10 February 2016

Paperbabe Stamps February Release Day Two

Hi everyone, I'm back today with the second say of introductions for Paperbabe Stamps February Release and today we have Pop Dots stamp set and Polka Dot Stencils.

I used the tiny dot stamp from the set of four sized stamps for a Roy Lichtenstein inspired comic style girl which I painted and stamped on an Artcuts wood heart then mounted onto a painted notebook.

Image by Roy Lichtenstein

The dot stamps can also be used side by side to create a half tone effect. I used one of the small sentiments from the Birthday Wishes stamp set for the thought bubble sentiment. I glazed over the top of everything with PaperArtsy gloss glaze for durability.

I used the Mixed Media Templates, mini portrait face and Female Face Mini Stamp Set to create the face and hair then painted with PaperArtsy Fesco Finish paints Mushroom and Little Black Dress, the dots were stamped with Luxe brown ink.

For the mixed media card I used the large polka dot stencil with Grunge Paste onto mixed media card, dried it off and then painted over the piece with DecoArt medium fluid acrylics. The stencilled dots have been sanded back and then I stamped one of the pop dots stamps in white paint. The sentiment is from the 'Just Because' stamp set and has been embellished with glossy accents dimensional glue as has the Artcuts wood button.

All of the stamps and stencils will be available to purchase on Friday from the Paperbabe Stamps Shop and Kim has more gorgeous inspiration on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.

See you tomorrow for our last day of introductions.

Chris X


9 February 2016

Paperbabe Stamps February Release

Hi everyone and here we are with the Paperbabe Stamps February release which is jam packed with more imaginative products from Kim and we're starting off today with another winning stamp set 'Birthday Wishes', a staple for a stamp collection as it'll be one that's constantly in use.o

There's a lot to like in this set with the mixture of large and small sentiments, different designs of the candles and the little confetti stamps.

There are so many options for styles too and I've got two completely different looks with my samples this first one stamped in bright inks with glitter is more feminine or could be for a child.

My second sample has a more masculine feel and slightly grungier look with an inky and stencilled background. All the stamping has been heat embossed with gold or silver embossing powder and I've outlined the chevron stencilling with white pen. So that I could emboss the tiny stamps before my embossing ink was dry I added all of the tiny confetti stamps to the block and stamped them together, this way I only had to stamp four times around the background.

Here you can see how the candles look embossed in metallic powder close up and I added white for the outer part of the flame before adding gold for the centre. I didn't get perfect alignment on the candle flames but I think the off centre look of it goes well with the background so I'm ok with it :-D.

My background came together with some Dylusions coffee and Distress Iced Spruce Distress spray inks together with some gold mica infused water. The stencilling was done with white ink for a bit of texture and just partially in a few areas.

I also made a tag to go with my first card as I needed to add one to a gift for a birthday on Monday. I inked all the little confetti stamps in different coloured inks and stamped them all around the card. I used Luxe inks which means that they're permanent once dry so I was then able to give a little spritz of Dylusions Pink and Distress Peacock Feathers spray inks.

I used a different combination of sentiment stamps so that my card and tag are different, there's also a nice sentiment for the inside of the card.

I'm really pleased that Kim has designed another set with mixed size sentiments and there are lots of options for the greeting too which I find very useful for getting maximum use from a stamp set, it means that you can send a card to the same person over and over again and will always be able to make the card look very different.

Kim has some gorgeous inspiration on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and the stamps will available from the Paperbabe Stamp shop on Friday.

I'm back tomorrow with the next part of the release....see you then!

Chris x



5 February 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 26 - Love

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge on Paperbabe Stamps blog today and the theme this time is 'Love'! Just in time for Valentine's Day Kim is releasing a new Pin Up Girl Digi which is available today in the shop.

I also used the 'Spritz and Speckles' stamps on the matting layer and 'Just Because' stamp set for the sentiment.

I've used pencils, watercolour pens and Versamagic inks for colouring and stamping and I printed the Digi to take up a quarter of an A4 sheet of card.

I'm back next week with the Paperbabe Stamps February Release and it's a gorgeous collection too!

Have a great weekend and thanks as always for visiting my blog and your lovely comments, it's always appreciated!


2 February 2016

PaperArtsy - Clare Lloyd Stamp Release

Hi everyone, I'm excited to be posting again for the PaperArtsy New Stamp release and was thrilled to be asked to join in as a 'wingman' helper by the lovely Clare Lloyd for her new stamp sets. There's an in depth post on the PaperArtsy Blog with all the details and all the wingmen samples.

