Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Psychedelic 70's Layout

Hi There,
Today I am sharing a layout in tribute to the Psychedelic 70's, 
full of groovy fun & love of colour
for the Scrap FX Design Team.

It all started out just playing around with colouring circles of acrylic paint
 on some scrap kraft paper.
I continued the circular theme with various circular stamps & stencils.

Scrap FX has the perfect Transparencies & Chip boards to suit this theme.
Love these fonts & designs.

Ended up recreating the same patterns in layers.
The white background is decorated with the Flourish Window stencil
 just outlined in black posca pen.

The next layer is the colourful painted & stamped layer.
The final layer is a repeat of the painted, stamped layer that has been overlaid with stencils
& darkened with Dina Wakley acrylic paint in night
Circle StencilFlourish Window stencil

The chipboard sentiment was painted with Flourescent acrylic paint
& topped with a layer of glossy accents to make it 'pop'.
Psychedelic 70's
The Hippie Power Transparency was used to highlight the circles.
Hippie Power transparency

& I had the perfect photo from my Daughter's School Days to display.

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Monday, 20 July 2020

Amazing Gears & Circuit Card

Hi Readers,
Today I am sharing a card I created with a masculine, rusty vibe.

To make the card a bit more special I created it oversized 8x4" & in a trifold style.

To achieve the rusty background I used an orange sheet of metallic kraft cardstock 
from the Tim Holtz 8x8" Metallic Jewels paper pack. 

I applied a very thin coat of clear gesso with a palette knife over the whole surface.
Once dry, I applied clear crackle paste randomly, thicker in some areas. 
The reason I applied the clear gesso first was to ensure the crackle layer 
would adhere properly & not just flake off.

I left the crackle to dry naturally.  Walk away for a few hours to let the cracks develop.

Drips of alcohol ink were then applied & spread by gently tapping with a felt applicator.
In some places the alcohol lifted the orange layer right off,
letting the silver base metallic cardstock show through.
I quite liked this distressed effect.  The cracks were well highlighted by the black ink.

The rest of the rust coloured page was used to die cut all the cogs, 
Even an offcut strip was used as a piece of trim.
I loved the rusty page so much I simply mounted it on heavy weight black cardstock
& layered the cogs, circuit & sentiment 
to allow the rusty finish to be the main feature.

The Paper Rose Circuit Die was cut from a piece of chalkboard black cardstock.
What an amazing die cut! So intricate and perfect contrast for under the sentiment.
I chose the sentiment from the Black & White Sentiment sheet set
& applied it over the layers of cogs & circuit texture.

Extra cogs were added to the trifold page.

White cardstock applied to the centre of the card for a written sentiment to be added.


It is fun to experiment to see what finishes you can achieve with the products in your stash.
Hope this inspires you to attempt a cracked, rusty finish too.
Happy Creating & Cheers for now,

Deb Adams

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


Hi, Today I am sharing a project I created for Paper Rose Design Team
that started out as a 6 x 6" card but instead has become a feature on an Art Journal page.

I started by stamping & clear heat embossing the whole range of cacti stamps from the Paper Rose Cactus Greetings stamp set with Archival ink on water colour paper.

I then coloured the cacti & pots with a water brush pen & Distress inks.
Adding shading & the 'speck' stamp from the Arty Love Create words stamp set
gave more depth & texture to the images.
I then used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.

 I chose some Gelli printed papers in Terracotta tones to form the background of the card.
I die cut a window with the Geometric Border die from a 6 x 6" background.
I backed this with a more colourful print.
 Raising it with foam tape to show off the contrast & shadow of the geometric pattern.
I arranged the little pots across the card also raising some with foam dots.

The sentiment is from the Paper Rose A5 black & white sentiment sheet.
Faux stitching & highlights were added with black & white posca pens.

I decided to keep the card as an inspiration page in my Dina Wakley Journal.

I chose a hessian & rag watercolour paper spread to work on.
I used Dina Wakley spray acrylic paints through the Arty Love Mark making stencil 
to add lovely bright colours & patterns across both pages.

Black Texture paste was then applied in random areas through the Waves Stencil.
Other mark making done with Posca Pens.

The card was attached to the hessian page with foam tape.

The pages turned out really colourful & textured.

Hope you like my idea of keeping a favourite card to turn into an artwork full of inspiration.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Cheers for now,  Deb

Friday, 5 June 2020

Wall hanging for a Friend

Hi There,
Today I am sharing a sweet wall hanging I have created for the Paper Rose Design Team.

I started with a base of chipboard which I cut out in a banner shape with my scroll saw 
& drilled some holes for hanging.

I applied a sheet of specialty paper in pink tones 
from the Dream in Pastel Paper Pack with Matte gel medium. 
Sanding around the edges made it blend to the base shape perfectly.
The Madison Lace die cut from the same paper was applied to the top of the banner in the same way.

