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

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Mr & Mrs Sparkle Wedding Cards

Hi There
I am sharing these gorgeous wedding cards I made 
featuring the Layered Mr & Mrs Die set from Paper Rose.

I really love this sentiment. It is large & dramatic.

So beautiful when matched with Rose Gold foiled papers.

Hard to see but really effective simply cut from glitter cardstocks.
I used an inlay technique to embed the sentiment.
The Stitched Square Frame was also embedded to make a crisp border.

The top white layer slightly offset to give a more shadowed effect.

Rose Gold & Macrame - always popular!
Lovely for a garden or country wedding.

Thanks for taking the time to read.
Cheers   Deb Adams

Friday, 30 August 2019

Let's Get Lost - Cape York QLD Travel Layout for Scrap FX

Hi All
This month the Theme for Scrap FX creativity is Travel.
I chose to feature one of the most adventurous trips
my husband & I have been on through Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

This double Layout is packed with photos as a reminder of our Adventures.

Never again have I seen so much water…

or corrugated dirt road!

And even no roads!

Lucky my husband is a Rally Driver & I chose to be the Navigator only.

Scrap FX has such a huge range of ephemera  to really help you to tell your story.

Cheers for now      Deb

The Scrap FX products I used were:
Australia Maps
Travel transparency
Butterflies transparency
  Queensland Theme Pack
 Almond Leaves
 Monstera Leaves
Intersections stencil

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Gumnut Baby Bunch & Distress Ink Watercolouring Tutorial

I have made some sweet cards featuring the Gumnut Babies stamps
 paired with the beautiful new Thanks a Bunch stamp from Paper Rose.

The Thanks a bunch stamp was stamped in Black Archival ink
on Watercolour paper & clear heat embossed.
The ribbon & sentiment from the same stamp set were also heat embossed
but with Versamark ink & WOW white embossing powder.

I had previously stamped, coloured & die cut the gorgeous gumnut baby & ladybug.
 They came from both the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie Bush Babies stamp & die set
& the Bush Babies Accessories stamp & die set.

This inspired the colours used for the flower bunch.

All of the colouring was done with Distress inks & a watercolour brush,
with mixing of colours on the palette of the glass media mat.

After white heat embossing the stamp in two opposite corners of this card
I wet the paper & floated distress ink colours across the card in a rainbow pattern
allowing the colours to blend & pool within the embossed areas.

The Layered Awesome die cut & Awesome Words stamp set were used for the sentiment.
Both Snugglepot & Cuddlepie stamp & die sets used again.

Softer tones of Distress Ink were used for this Baby Welcome card.
Hard to see in the photos but I floated Biscotti Perfect Pearl spray
in the background & Wink of Stella was applied to the babies clothing.

The sentiment is from the Baby Sentiments 1 stamp set. #17907
I framed the edge of the card with Vintage Photo Distress ink
& mounted this on an archival reinker background that lifts the browns, greens & yellows
of the stamped images.

There have been a few requests for tutorials on colouring techniques
by members of the Paper Rose Community Facebook Group.
Following is some information on my way of colouring with Distress inks,
which is a looser style than the precise colouring using Alcohol markers or Pencils.

My Technique for colouring Gumnut Babies & stamped Florals:

Personally I have a wide variety of Distress Ink colours in my stash
so they are generally my go to for watercolouring techniques of these stamped images.

But the same techniques could be used with other brands of water colours
in palettes, sticks or other water based ink supplies.

I always apply my colours to a palette of some kind so the colours can be blended together
or with water before adding to the paper.
My favourite is just a clear plastic packet from packaging with a piece of white paper inside.
This is portable & can be easily wiped clean.
Of course I also like my Tim Holtz Glass Media mat but this is not essential.

You can apply distress ink colours directly to the palette from your distress markers,
mini or regular size distress ink pads
or for a more concentrated colour use distress reinkers.
I have my reinkers labelled in a Tim Holtz Palette tray.
I have to be careful not to tip this as the ink stays wet.  Disadvantage - not portable at all.

I always use a smooth(ish) watercolour paper
(egs. Ranger Distress Watercolor/Canson or Strathmore Cold Press/Mont Marte Premium)
I stamp with Black Archival Ink (which remains permanent when dry),
sometimes embossing this with Clear embossing powder
or with Versamark Ink if I want to white heat emboss the images.

I tend to stamp quite a few images at a time from a stamp set
& fill up a whole page of watercolour paper.
Doing multiple images especially of the Gumnut babies allows you to try
different colour combinations & make all the effort worthwhile.
That way you have left overs for future projects.

I generally like to use a fine tip watercolour brush with a fillable water reservoir.
For my backgrounds or larger areas I tend to use a soft larger round brush
so I can apply lots of water before floating on the colours.
I like to dry between layers with a heat tool,
this gives the blotchy watercolour look that I like.
Always finish with some splatters of dilute colours or water only.
Blot off with paper towel while drying again with the heat tool.
Shine can be added with Perfect Pearl, Biscotti or other shimmer spray colours.

I coloured my images of the Gumnut Babies before diecutting as I find this easier.
I also noted near the images what colours I used for later reference.
This was especially useful for skin colours.

I have staged the colouring to explain the process. 
Just remember use a very light application of colour. You can always add more.
Skin colours used were Antique Linen, Spun Sugar & Tea Dye. 
Only small amounts required of each with water for blending.

Make a blend of the 3 colours (Antique linen, Spun sugar & Tea Dye)
on your palette with water
continuing to go back and forth until you get the depth of colour you like.
(photo shows abandoned coral too but it was used for the flower)

Shading in creases, under the hairline & on lower sides of limbs & feet.
Imagine the light hitting your image from above.
Choose petal & gumnut colours last.

Then you will be confident about larger projects & colouring these to match.
My advice for the florals is to apply a light colour to top OR bottom
of each petal/stem/leaf
then use a deeper or contrasing colour
to fill in the rest of each shape with just a random swipe of colour.
Not intense colouring in.
Use watered down Iced spruce or a neutral colour for shading.
The more colours added the better & more natural the finish.

Hope this has helped those asking for information on colouring.
Please ask any questions if you have any & I will respond ASAP.
My preference is for this less exact look.
Cheers for now
Deb Adams