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In for a penny….

….in for a pound goes an old saying! So as I have tested the challenges water and found it not too terrifying I decided to make another card using the faux airbrushing technique. The stamps I used on this card were ones I won in a draw; they are KatzelKraft and are superb stamps. The images are fun and they stamp so cleanly and crisply.

fauz airbrushing using KatzelKraft stamps

f aux airbrushing using KatzelKraft stamps

The background has been inked with Whispers Green Dye Ink with the circles sponged through an acetate stencil with VersaMagic Spanish Olive. The images were stamped with Distress Inks Vintage Photo, Archival Jet Black and Versamagic Spanish Olive.

Thanks for looking x


Faux airbrushing

I have never entered a formal challenge before because I am not as good as those who do enter them however I decided to dip my toes in the challenges water and these are the details of the one I am taking part in at Craft Stamper:

“Hello everyone!
Welcome to the first Take It, Make It challenge!

You TAKE the specified technique and MAKE something of your own using it!

So now, its over to you…we want to see YOUR art……

What Can You Win?
For our first challenge, we are delighted to be sponsored by Indigo Blu

Creators of fabulous deep etched rubber stamps, Indigo Blu have provided one of the prizes for the challenge…. this beautiful image:

PLUS: The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their winner….. who will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yep, your winning entry will appear in the UK’s number one stamping magazine! We’ll have an ‘I was a winner’ blinkie to grab too!

Now for the Challenge details!
We want to see how you lovely lot tackle a technique showcased in Craft Stamper magazine, and this challenge will concentrate on the Faux Airbrushing technique, demonstrated so beautifully by Joanne Allison on pages 62 and 63 of the March 2013 issue. Don’t panic if you haven’t got hold of this issue yet, the challenge lasts for nearly TWO whole months, so you have plenty of time to grab a copy, get inspired and enter!

We would love to see your creations using this technique……your project can be anything at all, card, layout, 3D item etc, any theme or colour, AS LONG AS THERE IS FAUX AIRBRUSHING ON THERE SOMEWHERE! Oh, and stamping too, this is a Craft Stamper challenge after all!”

I am a subscriber to this fab magazine and rub shoulders (virtually speaking) with many of the contributors whom I admire. Needing to make a birthday card and using Joanne’s Faux Airbrushing technique this is what I made and have entered for the challenge.

Faux airbrushing technque

Faux airbrushing technique

The inks I used are Distress Ink Milled Lavender and Whispers dye based Blue ink. The focal image is a stamp I have had for years and the company is no longer around but the word stamp comes from PaperArtsy -HP1005.

This is such an easy technique to achieve but very effective; laying down colour using a small piece of sponge that has been made into a round.

Thanks for looking x





Another item changed!

It appears I can’t leave anything alone these days! Something looks a little dull or plain and I am ready with paint, tissue paper and inks. This time it was a jewellery box that belonged to my late and much loved sister-in-law. It housed all those little buttons and badges I never quite knew what to do with and stood all forlorn and unremarked in its dull brown overcoat on a chest of drawers. The grandchildren love it because when the bottom drawer is opened it plays a tune – Brahms lullaby I understand; my DH is trying to educate me into recognizing classical music but, Philistine that I am, if it isn’t 60s or 70s pop it doesn’t stay in my head for long!  So he finds the “trying to educate me” very trying indeed – poor man.

The box’s drawers were emptied and the box was very roughly treated with coarse sandpaper to remove its varnish and give a bit of tooth for the acrylic paint to adhere to. To assist the sticking power of the paint I mixed in some Liquitex matte medium and covered the box and drawers with paint and left it to dry. Crumpled up white tissue paper was then glued on and plenty of diluted PVA glue slapped all over it.

jewellery box with sigA flourish stamp (manufacturer unknown) was used to stamp images in Jet Black Archival ink over the drawers fronts  with green gold Daler Rowney Goldfinger finish rubbed on here and there.

side view

side view

On PaperArtsy crackle tissue I stamped the bird image and a script with Archival ink and then painted the reverse of the tissue paper with gold acrylic paint over the centre and a mix of violet and white around the outside and adhered this panel of tissue to the prepared box. String beads were glued to the top and bottom edges of both sides as well as along the top edge with paper flowers added to each corner of the sides.



Out of greyboard a back was created, painted and covered with crumpled tissue paper then crackle tissue was stamped with a Crafty Individuals image and another flourish stamp in black Archival ink. Feathers, paper leaves, metal leaves and paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts were added. The little decoupaged bird was a small RAK from a UK Stampers forum friend who hosted the Twinchie swap – Catherine, thank you Catherine!

close up of top

close up of top

Does anyone recognise the image used on the side panels? I’d love to know who made that so I can credit the company!

Materials used:

Acrylic paints – gold, violet and white

Tissue paper – from stationers

Crackle Tissue Paper – PaperArtsy

Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Strings of beads – stash

Paper flowers & leaves – Wild Orchid Crafts

Stamps – Script (Creative Expressions)

– Birds (Crafty Individuals CI-193)

– Flourishes (Creative Expressions)

Thanks for looking x




Postcard Swap

For some months now I have participated in a postcard swap on the UK  Stampers forum; some of the makes for the swap have been well within my capabilities but just occasionally Sam slips a blinder through that is a tad outside my comfort zone! It is all good fun though and there are few rules; as it is a stamping forum then stamping must appear somewhere on the postcard, postcards are approximately 6 x 4 inches but don’t have to be rectangular but they must be able to go through the postal system ‘naked’ – that is without an envelope so any embellishments must be well adhered but participants tend to keep the cards as flat as possible.

There isn’t a theme for this month – we can do whatever we want so I went with a grid postcard:

March 2013 Postcard for UKS swap

March 2013 Postcard for UKS swap

I was lucky enough to win some plates of Art Journey’s stamps so I gave one or two of those stamps an outing on this card! I used Versamagic Chalk Inks Red Magic and Mango Madness for the background colours, the stamps were inked with Memento Potter’s Clay and Archival Jet Black. The whole card was edged with Potter’s Clay to finish it off.

For February’s postcard swap Sam came up with Getting Emotional which really threw me in a spin! After much head scratching I went with a sad/happy card and found the theatrical mask on the internet and resized it. One half of the card shows a grey, rainy day with a happy spring time on the other half – a good compromise!

February 2013 Swap 'Getting Emotional'

February 2013 Swap ‘Getting Emotional’


Thanks for looking x







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