Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Blooming Flowers Background Cards for Paper Rose

Hi All
Today I want to share three cards I have designed featuring the 
Blooming Flowers Background die from Paper Rose.

It is really a gorgeous die cut which can look very different depending on how you use it.

For this first card I die cut a bright gelli printed background 
made using acrylic paints & Distress oxide inks. 
Stamped with the Mixed Media stamp sets from Paper Rose.
I elevated the die cut on a piece of fun foam on the card front.
 It is backed with some teal blue cardstock.
 The sentiment is from the Beautiful Mandala stamp set.

For this next card I die cut the Blooming Flowers twice from pre coloured cardstock.
I had used pink mica spray to colour my cardstock & then splattered with various other colours.

I trimmed off the border edge of the die so the foliage pieces form the edges.
The result looks like a complete flower in the centre.

I attached these two halves with matte medium just in the central areas so the edges lift off the page.
The background card base was made by splattering a sheet of heavy watercolour paper 
with warm coloured distress inks.  Yellow through to Red tones.
The Congratulations Layered diecut covered the joining of the two diecut pieces.

My final card was made as a pop up card for Mother's Day.
The front of the card features the Blooming Flowers Background die
 angled over the largest Banner 2 diecut cut from textured card.

Gelli printed card was used for the diecut then heat embossed 
with Geranium Coral Blush embossing powder from Lindys Stamp Gang.
The varied colours of the background show through the embossing.

The Large Dainty Butterfly die was used repeatedly on the cover & inside of the card
repeating the various choices of cardstock used & embossing on the card.

The Madison Lace die added extra detail to the inside of the card.
The Vintage Letter stamp was used to add subtle texture to the inside of the card.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.
Hope this gives you some ideas to use your die cuts in different ways.

Cheers  Deb Adams xx

Sunday, 14 April 2019


When I saw this Moon face stencil from Scrap FX
I knew I had to feature it with this funny photo of my husband.
It  cracks me up just remembering that day.
The whole family laughed so hard.

Jill Wheeler sends such nice thick A4 chipboard packaging with our goodies from Scrap FX.
I had to use one as a base for this creation once I laid down a coat of white gesso.
I sprayed the background with watery drips of Distress oxide, Fired Brick, 
Fossilized Amber & Iced Spruce.
I lightened the background with Antique Linen & the  Lineage Stamp.
Texture was then applied by inking embossing folders
 & stamping with these over the surface.
Geometric stencil & Code background stamp created more layers with 
Pumice stone, Seedless preserves & Chipped sapphire Distress oxide inks.

The Moonface stencil was applied with Black soot, Seedless Preserves & 
Chipped Sapphire distress oxide inks.

Splatters of water added a blended oxidized effect.

The molecules transparency repeated these patterns from the background.
Brushed Pewter distress stain was applied to the chipboard pieces, 
'Outta this world' & 'Molecules'.

Splatters of silver & black inks.   
The sentiment printed from my computer 
as well as some handwriting
complete this piece.

Hope it brings a smile to your 'moon face' too!
Cheers   Deb

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Own Kind of Beautiful Retro Tag

This Retro Style Tag came together from a happy accident.

 I cut the oversized tag from recycled thick white card 
following the dimensions of a size 10 tag in my stash. 
But made this one larger.  Measuring 12 cm x 23 cm

I gave the tag two coats of white gesso to basecoat,
followed by a layer of yellow acrylic paint 50:50 mixed with water.
It was so bright I immediately rubbed the surface back with a moist baby wipe
to soften the effect rubbing most of the colour away.
Light modelling paste was applied through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil 
randomly in three places.

I then lightly rubbed the surface with Distress Paint Dabbers in
Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, & Vintage Photo.
 concentrating mostly over the stencilled areas.

Distress Crayons were also applied & blended 
with a moist finger tip to add more shadow & dimension.
Colours used were Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo & Peacock Feathers.

I then experimented with the arrangement of various Paper Rose diecuts, 
stamps & the focal point for my design.

Random stamping with the same Mixed media stamp set & Vintage Letter Stamp set 
using Cobalt & Vintage Sepia Archival Inks gave more texture to the background.

The Circles and Rings I had previously punched from watercolour paper 
coloured with Mermaid Lagoon & Wild Honey Distress Spray/Oxide inks 
& white heat embossed using the Mixed Media & Vintage Letter Stamps sets.

The rest of the layers came together from Paper Rose Die Cut pieces in my stash like the 
Madison Lace die used on the bottom, the Leaf 1 & Layered Circlet 1 dies.

The sentiment stamp is from the Beautiful Mandala stamp set using Black Archival Ink,
 & the 'happy' is from the Poppies stamp set.

Love this Tim Holtz Photo Booth picture.
Retro horn rim glasses remind me of the 60's.
I tore a Tim Holtz Sizzix film strip die cut into pieces to frame the photo.
Layers blended by shading with Aquarelle pencil & waterbrush
as well as more Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon.

White Ink Splatters & a black eyelet inserted to complete this tag. 
This tag makes me smile as it reminds me of my MUM
& photos of her in this era.

Hope you enjoy my take on a Retro Tag too.
Cheers for now,   Deb

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Watercolour Cards for SCRAP FX Design Team

Today I would like to share my Watercolour cards 
designed using a resist technique with embossing powders
 & SCRAP FX stamps, stencils, chipboards and die cut silhouettes. 

On these two I used Silhouette Shapes.

On the GROW card I used the Wire Flower Silhouette

& the Rose Garden Black Silhouette

The Diamond Flourish Stamp was stamped on watercolour cardstock with embossing ink 
& heat embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder from Ranger.
The beautiful colours applied are Twinkling H20 watercolours. 
Paper Dolls & Sentiments from Tim Holtz.

