Inky fingered Cat

Being inky and creating pretty stuff… reducing the noise in my head one creative thing at a time.

Use them or lose them #18 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I chose to use the Watercolour wash and shared some reasonably fussy shabby chic style cards on Sunday. This time I was inspired by the card class I held last week and went for a Brusho stamping technique instead based on something Helen had suggested.

I tapped out the colours in a rainbow/colour wheel sequence, then spritzed water.  I then stamped the stamp into the colourful puddle and then stamped directly onto the card blank. 

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I changed the order slightly for the second and third cards at the bottom as I need the colour to cover more of the stamp and this time got a bit more coverage.  The stamp itself is sketchy and also the extra water means it doesn’t have the colour all over but slightly puddles.   But for this stamp this was perfect!  Three backgrounds done and dusted in a matter of moments.

To finish off I grabbed different stamps and my black Versafine (important to make sure the card is completely dry when stamping to stop bleeding!).

First one was made for my work friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday.

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Used Claritystamps and the sentiment from Sky’s the Limit stamps.

Next a card made on behalf of my parents for my great niece who turns 6 in a few weeks time (I’m ahead on my orders for my parents for once!).

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This time Lavinia stamps for the fairy and stars, skinny alpha for the name and 6 and the sentiment is an old Blonde moments one.

Finally a card for the stash…

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Indigo Blu stamp is just perfect for the colour wash rainbow!

Love all of these, pleased I remembered Helen’s idea and these quick cards were so easy and fun to do!  Love brushos!

Confirmed as well that this stamp is going nowhere!  Definitely a keeper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Paperartsy challenge journal gelli plate

The challenge over at the Paperartsy blog is monoprinting and so it was time to get the gelli plate out again.  This time I used the plate for another project first and then was left with all these bits and pieces on the desk ready for using in my journal.

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So time to make a page…

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Torn up gelli prints make fabulous background papers.  Now time to add a bit more colour.

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This was just wiping a bit of paint around the areas not covered with the gelli prints.  Now for my focus.  Well I’ve wanted to use the elephant stencil for a while in my journal so I decided to have a go at adding a print direct to my page using it… It wasn’t wasn’t a great success mainly because my journal is far from flat! So ended up using the stencil in a more traditional manner instead.

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I also added some numbers because I had a new stencil I NEEDED to use.

Time to use some more leftover prints… This time the starting prints which I was using to do the elephant print.  I stamped the big flower head from Darcy’s paperartsy stamps. 

I then added these to the page and coloured the stems with acrylic ink, white gesso and then went over the line art with Indian ink.

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I also re-added the stencil and added the lines around the shapes again with the Indian ink and a liner paintbrush.  I then added the wavy stems in the background with the Indian and green acrylic ink.

Another gelli print and another Darcy stamp and lots of the alien flower heads cut out!

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Time to add the flowers and finish with some outlining. No title for this weird and wonderful jungle scene but very happy with how I used the monoprinting theme for this page in my challenge journal. And I’ve got the bug for gelli printing again! Horrah!
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Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: Fab’n’funky : 3 or more layers!

Hi everyone

Today we have a new challenge over at Fab’n’Funky Challenges.   The challenge is to use three or more layers on your card.

The challenge is sponsored by. …

I chose to use an image from a stamp set by Hobby which I watercoloured.  I tore the image out leaving rough edges.  This is layer number one.

Next I took a piece of corrugated card from my desk and tore that too to give it a rustic look.  So this is layer two.

Then I took a piece of cherry cobbler coredinations and embossed it with the Woodland folder and sanded back the raised parts.  Layer number three.

Finally I mounted them onto the Kraft card blank and stamped a sentiment onto a piece of torn kraft card and added that.

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A lovely simple and rustic looking boys card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Getting bright with Dylusions

My Dylusions journal has had all sorts thrown at it… but rarely Dylusions.  I just don’t use the sprays often at all.  I think even though I have no issue with being Inky fingered Cat they are so messy and unpredictable.

Anyway I felt inclined to play and this time grabbed sprays and not paints.

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Here is where I started. An image from the Vogue colouring book I cut out and coloured with watered down ink.  And a page where there were several wipe offs and some texture paste finished off.

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So out came the Dylusions… First issue is that the spray nozzle on the yellow is no longer working so instead spread the ink with a brush over the page (and got a fairly yellow hand in the process too).

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After that I just got busy with sprays, stencils and colour!  I completely forgot about the process pics thing and wasn’t even thinking of an eventual outcome. I just played! Pretty much like Carolyn Dube advocates (I’ve been watching a lot of her youtube videos)… I gave myself permission to play.

So the above is a cacophony of spray inks, distress inks and a bit of black Dylusions paint too. Then I added the image using matte medium.

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Next up was stamping and adding the title that seemed to make sense to me at the time…. yes my own lettering which is unusual and adding some bold outlines to the picture which made it slightly more like a cartoon I suppose but makes me think it is more part of the page now too.

So my Dylusions page is definitely colourful and so were my hands at the end.  Will I buy anymore sprays… unlikely … I’ve decided that paints and the brushos are just easier to use… and a bit easier on the hands.

Having said all that I still love the vibrancy of the Dylusions…. just not the spray element so will continue to use them up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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A quick gelli plate play

It has been an age since I’ve used my gelli plate with paint and so when this was announced as the next Paperartsy challenge I knew I had to get back into practice.  I had a few duff attempts on pieces of scrap and a few good prints that will work for another project and one which was a very clean simple print using a Clarity framer stencil so decided to make a card from this.

Piece of 5×5 mixed media cardstock and although there are some vague patterns in the paint it is pretty much just the stencil that I printed.  I then masked off the centre of the square with a postit note and added some ink in Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade.  Then masked off the area where it wasn’t white and stamped the Clarity girl (Annabel).  I masked her off too (I have the coordinating mask so that makes it easy), added a moon mask and then brushed in a background using ink left on the stencil brushes.