Below is Leandra's video showing all the samples that have been made for Clare's stamps


Each new set features a large portrait girl focal stamp which are going to be great for canvases, art journaling but also for cards, they're such sweet faces too. These stamps can be extended by adding clothing as I've done in some of my samples. Claire's accessory stamps and sentiments are always great too giving versatility to the sets.

My first sample above is with the ECL09 set worked on a PaperArtsy white/grey board 5x7 substrate using the colours we were asked to use: Antarctic, Mermaid, Bora Bora, Candy Floss and Bougainvillea.

I've used Prismacolor pencils for the face colouring and used the new stencil in the background which I've embellished with black and white pens over a fairly dry brushed painted bottom layer. All the cut out flowers are stamped onto Fresco painted card first.

I've used the petal stamp to stamp over the background in paint for this sample. More cut out flowers and all is embellished with black and white pens.

Lots of cutting out on this next sample layers are either stencilled or stamped with dots.

My 3D item is a hinged wood tryptich where I've used both stamp sets and the stencil with grunge paste. Again the colouring is with pencils and I've extended her a bit giving her arms and a bit of a dress embellished with other stamps from the sets. The hat is created using the flower in the stencil and grunge paste, I painted over the gap between the centre circle and the outer petals to give a complete shape. I've also added grunge paste dots with the stencil in the background as well as stamped dots. I love the little birds and they've been stamped and cut out from painted card. The cloud stamp is going to be very useful and I've coloured it here with white Fresco paint mixed with PaperArtsy Matte Glaze.

Here's a closer look at the details. I drew in her arms the dress and then layered on the bow and the butterflies.

The next set is ECL10 and another lovely portrait face that is a dream to colour. I've used another PA 5x7 panel for this portrait and extended her a bit again giving her a poncho stencilled with the petal shape.

I stencilled the background using the spot part of the stencil and several of the paint colours and glammed up the bow I added to her headband with glitter glue.

I coloured all the faces with pencils and matched them up to the paint colours apart from the flesh tones. I'm a big fan of bright colours in the hair and all of the girls I've coloured have a different colour for the highlights in the hair.

The next sample has another dry brushed background, multiple clouds and those gorgeous birds with the teacup nest all stamped onto painted card and cut out apart from the clouds which I stamped direct on the background.

My final sample shows the teacup again and this time I added some flowers from the first set and a stencilled flower as the focal image.
I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Claire's new stamps and I'm looking forward to the rest of the release coming up every night this week.
Back soon and have a good week.
Chris x


1 February 2016

Paperartsy stamp Release - Kay Carley - Cosmos and Alliums

Hi everyone, I'm delighted and excited to be joining in tonight as a 'wingman' helper for my lovely friend Kay Carley's first stamp release for PaperArtsy Stamps. I'm thrilled to bits for her and the stamps are gorgeous so I'm sure they'll be a huge success!

You can read all about the stamps over on the PaperArtsy blog and below is the introduction video from Leandra showcasing all the samples from Kay's helpers.

The first set is ECK01 Cosmos flowers and I decided to give them a more painterly style for my first sample using the stamped flowers as a guide for the painting over the top.

I painted them with a mix of the Fresco Paints with the PaperArtsy Drying Retarder to help the application with fine brushes. My technique gives a more realistic finish by using the stamping as a guide for painting. All of the samples have been painted with combinations of the five Fresco Finish paint colours we were asked to work with which were Sage, Hint of Mint, Lilac, Pansy and Sherbet.

The next example is traditionally coloured inside the lines and shows Kay's beautiful linework on the stamps.

As before I've mixed the Fresco paints with some PaperArtsy Drying Retarder and gone for a dotted stroke with the various colours, layering them up and drying in between. I continued the dotty theme in the background adding a swathe of tiny dotted paint flowers over and above the carved PaperArtsy Grunge Paste that I coloured with the Sage Fresco Finish paint. The butterfly has been coloured with Fresco mixed with PA Matte Glaze which is another great product I use often for adding translucency and blendability to acrylic paint. Kay has added some delightful accessory stamps and sentiments to her stamp sets as well as the focal images and I've used them in the backgrounds of my samples stamped in the various paints.

This 3D sample is a little chunky canvas that has a more mixed media style and I've used stamps from both sets for this one. The canvas is completely covered with scrunched tissue painted and highlighted with the Fresco paints. I stamped the butterflies and alliums on separate pieces of tissue painted on the back then cut out and applied to the canvas with matte medium. The Cosmos and sentiment are stamped and painted on card then cut out and applied over everything else.


