Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silhouette bookmark for Country View Crafts

My second project for Country View Crafts this month is a bookmark.  Coming from a family of bookworms, I give a lot of books as gifts, and I think it's always nice to give a hand made bookmark too, as it makes the present a bit more personal and complete.

I've made this bookmark out of grunge paper.  It's more durable and flexible than card, it copes better with getting wet, so you can have fun with paint effects, and it's lovely and tactile, not unlike leather.  For this project, I've coated it with paints and ink, and completed it with a coordinated stamp and emboss set from the Textured Impressions range.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!

What I used:
Papers etc: Grunge paper
Tools: Textured Impressions "artistic fern" embossing folder with stamp, water mister, Cut n dry stamp pad foam, pokey tool
Paints/inks: Artiste acrylic paint "sage" and "vanilla bean", Distress ink "peeled paint", Ancient page "pine" permanent ink.
Embellishments: Aqua coloured raffia (from a box of chocolates :-) ), button, X-stitch thread

Crafting notes:
How the background looks when misted with water
  • The background was made in several layers, always making long brush strokes up and down the length of the bookmark.  First I painted two coats of sage paint, then I rubbed on distress ink.  Next I added smears of the vanilla bean paint and allowed to dry.  Finally I sprayed with water and blended a little with a paintbrush.
  • The raffia and button are stuck on with glue, with the knotted thread being mostly just decoration.  To make it easier to put the needle through, I used a pokey tool to make the holes first.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Crafting Cafe July Challenge - Get Fruity

The theme over at the Crafting Cafe this month is "Get Fruity" and the challenge is to use fruit or fruit colours in a project.  The sponsor is Lacy Sunshine, and I fell in love with their Tilly Dinosaur image as soon as I saw it, so went for fruity colours instead of actual fruit.  I combined the image with some conventional stamping to make a simple child's birthday card (handily, just in time for a party that had slipped my mind!).  I used some paper that is both near prehistoric in age and makes me think of reptile skin (although it's supposed to be cobblestones), and I let that drive the colour scheme for the card.  To finish, I decorated the inside with some dinosaur footprints  I hope you like it!

Inside: Uh-oh, are they T-rex prints?!
What I used
Papers: Sandylion 12x12 sheet "Cobblestone"
Tools: Promarkers, Whispers dye inks "Pine Green", "Green Green"
Embellishments: Papermania Daisy & Dandelion acetate greeting stickers
Stamps: Lacy Sunshine "Tilly" (digi), Christine's Craftyart "Trees and Fences", Basic Grey "Dino" (footprints).

Crafting Notes
  • I added the forest background by masking the dinosaur image and stamping trees in a couple of greens.  Just print and cut out a spare dinosaur image and use it to cover the 'real' image while you stamp the trees.
  • The ultra-thin border around the backing paper is drawn on using the fine end of a brown brushmarker.
  • I used a party greeting instead of a birthday greeting because I used the card for a little boy whose party was held in term time, a couple of weeks ahead of his birthday.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Layout #12 and Project #4 for Country View Crafts

I made it!  If you've visited my blog before, you may have seen that I resolved to do some scrapbooking this year, and that I set myself a target of 12 layouts for the year.  I had some good momentum going on in March and April, but came to a grinding halt in May and concentrated on other projects.  This layout (and in particular the stencilling in the bottom right of the page) was part of the reason - I feel like I've been thinking about it for ever!

The photo I've used isn't great quality (the subjects are small, and it was taken on a dingy wet day), so I wanted a simple layout that wouldn't swamp the main picture.  To achieve this I used stencilling, stamping and journalling directly onto the background and a limited colour pallette, with only a couple of dimensional elements.  I chose a single background paper from Tim Holtz's "Destinations" stack, as it had the right feel for a damp January day and, with its five red stripes, picked out the red of my little boy's snowsuit, as well as suggesting both guitar strings and a musical stave.

Full instructions and lots of photos can be found on the Country View Crafts blog post but, as always, there are some crafty tips below.

Happy Crafting :-)

What I used:
Papers: Tim Holtz "Destinations", grey marl card, DCWV photo stack (wood paper for the guitar)
Embellishments: Basic Grey "Archaic" cardstock alphabet stickers, Guitar peel-off (as a stencil), Goldlabel musical notes gold peel-offs
Tools: That Special Touch border mask "Music", Bind It All, Tim Holtz "Music Stave" embossing folder, free treble clef stamp from a magazine, scratching tool, Cut n Dry foam.
Paints etc: Paint dabber "espresso", Ranger Archival ink "Jet black", "Coffee", Ranger alcohol ink "espresso"

Crafting notes:
  • I used alcohol ink to colour the gold peel-off notes.  It took 3 applications of neat ink to get the colour I wanted.
  • For the stencilled stave in the bottom right of the page, I built up the image in three stages using black and brown archival ink and a brown paint dabber.
  • To blend the treble clef into the background, I rubbed over with some archival ink using cut 'n' dry foam.
  • To make the guitar, I inked through a peel-off, then removed the peel-off and added other detail using marker pens.
  • The musical notes peel-offs started out gold, but I coloured them using three coats of neat alcohol ink.  It gives a less solid finish than permanent markers, so more suited to a project with a distressed style.
  • I wanted the page of music to look as though the busker had torn it out of his book to take out for the day, so I used my Bind It All as an expensive border punch and then had fun ripping the holes open.