The Hash Stamps were used to give texture to the background.  
Heat embossed with Silver Pearl powder & a light wash of blue watercolour.
The sentiment is from the Love Transparency sheet over a ticket from my stash.
The strip on the side is a skin from a paint pour. 
(Knew it would come in handy for something!)

& on these two I used Chipboard shapes

The Heartscrawl chipboard shape was heat embossed 
with Princess Gold powder from Ranger, 
 a 2nd layer of clear UTEE was applied to give a thicker result.

The background was created by applying clear embossing ink through the Heart Explosion stencil
& heat embossing with Pearl powder.
Gorgeous water colours floated over background make the hearts stand out.
Sentiment is from the Love Transparency sheet.

& the final card features the Wired Love Chipboard Gold heat embossed.

The base of the card features the Chevron background stamp 
gold heat embossed with gorgeous watercolours floated across.
The sentiment is also from the Love Transparency set.

Hope you like my variety of unique watercolour cards.

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

DREAM JOURNAL for Paper Rose

Today I wanted to share a really beautiful 'Dreamy' Art Journal I made from scratch 
that I plan to fill with inspiring quotes & images.

I enclosed the Journal with a beaded ribbon & vintage sari strip wrapping.

I upcycled some thick white cardboard from Hospital packaging collected from my work.

I cut it into pieces approx 8 x 10".  
The surfaces were then coated with Distress Oxide Sprays 
(Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber & Faded Jeans) 
& Distress Spray Stain (Wild Honey) were used for the front & back covers
Other pages were combinations of Mermaid Lagoon & Cracked Pistachio & Faded Jeans,
 Fired Brick with Fossilized Amber & Iced Spruce.
Final splattering of Marabu Mixed Media Gold Acrylic spray.

Once dry, the sheets were scored down the centre & attached back to back with double sided tape.
Building up the pages of the Journal. Round the corners if desired.
Just make sure each set of pages is the same size & it should fit together perfectly.

The gorgeous Paper Rose Beautiful Mandala with Sayings Stamp set was white heat embossed 
on the front cover with a lovely sentiment also from this set. 
Further random stamping was done using Versamark ink with no embossing powder 
to give a softer shadow & texture in the background.

The spine of the Journal was made from a strip of Tim Holtz gold Deco sheet.
Strengthened with a layer of Gel medium.
Two eyelets were inserted into the back cover.
The fringed ribbon & sari strip were threaded through this to form the wrap for the Journal & secured with beads.

The edges of the Journal were roughened up using a distress tool
& swiped with an embossing dabber.
Dipped in my UTEE mixture (Mostly Clear, Platinum & Gold)
& heated to give a sealed, textured edge.
HINT: This covers up any slight irregularities in the page sizes.

I really like the size & weight of this Journal.
It is small enough to fit in my handbag.
The colours are soft & dreamy, & the oxides have a smooth, chalky finish.
Such a beautiful detailed stamp makes such an elegant feature on the cover.
Hope this inspires you to give Journal making a try.

Cheers for now,  DEB

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Vintage Shadow Box - Paper Rose March Inspiration Board

My interpretation of the Paper Rose Autumn Inspiration Board for March 2019 
inspired the creation of this Vintage Shadow Box.

To me the Board has an olde world Australian feel with cobblestones & ironwork.
It has cracks & texture as well as gorgeous Autumn colours.

Note the browns, yellows, greens & blue greys with pops of coral pink & red 
in the gum leaves & bouquet. 
I recreated these colours with a mass of Paper Rose Gum Leaf die cuts 
& other ephemera using various sprays like 
Distress spray stain, Distress Oxide spray, Lindys Flat Fabios, & Mica spray.
The Tudor Arched Window die was cut from black cardstock 
& is almost completely hidden behind all the leaves. 
It represents the ironwork on the board.

Love it displayed within my antique collection at home. 

I included some gumnuts from my garden as well as an
Australian Vintage photo & postcards from my own collection.
The gumnuts were rubbed with a small highlight of Prima Art Alchemy wax
& attached with Prima 3D Matte Gel medium.
The photo & cards were scanned & printed from my originals onto thick card stock.  
 Photo edges were distressed & the surface aged further with Distress & Crazing medium
 from Ranger.

Other ephemera used for layering was made using Paper Rose Products, including  
The Vintage Letter stamp was used randomly with Watering can Archival ink.

I converted some kraft packaging to form the base of my Shadow Box project.
I applied some Tim Holtz Tissue tape in areas to help support the frame as well as a design element.
I sealed it with Clear Gesso before adding all the layers.
White Chalk Paint was applied using a plastic card in a patchy manner 
allowing some of the kraft to show through.
Crackle paste was then applied through a cobblestone/paving stencil across the base, sides & frame.
Prima Art Stones & Mini Art Stones were applied to fill the corners with gel medium.
Ageing & colouring of the base was done with Prima Artisan Powders in Umber & Clay, 
Distress Inks in Weathered wood, Walnut stain & Abandoned Coral. 
Diluted with water spray & dried between layers with a heat tool.

When making your composition of layers, build up the focal point 
(I used cardboard pieces) so other ephemera can slip in behind. 
Matte gel medium used for all gluing as it is not visible once dry.

Be sure to take a photo before gluing down to give yourself a reference.
With so many layers you can loose sight of your original idea. 

This project is keeping true to my preferred style so I am very happy with the result.
Lovely to have some die cuts that represent Australia so well.

Hope this inspires you to join the Paper Rose Community Facebook Group 
& to make a project for the Paper Rose Autumn Inspiration Board too.
I hope this shows that the Board can be broken down into many elements 
which can give you inspiration. 
I decided to use quite a few but one or two things can be enough.
Looking forward to seeing what you create.
Cheers for now,    Deb