10 December 2015

Out of this world

Guess what Santa bought me, an early present as I have so wanted this stamp set from Altenew called To the Moon for ages. I bought my set from Simon Says Stamp but you can buy directly from Altenew as well as it is often out of stock at SSS so it must be popular. If you're like me & go wow I want that moon, also look at buying Altenew's Shadow Play stamp set as well as it really co-ordinates with the moon.

 It is a really cool moon with 3 different moon stamps. I used Hero Arts Shadow inks for all the 3 steps. The solid base was silver, the 2nd  layer of moon I used soft granite & the 3rd layer I used charcoal (mid-tone). Having the 3 stamps/layers makes a really realistic moon. I then used a circle dye to cut out the moon, unfortunately my closest circle was a little bit smaller than the moon which is 2", so another thing to add to the wish list.

 I coloured in my night sky using Ranger Distress inks with their mini ink blending tool. I started off with Seedless Preserves, then Salty Ocean, then Peacock Feathers, followed by Broken China. At this stage it didn't look dark enough so I also added some Black Soot to the top as well. I then quickly dried before adding a background of tiny stars using Hero Arts Tiny Star Background and Stampin' Up! Illuminate ink.

The greeting is white embossed & used Greetings of the Season (Stampin' Up! - now retired). I thought the saying was perfect. I've added in a few silver glimmer stars which I made using the Confetti Stars Border punch from Stampin' Up!.

The base card is Midnight Muse (SU!) as I felt it blended the best with the night sky I had KReated.

I'll leave you today with one cool tip for storing the right foam circle for your distress ink (or any ink for that matter), place a grip spot on the base so when you're finished with the foam pad you can add it to the grip spot.

✿ Karen ✿

4 December 2015

Clocks & Time Art Journal Page

Hi everyone, time is surely zooming along fast at the moment but I still took some time out to play with this month's theme for the Create Art Journal group this week. We meet monthly & I'm sure there is room to join us next year if you are interested - contact Fiona via the Create website.

I must admit I was really excited with the theme as I had clock stamps & clock stencils so was rearing to go.

I really liked this page HERE and wanted to use the same technique of applying the spray directly to the page with a rounded brush as opposed to "spraying" and I wanted to make a bright and cheery page.

I prepared my page with white gesso before starting & then used a variety of materials which I adhered down with Multi Medium Matte (Ranger). I used scraps of muslin, white tissue paper I had stamped with clocks & a white scallop die cut. When dry I added some modelling paste though my clock stencils.

When that was all dry it was time to have fun adding the spray dye directly to the page with a rounded brush. It was interesting to see how the colours blended in places and how the intense the colour is when it reacts with the muslin. I noted also that Dylusion sprays do not like "mixing" with other dyes & that created some interesting effects/resists.

When all the colours were dry I still felt it lacked a bit of pop so added some more stenciling with a black modelling paste (which was homemade using my black licorice Gelato mixed with the modelling paste), some stamped clock images plus a few black Roman numerals.

On the whole I'm happy with my page & the only thing I was unhappy with was the "turquoise" colour - so maybe one colour too many to the mix!

Stamps: Clockworks, Artifacts - both Stampin' Up! - the 2nd one is long time retired.
Ink: Ranger Black Archival
Stencils: Clockwork (Tim Holtz), Mini Time Travel (TCW)
Cutting Dies: Striped Scallop Thinlits (SU!), Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits (SU!/Sizzix) - the latter is also long time retired.
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Vibrant Turquoise, Lemon Zest, After Midnight (purple one), Funky Fuchsia
Lindys Stamp Gang spray: A Bit o' Bubbly (Starburst)
Gelato: Black Licorice
Other: White gesso, modelling paste, matte multi medium, tissue paper, muslin, white & black cardstock, no. 5 round brush

✿ Karen ✿