Sunday, 14 February 2021

''True LOVE is like a DIAMOND''
last for ever
clay mixed media notebook

Hello from Greece
Maria here wishing you all  stay safe and creative
Happy Valentine's day because of the day ..i was thinking of transforming an old but unused notebook..
 I covered it with several pieces of book pages

My first inspiration was to compine 

a mold diamond heart from plaster with clay amd mit_castings embellishments..

First i create a clay tile and i press on it when the clay was wet Andy's stamp Memories in India and let it dry naturally
Up to notebook  i put with palet knife Andy's structure paste on some parts
edges and center
i put also structure paste on the mitform_casting embellishments and after that when the clay tile dried i paint one layer of gesso or primer..same thing to  embellishments .Also paint the diamond heart with primary magenta and the notebook with Andy's chalk paint "London Brick"

with my pallete knife some area aplied gesso of decoart media to make extra texture 

washes with the  primary magenta on the notebook  ..

then i continued with  payen'sgrey and quingold paint..

and i took out the colour with babe wipe in a few the result was ok by me..

i paint with the same technique the clay tile but i used different colours..cobalt teal payen's grey ,prussian blue and quingold paints  .

i make a rust effect with the acrylics also to the embellishments

Then i decided to use  lava paste with a stiff brush on the side of the book..i dried right away with a heat gun and the amazing result showed up..i paint it with a quingold paint and after that ..dry brush with white paint.
I used a plastic card to make some vertical and horizontal lines with silver paint.
On the back side of the notebook i liked to use first some stamps to edges[mandala and circle of thoms]

I adore so much Mandala stencil  and i was so happy to put it to the back side above all the techniques

hope you like it 

i painted  with payne's grey the embellishment ''family ''   and after that with a stiff brush made a little touch of white acrylic

I made the  edged of the notebok rusty  and some parts on  sides of the heart.
 I stuck all the parts  with the  quick grab glue ..
 put one layer of a glossy varnish on the heart to shine
 and connect the metal arrow with a rusty wire..

i enjoy so much this mixedmedia renovation
love the result
hope you feel the same with me
take care of yourselves
dream big
and love without limits
thank you so much 

Maria Kantzali



Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Grungy Tag- Fiona Randall

Morning all I'm here with a grungy Tag 

and my favorite Moth stamp from one of Andy's previous releases. 

Layers of paint were dripped and drabbed  on a Tando Tag and heat dried in between until I got the look I was Happy With. Next Up some stamping using Andy's Vintage background stamp with black archival ink and the edges of the tag inked too. Structure paste was applied with a stippling brush to one of Andy's cogs from his Industrial Elements set. Once dry two coats of Andy's Artist Pigment Paint in Paynes Grey was applied to give a dark Tarnished Metal Effect. A bookplate and a Gasket Ring from Andy's Industrial Elements set were given different Effects with resist stamping and normal ink stamping with the vintage and pebble Beach stamps befor a wash of Quinacrodone Gold Artist Pigment Paint applied. All elements were then layered up onto the tag base with off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension. Finally the Gypsie Queen moth was stamped and coloured with washes of Prussian Blue for the wings and Raw Umber for the Body. This was the attached to the layered cogs as shown.
Thanks for stopping by today
Stay Safe
Fiona xx

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Monday, 8 February 2021

Love You To Pieces - Grunge Valentine's Day Cards, by Natassa Blazaki

Hi all! Natassa here.

Hope you're doing well and keeping safe. We've lost touch for quite some time, but 2021 started with so much going on. I really wish the whole situation cools down soon, cause I'm sure we all need a break!

Anyways, today I'm here to share with you a project quite unusual for my standards, since I'm not a card maker and also I never make Valentine themed projects.😁 However, Andy's stamp designs are always so inspiring to me and I decided to use them in order to create some grunge style Valentine's cards. I kept them simple and what I focused on was the combination of different stamps, in order to alter the style and look of every card, keeping the CE Heart Rubber Stamp as my focal point. All of my cards measure 4 1/4 x 6 inches and I used precut black cardstock bases. Of course, you can use any cardstock you may have available.

So for the first card, I wanted to create a background full of hearts and then have one of them stand out. I took a piece of thin white wrapping paper and stamped a few rows of hearts. Because the paper was semi-transparent, I stamped every other row on the backside, so that it looked like I did mirror stamping.

Then, I took a piece of light cream cardstock and collaged a page from an old book on it. On top of that, I glued the piece with the stamped hearts, and this way the text from the book page picked through. I stamped with red ink a heart, which I fussy cut and glued on top of the middle heart on my card. I handwrote the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock.

