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,

4 March 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 28 'Mother'

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge starting today on the Paperbabe stamps blog and this fortnight the theme is Mother, so it's perfect for this Sunday when we celebrate Mother's Day here in the UK. There's great inspiration from my team mates on the blog and a lovely prize to be won too and you don't have to se Paperbabe stamps to enter although we love it if you do.

I made a background with bright Distress crayons mixed together and then used a subtractive technique on it with the mixed media Polka Dots stencils, I added some sparkle in the dots with glitter glue. The stamping is done with the lovely 'Happy Thoughts' stamp set.

Wishing all the Mum's a very happy Mother's Day.

Chris x


28 February 2016

Simon Monday Challenge - inspired by a song

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good weekend. I'm sharing a tag today and entering it into the Simon Monday Challenge the theme of which this week is 'inspired by a song' and my song is 'Little Bird' by Annie Lennox.

I have a little wren that visits my garden regularly that I love to watch and it's one of my favourite birds so it was lovely to find this stamp set by Inkyliscious.

I wanted to have a one layer tag and create depth with the stamping and some shading with charcoal pencil so I've stamped in black and white, stencilled in paint and added some details with a black sparkle pen. The background is distress ink and distress stain. I've finished off the tag simply with some twine.

I also tried out the new Ranger crazing medium for the first time. I can see a slight texture more than crazing which you can see around the Wren in the close up so I'll have to work with it a bit more.

OK, back soon and if you don't know it here's the song :-)



Chris X


19 February 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 27 'Anything Goes'

Hi everyone, challenge 27 is up on the Paperbabe Stamps blog today and this fortnight it's anything goes, everyone's favourite theme! As always there's a voucher to be one so I hope you can join us.

I made a mixed media style card with the help an art quotes stamp and the mixed media stencils 'polka dots' and 'glasses'.

The background is Dylusions and Distress ink sprays and I've used one of the polka dots stencils over it wiping away ink with a baby wipe through the dots. The glasses stencil was used on an off cut of the inked card, I added a lot of splats of water to this piece and got a lovely geode look to it. I've cut out the glasses and given them a treatment with glaze pens on the frames and a wink of stella glitter pen wash on the lenses.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x


11 February 2016

Paperbabe Stamps February Release - Day 3

Hi everyone and here we are on the last day of introductions for the Paperbabe Stamps February Release and today we're showcasing Beanie Hat, Pom Pom and Spectacle templates and Knit stencil which are to be great to work with the all the portrait templates and many other options.

I've gone for an A4 journal page today and used the mixed media template Wavy Bunches and Female Face Stamp Set to create my girl, she's coloured with pencils, water colour and India ink. I added some of my own freehand pen work doe some of the hair around her neck and I outlined everything with black pen. I've used one of the pop dot stamps in a colour similar to the background over the watercolour.

The knit stencil makes easy work of colouring in the hat and I love the glasses which I've given metallic gold frames and a blue tint. There are different sizes and shapes too for lots of options.

There's more gorgeous inspiration from Kim on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and all of the February Release is available to purchase today from the Paperbabe Stamps Shop.