Adhesive hessian sheet was cut slightly larger in the same tag shape & applied.

White crackle paste was applied randomly in areas & left to dry naturally.

 A layered mask stamping technique was used to stamp the patterns 
on the largest stitched banner from the Banner 2 die set.
Cut from light blue tones of the Dream in Pastel Paper Pack.

I planned out the placement of the stamps on the banner before I began.
Seeing where the images would overlap.

I stamped the main focal images of the birds & bow on acetate first in Archival Ink
then cut these out to make masks for later use.

I worked from foreground to background by stamping the main focal images first.
I then used the masks I made previously to protect these images 
while I stamped the flowers & the text.  
This layering makes these other images recede into the background.
I used various Archival Ink colours for the different layers like the text & flower centres.

I then coloured the stamped images with the subtle application of Jane Davenport Pastels 
applied with a fine brush applicator.  Love the translucent affect.

I lifted this stamped layer to just sit up from the hessian surface.  
Finishing off with Prima Denim Rosettes, leaves & ribbon.

Fabric covered wire, shaped into a hanger, swipes of white gesso & a rub of vintage photo distress ink over the crackle edges complete this project.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to create a gift for a friend
using these beautiful stamps from Paper Rose.
Cheers for now
Deb Adams xx

Saturday, 16 May 2020


Hi Readers,

Today I am sharing a sweet Flip Album to store New Baby Memories
featuring gorgeous products from Paper Rose.

I adore the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie Gumnut Babies Stamps & dies 
that Paper Rose have in their range.
So beautiful for Baby & Aussie Themed projects.

As well as the focal point on the cover I have featured Gumnut Babies 
on the unique Ticket Embellishment for the Album decoration.  
I have made a tutorial on how these tickets were created on a previous blog post here .

The covers are chipboard from my stash with holes drilled ready for ring inserts. 

The chipboard has been swiped with gold embossing paste. 
Then once dry, covered with a layer of white crackle paste.
The crackle that forms show off the golden underlayer.

The Thanks a Bunch Stamp set was white heat embossed on water colour paper,
then water coloured with Distress reinkers & a water brush forming the background.

were stamped in Black Archival Ink & clear heat embossed before colouring in
& cutting out.  Attached with foam squares to background.

Welcome Baby stamp also in Black Archival ink & heat embossed.

cardstock pre coloured with Distress Spray Stain.
Layered to frame the focal pint on the cover.

The Ticket Embellisments & Charms were attached with Pink Ribbon.
Inside pages were cut to fit from some of my favourite stencilled, coloured & ready made papers from the Dream in Pastel paper range from Paper Rose.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for a gift for a new Mum or Grandma or just for yourself.
Cheers for now    Deb

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Make your own embellishments from Ticket Die Cuts

Hi There,
Today I want to share a fun technique for making your own personalized embellishments 
from Ticket die cuts.

These are the Personalized tickets I created using Paper Rose products.

The Ticket Die set has 5 various shaped tickets.  I cut out multiples of each from white cardstock.

I grouped the tickets in strips sticking them down in a row to pieces of thin paper tape.
I pressed the tape to my clothes first to reduce the stickiness of the tape so easier to remove later.

I then stamped with Black Archival Ink in repetitive patterns across the tickets.  
Any small designs are suitable, or just part of an image.

Some of the stamped images crossed from one ticket to another, 
making a continuous scene or pattern.

Small sayings or words look great too.
It is much easier to stamp on the row of tickets than each individual one.
More Real Estate!

Next it is important to only colour the focal images.
I used Distress Markers & a water brush. You could use any medium you like.
Just remember to leave the backgrounds blank for now.

The colour I used for skin tones was a mixture of Spun Sugar & Tattered Rose. 
Tiny amounts of watered down Aged Mahogany for the blush in the cheeks & shading.

Any colours you like for the Gumnuts!

Brighter colours for the Gumnut Flowers!
And add a tiny speck of blue in each eye!
Dry with a heat tool before going any further!!

Apply glossy accents or matte accents to those focal images that you have coloured
& set aside to dry completely. Try to cover with a fairly thick layer.

To colour the backgrounds once the Glossy Accents was dry,
I used a Distress ink blending tool with foam & Distress Inks to blend over the entire ticket strip.

I blended in cooler blue colours from one side & warmer yellow tones from the other.
This gives the impression of a horizon.

I then used a fine speckle stamp or written text stamp to give more texture to the background.
Flicking water & drying with a heat tool gives even more visual texture.

The glossy accents on the focal image resists the Distress inks used on the background.
Finish by just wiping over the images gently with a soft cloth.
The tickets are then ready to use in other projects, either singly or in a strip.

Here I have used some to embellish card fronts as you can see below.

They are really fun to make & very addictive.
Here is a link to my previous blog post where I have made
other designs of tickets if you want more inspiration.

Wildflowers Stamp
Arty Love Create Words stamp

Cheers for now!   Deb xx