Tea Dye on watercolour paper. 
I added more interest by die cutting the background into layers with the Stitched Rectangle die. 
& alternating with some white card layers too.


The Eucalyptus branch & Gum leaves die cuts are cut from precoloured papers,
of Distress oxide sprays of Fired Brick & Iced spruce. with flicks of gold acrylic ink.
The Blossom die is cut from Gold Platinum sprayed cardstock.


The Sentiment 1 stamp set was used with Walnut Stain Distress oxide & Coffee Archival ink.
To hold the card open I applied a strip of kraft cardstock that I had previously covered 
with White & Platinum crackle paste.
I love the colours they remind me of an outback creek bed, full of minerals.


The next card's background was created using the Geometric block stencil 
& Distress oxide inks in Peacock feathers, Broken china, & Twisted citron.
The Stitched square frame die was used to cut up this page & the pieces offset to form 
a geometric pattern on the card front. Some layers raised with Paper foam tape.


The Poinsettia stamp set was silver heat embossed & coloured with Twinkling H20 watercolours.
Part of this stamp fussy cut & then Leaf dies layered behind the flowers.


The layered Merry Christmas die was cut from Vellum & silver metallic sheet.
Wink of Stella clear pen applied to white background gives a subtle silver sheen.
Hard to see in the photos. Blue embellishments & dots used to complete this card.


The Mandala stencil was used here with bright oxide colours. 
The blending brush made this blended gradation of colouring so easy.
I used Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock feathers, 
Salty ocean, Wilted Violet & Worn lipstick.
Softening the effect by misting with water to make the colours oxidize & drying with a heat tool.
Dot patterns added with Posca pens.


The sentiments were cut from a Vellum sheet & cobalt paper with a beautiful sheen


The Square frame die was used again to add extra interest to the front of the cards.
Alternate layers were raised on Paper Foam Tape strips.
Hope this gives some inspiration to try the Paper Rose stencils & blending brushes.
I only own one. I used a paper towel to wipe the brush off between changes of colour family.
Very easy to use & effective. 
Bye for now & happy creating,
Deb Adams