Monday, 19 February 2018

Create Art In Colour

Today I have another piece of art using my new release from AALLandCreate. I thought today I would treat you to some colour, a little change from my vintage makes. To view the whole collection and to see a list of our stockists please click HERE.

If you would like to see my first piece using my stamps, please click HERE. I also have another project I created yesterday which you can find HERE. My third piece created with my stamps you can find HERE.
My background has been created using Kassa's stencil and I added lots of colour using Prima Watercolours the Tropicals collection.
I used my butterfly image from my stamp set #45 to add as a focal image.
There is also lots of texture to this design too with Texture Paste applied through Kassa's stencil and again coloured with Watercolours with a touch of shading with a Stabilo All pencil around the edges.
I added some random machine stitching around the focal image to add a little further texture.
I also machine stitched through the centre of the butterfly bodies and left the threads attached to add further texture to the design. I also included a Quote Chip for added dimension.
This picture shows my random stitching in a little more detail and I also added a few splatters of paint, lightly across the background.
The butterflies were coloured with Watercolours, I love the blend with these and the colours are so vibrant.
These colours are the perfect lift, just what is needed for a Monday!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tracy
xxx


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Lucky Is A State Of Mind

Today I have another piece of art using my new release from AALLandCreate. To view the whole collection and to see a list of our stockists please click HERE. If you would like to see my first piece using my stamps, please click HERE. I also have another project I created yesterday which you can find HERE.
Today I have used my heart set of stamps to create this mixed media piece using one of Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags.
Here is my stamp set that I used and I am absolutely delighted with the way this turned out.
I used Kassa's stencils in the background to give me added texture and dimension and I love the worn, aged appearance I achieved with Distress Paints.
I added a few delicate splatters of paint and highlighted the letters a little further with added paint around the edges to help define each one.
I added the number 13 as a play on my words as everyone always refers to 13 as being unlucky hence my Quote Chip added to the bottom of my piece.
I added a few cotton fibres for added texture and machine stitched each of my hearts down the centre.
I stamped each of my hearts onto lots of layers of vintage French bookpages and added a Tim Holtz embellishment for further interest. A few delicate splatters of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint coordinate with my worn background.
I added the reinforcer to the top of my tag and added a few jump rings for added interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by and a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support regarding my new release.

Tracy
xxx


Friday, 16 February 2018

Trust Your Wings

Today I am absolutely thrilled to have a second piece of art with my next new release from AALLandCreate. To view the whole collection and to see a list of our stockists please click HERE. If you would like to see my first piece using these stamps, please click HERE.
Today I have gone for a more subtle colour paletter and more natural feel to my project.
  1. Apply a coat of Gesso to the Etcetera Tag.
  2. Dry the Gesso with a heat tool and then apply a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then dry this layer of paint with a heat tool.
  3. Apply an uneven coat of Texture Paste using a palette knife and allow the Paste to dry completely before moving onto the next step.
  4. Apply a thin layer of Vintage Photo Distress Paint and then dry the paint lightly with a heat tool. Take a damp baby wipe and wipe away any excess paint. 
  5. Dry brush Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over the top. and use a finger to apply some of the paint around the edges of the tag and then dry with a heat tool.
These are my set of stamps and I am absolutely delighted with the quality and they stamp beautifully.
I applied Texture Paste over Kassa's stencil and allowed to dry before I applied my paint layers. I adore the texture this gives to the background.
I stamped my butterflies onto vintage French bookpages and added lots of layers and then machine stitched through the centre of each of the butterflies.
I added some delicate touches of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint to each of the wings and added some gems to the body of the butterflies and the centre butterfly has a vintage pen nib added for the body.
I left some of the threads from the cotton visible so that they added to the textural feel of the whole project. I also added some gold beads for added interest.
I added 'Trust Your Wings sentiment to the bottom of my tag, adding it twice to two strips of card and adding touches of colour with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.
I used my border stamps around the edges for added interest and added some delicate splatters of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint along with some natural twine to the top of the tag.
Here is my border stamp, these are a fantastic size and wonderful to use in the background or as a focal image.
Hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed creating this piece. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my new release, I appreciate them all.

I also have a little video for you which showcases all the stamp range in more detail, I have added this below for you.


I will be at Stitches at the NEC with Autour de Mwa (Ab) on Sunday afternoon, if you are there pop by the AALLandCreate stand and say hi. 

