Wednesday 29 May 2019

Art Obsession Trifold Cards

Hi everyone,
Today I am sharing two trifold cards with tag inserts 
that I designed for Scrap FX, 
perfect for crafty friends.

I created these colourful layered affects with stamps & stencils from Scrap FX 
using Dina Wakley  heavy body acrylic paints on my Gel Press Plate.

Similar patterns were repeated on the inside of the trifold card & on the tag insert.

 Stencils used were the Polygonic stencil & Puddles stencil.

The sentiments & focal images on these cards are from the Art Phrases ,

Stamps used were the Chevron Border Stamp, Star Border Stamp

Doodles, highlights, marks & ascerbic writing with various marking pens 
add extra texture to these backgrounds.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my Art Obsession
& make some layered mixed media cards yourself..

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Monday 27 May 2019

Ella's Rose Garden Cards

Hi There,
Today I am sharing cards featuring some of the range
of Ella's Rose Garden dies from Paper Rose.

This card features the Ella's Garden Layering Scribble Roses die set
& the Happy Birthday dies from Paper Rose.
Lots of glimmering layers were cut from pre coloured cardstock.
Colourshine Bronzer spray for the background.
Blue & Green Alcohol ink Pearls for the leaves & rectangles.
Blue Distress oxide sprays with white heat embossing (Vintage Letter Stamp) for the roses.
Patterned vellum die cut softens the effect.
Finished with dots of Liquid Pearls.

This card features the same die cuts  from gold metallic cardstock
& a teal/gold sprayed cardstock.
The Circlet Layered background die allows the background 
to peek through as well as highlight the roses.
The sentiment is gold heat embossed & mounted on a combination of papers
already featured on the card.
Liquid Pearls to finish.

More Ella's Garden Scribble Rose diecuts
layered over the negative space diecut from gold cardstock
I thought this pattern looked cool! 
And the bonus is I will use the rest of the diecut for another card.
As you can see above that die cut is really beautiful as well.
The background is Alcohol ink & Alcohol ink Pearls on Yupo paper
run through an embossing folder, sanded 
& lightly rubbed with Finnabair Art Alchemy wax.
The beautiful sentiment is gold heat embossed.

My Grandmother's name was Ella.  
Thanks to Paper Rose for making these lovely dies & stamps
that have made me think of her while designing with them.
Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Friday 17 May 2019

Glowing Alcohol Inks & Alcohol Ink Pearls for Paper Rose Cards

Today I am sharing cards that all feature backgrounds
made using alcohol ink & alcohol ink pearls on Yupo paper.
this matches so perfectly the fabulous die cuts & stamps
from Paper Rose.

This first one has the beautiful colours of a sunset in the bush,
featuring the Gumleaf Border Die.
You can see the gorgeous reflections from the Pearl ink.

The next one features the Sunray Background die.
are heat embossed to continue the shiny finish.

This last one features the Bird on a Wire Fence die cut from shiny black cardstock
& the Sentiments 1 stamp set white heat embossed.

The Alcohol inks I used were Dandelion, Valencia, Citrus, Turquoise
& the Alcohol ink Pearls were Alchemy, Sublime & Celestial.
Combining the two types of ink make the sparkle feature of the 
Pearl ink more prominent, rather than just an all over shine.

This is just one colour combination. Will be trying lots of others.
Hope you feel inspired to give this a try yourself.
Cheers for now,
Deb xx

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Never Stop Dreaming Layouts for Scrap FX

Hi All,
Today I wanted to share these layouts of my two sons 
cause they are so stinkin' cute! together!

The 'Never stop Dreaming'  wordlet looks fabulous 
heat embossed with Lindy's Midnight Teal embossing powder 
& then a sprinkling of Platinum & Clear UTEE.

Star Border stamp & the Orb Stamp also complete the background.

gives more texture to the background.

Star Border Stamp matches with background papers.

Secret Boys business Wordlet textured with Walnut stain distress embossing powder.
All things boy silhouette/stencil used for more texture & mark making.


