27 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge - Sketch

Hi everyone, we're starting a new challenge on The Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this fortnight we have a sketch to work to.

As always there's a lovely prize from Kim so I hope you can join us.

I made a card making up all the elements from the sketch using Butterfly Pieridae stamps together with the mixed media stencils - Polka Dots. I worked some distress crayon in various colours into the large Polka stencil for the torn card piece which I embellished with black pen doodling little spirals.

I removed ink from the purple card piece with a baby wipe through the smallest dot stencil and highlighted with white pen. The large polka dot butterfly is stamped with Luxe ink and again after cutting out is embellished with black pen.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris X


19 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps May Release

Hi everyone, for Paperbabe Stamps May release we're introducing the gorgeous Butterfly Pieridae stamp set. I've been eagerly awaiting butterflies from Kim :-D, they're one of my favourite types of stamp and this set is really beautiful with a great mix of styles of butterfly and ways to build them.

As you can see from stamp sheet above, there are layering options with the stamps with solid shapes and overlay stamps and it's always great to have the stamps in a variety of sizes which is useful for background stamping which is how I've used them to create my background pattern.

There are even stamps to create a butterfly in flight which is very easy to do by stamping the slim wing and half of a butterfly over the top, it's very effective and gives lots of options to create scenic panels.

I did my stamping in various Memento Luxe and Versamagic inks over a distress ink background and I embellished the stamps further with white pen. I also added little hearts, solid and outline which are included in the set and the sentiment I stamped over distress ink. The butterflies are a nice easy shape to cut out too which I've done with my pink and black layered butterfly.

I also used the set on an Artcuts wood heart, the background is layered pencil which has then had a coat of pastel ground and then stamping in distress ink. The large butterfly is also coloured with pencils and a bit of distress ink. I like how the distress ink reacted over the pastel ground giving an aged and muted effect, it reminds me of fabric.

Well that's it from me today, there's wonderful inspiration from Kim on Paperbabe Stamps blog and the stamps will be on sale at Paperbabe stamps tomorrow.

Chris X


13 May 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 33 - Inspiration Photo

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge starting today on Paperbabe Stamps blog and this time we have a photo as inspiration. As always there's a lovely prize to be won from Kim, I hope you can join us.

I decorated an Artcuts birch wood tag decorated using the stamps Art Quote 'Light from within', Pop Dots, Pixel Fun, and Rose Border.

The background of the tag is painted black and then stamped in white paint using various stamps from the above sets to create a pattern inspired by the photo. The Art Quote sentiment which is a favourite is stamped in black and the roses in black ink which I've cut out and layered up on dimension foam.

Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back with the Paperbabe Stamps May Release next week.

Chris X

9 May 2016

The Craft Barn - Hot Melt Glue

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I've a project to share today which was featured on the Craft Barn blog on Saturday, so I'm a bit late in sharing the link unfortunately. It's been all about hot melt glue over last week on the blog and I've got a photo step by step there on how I created the dimensional centre of this PaperArtsy flower with glue. There are gorgeous projects from the DT as well.

Back soon,

Chris x


29 April 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 32 - Birthdays

Hi everyone hope you've had a good week and judging by weather here in the UK at the moment we're all set for typical Bank Holiday weekend weather, hopefully we've finished with the snow at least for this week!

At Paperbabe Stamps blog we're starting a new challenge with Birthdays being the theme, I hope you can join us and as always there's a lovely prize on offer from Kim.

I've made a mixed media style birthday card using the new male face mini stamp set and the mixed media templates men - mini portrait. I was playing around with a PaperArtsy Infusions background initially and tried out the templates and stamps over the top. I added shading with watercolour pen and charcoal over the background then doodled the border in black and white Sakura pens. To finish off I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons and white stamped stars from the stamp set.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x


24 April 2016

Mixing Media Club at The Craft Barn


Hi everyone, I'm sharing my samples for the mixing media club at The Craft Barn tomorrow where we're going to be playing with PaperArtsy products, namely Rusting Powder and Emma Godfrey's Eclectica range stamps. There's acrylic paint and gold foiling in there too so it should be fun and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the lovely ladies who come along each month.

There are two 15cm canvases to be completed so it's going to be busy!

Hope you've had a,great weekend.

Chris x


21 April 2016

Paperbabe Stamps April Release - Day Two

Hi everyone and day two of the Paperbabe Stamps April Release beings the introductions of the male mini version of the masculine stencils and the mini male face stamps. The sets are the same as yesterday's standard versions but in mini size, perfect for cards as I've used them for here.

I felt like a different look for this version and after using pencil to trace and stamping the feature I went for a shaded style of colouring with charcoal pencils on Kraft cardstock. The stamps and hairstyle I chose have ended up in a more feminine look so there are definitely more styles than masculine to be achieved. I used the mixed media knit stencil on the jumper and in the background I've stamped a grungy pattern with a stamp from 'Design a Tweed' and layered the panel on a card made from Tim Holtz resist Kraft card.