AALLandCreate are also on Hochanda on Monday 19th February 2018.

Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x x

Thursday, 15 February 2018

With Brave Wings She Flies

Today I am absolutely thrilled to have created my first piece with my next new release from AALLandCreate. To view the whole collection and to see a list of our stockists please click HERE.
I wanted to try and showcase my stamps in a more mixed media stylie for my first piece. I opted to use two of Tim Holtz new size of Etcetera Tags.
  1. Paint both tags with a coat of Gesso.
  2. Using a palette knife, apply an uneven coat of Texture Paste across both tags.
  3. Once the Paste is completely dry, paint with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then dry the paint layer with a heat tool.
  4. Add a second light layer of Vintage Photo Distress Paint, dry this layer lightly and then remove the excess paint with a baby wipe.
  5. Add light touches of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.

I used my butterfly and dragonfly stamp set for this piece.
I added vintage French bookpages to my smaller tag and then stamped three butterflies down the centre.
I added three layers to the bottom butterfly and then applied VersaMark Ink to each layer and then applied Seth Apters Beeswax Baked Texture Powder. I love how the text is still visible below the vintage layer. My middle butterfly I stamped into a puddle of Beeswax, remembering to add VersaMark to my stamp so that the melted mixutre peels away from my stamp easily.
I also added some machine stitching down the centre of each butterfly to add further texture to my design. I am loving these tiny sentiments on my stamp set, perfect for adding that little extra detail to the wings. I also included a metal body to this butterfly from an old embellishment I had.
The melted Beeswax really does add wonderful texture to my middle butterfly. I highlighted the texture further with a touch of Prima White Gold Metallique Wax. I added the sentiment 'Trust Your Wings' just below the butterflies.
This butterfly has three layers and I have coloured with Finnabair's pastes, giving wonderful texture to the image. 
I stamped 'With brave wings she flies' to the bottom of my tag and added further highlights with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint. I also used a little wheel tool to add markings around the edges of my tag.
I used my background stamp to add detail to the background of my tags and then adhered both tags together.

I used the bottom image from my border stamps to add details in the background.
I added some gold beads and added delicate splatters of paint to finish.
Thanks so much for stopping by and a huge THANK YOU for all your kind comments and wishes regarding my new release, I appreciate them all.

Tracy
xx




Sunday, 11 February 2018

Eileen Hull Book Club

Hi and welcome to my second post of the month for Eileen Hull, showcasing our love for Eileen's dies.

Today I am showcasing one of my favourites the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book and Pages, Trinket Box and Frame. This die is so versatile, you can use the frame on its own like I have showcased HERE, create a book from it, a trinket box or a shadow box. The possibilities are endless.
Today I have used the whole piece for my project to create a book. I have step by steps for you so quite a long post today but I hope you enjoy taking the steps along with me.
Cover a piece of mountboard with Tim Holtz Metal Foil Tape, don't worry if you have a few creases as these will not show with the next steps. Die cut the mountboard using Eileen's Die. This is the cover of our shaker element.
Place the die cut piece into Eileen's Daisy Wreath Embossing Folder and run through your die cutting machine to emboss.
This gives a lovely deep emboss. However the silver of the foil was a little to stark for me so I aged it a little.
I applied Distress Paint Ground Espresso over the foil, applying with my finger.
I then dried the paint a little with my heat tool and then used a dry baby wipe to wipe away the excess paint.
I love how the paint settles into all the crevices.
These are our die cut pieces all together to show the difference with the ageing compared to the non treated foil.
I die cut several layers of the front cover to create my shaker and added Tim Holtz Paperdolls inside along with confetti. I held the shaker element in place with clips to ensure good contact with the glue.
I painted a piece of white card with Distress Paint and then die cut flowers from the painted card using Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Die.  I cut several at this stage for a later project and for this project.
I added touches of metallic paint to the edges of my flowers to coordinate with the metal foil tape in the background.
I layered my flower to give a dimensional bloom and then added a bead to the centre which once dry I coloured with a little silver metallic paint.
Once I had finished I added watercolour pages to the inside of my book which can be decorated with many mediums.
I added my flower to the front of my book and added a length of elastic to secure the book closed.
I added a Quote Chip, painting around the edges with paint to coordinate with my flower.
I love the depth of the embossing.
The shaker element adds wonderful movement to my design.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x