Monday, 17 September 2018


Greetings Mixed Media Lovers! 

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd experiment with one of Andy's really cool stamps; the skull from his Skuldoggery set and see if I couldn't make it a bit 3D. I actually LOVE the way it finished out and am excited to share the process with you!

Here is the finished tag.  I'll share the steps used in creating both for you as it was so much fun and I don't want you to miss out on any of the techniques.

First let's do the tag and then we'll concentrate on the rather wicked boney fellow!

The tag is a Long Greyboard Tag from Tando Creative.  It is 7 1/2" long rather than the standard 6 1/4" tag.  So lots of extra space for you to work with and the greyboard is strong and sturdy and takes lots of abuse from mixed media elements.

Here I started with a fairly thin but thick enough to stamp in layer of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste applied with a palette knife.  Then I gently began to heat set it; not completely but enough so that you can press the stamp into the almost dried Modeling Paste and get a wonderful imprint.  I chose the stamps from Andy's wonderful Fossils stamp set to keep with the theme of "bones".  I also just love those stamps!  

Lightly spritz the stamp with water before stamping into the Modeling Paste.  Then wash the stamp immediately.  Then continue to heat set the tag until dry.  I also used the stamps to actually stamp Modeling Paste onto the tag.  I spread some Modeling Paste onto my craft mat with my finger, pressed the stamps into it as you would an ink pad and then stamped it onto the tag. Heat set.

To add even more texture, I randomly added some DecoArt Media Crackle Paste onto the tag.  Let this air dry as the crackling needs air drying to really work properly.

To really colorize and bring out the texture patterns of the tag, I started with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and painted over the entire tag.  Then I DRY BRUSHED a layer of Titanium White.  Repeat this process until you achieve the stone look and all of the highpoints to be highlighted as much as desired.  Next I added random DRY BRUSHING of Quinacridone Gold and Metallic Gold to further bring out the high areas of the tag and mimic iron or or mineral deposits in the "stone".  Finally I added bits of Seth Apter's Baked Texture Embossing Powders randomly on the iron fence and tag.  The colors were Patina Oxide (green shade) and Chunky Rust (orange shade).  These embossing powders are exactly what Seth named them ... "baked texture". Very cool.  You use these just as you would any embossing powder.

Now ... onto the experimentation and the wicked skull!!!

I began by stamping the skull from Andy's Skuldoggery stamp set 5 times onto chipboard.  I cut out three complete skulls and glued them on top of each other.  Next I cut off the lower jaw bone and cut out the eye sockets on the 4th stamped image and glued it on top of the others.  Finally, I cut out the 5th stamped image right above the teeth and cut out the eye sockets and glued it into place.  I found the eyes at a craft store (Michaels) in their Halloween section and glued them into place.  They are wicked cool!

The next layer was a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso over the entire skull.  Heat set dry and then begin to build a face onto the skull with DecoArt Media Modeling Paste.  I used primarily a brush to do this but sometimes used my moist finger to smooth out the Modeling Paste.  Let this completely dry!  I heat set some of it but allowed it to dry overnight to be sure.

Next I tinted the skull using DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics.  I began with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide followed by traces of Quinacridone Gold and finally Burnt Umber for the more shadowy recessed areas of the skull.

I stamped the skull image again onto a piece of plain white tissue paper using Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  I tried Black Permanent Ink as well but I decided against that much contrast for the detail of my skull.  In this picture, you can begin to see how the flat stamp of the skull is starting to come to "life".

Next you lightly brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium over the skull.  Carefully line the tissue stamped image of the skull onto the chipboard and Modeling Paste skull and lay it in place.  Then brush Matte Medium over the entire skull, even on the sides and around the back to secure it in place.  See how the tissue just melts into the skull and really brings out all of the details??  Cool!

Once the tissue image was dry through heat setting, I added some more details using a small brush and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold for the rusty highlights and Paynes Grey for the recessed shadowy areas.  I also embedded a rusty screw from Tando Creative's Screws Greyboard set.  This was simple.  I first used a coat of DecoArt Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylics paint on the screw followed by several random layers of Quinadridone Gold to add that really rusty, weathered look.  I slit the skull using an Exacto Knife and glued the screw in place.  I surrounded the base of the screw with Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold to really accentuate the literal "hole in his head".

For even more texture, I added random areas of the Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  This time adding the Faux Beeswax on areas of the skull.  I can't tell you how tactile and fun this skull looks in person!  

This is a nice comparison of how the skull started out and how it finished up. Really a fun thing to do!

And finally, I added the "Face Your Fears" sentiment from Andy's Unexplained stamp set.  This was heat embossed on cardstock using the Chunky Rust Embossing Powder.  The edges of the cardstock are lined with Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics using my finger.

I hope this tutorial was as fun for you to follow as it was for me to do!  Here are the list of supplies you will need for this project:

  • Long Greyboard Tags
  • Greyboard Screws

Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Chipboard
  • Craft Sheet
  • Palette Knife
  • Brushes
  • Exacto Knife
  • Small metal fence piece (tag)
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Seth Apter Baked Texure Embossing Powders: Chunky Rust, Faux Beeswax, Patina
  • Cardstock Scrap (sentiment)
  • Plain White Tissue Paper
  • Eyes for skull

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Friday, 7 September 2018

Sci - fi Fossil - how to change the look of your stamp!

