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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Illustrate Your Life for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm sharing with you today my latest make as guest designer for AALL & Create and this week is Journals/Mini books week. I took the opportunity to change the cover on a plain brown covered journal that I own. 



To complete my alteration I have used Stencils #Illusion designed by Fiona Paltridge and stencils #48 Tribal Lines, # 28 & #26 all designed by Autour de Mwa, also a couple of stamp set designed by Tracy Evans #34 & #165 Numbered Pencils



The first thing I did was to take the journal apart so I had the covers loose from the wires. I then set about making the background covers and I went for my gelli plate.


I have used a technique I keep seeing people playing with out there on social media and just wanted to have a go. It meant I had to dig out my Pan Pastel collection which I haven't used in ages. You then apply the pan pastel through your chosen stencils and I have used a couple to fill up the 8" x 10" gelli plate. Once you have all your pastel colour in place I brayered over a very thin layer of white acrylic paint, I have leant by my mistakes and you need to ensure that the layer of paint is really light or else it won't pull of the pastels underneath. I got a couple of prints from one lay down of pastel, so to get the covers I needed I repeated this again.


I then covered each of the brown covers 


I had to hand cut each of the holes out to allow the wires to go back through and with a tiny pair of scissors that really was a labour of love!!

Next was to build up my design on top of the background.


Using the Illusion stencil I coloured it with a gradient effect of colour using Distress Archival Inks using the colours shown.


I then added some stamping in a couple of the distress archival colours and added a little black. I also went around the image with a black fineliner pen and added a little shadow with a dark grey coloured pencil.


I stencilled the words from the Illusion stencil using black archival and also die cut a speech bubble to stamp the words 'Illustrate your Life' which I took from the stamp set #165 and added it to the figure.
Last addition was to add the lines which were added using turquoise acrylic paint.
All that remained was to put the covers back onto their wires to put the journal all back together.



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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Love
Amanda X













Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Perfect Day for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Hope today finds you well. Just a quick post to let you know I'm over on the That's Crafty blog sharing my regular Tuesday post.


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thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 16 May 2019

You Can Be It for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm back with you today sharing my latest project as a guest designer for AALL & Create and this week it's all about Cards.




I have used as my main character Stamp set #188 Robot designed by Fiona Paltridge. He stands in front of a background made using #142 Edison Light by Olga Heldwein and stencil #77 Steam Cogs also designed by Olga.


I started by adding distress inks in vintage photo and rusty hinge directly to the stencil and lightly spritzing with water being laying it down, ink side down, onto a piece of mixed media card. Smooth over with a piece of kitchen paper and lift to reveal the print below. This piece was then edged with vintage photo distress ink.


Next was to stamp the full A4 Edison Light onto heavy cardstock using versafine ink and punch out a selection of squares from the image, I did this using 2 different sizes of square punches.


Next was to ink up each square using again vintage photo and rusty hinge distress ink.


I then stamped the little Robot guy onto mixed media paper and coloured him with Prismacolor pencils and cut him out.
All that was now left to do was to put it all together layering up the squares giving some dimension to some of them by using 3D silicone glue. 



The Robot then is placed upon the background and I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Robot stamp to finish the card off. It was matted onto black cardstock and added to a card blank.




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thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Love
Amanda X






Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Long Glinting Dragonflies for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to let you know it's my regular Tuesday post over at That's Crafty blog and this week I have been creating with one of the shaped MDF uprights that were one of the original MDF substrates they created that now form part of their fabulous, ever growing, range of MDF pieces.




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Have a fabulous week and I will see you next Tuesday
Love
Amanda X


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Never Grow Up for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm with you this Thursday to share my latest guest designer make for AALL & Create. For this weeks make I have taken to my Dylusions art journal where I have made the main focus the fabulous 'Shadow People' stencil designed by Fiona Paltridge. 


Other AALL & Create products used were Stencils #79 Sputnik & #63 Woodpile
Stamps used are #54 A4 Scribble it, #8 & #3


I began by randomly applying layers of acrylic paints, I used Dina Wakley paints, building up the colours until I was happy with the result.


I then repeatedly stamped over the background using Versafine Clair inkpad, it doesn't matter if you don't get a clean ink transfer, for this technique it doesn't really matter as I will be covering a lot of it up.


Over the stamping I then stencilled some additional detail using the 2 stencils pictured.


I then positioned the stencil so that I captured the details I wanted within the Shadow People and applied transparent texture paste.


I repeated this so that the shadow people went across my pages ending with the smallest shadow person at the end. At this point you can go and have a cup of tea as I left this several hours to dry and on drying the white paste becomes transparent so you can see the detail through (one of my favourite techniques)


Once dry I then covered all the area around the shadow people building up the coverage applying acrylic paint, mostly with my finger. I added some shade around each of the shadow people using a black water soluble pencil building up some shadow around them. I also doodled around each one with a black fineliner pen.


I then stamped over the background using sections of the A4 stamp Scribble it adding more details to the page along with some of the stamps from set #3. 


Around the smallest of the shadow people I repeat stamped one of the statements from stamp set #8 stamping it once onto white card and cutting out to add to the repeat stamping to make one of them stand out.


I few strips of washi tape and some paint flicks finish off my double page spread.


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Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous creative week
Love
Amanda X









Tuesday, 7 May 2019

One Can Never.........for That's Crafty Blog

Hi Everyone
Tuesday's here again so that means it's my day over on the That's Crafty blog to share some art with you. This week I have again being playing in my art journal, here's just a peep at the pages I have created


to see it in full and read all the details just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Finger Painting and Scribbles for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to a quick post to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty blog today playing with Dina Wakley products




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Thanks for stopping by and have a fab day
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Bring on the Girls for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope you have all had a fabulous Easter weekend.  
As it's Tuesday you'll find me over at That's Crafty blog today sharing some art and I have another ATB (Artist Trading Block) for you.




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Thanks for stopping by and have a great week
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Elegant for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm sharing with you today my latest make as a guest design team member for AALL & Create. I have a DL card for you this week.


I have used 1 stamp and 1 stencil, stamp #163 Elegant Peacock designed by Tracy Evans and stencil
#67 Brocken Circles designed by Autour de Mwa.

I started by creating my background with Distress Oxides


Picking the ink up from my glass media mat and then adding the detail of the stencil by using it as a stamp, adding the oxides to the stencil, misting it with water then laying it down over my background.

I then lightly stamped the image whilst it was in a stamping platform and leaving it in the platform painted in the 2 clock faces that are within the stamp.


Once the paint was dry I then stamped the image again much bolder this time using a Versafine Clair black ink pad.


I coloured the peacock using Zig real colour pens and added touches of foiling to add a little bling to him. Unfortunately I cannot seem to capture the foiling on a photograph which is a shame as it is quite prominent when you see it for real.

I then trimmed down the stamped area and matted it onto a piece of Tim Holtz foil card in a co-ordinating colour I then used the remaining background as another layer on the card. I stamped the word Elegant onto white card choosing just this section of the stamp to ink up and cut out to add to the card.



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Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Easter and I will see you all next week.
Love
Amanda X