Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seeds, Plant, Harvest

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the fabulous newly released Harvest, Seed Packets Background and Grunge Elements stamp sets available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I have opted for a more neutral colour palette this time around, giving an aged vintage feel to the imagery. I began by applying Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the background of the Kraft card; adding the ink to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzing with water and then pressing the ink onto the background and then drying with a heat tool. I then applied Potting Soil Archival ink to the Seed Packets Background stamp and stamped towards one edge of my card. I then die cut a small circle from the card using a circle die and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the circular aperture.
I then die cut a second circle from white card and then stamped the boy from the Harvest stamp set onto the circle using Potting Soil Archival Ink. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink lightly with the card to age and then dried with a heat tool. I then adhered the decorated piece and the circle to a card blank. I added a memo pin, attaching a small tag to the pin stamped with part of the imagery from the Seed Packets Background stamp along with a stamped plant label, again using part of the imagery from the Seed Packets Background. I aged the plastic plant label with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I stamped the sentiment onto a separate piece of craft card, bent the card to age and then coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, applying more ink to the creases. To add further to the aged feel I used background stamps from the Grunge Elements stamp set, stamping with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
To complete, I added some splatters of Fresco Finish Snowflake Paint to the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Twist and Style!

Today I am showcasing Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool combined with Eileen's Canister Die. You can see a full video HERE from Eileen with step by steps for using her fabulous new tool released this spring.
I used rusty wire with my Twist and Style tool to create flowers for my Canister.
I began by die cutting the elements for my Canister from thick black card.
Die cut two pieces for the body of the Canister and adhere together using the tab shown above.
Once completely dry you can then adhere the two ends together to create the Canister. I always work with it flat at this stage to add decoration to each panel.
I used a Gelli print I had made earlier and cut to fit each panel of the Canister.
I used a Tim Holtz Layering stencil along with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add a further layer of detail to each panel.
I then used the Twist and Style Tool to create my flowers and flower stems and then stapled into place using the Tiny Attacher.
From this picture you can see I doubled my wire and then twisted to create a good sturdy centre piece for the flower head.
Each of the decorated panels were then added to the Canister. I decided to create a daisy type flower; reminding me of when I was young and played Loves me? Loves me not?
I drew the petals of the flower onto book pages from an old Alice in Wonderland book to give further interest to my design.
I also included scratchy paint lines using an old credit card along with Black Soot Distress Paint.
I also included some paint splatters to each of the panels.
The top also has a decorated panel along with a rusty circle of wire to echo the wire shapes around the Canister.
From this picture you can see all the layers to the design.
All these petals were cut randomly but I love how I have captured the words grow, grass, gardeners, caterpillar and mushroom on each of the petals; perfect touch I thought for a flower!
I love the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints Bubble Gum and Zesty Zing combined together on the Gelli Plate they give a real pop of colour against the black backdrop.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x



Thursday, 28 April 2016

You can't buy happiness but you can buy ice cream!

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the newly released Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I decided to do something a little different this week. I thought the imagery from this stamp set was perfect for a sweet treat container. Eileen Hull's Canister die was perfect for this.
I coloured the background of the Canister die with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, applying one colour at a time. I applied the Distress Inks to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzed with water and then pressed the packaging onto the die cut and then dried with a heat tool. I continued with this process until I was happy with the coverage of colour.
I stamped the Ice Cream Cone onto each side of the Canister using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I placed the Tim Holtz Chevron stencil onto the background and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over the stencil to add a further layer of interest.
I used part of the sentiment from the stamp set to add the 'ice cream' text to each side of the canister, stamped with Pink Peony Archival Ink.
I applied Squeezed Lemondade Distress Paint to old lids and stamped onto the background and also added delicate splatters of paint for a further layer of interest.
I added a couple of ice cream embellishments to the top of the canister and decorated using all the same layers as with the outside edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

