Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Step by Step Card Background Tutorial

Hi everyone,

I hope you are feeling fab and creative. I have a step by step for you today in which I create a card background using multi colour embossing technique ie. using a selection of powders on one project.
I really love the vintage shades that turned out on this card, which would be great for masculine recipients!



Step 1: I used a page out of an old book page for backing paper and then applied a 3D texture gel through a stencil with a palette knife tool. You could also use a heavy (thick) acrylic paint. This creates texture and gives a sticky surface for the embossing powders to stick to.




Step 2: I added pinches of three different embossing powders ; Heather, Oceanic and Champers, into the wet gel.




Step 3: I moved the paper around to enable the powders to cover the gel then shook any excess powder off.


Step 4: To melt the powders I used a heat tool which also helps to dry the gel .




To finish, I inked the edges and areas on the paper with black and blue ink pads, added die cut stars, trim, alpha stickers and highlighted  around the card with a white pen.






Thanks for reading and stay creative!

xxx


Monday, 17 July 2017

New Autumn Weekend Workshops

Hi guys,

Autumn weekend of workshops in Scotland! I'll be teaching two brand new classes on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October at Papeterie Crafts, Aberdeen. For booking / info please email me at powderblue397@hotmail.com.







3D scene workshop - A project with 3D elements in every aspect!


 


Winter Wonder canvas - A frosty themed canvas full of mixed media textures and Prima blooms, ready to personalise with your own photo.

I'll also be teaching workshops throughout Autumn at various shops around the UK!

Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd September - Loobi Crafts - Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Saturday 7th October - The Artistic Stamper - Faversham, Kent
Saturday 14th October - The Mulberry Bush - Thatcham, Berkshire
Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd October - Prima Weekend - Papeterie Crafts, Aberdeen, Scotland
Saturday 4th November - Amelia's Creative Crafts - Studley, Warwickshire
Saturday 22nd November - Craftstation - Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire


Hope to see some of you there :) 

Warm hugs

xxx


Friday, 23 June 2017

Totally Tropical Tag

Hi my lovelies,

I hope you've been enjoying your Summer so far! I'm with you today to share my project for June's challenge theme on the WOW! embossing blog, which is coincidentally Summer ;)

My texture rich tag is filled with bright tropical colours, summer flowers, WOW! goodies and a fabulously cute wooden flamingo

 



The base of the tag consists of layers of die cut shapes which I had accumulating in my craft storage.
I lightly brushed areas with a soft matte medium and sprinkled Emerald City embossing glitter to highlight.




I prepped the wooden flamingo by painting with acrylic, drying and then tapping the WOW clear ink pad over the surface. Next I pinched applied Sweet Cheeks, Yum Yum Yum Bubblegum and Fluro Magenta embossing powders which I then melting with a heat tool.



Inside the oval chipboard frame I used some Clarabelle Sparkles glitter which I adhered with glue applied into the centre recess with a paint brush. I used the same process on soe of the flowers using Salsa emissing glitter, which adds a little texture to them along with definition. Very simple but it looks great just to add a little bling onto projects!


Products used:

Sparkles glitter:
Clarabelle

Embossing powders:
Emerald City
Salsa

Sweet Cheeks
Yum Yum Bubblegum
Fluro Magenta


Warm hugs


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

WOW Journalling | Fears Conspire

Hello crafty friends,

I hope you're all doing well. It's been a long time no see, eh? 

Over on the WOW embossing blog this month we have the theme of journaling and memories and as
I'd had a longing to do some journaling recently this brief fitted perfectly and allowed me to scratch my creative itch, so to speak.

So my page is a rather atmospheric affair which was inspired by one of my favourite songs and the reality of worries and fears. The beauty of journaling I find, is channeling fears and worries onto a page and giving them a creative outlet. 



The monochromatic colour scheme worked well with the general theme of the page adding in some small areas of metallic embossing powders lifted it just the right amount. 



