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

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Merry Textured Christmas to you

Hi There,
Today I have created some colourful Christmas Cards 
featuring the Merry Christmas to you die from Paper Rose.

The techniques I have used for the die cut sentiments 
& backgrounds have resulted in textured & glowing cards.

I had fun creating a lot of coloured backgrounds on Yupo Paper 
with various Alcohol Inks including Gold Metallic.
I ran these backgrounds through my Big Shot with different embossing folders.
I lightly sanded the texture before rubbing Art Alchemy wax with my finger over the raised surface.

I die cut these bright backgrounds with the Merry Christmas to you die.
I applied these to a white similar embossed card base matching up the patterning.
The angled die cuts meant I had extra pieces of coloured card to frame the sentiment.

I matted this card on an Inky Antics Paper Background. The colours matched perfectly.
This technique could easily be reproduced using those fabulous papers, 
or the Arty Love Collection.  I am definitely going to try that out.

The 'to you' die was cut from coordinating papers for each card.

For this card I added Small Stitched Stars diecuts cut from gold cardstock.
Matted on a green & gold sprayed background from my stash.
Light rubbing of the gold wax to highlight the texture on the white embossed card.

Hope this gives you a few ideas for trying some textured backgrounds with your die cutting.
Also a bold diecut is the perfect way to use those really unusual or bright papers
that you are having difficulty adding to your projects.
Cheers,    Deb Adams

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Vintage Girls Canvas

Hi There,
Today I am sharing a sweet Vintage Themed framed Canvas
featuring Scrap FX products.

This flat canvas is mounted in a distressed antique frame.
I highlighted the floral edges of the frame with Antique gold Art Alchemy wax.
The mounting board was covered with strips of blue gears & measurement washi tapes.

I applied grit texture paste & crackle texture paste through the beautiful
Flourish Panel stencil onto a 12 x 18 inch flat canvas. Covering most of the surface.
I also randomly stamped into the wet crackle paste with the Medallion Stamp.
Once dry I laid out my ephemera & took a photo before glueing anything in place.
This gives a reference for my original idea to refer back to later.

The focal point of my canvas is the lovely photo of these little girls 
all dressed up in gorgeous gingham dresses to have their photo portrait.
I scanned a copy of the original onto thick matte photo paper.
Aged this with Distress Collage medium that dries with a crazed effect.
Similar treatment given to vintage Australian postcard,
then torn in two to mat the photo.
Scrap FX chipboards with vintage & Floral themes
are beautiful accompaniments.

were all colored with Finnabair Art Alchemy paints
in Opal Magic Blue Gold & Sparks Magical Pond.

Before applying the ephemera with matte gel medium
the background was watercoloured & then dry brushed 
with blue & brown paints to highlight the beautiful textures.

 Other elements from my stash helped to build up the layers.
Gauze, cotton thread & art stones were later dry brushed with the same paints.

 Thanks for taking the time to read how I turned a vintage photo into a lovely home decor artwork
with beautiful products from Scrap FX & a little imagination!
Cheers for now
Deb Adams 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Vintage Collage Faux Beeswax

Hi There
Today I am sharing two Vintage Collage Plaques
with a Faux Beeswax finish.

I really love this vintage style.
The ornate vintage chipboards from Scrap FX 
suit this style perfectly.
Most of the ephemera are Tim Holtz or Prima products.
The finish over the collage elements is created with 
Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax embossing powder 
from the Seth Apter Baked Texture range.
I just love the translucent, warm, slightly milky surface this creates.

Behind the dapper gentleman I have used the Grandfather Clock chipboard
painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.
Also then dipped in my UTEE mixture (shown below) & heat embossed.
Love this aged finish where you can still see all the fine details
of the clock, pendulum & ornate case.

The two clock hands have been given a similar treatment.
Then layered over a cog with a split pin.
Also love that Kinsmen cigar label!

Here is my UTEE recipe:
A combined mixture of mostly Clear, Platinum with a hint of black UTEE 
(Ultra thick embossing powder) Store in a sealed container.
This forms the most unusual effect when applied over Distress STAIN.

Apply distress stain (I love tarnished brass) (can use pewter or copper too)
to chipboard pieces or areas to cover.
Dry with heat tool or leave to dry.
Dab surface with embossing dabber or Versamark inkpad.
Dip into UTEE mix and tap off.
Heat with a heat tool until the mixture melts, bubbles & swirls
to make a really unique finish.
I often dip into mix again while hot to give a thicker layer
or the single layer can give a more bubbled surface.
Fun to experiment with!

Here is my other Plaque.    Love this little chap!
Paper Dolls are such fun to create with.

Here I have used the embossed Spiral Circle Window frame 
and the Vine Leaf Corner frame cut into 2 pieces.

The chipboard pieces and some of the ephemera have been embedded
 in the embossed faux beeswax layer while still warm.
The beeswax layer was repeated twice.

So hard to show the full effect in the photos.
Both these embossing effects are really cool if you like a vintage style.
Which I adore!! Will definitely be doing more projects like this.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Cheers  Deb Adams