Sunday, 21 January 2018

Trying something new for me - ATC Swapping

Hello there. I thought I would write a quick blog post to share with you my latest crafty makes,  ATC's (Artist Trading Cards).  
The Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art group on Face Book runs one each month and now that my partner has received her cards I can share them with you.
Although I have seen these type of cards before I haven't made or swapped them before and I have found them to be a lot of fun to make.
. You work on quite a small size card 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" so its not as daunting as working on a larger blank surface.
The theme was the letter E and you could use any products you like to create your card.  
I choose to make 3 to start off with, but some people in the group can make up to 6. 
I thought I would make 3 completely different cards but I know some people like to make up a Master board (of A4 / A3 size card) of paint and stamped images then cut it up as the  base for the ATC and use slightly different embellishments or stamped images to decorate.

 Here are my  ATC's for the letter 'E'
 Top ATC- I was just going to do a mini Envelope but then thought why not make it an Easel ATC as well.Then 'E' for Elixir and 'E' for Engagement. I even made a little pink diamond ring.

Here are some close up of the ATC's.
For this one I had used Rice paper decorated with inks and stamped images. On top of that layer I stuck down some stamps and stamped images over them. I made a tiny envelope out of vellum and ran it through an embossing folder. As I had made this into an Easel ATC so I stamped and punched out flowers to make a Stop for the card.




I first of all decorated the base card with embossing paste and dripped pink and silver paint over the card. Once dry I added some ribbon to the bottom half then stamped out an image of a couple and sentiment. White and silver thread was wrapped around the image and tiny painted punched out hearts were placed down the side. The engagement ring was made out of a  jump ring and a glass bead.



Coloured blocks of inks decorated the first layer on this ATC. I then built up further layers using some G45 papers, cut out and coloured two bottles then made the middle bottle out of acetate which I coloured and added glitters on the inside of the bottle. I found a label with the word 'Elixir' and attached it to the bottle.


I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at my latest makes. Thank you for popping by and if you have enjoyed seeing my crafts please subscribe to my blog so that you get updates of when I post.
Have a great week,
Happy Crafting, Sue xx



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

'Explore your Creativity'


Hello to you. 
Today I would like to share a tag with you. Its one I created for a Facebook group I am part of Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art. 
We have a Fortnightly challenge called 'Explore our Creativity' and the criteria is A TECHNIQUE,  A PRODUCT  and A COLOUR. 
So for this challenge running until 22nd January the Technique is – Layering, the Product is -making your own Washi tape and the Colour is -Monochrome (Varying tones of one colour) your choice of colour and its to be done on a TAG.


Supplies used for this challenge
Now onto how I put the tag together
The first thing I did was to give the tag and the tape couple of coats of Gee-S00-good to seal them and create a good base for the paints to adhere to.

I then mixed up some of the Wimberry Pie Paint with the Gee-Soo-good to get three tones of the paint to decorate the tape

 Part of the tag was painted with the Wimberry Pie paint then I used the Bubble stencil across the middle of the tag to create the next layer.

 Whilst waiting for the paste to dry I created a background paper using a wash of colour for the background then stamped images with the paint in different tones to create another layer for the tag.

 Using watered down tones of colour I let them drip down the tag then sprayed it with water to soften the colour and run between the bubbles

 The handmade Washi Tape and paper was ripped up ready to be stuck in place creating further layers.

 The odd bits of Washi tape left over were stuck onto a piece of paper which I then used to punch out a flower shape.

 The flower was built up in layers and the white pen used to add a little detail

Watered down paint was used to colour the ribbon keeping to the Monochrome theme.


 So looking at the finished tag I would say there were at least four layers, Paint, Stencilled bubbles, background paper, handmade washi tape, but of course some of these were layered up again as in the flower.

I will put on a sentiment when I know who I am going to give this to and maybe add a little bling.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and have a go for yourself.
Happy Crafting and take care.
Sue xx

Saturday, 30 December 2017

My first Video for IndigoBlu, introducing the Acrylic Pour Alchemy Kit.


Hello Crafters, I'm so excited to be sharing this video with you.

