11 January, 2017

Playing with colour!

Hi!
Last week Helen and Mark, the lovely and super talented couple behind Visible Image revealed the design team for year 2017. I'm so happy and proud to be part of this hearfelt team, and I know already now that our new year will be AMAZING!


There are so many gorgeous goodies coming up, so I suggest you sign up to Visible Image Newsletter to make sure you don't miss any news, special offers and new releases. You can also follow Visible Image on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

This week I wanted to show you two colourful tags I made using stamps from 'Jazz It Up' and 'Rays Of Light' sets. The background is a simple size 8 manila tag, coloured with yellow, blue and green Brushos. Brushos are very intense paint powders that produce brilliant vibrant colours when mixed with water. This time I did not sprinkle the powder directly on wet paper, but first misted by crafting mat with water, sprinkled brushos on the water drops, and picked up the colour with a dry tag. The nice thing about Brushos is that like watercolours they are pretty unpredictable, so you cannot fully control the flow of colours. That's what makes the creative process so much fun!


The Brusho colours did not cover my backgrounds completely, so once completely dry I inked the tags with yellow Distress ink. Then I used a green ink to stamp random circles on the bottom of the tag, and heat-embossed the trumpet player on the tag using black embossing powder.


Black splatters are made with thick embossing powder I just sprinkled on the tag. For attaching the loose powder I heated the tag from underneath.
Yellow and turquoise seed beads are simply glued down on the tag, and white splatters are made with acrylic paint.


I love the contrast between the black image and the colourful background. When using bright colours I always like to add both white and black to the project; they really make the bright colours pop!


For more information on the Visible Image circle stamps I used please click on the pictures below:





Wishing you a wonderful week,
Hugs,

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06 January, 2017

Card for January TIMI Challenge: Empowering words

Hi!

January has started, and it's time to kick off this year's first Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge.
'Anything Goes', so entering could not be easier. Just remember to use stamping somewhere on your project.

Our generous January sponsor Rubber Dance has put up a great prize for one lucky winner:

This is the stamp plate you can see featured on the cover of the February issue of the Craft Stamper magazine. Cool prize, isn't it!


My stamped January project is a mixed media card with purple and blue colours:


Isn't that Carabelle Studio stamp just gorgeous! The sentiment text is from a Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set from a while back.
For the card background I used heavy semi-glossy paper (the simple office quality I like to use), and painted it with various purple and dark blue Distress Paints. Once dry I white washed the entire background with acrylic paint; I used a brayer to apply a very thin layer of white paint.
Then I decorated the background with a texture stamp (Andy Skinner stamp by Stampendous), and glued down a piece of gauze with gel medium.
Even though I liked the colourful background I realized that my stamped image was almost blending into the background, and white washing is a simple way to highlight the main image. I think that worked well for this project.

For colouring the image I used my Promarkers.


I hope you get inspired and play along our January challenge. There's plenty of time to enter; the challenge closes on January 25.

I'm happy you stopped by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
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02 January, 2017

Watercolor Flowers On Mint Green Water + Video

Hi and Happy New Year!
What a way to start the new year. I'm so happy and honored to be part of the 2017 Imagine Artist in Residence team; an amazing team of truly inspiring, great talents.

My first project is now published in Imagine blog, please follow this link to read the post.


Our January color theme was light wintergreen, and I used it for creating watercolor effects on a textured background, and for painting a stamped flower in watercolor style.


When painting the flower I recorded a little video of the technique I used. Here it is:



In addition I made an ATC card using the same techniques:


The Creative Medium Shimmer resisted the watercolors, but also added a beautiful light shimmer on the background. Loved it!

Make sure you won't miss any inspiration posts on Imagine blog. New projects are showcased every day, here are the social media links for you:

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs,
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31 December, 2016

12 Tags of 2016: December

Hi and Happy New Year!

Today I'm showing you my December tag in '12 Tags of 2016'. I made it already a while back, but due to quite little online time this month I did not have a chance to post it earlier. November and December are really hectic months for a paper crafter! :D


Again I took a bit different approach to the challenge. Instead of building a display of festive items, I decided to use a die-cut, glittering christmas tree, and decorated it with words reminding me what Christmas really is about.


Chipboard arrow and also the little star were heat embossed with gold colour embossing powder, the same one I used for the 'remember' word.



I'm hoping that a new series of these cool tag tutorials is started in January. I just love them!


I want to wish you a Happy New Year. Let your year be filled with love, joy and happiness!

Hugs,
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