Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Gift Wrapping - by using your recycled food cans

This weekend I had a bit of fun joining in the 'Weekend Womble' on the Facebook group Junk journals junkies and Mindful Art. You have to re-cycle something you have in the house or something you find when out and about.
As you can see from the photo below I re-used a food can.
*Please be warned that this craft does have sharp parts and should NOT be given to a child.

So go ahead and open one of those pull tag cans at the bottom. Its best to use a can opener that doesn't leave sharp edges.

Take out the food (I ate mine for lunch) and wash out the can and lid in hot soapy water, taking care not to cut yourself. Also dry thoroughly.

Cut out a circle that will fit into the can so that you can write your message on it. You will also need the gift you want to put inside the can and some tissue paper or shred's of wrapping paper.

Place the message upside down into the can so that when the can is opened its the first thing to be seen then add a layer of tissue.

Add the gift then more tissue paper. Add another message or just a plain circle of card.

Add a thick layer of strong wet glue around the edge of the can lid keeping it close to the edge.

Put the lid back onto the can lining it up well so it sits level. Put something heavy on top to weigh it down until the glue dries. Best to leave overnight.

Just to make doubly sure the lid was well attached,  I went around the joint with some Glossy Accents.

I then went on to decorate the can. I decided to use some patterned paper so cut a strip that fitted around the size of the can, two thin strips, which I turned over to use the white side to decorate around the top and bottom edges and two different size circles to fit the lid. 
Make sure that the larger circle sits in the middle of the lid under the pull tab. The smaller circle needs to have a notch cut out of it so it sit neatly under the pull tab.

I painted the lid with white Gess-Soo-Good before adding the paper to cover up the metal.

Once the white layer was dry I painted it over with Lime Marmalade Acrylic paint

Finish off decorating the can and tie a piece of ribbon through the pull tab along with a gift tag.
The recipient opens the can by pulling up the ribbon and pulling back the pull tag.
I hope you enjoy making some of these for yourself xx

Friday, 7 July 2017

Christmas is coming..........................................

Hello there and welcome to my latest blog post.
This one is all about christmas card making.
Yes I know its hard to think about Christmas with the summer just here in the UK, but if you are a card maker, you will know that July is that time of year we make a start on our christmas crafts.

As a huge fan of IndigoBlu I have been lucky enought to receive some of their NEW Stamps and Stencils hot off the press to create samples for Kay Halliwell-sutton's One Day Christmas Special on Hochanda this weekend. (Sat 8th July at 6pm and Sun 9th July).

To start with let me share with you the cards I have made for Kay's show's then I will add links to the New Stamp sets at the end of the post. 
I think the Christmas Stag is going to be my all time favorite Christmas stamp, its such fun image.

Christmas Stag - For this card I stamped the image onto Acetate, coloured in the image on the back of it then added Glossy Accents to the front onto the baubles. To decorate the card front I used the New Snowflake Stencil with inks.

Deer Forest - This card background was created using the Paint Pouring Technique with the IndigoBlu paints. (I have done a previous blog post about Paint Pouring). The stamp was inked in black then I fussy cut around the image. The text was done with embossing paste through a stencil then Unicorn Sparkles were sprinkeled on top. 

For this card I used the New Snowflake Stencil with Ultra Thick Slap-it-On coloured with Teal Luscious Powder on Acetate, sprinkled with Unicorn Sparkles. The image was stamped in blue ink then die cut out. Ribbon and pale blue half pearls were used for simple decoration. 

Christmas Wreath - To make this card I used a woodgrain card highlighted with Copper Lusious Pigment power mixed with water. I then stamped onto it using the Laurel Leaves Stamp set. The wreath was coloured in using pens and Luscious powders.White ribbon was coloured with Post Box Red English Garden paint which is brilliant on fabric. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.

For this card I used a Stamp Set from last years christmas collection and one of this years New Stamp Sets called Shine Bright  for the lightbulbs which I stamped on Shrink Plastic.
This is another Christmas Stamp from Last Years Christmas which I used to make a shaker card.

I hope you like this New Christmas Collection as much as I do. You can catch up with Kay on Hochanda this weekend and check out her hints and Tips for using these sets. Also check out the IndigoBlu Blog for more inspirational cards from the Design Team.
Happy Card Making xx

Christmas Stag 

Deer Forest

Christmas Wreath

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Dirty Paint Pouring!

Hello everyone, 
I haven't been blogging for a month or so but I have been crafting making samples up for the IndigoBlu shows on Hochanda and in the last couple of weeks for Louise Withers who has been on Hochanda with Ecoline Inks. That is another blog post to come soon..............

I think I have now found a craft that is fast becoming a favorite for me.  This is the way I have been doing my pieces, and at this stage i'm happy with the outcome. There are lots of ways to do this technique but today I'm showing you how and what I have done.

Paint Pouring and Dirty Paint Pouring

So what is Paint Pouring and Dirty Paint Pouring?

Quick version-It's mixing Acrylic Paint with a medium that helps the paint flow and leave a glossy finish to your piece. You also add Silicone to the mixture and that's what gives you the cell like structures you see in the photo above as it separates from the paint, pushing its way through the paint.
If you like the big cells don't mix the silicone in to much. If you want lots of tiny cells, mix the silicone in better.
Paint Pouring is when you pour single colours out onto your surface. Dirty Paint Pouring is when you add all the colours into one cup and turn it all up on the surface!