As many of you know by now I have become addicted to Paint Pouring and I have been really lucky to receive one of these New Kits by Kay Halliwell-sutton from IndigoBlu and also to have been asked to make a couple of Video's for their YouTube Channel IndigoBlu Tube.
So here is the first video and I hope you enjoy watching it. The video starts off explaining what you get in the kit, how to mix the paints ready for the pours and then I demonstrate two different pours.
A Dirty Pour, Flip Cup 
Paint Swipe. 
I hope you enjoy watching the video.


I shall be recording another Video this week showing you a couple more techniques. 
For now here are a couple of close up photos of the Pours I did in the Video.
Enjoy and I hope to see you visit me again soon xx

The first pour has started to dry out and you can see the colours have merged more. 
 Here are a couple of close ups of the now dry pour.

 This is the Paint Swipe after sitting for a couple of hours. Again the colours have merged a little more together. The white had created some great cells with the colours.

Couple of close ups

Thursday, 16 November 2017

First Dirty Pour / Flip Cup using the New IndigoBlu Alchemy Kit and Paint Colours

Hello there, today I have a quick and easy blog post to share with you, especially those of you who have just received your kit and haven't done anything like this before. 
Here I will be giving you a quick run through of the basics of using the New Acrylic Pouring Alchemy Set.
Kay's shows will also be on the Hochanda website on re-wind until 25th November
 This is what you will get in the box the kit arrives in, plus an instruction sheet and pairs of gloves.
Also a couple of extra things to remember. This can be a messy craft, so cover your work area and have a cloth or kitchen paper at the ready to clean your hands off.

The bottle of Cell-U-Like is like a little bottle of magic. This is what will create those wonderful Cells. 


 Within the kit you get coasters which will need to give a coat of Gee-Soo-Good before you do any pouring, so that you seal the surface. Some different size canvases and three bottles of the lush new paint colours.


 Grab yourself some of the shot glasses from the kit and add 1tsp of paint per glass

 Give the bottle of Go-Flow a good shake then add 2tsp of it to the shot glass for each colour you use

Give the paint and Go-Flow a good stir together with the lolly sticks. As Kay suggested I snapped mine in half.

 Add water to the mixture if needed. (If you mix the paint in advance, you may find the paint has thickened up when you go to use them and that's fine, just add some more water from the dropper until you have the right consistency 

Mix until you have consistency of Single Cream. The paint should flow off the stick


 For this pour I mixed up some white using the same amounts of paint and Go-Flow as above

 Take out a foil tray and put 4 glasses inside, then place your canvas on top of the glasses

 I used another shot glass to layer my paint colours into,(so you can see the layers of colour) but you can use the larger paper cup that comes in the kit.

Gloves at the ready and at this stage I added 3 drops of Cell-U-Like to the yellow paint

 I poured my paint into the shot glass in layers along with some white

 I then flipped the shot glass onto the middle of the board and left it a few minutes and voila, a beautiful puddle of lushness.(I left the glass on the side of the canvas to get every last drop of paint out!

 I then grabbed my blow torch to see if I would get some extra cells and also to pop any little bubbles. If you don't have a blow torch, and I know a lot of people don't, it doesn't really matter. ( I find that the burst of hot heat works really well and that's why I use one)
A hot craft gun will work as well, but don't use anything to powerful as it will blow the paint right off your canvas or just leave a thin layer of paint.

Then tip and tilt the canvas until the canvas is covered. Then leave to dry, making sure your pour on a flat surface! (See the pubbles of paint under the canvas, leave these to dry out and you can use the 'Paint Skin' in other projects. Thats another blog post!

 Here are a couple of close ups of the canvas once tilted


 Now once your canvas is dry, around 24 hours for the small canvas, you may find that it has darkened and that pattern may have changed slightly but that's normal. Once completely dry, you can give the canvas a couple of coats of varnish to bring the colours back to life. (Think of what happens to sea shells when they are wet. You get the beautiful colours but when they have dried out the colour has dulled. Put then in water again and the colours pops back)! Thought that might help you understand why it happens to your pour, or maybe not!
 I decided to add some embossing to this pour so I mixed up some Black Gee-Soo-Good with SuperThick Slap-it-on

 I decided to add the word Cherish as well and once dry gave the whole canvas another coat of varnish




If you are using the New Alchemy kit I hope you have as much fun as I am.
Happy Dirty Pouring
Sue xx