Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Carnival Tag by Nikki K

Morning all,

Today I have a quick and simple tag to share with you, using Andy's new Lava Paste, Embossing Powder and Mixed Media Transfers.  I absolutely love all of these products, and they are super easy to use.

I started by painting a tag with a cream chalk paint, and then a light covering of Dioxazine Purple, making it darker in places to look 'dragged' down the tag.  I took a background stamp, and stamped over with embossing ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder to keep the colour of the tag but give texture.

I added some of Andy's fab transfers in places on the tag, not using all of the transfer but taking it over the edges.  It stood out a bit as my background was quite glossy, and the transfers have a more matte background, so I added some purple ink across the top of the tag to blend the transfers in.  You can still see them perfectly through it.

I had a wooden skull from Halloween last year, so decided to use it, and applied a layer of Lava Paste and heated.  It gave fantastic texture!  To make it stand out even more, I pushed the skull into my embossing ink pad, and embossed with Super Nova embossing powder.
The edge of the tag got the same treatment.  I also added a wash of Dioxazine Purple to the skull so it sank into the crevices of the texture.

Andy's transfers work equally well straight onto Cardstock, so I used the word Carnival, and cut out and inked with a little purple ink, and mounted on the tag.  A dark purple ribbon was added to finish.

Hope it gives you some inspiration. x

Best Wishes,

Nikki K

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Products Used:

Lava Paste
Embossing Powder - Super Nova
Mixed Media Transfers - Poe Diversity/Alchemy Plus

DecoArt Media - Dioxazine Purple.
Americana Decor - Lace Chalk Paint.

Stampendous - Andy Skinner Texture Stamp.

Other Supplies:
Versamark Embossing Ink.
Versafine Imperial Purple Ink.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Hypothesis Mixed Media Panel- Fiona Randall

Morning Everyone my project today is a mixed media panel created using some of Andy's new and my favourite go to old products.

I've used one of Andy's new embossing powders- Granite for the flaming heart and bookplate ( from Andy's Industrial Elements Kit) I've also used some numbers from Andy's new Image Transfer Sheets ( Poe Diversity) My favourite all time stamp from Andy's Textures Stamp set stamped with glue and gold leaf applied to the background and large bookplate from Andy's Industrial Elements set. All mounted onto Tando Grey Board sheets with some mitform castings cogs and my own skulls and cross. All paint effects achieved with the DecoArt Media Line of paints and mediums.

Here's a close up of the details.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Products used.

My own supplies.

Mitform Castings Cogs.
Archival Ink Pad- Black
Resin Skulls.
Gold Leaf Sheets.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Deep Discovery - Brenda

Hi Everyone

Fancy doing a bit of deep sea fishing lol?

My project today is a largish media board cut from greyboard and I've used one of Andy's new stamps - Dem Bones - and a new stencil too.

The fish have been stamped into clay and cut out with a sharp pointy stick then dried, given two coats of gesso and painted.

If you would like to see more details and photos please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where all will be revealed.

Thank you for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Supplies from Country View Crafts
DecoArt Media white gesso, white crackle paste, matte medium
DecoArt media fluid acrylics - cerulean blue, prussian blue hue, sap green, burnt umber, translucent white, titanium white, raw umber, dark rey V6, titan buff
Andy Skinner stencil - Inspire
Andy Skinner stamps - Dem Bones
Archival inks - coffee, watering can, olive

Friday, 28 June 2019

Washed Ashore, by Natassa Blazaki

Hello my dear friends!

Natassa here, this time with a new project inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean.

I had a beautiful bottle, that once had some kind of liquor inside and which I nearly threw away in a declutter frenzy. I think you can all relate…
Anyway, I finally decided just to empty it from the liquid and hide it away for some future creation. And the future came!

Its fish-like shape made me think of a sea themed project. I thought of what I’d like to find, on a walk on a deserted beach, one summer evening just before the sun set. It would be a treasure from the past, washed ashore, sticking out of the sand just a tiny bit for me to discover. Then pirates came to my mind and so on.

I wanted a pirate’s skull on my bottle and since I didn’t have one, I made one with polymer clay. I also made some tentacles out of epoxy clay and casted a couple of star fish with light air-dry clay. 

I aged the skull, by applying a combination of Media Antiquing Creams.

I used the clock stamp from Andy’s Steampunk set with air dry clay and made a couple more embellishments. You can see the process, in the video below.

To create some texture, I did some stenciling with Andy’s 6x6 Snake’s Web stencil and black modeling paste. I used heavy gel to glue mini art stones here and there. Also, I glued some gears from Tando’s Industrial Kits.

As a base coat, I applied Americana Decor Chalky Finish – Carbon. , I colored the bottle with Traditions in greens and blues. For the next layers, I mixed the paints with DecoArt Glazing Medium  and also did some dry brushing with Traditions Warm White, mixed with a drop of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. 

Since my main colors were green and blue, I chose warm orange and red for the highlights.

Altering this bottle was great fun! 
I really hope you enjoy it too.
Wishing you all a happy creative weekend!

You can find Natassa Blazaki - Art Recipes and More in:

6x6 Stencil Snake’s Web

Steampunk Stamp Set


Chalky Finish Carbon
Traditions Phthalo Blue, Teal Green, Aquamarine, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Warm White, True Gold
Media Fluids Primary Magenta, Diarylide Yellow, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey
Media Antiquing Creams English Red Oxide, Carbon Black
Matte Metallics Aged Bronze
Glazing Medium

Premium Heavy Gel Medium Gloss

Other supplies

Polymer Clay
Epoxy Clay
Light air-dry Clay
E6000 glue
Flat brushes

Archival Ink Black

Friday, 21 June 2019

The Circus comes to town - Brenda

Brenda here with another panel using some of Andy's new stamps and transfers.  They are brilliant put together in a project or can be used mixed with other stamps and products you might already have.

I collect old vintage photos irl and free ones that can be found on the internet. This character looks as though is is having great fun at the circus doesn't he? I wonder what it was that tickled him quite so much?

I have more details and photos over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you'd like to pop over and take a look.

As always thanks for stopping by today.

hugs Brenda xxx

Supplies from Country View Crafts
Andy Skinner stampsstencilstransfers