For the second card, I used the CE Circuitree Rubber Stamp and stamped around the heart. I also used the CE Enigma Rubber Stamp to fill the empty space on the top, bottom, and sides of the design. Then, I stamped with teal ink and fussy cut a heart that I glued in the middle of the design. Also, I used some Cobalt Teal and Yellow Iron Oxide  CS Artist Pigment Paint, to tone down the brightness of the paper.

Lastly, for the third card, I went for a dark chic look. First, I stamped the card base with white pigment ink and used the CE Vintage Background Rubber Stamp. This gave me a very subtle background effect. On another piece of black cardstock, I stamped with gold pigment ink and used the CE Winter Trees Rubber Stamp. I wanted to make it as if the trees grew from the heart. I fussy cut the whole design and matted it with craft cardstock. Then, I glued it on my card.

These are really quick and simple cards to make and I'm sure you'll find they are much different than the classic Valentine's cards. Also, I think the designs are suitable for masculine cards, so you can make them and give them to your boyfriends, hubbies, or just your loving guys!

I truly hope you like this project and get inspired
Sending big hugs from Greece

Friday, 4 December 2020

Altered Door Hangers with Rice Paper By Heather Thompson


Hello all, Its been awhile since I posted here for Andy Skinner. Its been just a matter of time trying to get the time to sit and write up some posts. I have some bigger projects in the works but again the time factor is getting the best of me. But I would love to share with you some door hangers I made with the new Rice papers from Andy and Creative Expressions.

I actually made two of these, I made two different colours. Here is a small video of the creative process.

I love the resist paste and the true distressed feeling it gives to any project. Something I would love to try on a much bigger piece.

Here are a few close-ups of the rose door hanger.

I kept the same technique on the other coloured one. I cut out the rice paper elements and formed a cluster of flowers and metal embellishments. I used some of the new stamps including the labels.

I changed up the colour to match the rice paper on the other side of the door hanger. Enjoy the close-ups.

Thank you for your constant support and understanding.

Mixed Media Pastes/Paints
Matt Chalk Paint
Rice Paper

Door Hanger

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Scary Skull Bingo Card

Happy Halloween! 

Only a few days away, it's time to share my vintage style Scary Skull Bingo Card created just for Andy.  I love dimensional pieces and this witch hat and netting does just the trick.

This is the last week for sharing our Halloween Spooktober with you.  This week's theme is 

"THE WITCHING HOUR". Consider this skull a witch's skull! After all, she IS wearing her hat!

Such a fun little project!  

Let's get right to the instructions as to how to create this and then I will provide the every essential supply list of Andy Skinner and Creative Expression's fabulous products!

The inspiration for this piece is Andy's Sugar Skull stamp from Creative Expressions. I stamped it onto a piece of specialty stamping paper using Black Permanent Ink.  Then I fussy cut around it. 

I used the skull to create a witch's hat our of black construction paper.  After cutting out the pieces from my plain cardstock pattern, I cut it out of the black construction paper; slit the back of the hat brim and cut a slit across part of the center of the oval brim so that the skull top would slip into it (slit in the back of the brim to the back of the skull). Next I cut out the cone shape of the hat, rolled it a little and pressed the tabs left on either side to the back so that I could glue it onto the Bingo card base.

I used a Halloween Bingo card from one of my many computer files of things found online. Next I brushed Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Super Matte Varnish over the paper Halloween Bingo card.  Heat set it dry and then mixed Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paints in Primary Yellow and Primary Magenta with a little water to create a wash. I quickly brushed over the Bingo card base with the orange mixture and heat set it dry before it could buckle the paper Bingo card. Then I dabbed a paper towel into the paint mixture and randomly dotted it over the Bingo card and heat set it to dry.

Again, I added a topcoat of the Super Matte Varnish to seal it. It leaves a soft finish that is still feels like the paper; no shine or shimmer.

I had stamped several of the Sugar Skulls in order to experiment with colors of green for the base of the skull.  This is a witch's skull after all!  Using Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Matte Chalk Paint colors of Olive Grove and Mustard Seed with a little water, I made four different color combinations and finally decided on my favorite; a bit more green than the yellow base. 

After creating the base color I really liked, I used a very small detail brush to fill in all of the wonder details on the Sugar Skull.  More like a Cinco Di Mayo skull style, I added shades of orange and green to fill in all of the flower petals, leaves and decorative additions.  There are also little touches of white in the eyes to make them pop.

After the skull is complete, I added the witch's hat using glue to the backside of the skull.  

Here is the closer look at the witch's skull with the hat in place (before I added the vintage soft black netting to the brim. I also "cleaned up" the teeth using a small permanent black ink pen to make the dark lines on the teeth completely black again.

It's amazing how a little piece of  netting can completely finish a piece!  I love it! I mounted the Bingo card on a piece of 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" black cardstock. Done!


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