Friday, 20 June 2008

Finished some Art

I took time out tonight to finish off a couple of projects from an online class that I took from Karyn Gartel some time ago.
The first is a canvas using some of her techniques.
The second is from the "Softly Spoken" class.

Shaped ATC's

I belong to a small group that has various swaps and one of them was to make 3 shaped ATC's (Artist Trading Cards). In other words not the normal shape. I have finished them and mailed them off to the hostess.

Since I have been doing so many row houses lately, I decided to do the first one in the "house' shape and added some left over cuttlebug embossed pieces to the top. This was handmade background paper that I rubbed with copper rub and buff after embossing it with the Cuttlebug. The main paper is also handmade using dye inks, then stamped with a Stampscapes stamp. The image is from some da Vinci images courtesy of Trish B.

The middle card is a Magenta stamped image which I cut around and then added the picture with a page pebble; for dimension I used Crystal Lacquer.

The third (which I am not really enamoured with) is also handmade background paper (monoprinting) stamped with a portion of a Magenta & Tin Can Mall stamp . The little Angel Post stamp was made from a piece that I stamped with a Hearts in Touch stamp, coloured with Marshall's photo oil colors and then made into a sheet of postage stamps.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Diamonds Tip-in

The latest tip-in theme on CC Swaps is Diamonds. I found the back page easy to do, but I must have redone the front several times and was not happy with it. I finallly came up with a simple version using scrapbook paper, with no stamping for the front, and am happy with it now.

The back is stamped diamonds (Magenta stamps). and strips of stamped and embossed paper. The background scrapbook paper was stamped with a script stamp.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Row Houses

I signed up for a swap where we make a bunch of row houses. hosted by Trish Bee on CC Swaps. You can see her versions of what inspired this swap at

We were to make 26 pieces on handmade backgrounds which must feature some kind of stamping, even if it is only words. They width must be no smaller than 1.5"X and not exceed 2.5" the length must be no smaller than 2.5" or longer than 6". These also could not be cutesy i.e. no fluffy bunnies!!!

I ended up making 36 of these as they are quite addictive.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

NGS Art Lottery

On the Next-Generation-Stampers there is an Art Lottery where there is a theme each month, and we upload the art to the photo section. A winner is picked randomly and that person receives all the pieces of art that were entered. The Winner then picks the theme for the following month.

Junes theme is.......The Letter B which can mean ANYTHING at all - things that begin with the letter B - butterflies, the colour blue, backgrounds, or even a piece of artwork with the letter B on it! Anything at all so long as it is related to or begins with the letter B!

I created an acrylic painted background on watecolour paper. I coloured a piece of acrylic with alcohol inks then stamped a Buddha stamp with Stazon black. I added a piece of white paper behind the image and adhered it with glossy accents and attached it to the page with brads.

I then cut a few pieces of the coloured acrylic and stamped a pattern with Brilliance gold ink, and attached them to the page with glossy accents.

Bandanna Technique

I decided to try the Bandanna Technique that Trish B has as a challenge on one of her sites

I found the 100 LB Luna Matte worked best for this technique, however I have not tried watercolour paper, which apparantly works well.

The last one done on 80 LB cardstock worked well for taking the colours, but the Stazon did not come out as dark, but the Adirondack ink worked well for stamping.

Done on 100 LB Luna Matte with Distress and Marvy Inks. Stamped images with Black Stazon

100 Lb Luna Matte with Vivids and Marvy Inks. Stamped with Black Stazon

80 LB cardstock with Nick Bantock inks. Stamped with Black Stazon and Adirondack Bottle.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Mica Swap

Another swap I am in is to use some form of Mica on an Art piece, i.e. create an item using any mica product (tiles/sheets, flakes, or powder). The item could be a card, ATC, bookmark, booklet, canvas, tip-in. etc.

I had a book board which I had painted with acrylics and pearlex, but did not make any effort to use it, so out it came for this project. I added some green mica magic ink on the one side, painted the edges a dark colour to add some dimension. I stamped some word stamps with gold acrylic paint and Brilliance silver ink. I then stamped the quote onto Fibremark paper with gold pigment ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I did some die cuts on my cuttlebug out of green cardstock and added gold Mica Magic over them and attached them in the corners. I stamped & embossed the sun image on the Mica Tile. I glued the eye image to the board then attached the Mica Tile with glossy accents and added the little rivets to finish it off.

My inspiration for this piece was the quote stamp which I purchased yesterday.

June Tag Your it

This is an ongoing swap where we make a piece of art for the person whose name was chosen.

This month the "It Girl" is Autumn and the theme is mermaids/mermen or anything related to the ocean. I do not have any mermen/maids stamps so I printed off some images and made a deco page for her.

The background is some of my monoprinted cardstock. I stamped the front with Versafine blue, added some gold mica flakes and some Shimmering Sand to the bottom and attached the merman image. On the back I stamped cattails ( did not have a seaweed stamp, so I substituted - artistic license!!) coloured it green and added some green and yellow Crystal Lacquer to give them dimension. Again I added the image and Shimmering Sand at the bottom.

Domino Swap

Sweetpea is hosting a Domino/game piece swap over on CC Swaps. I debated about joining, then I remembered that I had some dominoes which I had prepared a while ago, but had never done anything with them.
The top left is coloured with Brilliance ink and stamped with Ancient Page. 
Top middle: done with a bit of dye ink rubbed on and dried then stamped the Hearts in Touch (HIT) image with Memories ink.
Top right: Alcohol inks dabbed on, then stamped with Mica Magic Pearl ink.
Middle left: painted with copper paint pen, stamped with HIT image with Stazon black ink.
Bottom row: Stamped the houses with Stazon and coloured them with Sharpies. When dry, I put a coat of varnish over it.
Middle was painted with Lumiere paint, stamped the image "Lady with Pearl Earring" and covered it with transparency and glued it to the domino. I then stamped and embossed the Magenta image on the top with Platinum ink & EP, and added the little charm.
The Thistle: background is Brilliance inks; stamped the image with Memeories ink, and colored it with sharpies.

Of course, the final piece (the little hand) is not a game piece; it is a Style Stone which I coloured with Mica Magic inks.

Oriental Little Beauties

This is a monthly swap held on CC Swaps. This month's theme is Oriental and these are the ones that I made.