There's inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and all the sets will be on sale tomorrow!

Chris X


20 April 2016

Paperbabe Stamps April Release

Hi everyone, it's been a little while and I'm back today for day one of Paperbabe Stamps April release. We're introducing the much requested male templates and face stamps starting with the standard size which I've used for my journal page. Included in the stencil set are three styles of hair together with a head and upper torso and a great selection of features stamps within the set to achieve a variety of looks.

I drew round the templates in pencil first and did the skin and hair colour in Neocolour II watercolour pastels. After that I stamped the features using the mask parts in the layering and then used a black pen to draw in the outlines and do some shading.

On the shirt and in the background I've added some colour through the mixed media knit stencil and used one of the Design a Tweed stamps too.

The Stamps and stencils will be in the shop later in the week and if you want some gorgeous inspiration from Kim this can be found at the Paperbabe Stamps blog. I'm back tomorrow with day two releases so see you then.

Chris x


27 March 2016

Craft Barn Mixing Media Club - Gelato's and May Craft Stamper Magazine

Hi everyone and Happy Easter. I don't have anything Easter related to show today but I do have photo's of some of the samples for my Craft Barn Mixing Media class for March which was held last Monday.

It was a Faber Castell Gelato (stick watercolour) play day and we had fun using them in lots of ways. Above is a little hanging that was simple to make using a Tim Holtz Sizzix Postage bigs die and card for the panel. Initially the gelato in contrasting colours are simply applied with fingers and baby wipes followed up with adding and subtracting through stencils. After that it's stamping with Kaisercraft stamps for the main images and texture stamping with black ink.

Applying gelato to the stamp direct, spritzing then stamping gives lovely effects depending on how much water is sprayed, Kaisercraft texture stamps work perfectly for this either solid or quite fine detailed, the results are always good and the ATC (artist trading card) above shows up the detail.

Heavily applying Gelato over stenciled texture paste is another good technique, here I've used purple with a bit of pink for variance in the colour. Metallic Gelato's are great for adding highlights over the texture and here I used a gold and silver direct from the stick. The colour was also applied over the dragonfly and sentiment, it's excellent for building up on die cut embellishments and also for colouring ribbon as shown here in the tag.
We also tried them in water to spray and with glazes and crackle medium, they're quite versatile.
I'm thrilled as always to have a couple of projects in the May issue of Craft Stamper magazine which is out on The 1st April and I've enjoyed some gorgeous articles from my team mates too.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Chris x


18 March 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #29

Hi everyone, we've got a new challenge starting at Paperbabe Stamps today with an inspiration photograph as the theme. I made a card using Mayleedee and the Mixed Media knit stencil taking the colours and flowers from the photo as inspiration.

I've coloured Mayleedee with a mix of copic markers and pencils and the background which is of modelling paste through the stencil with distress crayons. I lightly sanded the modelling paste after colouring for a bit of variation.

Hope you can join us in the challenge and have a good weekend.

Chris x



14 March 2016

Simon Monday Challenge - Make your own background

Hi everyone hope your weekend was good. I'm scraping into the last hours of this week's Simon Monday Challenge where the challenge is 'make your own background'. I'm also entering the Mixed Media World challenge of Vintage as I think the panel has an old worn look to it on the square board piece.

I've used an Artcuts heart on top of a 6 inch square chipboard piece and I've made the backgrounds for both with gesso, paints, glaze, Brusho watercolour and acrylic paints.

The board background has roughly applied gesso for texture then layers of paint glazes before stamping with ab Inkyliscious butterfly stamp set and colouring with watercolour pens.

The heart background is created differently using a blocking out technique over butterfly stamped Brusho watercolour background. I used Absorbant Ground to keep the colours bright.

I added some mesh fabric under the heart, ribbon through the hole at the top of the heart and added doodling with various pens to finish off.

Back soon.

Chris x


5 March 2016

Simon Monday Challenge

Hi again everyone, I managed to finish a couple of quick makes today and am entering them into this week's challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge blog where it's 'take a leap into the unknown' as the challenge. It was lovely to find out that I received an honourable mention for my tag last week so thank you very much for that Andrea.
For my leap I've chosen fabric, I haven't really worked with it that much in papercrafts and I chose some hessian to start with which I gave a treatment of texture and gesso to and used as a layer between the Woodware flower image and the Fresco Finish painted tag. I attached the hessian by stapling it with a stapler.
The card has the same hessian fabric treatment and this time I used the Woodware stamp for the bottom layer stamped in paint over the top of a painted layer. The focal image is by Inkyliscious and painted with watercolour markers.
I've enjoyed playing with fabric, I like how the gesso picks out all the texture.
Again, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's in the UK.
Back soon,