Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Brush free watercolour

Another technique that I love to use is the brush free watercolour technique. Tim Holtz also taught this on his online 'Creative Chemistry 101' course. This is where you apply colour to your stamp, either by marker or ink pad (using water based ink), and then spritz with water (while your stamp is lying flat, stamp side up) and then quickly stamp your image onto paper (absorbent paper preferably, definitely not shiny, glossy).

Then heat the image to dry it.  As you can see you get a lovely watercolour effect as if it was you with your brush in hand that created the masterpiece :).  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.

And then, because I loved it so much, I decided to make another one

I added a butterfly die from Tim Holtz' movers and shapers die sets. I am loving all the new dies by Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Hero Arts, I would love to be able to collect them all.  And also, Memory Box have some really beautiful ones.  Honestly this craft world is so addictable and once I get back into it I'm hooked.  I'm going to have to stop looking at all the new products coming out!!!

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Wrinkle Free Distress

I have been enjoying the 'Creative Chemistry 101' classes by Tim Holtz.  He has shared many techniques, some of which I know about, some I didn't.

For example, wrinkle free distress .... love this technique and effect it gives.

The technique is really easy.  Just smoosh your distress inks over your Ranger craft sheet, don't mix them up, leave gaps between them.  And then use your card to blot up the colour until you've covered it.  Dry with heat gun and then blot up some more colour in any spaces left, or layer colours.  Just make sure you apply heat gun between the layers to avoid a muddy effect.  After, I stamped, using Archival black ink, some Tim Holtz clear stamps 'Playful Journey'.

We are having an amazing warm March here in the United Kingdom, I hope it lasts all the way through to next Winter :)!

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Monday, 26 March 2012

Craftasmic Workshop

Lately I seem to have got my crafting mojo back.  It all began when QVC had an all day craft day featuring Tim Holtz.  Well that did it for me.  I got all my distress ink pads out and got addicted all over again.

Luckily for me Taunton has Craftasmic which is a craft shop full of crafting goodies including lots of Tim Holtz products.  And even luckier for me, I was able to do a workshop with James (owner of Craftasmic) on altered art.

With James' guidance, and using Ranger and Tim Holtz products provided by Craftasmic, I came up with this ......

Ooooh what is it?  Well it's a square piece of canvas covered in kraft resist, stained with distress markers, sealed with distress tissue tape and adorned with a Tim Holtz die cut tailor's dummy (with birdcage skirt and wings!)  With a few sewing related accessories added :).  Well that is 'altered art' you know!  Well you know now :).

Okay it isn't my usual style but I loved making it because I learned some techniques I didn't know about with regard to using distress stains and kraft resist paper. And it means I can make my own designs in future.  Artists canvases are a really good surface for decorating and can hang on walls easily too.

I've been doing an online course 'Creative Chemistry 101' by Tim Holtz and I will be back to show some of the techniques I've learned from it.  It's still going on this week too and I'm loving it.  Good ol' Tim, his enthusiasm really is catching.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

I'm back!

Oooh 3 months into 2012 and I'm finally back at my blog.  Where does time fly?

I've re-edited this post and uploaded a new picture of the card I took.  This time Andy took a much better picture for me.  I sent the card to him because as the card says, he is so special to me :).

Well there is a lovely craft shop in Taunton called Craftasmic.  It's been there awhile, it's just that I haven't been in it (not wanting to be tempted!).  But now I have, OMG I've got addicted into craftmaking again.  It is full of fantastic craft products.  And has lots of lovely Tim Holtz goodies inside.

So I was in there the other day and bought this cute birdcage die from Cottage Cutz.  I had to make the birdcage because the die does not give you the complete birdcage.  Oh no, it's all in seperate bits and quite fiddly to put together.  I stamped the branch in white and embossed it in white to 'hang' the birdcage from.  Quite a simple card really.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts (I'm sorry, I can't remember which clear stamp set it is from).  I sponged the two little birds with distress inks and dotted in their eyes with a black biro.

I'm hoping to update more regularly from now on.  I really hope I can put up better quality pictures in future.

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