Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Bauble Tutorial

Hello there,

A few months back. I made a small Christmas bauble as a sample for Inkylicious for one of their shows on Hochanda. After the show, I added it to my blog and onto Pinterest and I received so many comments and emails asking me if I would do a tutorial.  I thought I would use a slightly different stamp and a larger MDF bauble for the tutorial as you will see below.  I was just about to post the tutorial on my blog when Craft stamper put out a request for 3D Christmas baubles.  I sent off my email, not really expecting to get a reply but then much to my surprise, I was asked to send my ornament off to them.  Due to their Social Media Guidelines, you are asked not to show more than a fraction on the image until the following edition is released.  This is the reason why I'm posting this much later than I would have liked too, so apologies for that as I know that Christmas is fast approaching!

Here's the finished bauble and a photo tutorial of how I made it:

I started with a plain MDF bauble 

I gave the bauble a couple of coats of Gesso to give me a surface that I could then stamp on and ink up.

I stamped the Winter Lodge by Inkylicious in black StazOn ink.  It doesn't take long for this to dry and it is a permanent ink that won't smudge once you start to colour the image. I wouldn't advise using a pigment ink for this as it would definitely smudge on the shiny surface.  

Below is a picture of all the product that were used to colour the Lodge that you can see in the next photograph:

If you look carefully here, you can see that there is a shadow image just above the lodge.  This is where I originally stamped the image but unfortunately, I didn't get a clear impression, so I gave my bauble another coat of Gesso to cover it before stamping it again.  Having just thought this through, I could probably have just removed it with StazOn cleaner and I'm not sure why I didn't think of that at the time!   

Once the image was completely dry, I them used a mask over the image to ensure that it wouldn't be spoiled whilst I was inking up the sky.

These are the products used to create my Northern Lights sky:

I always start with the lighter colours first.  Using an ink dauber, I made upward strokes from the lodge. Try to do this randomly if possible as the end result will then look more natural. 

I then did exactly the same with the pink.  I've masked off with post-it notes at this point to avoid getting colour onto my snowy area.

And again with the blue and green.  Note how the pink and blue create a lovely purple colour.  As you add in the colours one by one, this will then start to give you natural blends as you would see in the in the Northern Lights. 

When you are happy with the sky, this is the time to turn it into night.  I use a black Memento Tuxedo Black  to do this as it dramatically darkens the sky.

Now it's time to remove the mask to reveal the almost finished project. At this point, I added glitter to the roof and Fluffy Puffy Stuff to the edges of the roof and to the trees and I used a white gel pen to add snow to the top of the fence, although the photo doesn't really show it.

Here are the products that I use to whiten the snowy area and to create the snow drifts. Ordinarily, I would use Ink Dusters or a sponge dauber to do this but as the ornament is so small, I opted to use a cotton bud.  You need to make sure that you gently rub this onto a piece of copy paper first to remove the excess ink.

I use a Mountain Valley Stencil to ink in my snow drifts but you could also do this just as easily with a piece of torn copy paper.  Although, I thought the bauble was looking okay at this point, I though that I would add a little Gesso  to whiten it a bit more, that's when I had an idea........

  ......Why not add more Gesso and use a flat paint  brush to push it upwards and create some 3D snow drifts.  This worked and absolute treat and gave the image a more realistic look and added extra dimension.  You need to do this fairly quickly though as the Gesso seems to thicken and dry in a very short time.  If your paint brush gets clogged up, then just rinse it in water, dry wit a paper towel and start again.

I finished by adding a fine ribbon to hang the bauble and then a thicker ribbon to create a bow to dress it. I chose red as for me, it's the perfect Christmas colour 

I really hope that you've enjoyed my tutorial and that I might have inspired you to have a go yourself.

Until next time, Take care of yourselves and happy crafting :) x

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Stamps at Crafty Individuals

Crafty Individuals have just realeased some beautiful new Christmas stamps and are very generously offering a blog give-away. Please click here to take a look.

I'll be back with you on Friday with a full photo tutorial of my Christmas bauble that was published in Craft Stamper magazine.