Wednesday 8 May 2019

Inspirational Tags for Scrap FX

Hi All
Today I am sharing two inspirational tags.
They have been created with a combination of Scrap FX products 
& techniques inspired by Andy Skinner.

The background technique used on my over sized tags is a layering technique
with acrylic paint & drops of 99% alcohol.
The primary colours combine to make a whole kaleidoscope of colours.
The last layer being Titanium white, allowing just peeks of the vibrant colours.

The Modern Girl Stencil contains both the negative & positive images.
Both were used to feature these funky female figures 
with dabs & splatters of 
black & white acrylic paints.

Perfect inspirational sentiments were used from the Art Phrases Transparency sheet.  
Applied with matte gel medium.

Random stamping with the Circles & Squares stamp in Black Archival ink. 

The same black ink rubbed around the edge to form a frame
& some rainbow fringed ribbon 
are enough to finish these tags off.

Hope these inspire you too!
Cheers  Deb

Monday 6 May 2019

Paper Rose Mixed Media stamps with Gelli Printing Tutorial

Today I want to share some more Mixed media Gelli printed cards
that I have made using Paper Rose stamps.
I found I had quite a few photos at various stages of the process.
So I have included a step by step tutorial.
This has made a rather long post....Hope you enjoy....

These detailed gelli printed backgrounds pair beautifully with bright bold sentiments
such as these die cuts from Paper Rose.

This bold sentiment stamp from Paper Rose also suits these backgrounds.

The beautiful silhouette sentiments are all that is needed with a few stars thrown in.


1. Gather your supplies

Gelli plate
Stamps & stencils
Mark making tools like bubble wrap, mesh, die cuts
Pre cut 6 x 6" cardstock
Acrylic paints

I like the thick Gel Press plate best. I have it in a few different sizes.
Really love the Speedball brayer too.
Paper Rose has 3 sets of Mixed Media Stamp sets that I have featured here.
Other items for mark making on the gell plate are bubble wrap, mesh from onion bag, 
stencils and die cut shapes from Paper Rose.

I used Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paints.  Such vibrant colours.

2. Light base layer of acrylic paint.
Apply dots of 2 or 3 light colours directly to gelli plate 
and smooth out with the brayer.
Pull prints off plate onto precut white cardstock.
Create more interest by only pulling colour in patches
 rather than whole sheet each time.
Second prints can be pulled depending
 on how much paint is left on plate.
This is called a ghost print.
Keep applying paint & brayering as required.
Leave some white space too.

3. Do not clean the plate at any stage!

For these first layers I have used combinations
of yellow, pink and olive green.
They blend to make lots of light colours.

4. The brayer can be rubbed off onto other cardstock
 or paper between applications of paint to clean it. 
These can make more great bases for backgrounds.

5. Build up the middle layers.
Use deeper tones of the base colours 
as well as a contrasting colour on the gelli plate.
Brayer the paint onto the plate. Then remove colour & create texture 
with stamps, stencils, wrap, or masks,
before pulling parts and pieces onto the base coloured pages.
(as shown above)
I used turquoise and cheddar. Makes blues, greens & orange colours.

6. Contrast Stamping.
More interest can then be given to each card 
by repeating the same stamping with distress oxide inks
 in bright contrasting colours.
Do not use a stamp block.
Hold the stamp in your hand & just roll it on the page to leave more organic markings. 

7. Water soluble marks.
Use a water soluble pencil to highlight masked areas & to doodle.
Soften shapes with a water brush.

8. Other mark making.
Use white & black acrylic ink to do ascerbic writing
& splatters with a fan bush.

You will end up with a ton of backgrounds that can be used for cards or diecutting.

I trialed all sorts of Paper Rose die cuts with these backgrounds.
Some I have shown on previous posts over the last few months.

Close up of layering details.

Hope this inspires you to give gelli printing a go.
It is really fun & addictive.
Makes spectacular individualized backgrounds 
with lots of uses.
Cheers for now,