Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Swatch Book

I loved Linda Elbourne's project in the latest edition of Craft Stamper - to make a colour swatch book of your distress inks, and couldn't wait to have a go and make my own. I am only just over half way through my collection of DIs, but it is something that can be added to at any time.

Vintage Text Moo

Here is my moo for the latest challenge on the Make a Moo or Two blog, on theme of vintage text. I used some of the new Distress Stains by Ranger on the background and used stamps by Viva las Vegastamps, Stamper Anonymous and PaperArtsy.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Craft Stamper e-zine

Did you know that Craft Stamper magazine now has a FREE e-zine that you can download at:

The e-zine contains twelve of the best projects from 2010, as chosen by readers.

This was one of those projects in which I had no plan whatsoever, it just evolved as it went along. Another product I purchased at the NEC was Fresco Finish chalk acrylic paint by PaperArtsty, I bought two bottles - Vintage Lace and Moon Light. So this card started off when I thought I'd try them out. I painted a piece of card with the Vintage Lace and when it had dried I randomly sponged on Moon Light. I then tried a variety of stamping onto the surface, some of which disappeared completely when it dried! Anyway, I carried on with darker inks and this is the finished result. I decided to use the text stamp (by Tim Holtz) as I thought it was quite appropriate, especially the bit about "not quite knowing what you're doing"! I made the big flower by die cutting pages from an old book and then painting each flower with the acrylic paints. The smaller flowers are die cut card coloured with dusty concord DI and then overstamped with the small spatters stamp in the acrylic paint. I felt it needed something to lift the whole thing, so I have added some gold accents... yes, using the Inka Gold again.