Hi all

For todays post I'm bringing you a little sci-fi person! I've used Andy's Ammonite stamp on calico, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, decoupage glue, inks, pens and a gem!
For the main image I took Andy's Ammonite stamp from his Fossil set (you can see the range here), added my own design (for a full YouTube tutorial on how I did it, have a look here.....)
I used washes of paints, added definition with pens and a gem.

The background for the sci-fi person is a 7x5 inch upcycled canvas board with lots added to it, modelling paste, paints, gems, rusty wire, and some embellies...have a look at my blog for the full details!

Here's another way to use the same fossil stamp!
The background for this tag was a mixture of decopaged paper, paint, stampendous embossing enamels and more stamps. The main image is created in the same way as the sci-fi person, just a different design.
The final project, this 8x8 card again using the same technique for the main image. The card blank was stamped with dye inks and the fossil all the way around. Layered up with fabrics and upcycled cereal packet, scraps of cloth and some jazzy thread.
There is a detailed step by step for the canvas background for the Sci-Fi person on my blog (click here). And a detailed YouTube tutorial on how I designed the Sci-Fi person, transfering my altered design onto my project and how I painted the shaded detail on all 3 projects here.
Products used :
DecoArt Media Fluid Acryics: Paynes Gray, Quin Gold, , Carbon Black Burnt Sienna, Interference Gold, Decoupage Glue, Black Modelling Paste
Stamp sets used: Stampendous Fossils, Illusionary Artist Word Up set by Andy Skinner

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Mysterious Tag- By Fiona Randall

Morning all Fiona here with my latest project which I must say was inspired by Carol Findon whom I'm sure you all know. Carol created the most wonderful Dragon Eyes recently and it inspired me to give it a go too. ( Thanks Carol )

I started by applying a patina effect background using decoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to one of Andy's Tags from his Tagtastic 2 Kit . The edges were then given a swipe with DecoArt Metalic Lustre in Burnished Brass.
Rust effects were applied using DecoArt Texture Sand Paste and Media Fluid Acrylics to a Diamond cut from Tando Grey Board and a Bookplate from Andy's Industrial Elements set.
Also cut from Tando Grey Board were the little triangles surrounding the focal point to which nuts were added  Then given a worn aged metal feel.
The focal point was created  by triple embossing a circle of grey board one of the waste pieces from Andy's kits ( never throw anything away you never know when you might find a use for it ) and whilst still molten stamped into with a stamp from Andy's Curiosity Stamp Set.
 The Dragon Eye was then created and set into an antique bezel. Finally the word mysterious was stamped using Andy's Word Up and numbers set given a light wash of quin gold and once dry embossed with clear embossing powder. All elements were then assembled using off cuts of Grey board to raise and give depth to the piece,

Here's a close up of the Detail.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this project.
 Until the next time!



Industrial Elements Kit.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Distressed Key Cabinet by Monika Maksym

I hope you are well.
Today I wanted to show you my latest project, which is a little bit different then usually ( no rust this time ;))

 To decorate my wooden key cabinet I've started with lots of chalky finish paints layers, sanding and distressing .

Modeling paste was scraped through Decoart French Elements stencil, painted over and then aged with Antiquing Cream.

I have also used Weathered Wood medium for peeled paint effect.

I've stamped my cabinet with Archival Ink, and finished it off with varnish to protect the surface.

Thank You for stopping by, I hope You've enjoyed my post.

Monika, x 
 Products used:


Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Carbon, Treasure, Keepsake, Serene
Weathered Wood
Decoart Media Modeling Paste
Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber
Media Fluid Acrylics in Titan Buff
 Media Soft-Touch Varnish

Facebook page:  Love Creations
Instagram: Love Creations

Friday, 24 August 2018

King Spook and Flowers plaque

Hi it's Brenda here with a plaque that includes some flowers!!!! What on Andy's blog I here some of you say? Well .... yes why not?

The backing is a piece of mountboard and I used the arched frame from Andy's Sacred Secrets set.

I used Bubbalux Craft Board to die-cut the flourish, added some rusification and then heated it to change it's shape to fit the space on the project. This product is like a foam but provides tough, rigid and durable end results. It can be cut, heated, embossed, shape, painted, die-cut and more.

The mountboard has lots of watery layers of media acrylic paints, it has been stamped and stenciled with crackle paste.

When the crackle paste was dry I used some antiquing cream to change the colour.

The background for the arch was sealed with gesso, spritzed with water, painted and stamped with the Moroccan window from Andy's Gothic Grunge set. I painted in some watery media acrylics to bring it to life.

The frame has been crackled, antiqued and distressed.

The flowers were made from watercolour paper and again dipped and dripped and dried with Quinacridone Gold media acrylic, stamped and inked to get this grungy look.

More detail can be found over on my blog, Bumblebees and Butterflies, if you want to try out any of the techniques

Thanks for popping in to take a look today.

hugs Brenda xxx


The Arch from the Sacred Secrets set.
Stamp sets by Andy Skinner

Stencil - Old Film
Kit - Sacred Secrets

Media fluid acrylic paints - Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Orange
Mediums - Decou-page Sealer, Texture Sand Paste, White Crackle Paint, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, English Red Oxide and Patina Green Antiquing Creams.