Friday, 28 March 2014

OCC - Embossing Paste


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EMBOSSING PASTE

Embossing paste is an easy way to add texture to a project.  I didn't have any so with the help of google I made my own.
 

I laid down a stencil and just spread the paste over it.  Sprinkled some ultra fine glitter for some shimmer and lifted the stencil. Easy peasy.  It didn't take too long to dry too.  Then I finished the card with some washi tape (I love this tape), a handwritten sentiment, and some rhinestones.

I was having so much fun with the paste that I decided to make another card.  This time I did the opposite.  Instead of using a stencil to create a textured image, I used a die-cut butterfly as a mask.  I just temporarily adhered the butterfly to the card, picked up a glob of paste with my spatula and smeared it right over the the butterfly.  Of course I had to sprinkle some ultra fine glitter over the paste again.  Then I carefully lifted the mask and ta da!! A butterfly set in textured background!


Finished the card with some glitter to the sides, an embossed sentiment, and a large heart rhinestone in the center of the butterfly.

 Okay got to hurry and link up this homework before classes close.
Thanks for visiting.
Phi

Challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity #169 - Special Mums
Moxie Fab World - Stencils
A Creative Romance  - Spring flowers
Creative Knockouts #30 - Texturize it
Crafty Catz #224 - Anything goes
4 Krafty Girls challenge #14 - Anything goes



OCC - Days 9 & 10 - Textural Effects


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DRY EMBOSSING


On day 9 we were shown how to do some selective embossing using embossing folders and dies.  Basically you use the die to mask an area of the embossing folder so you get a framed area amongst the embossing that is flat.  It only works if your die has a solid back and not an open one.  I didn't have a frame die with a solid back so I just used an open one for the shape of the frame.  Inside the frame I place two smaller dies which did have solid backs.  Since I didn't have a flat frame where I can perhaps stamp a sentiment or an image I embossed one with little gingerbread man/woman dies.  Worked out beautifully.


The card was finished off with some washi tape and a little heart covered with glossy accents.

Thank you for joining me today.
Smiles
Phi

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts #30 - Texturize it
Crafty Catz #224 - Anything goes
4 Krafty Girls challenge #14 - Anything goes
Craftying for all Seasons Challenge #73 - No Designer Papers
DL. Art Thankful Thursday March Linky Challenge - Anything goes


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

OCC - Watercolour Made Easy


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WATERCOLOUR MADE EASY

Okay, last card from me today and I better get cracking on days 9 and 10.

On day 7 Jennifer Rzasa shared some great tips to make watercolouring easier.  I found them to be a great help as I'm a beginner with watercolour.


First I painted the basic shape of my feather with just plain water so when I come in with the watercolour, the paint will run along the already wet areas allowing the colour the spread.  Then I go in with a smaller brush with fresh paint for the finer details.  I'm not sure if I'm explaining it correctly but it has sure been fun.  Again, with many of these new techniques I'm learning, I had to do it a few times to get the hang of it.  Free hand painting can be scary.



As you can see my feather is not perfect.  But you can tell its a feather right?

Thanks for joining me today.
Hope you enjoyed my card.
Phi

Challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity #168 - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create #64 - Anything goes/twist - Birds of a feather
Challenges 4 Everyboday #39 - Anything goes




YAY!! Made top 3 at Crafts 4 Eternity #168



Woohoo! Came 1st in the Crafty Boots Challenge


1st place badge


OCC - Tracing Images



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TRACING IMAGES

On day 8 I was so inspired by Kathy Rocoosin's card that I knew I had to try it.  This technique is so simple but I really have never thought of it before.



First you stamp your image on your card with very light ink.  Kathy used a big beautiful floral background stamp on her card but since I don't own any similar stamp I stamped my card with a few different stamps to create a floral background.  Then using a silver glittery gel pen I traced the lightly stamped image.  You can either trace a portion or the whole image.  I chose to trace the whole image.  Then I went in and coloured with my copics.  The gel pen gives it a touch of elegance and shimmer.


I am very pleased with this card.  The copics actually picked up the shimmer from the gel pen and spread a dusting of the shimmer throughout the whole card.  Too bad the pictures did not pick up on that.  I enjoyed this technique a great deal and will definitely be using it again.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for viewing my creations.
Smiles
Phi

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Spring - Bright colours, flowers, sunshine
Crafty Catz #223 - Bling it up - Used a glitter silver gel pen
Crafts 4 Eternity #168 - Anything goes
Bearly Mine March Challenge - One for the Girls
The Paper Shelter #151 - Spring delights
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything goes


OCC - Days 7 & 8 - Creattive Colouring

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SIMPLE COPIC COLOURING

Day 7 of classes Kristina Werner shows us a simple way to add colour with copics on vellum.


Just add bands of colour with your copics on vellum and have them show through your die cut card front.  Doesn't the colours look amazing!! I used the Dog Tag Die-namics from My Favorite Things and made a chain of liquid pearls.

I love how this card turned out.  There is only one problem.  I am stumped for a sentiment.  I have searched through my whole stamp collection (which isn't very large) and could not find anything I want to put on there.  Will have to keep a lookout for the perfect sentiment.  Any suggestions??

Hope you enjoyed my card.
Big Smiles
Phi

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Transparent
DL. Art Thankful Thursday March Linky Challenge - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Spring - Bright colours, flowers, sunshine
Little Red Wagon #229 - Rainbow of colours
Crafty Catz #223 - Bling it up - Used liquid pearls
Artistic Inspirations #84 - Anything goes
Lexi's Creations #112 - Punches and Dies
Crafts 4 Eternity #168 - Anything goes


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

OCC - Graffiti Stamping


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GRAFFITI STAMPING

A very easy and fun technique.  Just grab a bunch of sentiment stamps and stamp them all together.  Add a few different colours for interest and your card is done.  But be warned...this kind of stamping is addictive and it took everything I had to stop stamping on this card.


The hardest part of this technique is collecting different but coordinating sentiment stamps.  I did struggle with this card as I realized I don't nearly have enough sentiment stamps.  Going to have to save up and rectify that.

Thank you so much for visiting.
Phi

Challenges:
Just B Creative Crazy - March Just Because Linky party


Monday, 24 March 2014

OCC - Masked background






MASKED BACKGROUND

For this card I used tape to mask the background into strips to form a plaid pattern.  I have used all different shades of green.  However, I got lazy and used the back of some clear border stamps instead of inking.  So the stripes turned out a bit wonky.  I guess it would also help if my ink pads were not so old and a bit more juicier. Lastly I added some green and silver glitter for some bling.


Thank you for visiting today.
Smiles
Phi


Challenges:
 Addicted to CAS #34 - Luck
Crafty Catz #223 - Bling it up
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Glitter it
Bunny Zoe's Crafts March Challenge - Monochrome
Challenges 4 Everybody #39 - Anything goes