I used Melt It powder, Ebony black embossing powder and silicone heart mould to create the embellishment which is incorporated into the photo with cotton trailing out from underneath onto the following pages, entangled with words.



Perissa thick embossing powder adds a texture around the photo and in loops of gathered cotton.


The Go Figure numbers stamp has been stamped with black ink around the edges of the page, then stenciled over with a number design and light texture paste. I added Champers and Ebony black embossing powder on top of the wet paste then melted to give metallic sheen.


xxx
 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spring Egg Shrine | Favourite Embossing Techniques

Hi everyone,

Hope you are well. My latest project takes on the theme of the month over on the WOW! blog, which is favourite embossing techniques. I have showcased a couple of mine in this Spring themed egg shrine, complete with the sweetest tiny bird and nest. Read on to find out what they are!




The project started out with a plain papier mache egg decoration which I attached to a 3D metal cake mould tin via a cotton reel.

I glued a selection of paper flowers on top of the egg, then added flowers and painted all with chalk paint. For my first favourite technique I stamped a honeycomb design stamp from WOW!'s Hearts & Twine set with the Ultra Slow Drying clear ink pad, sprinkled with Clear Gloss embossing powder then melted with a heat tool.

Next I sprayed gold mica spray ink over to create a resist effect with the clear embossing on the surface of the egg. Into the the wet spray I added Rose Gold embossing powder onto the top of the egg and melted to give texture and contrast to the flowers.


The tin has been painted with the same chalk paint as used on the egg then decorated with a cluster of flowers around the base. To highlight the flowers I  used Fairy Tale and Rose Gold powders to give shimmer and natural looking highlights.


And a peek inside....





What's your favourite embossing technique? I'd love to know!


xoxo

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sea Life Tag | Lindy's Stamp Gang guest feature + video

Hi everyone,

Welcome! Today I am very excited to be a special feautred guest designer on the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog. I’ve created a mixed media tag with some marine vibes incorporating Lindy's sprays and Magicals powders.


By using a bare wooden tag with the Magical powders and water creates a wonderful stain into the woodgrain and gives a great base for the project.


I have had fun with some re-purposing on the tag, using pieces of metal (shell and seahorses) from old pairs of earrings which I covered in gesso and Lindy’s sprays.

For some texture I used tulle net material and a transparent 3D gel medium mixed with Cotton Candy Pink Magical powder which lets the color show through beautifully.


You can see the tag being created right here in this video tutorial!






Lindy’s Products
Magicals: Blue Hawaiian Blue, Pop Rock Purple, Merci Beaucoup Mint and Cotton Candy Pink
Flat Fabio Sprays:  Merci Beaucoup Mint and Cape Cod Coral 
Starburst Sprays: Cosmopolitan Pink, Clam Bake Beige, and Kissin’ Kenickie Coral

Other Products
3D gloss gel, Pearl beads, Gesso, Sisal and Tulle net material



 Have a fab day
xxx
 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring Sparkles card

Hello everyone!


I'm sharing a quick and simple Spring inspired card today filled with bright fresh colours and some added bling with WOW! Sparkles glitter and embossing powder.
I started off by applying soft gel medium to the edges of the card which I then covered with Pumpkin Spice Sparkles glitter to create a blingy border frame and to add some definition.

I've kept the back ground of the card relatively simple with a layer of gesso spread over patterned to give a white washed look and then stamped with the honeycomb stamp from the Heart & Twine set.


Some gesso and glitter makes a big difference to paper flowers!





To embellish I've used a selection of flowers, feather and resin embellishment which I created with WOW Melt-it powder, which I made by mixing 1tbsp tablespoon of Melt-It powder with 1tsp of Avocado embossing powder in a foil tin and then melting the powders together. Once melted I poured the liquid into WOW's feather silicone mould to create a resin embellishment. To finish I added some glue on the tip of the feather and sprinkled with Seahorse glitter to co-ordinate with the real feather which it nestles alongside.



Hope you enjoyed a quick simple Spring card!



Warm hugs
xxx