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I coloured Annabel in with the Spectrum noir pencils and added the doodled line to create the frame and some shading to give it some depth.

Mounted the print onto a kraft card blank to finish it off.

A lovely little arty print and loved my gelli print play! 

Entering this into the Paperartsy blog challenge and inspired by Barbara Gray as referenced in the original blog post.  I love her art work using the gelli plate and must now rewatch all her youtube videos.  I did use the torn paper trick on another print… wonder if I will get round to blogging that soon. I am also entering this into the Claritystamps challenge too where there is an Anything Goes challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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New stencil 15 minute journal page

I get a new stencil every month through the Claritystamps stencil club and this month there was a fabulous Hare stencil that I had to do something with ASAP! 

Here is my fast journal page…

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The page had some marks on it already so it was already quite grungey. I gave the top part a coat of Fossilised amber distress stain and then added Spiced Pumpkin I the used a circle stencil to wipe away some ink for the sun. The bottom half was a mix of the brown and green distress stains and I kept wiping off and then adding another layer to get more texture.
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Then I added a little bit of stamping using some Claritystamps and archival. Because the page was quite wet still it wasn’t brilliant stamping at the bottom but I quite like the roughness to it.

I then added the stencil and added black gesso through the stencil.

Then added the Indian ink wording and outline. The page was done…. although then later that night I grabbed another 5 mins and added white paint pen to the words and some copper acrylic ink spots and added that to the rest of the hare to make him shine!
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Love how simple this was and yet effective. May have to make a cleaner version on a canvas board at some point as it is so nice a stencil image.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Use them or lose them #18

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

Can’t believe we are already at week 18 in the year.  This week I grabbed Watercolor Wash as I had it on the desk already.  I use it to add a bit of fun to envelopes quite often and so it was out and about so I decided to use it for this challenge and see how I got on doing something a bit different.

I started with stamping a couple of pieces of white cardstock with the watercolour wash using Soft Sky ink.  Then I added some Hot Picks stamps with Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo.

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I then took some Bermuda Bay ink and gave the fish a little definition
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I then chose two different ways to finish the cards. ..
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A die cut and some copper acrylic ink to make a fathers day card.
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A stamped postcard and a die cut sentiment teamed with some flicks of the copper acrylic ink some trim and a fun clip. I also added some of the watercolour wash to the postcard using Sahara Sand.

Love both of these and definitely can’t see me getting rid of this background stamp.

Finished the envelopes too…
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Such an easy way to decorate a envelope.

Happy crafting!


Catherine

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DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Wow, how is it already the 1st of May?  Time is certainly flying by!

I have another Design Team post to share for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.   Only rule is to use patterned paper!

I used the Sasayaki Glitter picking flowers image and then die cut it using the Top Note Big die.  The patterned paper I used was from the stash and love the cute polka dot.
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Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Time to make a pretty card

My parents asked me to make a golden wedding anniversary card for their friends and I finally got round to it.

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I used the Hello Doily stamp (pinched it back off the lose it pile!) And the Everything Eleanor swirl.  Then I brushed round the edge with the stencil brushes.

Next I added a die cut panel using the Apothecary Accents and brushed that too.  Then added a little bit of stamping using Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics to add a bit of pattern.

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The anniversary panel was die cut from the same cardstock as the mount and then added the little bow and some gold peel offs as accents.

I so rarely use peel offs but in this case it seemed to be the best idea and worked really nicely.

So I hope that they like this for their friends and it is a fitting celebration of 50 years of marriage.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Paperartsy challenge journal … fabric stiffener

As regular blog readers will know I’ve been trying to do a page in a journal for each of the challenges on the Paperartsy blog.  I’ve been working a good few weeks behind on most challenges (wih the exception of the previous challenges where i managed to get some entries in!) and this is no different!

The challenge I am attempting is fabric stiffener. Now the usual products for this would be Powertex or Paverpol neither of which I have nor have a desire to have.  Darcy did an experiment with using other mediums though so I thought I would give it a try with matt medium and a piece of muslin and try it for the cover of the journal rather than on a page as it would be more dimensional.  Brave to have a go straight onto the journal… but what’s the worst that can happen?

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I roughly cut the muslin to size and then used a fair amount of matt medium to rub into the fibres and make sure it was all coated.  Then started to mould it into some folds and ruffles on the cover… yes directly onto the cover!

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I then started to add a little bit of glass bead gel into the folds and at the edges and then left it to dry overnight.  (I did have a little peek and a touch of it before I went to bed and it was definitely getting harder but still have some movement to it.  I also checked I could still close the journal at this point.)

The next day it was harder and dry and time to start coating it with gesso.
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It was tricky to get into all the nooks and crannies but starting to look good. I left it a full day to dry. And surprise surprise there were bits I had missed…
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I then left it for a few weeks unsure where to go with it next. I also left it under a heavy frame so it would flatten a bit more.

Then out came the paints …
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A lime green.
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Added Cheesecake.
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Then Bora Bora.
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And a pinky red colour.

Then I decided to use the dressmakers dummy as the main image but thought it needed a few white bits on the fabric first. So I added paint to a text stamp and added that. You couldn’t tell it was text but it added some white highlights.

I stamped the dressmakers dummy image onto sheet music and then adhered it and some thread to the front. Then added lots of treasure gold and gilding wax to the front, both on the fabric and bead gel and the image.
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Added a few more white patches and stamped the title from alphas before adding that too.

Now I am pleased I tried this but I am not convinced I would ever do something like this again… It is a little too grungey for me … but I do like the finished article. I still have the back to do but I suspect it will be staying black for a while.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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