Friday, 15 December 2017

MMM...BEER- by Fiona Hughes

Hi, crafty friends. It's Fi here again with a fun but grungy page, just because! I know, you're thinking, "Wow, it's not a selfie!"
After my trip to Bali in 2014, I had this photo of the local Bintang Beer, that I became quite intimately acquainted with while over there, as well as these cute flair buttons, which I was stinging to use.
Hence this random page, to showcase our amazing Colourblast product, with not a selfie in sight! Lol!

So I decided  to begin with some patterned papers that have a grungy and rustic feel. I trimmed and mounted a lighter piece onto the darker piece, & with a leftover square of a ledger-type paper, I decided to focus the layout toward the bottom left corner, so stuck it down there.

Once the papers were stuck down well, I took my Heavy Black Gesso, a brickwork stencil and a little foam applicator.
Over 3 distinct areas on the page, I worked the black gesso through the stencil, giving a lighter and smudgier (is that even a word?) and more imperfect effect.

Looks good so far, Huh!?

I then started mounting and layering my square photo onto some scraps of this same paper line.
Gathering tags, stickers, the flair buttons, cotton, twine, washi, enamel dots and tiny word stickers, to embellish my page.

Here's how my 2 clusters came together.

Once the page was pretty much together, I decided to use 2 of my Colour Shimmer Sprays- Steel & Dusty Charcoal, and added some splatters of the liquid goodness over the page. ( Concentrating the Steel colour over the Gesso'd bits and the Charcoal over the light portion of the page).

It just adds a little texture and interest, I think. So easy to do and very random, no real talent or skill involved.... love it!

After all this was dried and I was satisfied with the overall composition, I found my black alpha stickers for the title.
Homer Simpson kept jumping into my head.... so ..
it was.
I hope you like the layout and are able to use something from it, on you own projects soon.
Take care,

Cheers, Fi x

Thursday, 14 December 2017

STEAMPUNK HQ by Suzy Loudon

 I very rarely do double layouts these days, but with too many great photos of a recent holiday to NZ I decided to challenge myself. And what better way to start than with some pics from the Steampunk HQ.

I also decided to play along with the December Colour Blast Challenge. Pop over to the Facebook Page and enter before it's too late. 
Here's a quick link... Colour Blast Creative Corner

To begin with I grabbed some metals and chipboard and painted them randomly with Heavy Black Gesso. The metals I didn't cover completely but the chipboard got a full covering.

I prepared my background papers.

I backed my photos onto black card the flipped them over and added some box cardboard for added height.

Using my Colour Shimmer Cubes I activated my Apple of my Eye and Deep Water with my water brushes. Then painted random sections on the painted areas of metals & chipboards.

I heated each metal individually with my heat gun until it was nice & hot.I then quickly sprinkled some Colour Embossing Powder in Sienna over the hot metal. The heat was enough to melt the embossing powder but occasionally needed a quick heat with the gun. Slow process but worth the effort.

 With my chipboard cogs I used my embossing dauber to lightly dab sections then covered it with the Sienna Embossing Powder then heat activated it.

I used some Stormy Weather Colour Paste through a stencil

Then some Leather Colour Paste through a different stencil.

For my title I grabbed some black chipboard letters. I covered them completely with my embossing dauber. Then sprinkled each one with a little Sienna Embossing Powder & Leather Embossing Powder &  heat activating them. 

But before the original embossing powders had set I sprinkled a small amount of Steel Embossing Powder & again heat set it. This gave them a great metallic effect. 

My chipboard I embossed with Sienna & Steel Colour Embossing Powder

I received this cool steampunk embellishment from a friend...thanks Shaneen. All I did was add a tiny bit of Steel Embossing Powder to highlight.

Using my Bling, Sienna & Dusty Charcoal Shimmer Cubes I painted this chipboard.

All that was left was to stick it all down.
Here's a few close ups.

Thanks for looking.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. Hope you get to spend it with your loved ones.

See you next time,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Celebrating '40' by Danielle Vertigan

Don't you just love New goodies???
Well this one is a real treat.

I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new Colour Artist Inks and they certainly don't disappoint.
To get started on this one I chose the Mermaid and Oasis.
A water spritzer, paint brush in two sizes and a water cup.

I started with Oasis and my larger brush.
Using white cardstock I mounted it onto 12x12 Chipboard.
I helps add stability and this one is gonna get wet.

Using the brush and painting direct from the pot I worked horizontally on my page.
I did this in a pattern that I found pleasing.

I'm really impressed with how easily it paints, the finish on the strokes.
How clean it is to work with and how fast it dries.
So far its tick, tick, tick from me.

Next I spritzed the ink with a water spray.
The pooling effect and water colour that develops is really effective.
All the small dots formed from where the spritzer first made contact.
there is also a fine mist overspray which you will se below.

The fine mist is clean and effective.
The water colouring is a real favourite particularly with the mix of blended colour with the clean brush strokes.

Using the thin brush I began adding the Mermaid Ink by holding it into wet areas and allowing it to spread.
I also really like it some wet areas the colour has separated creating the white void.

I continued the psocess of adding another colour and also added water using the brush.
I combined this with tilting and jolting the page to encourage runs.
Along water wash lines I painted in a fine line.

You will notice that in all the images there is no blending of colour.
They continue to remain separate even though I have been layering them ontop of each other.

I added another layer of colour by using the same process with Marine.

The way the ink interacts with the water is a real highlight.
The next product I added is Stormy Weather  Colour Paste
Using a spatula straight onto the page.
I completed this visually.

I then began spritzing a few random areas using
 Colour Shimmer Spray in Envy
This reactivated the dry ink creating a secondary watercolour stain.

My last step was to finish it off with some flicks direct from the stalk.
I set this aside and allowed to dry.
Then its time to embellish.....

Lots of layers and lots of Textures.

The different levels to the water colours is by far my favourite thing.

The way the Artist Inks react and separate is amazing.

I also love you can still have clean brush strokes.

Its taken me a whole year to get round to this image, but I think it was worth the wait...
To find all these goodies and more head too
Till next time


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Teacher Thankyou Cards by Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone
How is your December?
For my family, this week is the last week of the school year 
(can you believe it!!??) so today I am sharing some 
quick and easy teacher thank you cards.

 For my first card I sprayed some water colour card with Carribean Colour Spray 
and let it dry naturally, creating pools of deeper colour. 

I then applied some Tangareen Dream Colour Paste to some Kraft cardstock. 

Once it was dry I stamped some butterfly images with archival ink then 
fussy cut them out. I find the Kraft cardstock to be a lot sturdier for this technique.

Then it was just a matter of attaching my butterflies and some flowers, 
stamping a sentiment and assembling my card.

Some close ups of those brilliant colours- 

For my next two cards I used Blush and Envy Colour Shimmer Cubes 
to create my first layer of colour.

 To create some embellishments I stamped some butterflies on watercolour paper, then heat embossed with Deep Water Colour Embossing Powder.

Once again I added some stamping, thread,
my embellishments and the sentiment and the cards were done.

Thanks for looking
Rachel x x