DecoArt Americana Canvas Painting Gallery

DecoArt have a competition running at the moment up until April 22nd to enter a piece of art into their DecoArt Americana Canvas Painting Gallery; I thought I would take some time out from deadlines and have some fun with my Americana Paints. You can find a list of all the range of colours in the Americana Range HERE.
I created a mixed media canvas with lollipop flowers.
I began by drawing two small circles onto my canvas and then applying DecoArt Media Modelling Paste to the centre; applying with a finger, dabbing to give good texture.
I repeated this process for both circles.
I used a palette knife to add textural stems to the flower heads.
I then allowed the Modelling Paste to dry completely before applying any layers of paint.
I began by painting around the flowers with a layer of Americana Indian Turquoise Acrylic Paint with touches of Desert Turquoise, to add a deeper layer of colour; applying and blending the colours with a little water and my fingers.
To add further depth to the colours in the background I applied Americana Pansy Lavender and Royal Purple around the canvas; applying the darker colour around the edges of the flowers and the edges of the canvas; again applying with my fingers until I was happy with the blend of colour.
The lollipop flowers have been coloured with Americana Bubblegum Pink and Peony Pink; adding only touches of the darker colour and a few touches of the colours from the background to give a cohesive design.
To add further interest to the background I added scratchy lines using an old credit/store card and Americana Bubblegum Pink Acrylic paint. I also added a layer of stencilling using Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements Stencil.
I added further scratchy lines with Indian Turquoise Acrylic and added delicate splatters of Cool White. I added touches of black using a black Gelato around the edges of the canvas and around the flower heads and stems.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

New Release - Artistic Outpost

Today the Artistic Outpost Design Team are taking a look back at the March new stamp release, for more details, pop by the AO Blog.
This time around I am showcasing the Seed Packets Background. I began by applying Color Bursts Crystals Terre Verte and Burnt Orange to the background of my white card and then spritzing with water and drying with a heat tool.
http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/seed-packets-background.html
I then placed some removable tape onto my non-stick craft sheet and coloured with Citrus Alcohol Ink.
This is the background coloured with Color Bursts prior to any decoration.
I then stamped the Seed Packets Background image onto the removable tape using Archival Ink. I then removed each strip one at a time and added them to the background of the card.
Once I applied the stamped tape to the card I then coated with one coat of Matte Medium to protect. I also added a touch of stamping to the inside of the card using Potting Soil and Monarch Orange Archival Ink.
I added two terracotta pots to my design using Wendy Vecchi's Mat Minis which I coloured with Orange Blossom Embossing Powder; removing some of the powder from the edges before heating. Once the powder was melted and cool I then applied Potting Soil Archival Ink around the edges to add to the aged feel. I stamped 'SEEDS' using part of the sentiment from the newly released Harvest stamp set and added it to one of my pots.
I coloured a couple of plastic plant labels with Citrus Archival Ink and then stamped each of them with part of the imagery from the Seed Packets Background stamp. I also applied Potting Soil Archival Ink to the edges of each of the plant labels.
For added interest I also included some coiled rusty wire, moss and mini pumpkins.

My fellow design team members have also created more projects to inspire you, please pop by their blogs.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Live, Laugh, Play - Artistic Outpost

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost, today I am showcasing the Bottle Caps Background stamp and the Paperboy stamp set available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I began by using a background created as a masterboard. I simply brayered Dylusions paint randomly onto the background and then dried with my heat tool. I added a touch of random background stamping using the Ephemera Background stamp and Vermillion Archival Ink.
I then created a stencil by die cutting a circle from scrap card and using the aperture as the stencil. I placed the stencil onto the background and then stamped the Bottlecaps background stamp into the circular aperture using Black Archival Ink. I repeated this process to add three circles to the background. To highlight the circles further I drew around each with a Stabilo All pencil and then used a water brush to smudge.
I stamped the Paperboy with Black Archival Ink, onto a section of the masterboard; where the paint was only lightly applied using the image from the Paperboy Stamp set, cut him out and then added him to the background. I also added scratchy paint lines using an old credit card along with some delicate splatters of paint. 'Live', 'Laugh', 'Play' were added from The Golf Club stamp set, stamping with Black Archival Ink onto a piece of the masterboard background piece.
I love how all the layers are visible!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x