Wednesday, 29 January 2020

French Fancy Rice Paper Tags with Heather Thompson

Hello everyone, I would love to share a set of tags I made with Andy Skinner's new Rices Papers. And we are right around the corner for new releases for 2020, and I am so excited to see what will be coming out so stay tuned for those. Andy Skinner Tags French Fancy 
I made a short creative video of the process of these tags. 

Using the Rice Paper, I added some texture before I put the paper down. I wanted to play and see if this technique would come out how I had envisioned it to come out. I didn't want to cover up the rice paper but wanted to add more feel to the tag. 
Andy Skinner Tags French Fancy 4
Using the Rub-Ons I added detail on top of the rice paper and grunge it up a bit. 
Andy Skinner Tags French Fancy 3
I added a little colour and shading with Quin gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide and Raw Umber.
Andy Skinner Tags French Fancy 2
A few more close-ups. 

Instead of using the word plates, I used the insert and old vintage paper to make the title. 
Andy Skinner Tags French Fancy 1
Thank you for stopping by today, have a great creative day.
black and white head shot


Friday, 17 January 2020

Upcycled Bottle, Found Treasure and Broken Jewellery

It took just 4 fab products, 3 small rusty found objects and a bit of lace and pearl trim from my stash to give a wine bottle a bit of a facelift. I was just looking for an excuse to use Andy's new rice papers. I added some lava paste through his Crocodile Stencil - that worked well over the papers. Some lace and beaded trim around the neck from my large stash of vintagy bits. Then, I made a dangly charm thingy. For that I used broken jewellery chain with some charms on it, some found rusty objects (safety pin, metal washer and a piece of wire) along with a piece of shrink plastic stamped using Andy's Gypsy Queen stamp. I pinned my dangly decoration through the lace around the neck to secure. Then finished off by adding my candle.
 The Lava Paste applies so easily on dimensional surfaces.

 The bottle will work well as a candle holder, and all the drips of wax will add even more texture.
Amazing how different the colours look when photographed during daylight (on the left) and at night (on the right). Thanks so much for looking. You'll find a more detailed step by step here
Rhe products I've used, along with a link to them, are listed below.

Products used:
Floral Grunge Rice Paper
Lava Paste
Gypsy Queen Stamp
Crocodile Stencil

You can find all these products HERE. 

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Retro Adventure

Happy New Year Everyone

I've been mia for awhile but am hopefully now back creating and making again and enjoying getting back in the swing of things.

Today I have a media board in a vintage style created using Andy's 'Abstraction' rice paper, his 'Retrology' transfers and his 'Create' stamp along with some paper ephemera, old photograph and paints.

                        The background was layered up with the rice paper, candle wax as a resist, titan buff and titanium white acrylic paints .....

.... and a small collage to top it off.

The car was rubbed onto an old piece of painty background, cut around and edged with distress ink. It makes a lovely focal paint with the old vintage photo.

I came back to this the next morning and decided it would look better more shabbier than grungy so I dabbled some watery white acrylic paint around the edges and splattered some little spots of it all over. You can see some of the paint is now laying over the top of the stamping and makes it look more distressed. I'm much happier now with how it looks.

So what is the story here? The guy has obviously been on a driving expedition, did he enjoy the open road and have fun? It seems he may not have done with the look on his face. Where did he go and who with? Was he away a long time and did he write letters home? Whatever the tale he hopefully made good use of his time away and came back with some wonderful anecdotes for the family.

Wishing you all a fun, creative year ahead.

hugs Brenda xx

Products by Creative Expressions


Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Mini Junk Journal by Natassa Blazaki

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Welcome back to Andy Skinner’s blog.

Last day of 2019 today and oh my what an adventurous year was that one. A year is ending today and I’m looking forward to a new one full of happiness, good health for everyone, peace and prosperity.

To celebrate 2020, I decided to create and share with you this mini junk journal, which for me has a very special meaning. Not the actual journal but rather the concept behind the project. Making that journal was like gathering all ugly and useless things in my life and turning them into something useful and meaningful.

Below you can view many close ups and you can also head to my IGTV to enjoy the process video

It’s a very small journal, therefore very easy to make and not time consuming. Believe me however, if you decide to make one, you’ll feel so great when you’ll have finished it.

For the cover, I used a box of my daughter’s Playmobils. I made just one signature for the inside, and for that I gathered pieces of printer’s paper I had used with my Gelli plate and some journaling cards I had in my stash like forever. 

To decorate the journal, I used many products by Andy Skinner and Creative Expressions. 
I also used various washi tapes and some word stickers I had in my stash for like 1,000 years. At the end of the post you’ll find a full list of materials that I used in this project.

I really hope you enjoy this one.

Happy New Year to All


Friday, 27 December 2019


Morning all Fiona here with a Steampunkery tag for you.
I've finally had the time to play with Andy's new Rice Papers and I must say I am in love.
The Grunge wallpaper Rice Paper was added to a Tando Long Tag and washes of Andy's paints added to age even further. Next up  Washes of paint were added to the Gears and Door Plate from Andy's Industrial Elements set and to the Andy's Clock and Phone Dial all available from Tando Creative. Before assembling the phone dial I used one of Andy's Mixed Media Transfers from his Poe Diversity set in the centre. All pieces were then assembled onto the tag base using off cuts of grey board to add depth and dimension. Another Mixed Media Transfer from Andy's Poe Diversity set was added to the bottom right of the tag. Finally to finish dry brushing was applied using Creative Expressions Chalk Paint in white to highlight.
Close up Detail.
Thanks for stopping by
Fiona x
Products Used.