The delicate EKC01 Allium stamps are perfect for all types of techniques and here I've stamped the bud with at least two colours of the paint sponged onto the stamp, darkest in the middle and lightest on the outside which gives a nice impression of depth. The full flower Alliums are embossed with sparkly embossing powder over a gently sponged circle of pink paint to bring them forward from the background layered stamping, I then went over the embossing lightly with paint as the texture gives a bit more interest, there's some highlighting with white pen as well.

The close up shows the texture from the painted sparkly embossing powder.

For my final sample I did a paint resist technique, embossing the purple paint stamped Alliums with clear powder then painting over the top with pink paint which is wiped back before it's completely dry to reveal the purple Alliums underneath. Being a chalk paint, it can dry extremely quickly so if that happens and the paint can't be wiped back a light sanding normally does the trick.

I added some extra stamping with the paints and some white pen highlights to finish off.

I know I'm going to be using Kay's stamps continuously, they're versatile for techniques and many occasions and there is such a great balance within the sets, I'm looking forward to trying them out with some bright colours for summer. I hope you've enjoyed the reveals from Leandra so far, lots of PaperArtsy goodness to come as well.

I'm back with another post tomorrow, I hope you can join me again then.

Chris x


28 January 2016

The Craft Barn - Mixing Media Club January Project

Hi everyone, I'm sharing a project for a Craft Barn mixed media club that I'm doing and which we did last Monday. It was a really lovely day, in a new venue, with lovely company.

Everyone completed a lovely version of the project and it's always the best part for me to see how mine is interpreted.

Here's a closer look at the gorgeous PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamp set, I love tulips so this is a great one for my collection. There's lots of stencilling with grunge paste, a variety of deco art and fresco paints, and some painting using the paperartsy drying retarder to thin down the acrylics.

I'm looking forward to the next club day at the end of February. We'll be doing a 'Back to Nature' project with a house shaped curio box as the substrate.

22 January 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 25 - Sketch

Hi everyone, it's a sketch challenge this time on the Paperbabe Stamps blog and I've based my card loosely on this flipped over. You can find all the info on the blog and there's a great prize to be won too.

I used the Adorimals Digi Collection, Kawaii Face Stamps and Mixed Media Stencil for my clean and simple style card, I seem to prefer a simple one layer style card for these sweet images although on this one I've cut the bunny out and put a bit of 1mm dimension tape behind.

I love stencils and was delighted when Kim brought out her first with this chevron design. I've inked through the stencil with bright distress inks and coloured the bunny with random distress ink washes of the same colours. The dymo tape style sentiment is from a Tim Holtz sticker book.

Back soon and have a good weekend.

Chris x


8 January 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 24 'Anything Goes'

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all! We're back at Paperbabe Stamps blog with Challenge 24 and a nice easy start to the year with an anything goes theme.

I've made a birthday card using Design a Tweed stamp set in pink and grey as I was inspired by Kim's grey check pattern before Christmas, these stamps make marvellous backgrounds for for sentiments and are great for cards where you don't want any particular theme but nevertheless they can be made masculine or feminine by changing the colours.

I used a couple of gorgeous pinking edge dies by MFT to give me a fabric swatch effect which I'll definitely use again with these stamps.

Have a lovely weekend.

Chris x


23 December 2015

Origami Christmas makes

Hi everyone, I'm sharing some some more Craft Barn Christmas Club makes and into these makes I've worked in some origami made from my gelli plate prints over stamped with a Stampendous snowflake stamp set.

My gelli prints were made using DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in various colours some of which were green gold, quinacridone gold, cadmium yellow, quinacridone red, primary magenta, cobalt teal and ultramarine simply laid down with a brayer. I made up the wreaths and the background for the card from cut down pieces of the gelli prints and added some acetate to the centre of the small wreath to have a floating snowflake in the middle. By varying the sizes of the interlocking segments different sized wreaths can be created.

I added die cut snowflakes to decorate, these were also cut from leftover pieces of the prints.

I'm entering my makes into the anything goes no 65 challenge at Inspiration Destination challenge blog and the challenge 26 anything creative/mixed media challenge at love to create challenge blog.

If you're preparing for Christmas I hope you're getting there, I still have lots to do tomorrow. If I don't manage another post over Christmas and you celebrate then I wish you a happy and peaceful time.

Chris x