Happy Crafting x

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Rudolph Day - November 16

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today with a card that I've made for the very last Rudolph Day Challenge of this year.  Many thanks to Scrappy Mo and all of her Design Team for their hard work in running such a warm and friendly challenge.

All of the stamps that I've used on my card are by Inkylicious and the Northern Lights were created with Brushos.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Just a Little Change and a Splash of Colour

Hello there,

Well, as you have probably noticed, I've given my blog a bit of a face lift! I think it looks a lot fresher and I hope that you like it too. I'll keep working on it but I'm always terrified that I might do something that I shouldn't and then it won't work properly!

I have had quite a few new followers join me since my last post so I'd like to welcome you all and say thank you for joining me on my crafting journey.  If you have blogs of your own, then please leave me a comment to let me know so that I can visit you too. :)

As I've been busy making an order for a few of my Christmas ornaments, there hasn't been much going on in the card making department this week but I would like to share a card with you that I made quite recently.  It features one of my favourite silhouette stamps from Inkylicious and the raindrops, and sentiment too.  The stencil that I've used is one that Deby gave me a while back and I really like it in the background of this card:

I hope the rainbow brightens your day a little and I wish you all a very happy day x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

FSC 'Tis the Season'

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. The theme this time is 'Tis The Season.'  and this one was chosen by our lovely Dot, She was happy for us to choose either an Autumn or Winter theme and as I really like to keep Christmas for December if I possibly can, I've opted for more of an Autumnal theme and here's the card that I've made:

For the main focal point of my card, I've used the 'Owl at Old Tree' stamp from Flonzcraft, and isn't he a beauty.

I coloured the Owl using various inks and watercolor pencils and then used a white pen to highlight some of his feathers. Once I was happy with the Owl, I masked him off before stamping the Midnight Tree in the background.  I used a Post-it-Note mask for the moon and then colored my early evening sky using Ink Dusters.  The sentiment that I've used is a Christmas stamp but as it had the exact wording of Dot's challenge, it seemed like the perfect choice.

For the outer border of my card, I used a the small Midnight Trees stamp by Inkylicious which I stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo before sprinkling over Light Brown and Orange Brusho inks. I then spritz them with water so that the colours would spread and blend into each other. Once this have completely dried, I sponged a little yellow and orange ink around the edges to fill in the gaps and give an extra burst of Autumn colour.

I finished my card by adding some Ivy which I made with a Memory Box die and then I mounted the image onto the background.  I opted for a white border in between to match the Moon and the outer edge of the card. I thinks that's Autumn well and truly done now for another year but it's been such a beautiful Season as always.

We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images, just good old fashioned stamping.

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

I'm entering this car into the following challenges:

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Forest Magic

Hello there, I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

I was having a browse through the Craft Magazines whilst shopping this weekend and I came across a copy of Papercraft Inspirations which came with a free twenty piece stamp set called 'Forest Magic.' It was all woodland animals, trees and a Christmas Robin and as these things are right up my street, I had to buy it.

I had an idea of the sort of card that I wanted to make and here it is:

I started by by using a Clarity Woodland stencil. I masked off the moon and the snowy area and then created my night sky using Distress Bluepint Sketck, Adirondack Denim and Eggplant.  I let this dry before spritzing on white acrylic paint to create a starry night. Whilst the mask was still in place, I stamped the top row of trees.  I then removed the mask and stamped the smaller trees in front to give a more natural looking effect.

As I wasn't sure at this point how many animals I was going to use, I stamped and coloured them in using inks and water coloured pencils before sticking them onto my background.  Once the animals were in place, I then used a stencil to create the snowy hills and to ground the trees. Next, I used one of the snowflake stamps and a sentiment from the set and heat embossed them in white.  I then used my Ink Dusters with the Denim and Eggplant to dust around the edges of the card. I also used a touch of Distress Wilted Violet, which I thought would compliment to blue tone of the card.  I used a selection of the trees to create the bushes in the foreground and then dusted over them in purple. Last of all, I gently rubbed over the snowflakes and sentiment to brighten the up.

I'm really happy with the end result and very happy with my free stamps which I'm sure will get plenty of use, especially on masculine cards.

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

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