Materials needed
Acrylic Paint
PVA Glue
Wooden lolly Sticks
Plastic Shot Glasses & Party Cup
Yupo sheets
Foil Tray (or use a craft sheet or Baking Parchment)

I have been asked by several people how I have done mine so thought I would put this quick photo tutorial together. I hope it helps you if you want to have a go yourself and there are tons of videos on Youtube to learn more.

For this tutorial I'm using those small plastic shot glasses as I'm only doing a small piece on Yupo paper. (In fact I was able to cover Three pieces of Yupo with the amount of paint solution I mixed)!
The Yupo paper is 100% Polypropylene so it can take the wet glue and paint without bending and curling. If you are doing this technique on a canvas you will need more of the paint solution to cover the canvas so mix up your paints etc in plastic party cups or those polystyrene cups like ones as I used to do the dirty pour at the end.

To start with choose your colour paints. I went with shades of blue's and a white, all from IndigoBlu. I used PVA glue as I had some here but I know there are other liquids you can use such as Floetrol, but for this tutorial I'm keeping it simple!
So the first step was to fill the shot glasses up to 3/4 level with PVA Glue.

With a wooden lolly stick take some paint, you don't need much (See photo) and stir the colours into each pot

When mixing try not to make too many bubbles. Once the paint and glue is well mixed, add some water to give make the mixture the Constancy, slightly thinner than single cream.
Lay your Yupo into the foil tray 

Using Silicone in your paint mixture is what gives you the "Cells" when you pour the mixture out.
(The Silicone I have comes in a spray can, so instead of spraying straight into the cups, which can cause bubbles and you can't see how much you add,  I sprayed some into a small bottle. Be careful when doing this as you can see the vapours coming off the spray and also it could bubble out over the top of the bottle. Also just so you know the bottle becomes very cold to hold).

I added 10 drops to two of the coloured cups, and five drops into the other two colours. Stir in.  I didn't put any in the white paint as white always sinks to the bottom of the cup. You just want the colours to push their way through the white.

Add the paint mixture in layers to larger cups.
(I poured the mixture into two different cups as I was doing two pieces. As it turned out I got three pieces out of the mixture I made).

I used double sided tape to hold the Yupo down as you will need to tip the tray to cover the Yupo. You might need a spatula to pick up some paint from the sides to cover white areas once you have done the pour. Be careful not to mix the colours when scooping up paint.

So what you are seeing now is a Dirty Pour!

Once you pull the cup up, this is what happens. How cool is this.

Tip the tray in different directions to cover the surface of the Yupo.

So I did two Pours with the blue paints

As I had paint left over I added some Red and Yellow to two of the pots to have a different colourway.

This time I poured all the mixture into a cup but poured it out as I wanted to control where it went.

Each time you do one of these they are so different. 

You will need to leave your creations to dry on a flat surface. These took about 24 hours to dry. Just check underneath your piece as well as the mixture does run under.
Once dry the colours did get darker. Not sure if it because of the glue I used.
Once fully dry you can cover your creation with varnish or resin to protect and give it a high gloss finish.
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and you have a go for yourself. Its quite addictive.

I have also used inks instead of paint which gives a lovely translucent look.

OK, so I'm off now to do some more experimenting.
Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spring is here!

Hello Everyone,
I recently made some card samples for IndigoBlu using the New Stamp set 'Victorian Garden' and the New 'Junk and Disorderly' range of paint colours and did some stamping on one of the cards with paint on acetate. When I shared the card on FB I was asked if I had done a tutorial, so I have now put a photo one together.

This first card is the one I shared on FB and the square is the one I created for this tutorial.

The base of the card is 12" x 4", scored and folded at 4" & 8".
Fold the first panel over onto the second panel. Using a die cut an aperture out of this section of the card. 
(If you don't have a die cutting machine you can still cut out a section by hand).

This is what the card base will look like after you have cut out the aperture.

Using the die again plus the next size up die, cut out a contrasting coloured frame to go around your aperture.

Attach the frame onto the center panel of the card base.

On the last panel of the card base lightly draw through the aperture to get the same size shape. This will help you to know where to stamp your images.
Also cut out a piece of 4" x 4"  acetate. Place this in-between the two panels that have the aperture cut out and mark where the bottom of the shape comes to. Again this will help you know where to stamp.

The colours I choose to use on the card are from IndigoBlu. Hunter Green, Ruby Slipper, Coastal Walk & Lemon Meringue,

Stamp your biggest image onto the acetate first, slightly over to the right so that the image you stamp on the card panel shows through.
Tip- when you are using paint on acetate be careful as the stamp can slip on the surface.

When stamping with paint I brush some onto my glass mat then take the stamp to it. If you stamp the image several times just brush over the paint every couple of stamps to keep getting a crisp image.
Tip. Remember to clean your stamps straight away by either putting them in water or washing under the tap. Don't let the paint dry on your stamps.

Build up your images, leaving time between colours to dry. 

Once the paint is dry, use double side tape to attach the acetate to the card base and a little extra down the sides to stick the card pieces together.

I added small dots of red paint to the stamped images using a scoring tool.

Stamp the bee image onto velum and colour in. I used  blue Luscious powders mixed with a little water for the wings and Lemon Meringue paint for the body. When dry cut out the bee's.

I then stamped one of the sentiments onto the front of the card.

 The last step was to attach the bee's. As I used a wet glue the velum started to curl so I placed an acrylic stamp block over the top of them until dry. 

 The last few photos are some close up's of the card

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Would love to know what you think.
Happy Card Making, Sue xx